Social Media can become time consuming when you aren't taking full advantage of the automation tools available to you. The key is to manage your social media so that it doesn't manage you. So to make sure you continue to work smart and not hard, check out this week's video tutorial highlighting one of my favorite tools that allows you to schedule your Instagram posts.Be sure to like, comment and subscribe! [...]

Work Smart, Not Hard – Scheduling Your Instagram Posts

Twitter is one of my favorite social media platforms. I heavily rely on twitter for breaking news, business opportunities and keeping up with the current trending topics. With over 300 million users and 500 million tweets sent per day sorting through all the real time information to get to the news and information you really need to see can become a difficult task.  Thankfully utilizing filters, also known as twitter lists, can eliminate this burden and increase your productivity.Twitter li [...]

How To Increase Your Social Media Productivity Using Twitter Lists ...

I am sure by now you have heard about the latest social media platform that has everyone going crazy, Periscope. The live streaming app, owned by Twitter, allows you to broadcast live video anytime and anywhere to the millions of Periscope users around the world. Amassing 1 million users just 10 days after it’s initial launch, Periscope is gaining popularity and helping entrepreneurs and bloggers connect directly with their follower base and grow their business.Check out this video tutorial to [...]

Periscope Is The New “It Girl” (Video Tutorial)

It’s official..SUMMER is here! I never really appreciated this season while living in Texas (triple digits anyone?) until I moved to Chicago. When you are buried under snow with a polar vortex hovering over you for 6 months of the year, you savor every day of those three short but sweet summer months. So as you prepare for vacation, warmer weather and longer days check out what I’m loving this summer plus some great travel, style and entertainment tips.

Travel Issues

The June issue of some of your favorite magazines are PACKED with great travel deals, tips and features to get your geared up for summer getaways. Conde Nast Traveler “The Hot List”, Unite4Good “Travel4Good” and Essence “Vacation Issue” with the Lyon Brothers (#Empire) shining on the front cover are a few of my favorites.

My favorite summer travel issues

Considering I started my own blog to encourage women (particularly black women) to travel more and embrace new experiences, I loved that Essence chose to focus June on highlighting “black girls who travel” and encouraging everyone to #seesomeworld.
Highlights from the issue include these awesome tips:

  • Always bring single dollar bills when traveling abroad since most countries wont have change in U.S. Dollars
  • Best days to book travel are Tuesday, Wednesday and the weekends
  • For the best deals travel before or after a major holiday

I’m particularly favoring Unite4Good’s June issue because my recent travel blog post, "10 Must Have Travel Apps for Women"  was featured! Woo Hoo!

Super excited about my feature in Unite4:Good

I'm grateful to have been featured and this is particularly rewarding for me because it's the first time my work has been included in a print publication. Beyond my feature, this month's issue is full of other valuable travel tips to help you with summer business and/or leisure travel, like this feature on Eco Friendly Hotels at Every Destination.

A New Look

Last summer I wrote about my summer travel chic essentials and joining Firmoo’s blogger program. This summer I rocking another pair of new frames from Firmoo,  one of the world's most popular online eyeglass store with frames for women, men and a great portfolio of sunglasses!
Ordering on their site is a breeze and as usual the only hard part was deciding which frames to choose from:) With competitive pricing, versatile styles, great user reviews and photos plus a "virtual try on view" Firmoo is a great site to update your frames and grab some new sunglasses before summer ends!

Loving my new Firmoo glasses!

Ready for your new look this summer?  Click link to get 15% off your first pair of glasses

Summer Festivals

Attending festivals is officially one of my favorite hobbies! With Chicago being famous for hosting more summer festivals than any other city in the world, it’s hard not to get addicted to them. For every type of food, culture, belief, music or sports there is out there, Chicago has a festival for it!  

I celebrated the first day of summer yesterday at the Taste of Randolph in the Chicago neighborhood I once called home, the West Loop. I enjoyed Sauvignon Seafood Tacos from City Winery, Cheeseburgers from Grange Burger Hall, Guacamole from DeCero and some amazing Cookie Monster Ice Cream from Cone Gourmet Ice Cream while listening to some great bands and shopping the vendors.


Street Art. God LOVES us all

Planning to visit Chicago? Check out Thrillist feature on “Every Single Chicago Festival”

Share with me your summer travel plans in the comments below!
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What I’m Loving This Summer

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional social network, with over 300 million users and growing. Personally it’s my go to social media platform for networking because of the ability to easily connect with influencers and potential clients. I was recently working with a client to help him overhaul his social media and during this Social Media Makeover/Brand Audit session what he found most helpful were the LinkedIn tips I offered to help him upgrade his profile and gain more visibility.So [...]

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