Monday, December 26, 2016

Head Wraps Get Dolled Up

On this first day of Kwanzaa, I give to you my Hairitage Head Wrap Dolls.

Head wraps have been my chosen accessory ever since the winds of winter blew way my freedom of wash-and-go styling. So as I wrapped up for the season, so did my tresses.

But then I thought the creativity shouldn't end there; seeing how my Hairitage Dolls were already featured on our local news awhile ago, I decided to give Barbie head wraps with a "twist".  Due to the labor involved in styling them, these dolls did not come to play!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

My Christmas Wish

Christmas 2016 is different. 

Something in the air has me colder than I have ever been, my desire to bake confectionery bliss never arrived and the angst of the world has me off balance.  It is that something in the air that has me pensive beyond the typical, end-of-the-year vibe.

Just as there is a mother bubbling with excitement over her child's First Christmas, there is also a child facing a devastating first Christmas without their mother. There is someone waking up to an empty refrigerator, while the masses post food porn updates on their social media timelines.  Such is the Yin Yang of life.

My philosophy has always been to look for the light, even in the darkest moments.  And it has become quite challenging lately, with a President-elect showing us how he will be running the country in 140 characters or less. I pray for the safety of those who will walk into the doors of churches today amidst terrorist threats, and for the countless military men and women missing home-cooked meals.

And yet, there are so many things I am grateful for: excellent health, sound mind and dreams to fulfill. My Christmas wish to you is that you receive these priceless gifts as well.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Faux Real

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The Siberian Express did not come to play.  Right now, the wind chill has it feeling like 12 degrees, and by morning we will be in the negative numbers...

As I wrap up in thermal layers for doggy potty breaks and flannel sheets for tonight, visions of luxurious fur will be dancing in my head as I shop online.  I don't even think Santa wants to be in a mall tonight...

Friday, December 9, 2016

Haute Heels For The Holidays

There's no better time to express your footwear style than the holidays. Whether your style is glam, traditional or sexy, from velvet finishes to skyscraper heels, you'll have a festive time dashing to your holiday events.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide For The Dog Lover

We all know that person; five minutes into any conversation, and the topic turns to their dog.  What it did, what it "said", how cute it looks in its newest outfit...

Present party included. Know me, know my dogs.  Oh well; life is better with dogs. If you really want to stay on our good side, a gift acknowledging Fido is more appreciated than a Chanel box.

But then again, Zora already has a Chanel hoodie and collar. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Holidays and Death

We interrupt this season of jolliness to bring you the announcement that life is so unfair.

In my process of presenting a work-related reference, I pulled up in my Yahoo Contacts a former boss in Memphis with whom I have maintained a relationship with for twelve years.  Thinking I had her phone number in my files (my preferred method of communication is an e-mail, text or DM), all I found was her business e-mail address.  So through the help of Google, I typed in her name and company.  The first result was her LinkedIn account, but my eyes quickly caught the third Google link that shook me to the core; her obituary notice.

Along with the death of Prince, this makes the second time this year I can't speak, write or cry.  At age 47, cancer took her away from two daughters, a fiance and a successful career  in property management.  She was a mentor to me, and our last e-mail correspondence was in May.  She never mentioned being sick.  But maybe she wasn't then; I'll never know.  Regardless, I regret I never got the chance to tell her that she was the reason I embraced the industry.

This tragic discovery came just hours after I told my husband that the only thing I want for Christmas is a divorce. Yeah I said it, and felt nothing but relief in doing so.  Finding out my mentor had passed was devastating; my marriage, on the other hand, has been on life support for quite some time.

On my Twitter timeline today was the quote, "Forget the mistake. Remember the lesson".  My lesson from this weekend of mourning the death of a marriage and phenomenal woman is to never delay speaking what is on your heart. 

So forgive me if I don't post awesome sales or holiday footwear.  There is more to life than shoes.  

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Kitchen Chic

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The holiday cooking season is upon us, and the scents of mirepoix, cinnamon and allspice fill the air.  While the kitchen is the cook's lab, not only do the right tools make everything better, but they make you want to be in the kitchen turning out culinary masterpieces!