June 1, 2016

SummerTime Mom

School is out and that is sweet music to my ears and a nightmare to my wallet.  The kids seem to eat more and suck up more air in the summer months.  I plan a trip every year; a weekend getaway or small trip.  Airfare for 5 is not cheap!  So more than likely it is a road trip. We use this time to play games, talk and bond as a family. Our goal is to make memories and not spend too much doing it.  We live in Texas so we try to travel outside of Texas but places like SeaWorld, Galveston and Schlitterbahn are irresistible to us, inexpensive, easy to get to and most of all fun, fun, fun! This summer will be a challenge.  Our kids are older and want to travel further so who knows this may be that trip to Florida we have been avoiding.  What are your plans for this summer?

November 8, 2015

Getting Fit and Losing Weight

For those of you that follow me on Instagram and Facebook @Eboniebutterfly know that as much as I love beauty, I enjoy working out and staying fit.  The problem is my EATING.  Eating can be a road block when it come to losing weight. My weight loss has been minimal due to my lack of eating well,  however my fitness level is out the roof.  To combat my eating I decided to take things one day at a time.  I have been a pecatarian since October 22, 2015.  I changed my way of eating by choice and not by force.   Being fit and healthy is on top of my priority list. With that being said I wanted to document this challenge.  I am not promising daily updates but weekly I will check in and tell you how things are going.  As far as the beauty and makeup portion of my blog.  It is still alive and well and I will be getting back to that. Take care you beautiful butterflies~~~

Felicia -- Eboniebutterfly

August 25, 2014

Journals - To Share or not to share.

It is no secret I love Blog, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter about all things beauty.  I will share almost anything except my personal journal entries. Last night I was writing in my journal to get all my emotions out and began to cry. My husband naturally was concerned and tried to read what I was writing.  All he saw was the word husband and immediately began questioning what I was writing.  He felt like I should share that entry with him however I decline, refused and said no a dozen times.  I did offer to answer any questions he may have, but my journal entry was for my eyes only.  In the world of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, my journal is a private safe haven of personal thoughts.  Writing is a stress reliever for me.  It allows me to organize my thoughts and feelings.  In a world of sharing and posting what happened to private thoughts?  I think that oversharing takes away life's mystery. What are you thoughts? Have a beautiful Day!

April 20, 2014

Top - Peter Pillotto  Jeans - Old Navy Rockstars Shoes -Target

March 27, 2014

Peter Pilotto Haul

Hello my Beautiful Butterflies!!! I picked up a few things from the Peter Pilotto line at Target.  The pickings are slim so don't Miss out! This collection is fun!  I love the colors style and fit of the items I purchased. I will show you how I wear them on a later post. Happy Shopping!!

February 5, 2014

Advocare 24 Day Challenge

Day 3 of my 24 Day Advocare Challenge.  While some are falling off their New Years Resolution to loose weight I am ramping up with my 24 Day Challenge.  Day three is not as chllenging as Day 1.  I set the bar really high on my workout and eating.  Follow me on twitter and instagram @Eboniebutterfly. I am happy to say I am down 4 pounds! Keep pushing!

How to start a Handbag Collection

Quality over Quantity - The key to getting a quality handbag is purchasing something of good quality as well as something you can afford. Start where you are and buy what you can with what you have

Needs over Wants – Starting a handbag collection you will need to decide what your needs and start there.

1. Do you carry a large wallet?

2. Do you have a large makeup bag?

3. Do you need a lot of pockets and zippers?

4. How do you dress 80% of the time casual or dressy?

5. Do you have a separate bag for your IPAD?

6. What is the style of your current handbag and does it work for you?

7. Do you attend evening events if so how often?

8. Do you like or hate monograms?

9. Do want be a collector or actually use the bags?

10. What is the most you are willing to spend on a bag?

Colors – If you want to carry something other than a basic black bag, look through your closet and see what colors you own the most. For instance if you wear a lot of black you may want to get a classic black bag but you could also consider a bright color bag of your choice.

Think long term – Don’t be a slave to trends when purchasing a high end bag. The Louis Vuitton Speedy bag has been around for decades and is still a staple piece of most collectors. Brands like Channel, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Balenciaga have been around for a long time. Think of your bags as investments.

Research – YouTube is a great resource to finding out about different bags and styles. Go shopping at high end stores and try the bags look at the storage, material and functions. NEVER buy a bag online if you have not done all the research first, so many people have gotten burned simply because they did not know what to look for.

Type of handbags– Clutch, Cross body, Tote, Hobo, Top Handle, Makeup, and a Pouchette. Most brands carry each type of these.

Type of Collection – Decide what type of collection you want. Do you want functional, brand, style? I am a cross-brand girl I like a variety of bags while some women only focus on one brand.

Wish List – Create a wish list and research each bag you would like to purchase. Know EVERYTHING about your handbags and start saving for it. Do not waiver from your list! I cannot stress this one, something like it is never the same, don’t settle. There is a reason you put certain bags on your list because you really like it and want it. The list is important because it keeps you on track to your goals.