2/18/18 exactly 1 month after my 50th birthday, I slipped and fell on some black ice. I fractured my ankle in 2 places and have been immobile for weeks...6 to be exactly. Then believe it or not, 1 week later, trying to balance on my crutches and get something out of the refrigerator, I fell again. It has been painful to say the least. I had a cast, then another cast and when the doctor cut it off, I barely recognized my foot. My cute toes were black and swollen like burnt Vienna sausages. Every bit of my foot was swollen and bruised. Blue and blue doesn’t even really cover the gambit of colors and in between my toes as well. The sight of my own foot was grossing me out. I sat there waiting for my X-ray praying and believing God for healing. Now that I’m in a boot, I see my color slowly coming back and the pain is not as intense. Last night as I tried unsuccessfully to find a comfortable position to sleep, I remembered a message Bishop Jakes recently preached about God re membering us, in other words putting our broken pieces back together again. Talk about the word becoming relevant in your life!!! Thank You God for putting not just my ankle but my life back together again.
2018 has certainly come in like a lion however, perception is not reality. I choose to believe things will turn around and I will have my jubilee!!! I didn’t have the birthday I expected however, I did take myself out to dinner and the museum. My bestie, bonus daughter and gbaby made me feel extra special through a crisis. I’ve got the flu for the second time but I’m still getting up and going out (not today). I refuse to allow these circumstances to get me down. Today while laying in bed sick, I leaned over and saw that rainbow (last picture) on my floor. That was God reminding me of His promises to me. Off to plan b...
Details: Beaded Top and Velvet Cordoroy Pants | Velvet Shoes | Wallet | Coat
50. Jubilee. 2018, new beginnings. Oh I had plans, BIG plans...HUGE plans to celebrate my 50th year of living. Plans that included gold sequin dresses, veuve cliquot champagne and partying until dawn. However, I woke up to some unsettling news that changed the entire course of my day. Instead of celebrating, I was crying and spent the entire day doing so. It was nothing like the plan, in the end, it’s safe to say the day sucked lemons. The next day, even with the problem yet looming I forced myself to get up and shaking of the feeling of doom. I went out to the Black Tap Bar and the Whitney Museum. Is the problem still hovering? Yes. Do I know what I’m going to do? No. Life goes on.
Every year I send a Christmas card to my clients that shopped my brands throughout the year. Actually I do 2 or 3, one for each brand. This year, however, I got the brilliant idea to do one Christmas card with my picture on it. Well, let me just say it was a journey!!! I online shop quite a bit and not because I have 3 online shops but because you generally cannot find tall sizes in the store. The first dress - although it was pretty would have taken far too long to arrive. The second outfit came and to say it was small would be a understatement. The third times the charm because the last outfit came and fit however the shoes I purchased for the first and second outfit didn't really go with the third outfit...ugh!?! It was like a Abbott and Costello routine. I think all in all the picture came out nice but I will not be doing this again next year!
Details: Coat | Jumpsuit | Shoes | Sunglasses
When you BFF of 31 years sister is a crochet master, she makes you a coat, hat and scarf! This Thanksgiving, if I’m honest, I spent feeling “some kinda way” as they say. I was very weepy over the past few days...even today in church I couldn’t stop cry. I’m overwhelmed by life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful just not happy go lucky all the time. Sometimes you have to find yourself in the scriptures and today’s was from 1 Timothy 1:18-19 (KJV) “This charge I commit unto thee, daughter Nina, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:”
Details: Booties | Pants | Glasses | Coat/Hat/Scarf
It’s all about the cheddar baby! I work H-A-R-D…to say the least. I have at least 3 freelance positions + 3 businesses that I run with handmade products (for the most part; not the clothes) that I make. I design the labels, chose the glass…I basically cover the gamut from soup to nuts. I like for everything to have eye appeal. I love when my customers comment on the look and presentation of a product that I know has my blood, sweat and tears in it. This has been an extremely long road for me but the fruits of my labor are slowly coming to fruition. First with the acceptance of Chayil and ccBlaQ & Co. on Houzz.com and now both brands will be available for purchase on Amazon.com. I’m working towards my version of a dept. store. The goal is to build something that will last for generations to come. People think this is hobby but it will be so much more.
Details: Top | Pants | Sneakers | Jacket
Sooooooo anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE a man is a suit but Lord have mercy - man in a tuxedo SWOON! It is absolutely without a doubt my weakness...and wait if that suit and/or tuxedo is navy blue (my favorite color) - HELP ME JESUS!!! Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong era. I long for the days when men wore suits absolutely EVERYWHERE, when high heels, hats and gloves were the norm. I'm not against the jeans and sneakers of today but I believe that should be the occasional. I miss the days of cocktail parties for no reason. I think it was a more civilized world. What say you?
2017 marks 10 years since my eldest sister, Digna passed away. In the 8th year, I sat down and designed a picture for a Instagram post if we're keeping it funky. This year I changed the 8 to a 10 and made t-shirts for sale with partial proceeds going to the Colon Cancer Alliance. I'm actually quite proud of the way it came out. The t-shirt is soft combed cotton and comes in women's fitted tee and men's boxy version. Please be sure to support this great cause. The t-shirt can be purchased right here on our db Collection tab for $28.00 + shipping.
Details: T-Shirt | Shorts
07-17-17 marks 10 years since my eldest sister went to be with Jesus and dare I say, what a privilege. 10 years ago we mourned the loss of how quickly she left us but now we rejoice knowing (1) we will see her again and (2) she's not now, nor will she ever be suffering in pain. She's actually living a better life on heaven's streets of gold with Jesus, Moses and Abraham for crying out loud!? She's living the dream and hope of many of us Christians that strive to see Jesus. So yes, I wear blue in honor of Digna and for Colon Cancer Awareness and I praise God knowing my sister is safe in the bosom of Jesus.
Details: Dress | Sandals | Sunglasses | Bracelets
The Panamánian born stylist represents beauty, wisdom, generosity and courage. In spite of these many qualities, she remains humble and treats everyone with kindness and respect. She received her first influences of fashion from her mother, Pearl. As unique as her name, her mom is a rare gem. Well into her 70s and still killing the fashion scene in 3" heels. Ms. Nina has always enjoyed dressing up and parlayed that love of high quality garments into commerce.