Denim is always my go-to, nothing new there! What is new though, is that I recently got a new denim jacket a size bigger than I normally would for the whole “oversized” look. Typically- I get things that fit correctly- I’m not a fan of ill-fitting clothes & like my things to fit perfectly. Especially denim- I never go up a size. I got this jacket on sale, and the only size they had was a size bigger than I normally get so I was forced to get it! No regrets- I love it and have been wearing it weekly ever since!

Since I live in the H- winter is rarely a “thing”. Because of this, I normally combine my summer and winter outfits- only really buying new outerwear on a consistent basis. For example, I lived in this Z Supply Tee all summer long and it’s not going to the  back of my closet anytime soon. Since it’s so hot– I can only wear my winter sweaters for like a week (seriously ya’ll, the struggle is real!) anyways. It’s honestly still too hot even to wear these booties- but I’m forcing and have no shame!

Hopefully, I can wear at least a sweater or two soon- until then it’s basic tee’s and sweaters that make me hot while I pretend it’s cold outside. At least I can semi get away with wearing cute booties for now- I linked some of my favs below. Most are on sale (under $100) and are perfect neutrals to go with any look. Basically- if you live anywhere cold, I’m currently jealous of you and wish we could switch places (only for a day or two though, ha!).

 

Until Next Time!

-B

 

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So excited to feature one of my fellow blogger babes, Priyanka Bins on the blog today! I met Priyanka a few months ago at an event I hosted at Altar’d State. She was so sweet & full of life that I just had to feature her! Not only that- she’s an attorney! I always admired female lawyers- going into a courthouse and fighting for what they believe in is something I always thought was amazing! This week, Priyanka tells us the one thing she loves about her career, as well as what has surprised her most about being a lawyer!

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

I was born and raised in Houston, Texas! My parents are originally from India, but they moved here when my mom was newly pregnant with me & I’ve been here ever since. I went to University of Texas at San Antonio for undergrad  and majored in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing. My time in college led me to my passion for writing fiction, which has stayed with me ever since. I then went on to attend law school here in Houston, at South Texas College of Law. I graduated in 2012 and started my career as a  family law attorney shortly thereafter.  Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot of creative writing in my career, but there are other rewarding aspects.

What made you decide to start your career?

I knew I wanted to be a lawyer around sophomore year of college.  I had professors telling me time and again that my writing background was fantastic, which is something that helps tremendously in the legal field.  I went straight to law school after graduation because, frankly, I was ready to be done with school and move on in the world!

What inspires you on a daily basis?

A variety of things. First off, my family of course. My husband is also a lawyer, so I often look to him for guidance and inspiration. I also think about my mom a lot when things get tough. In 2015, I watched her beat oral cancer like a beast. She is seriously one of the strongest, most hard working people I know! Travel is also a huge inspiration for me. I believe it is not only important, but necessary to see the world & know how other people live.  I’ve found that each time I travel to a new country, I learn so much about things I wouldn’t even think to expand my knowledge on. A lot of writing inspires me as well. I’m a fiction fanatic, and one of my favorite authors Jhumpa Lahiri, is the reason I began writing in the first place. If you’re not familiar with her work, pick up a copy of ‘Interpreter of Maladies.’ It’s poignant and beautifully written.

What is your favorite quote & why?

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. Your really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” ― Lucille Ball

She’s a HUGE inspiration to me. Beautiful, successful and funny. All the things I strive to be on the daily.

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

It will all work out! So often in my 20s, I would worry about the silliest things. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life at 21, but sure enough, at the age of 22, I was off to law school pursuing my goals and meeting the man of my dreams.  If things aren’t going well, then it’s probably not the end of the story.

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

I haven’t figured that out yet. I’m just trying to grow as a lawyer and make sure that I’m learning more and more as each year goes by. That’s all I can ask for right now, and I’m perfectly content with that.

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

(1) Don’t pigeon-hole yourself into one “career.” Nowadays, dreams are easier to follow because of social media, and the Internet in general.  I watched my sister turn her love for eating at and blogging about great restaurants into a full blown writing career. She now works for Citybook Magazine. Just because you went to school for one thing, does not mean you can’t be an expert in something else. I wanted to ensure that my career didn’t tire me out or change anything about myself, so I started a fashion and travel blog!  I love it because it keeps me creative and adds lightheartedness to my life that my primary career can’t always provide.

(2) If you don’t like something about your career (or life), change it. No one else will do it for you. It’s definitely difficult to take that plunge sometimes, but it is your life we’re talking about.

(3) Take time for yourself.  Of course the beginning of a career usually means putting in the hard work and hours, which is completely understandable. But if your work-life balance is off for the long term, it may be time to try something else.

What is your favorite thing to do regarding your field?

Unfortunately a lot of the work in my field involves families breaking up, as much of what I do deals with divorce & custody matters. However, I do get to handle adoptions as well. While the actual process is fairly administrative, the best part about it is the day the adoption gets finalized.  It’s usually only about a 15 to 20 minute hearing, but the glow and excitement that emanates from the family and their new child is something you don’t often see in other professions.

What is your least favorite?

I would have to say that the least favorite thing about practicing family law is the pettiness that comes with it. People that we deal with are hurting and often times extremely emotional, and sometimes that pain gets in the way of rational thinking. A lot of my job deals with calming people down and assuring them that everything will work out in the end. My business card doesn’t say ‘Priyanka Bins, Attorney and Counselor’ for nothing!

My business card doesn’t say ‘Priyanka Bins, Attorney and Counselor’ for nothing!

What has been the most surprising challenge within your field?

I think the amount of public speaking would have to be my response. I knew I’d be in court a lot, but I could never have fathomed how often I’d be speaking to a judge in front of pews of people watching my every word!  I remember one time, when my husband and I were still dating, he happened to be in the same court as I was, and I felt so nervous that he would see me stand up at docket call and announce my case.  Turns out I stumbled on my words, butchered my client’s name, and couldn’t even get a straight sentence out.  I’m happy to say that was about 3 years ago, and I’ve been much better ever since!

 

Until Next Time!

-B

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Happy Wednesday! This weeks weekly inspiration comes from Psalm 91:4-

“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”

I have always loved birds! I remember in grade school every time the teacher would ask us “if you could be any animal, what would you be”, my answer was always the same- a beautiful bird. I wanted to be able to fly around, see all the beautiful things in the world, both near and far.I wanted to see the earth in it’s beauty from a different angle and respect it from a different perspective. For real ya’ll- I dreamed of flying in the air (haha!). Flash forward 20+ years and although I no longer want to be a bird, I still love them dearly. My love for birds brings this verse in Psalms to live for me- imagine God protecting you “under his wings”. I imagine a big bird- with all of his little baby birds just tucked under his wings, all warm and cozy, making sure they don’t drift too far away. This is how God protects us- he loves us so so much, always keeping watch over us. He makes sure we don’t get too far away from him, too out of reach. He is always right there.

To be honest, I had to look up the definition of “rampart ( don’t judge- lol). The word literally means ” a protective barrier”. This week- my challenge for you is to remember this word. Remember that that’s just what God is- your rampart. He is here for your protection. He will never leave you, never forsake you, and is always on your side.

P.S.- Deets on the outfit above can be found here!

Until Next Time!

-B

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About a year ago- I would’ve told you how much I can’t stand pink. Now- I catch myself wearing blush about once a week. Who would’e known I would be a fan of pink towards the end of the year- I have only liked the color (barely liked at that) on my nails about 2 months out of the year. Other than that, I previously despised anything of the like. Well- I am now a fan! I’m loving blush this year & just can’t get enough of it. I wear it more as a neutral- mixing it with my blacks and beiges for an extra pop. I got this pink bomber jacket & just can’t seem to not want to wear it at least once a week lately!

Bombers were totally a thing last fall and I was totes a fan! I bought some in my favorite colors- from olive to black- and loved how they were so versatile! I paired them with a cute pair of shorts and some booties for a night out with the girls, or layered them with a tee and some denim for a more casual look. Either way, I defiantly combined them with other pieces in my closet. For instance, you can switch up your shoes and completely change the look of your fit! Pair a bomber and denim with some kicks to run errands in, then pair the same look with  some heels (cheetah print for example) for a late night dinner. Basically, bombers are a two-fer item all in one!

As stated earlier this month (or last I think), I’m totally into being more of a minimalist. It’s for sure working, as I have been loving mixing all of my seasonal clothes together to create new looks! Even better, I am shopping way less and giving to others more. A total #WinWin if you ask me- I even purged out my closet for the second time this season. I feel accomplished that all of my clothes for once fit in my closet, ha! What are some life changes you have made this year that you are loving?

Until Next Time!

-B

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It was the funniest thing ever when I got a text from one of my best gals asking if I had been on facebook that day. I clearly hadn’t when she kept going on & on about the power of social media & how the Gainsvile Police Dept. had been the talk of the day. I was even more confused when I logged on & realized I was tagged (more than once) on the thread of all of the comments on the photos! Well ladies- I found #CopBae & got all the deets on everything him. Read below to learn not only why he became a cop in the first place, but his advice to others as well. & yes- he is single!

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

My name Bylynn Hatcher aka Lou, I was born and raised in Alliance, OH. I attended Alliance High School where I played basketball, football & ran track. After I graduated in 2005, I earned a full scholarship for basketball to Grand Rapids Comm College where I red-shirted my first year due to a hand injury during practice. I graduated from Grand Rapids Comm College with my associate degree & later transferred schools in 2008.  I earned a second full scholarship for basketball at Ashland University,  Division 2. I graduated in 2010 with my bachelors in Criminal justice and minor in sociology. After graduating, I continued to play basketball on a semi-pro level (A.B.A.) American Basketball Association, playing for the  Stark Revolution based out of Canton, OH. My first season of play we became “Champions”.  After that season ended, I had the opportunity to play for another semi-pro traveling team based out of Gainesville, FL. Due to the fast approaching season, I had to quickly pack my bags and moved to Gainesville, FL, leaving my family and friends in Ohio and Michigan. After playing another rough season of basketball, I decided I was burned out from basketball and wanted to start a career. I became a cars salesman for a short period of time and soon relocated to a sales rep at Verizon wireless. Verizon was a professional place to work, but I didn’t feel like it was challenging enough. It was then that I decided I wanted to become a police officer.

How did it feel realizing you were a social media celebrity for a few days? How did that happen? Any crazy stories?

I didn’t feel any different, but it did feel good to be noticed/recognized at a time where your doing your best to try and protect and serve your community at it’s worst times (during Hurricane Irma). When I think about it the pics weren’t  suppose to go viral. The pics were posted on facebook by our PIO. After posting the pics, women started commenting like wild fire. A lot of the women kept asking where is the  “Hot Chocolate” (LOL!).  Once Ben posted my pics, women started making even crazier comments! I didn’t realize how much attention the photos were getting, until many people started calling and texting my phone non-stop. When I finally went to the pics and checked out the comments, I couldn’t be live some of the comments I saw. The comments were enjoyable, funny, flattering, tasteful and made me watch my back while walking down the street or conducting a traffic stop  (haha!). I will say -none of them comments took away from the real reason why we were out there during hurricane Irma. all of the first responders throughout Florida had to leave our  families home at a time they needed us most during the hurricane. As a first we know what we sign up for. When it’s time to protect and serve for your community there are no second thoughts, we run towards the trouble while everyone else run away from it.

What made you decide to start your career?

I always thought of being a police, just because of the way my friends, as well as myself, where treated by the police growing up in my hometown of Alliance, OH.  Growing up, my friends and I really had to live and deal with being profiled, harassed and mistreated by the police. Through my youth and some of my adult life, I experienced, observed, witnessed many corrupted policemen. The corruption started to get so bad at the police dept. that the policemen that wanted to make a difference in the community resigned or transferred to another agency because they didn’t want to be a part of the unfairness.

Side Note: By all means, I’m not trying to make it seem like I was a little angel 100% of the time, because I had my troubled moments as a teenager/adult.

I feel that what made me want to become a police officer  was what I experienced through my life-  good, bad, being in trouble, how sports changed the way I look at life. What also influenced my decision was what morals and support I gained from my family, friends, coaches and community. I then applied to the police academy at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL. I went through a four month program, graduated & was hired by Gainesville Police Dept.

What inspires you on a daily basis?

My 8 year old son, mom, dad, all my brothers and sisters and close friends. Wanting to be the best I can be at all times, even when my enemies wish & pray on my downfall. Being healthy, staying physical fit, having a healthy diet, making people smile and making a difference not only in my life, but others life’s as well.

What is your favorite quote & why?

“Everything happens for a reason” and “What goes around comes around” I live by these quotes, because it helps me put myself in other people shoes and try to understand their problems and struggles.

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

Never regret anything you’ve done in life. Learn from your mistakes- they will make you a better/wiser man in the future. Last but not least, embrace all your enemies hate (!!!!).

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

To be successful & influence as many people as I can while making a difference at the same time.

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

  1. Never jeopardize your morals for anyone.
  2. Always be confident and believe in yourself.
  3. Know your worth and know yourself as person. 

What is your favorite thing to do regarding your field?

I really like to interact with the people in the community and change some of the negative perceptions that some citizens have about cops.

What is your least favorite?

Paperwork. An arrest or a use of force can last two minutes or less & the paperwork can last hours. Documentation and reports are very important in law enforcement.

What has been the most surprising challenge within your field?

Always trying to stay two steps ahead of the criminals. Many criminals are very creative & continuously think of new ways to try and out smart the law.

I would just like to give a special thanks to all my family and friends and everyone whoever supported me in whatever I did in life. I love you & thank you with all my heart.  It’s not as easy as people think to be a first responder. It takes a strong minded, brave hearted, unselfish, polite, caring person to do this job everyday. I also like to thank everyone who supports first responders and their braveness. – Bylynn Hatcher

 

Until Next Time!

-B

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