When Medicine Meets Racism

Since we are in the mist of a pandemic and a race war I think it’s only necessary if I start highlighting some of my friends and family and if any of you would like to share a story let me know! This story is about my father in law. Dr. Benjamin Laremont. How odd is that medicine met racism and discrimination way back when. Did you think this was possible?

img_2457

Let’s rewind Dr. Ben was born and raised Panama City, Panama and was 3 of 12 siblings. As a young boy he always had this desire to help people. Mainly because his family and local residents were to poor to afford healthcare. Simple illnesses that we take for granted, that are easily treated often his hit family by storm. After graduating high school, Dr. Ben was awarded a scholarship (Institute of International Education) (IIE) and attended Sterling College in Kansas. After graduating  with his Bachelors of Science, Dr. Ben went on to receive his doctor of medicine degree at Maharry Medical School. Following his graduation he attended the University of Illinois School of Medicince where he did his residency and became specialized in Family Medicine.  Soon after is when he joined and served the U.S Navy for 2 years and received his U.S citizenship.

img_2459

During his residency he labored to diagnose and treat and elderly white gentlemen and when he became conscious the patient was shocked and to his disbelief that a black doctor had treated him.Later on that evening, as usual Dr. Ben and the other doctors madetheir rounds in teh hospital. The elederly gentlemen was very shook up and had the opportunity to speak to the head of the doctor. The patients response was “I saw a N***er in my dreams.” The head of the department replied “oh you mean Dr. Laremont.”

img_2456

In passing Dr. Laremont tried not to make much of it but his thoguhts said ” when you look around and see 6 to 8 people and one of them is black, and that’s you, you don’t need to say or do anything as all eyes are always watching your actions. You can make an issue out of it, however you  stand to have more to lose, solely because you are always singled out.” Dr. Benjamin Laremont

img_2460

Dr. Benjamin Laremont still practices today loving taking care of his patients. He has been married to his devoted wife Dr. Sylvia Laremont and they blissfully have 4 children.

In the middle of a life or death situation racism still prevailed within this mans heart. SO let’s fast forward to today. Answer me this has things changed? I think not as today we are in the middle of a pandemic and a race war. We are still on two sides of the fence fighting for equality. It doesn’t matter how much education, status, white coat, your title you are still black. Still not good enough to save a life or to have equal rights. These past couple of months have been exhausting for the black community but I truly believe we will gain traction this time. I say to everyone who is fighting for equality don’t give up. One day.. one day in the name of Jesus things will be equal.

image00024

A few weeks ago it was a normal shoot day for Daniesha and I, when we stumbled upon this sign.  I immediately knew that I had to tell this story about my father in law. This sign speaks volumes of how how far we have not come. These past couple of months (which is equivalent to centuries) have been exhausting for the black community. I truly believe we will gain traction this time and start to see something change. I say to everyone who is fighting for equality don’t give up. One day.. one day in the name of Jesus things will be equal.

image00019

Shop My Look

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”4100119″]

 

xo Happy Fashion Divas.

 

 

How To Style – Basic Essential Edition

Hey divas, do you remember last week when I took an old outfit and showed you how to wear it 3 ways. Well, I’ve done it again except this time this is staples that you should have in your wardrobe. No need to buy anything just take a dive into your closet and make several outfits out of 1. I am beginning to like these blogs 1 outfit styled in different ways.

image00025

Items You will need

Please keep in mind what’s in your wardrobe of course will differ from what’s in mine. Don’t be afraid to live on the edge a bit by switching up the colors or using a vest instead of a dress.

  • Pants – skinny, cropped, wide-leg any of these will work
  • Basic tank top – any color of your choice that matches your outfit. No lie I need help with getting more basic any my closet, anyone wants to help me 🙂 I tend to buy prints or non-basics. Ughhh  I know I will do better.
  • Shirt dress – you can easily switch this up with a long sleeveless vest that button
  • Shorts
  • Shoes – I chose sneakers and heels. However you can use flats, or a low heel depends on your style.

image00011

Outfit 1: Casual Chic

This outfit can take you through spring, fall, and even winter. Simply throw on a turtleneck or a sweater underneath and bam! However, since we are rolling in hot summer weather, we are keeping in jazzy with this olive green and cream zebra print Antonion Melani shirt dress. The dress offers buttons and a belt. I switched out the original belt tot his textured raffia belt to add character. I paired this dress with a pair of skinny Michael Kors jeans and some high top sneakers and a purse from JustFab. I added some cool tropical bird earrings from Kisha Rose Treasures and a pair of shades. This gave me the cool-casual effortless look. I am ready to hit the streets.

image00004

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”4097319″]

Outfit 2: lunch with the girls

Now, remove those pants, unbutton the dress, slip on a tank. I choose this gold knit tank from NY & Company from the Eva Mendes Collection. This added a bit of color but also matched with my heels and bag. I slipped on these high waisted white shorts to give a flirty and fun look to the outfit. For my accessories, I chose these heels that matched with this look, a straw bag, and of course a cool pair of shades.

image00037

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”4097321″]

Outfit 3: Date Night

Date Night with my Mr. calls for legs out and heels. Button up that shirt dress belt it and put on those heels. This look is perfect for a summer date night over a light salad and a fruity drink. Well, that’s just me. This look called for no extra pieces, simply remove the shorts and tank and you are ready to go!

image00021

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”4097322″]

You can simply do this with multiple pieces in your closet. Have you tried it? If so let me know what and how you styled it? Send me pictures I would love to share.

 

image00009

If you love this post subscribe to my blog for all the latest updates!

xo Happy Fashion Divas

Cleanse my Soul & Renew my Spirit

Hey Divas, last week I mentioned how God was testing me. It’s by no mistake when this happens. Whew boy is he not only testing me but seriously pushing me to look at myself to grow. I swear this quarantine Pandemic Coronavirus of 2020 has shown me some ugly truths about myself and my past. I say ugly but I truly mean deep-rooted issues that I had no idea even existed. I am honestly happy that God is showing me these things because it allows me to change now before I allow these things to affect my marriage and future children.
image00042
I like to call this season a cleansing of the soul and a renewing of the spirit. Today’s meditation scripture comes from Pslams 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Have you ever heard your parents or a wise elder say be careful what you wish for… Well, I must say I had been praying this prayer and here I am now. God is truly working on me and I know I have a long way to go but during this time I have been finding myself praising and understanding more about myself and things that didn’t make sense before are now. I have learned that I have full control over my mind body and spirit. I choose to allow God to guide me through this thing we call life.

image00035
For that, I am pleased with the journey that I am on. Has God been cleansing your soul or renewing your spirit? I would love to know so let’s chat! Have a good Monday and stay focused.

image00030

Want to shop my look? Of course, are you following me on Like To Know it? If not follow me here at Emanees Closet. I love mixing old and new pieces together. it creates a timeless effect to my outfits. Let’s start form the top. My headwrap is form Etsy however I was lucky to find left over scraps to act as this head wrap but if you are looking for some really great quality ones you can shop my girl Juanitas Bold looks and Headwraps here. My blouse is this loving laser cut linen blouse form Zara. Here is the exact link and it’s on sale so go shop it now! If not I will leave a similar linked below. my pants are form Poshmark and the shoes are DSW Sam Edelman brand. Of course my purse if from JustFab and they still have this style in stock. Tahnats it. I mixed old with new for this lovely playful simple look.

Happy Monday xo happy fashion

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”4096141″]

Friday’s are for winding down, chilling out wrapping up the long week you had. We will keep it light and simple for today’s blog. First off let me pat myself on the back for writing 5 blogs this week and staying consistent. Shout out to my girl Daniesha for putting me up to the challenge… I di it now let’s make a habit out of it.

image00057

Speaking of keeping it simple and light most of you know I love to eat. I eat just about anything… well there’s something on my list that I don’t enjoy, however, fruit is at the top of my list. So why not start your day off with a wonderful fruit smoothie. I love drinking smoothies in the morning 1 because they are light, tasty, healthy, and give me a boost of energy.

element5-digital-acrBf9BlfvE-unsplash

Pick Your Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup of banans
  • 1/4 cup pineapple
  • spinach – I just throw some in there
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk/soy milk vanilla flavored
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • splash of apple juice or any type of fruit juice you like (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of frozen yogurt (optional)
  • Ice I like my smoothies sometimes chunky and the ice does the trick
  • You may add protein or fiber supplements if you like.

 

Blend It Up

You may use frozen or fresh fruit.  I like to use fresh as freezing fruits and vegetables sometimes the nutritional value is a loss. Now here’s the fun part put all your ingredients in the blender. Run your blender for a good minute to make sure everything is blended together. This recipe is for 1 serving double the servings to make more.

melissa-walker-horn-_LV5xfsg2y4-unsplash

That’s it or into your favorite cup or I like to be boujee and our it into a glass mug with a metal straw this way each sip is cold! Now, this is how you start your weekend off right! Enjoy and let me know what smoothies you love to drink.

image00067

Did you think I would forget to give you all some details on my fun weekend outfit? I threw this outfit together pairing this fund colors blouse that can be worn tucked in our out or even tied in the front for a crop top illusion. These pink shorts – get used to them cause they are one of my favorite pairs. They are comfortable and give you a cute weekend look. You have seen these platform Michael Kors sneakers that I scored from Poshmark for $30. I’m telling you’ll don’t sleep on Poshmark it will get you right! That’s it – what fun outfits are you wearing this weekend?

Don’t forget you may shop my looks

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”4093944″]

Styling One Outfit 3 Ways

Do you ever style pieces in your closet differently? I sure do. Today I am taking a flashback outfit and showing you how I styled it differently this year. Turn last years season fashion into a “hey is that a new outfit”.

Pick Your Outfit

I like to start off with matching outfits and see how many combinations I can get out of two pieces. I decided to go with this top and pants combo. The first look is with both matching pieces. I decided to dress this look up last year for a dat night with the hubby.

img_0888

Separate Your Pieces

Decided if you want to dress each piece up or down. Let’s start off with the top first. Top are usually easy to dress up or down, but for this look I decided to pair this with a pair of wide leg crop jeans and sneakers. Take a more dressy blouse and pairing it with sneakers and jeans will always do the trick. You can’t go wrong with this look.

 

img_9726

 

 

Lastly I styled the pants with a basic tank and my pink block heels. this look is so effortless but looks so well put together. You can even throw a blazer on top and wear this work or an event.

image00061

 

This one outfit can easily turn into 10. you only need a few sets to mix and match with th clothes you already have in your wardrobe. I like to play off colors, my desired style and of course my mood for the day. Let me know how you mix and match the clothes in your closet.

Don’t forge to shop my looks!

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”4092633″]

Mented Cosmetics

 

img_6927

Many of you know that I barely wear any makeup except eyeliner, mascara, and of course, I love a good lippie. Now my girl Daniesha put me onto some bomb lipsticks, however, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Mented Cosmetics. I have heard such great reviews about their products and I must admit I had to try it.

img_6926

Allow me to give you some background. Mentend is a black-owned cosmetic line found by two friends KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson. Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to find the perfect nude lipstick for brown skin? I sure have and so did they. They created this line “every woman should be able to find herself in the world of beauty, no matter her skin tone. We know you’ll love being put first – because when it comes to beauty, no one deserves to be an afterthought.”  Each of their products is perfectly pigMENTED to match your skin tone.

Founders_Image_with_Karla

Types of Products

Mented is a one-stop-shop for all your cosmetics. they carry everything from Lipstick, brow pencils, eyes shadow palettes to the perfect face foundation. Take your pick.

1. Lips

    • Semi-Matte Lipstick
    • Matte Lipstick
    • Lip Gloss
    • Lip Liner
    • Liquid Lipstik

So far I have tested the Semi-Matte lipstick I purchased the trio set with 3 different shades which are Dope Taupe, Mented #5, Peach Please. I love all these shades. The lipstick goes on super smooth and provides full coverage. Each shade matches perfectly with my skin I plan to do another order to test out some of the other lipsticks and glosses but form this first order I’m sold on these products

Shop The Mented Lips

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”4089144″]

2. Face

  • Foundation
  • loose setting Powder
  • Powder brush

Shop The Mented Face Products

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”4089160″]

3. Brow, Eyes & Cheeks

Shop The Mented Brow Cheek and Eye Products

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”4089161″]

4. Nail

First off the packaging is super cute. The lipstick trio comes in a black soft feel box with a gold bow with melted on the front/ The lipstick tubes are soft to couch and match the color of the shade of lipstick.

img_6962

 

Here’s the moment that you all have been waiting for! So how do these shades look on me?

img_6960

img_6959

img_6961

 

 

If you haven’t tried this brand head on over to Mented Cosmetics or use the links I have provided you above. Also, you may find their products on Amazon and HSN. Show some love and support to our queens who are on a mission to making our beauty shine.

 

mented

Xo Happy Fashion Divas!

GOD IS DOPE

I’m still on my motivational high from yesterday. Can you tell me? I am sure most of you have seen all the God is Dope ads on Facebook and Instagram. Well, I just had to support this locally owned business. Why?

image00113

  1. God is Dope
  2. Faith-based clothing to help the youth be inspired to believe in God!
  3. Affordable and quality is awesome

You all know that my faith in God runs deep and to me, this t-shirt just isn’t a trend. I am a big advocate of reaching people-bringing them to Christ in multiple ways. Everyone’s calling is different and in today’s society, our youth are easily pulled further away from religion. No doubt that this happens to many of us as some grow up in church and stray away live and learn and then eventually come back. For others like me who didn’t grow up in church, I found Christ in a whole another way. (let me know if you would like to hear my story) I use to sing in the choir along with some of my best friends from high school and while I was in college I praise danced (Below is a picture of me when I used to PRaise dance for Majestic Movement)img_6919 There are many different ways that one may minister too. Fashion, music, dance, bible study the list goes on. I think it’s Dope that this line exist and it’s what everyone needs right about now!

image00097

These t-shirts are amazing quality, affordable and you can honestly style them however you want! I chose to use this as my work-out or running errands t-shirt. Since this pandemic hit this was the perfect opportunity for me to start to get fit? Yes, you may ask why would a skinny person need to get fit? Just because I’m skinny doesn’t mean I’m in the best of health. I still have to eat right and workout to stay just as healthy as anyone else.

image00118

Morning walks have been key for me. Starting the day with a clear mind, meditation, and reading my devotional helps kick start my day in the right direction. I plan to add yoga to my routine as one of my good friends have been telling me to do it.. (do you remember that song Do it Do it by Cherish?) I know I’m forever taking it back..

image00082

What is your morning routine? have you shopped the God is Dope line? and how do you style your tees? Maybe I should do a styling session on a t-shirt. Let me know if you would like a how-to style a tee blog. Stay Safe, Healthy, and faithful!

image00116

 

Shop Shorts: Floral Shorts, Tropical Print Shorts, Solid Shorts

Shoes: Black Nikes, Nike Air Max Tailwind

Shop The God Is Dope Line here

[masterslider id=”1″]

Being Tested?

Hey Divas,


It’s been a long past couple of weeks with highs and lows. Have you ever had something that constantly reoccurs? I truly feel like it’s God’s way of testing me. I can’t help but wonder, have I not passed the test?

image00008

Honestly, during this year I have had time to do some reflecting and self-evaluation. These tests that I am being put through are pushing me out of my comfort zone. It has not been easy it’s more like growing pains.

image00019
I found that James 1:2-4 helped me get through these weeks “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

image00015


We may not be perfect but God places trials and tribulations in our life not to hurt us but to push us to be more faithful more like him and stronger. Not just strong for ourselves but for the ones around us and the ones we have not yet met. Your story your life is not in vain. Today move forward with faith. Faith knowing that God will carry you through and all your heart’s desires will be answered according to God’s will. Being tested? Look at it as a step closer to God’s will for you.

image00024


Stay encouraged, Have a good week! Xo happy Fashion

Don’t forget to shop my look!

 

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”4088138″]

Hey Divas Hey

Hey Divas,

I am so glad you are here! I wanted to welcome you to my newly updated blog. Let me take a moment and introduce myself. my Name is Ayesha Emanee. I am originally from San Diego California, however, I am living the Georgia Peach life now.  Below are some facts that will help you get to know me.

image00011

  1. I am the youngest of 5 but I am the oldest at heart
  2. I have 2 degrees, my bachelors, in Marketing and an MBA in marketing & Technology
  3. I am a proud HBCU Alumni can you guess from where… I won’t send you on a goose hunt. I am always Behlding that Green and Gold from Norfolk State University. I received my MBA from Capella University
  4. I am classy on the outside but hood on the inside.. at least this is what my friends tell me. I like to think of it as.. I know how to present myself in public ut when I’m with my kinfolk I am the life of the party.
  5. I love to eat… when I tell you food makes me happy – I am totally a fat on the inside you’ll just see it yet.
  6. My favorite foods consist of Mexican and Soul Food. I honestly invented Taco Tuesday
  7. I love to be creative. My creativity is best expressed with my fashion, hair, and art.
  8. A pet peeve of mine is when people bite the fork when eating. Ouch doesn’t that hurt?
  9. I love warm weather, I am always operation stay warm. I only love the cold weather to dress on my coast and boots.
  10. I am such a family person, I literally have to talk to my family every day. Also, I go hard for my friends. Once I deem you as a friend/family I don’t play, I am I will always tell you the right thing to do… Isn’ t that what friends are for?
  11. I am Married to an amazing man named Benjamin. HE keeps me rooted and grounded.. cause like I said I’m the life of the party
  12. My Faith for Christ, if you don’t catch me singing his praises I often can be found doing mini-sermons at home… Seriously ask my family… I’ll turn a rap song into a sermon.
  13.  Some of my favorite artists are Druhill, Tupac.Isaac Carree. Okay too many to list cause honestly I rock out to what is now considered old school 90’s and early 2000. However, I grew up on of course Michael Jackson, Motown you know that good soul music that makes you wanna STOMP!
  14. I love traveling although I don’t like to travel alone… Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to get around to many places internationally but once COVID leaves us alone whos with me!?
  15. I love learning new cultures, exploring new places, eating new foods, and being in the now.

image00016

I started this blog back in 2015 when I had lost my job. My husband told me to use this as motivation and share with people the things you love. Originally this was a hair blog that turned into fashion and honestly, You will start seeing hair tutorial and food recipes. Why cause you’ll my friends and readers are hungry just like me! Emanee’s Closet is a place for me to share my stories, my inspiration for my outfit of the day, and to have downright girl talk. I am an open book learning and growing along the way.

image00029

I am starting an online store “More Than A Girl Boss” that will consist of motivational T-shirt and accessories. Make sure you are subscribed to get all the updates on the launch date and new blog post.

image00026

Feel free to always shop my looks by following me on the LikeToKnowIt app here.

Xo Happy Fashion Divas

Shop My Look

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”4074033″]

Obtaining Essentials During #Corona

 

image00037

Hi, ladybugs and fashionistas I swear when I have a baby- and if it’s a girl her nickname will be ladybug! As time passes and the virus lingers – many people are opting to say “F” and return to normal. But what is the new normal? Should we still take precautions or should we be in the mindset of whatever happens-happens? I think that is truly up the individual but I for one will not be living life as I use too. I already can be a pretty germophobic person when it comes to certain things. I already carried hand sanitizer, Lysol wipes all of that with me and I never use to touch the pumps at the gas station. So today I will be sharing where I have been finding my essentials without having to go to the store for these items.

Places to Shop for your Essentials

  • Instacart: I decided to try Instacart for the first time. I must admit there are some learning curves. However, I have been ordering for about 6 weeks now and I have been pretty satisfied with the delivery. The app itself is easy to use. Finding products depend on the location of the store you are ordering from. You aren’t able to change the store location- location is based on your delivery location. I honestly prefer the Kroger that is 15 minutes from my house instead of the one that is 5 minutes. However I can’t be that picky in the middle of all this. My shoppers all have been great with texting me via the app if an item is not available or sending me pictures of the items. Although the app says you are unable to add an item after the shopper has started shopping – I have added items and the shopper gladly found it. All shoppers have delivered in a timely fashion and have been pleasant. Now the learning curve is when you are trying to order fruit and vegetables. For example: when it says to select the amount tomatoes it doesn’t mean a bunch (on a vine) it means 1 – single tomato. I messed up and order 1 banana and received 1 banana. Also, don’t forget you will be charged a delivery fee and you must tip your shopper this can add an extra $6-$10 depending on location. If you sign up for the $9 delivery service for a month you will max that out within 2 deliveries trust me its a good deal! My overall experience has been great!

image00031

  • Sam Club: Offers a pickup service in my area they are not yet on Instacart so I decided to order the items online and pick it up. What I didn’t know was that I would have to go in and pick up my items at the guest services counter. This experience was ok. I can’t give it 5 stars because I waited in my car for 10 minutes after I had selected the “I’m Here” button to notify the employees that I was there and waiting in the loading zone. Upon going in both times my order was ready but you have to bring in your basket for them to load your cart up. You are allowed to designate someone else to pick up your order if need be. If any of your items are not available for pickup they will ship it to you within the next 3-5 days. I will order again only because walking through Costco or Sams can be crazy – after I do that run I need a nap.

image00026

  • Amazon: As we all know Amazon was probably the first place everyone went shopping when the pandemic broke out and delivery options were pushed out to 3 weeks or longer. Amazon is getting back to normal as I have only had to wait 3 days for my items which is pretty much back to their 2-day shipping. Certain items are still out of stock. However I recently I decided to passion twist my hair and I order hair, accessories, and everything I would need to create this style, and surprisingly I was so pleased! Please with the quality of the hair and my order came within a week instead of 3.
  • Pick up Services: Mostly every grocery, clothing stores, restaurants, and other convenient stores are offering pickup services.

image00033

As time goes on places are opening up and people are trying to find the new normal. I will be shelling in place for a while until I see the curve declining. I still do not feel comfortable venturing out to heavily populated places without masks, gloves, and sanitizer. I have faith and yes God is still in control but I will do my best to stay siloed a little while longer. oh yes, and a helpful tip, before bringing in your groceries it’s a good idea to wipe all of your items off with Clorox wipes except fruit and veggies. Those can be washed off! How have you been obtaining your essentials?

Outfit During the Rona

Let me give you the details of this outfit. I’m calling my summer vibes with this one. The dress is Giani Bini – purchased this cute little number from Poshmark for $15. My cute high top sneakers are from Justfab – beware the sizing is off so I would size up a whole shoe size but for the price I paid I am not mad. The hat is also from Justfab, and my purse is old from TjMaxx.

image00040

#staysafe and fashionably cute! Xo Happy Fashion Divas.


Get The Look:

Dress (similar)| Dress (similar) |Sneakers |Purse (similar) | Hat