Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lifestyle | My Journey to Minimalism

Less truly does equal more. 

Hello Loves,

today on the bloggie I am gonna talk about this idea of Minimalism and my journey so far. A few days ago I stumbled upon a blog called The Minimalists and it was actually by complete accident. I was looking for ways to declutter my closet and it was the first site to pop up. I honestly think that that was a sign from God, because I have found becoming a minimalist is the best way to declutter anything and everything in your life overall. But anyway back to the story... so I scrolled throughout the blog and decided to Google more on this ' Minimalism Life' and came across Zen Habits and that's how it started. My life has always been very busy and I am getting very drained by it all. I feel as I am now making my transition into senior year then college, this will help me keep in mind what's actually important. Plus, I know in college everything is gonna seem expensive and I want only things that I need in my dorm, closet and life.

Now like it says on the Zen Habits blog, " There's no one right way", and I completely agree with it. Everyone downsizes differently and what may be less to me isn't exactly less to you. I officially started my journey June 26th but I want to officially officially start today, July 1st because I didn't fully understand and didn't really see it as a lifestyle then. I just threw out and gave away a lot of clothes from my closet. Making this a lifestyle FOR ME means decluttering everything. My hair regime will be simple, my food that I intake daily, my fitness, my clothes and my room (because my mom will kill me if I took the rest of the house, lol).

So I am starting a Minimalism Monday here on the blog. Every other Monday I will create a new post on some tips to help you if your interested or it will simply be an update on my journey.

So far I decluttered my closet, room and bathroom. I went through EVERYTHING, bookshelves, drawers, my jewelry box... literally everything you can think of, it's been touched. My room doesn't look empty but it's definitely not as pretty. My mom is gonna take me room shopping in a few days just because it's long overdue for a room update and my new theme will be green, white and dark brown. I really want that nature feel. Now I know you guys, "Your suppose to have less Brie, why are about go shopping???", well I really want a simple pretty look in my room and I've been wanting to have that theme for a while.

Next thing I am decluttering is my hair products and evaluating my food. Next week I will update you all on that.

I really do encourage you all to check out the sites above and and search Minimalism on YouTube!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Journal | Let's Talk About My Country

Ok honestly way too much is happening is America for me not to talk on it. I am Black. America is making it so hard for me not to be scared of police. I just don't know what to say with everything that's going on with the shootings at the church in Charleston and the cop beating the girl at the party. It seems like something happens every month and irritated, upset and exhausted aren't even the words to describe this whole thing. I get so frustrated when people call out All Lives Matter. Yes of course all live matter but are all lives protected? Do you see all lives getting help from the police? Yes. But what about Blacks? Not at all. America has treated people of color with disrespect and hatred for the longest and we never fight back. We pray and protest with marches and it hasn't really gotten us anywhere. I'm not saying we should all become Black Panthers and fight physically but what else will get through the medias and the police head that Black people are just as humans and have just as much of a right to get treated with respect. Rest in peace to all the Black boys and girls, men and women who lives have been taken because of the shade of their skin. My heart is still so heavy from everything that's been going on, but recently the Charleston shooting. My frustration builds as I watch the news and scroll through Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram all posting about it. I want to say thank you for the ones speaking out and trying to help change this world. To everyone not of color helping, thank you. There is nothing wrong with speaking up and trying to help make peace with all races. The only wrong thing right now is turning your head from what is being shown at every corner.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Music Monday | Top Fav 5

Hello beautiful people!
Now that I am back into the groove of posting regularly I want to go back to 'Music Mondays'. I stopped that in the beginning because I didn't have time to post every Monday about my favorite songs for the week. So I stuck with seasonal playlist.

Music Mondays will include my top 5 favorite songs as of right now. Every Monday there will be different types of songs ranging from Gospel to Trap music. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Lifestyle | How To Take Better Instagram Pictures + Tips

Hello everyone. Today I wanted to do a post on some of my personal tips for taking better Instagram pictures and overall having a better account. There's of course no official rules for Instagram but these are just my ideas on how I've develop my stable account. I often get asked how did I get so many followers (which doesn't compare at all to my 4,000 followers from my old account) and honestly it's because my overall account is presentable. I currently use the camera on my Samsung Galaxy phone. You can follow me and keep up with my photos + life over at - @briethenanna.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Health | Finding Comfort in a Cup

As many of you know, I've been on a healthy lifestyle journey. Water has been like my sister, but hot lemon water has been my best friend. Whether it's a bit chilly outside or a beautiful hot day, lemon and hot water is one of my go-to's. There's something about it that just instantly makes me happy and keeps me energized throughout my day. The taste is the perfect amount of sweetness and as an added bonus, it has awesome health benefits! 

  • Cleanses your digestion system
  • Helps balance pH levels
  • Clears your skin
  • Helps boost mood 
  • Contains vitamin C 
  • Give hydration 
  • Aids in weight loss

How to Make It || 

  1. Pour some water in a cup 
  2. Heat it up in the microwave for 1 minute
  3. Grab lemon slices and squeeze 2 into cup

Hopefully you try it out! And let me know if you do! 

The Overdue Break

Hello beautiful people! It's been such a long time since I actually took some time to write on All Things Brie. Junior year was so much work and the overload of assignments, essays, ACT study sessions just took over my life. But at the same time the good of getting multiple achievements throughout the school year was the cherry on top. I ended junior year with a 3.3. THANK THE LORD. I was really going for a 3.5 or higher but I am honestly very content with that 3.3. 

I did want to let you all know before hand about my absence but I really had no time. I had to save all my typing for AP Lang essays, lol. Junior year made me realize a lot of things. I thought I knew exactly what I wanted but at this very moment I don't have a clue on my next move. I know I want to go to a HBCU (Historically Black College & University) but I don't know what I should major in. The point is I was going through a lot with finding myself and keeping my grades up so that's the reason I've been gone. Now that it's summer and my senior schedule is set I have time to do what I love more often.

Coming back, I want to continue to make this a lifestyle/journal type of blog and will occasionally post fashion, health and natural hair posts. So HELLO again. For anyone who is new to blog I will re introduce myself...

I am Brie Black. I am 17 years old and currently going into my senior year of high school this fall. I am natural and have been for 2 years now. I started this blog as an outlet for myself and now it's my outlet and my way of helping others on all things dealing with life. Most of my post include natural hair, music or life tips. My favorites shows are A Different World, Gossip Girl, Being Mary Jane and Empire. I am afrocentric and pro-black (does not mean anti-white at all!!!) . I plan to attend college and do something within journalism or the arts. I am a hip-hop head and a non-denominational Christian.

... and that's a little about me!


enjoy your stay! 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Lifestyle | Wassup February

Ahhh! Yes it it!
As a new month approaches it a great time to reflect on the previous month. So in this post I will be reflecting on January, talking on what I want for myself this month and a few new challenges I am participating in!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Lifestyle | My Shower Essentials

Good Evening,
My friend and I were talking a few days ago during web design class on what we use to wash our hair, then we stumbled upon what we use to clean our bodies. It's sometimes very interesting to see what others use to keep up good hygiene and I wanted to share my essentials with you all. There's one thing I love about these type of posts from other bloggers and that's the opportunity to be able to check out some new products I may want to try. Often, I find myself buying something from another blogger's post just like this one. Here's what I use!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Tag | It's My Hair

Hello loves,
lately I've been seeing a lot of my fellow natural sista's do the "It's My Hair" tag and I mean it looked fun to do and it never hurts to learn more about the person behind the blog. Talking about natural hair is one of my favorites topics. I can talk hours on my hair specifically, other's hair and how to embrace it. Currently my hair is in box braids for my winter protective styling and soon I will make a video and post on it. Anyway let's get into the tag!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Year, New Things

Hello beautiful people,

Starting off with my first post for 2015, I want to go into my goals for All Things Brie. I realize I haven't been consistent with posting and it has honestly been out of my control. I really love blogging and I feel this is the perfect way for me to practice for my career in fashion journalism, so I do not plan on stopping. For my new year resolutions I made blogging the 3rd point. An older friend of my moms once told me that one can not simply do it all and do it all well. Some things are gonna need more attention. He told me that in order to enjoy and get the most of out something, you must center yourself on that one thing, then when your done, be done. So that's exactly what I am going to do. Freshman - sophomore year I was so dedicated to blogging. Blogging came before homework. Now that is junior year I'm taking school more seriously and of course that is a good thing, but as a teen I do need an outlet. Something I can go to for a release of all that school stress. I cannot promise anything, like posting every single day, but can guarantee a post at least once a week. And I know I've been apologizing and saying the sames thing about my posting times, but its a new year and I am determined.

Also, I want to make this a more lifestyle blog and a few others (fashion, health, tips etc.) as occasional posts. Not like a vlog type of thing, where I tell you my everyday life, but stuff like going to restaurants, hanging out with friends and things that are simply on my mind. If you follow me on Tumblr you know I have no limits and I say whatever I want when it comes to certain things. Since this is my blog, for 2015 I will be expressing more of myself. So expect a lot of "Brie Speaks" posts.

For the look, I might just keep it how it is for now, and maybe in February i'll change it up a bit.

Thank you loves for such an awesome 2014. Thank you for sticking with me through everything and leaving sweet comments. At the end of the day it's YOU who is keeping this blog "alive". Love yaa and cheers to a new beginning. Happy 2015.

Thank you so much for reading, remember you are loved and God has a purpose and plan for you ❤

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