There is life in death in your words and in your thought process. Scary, right? I have noticed more and more that what I say and focus on typically tends to come true. If you put consistent thinking energy into something, that becomes your reality. We tend to forget and take for granted how powerful we are as human beings. That if we put our minds to something and act on things we can control we can attain it. I let my surroundings dictate my thought process without knowing it.  Things weren’t the smoothest for me growing up, things haven’t been smooth in my adult life as well if I am being brutally honest. I’ve been fired from jobs, I’ve had days where I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, I’ve been broke, I’ve had .54 cents in my account with no idea how I would pay my bills, My accounts were overdrafted a few hundreds of dollars a few times. When you just go with the wind, you tend to become just pieces in the game of chess instead of a player and that is where I lived in the past. I chose not to live there anymore. I began to refocus my mind on the things that I could control instead of all of the negatives that surrounded me. Sometimes I can’t grasp the fact that adjusting your view on things really changes your lens on life. My level of creativity changed, my stress level dropped, my focus level grew and so on and so on. My point in writing this post is that we are 3 months into the year, do not let a negative mindset throw your whole year off. Relax and conquer your mind.

 

I wanted to document the day I chose to fully decide to take control of my mind and thought process. As a blogger the best way for me to document is in a stylish way, and that’s what I did. See Below

Turtle Neck: Zara

Pants: Thrifting

Watch: Michael Kors

Shoes: Aldo

Gloves: Urban Outfitters 

Jacket: Thrifting

 

I Am Great, The Great I Am.

I Am Great, The Great I Am.

I Am Great, The Great I Am.

I Am Great, The Great I Am.

I Am Great, The Great I Am.

I Am Great, The Great I Am.

I Am Great, The Great I Am.

I Am Great, The Great I Am.

I Am Great, The Great I Am.

I Am Great, The Great I Am.

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Black Girl Magic – IAM KREYOL

I am thankful to be surrounded by wonderful African American women. We have been blessed in our society to witness black women and all of their black girl magic. From business owners and NASA mathematicians, to your everyday stay at home mom and housewives black women have always been a staple in our society. Black women have brought a different dynamic to life as a whole, with the aptitude to be witty and aggressive while maintaining an element of grace in all that they do. This month’s designer feature, Joelle Jean-Fontaine of Boston-based womenswear line, I AM KREYOL, is no different. Though petite in stature, her creative genius knows no bounds and her presence alone can command the attention of even the biggest room. Her fascination with the human body coupled with a childhood love of architecture has led her to draw inspiration from a myriad of things, people and places. Her pieces evoke sentiments of bold structure, intense emotion and free living. Even stronger than her love of artistic expression through fashion is the love she has for her cultural roots. She aspires to return to her native homeland of Haiti with an expanded line that would not only sew seeds of economical prowess into the country, but would also expose it for the ripe fashion hub that she knows it to be.

Although Kreyol is currently a womenswear line, I’ve got good intel there just may be menswear add-on in their near future…maybe! Fortunately enough for me, she’s got ready-to-wear items available for both men and women. Take a look at how I styled this custom-deconstructed Kreyol sweatshirt & some of her other one of a kind couture pieces below. Don’t forget to hit the link for her online store and all her social media contacts. Follow her. Now. And tell her I sent you!

IAM Kreyol website

Instagram : @jw.fontaine

Black Girl Magic – IAM KREYOL

Headwrap -DIY

Sweatshirt – IAM KREYOL

Pants – Zara

Shoes – Creative recreation

Black Girl Magic – IAM KREYOL

Black Girl Magic – IAM KREYOL

Black Girl Magic – IAM KREYOL

Black Girl Magic – IAM KREYOL

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DO EXACTLY WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN DOING.

Before I begin I wanted to use basketball as my conduit to get my point across. In hindsight the basketball concept is paying homage to Mr. Obama because of his love for his game and how he made presidency memorable to watch.

5 Secrets on being happy during the Trump era

  1.  Attack the basket as efficient as you can / Educating yourself makes you more agile

The man that has blatantly let the world know he is incompetent to be president has become the leader of the free world and this is problematic. It has happened, I wouldn’t say get over it, but now is time to become a stronger individual. If you haven’t taken an oath to educate yourself daily, I hope the dynamic of this change in the white house has given you a new light on obtaining knowledge. Please don’t get me wrong, the government will not change your life and has no grasp on you becoming a millionaire, but the more knowledge you gain, the more agile you are attacking life. Understand your history and be diligent in pursuit of the truth.

5 Secrets on being happy during the Trump era

2.  Be calm with each move you make / “Never reduce your life to the event you are facing now ” – Eric Dyson

With basketball, there is always a circumstance in your way of scoring. In life, the same applies. If there is a circumstance blocking you from getting what you want, be it be bills, break ups, alternative facts, etc, you should never allow these issues to make you feel inferior as an individual. You are not what you face. Don’t allow the issues of the media cloud your judgement on how to approach your life. The United states has been through much worst scenarios before, we can do it again.

5 Secrets on being happy during the Trump era

3. SHOOT YOUR SHOT

If there is one thing during this whole nightmare we call Donald Trump that has been a silver lining is the fact that you can apply for jobs you may not be qualified for and actually get it. If you feel like you are aiming for something and allow fear to stop you from going for that goal, always remember- Donald Trump is the President Of the United States of America. If that isn’t motivation enough, I honestly can’t help you.

5 Secrets on being happy during the Trump era

4. ” I did it my way” – Frank Sinatra

Be unapoletically yourself. Don’t let outside sources, bigots or any naysayer tell you how you are living your life is wrong. Be open-mided, get educated, stay creative.

5 Secrets on being happy during the Trump era

5.  It’s your life, soar for the stars.

What I am wearing

Sneakers – Asics 

Shirt – Ralph Lauren 

Gloves – Urban Outfitters

Watch – Michael Kors

Suit –Banana Republic 

 

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Happy New Year everyone! I truly hope that you guys had a wonderful year filled with beautiful memories, infinite love and new beginnings. I also hope that you guys continue that momentum into this new year. For me last year was a learning experience as I continue to grow. Last year was filled with laughter, tears, enjoyment, struggle and heartbreak, but its never how you start but how you finish! With that being said, I ended the year exactly where I wanted to be, with momentum pushing into the new calendar year. I formed great relationships, ended others, found new opportunities and cut off others. There is never a game plan to this thing we call life, but if you are able to adjust and maneuver, you will always be in great shape. Towards the end of the year I started to realize that I started to be more confident in the things I wanted to accomplish ,  ” Shoot my shot” if you may. The term basically means, to just go for it. You see a girl you like ? Shoot your shot! You see a job posting that may change your life? Shoot your shot! You want to quit your job and start a business? Well, go about it with some strategy but , Shoot your shot! I was more aggressive in my approach and being intentional with everything I did. My stylist ( Doris) and myself incorporated those same values in this look.

In this look, we wanted to bring a winter holiday theme to a different level. From Gala’s to Christmas tree lightings, we wanted to create a look that could be worn on any of your wonderful holiday events. Starting from the top :

Shirt: H&M

Scarf: ASOS

Watch: Michael Kors

Pants: Asos

Shoes: Aldos

As you enter the New year I hope you have a blessed year ahead of you with infinite success, and tremendous happiness!

Always remember, with every situation you encounter this year, make sure you always ” shoot your shot”.

 

Have a great start to the year.

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Can’t believe the end of year is already here! It’s been such a roller coaster, but it seems like every year, life typically spins you upside down. This year I was spun around for good. I took on this new endeavor of blogging and it has opened me up to many different opportunities and different outlooks to life.  It also has opened my eyes to my own style and my confidence level. What you wear is half the battle, your confidence is key to owning your style.

With this look I found out new things about myself that I had never realized, my obsession with fur! I wish you guys could see how much fun I had behind the scenes with the fur, it was hilarious, but I digress. Holiday attire is my favorite type of season, because it brings out different styles of elegance and grace out of everyone. From company holiday parties, to galas, you get your chance during the holidays to strut your stuff. Beautiful dresses and tailored suits, everyone seems to bring out their A game. With this look, my stylist (Doris) had the same idea.

From top to bottom- Doris changed my life, introducing me to the fur piece attached my blazer. The fur collar is a piece from Asos, Asos is an amazing online marketplace that delivers both men and women clothing. One of my favorite online stores. The blazer is an Alfani Slim fit, blue suede piece from Macys. Pocket square and gold lapel are brought to you by one of Boston best consignment stores, Bobby from Boston. By far one of my favorite places to shop, it brings a different understanding of fashion from the past. My pants selection is from J-crew. To wrap up the outfit, I am sporting a rose gold watch from Michael Kors, Shoes from Aldo and socks from Ralph Lauren.

When getting dressed for holiday events, just like any other event, make sure you are truly comfortable in what you are wearing. Confidence, especially in holiday attire, becomes impeccable. Own your look.

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