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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Pray And Push 'Til You Get It Done!

Hello Lovelies,

What a busy week so far, but, if am honest I love it!  Things are getting done.  This year I decided to really work hard on my product line which comprises of mostly prints, totes, and tees. My t. shirts are generally inspirational, God inspired and some are just down right zany...like me. Trust me, it has been a looooooooooong exhausting road to get here but, here I am about to kill it. Advice to anyone with a dream. NEVER GIVE UP!  Ever.

The tees below are my newest creations which are all available now on Amazon! YAY ME! 
Yes honey, she did that! :)




















https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079YDJCX5?customId=B07537H5TD&th=1






















https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079YM2SF7




https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079XK8764




















https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079VXQ1G4?customId=B0753779LY&th=1
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079VBJ7QT



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079STS2JJ



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079WM7R7C

Cherio!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Song Of The Day! - John Legend - Love Me Now




Hello lovelies, I am a huge Legend fanatic so of course this is my fav song for the day. :)  Happy Valentine's day! Wishing you a day filled with love, and wonderful memories.

Cherio!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A Tale Of Love And Lessons

I had the kind of relationship that was iron clad.  One that could never fail or falter...... until it did. 


I had been married to the most wonderful man on earth for almost twenty years when my whole world shifted of it's axis.  We had been living long distance for a considerable amount of years when one day we both realized that we were not "as happy" anymore.  We still loved each other madly but over the years he had built his career in one country and I in another. Neither of us wanted to ask the other to give up his or her life work to move and start over, but we both wanted the same thing.  To be together. Again. 

In the main time the separation was taking a major toll on us.  We were both miserable without each other. And so one day, in a confused and frustrated emotional state, we decided to just end it.  



Our relationship had become, too hard, challenging and the separation from each other, a major source of tension. 

There was seemingly no solution to our dilemma.  If I asked him to forfeit everything he had spent his life blood building, surely he will resent me and he felt I would resent him if he asked the same of me.  What a colossal mess!  



And so, for two years, we grieved for what could have been.  We called each other from time to time, and lost ourselves in each other for a few minutes.  It was always the same, like slipping on your favorite pair of jeans. 

Dependable. 

Comfortable.

 Effortless. 

Just Right




 Two years later, we still had not pulled the trigger on getting a divorce. Neither of us had the strength or fortitude to follow through on it, though we knew it was inevitable. To make matters worse, neither of us could date another person.  He was stuck on comparing other women to me and I compared other men to him.  Needless to say, everyone we could potentially date was all wrong for us! No matter how good looking or good they were. Clearly, it wasn't them. It was us.



Eventually, my hubby and I realized that we had made a huge mistake.  It was clear to us now that what we had was rare. Something to cherish and nurture.  All we needed to be happy was each other.  To hell with all else! 




Today we are together.  My husband and I wake up every day next to each other. We are happier than we have ever been.  Over the years we have learned lessons that makes us appreciate what we have.  Ironically, our two year separation has done more for us than the best marriage therapist. 


Here Are A Few Lessons We Learned Along The Way.

Never sweat or nit pick the small stuff

Laugh and enjoy each other every day.  No excuses!

Work and set goals as a couple but never worry or quarrel about money or bills

Be grateful for what you do have

Trust each other completely 

Communicate your feelings! 

R E S P E CT each other. Period.

Never go to sleep angry or upset

Show your love by your actions!  
Give impromptu massages or cook/order each other's favorite dish


Today, while I may not be a guru of love, I have learned enough to make a significant difference in my own relationship.  I will never, ever make the mistake again to think that my career or anything else is more important than my relationship. 
 If given a choice, I choose LOVE!  


CHERIO!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Beyond Be-Leaf! - The Beauty and Style of Leaves



 I am totally infatuated with leaves.  Yeah, I know it sounds a lil weird but as long as I long as I could remember.  Leaves has always been a fixation for me.  I grew up in the Bahamas where the tropical plant life is in abundance so perhaps this was the beginning of my leaf-mania. Who knows. :)  

Leaves to me, represent life.  They are true representations  of nature, tranquility and freedom. 

Leaves are powerful.

 They can transport you to a tropical island without ever leaving your home. 


Source: Overstock
Prints by ALDARIART

Leaves, especially tropical leaves, are the perfect way to infuse your home with that island style many of us crave. Ferns, palm branches and banana leaves are wonderful accents to your decor. You can also feature various leaves as framed wall prints, trendy wallpaper, or as fabric prints like throw pillows, bedding, throw rugs or curtains.

Leaves are perfect for formal events, because they are so versatile!  Most of us envision green when we think of a leaf but leaves come in a wide array of colors including multicolored, pink, yellow, orange, purple, green, brown, gray and even blue. Leaves also comes in an abundance of different shapes. Because of this fact, it is perfect for just about anything decorative, which includes floral arrangements and wedding decor. You can basically come up with different color combinations and shapes to create the most spectacular looks with minimal effort.  Most times all you need is a vase or a ribbon to secure your bouquet and you are done!


Croton Plant - source: plantscapers

Leaves are also an excellent choice because they literally cost you NOTHING. You can collect them yourself and just let your imagination do the rest.  You can glue them, spray them, stamp them or even stitch them. But, if you are particularly not feeling creative, Pinterest has an abundance of ideas to inspire you!.  


Source: Tory Burch

Ok, so while I am in confession mode, I might as well let you know that I also have a cabbage leaf obsession as well.  Particularly in dishware. It's sort of a thing with me, lol.  I know some folks think it is tacky but I don't care.....get over it!   Cabbage leaves are hawt! 



Leaves are a staple in Fashion.  I remember as a kid reading about ancient Rome and saw for the first time the solid gold braided leaf crown crown worn by the Roman Emperor Ceasar. It was a "wow" moment for me.  Still takes my breath away to this day.  More than this though, it's beauty and elegance continues to inspire and innovate modern fashion today. Leaf Art and design were here from the beginning of time and they are here to stay!





dhgate.com for about $20 bucks!





Designers like Tommy Bahama and Panama Jack have leveraged the power of leaves and tropical foliage very successfully. They have primarily built empires around leaves..... how amazing is that! 







Ralph and Russo Stilettos


Leaf belts from dhgate.com


Chloe 2017


Source: amiclubware





Source: Missguided


Source: Missguided


                                                         Source: charlotteolympia









Tuesday, February 6, 2018

With Love From The Bahamas - Junkanoo!

Hello Lovelies!

Yes, I have been awol for a while but I have lots to share with you! In my next post I will let you know where I disappeared to all this time and why I took a break from blogging.  I love you all. :)

Now for some exciting stuff.
I bring you the greatest cultural festival on earth!




This stunning explosion of Art, expression and color is called JUNKANOO which is one of the truest expressions of Bahamian culture.  If you are from the BAHAMAS, you bleed Junkanoo. End of story.

Junkanoo is held on Boxing day and New years day.  It is a spiritual experience that is unlike anything you will ever experience.  The closest to it is Carnival.  But, even Carnival does not even come close.  Imagine a parade more than 1000 strong with people wearing and carrying the most creative, stunning 3d Art pieces ever created.  Now imagine more than half of the members masterfully playing music in unison.  The most energetic rythmic pulsating, hypnotic "get in your marrow" music.  The music is so infectious you literally lose control....



As you dance to the sound of


Handmade
Goat Skin Drums.

Horns


Custom made
Cow Bells!

And other instruments.


There are many groups and they all dance and perform
with unbridled intensity and passion.

It is phenomenal.  
Epic. 
Amazing.

All that and some biscuits!


(And this Bahamian girl is not biased at all. :) 


















CHERIO!