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Short Trips: Rosemary Beach

10.31.17
Exploring Florida: Rosemary Beach

Even though I’m a bossy control freak I secretly love when other people make plans that I can just attend and not worry about. For this reason it’s great to have other type A friends who love a good itinerary complete with options and links. When my best friend Felesa invited me away for her 30th birthday I knew I had to go. I didn’t know how I was going to afford it and I kept forgetting where we were going but the promise of a long weekend with a couple of my oldest friends in a cute air bnb was enough for me to block out the dates on my calendar months in advance.

Our destination (which I had to be reminded of up until we arrived) was Rosemary Beach: the cutest beach town I’ve ever seen and home to some amazing restaurants and a hotel with a rooftop bar that serves frose AND has jenga. It was the perfect place for 3 pre and post menstrual girls feeling overworked and bloated to spend a weekend relaxing and eating. It was honestly the first time I’ve gone away and actually felt relaxed when I came home. I can’t wait to go again…we’ve already decided Felesa’s getting married there…just waiting for her to get on board!

This is how we spent our time in Rosemary Beach, links included (of course!)

Friday

We arrived late on Friday evening. There was some traffic on our journey from Tallahassee but I entertained myself in the backseat eating Pringles and reading about whatever crazy thing the President did that week.

When we got to Rosemary Beach we went straight to our Airbnb digs, “The Blue Room on 30A”  and got ready for dinner. We were so impressed with our room. The greatest highlight was the fact that we had a bed and two sleeper sofas so we all got our own beds which we found highly impressive (clearly we’re not hard to please).

Our first dinner was our best. We ate at La Crema Tapas and Chocolate  where we shared paella, fondue, stuffed mushrooms, spicy chicken and chocolate covered bacon. The food was AMAZING and their white wine sangria with oranges and mangos was deelish! With our bellies filled we went back to the Blue Room to our individual beds and fell asleep quickly. 

Saturday

The best part of the weekend is brunch. This is not up for argument. On Saturday we had brunch at The Perfect Pig and again shared a few amazing dishes: a Parmesan crusted breakfast sandwich, a Dutch baby (which reminded us of a citrusy crepe), and the best quiche I’ve EVER had. The food was so good that I didn’t complain (too much) about their not so great bellini. 

After eating our weight in bacon we did some exploring and visited some cute boutiques at Shops @ The Hub, strolled through Alys Beach  purchased some books from The Hidden Lantern, and then headed back to rest up for dinner.

Full disclosure- I didn’t like my dinner so I’m skipping straight to drinks! We headed to the rooftop bar at The Pearl and it did not disappoint: great music, great menu, and great drama for us to eavesdrop on. What can I say, we love people watching! 

Sunday

We loved The Pearl so much we headed back for brunch the next day. It was the perfect way to end a low key 30th birthday celebration in one of the birthday girl’s favorite places.

As girl born in ‘88 I’ll have plenty of 30th birthdays to celebrate over the next couple of years and I must say, Felesa has set the bar high for everyone else! 

 

Blog / Jetset

Short Trips: Charleston

10.05.17
Weekend Getaway

Earlier this year we took a short road trip from our home in Florida to Charleston, South Carolina.  As our only sister trip of 2017 we tried to pack in as much sister fun as possible while in this fabulous city.  We spent our weekend window shopping the chic boutiques of King Street and came across the stunning Hampden, full of all the designer goodies a girl could want! We stopped at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit so Aisha could get her biscuit fix (you know she’ll kill for a biscuit), we strolled along The Battery, we passed by the Emanuel AME Church to pay our respects, and popped in for some poptails at the Crooked Crown!

Take a scroll through our Charleston pictures and see the fab places we visited that make us love this city so much!

 

 

Blog / Fashion

Always Feeling: Jeans

09.07.17
How I Style My Denim
Personal Style

I love my jeans, I have a pair for every day of the week, in numerous shades and, my favourite cuts I buy twice! I personally don’t feel that there are many events that you can’t wear jeans for, when styled fabulously.  I wear them to work, out for dinner and drinks, on Sunday’s when I brunch, to the museum, or when I’m going to the movies with my girls.  There are very few occasions that I can’t create a stylish denim look for!

Ripped, cropped, boyfriend, mom, Ive got them all!  Check out some of my favourite denim looks and you might find some fresh inspiration for how to wear your jeans.

Side Note: My go-to stores to find affordable, good fitting jeans are: Zara, Topshop, H&M Trend and Express

Always Double Denim!

Afternoon out with the girls….

Styling for work

Night at the museum!

Night out on the town

Dinner Date

 

Blog / Soiree

Babes Who Brunch

09.03.17

DIY brunch inspo

Events

Brunch is our jam- Aisha will fight you for a biscuit, and I’ve never turned down bottomless mimosas in my life. A few months ago myself and four other wedding planners put together an amazing event for local brides: Brides who Brunch. It went so well that we have a few more in the works this year and plans to take the show on the road next year! You can learn more about Brides who Brunch here. If you love brunch as much as we do take a look the pics below of the event for some major brunch styling inspo! The only thing better than bottomless mimosas at your favorite brunch spot is hosting your very own brunch at home- the mimosas are limitless and when you’re ready for a champagne induced nap your bed isn’t too far away.

Images by Harmony Lynn Photography

 

Beauty

Akili’s 5 Minute Face

08.31.17

A quick glow up!

Makeup & Beauty

I love getting pampered but I don’t like spending a lot of time doing my own hair (duh) and makeup. The idea of spending more that 5 minutes doing my makeup does not appeal to me at all. Even though I own a ton of beauty products, when it comes to my everyday look I really only care about a few things:

  1. Covering the dark circles around my eyes: I would like to think that sometimes I look younger than my age, but the dark circles around my eyes are a dead giveaway that I need more sleep and am not a young fresh faced girl! A few dots of Lancome concealer makes my dark circles disappear all day!
  2. Creating the illusion of flawless skin: A combo of powder and blush makes my skin tone appear even and glowing.
  3. A shiny smile: I may be almost 30 but I’m still a lipgloss girl! I have slowly started adding lipstick into my routine, but the truth is, I’m all about the gloss!

Blog / Just a Thought

Insecure Thoughts

08.25.17

The feeling when you realize you’re Tasha

Insecure- HBO

I’m super late but I just watched episode 3 of Insecure (yeah I’m behind, fight me) and it had me DEEP in my feelings. Like most women who watch the show I cannot stand Tasha. Like people who hate Hillary Clinton I don’t really have a good reason…she’s just too much (IMHO) so imagine my horror when I realized I AM Tasha! I can totally relate to this woman who has a crush on a guy, tries waaaay to hard, settles for a casual thing and tries to make it a relationship. And then of course the inevitable happens, it crashes and burns and you realize you wasted way too much time on a guy that you can’t really blame because YOU pursued him! Tasha might be the worst but we’ve ALL been Tasha at some point in our lives and it sucks.

 In conclusion Lawerence is still trash, but Jay Ellis could definitely get it…my number that is. 😉

 

 

Blog / Fashion

Let Your T-shirt do the Talking! Slogan Tees

07.28.17

Summer 17 Trend

Wear it now

One of this season’s boldest trends is the slogan tee. These statement t-shirts ruled SS17’s catwalks, from feminist statements and quotes reflecting the current political climate to more tongue in cheek sayings. Slogan tees are being used as a visual marker for what you believe in, with t-shirts and tanks splashing expressions, words and messages of all kinds.

Brands, designers and stores have all jumped on the trend for slogan tees, with a number of affordable labels offering up an endless lineup of sayings, there’s a style and quote for every thought!

Here are some of Sassy Styled’s favourite slogan tees.

Serena Taught Me – Well Versed Designs

The Magic is Real – Dear Naturalista

Hair Short Money Long – Dear Naturalista

Black Mixed With Black – Melanin Apparel

Goals – Topshop

Not Pie – Black on Black

CÉLFIE –  Etsy



 

Born To Be Real – Resilience Streetwear

Sarcasm Society – HyperWaveFashion

 

I Am Exclusive – Zara


Not Smiling – Wildfang

 

Wild Feminist – Wildfang


That Melanin Though – Habitually Fly

Awkward Is My Speciality – EvertreeClothing

Style Inspo

Some style inspo for how we like to wear our slogan tees.

Aisha: My slogan tee is a reflection of the fact that I have been growing out my natural  hair for the past 5 years and I have never been as in love with my hair as I am now. I like to style my Zara tee in keeping with my minimalist style and have teamed it with my leather mini skirt and accessorised with d-ring waist belt, miu miu sunglasses,

Akili: Keeps it sassy all day every day and dresses for the Florida sun by teaming her tee with denim shorts, silver link chain and her, ever present, sunglasses!

 

Blog / Jetset

Date Yo Self

07.19.17

Solo Travel

Chicago

I realized last year that there are lots of things I don’t do because I don’t have a boyfriend. As a self described “permanently single” person that’s a big problem! I can’t control when I’ll meet the right guy for me, but I can control how I  enjoy my life. I decided to see the positive in having complete freedom over my life and embrace adventures on my own. One of my goals this year is to travel abroad alone! I never thought that would be something I’d do, but I’m in a place that I think it would be really a beneficial, growing experience for me.

I have no idea where I’ll go and honestly the idea scares me. I practiced a little last year when I took a day trip to Chicago (shout out to Spirit’s crazy Black Friday deals!). I planned out all the places I wanted to visit before hand. I knew how long I would spend at each place, how much the uber would be and what I had to take photos of. It was an amazing day and most importantly I didn’t feel sad about being alone at all.

I think when I look back on myself 10 years from now- no matter my relationship status- I’ll be sad about the experiences I didn’t have, not the amazing adventures I had on my own.

 

Blog / Girl Boss

Issa Rae

07.11.17

Girl crush

girl boss

I have been a fan of Issa Rae since season 1 of The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl . When J awkwardly walked passed Cece in the hallway I knew I had found my soul sister. It’s totally on trend now to show authentic black women on TV, but Issa Rae has been giving us regular shmegular girls someone to relate to since 2012! 

After the Youtube series there was the book. Writing about it now makes me want to read it again. Its filled with anecdotes that all awkward girls can relate to: from lying about her looks in teen chat rooms to her dad still paying her car insurance (it is expensive!).

Like lots of ladies I anxiously awaited the premiere of Insecure and purchased HBO solely so I could watch it. I was not disappointed! The show is everything and watching Issa’s glow up over the past year has been amazing. And she introduced us to Yvonne Orji who is #lifegoals in her own right!

Season 2 starts July 23rd which gives you plenty of time to watch the show if you haven’t already or time to rewatch a couple of times like I plan to do!

https://www.amazon.com/Misadventures-Awkward-Black-Girl/dp/1476749078/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489545268&sr=8-1&keywords=misadventures+of+awkward+black+girl

Akili Phillips

Blog / Jetset

Short Trips: Dublin

07.11.17
An Evening City Stroll

Early this summer when I got the chance to make my first trip to Ireland I jumped at the opportunity. You know I relish the occasion to travel somewhere I haven’t been before, and hot of the back of seeing Girls Trip my cousin Karina decided to join me too!  Though most of my trip was centered around work, I did get the opportunity to spend an evening strolling around the city of Dublin.  I took a walk through the beautiful greenery of St. Stephen’s Green Park, and down Grafton Street to the chic Brown Thomas where I tried on the most fabulous Celine and Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses.  Obviously we had to stop in Temple Bar for a mini pub crawl and get some drinks, a Guiness for Karina and a Bailey’s for me. And just before we stopped for a late dinner we passed by the handprints in bronze at The Gaiety Theatre.

Take a scroll through my pics and see the spots I passed on my walk through Dublin city.