In 10 days, it will be my one year anniversary. It seems incredible this much time has passed by since August 29, 2015 yet the seasons have changed and here we are.
Prepping up to celebrate my anniversary here are some inspiration shots from our engagement shoot.
Reminiscing on how much fun it was to snap these and can’t wait for our year anniversary shoot.
If you were to ask me my favorite fashion item ever it may well be a tie between pencil skirts and liquid eyeliner.
Pencil skirt slightly outranking the eyeliner. My first recollection of my love for pencil skirts came from childhood. I was a strange child, let’s get that out in the open. Very strange in fact.
An only child, I had to rely on imagination to not be bored out of my mind. When I first moved to the United States, didn’t know the language and virtually had no friends, I found some form of comfort watching old Hollywood movies. I fell in love with Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Lauren Bacall, Lana Turner and of course Jean Harlow. I admire Jean’s beauty and glamour so much I named my event planning company after : Harlow & Dahlia Events. My favorite Old Hollywood era was the 1940’s and Film Noir. (On a different post, I’ll cover how my love for Film Noir led me to become a film major for a year in college)
One thing that always stood out to me about this era is the clothes, I just love the style of the 40’s. Clean lines, dark tones, wavy hair, red lipstick, big eyes, strappy (is that a word?) heels.
I feel I belong to that era, while I don’t necessarily believe in reincarnation, if ever something would make me believe is the sole fact that I am convinced I must have lived in that decade.
The pencil skirt was a trademark statement of that time. I have images of Marilyn Monroe wearing a beautiful black skirt bouncing around in espadrilles wedges.
Whenever I need an instant pick me up, I don on one of my many pencil skirts, dash the eyeliner, grab a Starbucks and I feel like a million dollars. I love the instant glamour the skirt provides me, I feel fit, elegant and ready to go.
I wear them to work, I wear them out and about, I wear them on casual days and big occasions. I wear them with heels such as below and I wear them with flip flops, sandals, wedges, just about any suitable shoe EXCEPT sneakers of course. Never sneakers + a pencil skirt shall mix.
I find them to be such a flattering piece of clothing on most women. If you don’t own one yet, I ask you to go out and buy one. You’ll see what I mean about feeling glamorous in them!
I have a few philosophies I live by that I’ve picked up through the years. Little actions and thoughts that carry me through times where I wonder how I’ll make it.
My very favorite philosophy and we’ll say :
If you don’t feel great, if someone has done you wrong, if this and that is happening then dress to impress yourself.
Dress SO amazing that you spark and fly out of your house ready to take on the world. Carry yourself so high, shoulders up, determination in sight. Everyone that sees you will gasp and just like that you silence any doubters.
It isn’t necessarily about impressing others but more about showing life who you really are. The times are tough, great, then dress like you are off to the greatest party of your life. Because life is short and you can’t sit around waiting for the party to come to you which brings me to:
Sometimes we need to make the party happen ourselves. Stop waiting for the compliment, stop waiting for the better job and the better relationship. Those things will never come just as long as we wait and abide to complete our happiness waiting for their arrival.
Here is my “stopping traffic, philosophies in my mind” outfit:
This Monday, I woke up and had things in perfect order, I ate a healthy breakfast, laundry was done, house was clean, the girls were woken up early.
The fashion statement in this photo isn’t the dress, hair or flowers, it’s my smile. Cheesy as it sounds, it’s my favorite thing to wear!
This summer has probably been my favorite summer ever (well last year is my favorite since that was the summer of I got married). I’ve been busy, lots of traveling and adventures. Well this weekend we got finally got to wind down and have an easy, breezy weekend. The girls and I did some shopping to catch up on some essentials they needed, managed to plan recipes and dinner for the rest of the week, work out and even explore some of our beautiful Vermont. Nothing gets me ready for a Monday as a peaceful Sunday.
I haven’t talked much about my career in the blog but in addition to running my own wedding planning business I am also a full time Marketing Manager. Yes, that’s 40 hours a week.
I fact I started this blog with the intention to carve out some time for myself where I discuss some of my favorite things so I can balance out family/work/business/social life. This is my “zen”. I love to share a piece of my life, it allows me to step away from the every day routine and I can focus on my love for weddings and fashion!
For Sunday, I came up with this easy to put together outfit that is still very comfortable and fashionable and in all honesty all under $25. It is possible to do! I LOVE this dress from Old Navy. I noticed I haven’t shopped there as much lately as I used to now that I’m evolving into new looks but I still have so many good finds from there! I love this dress because although simple, it is flattering and I can easily dress it down for the beach with flip flops and tossing my hair up or I can dress it up as shown below. A blank canvas dress is the best time because it is as if you own several dresses in one.
You can reorganize your look very easily when the canvas is so easy to play with.
To top it all off talk about having a fabulous hair day! I woke up and my hair curled down on its own as show in the pictures. No hairspray or retouching it. Let’s just say I ran with it.
Photo cred: My wonderful husband who loves to include some very strong solar flare in my pictures!
Here’s to all of us having a wonderful beginning of the week. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s outfit inspiration for very cute work style outfits that will make your work week just that much more exciting.
To say I love Jamaican food is an understatement. I like to think at 31 years old I’ve been well exposed to a variety of cultures and cuisines and Jamaican cooking is absolutely in my top five favorites, if not top three.
Jamaican cuisine infuses flavorful spices for unique flavors you will always remember. While I haven’t been fortunate enough to visit beautiful Jamaica yet, I’ve fallen in love it and can’t wait to visit. There is so much I love about Jamaican culture but in particular is how gracious and happy the very large majority of Jamaicans I’ve met have been.
I love reggae music, I’ve rasied my two daughters listening to it from a young age and I even my husband at a dance-hall reggae club night. When I hear reggae, I instantly relax and think of beautiful blue water by my feet, the smell of the ocean, all the good things you can expect. It is also powerful, reggae lyrics are some of the saddest and most beautiful lyrics I’ve heard. Message about love, respect, inequality, change, its music that forces you to think beyond comfort zones.
Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is one of the tasteful, bold coffees I’ve tasted (THIS I know I am an expert in!). This all organic coffee tastes radiant in the start of your morning. Grown in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Jamaica at a very high elevation, this coffee is as rich as any I’ve tasted.
Once you are done with your cup of coffee, let’s think dinner. My two favorite meals I’ve tried (thus far) is curry chicken and jerk chicken. Both will have you eating off the plate!
I’ve been cooking this recipe or well a similar variation of it for Jamaican curry chicken for years and let me assure you it is beyond delicious! Courtesy of the New York Times!
Try it out this weekend, pair this delicious recipe with a cold drink, some reggae tunes and you’ll thank me!