When it comes to my hair, I’ve always been free in experimenting with different cuts, colors, and styles.
Hey, I’ve come to the realization that I’m not a size 4-6 anymore. These days I’m more focused on how I feel, than what the scale says. No truly (seriously?)! I know most woman say this but don’t really mean it. Honestly, weight has always been a touchy subject for me. Growing up I was always the skinny girl. I hated when people told me I was skinny, especially when I did my best to put on weight.
Boooobsss … yes I said it; you can’t miss them when you see me coming.
If you’re anything like me, finding the right dress can be challenging. Do like I did in these pictures, go find you a flattering wrap dress. They look great on curvy woman and on other body shapes. Like I tell my clients, don’t be afraid of color! Find a wrap dress that matches your eye color or skin tone. When it comes to accessorizing, less is more. If you rock big hair like me, or long straight hair, simple stud earrings and a nondescript medium size clutch will do.
I’m a true Cancer so I dress according to my mood. A little tip I use to put me in the best mood before heading out; do your hair and makeup first, then get dressed. If you need to get dressed first to avoid getting makeup on your clothes, cover yourself up with a robe, then ditch it for the final reveal. This way you look much better when stepping into your dress. You’ve concealed all those dark circles, acne scars, and your hair is lying just like you want it (or close to how you want it at least). You’ll have less to nag about and your significant other will thank you for being on time.
How sweet are our 2017 family holiday pictures?!
In 2016, I totally forgot to plan a family shoot in the midst of all the traveling and holiday fun. My son got the traditional Sears pictures taken in a Santa suit, but sadly we dropped the ball on family pics.
The temperature was getting close to freezing as the sun went down and my boys froze their butts off just to make mom happy. I’m a lucky gal.
Shot by my friend www.jenniferrosekeany.com at Pond Meadow Park in Braintree, Massachusetts.
Mine was in Brooklyn, New York in the early 80s.
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.
What to buy for your best friend? Hey, she spent the year making you laugh, and listening to your crazy ideas and problems, I think she deserves something special.
So here’s a list of some awesome gift ideas for her under $50 (giving gifts makes me happy but sticking to my budget makes me happier).
- Rocabella Tassel Earrings $36
- Paint The Town Lip Set $24
- Marshmallow Out USB Foot Warmers $39
- Retablo Candles $28
- Curiosity (with Wood Mount frame) $38.99
- R29 Editor Pick Pointed Toe Booties $34.95
- Sara Pocket Shopper Bag $24
- Almond Cookie Gift Set $18.00
- Whitaker Reversible Throw $39
- Cut and Sew Jumper Dress $45
Grab a cute gift box, or some fun wrapping paper, and some printed ribbon to surely make your gift a hit. Happy Holidays!