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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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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! ūüôā¬†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

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What A Rush

Building a “brand” is exciting! Despite all¬†of¬†the constant emailing, hour long meetings, networking from venue to venue, immediate updates on all of your social media outlets, face to faces with distributors, morning headaches, assembling your “dream team”, and so forth & so on. At times it may even seem daunting and bleak,¬†like there are¬†never ending¬†stories of¬†troubles and woes. But it’s¬†YOUR DREAM. No obstacle is going to stand in the¬†way of fulfilling this¬†however long dream of yours. Because it’s been in the works for about a million years now, right? And it only seems to be truly stressful for you when¬†everything seems to be falling into the exact place, and then BAM! Bad news finds you. It’s MY DREAM though. I’m not going to let this stop me, you say. So you continue on this 24 hour drive that you’ve set up for your success. Peaks and valleys in your mind, thunderstorms and bright skies in reality, none of that matters though because it’s, YOUR DREAM.

Some time has past, and now you are beginning to see your destination on the horizon. You drive even faster, work even harder, and are starting to reach for that 5 Hour Energy that you know you’ve packed¬†for this ride somewhere. Found it, yes! There’s still about an eight hour drive left to go. I’m too close to stop now, there’s no turning back. Phone call, some good news is being received. Wonderful, you think!¬†Now you’re feeling like¬†this is all worth it again. I’m on my way, you say to yourself, I’m on my way.

Insert Brand Here:

A.F.E.


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This must have been what it felt like for this gentleman, Andre’ Francois Edwards. Or at least that’s what I got from being¬†around him as he embarked on this AWESOME journey. I’m truly happy for him!!

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This Brand Launch/Trunk Show took place at F.A.N (Friend and Nemesis Salon Boutique) in the Kensington/Fishtown section of Philadelphia, PA.¬†On display and for sale this past “first”¬†Friday, March 6, 2015 were his original graphic designed artwork, super soft, recycled, organic cotton mix sweat & V-neck shirts. (Sweatshirts are¬†being worn by both¬†Andre’¬†&¬†model pictured above)¬†Each one with a little flair of humor, strong masculine touch, and yet gentle approach to his aesthetic, as well as what he stands for as a designer/entrepreneur. It’s young, fresh, and new. Isn’t that what we all want to be inside & clearly outside, forever young!

What a night, what a RUSH! There was shopping, music, drinks, family, friends, mingling, and of course more networking. Above all of that thought, it was surely about¬†the brand A.F.E. (Andre’), and what an amazing job he has done with the introduction to his line of clothing. Round of applause, Sir!

All of A.F.E.’s clothing that you see here on this blog, and¬†items that¬†you haven’t seen¬†yet throughout the store are still available at F.A.N Salon Boutique while they last.¬†So go check them out!!

As for me, I’ll be¬†keeping my eye on this A.F.E. guy, I see great things in his¬†near future! Again, congratulations, and I’m kind of glad that we met. Thank you for allowing to be a part of this event. ūüôā

For more information on what Andre’ Francois Edwards and Friends and Nemesis (F.A.N)¬†are up to click on their links above, or check them both out on Facebook.

All of these statements are my own genuine opinion, and I was not paid in any shape or form for any of them.

Until next time,

PEACE