Posted on 01/14/17

Mornings With Mands


Good morning, beautiful people! You might’ve seen a couple of these videos already on my social media accounts, but today I just wanted to take a minute and fill y’all in on exactly what is “Mornings With Mands.” So, for the longest time, breakfast has been my favorite meal of the day. Eggs, sausage, bacon, fruit, toast, nut butter spreads, smoothies, COFFEE & TEA are just a ~few~ reasons why. Another thing that I started really loving was waking up early to go for a run or get a gym session in. I realized that getting my workout out of the way and coming home to a full day ahead of me is the best feeling ever! Then when I started my blog, I would write blog posts on the weekends while having a coffee or eating my breakfast. So, basically over time my mornings just became this sacredness. Mornings became “me time” and it was in these 4-5 hours that I became the most productive. Going to farmers markets and cute breakfast dates at cafe’s with my boyfriend or taking fun adventures while the earth is waking up is to me, pure happiness. If you know me, you know I love documenting; and making short little videos are one of my favorite ways to do so! That being said, I thought I would put together a little video series aka “Mornings With Mands” to show you the things that make me happy in life. All of the videos will be posted on my Youtube channel (link here) because it’s just easier that way, lol! I hope you tune in and learn a little bit more about who I am and what I love.

Stay you,


Posted on 01/11/17

3 hairstyles for beanie wearing

fashion/ lifestyle

Good morning, lovelies! I don’t know exactly when this started happening, but it is below 40 degrees every morning here in Sav and I’m not sure how I feel about it, lol. I’m one of those people who truly does appreciate every season and the weather that comes along with it, (I enjoy switching things up!) however, this florida girl is having a tough time enjoying the ALMOST FREEZING cold weather. Thank the lord I decided to ask for more cold weather clothes for Christmas because without long sleeves, sweatshirts, and coats, I would stay in my bed and hibernate until winter was over. I’ve always said dressing for cold weather is much cuter, but I’ve learned that sometimes it’s hard to pull things off without looking like a marshmallow or a hobo.

Keeping warm during winter is a must though, so dressing practical and cute at the same time is something we all should learn to master. One of the hardest things for me to pull off is wearing a beanie while still looking put together. Beanies can be a pain because most of the time after you’ve been wearing it all day and take it off, your hair is usually messy or flat. That being said, it’s important to wear a hairstyle underneath the beanie that’s going to stay put or still look cute once the beanie is removed. Today I’m doing just that and sharing 3 hairstyles that don’t require heat, look cute with a beanie on, AND STILL look cute once the beanie is taken off. The third look is definitely my favorite, btw, so scroll scroll scroll.

sophisticated space buns

Low space buns are perfect to wear with beanies because they’re low enough for the beanie to rest nicely on top of the buns (inspo from Yes, it’s important to keep the buns as sleek as possible underneath the beanie, so your hair won’t look like it’s messed up when you take it off. However, it’s also important to pull some pieces in the front surrounding your face out so when you have the beanie on, you don’t look bald, lol!

double french braid bun

These double french braids are so fun to wear with a beanie because when it’s on, it just looks like a normal bun, however when the beanie comes off BAM, it’s chic french braids. Keeping the braids tighter will definitely ensure that your hair stays in place, however like I said with the space buns, pull some pieces out so you don’t look too bald, lol. This look is also a bit more girly and playful, so it really just depends on what you’re going for.

double fish tail

So one of my favorite ways to wear a beanie, if you can’t already tell, is with double the braids or buns. I especially love wearing a beanie with pigtail braids; braids that fall in the front rather than the back because beanies tend to make you look like you don’t have hair if there’s none showing in the front! I feel like a regular braid is pretty basic and I’m always trying to create looks that are more complex than average, so I thought fish tail braids would look dope with a beanie! Andddd I was right. It’s funny because before creating this look, I totally forgot about fishtail braids, but I’m so digging’ them again. This is definitely my new favorite way to rock a beanie.

If any of y’all recreate these looks, definitely message me or send me a pic over social medias! I always love seeing how you guys take looks and make them your own. Stay warm out there! Also, check my Instagram @justmands to find out what I’m wearing in these photos!


Posted on 01/08/17

A Day In The Life: Rain or Shine

fashion/ lifestyle

Happy Weekend, lovelies! I hope it has treated you well. For me the weekend was mostly consumed by working out, homework (yes, I already have lots of homework after the first 2 days of classes and yes, it is mean), and kind of just working on personal projects. However, Saturday morning I got to escape my dorm a little & was reunited with my France beauties! Julia, who is also my suite-mate, and our friends Aly and Irina who we had the pleasure of meeting while doing SCAD’s Pre-Bee program, all got to meet up over some coffee, carbs, and cold weather. We had originally planned to meet at the dining hall and bike up to Forsyth park to stroll through the Saturday morning farmer’s market; however, we woke up to rain and 40 degree weather, so we did a quick back and forth POWER WALK through the market and then beelined it to a cafe. If you live in Savannah and haven’t been to The Sentient Bean yet, you are missing out! It’s solely vegetarian based, but if you’re a lover of granola, coffee, eggs, and breaky in general, this is the place for you.

Since it was a rainy day, I decided to whip out my Lulu rain jacket I got for Christmas and let me tell you, obsesseeedddd. If you’re in the market for a good rain jacket, make the investment in this one. It’s light because it’s waterproof, yet it keeps you so warm because it insulates heat! Anything that has dual-purpose is a must have item in my closet. Also, I’m trying to make scarfs more of a thing for me, since I no longer live in a city where it’s pretty much summer year-round.

Top: Urban Outfitters (only black left) // Jeans: Urban Outfitters (similar) // Rain Jacket: LuluLemon (exact) // Scarf: Zara (similar)

I’ve made it one of my new years resolutions to do less partying and more exploring, enrichment opportunities within Savannah, but today made me realize something else I want to do more of: good conversations. It’s amazing how a simple afternoon of catching up with friends, discussing real life current events, goals, and sharing opinions on important issues (without the distraction of being on your phone) can truly feed our souls. Humans crave face-to-face human interaction. Connecting and vibing with other people is one of the best feelings there is and I guarantee if we all did a little more of that, we’d all be happier people. I’m sure we’ve all experienced moments with friends we really connect with when the conversation just never ends and new topics are consistently being brought up; doesn’t it feel good? Let’s all try and surround ourselves with people who bring something to the table more often. Without phones. Without booze. Without bullshit, surface level conversations. Just you and good people and good conversation.


Posted on 01/06/17

How To Step Back Into Reality


Happy New Year, my lovely pals! I hope everyone had the most magical winter break filled with love, laughter, and memory making. I am so excited for what’s to come in 2017! I can just feel that it’ll be a year full of opportunity. However, I think one thing everyone starts out the new year knowing, but quickly forgetting is that opportunity rarely just falls in our laps. I think that was one of the things that held me back from doing the things I wanted to in 2016 and I plan to not let myself fall back into that bad habit! We all need to remember that everything starts with you. You are the one that gets yourself out of bed every morning. Who determines how the day will be and what it will be filled with. Make it a point to fill it with at least one thing that’ll get you to where you want to be. And leave out all of the things that won’t be of any benefit to you.

Something that I know to be true is that it’s hard for people to get back into their everyday routines in the new year after such a long, lackadaisical break. If you find it quite easy to wake up at 6:30 am again, sit through classes, and jump back into your real life, you’re lying. Or you’re just a freak of a human being. I know that is not the case for most people, including me! However, I’ve noticed that there are things I can do to get myself back into the swing of things without feeling miserable or stressed out. The key, like I mentioned previously, is to keep in mind that everything starts with you. Especially when it comes to physical and mental wellness.

get a good night sleep

I remember always being told during exam week in high school to “go to bed early” & “get a good night sleep” the night before an exam. Of course, I never listened and would go to bed at my usual time of midnight. However, now I understand how this is helpful. Your body is probably so out of whack, sleep-deprived, and just worn out from all the holiday festivities and vacations; so, ensuring that you rest it before heading back into work or class is paramount for your energy and a clear headspace the following day.

eat well

Not only do I suggest eating a healthy, sustainable, and energizing breakfast, but I think it’s important to eat something that you love, too. You might not be a person who genuinely feels joy from delicious food, but I am and I would guess that 9/10 people are too, lol. So, if blueberry and banana pancakes are your jam, have them the morning of your first day back! It’s important to do things that’ll put you in a good mood and bring you joy, especially the first day you start your routine again. I know lots of people don’t want the break to end and need a little something to boost their spirits! SO HAVE THE DAMN PANCAKES.

keep a planner

You might find keeping up with a planner to be difficult, but you should at least start out the year using one. I know figuring out how to deal with work load again after not doing so for so long is what I struggle with. I believe that using your planner to keep track and stay on top of meetings, plans, and due dates will set you up for success right off the bat. It’ll force you to have no excuse for “forgetting an assignment is due” or “not knowing about work meetings.” And it also leads into my next point…

don’t procrastinate

One of the worst things to fall into is procrastination. I’m not going to act like I don’t fall prey to it here and there, but if you’re someone who finds themselves always working on projects the night before the deadline, you need to make it a point to change that. If you start out the new semester or work year staying on top of work and getting them done in a timely and efficient manner, you’re more likely to keep up with it.


For people who don’t workout regularly, getting yourself to start working out is a struggle. Even for people who regularly workout, getting back into the gym after the holidays isn’t easy, either. Although, the only way you’re going to jump back into it is by forcing yourself to go. This doesn’t meant that once you get there you have to have this killer workout and be dripping in sweat by the time you leave; you can literally go and just walk on the treadmill or stretch. But by bringing yourself to the gym, you’re getting back into that habit of going. If you put it off, you’ll never do it.

Make to-do lists

Write them in the notes app or reminders app on your phone, write them on paper, on a napkin, write them in your planner; wherever. Make to-do lists. Writing down all of the things I have to do for the day has helped me to both relieve the stress in my head by transferring it onto paper, and to get my stuff done. You’re bound to forget something you have to do if you keep it in your head. To-do lists are one of the best ways to stay prepared for school and work.

I hope you found some of these tips helpful for you and that you kick booty in 2017. Just please remember, you create your own opportunities.


Posted on 12/30/16

17 resolutions for 2017


New Years Eve is a time to reflect, to set goals, to celebrate good times, and to leave all the bad ones behind. New Years Eve is also a time to be selfish and to take time to really turn inward. Brew some tea, grab a journal or laptop, sit down, and think about your life. Where do you want to see yourself this upcoming year? Once you’ve established your goals, reflect on this past year. What areas of your life do you want improve on? And What areas of your life do you think you strived in? And after you’ve figured those things out, you can start to write down lifestyle changes, desires, personal wellness goals, and anything that’ll help you get to where you want to be in life.

One thing that I found myself doing while writing down my own goals and resolutions was questioning whether or not I could really achieve what I wrote down. If I would actually start doing what I want to do. And I realized that the second guessing came from those goals being out of my comfort zone. I would have to do something that I normally am uncomfortable doing to achieve those things and that made me nervous. But I had to remind myself that bettering yourself is uncomfortable. That “great things never came from comfort zones.”

So, here’s to 2017: 17 resolutions

(A little fyi, all of these resolutions were well thought out and have personal beneficial reasons behind them. I’m not just cutting out dairy because I feel like it, lol.)

-Cut out dairy from your diet

-Start learning how to build your career

-Put myself out there more

-Work harder and spend more time perfecting schoolwork

-Prioritize my well being and personal goals over nights out partying.

-Eat less

-Explore more

-Drink less coffee & more tea

-Get a job

-Read more often

-Make my own money

-Dress my best more often to improve my style

-Start an art project that isn’t for school

-Write more. On my laptop, in my notes, in my journal; anywhere.

-Start taking kickboxing classes.

-Get involved in the community by attending coffee shop events or join local volleyball team.

-Stay focused… on what matters to me, my goals, & where I want to be in life.

Celebrate the things you’ve accomplished, people you’ve met, things you’ve created, and places you’ve seen in 2016. And something to remember going into 2017, “A comfort zone is beautiful, but nothing ever grows there.” -unknown.



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