Overachiever.

by Lauren Corbett


These pictures are more recent. Taken in late summer/early fall. 

Overachiever. As most of you know, I attend Virginia Commonwealth University and major in Fashion Merchandising. What you may not know is that I am an overachiever. I have always had a strong work ethic, which has resulted in good grades and a slew of awards (not saying that in a boastful way). While I believe my desire to succeed and do well in school is great, I realized that my well-being comes first and foremost. 

Last semester was rough, which is why I did not post as much as I wanted. I was dealing with teleworking full-time, attending classes where I was required to be a part of semester-long group projects, increase in rent, struggling financially, and etc. It was definitely stressful and I finally realized right after the semester that I took on too much. Every other day, I was probably crying or snappy. I finished strong though -- All A's and one B.

I am happy to say that this semester, I have a lighter workload and am more focused on my well-being. The reason why I wanted to write this post was to tell anyone reading it, please do not take on more than you can handle. Your health (physical and mental) come before anything else. 

Slay Wear

1. Fray-Hem Chambray Shirtdress (Similar)

2. MCM Large Stark Cognac Backpack in Visetos

3. Black Crisscross Leggings (Similar)

4. Two-Tone Blue Crisscross Sports Bra (Similar)

5. Lace Up Peep Toe Ankle Booties (Similar)

6. Gold Hoop Earrings (Similar)

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Get Your Head in the Game.

by Lauren Corbett


Since it is officially Super Bowl weekend, it is only right that I post throwback pictures of me in a sports jersey. I will always be a Redskins fan, but I'm rooting for the Steelers this weekend.  (NOTE: I just realized a day after publishing this post that the EAGLES are playing against the Patriots...not the Steelers. LOL! Correction -- I'm rooting for the Eagles.)

Get your head in the game. If you are a creative like me, then you are always trying to differentiate yourself from others and/or be one of the best in your industry. You look at other websites, social media accounts, marketing techniques, and etc. to see what you can do differently. While this assessment can be beneficial, it can also be time consuming and damaging. For example, you end up spending an unnecessary amount of time trying to figure out how your aesthetic is different than that of another fashion blogger. You realize that your time could have been spent doing something more productive like writing a blog post or enhancing your website design, basically anything that grows your brand. If you say that you haven't done this before, then you are definitely not being honest with yourself. Everyone has done it... I have! 

I have realized that when you focus on others, you lose the "game." You don't get the "Super Bowl ring." It's like when a wide receiver catches the football in a football game. Although he tries to make sure that he doesn't get tackled by those on defense, you don't see him studying all of the members on the opposing team during the game. He has tunnel freakin' vision. His goal is to get to the touchdown zone to score points for his team and ultimately win the game. 

Basically, what I am trying to say is that it is imperative for us to focus on ourselves in terms of our creative endeavors (actually...in LIFE!) or else we miss out on opportunities and our "Super Bowl ring" (success). 

Slay Wear

1. Women's #26 Clinton Portis Washington Redskins Jersey (Similar)

2. Oversized Tuxedo Style Black Blazer (Similar)

3. Worthington Black Pencil Skirt with Gold Stud Side Detail

4. Michael Kors Hamilton North/South Tote

5. Nine West Black Leather Pointed Toe Pumps with Ankle Lace Up Straps

6. Silver Cat Eye Sunglasses (Similar)

7. Gold Bangle Bracelet (Similar)

8. Gold Hoop Earrings (Similar)

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Fearless.

by Lauren Corbett


Right now, it's 4:00 am. I should be sleeping, but God had other plans...

Fearless. These pictures are about three years old. Back when these pictures were taken, I was so eager to start this blog. I would give myself deadlines on when I would finish everything and finally publish it, however, I kept pushing back those deadlines. Why did I keep delaying the release of something that is so great? Fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of judgement. Fear of imperfection. Fear of opinions. 

Now that I have published the blog, do I still deal with fear? Yes. I mostly deal with fear of opinions. I am real and honest enough to say that my fear of opinions have caused me to second guess my decisions and actions. Anyone who has ever said that they don't care at all about what people think of them is lying. That is BS. Everyone cares about what others think of them to a certain extent. It is human nature. 

For 2018, I am determined to be less fearful and more fearless in order to live my best life. And just by publishing this post, I already feel less fearful. :) 

Slay Wear

1. Fearless jumpsuit (Similar)

2. Iridescent stud earrings (Similar)

3. Black and white heels with sneaker laces and transparent sides from a thrift store

4. Pearl and multi-colored necklace from my mother

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Independent.

by Lauren Corbett


Independent. I remember I told my mother a few years ago that I would be independent by 21 or 22. If not fully independent, then semi-independent. I somewhat believed what I said, but not completely. Little did I know, I was speaking it into existence. At 22, I signed a lease for my first apartment near my college. I've been living on my own for a little over a year now. Initially, I worried about how I would pay for it since I am only a student trainee at my job, but eventually everything worked out because I was still able to work while attending school. My mother offered to help pay for my expenses, but I was determined to pay for everything myself. While I appreciate my mother offering to help, I knew it was time for me to take on some responsibility. And the thing is... I wasn't afraid. I have never been afraid of getting older and taking on more responsibility or maybe I should say... "adulting." Yes, bills are a drag, but I like paying them because it shows that I worked hard to pay them. I wake up early in the morning to work, go to school, and then come back to study and complete my school assignments. This routine is draining at times and I get frustrated, but I love doing it because I know my hard work will pay off. 

Being independent has mostly been a positive experience for me, but sometimes I struggle living by myself. I am somewhat of an introvert, so I enjoy my alone time. However, when I am not preoccupied with work or school, I find myself getting very lonely. My boyfriend visits me on the days that he is off. Also, my mother visits me every other weekend and vice versa since we are only an hour away from each other. When they leave, I get a little sad, but I snap out of it after an hour or two. Other than them, I get an occasional text from other family members, but that's it. While it is easy to mope about being lonely, I can't do that because whose name is on the lease? Mine. Who is enrolled in college? Me. Who has to work? Me. Who has bills to pay? Me. Therefore, I don't have time to be sad.

In terms of money, the only time I ask for help is when my rent takes up all of my paycheck and I don't have any money from the last one left to pay for things like school parking, gas, or groceries. I've gotten so self-dependent that I hate asking for help, but I know that everyone needs assistance sometimes. I just enjoy working for it. 

Do you live by yourself? If so, let me know what you like and don't like about it. 

Side Note: Ignore those shoes next to me in the second and third pictures. Those aren't mine.... lol. 

Slay Wear

1. Scarf Halter Top (Similar)

2. Black High-Waisted Shorts (Similar)

3. Silver Curb Chain Hoop Earrings (Similar)

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