Custom Made

When you feel good, you look good! Be sure to Customize your life! After all, it is YOUR LIFE and you are Custom Made 💛

In regards to my style, I really love Custom Made pieces. I have a closet full of dresses and skirts you will not see on another person. Custom made makes your look classic, unique and different! In addition to standing out in the crowd, you support another’s dream and passion.

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Fashion is what you buy. Style is what you do with it! Fashion is ART and you are the canvas; so forget the rules! If you like it WEAR IT! Make sure it’s Hot though, lol 😉😆

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Don’t be afraid to wear horizontal stripes! They’re always going to be a Big Fashion Statement! I had this skirt made about 5 years ago and this is my second time wearing it since! The key is HOW. . .what you pair it with and styling it for your body type.

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💛 Loving & Living Life 💛

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Location | Bronx, NY

Photographer | Matey Ghoslow Photography

Maxi Skirt  |Nsaa House of Designs

Top | Rainbow Shops

Earrings| Design By U Essentials

 

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The Brighter Side of Things

Think Happy. . .Be Happy! Stay on the Sunny Side of Life!

Yellow always uplifts my mood! It has many meanings; happiness, optimism, sunshine, laughter, enthusiasm, confidence, emotional strength, friendliness, self-esteem, creativity and uplifting are a few of my favorites.

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Wherever I am, I stand Tall!

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There are some walks that you have to take alone! No Worries. . .God will direct your steps!

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Fashion is what you buy. Style is what you do with it!

One of my many gifts is knowing how and where to shop on a budget! I bought this beautiful yellow tie knot asymmetrical dress from Rainbow Shops for approximately $18 and my sandals from Luichiny for about $150 about 11 years ago. I remember this vividly because my son was just a few months old. He’s now a vibrant pre-teen 🙂 My sandals are in mint condition! I’ve only worn them a few times.

I will share how I keep my shoes ‘Brand New’ for so many years in a future post.

Location | Battery Park City. . .NYC

Photographer | Matey Ghoslow Photography

Dress | Rainbow Shops

Shoes | Luichiny Shoes

Nail Shade | Blue it out of Proportion

Jewelry | Design By U Jewelry

Blooming

When you’re growing and glowing, you have no choice but to prosper and allow yourself to bloom! Don’t go through life, grow through life! It does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.

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Follow your soul. It knows the way. Be one with your thoughts. . .Think for yourself. Trust your own intuition. Another’s mind isn’t walking your journey. You are!

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I have a thing for tanks, hats and  maxi skirts! There is just something about the combo that I love. I’ve never been a fan of floral prints . . but I must admit, I’ve been enjoying them all summer ’16!

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Where ever life plants you, Bloom with Grace!

Location | Battery Park City. . .NYC

Photographer Matey Ghoslow Photography

Hat | H&M

Top | H&M

Belt Forever 21

Skirt | From my closet! Purchased from Century 21, Spring ’15

Bamboo BraceletsDesign By U Jewelry

Lipstick | Shade. . .Electric Purple by 127 East Cosmetics

Freedom

I constantly inhale courage and confidence and exhale fear and doubt. When you own your own breath, no one can steal your peace. Do more than just exist!

Fill your life with experiences; not only things! Remember, it’s your life! Don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for living it the way you want to.

Constantly make choices that liberate you. To realize who you are is Freedom!

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I’m thankful for my struggle because without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength. Every brick that has been thrown at me; I’ve used to build a platform to stand on.

Self Love is the greatest medicine! Love your WHOLE story. Fall in love with taking care of yourself. . .Mind, Body, & Spirit!

Great things never came from comfort zones! Live less out of habit and more out of intent.

Be BOLD! Bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart and strong enough to live the life you’ve always imagined

Location The Highline. . .NYC

Photographer   Matey Ghoslow Photography

Ankara Jumper Designed by me 😁 Available for purchase Fall 2016

Shoes From my closet! Purchased from Faith in London over 15 years ago

F O R M A T I O N

Beyoncé slays. . .Indeed! Not only is she strategic in dropping her video prior to her Super Bowl Performance; she blatantly makes it clear who she is!

This video is EPIC!

 

The lyrics to “Formation” are bold and representational. Not only does the theme adddress what is currently happening in today’s concerning and growing social issues, she diffuses rumors and proudly boasts her roots. I previously posted an article referencing pressure from media outlets to change who you are to fit society’s Beauty Standard Ideals. Beyoncé makes it clear that she’s not interested in doing any of that! She loves exactly who she is and she needs her ladies to get in Formation!

Lyrics such as. . .“I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils”. . . Cameo of Blue Ivy and her squad, while Beyoncé sings, “I like my baby hair, with baby hair and Afros”. . .hinting to the media making a mockery of her husband’s features and Blue Ivy’s natural tresses. Natural Hair has been on the rise! Some think it’s a trend; I beg to differ. It’s a Lifestyle! The clear representation of being proud of having natural hair is evident throughout the video. Beyoncé made it clear that she does not care what anyone thinks!

It’s no secret that Beyoncé has been referenced as being involved with the secret society; Illuminati. She opened by saying “Ya’ll Haters Corny With that Illuminati Mess. . .” This is the first time I’ve heard her mention and address it publicly. She makes it clear that she is blessed and she gains success by giving God thanks and by working hard.

Lyrics. . . I see it, I want it; I stunt, yeah, little hornet; I dream it, I work hard; I grind ’til I own it! And then some!

Beyoncé pays homage to YouTube sensation of the early 2000’s, Messy Mya (tragically gunned down in 2010) who shared much light on what was happening in New Orleans. You will also see reference of the Church empowering people and highlights of police brutality.

I can go on and on about the representation in this video. Watch it if you haven’t already.

Lastly, Beyoncé ended with the words “You know you that b!tch when you cause all that conversation! Always stay gracious! Best revenge is your paper.” HA! I highly agree!

Watch Formation Here

Own Who You Are!

Hey There!

This is my very first post on my new website. It’s quite exciting! I truly never imagined starting off with pouring my heart out. I just knew my first post would be about a fresh new hair cut! Instead, I decided to share my thoughts.

Before the end of 2015, I shared a part of my world in a post on my personal Facebook & Instagram accounts. To my surprise, I received a lot of positive feedback. In addition to comments, I received messages from numerous people. The interactions were absolutely Phenomal! Sharing parts of yourself can open up so many things for others. You have no idea!

Many are afraid of sharing the “Not so Great” moments of their lives in fear of looking bad and being judged. A majority of the time, when someone passes judgement on you, it is something within themselves that they do not want to face. It’s usually NEVER about you. . .but their own limitations and/or insecurities. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is honest constructive criticism and there is JUDGEMENT. You must learn to differentiate the two. That’s an entire different topic for another day 😉

A few of you may feel that being vulnerable is a sign of weakness. WRONG! It is absolute courage! There is nothing like owning all that you are without any excuses or apologies. Do not be afraid of vulnerability. There is great reward in being vulnerable. It takes courage to ask for what you need, to express your feelings and to have those hard conversations that most keep hidden and locked away. It can also be a major bridge to building great connections. Does this make you a sucker? Absolutely NOT! I know it is no easy task. Your heart has to be completely open.

Authenticity also requires vulnerability in addition to transparency and integrity. I aim to be as authentic as possible. I have done. . .well, (still doing – I’m far from perfect), some major work on myself in regards to Integrity. If you cannot be honest and authentic with yourself, it will be hard to be honest and authentic with others. Aim to always do what is right, not what’s easy. You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.

The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all – Anonymous

The words below. . .the original share I posted on December 31st, 2015.

Own Who you are! Be Fearlessly Authentic!

Sooooo, in 2015. . .

▪ I have reestablished unconditional love for myself
▪ I not only strengthened but reinforced my personal relationship with God
▪ I have forgiven myself
▪ I have forgiven others
▪ I took a stand & stood up for myself in MANY negative situations
▪ I’ve become comfortable with being fully expressed
▪ I’m OK with the fact that I make a few uncomfortable (Means I’m doing something RIGHT)
▪ I Eliminated 85% of my debt (Almost DEBT Free)
▪ I have a new found Freedom & it feels Amazing
▪ I moved back to New York
▪ I’ve identified what I’m Attached to vs. what I’m Committed to
▪ I Restored full Integrity & recommited to myself
▪ I’ve taken on a project that will change the lives of many children (will not reveal as of yet)
▪ I gained many new powerful acquaintances in my network (personal & business)
▪ Got my Sexy Back (All Mental)
▪ I identified a whole lot of the negative in my life & I have taken steps to eliminate it (this includes people) ⬅ Do not be afraid to let go!
▪ I’m determined & focused

Mannnn listen! I’ve been through a lot of shit this year! As I’m sure many of you have been. Don’t glorify the negative. Celebrate the positive! You’re still alive & breathing; which means you have the Power to create anything you want for yourself!

I have no new year resolutions! I already have what I need & will continue to work for what I want! I look forward to a powerful 2016 & hope & pray many of you will be a part of it.

Happy New Year!