Ok so before you try and come for me…

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…hear me out.

For the past week, Twitter has been talking about ‘random opinions’ on certain subjects and the topic of situationships came up – as it always does on Twitter. While a few people were for it, the huge majority was against it. Now I’m all for a good relationship, BUT after being in a situationship for a while… I’m just saying, they really aren’t that bad!

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So my situationship story is probably the same as the next one, which you can check out here, but in short – we met in college, reconnected a few years after college, and been kicking it ever since.

I think what makes people so apprehensive about situationships is eventually, someone will want more and it’s usually not the guy, which means invested time and emotions have been wasted. I get it! But as my girl Megan Thee Stallion would say: “It’s a Hot Girl Summer” so why the hell not?

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The beauty of situationships is that you’re not tied down by expectations. However, if you both respect each other and are on the same page with each other, then expectations can be established and should be respected.

Sentiments on situationships are all dependent upon the type of person that you are, how you view your time, and what you want your love life to be in the future. For some people, it’s an automatic no! Some can ride the wave until they crash and others… that’s how they only roll! Did I ever imagine myself being in a situationship? Definitely not – especially one that has lasted this long. But for me, it works for where I’m at in life right now and will continue to work until it doesn’t.

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At the end of the day, if a situationship is something that you want to experience or try… do that! Don’t let societal pressures and comments keep you from living your best life, whatever that looks like for you!

So… situationsips! Team yes or Team no? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

Raee

If you look up ‘summertime’ in the dictionary, you will see ‘daisy dukes,’ ‘tank tops’ and ‘sandals’ as the definition. And while the less the better is my motto when I’m out in the Texas heat, sometimes, I want to dress it down and opt for comfort instead.

I’m big on joggers – I love wearing them at any time and anywhere, including in the middle of July! While it might be hot,
joggers work in any high degreed temperature and I’m sharing 3 ways that I wear mine in the summertime!

A Night Out

One thing I’m good for is pulling out some sweats and pairing it with a cute bodysuit and heels for a chilled night out look. One way to step out is by pairing your sweats with a denim chambray top and low heeled mules.

I finished my look with gold accessories that complimented the gold embellished hardware on my purse.

Chambray Top // Geometric Purse // Karl Lagerfield Mules

Day Time Hype

Summertime heat means you have to be ready for a dip in the pool at any time! I paired my sweats with an orange bikini top and wrapped my chambray denim top around the waist.

To complement the orange with a slight metallic contrast, I opted for my Rose Gold Nike Air Max’s.

Bikini Top // Nike Air Max’s

Ms. 9-5

If you’ve never tried wearing sweatpants to work, then I’m here to help you! Lol. Depending on the fit, sweats can be perfect for the work place keeping you stylish and comfy. For this fit, I opted for these rich, burgundy sweats and paired it with a white button down top, finishing it with nude pumps.

Sweatpants [on sale] // White Button Down // Nude Pumps // Necklace [out of season – Charming Charlie]

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From a bloggers perspective, Essence festival is perfect. It provides one with three full days of content including recaps, clips and outfits to last weeks! So when I decided I was going to Essence, I began planning and drafting my content to have at the ready. But as soon as I touched down in New Orleans, and the spirit of Essence hit me, all of that blogger talk, went out the window. Here I was in New Orleans for the 25th Essence Festival thinking about what type of posts I’d be able to create instead of being in the moment and appreciating the weekend!

So… that’s what I did.

I focused on taking Essence for what it was and soaking up each and every day to the fullest. This state of mind created a pivotal moment for me during our first full day of the festival.  My friends and I were able to sit in on a table read for my favorite show right now, Grown-ish, and we were fortunate enough to sit right next to Keri Shahidi, Yara Shahidi‘s mother, and we had a short conversation with her after the show. In true mama form, she shared inspiring words of wisdom that I feel compelled to share with you all, in hopes to inspire you the way she inspired me.

The conversation began with one of my friends expressing her love for Yara to which mama was very appreciative of. I then went on to share how much I loved the show and began asking questions about the production of it. She shared a few secrets like the work schedule of the stars during the season, to which my other friend retorted that she “wishes” she could do that like they do. Well Mama wasn’t having that, because she quickly interrupted my friend and firmly told her, “yes you can! Stop counting yourself out!”

Whew.

“Take this moment in! Look around you! Everybody on that stage did it and you can too! The journey won’t be easy, but it can be done!”

Honestly speaking, she didn’t tell me anything I haven’t heard before. But hearing them first hand from a woman who’s been there every step of the way of her daughter’s[really all of her children’s] journey, was definitely a top 10 moment for me that gave me pause.

I know I count myself out all of the time.

I count myself out of something because too many people are doing the same thing that I want to do and I don’t think that I can compare.

I count myself out because I’m just a girl from Houston and “that” wouldn’t happen to me because I don’t have the resources or money to make it happen!

But as Mama Shahidi so lovingly put it, “everyone you admire and look up to has done it! So don’t ever think that you can’t do something just because it seems unattainable because it is attainable and you can do it!”

Now I don’t know about you that motivated me enough to realign my goals for the next five months and make sure that I’m intentional in my journey to reach my goals!

So whatever that IT is that you want to do, no matter how old you are, whether you’re just beginning your journey or doing something for the first time, do it, so you can be in the room too!

Talk to ya’ll soon!

xoxo,

Raee

P.S. I also talked to Chloe x Halle’s mother about the foolery behind Halle being cast as Aeriel in The Little Mermaid. I asked her to make sure Halle doesn’t drop out of the film and she said “Baby, God is in control! If she was going to drop it, He wouldnt’ve given her the ball anyway!” If that ain’t a word, I don’t know what is!

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4th of July is literally around the corner, and if you’re like me and decided to wait until the last minute for an outfit, then you’re in luck! I’ve rounded up 10 cute style deals from Amazon that you need for this year’s 4th of July celebration!

This cute American themed bikini!

Pair this USA crop top with cute denim cutoffs for an instantly patriotic look!

Paper bag styled shorts and pants are in right now and these are so cute!

If you’re hitting up a beach themed 4th of July party, then this cute crochet crop top is a perfect choice.

Graphic tees are an easy way to cute up and personalize any outfit and what better tee screams ‘4th of July’ other than this one?

This holographic fanny pack is perfect for a hands-free turn up and comes in multiple colors!

This denim chambray top looks like a jacket, but is actually a top with embellished details!

Keep covered and cute in the heat with this topless floppy hat!

This ripped – denim dress is so cute and perfect for a nice Independence Day BBQ!

I’m from Texas and down here, we wear boots and I’d definitely cop these, but if boots aren’t your thing, then try these sneakers for a cute and sporty look!

And there you have it! 10 cute style deals available on Amazon that you can get before the 4th with Amazon Prime. If you don’t have Prime, then get a trial version for 30 days of free shipping!

Have a great 4th!

xoxo,

Raee

I love wearing neutral colors! It’s something so chic and crisp about how neutrals look when pieced together, which is why I chose to wear neutral on top of neutral for this look.

I’ve been a subscriber to JustFab for years and what I love about them is if I decide not to purchase anything, I can just skip them for the month with no penalty and continue to keep my VIP points to put towards my next purchase. I also love Just Fab for their extensive plus size line filled with cute pieces like this trench coat.

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I’ve never had a reason to own a trench coat because quite honestly, Houston weather isn’t too forgiving when it comes to coats. But I’m glad I made this purchase! This trench coat is so light and airy that I don’t burn up in this Houston heat. I also copped these heels from Just Fab as well!
They looked like they would be manageable so I bought them, but BAY-BEE these babies are NOT for walking around on the town! You wear these for when you’re going from the door to your seat at a restaurant and DASSIT! Lol. While I didn’t last long, these shoes added a cute and sexy touch.

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My suede top which has been in the back of my closet for years finally got some use as I paired it perfectly with the trench and loved the way it turned out! Despite the weather, don’t let the summer time stop you from showing out in your trench coat! Dress it up or down or with jeans and shorts and you have an instant look!

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