Neutral November: Greys

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Brittany of Brillance of B reached out to me to participate in her #neutralnovember style challenge. The challenge is all about the basics! It focuses on maximizing neutral colors in your wardrobe. While summer feels like an explosion of color, fall and winter are perfect for neutral and monochromatic looks. So this challenge was right up my alley.

This grey sweater dress is a staple in my fall wardrobe, I’ve worn it here on the blog last year. The coat is one of my best scores from Forever21 ever. Together the dress and the coat are magic, I added my metallic silver pumps and the look was complete.

Side note: I can’t believe it’s almost the end of November. Except for this being a crazy busy time for me at work, this is really my favorite time I year. I can’t wait to Thursday to get in some quality time with my family.

Hope this is your best week ever!

Coat: Forever21 (similar)
Sweater Dress: Victoria’s Secret (similar)
Shoes: Forever21 (similar)

I’m Uncomfortable with money

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At a very young age, I was taught that talking about money is impolite. My family didn’t have much of it so there really wasn’t much to talk about.

I'm Uncomfortable with Money

It was extremely difficult watching my mother struggle to raise four children on a $300 a week salary. As the oldest of my siblings, I was most aware of the struggles, and I remember comforting my mother after we lost our first apartment my first year in the United States. She contemplated separating us and entering a shelter. I stood up to her defiantly, telling her I was going with her.

The way my mother worked miracles to ensure we were fed, clothed, and housed shaped my attitudes toward money. I always told myself that I wouldn’t allow money to have a hold on me. I was going to work as hard as I possibly can to never have to worry about money. I wasn’t going to give money any power in my life, I wouldn’t even give it the respect that it deserves enough to budget or make and stick to financial goals. It wasn’t until an email arrived in my inbox a couple of weeks ago that I realized just how uncomfortable I really am with money.

The email arrived bright and early on November 2, from Maya of to launch her #GetPaidChallenge. The subject: “Get yo’ money, Nia!” I opened the email excited to see some new tips on how to make money online or monetizing my blog.

Maya is a personal branding strategist and like me, she believes in the power of passion and purpose. I’ve followed her journey from graphic designer to coach and she provides incredible content for free on a range of topics from branding to strategy.

The goal of the challenge was to show how to promote your brand, pitch your ideas and build a profitable biz. All things I’m currently working to improve and information I would definitely benefit from. Maya has been incredibly gracious to me by commenting on my blog and participating in my first #creativesmartgirl chat on Twitter.

I was looking forward to the challenge until I read:

“I like money… a lot. And I’m not apologetic or shy about it.”

I stopped in my tracks and became extremely uncomfortable. A younger me would have blamed Maya. How dare she send me an email about liking money? But instead, I decided to ask myself why I felt uneasy. Maya said that money was only a tool to help her fulfill her purpose. So what was my real problem with this email?

The answer was in my history with money. So many of my experiences with money were negative, those associations immediately started flooding back. ‘Don’t talk about money.’ ‘Don’t give money power.’ ‘Just work hard and all of your money problems will be over.’

The next few lines of the email quickly distracted those thoughts:

“This month I want to make $10,000. Yeah… that scared me, too. But I’ve done it before. More than once. And I not-so-secretly want to do it again. Alright, now that I’ve been transparent with you, what’s your number? I don’t care if it’s $500 or $1,000 or $10,000, but understand that the bigger the goal, the deeper the strategy. You’re going to have to work harder and smarter for wanting more. Just saying.”

It wasn’t the $10,000 that made me dizzy. Maya consistently delivers quality work and deserves whatever she earns. It was the thought of publicly naming my number. I was completely outside of my of my comfort zone. I didn’t end up participating in the challenge but it shifted my money mindset. In that moment, I knew that I had to change my relationship with money. The one I was holding onto wasn’t serving me at all.

I spent my life trying to avoid letting money have a significant hold on my life because of my experiences with it as a child, not realizing that it was still controlling me. In order to be comfortable with money, I need to discipline myself to respect it. It doesn’t have to control me, but it shouldn’t make me uncomfortable either.

10 Holiday Party Dresses for Under $100

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We are officially in the holiday season. Thanksgiving is literally next week, I can’t believe it. For me the holiday season has taken on a life of it’s own and all I really think about is remaining sane while trying to deliver a successful season. For the rest of you I hope the holidays are filled with glamorous parties and many fun times with your loved ones.

Those glamorous parties and fun times will definitely call for a great holiday party dress. Whether it’s a company holiday party of the holiday tun up with your girls there perfect dresses at a great price is only a few clicks away. I’ve listed some of my faves for you below. Here are 10 holiday party dresses for under $100:

1. H&M 2. H&M 3. H&M 4. ASOS 5. ASOS 6. ASOS 7. ASOS 8. ASOS 9. Forever21 10. Forever21

There is no shame in a Nine-to-five job

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5 High Paying Jobs for Millennials-4

In March, Damon Dash the Co-founder and former head of Rocafella Records did an interview on New York’s Power 105’s the Breakfast Club where he got into a heated discussion with DJ Envy about entrepreneurship when he stated, “Jobs are for lazy people that don’t want to invest in themselves.”

Dash may be a bit harsh in his statement but he’s expressing something very real about the times we’re living in. Welcome to the age where it’s no longer acceptable to have a nine-to-five job with benefits and a steady income. You can’t read your social media timelines without someone telling you to be a boss or encouraging you not to work for anyone else. Almost everyone you meet is a hustler, a side hustler, a brand, an entrepreneur, a mogul or an aspiring business owner. Most of these people also have a nine-to-five job that they rarely talk about and hide, as if it’s a dirty little secret to be ashamed of.

We’re all working so hard to make our dreams come true that it seems counterproductive to shame anyone for the job they do. The resources provided by the Internet and the decline in job security over the last decade, and a lack of job satisfaction were definitely legitimate reasons to consider having multiple options to earn money. With that said, succeeding as an entrepreneur is extremely difficult and recent strides in job satisfaction and job security there should be no shame in having a nine to five.

The Great Recession of 2008 really took a toll on the psyche of Americans and forced many of us to figure out how we can make money in non-traditional ways. Recently, the tide has begun to shift and Americans are more satisfied and secure than they’ve been since then. According to a report by the Conference Board satisfaction survey nearly three decades ago, 61.1% of workers said they liked their jobs. That number has slid over time, reaching an all-time low in 2010, when only 42.6% of workers said they were satisfied in their jobs. According to a 2014 Gallup poll 58% of full- or part-time workers are completely satisfied with their job security, an increase from the aftermath of the Great Recession from when roughly 50% of Americans said they were completely satisfied.

The Internet has completely revolutionized the way business is conducted but it has not made succeeding as an entrepreneur any easier. Access to new audiences, new ideas and low overhead costs has made it more and more attractive to start a business online. The one thing the Internet has not done is improve the business failure rate. According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months. Dash is certainly a prime example of the challenges entrepreneurs face despite having access to the Internet and many other resources. He’s become just as well known for failed business deals, huge tax debts and repeated legal battles as he is for partnering with Jay-Z to start Rocafella Records.

This isn’t to scare anyone out of becoming an entrepreneur but we should all consider the reality of being a successful entrepreneur before shaming people out of their nine-to-five.

As a budding entrepreneur, I don’t want to feel ashamed of my nine-to-five, especially since I actually enjoy mine. Plus, none of the work I’m able to do on the GlamSavvy Life would be possible without my steady paycheck. I recently had to release myself of the pressure of going full time. Being a full time blogger/entrepreneur would be amazing but in the meantime I can enjoy and appreciate my job while working on building my dream. Many of us rely on that to build our dream and become our own boss, and there is really no shame in that.

10 Over-the-Knee Boots for Under $50

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It’s that time of year again! Boot season. Of all our boot options, the over-the-knee boot reigns supreme. If you want your boot game to be fire for rest of the year, then they are a must. They’re great for casual looks or you can dress them up. I’ve collected quite a few boots over the years, but my favorites here, and, here just happen to be over-the-knee. Aren’t they cute!?

I absolutely adore the black pair. Some of my favorite looks here, here, and here include them. The brown pair is so chic with socks and a fall color story! I love it!

There are so many options at great prices this season. Here are 10 over-the-knee for under $50:

1. Lola’s Shoetique 2. UrbanOg 3. Lola’s Shoetique 4. UrbanOg 5. UrbanOg 6. UrbanOg 7. UrbanOg 8. UrbanOg 9. JustFab 10. JustFab