🎉🍾🍾#TwentyFine 🍾🍾🎉

This whole month I have been wrapped up in My BDAY Celebrations I had such a blast. Not just for my birthday but all my Aquarius ♒ peeps, January has been eventful & never disappoints.

Going out to lovely dinners and enjoying nice ambiance of a sushi seafood buffet (really interesting concept I haven’t experienced til recently). Going out to celebrate life every minute of everyday. That’s really one thing I’m gong to keep in mind for 2017 and thereafter; Celebrate life, each & every moment.

16466693_10101653974109817_788846625_oSaw Hidden Figures during the week, definitely a must see. The way we bounce back in the face of adversity. We find joy in complete misery our resilience is like no other. Full of nothing but inspiration and pride, exactly what #BlackGirlMagic is all about.

The thing i love about inspiring films like this is it awakens the greatness in us all. I came across a quote the other day while reading “how wonderful is God to have made the mountains and all the depths of the seas, to actually notice that what this world also needed was a you, what was missing was also a me.” All I’m saying is although you may meet people who you feel do things a bit “better” than you, keep doing you. Cause no one can be you, so keep at it and it will lead you to your greatness.

As I look back at my garments and experiences I see my BlackGirlMagic starting to shine through. And i LOVE it, confidence in my abilities is growing and my Melanin Poppin’

Over the last weekend I took a nice weekend ski trip. It was great to get away for a while, temporary check out from the bitter side of “adulthood” responsibilities, BILLS!!! I had so much fun, but it flew by too quick. Seemed as though in a blink of an eye it was over.

16466788_10101652789548687_1959269081_oI created a bikini for my trip, so was ecstatic at the outcome. With every garment i create I’m able to see just how far I’ve come from when i first started sewing.

I made a tribal High-waist  Cut out bikini with black trim. Was a bit nervous for the bottoms due to this time it was eye-balled. The trim wasn’t even part of the original concept but i wanted to break up the print a bit and felt the broader, besides serve as a clean finish would help define the space. Instead of using the tribal print for the strap that goes around the neck, I opted for black tying in both the top & bottom and to frame the face. 16389411_10101652789488807_2129760389_oI was in the fabric store trying to decide between this or a reddish print that transitioned to a purple hue, I’m glad I went with this one. Maybe next time I’ll go with a solid.

16409676_10101652789049687_152626007_oBack view: High-waist cut out bikini

16409321_10101652788890007_29531598_o.png This weekend made me realize I haven’t bought a swimsuit in about 8 years, every time I need to hit the water I make my own. That in itself makes me filled with liberation, knowing that whatever I envision I possess the skills to create and able to wear. Few years back I would walk into stores and after never finding what I had in mind on the racks, use to wish I could make it myself. So its mind blowing seeing what I can accomplish now, so I’m celebrating this small victory as well as all others that come my way. It’s been a long time coming  but my hard work and dedication is taking me there.

As always, Thanks for stopping by peeps

✌ & 💗

Peace & Love

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2017 Intentions

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So we made it, well into the new year and hopefully our new routines. I’ve been working diligently on shaking off a lot of bad habits I picked up over time. We’re about 3 weeks in so some may be starting to feel a bit sluggish and falling back into the comfort of old habits…. DON’T!! sure our comfort zone is a cool place, but nothing ever grows there.

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For 2017 and beyond lets drop the barrier and live! Do something a bit challenging everyday, something to better us little by little. When we have a big task at hand break it down and focus on smaller portions it wont be as overwhelming.  And before we know it that big task will be accomplished and we’ll have another notch under our belt.

Here are some things I be working on for the year.

2017 INTENTIONS 

  • Start to create garments for clients -Sharping my entrepreneurial skills
  • Improve and dedicate more time to my Illustrations
  • be a consistent blogger
  • get more familiar with my camera – taking a photography class, so ill be stepping it up
  • Focus on time management
  • Continue to be interactive with other bloggers

 

My goal for 2017 is to live without barriers and limitations i put on myself. I want to improve my focus and maintain my momentum on being proactive. So, feel free to stop in, share life experiences and let’s motivate one another.

Happy & productive 2017 everyone

Peace & Love
✌ & 💗

 

 

2017 Menswear

Hey peeps, happy 2017 to all.                                                                                                                 how has everyone been doing? …. I’ve been putting forth such a strong effort to being committed to my goal and “staying in action” of accomplishing goals.

I wanted to tackle menswear for the longest…. So I did just that!

slaving away on creating the pattern pieces

I made my Menswear debut in a tailored single breasted blazer with double welt pockets, breast pocket, two piece sleeves, lining, complete with lapel and collar.15967176_10101621145693227_276405023_o15942883_10101621066736457_926944746_o15942913_10101621067804317_445071363_o15942983_10101621067440047_355666747_o

My first Menswear piece Pattern and sewing all done by me 😊                                                   I couldn’t be any happier or more proud of my hard work and dedication.

Thanks for stopping by, Peace & Love

Breakfast of Champs; Frogs, ✋ Hold the Procrastination

If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.

-Mark Twain

Today my Professor shared some insight one of his favorite quotes, what i get out of this….. everybody has sucky aspects of their job/ day/ life. NOTHING MAKES YOU EXEMPT TO THIS, no way around it. Get to chucking those frogs back, and procrastination just makes it worst. So just get it over with.

Reading the New York Times the other day, i stumbled across an article that inspired me. Being that I’m on a mission to drop these horrific procrastination ways. The first entitled “If You Want to Meet That Deadline, Play a Trick on Your Mind” by Phyllis Korkki {http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/01/04/business/if-you-want-to-meet-that-deadline-play-a-trick-on-your-mind.html} She made a few good points, first beginning, with the beginning. The toughest part of any task; is always to start. My mind usually wonders and transforms the task into a monstrosity the size of the Great Wall of China. That I wouldnt have the slightest inclination to dethrone. I would just let it sit there, & get higher and higher.

Good news there are tips for my fellow procrastinators. Mainly Manipulate our perception of Time but how?
Yanpin Tu, a Ph.D candidate at Booth School of Business @ the University of Chicago and Dilip Soman a marketing professor at Rotman School of Management @ the University of Toronto conducted a study with farmers in India. Divided the farmers in two groups, told them save as much money as possible in a bank account. One group’s time period was between June and Dec., the other from July to Jan. of the following yr. Farmers with the December deadline immediately opened their accounts because the deadline was viewed more as the present. Same results with undergrad & MBA students in the U.S

A different study showed people were more likely to start a task if the deadline was within that month, or the one to follow.

Tip #2; Color Code your Calendar.
Pick one color for the certain amount of days leading up to your deadline. From the start day to the last and all days throughout…… Guess it shows each day has the same urgency & everyday counts.
This technique will be new to me, with incorporating a calendar & staying on top of things. Time for my procrastination to kick rocks.

SUCCESS, BREEDS SUCCESS
take it one day at a time, little by little. Try setting shorter term goals that are aligned with the grandiose plan. Might not meet the mark today, but you’ll inch closer to landing it tomorrow.

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Soon as I get up ill be chomping down those frogs, making room for whatever else may lay ahead of me.
So, bottoms up

Hope this helps you all as well, let’s knock out those goals
& as always

✌ & 💗
Peace & Love Peeps

2013, yr of the Dragon

2013, yr of the Dragon

this beautiful struggle we call; LIFE                                                                                                                                                                                                       2013 is the yr of the Dragon, & I think its finally being tamed.

Was just sitting here, reflecting on my 2013 thus far (and latter half of 2012). Every lesson learned & experience grained. although im not where i want to be at this present moment least im thriving & making progress. One goal on my list is being more consistent with this whole blogging thing.

I stumbled across this great image today and am so inspired & compelled to create a look for it to be paired with. Especially with Halloween right around the corner, who knows what ill come up with. Im excited about the possibilities, and the opportunity to tinker away and get lost in my creativity.