Oct 8, 2017

Creative Individuality

Someone once asked, are you into trends or do you just do your own thing? In almost all cases I choose individuality. In a world where many aren't living their life to their fullest and true self---individuality brings a breath of fresh air. Creatives usually get bored easily. We're generally not fans of cookie-cutter approaches to life. And when it comes to style----we tend to opt for creative freedom. Doing our own thing. You'll rarely find us on trend. We want freedom of expression and creative control. Because creativity calls for seeing what others don’t see and individuality differs from what others do. Dare to be different.

Oct 5, 2017

5 Things Your Skin Needs

When it comes to the world of beauty , it can certainly lead to a world of intimidation. From the latest trends, social pressures of keeping our eyebrows on fleek or keeping our contour game 100%. But great skincare really isn't that complicated or at least it shouldn't be. Whether you've got dry skin, combination skin or oily, I'm sure you've experienced a market place saturated with millions of products claiming to rid you of your most annoying beauty ailments.  Many to which simply will not work for many of us. Here are five simple beauty rules to live by that are sure to keep your skin looking its best.
1. Sleep - I've got to have at least six hours of a good nights' sleep or else. Less than six hours of rest alters my mood (talk about cranky), creates eye baggage and other stress factors impacting the appearance of my skin.
2. A Fresh Face - I don't know about you, but I can't wear makeup everyday. For one---it's too much of a hassle and two, my skin will hate me. I try to limit a full beat face to 3 days a weak unless it's absolutely necessary. Too much clogging of my pores will send my skin into a pimple-infested frenzy. So allowing the skin to breath make-up free does the face good.
3. Exfoliation - Ridding the skin of its surface dead skin is key to healthy and smoother skin. As I get older, I find the need to exfoliate more often. So I exfoliate both my face and body at least twice a week. It helps to combat my dry skin and helps to hold more moisture in.
4.Water - I can't live without drinking at least 32ozs of water daily. I have dry skin and it's really easy for my skin to flake and act an ashy fool. So the only way to combat this along with proper skin moisturizing is to drink plenty of water.  Not only is water good for combating dry skin, it's also good for ridding the body of impurities and controlling weight gain.
5. The Sun - Can we say vitamin D! Sunlight is known to trigger the production of vitamin D in the body. Researchers found that this causes immune cells to relocate to the outer layers of the skin where they aid in the protection and repair of damaged skin caused by excessive sun exposure. Studies also show that moderate skin exposure can help heal certain skin conditions like acne and eczema. I knew there was a greater reason I enjoy basking in the sun. Sunshine makes me oh so happy and does my melanin-rich skin good.

Sep 30, 2017

Fab Home: Inspired Living

What makes a space inspirational? Is it the $3,500 Jason Miller chandelier? The architectural details? Its character? For me, it's the feeling of comfort. The feeling of warmth. Then of course there's the style factor. If you've been reading the blog for some time---you'd be familiar with my popular mantra. Which is ---- always keep an open mind to two things: inspiration and love. My interior design style is as eclectic as my fashion. Just as with fashion, many of my home furnishings were curated from a variety of sources. From flea markets, popular retail chains, yard sales to online retailers. My interior design style is modern, eclectic and transitional. Mixing different design elements keeps a space balanced. If you have too many modern pieces, your space can appear and feel a little cold. Too may traditional pieces, you can run the risk of having an easily dated space. Mix the two and you'll be living in perfect harmony. The below living spaces speaks perfectly to this.

Photo Credit: CB2

Sep 24, 2017

5 Business Lessons Learned Cruising With Carnival

When I took an 8 day Caribbean voyage this summer with my family (see post here), I had no intention of doing any business much less thinking of it. But as a business owner, business just has a way of creeping into the brain like rock doves finding their way home. But analogies aside---successfully hosting  approximately five thousand (staff and passengers) on a ship for eight full days takes logistical know how. May eight days at sea with Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) reinforced so many business principles---here are my top five.

1. Know Your Customer Base - Fun for all. All for fun. It's Carnival's slogan. And rightfully so. Carnival is known as the fun ship and after speaking to many cruise travelers, they've made it clear that this is their number one reason to cruise with Carnival. And during my 8 days aboard the Splendor---I got to experience this for myself. Those aboard seemed to have come to have just that, fun. From toddlers to retirees---there were infinite activities for all. There's even Camp Ocean, a kids camp where parents can drop off their precious cargo for some kiddie time. I was so happy to have this option for my son. The hubs and I had some much needed time to ourselves.
2. Value Systems and Processes - I was fortunate to have a private tour of the galley where the head Chef aboard the Carnival Splendor explained the very detailed and in-dept process of providing passengers with nightly palatable three-course meals. From the procurement of food and supplies, food prep or personnel management--one thing is for sure, there were solid systems and processes in place to support this complex operation. This is key to the success of any solvent and profitable business. Applications to support staffing, procurement to passenger booking are all essential in supporting business operation and process automation. Documenting business processes for the sake of business continuity is just as critical should there be unexpected disruption. Having all of your business policies and procedures in your head does no good to the success of your business and puts your business at great risk.

Sep 17, 2017

Harvest Goods|Thanksgiving Wish List

It is about that time of year where families are making holiday plans. Thanksgiving is certainly my favorite time of the year. It is when the domestic diva in me is at her most happiest. My inner Martha Stewart can bring out the fine china and finally put to use countless recipes pinned throughout the year on my Pinterest food boards. I haven't hosted Thanksgiving dinner at my home in years, but this year could be the return. I am officially in the spirit and have plenty to be thankful for.

What are your Thanksgiving plans? Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? What is on your dinner menu?Until next time. . . Peace, Love & Blessings!