Jul 17, 2017

Simplicity: The Secret to a Good Life

Fresh off my family vacation and looking back in reflection with a fresh perspective. Spending time outside of our comfort zone allows us to get a different perspective on life. It fosters growth and in some cases life changing redirection. I had the pleasure of visiting four island nations during my time abroad and the main take away from my trip is: simplicity, it is the secret to a good life. Each island that I visited reminded me just how important it is to simplify life. Sometimes we create complicated lives for the sake of having more, when in actuality the road to living a good and fulfilled life is having less. A simple lifestyle attracts simple problems, requiring simple solutions. The island folks understand this. That's why the life expectancy in most Caribbean islands is higher than that of Americans. Weird right? Especially with America being the richest nation in the world. How's that for perspective? Culturally-- our priorities are different and certainly so are our lifestyles. Removing the distractions, excess and the unimportant aspects of life is what simplicity is. It's the foundation of a great and rewarding life. One that I seek to have.

Jul 3, 2017

American Dreamers: Tampa Bay Parenting Feature

Hey Fabulous--
I recently did a photo shoot for a mompreneur feature in the July issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazines which also featured a couple other inspiring boss moms. A piece titled: American Dreamers. When I was in high school, I ran a hustle (notice how I didn't say business?) where I would visit the homes of professionals (executives, principals and the likes) to perform clothing ironing services. Yep--I would roll through on the weekends and iron baskets of professional attire for these professional elites all the wile holding down my part-time retail job at the mall, maintaining my grades and taking part in school extracurricular activities. In retrospect, not really sure how I did it.  But undoubtedly whether I knew it then---the entrepreneur in me was born. Fast forward to today---not much has changed. Well, let's retract that. Lots have changed. Like being someone's mom and wife. And if you too are a mom, you already know that the role itself is a full-time one. But when it comes to living in your purpose, you find a way to do what you love. Even if it includes adding entrepreneur to that long and growing list of titles. You can check out the column in the July issue of Tampa Bay Parenting here

Special Thanks: Runway Translator: Writer & Stylist | Lending Luxury: Designer Gowns | Theresa NeSmith Photography: Photography | Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine

Jun 25, 2017

5 Reasons to Hate Fashion Trends

One would certainly argue whether fashion is art. What is its purpose? It's not that complicated is it? It's a way of expression. Whether grown and sexy, mature and intellectual or insecure and youthful; fashion is what each individual wants it to be. It's a creative being that allows each artist to adapt, incorporate and invent. But trends?
Aaah....trends. You know the good ole marketing ploy to get us to the mall more times often than we need to. If you haven't figured out by now, I'm totally not the trendy type. I mean...I'm not in the malls biweekly checking for the latest and greatest products pushed by mass fashion retailers. I'm certainly not saying that I'm not checking for the semiannual S/S and F/W catwalk fashions gracing the runways. But---- I'm just much more interested in wearing what I like, which happens to not be dictated by designers, magazines and retail giants. Let's also keep in mind that many trends throughout the history of fashion has morphed into timeless classics. So one could certainly argue that every fashion staple was once a trend. But for the sake of this discussion, I'm talking modern day fashion trends which many have made countless debuts on fashion faux pas lists. There's a reason why I hate them. Or maybe five reasons. Here's the rundown.
  1. There's No Individuality | Everyone looks the same. I am a huge fan of individualism. I'm drawn to all things authentically creative and original. One of the reasons I started sewing was to create unique one-of-a-kind garments. It became so unbecoming and disappointing to visit the malls to only see the same ole fads hanging on the racks. Thank goodness for options like local boutiques, vintage thrift and consignment shops and the talents of local up and coming designers. Surely you can take the same Zara blazer and sandals and put your own creative spin on it right? How is that for unpretentious distinction. But where there is a lack of individuality in fashion; there is personality, our outlook on the world and our sense of humor to compensate. There is hope.
  2. IIt's All About the Money | Yes. What better way to stimulate the economy semiannually than scouring the local malls and luxury department stores for new trends fresh off the runway from New York Fashion Week? Ooh,  brocade, metallics and radiant orchid is in this season----let me race on down to Neimans. No thanks. I've got better things to do with  my money than trying to keep up with what the industry says I should be wearing to appear "cool". Besides....it's much much cheaper to dress me than to feed me. This foodie has got to eat. LOL. No but seriously....thank goodness for the thrifting phenomenon, outlets and discount stores. As I become older and what I'd like to think wiser, I've become a more conscious and fiscally responsible consumer.

Jun 4, 2017

Milestone Manifesto: Fab Forty

What does forty feels like you ask? Well, I'm still a work in progress if that gives you any sense of perspective. But one thing is for certain--you don't always get to decide when it's time no matter how well planned or how many good intentions put forth. This milestone comes with some gains and losses. That's life, right? But with growth comes clarity. And with clarity comes purpose. That's what the last two years have been for me. Living in purpose. Knowing what and who is most important in life and living life to that accord has been the greatest feeling ever. So as I enter this new chapter---it's full speed ahead doing the things that I love with the people that I love. And that friends---is what living a purpose driven life is all about. Nothing more. Nothing less. Until next time....peace, passion & purpose!

Jun 1, 2017

Fab Eats: Red Pony . Franklin TN

So I had a recent trip to Nashville and with every trip there is always an opportunity to drop in to one of the local critically acclaimed restaurants. This time around, Red Pony in Franklin, Tennessee was my choice. The Zagat rated eatery is nestled on the main strip in  downtown Franklin. The culinary style reflects swanky Manhattan meets rustic European. Here's a snapshot of what you can find on the menu: collard green rockefeller, lobster and scallop, shrimp and grits, top notch creme brulee, Moscow mule (my favorite) and an array of other creative and fabulous options. I've got to say---it isn't often that you find an establishment that successfully fuses culinary artistry with contemporary flare without compromising quality of service. Red Pony certainly masters the two. I would highly recommend that you drop in and pay them a visit should your future travels call for you to be in the Nashville area. My experience was anything short of exceptional.
Photography | Red Pony Restaurant
Until next time....Peace, Love & Blessings!