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The Importance of Being Positive

I’m a hopeless optimist.   Within the past few weeks, I’ve seen our country, and the world at large engulfed in hurt, misunderstanding, unnecessary manslaughter, and hatred. Individuals who were once close friends, have turned on one another on the basis of temporary opinion, and many people are living in fear for their very lives.… Continue reading The Importance of Being Positive

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Wake. Pray. Slay. Sleep. Repeat.

WAKE. Get up in the morning. Like, actually get out of bed, on time. Sometimes just accomplishing this first step is the hardest. But every day you wake up with breath in your body is another chance at life, and yet another confirmation that there is still some work of greatness you have left to… Continue reading Wake. Pray. Slay. Sleep. Repeat.

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Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Business

   Sometimes I feel like I never sit down. Between work, studying, business, and more business, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of doing everything without actually experiencing everything. When I started my business last year, I was excited. Excited beyond all reason that I had finally “sewn” together all of the abstract… Continue reading Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Business

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Turnup Tuesday Motivation: On Being A Unicorn in a World Full of Ponies

   I used to be so afraid of being different. Different was unknown, it was weird, you couldn’t put your finger on it, and it couldn’t be put in a box. Standing out meant that people were looking at you, making summations about your person, and possibly drawing conclusions about your actions.  However, in my… Continue reading Turnup Tuesday Motivation: On Being A Unicorn in a World Full of Ponies

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Tulle, Tulle, and More Tulle!

Fall is here!! The slightly warm/slightly brisk California wind has come! And with it my favorite clothing of the year. Sweaters, overcoats, knit dresses, and of course….. Tulle skirts!! So to kick off the season with a blast, I resurfaced my favorite tulle skirt, which is now also available at etsy.com/shop/ALANAYABROWN. This item is fun,… Continue reading Tulle, Tulle, and More Tulle!

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#FITANDFINE2015 UPDATE: The Skinny on Competitions and More

Let me start by saying that August was a very intense month, diet/health/exercise-wise!! Between eating incredibly healthy for my work’s weight-loss competition, to walking at least 2 miles a day for 30 days for my #30runsn30 days challenge, my schedule has been full! But as the saying goes, hard work really does pay off.  The… Continue reading #FITANDFINE2015 UPDATE: The Skinny on Competitions and More

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Throwback Thursday: #NaturalHairBrunchAffair Does LA!!

It’s Thursday! You know what that means….throwback!  Between starting a new business, school, and work, I haven’t been able to share with you all what a great time I had at the #NaturalHairDoesCare Brunch Affair LA event!! It was fantastic! We were given the opportunity to meet other natural hair women, share stories, and eat… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: #NaturalHairBrunchAffair Does LA!!

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Introducing ALANAYA

It’s my birthday, everybody!! I’m so grateful that God has allowed me to see another year of life. I’m additionally elated because today is the OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING OF MY BUSINESS!! I’d like to introduce you to ALANAYA, my blossoming handbag and apparel company. She is the culmination of all my fashion desires and sewing… Continue reading Introducing ALANAYA

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The Longest Mile: Turn-Up Tuesday Motivation

This month I revived my 24 Hour Fitness membership. I had purchased a membership at another gym (which shall remain nameless, lol), but unfortunately they were unable to meet my needs. With my intense schedule, I needed something that was accessible at all times.  24 Hour Fitness, although expensive, has that. Go check them out…but only… Continue reading The Longest Mile: Turn-Up Tuesday Motivation

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One Step Ahead of the Crowd: Turnup Tuesday Motivation

Good morning and happy Tuesday, everyone! Unfortunately, I’m not a morning person.  However, I have been doing a lot of reading lately on the importance of rising before the crowd (Forbes, The Huffington Post, and more). It is often said that you are able to get so much more accomplished in the day if you… Continue reading One Step Ahead of the Crowd: Turnup Tuesday Motivation

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Tan Spots and Polka Dots: A Week in My Shoes

Tan goes with almost everything. After discovering this week’s STEAL of the WEEK I’m now a believer! I found some cute, comfortable, and classy (My 3 Cs!!) tan flats that go with almost EVERYTHING!  I can’t tell you how excited I was to find these gems! And just to prove to you they can go with… Continue reading Tan Spots and Polka Dots: A Week in My Shoes

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SWORKIT!!! Turnup Tuesday Motivation

It’s Tuesday!! And officially time for another post.  I’ve started a new job that takes up a GREAT deal of my time, so it’s been a struggle! But in between the new job, you know I can’t forget my workouts! So I’m going to introduce you to something my boyfriend introduced me to in order… Continue reading SWORKIT!!! Turnup Tuesday Motivation

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Turn Up Tuesday Motivation: Finding Your Happy Place!

One of the most important parts of any life process/change is taking time to breathe, re-evaluate, and rest. In a society where we consistently advocate slogans like “No Days Off”, and “I’ll Rest When I’m Dead”, we often neglect the blessing of rest. It can be especially hard if you’re stressed or involved in a… Continue reading Turn Up Tuesday Motivation: Finding Your Happy Place!

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LOOKBOOK 2015: Adventures with Tulle

Happy Monday! I looked over the weather report for this week and we are finally going to have some Summer-worthy weather! (I’ll probably regret that desire later). In lieu of that, I’ve been working on my Summer Lookbook; 1) Because of the weather, and 2) Because I have some really exciting news I can’t wait to… Continue reading LOOKBOOK 2015: Adventures with Tulle

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Operation Fit and Fine 2015 Secrets Revealed!! Part 2

Happy Thursday!! Last week I talked about my workout regimen and fitness routines.  And while I didn’t win the fitness challenge at work (bummer😦 ), I DID however, lose 13.5 lbs! So that’s still a win! This week I’m going to talk about the dreaded, the abominable, the bane-to-fitness existence, the seemingly incomparable obstacle that… Continue reading Operation Fit and Fine 2015 Secrets Revealed!! Part 2

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The Top 20 Funniest Workout (FAIL) Memes of All Time: Turnup Tuesday Motivation

Sunday is over. Monday has passed. It’s Tuesday, and if you haven’t gotten a workout in, there’s still time! But in case you need a little pick-me-up, I’ve included my Top 20 Funniest Workout (FAIL) Memes of All Time.  If you’ve ever done a workout you can identify with or have seen someone who fits at… Continue reading The Top 20 Funniest Workout (FAIL) Memes of All Time: Turnup Tuesday Motivation