Friday, September 30, 2011

No Excuses: You can do what you love to do.

Hello divamoms & divas,

I wore this to church last Sunday and I’m just getting around to posting. I can’t say that I’ve been extremely busy with me not being in school. I’ve been spending time with GOD building my faith. Today I logged onto my computer and cried. My graduate program of study is on my desktop. My heart skipped a beat. I clicked on it. Scanned it, calculated in my head how quickly I can get the remainder of my courses knocked out and just cried. I realize that being delayed doesn’t mean denial. I just feel frustration because I haven’t completed the task but I want to. I want to more than I can express to you in words. That’s wild because I love words.

Instead of going to that place of feeling sorry for myself, I begin to think about the promises of GOD. I begin to speak inwardly that I’m too close to the finish line to throw up my hands in exasperation and say forget it. I was reminded of a devotion I read last week. The devotion talked about EXCUSES that we offer for not pursuing the dream GOD has given us. Let me share a bit with you:

Excuse: “Dreams don’t come true for ordinary people like me.”
Truth: You don’t have to be a world figure to have a dream.  The pursuit of a dream is what makes the different between ordinary and extraordinary people. Ordinary people live extraordinary lives when they follow their dream. A God-given dream will motivate you to make important changes in your life.

Excuse: “If the dream isn’t big it’s not worth pursuing.”
Truth: Size doesn’t determine significance.

Excuse: “Now is not the right time to pursue my dream.”
Truth: Permission to pursue your dream comes from two sources: God and yourself. Novelist George Eliot said, “It’s never too late to become what you might have been.”

After reading this I wrote WOW on the page. I am xx years old (a woman never tells her age..giggles) and my mother still reminds me to this day that I was born for greatness. I don’t mean being famous, well known, rich or dressed in designer duds. I’m referring to becoming the woman GOD fashioned me to become before my parents knew me. I was born to do great things in my community and for children who haven’t been told how valuable, smart and wonderful they are. Right now I do this from my classroom but someday….someday I’ll walk into my destiny of being a forced to be reckoned with when I’m doing what I love to do without the political red tape that has kept our children being left behind.

Yes it is true that I don’t have the money to continue my studies at this moment but someday I will!! So while in my waiting room, I am learning to keep a positive attitude, research careers in the new path I’m pursing, using my extra free time to do things with KT, contribute more to the youth community organization my son and I are involved with and some days sit in silence and listen to my heart and keep myself encouraged.
In that moment I knew GOD was encouraging me to keep dreaming the BIG dreams that I could never accomplish on my own. They will manifest at the right time. I am being developed for greatness!

I hope after you read this you grab a hold of the dream(s) you’ve buried and place them where you can be reminded of them daily. Trust GOD. Dismiss the excuses. Use the time in the waiting room for growth so that when you arrive at the next level there’s no stopping you.

Air Kisses,

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Golden Shorts Girl

Hello divamoms & divas, 

I wanted to do something different from my normal and expected work weekly work look. I mentioned after wearing these shorts this summer to my mom's graduation dinner that I wanted to wear remix these shorts and make them appropriate for work. Initially, I wasn't sure but decided to wear them since I was dressed and would decide if I would go this route again after I got unsolicited feedback from some of my colleagues. 
I'm usually not one who wears something based on another individual's opinion but because teaching gets such a bad rep, most teachers dress like they really don't care and I have chicken legs (giggles) the response was kinda important to me. All went well and you can expect to see me wearing some of my other thrifted shorts  in the future.
Happy Weekend,

Saturday, September 24, 2011

White After Labor Day

Hello divamoms and divas. I do realize some of you aren’t moms but I’m so grateful you are here with me. Hope you had a productive week. I’m exhausted. I did something every day after work with the exception of Monday. Kept me busy but I’m really sleepy. But I couldn’t call it a night without posting and scheduling upcoming post. 

I’m not one to go on and on about labels and prices since I shop every where especially Goodwill. This time I gotta share with you the deal in putting this look together. I was reading one of my many fashion magazines and really wanted to wear these white pants/jeans.
 I know some of you are sticklers for the NO white after Labor Day rule but all the magazines I’ve read with fashion advice says GO for it! I did. Besides, I live in South Florida and as of today it is still hot. 

GAP served these bottoms up to me a few months ago for {inserts drum roll here} $12. Yep, not a typo! Plus I donated socks to some cause (sorry I can’t remember) and received a card for a FREE year subscription to LUCKY magazine which I am benefiting from. The top is so old.  I got it at Wal-mart when Norma Kamili was designing a special line for their stores. Now that’s old. Anyone  remember what year that was? The cardigan is a Target clearance find. Heels are my best girl Jessica Simpson as seen here.  

Now that was worth blogging about.

Air Kisses,

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Sexy Scent Makes You Fierce

I hope you have BIG plans today. Afterall it is College Game Day. The  FSU Seminoles take on the Oklahoma Sooners tonight at 8 P.M. I’m pulling for my alma mater and chanting Florida State, Florida State, wheewwww! Yeah I’m crazy like that about football. 
Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb! Have you smelled this scent? I swear it is the softest, sexiest in a dry like formula perfume I’ve fallen in love with since I started wearing D&G’s Light Blue.  I’m hooked and will requesting this as a birthday gift from someone who can afford to buy it from me. No kidding. I’m on a serious no buy restriction. Bummer but necessary for now.
I paired this scent with this look and I felt like a lioness. Meow! & winks for the fellas...kidding..but I did feel bold and beautiful.

Happy Weekend,

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Paisley Print

I know you all are saying the next post I share about a wedding should be me announcing the day of mine right? Not yet, lol. Saturday I shared in Sasha and John’s special day.

Let me just tell you that I was going to wear this dress but was blessed with this one:

The picture of the bride, groom and I didn't come out  very well.  I've included one of my road girl Betty & of course the great photographer Master Krystopher. Wasn't the little guy handsome? Loved Betty's blue dress. I'd still it if I had boobs! 

It was so pretty minus the beading under the breast that I lack. Someday I’m going to wake up with beautiful boobs like one of the Kardashian chicks. Paid for and all.

The wedding was soo sooo sooo very beautiful and the reception was to die for. It was a dream for those who like the princess treatment like the brides on Four Weddings who spend too much money to impress 3 other strange brides. The Marriott did an excellent job. I wish Mr. & Mrs. LeJuene many years of bliss. 

Hope everyone has had a terrific Tuesday!

Air Kisses,

Monday, September 12, 2011

Polka Dots & Circles of Friendships

I'm a big social butterfly if you haven't picked up on that from my posts here. Always have been. Always will be but occasionally I retreat when life gets tough. There are times I wonder if anyone is thinking of me the way I think of others. I'm not saying I reach out to others just to get it in return but because I genuinely care about my family and friends. During the times when I don't say much or post here or comment on Facebook, I'm not looking for someone to join a pity party but I do want people to reach out let me know that they are praying for me. That my friends has happened when I least expected it from people I least expected to hear from.

A big THANK YOU to each of you who stop by to share my journey and leave lovely comments. I've met so many people via Twitter, Facebook and blogging that have sent emails, a text or email that's challenged me to smile everyday despite the bumps in the road. God has blessed me with so many extended friendships that I can't say that I'm all alone in my battles. Having your support makes celebrating the victories so much better.

Now on to the look featuring polka dots with a pop of yellow and my favorite red lippie: MAC's Ruby Woo.

Wasn't ready );

Happy Monday folks,

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Stripes & Stuff

Good news first..Aldo is repairing my wedge. Bad  and good news computer reset itself on Thursday and I lost everything again. Photos. Documents. Then on Friday I turned the sucker on and it was back to normal. Yeah, technology can be a real pain (:
Remember this happened before with an external drive. I swear there is a blessing in all this stuff I am going through. No I know there is something wonderful on the otherside of all this drama in my life! GOD ain't through with me yet people. Can i get an amen? I'm glad that I've started importing my photos from Facebook to my Snapfish account. I plan to print some of them especially the ones of my grandmother.

I decided to share this outfit because the day I went to Aldo to take my broken wedge back the manager asked me to twirl around in the store because I looked sooo cute. Her words not mine (major kool aid smile). I also set the barbershop ablaze in this fit. I hope I don't sound vain but I felt really good in this look.

Disclaimer: it has been raining daily here for two weeks. We had to take these photos really quick after work before the heavens opened up again. They aren't the best but it goes to show that my life isn't perfect and anyone who thinks bloggers who share fashion pictures get it right 100% of the time just had their bubble burst, lol. Nevertheless, I hope you like....

Air Kisses,

Friday, September 9, 2011

My Elle MacPherson Retro Look

Once again I'd like to apologize for taking a week to post. My computer reset itself yesterday and all my photos vanished including the editing software I use. Today everything is back but all of my documents are gone. So tonight I'm leaving the computer with my Dad PWarren for a bit of tinkering in hopes that he can restore it.

I saw this look a few months ago on PeopleStyleWatch and fell in love! I must admit I headed to GAP and purchased these retro like jeans. I'm not sure if they are actually considered retro. Y'all know I'm not a detailed  person when it comes to naming the styles. All I do is flip through magazines, read blogs, people watch literally and if I like it I try to recreate it.

Like this:
Photo Credit

How did I do?

Let me also say before I end this post that I'm so grateful that you all care enough about my journey to keep coming here. I've even gained new followers during this ify time in my life. I'm still pushing through and trying to understand somethings. I'll be honest and say I was really dealing with feelings of failure. Graduate school is one goal I hope to reach the finish line. I want to do it for me, for my son and for my mom. There have been a few days where I'd go home and feel useless because I didn't have any studying to do. Now I use this extra time to spend  with KT. We are currently in day 3 of Monopoly. I'm the banker but he must do all the calculations and transactions in his head.

Tonight is TLC night. I usually eat pizza, watch Say Yes to the Dress, Four Weddings and any shows on Food Network or Gordon Ramsay on BBC. Tomorrow I'm  headed to another wedding. I know, I know!! No shopping monies so I plan to remix the dress worn here. So stay tuned lovlies.

Happy Friday folks!

Air Kisses

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Denim on Denim

Oh the joys of a Saturday. Gives me time to blog. I promise to catch up on all the blogs I follow soon. We have a 3 day weekend and I'm all about college football which begins for my alma mater today. That calls for a happy dance. What are your plans today? Are you a football fan?

I did want to share with you what I wore to work on Friday. I really love the denim on denim look. I also added statement shoes and a necklace to glamour the look a tad bit. 

Sad news about this look is the Aldo wedges are only a month old and one shoe popped. I'll be contacting customer service today and the store to see what they will do about it. I've only worn them three times!! 

I know you've been wondering what I have been doing with myself and I do have an answer. I've been spending time with me. Praying. Listening. Reviewing my goals. Revising. Being still (this is the hardest task for me!).

I've also been reading novel after novel. I'm currently reading E. Lynn Harris and RM Johnson's No One in the World. Good read. I also picked up to Young Adult Novels. I don't feel that I can share my passion for reading with my students if I can't recommend appropriate books to them. 

Today's library run yielded four new novels. Three books I nabbed are by authors I've never heard of: Yolonda Joe, Elfriede Jelinek and Patricia Jones. I don't usually give book reviews because I'm afraid I'll ruin it for others readers so I won'n even go there. Have you read anything by these authors?

Time to head out for snacks before the games at 3:30 PM and 8:00. My place shuts down for College Game Day! Enjoy the weekend my loves.

Air Kisses,

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