Hey Divas it’s that time of year again when we celebrate all women. Matter fact everyday should be a celebration! I have teamed up with my girls to bring you some empowerment, support and motivation on this International Women’s Day!
I think it’s very important for women to understand who they are, to love themselves, and to know their self worth. Since support in all things are key Dani, Kisha and I thought it would be even more impactful to highlight some women owned business in this collaboration!
First off I can’t express how excited I was to do this collab with my girls and hitting on such an important topic. I have stated this before, we are all uniquely creative, strong, powerful, educated, beautiful the list goes on. But I couldn’t be more prouder to stand next to these women on this day! The continue motivation, girl talks, and girl get up off your butt and write that blog support is totally amazing! We each individually have our own challenges and struggles but we definitely balance each other out. Cough cough this is why you definitely need a girl tribe!
so on that note lets define some words that make us women unique! Please note that I took these definitions straight off of Google I’ll explain why as you keep reading!
- an adult human female.
- a female person associated with a particular place, activity, or occupation.
- female adults in general
- a female paid to clean someone’s house and carry out general domestic duties.
This is a snippet of what was listed on Google. However these definitions do not define a women! a women yes is an adult female! however I am not defined as a house cleaner. Do I clean my house? wash my clothes and cook my own food? YES! But these are daily tasks that both men and women do. Furthermore a janitor can be associated with a man. I totally understand that “a women’s” role is normally looked at in the house but that doe snot define us!
Beau·ti·ful : Pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically. Of a very high standard; excellent.
Grace·ful: having or showing grace or elegance.
In·tel·li·gent: having or showing intelligence, especially of a high level.
Bold: (of a person, action, or idea) showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous.
These are a few words that we are often over looked or the definition is not appropriately applied to women. Listen up ladies do not be defined as something that you are not! You are more than what someone says you are but what God has called you to be! Short, tall, skinny, fat, short hair, long hair, or no hair, gap teeth, no teeth, glasses, no glasses, freckles, moles. Embrace your beauty form within, that’s when people will truly understand and see you for you!
Switching gears to highlight some of this good fashion that we are bringing you today. I am highlighting my girl Mrs. Juanita of Bold Looks and Head Wraps (BLHW) and Shan of Sewsophitikated. I had to the opportunity of meeting both of these wonderful women at last years World Natural hair show! BLHD head wraps are hand made and you have the option to pick which type of material you would like. Juanita is also able to customize pieces to your liking. Although her specialty is head wraps she also offers, purses, t-shirts and jewelry. Make sure you stop by BLHW and get crowned! I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Sewsophitikated is a one stop shop as well. I actually found Shan through the hair show and Dani! You can get crowned, bedazzled with handmade jewelry, skirts that are tailored made for you and purses! I opted to pick up one of her handmade purses! Let me tell you the quality is amazing! Make sure to stop by and check out her products.
Now are you feeling more than a girl boss!! it’s time to Boss up ladies and strut your stuff! Take control over you and density! What and who defines you? Let’s cheers to International women’s day!
xo Happy Fashion divas!
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Hey divas, what type of fashionista are you. You see I think that every women has a fashionista inside of her weather, you are trendy, classic, sporty, urban, modern, chic, and simple the list can go on. I developed my since of style over time. I can tell you one thing I didn’t like looking or feeling normal. I love pops of color with a classy edge. On todays blog I’m giving you 3 helpful tips on how to dress outside the box! Are you ready for this?
Find you unique sense of style
Whether it’s a favorite color, print/pattern, ruffles, high collar blouse, bell sleeves, flare legs, maxi skirts, skinny leg pants, find it! Once you find what you love you will begin to develop your sense of style! Like I said I feel like I tend to overdo it thats why most of my family calls me the Diva! And that fine I welcome it!
Start mixing and matching you favorite pieces
Start mixing neutrals with a pop of color. Once you have spiced up your outfit with color then throw in a print. Complimentary prints will add a sense of character to your outfit. If I’m unable to find the perfect print to match with my solid I tend to jazz it up with my accessories Fun shows, purses and head wear can also do the trick.
If it’s wrong then it’s right
Remember there is no wrong to fashion.. well there are a few rules when mixing prints. Im sure I wrote a blog on this if I find it I will link it here! Colors often can be your best friend In this case take my outfit I have mixed snake print with cheetah print? Yes 2 different animals but it works. How? Well they are both in the same color family.. Did you even notice the 2 different prints. It’s subtle things like this that will make you the ultimate fashionista!
So how did you do? I seriously want to see how you styled some of your closet treasures! I have talked about this before on my blog that your clothing is a form of expression, your identity and your creativity.
Now for the details on my look. Let’s start off with these radical boots. They are from Ericdress. They sent me a bunch of items and these boots were the only thing that actually checked out! Yay cause they are hot fire! I paired these mixed media snack print faux suede boots with my purple suede jump or what we call midi dress. This dress is so comfortable, thick and lined. This was a Dillards find from a few years ago! I honestly had no idea how to add the orange let alone if I was going to wear orange with this look. To be honest I thought ti was so far out there and had to convince myself that this was bomb.. and it is! This chunky knit sweater is from H&M, I picked this beauty up for $15. I topped my look off with a Leopard print belt and bag.. and of course some old fashioned sunnies.
xo Be your Own Fashionista
Hey Divas its Faith in Fashion time. This month I have been so motivated by my peers! Ones especially with black owned businesses. I wanted to highlight a friend of mine, who is multitalented, educated and always in good spirits. We all have heard the alarming teen obesity rate is up, according to chilhoodobesity.org we are looking at a rang of 14.5% – 26.1% ranging from age groups 2-18. that is insane! There are so many factors besides eating right, but your family foundation, a healthy environment, stability, love the list goes on. So let’s dive a little deeper into what exactly Johnathan is up to!
Meet Jonathan Marsland
Johnathan Marsland, a Creative Director, Entrepreneur as a Youth Track Coach, Clothing Designer and Gym Owner has tapped into something that today’s youth need! Being fit, healthy and motivated. The youth is our future and It all starts with them. Keeping them fit, educated and smart about fitness and healthy eating is my goal. So I have created three platforms which all work together in some form or fashion. From working out in my gym to running at my track and field program and lastly designing great sport apparel to look and feel good.”
Track Genius Fitness Lab
The Lab! doesn’t this sound strong, like you are about to learn something and become a new person! I having a marketing background love this name Track Genius fitness Lab! The Track Genius Fitness Lab “The Lab” is a training gym located in Nyack, NY where personal training for the youth is provided as well as some of the parents.
- The goal is to cultivate a relationship with the athletes during the off season and to keep them in shape so they can be on top of their game.
- All athletes are welcomed, no matter what sport they are involved in. This keeps them focused and relieves stress, pressure that they may be faced with .
- The training builds the youths confidence and makes them realize there goals and mission.
Rock City Striders Track and Field Club
- Rock City Striders mission and vision is to provide a quality program for each youth and their families through a constructive track and field experience that is based on individual development and performance.
- To instill core values in each of our athletes that will ensure their success both on and off the track, with the support of parents and community; and to help improve the quality of life for both youth and families through physical fitness and health & wellness education.
Speed City Edition
- This allows teens to have the opportunity to grow, learn, understand business values, earn money all while being creative at the sametime.
- A platform to building na stronger youth within the community
Jonathan like to call this movement “For Youth by Youth”!
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
I stumbled upon this passage right when I needed it the most. As many of you know my godmother passed last month and it did take me by storm. When I returned home from her funeral my husband had the house clean bed made.. and this devotional sitting on my night stand by my side of the bed. I looked at it and smiled.. but looked closer and this scripture was right on the front cover. I knew this would be our spiritual premise for the month of February.
I have faced many challenges and obstacles in my life and boy do I know there’s more to come. I just try to position myself where I am prepared for whatever is to come. I try to learn from what I have already gone through and apply it to the next situation.
So what is a conqueror? What does this word mean to you and how are you allowing God to conqueror your life?
- To be honest I didn’t know what it meant to conqueror anything. I had never thought about my struggles as accomplishments and conquering them. Whenever a problem or a tasks arise something inside of me would kick into go mode, and to find a solution and execute! Well that all changed as I grew older, wiser and closer to God.
- Conquering to me means achieving
- I allow God to conqueror my life by listening to him daily. I have found that I have to be spiritually fed in order to maneuver through life. Daily I must subject myself to him. Because lord knows if I operate in myself I can do some serious damage, make unnecessary mistake etc.
Let’s conqueror this month divas! Be bold, be you and say true!
Mali Music- More Than A Conqueror is the perfect song to meditate to this month. I once praised danced too this song and let’s just say.. Amen! To this day it still gives me that energy that I need when feeling low!
Are you ready for these outfit details? You can pare black with anything, it’s a neutral! Since it has warmed up a bit here in Georgia i decided to keep my layers light but still warm enough for that cool breeze that bites yeah in the butt! My all black is from New York And Company. You have seen both the Gabrielle Union bow front sweater and my trusty black leggings… that I need to replace soon! I’m in love with crochet bishop sleeve cardigans.. can’t you tell? It’s from another one of my favorite online boutiques “Shein“! I have this cardigan in grey and red. It comes in several colors ranging from a charcoal grey, sage green and duty pink! My booties.. sorry ladies are so sold out.. I know they sold out within one week but I will leave you a similar pare down below.. To top this look off I added mr crown, from Bold Looks and Head Wraps! Mrs. Juanita hand makes each wrap and I am totally in love with them!
Xo Happy Fashion Divas!
Merry Christmas to my wonderful and lovely fashionista Divas. I am so thankful to see another Christmas. Let’s not forget the true meaning of Christmas “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 NIV. Oh what a joyous day that our lord and savior was born! I am so thankful for God and all of the blessing he has bestowed upon me!
As you can see today’s blog is a collaborative with my girls the I(E)SHA’S- Daniesha of Officiallychic and Kisha of Kisharoseatl. We wanted to bring you some Holiday cheer, what I am thankful for and a bit of fashion inspiration all at the sometime! Remember our last collaboration was about having a girl tribe.. well no lie our theme is tartan aka plaid and that was it. But you know when yawl are truly friends, sister, bff’s when 2 out of 3 come dressed in the same outfit!!! Ha I started screaming when Daniesha showed up wearing exactly the same outfit. We thought it was so cute and said let’s roll with it. See great minds think alike!
I can’t express how thankful I am for my lord and savior. I have been through many ups and downs. Lately I have found myself feeling extra low, a bit depressed and sad.. to the point I can’t just pinpoint one thing that is totally bothering me.. I know that this is a sign to bring it back and focus on what’s always true and consistant. “God” no matter what happens I can always call on him and somehow, someway he always makes a way and I definitely feel better! Things are never perfect and I tend to sometimes get off track or get int hat day to day rut, but I always strive to put my best foot forward and walk in the path that God has set for me.
Who isn’t thankful for their family? Of course my main Twin my momma.. I talk about her often on my blog yawl should know her by now! Okay Okay sometimes I fight with my sisters like cats and dogs. like apple’s to oranges.. But it’s only because we are all unique individual people, with different minds and thought processes.. or maybe it’s just because we are women that are from Venus! My brother 1 of 4 girls bless his heart! He’s that jive turkey that you need right in the mist of it all to make sure the pot never over boils.. I’ve been through it all with my family and we are still standing. learning, growing and still cracking those same ole silly jokes that we never get tired of! Many people can’t relate but My in laws are my family. My mother in law is like another mother someone I can confide in and run fashion ideas by. Some of you know that I don’t have a relationship with my father but God works in mysterious way, he gave me one with my father in law! And yes I always wanted a little sister and lord Jesus why did you have to answer that prayer..lol but he did and so my sister in law fits right into my crew of sisters.. and yes drama? of course but she wouldn’t be a sister if we didn’t! I saved the best for last My Mr. This blog wouldn’t be in existence if it wasn’t for his love support. I love and I am so thankful for this man!
My Tribe- Friends
Where do I start? I kinda don’t have friends.. You see once you become my friend you become family.. I truly hold my friendships dear and near and I sincerly care about each and every one fo you. I am going to name a few that have held me down from then to now! The Ladee Clique- Yawl know who you are.. and guess what the B2K Millennium tour is about to be LIT!!!!!! cough cough okay I just needed to get that out of my system. Deonna, Kevin, My Work boo’s C and V + a few more.. My new found sisters the I(E)sha’s my ATL girl tribe. This list could go on and on.. but I love all of yaull!
Honestly I am so thankful for good health, a roof over my head, income, my sanity.. seriously cause sometimes adulating and dealign with life can just be hard.. I am jut thankful to be here and I am so thankful for you who support my blog! I end this blog with a warm hug and Sweet Merry Christmas to you and your family!
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Hey Divas are you done Christmas shopping? Well I sure am. I like to get it done out of the way. So Now all I am doing is finishing up wrapping all the goodies. But for you last minute shoppers I have some cute ideas that affordable from Versona. I have featured Versona on the blog before however they sent me a gift card to snag some goodies to share with you lovely ladies. If you haven’t been to a Versona near you, you must go they have everything a fashionista can dream of, including accessories and great gifts, such a mugs, coin purses, socks, jewelry, scarfs, notebooks and more.
If you know me I love sweaters! and sweaters are the perfect gift for anyone. Currently sweaters are on sale at just about every store. However this lovely stripe sweater is on sale for only $22. This sweater has quarter length sleeves and it s lightweight knit material. This is perfect for layer under a thick coat like I have paired with it. Theres s o many colors in this sweater that I chose to pair a shearling grey moto jacket, my favorite NY&CO jeans and my Justfab shearling boots. I topped this look off with a cable knit hat from hobby lobby. Thats right hobby lobby even has accessories. Don’t sleep on it.
Next up Knitted hats! Thats right I go no where without a knitted hat! My ears are sensitive to the cold air, and I often get ear aches which can be super painful. So I tend to always have my ears covered in the winter.. Which to means equals cute head wear! So I was immediately drawn to these super cute metallic knitted hats. let’s be a real when was the first and last time you saw metallic knitted hats? mm never, nada, no lol at least I haven’t.. So I had to snag these and this cute colorful blue knotted knitted hat. Accessories like this make great gift ideas! don’t you think so?
My final purchases consisted of these lovely leather burgundy paper bag high waisted pants. whew what a tongue twister. These beauties are on sale for only $14! Say what yes only $14. These can only be found in store but I have left a link to an alternative style to pair with this look. I paired these pants with a fitted pink sweater and topped it off with this loop ling line vest. Ladies this vest is brand new so find it in stores! But wait I didn’t stop there I figured the copper knitted hat would at a pop so I decided that my metallic rose gold oxfords would complete this look!
All of these items can be found online or in store.. Add these items to your holiday wish list or start giving from Versona!
Xo Happy Holidays!
Yes divas it’s officially sweater weather. that’s right, pull out your chunky, knit, turtle neck, hi lo, and all color sweaters out of your closet! I sure am.. If you didn’t know I love sweaters…all types! I don’t discriminate. (lol) anyways, today’s blog is about sweaters.. well obviously! I love mixing a long cardigan with a good sweater.
Why A Cardigan?
Cardigans are my go to in the fall and winter! why? because they add an extra layer of warmth, style and can easily jazz up or dress down an outfit. I stay cold so have a funky layer piece always says i thought about this outfit instead of “I’m cold.” I usually flock towards long cardigans so that it makes wearing leggings, skinny cans, crop tops, or any sweater that hits right at your waist look more professional.. especially if you are int eh work place. Let’s get this right, I don’t wear crop tops to work that’s so not appropriate.
Why A Sweater?
Because it keeps your warm! Thats so obvious however Sweaters can also be dressed up or down! styled with jeans, slacks, shorts, skirts you name it! I feel like I should have said greens, beans, potatoes.. you name it!! There are so many different styles that at least having the basics are necessary.
- V-neck sweaters are great for a business casual look, where you can easily pair a button up collard blouse underneath.
- Crew neck, which is also the round neck.
- Cowl neck sweater is for someone who like the “thought” of a turtleneck but possibly doesn’t like the “i’m being choked” feeling.
- Mock neck
- Oversized, one of my favs to wear with leggings or skinny jeans.
- Hi Lo
All of these types of sweaters come in, slim knit, chunky, oversized, cropped, hi lo you name it there’s a sweater that will fit your style.
Now for my look! I went for an all white underneath this crazy english scene print cardigan. True story, my boss thought I was excited about thanksgiving, she thought it was turkey and cranberries on my cardigan. However it’s actually a women in a store selling fruit to a man at a counter. anyway this cardigan coat is super warm, long and has every pop of color your heart desires! I pair it with my chunky cable knit white turtleneck, a pair of skinny Michael Kors jeans and my high hell lace up booties! It’s so simple.
How do you wear your sweaters and cardigans?
xo happy fashion divas!
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Today’s motivational Monday topic is about success I promised I would talk about this subject. Success! How do you measure success? There are so many ways to feel, think, believe that you are successful. Below are a few important key factors in being successful
The truth is success is not determined about the materialistic things you have or what you have gained. It more about being content and at peace at where you are in your current situations. You see we all want the glamorous life, the big house, fancy car, money flowing out the bank, pretty much unlimited resources.
Let’s try to flip that, instead of wanting but instead being grateful for you do have and know that success is. It determined by riches or even how fast you obtain those things. We all are running our own race all at different speeds and times. What God has for you is for you. If it doesn’t come right away that doesn’t means its not coming. Be patient and keep on pushing forward. We are all successful in our own ways.
Now for these sweet outfit details. This lace bell sleeve blouse is from versona off the clearance rack. I paired it with this floral skirt from the loft. I decided to keep my foot or, basic with these knee high taupe boots from JcPenny. This is a perfect day to night or work wear look. Simply but classy.
Make this week count divas. Xo happy fashion.
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Hey divas the Fab 5 Fashionistas are back at it again. We are serving you a must have closet trend that nonetheless trending right now. Can you guess what? That’s right animal, leopard,cheetah print which ever you desire to say it. Me girls and I each styled the print differently giving you several options for you to mix and match. So let’s get right into it.
How many ways can you style animal print? I say countless. I decided to do a cozy work wear look while playing with prints and fall colors. If you have been following me you will know that this blouse has been featured and styled multiple ways. It’s honestly a staple in my closet. Dillard’s now has the zip up version which I will leave the link to below.
It’s no secret I get cold very easily, I am that o e friend that carries a sweater all year around. This look can be worn with a chunky over sized cardigan. I chose this burnt orange not only to match with my booties but it’s my favorite grandma sweater. It is the epitome of sweater weather!!
Topping this look off will be my olde but goody brown tweed slacks. I purchased these babies about 4 years ago from my favorite store New York and Company. I love the composition of the leopard print and the tweed paired together. They don’t compete with each other but compliment the entire look. What do you think?
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Lydia of Chictostreetstylemom is giving me sexy school girl vibes. I say that because this neck jumper dress is so classic with the k de high boots. This is a versatile look as it can be worn to work, the weekend or even date night take your pick! To find out all the chic details head on over to Lydia’s blog here.
Reyni of Curlsandhighheels is slaying a classic leopard pencil skirt. But wait she paired her amazing skirt with this black sweater and pipped it with lavender. Let’s take a minute because I always think of black and red with leopard print never purple. But hunny she did that. Heck out Reynis blog here for all the details.
Mary of Curlybyrdiechirps is rocking one of my favorite looks in a 2 piece outfit. Yaull know how I love a good two piece. Popping this look off with red booties and long line duster I swear it’s the perfect match. Bye the way don’t forget to wish my girl happy birthday!To get all these details head on over to Mary’s blog.
Yolanda of Curlypetiterenee is giving us a bold leopard print dress with pops of red. I have a leopard print dress and let me tell you I don’t look like Yolanda she’s killing this look. Head on over to Yolanda’s blog for all the sweet details.
And just like that leopard print is a must have statement piece in your wardrobe. My girls styled dresses skirts blouses and pants take your pick!
Until next time xoxo happy fashion divas.
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