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Top 5 Things to Do in Miami

I LOVE MIAMI! I love everything from the culture, to the food, the beaches, and especially the weather. I always feel so serene when I’m there. During my most recent visit, I tried some new things, as well as revisited some of my favorite must-visit spots.

  1. Wet Willie’s: This stop is absolutely necessary for those of you who enjoy slushee adult beverages to cool off from the heat. My absolute favorite is the “Call-A-Cab”, they boast that after you drink it you will indeed need to call a cab! While you enjoy your drink, you can enjoy the view of South Beach and Ocean Drive. filename-255305-3649314626396
  2. South Beach:  Grab your favorite swimming suit, and catch the sun on South Beach. Not only is there the beach, but there are many restaurants, small shops, and boutique hotels on Ocean Drive.

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    South Beach, Miami

  3. Wynwood Art District: Wynwood is full of beautiful art. You can find many chill clubs, bars, unique restaurants and boutiques for quick shopping.
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    Wynwood Art District 

     

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    Wynwood Art District

  4. Miami Dolphins Football Game: Catch a Dolphins game at the Hard Rock Stadium. If you are from a cold climate like myself, sitting at a football game in sandals instead of a huge parka coat is quite a treat!

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    Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots 12/11/17

  5. Bayside Market Place: Bayside is ideal for doing many things in one place. You can probably spend a full afternoon or a full evening at Bayside. They have beautiful scenery, restaurants, shops, and you can even catch a boat ride from their pier.
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    Bayside Marketplace

    While this is just a small glimpse of Miami and all it has to offer, these are a few of my most recent finds! Let me know your favorite places to visit in Miami in the comments! Happy traveling!

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She’s Gotta Have It (Review)

I recently binged watched She’s Gotta Have It, and I must say I was throughly impressed! Having seen the original movie years ago, I knew the premise of the show, but what I didn’t expect was the implementation of so many other social issues like gentrification, back alley butt injections, millennial poverty, anti-catcalling and more. The show was beautifully directed and in true Spike Lee fashion there were random monologues by characters, music perfectly fit with almost every scene, and interesting camera angles.

Spike Lee took his classic film, and updated it making it relatable for millennials everywhere. I think the series can be enjoyable for women and men alike. In all honesty the series was not just about a girl who had three men companions, but much more. While that was a factor, thats was not the sole storyline. Nola Darling, considering herself a  “sex positive, polyamorous, pansexual” leads a life of struggle. She struggles with her relationships with her men, and one woman, she struggles with her art career, she struggles to maintain her teaching job, and she struggles to pay her rent. But, through her struggle, she creates beautiful art, giving great meaning to the term “starving artist.” There is no question of her talent, and thats what stood out to me the most.

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As I watched Nola Darling find her way through the first season of the show, I found myself thinking of another show.  I couldn’t help drawing comparisons between Nola Darling and  Issa from the hit show, Insecure. This past season of Insecure we also watched as Issa struggled with her new life without Lawrence and as she tried to find her way through her self-proclaimed “hoe phase”.  In the case of both women, I have seen so many tweets, memes, and even heard several radio station DJ’s condemning both Issa and Nola Darling for the lives they choose to lead sexually.  While I personally don’t consider either woman a “freak” or any other degrading term I have heard them called, it made me even more aware of the double-standard that is in place when it comes to men and women’s sexual lives.

Both series are well worth the watch. They are relatable and humorous, and will have you questioning society and the world around you! Happy watching! 

What did you think about either of these series? Let me know in the comments! 

Top 5 Holiday Movies

The holiday season is among us! Christmas music is already being played on the radio! Here is a quick list of my absolute favorite holiday movies! I have to watch these at least once per season (probably way more)!

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

Enjoy Kevin’s journey of getting separated from his family in the airport on their way to a family holiday trip to Miami. Kevin ends up in New York and gets himself into trouble!

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Polar Express (2004)

Enjoy the ride on the Polar Express, the train full of hopes and holiday wishes!

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The Grinch (2000)

Whoville is shaken up when the Grinch is named Holiday Cheermiester!

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A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Charlie Brown and the gang find the true meaning of Christmas while looking for the perfect Christmas tree!

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Almost Christmas (2016) 

Bringing family together for the holidays can either go really good or really bad, and this family’s holiday turns out somewhere in between!giphy4

What are your favorite holiday movies!? Let me know in the comments!

Life Hacks For Grad Students

The end of the semester is near. That generally means one thing, it’s officially crunch-time. The assignments become greater and the due dates seem to be getting closer together. Here are a few tips that may be helpful to you during this busy time!

Don’t procrastinate…Due dates are closer than they appear! Since there is only about a month and some change left of the semester, many assignments are going to be due to colose out the semester. My advice, start working on any and everything. The last thing you want is to be put in a position where you are still typing a paper an hour before it’s due! Especially if it’s due online, those links will close!

Stay organized… Organization is not everyones cup of tea. But, it is certainly helpful when you are juggling multiple classes, possibly a job, family, and a social life. It is easy to overlook assignments or mateirals if you dont stay somewhat organized. Whatever way organization works for you, own it. If your papers are scattered all over, but you know exactly where something is when you need it, thats still organization! 

Eat & Sleep!…\ While these may seem obvious, they’re not. Sometimes when your’re wrapper up in papers, and books you forget to take care of yourself. Or you think I can sleep or eat later. Ladies and gentlemen this is not a key to success. Make sure to give yourself enough food and sleep. Your body needs energy to keep moving and process the information you are giving it. Nobody likes a stressed out sleep deproved hangry person!

Keep pushing and finish the semester out strong! What are your tips or rituals that get you through the semesters? Let me know in the comments!

DIY Last Minute Halloween Costumes

If you are reading this, unlike Drake it’s not too late! There is still hope for you to find a quick costume, but not look like it was a quick costume! Here are a few ideas that are quick, easy, and you probably already have most of the stuff in your closet.

1. Rosie the Riveter: Represent Girl Power to the fullest in this Rosie the Riveter costume!
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2. Clark Kent AKA Superman: Superman or Superwoman to the rescue in the simplistic Clark Kent costume!
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3. Waldo: We’ve been asking Where’s Waldo for years, and for one night you can become Waldo in the flesh!
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What are you going to be for Halloween?! Let’s talk about it in the comments!

19 Things From the 90’s that Need to Make a Comeback

This post is strictly for all my 90’s babies! The 90’s gave us so many great television shows, candies, games, music, and most importantly fashion. Take a walk down memory lane with me as I revisit some of my favorite things of the 90’s.

TV

  1. Martin
  2. Moesha 
  3. All That 
  4. Cousin Skeeter
  5. Hey Arnold 

Candy & Food

  1. Laffy Taffy Sparkle Taffy
  2. Astro Pop 
  3. Hubba Bubble Bubble Jug 
  4. Rice Krispie Treat Cereal 
  5. Wonder Ball 

Games

  1. NBA Jam 
  2. Tekken 
  3. Mega Man 
  4. Bomber Man 

Fashion

1. Short Hair Cuts 

2. Gold Hoops 

3. Jerseys 

4. Starter Gear 

5. Heavy Lip Liner 

What are your 90’s faves? Follow my 90’s Nostalgia Pinterest board for more throwbacks!


*I do not own the rights to the pictures.

The “Strong Friend”

Most of us have one. The friend that you turn to at any moment. When things are good, bad, and especially when things are terrible. You probably call this friend for anything, you depend on them for comfort and support. You know that if you called in the middle of the night and just needed to talk they would be willing to wake out of their sleep and talk you through your issues. More than likely you admire them for their strength. But, I am here to tell you they need you just as much as you need them. Make sure that just as much as you call to complain, or tell them about your terrible day at work, you listen to theirs. For every text that starts of, “Bisssshhhhh”, make sure you’re sending one that says “I love you”, or “I hope you have a great day.” Make sure you are giving them the same love and support they are constantly giving you!

Being the strong friend is a blessing and a curse. Yes, you may be the voice of reason or the general shoulder to cry on in your group of friends. But, the downside is when you need that same support your friends may not even realize it. You could be down in the dumps for days, but because you probably continue to play your role as the “strong friend” they think you have it all under control. But, girl, it’s ok. You don’t always have to be the strong friend, you need support and comfort just as much as anyone else. Make sure to speak up and let that be known! And do not feel bad or any less strong because of it. Friendship should always be mutual. Point blank period. If you notice a “friend” is always coming to you with their problems, but never around for your trials and tribulations, maybe you should seriously rethink where you stand with that person.