FASHION MADE ME DO IT AGAIN

5:00:00 AM
I totally forgot to ask y'all on Monday, HOW WAS YOUR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND?  I didn't do the traditional with the barbeques and parades #TBH it gets a little played, especially when in little over a month, we will be doing it again!  Friday, I worked until 6 and Saturday, absolutely NOTHING, which is rare in my household on a weekend.  So glad the school year is winding down!  It will be great to actually sleep in on some Saturdays and Sundays with no " Mom, take me here" schedule.
FIT DETAILS
top + shorts: house of rehab || shoes: champs sports (old) || glasses: five below || earrings: tiffany + co.

Sunday and Monday, I dedicated to shooting for the blog in between chillin' with my family.  Honestly, it was too hot to go out and really enjoy, but we made the best of what we had (and again, I'm not complaining about the warmth #welcomeSummer).  On Monday, we ventured downtown to Campus Martius to see the new installment by Kaws (IGwiki) named  "WAITING".  I love going down to Campus Martius, whether cold or warm, it's just so beautiful and there's so much to get into now with all of the new developments.
Once I was done STALKING this fixture and asking the attendant 12,937 questions, we headed over to Detroit Water Ice Factory for some sweet treats!  The perfect way to cool down and regroup before we headed over to the Fountain.  Since it was so warm out (and I knew I wanted to shoot this), I decided that I would wear my latest from House of Rehab!  And boy, did this fit get some attention!  Most people LOVED it - the nod to the 90's with the biker shorts and "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" word coloring on the top.  Some (of the older folks and mamas with their kiddos) looked at me like "WTF are you wearing?!"  I'm like "you can't tell me NOTHING in this fit (and I'm a mama too๐Ÿ’๐Ÿพ‍♀️)- totally feeling it and can't WAIT to wear it again!!  House of Rehab NEVER lets me down! - Check out House of Rehab and I over the years!

Hilarious (and oh so sad) fact about me - I'm TERRIFIED of falling water!  Like, I will keel over and DIE if I'm around it for too long!  I know, super WEIRD, but it's true.  Fountains that spout up high and the water falls back down, waterfalls, ANYTHING of the sort.  I really don't know why or what triggers this fear, but imagine me standing here, looking at this fountain, WAITING on Caryss to tell me "I've got the shot, Mom!" but she never does!  I can't close my eye because I can HEAR the water and if I do close them, the oh, so scary water monster is going to get me!! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ My knees literally almost buckled at some point out of fear of this thing!  But hey, that's #bloggerlife for you!
After playing a little basketball (or watching at least๐Ÿ˜ฉ) and walking around a little longer, we dropped my Mother In Law off and headed back home to shower, eat and get ready for the rest of the work week!  More family adventure to come this weekend with my oldest (photobombing me below) graduating High School *GASP* ๐Ÿ˜จ I still don't know if I've come to the realization that I am the mother of an adult person!!  If I can hold myself together for at least 2 seconds, I will try to get some shots in after the ceremony BUT I already know that I will probably be a babbling wreck and I've gladly accepted that! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿพ‍♀️: What are your plans for the weekend?!

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today's shoot location - Campus Martius, Detroit, MI

MOMMY + ME #8 | ROMPERS pt II + LINK UP

3:00:00 AM
GEEEEZ, just thinking back to the last time my little one and I actually got in front of the camera together!  It was almost this time 2 years ago when we shot for Memorial Day, which means she was just turning 9!  Fast forward ahead to now, this little one is almost my height (and I'm 5'6") and can wear some of my shoes!  I really can remember being pregnant with this chic and look at her, almost grown and stuff!  Slow down time!

FIT DETAILS - Caryss
romper: fabkids || shoes + bag: target || necklace: claire's || bracelets: old

Caryss suggested (after driving around for literally 45 minutes, smh) "Hey Mom, let's just do them at my school!"  It was a great idea since this is her last year there!  I will have 2 graduates this year, her brother from High School and her from Elementary!  We got some pretty good shots off, especially since it was no one on the playground!

FIT DETAILS - Chanda
romper: shoedazzle || shoes: old, charlotte russe || sunglasses: justfab
bracelet: sole and style || watch: MVMT watches || earrings: old

This is our second time twinning in Rompers (check out the 1st time HERE 4 years ago).  This Shoedazzle romper is the COMFIEST romper that I own!  I did end up going a size up because they didn't have a medium and I am SO glad I did!  I haven't really come to grips with my weight gain, and honestly, I'm okay with it.  I just have to remember size 8/10, thing of the past!! 

I'm glad that she's still happy about getting dressed up and taking shots with me!  I think the day that she tells me no will break my heart but hopefully, that won't come for a long time!

Click HERE to go back through the years of our Mommy + Me posts.
today's shoot location - Caryss' elementary school

WEEKLY SPOTLIGHT

This weeks spotlight is Candra from CanCan Roynelle!
Not only is her buttery yellow jacket to die for, but that rainbow background of hers couldn't be any more perfect!
Thank you for linking up last week!


TIME TO LINK UP
Now, it's YOUR turn to link up!  Come on and share what you've been up to!!
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APPLE BLOSSOM + LINK UP

5:00:00 AM
I thought I was going to miss these beautiful blooms since they only last a good week or two.  Every one, especially in the blogosphere, should be aware of these gorgeous Apple Blossom trees every Spring.  They are just drop dead beautiful, but the sad this is that the blooms are short lived, especially when there's wind and rain involved.  So when I seen that these were still standing strong, I  hopped on the opportunity as they probably wont be around the next time I shoot!

FIT DETAILS
top: romwe || shoes + jeans: justfab || earring, old: shop miss a || bracelet, carpe diem: sole and style

I took these shots around the bend near the Somerset Collection in Troy, which around the Christmas season is absolutely GORGEOUS!  They generally go all out for any holiday and it's a very well kept mall.  A lot of folks like to joke that there's a regular priced side and the rich people side to the mall that's brought together by a skywalk.  It's kinda true, most of the higher priced, brand named stores are located on one wing of the mall, but hey, who's checking for that?  I just wanted good pics and some Chick-Fil-A!! 

Super stoked about warmer temps, later days and beautiful surroundings as our weather is finally cooperating with the rest of the worlds!  I have to try and get some cool rain shots though so I can style my Hunter rainboots and get some Mommy and Me shots done!  Before I know it, Caryss will be grown and probably wont want to shoot with her mama anymore, lol!

today's shoot location - near Somerset, Troy, MI

TIME TO LINK UP!  
I'm gonna start spotlighting a look/post from my weekly linkups to share with you guys!!  
This week, we have Nailil from Thirty Minus One!  
Not only was her dress the absolute cutest, her backdrop that she shot at was amazing!
Thank you for linking up last week!

Now it's your turn!  Come on and share what you've been up to!!
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THE RECIPE + LINK UP

5:00:00 AM
Soooo, this shirt appeals to the 1000's of moods that I go through on a daily basis!  Whether I'm "Drunk In Love" and feeling like "Cigars on ice, cigars on ice...Feeling like an animal with these cameras all in my grill...Flashing lights, flashing lights...You got me faded, faded, faded...Baby, I want you"...Or I'm having one of those moments and the first thing that comes to mind when ol' girl starts trippin is "Now she says she gon' do what to who?...Let's find out and see, Cardi B...You know where I'm at...You know where I be" OR if I want to be inspirational and drop them Oprah gems on 'em like Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”  Either mood, House of Rehab got it right with this one!

FIT DETAILS
top: house of rehab (gotta get the black one) || shorts: old || tights: target || shoes, stassi: shoedazzle
watch and sunglasses: MVMT ("mschanda15" for $15 off your purchase)

I went out and shot this outfit a couple weeks ago and I was NOT happy with the end result!  I had a different pair of shorts and fishnets on that I wasn't pleased with, the backdrop that I chose wasn't "hood" enough, my hair wasn't cooperating, just an overall HOT MESS!  I'm glad that the weather dried up enough this weekend so that I could get out and reshoot! 


It's always a fun time down at The BELT in Detroit!  This alley is full of culture in the heart of Downtown.  The BELT is located between Broadway and Library Street and links Gratiot and Grand River.  "Public Art is the driving force behind the redevelopment of The BELT. The public space is home to murals and installations by local, national and international artists. It is part of a continuous effort to ensure that artists have a space to create and engage with the public in Detroit." taken from The BELT's site.  I was born and raised in Detroit, however, I have absolutely NO clue on how to navigate Downtown.  I promise you, every time I go, I get lost.  EVERY TIME!   Goal for Summer 2018 - go downtown every weekend until I know my way around! SMH! #ThankGODForHusbands

I hope that all you Mama's enjoyed your Mother's Day!  
Come on over and link up!  I would love to see what you guys are up to!
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