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Hello lovelies! Happy Saturday! I am studying for my GRE’s & pretty busy at work hence the MIA status of me and lack of posting. However I saw this video on Yagazie Emezi’s blog and by the end had tears in my eyes, his smile stole my heart. I had to share!

 

Besos!

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Ms. Ross

I saw this on “Pretty Toes and Curly Fros” & had to share. Oh the memories of Girlfriends and now Ms. Ross is staring in the new ABC sitcom, Blackish. I don’t have TV at the moment so I am behind on watching the show but my friends are raving about it. I can’t wait to catch up. In the meantime I’m enjoying Ms. Ross’ youtube videos, interviews (such as this one – I appreciated her tangent on Black women in media, tell it!) and website. She is hilarious and I love her curls!

Besos!

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Happy Birthday to me!

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Don’t hate because it’s my blessed 34th birthday and not yours!!!!!!

Hahaha, yes today is my 34th birthday on this lovely earth.  God is blessing as this continues to be a year of change and growth for me.  This is my season for grace and mercy. Thank you all for the well wishes and expressions of love. I truly feel so blessed to have the people in my life that I do.

Besos!

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Pressing On

Keep Not Settling

Hello lovelies! Miss me? I know it’s been 3 weeks now. I tell you life! My SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth)/IBS-C flared up and it put me in a real funk. I was not a happy camper for at least the first week after it happened. I was first diagnosed last year in September with SIBO. I had not been feeling well for a couple months and I finally broke down and went to the GI doctor in August 2013. From the description of how I was feeling the doctor wondered if it was a bacteria overgrowth problem so had me schedule a hydrogen breath test. It came back positive and therefore I was prescribed Rifaximin. The medicine didn’t really help me so the doctor told me to try the Low FODMAP diet to see how I felt; because of prior sicknesses I was already gluten-free. I started getting sick in 2011. I tried the Low FODMAP diet but by December was down to 113 lbs. I generally stayed around 135/140 lbs so I was a little scared, in addition to family and friends being alarmed by my drop in weight so quickly. I was nauseous often times, my belly (stomach/intestines) hurt and loudly “talked back” to me all the time making it known they weren’t happy either, and nothing I ate made it feel much better. I went to a dietician at Jefferson Hospital in December 2013 which helped. I gained 10 lbs by January, my belly was feeling better, I was “going” more regularly with her recommendations, and I was able to eat a larger variety of foods. It seemed like my SIBO was gone. HALLELUJAH! I’d still get sick from time to time but by April I stopped writing in my daily food diary keeping track of everything little thing I ate…that is until mid-August. I can’t even tell you what set it off, but it wasn’t good. I went back to the GI doctor this past Tuesday but she was no help. She basically told me its SIBO/IBS, there is no cure, we don’t know why it happenes, you might as well eat what you want & take this medicine.  She said they don’t even re-test to see if the SIBO has come back. Yes, really, that is what I was told. I have read differently online by following Dr. Siebecker, who is renowned for her SIBO research, but I guess it depends on the doctor you go to and how they practice. Therefore, I am going to visit a naturopathic doctor my aunt mentioned to me some months ago. I have never liked taking medicine. I try to come off of it as soon as I possibly can, with the doctor’s permission of course. If I can do something naturally to help heal myself I will. What is a better healer than God, firstly of course, and the food we eat! All is well. This is the 1st time I’ve ever gone off topic but I just felt like sharing and this photo was perfect. I will not settle for ‘oh, that’s just the way it is, nothing can be done’. God give me strength and with His help, there is always a way.

Besos!

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Ms. Lauren Bacall

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Lauren-Bacall

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I am a lover of old movies. I had grown to love watching Lauren Bacall in such movies as To Have or Have Not, How to Marry a Millionaire, Designing Women, to The Mirror Has Two Faces.  This last movie I was just watching for the 1st time in June when it was on tv! Ah, her voice, her candor, her sass, loved it!

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Now I can’t finish this post without also mentioning the sad death of the incredibly talented comedian Robin Williams and Michael Brown, the young man in Missouri who was shot to death by a cop for no apparent reason I’ve heard so far. Both a very sad situations but I hope a dialogue begins on depression/mental illness awareness and the police racism/profiling that runs so rampant still in the US. Positive changes can be made in our society to help people if we take the time to listen and show empathy towards our brothers and sisters. What a week and it’s only Wednesday!

Besos!

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Designer Crush: Reem Acra

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I just finished watching Reem Acra’s Fall 2014 Ready to Wear fashion show and be still my little heart, it was just lovely, breathtaking really! Her collection is so lady-like, a hint of nostalgia. It reminds me of Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly, so me. If money were no object or I at least had more of it to spend on Reem Acra ready to wear clothing, I could see myself in a few of those outfits. I thought I would share a couple photos with you all of my favorites.

Reem Acra F2014 RTW sweater and skirt

Reem Acra F2014 RTW black dress

Reem Acra F2014 RTW cowl neck top and tiger print skirt

Reem Acra F2014 RTW red dress

Reem Acra F2014 RTW gold dress

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Reem Acra already had a little piece of my heart because of her bridal collections over the years. This just adds to my love for her creative mind and the artist who she works with. How could you not be inspired by these pieces?!

Besos!

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Travel: Newport, Rhode Island – Victorian Society in America Summer School

From May 30th – June 8th of this year I spent ten awesome days in Newport, Rhode Island as a student of the Victorian Society in America - American Summer School program. The summer school program is an in-depth study of 19th century and early 20th century architecture, interior design, and material culture of Newport, RI. The lectures and tours are organized by the incredibly knowledgeable Richard Guy Wilson. The program left me overwhelmed by all the information that came my way however unbelievably happy I participated, met Richard Guy Wilson, and the incredible group of people I shared the experience with. I made personal connections with fellow classmates and guest lecturers that will surely last a lifetime.

I had one main reason for participating in the Summer School program: to further my knowledge of historic decorative arts of the American Northeast and its European influences of the 19th century. In furthering my knowledge, I am moving one step closer to my ultimate career goal to be a licensed interior designer and decorative arts historian, writer, scholar whose concentration is African American historic interiors. During my ten days in Newport I learned so much from Wilson, the guest lecturers specifically Paul Miller, John Tschirch, and Pauline Metcalf. I plan to stalk all of them going forward. Daily we went on tours of various neighborhoods of Newport, as well as historic buildings in Pawtucent, Providence, Bristol, Middletown, Portsmouth, and Exeter, Rhode Island; Easton and Fall River, Massachusetts. We traveled and got to participate in Wilson’s infamous death marches around Newport!

The highlight above all over highlights happened on day 5. This day started at 9am with a lecture by Wilson entitled ‘McKim, Mead, & White and Newport: Patrons and the development of the Colonial Revival.” We then had another lecture by Paul Miller entitled “Allard & Sons, Decorators.” I tried my best to keep up in writing notes during Paul’s lecture, but I feel like I missed so many details. If only osmosis worked brain to brain, I would surely want to have a little osmosis time with Mr. Miller! Following the lectures we visited Channing Memorial Church, Newport Casino, the Griswold House, Redwood Library, and then a walking tour along Red Cross Avenue in an area known as Old Beach Road. It was during this walking tour that we saw this house that I will never forget. Now I must preface this by saying I have a strong affinity for Moorish architecture and the Arts & Crafts movement in the US. One of my favorite buildings is the Alhambra in Grenada, Spain, another is Hagia Sophia, another in America is the Gamble House. Now the exterior of this house was adorable, designed by McKim, Mead, & White, 1880-82 as one of their early Shingle Style homes. The house was designed for Samuel Tilton, who was a music dealer. The exterior includes panel sections of pieces of glass set in cement on the exterior. On the interior the details of this house are orgasmic, seriously! The details were so well thought out and created by meticulous craftsmen. Everywhere on the 1st floor of the house specifically was just beautiful. I would try to explain what I saw but photos speak best and I also found this historic structure site that has a pretty good description of the house.

I hope you enjoy the photos and if you are ever in Newport or participate in the American Summer School program in Newport, please go see the Tilton House and be prepared to be amazed!

Besos!

Horchow

In a recent issue of Elle Décor an ad by Horchow made me pause as I was flipping past the many ads in the beginning of the magazine. The ad was their Coast Modern feature highlighting beautifully curated navy blue and white interiors including pieces they currently are selling on their website. Anyone who has been to my home knows I love navy blue and white like I love water and the beach. It’s so crisp and clean, and just classic. Have you seen this Horchow ad, what do you think? The pillows, rugs, tablecloth, and bathroom are screaming my name.

Horchow Blue and white living room

Horchow Blue and white dining room

Horchow Blue and white bathroom

If you are interested in any of the items in these photos, check out their website.

Besos!

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National Hammock Day

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Did you know National Hammock Day was this past week on the July 22nd?! Neither did I until a co-worker mentioned it. I could have so used a hammock outside my house this past week to chill. The weather was nice basically all week, not too humid. What do you think – a hammock, a glass of wine, bits of cheese, fruit, crackers (gluten-free of course), and other crudités. *Sigh* Who knew such a day excited! Well this the perfect time to feature these beautiful hammocks I saw in a recent issue of Elle Décor. The Hang A Hammock Collective of Nicaragua uses hand woven cotton and hand-turned wooden bars from sustainable local trees or bamboo to make these beautiful hammocks, swing chairs, and baby swings. 10% of the proceeds go towards community projects of Masaya, Nicaragua.

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So pretty, right?!

Besos!

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