Hey my loves!

I know the last time I wrote a post I said that I was back to blogging because I finished school, and guess what that wasn’t the case. I know I said I was in the process of moving and I would still blog, but I didn’t. I am a woman of my word, so don’t hold my lack of consistency against me, but A LOT has changed since I last wrote that post. So here it goes…

Life Updates

  1. I got a new job. Well this isn’t just a job, I am advancing in my career as an educator. This year would have been my 9th year as a teacher, but God had a different plan. I am now an AP (Assistant Principal)! How awesome is that!
  2. I moved. New place, new life, new responsibilities.
  3. This is the first season in about three years that I missed fashion week and…..I’m not bothered by missing it.

I will be 30 in less than a month and so it is time to grow up. I have a new career that requires a different level of thinking and time, and I have new responsibilities. I am no longer solely responsible for the 150 students in my classroom for my content area. I am now responsible for making sure a school is functioning; that includes supporting a teachers, operations staff, support staff, students, parents, and the community. I am now responsible for helping the principal fulfill the mission and vision of the school. I literally went from 0-100 real quick (I can’t give up my hip hop lingo lol).

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Over the last year God has been pushing me in a different direction, and the things that I used to do, I don’t do anymore. I’m not referring to any type of “ratchet” behavior, that’s not me. I’m talking about what my concern and focus used to be is not the same at this point in my life. When God brings you to a new stage or level in life He expects you to act accordingly, because you have now accepted a new level of responsibility. This time last year I was probably looking at my schedule of shows for fashion week. This year my schedule does not have Lincoln Center anywhere near it. I would have been attending lounges and getting pampered and tweeting or instagramming looks straight from the runway. This year I’m revamping my professional wardrobe and not concerned with the runway because quite frankly some things do not fit my new lifestyle.

I struggled with accepting this new level of responsibility, but I know God will not give me more than I can handle. I was not expecting this change to happen so quickly although I went to school for this very reason. I’m still in shock about all that I have accomplished this year. God never ceases to amaze me. He knows exactly where He wants us, but we just need to listen to His word and follow His command. Over the last few month’s Pastor Bernard has been teaching about God’s Mediatorial Rule, which deals with God’s Rule and Presence. Under God’s rule He directs, corrects, and protects. I know that I am where I am for a reason. I know that God will never leave me or forsake me. I know that as long as I have faith the size of a mustard seed anything is possible.

So I’m finally accepting that I’m growing up. 1 Corinthians 13:11 says,

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.

I am excited for this new season that I am about to enter and know that without God’s love, grace, mercy, direction, protection, and correction, I would not be where I am today. So as I continue on this journey, walking in my purpose by meeting the needs of others, I know that God is my source and without him, nothing is possible.

The lob is not new, but it has become extremely popular over the last few years. For those of you who are wondering what a lob is, it’s just a long bob. So you have the sharp cut of a bob, but with more length. I like to change my hairstyle every few months and I may get a lob. I’m not interested in cutting my own hair at this point, so I’ll probably get a weave. Here are some lob styles that I may want to try for the fall.

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Look 1: Colored Lob…like Ciara, Rita Ora, and Nicole Richie, go for a style in a bold color that compliments your skin tone.

Look 2: Layered Lob…like Chanel Iman and Zoe Saldana a layered lob is great for faming the face

Look 3: Ombre Lob…I still love the ombre trend. While some people are going for blues, purples, greens, and other extreme colors, Jessica Alba’s honey tones are perfect for the fall and for the professional

Look 4: Lob with Bangs…like Kerry Washington and Naomi Campbell try bangs for a spin on this look.

I’m leaning toward the layered or ombre lob. If I decide to go through with it, I’l definitely post pictures.

What’s your favorite lob look? Would you try this hairstyle?

Flawless Fall Transition: Chic Outerwear

I’m not sure if summer ever came, but Fall is definitely upon us and to make the most of your wardrobe you need to know how to transition. The best way to get a few more wears out of those maxis and sundresses is by pairing them with a jacket. That could include a blazer, leather moto jacket, denim jacket, and one of my personal favorites, the anorak. I’m sure some of the pieces I’ll have listed below, you’ll already have in your closet. Now when those cooler temperatures roll around, don’t be in such a rush to pack away those dresses, pair with a jacket on cooler days. You could even pair your dresses with tights, boots, cardigan and jacket too…layering is always key. Check out my top picks below.

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I have three of the four….I just need an anorak. I’ll be on the hunt for that soon. All of the pieces can add a different element to your look. Choose your outerwear depending on the look you are trying to achieve. My go to pieces are blazer and denim jackets. The blazer adds a more polished look and the denim is for a more casual look. The moto jackets add a bit of edge to your look and the anorak would be great for a mix of masculine and feminine when paired with a sundress.

What is your favorite piece to transition into fall?

I have a confession to make…I rarely buy myself perfume. I really don’t have a reason why, I just hate going through department stores and being bombarded by sales associates trying to get me to sample everything under the sun. Sephora isn’t as bad a department stores, but I still never really have the urge to buy anything. With that being said, I do have an extensive perfume collection because I’ll get most of my fragrances as gifts from my family or my boyfriend. He honestly has purchased about 85% of my perfume collection and I am very appreciative of that. Early during the summer he bought me the Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Femme Escape to Panarea. I’ve always liked the original Light Blue, but this has been my summer staple.

Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue Pour Femme Escape to Panarea 1.7 oz.

Product Description

Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue continues on a journey through the Mediterranean with Limited Edition 2014, telling a fresh story of escapism. Inspired by the carefree spirit of Isole Eolie, the fragrances embody the sunshine state of mind, taking consumers on a new sensual journey. Light Blue Pour Femme ‘Escape to Panarea’ is a burst of Bergamot and Pear, which brings out the freshness encompassed by the combination of the rich scent of Jasmine and Orange Flower. The fragrance takes you on a more sensual journey, balanced by Warm Musky accords to complete the scent.

What I love about this fragrance is that it is light and fresh. Whenever I wear it, I get tons of compliments. It’s not overpowering, which is perfect for the summer. It is a nice balance between the fruity and musky scents.

Have you smelled Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Femme “Escape to Panarea?”

What’s your favorite scent for the summer?

Remember the Luxe List series where I would feature items way out of my budget? Yeah well I’m back at it. There’s nothing wrong with coveting some amazing pieces from designers you know aren’t in your price range. It’s better to love from afar rather than spending money you don’t have on clothes you don’t really need lol. Ok I’m getting off of my soap box now. Check out this month’s feature.

The Luxe List-August 2014-1

Clover Canyon yellow dress
$410 - oxygenboutique.com

Sophie Hulme leather purse
$895- bergdorfgoodman.com

Tom Ford sunglasses
$450- marissacollections.com

Total Price: $2,980

Which items are you loving from a distance?