Lexus Charleston Fashion Week

This year Lexus Charleston Fashion Week did things a bit different. As opposed to one week full of shows they broke it up into events instead.

The first event was held at the Cedar Room on Friday, March 22, 2019. This kickoff featured curated pop- up shops from top glam brands; beauty tips, tricks, and touchups; tasty cocktails alongside lite bites; high energy entertainment and interactive experiences, topped off with an after-party.

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“She’s Gotta Have It” Friendships

Let’s talk about friendships! I’m dead smack in the middle of watching season 2 of “She’s Gotta Have It” and I can’t help but be moved to talk about this scene. FYI if you haven’t seen it I suggest you not continue to read this blog. I may spoil it for you just a tad bit.

Nola and Chloe have been best friends for years and yet they’ve had this uneasiness all along the way. Nola is a free spirit and Chloe is your high siddy standard having gal. Now, there is nothing wrong with that as both are separate individuals that bring so much to the table. I can see how they’ve been friends for so long. Nola keeps Chloe down to earth and Chloe helps keep Nola focused.

What happens when they uneasiness becomes to much to bare? What happens when you’ve let time go by without clearing the air? What happens is you break. The break can either be for the good or the bad.

In this scene their dear friend Shameeka senses the uneasiness and forces them to talk it out. This is where my heart was moved. It was moved because all to often I’ve been in friendships where something happens and neither parties clear the air. The air may remain tense and go on longer than neccessary. The air may never clear and sometimes the friendship fades away. I find myself to be much like the lovely Nola Darling carefree and heartfelt. I sometimes choose to not confront to lessen the drama or tension. Is it helpful probably not. What I admire about this scene is that Shameeka was the friend that said no lets squash this. Having an outside source to help mend the friendship was neccessary for them.

SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT

Nola and Chloe had to come face to face with their issues and lay it all on the table. It’s important to lay issues out to get to the core and see wether it’s worth saving or letting go. In this case Nola valued their friendship and made a stance to either choose being friends or business partners. Nola recognized that doing both was causing the issue. Nola boldy choose to salvage their friendship and Chloe reluctantly agreed. Through Chloe’s tears and vulnerability she saw how it was neccessary.

This scene is something I wish could have happened in my life. I’ve let some friendships fade away to due to unspoken resolve. I also know it takes two but deep in my heart I alway’s think what could I have done to save this friendship? One thing I’ve come to realize in my few years of life is that everything has it’s season. That comforts me in knowing in that season of friendship I loved wholeheartdly and meant well for my friends. I’ve learned to love from a distance even when it hurts.

Cheers to this scene showing us that friendships can mend and confrontation isn’t always messy but rewarding.

Have you ever gone through a rocky place with a friend? If so what did you do? Are you still friends today? Chime in on the comments I’d love to hear your take.

BLACK

Cherish Me
I sprang up from mother earth
She clothed me in her own colors
I was nourished by father sun
He glazed the pottery of my skin
I am beautiful by design
The pattern of the night in my hair
The pattern of music in my rhythm
As you would cherish a thing of beauty
Cherish me.
by Joyce Carol Thomas

What you can’t see in these photos was the pain inside from life’s unexpected curve-balls but that’s life, no matter what we’ve got to push through. I’ve been here before and I know it only gets better. My pain had purpose and I’m determined, passionate, and will continue to pursue what’s meant for me. Sometimes some of our greatest work comes from broken places and broken moments. Allow yourself to live in it and feel every emotion in that moment because it’s momentary not a life sentence.  

Creative Director, Stylist, & Photographer: Barry Lee Polk Photography

Model: Narcisa Maura

Girls’ Night Out: Blue Note Bistro Style

A night of soul, spice, and everything nice. Most recently I had the pleasure of attending The Blue Note Bistro’s grand opening.

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2nd Annual Charleston’s Fashion & Vendors Expo.2019.

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd Annual Charleston’s Fashion & Vendors Expo.2019. held by Soul 2 Sole Boutique.

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Mommy & Me

In honor of Mother’s Day I wanted to take a trip down memory lane. There are so many things I could have done but I wanted to dedicate this special Blogpost to my mother.

Often times we think we know our mothers like the back of our hand, but I’ve learned its best to ask them and hear their heart. I recently asked my mom what was her favorite memory of us and I was shocked. Mainly because I would have never guessed it. That’s why it’s her favorite memory. So here goes…

Every other Friday after school I’d meet my mom down at her job. Going to her job was like hanging with the girls. My mother worked for one of the largest non profits in Brooklyn, NY CAMBA as a social worker. The office was close to one the most popping corners in Brooklyn at the time. The corner of Church ave and Flatbush.

It was a little castle and to be honest in my head it was my castle. The house was old but had so much charm from the large front porch to the hidden stairway in the back. My mother’s co-worker had the cutest sons and we’d play up and down the stairs and in and out the rooms. My moms co-workers were so much fun. Her boss was the best ever. She left and imprint on my heart with her bubbly personality and boss moves.

After my Friday visits my mother and I would walk to the Dominican hair salon on Church ave. It was our little home away from home. Of course we knew all the stylist and they actually became family. Turns out I went to school with the owners daughter. It wasn’t your average salon visit it was family time. I’d listen as my mother spoke her native tongue Spanish with the ladies and I’d chime in every so often. This is where I was able to practice speaking Spanish with others and not just my mom. It was our time. In between washes and deep conditions I’d fill my mom in on the school tea. We’d order Spanish food of course and enjoy it to the last drop.

These salon visits were set in stone on my school girl calendar. Don’t touch my Friday afternoons they were reserved for time with my mother. It felt like the time flew by in the shop and before I knew it were walking out with fresh hair swaying in the wind. You couldn’t tell us nothing! Our stylist were the bomb.

If I can go back in time I’d make these Friday’s with mom every Friday. I cherished them and they became mother daughter time. I’ve always looked forward to one day doing the same with my very own daughter. It was beyond hair it was about embracing, culture, building family, and making priceless memories.

Memories like these can never be forgotten. There are many more mother daughter memories I could share but I wanted to share my mother’s. It’s her day but in our family her day is everyday. I love you mommy and all the memories we’ve ever shared.

Happy Mother’s Day Love Your Baby Girl!

GROW | GLOW EP 9

Have you ever felt like things weren’t going the way they ought to? or that you were being treated unfair? Well it’s in today’s episode I’m talking about all what you can to end that today. Tune In!