Practicing Gratitude in Style

Posted on: August 8, 2018

Start and end each day with a grateful, loving heart. Begin your days with positive thoughts. When you do, trust and believe all that good energy and good vibes that come your way. In my opinion, remaining calm and positive in any given situation, is the way we all should live life. It’s definitely easier said than done. But trying is half the battle, but we must learn to shake off the bad and seek the good. When you shift your negative thoughts, and remain positive in any given situation, you will see a shift in your mindset and overall perspective of life. Trust, believe and always have faith.  Practice gratitude daily and you will increase your energetic vibrational frequency. Focus on the positive, even when some days are harder than most. Set the tone, not just for your days but as a whole. Stand strong and always #hustleandheart. Gratitude is a powerful process of shifting your energy and bringing more of what you want into your life. Be grateful for what you already have and you will attract more good things.  We’re all fighting battles that many of us don’t know about–so be kind, be grateful always, and above all never lose faith and hope. No matter what we all are facing, we still must be grateful and thankful for the blessings of each and everyday. Keep the good vibes flowing!

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No Beauty Shines brighter than that of a Good Heart

Posted on: March 29, 2018

“A woman with a voice, is by definition a strong woman.” 

Take delight in the Lord and he shall give you the desires of your Heart. Psalm 37:4

 

I hope everyone is having a great week so far. This post I’m sharing today is about finding strength, trusting it, reflection and having a good heart. In life, we all go through things that many of us can’t explain or don’t even understand. Sometimes, things happen in our lives, that is so unexpected, heartbreaking and life changing that it effects us in so many different ways. I, myself have been going through a very painful time in my life. Something so painful I wouldn’t wish this kind of pain on anyone. They say that pain changes people. There are two types of pains, one that hurts you and the other that changes you. It can make a person trust less, overthink more and sometimes even shut people out. Pain can also be a motivator for finding strength.

During this time of reflection, heartache, soul searching and guidance through my faith. I’ve seen myself struggle through the pain. I see that pain has changed me in a way where I was at a point where I’ve doubted others and myself. I’ve seen how my pain has hurt me to the core. I’ve even been at a point where I’ve completely shut people out. Not that it was on purpose, not that I didn’t or haven’t valued them, their care or advice. But I couldn’t bare to have my pain and hurt drown in them too. When one experiences pain of this nature, the only natural and human reaction is to feel alone. Leaving you with much doubt –where you begin to question every little thing.

Please know this,  TRUST and BELIEVE if you’re going through any kind of pain or hurt you’re not alone. Even though it feels like you are, you aren’t. I tell myself this everyday, because I still struggle with this from time to time. I also know that it’s easier said than done. What I have learned is that we can’t never allow the pain or hurt to let us lose ourselves in the process. Repeat after me, I matter, I am important and I am enough. These are things I say to myself everyday, although it can be a struggle I still manage to say, believe and repeat it. But hey, trying is half the battle. Sure, I have my moments of sadness, and it’s perfectly normal. Let it out, it’s healthy. We all need a good cry here and there. If we don’t let it out, one of these days you may just explode with an overflow of emotions. But little by little, let it out. Let yourself feel through the pain and hurt. This isn’t something you can prepare yourself for, it’s also isn’t something you can just wake up the next day and just say ok I’m over it. It’s a process, an ebb and flow of ups and downs. Everyday is different. Some days will be good and some days will not be and that’s perfectly fine.

Reflection and Coping….

I reflect, I grieve and I have my ways of coping through it all. We all find ways to deal and cope with things.  I’ve truly appreciated my small inner circle and family for their support, guidance and love during this time. You find that during these times of struggle, you find out whose truly in your corner and by your side.  As far as my time, I try and use my time in a productive way. Whether its keeping myself occupied with work, family, friends or other activities that I enjoy. For instance, I have a passion and love for singing, I have since gotten back into singing, joined a choir and have done a few open mic nights. I found that it has been a way of release and a means to keep my mind off of the pain for the moment in time. I’ve also had the honor and pleasure to guest speak at various business events. Although I’m going through this very painful and tough time in my life, I’d still like to be an advocate and use my voice as a means for positive change and for me its a way to help others and give back, which is my mission and life’s purpose. It truly warms my heart to be able to inspire and empower men and women through this platform. To provide a sense of hope, encouragement and positivity through the lenses of style, beauty, lifestyle as well as real life situations. I hope that my voice, experiences, businesses and words of wisdom provide a sense comfort and strength to all. As well as be a means for positive change not just for ourselves but as a whole.

Let your coping mechanisms be positive and constructive. Don’t let them be ways where it will lead you further down the rabbit whole. If you need to, seek advice from family, your inner circle or even professional help, do so.  Releasing the pain and hurt helps, even if it’s only in the moment it’s conducive to the process. If you can write about it, writing can be very cathartic and helpful too. Let it all out, even if you find yourself getting emotional, LET IT OUT. And remember this is your pain, you’re the one going through this. No matter what advice or what anyone says to you, although the intentions may be for your benefit, this is your process. You handle and you go through the motions how you see fit for yourself. Also, remember to love yourself through it all. Be kind, be gentle to yourself. You’re going through a lot, so don’t be too hard on yourself especially if your trying. Love yourself first and foremost. Take care of you.

Above all, trust and believe that you have the strength, it’s within you.  That voice inside you, that is your inner strength, listen to it. Let it guide and help you through the pain. Sometimes in life, we can’t explain why things happen the way they do. No matter how painful it may be. I can confidently say that I know I’m a good woman, with a good heart and only the purest intentions. But what I have also learned that having a good heart can also cause a tremendous amount of pain and hurt. One thing that I know for sure, I may be going through a tough time now. BUT, this will never stop me from being the woman that I am. No matter how much love and care you have in your heart and even with your good intentions, sometimes not everyone is equipped to handle it, or even grow with you. That’s the tough part, but hey not everyone has the capacity to love the way you love, realize it or see the good, even if it’s starring them right in the face. Sometimes you may be too much goodness and heart that others don’t have the capacity to hold on to it, cherish it and know how to take care of it. I’m content in knowing not to expect a lot in return. But also knowing what I deserve. Even though I know that what I have already matters and I can see the growth potential in all aspects. Not to say you shouldn’t have any expectation but having less expectations saves you from an immense amount of pain. If that makes any sense at all.

Food for thought….

This is what I do know. Here’s the thing about people with good hearts. They give you excuses when you don’t explain yourself. They accept apologies you don’t give. They see the best in you when you don’t need them to. At your worst, they lift you up, even if it means putting their priorities aside. The word “busy” does not exist in their dictionary or vocabulary. They make time, even when you don’t. And you wonder why they’re the most sensitive people. You wonder why they’re the most caring people. You wonder why their existence is not so essential to your well-being. It’s because they don’t make you work hard for the attention they give you. They accept the love they think they’ve earned and you accepted the love you think you’re entitled to. Let me tell you something. Fear the day when a good heart gives up on you. Our skies don’t become grey out of no where. Our sunshine does not allow the darkness to take over for no reason. A heart does not turn cold unless it’s been treated with coldness for awhile. That’s truth and honesty in a nutshell. That’s not bitterness, that true, honest words from someone with a good heart. We don’t just love, we love hard, unconditionally, wholeheartedly and immensely. Find the strength within you to know, no matter what pain can do to you never lose sight of your good heart and pure intentions. Never let pain make you bitter. Turn pain into strength. The road of pain and hurt isn’t easy by no means. Always remember your good heart, you’re a good person and you have the power to be strong, it’s always been inside of you. Never lose sight of your strength and your good heart.

Breathe, and let it go….

Life throws us curve balls, things we can’t explain. They are either there to test us or to strengthen us or even both. I’ve been told that God gives his strongest souls the most challenging feats in life because he knows they can handle it and they will prevail. This hasn’t been easy by no means. But with the grace of God and my faith, I still haven’t lost hope. Turn to your faith and let that be your strength and let that empower you through this time.

Breathe, and let it go. If it’s meant to be it will find it’s way. I firmly believe that. Maybe we’re all experiencing some form of pain for a reason. Sometimes we have to struggle a little to find the deeper meaning behind the message. If you believe in something so much, then keep your faith and find strength through it. When there’s a will there’s a way.  If you’re going through any pain or hurt, remember you’re not alone. I’m here for you. It’s never easy, I’m still going through it. We can remind ourselves of our strengths, our faith and our good hearts. Through it all, we can empower ourselves to find hope, light and positivity through our time of struggle.

 

Remember to never lose faith, never lose hope, never stop believing and never give up! You’re a good soul, a dope soul with a good and pure heart of gold. Never forget that!

 

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting the journey!


Year of the Woman Part II

Posted on: January 10, 2018

 

There’s nothing more rare, nor more beautiful than a woman being unapologetically herself. Comfortable in her perfect imperfections that is the true essences of beauty. 

Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.

She’s the kind of queen that knows her crown isn’t on her head but in her soul. 

Don’t just be good, be Great!

I know who I am, this is me, raw, original, authentically me. 

Trust your Dopeness

Trust your Soul

Love yourself, be gentle and kind to yourself 

 

 

Hi my loves,

I hope everyone has been having a great week so far. If you all read my latest entry, I shed some light on why I was silent and didn’t blog or post for the latter half of 2017. As I stated in that entry, the time was well needed. For myself and well being as a whole. I needed to take a step back and grasp everything that had been going on in my life at the moment. I had so many emotions running through me. Some may say that writing during these times, can be quite cathartic, and yes, I do agree. But, I needed time to think, and writing at the time at least for me wasn’t something I could do. I tried several times, but couldn’t. When I say that 2017 was definitely by far the hardest, most challenging year I’ve ever experienced, it truly was. It was filled with many ups and downs, good times and bad, and the kind of experience I would never wish upon anyone even my worst enemy if I had one. The time when I learned so much about myself and the people around me.

I can even honestly admit that I’ve had my share of panic and anxiety attacks through all this. I’ve never really had these kind of attacks until this very point in time of my life. So much was happening, and it was unraveling before my eyes. At times, it was hard to even bare. But my time away from the blog and posting was well needed to take a look at my life in the moment and see it as a whole.  For what it was and from all perspectives. Life can definitely throw us some curve balls that we least expect and it can truly take a toll on you in more ways than one. Sometimes, we are dealt with cards that we don’t want, but I guess that’s life…. Will it make us happy, of course not, but life keeps moving. We just have to keep moving with it, as hard as it will be. We may not know the path before us, but I truly believe we have to walk with faith and not by sight. All I can say is let God and our faith guide us through it all. My faith and God, has helped me get through this time, along with the support of family and friends. I can’t beat myself, or be hard on myself, these are the cards I’m dealt and I have to try and keep on living for me.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I did in fact miss writing, posting and sharing with all of you. Sharing my passions with you and being open as well as to inspire and empower you brings so much joy into my life. There aren’t enough words to describe how it makes me feel to do all that and so much more. If I can inspire, motivate, empower, enlighten just one person, I feel like I’ve accomplished something and that’s a good feeling.  That’s what I will continue to do in 2018.  This time has truly been an emotional rollercoaster that has been going on for months. I felt like so many things were happening and in the process I began to lose sight of myself. I’m human, and sometimes, we tend to lose ourselves at times, and I can honestly admit this all to you. As hard as it was to face, it was even harder for me to realize I was losing my very self through it all. Certain things and factors made me feel less of myself and the person that I am. Life has a funny way of showing you things, in order for you to find yourself again. Having that time to go through the motions, feel my every emotion, gave me a chance to see me and find me again. I can admit to you all now, I do have my days of minor set backs as we all do, but I love the person I am and I love the person I’m becoming. I know I am a strong, confident, beautiful woman both inside and out. I know who I am and I trust and believe in myself even after all this.

 

I believe myself to be a pretty dope soul. I’m kind, gentle, caring, fun, loving and I will admit I wear my heart on my sleeve.  But don’t get it twisted I’m still a very strong, confident woman. I’m strong willed in every sense of the word. I’ve been through hell and back in my lifetime, I’ve fallen before, but I picked myself up and got right back up. This time, I’ve fallen even harder, but trust and believe I will rise up from all this even stronger.  I’m the most realest person you’ll ever meet. I tell it how it is, I’m honest and true. To me, honesty, loyalty, trust, are always the best policies in every aspect of life. When I love, I love hard, because that’s the only way I know how to, and those who know me, know this about me. But it comes with a consequence when you love hard. I’m a good person, a good woman, with a kind heart, my philosophy is: treat me right, and I’ll treat you even better. When your in my life, your in my life for a reason. My circle knows this about me and my circle isn’t that big at all. Get to know me and you’ll see. I’m by no means perfect, I have my flaws, and I’m not ashamed to admit that.  I believe that makes me who I am. Just like all of us, we’re all unique in our own way. You are you and there will be nothing like you. That is your power and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  And when your unapologetically yourself, one who can embrace your flaws and be comfortable in your own skin that to me is truly a beautiful.

I truly believe that 2018 is the year of the woman. This is the year we will all stand together and be proud of the woman that we are. Through all this I still can say that I am proud of the woman I am. We will let our voices be heard and won’t let it go unnoticed. We will be a voice and not an echo. Even through all this, I’m rising above it, as an even stronger woman than before. We won’t allow anyone to tell us we are weak, we are nothing, we don’t have the potential to be anything. This will be the year of change, the year we continue to grow, evolve and stand loud and proud. Our voices will no longer be degraded and diminished. We won’t be subjected to feeling lesser than who we are, we are strong, independent, confident women who rule this world and can do anything. Trust and believe we can and we will. I believe in all that and more for you all and for myself. I’m empowered to be and even better woman than before. My past doesn’t define who I am, I am who I am and because of everything I’ve been through, I can tell you I’m standing taller and stronger each and every day.

I believe God created us all for a purpose and to share our purpose with the world. For me, I will continue to share, post, empower, enlighten and inspire you all with passion. I want to feed your soul with so much positivity, good vibes for you all to take with you through your day and feel like you can do anything you set your heart, mind and soul to. Vibrate higher, chase your goals and dreams. Stay focused, motivated and determined, trust and believe it will all work out. A near and dear friend told me to never forget that better never stops and that I am unstoppable! She’s so very right and that’s so true, not just for me but for all of you my loves. Never forget that, we’re all capable of doing anything. Be bold, courageous and fearless in everything you do. The possibilities are endless.

 

To end, as you see me rise in 2018, I challenge you all to do the same. Let’s rise together, stronger, fiercer and bolder. Keep on growing, keep on evolving my loves.

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey!


Phenomenal Women

Posted on: June 21, 2017

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
– Maya Angelou

{“Phenomenal woman”  Angelou speaks as a self-confident woman, she wants to show the world what makes her beautiful and she expresses it in a various ways….. A phenomenal woman can be any shape or size. Creed, religion, age, sexual orientation, the family she was born into, or the colour of her skin do not matter. She is strong yet weak; she struggles with her own identity from time to time, but she understands that is all part of who she is}. 

The poem that I shared with you above is by the famous Maya Angelou. Her words speak so many truths and volumes. She’s a true inspiration to us all in more ways than one. She too, endured her own struggles, but she prevailed and persevered. I, thank her for her words, her works and being the woman that she was and stood for.  She continues to be a powerful voice to many even though she is no longer with us.

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching, trying to work through my feelings of uncertainty and a whirl of emotions. I’d like to consider myself a strong, independent, confident woman, but at times I can’t say that I am those things. Have you ever felt this way? Or dealt with feelings like these? If so, how did you cope or deal with what you were feeling?  I’m human, and I’m sure some if not all of you all can relate. I’ve read a lot of books that have uplifted my spirits and have helped me get me back to my center. I’m blessed to have people in my life, who have helped me through my struggles. Their advice and words of encouragement have enlightened and strengthened my spirit. I’m grateful and thankful for them. They have helped me through some of the hardest times in life in my life. Just to warn you, this may be a long post, but it’s definitely worth the read.

Recently, I watched a video and read an article on someone who I’ve admired. Her inspirational and powerful life story spoke to me in a way, that brought me to tears.  I wanted to take this time to write and share this with you. In the beginning of 2017, I spoke about being more open with you. I’m exploring my openness with you all today. Little by little you will learn more about me and who I am over time.

Today, I’d like to talk to you about a woman who has a powerful and positive voice. Someone who is not only inspirational but empowering.  She has endured much pain and hardship throughout her life. Which many of us can relate to in some way shape or form. Her story is heartbreaking, uplifting and powerful. She’s living the dream and she’s worked hard to get to where she is now. She is living proof, through adversity you can rise above it all. You can live the life you want and that hard work truly pays off. This remarkable women is : Oprah Winfrey. Her name is well known and loved by many, but do you know her life story?  Today, I’d like to remind us all of our inner phenomenal Wo(man). While also touching upon Oprah Winfrey’s life, her story and how she too is a phenomenal woman.

Many of us have endured and faced some challenges and obstacles in our lives. Some more so than others. I have been through some of the darkest times in my life. I’ve experienced pain and hurt in the worst ways possible. I know I’m speaking around my words and not being specific about my experiences. But that’s for another post, for another day and time. What I will say is, my struggles have taught me a lot about myself. It gave me new perspective on life— what I wanted out of life and what kind of life I wanted to live. I’ve become a stronger and wiser woman since then. I also know that my past doesn’t dictate my future and who I am now. Life teaches us a lot of lessons even at the worst times in our lives. What we need to remember is that we alone hold the key to our future. Sometimes, I think we forget that we create our own life. However big or small or grand or simple, it’s all in our hands.  Oprah endured physical and emotion abuse, failures and setbacks and through it all she rose above it. She is living proof that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

I mentioned earlier that I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching…. Well, to be completely honest, I’ve been feeling well for lack of better words: insecure, unhappy and uninspired. Certain things have contributed to these feelings, and at times it’s been hard to work through them.  During these time, my faith even my heart has been tested. Sometimes, during times of struggles, not only is it challenge but a trying time. What I have learned is that it’s gonna be okay and at times life will send us messages that will test us. But these are the times where we truly see how strong we are as people. At least, that’s how I see it as.  I’m human and many of us will experience some bumps in the road from time to time. It’s never the greatest but that’s life. I know that I’m not alone, we all go through our share of ups and downs, it’s all part of the journey. I’ve learned that this too shall pass. I know these feeling won’t last forever. I’m grateful to God, and I know he is guiding me each and everyday. I keep on reminding myself of my purpose while trying to stay positive. Even though I’ve been feeling this way, I know who I am and what I’m all about. With constant help from my support system around me, my spirits have been lifted. In addition to that, all of you have brought happiness into my life.  It’s another reason for me to feel and be empowered, enlightened and inspired. Everything in life is a process, and we all work through it all in our own ways. This is all in the moment, and I know this is all temporary. It’s just another reason to remind us all, myself included that we are all phenomenal. No matter what anyone says or tells us, we’re all remarkable and beautiful both inside and out. This is a struggle for most of us. I too, struggle with this, but it’s a good daily reminder that we should always remember.

 

Here are some of the ways I’ve learned to cope and deal with what’s been troubling me. Maybe these can be useful for you if you ever experience these unsettling feelings.

  • Meditation
  • Reading books that will uplift your spirt, mind, and soul
  • Surround yourself with positive minded people
  • Yoga
  • Daily exercise
  • Screaming and letting it all out and letting it go
  • Speaking with your family, friends, peers the ones you trust , those who are in your circle. Talking and communicating is very therapeutic, a good for the soul
  • Singing, is actually a great form of release as well. {Fun fact, I’ve been singing since I was 5 year old}. Stay tuned, maybe I’ll give you a little preview one of these days
  • Being completely honest with yourself
  • Stay true and authentic always
  • Choose an uplifting and empowering affirmation/mantra something that will not only inspire you but others and repeat it. Make it a daily reminder for yourself and believe it. Know you are worth it
  • It may be easier said than done but even through it all continue to remain positive and optimistic
  • Know that this to shall pass and what you’re feeling is only temporary
  • Continue to smile, a smile can go a long way. Who knows, your smile can brighten someone else’s day

We all can rise above the challenges we face and live the life we want. At the age of 32, Oprah became the first African American on national Television in America and the youngest millionaire. How did she do this? She remained determined, worked hard and instead of staying she couldn’t she said she can, and so can you!  I just turned 32, I’m not a millionaire, but I have a million reasons to be happy, thankful and grateful! I’m so grateful for all of life’s blessings, and I know my work is far from being done. I have so much to look forward to. I’m not perfect but I’m okay with that. I’m living life how I want each and every day. I have many more dreams and goals I’d like to accomplish and I’m just getting started. I’m building my own story and having faith in the journey that lies ahead.  I’m a work in progress as we all are.

On a more positive note, after writing and sharing this all with you, and working through what’s been troubling me; I can honestly say that I’m in a better space. No one said life would ever be easy, even Oprah has said this because she’s gone through her share. Nothing ever happens overnight, but I’m trusting and believing that it’ll all work itself out in the long run. So, as I continue to tell myself not to let certain things get me down you shouldn’t either. We are all phenomenal, amazing human beings. We just have to remember to listen to that voice inside and continue to remind ourselves this from time to time.   

Oprah Winfrey Inspirational Life Story… Watch the video and listen to Oprah’s powerful story. Her life will amaze you and inspire you in more ways than one.

 

 

Here’s Oprah’s Tearful Speech at Power of Women : A powerful speech that will uplift you but may bring you to tears so keep a box of kleenex close by.

In life, we’ll face many challenges, go through struggles and jump through many hurdles some of which we may not understand or want. We just need to realize and know that its only temporary. We can work through it and overcome it. Sometimes we need daily reminders to let us all know, it’s gonna be ok, and that we’re doing a great job. No matter what anyone tells us, we are amazing in our own ways. We need to remember, we all have the power and will to live the life we want. We need to all believe in our true power, we need to believe that we are worth it. When we start to believe that, we can truly become what we want to be and what we are meant to be. This is something I will continue to tell myself and so should you.

 

I hope you all were able to take something from this post. I hope it encourages you to go out there and live out your dreams. My hope for this post is to continue to uplift, inspire and empower you all. I feel more at ease and my spirit is lifted. I know that everything takes time and it’s a process, but it’ll all be worth it in the end. Build your own story, begin your journey, enjoy it, respect it and believe in it. I promise you, it will all be worth it in the end.

We are all phenomenal Wo(man), we need to always remember this, celebrate it and believe it!

What is uplifting and empowering to you? 

As alway, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey!


The Future is Female with Hourglass Cosmetics

Posted on: June 14, 2017

Hey Beauties!

Today, I’m shifting gears and sharing a little bit of beauty and female empowerment. I love learning about new products especially when the message is inspirational.  I’ll also take any opportunity to celebrate, enlighten, and encourage my fellow ladies any chance I get. I mean let’s be honest, who runs the world? Women, and that isn’t changing anytime soon.

I’ve never been more excited to try on lipstick shades as I am now. The GIRL collection by Hourglass Cosmetics has a very inspiring and empowering message for girls and women. Featuring 20 shades with titles like: Innovator, Influencer, Activist and many more. This is a collection to wear not only for the Summer but always, with a great message behind the collection. There’s also a social media movement going on that urges women to recognize the good in one another as well as yourself. In this simple act of appreciation the brand hopes that this will open the flood gates of positivity. This collection could’t have  launched at a better time. A stunning collection that provides a beautiful message with a boost of confidence and a constant reminder to show support and love to each other instead of hate.  This is the exact initiative we need to remind ourselves and demonstrate the importance of not only being kind and supportive to one another but to let our voices, purposes, and passions guide us to make big changes. An  added bonus, to never shy away from a good lip color. It’s comforting to know that forward movement is happening and the female voice has strengthened, making waves even in the beauty industry. It’s such a wonderful and refreshing concept. Now, we can be seen, heard, and described in a more positive colorful and uplifting light.

                                   


The #GIRLFORGOOD campaign encourages people to upload photos of themselves or their friends and tag them with one of the 20 shade names — you can choose from Believer, Creator, Explorer, Seeker, Peacemaker, Achiever, Influencer, Dreamer, Idealist, Futurist, Activist, Inventor, Lover, Innovator, Visionary, Icon, Leader, Liberator, Protector, and Warrior. (Refinery29)

 

To find your perfect shade and to learn more about the collection and the cause behind it go to: https://www.hourglasscosmetics.com/girlforgood .

Continue to shine ladies always!! I am a Influencer, Lover, Innovator, Warrior and Dreamer. What shade are you?

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey!


Simply Stylist: Fashionably Chic

Posted on: November 11, 2016

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This year I was invited to the annual Simply Stylist event here in NYC. It was held at the Yotel hotel on the west side in Midtown.

Simply Stylist : Founded in 2009, Simply Inc. is a beauty and fashion brand consultant agency who specializes is Brand Collaborations, Public Relations, Events, and is the parent company to Simply Stylist Seminars and www.SimplyStylist.com. Simply Inc is dedicated to connecting designers and stylists in a unique environment where editorial and celebrity style converge to influence consumers across the world. Designed to benefit both the elite and emerging sectors of the fashion industry, Simply Inc. produces events and content where dialogue is stimulated, inspiration is sparked and creative collaborations are born. We are passionate about educating fashion and style enthusiasts by connecting them to style experts who can share industry insight, provide one-of-a-kind advice and even address personal style dilemmas. In recent years, top stylists have justifiably become celebrities in their own right. Looks they’ve created for clients have shaped trends in magazines, blogs, and entertainment and have even influenced the way consumers shop.(https://www.facebook.com/pg/LoveSimplyStylist/about/?ref=page_internal) 

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Our host for the day was none other than the fabulous Catt Sadler from E! Entertainment. The day was filled with speakers, influencers, entrepreneurs, reality stars and fellow bloggers like: Lauren Bushnell, Claire Sulmers of Fashionbomb Daily, Lilliana Vasquez from the Today Show, Vanessa Simmons, Kattanita of With Love Love From Kat, Jacey Duprie of Damsel in Dior and many more. It was great to hear from each speaker as they shared their experiences, trials and success over the years. The event overall was eye-opening, inspiring, enlightening and empowering. I enjoyed speaking and connecting one on one with some of the guest speakers– Liliana Vasquez, Claire Sulmers even our host Catt Sadler. Their words of wisdom and advice were admirable and inspiring. I know that I’ll utilize these tools and apply them to my blog, my growing business and in life. I’m grateful and humbled for the experience and the invite. It was a true pleasure to meet fellow Ladybosses and connect with a few. I look forward to connecting and collaborating with many more of you soon! I love meeting and connecting with fellow bloggers, lady bosses and entrepreneurs. Please feel free to write to me or leave a comment below. If your in the city I would love to meet for lunch or even coffee, and discuss possible collaboration ideas.

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I’d like to call this my fashionably chic look for the day.

Shop my look by clicking the links for each item.

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Chloe and Isabel Necklace: Aventine Long Pendant Necklace

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Marc Fisher: Kassie Perfed Loafers

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Blank NYC: Denim Low Life Skinny Jeans

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Saint Laurent: Dome-Studded Leather Moto Jacket

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Equipment Shirt: Slim Signature Silk Ombre Python Print Shirt 

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Hermes: Hermes Clemence Evelyne III PM 

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Cartier: Love Ring in Pink Gold 

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 I love hearing from you, leave me a comment below or send me a message.

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey. I hope you enjoyed!


Happy 2016! 7 Blogging Tips and Habits to adopt and consider in 2016!

Posted on: January 5, 2016

It’s a new year and a new you, and that means its time to start anew and fresh. Time to set goals that you’ll stick to in 2016. Lately, I’ve noticed since 2016 began I’ve been reading everyones goals and habits that myself included want to make for ourselves.

When I started this blog, initially it was just for fun… Then I started to realize I have a passion and knacked for beauty, fashion, lifestyle, food and so much more. And not to mention I just LOVE writing and sharing with all of you what I love, adore, and what inspires me. And I really thought if I want to turn this into something business-worthy, I’d have to work hard at it. Whether it’s only one person whose reading my blog or millions I’m just happy to share with all of you. While working hard at it and putting in my all.

2016, I feel will be a great year! And this year, I will make a few changes to my blog, just making it even better. It’s part of my goals for the year. I’ll have another blog post aside from this one, that will have my goals and resolution, stay tuned!

Having a PR and Talent Management mindset, my approach to a lot of things has always been thought out and precise. All dealing with strategy and brainstorming.  But first and foremost, I try to never lose sight on what’s important at the same time. Even though I have a business- savvy mindset, and attack things with strategic thinking, I never forget to have fun with anything that I do. I believe that if something isn’t fun anymore than you won’t produce the best work that you possible can. So make sure when developing your own strategy and business plan of action, dont forget your passions, to make it fun and enjoyable. Remember it’s all about balance. Your job should never feel like a chore to you, so even though you want to stay on track, but when things start to become overwhelming, take a step back. Because when you start to over think things, that can and will lead you off course.

I also know that their are a handful of things to have a thriving blog, and has hard has it may seem it really isn’t. Just remember just like anything, it just takes time and dedication. If you’re looking to take your blog up a notch (aren’t we all) consider adopting these 7 tips and habits for the new year.

1.  SHARE YOUR POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA. For every post that you publish, be sure to share it on all your social media channels. After each blog post, I auto-share my post on twitter every morning once it’s gone live . And then I share it on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter (again) throughout the day. Get your post out there. Remember it’s all about engagin, connecting and sharing! Sharing is caring!! 🙂

2. WRITE ENGAGING POST TITLES.  Be relevant but also know what will keep your audience sucked in. Having relevant post titles not only helps your SEO, but it will also make your readers more inclined to click on your post and read your content. Think like your readers and try creating titles that you would want to read about.

3. TAKE KILLER BLOG PHOTOS. I know that you’ve probably heard this time and time again. But I strongly believe that taking a beautiful and not to mention sharing a killing photo is key to having a successful blog. So make sure to get the right shot! A photo can go a long way!

4. CREATE AN EDITORIAL CALENDER THAT WORKS FOR YOU. We all know that everyone’s schedule’s and lifestyles are different. Creating an Editorial Calender (For blogging and photos) will help you stay organized and stay on track. This will help you keep content coming out on a regular basis. And you have to admit organization is key in all elements of life!! 🙂

5. CREATE HIGH-QUALITY CONTENT THAT AIMS TO HELP, INFORM, ENTERTAIN, OR BENEFIT READERS IN SOME WAY. Don’t ever be afraid to share your thoughts, inspirations, tricks , just about anything with this growing community and more. Like I said before: “Sharing is caring!” You can do this in a : DIY, Tutorial, Guide, Tips & Tricks, Roundups, Reviews , etc…. SHARE SHARE SHARE!!

6. BLOG WITH INTENTION AND WORK HARD AS HARD AS YOU CAN. Just like any occupation, you gotta work hard to make it anywhere. So if you want to take your blog from a hobby and into something business-worthy, you have to take it seriously and work work work! Work your butt off and make every post better and better as you go. Be intentional in what you create and put out there. Make it authentic and real and something that sticks to your personal self. Present yourself in the best light! ALWAYS strive to put your best foot forward!

7. MAKE YOURSELF KNOWN IN THIS COMMUNITY. I think the biggest mistake one can make is that just because you create amazing content, it doesn’t mean that you will automatically net viewers and readers. Make yourself known and get yourself out there. Creating spectacular content is one thing, but don’t just let that represent you. Interact, engage and connect with this growing community. Nothing inspires me more than connecting, engaging and creating long-lasting relationships with like-minded influential and creative people. So put yourself out there, check out other blogs in the blogger universe. Read and comment, and slowly but surely you’ll see your network grow. Even on social media, comment on others photos, share and interact and meet fellow bloggers. Trust me it will not only help your blog, and your viewship, but also the experience will not only be enriching but uplifiting and empowering. Connecting and engaging is a great business tool to utilize, that’s what it’s all about.  It’s also a great way to exchange ideas, advice, collaborate with others, and more. So get out there and meet new bloggers, create and build new friendships, and increase your traffic and readership! Happy connecting, engaging and sharing!

What blogging habits and tips will you stick to in 2016?

What are some of your helpful tips for a successful blog and business?

I love hearing from you comment, share, and write me .