Winter Wonderland

Babbbyy, Its colllld outside!

And just like that, we are in the Final 50 meters, winter has hit, and the year is coming to an end. With the laughs, the cries, the joys, and the sorrows, Im here and so blessed to be ALIVE! Frosted windows, and tons of hot chocolate, winter is upon us. Tights, layers, and wool coats are in full effect! Im excited that this year is coming to an end. Though these are just dates on a man made calendar, I am embracing the goodness, glory, and favor of 2015. With time, comes wisdom, with wisdom, there is maturity, and with maturity comes magnificence! During this Holiday season, I wish you all the happiest of days, with joy and gratitude. If anyone is alone or gets sad or discouraged…just know this too will pass. Let go of what is gone, and open your heart, minds, and spirit to all the new that God has for you. Though it may be difficult, its possible…and if you ever need an ear, Im here! Shoot me an email, and we can chat!

Winter time is the perfect opportunity for turtlenecks and boots! I am completely obsessed with this faux fur hat I snagged  from ASOS last year! Its so chic, and actually really work! Embracing my inner June Ambrose with the STEAL of a cape from H&M for just $29! #Obessed

As a bonus, Im attaching some recent illustrations as well!

xoxo

What Im Wearing:

1. Hat- ASOS (similar) 2. Turtleneck-H&M (other) 3. Cape-H&M (other) 4. Skirt- American Apparel 5. Boots-Macys 5.Bag-ASOS

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Happy December everyone! This year and truly come and gone…I am looking forward to finishing the year strong, and taking on 2015 with a joyful heart, open mind, and spirit of gratitude. Ive been out of commission for a while due to a pretty bad fall right after Thanksgiving. I ended up with a concussion and bit bruised up, but Im still here…and ready to keep moving! On Saturday I was finally able to get out of the house! I headed uptown with my family to a Holiday Shop!

Im so COMPLETELY obsessed with this camel coat. I know Ive said that before, but its so true! Can you say, staple? Either way, I paired a United Colors of Benetton sweater with some orange culotte shorts and booties! The chunky turtleneck is definitely end this fall / and winter, and I managed to snag it from the Thrift for $6! I loved the orange shorts for added pop of color, and by the way, if you wondering…Yes, I was wearing stockings

What Im Wearing:

1. Sweater- United Colors of Benetton (Thrift) 2. Shorts- ASOS 3. Booties-Neccesary Clothing 4. Bag- LV 5. Coat- ZARA 6. Sunnies- Marc Jacobs

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I am so so so obsessed with this Camel coat I snagged from Zara. As long as I stay a size 4, I will wear it forever! I feel as though it can give any outfit pop, and make it look a hundred thousand times better.

Last Fall, I snagged this sweatshirt from the Phillip Lim x Target collab. Ive worn it sooo many times, but usually loungy, and just one other time on the blog. I had an idea to dress it up a bit, without having to wear a skirt, and thats what I did! BOOM!

What Im Wearing:

1.Sweatshirt- Phillip Lim x Target 2. Pants- ASOS 3. Sandals-ZARA 4. Coat-ZARA

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Some Things Just Don’t Make Any Sense…

So, Im sitting here…with a million things on my mind…PER USUAL. I’ve had so many things to write about, but had to settle for making notes in my journal, and writing down scriptures to keep going. Most of the time I’m trying to keep my head above water; working full time, taking two classes at Parsons, and trying to figure out Adobe Creative Suite, and then trying to blog…Wait, not just blog; blog, take photos, paint, and write. The thing is…this is not a fashion blog, yes, there are all of these outfits of the day; but scattered in between the pics of me, are my thoughts, and scattered between some of those is some art work…which happens to be my soul on paper.

The past few months, I’ve experienced a major life transformation…From the outside looking in, I seemed to still be painting, still blogging, and still smiling. All of those things are very true…because there was no way I could stop. Those things make me, me. My ability to create and bring life to a blank canvas, or words to a blank page, is what kept me sane. Like the words that lay between my fashionable blog posts, and the paintings that lay between those; so were the countless nights I spent crying and confused. Im sorry…let me be clear…weeping. My heart was broken, I had no clue what to make of my life…I didn’t want to paint, I couldn’t do outfit posts because I couldn’t fit my clothes, due the weight I lost. I was depressed and defeated…you know those two words, that people hate to use. One day I had divine moment of clarity…and yes, it was divine. I realized that I had to get up, I realized that I could not stay here.

The moments of tears started to drift, the smiles were less forced, and more genuine. I started reading my devotions, and opened up my Bible. Prayer and that word were two of the main things that saved me. Praying friends, praying family…and a praying mother. Half of the time Id take two steps forward, and then beat myself up, wondering why I wasn’t over it. The issue is, I was trying to make sense of a situation that was not to be made sense of. I was trying to find a logical explanation for emotional pain…and let me tell you…trying to do that, is like waiting for the hands on a broken clock to move. I opened up my journal, and began to write. I could not go to twitter to vent, I could not use the blog, to bash and break…so I journaled. I journaled in my weakest moments, and I journaled when I had the most strength. I began to look for the lessons from the moments,and focus on the promises that God had made to me. Instead of thinking of everything I lost, and all of the lies; I began to focus on the truths. With good, there comes bad…with darkness, there comes light. I tried to spend less time in my head, trying to figure out why and how, picturing how things could’ve went…and I began to really look at what was.

I’ve been learning a heck of a lot about myself…my needs, my flaws, my baggage, and my brilliance, and I have been writing it down. I really began diving into my bible, to really understand and internalize what was written; not only just to know…but to apply. Knowledge without application is just silly. A new season is coming; one of growth and greatness. I have loved and I have learned. I am flawed, yet often, fearless. I must give an account for all of my choices, the good, and the bad…I must justify all of my responses; those in anger, and those in gratitude. Often times, I feel alone. I’m either writing, working, or trying to figure things out. But, by the grace of God, I am what I am. I have nothing and am nothing without him. Im starting to spend less time dreaming, and more time doing. I am held to a different standard, and can not expect others to be directed by the same moral compass as I.

I dont have it all figured out…but I’m doing my best to live with integrity, and purpose. Not perfect, but intentional…Some things just dont make sense, but one day…they will.

P.S. Heres a painting Im working on

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Black and White

Happy Wednesday and A Happy Belated Veterans Day to all who have served our country, you are appreciated!

Its been an exciting week, organizing, evaluating, some laughs and some tears (again)…Ill be happy when that stops! Last Week I was Fashion Bomb of the Day, which is really exciting, and now Im back to managing school work, and work, and trying to finish illustrations.

On to the outfit! I put together this Black and White outfit to show how one can still manage a crop top despite the cold weather! This is my new favorite lace crop top, and a pair of white pants I snagged in 2013 from ASOS.

What Im Wearing:

1. Bralette- MissGuided 2. Pants- ASOS 4. Coat- Target 5. Shoes-ZARA 6. Sunglasses- Marc Jacobs

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