CHOOSE HAPPINESS. CHOOSE YOU.

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It was always instilled in me by my mother and my grandmother to put myself first. They would say, "take care of Miss Britt's business first." It's one lesson I think I've always found it hard to get through my head. This year I took it upon myself to make my 29th year about me. 

As a I write this and read it to myself it sounds so selfish. One thing you have to realize when you decide to "choose you" is that it isn't selfish, it's necessary. If you don't "choose you" who will? It doesn't mean I don't love and care for my family and friends. It just simply means I have chosen to make my happiness a priority for myself. My happiness includes a solid marriage, relationship with my family and friends and a successful business. And that's what choosing me means to me. 

Today is my 1/2 birthday! I'm just 6 months away from being 30. Am I scared? No. Is it crazy to think I've been on this earth for 30 years? Absolutely, but I couldn't be more happy about where life has taken me so far. It just so happens that this week has been the most exciting week of this year. 

This week I had the opportunity to be interviewed on the radio segment "iN Your Face and iN Your Ear" with Patrice Carter on the Ray Thomas Variety Show (watch HERE). It was the coolest experience! Patrice has not only been a great friend but mentor. She's always rooting for me and trying to further my career in any way she can. I'm so thankful we crossed paths! I can't thank my family, friends, coworkers and even my husband's friends enough for tuning in. I was so humbled and appreciative of the overwhelming support I had. Since the interview I've had so many opportunities come to the surface! I just can't wait to share more about them. 

I'm looking forward to seeing what the coming months bring!

Photographer: Kala C. Photography

xoxo,
Marcy MARZ

MARZ + LEGACY MAGAZINE BLOG

Recently I sat down with Abi Ray at Legacy Magazine. Legacy Magazine, launching in Fall/Winter of this year, is a publication whose mission is to celebrate "life with service member families, couples, and spouses. Engaging the greater military community thought personal. professional and relational enrichment." Abi is a dear friend of mine and I couldn't be more honored to be featured on the Legacy Magazine blog. I know that Legacy Magazine will be a groundbreaking publication that will shed a not only positive but beautiful light on our heroes of today, both on the front line and at the home front. 

Check out my interview with Abi, HERE. 

#SoFay17

Living in Fayetteville, NC as a fashion and travel blogger can feel pretty lonely. For the past two years, I thought I was on my own. Then one day I connected with Krystel Spell of Army Wife 101. If you haven't heard of Army Wife 101 you definitely have been living under a rock. I was so excited to connect with her! 

Krystal invited me to an influencers' event called SoFay17. SoFay17 was put together by a company called SoFluential and the Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau. SoFluential was started by Krystal, Jennifer Morrison, and Angela Roy to create an influencer network with a focus on the military market. 

#SoFay17 was #SoAwesome! Our day was packed with building great friendships, history, food, shopping, rock climbing, and even wine! I want to share with you some highlights from our day!

We started our day off at the Rainbow Restaurant. I'm not big on eating breakfast at home but when I go out for breakfast I like to go all out. I had pecan pancakes and bacon. It definitely kicked off our day just right!

Finding unique places in Fayetteville to take pictures I thought was my specialty. To my dismay, I missed an amazing photo op at White Trash Boutique! They have a yellow door and love lock wall! How cool! This shop is not only a great place to snap some photos but a great place to find unique gifts for any occasion! 

PRESSED, A Creative Space is one of my favorite shops in the Fayetteville area. There are so many fun and unique items in this shop. Ashley Thompson, owner and founder of PRESSED, always stays up on the current trends. Ashley and her team create apparel items that simply make Fayetteville cool! I love the concept of this brand. Every guest I bring to town I make sure to stop in PRESSED. If you decide to visit PRESSED, getting a Loco Pop is a must! They are delicious and so refreshing!

My favorite meal of the day was at New Deli Restaurant. What a hidden gem! I had the Ankara Flat sandwich and a salad. It was ah-ma-zingg! The atmosphere, the service, food and desserts were great. I can't wait to take Alonzo there!

WinterBloom Tea is a beautiful tea shop right in the heart of Downtown Fayetteville. Josh, the owner of WinterBloom Tea hosted his first tea tasting with us! Let me tell you there's a lot to learn about tea. Did you know that all tea comes from the same plant? Or that black tea should be  brewed ideally from 200-212F, Green tea (175F), White tea (185F), Oolong (185-200F), and Puer/Herbal (212F) degrees? I didn't even know that different teas should be brewed at certain temperatures! One takeaway I had was to stop heating your water up in the microwave (I only do that when I'm being lazy). Josh was funny and extremely knowledgeable! I felt like we were in his home having tea. It was a wonderful experience and I can't wait to take my mom there during her next visit. 

And my final highlight of the day was when we were in FORMATION at the Poe House.

Photo by: Angela Roy (@mommypr)

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I have to thank all the participating businesses, Krystel Spell (@officialarmywife101), Angela Roy (@mommypr) and the Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau. You all showered us with tons of swag, gifts, food, desserts, discounts and more! I loved learning about so many small businesses in town, some in which I hadn't been to! It's so often that you hear negative comments about Fayetteville but I believe the good definitely outweighs the bad!

Special shoutout to all my girls that participated in the tour, Cannie (@mznaturallife), Breena (@breena_blake), Lakesha (@milspouseretailcoach), Kay (@goodfood_goodreads), and Reese (@beingreese)! Make sure you follow them.

Until Next Time!
xoxo,
Marcy MARZ

I partnered with the Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau to write this post. All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the FCVB.

MARZ + TRAVEL | BEANS + CREAM - LILLINGTON, NC

I love running into hidden gems in North Carolina! I was in Lillington, NC and stumbled across this super cool coffee and ice cream shop called "Beans and Cream."

The shop sells Hershey's ice cream and I almost got sucked into getting a scoop!

I decided to have an iced chai tea and it was the best iced chai tea I've ever had!

What makes Beans and Cream so cool? Well, it used to be an old gas station so it's decor includes old tires, parts from old Chevy trucks and more!

With its retro look, I thought it was a cool spot to take a break from the North Carolina heat and catch up with some emails with a cool drink!

I have to mention the wonderful customer service I received! Angsleey was so sweet and so welcoming! She was happy to help me decide on my beverage and even gave me a bit of history of Beans and Cream.

Definitely a great place to visit this summer!

Photographer: Kala C. Photography

OUTFIT DETAILS:
Dress: J Crew
Shoes: ALDO

5 WAYS I STAY MOTIVATED AS AN ENTREPRENEUR

When I started blogging 3 years ago my goal was to inspire women to be confident and comfortable in their own style and natural hair. My goal will always be to inspire women and I hope that I have continued to do so through my experiences with family, friends, my fashion, and my love for living life to the fullest.

This month I started an event planning company called MARZ Events! You probably think I'm nuts but it's something I've wanted to do my whole life. 

As an entrepreneur, your journey can be tough and feel lonely! You're not alone. Here's 5 ways I stay motivated!

1. I HAVE A TRIBE

I have been blessed to have an incredible support system, aka my tribe or tribes I should say. I have an entrepreneur tribe, who consists of like-minded women who know my struggles and when I see them win I can keep hope alive! Most of them are military spouses as well so they understand the struggles of having to move your business and the need of flexible income (aka R.Riveter). Then there's my bestie tribe. Most of my friends I've known for over 10 years, some as many as 20 years. They know I've always wanted to own my own business and now that I'm finally living out my dreams they are all rooting for me. Last, but certainly not least I have my family tribe! My husband, Alonzo is my rock! His tough love is what I need and it continues to motivate me to be better and better every day. My mom and cousin Fallon always read my posts before I post them so if there is any typos, blame them! :) My mom is my cheerleader and I wouldn't be doing any of this without her!

2. GET AWAY!

Oh, I love a good getaway. It's so important to take the time to enjoy your family and other loved ones. It's so easy to get wrapped up in your goals and forget about the people around you. Those people around are your tribe. Your tribes need you as much as you need them. Take the time to meet someone for coffee, go on a hike with a friend, walk your dogs or get away for a night with the husband! A little breather goes a long way, I promise.

3. I REMIND MYSELF DAILY OF MY GOAL

You are your worst enemy when it comes to motivating yourself. It's so easy to get down and caught up in what everyone else is doing on social media. If I haven't learned anything, I've learned don't believe the hype. Everyone has their own struggles and everyone's life isn't full of beauty snapchat filters. Every day I have to remind myself why I'm doing this. I'm doing this for myself, my family, and my future children. I've wanted to own my own business since I was about 11 when I made my first business cards. My reason motivates me to continue to work towards my goal. Remember: Every day ends and a new day brings more opportunities and another chance to move one more step closer to your goal.

4. PLAN, PLAN, AND PLAN AGAIN

By nature, I'm a planner. As an entrepreneur, it is essential that you plan your days. It's so easy to wake each day and say to yourself:

"I'm going to write my business plan, clean the house, walk the dogs and give them a bath, apply for my LLC, cook dinner, rearrange my office, oh and maybe if I have time I'll wash my hair and twist it."

Okay, so who's tired after just reading that sentence? When you plan your day, be realistic. You should always give yourself attainable goals. Once the day is over you'll feel so accomplished and be motivated to tackle the next day. 

5. I STAY TRUE TO MYSELF

Look, let's be clear you just can't be GREAT at everything. If you're a YouTuber, maybe blogging just isn't your thing. If you're a blogger, maybe YouTube isn't your thing. I've learned over the years where my skills lie and I don't try to stray away from that. Everything you put into to the world should be your very best work. It should be GREAT so stay true to yourself and you'll always win!

xoxo,
Marcy MARZ

MARZ + DIY | GUILTY PLEASURES SWEATSHIRT

About a month ago I scored a few sweatshirts for $1 from Kmart during the last day of their going out of business sale. Alonzo hadn't been in Kmart in probably a decade so when we decided to go in it was on a really good day! 

I knew I wanted to make a cool short sleeved sweatshirt to sport on a summer night. My inspiration for this sweatshirt was all of my guilty pleasures. I've recently become obsessed with donuts, well Duck Donuts in particular.  So here's how I made it!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • Crewneck sweatshirt
  • Scissors
  • Patches (found on Amazon, HERE)
  • Iron

STEP 1: 

I'm probably the worst person when it comes to measurements. I eyeball everything. In the picture above I folded the sweatshirt in half and cut the bottom of the sweatshirt (just above the "Everlast" logo). Then I cut the sleeves just about at the halfway mark.
*Tip: I cut both sleeves together so that they will be the same length.

STEP 2:

Next, I cut around the back of the collar of the sweatshirt. Then, I cut from the corner of the top of the collar at an angle to the lower part of sweatshirt. This creates a flap that you can fold over and trace.

STEP 3:

Cut along the edge of the flap to make an upside down triangle. 

STEP 4:

Now it's time for the fun part! Arrange you patches and iron them down.  I added steam and ironed over each patch for at least 15-20 seconds. Check to see if each patch is secured and you're all done!

HERE'S HOW I STYLED IT:

MARZ + FASHION | MET GALA EDITION

First of all, does anyone know what the Met Gala is? Anyone?

Okay, let me help. The Met Gala, according to NY Times, is "the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, a black-tie extravaganza held the first Monday in May to raise money for the Costume Institute (a.k.a. the fashion department), the only one of the Met’s curatorial departments that has to fund itself."

This annual event dates back to 1948. The Queen of Vogue, Anna Wintour, has been the chairperson for the gala since 1999. Anna is playing no games when it comes to who attends this event either! To read more about the deets of the event click HERE.

Okay so let's review my favorite looks from last year!

Bey was pretty in pink, Kendall showed a lot of skin and I wasn't mad, Kim looked like a superhero while Kanye changed his eye color, Lupita raised eyebrows with her really, really high bun/ponytail thingy but I loved it all! And then there was Rihanna...

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Of course, my bestie shut down the red carpet with this show stopper. The memes were endless but girrrlllll you never cease to amaze me. *insert praise hands emoji*

Here are my faves from this year!

TOP 5, TOP 5, TOP 5...

The looks this year really pushed the limits and I loved it! There were so many that were amazing but Kendall Jenner, Rihanna, Bella Hadid, Zendaya, and Kylie Jenner killed it! 

Kendall wore a super scandalous dress that was literally made of just thread and crystals. The dress apparently took hundreds of hours to make! The designer is La Perla Haute Couture, a lingerie company that she's currently working with.

Rihanna stole the show for the second year in a row with this flower power look that exudes every bit of the theme this year! The exhibit this year was Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: "Art of the in-Between." Rihanna rocked a Comme des Garcons look ripped right from the Fall 2016 runway.

Bella, I don't even know where to begin! This Alexander Wang catsuit is one for the books! Bella you are bangin'!

Zendaya gives us new life every single time! This beautiful Dolce & Gabbana gown paired so well with her fro! 

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Finally, Kylie, looking gorgeous in this romantic yet edgy gown by Versace and I am loving this blonde bob!

Best Couple on the carpet has to go to Diddy and Cassie. This was the money shot.

Cheers to another year of amazing works of art!

xoxo,
Marcy MARZ

MARZ + TRAVEL | CHARLESTON STYLE

When I thought of the looks I wanted for Charleston I knew I wanted fun, colorful, and unique pieces! I knew we would have at very least one nice dinner so I choose to wear my custom one of a kind vest from FabyDesigns when we had dinner at Husk. This vest is absolutely beautiful. I'm not sure if the pictures will ever do it justice but it one of the best pieces I've owned. Feben is an incredible sewer and the quality of her work is simply unmatched. Please be sure to check out my interview with Feben, HERE

Here's some more detailed shots of my look and this amazing vest. The clutch I'm wearing is also a piece from FabyDesigns, find more like it, HERE.

LOOK 2: FLOWER POWER

This was my Easter Brunch look. My coworker has an online thrift shop and when she saw this blazer she thought of me! So nice, right?! It was exactly what I was looking for to pair with this jean skirt that I cut and distressed. She found this piece for me as well! This look went perfectly with the colorful buildings on Rainbow Row! Check out her online thrift shop on Instagram, and Poshmark.

LOOK 3: VB FOR TARGET, CAN THIS BE REAL LIFE?

When I heard Victoria Beckham, aka fashion icon and former member of Spice Girls, was coming out with a line for Target I could've just died. Not only was I absolutely obsessed with Spice Girls (to the point that I sometimes play their songs on repeat while I work, I'm still mourning) but it would be a clothing line by VB and affordable at that! I managed to only snag this little gem but I love this shirt! It is well made and the sleeves are just too cute. Did you see them catch that wind in the pic above? Yup, and I didn't even plan that. 

WHERE DID I GET MY INSPIRATION FOR MY LOOKS?

Well, a few weeks prior to our trip I did a shoot with my photographer, Kala (Kala C. Photography). After I saw the pictures I thought to myself, "ugh, why didn't I save this for Charleston?" 

I found my top at my favorite thrift shop in Southern Pines, NC, called the Butterfly Boutique. You may have seen me mention this shop before but I literally hit the jackpot almost every time I stop in. This shirt is from the men's section and the skirt I found in a Columbus, GA thrift shop a few years ago. To give it a more trendy look I cut the bottom, added some slits, and cut it slightly higher in the front than the back.

I hope you enjoyed my looks!

xoxo,
Marcy MARZ