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    Friday 5 – 6/16/17

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    Happy Friday, sweet readers. I feel like it has been forever since I have written a Friday 5 post, so I am trying to get back into the habit of it. For starters, how was your week? I am so thankful to have had a very calm week and I had a lot of time to catch up blogging, wind down from my job and enjoy some much needed relaxation. On top of relaxing, I had some time to prioritize my life and get some plans in order, which are the best things you can do when you feel like you’ve been running on E for the past 3 months. I can’t wait to share so many new things and changes that will be happening in the next few months with all of you. So, let’s get started with my Friday 5.

    1. My week started off amazing. This week was the food truck rodeo in Raleigh, then I headed to Durham for dinner. As we were walking, we heard the best live band and end up at the rooftop bar of The Durham Hotel. Let me just tell you this, I haven’t been this happy to get lost in a very long time. The band was amazing, the view was incredible, the people were friendly and the drinks were good. It turned out to be a great pre-dinner stop. Not to mention, tap dancers from the area showed up and performed with the band (totally unexpected & not planned) and turns out, the vocalist talked about his run for mayor and keeping arts alive in Durham. How awesome is that? For those who don’t know, Durham has a huge visual and performing arts scene and is filled with tons of amazing artists that share their talents at multiple venues around town.

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    2. I am obsessed with this perfume from DefineMe Fragrance. I honestly have had this perfume for some time, but really like to use something a few times before really forming an opinion. And let me tell you, I will be restocking on the Sophia Isabel scent. It is the perfect balance between sweet and fresh, which I love for a light scent in the summer. Not to mention, I haven’t had any type of skin reactions to this, which is wonderful because a lot of the stronger scents that I find it stores cause a skin reaction. Not to mention, DefineMe Fragrance is a woman owned business and for every full-size bottle you buy, $1 get donated to She’s The First. Those of y’all who know me or have even talked to me for 10 minutes, know about my love for She’s The First. STF is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support girls’ education in low-income countries. It’s truly phenomenal and I have seen first hand, by being involved in a campus chapter with 8 scholars, the tremendous amount of work that She’s The First does. I’m all for women helping women and creating future #GirlBosses. I would definitely recommend checking out DefineMe Fragrance, read their story and try out the scents for yourself. 

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    3. My favorite recent post is part of my new #WorkWearWednesday series. Check out the full post here and let me know your thoughts. I am super excited to start this fun series and would totally love any feedback. Also, feel free to let me know what your favorite work wear pieces are and what items you find to be more comfortable after a 8-12 hour day.

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    4. So here, I want to round up my 5 latest purchases. I have been on a crazy clearance and sale haul, now that I working full-time and trying to save more. I’ve snagged some cute work pieces and summer accessories all on sale H O L L A!

    5. Lastly, I’m rounding up 5 of the items on my summer wishlist. I am currently working on updating this spot on my blog, but want to share some of the items I am loving and will definitely be grabbing in my next shopping haul.

    Well, that’s all I have for you today friends. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you’re doing this and/or leave feedback for this post or another post. Thank you for reading 🙂

    xo, Azanique 

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    Fashion Friday Five

    Friday 5: Small Businesses I love working with + LIKEtoKNOW.it

    Happy FriYAY, babes. This week has flew by and tons of things have been happening. If you checkout out my Instagram, you’ll can see that I am now part of LIKEtoKNOWit! This is wonderful for you because it means you can receive my Instagram outfits right to your email. Make sure to create an account with LIKEtoKNOWit, so that when you like an Instagram photo with a www.LIKETK.it link, you receive ready-to-shop product links. This is a great way to support your favorite bloggers and let them know what products you are loving! I would be glad to answer any questions for you 🙂

    So, for today’s Friday 5, I’m dishing on my top 5 small business I have loved working with. Keep an eye out for some discount codes too 🙂

    The Copper Petal: I snagged this sweater a few weeks back and have gotten so many comments on it! It is super soft & chic 🙂 The Copper Petal ALWAYS offers free shipping & you receive items in about 3 days (So quickly, right?) I love their customer service and they update the shop A LOT. Which is great for you to have some variety to chose from 🙂 Use my code “lotsofsass” for 10% off your purchase

    Druzy Bracelet-Bar BraceletKinsley Armelle: Okay, so I am seriously obsessed with all their jewelry! They have beaded necklaces, druzy stone bracelets and the cutest rings. One of the best parts about ordering from Kinsley Armelle is that you receive a jewelry bag and jewelry container to store your beauties. Those additional items have been so convenient when trying to organize my jewels. I highly suggest grabbing a few pieces from there! Use my code “AZANIQUE15” to save 15%
    Jord: It is no secret that I adore my wood watch from Jord! I seriously wear it multiple times a week and always get compliments. Jord makes very unique watches, for men and women, that fit any style and any budget. Check here for my full review of Jord! For $25 off your purchase, use my code “lotsofsass25ek”

    Green skirt + accessories

    Lime Dot Shop: In case you missed this outfit post + giveaway, find it here. I have recently fallen in love with Lime Dot Shop! This spring skirt seriously flatters everyones’ body and is super affordable. What I love most about Lime Dot Shop is the accessories! I snagged this clutch and I carry it everywhere. It is really roomy and I am able to through in my phone, charge, gum, lipgloss, money, cards & more. I definitely recommend check it out!

    Chosen-Loved-Fearless-Enough Karla Storey: So, if you guys know me at all, you know that I am tied to my faith. I seriously adore these tee’s by Karla Storey, but not as much as I love their mission. Their mission is to be the voice for the fatherless and spread a message of hope to girls in the foster system to tell her that she matters! Proceeds from every sale will be donated to providing girls in the community with a Daughter of the King tee along with a hand written note reminding them that they have value and a purpose! Their goal is to spread the message that they are loved, they are worthy, they are enough. God loves them just as they are, right where they are because they are Daughters of the one true King <3 Most of my friends know that I volunteer as a Guardian Ad Litem, working in the judicial system for children, so this mission is so important to me. You can make a guilt free purchase, get a cute tee and know that you are helping a little girl in the community. Use my code “AZANIQUE15” for 15% off your purchase.

    That’s all for today 🙂 Be sure to follow me on social media for more steals, deals, discount codes and info on the best brands to shop: Facebook | Instagram | Snachat: azanique

    Friday Five

    Friday Five 1/12/2017

    Happy FRI-YAY, sweet friends <3 I know I probably said this last week, but seriously, how/why was this week so long? I mean really, how does a 4 day week feel like forever? However, it’s the weekend & there’s no more snow. So I’m a happy girl. This week was amazing and challenging and rewarding in so many ways, which is why I have a lot of dun stuff to share in my Friday Five including books I got, sales and recent purchases. Let’s get started 🙂

    1. Books – So, this week I snagged Around The Way Girl, Big Little Lies & Truly Madly Guilty. I’ve heard wonderful things about all 3 of them, so I’m stoked to read. Click the links about or the pictures to read up on these. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed 🙂                    
    2. 5 Weekend Sales – No explanation needed – I just love sales
      1. 40% off everything at Express
      2. 25% off handbags, dresses & jeans at Francesca’s
      3. 50% off bras, pants & shorts at Victoria Secret
      4. 25% off sale items at Kate Spade
      5. All booties $20 at Charlotte Russe
    3. Lime Dot Shop – Y’all, I am loving this new boutique. Check out my recent purchases!
    4. 5 lessons learned this week
      1. You cannot rush perfection – trust me
      2. Partnership is the way to success – 2 are always better than 1
      3. Sleep is the best friend you’ll always need
      4. You have way more power than you think – use your voice
      5. Always have a backup plan…or 4
    5. 5 things coming to the blog soon
      1. Super fun collab + giveaway with Lime Dot Shop
      2. An office decor makeover featuring Cricket Lane Studio
      3. Book reviews – Part of my mission to read 50 books this year <3
      4. Where to buy the best monograms
      5. Jord giveaway ending 1/22 – Enter now!

     

    I hope all of you have an amazing Friday <3

    -xoxo, Azanique