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.
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Another cousin has gotten hitched! Darren and I used to be rather close when we were younger. We clubbed together way back in my brief clubbing period. I am his eldest son's madrina (godmother) and am still close to his first wife Steph. Although Darren and I have drifted apart, I'm still grateful to him for the biggest joy in life...my son Jonathan. Darren married his girlfriend of 5 years and it gave my huge family the opportunity to come together, act the fool and celebrate. I love these occasions because of my extensive travel, I don't get to see my family too much. One of my favorite primas (cousins) flew in from Panamá so we had the opportunity to catch up and I danced until I could barely get my Jimmy Choo sandals off! Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Darren J. Edwards!
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With the entrance of 2017, I promised some changes and they have begun with the launch of the db Collection in August and me in San Diego setting thing up. Getting here has not been easy. I flew to California sick. The plane was landing and I wanted to pull my ears off from the pain. I've been here for 3 days taking mucinex and sudafed like Flintstone vitamins and still not feeling well. I was sitting in a meeting with my ear completely clogged but I was there. Change is not easy. Life is not easy. However in the end, succeed of fail at least I can say, I walked on water.
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Today is Resurrection Sunday, that's right I didn't say Easter. I was raised celebrating the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus not Easter eggs. We spent all day in church with Resurrection Day programs. I'm grateful to Jesus for sacrificing His life so I and so many others could live. During this season I'm truly appreciative of what God is doing in my life. In a few weeks I'm headed to San Diego about my new clothing line - the db Collection that launches this summer. The top pictured above is from my new collection and there are more great pieces to come. Whether you celebrate Passover, Easter or Resurrection Sunday I hope you had a wonderful day.
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People grapple with their age. For the most part, I'm not one of those people. There's so much I want and want to do and age is really not a factor...again for the most part. When I was younger, I was a bit reckless - no, maybe that's not the right word. Clumsy; accident prone...maybe. I've fallen more times than I care to count. I've broken this, fractured that and severely bruised the other. These injuries are now wreaking havoc on my body. I've pretty much been tall and slim my entire life. Although right up until my 11th year of HS, my peers called me "Shorty D." Now in my late 40s I have the body I've always wanted with one notable exception, my midsection. This gut (as it were) is causing me much pain to the sciatic nerve in my lower back. I can be doing something as simple as putting on my pants and my back goes out - then I'm done for at least 3 days. Everyone is on this workout craze these days but it's difficult to workout when any little move can take you out for days at a time and it's no small pain, let me tell you! I've been to a sports medicine physician who's diagnosis was to workout. Are you freaking kidding me?!? How? SMH....hellooooooo (in my Miss Piggy voice) if I could workout, I wouldn't be in this office paying you a mint!?! The funny thing is at any family function, I'm the dance machine but can't run or jog if my life depended on it. However, my 2017 resolution, was to get into shape (*insert eye rolling here*). I've picked out my chic workout gear as pictured above. I've written out a complete plan and as of today have done none of it! I'm sure I'll get to it before 2018!
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Recently my cousin posted a picture of her mom, my father's sister. Looking at the picture of Tía Clementina, I had a flood of memories of my abuelita...María Santa María de Burke. Until that moment, I don't think I really realize how much I missed her. My Tía was tall woman, she has since gone home to be with Jesus. Actually my father and all his siblings are tall like my abuelo (where I get it from) but my abuelita was a tiny little devout Catholic. I can still remember their apartment in Colón...mainly because I was terrified of that place. The three rooms were as tiny as she was and the bathroom was shared. My abuela was a sweet little lady always trying to feed me and knowing all of maybe two words of English. My abuelo was stern and always trying to get me to nap. I now think it was because I had more energy than he could take and my nap was his quiet TV time. I can still remember my last time seeing her in that apartment with my abuelo, she made pepper steak and white rice at that little stove of hers...it's funny how I can remember that but can't remember what I did last week! (*insert eye rolling here*) After my abuelo passed away, she moved in with my Tío Ivan, I went to visit her there. She was tiny but I can still feel that grip when she held me and called me her beautiful granddaughter. She told me she could wear short skirts like me and would come to America with me. As I'm typing this, I can see her when she came to visit us in NY during my eldest sister's wedding in that robe she wore like a dress. My grandparents have gone on to glory many years now but have been on my mind of late. I never met my mother's mother, she passed away the year I was born. However, my mom did gave me her name and my mom's dad and I were close. I miss my abuelo a lot. Going home and seeing him was a highlight for me. Thomas Hoy was stern with his children but just Papá to us grandchildren. As I sit here, I wish I had taken more pictures not just of, but with my abuelita. When we are young we think we know everything and that time lasts forever, it doesn't. Make a memory, take a picture. Hindsight is 20/20.
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2016 I sowed my handmade products as a seed (1) because small acts of kindness can change a persons entire day and (2) because I believe in my products. It was such a wonderful experience, I decided to continue doing it this year. For Valentine's Day I gave away 10 4oz. candles, each a different flower scent. Do you know only one person said thank you of the 10?!? That was a little disheartening...and no, I don't do it for praise or recognition but my momma always taught us manners. Honestly I was in a bit of a funk after that until my sissy sent me a video of James Corden and Bruno Mars on Carpool Karaoke singing Perm. I put that on repeat as started doing the 10 freebies for St. Patty's Day. I remembered that story of the 10 leapers Jesus HEALED and only 1 returned to thank Jesus. If He healed them and they didn't thank Him, I can't expect much more from people if I give them a gift. It won't stop me though.
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Salsa represents a mix of Latin musical genres however, its primary component is Cuban dance music. At almost every family function we trot out the song 'Suavemente' by Elvis Crespo and the dance floor is full. Salsa is fun and a good work out. I'm pretty good on the dance floor alone but have not yet mastered the art of letting the man lead me. With the arrival of 2017, I've committed to more Spanish language and more salsa dancing. I'm going straight back to my roots. Viva Panama!
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I am Panamánian. Hispanic and proud of it. My ancestors are from Panamá, Colombia and Nicaragua. Although I have been in this great land of America for decades, my heart belongs to Panamá. Lately, however, thoughts of Paris have risen to the forefront of my mind. Why is that strange you may ask? Everybody dreams of going to France. It's the city of lights filled with romance and the Eiffel Tower for Pete's sake! Let me tell you that has NOT been my dream. Many years ago a now ex-boyfriend from England told me the French are arrogant. Over the years that point has been proven to me time and time again; right here in the good ole US of A! So rather than end up in a French jail like Lucy Ricardo in "I Love Lucy," I thought better taking my hot Latin blood on that Eurostar to Paris. However, I'm older now and wiser and dare I say calmer than that young girl...or so I'd like to believe. The thought of missing out on the city of lights with its Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Ponts des Arts bridge and Champs-Élysées will not be lost on me. So, vive la France and Happy Valentine's Day!
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Birthdays are all about the fun...or so some people claim. Friends and family come together to celebrate you. However sometimes there isn't anybody close by that celebrates you and all the Facebook posts in the world cannot erase the aging process. Time marches on, no matter how you beg it to slow down. Before you know it, you've blinked and half your life is gone. What have you done? Have you made a difference? If God calls you home tomorrow, would anyone even miss you? This new year, there are so many things I'd like to get done. Travel. Books. Design...but more than those things I want my time here on earth to have meaning.
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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.