Skincare | The Unprepared Pimple

Hi Passionista!

This past weekend I took some time off to spend time with my girls on a Cabin Trip. The weather was just right for a cozy cabin affair. But just when I thought I was about to have a stress free weekend of fun with my girls, a PIMPLE came trying to ruin my fun. I rarely get pimples. So…. Of course, the 1 blue moon I get a pimple I am away from home and all my skincare products. But I was not about to let a lil red dot pimple stress me out or ruin my fun.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE A PIMPLE AND NO SKINCARE PRODUCTS?

Honestly, the only skin care products I packed was my Honest Beauty Gel Cleanser and O’Lay Daily Moisturizer. My skin has been clean and clear for the most part of the season. I haven’t experienced any harsh breakouts or anything. So, only packed the basics for skincare. I had to raid my friends cosmetic bags for products I could use to really deep clean my face and treat this pimple.

I was able to borrow a face scrub (Aveeno Positively Radiant daily Scrub), a facial cleanser (Cetaphil Daily Face Cleanser) and toothpaste was baking soda.

I used the Cetaphil to clean my face. The Honest Beauty Gel Cleanser I packed is gentle and mild, I don’t think it was enough to get the job of removing excess (Natural) oils and sweat from face. The Cetaphil formula is a bit stronger and is meant to cleanse your skin of oils without drying your skin out. Next, I used the Aveeno scrub to gentle scrub all the dirty out of my pores to prevent more pimples from surfacing. Finally, I placed a dot of toothpaste with baking soda on the pimple and left my face alone for the rest of the day.

The best thing you can do to your face when you have a pimple is keep it clean and keep your hands off you face. By the end of the weekend the pimple was all dried out and disappeared leaving no dark spot.

DIY| Baby Shower Decor

Hi Passionista

Today is all about baby shower DIY projects from my last event. If you did not see Wednesday’s post STOP NOW and go read it, then come back here.

Baby Shower Onesie Centerpiece/ Table Decor

When putting together a decor table, it all about the details. I wanted to keep everything simple and cute but I wanted to give the table some variety. So I designed this cute little decor piece. It was so easy to make.

What you need:

Poster Board, Pen(cil), and Scissors

Hot Glue Gun and Craft Stick

Glass vases, Decor flowers, and fillers

Step 1: Trace or Draw (2) Onsies on poster board and cut them out

Step 2: Using hot glue gun, glue craft stick to the back of one of the once cut out and then glue the other onesies to the back side to cover up the stick

Step 3: Fill you vases with your fillers go choice and stick the Onsies stick in the center. Decorate the rim with flower (optional).

Mommy 2 Be Pin

I didn’t have time to order a cute mommy to be pin so I decided to make one. This was my first time making it and it came out so cute. I think I might start making more of them.

What you need:

Button with straight pin ( or any base will work)

Hot Glue Gun

5-6 different ribbons (you can get creative with the colors and patterns)

To start I used my Cricut to cut out Mommy 2 Be letter for the button and used scrapbook paper inside the clear craft button. Once I secured the back on the button, I cut and folded strips of ribbon to glue to the back of the button. I alternated the ribbons all the ways around and went back to fill in gaps in the end to make it full.

The ribbon used for this project all purchased from Hobby Lobby on sale for buy one get on 50%, priced between $1.99- $2.99 each.

DIY Cupcake Stand

Everything from Dollar Tree (minus the E6000 glue). I have found that E6000 glue works best on glass and ceramics. You can use super glue or a hot glue gun but in my experience they don’t hold well.

What you need(to make 1 stand):

E6000 glue

Dinner charger and Dinner Plate

2 Candle stick holders

Step1: Glue the bottom of one candle stick to the cent of the dinner charger, using E6000.

Step 2: Glue the dinner plate to the top of the candle stick and apply pleasure for 30 seconds.

Step 3: Glue the top of the (2nd) candle holder to the middle of the dinner plate (you want to flip this candle stick upside down for detail purposes- optional)

Step 4: glue the dessert plate to the bottom of the candle stick and apply pleasure for 30 secs.

Be sure to let these sit for at least 24 hours to completely dry before using.

THE FINISHED PRODUCTS

ALL PUT TOGETHER FOR THE GRAND EVENT

The pillows I put together last minute, but I will be doing a DIY throw pillow blog post soon…STAY TUNED!

If you try any of these DIYs be sure to tag me in your post or share pictures in the comment box. I’d love to see what you put together.

Tutu & Pearls Themed Baby Shower

Happy Hump Day!!!!

So, this weekend I had the pleasure of putting together a “Tutus & Pearls” theme baby shower for a client. I love doing baby showers because there are so many creative things you can put together to make the most special and memorable occasion no matter how small or large the event.

This was my 1st booked event for the year and I’m extremely happy with the end results and so was my client. It was small but filled with so much love. I was able to put together some cool DIY decor for the candle table, gift table and pin for the mommy to be. I was nervous about the final look of the decor being gold and yellow (but my clients get what they want), it turns out better than expected. I’m glad I could make my clients vision come to life. I will share all DIY (How to’s) in Friday’s blog… Stay tuned! For now, here are pictures from the event.

And, just to let you know Dollar Tree, Amazon, and Etsy are my best resources for any event that I put together.

Mini Candle bar with gold back drop and tutu table skirt from Amazon

I love keepsakes and craft projects, So I put together a scrapbooking station on the entry table. Instead of a guest book, guest were asked to make a scrapbook page for Mommy and Baby.

I made the mommy 2 be pin and managed to craft up some cute pillows for the mommy to be chair. This was something she got to keep for the babies room.

Onesie cake and cupcakes by Christal’s Cakes n’ Bakes

(IG: @christalscakenbakes)

I’m thinking about putting together an event page on this website to show photos from all my events, what y’all think?

Networking in Atlanta

Hi Passionista-

I have been attending some really dope networking events and mixers lately. So I thought it would be a great idea to share recaps and key takeaways from each event on my blog. If you don’t already know, I currently live in Atlanta, GA. And as I take this journey to grow my side hustle into a business I NEED to networking. Last year, networking and going to events were a struggle for me. I would scroll through Eventbrite or Facebook and see so many events that I wanted to attend but failed to actually go because I had no one to go with me. Now, I am putting that fear behind me and getting out of the house more. I must say, I have connected with some really DOPE young moguls who are making things happen.

It’s always good to connect with like minded people for inspiration and business connections. This weekend I met at least 5 people I want to stay in contact with to work with on either a event or business collaboration. So if you are in the Atlanta area, I want to encourage you to GET OUT AND NETWORK. Follow me on IG for upcoming events (on my IG story).

January 5th: LEVEL UP: Caught Between A Dream and A Job

This event was hosted by Young Entrepreneurs of Atlanta, featuring some dope panelist that shared their business startup stories and advice for living in your purpose.

Some of the panelist were:

Pinky Cole -Owner of Atlanta’s NEWEST restaurant, Slutty Vegan (Plant-based, Black- Owned Burger Joint) | IG: @pinky907

Tiara Johnson,The Dream Coach and Owner of TLJ Agency for Brand Management and Public Relations | IG: @tljagency

Erica Dias, Owner of The B Firm PR and Creator of Table of 20 | IG: @fashion101ed

A few of the key life hacks and gems I took from the panel discussions:

#1 Stay FOCUSED; Focus on what YOU really want and keep you focus on making it happen | Just do it!

#2 Be a good person! Stay mindful of who you are and how you treat others. You will not be successful when you are trying to break others downs. Treat people how you want to be treated.

#3 Your character is important. When you’re starting a business, networking and working with other people, you need to be likable and a pleasure to work with to keep a steady flow of business and partnerships. If you are a negative and nasty person, people are not going to want to continue to work with you. You can be the result of your own failure.

Young Entrepreneurs of Atlanta Foundation

http://www.yeafoundationinc.org

IG: @ye_atlfoundation

January 11th: Ask me what I do Networking Event

I love a turn up after work happy hour/ open bar event. The Ask me what I do Networking Event hosted by My Networking Appeal ( IG: @mynetworkingappeal) was not you ordinary networking event. Of course there was food, a DJ and free drinks, but this event also featured a DOPE Photo Booth from Moment in time rentals and a cool networking game throughout the event. Upon arrival everyone received a email for the “Networking Game”. Everyone was challenged to meet 5 people working a 9-5 and have a business, 3 people that’s ready to quit their job for their business and 3 people with a dope elevator pitch, etc. To keep the game going there was about 2 to 3 rounds of this game.

I thought the networking game was a really good idea to encourage people to talk to someone that they didn’t know. Because I will be honest, when I arrived I scanned the room and jetted over to the people I knew as soon as I spotted them. That’s not really NETWORKING. But I was thinking if stick with them, I might be introduced to someone else they may know that I don’t- or I could introduce them to someone I knew that they may not of known before the event. That’s how I tend to make connections. But the networking game encouraged people to go up to one another and just start talking. My shyness got the best of me until a Real Estate Agent just walked up to me handing me her card and asking me my name and what do I do? Of course that sparked a healthy conversation that lead to meeting a bartender and stylist. That’s what networking is all about.

January 12th: Glitter and Goals Vision Board Party

Last year, I connected with TLJ Little League (IG: @tljlittleleague) as a mentor for young girls in the Atlanta area. We meet once a quarter to mentor girls from 4th grade to 12th grade. ” Girls with dreams, become Women with Vision”. As I am walking in my purpose and living my dreams I want to always be able to reach back and instill that into our young, brilliant, beautiful females. Back in October, I got the chance to host a self care session with the girls- teaching them how to make DIY face mask and body scrubs. I think I enjoyed playing “beauty” just as much as the girls did. It warmed my heart to see them participating and engaging in the session. This weekend we had the 1st event of the year that was had a major turn out. This time we had more girls (all ages) attend and we even have more mentors now. The program is rapidly growing and I cannot wait to see what’s in store next.

January 12th is National Vision Board Day, so you know exactly what we did… MADE VISION BOARDS. We started by giving each girl a paper butterfly and asking them to write down their DREAM. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” With their DREAM in mind the girls started on their vision boards and setting goals for what they need to do to make their dreams come true. Kids are so creative and innovative, I was surprised by the level on context some of the girls gave when explaining the finished project. Everyone made such creative vision boards with great ideas and goals to put behind their dreams. I love listening to youth speak passionately about their future.

BLOGMAS Day 13| Girlboss Code + Digital Marketing

Hello Passionista

So last night I attended the really amazing FREE workshop at General Assembly at Ponce City Market (Atlanta,GA).

General Assembly hosts a variety of courses and workshops. They often host free workshops and panels that are every interactive and informative. I think I’ve attended maybe 4 workshops so far. Each workshop I’ve attended, I’ve have been able to take away something available and apply it to my career and side hustles. This event was a panel driven workshop titled, Girlboss code + digital marketing: A chat with social influencers, shakers and movers.

Most of my subscribers know that I am a full time project manager and a side hustling blogger, microinfluencer, and event planner. As I continue to grow, my goal is start my own creative business. So, I love FREE events that I can attend to teach me something new and network with some dope people.

Question of the Day: What does it take to be an entrepreneur?

(Tell me in the comment section below)

There was so much valuable knowledge and information shared in this workshop. It felt like a chip off my shoulder to hear the start up journeys of young successful entrepreneurs and influencers …  from quieting your day job to lessons learned from mistakes. I left this workshop feeling a part of a community of girl bosses and inspired to keep pushing. The panel discussion were really a sense of insurance for me, that I am on the right track and I am making the right moves and IT IS  going to happen for me and I WILL  be all that I can be.

The panelist shared their best advise that no one told them, but they learned:

  • Have confidence in yourself. #selflove is a BIG DEAL!
  • Be more kind to yourself.
  • Get Enough Sleep!
  • Learn your customer based, streamline your business and stay in your lane.
  • Recognize when you’ve made it.
  • Look back at your experience, all the answer are there.

Key takeaways from the Panelist to the audience:

  • Brand just means reputation and social media just means communication in this day and age
  • Start where you are with what you have
  • Have a support network or community
  • Share your wins with your friends
  • Build a Team!!!!!
  • Don’t be a afraid of the word “NO”

THE PANEL

Natural Body Spa | Grand Opening Event Alpharetta, GA

Hello Passionista, 

I love going to the spa. I can only afford one maybe two full service spa visits a year, but I love getting facials. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon the Natural Body Spa and Shop opening in Alpharetta on my lunch break. I was curious about the store so I stopped and went in for a lot. As I entered the atmosphere was so peaceful and everyone greeted me with a smile. It felt like a piece of heaven. The spa and shop was newly opened and the staff invited me back for the Grand Opening event. 

The grand opening event was extremely fun. I think I was one of the last guest  to leave. For the event the Spa and Shop offered a few FREE services. I felt like royalty. I received a FREE eyebrow and lip wax, chair massage, and facial. YOU CAN NOT BEAT THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My eyebrow and lip wax was a great experience. Gisell was really sweet and gentle. She talked to me during the entire process, telling me what she was using and why or what the benefits of it. I’m a talkative person, so I really appreciate the small talk during the service. Gisell really created an inviting and peaceful environment for the lip and eyebrow wax service. I plan on going back next month for a wax refresh.

 

The facial service was so gentle and relaxing. Peep the before and after pictures (above) from the Retinol Plus Peel facial. I’ve been had this facial before and I was excited to try it for the first time. The Skin ReMEDI Esthetician for this service was extremely nice. She talked me through everything she used and did to my face. I like to know the benefits and effects of the ingredients and products I put on my body, especially my face. This facial really gave my face a natural glow. My skin felt so hydrated and gentle. I expected my skin to peel over the next few days after this service. To my surprise I did not experience and peeling or irratations after the service. No breakouts, nothing. Just easy, breezy, beautiful glowing skin.  

I recommend Natural Body Spa and Shop to EVERYONE…. There have several locations (in Bulkhead- GA, Alpharetta- GA, Decatur- GA, Marietta- GA, Smyrna-GA, Snellville-GA,  Chattanooga- TN, and Jacksonville -FL). 

Thank you to Jenn Cobbs, Gisell and all the staff for creating an inviting atmosphere and a successful event. I will be back for more bath burst and bombs and spa services. 

Follow Natural Body Spa and Shop on Instagram 

The Versatile Blogger Award

Hello Passionista, 

I was recently nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award by the creator of Joyful Tiny Living. Thank you Susan, I like your blog! After your read this post be sure to stop by Joyful Tiny Living to read about Susan’s RV lifestyle. 


I have been blogging since December 2015, and I think this is the 2nd social blog award I have been blessed with. I love them, so lets keep them coming. I don’t claim to be the best blogger in the world cause everyday I am learning and trying new things when it comes to prepping blogs, getting ideas, editing and sharing.


Okay! So the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
  • Include a link to their blog. 
  • Select and nominate 15 other blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself. 

7 Things About Khadijah:

  1. I am a Event Planner. I started planning tea parties with my Grandmother and enjoyed the process of putting an event together. As life starts to settle in on me, I am surrounded by family and friends that needs help planning birthdays, dinners, showers, engagements, weddings, etc. So I started my own little hustle. 
  2. I have always been crafty and creative. I learned how to sew as a little girl. I like making quilts and knitting. My talent also allows me to make the best decor and gifts for family and friends when it time to celebrate just about everything. 
  3. My favorite food is Hot Wings. I also love and eat plenty of Pizza Rolls, Pasta, and Red Velvet Cake. 
  4. I am a proud product junkie. I love skincare products, beauty stuff, travel size items, makeup and lip gloss and cute stationary. When I’m in a store and see something i like I can’t help myself. I have a storage shelve full of products I haven’t used yet or maybe used once or twice in my home. 
  5. I really enjoy traveling and hope to travel a lot more in my lifetime. This world is full of some many beautiful place and things and I want to see as much of it as I can while on this earth. So far, I have traveled to Australia, France, Mexico and Israel, and about 25 states.
  6. I always prefer tea (hot or cold) over coffee. Something about coffee don’t ever settle well with my stomach. 
  7. My favorite artists are.. first and foremost BEYOND of course, then Tevin Campbell, Ella Mai and Cardi B. 

My Nominees are:

  1. Faithnturtles.com @faithnturtules 
  2. Jennyinneverland.com @jennyinneverland
  3. Ellduclos.blog @BGbloggers
  4. PlentyofThreads.com @plentyofthreads
  5. Whenlydiasmiles.wordpress.com @LydiaMarumo
  6. MakeupbyEden.com @makeupbyeden
  7. PrettyLittleBloggerx.wordpress.com @StephMon
  8. Mummytodex.com @mummytodex
  9. Goldenmemos.blogspot.com @goldenmemos
  10. Luluspov.com @luluspov
  11. Zoeyhoko16.wordpress.com @purrrple_poison
  12. TheChristianBloggHana.com @DKumapley 
  13. Ritas-digest.com @ritapitababita
  14. bit.ly/lifesajewel @lifesajewel
  15. Soldieries.co.uk @aaliyahkellyy

Guest Blogger| Passionista Brandi Thompson |Just Give Me Jesus

Hello Passionista-

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Brandi Thompson is a dear sweetheart I had the pleasure of meeting during my days attending The “Unsinkable” Albany State University. She has a joyful spirit that makes you smile every time you are in her presence even if you’re not in the mood for smiles and laughs. I had a change to watch her grow from a freshman to the AMAZING women is she today. I look forward to more of her greatness as she walks in her passion.

Now introducing my FIRST ever Guest Blogger and fellow Passionista, Brandi Thompson…. 

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Living in a world filled with famous sayings, its hard not to start a blog without one… For the longest, my favorite was: “not all who wander are lost”. Little did I know, I was living my “best life” on a lie.  For 22 years, I wandered. Truthfully, I was lost. Dangerously, I was so lost I didn’t even realize I needed to be found. Honestly, all who wander are lost.

 

 

How lost, is lost?

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From the age of 11, the taste of liquor satisfied my curiosity for the “good life” I would see on VH1 and MTV.  It was like the stock market – high risk, high reward – The higher the shelf, the better the taste. For 11 years, I struggled with blacked out drunken nights, near death intoxication, and a loose sense of moral direction.

From the age of 13, I chose to jump in and out of relationships with guys just to appease my insecurities. Being touched cured my need to be loved. A title soothed my longing for identity no matter where it came from. For 9 years, I indulged in a series of soul ties with many men (and 1 woman if I’m being honest) whose inner connection gave me “peace”.

From the age of 18, my wandering led me away from the nest of home to a new land to roam – ready to be conquered. With no sense of identity, purpose, and security, my aimless journey led me into the arms of an emotionally abusive man. I convinced myself that ‘leaving was easy’ and ‘my damage has to be worth something’. For 3 years, I endured an emotionally debilitating relationship built off a false perception of mental fortitude all to say I was “loved”.

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For 22 years, I wandered and filled my heart with the joys of the world, adding layers of darkness to my heart, building a life on sinking sand. My wandering grew dark, cold, depressing… the person I displayed was never an accurate depiction of the dying person I was on the inside. I was beginning to understand why suicide seemed to be the answer 9 years ago.  Being at war with my reality and convictions created a battle of inner conflict that I began to question my own purpose for being here.… After 22 years of wandering, all of the questions I had, the “good life” I was longing for, the “peace” is desperately needed, and the “love” I was searching for all could be found in one place…. The answer to it all was Jesus.

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“There is nothing I desire that can’t be found in you. You’re everything that I’ve ever needed… Just give me Jesus!”

 

 

 

The new passion I found to live the life God has called me to live has redefined my life. His plans have surpassed my expectations of the life I thought I was supposed to have. His will has created a new perspective of what really matters in the world.

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What good is my business if my family isn’t truly saved?

What good is owning a home & nice car if salvation hasn’t reached all four corners of the Earth?

What good is my life, or anyone else’s, without Jesus?

In Him, you will find your identity – the knowledge to recognize you’re a child of the most high.

In Him, you will find your purpose – the reason He created you to be here.

In Him, you will find your stability – the foundation to stand firm on your purpose.

Inwardly, there has always been a love to help people with a problem and to have a great time with amazing people. No wonder event planning and designing party décor became my career aspiration. As I continue to give my life’s plan to God, He continues to open my eyes of how HE wants me to solve problems by having a great time with HIS amazing people for the Kingdom.  There is so much peace in his plan! You may be thinking, “well what about my dreams?”

Be passionate about your business. Be dedicated to your education. Be invested in the present life you are walking in. Embrace the development taking place in each season you are in. Seek correction and direction from the wise ones who surround you. Develop your talent, master your craft, and perfect your gift. Do all of this while posturing your heart to desire the One. In Him, you, your plans, your goals, and your business will have identity, purpose, and stability!  

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What good are our passions without a true Passion for Christ?

All who wander are lost… but I pray you wander into arms of Jesus.  

 

 

 

Shirt can be found at www.dopeanalogy.com

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#SelfcareNovember | Week Recap

Hello Passionista…

VOTE TODAY! YOU’RE VOTE MATTER! YOUR VOICE CAN BE AND WILL BE HEARD!

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November has been pretty amazing so far. There is so much to look forward to between now and the end of the month. If you follow my social media accounts, I have been posting my daily recaps of the #selfcarenovember challenge. This challenge has really been going well for me. It is helping me slow down and be more mindful.

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Day 1: No Complaining for a day

I thought no complaining for a day would be hard, but what it lead to was me not talking much that day.  It was different but not so bad. I listened to music and podcasts most of the day and I felt much more energetic.

Day 2: Do something kind for someone else 

It was a long work week for me. Honestly, I don’t know why. It just seemed like the week dragged out. Friday on my way to working, I thought I’d get Krispy Kreme donuts for the office. Sweet treats always make me feel better and nothing is better than a warm donut about an hour after lunch. And I know if I had a long week, so did my coworkers.

Day 3:  Buy yourself a gift (something you really like)

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As I was in Big Lots I came across some nice smelling candles. I love candles, But I only buy bath and body works candles. I thought to myself, I can buy other brands of candles. If you like the scent get it. So I bought it. Big Lots is dangerous. I spend more money there, than I do in Target. That’s bad! Not really tho, cause Bigs Lots as great discount stuff for everything.

 

 

Day 4: Pamper Yourself 

Sunday was a great day for pampering myself. I woke up early and started cleaning up my place. I was even in the mood to rearrange some of my furniture for comfort. Once I was done cleaning, I took a hot bath, relax and listening to ” Don’t settle for safe” by Sarah Jakes Roberts.

Day 5: Write a letter to someone

I decide to write my letter to a decaesd loved one. It felt good to release some of those inner thoughts in a open letter.

Are you taking the challenge with me? How’s it going? Let’s dialogue!


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Black Panther Party Group Costume | Halloween 2018

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!

As a kid, I never really got to dress up for Halloween. So now, I love to get dressed up for Halloween and luckily so does my friends. Halloween is one of my besties favorite holiday, so I have to dress up no matter if I like it or not … lol

For the past 3 years, my sister gals and I have did group costumes. As hard as it is to get 6 girls with different preferences on one accord to decide on one idea that everyone likes, the finish product and the good time we have is always worth it.

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Year 1 we managed to achieve ” The Royal Flush” – DIY costumes made by me.

Year 2 we quickly put together “The Purge Trio“- DIY costumes put together by me.

 

 

 

This year, we pulled off the ” Black Panther Party” costumes put together by all of us.

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Honestly, this group costume was the easiest to put together. Everyone picked an all black outfit to fit there personal style and comfort level – because its was cold. We all purchases black gloves, black berets, and black sunglasses.

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My entire outfit is from Forever 21, but it was all stuff I already had in my closet (off shoulder sweater, Black ripped jeans, and booties).

Black Sunglasses from the Dollar Tree

Black Beret from Target ($12.99)

Black Gloves from Amazon ($7.99)

We hit the town for a fun night of loud music, dancing and eating sweet treats. I swear I had to much candy and cupcakes for comfort.

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I think we nailed the look, what you think?