Just Me x Flaws and All

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I am me, unapologetic and fully confident.  I must admit…it took me awhile to get to this point.  For the longest, I thought that I had everything to prove to everyone else.  I thought I had to be considered the skinniest, prettiest, and every other -est by everybody else.  In spending sometime by myself and taking the time to pursue those dreams closest to my heart…I simply realize that everybody’s else’s thoughts about me are not the absolute.  I can only be me…and truly that is the best way to be.

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I’ve got blemishes, stretchmarks, bruises, scars…you name the flaw and I probably have it somewhere lol.  I am by no means perfect and I love that about myself!  I’ve finally gotten to a point where I accept and love who I am, who God made me to be.  My flaws aren’t just on the inside, they are on the inside as well and I am asking God to help me with those as well.  I’m not perfect and I own that and it took me a long time to get to this place in life.  There is no need for me to be content with being fake or unreal, I am who I am and I love whom God made me to be.

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Who am I?  Just me lol.  A young college educated mother of one, who is a blogger, artsy, and ambitious.  While this Queen sits on her throne and awaits her King…she won’t be moping around.  Instead, she’ll be loving who God made her to be, raising her princess, and working.  I don’t know why it took me so long, but I truly thank God for this confidence, I am me all day long and I love it!  I accept my flaws and appreciate the good that I have to offer.  I know I wrote an entire post about flaws…but with everyone talking about what is always perfect…I just thought I’d be different and discuss what’s not so perfect….beginning with me and that is okay.  Because what isn’t perfect is real just as much as what is perfection can be real.  There’s so much to me and I am exploring it all!

Take a look in the mirror and smile and love whom God made you to be.  Now you see the you that everyone else loves so much!  Accept your flaws because they are real and make you uniquely you.  No one else can have your flaw or your perfection because God made them especially for you!  Which is beyond beautiful.

“Gelatto Dreams” x My Art x Inspired

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Hi, today’s post is a little personal to me.  I am currently reading a book and I was inspired from a particular chapter in that book to create a painting such as this.  The funny part is, I sketched this painting out about a month ago!  Well, I finally got to it after all the madness settled down.  Although I named this particular painting “Gelatto Dreams”, just because I like the way it sounds and it kind of looks like it….I’ve been eating peach frozen yogurt allllll week long yummy!  This painting is a water color on bristol board- I’m going to start investing in canvas, although this paper is thick and super durable, the edges curled on the final product, so I’ll have to frame it soon to protect it.

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When I originally sketched this painting out, I created four squares because I was inspired by Pop Artist Andy Warhol and I only wanted to use bold and bright fantasy colors- life is great with plenty of color!

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Got all the color in, just wanted to have some creative fun!

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I love the painting at this stage, I was inspired by another great artist, Henri Matisse.  His use of thick bold lines in his art is captivating, since being inspired….I used them as well to outline the painting….it gave the art some life!

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The final product as you first saw it.  I added some brush strokes around the painting to make it more lively.  I like…I hope you do too.  Leave your thoughts below, I’d love to know what you think.  If you have any questions, you can leave them in the comments section below.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Fashion’s Elite x Art x Inliquid Benefit v.14

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Love art, fashion, and charity?  Well then the Inliquid Benefit on Saturday, February 8th is where you want to be! Inliquid, is a non profit organization that makes opportunities and opens doors for artistls, hosts artists portfolios and artist information online for free.  Inliquid will be hosting their next benefit, which will be a silent auction, hosted by some notable figures in the arts!

Inliquid Benefit v.14’s host this year will be Maria Papadakis, an Emmy award winning personality, this year’s theme for the event will be “The Art Of…”, which honors the culinary arts, fashion, and visual arts- this is a benefit that I am looking forward to!  Fantastic food, fabulous fashion, and the arts- sounds like my kind of night!

This year, the benefit is set to attract some special guests from Philadelphia who are all about fashion such as Cory Wade Hindorff of America’s Next Top Model, Bela Shihu of NINO Brand, and Dom Streater, winner of Project Runway Season 12.  In addition, there will be plenty of jewelry, sculptures, photography, and more up for auction during this benefit.  There will also be plenty of food and refreshments and special performances throughout the evening.

This exciting benefit will take place on Saturday, February 8th, from 7:00-10:00 p.m., tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door.  There will also be a networking night for Young Professionals from 6:00-10:00 p.m. that is free of charge and will be held on Friday, February 7th.  Both events will take place at the spacious Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St., Philadelphia, PA 19122.

Before this artistic and classy event, you can preview some of the art that will be apart of the silent auction and begin online bidding by clicking here.

This sounds like an exciting evening that will be full of creativity and style, if you’re in the Philadelphia area, then this is something you don’t want to miss.

Got the Look? : Awards Season Style

It’s Awards season and all the stars on the red carpet are setting trends and style standards.  While it’s Awards season, do you have your look?  Galas, formal events, and Valentine’s Day are just right around the corner.  Check out some of the designers represented by CreativPR below to check out their lines and find out below how to contact them to schedule your personal fitting today.  You can look just as good as the stars in Hollywood with these gorgeous looks from the designers shown below!  (All images are property of CreativPR.)

Yvette

These haute couture looks in the Yvette collection are simply fabulous with the color palette ranging from deep dark fall colors to pastel.  The embellishments are just right on every look!

O'Blanc

The O’Blanc collection is reminiscent of classic looks, A-line, and sheath.  These looks drape perfectly and every body type can find a style to fit them on the red carpet.  I love the use of the classic pan-tone colors and bold hues.  Anybody looking to be classic Hollywood chic can’t go wrong with this collection.

Lum

The Lum collection is very reminiscent of old Hollywood, the looks remind me of old films such as Cleopatra, and the looks of actresses Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.  These looks seem as though their inspiration has derived from there and they are full of classic and strong lines and structures.

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Drenusha Xharra brings the glam with these sleek metallic looks, soft lace, and a golden yellow glow in the line.  If you’re looking to be chic and modern, this is the way to go.  My fave look is #84, it’s fabulous…you can wear this on the red carpet and mix and match the pieces for a night on the town. You can’t go wrong with #84 or any of these looks!

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Adolfo Sanchez’s collection is mesmerizing.  I love the soft teals, white, the entire palette!  I especially love the way that this collection builds up from modern/ chic to bring the drama with couture on the last picture #22.  The model is especially fierce, rockin’ her golden fro mohawk!  I love it!  The designers concept is clear and striking from onset to finish and this collection speaks volumes.  If you’re looking for anything bold, eye catching, dramatic, couture, or fabulous then you’ve found it all in this collection!

CHANDRA

After you’ve chosen one of the looks from above, take the time to style it with one of these fabulous pieces from Chandra Jewelry.  In one of my older posts, Walk the Talk Event, I had the opportunity to meet one of the designers behind Chandra Jewelry and view their beautiful collection of accessories.  Trust me, you cannot go wrong with one of these pieces!  They are fantastic!

If you’re looking for something to wear to a formal or semi-formal event, definitely contact CreativPR, they will not steer you wrong with these talented fashion and jewelry designers on their roster.  For more details on setting up an appointment, click on this link for details.

….As always…thanks for stopping by and drop a line telling me about your favorite look posted above!

Girls Night Out x Hush Philly

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(L to R) Me, Qira, and Charelle.

Recently, I was able to link up with my girls from college and hang out for a day.  We hit up Hush Philly for their day party…at a secret location…you had to rsvp for details.  On Saturday, January 18, 2014, on the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day…Hush Philly hosted their event at Red Sky, located in the Old City section of Center City Philadelphia.  Me and my girls had a good time, ran into some familiar faces and enjoyed the music by DJ Aye Boogie and DJ RTodaizza.  Pictures are worth a thousand words…so for this post…here are the recap pics!

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There was definitely a great turnout!  Packed house!

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Red Sky was packed all night, the party was from 3-9 pm, and free before 5pm to enter.  I think the party kept going on past 9pm, the place was packed all night!

 

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It was nice to catch up with an old college buddy, Taurean, definitely had a good time.

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Last but not least…me in my outfit for the day…

Black and faux leather blazer: Target

Black tank: Old Navy

Tribal print tights: Burlington Coat Factory

Peep toe lace booties: Aldo at DSW

I’m so mad because I had on  a cute robot necklace that I got from Macy’s smh…but I popped it!  lol.

As you can see, me and my girls had a good time at Hush Philly as well as everybody else who was in the building!  We talked, laughed, ate some really good food, danced, and met new people.  It doesn’t get any better—> Next Hush Philly event will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014…keep your eyes peeled and stay tuned to the website to send in your rsvp for details when it gets closer to the event!

….As always…thanks for stopping by….

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MLK Day x Community x Building

(from the Seattle Times newspaper- google)

Today was the National Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, a day of community involvement and growth.  While I was a college student, I faithfully participated in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of service while on campus.  However, once I graduated from college I believe that I lost sight about how powerful this day is.  It is a day when people from different backgrounds in the community come together in an effort to improve and empower from within using service and other community building exercises.  Once I graduated from college, I lost sight of that purpose and focus and used this day of service as a day to serve myself and sleep in.

Fast forward a couple of years and I’m now a mom and I want to teach my child the importance and value of community and what the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for.  Lost are those days of complete selfishness laying up in my bed.  However even on this particular day, I did not have the opportunity to take my daughter out to participate in any of the wonderful community service activities that were happening, because I had to work.  To be honest, the bills need to paid and I have an extra mouth to feed.  I felt so bad while I was at work today, because I truly wanted to be out performing some community service.

When I was a college student I was heavily into serving the community. My friends and I would go downtown with Bibles and food to hand out to the homeless, we would volunteer at Chosen 300 homeless ministries, anytime a homeless person asked for food- I would buy it or give them my pre-packaged food- whatever.  I was also a Sunday School and VBS teacher for two years while I worked full time as an elementary level teacher.  I also went to local nursing homes alone and with friends to sing hymns with the elderly, talk with them, and read God’s Word.  All of this…and what happened?

I got caught up in my own self serving ways and failed to continue to recognize the need in the community for volunteers.  In my opinion this is sad and I failed myself and my community, however it isn’t too late to pick up where I’ve left off.  I haven’t made a New Year’s Resolution in years, but if there’s one worth making, it’s to find a location to volunteer at and take my daughter with me to teach her at this tender age how important it is to give back.  I just feel as though I’ve been taking all of these years and haven’t been giving back and it’s time for me to change that, because change begins within.

If there’s anything that I need to remember it is to remember the path that was paved for me by my forefathers and what their insight was into what the future could be for us all.  If anything, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for the community and building, and if he said anything, he didn’t say to disregard other races, but rather to embrace them because we cannot categorize everyone in a single race to the hatred that some carry. As Dr. King stated in his famous “I Have A Dream” speech “We cannot walk alone.” He surely did not want me or anyone of us to carry that hatred or bitterness in our hearts.  Although I did not have the opportunity to participate in today’s beautiful community service events due to work obligations….I won’t let that stop me from serving.  You can hold me to it, I will find a place for baby girl and I to volunteer and support a charitable organization this year!  If you know of any great organizations, please share them with me in the comments section below.

…As always…thanks for stopping by….

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream Speech”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Philly Wine Mixer: A night of Art, Music, and Fashion

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Philadelphia is a city that is full of talented artists, fashion designers, and musicians.  For one night, under one roof, the Philadelphia Wine Mixer showcases some of Philly’s best to present their art, perform, and for designers/ stylists to showcase their lines.  This popular event initially began in April 2010, “to create a platform where the talent in the city could commence and showcase through the arts”, and since then it has grown to tremendous proportions.  I have been in the past and it is truly a night to remember and the next mixer will take place on Friday, February 7, 2014, from 7-11pm, at the African American Museum of Art located in Center City, Philadelphia.

At this upcoming event, there will be plenty of talent to be exposed to under one roof.  Photographer Ricky Codio will be showing his photography, Mel Alston Jr. and Sap Sounds will be performing for the crowd, and there will be a fashion presentation with limited VIP seating as well.  Mah Jing Wong, Closet by Cristobal, and the Marquette Collection are amongst some of the fashion collections that will be showing their lines on the runway.  Syreeta Martin, blogger of Sincerely Syreeta, will be hosting the fashion portion of this event!

There will be plenty of art, fashion, and music to partake of as well as unlimited wine and hors d’ouvres for guests who purchase the open wine bar or VIP admission tickets.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to mingle amongst the vendors and the lead vendor of the night is Duke & Winston.  An awards segment will also take place during the evening, where honorees Curran Swint- stylist and creator of the brand “Kings Rule Together”, Iris Bonner- artist of “These Pink Lips”, and John Barber- manager and music producer, will be receiving the official “Live In the Moment award”, from the creator of the Philly Wine Mixer and of LITM Marketing, Tyrone Dixon.

Tickets are currently on sale to attend this amazing event.  General admission is $15 per person, for unlimited wine bar it is $30 per person, and $60 per person for VIP seating.  You can visit http://philadelphiawinemixer.ticketleap.com/ to purchase your tickets, they will cost more at the door so get them now!  Amongst some of the sponsors of the evening are 215 Jello shots and Uber.

As always…thanks for stopping by and purchase your tickets before they sell out!

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