Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Birthday Vibin


It's my birthday and I couldn't be more excited!  This post is dedicated to the celebration of life and all its possibilities.  It's a reminder that I've been given another chance learn, grow and change.  For me, It definitely represents a new beginning. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

It's a November Thing

Guadalupe River

"...the end is often the beginning..." I have heard this expression used to describe the of end of a relationship, a job or some other type of transition experienced in life.  For me right now, this expression speaks to me as we enter into the 11th month of the calendar year.  It's nearly the "end" of the year, but to me the month of November symbolizes a time of reflection, renewal and happiness.  It's also the birth month of my father, my son and myself.  As we approach the holiday season and the end of the year, here are some of the reasons why the end often feels like the beginning:

Monday, October 30, 2017

Selena: an Homage to the Queen of Tejano

See below for costume details
Unless you've lived under a rock for the past 20 years, there's no denying the influence that Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla has had on today's pop culture.  Being a Corpus Christi native and resident of Selena's old neighborhood, it was only right that I represent for my city and hood and transform into Selena for Halloween. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

24 Hours in Vegas, My Story

It has been 3 weeks since the incident but I chillingly remember it like it was yesterday. My trip to Las Vegas that was scheduled for October 1-2, 2017 had been planned for months. By design, this was going to be a solo vacation.  The trip was celebratory in nature. I had just experienced what I considered to be a victory in my professional life and I was feeling myself at the moment. There was no particular event that dictated the date that I decided on for my travel, the flight and room rate just happened to be cheapest on Oct 1. I became ecstatic once I scheduled my flight and booked my room at Caesars Palace. I didn't share my travel plans with many people:  I only told my mom days before I was scheduled to leave. I had specific plans when I arrived in Vegas:  simply to shop, see the sights and catch some sort of night-time entertainment. I knew the fact that my hotel would be located right in the heart of the Las Vegas strip would afford me easy access to all of those things.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Solstice

Sometimes a change in seasons and scenery can do you some good.  A checkered black dress and a crimson trench coat can immediately put you into the holiday spirit.  Details for my winter-ready look from Eloquii  and G Stage love can be found at the bottom of this post.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Perfect Match

Last month I had the pleasure of attending an October wedding.  Because Fall weather normally doesn't begin in South Texas until late November/early December, I was lucky enough to be able to pull of this lil number from Eloquii.  The dress's weightless texture, bold print and bright colors made it an instant hit.  To create an even more streamlined silhouette, I chose to add a stretchy black waist belt.  Jewelry from Charming Charlie brought additional visual interest and color.  My black quilted Tory Burch bag pulled my look together and added classic touch to a very feminine and fun look.

Dress Eloquii, Bag Tory Burch at Neiman Marcus Belt similar here and here Earrings similar Bracelet similar

Thursday, October 13, 2016

I'm Only Human

As human beings, we'd often like to think that we are the most evolved versions of ourselves--Even when we’re not.  Last week, I experienced that feeling.  For months now, I have forged a path toward happiness and healing.  I have identified mistakes that I have made in the past and promised myself that in the future I’d do better.  Everything is easy to say until of course, life tests you.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Happiness Comes from Within

Have you ever wondered why some people, despite their wealth, power and material possessions are clearly unhappy with their lives?  I know I have.  As someone who went back to school full-time as single parent I can tell you that the struggle is real.  I always felt that my life would be so much easier if I just had a little more money so I wouldn’t have to worry about my car breaking down, repairs that my house  needed or how my bills were going to get paid.   Worrying about money caused me lots of stress which caused me to assume that folks with more money slept great at night because they didn’t have to worry about the things that I did.  Boy was I wrong.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Urge to Purge

For me, 2015 has proven itself to be a year of new beginnings.  In addition to all of these changes has come the strong urge to rid myself of the things that I no longer need in all areas of my life.  One of the ways that I have elected to accomplish this is to purge my closet of anything that is no longer needed.  Even though it seems like I do this every couple of years, this time is especially daunting because I have personally challenged myself to make sure there is a place for everything—no excuses.  This challenge has only highlighted the fact that I tend to hold onto to things for much longer than I should.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Change is good, but it can hard.  I have found that quietly observing life around me has been the best way for me to navigate through this season in my life.  I have given up holding on to old ways of life and have simply let them fall away without missing a beat.  I try not to overthink anything as I realize that good things take time and I should remain patient. 

I have always been someone who cares deeply for others, but I taken this time to be attentive to my needs and to take care of myself first.  So for me, this has been a season of pause.  Pause to think about and identify what my needs are and what my next moves are going to be.  Pause to plan out how I want my life to be and to be strong enough to be able to execute that plan.

Many of my heart's desires are coming true, and I have to prepare myself in order to be ready to receive that.

So today I encourage you to Pause.  It can make all the difference in the world.

Stay Beautifully Encouraged & Empowered