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Date Night at Sozo Sushi

The best date night spots are always the ones that you accidentally stumble upon. Living in Houston, this unsurprisingly happens quite often. We were in the Galleria taking care of some last minute shopping. I would say it was roughly about 9 PM because Nordstrom Rack had just kicked us out. We wanted something exotic and close. I was starving! Sozo Sushi Lounge popped up.

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We ended up at this super chic sushi lounge, just a few minutes past the Galleria Mall. Sozo Sushi Lounge is quietly tucked away in the corner of a shopping mall on Post Oak Boulevard, along with some other super swanky spots. We passed it twice–once trying to navigate there (thanks Google Maps) and upon walking up. I guess I should note that they are on the second level of the building complex. They had the option for valet, but it was late (and unbusy) so we parked ourselves. The vibe was superb.

Think: open but intimate, contemporary but elegant. That's what #Sozo Sushi is. Click To Tweet

We were quickly seated by a window offering the most delightfully charming scenic view. Our chairs were pulled out and we were given a menu. You can check out the menu for yourself here. The mood was very serene. It was obvious that the establishment took things very seriously.

I opted for an adult beverage, while he got a fountain drink. So naturally, a trip to the girl’s room was due. I know I’m not the only one that’s intrigued by restaurant bathroom architecture! Come on guys, look at these walls. The tiles have a nice glisten under the light, while the chrome offsets everything else. The restroom, and restaurant alike, were very clean.

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Okay, so back to the table… Like I said, we were very hungry! Our waitress politely informed us that we had arrived just a few minutes before last call. We quickly perused the menu and ordered both our appetizer and entree. The menu was extensive, but not to the point that it was overwhelming. Each item had a brief description below it, just in case you weren’t familiar with what you were getting.

Sozo Sushi offers everything from Shashimi, Classic & Signature Sushi Rolls, Rice and Noodle dishes, Sandwiches, Soups, Poke Bowls and more. My favorite dessert to get while having sushi is definitely the Mochi (Japanese ice cream). Sozo boasts a wide selection of Mochi flavors, six to be exact: Chocolate, Coffee, Green Tea, Mango, Red Bean and Strawberry.  I’m supposed to be on a diet, but that didn’t stop my mouth from watering as my eyes descended down the dessert menu. I was stuffed by the time I’d finished my appetizer and entree–but if not, I would have tried the sticky rice dessert.

If you can manage to squeeze in some time during your lunch, take advantage of Sozo Sushi’s Bento Box lunch specials. If visiting after work, drop in during their happy hour (Monday – Friday from 3 PM to 7 PM and all day on Sundays).

What we got:


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Stuffed Jalapenos

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Shaggy Dog Signature Roll



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Spicy Miso Ramen


I have not one! If I have to say one, I’d say that they could stand to stay open an hour or two later.


Every item was fresh and skillfully prepared. They held nothing back as far as seasoning and spices went. The portions were large and filling. The scenery was fantastic.


Everything about the experience was pristine. So yes, I will most definitely be going back!


Have you visited Sozo Sushi Lounge yet? If so, what’s your favorite sushi roll. Drop a comment below!



My Must Have Beach Essentials


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Summer break is drawing to an end, but that didn’t stop us from squeezing in one last trip. We flew from Houston to Harlingen to visit South Padre Island. As I packed, I couldn’t fight off the looming feeling that I was probably forgetting something. I wished there was a list that I could reference to offer me some reassurance with my packing. Now that we have returned, I feel seasoned enough to create my own list… So, here it is–my list of very necessary must have beach essentials!

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  • Sunglasses

As soon as we landed,  the heat hit my like an Amtrak train. I don’t know why I expected it to be any different than Houston, it wasn’t! The sun was directly overhead. I was highly relieve to have my big bourgeoisie sunglasses that covered almost half of my face. Eye protection is of the utmost priority when you’re visiting a beach.

  • Sun Hat

A beach trip is simply not a beach trip without a beach hat. You can go with the big floppy sun hat or a cute little beach fedora as I did. I was able to kill two birds with one stone. Not only did the keep my curly tresses in place, but it allowed my sensitive scalp to be protected from the beaming sun rays.

  • Beach Cover Up

You all know that I’ve been up in the gym just working on my fitness, like Fergie. The goal was to be the most slim thick chocolate morsel on the beach. I hopped at the airplane at a smooth 130 pounds, go me! However, I still felt like it was necessary for me to cover up my bum and tummy. No lie, I sifted through page upon page on Amazon before finding this lovely cover up. I knew it was meant to be because it matched my beach hat perfectly!

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  • Lip Balm

If it’s a couples trip, then you know you better have an ample supply of lip balm or chapstick. The lips have to be soft and supple for bae. I’m a big fan of the EOS lip balms because the smell and taste aren’t too overpowering. It’s mind boggling how this cute little ball of ingredients works so efficiently to keep my lips moisturized and baby soft.

  • Beach Blanket

I have the best beach blanket! But guess what, I didn’t remember to bring it along. Anyway, I highly recommend bringing this as it will keep your towels [mostly] free of sand. If there’s one thing that I hate, it’s drying off with a sandy towel. Which brings up straight to our next item.

  • Beach Towels

I really don’t have much to say about this one… We ended up getting ours from the hotel that we were staying in. They were white and plain, but at least they were huge. If you can, try to buy your towels before heading to the beach! The ones I saw at the tourist shops and the surrounding stores were going for an arm and a leg. Ummm, nope!

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  • Sunscreen

Now, I for sure gained some color on this trip. I remember putting on sunscreen for about 2 days out of the trip. I left with a nice melanin style tan that was tender to the touch. Yes, African Americans can get sun burns. So, be sure to pack a sunscreen with an adequate SPF for your skin type. I prefer the spray on sunscreen because it’s easy and umm, who doesn’t like that.

  • Swimsuits

If you’re planning a multiple day beach trip, be sure to pack enough swimsuits. Call me uppity if you want, but I needed a new swimsuit for each day of the vacation. It was great, because we ended up taking so many pictures while we were on the beach. I love bright, bold hues. I had a colorful set of photos for each day of our excursion. You can get browse for unique swimwear here.

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  • Wet Bag

These definitely came in handy with all of the wet swimsuits that I had. Once I got done at the  beach, I rinsed any residual sand my swim wear. I didn’t want it touching bathroom floors (Yes, I’m a germophobe!) or even worse risking it accidentally getting left behind in the hotel. I mean, the hotel was pristine… but you just never know. So once I was done rinsing, I placed it directly in my wet bag.

  • Mobile Phone Charger

The trip was great. I wanted to capture every moment. And I did, until my cell phone battery died. The battery capacity on Apple phones is a complete joke. Oh, and guess what, the Jeep that we rented didn’t have a working charging port. It was a miraculous work of God that I had my mobile phone charger with me. I was able to charge my phone just enough to upload the select few pictures I wanted showcased for that day and to navigate us to a cute little dinner spot.


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  • Beach Toys

We didn’t have any kids, so I totally didn’t think about bringing along any beach play toys or other forms of entertainment. Once we got there, I was jealous of the family next to us. They were very well  prepared. From oversized beach floats to a luxury sandcastle building kit… I wanted in on the fun, but felt it would be too awkward to ask if I could play too!

Moral of the story: Don't bring sand to the beach. Do bring toys! Click To Tweet

I hope you enjoyed the list that I’ve compiled. Was there anything that I missed? If so, drop me a comment below! If you want to see video footage from the trip, be sure to check out (and subscribe to) my Youtube channel. We went horseback riding, zip lining and much more. You can find the South Padre Island vlogs here. This was definitely one for the books!




Waist Training with Hourglass Angel

Everyone is always searching for a quick fix when it comes to weight loss and getting that hourglass frame. Let’s get real–there is no quick fix. Most of the transformations that we see on social media took lots of time and effort–or surgery. No shade, if I could afford it I’d do it too!

I’ve seen everything from teas that promise to make your tummy tinier, creams that instantly reduce water weight, clothes that slim. So, naturally I wanted to give waist training a solid go around. You can’t knock it until you try it, right… I mean, look at Kim’s waist! If that’s not an hourglass, then I don’t know what is.

I was recently sent a waist trainer by Hourglass Angel. They are an online vendor that offers a wide range of bras, panties, and an assortment of various types of shape-wear. I even saw some shape-wear for men. What?! Yasss… Everybody is out here trying to live their best life! I’m not even mad.

I ordered my waist trainer not knowing exactly what size to get. I didn’t have any tape to get accurate measurements, but I made a sizing guess based off of my bra size which is a 36. When I received the product, it was a bit tight. But, after a few uses that wasn’t much of an issue… not because it stretched, but because I was actually shedding pounds fairly quickly. The quality of the waist trainer is very impressive. I’ve seen these in stores at a lower price point. However, those looked very flimsy. The Hourglass Angel waist trainer is very well sewn, no lose seams or frays anywhere. The front zipper is very sturdy.

When wearing the Hourglass Angel waist trainer, I feel increased spinal support. My bust seems more lifted. I notice way more sweat in my midsection than I normally do during my workout. And guess what, my waist line looks snatched to the Gods. I look like a whole hors d’oeuvre when I’m wearing it. I’m not even lying! Heh!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my video review of the Hourglass Angel waist trainer. You can find that here. Be sure to subscribe once you make it there!

Waist Training with Hourglass Angel

Did my the waist trainer give me permanent results? I’m not sure… Ask me again in a few months and that’s if I actually stick to my diet plan. I’ve been known to yo-yo when it comes to my fitness routines. If you’ve tried using a waist trainer previously, comment below letting me know how your experience with it went. Want to purchase a waist trainer? Link to product: Also, be sure to use referral code: FINALRANT

If you like this post, be sure to check out my last fitness post on how to get slim thick real quick. I’ll see you guys in the next one!


Amazon Prime Day 2018: Exclusive Members Only Deals

Didn’t get everything your heart desired during the 4th of July sales? Don’t fret! Amazon Prime Day is right around the corner–and, if you’re like me you’re equally as excited that there’s been enough time since then for another payday to roll around.

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Prime Day, an online flash sale exclusively for Amazon Prime members, is one of this summer’s premier shopping events. Last year’s Prime Day 2017 was the biggest day ever for Amazon. Hot items included the popular Fire TV Stick, toys, TVs, laptops, and Kindle E-Readers. So, take advantage of sales on just about anything that piques your interest. Deals will include everything from home, electronics, entertainment, beauty, and fashion items! Members will even have the opportunity to shop new and exclusive release products.

If you’re not already an Amazon Prime member, now is the perfect time to join. See details here about getting your free 30 day trial membership started. Yes, you heard right–FREE!  Also, be sure to download the app if you’re going to be shopping through your mobile device.

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You can start watching daily release deals here starting this week. Amazon Prime Day deals will actually begin on July 16th at 3 PM Eastern and will continue to run through July 17th. That’s a whole day and a half to live your best life and shop to your heart’s desire!

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be on the lookout for some new beauty products. You can never have enough makeup and skincare items. Here are a few that are set for exclusive release during Amazon Prime Day.

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Tarte Prime Pretties Color Collection

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Peripera Ink the Velvet Lip Set Multicolored

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COSRX Balancium Comfort Ceramide Cream

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No B.S. Charcoal Peel Off Mask

As previously stated, there will be something for everyone! What are you hoping to snag this Prime Day? Leave me a comment below and let me know! Don’t have anything on your wish-list to buy? Well, check out these other offerings from Amazon below.

Amazon Kindle Unlimited 3-Month Trial for $0.99

Prime Pantry:  $10 off orders $40+ with Free Trial

Amazon Music Unlimited 4-month Trial for $0.99

Drop me a comment below letting me what you were able to snag this Amazon Prime Day!

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Makeup Routines, Let’s Summer-ize

Summer has just arrived for many of you, but I’ve been following these routines for months now here in Texas. The weather here can be very hit or miss, but usually it’s scorching hot and muggy outside. This can cause major makeup meltdowns if you aren’t applying your makeup correctly. Let’s visit some of my go to makeup techniques to prevent your face from being a  melted mess.

In today’s blog, I’ll be sharing my Summer makeup routine secrets with you guys.

Start with a clean, dry face

I have naturally oily skin. I will typically wash with a mild face soap, enough so that when I do my final wash there isn’t any oil coming off in the sink. I’ll then prep my skin for makeup by applying a clay mask. My go to right now is the Freeman Anti-Stress Dead Sea Minerals Mask. This mask retails online for about $3.22 at online retailers. Click the link above for more info. A clay mask is a fantastic why to draw oil away from the skin and refine pore size.

Invest in a good primer

After that’s done, I prime my face with Elf Poreless Primer. Elf has several types of primers that have various purposes. Some primers are created to leave a dewy finish, while others are created to have a more matte finish. So, choose accordingly! Sometimes I may even use Milk of Magnesia to prime my skin with, it just depends on how flawless of a look I’m going for. The Milk of Magnesia will create for an oil free, ultra matte finish. I do not recommend using this repetitively because it may break out skin with prolonged use. MoM is for once in a blue moon occasions like a wedding, photoshoot or court side seats at the Rockets game. A good primer will do the face good. Thank the Lord for artificial means of pore minimization.

Conceal any blemishes

Next, I’ll go in with my LA Girl Concealer to ensure maximal blemish coverage underneath my foundation. You can purchase these online or at your local beauty supply shop. I swear by this brand because of the outstanding color range and the affordability. I use the orange LA Girl Concealer to cancel out and hide any dark spots or old scarring that I may have. Remember to allow time for it to oxidize onto your skin for best results.

Top with an SPF foundation

Next, let’s top this off with an SPF built in foundation. I use a combination of the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation with SPF 18 (My color: Coconut) and the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h Wear and Comfort Foundation with SPF 15. Both of these come together to deliver a clean, flawless finish sure to have people asking for your skincare routine.

Set the look with a loose powder

Once that’s done, I set my makeup with my Sephora Bright Set Loose Finishing Powder. This step, also called baking, is one of the most vital. I think this part of the process is where I find the most joy. Setting your make up properly will drastically increase your wear time in this Texas heat. Check out my latest Youtube video to see exactly how I bake and set in preparation for a hot summer day. Baking is great for reducing shine and residual oil that may start to seep through your foundation. Beware, if you apply too much of the Sephora Bright Set, you will experience flashback in your photos. Like they always say, moderation is key.

Hey loves!!If you enjoyed this blog, be sure to check out my latest Youtube video where I demonstrate use of all of the mentioned products.

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