With Red

I’m gonna stay true to what feels right. You should do the same.

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Hello 2018! I’ve decided that I’m not wasting my time on crazy New Year resolutions that I can never seem to never keep up with. Instead I will continue to just be happy. I’m smiling in this pic because, lol, 2017 was great to me and my feet.

In 2017, I decided to stop forcing myself into uncomfortable shoes, especially high heels. I’ve always had a hate love (that’s right) relationship with high heels and now they really just don’t fit into my lifestyle. So just like my feet, I’m gonna stay true to what feels right. You should do the same.

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Here’s a quick styling tip for wearing red pants; consider opting for a light top and a dark coat or jacket. Have fun by mixing prints and textures, and to finish off the look, pair with some dark shoes or fun kicks with black and white graphics.

Happy New Year!

What was your first memory of your mom?

 

Mine was in Brooklyn, New York in the early 80s.

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I was about two-and-a-half to three years old. We just arrived to the States from Haiti. It was our first hot summer in NYC and we lived in a basement apartment with my grandfather and great grandmother, who wasn’t the nicest woman, especially to my mom. My mom was in her early twenties, scared I’m guessing, no job, and no idea how things would turn out for us. My dad was always working so we barely saw him.

What felt like every morning, my mom would sit out back (in this concrete garden where flowers never grew) and cry. I used to pull her face into mine, dry her tears, and kiss her all the time just to stop her from crying.

Years later, things are way better, but I guess I’ve never really forgotten those moments in the garden or the tears rolling down my mom’s face. Now that I’m a mom, I constantly worry about what my son’s first memories will be of me. So, I make it a point to smile a lot and protect the space my family is in so hopefully he has better early memories than I did.

 

 

Tears of Joy

Call me crybaby Nat. I find myself crying tears of joy at least a few times a week. I started crying today watching my son run around in a park, picking tomatoes from a planter.

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He’s so innocent and scrumptious I wish I could keep him this small. Moms, do you find yourself getting emotional as often as I do? What makes you emotional?

Patience

 

Ugh, who would have thought that I would be suffering from so much acne in my 30s. I know… yuck. Honestly, some days I don’t want to leave the house. Other days, I avoid looking in the mirror and having my picture taken.

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After giving birth to my son, things seemed to get worse. I’ve gone to numerous dermatologists and they all say and do the same thing; push me to take medications that I don’t want to take. The acne is probably hormonal, and taking birth control pills might help me out, but I decided years ago that I wouldn’t take hormone altering birth control pills for personal and health reasons, so for now I gotta find other solutions.

So I decided to try and figure it out on my own; taking a more holistic and natural route. The first option I tried was an elimination diet, because honestly I am feeling that the acne is a result of something I’m eating that I’m allergic to that’s making me break out. So I’ve mostly cut out diary besides those nights when my husband teases me with delicious ice cream or chocolate (I can’t resist a bite).

The next option is to detoxify my body. After seeing a holistic doctor he suggested I do a kidney cleanse. I’m currently on my second tea detox routine for 12 days. The doctor makes nasty tasting teas made from herbs, roots, greens, etc… After the first 12 day routine I lost 7 lbs., felt super energetic, and my mind was less “foggy.” So, I decided to give the routine another go.

Next step is working out 2-3 days a week (that’s really all the time I have right now). I’ve been boxing for almost 3 years now, including throughout my entire pregnancy. I enjoy boxing and love how it makes me feel. Boxing really helped me avoid gaining too much weight during my pregnancy (I only gained 18 lbs).

Last step is water (I know some of you will say that this should be the first step). I’m working on drinking more water, which has always been a huge challenge for me. I just hate running to the bathroom every 5 minutes, especially when I’m out with my son. It can be quite challenging; I know you moms understand.

I know clearing up my skin will require a lot of patience and time. if you have any tips for clearing your skin please share; what’s your skincare routine?

 

Trust Your “Dopeness”

Sometimes you just need to trust that what you’re doing is dope.

Last week I got to style a photo-shoot in this really cool studio with some awesome art. I couldn’t resist taking pictures. It’s been a few days now and I find myself staring at this pic.

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Yes, I stare for the cool art, but really for how the pictures make me feel. That smile on my face says it all (yes, that awkward side smirk thing is something I do when I don’t know how to pose).

That day I felt like I was doing my job well, all the looks were coming together perfectly, which made me happy, and made my client happy. Stay tuned for pics. Sometimes you just need to trust that what you’re doing is dope.