Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Becoming my own friend and Happy New Year



   2018 was a huge year for self-discovery and taking risks. Let’s take a look back, shall we? I used to be the type of person that wouldn’t go anywhere alone. I don’t mean I was always afraid I mean I would go to the grocery store alone, the mall, etc. I mean like major events. I got tired of missing out on things because I had no one to go with. Earlier this year Marlon Wayans was stopping in Tampa on his tour. I couldn’t find anyone to go with, but I have had a crush on him since I was a kid! I was not about to miss out! So, I got myself a VIP ticket, sat my happy ass in the front row, laughed until my sides hurt then met him after the show and got the hug of a lifetime! Now, what if I had gone with someone else and they didn’t want to pay for the ticket I got or didn’t want to stay after to meet him??? I would have missed out. 

   Fast forward a few months. I was going on a girl’s trip with my best friends. Two days before I had to leave I started having a really bad feeling about getting on my flight. I love to fly!! Never had a problem before but something was holding me back. So instead I drove 9 hours to meet them! Yes! Against what everyone says about women on the road alone, I took a road trip by myself and I felt so empowered!

   Those are just a couple of the things I did this year to reconnect with myself. Along with that I’ve ended relationships, started new ones, taken risks in my clothing line and so much more. The point is, I bet on myself and I won every time. We have to take risks to see any type of reward. We have to believe in ourselves and know that we can have the type of lives we want to live. 

   I’ve been seeing a lot of memes and people on social media saying 2018 was a horrible year and they’re ready for it to be over. If 2018 taught me anything it was this… through the good and the bad, no matter who or what we believe in… whether it be God, the universe or a guardian angel, they’ve never let us down and they’ve been with us this far. We just have to keep going, live life, and take that step even when we don’t see the staircase (MLK’S words, not mine J.   

Monday, December 17, 2018

#MondayMotivation: Create Your Own Sunshine


  A little backstory about me and My Legendary Style… 
   My Legendary Style originally started out as a clothing line. I then wanted a blog to go with the line to show what it was like behind the scenes and following me along on my journey to becoming an established fashion designer. Then I decided to add in beauty and other types of fashion. After a while I started writing for other online publications about lifestyle and relationships. I loved writing about it so much I started incorporating all of that into this site too. I know… it was a lot! Oh, and did I mention I changed the name of the clothing line? Yeah, it became Lady Minor. Along with it came the Lady Minor blog so there was no longer a need to document my journey here. Lastly, I started a YouTube channel that I was absolutely smitten with. What can I say, I love makeup and talking to my viewers about beauty. 

   I’ve been feeling like yet again I need to change something. Or maybe I feel a need to evolve.

   Slowly but surely, I want this site to evolve into more of a community. It can no longer be about just what I want to talk about. I want more feedback and to know what you want to know about. How can I help you… the reader? I can be found all over the place on line and now it’s time to make it all mesh together and create a seamless (hopefully seamless) transition to the next stage to reflect more of what I believe in and that’s women empowerment. 

   I know some people are bothered by the fact that some entrepreneurs like to say, “I’m my own brand”. They find it pretentious I guess but it is true… I am my own brand and I am glad I have finally realized that. Over the last year I have delved deeper than I ever have in learning about branding and rebranding. I’ve taken classes and challenges (maybe I’ll talk more about it another time) that made me really think about myself, my career path, my goals and face my fears. I lost a lot of sleep but came out a better entrepreneur because of it. I went to bed late and woke up early because I was full of so much excitement! Excited because… A change is coming. 

   So, for this Monday Motivation I want you to look within yourself and ask… Am I happy? What do I want to change? Then go do it. Do whatever is going to make you happy. Change whatever you need to change to evolve into who you want to be and do what you want to do. People may look at you funny or whisper behind your back, but you don’t need to worry about what other people think. You may change your mind 20 times before you decide what you really want to do. It’s going to be challenging and some days will be a little gloomy but keep pushing a remember…
Some days you just have to create your own sunshine. – Sam Sundquist 


Xoxo, 
SJM

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Making Money with Poshmark

   There seems to be an app for everything these days and I love it! Most recently I’ve started using Poshmark. They’ve been around for a while, but I never personally felt the need for it until now. 

   I was going on vacation and was going through my closet trying to figure out what to pack. I had so many clothes (some of which still had the tags on them) it was becoming overwhelming trying to go through everything.

   I’m the type that likes to get rid of things every few months or so but as I’m looking at my closet and realizing “Hey, there’s some pretty nice things in here!”.
I mean come on am I really ever going to wear that rose gold mermaid gown again?! I wore it for my Christmas party last year and can’t imagine being seen in it twice. I thought about trying to sell them but how?! 

   I have friends that have mentioned different apps that help you sell your new or slightly used items. This is perfect! Not only can I make some extra cash for my vacation, but I can also make room in my closet (for more things).

   The only question was “Which app do I use?”. I did some research and downloaded 2 on my phone to test them out. Poshmark and Mercari. 

   I immediately loved Poshmark and disliked Mercari for one main reason! There are two totally different types of communities on each app.

   While Poshmark charges more per sale… 20% and Mercari only 10% I found the community on Poshmark to be a lot more welcoming and active/supportive. People began to follow me before I could even post anything which to me means they are more active and really about building a community and ummm hello they’re about making money. 

   On Mercari it took a while for me to get any likes and very little followers. When someone did reach out on Mercari they only wanted to offer me a fraction of what I was charging for an item and were quick to let me know they were going to look for my item elsewhere for less. Uh ok, do you boo. 


   On Poshmark they know a good deal and don’t try to low ball you. I mean after all at the end of the day it’s about making money for the seller and getting a good quality product for the buyer. 

A few other things I like about PoshmarkThey have virtual parties with themes like dresses, shoes or a particular brand like Anastasia Beverly Hills which makes it easier for people to see your items. It also narrows down a search if someone is looking for a particular item. 

   Also, once someone buys your item the shipping is paid and all you have to do print the label, attach it to the package and drop it off at the post office. The buyer has four days to “accept” the package and then you get paid. If they do not accept the package for whatever reason during those four days Poshmark will release your funds. Which you can then use to buy other items on the app or have it deposited into your bank account.  

   I definitely recommend you give Poshmark a chance if you’re interested in selling anything. It’s like a stress-free virtual yard sale. 

   Oh, and by the way… I did sell that rose gold mermaid gown. 

Happy selling,
SJM





Friday, May 11, 2018

Review: Kat Von D Super Brow Pomade

   It’s been no secret over the years that I have been a huge fan of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow pomade. I have raved over it like you would not believe! While I do possess a lot of brand loyalty for ABH (they have never let me down) and do still really like the Dip Brow pomade I’ve discovered something even better by a brand that I feel I have talked about even more than ABH! Kat Von D beauty has released a full line of brow products and the makeup community is shook to say the least! Picture this… a brow pomade that is smudge proof, sweat proof annnnnnd WATERPROOF!!!! That’s what you get with Kat Von D’s Super Brow pomade

   You may now applaud! I couldn’t believe it myself when I first heard about it and much like everyone else I set a reminder on my phone for its launch day, so I could hurry and get my hot little hands on it!

  
   Why is this such a big deal to me? Well I’ve gone through life with hardly any brow hair and let’s face it,
brows frame the face! So, I’ve tried for years to rectify this problem of mine. I’ve even gone as far as getting my brows tattooed on and that was a complete and total nightmare!! 

   So, when something like Super Brow comes along its MAJOR!! 

   I may have to make a YouTube video to show exactly how amazing it is, so you can see it in action. I use the color Walnut because it’s natural and looks great on me but there are other colors that are really fun and vibrant. 

The pomade is really creamy and dries pretty fast but not too fast to where you can’t work with it. Once it’s dry… it’s dry and there to stay! Another great thing about it is I have super oily skin. Where most products rub off once I start getting oily this has minimum to no movement at all! Hell yeah!! 



   Bottom line is if you are an eyebrow fanatic like me you will definitely love the Super Brow pomade from Kat von D. If you’re not well then share the love and get it for someone who is! 

Here’s to long lasting brows,
SJM 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

My Invisalign Journey | VLOG

    I’ve had Invisalign for quite some time now. I made this video explaining the “Why” and the “How” of my journey to get a healthy and beautiful smile. Beauty and confidence are more than just makeup application or the latest and greatest products in Sephora. Yes, that is what my profession is and where my passion lies but as I’ve said before, we have to take care of our skin, body and health. The video is not too long, and it covers the things I could think to share with you on the spot. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I am an open book (blog). 

If you haven’t already be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and leave me your thoughts. The love is appreciated. 

Here’s to beauty and health,
SJM



Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Review: Esqido Mink Lashes


   I remember when I was first introduced to false lashes. It was the makeup application semester of beauty school. We learned how to apply strip and single lashes. Let me tell you I hated it! Only because it wasn’t something that a lot of people requested at the time so I didn’t get the practice I needed to become an expert at false lashes.

   Fast forward to now when hair is a thing of the past for me and makeup is my main passion. I now love a great pair of lashes! They can be the perfect finishing touch to a makeup look. I’ve always had a few brands of lashes that I really liked but I’m open to trying something new. So, I was excited but skeptical when Esqido reached out to me to try their mink lashes.

Variety of choices
   When I first went to the website I was impressed with the wide variety of Esqido Mink lashes. It took me quite some time to decide which ones I wanted. They are all so pretty but I usually go for a specific type of lash. I love one that starts out tapered at the inner corner and flares out toward the outer eye. So of course, I had to go with Lash Named Desire.


Not sure where to start
   If you’re still new to apply lashes or just have trouble choosing one that looks best on your eye shape they have a lash guide on the website. It’s really easy to follow and leads you to the best lashes for your personal style. I tried it out just to see where it would lead me, and it recommended Lash Named Desire after I had already chosen it. PERFECT!

Don't forget the glue
   Once you’ve chosen your lashes don’t check out without grabbing your companion eyelash glue! It is latex free, so it doesn’t have that awful smell to it most lash glues have. It dries clear and has the perfect fine tip want which makes for a perfect application every time. A pet peeve of mine is when the glue comes rushing out of the tube and gets all over the place!

Pretty packaging
   My lashes and glue showed up so fast! I’m pretty sure it took about two days to get to me. When I opened the package I couldn’t get over the packaging. I am a sucker for pretty packaging! Everything was white and rose gold. Esqido had me at rose gold!! The box the lashes came in was hard and sturdy! No way are they going to get crushed but if you’re like me and want to keep the box it will get dirty being with the rest of your makeup.


Easy to apply
   I waited until the perfect time to try out the lashes. Date night!!! I did a pretty neutral makeup look so my eyes could be the main focus. I first applied a couple of coats of mascara so you could get a before and after or should I say a with and without. The first thing I noticed about the mink lashes was how soft they are! The band is very stiff but not overly stiff. I personally like a stiff band because I find it easy to work with and most times I don’t need tweezers to apply the lashes. The Esqido lashes are honest the easiest lashes I have ever applied! The Lash Named Desire gave just the right amount of glam and drama.


   Overall, I really love these lashes! They’re pretty, easy to apply and were comfortable to wear. The companion lash glue didn’t have any harsh odor, dries clear and the applicator was perfect.

To see me use these lashes in other makeup looks be sure to follow me on Instagram

Until next time!
xoxo,
SJM 


Monday, February 26, 2018

Monday Motivation: Finding the Romance in Possibilities and What Ifs


   Oftentimes possibilities, what ifs and the unknown can be so romantic. I don't mean the nerve-wracking stress-induced what ifs. I mean the kind of what ifs that gives you butterflies and goosebumps. The kind of what-ifs and possibilities that keep you up late at night tossing, turning and dreaming before you even fall asleep. The kind that make you smile to yourself. Those are the kind of possibilities that I like. The kind of possibilities that just make you wonder how much better life could be. What if I get that new job I want? What if the cute guy at the coffee shop likes me back? When we start each day on a positive note and wonder about the endless possibilities of life; things can change drastically. If we would just push the negative thoughts out and replace them with positive life-changing thoughts our whole entire outlook on life will change.

   Anytime I start a new Journey or plan a new adventure for my life I always fantasize about all the things that could happen. Not the bad things but the good things. The good thoughts are what makes everything worthwhile. Thinking about the good things is what keeps the fear away.

   Romance is so much more than a significant other. Romance can be the way you think and feel about life and about the future. It's even how you think about the present. When I think about traveling to Italy and staying in a villa and traveling along cobblestone streets it's romantic! It's like having a love affair with myself. You know when you find a job that you really want? It's the job of your dreams and it's the pay that you want and the pay that you deserve?! It's in a part of town that you're crazy about and it's close to home and there's just so many amazing people there!? There's so many possibilities it gives you butterflies! You know the prospect of a new job gives you the same feeling as a prospect of a new lover? When I'm getting ready to go somewhere and I'm going to fly across the country the night before I can't sleep because I'm tossing and turning, my mind is racing, and my stomach is full of butterflies. I get so excited! That's finding romance and possibilities. What if I have so much fun when I get to my destination?! What if I see so many things and what if I meet so many people??

   Romance is what you make it. There are so many Endless Possibilities.  If we can just stop thinking about the negative things that hold us back and way us down. If we can stop thinking about the things that make our head hurt and stomach ache and keep us up at night and anxious for all the wrong reasons. I don't know about you but I'm so tired of negativity I want nothing but positive amazing thoughts that just make my soul sing. I want to find the romance and possibilities and what ifs of life. Now and always.

Here’s to what if!
Xoxo,
SJM


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