SFB: Faith+ Positivity+ The Little Things in Life

Posted on: September 10, 2018

 

 

Life can throw us a lot of curve balls and we all continue to fight battles each and every single day. For some of us, this can deter us from moving forward, where we feel less  motivated in doing just about everything. My advice to you all and I’ve always continued to say this—–NEVER GIVE UP. Trust me I know it is easier said than done, trust me I know this all too well and I get it. Sometimes we think simple fixes can make things better, but we mustn’t look for material things or other things to make things better. It’s the little things in life that should help us keep moving forward. It’s starts with this and for some of us we underestimate how powerful this can help us. We all experience various life challenges and through these battles and difficulties we must keep our faith, and believe in the power of prayer.  I know all too well, that with all of life challenges that we go through, it’s so easy to lose our faith and hope. Sometimes our faith comes in waves because we go through all these ups and downs in life which makes us wonder and question our faith and even God. We all want the answers, we all want immediate results. But unfortunately, life doesn’t work out that way. But that doesn’t mean that things can’t happen, but not as immediate as we would like or hope.

 

What we must always remember, it’s all about timing and in God’s time. God hasn’t forgotten us, he is with us and he hears our prayers and thoughts, we must never forget that.  I also hold God and my faith as the number one driving force in my life that has kept me going in all aspects of my life.  In addition to the support of my love, family and friends. They have been the people in my life, the reason why I’m motivated to keep going. Like all of us, I am human, and I can be the first to admit that I have lost my faith at times. But without fail God has shown me in more ways than one that he is with me. I have lived by this scripture from 2 Corinthians 5:7 —-  I will walk by faith even when I cannot see…. I truly believe there are signs everywhere and he is with us, guiding us and showing us even when we can’t see it he is. We must remember that. What I will leave you with is,  remain strong even when it’s tough. Stay positive, even when there are things leading you to think or act otherwise. Pray for peace, pray for hope, protection to keep that positivity and good energy and vibes flowing in your life. Be kind always. Spread love in everything you do. Lastly, keep pushing, keep going. Never lose hope, never give up and never stop believing.

 

Here are some of my words, psalms and bible scriptures that have continued to stay with me and help me throughout my life:

I will walk by faith, even when I cannot see… 2 Corinthians 5:7

Psalms 23

Psalms 91 for Protection

Psalms 37:4

Corinthians 13-4

Psalms 46:5

Proverbs 3:1-12

Luke 11:1-54

Whatever you believe in, keep that and hold onto to that. It will help you during all of life challenges. Stay inspired, empowered, motivated and always keep the faith. Stay positive!

 

 

 

 

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Remember to always have faith, stay strong, keep the positive vibes flowing, never give, never lose hope and never ever stop believing.

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


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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Motivational Mondays: Stay the course, Don’t give up!

Posted on: April 9, 2018

It’s Monday, a new day and another week!

 

Monday’s can be tough for all of us. But we must continue to remember why we started. Never forget your why. Let your why be your reason for waking up every single day. Life will never be easy ever, challenges, obstacles and struggles will arise. Just because you hit a fork in the road or you hit a rough patch, your initial feeling and thought may be to give up. Of course, that’s the easiest thing to do. You’ve come this far, why give up now? When trouble, challenges, obstacles arise, theres always a solution, a means to work through what ever you’re going through. Work through it, find ways to navigate through the obstacles and I guarantee you, you will find your way. It won’t be easy, you may find hardships along the way. But nothing is ever that simple, but just continue to stay the course and you will make it through.

What I’ve learned is that too many people want everything immediately. Life doesn’t work that way, and when that happens we tend to quit when things are not going the we you want at that current time.  Not realizing that failure is part of the process and tough times breed strong people and growth happens. No matter what the situation is, you’ll grow from it, you’ll learn from it and you’ll get stronger through it all. But don’t ever give up, why quit. It’s just a rough patch, a bump in the road, we all find ourselves in these situations at some point in our lives. It doesn’t mean you won’t make it through it, nor does it mean you should quit or give up.

 

 

Keep showing up, be humble and keep pushing through. Stay positive, have faith, never give up and never stop believing!

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

 


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!


SFB Motivational Mondays: Quotes, Mantras and Songs for Inspiration, motivation and more.

Posted on: August 15, 2017

Hi Loves!

Happy Monday! Can you believe it’s August already??!! How did that happen, the months are just flying by. I know it’s been some time since you last heard from me. I took some time for myself, to re-group, re-center and re-evaluate a few things for the blog and just with myself. I can’t stress to you all enough how important self-care is, I’ll be talking about self-care in a separate post. But it’s important to always take care of yourself in all facets. Whether it be physically, emotionally, mentally, whatever the case is, do you and be good to yourself. Being good to yourself and give yourself and your body the love and care it needs. It’s not only important but it good for your overall health and of course your soul as well. Just something to think about.

 

Anyway, here are a few quotes, mantras and songs that keep me going throughout my days. If ever your feeling down, lost, undetermined, unfocused, unmotivated find meaningful quotes, music or even mantras that will help you through your days. Working out can be a great source of release as well. Great stress reliever as well as a mind clearer. Plus, it gets those endorphins going and those happy, positive vibe radiate out of you. This can also do wonders for you as well. A breath of fresh air and getting outside is a great thing to do for yourself. It clears the mind, and helps you re-center your thoughts.

These quotes, mantras and songs have done wonders for me and I hope they can do the same for you. They help me get through those tough days, challenges and any bumps I may be facing at the time. They help me stay positive, keep focus on what’s important, motivate me, inspire and keep me staying determined always. For me, quotes, music and certain mantras have helped me get through a lot of my darker times and moments in my life. I also lean on the support of my amazing, loving husband, family and friends. Having a strong support system is also crucial to help you get through those tough times. But know you are never alone, and we all go through it in our lives. Just remember we will all get through any challenges, obstacles, struggles, bumps, hurdles that life throws at us. Another way to help you get you thru your days is always staying positive and optimistic. I can’t stress this enough. When you shift your mindset, and just give out and spread only positive thoughts and vibes it can do wonders on your overall attitude on life and any challenges you may be facing. I know this isn’t always easy at times, we are human and we can falter sometimes and have moments of doubt and uncertainty within ourselves. But we must try and create and believe in ourselves and the positive energy we possess. We all have it in us, we just need to harness it, spread it and believe in it. Anything is possible, just remember that.

Lastly, another great way to stay positive and help you through anything is the power of prayer. Turning to God or your choice of worship can help keep the momentum and positivity going for yourself. Don’t underestimate the power of prayer, God is always listening and watching. He will always send a sign and listen to our prayers. God is good, I truly believe that.

Here are my favorite quotes, mantras and songs that keep me going: 

 

I hope this help you all. Remember you are not alone. We can all share and learn from one another. Please share your ways to keep yourself motivated, inspired, empowered and determined. I love hearing from you all and I love how we can inspire and empower one another.

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


Take Control of your Credit

Posted on: July 13, 2017

CALLING ALL MY NEW YORKERS and anyone who will be in the New York City area on Monday, July 17th.

Im always here to inspire and empower you all in all facets of life. This is one Seminar I highly recommend and one you’d want to attend. Credit is a subject that isn’t discussed often and one topic many don’t want to face. But a topic that deserves a conversation and a closer look. This event will inspire and enlighten everyone. It will challenge everyone in a very positive way to help you get back on the right financial path. 

Credit Legal Vision LLC is a Legal Credit Restoration Consulting company that strives on their clients success. A company I believe in and one that I trust. Their vision is to get you back on the right financial path and closer to your goals. They’re an honest and reliable company that works legally and ethically to get you where you need to be. If you’re struggling to get yourself back on your feet due to your credit— this is the company you can trust and the company to call on. The FREE SEMINAR they’re offering is one where they will let you know who they are, what they do and what they can do for you.

Join Credit Legal Vision, LLC and me on Monday, July 17th at 7pm at Mott Haven for a FREE SEMINAR on Credit.  All are welcomed, for a fun-filled, inspirational evening where you’ll gain useful knowledge and tools that will be beneficial to you, your financial goals and future. Be prepared to be challenged and empowered. Join the conversation!

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How are you taking control of your life, your finances and goals? I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope your inspired to join us that evening. Please do share this event with your friends, family and network, this is one event you don’t want to miss!!

 

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


ANNIESA HASIBUAN NYFW SS17

Posted on: September 30, 2016

 

Anniesa Hasibuan’s show was simply captivating and moving. At the young age of 28, Hasibuan was the first Indonesian designer to showcase her collection at NYFW. This show has been heard all over the world, and with good reason. History was made in New York at NYFW, for she was the first Indonesian designer to present her collection, where the hijab made its debut on the catwalk. Featuring colorful headscarves in pink, silver and gold. The hijab was styled with eye catching jackets, gowns, colorful silk and patterned tunics, velvets and brocades adorned with pearls and sequins. All handcrafted and beaded with precise detail and care. Anniesa Hasibuan’s collection was inspired by her hometown Jakarta. The final outfit was the most gorgeous showstopper that left the audience stunned. It was truly inspiring to see a young designer like Anniesa Hasibuan present at NYFW. Not only inspiring but empowering, making you believe that dreams really do come true. The look of joy and happiness shined bright on her face has she walked the runway at the end of her show. The show concluded with a standing ovation, that gave me goosebumps.

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I fell in love with the beaded jackets and gowns shown that evening. You can clearly see the time and effort that went into making each piece. How they were all handcrafted with the utmost love and care. Truly remarkable. I would totally rock one of those jackets any day!

[The hijab is a veil traditionally worn by Muslim women in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family, which usually covers the head and chest. The term can further refer to any head, face, or body covering worn by Muslim women that conforms to a certain standard of modesty. Hijab can also be used to refer to the seclusion of women from men in the public sphere, or it may denote a metaphysical dimension, for example referring to “the veil which separates man or the world from God”. (Wikipedia)]

Most often the hijab is worn by muslim women to display modesty and privacy. Most women are often stereotyped as disempowered, and constricted when wearing the hijab. Although, many women today choose to wear it for personal reasons. The hijab is in fact seen as a feminist statement to many. The women of the muslim culture have been neglected in the fashion industry for quite some time. But thanks to designers like Anniesa Hasibuan–she made her mark which was well received by many in the fashion industry. At the end of the show, I along with fellow blogger and friend Ellese Launer of Rock Paper Glam had the pleasure of speaking with the designer. A lovely women, with such great talents and a heart of gold. We asked, ” How long did the beading take?” And she responded, ” Quite some time, all were hand beaded and crafted.” When you speak to her, you too, will see her grace, charm and passion for fashion.

I’ll concluded with a statement Anniesa Hasibuan made to CNN, “I am so proud and thankful for everyone on the team who helped me so this event could happen, and I am thankful to international and local media from Indonesia for exposing my show. I did not realize the result can be this amazing, and I am thrilled and humbled by the welcome reaction given.” (CNN

Thank you Anniesa Hasibuan for inspiring and empowering many of us with your collection and making a huge impact on the world. Your designs are truly amazing and well respected.

If you saw the show, and if you caught my Snapchat story that evening, what were your thoughts? Comment below, I love hearing from you!

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey. I hope you enjoyed reading and I hope this post inspired you just as much as it did me.


Fall Fashion Edition: Fall Outfit from Day to Night

Posted on: September 30, 2016

 

My New York look in full effect. It’s so basic,  yet so chic all at the same time. For the daytime I like to feel comfy, and this is a great casual and chic look.  For a more daytime casual feel, as I’ve done here, wear flats. For the night time, throw on a pair of heels to make this outfit sizzle for a night out on the town. My favorite heels to pair with this outfit: Jimmy Choo Kiki Suede & Fringe Heels. In addition to the heels, change up your lip color to be night time ready. My suggestion would be: a bold red lip or even a deep mave or brown lip color. My favorite Fall shade lipsticks are: Bobbi Brown’s lipstick in the Shade Cocoa and Tom Ford’ Lip Color Matte in shade Ruby Rush What I love about wearing all black, it’s a look that’s so effortless and stylish. An outfit so basic, you just need to accessorize it to take it to the next level. I’m a huge fan of accessories! With the right accessories, you can make your outfit POP! If you’re looking to take your accessories to the next level, and you’re looking for unique, stylish and chic jewelry, head on over to my boutique: www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/emilydesouza.

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Shop my look by clicking the links below

Blazer: Revolve Clothing

Top: Equipment ( Similar Top, I purchased my Equipment top last year)

Bag: Gucci (Old, Purchased back in 1998 at the Gucci Boutique, Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Jeans: Frame Denim

Shoes: Chanel (Old, Purchased these back in 2010)

Hat: J.Crew

Sunglasses Quay Australia

Lipstick: Urban Decay

Necklace: Chloe and Isabel

Bracelet: Cartier

Bracelet: Hermes

Rings: Chloe and Isabel

 

 

 

All photos were taken by the lovely: Fay Photography @FayPhotos_NYC


NYFW + SHOPSTYLE SOCIAL HOUSE

Posted on: September 23, 2016

 

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The Shopstyle Social House was one event that I was SUPER excited about this season. I was thrilled to get invited to the Social House again and experience it all this NYFW SS17. I started my day with the Dan Liu show at the Skylight Clarkson Gallery. Then I headed uptown to the Glasshouses for the ShopStyle Social House event. This was one event I was looking forward to since I got the invitation. I was so happy and thrilled to experience and enjoy it all with my gal pal and fellow blogger friend Loren. She’s the writer and creator behind the blog: Enlightened By Bravery. If you aren’t following her yet, you should. She’s just a great women, with great style and an amazing personality. Such a beautiful soul she has, and I’m happy to have met her. Check her blog out: www.enlightenbybravery.com and her Instagram: @EnlightedByBravery.

This look was my favorite outfit I wore during NYFW. Probably not the best choice for that particular day though, because it felt like a sauna outside in early September. But hey, it’s all in the name of fashion. And let’s be honest, I’m a slave to FASHION. Rock it and own it, which is exactly what I did. What’s great about this dress is that it still can be worn and style for the Fall months. Can’t wait to style and rock the look again soon.

We enjoyed getting our hair done by the hairstylist there that day. Sipped on champagne and Rose,  browsed the clothing racks to borrow some FAB pieces to rock during NYFW. Thanks to Shopstyle, Sole Society, The Outnet Iris and Ink and Sam Edelman, for keeping me looking stylish and fashionably chic all throughout NYFW. We were also gifted great cross body bags by Gigi New York which were personally monogrammed for us by the Gigi New York staff. It was great to meet old and new friends as well as connecting with all the vendors at the event.

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Dress: Tularosa (You can find the dress on this website as well)

Bag: Chanel 

Oxford Lace up Brogues: Kurt Geiger

Sunglasses: Quay Australia

Velvet Choker Necklace: Chloe and Isabel

A special thanks to Shopstyle and @altamiranyc for the mini photoshoot. It was such a pleasure shooting with him. Thankful to have been photographed by someone so talented and amazing. Check him out on Instagram: @altamiranyc

As always, thanks so much for reading, following along and support me in my journey.