THIS PANDEMIC HAS BEEN CRAZY BUT I’M SURVIVING! WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO…

Hey Guys! I know, I know, it’s been a long time since I posted anything but, life has been unreal and so different. Last year I started a new job in a different industry and it took a while for me to get adjusted and then COVID-19 came and punched us all in the gut SMH.

How have you guys been holding up during this pandemic? I’ve been feeling every type of emotion you can think of. I went from going to work to WFH and homeschooling my 1st grader – It was rough for a while so thank God for summer breaks. For real.

I can definitely say that I have something in common with my forever FOTUS – Michelle Obama. She said that she’s suffering from “low grade depression” – just feeling out of body and mind at times looking at the news and not being able to be out and about as much.

Even though I cook three meals a day, seven days a week (and I am tired of it!), I am thankful that I have saved some money so that when the outside fully opens up, I have money to spend and places to go Haha. I even started making my own coffee everyday – something I never liked doing before this pandemic. Dunkin Donuts K Cups to the rescue.

During this pandemic I’ve had the opportunity to spend more time with my daughter. I ordered some kits from KiwiCo so we’ve made little furry owls and a light up princess wand so far. Our favorite things to do together are play Guess Who?, Trolls World Tour Monopoly, watching Bluey on Disney Jr, Frozen II on Disney+ and baking cupcakes. It has been a blast being at home with my favorite girl on most days but, like any other mom, I have felt overwhelmed having so much to do in a day. To keep myself sane, I escape to the bathroom and take a long hot bath with one of my summer novels that I ordered from Amazon. I am currently reading Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan. Pretty good so far.

Reading and watching some of my favorite shows have kept me sane during this pandemic. I have binge watched Dawson’s Creek on Hulu, All American (So GOOD!!), I started watching Greenleaf on Netflix and I am going to get my life watching all of my favorite 90s black sitcoms on Netflix – I am currently getting my LIFE with Moesha! Netflix finally stepped it up and did it for the culture and I am so HYPE. They need to add BAPs and other classic black movies on their site as well.

I am back and ready to hit you guys with some more content so stay tuned for some quarantine living post Haha. Stay healthy and safe Jinnalovers 🙂

ASK JINNA: PAPERLESS POST SAVED MY SUMMER GAME NIGHT (& FUTURE LIFE EVENTS)!

Hey Everyone! I am so excited because I have partnered with Paperless Post to review and customize some pretty cool stationary and invites for some events I have planned in the next few weeks and months.

The summer is almost over so it’s time to invite my best girl friends and their kids over for a game night with me and my mini me, Sierra Giselle. Paperless Post is a saint and it literally saved me so much time and energy. I had so much fun customizing my invite and envelope (which I think is so dope). I wanted to design something that my friends would want to keep forever for memory sake – the game night is going to be LIT so why not have a FIRE invite to go with it. The site also allows you to add your guest’s emails or addresses to the site so that the names and addresses can be printed right on the envelope – no need to hand write anything. Check out the invitation I made with my daughter:

 

I’ve watched shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians and the Real Housewives of Potomac that have inspired me to pay attention details and that even invitations should be well thought out and pretty/cool enough that the invitee wants to keep the card for a lifetime. I’ve seen these women pay hundreds of dollars for a baby shower or Girls Night In invitation that they also had to mail out themselves (rather their assistants) – no one has time to be licking stamps and standing online at the post office. Paperless Post does it all for you!

Paperless Post offers great birthday party invitations, graduation party invitations, and invitations for special announcements. Below are a couple of my favorites on the site:

 

My daughter is obsessed with Unicorns so I thought the invite above was adorable

My 5-year-old is into manicures and playing with makeup so this gives me an idea for her birthday invite (coming up in November)

This invite is perfect for a summer BBQ

I was drawn to invite because I am from New York City and it’s so New York!

Are you shopping for custom stationary or planning an important event in your life? Be sure to check out Paperless Post for all the things you need.

Disclosure: The opinions on this blog are all mine!

BEAUTY NEWS: LADY GAGA ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL BEAUTY LINE

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When I was young, I never felt beautiful. And as I struggled to find a sense of both inner and outer beauty, I discovered the power of makeup. I remember watching my mother put her makeup on every morning, basking in the glow of her power to put on her bravest face as the hard working woman she was. I then began to experiment with makeup as a way to make my dreams of being as strong as my mother become true. It was then that I invented Lady Gaga. I found the superhero within me by looking in the mirror and seeing who I wanted to be. Sometimes beauty doesn't come naturally from within. But I'm so grateful that makeup inspired a bravery in me I didn't know I had. I've come to accept that I discovered my beauty by having the ability to invent myself and transform. They said I was just weird, but really, I was just Born This Way. Love, Lady Gaga

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Is there such a thing as too much makeup? Me personally, I say NO! I am here for it all….

Is there such a thing as too much makeup? Me personally, I say NO! I am here for it all….

Makeup lovers, the rumors are TRUE! A couple of months ago Lady Gaga teased that she would be stepping into the beauty world soon with her own beauty line. She finally made the official announcement on her Instagram account and the beauty line will launch under the title Haus Laboratorie, and the first range of products will be released through Amazon.

Since announcing the title of her beauty line, the hausbeauty.com website and Instagram account (@hauslabs), along with a Youtube account featuring a video titled Our Haus went live for us to view and lust over until the products are released.

Hause Laboratorie will launch exclusively on Amazon in the fall but pre-orders are available at the brand’s site starting July 15th. Are you guys excited?

 

 

MY SUMMER WISH LIST

I love the summer months and shopping for new things at any time but, the summer especially. I decided to share a few things from my summer wish list with you guys and they are HOT!

Here are a few things on my summer wish list:

Anti Social Club’s Trash Can

Gucci’s GG 10K Gold Earrings

Nike’s New Benassi Slides

Nike’s React Element 55 Sneakers

What are you guys buying this season?