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How to Party While on Vacation with Family: Florida Nights

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This post has been on Vacation since we’ve returned from our vacation back in June of 2015. How you may ask? That answer will be in a whole other post later this week. LOL!

For now, I can share that there are so many things that I could talk about in our family’s recent trip to Florida this past May/June, but I’ll start with this…

May 31, 2015 after a 15 hour drive from Pennsylvania to Florida with my beautiful family, we arrive at our destination. A pretty nice neighborhood on some pretty swanky land, kind of made me feel like we could have kept driving right through to the Keys of Florida. *Bats eyelashes* It really was a lovely place. We did our usual settling in routine, then went to a few stores, lastly grabbed a quick bite to eat, before jumping into the shower/tub, and heading over to Deland, FL.

For why? What was in that section of Florida that we couldn’t just stay in our condo, walk on the beach, or lounge by the pool with my mom & our children? No way, none of that tonight! You see my husband and I had to sacrifice those things, sleeping in a bed, and winding down to enjoy the view of the beach because at the then, current dressed to impress time of 9:45-10pm a 90’s style house party with his childhood friend Carl* of 20+ years is happening. We need to be there, huntie!

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Hubby and I pull up to a house that is just rocking. Reminded me of the movie House Party (number 1 of course)! I’m kind of like jet lagged, but we drove, so it’s weird. Snapped out of that really quickly though! We haven’t seen this particular friend in about 6/7 years, so we’re pretty excited to walk into his home. Adrenaline is a powerful substance inside of the body, let me tell you. As soon as we walked through the front doors, it was like I had just finished working out. The music just jumped into my body, sleep was gone, and it was time to party!

It’s hilarious because since it had been even longer than 6/7 years since we’ve seen the rest of the family, they didn’t even recognized us walking up to the house. Between the DJ who had the house on 100 decuples of volume, the strobe/led party lights, the plethora of individuals, and the fact that we may have told them that we might not be coming because we were REALLY tired from the drive, (but it was really because we wanted to surprise them)!! Once we were inside the living room and our friendly family finally recognized my husband, that’s when the room erupted! It was really heartwarming. We handed the lady of the house (Cindy*) some flowers, the man (Carl*) his favorite bottle, and then proceeded to enjoy the rest of the night/morning.

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Needless to say, we had a really great time. And it was really worth the drive, as well as no sleep!

So, that’s “How to Party While on Vacation with Family”. You must have an awesome sauce mom/dad that will watch their grandchildren for the night. Know super cool people close to or in the city/town that you’re staying in, for sure. And last but not least, be willing to lose sleep to have a really good time with people who know how to party, as well as care for your well being!! VERY possible, all should try it at least once.

I hope that you enjoyed this post, and please feel free to comment. I appreciate them dearly. *Names have been changed to keep identities private! They’re cool as ever though.

As always, I humbly thank you.

Peace!

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Guest Features in Fashions for Now: Next Up!

Hi, fellow bloggers, friends, & lovers of reading! I do hope that you don’t miss the weekend too much! For us in Philadelphia, it’s been a four day weekend, Popemania all over town. Hopefully the beginning of your work week is treating you well, nonetheless!

After a VERY long , yet productive break, I’ve returned, and this was quite a feat for me. I say this because of the love of this brand. If there was any brand that I believe deserves recognition for their current design aesthetic, it’s this company. I love to see apparel lines take shape with their conviction & style right before your eye. Another beautiful thing about the designer that I’m highlighting for this “episode” designs for both men and women! *Drools a little* Can I just say that anyone who knows me, knows that I love menswear just as much (if not more at times) as women’s wear. Thus the long wait “shopping” the internet and in Photoshop to get these looks as right as possible in my mind for this post.

With all of that being said, the wait has been long enough! Next up is…

Henry Holland of House of Holland

 

Here’s the kicker with the HOH (House of Holland) collections, I absolutely LOVE almost every single article of clothing inside of them. Henry’s ode to self is quite evident. The HOH collection is a tailored (so London), yet edgy (New York kind), and still makes whom ever is wearing it feel Unique, Cool, GOOD and believe it or not Polished. Who does this?! And does it so well, Henry Holland of HOH.

I desperately would love to wear this designer at least 5 days maybe even more out of a week, to be honest with you all. This is why it proved to be quite difficult when it came for me to pick and choose articles of clothing, therefore I’ll be doing this post VERY different from my last.

Look Number 1.

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The looks I’m, oh I mean she’s wearing are HYPERLINKED;

Orange Crop Top: HOH, Dirndl Skirt: HOH, Black Lady Bag: HOH, Comb Over Sunglasses: HOH, Earrings: Charming Charlie, Thigh High Boots: S. Madden.

Pink Embroidered Crop Top: HOH, Midi Length Sweat Skirt: HOH, Embellished Hot Dog Bag: HOH, Watch: Marc Jacobs, Sunglasses: HOH, Earrings: Charming Charlie, Sneakers: Juicy Couture @Kohls.

Look Number 2.

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What he’s wearing is HYPERLINKED;

Black Leather Shirt: HOH, Zig-Zag Trouser: HOH, Snakeskin Bucket Hat: HOH, Watch: Marc Jacobs, Black Leather Boots: John Varvatos Star @Bloomingdales.

Enjoy Myself T-Shirt (Black): HOH, Gingham Trousers: HOH, Watch: Marc Jacobs, Sunglasses: HOH, High Top Sneakers: Gucci @Bloomingdales.

Look Number 3.

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What I’m, ugh, I’ve done that again. What she’s wearing is HYPERLINKED;

Flame Print Sweatshirt (front & back views): HOH, Midi Length Tube Skirt: HOH, Earrings: Charming Charlie, Green Sunglasses: HOH, Stardust Bucket Bag: HOH, Booties: Kenneth Cole @Bloomingdales.

Mini Tube Dress (front and back views): HOH, Fur Clutch w/Chain: HOH, Earrings: Charming Charlie, Sunglasses: HOH, Ankle Booties: Vera Wangs @Kohls.

Look Number 4.

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What he’s wearing is HYPERLINKED;

Teacup Sweatshirt: HOH, Black Jeans: HOH, Watch: Daniel Wellington @Bloomingdales, Chukka Boots: Aldo.

Yellow Sweatshirt: HOH, Ell Gee Sweatpants: HOH, Flame Bucket Hat: HOH, Watch: Movado @Bloomingdales, Sneakers (Woman’s): Kenneth Cole @Bloomingdales.

Look Number 5.

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What they’re wearing is HYPERLINKED;

Denim Jean Jacket: HOH, Snake Print Joggers: HOH, Lace Crop Top: Lush Top @Bloomingdales, Necklace: Charming Charlie, Sunglasses: HOH, Tricks Clutch: HOH, Leather Slip On Sneakers: Aldo

Zig-Zag Trousers: HOH, M.F.P. Chest Tee: HOH, Belt: Salvatore Ferragamo @Bloomingdales, Watch: Marc Jacobs, Sunglasses: HOH, Chukka Sneakers: TOMS @Bloomingdales.


HOH is KILLING the game! Which can also be thought of as an understatement in my personal opinion, and isn’t that what blogging is ALL about! Personal opinions. However, I do leave room for us to agree to disagree. Once you’ve actually gone to the HOH site, or inside the actual store, and still beg to differ. ABSOLUTELY  leave me a Comment, so that we can talk. 🙂 I’m certain that Henry has at least one article of clothing/accessory for EVERYONE’S taste level.

Now go and explore, have fun, and above all make it a great week!

As always, I sincerely hope that you’ve enjoyed this post! That I was supposed to post yesterday, YIKES!!

Ttyl,

PEACE.

 

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Fashion & Focus

I’m in the mood to write a little, maybe a lot. Who knows with me?

What brought me here was a picture/post that I put up on Instagram late last night. I talked about how in Africa Cacao bean pickers and Diamond miners already see beauty in the item that they are working to obtain. It didn’t take chocolate to make the bean delicious, the natives enjoy the bean as is. The cut of the diamond doesn’t give the rock more value, it’s already worth someone’s life over in Africa. They get it, believe me! Thus the story of my life.

 

As every Fashion & Beauty blogger knows, it’s NYFW (New York Fashion Week), for those of you who happen to just be humans. Lol :-)!  Do I enjoy a spectacular fashion show just as much as the rest? Yes, if I must say so myself. Would I love to be working as a Wardrobe Stylist to some of the designers on the runway from day to day, picking out outfits, snapping pictures everywhere, posting them on all of my social media sites, and blog, of course! Let’s be realistic though, there are levels to this ish in the wonderful words of Meek Mill (a rapper from Philadelphia). Unless you are born into “the business” and given that silver spoon, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO WORK BISH!

 

I don’t knock anyone’s hustle on how they get to where they’re trying to go. I’m cut from a different kind of cloth. The “Please do you! ‘Cause I’m going to do me!!” cloth. If your dream is to become some sort of scientist, you’ve studied every book in that field, graduated with honors, and nobody is trying to hire you because you’ve had little to no hands on experience, so you improvise on your LinkedIn page or resume’. WHY NOT?!  You are qualified. It’s just that no one was willing to take a chance on you until your profile became colorful. I applaud that kind of thinking. If you’re aspiring to be a singer, and all you do are covers of other artist’s songs, or maybe background sing for some random artists. But you know how to sing! Do what you need to do in order to get where you need to go. As for myself as a Fashion Stylist, I have other things on my plate that will get me to my final destination as well.

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Styling comes Ssssooooo easy to me that it’s really quite scary sometimes. I don’t post all of what is in my head because I’m NOT READY, there are levels to this ish. In the meantime, I’ll work on my master plan. Tweak what needs to be done on a weekly basis. Keep track of what’s been done, and what I still need to do, as well as continue to take care of my home. All the while behind the scenes building beneficial relationships, and tearing down the ones where people question my vision/nonbelievers. None of that, that we as artists tend to do sometimes, care about how people view us, what others think, and/or if we are on the “same path” to success as the one before us. Not I! We don’t even eat the same foods, we don’t hang with the same crowd, we don’t watch the same shows. So how, better yet, why would I bother to compare? Stunting my growth, for what? I’m just typing from an honest place right now, and I say NO to that foolishness.

All that matters to me right here, right now, are faith, family, vision, focus, follow through, my believers, and my end goals. (I’m sure that there are more, but y’all get it!) No limits, just endless opportunities!! The rest will fall into place. Therefore don’t worry about me, my makeup is to naturally see darkness from time to time. That doesn’t stop me from opening up to the inevitable light. Fully aware of my value, what I bring to the table, my worth, and that my beauty inside and out is undeniable. I’m going to get there, and in my raw or polished state those who know me will surely understand & accept what’s to come.Youcandoanything[1]

 

Now to all of those who are obsessed about someone else’s trajectory, do yourself a solid and find the sun beneath your fog. Not for me, nor anyone else, but for you! Let’s build up each other up, and forget tearing one another down. Life will be so much more enjoyable that way, in my humblest opinion anyhow.

I hope this reaches someone who needed it, more than I needed to write it! Now go and make your dreams come true. And as always I sure do hope that you enjoyed this post.

Peace!!

 

All runway fashion photos are courtesy of Vogue Magazine online. The Tome S/S 2016 collection & Ohne Titel S/S 2016 collection.

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Quiet Storm

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Have you ever heard successful people, or celebrities say, “Surround yourself with the people who you aspire to become.” Or project what you want out of life until it becomes a reality for you”, (fake it until you make it).  I’m sure that we all have at one time or another, be it through reading a book, watching a show, or listening to some song. The general consensus is to put/throw yourself out there. Contact people, go to social events, attend some seminars, write down what you want out of the week/month/year, pray, meditate, buy this, wear that, and so forth, and so on.

Here’s my question, what good is any of it if you don’t get a return call/email? You mingle and network, but can’t get out a clear message of what you do? That seminar gave you the boost/jolt of energy that you needed for the week, but now reality is settling in comfortably and the spark is gone. Your plan for the week/month/year is going awesome, although now your kids/wife/husband/ mother/father is sick, or in some shape or form need YOU! You’re praying, but are you acting on what you’ve prayed for? Faith without works is dead, no? Meditated on calm, stressless (not a real word), and productive days, just to fizzle out when the smoke hits the fan. Better yet, you’ve spent (or charged) all this money to present yourself as “successful” when you have no food to eat, or place to live! Is it safe to say that we all know one of these feelings or another similar to it?

What you do when faced with any of these obstacles, adversities, and wrenches in the game determines your outcome more than anything else in the world. That’s what I believe anyway.

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I’m having a lot of situations like this happen to me in my quest to make a better life for my family and me. People looking down on me for lack of experience, instead of trying to help. Reaching out to certain individuals, not for a hand out, but to work, and being rejected. Feeling ready for the world after some strong encouragement from people in the business that I aspire to be in, just to get hit with the reality that what they’ve done will not work for me. Of course I get it. In this life, one size doesn’t fit all! One size fits one person, because nobody has the same journey. And some people aren’t trying to assist you, because they’re too busy with their own. May I NEVER be like that. My circumstances can (and will) change for the better in due time. Although who I am deep down inside as a person should not. Unless I’m evil, and in that case change away!!

The kicker is to not mind any of those “setbacks”, keep going! Be persistent, consistent, reliable, hardworking, optimistic, and ready for THAT yes! Because it’s on its way. Yes there’ve been days that I’ve gone into a “funk”, but I was never out of the game. I’d readjust and find another way. Have courage, passion, follow thru, and loved ones who believe in you. Oh those people who believe in you, they make it ALL worth while! Make “it” work for your situation, your family, your stage in life. Will it be easy? No! If it comes easy, it’ll go just as quickly. Will it be worth it? I surely hope so! I’d suggest that you make it last, and worth while. Appreciate all that you had to learn and go through to finally be able to reap the benefits of what you’ve sown. That’s all I ask of me & you today, as well as from here on out.

And, oh YES, I’ll be ready to embrace the opportunities as they come.

It’s time to make more money, less excuses. Be a quiet storm.

 

 

As always, I hope that you’ve enjoyed this post!

Please feel free to like, comment, and share yourself with me. 🙂

PEACE

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Choices

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Living in Philly, PA. has its fair share of good & bad qualities. But that’s with every city, right? I mean it’s not really “bad” when your problem is trying to figure out which venue is The Most Beneficial for Your future to attend, or is it? And it doesn’t feel so good, when you’re not sure if you made the right choice or not. I mean let’s be honest, if you search or just keep an ear to the world, you’ll find out where almost everything that pertains to you is going on. It’s pretty cool that Philly ALWAYS has something for you to choose from to do on any given day, no matter the season, nor time of day. Believe that! The issue with choices are when you choose, you’re asking yourself questions like, is this venue the place where I’ll get discovered? Should I have gone to that pop-up meeting for potential ‘place whatever’s appropriate here’? Maybe the event downtown is packed with way more connections than the one uptown. What do I do?

All good questions for sure, as well as food for thought. Although, in my humble opinion, I suggest that you forget all of those extra thoughts. Just pick one & go! Now when you actually think about it, is it about which event you choose to attend, or is it about what you’re going to do when you arrive there? Because in today’s world being there isn’t enough anymore. What are you doing that is going to set you apart from the rest? How will the people remember you? What if you travel across town, and the event is full. Do you turn around, and take no for an answer? I suggest you absolutely DO NOT!

Yes, yes, yes, we aware that we face many choices that bombard us daily. The question is what will You choose to do when the opportunity is sitting in your lap? While you think, I’ll share with you all what I chose this past Saturday, March 14, 2015 between 3 & 4:30pm…

Nordstrom King of Prussia Mall’s MEET & GREET with Steve Madden.

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How did I get here you ask? Simple, I heard about it on the radio a couple of days earlier and said I’m going to myself instantly that’s how! Lol. The commercial also said that just for showing up, you would receive a tote bag & t-shirt. Participants could also win any pair of Steve Madden shoes that Nordstrom had in store just by filling out a raffle, there would be a DJ spinning on the one’s & two’s, and to top it off Steve Madden will autograph anything that you would like signed. WHAT! Who put this together? Steve Madden is looking more and more like a genius the longer this commercial plays. I don’t know about any of you, but that commercial had me sold to this event. See you there!

There was also a host. Did I forget to tell you all that there was also a host? Yup, Julissa Bermudez who was super friendly, professional, gorgeous, and an excellent host. Wearing Steve Madden’s Spring Collection of shoes, blue fringe look GREAT on her!

 

The line was insane when I arrived. Did everyone hear the same commercial that I had, or where they all just out shopping on a Saturday and just happen to reap the benefits of being at the right place at the right time? No time to think about that now, I need to find the line, get my tote bag, t-shirt, and raffle ticket. I get to the end of the line, there I’m told that they’ve had more people than expected and that the cut off has begun. I won’t be able to receive a tote bag, nor a t-shirt, but I can still enter the raffle. WHAT?!? I don’t only want a raffle, I came here for everything that the commercial said was available. *Deep Sigh* Is this happening right now? I was looking forward to this! This isn’t happening right now. It’s only 3:20pm, I have to take a walk. I go out of the store to sit down and collect my thoughts, all the while DJ had that store ROCKING! It seemed like it was a celebrity party, the only thing missing was a bar. I’ll take some pictures of my children, as I look into their eyes I quickly get myself together, and go back in. I’m here already, I’ll take some pictures of what’s happening around the store. That will make for some good blog footage, right? I’ll see when I get home. Let’s go!

 

I’m back in the place, and FORGET ABOUT IT. The DJ Lady FX was playing all of the classic hits mixed in with some of the latest ones too. She’s been rocking since I walked in the door let me get some pictures of her! She was polite, awesome, beautiful, and the woman could mix. YES!

 

Wait a minute, where’s Steve? I can’t leave here without pictures of him! I’m walking around several times to get the right angle. People are blocking every shot, first when I was trying to get shots of the DJ, now with Steve. I have to make my way closer. I feel the negative energy around, and there is no place for that in me today. Hey, where are Steve’s shoes? I mean that is what this event is about, correct? I’ll manage to get both him & his shoes somehow. Where there’s a will, there’s a way! My way today.

My personal favorites are the black & white wedges. I’m a sucker for a chunky heel or wedges! They not only make me look taller, I feel that my legs & feet respect my style choice for a day spent on my feet. 🙂

And surely was I on my feet. Moving around mingling and taking photos. In doing so, I had the pleasure of meeting wardrobe stylists Tye aka BernardBlainShow on Instagram. He actually styled the host’s (Julissa Bermudez) look for the MEET & GREET w/S. Madden. Nothing but good vibes from him, and I’m looking forward to what we’ll do together with fashion in the near future. I’m excited, so stay tuned!

 

What an amazing time! I’m so glad, that my kiddos helped me put things back into perspective because this turned out pretty cool. OH! Did I mention that with my new outlook on the day I received the free Steve Madden tote (which I got autographed),  the t-shirt, and a picture.

 

Have to say ‘kinda’ in the words of Ice Cube, “Saturday was a good day!” I hope that you all enjoyed the post, and that your weekend was as productive as possible.

What I’m wearing; Hat: Target, Knitted cardigan & Young men’s Denim pants: H&M, Button down Woven & Lace mix media Woman’s shirt: MoCo_Sews, Jacket & Shoes: Kohls

Click on any of the red links above if you would like to visit Steve Madden Shoes, Nordstrom, Julissa Bermudez, and the BernardBlainShow.

 

This was my personal experience for this past Saturday. I was not paid by anyone and have no affiliation with any of these companies or people. Just jotting down my day!

 

PEACE

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Despite all Odds

10[1]There’s something about tailored Menswear that just sends my heart to a warm place. It sort of feels like the sun’s rays are directly on my entire body. Sensations of happiness, mixed in with drowsiness, because sitting out long enough in the summer’s sun will do that to one. Ironically, being in a relationship with a man has the same effect. Lol! 🙂 Nevertheless, I still can’t help but continue to soak it all in, muscle through the pain that is sure to follow if I don’t get up soon. From a very early age, I remember looking at well-groomed adults and thinking, “They look really nice!” You know that “look” from the 40’s & 50’s, right? Sharp, clean, tailored, dresses, suits, suspenders, sweaters, and shoes. Ooh, wee! Never mind the fact that it was not an ideal time for anyone who was of color, or that citizens had little to no say of their attire because of the way “government” subliminally had the majority of say in what you wore back then. As I think about it, not too much has seemed to have changed. Although this is not the time for that conversation, but definitely the place! Take my hand, and let us CONTINUE