6 Books recently added to My Kindle

I am totally committed to reaching the goals that I have set, so much so that I’ve decided to do things differently this time.  Instead of just making a list of goals and leaving it at that, I’m going to really become educated in the topics of my goals.  I feel that if I can get a real understanding of what it takes to accomplish my goals from the experts, then I can go at this with a more realistic point of view.  It takes away from the shock value of all of the hard work that really comes with completing goals.  Also, I want to create a plan for each goal and I’m hoping that by becoming more educated on the topics, I’ll be able to plan better.

So I have purchased a few books that I’m anticipating will help me on my journey.  Some I have already started reading and some I will begin reading soon.  I wanted to share them because I’m sure they will be beneficial to you as well.  Check them out below.

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Successful Women Think Differently by Valerie Burton

I have just begun reading this book and already, I’m inspired.  The author mentions that there are 3 fundamentals of success.  They are purpose, resilience, and joy.  This really gave me a lot to think about.  It made me ponder on whether or not I am fulfilling my purpose in life; and what is my purpose in life.  I’m enjoying this book and I can’t wait to see what other thought provoking tips she’ll give.

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Capture Your Style by Aimee Song

Being that I just “subscribed” to Instagram a couple months ago, I’m still considered an Instagram newbie.  However, this book has taught me so much that I didn’t know that I can now apply to my own Instagram account and other social media accounts.  Aimee gives amazing tips on taking great pictures and creating great pictures (yes, there is a difference).

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The Daniel Fast for Weight Lost  by Susan Gregory

I actually completed The Daniel Fast last year around this time.  And this book was very helpful during the fast because it provides some very good recipes and tips.  It’s a great read as well especially if you’re trying to go the vegan route.

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#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

I haven’t begun reading this book yet but I am looking forward to it.  This book tells the story of Sophia Amoruso, Founder and Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal (one of my favorite online retail stores), and how she basically went from rags to riches.  I’ve been told that it’s a good one!

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The Morning Miracle by Hal Elrod

I am still reading this book right now.  One of the things that the author speaks about is the “early morning wake up”.  The “early morning wake up” really means getting up about an hour or so before your usual wake up time.  Many highly successful people attribute their success, at least in part, to rising early.  I’ve attempted this a few times and I must say that it is does work.  I find myself to be a lot more productive throughout my day when I wake up earlier just to get my mind right before the day begins.

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From Paychecks to Power by Shannaan Dawda

This book was written by one of my fellow Georgia Southern University Alumni.  He is very well versed in all things financial.  I’m still at the beginning of this book and what I’m really enjoying about it is that his story is very relatable.  It’s almost identical to mine which means that it’s probably identical to a lot of you out there.  I’m especially excited about this book because as I’ve stated before, getting out of debt is going to be the hardest goal of mine to achieve.  So I need all the help I can get.

So, tell me. What are you doing differently this time to achieve your goals that you didn’t do before.  I’m always looking for tips.  Do you know of any other good reads?  Let me know in the comments below.

Speak to you soon

Daneisha

Theme for 2017: Growth and Consistency

5 Goals for 2017 and Beyond

A tip that I received from Mattieologie.com is that it’s a good idea to have a theme for the year; a subject or message that remains constant in the back of your mind throughout the year. I decided that my theme for this year is Growth and Consistency. 

A quote that has always been memorable for me is “Change is inevitable. Growth is a choice.” As long as we’re living, things will change. But it’s how we adapt to those changes that determine our growth.  I want to grow and learn from every change that happens in my life.  I never want to remain stagnant. And in order to achieve significant growth in any part of my life, being consistent is essential.

Ladies it’s so important to have goals.  They give you something to look forward to; a purpose.  If I didn’t have goals, I would literally have nothing to do and I would achieve absolutely nothing other than stagnation.  With that being said, I’ve listed some areas in which I would like to grow this year and beyond. Check them out below.

1st Goal-Pay off debt and save

I don’t want to give a lengthy story on how I ended up where I am now (in debt) but I will tell you that it came from wanting more than I could afford to have at certain moments.  This has been a habit that I have had a hard time breaking.  Please pray for me on this one because I know that the self-control and consistency that it takes to get out of debt will make this the hardest goal of mine to accomplish.

2nd Goal-Spend more time helping others

I’m trying to find ways to give back because I do realize how blessed I am.  One volunteer opportunity that I’m really excited about is the Dress for Success program.  Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

I’m excited about this opportunity because it involves multiple things that are important to me: fashion, women empowerment, and helping those in need.  I will have orientation for the Dress for Success program on January 11, 2016 and hopefully get started soon after.  I can’t wait!

Also, I plan to volunteer at least once a month for a variety of other programs such as Meals on Wheels, Books for Africa, etc.

3rd Goal-Blog more consistently

I really enjoy blogging.  It is literally my only outlet to create and express myself right now.  Being able to come up with content and figure out ways to make it interesting while also figuring out layouts and fonts and images to use makes me feel like a boss.  And to see my ideas come to fruition is the best feeling ever.

On the other hand, it is a lot of work and its very time consuming so I want to do a better job of managing my time so that I can blog more consistently.  I want to build my following and I know that I can’t do that if I’m not giving you quality material on a regular basis.

4th Goal-Practice healthier habits toward my body, mind, and spirit

As I’ve gotten older, I have come to realize that what I put into my body will directly affect my health either now or later.  So I want to be mindful of all that goes into my body, mind, and spirit.  I don’t want to take in anything that will be harmful to my overall well-being.  This is going to be a long journey as well because I love a lot of things that are really unhealthy; especially certain foods.  There will be a lot more meditation and prayer going on in my heart and mind as well.  And I just want to be more positive. I am confident that I can do just that.

5th Goal-Increase consistency and organization

Another bad habit that has been hard for me to break is inconsistency.  I have a tendency to start things and not finish them.  I mean, I can be so excited about a particular subject, go and sign up for classes and everything, and get all deep into it. Then, when the real work begins, I’m no longer interested.  It’s sad actually.

So with the new goals that I am setting this year, I will be consistent with them.  Even if I fall off the boat for a second, I will get back on and continue trying.  No giving up over here.

On top of that, I have to work on my organization.  I’m going to create to-do lists, set reminders, and focus on one thing at a time.  And I will actually utilize all of these planners and notebooks that I own too.

Follow Up

Another goal of mine is to keep you all updated on all of my goals mentioned above.  This is partly because, in the past, I have struggled with staying consistent with my goals.  So in an effort to really hold myself accountable for my goals, I’m making them known to the world (or to whoever is reading this blog).  So I will be giving you weekly updates on how I’m doing with everything.

So, tell me.  What are some your goals for the New Year and beyond?  I would love to hear about them in the comments section below.  

Speak to you soon,

Daneisha

2017 Is Another Chance to Sparkle!!!

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I am so excited about the New Year!!! It means that I get to start anew and try to do things differently. And there is nothing wrong with that. One of the things that I’m most excited about is this blog, of course. As you may know, Officially Chic is a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog designed to inspire the everyday professional woman. I will continue focusing on fashion, but I want to delve more into the lifestyle part of my blog as well. So that’s what I’m going to do. With that being said, there will be more posts about my life and all of the goals that I am trying to achieve as well.  I’m hoping to reassure you that we all go through some of the same things as women; just differently. Also, I want to constantly emphasize that you can be successful, stylish, beautiful, and intelligent all at the same time.  But, none of us are perfect.  And that’s okay as long as we’re always making an effort to be better. My theme for this year is GROWTH and CONSISTENCY.

I am already claiming a great year that will surely be full of wonderful changes.  I would love for you to come along with me on my journey.

Last Minute Holiday Office Party Outfit Ideas

Hello Ladies!!! This is the time of the year that companies throw their annual holiday office parties!!! How exciting right?  Well I’ve never actually been to an office party but I’ve always imagined that they would be very awkward.  I mean you’re supposed to “be yourself” and “have a good time” but you can’t really do that without being judged come Monday morning. However, you can be stylish.  This is where I come in.  Today I have put together some looks that I think will be great for your annual holiday office parties.  As you can see, I tried to give you some sophisticated, yet sexy looks.  green-lace-dressDress – NY&C  Clutch – Macy’s  EarringsNY&C  Bracelet – NY&C  Pumps – Nordstrom

metallic-dressDress – ASOS  Sandals – Zappos  Clutch – Bloomingdale’s  Bracelet – Overstock  Earrings – Macy’s  Lipstick – Sephora

red-jumpsuitJumpsuit – Dillard’s  Earrings – Forever 21  Bangles – Forever 21  Clutch – Nordstrom  Sandals – Nordstrom  Lipstick – Milani

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Top H&M  Skirt – H&M  Jacket – H&M  Sandals – Nordstrom  Earrings – Macy’s  Ring – Macy’s  Choker – Macy’s

I hope these looks have inspired you for your next holiday office party!  Let me know what you think of them in the comments section.  Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!

30 Under $30: Gift Guide for the Boss Ladies

Hello Everyone!  So Christmas is less than 2 weeks away and I wanted to give you some quick gift ideas for yourself or for some of your “Boss Lady” friends.  I wanted to include items that were pretty inexpensive but valuable at the same time.  Because these pieces are so inexpensive, why not get multiple items on the list.  Check them out below!

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  1. Impress These “press on” nails are the perfect gift for someone who wants to have a nice manicure for the holidays but don’t want ruin their real nails.  Also, these are a lot cheaper and less time consuming than going to the nail shop.
  2. Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion Plus Advanced Cleansing System This system helps keep your skin nice and smooth.
  3. Urban Decay Cosmetics, Naked Basics Excellent for us makeup amateurs.  The shades are perfect for simple eye shadow application.
  4. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue One of my favorite fragrances as I have mentioned previously.  It’s light and fresh.  It’s the perfect scent for women on the go.
  5. E.L.F. Brush Squad Brush Set 7pc Another wonderful set for those just starting to wear makeup.  The price and quality are both excellent.
  6. Ulta Brilliantly Beautiful Color Essentials Collection I love these collections.  This box is filled with every makeup product that you need.  Try it out.
  7. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores I wanted to include another product that is good for the skin because skincare is very important; especially for businesswomen who are the face of their brands.
  8. Birchbox Subscription This subscription is so cool.  You get to try out all of these sample sized beauty products to determine what you do or don’t like.  And it’s only $10 a month!

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  1. Buxton Leather Fashion Folio This organizer is perfectly stylish and professional.
  2. #GirlBoss I haven’t read this book yet but it’s definitely on my list of books to read. But from the description that I’ve read, it’s about the importance of trusting your instincts and following your gut.  I’m into that!
  3. LivePlan Subscription This subscription is terrific for businesswomen who are trying to develop their ideas and need a plan.  It’s a business plan software that helps to turn your ideas into reality.
  4. Kate Spade 17 Month Agenda Important for organization.  The design is nice as well.
  5. Etsy Posters A little inspiration goes a long way.  With all of the hard work that it takes to start a business, these posters help to give a little much needed motivation.
  6. Fancy Jumpdrive Every businesswoman needs a flash drive to save all of their information and files. But this one is also very fun and fashionable too.
  7. Business Card Holder A chic business card holder is another essential for businesswomen.

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  1. Toysmith Deluxe Zen Garden This is a cool way to promote meditation and relaxation.
  2. Starbucks Gift Basket Coffee! For Starbuck’s lovers, this basket is perfection.
  3. Anthropologie Monogram Mug I love these monogram mugs. Who doesn’t love these personalized little trinkets?
  4. Massage Envy Gift Card After a hard week’s work, a massage is much needed.  Having a professional do it is even better.
  5. Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Lotion I keep a bottle of this lotion at my desk at all times.  It smells wonderful and yes it is great as a stress reliever.
  6. Instant Happy Journal Journals are a way to reflect and contemplate on your life and everything that’s going on.
  7. Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Red wine, as opposed to white, helps promote health and longevity. Its also a great way to disconnect from the stress of work for just a little while.
  8. Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Candle Candles are always great for relaxation.  These smell wonderful.

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  1. BP Stripe Skinny Scarf These scarves are in right now and they are so cute.
  2. Target Leather Lock Satchel Handbag  A nice size handbag is very important as a business woman because you have to be able to fit a few items in there like your iPad and business papers.  Very chic too!
  3. Binger Unixex Watch Watches are great accessories for business women.  Though we don’t really use them to tell time anymore, they’re great to wear for styling purposes.  They add a sense of sophistication to your look.
  4. Old Navy Trench Coat A trench coat is the perfect way to complete an outfit.
  5. The Limited Gift Card If you don’t know exactly what to get, a gift card for the business woman to do her own shopping is always a safe bet.
  6. Paparazzi Miss You-niverse Statement Necklace I just bought this necklace for myself for only $5.00!  And it is the best $5.00 purchase that I’ve made in a long time.  I can’t wait to show you how I styled it.
  7. H&M Long Sleeve White Blouse White Blouses should be a staple in every business woman’s closet.

Have you already done all of your Christmas shopping?  If not, I hope these ideas are helpful.  Let me know what you think of them in the comments section below!

Casual Friday: Graphic T-Shirt

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Blazer  – Forever 21  T-Shirt Target  Jeans Gap  Choker NY&C  PumpsBCBGeneration

Happy Friday!!! Today, I decided to dress up my graphic t-shirt for Casual Friday.  This “Guns N’ Roses” t-shirt may be a bit unfit for the office, but there are so many great graphic tees to choose from that are a less “edgy”.  I added my blazer and pumps for “chicness” and threw on my choker as the icing on the cake (though I kind of feel like I should have left it out lol).  I’m loving this look.  What do you think?  How do you dress up your graphic tees?

Officially in the Holiday Spirit!!!

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DressH&M  BootsMacy’s  WatchAnne Klein  NecklaceForever 21

I’m officially in the holiday spirit and this red dress was right up my “holiday spirit” alley.  It’s bright, it’s flowy, and it made me feel good as soon as I put it on.  I don’t typically wear bright colors but I figured there’s nothing wrong with switching it up.  Oh, and these boots are everything!  I’ve been looking for a nice, inexpensive pair of OTK boots and these are amazing.  I will be featuring them in a future post.  Stay tuned. Happy Holidays!!!