Thursday, July 28, 2016

Late Night Workout... Reached Benchmark

Tonight I was in need of a late night workout! Just finished up my workout at 11:19!! And it was definetly what I needed as a pick me up as I have to work 2 more days this week!  There is nothing like running late at night and feeling the wind on your back and it's not the sun beaming down on you. I ran a different route tonight and it was a short 20 minute run but oh soo worth it!!
Also tonight I reached a benchmark of running a total of 2 marathons total( 52.4 miles)
This was a great ending to the workout!  This has made me want to run a total of one more marathon or 26.2 miles for the month of August the hottest month of the year!
I have included a screenshot of my "trophy" for running!
Brightly Soo,
Karen B <3
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Favorite Quotes from Michelle Obama's DNC Speech

Today I was reading the manuscript from Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention.  These are my 3 favorite quotes from her oh soo awe-inspiring, goose bump causing, jump on a chair and throw your hands in a chair for Hilary Clinton and for women in general speech!!

“Heroes of every color and creed who wear the uniform and risk their lives to keep passing down those blessings of liberty, police officers and the protesters in Dallas who all desperately want to keep our children safe.”

“Leaders like Hillary Clinton who has the guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting those cracks in that highest and hardest glass ceiling until she finally breaks through, lifting all of us along with her.”

“That is the story of this country, the story that has brought me to this stage tonight, the story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.”

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday Quote Motivation

Today's quote for the day was very insightful and caused me to reflect on how I treat myself when I'm alone and also when I am around others.

I know that I can be my biggest critic as I know that sometimes it's so easy to focus  on the bad things and fixate on what could be better and what I did wrong. But we have to remember to practice self love and that begins mainly with our thoughts. I know that I have been actively focusing on staying positive and increasing the amount of positive affirmations that I say daily. As your head and innermost thoughts guide you and you definetly want to have your head and heart in a positive space.

Lastly the last portion of the quote encourages you to take in consideration the words that you speak around others. This is as equally as important as the first portion of the quote. I want the words that I speak to others to be positive and uplifting and real. By taking that extra moment to pause before I speak to assess that whatever is going to pour out of your mouth is a correct reflection of what's in my soul.
This quote is something I will think about throughout the week as words are soo powerful!

Brightly Soo,

Karen B

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Top 5 Picks for Nordstrom Sale


             TOP  5 PICKS


This is my Top 5 Picks from the Nordstrom Sale. There are soo many items on sale and this was very difficult but necessary! The 5 items are essentials for the fall season and I know I will use a pair of the boots at least once a week. The boots are definitely a staple item. So take a seat and see what you think of my list!!



1.       Tory Burch Boots - They are only priced at $299.90! This is a great deal and will be my FALL staple item! The leather of the boots a great quality and will go well with my FALL outfits. This is my favorite item of the sale!



2.       Tory Burch Heidi Ballet Flat: These flats are trendy and comfortable for FALL. I already have these classic flats in  gold and think that this color and print will go well for FALL.  The sale price is $164.90 and will go up at the end of the sale. These flats will pair well with creams, black and neutrals!


3.       Vince Camuto Peera Cutout Bootie-  These booties are on sale for $99.90 and I plan on putting them to good use this summer as well. They will pair well with a couple of my summer dresses and look very chic with dark denim and cream top for a date night! Can't wait to wear these!!



4.       Barefoot Dreams Drape Front Cardigan-  This cardigan is soo soft and had to go on my list. I believe in wearing chic clothing but also comfort is key.  The versatility of this cardigan will allow this to be used easily in the spring as well. The cardigan is only $59.90 and is offered in several other colors. The other colors  that are offered is  an ombre effect which made it difficult to choose this pastel pink color. I chose this color because it can  be used more often this upcoming season!



5.       Illuminage Skin Rejuvnating Pillowcase-This pillow is $45 although that may seem expensive the cost is worth it considering the pillow is supposed to aid in wrinkle reduction. Although I am in my 20s it is  never too early to start trying to save yourself from wrinkles! Even if the pillowcase doesn't work it feels amazing on your face and is lovely to sleep on! 



Thank you for taking the time to go through my list! Leave comments below and let me know what you think! Thanks!
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Countdown til Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

T minus 2 hours til the official Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is revealed!!

Hope to check out deals for Tory Burch as I need a new statement handbag and several trendy statement fashion pieces!! Can't wait to see the deals!!

List of Things Looking Forward to viewing!

1. Tory Burch Handbag
2. Tory Burch Flats
3.  Makeup Deals(Chanel & Dior & Clinique)
4. Bright Kate Spade Handbag
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Quote for the Day

Check yo' self!

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Necessary Short Trip Home

I took a short road trip home to see my family and it was so nice!! I am all around a daddys girl and I am glad i was able to have great father daughter time wth him. Sometimes you can get so caught up in being an adult that it's so refreshing to spend the witb your dad and feel like a little girl again.

Wouldn't trade it for the world. We all watched the Olympic Trials and cheered for our favorite athlete! It reminded me of being a little first grader flipping around my parents living room while watching the gymnastics portion of the Olympics. Lol! Good times!!!
So glad I too the trip as I feel like my soul has refilled with that special kind of love that only your closest family can fill!

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Reflection for today

I have such a heavy heart right now. This whole ordeal in Dallas is just so upsetting. This shooting casts a shadow over a peaceful protest that is bringing attention to a cause that  truly matters. Black lives matter plain and simple. The fact that black lives matter should not mean that police lives don't matter either. But the reality is that as an African American woman I do live in fear of being pulled over from policemen. I do live in fear for my family, my brothers, my father, my man. They are black men.  And right now the way things are, I have a right to be concerned.

I just pray that everyone can come together in this time and they spread love and not hate. Because at the end of the day we are all humans and we should all matter.

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