Saturday, September 20, 2014

Be The Good Campaign

When I was approached by Jane.com and Cents of Style to be part of their #bethegood campaign, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to let people in on my passion of giving back to our community. 
Being that I am a business owner I am often approached to support several organizations through donations and volunteering. Although, I would love to help every single non-profit out there, my main focus is helping the children in our area. A few years back, although I have my own business to run, I accepted a full-time position as Program Coordinator for our Boys and Girls Club. To wake up every day and know that I can make an impact on someone's live, YES PLEASE, SIGN ME UP! 
Along with my daily duties I sat on the annual scholarship gala committee that raises money for deserving seniors, I have lent my voice to be the master of ceremonies for the annual scholarship banquets as well as donated money to fund the scholarships. I even took on a basketball team to coach!
I grew up with divorced parents and saw how hard my mother worked to make a great life for myself and my brother. She taught us faith, she showed us with hard work and determination we could accomplish anything and she made sure she was a great model by furthering her education and receiving her doctorate. 
I am well aware that there are children out there who are not as fortunate as we were to come from a broken home yet have a mother as strong and educated as ours so I make sure that when I am asked to do motivational speeches to kids, I let them know that they do not have to be a statistic, they don't have to get down on themselves due to their circumstances and that anything is possible. 
The smile on these kids faces when I tell them that I too come from a broken home, that I too had a father in jail and that I made it out JUST FINE with an education, great job and a bright future...telling them my story makes it all worth it. 
I encourage you to take part in this campaign and spread light in your community. It doesn't have to mean giving big bucks, just a random act of good goes a LONG, LONG way! Trust me.


1.     Choose a good deed. Could be as simple as paying for the coffee after yours.

2.     Share your goods. Pick your favorite social channel (Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Twitter, etc.), but first, make sure to take a selfie (or something appropriate to your story), and share your story, big or small. Be sure to use these hashtags to help this campaign spread: #BeTheGood #JaneCares and #CentsofStyle. You’ll see your story featured at http://Jane.com/bethegood

3.     Tag 1-5 of your friends to do the same within a 24 hr period.

Look stylish while doing it! Jane.com and Cents of Style are selling some super cute #BeTheGood t-shirts on Jane.com. All profits made will be donated to Girls Inc. an organization that inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold. 

HELPNG A CHILD FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION, ONE STEP AT A TIME

Monday, September 15, 2014

B&W with Maison De Papillon

While us commoners are anxiously awaiting the first cold front to slip on that fur vest, those in the elite fashion world have already gotten a taste of what's to come next year. With New York Fashion Week in the books, it's time to reminisce and bask in all it's 2015 Spring/Summer glory.  If you thought neon was out like the scrunchie...you're wrong, it popped up again which makes me giddy cause one can seriously rock it with a heck of a tan. Those who are blessed in the mid-section will be happy to hear that the peek-a-boo trend reared its little head again and will be back and better than ever as it also made its way to evening gowns thanks to Oscar de la Renta. Tommy Hilfiger put on one of the most elaborate shows (if I must say so myself) last week as he took a cue from the 60's-70's with the Coachella festival girl in mind (think floral dresses meets vintage rock n roll). 
Mesh, leather and military inspired pieces from the Marc Jacobs show will have you marching to the beat of your own drum which I can't wait 'cause I have really grown to love that military green! One of my fave trends though has to be black and white. Typically, these dark colors are reserved for fall but Narcisco Rodriguez, Vera Wang and Vivienne Hu sent their models to strut their collection in darker hues and it makes me happy, happy, happy! 
Maison de Papillon got it right when designing their Spring/Summer Collection and here are a few pics of me wearing my favorite black and white trend. Last year the MDP team was on the list as top 10 new designers to watch at NYFW and it's no wonder why. Take a look...





The Amy Cami - Maison de Papillon
Watch - Rolex
Hand Bag - Fendi
Cuff - ShopFabG








Bianca Box Top - Maison de Papillon
Handbag - Chanel
Cuff - ShopFabG

More looks from MDP coming soon!





Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fallin' for Shop112 Fall Goods

I took the plunge and headed to Bath and Body Works and stocked up on candles and wallflower scented refills to get me in the Fall mood, except one thing that just hasn't caught up is this dang weather! So what I did was hopped on over to Shop112 and found some transitional pieces that I could wear now without sweating my ass off that had some darker tones to take me right into Fall. I found several tops and this was one of them! This top is smack in the middle of boho meets Southwestern charm which is one of the true "of-the-moment trends". The material is airy which will totally stand the heat and I threw on some faux leather skinnies from Express and my go-to nude pumps by Louboutin. 





Top | Shop112
Faux Leather Leggings | Express
Watch | Rolex
Rings | Top Shop and ShopFabG
HandBag | Phillip Lim for Target. sold out
Heels | Christian Louboutin