There is Beauty in Simplicity


Floral Tiered Fit And Flare Dress

I always loved bold colors and would wear mostly on the weekends. Now I am in them every chance I get along with having more fun with my new style. .

To my surprise I found this simply gorgeous dress in @express on sale and couldn’t leave without it especially since I also get a military discount on all purchases from Express. It fits right above the knee and have 2 layers. I have a few other photos and will share in a later post. I find some of my best pieces by accident or oddly on the sales rack. I will look for every opportunity to save money especially when it will allow me to buy more pretty things✨💕


Dress – @express ❤️
Bracelet – @juicycouture ❤️
Purse- @michaelkors ❤️




My Pageantry Backstory

I have been asked how I ended up competing in pageants, why I decided to do it and how was the experience. .

In 2008 and 2009 my daughter @satkinsongrier competed in the Miss Maryland Teen USA Pageant. One of the directors thought she was my sister and suggested for me to compete in the Ms. Pageant. Once she found out I was her mom she suggested we compete together and I would compete in the Mrs. Division. I immediately said no because I was not interested. Somehow my daughter convinced me to compete because I was already involved in mentoring and working with charitable organizations.

She went off to college and made me promise to compete😢❤️ At 47 years old, I stepped out of my comfort zone to compete in my first pageant. I was Runner Up for Mrs Maryland USA 2010 and did it a second time and was crowned Mrs Maryland International 2011. I have met some amazing accomplished women along the way and friends with them to this day with the pageantry sisterhood that runs deep and goes around the world. It takes a lot of commitment and preparation to compete at a state and national level. Everyone sees the end result but don’t understand the never ending work that goes on behind the scenes. The support system and directors who were in my corner were all phenomenal and I could not have done it without them❤️ .

The opportunity allowed me to use my title to promote mentoring, girls and women empowerment and importance of community involvement.

Asked if I would do it again and the answer is not likely. I will let others have all the fun❤️✨🌟 👸🏽

📸 by @philkdc

Best until next time!


Nail Care on a Budget

Well it happened again! I went to the local Dollar Store to grab bunny ears for an activity at RJ’s school and found what may be my new favorite nail care regimen. My nails are sensitive to tips because of the glue and the gel that is used to secure the tips. With that being said, I have not had my nails professionally done for a few years because the end result is my nails burn and itching immediately after the application begins and that is unacceptable from a health standpoint. They may look great but the risk and affect on my hands is not worth it for any reason. Since that has occurred I usually handle my nails myself or my daughter gives me a manicure when she is home.

I was pleasantly surprised to see this Amope Pedi Perfect Nail Care system and was compelled to get one for me, my daughter and a few for friends. It comes in pink and blue and also have nail care oil and replacement nail care heads for the system. The Manager of the store stated that the Nail Care System is a new addition to their product offerings and should be available in stores across the country.  Went back the next day and half the display case was empty.



Hope you get an opportunity to stop in your local store and try it out. Happy Dollar finds shopping.

All the best until next time.