The past year has been a crazy ride. I moved from home, started a new career as an entrepreneur, took a leap of faith and got an apartment in Atlanta with business partners in hopes of being able to start my own business and make a name for myself. And through all of this, I have learned tons of lessons and developed relationships that pushed me out of my comfort zone - for better and for worse.
       
After closing the chapter on my time in Atlanta and moving back to NJ, I was able to reflect. 2018 really pushed my limits. I realize how strong I am and my resilience despite circumstance. After everything I've gone through, I truly need to take care of myself. I am starting a new chapter of my life that I never expected I would ever have to write. But before I start, I will need to lay some ground rules for myself that will require something much more permanent than resolutions.
         
       

         
       
     
Here are the list of PROMISES we should all be making as we start this new journey in life:

1. Forgive Yourself
I have never been very forgiving of others and maybe that will never change. But I need to forgive myself. That forgiveness will open up a space for healing, which pretty much everyone needs a bit of

2. Embrace the Shame
Shame seems like such a dirty word and counterproductive to the self-love movement the world is seeing. But acknowledging our shame is important. It makes us look at the areas of our lives we don't want to see. I want to be honest with myself, as difficult as that will be and achieve true self growth and acceptance.

3. Have the tough conversations. Always.
Even when it pushes you out of your comfort zone. Call people out! (yourself included) The breakthroughs that will take place and the depth of relationships that will be formed will make the discomfort well worth it. Don't avoid the tough conversations. And never allow other people to tell you how you feel. Periodt!


4. Remember, no one has their shit together.
As a Cancer, I always think that the people around me have it together, even more so than I do. The truth is no one does. The only person I want to compare myself to is myself.

This list of course will grow as I continue to throughout 2019. Any changes/updates will be noted along the way.
thrift vintage leather boots and backpack for travel

This past week I've been visiting a friend at college and two items have proven most useful: my vintage Coach backpack and leather ankle boots.

Thrifted vintage items are great because usually they're higher quality and able to last the entire trip and other trips to come. Also, they can be heavily discounted and sometimes cheaper than fast fashion clothing. I particularly love my boots because they're unique to me and my personal style and they pull together most of the outfits I've worn around campus. I love my backpack because it's durable and can fit the essentials: my notebook, camera, waterbottle, cosmetic bag, wallet, sunglasses, and phone charger.

Going vintage can be as simple as shopping someone's closet for free like I did to find this vintage Coach backpack. Or, you can get high quality for cheap through apps like Poshmark and Depop. I got these boots on Poshmark for $15 and wear them all the time. A review on those two apps is coming soon. But for now, you, too, can buy and sell the clothing items in your closet that haven't gotten much love lately.

Download the Poshmark app and use discount code JZIBV to instantly get $10 added to your account to buy items or just cash out! You can check out my closets in both the Poshmark and Depop apps by searching @sierra8862 under the people tab. Not sure how to sell on Posh and Depop? Check out my guide to selling clothes on Poshmark here.


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I wasn't sure whether I should title this a Spring Wishlist because I am actually pretty satisfied with my wardrobe as is and have been getting really creative repurposing clothing from previous seasons. But this is a list of a few dope items that would make great additions to my closet.

         
       

1. I've been seeing the aviator shades trend everywhere this spring and think they can really be stylish. I love this pink tinted pair from Nordstrom that borders the line of sunglasses and readers. They're cute and unexpectedly minimal. You can also go to ASOS to get the popular vintage yellow tinted sunnies here and their regular $13 clear lens aviator readers on sale here.

2.  I've been obsessed with the bell sleeves trend seen in street style since I first saw them pop up during fashion week. This white mock neck sweater from Forever 21 is great for the unpredictable weather in Spring. Good alternatives are this blue button up plus size version, and this cropped Express hoodie here.)


Let's face it, most of us are recovering from all the unnecessary spending that took place on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and New Year's. So it's completely reasonable not to want to go scrounging for change in your couch cushions just because another holiday came around. At least, the way my bank account is set up, I'm not fit to spend any serious cash for a good minute.

But Valentine's day is quickly approaching and your girl gang is expecting you to come through. And to be honest, after the crazy start to 2017 your best girlfriends are all probably in need of a little TLC. That's why this gift guide is PERFECT. Everything featured is UNDER $25 and just thoughtful enough that no one could tell it's totally last minute!

The WOKE Friend

Throw shade at Trump by getting you and a friend matching Nordstrom gift cards. Or appeal to this friend's inner boss babe and give her something she could sport proudly in honor of women's rights. Yaaas!




Since my last post on the blog, I've been really going out of my comfort zone and trying new things. I've added dresses to my wardrobe. I wear chunky heels all the time. Oh, and my outerwear game is definitely on point.

So I decided to start off the new year with a post styling something the old me never would have worn, but the new me is absolutely obsessed with.

MOCK NECK DRESS: F21 CONTEMPORARY // OTK BOOTS: PUBLIC DESIRE // WATCH: BULOVA


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