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Azanique Rawl

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    PinkBlush Floral Maxi

    Spring floral statement

    This post was sponsored by PinkBlush. As always, all opinions are my own.

    Y’all, tomorrow is FriYAY. On top of that, it’s Cinco De Mayo AND graduation day! I wish you could see my slight nervousness and extreme excitement as I type this. If you’ve been following for the past few months, you probably have learned about my never-ending job hunt which resulted in me accepted a position at the end of March/beginning of April. & guess what? I start Monday. That’s right. The week after graduation. Talk about a double whammy. I’m so grateful and humbled by these experiences the past few months. I am more than thankful to have spent the last 5 years (I know, super-senior FO-real) of my life at a wonderful institution where I have been able to grown, explore, learn and mature in ways that I could have never imagined. #Blessed on the real, y’all.

    Today, I’m sure excited to share this fun floral maxi from PinkBlush. If you haven’t heard of them, you need to check them out! Not only do they carry so many options for women, but they also have maternity line. Altogether, they carry women’s, women’s plus, maternity and maternity plus. So there’s literally something for women of all shapes and sizes. I absolutely adore the print and free material of this dress, making it perfect for spring or fall. I paired this dress with simply off-white wedges, a few blue/green mix bracelets from Cynthia 01 designs and light-weight fun earrings from Ettikka. This maxi will be on repeat this summer – I already can’t get enough of it.

    Well, that’s all I have for today friends. You can use any of the links under the pictures to shop this look! A discount code is provided there too for the earrings, so don’t miss out. See ya on Monday <3

    How to take blog pictures Spring floral statement Ettika Blue Earrings PinkBlush Floral Maxi PinkBlush Floral Maxi

    Dress: c/o PinkBlush // Earrings: c/o Ettika (use “lotsofsassblog” for 15% off) // Bracelets: c/o Cynthia 01 Designs // Shoes: Similar & Similar (my pair are 2 seasons old!)

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    Accessorizing for a cause: Trades of Hope

    This post was sponsored by Trades of Hope. As always, opinions are my own.

    Hi, babe! Can you believe it’s Monday again? Neither can I! Last week flew by and this weekend basically disappeared. On Friday, I had my last day at my sweet job where I have been for a little over a year and a half. My co-workers made sure my last day was filled with love, cake, too many nachos & lots of balloons. I don’t think it hit me, until walking out the door one last time, that I was really going to be starting a new chapter of my life soon. It was such a bitter sweet realization. I’m thankful to have come across these great people. In addition, I wrapped up a lot of the many responsibilities that were still holding me to my undergraduate career. And I can tell you for sure, that I have never felt such relief. Now that those things are out the way, only a few more responsibilities separate me from graduation. So exciting, right?!

    Anyway, I am so excited to share Trades of Hope with y’all. If you haven’t heard about them already, let me tell you a little bit. Trades of Hope is a jewelry company that works with women artisans who are in a difficult phase of life, such as escaping human trafficking, facing major health diseases, lack of fair opportunities that we have here and many other challenges. In addition, Trade of Hope is a Fair Trade Federation member, which means that the women artisans are paid a fair, living wage in their respective counties. How amazing is that? I’m all for the #WomenPower. What I totally love about shopping on the TOH site is that you can learn more about the artisans and their lives. If you check out the artisans page, you can learn more about some of the challenges that some women may face and the realities for women in various places across the world. In addition to jewelry, you can also purchase handbags, home decor and scarves made by women artisans. I personally love shopping for jewelry and gifts, as well as helping other women succeed and being a supported for them. So shopping at Trades of Hope is a total win/win for me.

    Today I’m styling the Warrior Cuff, Harper Necklace & Sunburst Earrings (similar, my style sold out), all for Trades of Hope. I seriously adore each and every piece and they will easily be able to style over and over again. 

    Trades of Hope Jewelry Off the shoulder dress Styling an OTS dress with statement jewelry Styling an OTS dress with statement jewelry Trades of Hope Jewelry

    Fashion

    BuddyLove Haven OTS Top

    Simple date night idea with Buddy Love

    Happy Wednesday, sweet friends. Am I the only one who thinks this week is flying by? Probably because my current job end on Friday for me and graduation and now 9 days away. I don’t think I can contain my excitement! As everything winds down for me, I am focusing my energy on cleaning my house, purging old junk and planning for the blog. Last week, in this post, I asked what you guys thought about a Work Wear Wednesday mini-series for the summer. Head over to that post for more details on that idea & feel free to drop me a comment or email with your thoughts. I would love to hear your feedback! Additionally, I would love to hear feedback on any other aspects of my blog. Your comments and emails have been so helpful when planning content, changing layouts and making shopping much easier to do straight from my blog.

    Anyone who has been on social media in the past few months, have probably noticed this craze/trend for OTS tops and dresses. I have to admit, I LOVE this trend! I find OTS items to be flattering for various body types and easily able to be dresses up or dresses down. Today, I’m styling this OTS top from BuddyLove for the perfect causal date night. I love pairing this top with distresses jeans, comfy wedges and a throw-it-all bag! Grab your favorite statement earrings, staple watch and you’ll be good to go! I am wearing this outfit this weekend for a group date night and I am super excited. These jeans are stylish and super comfy (totally stretchy) and I could walk in these shoes forever.

    P.S. – While you’re here, check out my new Shop widgets. I’ve made it much easier to shop my Instagram looks and my spring wishlist! (Totally crushing on new colorful goodies) Shop all the details of this outfit at the bottom of this post! Have a wonderful week 🙂

    BuddyLove OTS Top Styling an Off the Shoulder top BuddyLove off the shoulder top Simple date night idea with Buddy Love

    Shoes: Steve Madden // Top: BuddyLove // Jeans: SimliarSimilar // Watch: MK // Earrings: Charming Charlie Similar // Bag: Target