My Favorite Guilty Pleasures: Confessions of a Naturalista

What’s up Cocoa Friends!

Today we are talking about guilty pleasures, indulgences and all the little things that bring a little joy to our lives. I thought this would be a light, fun post  to hopefully bring some sunshine ☀ to your day. Let’s get started!

Now I think I do a pretty good job of keeping things on the straight and narrow. But, ladies sometimes we should just break the rules! 


Guilty Pleasure #1: Hookah Bars!

I have never been a smoker, but there’s just something about hookah that is appealing. Maybe it’s the sweet smelling aroma or how sexy my man looks when the hookah smoke leaves his nostrils. I don’t exactly know, but I like it. Recently, I went to one here in Orlando called the iLounge Istanbul.  If you watch my YouTube channel, you’ll get to see some of the bar in my upcoming vlog. The atmosphere was chill and the DJ played good music. They offered inside and outside seating for people-watching or you could just relax in the lounge area. 

Guilty Pleasure #2: McDonald’s fries

I know, I know what y’all are already thinking. Really Cocoa? McCrap?! YES, I can’t help it! Those 🍟 are legit. 

Guilty Pleasure #3: Wine & Chocolate

There are studies that actually show that chocolate has health benefits. says there are seven benefits in their “7 Proven Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate” article, with the most beneficial in my opinion being, its’ antioxidants and skin benefits. Red wine also has powerful antioxidants and is even thought to be safe to drink during pregnancy. Now, I prefer organic because the bigger the cacao percentage, the healthier the chocolate and the bigger the benefits. My favorite wine is roscato and it pairs wonderfully with dark chocolate. 

Guilty Pleasure #4: Funnel cake

Please note when consuming this item, NO SHARING is allowed. I get a bit nostalgic when I eat a good funnel cake. A childhood favorite that reminds me of carnivals, county fairs and ferris wheels. It’s one of my favorite desserts and I even make it at home for my kids.

Guilty Pleasure #5: Fashion nova-a holic:

Hi, my name is Cocoa and I have been a Fashion Nova-aholic for 2 years 🛍. If you haven’t heard of Fashion Nova, where have you been? It is hands down my favorite online clothing store. I remember getting my first package and trying on their high-wasted jeans. I instantly fell in love! They offer the biggest selection of everything with the bomb-est discounts and the best Jeans.

Guilty Pleasure #6: HomeGoods:

#Completelyobsessed! I might be a little bit of a HG whore, *clears throat*, I mean fanatic when it comes to this place. I just enjoy going and seeing all of the new items. Whatever you need for your home, from kitchen to patio, HomeGoods has it. 

Guilty Pleasure # 7: CD’s: 

Raise your hand if you remember what a📀 is and what it stands for 🙋🏾‍♀️. I have a bomb-ass (can I say ass?) CD collection if I do say so myself. Mostly comprised of Prince and Michael, but it’s classic.  (See bio.) I still enjoy the CD art and photos of the artist in the mini pamphlets. But with iTunes, Amazon, Pandora and Spotify, CD’s are probably nearing the end of their life span. I’m showing my age for real though, LOL. 

Guilty Pleasure #8: Soul food

Fried chicken, fish fry, mac n’ cheese, collard greens, oxtails, damn …I’m hungry! Working on cleaner alternatives, but until such time… ‘she’s gotta have it.’Don’t knock it, till you try it! 

Guilty Pleasure #9: Chili’s chips and salsa-oh!

I pride myself on being a foodie and I have had all different types of chips and salsa. I’ve had some good ones, but none compare to Chilis. The warm, thin chips that are gently salted, paired with a small bowl (which btw, plays with my emotions) of mild salsa. It’s so good, I can eat a whole appetizer all by myself!

Guilty Pleasure #10: Starbucks Mocha Frap:

I can sum this up in one liner: nothing but sugar and caffeine, I love adding this my Saturday routine. (Hey that rhymed)

Guilty Pleasure #11: My candy stash!

Twizzlers: Size large! I will literally keep eating these until the bag is empty. Lemonheads & Mike ‘n’ Ikes (grape flavor) Y’all remember this from back in the day! Well these are still my favorites. Unlike the crap they sell in the stores today, this is the good stuff! 

Now a lot of things on this list aren’t the healthiest. But, like all of you, I have wants and desires that I occasionally give in to. I don’t care what anyone thinks because it makes me happy. At the end of the day, do what you want when you want. Don’t be so serious and remember indulge in moderation because that is the key! Don’t forget to wave 👋🏾 to your haters along the way.

Let me know in the comments your guilty pleasures. Until next time my loves…



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