I was asked by Carusele to participate in the on behalf of Skintimate ® #NeverMissASpot Skintimate® at Target. Although I was asked to write this post, all opinions are my own.
As if I needed another reason to visit Target! Living in the store already, it figures that I found my most recent deal there while picking up my essentials for the week. With the warmer weather in full swing (especially in Houston!), there’ a few things I currently can’t live without –

Skintimate® Shave Gels are an essential beauty product for someone on the go during the summer season! This shave gel offers luxurious scent that delivers the ultimate close shave for smooth and healthy feeling skin. In addition to this, it’s perfect for dry skin as it is formulated with ingredients like Vitamin E and Shea Butter in the product! I am known to be clumsy here and there, so I’m convinced that this product was made for people like me.

You can get this fab product for 5% off at Target in-store from July 30th – August 19th. Don’t miss out on this deal- you’ll totally regret it! With that extra 5%, you can buy even more stuff from your favorite store! In my case- I will be sure to use my savings to buy another double pack of this stuff- it’s just that good!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Skintimate at Target. The opinions and text are all mine.

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-B

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So for the past few weeks (in addition to being beyond busy), I’ve totes have had a case of writers block!  I would open my computer, stare at a blank page for a while, and eventually close it shut. I haven’t felt like writing (journaling or anything), let alone blogging! Writing has always been such a passion of mine- so the fact that it felt like a job rather than a passion was a problem for me- so I fixed it! I figured out what was wrong and fixed the problem. Below I’ve written the top 5 things that have gotten me out of many writers blocks, and have never seemed to fail.

1. Go back to your old notes

If you’re anything like me- your mind is constantly going 24/7. Because of this- I literally am always jotting down random thoughts throughout the day. Due to this- I’ve learned to carry a small notebook around with me to do so. When I don’t have my notebook, I am sure to write my random ideas down in the notes section in my phone. By doing this- I have created a very organic archive of ideas that I have thought of myself. Non of them are scripted- none are from anyone else- they are all things that I have thought of at some point. Whenever I am in a writing block, I always go back to my notes. My notes are my “little secret” when I literally have nothing to write about & I am so thankful for that!

2. Take a little break & come back to the drawing board

Many a times when I can’t think of anything to write about, or just don’t feel like writing- I simply don’t. Not for long- but I do something that I love then come back to the drawing board. I most times take a step back and go read for a bit a book I’m reading with a cup of my favorite tea in hand! After I’m done reading- most times I feel inspired and go back and write something that is more authentic than forced. You can always (always) tell when something that was written is authentic or not- a writers true voice will always come through.

3. ..but not too long!

The last part of the last point is so, so important- come back! Make sure to not take a break for too long losing sight of your goals. Writing is a form of expression, so always be sure to express yourself in a timely manner. If you are feeling some way about something- write about it! If there’s some new trend that you hate (or love), let your followers know! People follow/read your blog for a reason- never lose sight of that and stay true to yourself!

P.S.- I actually took a “blogging break” once, & it was great!

4. Have guest bloggers

Sometimes when I need to give myself  a break, I have a guest blogger write an article! I have done this through my series “Finance Friday’s with Stacy“. It’s so great to have a friend that loves writing just like you & can add a different voice to your platform! Doing so not only gives you a break for a post or two, but also can maybe give your readers insight on something you might not being as knowledgeable in! For example, I knew that I wanted to give my readers a little bit of financial wisdom, as that is something that I am interested in. I knew that I had friends who knew way more about this than me- so I asked them to write about it (all while giving credit, of course) rather than myself! Adding another voice to your platform is so rewarding and also something your readers might really look forward to!

5. Remember why you started

Whenever I am having writers block- I always remind myself why I started my blog. I remind myself that Styl’d Grace was started not only for fashion, but always for so much more! I love that I have created a platform where I have the ability to talk about all of my favorite things am so blessed to so! Remind yourself this- and writing will be so much easier!

These are just a few things that have helped me when I don’t feel like writing, and I hope that they help you as well! What are some things that you do when you don’t feel like writing?

Deets on the outfit below can be found here

Until Next Time!

-B

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This week I was clearly MIA, but for a good (the best!) reason. I was at my first Pink Zebra Reunion. Working for a direct selling company was something I had never done before, or even considered, until late last year. I can be 100% honest and say I’ve never loved a job more! Yes, of course, there are still (and will always be) some days that I don’t want to get out of bed. There’s days that I can’t wait to come home and there’s also days when I’m so lost in “work” that I don’t even realize what time it is & don’t want to leave.

Calling a job you love a “job” is so weird- sometimes I almost feel guilty for calling work- “work”! Yes- it is work but it’s so much more. I had already known this, but didn’t really fully understand this concept until this weekend when I met some of our consultants who came to Reunion. Just that alone put my “job” into perspective that what I do 8-5 is so much more. Hearing people’e stories & their “Why” for joining the company was life changing- there were tears and laughs, but all in all happy times.

It is such a HUGE blessing to have a job you love! Having a job you love inspires you to work harder every day, to always stay positive, and always be innovative. You learn that the opportunities are endless & are totally taken out of your comfort zone on a regular basis. It’s one thing to say your coworkers are like family- it’s another to actually live it. So- yes, I was MIA, but I was simply taking some time to appreciate life blessings. Always be thankful for what you have been given an opportunity to be apart of.

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-B

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RediscoverLaMorena #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

I for one can say that I enjoy trying new thing! I have’t always been a fan of spicy food, but living in one of the most cultural cities in the Houston- that has changed. My passion for Mexican food has grown to more than just queso, guac, and chips for example!

I recently discovered LA MORENA at my local Fiesta and decided to try it! Since I don’t eat meat, I decided to make  shrimp tacos using their LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo! I like chipotle sauce, so I decided this would be something that was out of my comfort zone, yet comfortable enough! As the leader in the chiles and peppers category, LA MORENA® has been providing US consumers with the highest quality products made in the style and with the taste of the authentic Mexican home and traditional recipes for over 35 years. I for sure rediscovered LA MORENA® and brought boring old shrimp tacos to life. I even wrote down all the deets, so you can make the same recipe! Also, don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes (deets also below), to win exciting prizes that will help you discover new places!

#VivaLaMorenaSweepstakes(7/19 to 8/23)

Rice:

  1. Dice up jalapenos very small and place them to the side
  2. Cook rice slowly, adding butter and fresh cilantro as it is finishing
  3. On the side, grill the diced jalapenos
  4. When rice is done, place in tortilla with diced jalapenos

Shrimp:

  1. Unthaw shrimp and season with seasoning & 1 tablespoon of butter
  2. Cook in pan with oil, emptying 1 can (or more, depending on amount of shrimp) of LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo. For a extra kick, add in some extra LA MORENA® Chipotle Sauce too!
  3. When done, place on taco & enjoy!

Although this was more spicy than my usual food, it was so so yummy & I will for sure be making it again!  If you don’t like this recipe, you can find more here.  Don’t forget to check back soon to see where LA MORENA® is taking me this summer on Instagram! Speaking of,what is something fun you plan on doing these last few weeks of the summer season?

Until Next Time!

-B

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Something new this week, as this weeks #Boss is none other than my photographer, Jerren Willis!  Jerren and I started shooting over a year ago now & we have had so much fun! Shooting with Jerren is anything less than anadventure-  he is known to publicize bloopers & catches the best candid photos.  Celebrating his 10 year anniversary of his photography  business this week, Jerren tells us all about how he got started in photography 10 years ago and the secrets as to how his business is still thriving now!

Tell me a little about yourself. Where did you grown up, get your degree in etc? What is your current job?

I’m a Houston native, growing up on the north side of town &  am the youngest of three siblings. I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Currently, I am an engineer and entrepreneur. My business is Jerren Willis Photography, and it is something I started while at A&M in 2007 & been doing for ten years.

What made you decide to start your career?

I picked up photography around the same time Facebook added photo galleries as a feature on their site. In the fall of my junior year in 2006, one of my friends encouraged me to apply for a student worker job as a photographer for A&M’s Marketing and Communications Dept. That’s where it got started & later that summer I used a portion of my summer internship earnings to invest in equipment and officially start my business.

What inspires you on a daily basis?

Perfection is what inspires me. Although it’s not likely I’ll ever get there, it’s what I strive for in everything I do. My high school football coach once told me that “the biggest room in the world is the room for improvement”, so I spend a lot of time doing self-evaluation and putting forth effort to be better in all aspects of my life.

What is your favorite bible verse & why?

My favorite bible verse is I Peter 5:7, which says ‘give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.’ This verse really gave me comfort when I was dealing with a cancer scare back in 2011.

What’s something you would tell your 20-year-old self?

Go ahead & get that Math minor. The message is to go ahead and finish things while the opportunity is there. I already took four of the six classes to get it through my engineering requirements, but I decided to take an easier way out. That’s something I definitely wouldn’t do now.

What is your end goal with your career? What do you want to accomplish?

Continue to grow my business and have it morph into being able to empower younger photographers and give them opportunities to grow and start their own businesses. I want to start giving instructional classes and workshops. Also, I want to launch a philanthropic branch of my business, of which I can use what I do to help the community.

What are the 3 most important things you would tell someone starting off in their career?

Always evolve, master your communication techniques and pay attention to detail

What is your favorite thing to do regarding your field?

I like meeting different people and being able to capture the vision that they want.

What is your least favorite?

Might sound cliché, but I really don’t have a least favorite part. It’s all a part of the process, and I like every step.

What has been the most surprising challenge within your field?

Learning how to tell people ‘no’. Sometimes I feel like I can overstretch myself with the number of opportunities I take on.

Jerren is one of my favs & his work is amazing! Pretty much any of the photos on my blog are his work- about 90% if I’m being honest! For more information about how work, feel free to reach out, as his contact information is below:

https://www.facebook.com/jerrenwillis/

@JerrenWillis (IG)

www.jwilphotos.com

Info@jwilphotos.com

Until Next Time!

-B

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