#DressUpDiaries

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Hello there!

If you are on the east coast and you are reading this, WE MADE IT! lol The entire damn winter showed up in one fun filled weekend. Something about the 65 degree Christmas told me that this would happen, I just really hoped that it wouldn’t snow for 36 hours straight! In the end, a grand total of 3 feet of snow and if that didn’t thrill me enough, VDOT closed off my entire neighborhood for 2 days! Of all the snow storms I’ve lived through, this one is surely one for the books. Needless to say I had to get creative with my time…

Day 1: Friday
A lot of sleeping, wine drinking and bitching lol couldn’t quite come to terms with the nonstop snowing ….Netflix binging also took place here.

Day 2: Saturday
Still snowing BUT at this point I may as well embrace the fact that I’m stuck home for (x) amount of days. Found some Zumba videos and a beginners yoga class on YouTube and turned my little place into a work out studio! Go Me! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’ช Spent the rest of the my day reading magazines, catching up on Fashion Week and adding to my vision board!

Day 3: Sunday
Sunday FUNday! Not really lol The snow FINALLY stopped late Saturday night so after a morning pep talk (and a little prayer) I bundled up and began digging myself out. MAJOR workout lol shoveling is hard freakin work! 3 hours later and I decided it was time to reward myself with a drink and call it a day. Keep in mind, my neighborhood is still closed at this point and I haven’t seen a plow truck since Friday…More Netflix please!

Day 4: Monday
Decided to venture to my car (across the street parking) and see what the odds were of me returning to work tomorrow. Snow the entire way was at least to my knees and at times even higher. Got to my car, had a small panic attack lol and went back home. There was NO Way I could dig it out. Being that I haven’t done my hair or touched any makeup in days at this point, I figured it was a good time to start my new “blog series”… #DressUpDiaries

Confession: I’ve never outgrown the love of playing dress up.
I rarely buy complete outfits and I buy shoes/accessories that sometimes don’t have a “mate” yet. I guess I just buy things I like and that fit me well. With my music blasting, I love to play around with possible looks for myself and play with old pieces that I want to wear again but in a different way. Bouncing between all my very different pandora stations, you can see in the pictures what I was listening to with each look lol Started with my favorite guy Fabolous, then switched to reggae and ended with David Guetta radio. My taste in music is as outside of the box and random as I am.

Day 5: Tuesday
Another day off from work but WE ARE ALMOST FREE!! Think I’m gona take a ride around town today just because I can lol Its funny how I had no plans this weekend but knowing I couldn’t come and go as I please, made me want to get out everyday. Plow trucks started last night and were still working this morning. Thinking I should go offer a meal and water to ensure that they stick it out. I WANT OUT!

Synopsis… Snow:2 Candace:3
A few weak moments lol but I made it and made the best of my time alone at home. Got a lot of work done and was able to set up a few things I have been pushing aside. Also, I officially started my journey to become a Yogi! (Love that word lol) Always been really intrigued by yoga and I’m totally convinced that the people who do it are among the healthiest people. This is the first of many in the #DressUpDiaries ๐Ÿ˜˜ Oh Yeah, I started another “Thankful Jar” because why not count up life’s good moments to help ease the bumps in the road!

***Disclaimer: All activities ended with or involved wine drinking or spiked coffeeโœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿทโ˜•๏ธ

Until next time..
XOXO, Candace

???What I’m Wearing???
-Baby blue peasant dress from NY&Co. (wore if for my bday pics last year)
-Button down printed maxi skirt from Forever 21
-black sheer top from H&M
-Blue silk zip up hoodie is DKNY from Bloomingdales (at least 7 years old and never worn)
-Soft pink wedge peep toe heels from Torrid (Black Friday Buy!)
-fur vest from Target (Black Friday Buy!)
***jewelry all my own and face BEAT by Me! (TARTE foundation, Maybelline mascara, Bobbi Brown blush, CoverGirl lipstick and eye shadow)

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What a time to be ALIVE!

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!LIFE UPDATE!
I know, I know… It’s been far too long! I’ll have you know that there aren’t many things that I’ve ever missed as much as I’ve missed this blog and sharing my madness with you guys! Let’s see.. A season has come and gone, winter was on an extended vacay (didn’t mind that at all!) the holiday season has been tucked away and here we are midway through the first month of a New Year! I hope all of you enjoyed the holidays as much as I did with my loved ones. No more disappearing acts, Promise!

Can’t say that I’ve created a list of resolutions just took a minute to acknowledge what did and did not work out so well last year. I’ve known for a very long time what I aspired to accomplish in my life, so nothing has changed there! Same old Candace lol just working to become an even better version of ME! My one NEW objective for the year is attacking this burning desire I have to give back! I’ve finally figured out a way to give back to women in a way that reflects what is so near and dear to my heart. Lord knows I’m all about women’s empowerment; I needed a way to show love to those women who are going through tough times and give them a little something that’s just for them. Working out the final kinks of this project so I can announce it and get this thing moving! Just know, I will be soliciting LOTS of help lol fair warning.

My “To Accomplish” list is pretty short and sweet
1. Maintain Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit
2. Continue building “Bootsie by Candace”
3. Save More Money

During my absence I relocated! I am again a resident of the DM(V)! Back in my old stomping grounds with some of the greatest friends a girl could ask for and significantly closer to home (NY)! Made the bitter sweet decision to pull the plug on ATL and the transition was…..well, a bit challenging. However, I am happy to say I moved into the CUTEST studio and I am loving the process of making it my own AND not living from bags ๐Ÿ™‚ #GypsyLife lol not really but kinda. Needless to say, I’ve decided to sit my ass still! ….For now ๐Ÿ™‚ Moving is hard freakin work, living in 3 states in less than 10 years is a bit much for even me.

Can’t wait to show you guys some of the decorating DIY projects I’ve been working on; making this tiny place work for a “slight hoarder” is definitely going to take some creativity lol I’ve been here for about a month now and so far I’ve put up a rod for a makeshift extra closet, as closet space was a sacrifice I made moving here. Yea, Me, with limited closet space. Ha! Found these “Ikea-like” shelves on a Facebook yard sale site for FREE! Coincidentally, the woman was getting rid of all of her furniture because she was packing up a car to move out of state. (Definitely pulled that same stunt when I moved to ATL) When I first came back to VA and realized just how much I got rid of before my ATL move, I was slightly depressed. I sold or gave away just about all of my furniture ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Then it hit me, I am in the perfect position to start from scratch and redecorate! YAY!! A DIY calendar and my 2016 Vision Board were SO necessary! Vision Boards are basically one of my all time favorite things, EVER. It’s such a great way to keep yourself on track and an excellent motivator! Next DIY to tackle… a headboard and custom curtains!

Cheers to the New Year and the adventures sure to come! Until next time my loves.

XOXO,
Candace

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