All White Errthang

Tarah photo shoot-88 (1)A STYLE POST! Ahh guys, I’ve been wanting to show you my outfits forever but I but you know, school. Thank God I met an aspiring photographer, Neil Davis, in one of my club meetings and he agreed to take some photos of me. You all will be getting way more, too, because I’m investing in a camera on Black Friday/Cyber Monday! I wore this look to my Omicron Delta Kappa induction ceremony on Friday. No, guys, I’m not in a sorority lol. ODK is actually the National Leadership Society! It’s really rewarding to be recognized for my grades and work done on campus. Scroll down for outfit details. Continue reading

The Whirlwind Weeks

cosvid2October has been a whirlwind. A hurricane. A freakin cylone.

I wanted to catch you all up in the easiest way I could… which is why I am sharing with you photos on photos on photos, as well as brief descriptions of what I did, where I went, who I was with…You know, that type of thing. I’ve been off hilter since the trip with when it comes to my school work, blog work…I’m just now getting into the swing of things!

Here are the photos composed from Instagram, Facebook and blog posts from my impromptu trip to London for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards.

The awards ceremony was at the trendy OXO Tower that overlooked the Thames River, London Eye and St. Patrick’s (or was it St. Paul’s?) Cathedral. The view was amazing.nrm_1412776405-071014-cosmo-blog-awards-093

Pictured here are some of the fabulous bloggers I got close with on my trip! (Left to Right: Sophie of IYaaSophie, Me, Lou of Style Me Curvy, Monica of Moth Loves, and Nic of Nics Nutrition. )

photo-3IMG_1319IMG_1317The stunning winner of the “Best International Fashion Blogger”. Louise is a plus size model and style blogger that raises awareness for all women to love all of their shapes! 071014-cosmo-blog-awards-621The absolute sweetest girl ever: Alina of The Fairytale Pretty Picture! I met her through my London friend, Monica…we got our nails done at the show. Yes, I said at!

There were many booth-like sections at the event: a place to do your hair by Remington, take selfies with Thomson, get your lashes with The London Dolls, and your nails done with IZ Beauty of London. There was even a Build-Your-Own-Cupcake thingy with Two Little Cats Bakery. And let me tell you, it was the best cupcake I’ve ever had…and I’m a cupcake enthusiast!

nrm_1412781227-cosmo-blog-awards-2(Photo courtesy of Cosmopolitan UK.)

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Oh, and there were every type of drinks everywhere…and free, all night long.

nrm_1412781354-071014-cosmo-blog-awards-709We all left with huge goodie bags from Cosmopolitan UK! There’s a peek of what was inside!

Okay, now onto day three! (Day 1 was horrid, btw. It was raining, it took me forever to find an app to contact my family at home and I found out I had the wrong currency. WOMP.)

I met up with my friend from school, Darin, who’s currently studying abroad in England’s St. Mary’s. He took me to Victoria where we had brunch, toured a little, visited vendors and shopped at TopShop and Zara!

Thankfully, he understands my blogger needs and has an artistic eye – he took all my photos for that day! :)

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Last moment inside the London Westminster DoubleTree Hotel:10704162_10203816249505016_4329522613204500308_n My beautiful view:

10665052_10203816263985378_7600563566332608550_n That’s it, adorners! Thank you all so much for your votes!  I just had to reiterate how much I’m grateful for you all…The Cosmopolitan Blog Awards with Next 2014 had over 46,000 entries and on top of that, 37,000 more votes. Crazy, huh? I can’t wait to see where God brings this blog next.

10653308_10203816262985353_8199768263370291109_nPS: If you haven’t watched my first vlog, click here.

Adorned in Armor Meets London VLOG

AH! So here it is, here it is, HERE IT IS! This time last week, I was on the plane travelling to London for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards. People keep asking me how my trip was but honestly, it’s indescribable! With that being said, I knew I would just have to document my trip for you all. Here’s my very first vlog…ever.

Thanks for watching, everyone!

Tarah’s Top 5 Travel Tips

I’m a super organized, meticulous and particular person. So, before leaving for my trip to London, I made sure I had everything I needed to survive. I mean hey, I would be in another land where no one could actually rescue me. I’m only being sort of dramatic! I’ve been to Georgia by car and plane, Canada by car and Haiti by plane. But this London trip was a whole other ball field. I would be a l o n e.

With that being said, here are my top 5 travel tips I composed based on my London experience!

1. Passport – Remember you need a passport to travel abroad!

I didn’t have much time to plan for London so it didn’t click that I would need one! But duh.

I had a passport that expired a few years ago and I thought I was doomed. I almost gave up on going until my friend told me there was a way to get a passport the same day. So, that’s what I did! My good friend Malissa and I woke up at 4 in the morning to travel to Philadelphia’s Passport Agency. I already had my photo taken for my passport the day before and just had to develop the photo at the local Walgreens. I got my passport within 3 hours of being at the agency for $195.

2. Adapters/Outlets/Converters – Guys. Not everyone has the same outlets as us!

My friend woke up one morning and said my trip was her first thought on her mind. She told me I would need a converter in order to charge my iPhone and laptop! Thank GOD she told me because I would’ve been one beat lady. One beat emotional lady. One beat, emotionally lonely lady in Europe. Could you imagine not being able to contact loved ones from home?! Just the thought makes me shudder.

3. Money – Get your money right!

Obviously, Europe uses different currency than America so I went to my bank to exchange my USD (United States Dollars) to GBP (Great Britain Pounds). I mean, at least I thought I did.

When my cab got to my hotel the very first day, I shuffled through my bag, looking to pay my driver. As I held my palm out for him to take it, he looked down and said “We don’t accept those.” I could only imagine how my eyes looked. I finally knew what it meant for your stomach to drop. I felt tears welling in my eyes as I looked down at my money and asked, “What do you mean?” He responded with, “These are euros, hun. England uses pounds.”

I knew that. But all their money looked the same to me! I specifically told my bank I would be travelling to London. LONDON. LON-DON. They gave me the wrong currency. Blank face.

Thankfully, my hotel exchanged my money for me. I lost a lot of money, though. The American dollar means nothing compared to the British pound and Euros are next to nothing. Don’t believe me? Let’s just say for 100 EUROS, you get 78.55 pounds and with 100 American Dollars, you get $62.22. That’s not even including the rates of exchanging the money!

4. Do Your Research - Acquaint yourself with where you’ll be travelling to.

Since English is the primary language of England, I didn’t have to do much research. I just made sure I knew how their cabs looked like so I wouldn’t get in a fake one because of my ignorance! Yes, I take safe than sorry to a whole other level!

For those who are travelling where you are unfamiliar with the language, study the language! Thank God I only had to learn that the “lift” meant “elevator” and that they use “toilet” instead of “bath/restroom” haha. Simple stuff.

5. Communicate – How will you be contacting family and friends from back home?

Because I would only be staying in London for 3 days and 2 nights (and because I’m sorta kinda broke), I figured it wouldn’t be necessary to call my server and switch my plan to international. Instead, I downloaded an app where I could text and call anyone before I left the country.

I initially downloaded Voxophone but when I arrived to London, it decided to not work (Yes, I tested it out before I left)! Stressed and anxious, I immediately connected to wifi and hopped onto my laptop to let my family know I made it safe. I felt horrible that I had them waiting (it was 3 in the morning there). I searched for a good app but to no avail. Whatsapp is the most popular app but Talkatone is equally as good! I’m grateful my boyfriend found that one!

That’s it, adorners! Safe travels to any one of you going anywhere!

P.S: My London Vlog will be posted tomorrow!

London

Hey adorners!

So, I’m back from London! Let me just say it was an amazing experience. I made some new friends with some blogger babes, I toured from all over and I networked, networked, networked! I honestly can’t put it into words how much I enjoyed my trip so I’ll just put it in a video! Stay tuned for a vlog of my journey!

I’m so excited to share!

When Jesus Says Yes…

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“When many things seem to be going wrong, trust Me. When your life feels increasingly out of control, thank Me. These are supernatural responses and they can lift you above your circumstances. If you do what comes naturally in the face of difficulties, you may fall prey to negativism. Even a few complaints can set you on a path that is a downward spiral, by darkening your mindset. With this attitude controlling you, complaints flow more and more readily from your mouth. Each one moves you steadily down the slippery spiral. The lower you go, the faster you slide; but it is still possible to apply brakes. Cry out to Me in My Name! Affirm your trust in Me, regardless of how you feel. Thank Me for everything though this seems unnatural – even irrational. Gradually you will begin to ascend, recovering lost ground.

When you are back on ground level, you can face your circumstances from a humble perspective. If you choose supernatural responses this time – trusting and thanking Me – you will experience My unfathomable Peace.”

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