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If you're an avid Muse reader then you know that I've been working out and eating healthy since May 12. So now that I'm almost three months in, I thought I'd share some of my favorite songs to workout to with this playlist.

Iggy Azalea - Work
The title is motivation enough to give it your all during your routine. It's the perfect song to start with because it puts you in the right mindset.

Sia - Chandelier
Turn up this track if you do more of a dance routine for your form of exercise. No need to replicate the video, just go all out and let the music move you.

Ciara - Get Up
There's a reason this song is on the Step Up soundtrack. It goes per-fect-ly with the motion of the elliptical. Try it and love it!

Beyonce - Countdown
As long as you don't get caught up trying to sing this tune, then you should do fine with it as the musical backdrop to you going hard on the treadmill--or an outdoor run if that's more your speed.

DJ Snake & Lil Jon - Turn Down for What
Prepping for your cool down? Not after you hear this song! Just when you thought you couldn't do 5 more reps remember that working out is all about mind over matter. There's just no room to turn down--and no way to do so with Lil Jon screaming in your ear.

Honorable Mentions: Lil' Kim - The Jump Off | Bruno Mars - Locked Out of Heaven | The Notorious B.I.G. - Mo Money Mo Problems | Britney Spears - Toxic | Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - Problem |

What do you listen to at the gym?


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Before I sat down to write this post I was pretty certain of what I wanted to write about today. I had all these thoughts in my head about something that happened during my trip to South Africa. But now that I'm here actually ready to write, I no longer feel the need to write on that subject matter. But since it's the deepest thought I've had all month, I might as well do a little something something about it.

Otherwise I'll gab about trite things like my feelings on random couple PDAs in stairwells when I'm trying to get from point A to point B--don't do it.

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After a tour through a museum in Johannesburg, the hubs and I stopped at the adjacent cafe for a nosh and nibble. When ordering my drink, the barista kept referring to me as "sista," which was a recurring theme in South Africa. I was fine with it. The hubs and I sat down and started to chat about what-have-you. But the hubs can sometimes be a bit of a mumbler. So I exclaimed, "What?" as he doesn't seem to know how to speak up. On that note, the barista came over to me and proceeded to tell me that a pretty girl like myself shouldn't say "what".

I'm sure this was a case of "no harm, no foul." But it offended me a bit. I felt like this guy--who doesn't know me--is interjecting himself into my life to say a lady shouldn't do such things. My bra burning side came out. It's a culture of women speak softly and know your place which didn't sit well with me.

Or perhaps he just felt some connection to me since we both have melanin and felt like we were basically family. The same type of thing happens to me in Jamaica too, where everyone seems to think we're all family and can say whatever. But I'm like, "Dude, I just met you."

I did go to a spa a few days later in Cape Town in which one of the girl's there put her hand all through my natural hair without permission. Usually, it's not cool, but I suppose it's OK though...since she's my "sista" and all.

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Friday night I wore this to a dinner and craft event hosted by TOMS at Santana Row. I got to peruse the new TOMS eyewear line and some of their coffee. Yes, TOMS does coffee now too! I was able to customize a pair of sunnies as well, while enjoying dinner at this intimate affair. It was really nice hanging with the TOMS crew and getting to meet some local Bay Area bloggers. #OneforOne I wanted to wear my TOMS, but they're blue and just wouldn't match very well with this look. Speaking of the look, what do you think?

I thought it was appropriate to include this bib necklace designed with Angola in mind off the heels of my Africa trip. How amazing are the cutouts on this Kate Spade dress? Will be perfect for showing off my future rib cage tat.

On the Muse: | Reign Nzingha bib necklace c/o Lilith + McRae | Kate Spade dress via BC | Target hat |With Alyson of The Beauty Vanity and Monica of Living in Vogue

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