Hey Guys,

This week, I went out to take pics for St. Patrick’s Day and, then, it dawned on me………. I really don’t know much about this holiday. I went home and did a little research; so, here are 5 things you (like me) probably didn’t know about St. Patrick’s Day.

1. Saint Patrick was British
It is said that St. Patrick was born in what is now England, Scotland or Wales. Irish raiders enslaved him at the age of 16, took him to Ireland and held him captive for six years.

2. The Shamrocks
Legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock to illustrate the doctrine of the holy trinity (The Son, The Father & The Holy Spirit).

3. We should wear blue
Historians say that the color that was mostly associated with St. Patrick is blue. It is a very light blue called “Saint Patrick’s blue”. So, where did the green come from? Honestly, I am not sure. There are several different reasons, such as:
· Green is one of the three colors in the Irish flag.
· Ireland is known as the "Emerald Isle” because of its lush, green landscape.
· Green was also used when supporters of Irish independence used the color to represent their cause.
· Green is the color of the shamrock.

It’s safe to say that, if you don’t wear green, leprechauns might just pinch you. I guess you can pick the explanation you like best.

4. Corned Beef and Cabbage
The traditional meat eaten on St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland turns out to be Irish bacon and not corned beef. Irish immigrants to the United States used corned beef, the cheaper alternative at the time, as a substitute. They learnt about this, as a replacement, from Jewish immigrants.
Side note, I totally plan to cook Jamaican corned beef with cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day.

5. The Chicago River turns green
Every year, since 1962, the city turns the river green by dumping 40 tons of dye into it.

Photos by Allthingscreativeblog

Here is a quick tip for you guys. You can order a Shamrock Frappuccino for St. Patrick’s Day from Starbucks. I came across it on their Secret Menu.

Here’s the recipe:
· Start with a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino
· Add peppermint syrup (1.5 pumps tall, 2 pumps grande, 2.5 pumps venti)
· Add classic syrup (½ pump tall, 1 pump grande, 1.5 pumps venti)
· Add matcha powder (2 scoops tall, 2.5 grande, 3 venti)

Outfit Details:
White Top: Target | Pants: Banana Republic Factory (similar here) | Earrings: Baublebar | Bag: Louis Vuitton

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Until next time guys, thanks for reading
xoxo TianShanae

Hey Guys,

I am pretty sure that I can classify my love for Target as a mild obsession. Target is one of those stores that I am always running into. Usually, if I am out running errands before I head home from work, I will make a quick stop at Target for something; if I am home bored, I’ll probably make a run to Target just to browse the aisles. The bad thing for me is that this store always wins in the end! I will go there to pick up one solitary item, and $100 later, I am wondering what the hell I bought!

We all know that Target is one of those stores that have a little bit of everything. I’ll go there for bi-weekly groceries and end up leaving with clothes, shoes and home décor bits and bobs. Lately, they have had really good home décor pieces. Anyways… Follow me for a casual stroll around the store and let’s see what catches my eyes and, maybe, yours!

As for my outfit, I love white pieces for spring and summer. A white shirt is always classy in my eyes. This season, I’ve had a thing for distressed jeans. This specific pair, I love, just for the simple fact that it has distressing without showing any skin. This makes it appropriate in almost any situation. 

Outfit Details:
White Shirt: Old Navy (similar here /here) | Jeans: Express (similar here) | Shoes: Louis Vuitton (similar here) | Sunglasses: Quay

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Until next time guys, thanks for reading
xoxo TianShanae

Hey Guys,

This is part 2 to a post I did last year titled “Flying Business Class For The First Time.” This is probably long overdue, but here we go. In the previous post, I mentioned that I managed to fly business class to Spain for less than half the price of an economy ticket and today I am going to tell you how.

Sometime, in 2016, I came across a process called “credit card churning” and I was intrigued with all of the possibilities it offered. Credit card churning is basically applying for credit cards solely to earn rewards and then maximize their benefits. Those benefits being: traveling first class, business class or completely for free; which all sounded like great things to me!

After doing some research online, I decided to take what knowledge I had acquired and attempt this process for myself. There was no other way I was going to find out the nitty-gritty of the process, as I never found a step-by-step process online. I am going to try my best to give you one in the instructions below.

A few disclaimers before we get started:
1. You will need a good credit score. If you don’t have 740 and over, this is not for you.
2. If you have a tendency to spend money on things you cant afford, this is also not for you.
3. If you do not pay your credit cards in full every month, again, this is not for you.
4. Finally, do not do this before applying for a big loan e.g. a mortgage.

Step 1: Plan your trip.
I started my process with my trip in mind. I was going to Europe.

Step 2: Decide what part of the trip you want your points to cover.
Now, you could want your points to cover hotel, your flight or both. In my case, I wanted to travel in comfort as I suffer from anxiety whenever I fly. As such, my aim was to fly business class.

Step 3: Find out how many points it will require to cover your trip.
I knew my business class ticket was going to cost me approximately $3,000 USD, which was about 200,000 points. I needed two business class tickets (~400,000 points) for both my husband and I.

Step 4: Put together a credit card point strategy.
Closer to the end of 2016, I remember seeing that Chase was offering a 100,000 point sign up bonus for the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card. This caught my eye for two reasons: 1) we were already accruing points via the Chase Sapphire Preferred card and 2) 100,000 points is a large sign up bonus. This bonus would, ultimately, be worth more when redeemed through Chase’s reward portal. At this point, I realized I would need two Chase Sapphire Reserve cards (one for my husband and one for myself).

Step 5: Make sure you can meet minimum-spend on all cards within the required timeframe.
Now that I had figured out that we needed two cards, I needed to make sure that we could meet the minimum-spend on both cards within the timeframe specified. This minimum, I believe, was $4,000 within the first three (3) months. Now, the aim of this is to meet minimum-spend without using the card for anything you wouldn’t normally buy or pay for.

I applied first and we transferred all of our bills, gas, groceries and any other expenses onto my card. When I hit minimum-spend, my husband applied for his card and we repeated the process.

Step 6: Book your trip.
Once you hit minimum-spend, you should get your points on the next billing cycle. I transferred my points to my husband’s card and he bought our tickets so we would be seated together.

Please Note:
Some cards come with a yearly fee. The Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with a yearly fee of $450, but you are given $300 in travel credit. So, the fee is really $150 provided you do some traveling on a yearly basis.

Churning can get pretty complicated and there is also a lot more to the process that I don’t know, such as transferring points from cards directly to airline reward programs etc. I am still, very much, a novice at this but I thought I would share what I know.

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please leave them in the comments section below and I will be sure to respond.

Until next time guys, thanks for reading

xoxo TianShanae

Hey Guys,

As spring approaches, I have been thinking a lot about my upcoming trips. As such, I’ve set out on the hunt for the cutest pieces to wear during this season.

I thought I’d share with you some of the pieces that have already caught my eye.

2. MARC FISHER Espadrille Wedge Sandal (Perfect spring wedge)

5. Kendra Scott Justyne Earrings (Love these, have to have them)

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Until next time guys, thanks for reading
xoxo TianShanae

Hey Guys,

I hope everyone is excited and ready for Valentine’s Day. If you are either single or just not able to be with your significant other this year, I really hope this post will inspire you to still have fun this Valentine’s Day.

This year I knew I wanted to host some type of a Galentine’s day celebration for my girlfriends (because I love any excuse to throw a party). At first, I thought a brunch would be best because it could be super girly, super pink and super fun. On second thought, however, I quickly realized that a brunch would require me to be in the kitchen, given that’s the only way I could serve hot food. Then, it hit me..... I could host a tea party! That way I could spend most of the time actually enjoying the event rather than being in front of the stove.

Without further ado, let’s break down all the steps you will need to follow in order to throw your very best Galentine’s Day Tea Party

Step 1 – Decide on your theme/color scheme
Once I decided to host a tea party, my first thought was about selecting an appropriate color scheme. I went with baby pink, silver and white with hints of green.

Step 2 – Put together your lists
A set of lists will be your best friend! They will keep you 1) organized and 2) from buying things you don’t absolutely need. Unless, of course, you are like me and will still buy things you don’t need.

The lists you will need are as follows:
1. Guest list
2. Food and drink list
3. Décor list
4. Shopping List

With the exception of the guest list, write down everything in two columns “things you have” and “things you need”. After that, transfer all of the things you need onto your shopping list.

Step 3 – Send out invites
This step will depend on how many guests you plan on having. If it’s a large party, you might want to go with traditional paper invites that you send out in the mail. If it’s a small party, evites are just as great. If it’s for close friends, you can call them, like I did, and threaten that if they don’t attend this will be the end of your friendship (totally joking! Don’t do that).

Step 4 – Place all orders
Depending on what you need, you may need to order some of the stuff. Please check on shipping times for your items! I placed orders for my cake, cupcakes, and tea set approximately 4 weeks before my party. I also wanted to order cookies, but I waited until a week before the party to place the order. Turns out the shipping time stated 1-2 weeks, so I didn’t end up taking that chance.

Step 5 – Shop
This is the fun part!!!! To make it not stressful, pick up items you will need while you are out doing your regular shopping. I visit Target all the time (which may/may not be a good thing), so I picked up a few décor pieces while grocery shopping. I saved all my food and fresh-flower shopping for the day before the party, mainly because I wanted everything to be as fresh as possible.

Step 6 – Decorate
To be honest, I may have had more fun decorating than shopping. I put up all of my décor the night before, including my table scape/setting.

Step 7 – Prepare Food & Drinks
I prepared all of my sandwiches the morning of the party and covered them with saran wrap. When my guests arrived, I transferred them to the 3 tier cake stands for serving.

Step 8 – HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!! A good tip would be to plan an activity of some sort.

This event was hosted by my friend Kelly and I. Please check out her blog post to learn more on

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Until next time guys, thanks for reading
xoxo TianShanae

Hey Guys,

Today I am sharing with you my beauty and lifestyle favorites of last year. I really wanted to have this, and my previous, post uploaded in January but sometimes life just throws us curve balls. Anyways guys! Let’s go ahead and get started.

1. Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis – This was probably my best purchase of 2017. This bag just works for my lifestyle. I love small cross-body bags but they generally never seem to fit enough things. This bag, however, is the perfect hybrid between a small cross-body and a bag big enough to carry everyday essentials. An added bonus is that it goes with almost anything in your wardrobe.

2. Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches – I don’t think it’s a secret that I have under-eye bags. They are significantly more pronounced on days that I am tired or if I haven’t had enough sleep the night before. I have tried a lot of products to help with diminishing the appearance of my bags but they simply don’t work. At least, with this product, you can see a noticeable difference. It’s not a major difference but it’s a difference that you can see nonetheless.

3. Cetaphil RestoraDerm Eczema Calming Body Moisturizer – This is my Holy Grail product; the product I would need if I were stranded on a desert island. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have heard me say several times how I suffer from persistent dry skin. That’s partially due to the fact that I have eczema and I used to have these really dry patches on my face that just wouldn’t go away. That is, until I found this product. Yes, I know it’s not a facial moisturizer, but I use it as one because this is what works for me. I repurchase this product every single month without fail. I simply cannot live without it.

4. Tory Burch Earrings – This particular pair is from the Outlets and I have them in silver and gold. These are the earrings I wear everyday, if I am going to work, if I am going to the supermarket, if I am running errands. They are great and I love them!

5. Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick Elson - I love a red lipstick! Who doesn’t? For the longest time, my go-to red lipstick was Ruby Woo. Don’t get me wrong, I still love it but it is very drying. I wanted to find something that was still matte, but not as drying to the lips with a smoother application. That’s when I came across Pat McGrath MatteTrance lipstick in the color Elson. I LOVE the formula of this lipstick.

6. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – I didn’t buy this product at first. It was one of those free gifts you receive from Sephora when you have accumulated enough points. I’ve been using my sample as a hand cream that I carry around in my bag. Mainly because, for some reason, my hands are just always dry. I loved the formula but I still wanted to give other hand creams, that I had heard great things about, a try. Long and short of this story is that after a couple of months of trying several creams, I went back to Sephora and purchased a full size tube of this product and now we are inseparable.

7. Bauble Bar Celene Cutout Bangle Bracelets – I have had these for a while. I bought them in 2016 when I was heading to Cancun. I ended up wearing them a ton in 2017 and, for costume jewelry, they’ve stood up well.

8. Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation – This foundation has provided me with the best color match since I have been buying foundation and, for that reason, it has made this list.

9. Louis Vuitton Lockit Mule Flat Sandals – I bought these as a souvenir of my trip to Spain and I have worn them to death ever since. In my mind “luxury” items are only worth the price tag if you wear/use them all the time. If you are buying it to admire it, it’s a waste of money (my opinion only).

10. Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom – I don’t think you can go wrong with this perfume, regardless of the scent. The original Flowerbomb is, by far, my favorite perfume. In the spring of 2017, however, I was looking for something that was just a little lighter for that period of time. I tried so many perfumes but I wasn’t coming across anything I loved. One day, randomly browsing the internet, I came across an article introducing Flowerbomb Bloom. I set out on a hunting expedition to find it and what an expedition it was! It took me 2 to 3 months to finally track this particular perfume down in-store. I sampled and subsequently fell in love. I’ve been using it ever since.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s blog post. I have a lot of fun posts planned for the next 2 months so I hope you stick around. Talk to you soon.

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xoxo TianShanae

Hey Guys,

This is my first post of 2018 and I wanted to start off with a look back at last year. Mainly, because I was inspired by an article that read “we can’t address, what we don’t assess”. This had me reflecting on 2017 and all the good and bad things that happened. I started to think about the things I want to change, the experiences I want to have, and the dreams I want to chase. It is during this process that I thought I would share my 2017 highlights with you guys.

So follow me on this journey as I look back on 2017.

I started out 2017 attending my Dad’s 70th birthday party, which was awesome. I couldn’t think of a better way to start out the year than being surrounded by family and friends and celebrating the person that has played a large part of making me the person I am today.

Daddy and his girls

Once I returned to Florida, Kelly and I started working on opening our etsy sticker shop: Sticky Pretty Co. This brought me so much joy this past year. The shop is currently closed while we work on redesigning our kits and becoming ready to ship.

In late February, I got invited by a fellow blogger to take part in a photo shoot for black history month. To date, it is still one of the most fun shoots I have done.

In the summer, I took my dream vacation cruising the Mediterranean with family and friends. It is an experience that I am extremely grateful that I had the opportunity to have. We also spent a week exploring Barcelona and Paris, if that wasn’t enough :).

First day in Barcelona
First day on cruise
Monte Carlo
Shortly after that, I was lucky enough to take another cruise to the Bahamas. This cruise was a birthday gift to myself, as traveling has become the thing that feeds my soul.

I went to Texas for the first time …….

Jason and I celebrated our 7-year anniversary. To be honest, I can’t believe it’s been seven years. I feel like I got married yesterday and the time has literally disappeared. Just like with any marriage, there are ups/downs and challenges/opportunities but I am very grateful and blessed to have him in my life.

I ended the year the way I started it, with family. Christmas was definitely magical to say the least. Over the years, I have come to realize that I am always the happiest when surrounded by the people that know me the best. So, I wouldn’t have it any other way. My Christmas will always be spent with loved ones.

Mi Familia
Christmas Dinner Tablescape

As social media influencers/Bloggers/Content Creators (whichever title you prefer), we tend to only share the stuff that paints our lives to be perfect. I don’t want to play a part in that, so, here are a few of the “bad” moments of my 2017. 

1. On my return trip from Texas, I went into a Sickle Cell Crisis mid-flight from Texas to Atlanta. Luckily, there was a doctor on board who suggested the airline get me some oxygen as I waited for my pain meds to kick in. Jason and I could not get on our connecting flight to Orlando, as that would have made things a lot worse for me. After being checked by the EMT, and refusing to go to the hospital, Jason got us a rental car and drove us home 7 hours while I slept.
2. I have had a cough since the start of October that just won’t seem to go away. I have seen endless doctors and have tried endless medications but nothing seems to help. I have had sleepless nights as I cough all night long and, to be honest, it’s probably the stress of this ordeal that caused the crisis I had on my flight from Texas. I am writing this on January 18th and I still have this cough and sleepless nights, but I pray to God it will be over soon.

We all have 365 days to make the year everything we want it to be. I implore you to take a chance on something you have always wanted to do because once you start, you might wonder why it took you so long to start in the first place. Enjoy your 2018!!!!!!!!!! I will talk to you in the next post, where I will share a little about my favorite products of last year.

Until next time guys, thanks for reading
xoxo TianShanae

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