Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rest Fashionably Oscar de la Renta

The fashion world and fans of the art grieve around the world today as we lost overnight a legendary fashion couturier, Oscar de la Renta. The Dominican Republic born designer is hands down one of the few designers that had the honor of dressing First Lady’s to your favorite celebrity today! He was known for his stylish one-kind gowns (I'd like to affectionately call him the "Godfather of Gowns") that have truly transformed fashion for the last four decades! I’ve always been a fan of his work and I’ve always dreamed of wearing or owning one of my very own Oscar de la Renta originals and it saddens me that I won’t have that experience! While his fashion legacy will live on, we will never ever forget his contribution to the fashion world. Thank you Oscar for sharing your magic with the world! RIP Xo

Friday, October 17, 2014

Awareness Begins With YOU!

October is here and there are two awareness campaigns that I hold close to my heart: 1) Breast Cancer Awareness and 2) Domestic Violence Awareness. While they each have their own purpose, they both share the same end goal--to save lives!

There is so much information out there to get more details about these two awareness campaigns but for the sake of my blog, I'd like to highlight three important things that speak to both issues: 

1) Educate yourself and others. It's 2014 and there is no excuse to not be knowledgeable about these two topics. Nowadays, most people have a smartphone or at least some kind of access to a computer so take some time to learn about both. Then, share what you learned with others so we all can be a more informed community. Reach one, teach one! 

2) See something, SAY something! YOU know your loved ones, coworkers and friends the best. If you see something out of the ordinary, suspect that something is wrong with them physically or they come to you about their issue privately, help them! No matter what be there by their side every step of the way. Early detection (whether it be in breast cancer or first-sign of abuse) can save their life. 

3) Be the change. In order to fight for both causes, YOU have to spark the change. Prevention begins with you and you should feel empowered enough to go out and help others who may be unable to speak up for themselves or lack the support or courage to stand strong. We all have a special light that's worth shining in this world and don't ever let a person or health circumstance, try to dim that light. Shine on and be great!

For more information about Breast Cancer Awareness, visit National Breast Cancer Foundation.

For more information about Domestic Violence, visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

10 Countries I Would Love to Visit


(In no particular order)

It's so hard to pick JUST 10 because if I had it my way, I would take a year off to explore the world and blog about my experience! For now, here are some places that I think I can could realistically hit in the next couple of years: 

1) Brazil
2) Italy
3) Japan
4) Thailand
5) United Kingdom (I would totally relocate to London in a heart beat)
6) Germany
7) Ghana 
8) Greece
9) Australia
10) Argentina

Maybe taking a year off to travel the world isn't a bad idea! It's not everyday you meant a woman of color who explores the world and journals about her experiences. Hmmmm....

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/By Jason Bachman

Monday, October 13, 2014

This is Why I Love TINASHE!

I absolutely LOVE LOVE Miss Tinashe! Her hit single "2 On" has been my summer jam this year and the song never gets old to me. Every time I hear the beat drop, I'm ready to jump up and dance around my office or room! Anyhoo, I thought she did a phenomenal job on Jimmy Kimmel the other day and wanted to make sure I shared. Her album "Aquarius" just dropped and I've heard awesome reviews about it as well. I'm excited to get my copy. Check her out and support great music. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Do You Have Regrets?

never regret.
 Sometimes I catch myself thinking about what would life be like if we all had a reset button...would you push it? Most of us have heard the saying that "we should live life without regrets" for things we've done in our past but do you have any regrets in your life? I can honestly say that I don't have a single regret about anything I've done or the people who played a part in it! NOPE. I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason because we are all learning from our experiences (good,bad, or in between) in order to be the person who we were created to be in the world.

Granted, there maybe things you think about time to time you wish you would have done differently but that would have disrupted your destiny of where you are today or it could have changed it entirely. All we can do now is seize opportunities everyday to live the life we desire. Living life without apology for the choices you made/make is the BEST feeling! It's liberating actually so don't dwell on things you can't change, just look to the sun and claim this day to be great.

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/By ahhhllicia

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Seasons are Changing

fall leaf

 In my twenty-something years of life, I have learned that relationships/friendships come and go. I’ve always correlated this closely with my faith because I believe that we live in seasons throughout our life. As the good book says, “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Eccle. 3) and as I grow older and wiser, I believe this to be true in many facets of my life. In particular, I’ve experienced a small shift in my friendships. I’ve seen people come and go and while it’s not always easy to cope with the change, I believe it’s necessary to take us to the next level in our lives.

 Sometimes it isn’t clear to us when these changes occur but they always seem to happen at the right time. In my heart of heart of hearts, it takes too much energy to be combative, instead, I choose to smile through it (or distance myself) and cherish the ones who have never left my side. Whatever the case maybe, spend your time being happy with those who care about you and who desire to be a part of your life because after all, (outside of family) your friends are some of the people you fall back on in times of need.

At the end of the day, life is too short so choose to live it up with some of the people you love most and create awesome memories!

P.S. Fall is my absolute favorite season!

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/By JustyCInMD

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thank you to 17,010 readers so far!

I am overwhelmed, excited and surprised to see these stats of blog traffic! My blog started almost five years ago and to date, I've had over 17,000 (about 5,000 per year and about 400 a month) visitors which is totally awesome. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! It may seem like a small feat to some but I proud of myself for sticking it out in the blogging world this long. When I started this blog, I wasn't at all familiar with blogging or it's purpose but I quickly fell in love with having complete creative control to express my thoughts on our world today. Today, I'm still striving to be a better blogger so I can take this thing to the next level.

Even the midst of hiatuses (or writer's block moments), you all have stuck around for the ride and  I truly appreciate this so much!

As my readers, I'm always looking for room to improve so leave me a note down low to let me know what you all would like to see in the future!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Something on My Heart

I never said I was a perfect person nor do I want to be (I don't need extra pressure...thanks!). In fact, I can openly admit that I'm not always the greatest person to myself or others but I'm really not here to make this post a pity party. Instead, I'd like to think of it as me opening up my heart for a moment to just accept what I cannot change and learn from my mistakes. My pride at times gets the best of me (headstrong Capricorn here) and sometimes it has a tendency to clutter my thoughts, my actions and even my choices in life. Because I am aware of this issue, it's times like these where I feel the need to come clean for my own sanity and tonight, I had a break through!

It's true what they say, you never know what you had until it's gone! However, if it's meant to be then it will find it's way back to you. In particular, when you've met someone or built a friendship with someone who has tugged on one of your heart strings, it's hard to forget those types of people. In fact, it is said you should work very hard to maintain that relationship. However, it can be challenging at times when someone you care about becomes influenced by others around them (without them knowing most of the time) or lost in sauce of life but somehow you have to fight for those relationships. Even if you have to put a little distance between you and the other person, it's okay to just love on them from a far.

One thing I've learned is people may forget what you said, people may forget what you did but they will never EVER forget how you made them FEEL! This has got to be one of the truest lessons I've learned so far in my adulthood. The only way you can make a sour relationship sweet again is by taking that first step to reverse how you made that person feel (and this takes time!).

No one said life would be easy! Everyday that we wake up is a new opportunity to set the record straight. As long as you make the time, then anything is possible. Life is short y'all, so choose to LIVE ALWAYS!  Xo