Inspiration, Style Files

Gift Ideas For Fashion Lovers

Gift Ideas For Fashion Lovers

We are in the midst of the holidays. And you know what that means- shopping! Personally, I find holiday shopping both exciting and overwhelming. I enjoy all of the sights and sounds that come along with shopping this time of year. However, the increased traffic and long lines I can do without.  Thank goodness for Amazon!

Whether you choose to shop in stores or online, figuring out what to get your loved ones can be daunting. Today, I am sharing my ideas for the fashion lover in your life. Practical gifts such as pajamas allows her to sleep in style. An emergency kit is essential while headphones are utilitarian. Fashion books provides inspiration and earrings helps her to inspire others. Hopefully, this guide provides you with a few ideas. I know it inspires me to get a few items for myself. 🙂 Happy shopping!!



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My Fall/Winter Fashion Wishlist



In the past, I was a serial impulse shopper. However as I got older (and wiser), I realized that I wasted a lot of money on clothing that just sat in my closet. Now, don’t get me wrong- I still enjoy shopping. I just try to be wiser about my purchases. I try to invest in pieces that I know I will get a lot of use out of. I do still purchase trendy items. I just try not to spend too much money on them. As a result, I have less buyer’s remorse and more outfit options. Sure, I now mull over items before pulling the trigger but that just means I end up loving the items that I purchase.

Today, I am sharing my fall/winter fashion wishlist. I thought it would be fun to put together an outfit with the pieces. What’s on your fashion wishlist?

Pleaded Skirt– I’ve always loved pleated skirts. They remind me so much of my mother. Although they are a classic style of skirt, they have recently made a huge comeback. And I want them in just about every color!

Lace Up Boots- Fall is the mark of boots season. Although I’ve only lived in states with warm weather, I can really appreciate a fabulous boot. I love just about every style of boot however I have a special affinity for the lace up/military style boot. I like that they walk the line of being feminine, masculine and vintage.

Black Opium Perfume– I love this scent. It is not new however it is perfect for this time of the year. It is a little mature, a little a spicy and a whole lot of sexy.

Velvet Bag– I am also in love with velvet handbags. I especially love the ones with the insect embellishments. The designer ones are quite expensive but I am not interested in spending a lot of money on something that could be here for just a season. Instead, I’m thinking about purchasing a plain one in a beautiful jewel tone.

Beret– This is another classic piece that has made a comeback. I don’t intend to spend a lot of money on one because I think the trend will only last one season. However I do look forward to rocking mine.

Statement Faux Fur Jacket– This is another classic fashion piece. I think faux fur jackets in a neutral color are a must-have but this season, I having been drooling after faux fur in jewel tones. I think they add a little pop to the drab colors we tend to wear this time of the year.


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Transitions | Moments With Millie

Transitions | Moments With Millie

Transitions | Moments With Millie

Fall is finally here but you wouldn’t be able to tell by the weather we are experiencing in LA. So what is a girl that is obsessed with fall fashion to do? You break out your transitional pieces. I would love to put on chunky sweaters and boots however I’ll have to settle for maxi dresses, hats, and open-toed booties. Pieces like these are perfect for those warm fall days and can be layered with a faux leather jacket on chilly nights. Traditional fall colors such as burgundy helps to add to that fall feeling.

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Monday Motivation: What I Really Learned From Swim Lessons

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This summer I decided to take the plunge and finally learn how to swim. I had a traumatizing experience as a child that lead to my fear of large bodies of water. To make a long story short- two schoolmates threw me into a pool even though I repeatedly told them I couldn’t swim. Talk about scary! You cannot imagine my panic when I could not call for help as I sank towards the bottom of the pool. I was finally rescued when they realized I was telling the truth all along.

Fast forward to this summer when I got a once in a lifetime opportunity to take lessons.  I was a little hesitant at first however I knew the only way to conquer my fear was to dive in head first. While I knew that I would learn how to swim, I didn’t expect to also gain a few life lessons. Here is what I really learned from swim lessons:

  1. You can’t swim with your feet on the ground. My instructor said this to me after several attempts at getting me to actually swim. I had mastered some of the basics and was ready to take off. However I was fearful of not being grounded. At every attempt to swim, my sub-conscious reverted to the time that I was sinking and couldn’t get upright. I was fine as long as I was either standing up or holding on to the side of the pool.  But the reality is a fish does not swim standing up just like a bird does not fly on the ground. You must learn to let go and trust that you will be fine.
  2. Remember to breathe. We all know how essential breathing is to swimming (i.e. living). Well it turns out that breathing is also essential to calming fears. Breathing underwater is the very first task I mastered during my lessons. I even got to the point that I could hold my breath for several seconds. However everything went out of the window when it came time to swim. I was so focused on trying not to drown that I forgot to breathe. I ran out of steam quickly which lead me to becoming frustrated. I learned that if I focused on my breathing than I will stay afloat. And being fixated on possible negative outcomes did not help me. In life you may feel that are drowning however it is important to remember to breathe. If necessary, take several breaths. After all it is important to your survival.
  3. Courage does not mean you are successful. It means that you’ve persisted despite your fears. I must admit that I was a little unhappy at the end of the lessons.  A part of me felt the lessons were a waste of time because I was not a skilled swimmer. I thought I wasted a lot of time being afraid to let go. After some self reflection I realized that I was courageous. And at this point, I would much rather be courageous than a lifeguard. No offense but it was courage that lead me to conquer my fear. And building courage is always time well spent.

Current Beauty Favorites

Current Beauty Faves | MomentswithMillie

Current Beauty Faves | MomentswithMillie

If you know me, then you know that I love beauty products. I also love discovering products that actually work. So, here I am sharing my current fave beauty products with you. Cause you know, sharing is caring. What are your current favorites?

  1. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash– I have oily acne-prone skin therefore I never thought I would find a drugstore product that would work for my skin type. Although this is not new I discovered it after spending the night at my sister’s house.  I didn’t bring my toiletry bag with me so I had to use whatever she had. I knew it would work for me after just one use. I  like to use it 1-2 times a week as a light exfoliator.
  2. Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort– I heard great things about this lip oil. And being the beauty product junkie that I am I really wanted to give it a try. However I was not interested in paying $26 for a lip oil. I thought I would just purchase the Milani version. As fate would have it Sephora was offering free deluxe size samples a few months ago. And after one application I was hooked. It really provides my lips with moisture that lasts longer than any other product that I have used in the past.
  3. Curls Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave-In Conditioner I tried a sample size of this leave in conditioner a while ago however I don’t recall loving it as much as I do. I had a hard time finding a leave in conditioner that really repairs and moisturizes my hair. But hallelujah! my search is over! I love how the product penetrates my hair shaft and leaves my hair buttery soft.
  4. TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask- I have also been searching high and low for a deep conditioner that moisturizes, detangles, and strengthens my hair. And I think I found the one. I love this stuff. A little goes a long way which is great because “natural hair products” are crazy expensive. I can’t wait to try out the rest of the TGIN line.
  5. As I Am Double Butter Cream (Daily Moisturizer) This product isn’t new to me but it definitely is a favorite. I have dry hair. Always have. I have to be diligent about moisturizing my hair or my curls will be a dry, frizzy mess. It is important that I use products that are hydrating without weighing my hair down. And this my friends is a winner.
  6. Carols Daughter Almond Cookie Body Butter– I am really enjoying this body butter. It doesn’t have the same consistency of typical body butters. It is closer to a pomade. It smells great and layers well over body lotions.


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Five Favorites

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While I was away, I discovered (and rediscovered) so many wonderful items. Although it’s been a few months, I wanted to share some of those items with you. I will be doing a separate post on my  favorite beauty items. If you know me, then you know I can talk about beauty for days. So I will spare you the really long post. 🙂 Have you rediscovered any oldies but goodies lately?

  1. Denim JacketDenim jackets are a wardrobe staple. They have been around for many years but seem to have been trending in the past few years. Can you believe that I haven’t owned one since I was a kid? I found this one at Forever 21 and I am so happy to be reacquainted with an old friend.
  2. Graphic T-Shirts– I used to have a love-hate relationship with graphic tees. Although I could see their appeal, I thought many of the slogans were cheesy. I found a few simple ones . And now that I have found my preference I just can’t stop wearing them.
  3. Faux Leather Leggings I purchased these leggings years ago however I was really shy to wear them. I traveled quite a bit in the spring and summer months and these leggings were really handy. They did not take up a lot space in my luggage, dressed up any outfit and were very comfortable.
  4. Nike Roshe One- These shoes aren’t new to me or the market but I have been loving them as of late. I have worn them during my recent travels, on casual days, etc. I haven’t been a sneaker wearer since middle school. It’s also nice to be reacquainted with this old friend. I love that I was able to customize my colorway on the Nike site.
  5. Chewing Gum– I know what you are thinking….. chewing gum? Let me explain, I love Chewing Gum- the show. It is a British sitcom available on Netflix. I learned about it in Paris  however I didn’t check it out until EvelynFromTheInternets mentioned it in one of her videos. The show is  about a quirky, restricted young lady living in London. The show follows her life of mishaps, funny interactions and life lessons. I love the show but I wouldn’t recommended if you are offended by the sight of bodily fluids.

Love of My Life: New Tunes

Love of My Life: New Tunes | Moments With Millie

I’m back with some of my current favorites. This time I am sharing the songs that I have on repeat. After creating this list, I realized that it is mostly comprised of new artists. As much as I love the classics, I really do love discovering new music. For me, it’s like finding a new treasure. I get so excited and obsess about it until I discover something new. What are your current favorite tunes?

  1. Jasper Sawyer- Ayo, I’m Working Hard. I love this song! It is a very uplifting and motivational song. The funny this is I discovered it while watching a hair tutorial on YouTube. I instantly fell in love with the song and have been listening to it just about everyday since.
  2. Jessie Ware- Champagne Kisses. It seems like there has been an explosion of British soul/R&B singers lately. I don’t mind it because it means more variety for me. It was hard for me to pick just one Jessie Ware song but I chose to go with this one because it is very catchy.
  3. Chance the Rapper- All Night. I am not understanding why some people are just finding out about Chance! I guess to everything there is a season. I am glad he is getting his due shine. I love many of his songs but every time I hear “All Night”, I just want to dance.
  4. Yuna- Best Love. I love Yuna! She has such a nice tone to her voice. I also love that she is consistent with her sound. I loved her song with Usher (Crush) but I have fallen in love with Best Love. It has an updated classic R&B feel to it.
  5. Usher- Crash. Speaking of Usher- I really like many of his dance songs but have been waiting to hear a ballad from him. Many know Usher as a great dancer however it was his vocals that I love most. I like how well written the song is (and how well he sings it).
  6. J. Cole- Deja Vu. J. Cole is back. Woot, woot! I am a big J. Cole fan. I think he is very talented and actually respects his craft. I can go on and on about Cole but I won’t bore you. I like many of the songs on his new album but can’t stop listening to this one. I like that he sampled “My Boo” but did not let the song be the star of the show (unlike some other songs with the same sample). He added to the song with his skills and flow.
  7. Jidenna- Long Live The Chief. I love Jidenna (but who doesn’t). I like that he is a skilled rapper however he doesn’t conform to the hip hop cultural norms (baggy pants, gold chains, etc). Not that there is anything wrong with the norms. It’s just great to see individuals that are true to themselves. It’s especially great for the consumers because they get to enjoy a variety of music.  And as such, I couldn’t choose between three of his songs (Long live the chief, Chief don’t run, or A little more). I chose to go with Long Live the Chief because of his clever use of words and all of it’s bravado-ness. 🙂


P.S. Please visit here to learn why I call this series Love of my Life.


R Is For Read

R is for Read | Moments With Millie

R is for Read | Moments With Millie

Working Girl | Moments With Millie

I was such a bookworm as a child. However that changed when I went to college. Between attending classes, working numerous jobs and my social life- I had very little time (and/or energy) to read for pleasure. Last year, I decided to get back into reading. Although I managed to complete just a few books, I was happy to be doing something that feeds my mind and soul. Here are some of my current favorite books. What are you must reads?

The Five Love Languages- Gary Chapman

This book was such an easy read. I learned so much about the mindful expression of love. I also learned about the importance of expressing love in my spouse’s love language. The information contained in this book is invaluable.  I love how applicable it is to just about every relationship.

What I Know For Sure- Oprah Winfrey

I am such an Oprah Winfrey fan. I could go on and on about her but I will spare you. This book was another easy read which was perfect for those long, stressful days. It is filled with little gems of wisdom from the her life experiences. I think it makes a great gift or coffee table decor piece.

The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho

I heard many positive things about this book so I decided to finally give it a try. I am so happy I did. The author is such an excellent story teller. His vivid descriptions made me see myself in the protagonist. The story is a great reminder to follow our hearts, pay attention to signs given to us on life’s journey and to pursue our dreams.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings- Maya Angelou

I originally read this book in middle school. It is Maya Angelou’s autobiography. I was originally drawn to the book because of the author. However, the title further drew me in. It is one of my favorite books. I love it so much that I re-read it very so often.



Beauty, Travel Diary

My In-Flight Skincare Essentials

Good skincare habits don’t stop because you are on vacation. To be honest, I find that I have to work extra hard to keep my skin clear while I am away. We all know what the dry, recycled airplane air can do to our skin. To make matters worse, I tend to break all of the skin care rules while vacationing. I eat terribly, stress out, don’t get enough sleep, forget sunscreen, etc.

I have really been enjoying Caudalie products since trying out their micellar water. You can read my thoughts about it here. I noticed that Sephora has a Caudalie Favorites Set and thought I would give it a try since I was going on a few trips and all of the products were travel friendly. I must say, this kit is now an essential in my travel bag. Below are my in-flight skin care essentials/routine for long flights.

  1. Wash hands. If not possible, I use hand sanitizer.
  2. Remove contacts.
  3. Brush teeth.
  4. Use Micellar Water all over face to remove makeup and grime.
  5. Return to seat and place sheet mask. Remove after 10-15 minutes. Rub excess product into face and neck.
  6. Spray face with Beauty Elixir. Warning- this product has a strong perfume scent.
  7. Apply Moisturizing Sorbet.
  8. Apply eye cream.
  9. Apply Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil.
  10. Apply hand lotion and drink water.My In-Flight Skincare Essentials | Moments With Millie

My In-Flight Skincare Essentials | Moments With Millie

By this time, my seat mates are completely perplexed or annoyed. Either way, I try to smile as much as possible to help alleviate any inconveniences. Initially, I felt a little ridiculous following all of these steps however I don’t think I will stop anytime soon. I find that this routine helps me to relax while combating the airplane’s dry/germy air. When we are nearing the end of the flight, I return to the bathroom to put in contacts, check my appearance, spray perfume, and reapply lip gloss.

My In-Flight Skincare Essentials | Moments With Millie