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?

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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.

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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.”

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  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.

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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.

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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.

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Xo Happy Fashion Divas

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5 Ways To Work From Home

Hi loves it’s Monday and I’m back to the grind… at home that is. Let’s be real this pandemic is making everyone rethink how we love daily. From grocery shopping, communicating and working. If you are unable to work from home during this time. My prayers are with you daily and praying that you are extra safe. If you are able to work from home I have 5 helpful tips for you not to loose your mind!

  1. Have a dedicated work space: I’ve been working from home for 2 weeks now and when I went into work for the last time it was empty. My husband told me to grab everything I possibly could since we didn’t know how long this would last. My husband being the engineer that he is made us a work station in the basement that allows natural light to shine through several windows for fresh air and enough space for me to get up stretch and sing and dance. Just enough to annoy him. Hey I have to stay positive.
  2. Create a to do list: honestly I can’t remember the app that allows me to write my to do list where I can check it off and it sends me alerts. If you know of a good one please send. I currently use my calendar and my notebook. I sometimes like to old school it. Hey ima till efficient. The to do list will keep your assignments in line.
  3. Take Breaks: this is major. When you work from home you are less likely to take a break. Why? Because you are trying to always look like your online and the computer is constantly staring at you…saying hey check your email… hey you’re at home you can finish that project.
  4. Plan meals in advanced: you all know I already meal prep but no lie my meal prepping has stopped. I’ve been making sandwiches and eating left overs for lunch. However I purchased all my meal preparation items so I am about to get back to it. Stay tuned for some healthy meal prep recipes. Please make sure you are staying hydrated. Water is key and so Andre healthy snacks.
  5. Set a routine: my routine has gotten off now that I have a few extra minutes to sleep in. However I’ve been getting up getting dressed making breakfast and at it by 8am. I try to log off by 4:30 as I normally would if I were in the office.

Do you have any work from home tips? If so let me know. Let’s get into this outfit that won’t be seen until all this over.

We are headed into April my birthday month and the cool air still tickles my cheeks in the morning. And then bam it’s blazing hot. We are still in that in between stage. This outfit is perfect for those cool morning and warm afternoons.

This crochet beaded high neck balloon sleeve blouse is perfect. I love the details and the glam it provides this entire outfit. I paired it with my high waisted pink wide leg pants. I added a simple straw striped open toed heels. Add a simple bag and you are ready to steal the show. I wore this with my sneakers to be comfortable and it looked fly what do you think?

Stay safe and fashionable at home. Xo happy fashion divas.


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10 Things To Do while At Home

Hey beautiful lady bugs. Fun fact did you know lady bugs and giraffes are some of my favorite insects and mammals. Random I k ow however this is lady bug season aka spring. Unfortunately right now we truly can’t enjoy Gods creation. No worries I am truly finding ways to reflect on Gods promises.

Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him

I am currently working from home and working harder than ever before. This is not my first time working from home however the anxiety that COVID-19 has caused has made this expert so much different. Below are a few things to do during this time.

  1. Pray: praying has been so therapeutic for me. As I will never truly know why God does certain things. But this is not for me to question but to be still and listen.
  2. Take a walk: many parks have closed down here in Georgia but taking a walk in your neighborhood will suffice. Make sure to get some fresh air.
  3. Spring clean: yaull are about to see some winter stuff on my Poshmark! There’s so much I didn’t wear that has got to go. Make sure to follow me as I do another closet clear out!
  4. Read a book: when was the last time you picked up a good book and read the entire book? It’s been about 10 years for me which is sad. I used to be a book some. Now is the time to get back on it. I am taking recommendations.
  5. Write out your goals: as things has shifted. Write out some of your goals you would like to accomplish when this is all over.
  6. Educate yourself: learn something new. There’s tons of feee classes online, YouTube and other sites.
  7. Home projects: finish up those home remodeling or those small projects you been meaning to get too.
  8. Rest: lord knows we all need some rest.
  9. Take up a new hobby/ workout: I used to paint, I think I may start doing that again. Just because the gym is closed that doesn’t mean you can’t workout at home.
  10. Remain Calm!: this too shall pass

I hope these tips have been helpful. Now let’s get into this outfit. Oh yes and just because we are stuck inside that doesn’t mean you can’t be cute. Im sorry but I’ve always had a hard time being in the House in sweats or my pjs. Now don’t get me wrong when I am chilling I like to say I have fashionable lounge wear. I can’t apologize, it’s just the diva in me.

I am totally loving color and textures right now. My crochet sweater offers a ton of texture with is peplum and flower knot details. This was on clearance at Zara last season. However you can find this sweater on Poshmark or I will leave some similar selections below. My jeans- yaull have been going crazy about these beauties and yes I snagged them for $20 at Fabrik. They are still on sale but with limited sizes left. No worries distressed jeans are totally in right now. These cute cheetah print separate another fab find from Fabrik snagged these on super sale for $24. Espadrilles. I threw on a cute straw bag and my Betsey Johnson cat eye shades and I’m out… or should I say I’m in?

Stay safe and as always xoxo happy fashion!


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How to be Fashionable on a Poshmark Budget

Hey divas it’s the season when we start racking up our sweaters, cardigans boots all the fall and winter weather. We all know winter fashion can be expensive. But I have a severed that will blow your mind.

I have cut back on buying clothes and only purchasing the things I need or or…. if there are items that I find for super cheap that I just can’t resist. Hey why not! Well the truth is Poshmark has been my best friend for the past couple of months.

Poshmark is an online thrift store for new and used items. You can shop anything from shoes, clothes, accessories to house hold items don’t forget kids and men’s items. Once you’re signed up familiarize yourself with the app. Figure out how to like and bundle items from sellers closets. Also there’s an option to offer the seller a cheaper price for their item/items. Don’t forget you can also sell your gems and use the earnings towards another purchase or cash out your earnings.

I like to search for brands that I know the quality will hold up of used. My top searches recently include Michael Kors, UGG, Zara, J Crew, and Goodnight Macaroon just to name a few. Many sellers have brand new items discounted. I have racked up many new items for as low as $10 that is regularly $60.

If you are going to purchase used sweaters or shoes make sure you ask to see a close up of the sweater from the seller. Sweater tend to get those little knot balls this can tell you the condition the sweater is in and if it’s worth the price the seller is asking for it. For shoes if used ask to see the bottom and inside of the shoes if not already posted.

If you’re paying for a used name brand item you’re going to want to get this as close to new and in the best condition for the best price. Do not purchase the first item you see hit the like button and keep searching. There are usually 3-5 listings of the same item you’re looking at. Some will be new and used. Please note that some sellers do post junk and are just trying to get money. If there are stains scratched etc or of the soles and inside of the shoes look totally worn purchase at you’re own digression. This is the same for any clothes.

The fun about Poshmark you as a seller can name your own price with your items and as a buyer you can bargain with the seller!

Now let’s get into this outfit! So… this entire outfit is from Poshmark except the blazer. This lovely ruffle tulle from sweater is from the loft. The seller said she had only worn once and to be honest there were no signs of it being worn. I was able to snag this sweater for only $10. These plaid pants are from Topshop only worn once. The material is a thick Cotten and are high waisted. I love these beauties are they fit perfectly and are great for fun or work! I purchased these pants for $11. In my eyes the real steal are these faux leather Michael Kors sneakers. I feel like I stole these lol no but I only paid $20 for these brand new!! What a steal. I was beyond excited. My military olive green blazer just adds the perfect pop to this outfit. I got this beauty form New York and Company for only….. $9 on clearance. You know I love a good deal.

So when it came down to it I technically only paid $41 for this entire outfit. Keep in mind you will have to pay for shipping not unless the seller offers you discounted or no shipping. The best thing to do is to ask the seller for discounted shipping or no shipping. If you don’t ask you may never know!

Oh yes yaull asked for my hair to be big well the humidity was disrespectful to my hair lol. So boom I served this Poshmark look with my wild hair.

Happy Hump Day and stay fashionably cheap!

Xo

1 Blouse 2 Ways

Hey divas, how are you doing out there in this blazing heat? No joke I’m so irritated because I want my hair braided so bad, I want to rock a baiting suit 24/7 and drink pina colads, eat fresh fruit, seafood and fruit all day lol. I know random request but maybe that my #hotgirlsummer. Let’s get into this outfit

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Look 1: 70’s Flashback

I just love a cute blouse that can be worn as multiple ways and this one is perfect. First up this lovely pink snake print blouse can be worn on or off the shoulder like I am here. It’s from New York & Company and it’s a very light weight material that can be easily transitioned into the fall. I paired this blouse with these high waisted flare legged Eva Mendes jeans. ladies these jeans fit me like whoa, however although they are true to size they are very long. So if your short like me either wear heels or have them altered! Since I’m not back into my heels yet i opted for these blushing pink Michael Kors tennies that I snatched from TJMaxx. Did you peep my matching little belt bag that’s also MK. that was a super find at TjMaxx as well. DOn’t forget my cute sun hat that’s from Walmart. You all know I love a good sun hat especially on these extremely hot summer days.

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Look 2: Cali Vibes

I call this my cali vibes only because I am wearing pink shorts ha! Pink shorts for some reason remind me of my birth place cali. Maybe because my mom always had pink.. always talked about pink shorts or maybe just because! Anyways This year I made it a point to get me some pink shorts and these matched perfectly with my blouse. These shorts are high waisted which make them perfect for crop top and for tucking in cute tops like this. I wanted a chill look so I keep my same accessories!

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It that’s simple. Remember don’t be afraid to mix and match one article of clothing you have to create different looks. This is how you achieve the look of having more than what you actually have in your closet. Trust me I have gone years with mixing and matching and I always get your closet must be huge.. do you spend your entire paycheck on clothes.. No No No, I’m just good at faking it till you make it and in my eyes I have made it.. maybe not to the tip top but I am exactly where i’m supposed to be. Okay divas until next time stay sweet!

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Xo Happy Fashion!

 

Why Sweaters are Perfect For “Sweater Weather”

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.

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  2. Crewneck
  3. Chunky
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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.

  1. V-neck sweaters are great for a business casual look, where you can easily pair a button up collard blouse underneath.
  2. Crew neck, which is also the round neck.
  3. Cowl neck sweater is for someone who like the “thought” of a turtleneck but possibly doesn’t like the “i’m being choked” feeling.
  4. Turtleneck 
  5. Mock neck
  6. Oversized, one of my favs to wear with leggings or skinny jeans.
  7. Cropped
  8. 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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Turtle neck sweater (similar) | Jeans | Cardigan | Booties

The Must Have Closet Trend: Featuring The Fab 5 Fashionistas

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.

Trendy Fall Pieces and Prints

Hey divas, it’s been a while. But guess what it’s fall! I can’t get too excited because it’s still hot here in Georgia. That doesn’t mean you can’t get you cool vibes on in the heat.

There’s are many trending prints for this fall and winter. To name a few: animal print particularly leopard print, plaid, embroidered florals. Some hot pieces include, long maxi shirt dresses that can be used as a dress or a disputed over jeans. Also, printed leggings, long coats, and just about anything with sequins. Let’s not for get the booties. Booties have been reinvented from heel height, colors and prints. With this being said let’s dive into these outfit details.

Who doesn’t love denim on denim with a pop of leopard print. Well that’s exactly what I did with this look. When I saw this denim button down, bow tie midi dress I had to have it. Ladies it’s not a heavy denim mire like a chambray but great for fall or winter. You. An easily dress this up or down. Open the front and wear a cute top and jeans of your choice underneath you literally will have 2 looks in one. Dress can be found exclusively at New York and Company from the Eva Mendes collection.

Can we take a minute for these patchwork booties. Yaaasssss believe it or not these are very comfortable. I love the peep toe and these different color of denim on this bootie. Head on over to shoedazzle right now before this shoe is gone.

I decided to pop this denim with leopard print, earrings ,purse and belt. Like I said you can take a simple outfit and jazz it up with a print. What styles are you most excited about this fall and winter.

Xo happy fashion divas


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Be A Girl Boss in Style

Many of my followers have requested I do a work wear blog. So that’s exactly what I’ll do! My question for you is… are you a girl boss? What makes you a boss, what goals have you set for yourself and how do you plan to execute your goals. Well while you think about that in order to be a boss you have to dress like one.

To be honest I have always liked classy, professional clothing the majority of my. Loathing was made up of it. I have finically mastered sizing and fit that’s perfect for me. Here’s a helpful tip try to shop at department stores even the “pricey” stores you can always find coupons, discounts and sales. I recommend this because the fit for this type of clothing will ultimately fit better than the cheaper stores. I recommend checking out New York & Company, The Loft Outlet, Express and Macys.

Let’s get into this outfit. So the mall near me just opened up a new Loft Outlet and I was so excited!! Since we are headed into fall I totally bypassed all of the sweet summer discounts…. well maybe for now. I first found these tailored straight leg off blue almost grey pants. Ladies I got these in a size 0 and they fit perfectly.

I found this matching white blouse also on clearance but offered a pop of yellow and mint green that goes great with the pants. To top this look off I found a matching cardigan. I am forever old especially in the office. I swear I need to go cardigan shopping! I paired this outfit with my teal Coach bag and white heels.

How will you be stepping into work? This outfit says hi I am here ready to work with some class.