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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Day #365 ... I'm in LOVE!

I just read the post I'd written on my birthday from last year. (Day #1 #Jesus Year #33) It brought a smile to my face immediately. Not only are the few things that I shared as blessings still true, but they have been increased, as well.

This past year has been so amazing, with so many amazing life changes both tangible and emotional I know they have all been the work and pleasure of God. I can remember a prayer asking God to allow me to see his favor in my life, His glory at work, and His presence in even the finest detail. I'd previously felt that I was missing it, and missing out! I no longer wanted my daily grind and life in general to overshadow doors being opened and prayers being answered. I serve a God who loves me, loves to shower me with His goodness, and for me to receive and boast about His love.

As I reflect I remember making my requests, confessing my faith over them, accepting God's will for the outcome and giving thanks every time I thought about it.  By the time it came into fruition my heart, spirit, and mind were ready to receive them.

These are a few of the scriptures that I kept in my spirit throughout my past year...

Lamentations 3:21 
"This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope, it is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed. Because his compassion fail not they are new every morning"

James 1:18 
"Of His own will begat he us that we might be a kind of first fruits of all his creations."

James 1:17 
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above..."

Romans 8:31
"What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?"

Romans 8:38-39 
"For I am persuaded that neither... powers, nor things present, nor things to come... nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Phillipians 4:13 
"I can do all things through who strengthens me."

John 3:30 
"He must increase, but I must decrease."

1 John 4:4 
"Ye are of God... because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world."

Phillipians 4:12 
"I know both how to be abased and I know how to abound, every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need."

1 John 4:18 
"There is no fear in love... He that feareth is not made perfect in love."

One of the greatest understandings I have gained is God's love for me.  I'd like to continue this realization into my new year. May each and every amazing experience be guided by and enriched with love.

This years mantra... "I'm in Love"

#ThemeSong; Aretha Franklin "I'm In Love

Friday, June 6, 2014

Behind-The-Seams- with Celebrity Hairstylist Kiyah Wright of OWN's Love In The City

OWN has introduced us to four girlfriends in New York City. As we meet them, the girls are a midst major career, relationship, and health transitions. With energetic poise these girls graciously reel us in, which isn't hard to do. Their genuine friendship and lifestyles, which were established long before the cameras started rolling, is relate able and charming. 

(cast l-r) Bershan Shaw, Chenoa Maxwell, Kiyah Wright, Tiffany Jones

Although I caught up with the show toward the end of the season, I ca honestly say by  the end of the first episode I felt as if these could be any of my girlfriends. I felt like their personal and professional situations weren't being exaggerated. I loved it, bravo!!! 
I'm looking forward to season 2.

I attended the LA Press Screening, and after had the opportunity to chat with celebrity hairstylist du jour Kiyah Wright and the groups main girlfriend! Our hour long conversation was fun. We dished of course about the show, life's journey, career, and a lil Jesus. Join me as I go behind-the-seams with the raspy voiced ingenue. 

Totally Obsessed xoxo Love

LC: Now that the first season has wrapped how would you describe the overall experience? KW: It was truly a great experience. Just being with my girls knowing they are all out for your best interest. It was honest TV. It felt too easy.

LC: Do you feel the show’s original goal or intent was achieved successfully? 
KW: I do, but I also felt like it became a bit heavy too. This is that era where a lot of women are getting cancer, although it was good to see Bershan and Tiffany make it through. Then Chenoa, not being able to have children and her and husband separating. My story! I’m dating a 27 year old... is this realistic?! Our stories developed naturally.  And viewers got a chance to see that and how we support each other through the process.

LC: Did you ever feel like you had to hold back, either for anonymity sake or as a filter? KW: I really didn't hold back at all. But I’m glad they didn't highlight me being bossy. It’s not coming from a place where I’m trying to hurt or harm anyone.

LC: Were you ever worried something would be misinterpreted or edited to come off different than your intention? 
KW: No, I never gave them anything to be misinterpreted.

LC: As a hairstylist what’s your ultimate goal? 
KW: To create hair solutions for women, catering to the needs for textured hair. My first goal for the Muze product line was hair style maintenance. So women can learn how to maintain their hair style in between appointments. Next is hair care. Ultimately, a Muze Agency, where I can represent other talent like myself.

LC: What is your perspective on success? Do you feel you are already successful? 
KW: Yes I am. It would really be ungrateful to God to say I’m not successful.

LC: What’s the best professional advice you’ve received (hair related or not)? 
KW: It was from Puffy on working with celebs. “Stay focused, mind your business, and be the best that you can be.”

LC: Are you as attentive to your hair as you are towards your clients? 
KW: No, it’s terrible, not at all!!  I’ll tell myself, “Tend to your own hair child.”

What are the top trends right now? 
KW: Natural hair and extensions. I want to make sure I'm catering to those needs.

What are your top hair do’s and don’ts for texturally based hair.
Do: A good stylist specializing in color.
Don’t: Go to a colorist who’s not experienced. You don’t want your hair to come out orange when you want blond. 
Do: Treat your hair by conditioning and using hair masks such as olive oil over night.
Do: Take your weave out for at least one month in between new styles to allow the scalp to be stimulated.

Favorite place to shop? New York
What was your biggest fashion faux paux? Baggy clothes, the whole TLC look. Now I need my clothes to be fitted.

How would you describe the evolution of your style? As I’ve gotten older I’ve become more confident. I dress better with great jackets and pants. My style is more edgy, rocker, and classic.
Favorite color? Turquoise blue it make’s you feel good.
Favorite Flower? Calla Lilly
If you had to wear one item, everyday for the rest of your life what would it be?  A dress
Your personal style icon? Gwen Stefani
I got my first designer _______ at  ______ years old. Gucci bag at 19
Boots or Heels? Heels
What’s the best thing you ever ate? Boiling Crab
A perfect day? Sunshine, good weather, and a good date!
I can’t leave home without my? Perfume…Creeds Millesime Imperial
What makes you stop and say thank you? Every morning when I wake up feeling healthy and happy.
What’s the best thing about your job? I get to change people lives everyday.
What’s something you wish your mom told you about life, that life ended up teaching you? How to cook.
“What I know for sure is....”  In life you have to make a decision to be happy, and how you want your life to be!

Stay in touch with Kiyah Wright @KiyahWright

Love Collins is a designer who shares life Behind-the Seams. She owns the women's apparel studio Love Collins Custom Clothier. is Co-Owner of the popular online jewelry boutique The Pink Studs and founded the non-profit organization The Fashion Hoard.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Kardashian Kollection | Fenella Ballet Flats

I usually don't do price point inspired posts. But I recently came across the Fenella shoe in nude. Its a take on the classic ballerina flat, but with an upgrade. 

 Take your classic flat, give it a pointed toe, add in a color blocked element, a metallic gold ankle strap, and a back zip for extra support. 
The juiciest part, its under $100.00. Its perfect to add to your pastel pieces, or I can just imagine it with a monochromatic denim set. 

 The Fenella is available in three additional colors for $39.99  

Blue | Black | White  
 Find additional steals from the Kardashian Kollection at

Don't save your flats for your frumpy frocks. I've pulled a few looks from my Pinterest board to help spark your creativity. Can't you just picture yourself in these great looks?!!

(l) Keep it cool with men's inspired elements to juxtapose the feminine shoe.
(r) The garden weddings answer to chic attire with out compromising your heels or style.

(l) For the Bohemian, a soft floral romper
(r) Mix it up, eighty six your traditional black blazer for one with pleated tails. 
Photos via Pinterest

Totally Obsessed xoxo Love

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Beauty of Breaking Bread: #BLMeetUpLA

A few years back someone showed me the beauty of breaking bread with others. Think about it, history has taught us through various cultures that the process of preparing a meal and gathering together is strategic and requires care and commitment. Different tribes and/ or neighbors each bring something to the sharing table for the ritual of passing, giving, serving, and receiving one to another. Starting to see the beauty!!!
A "Love" note | Susie Cakes Bakery | A quick ice breaker

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of sitting at the Bloggers Like Me sharing table for an LA Meet Up. We were all representing our different tribes; fashion, lifestyle, hair, design, media, marketing and more. The layers of our beautiful experience kept unfolding as our similarities revealed themselves. There were some mommies, entrepreneurs, some broken-hearted, some overcomers, and a student. But we were all students... to each others lives, experiences, knowledge, spirit. We showed up eager, excited, and open. We left fulfilled, empowered, welcomed, and charged. Thank you ladies you are treasure.

Top Andree | Prescilla | LaShon Bottom: Kim | Natalie

The lesson I've learned about breaking bread is its the perfect setting for all occassions, celebrating, meeting, apologizing, and comforting. Don't you think so?

We brunched at Marmalade Cafe. I had the White Corn Chilequilles

BLMgirls Andree ( LifeNotes ) and Jana'e Holmes (Naturally Curly Kinky )

Me and Leslie ( Fashion DuJuor Daily) Those mini Polaroids are too cute!

Totally Obsessed xoxo Love

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Third Trimester, 28 Weeks, & 2 Lbs. Down

Honestly I do not know how it happened But I am so glad it did! I lost two pounds, and I am very excited about that. Carrying an extra 20 + pounds than normal feels different. If he, my doctor, had said you lost 1 lb 11 oz I would still do a little jig. Don't worry, #sweetlilbabyhayden is now weighing a whopping 2.4 lbs and right on target. 

Now in my final trimester baby has found its groove on my left side. I have a little whopsided bump because of it, but hey if its cozy for baby, I'm cool! I'm feeling very pregnant these days. Majority of my movements are accompanied by a bulbous grunt or moan of some sort. Lol!

Sleeping is my most uncomfortable activity, but each night I rotate my pillow count and configuration. If anyone is down, i"m ready to petition to congress to pass a law ensuring all pregnant women receive massages and back adjustments. I promise husbands would be happier, dinners would come out better, work would be more sufficient. What do you think?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DVF The Greatest Wrapper

I originally intro'd the story for DVF: Journey of A Dress as it was first being leaked to the media. Since, I've attended the fun and flirty show with #sweetlilbabyhayden and gal-pal Lianca Lyons in tow. 
As you enter you're greeted by the hot pink foyer bookmarking notable women in variations of prints and shapes of the dresses, photos of life inside her working studios, and of course her famous Warhol portrait. As Lianca and I grazed the installation we chatted about fashion of course, boys, New York, and life in general. I love great conversation, its stimulating and always leads to food!
The more I read and learn about DVF the more I fall in love. The now 67 years young designer is still celebrating the birthday and success of her worldwide adored wrap dress in a full hot pink and prints exhibition at the Wilshire May Company Building in Los Angeles, Ca. 
Her spirit reads of a woman who is clear about her life, direct with her intentions, and sure of her style. She's confident and independent in a way that derives from experience and not out of rebellion. She is seasoned. 
I love this type of woman. 
I feel an air of fearlessness as I have researched her. I'm sure its 50% innate, and the other a combination of being well traveled, becoming a princess, and perhaps due to the fact her iconic wrap dress sold over 3 million units in its first year. 

of course her success and fairytale isn't short of naysayers. Early on she believed she wasn't "really a designer", or that her dress would ever be important. However, her bulls eye instincts of what women want to wear has leaned into hotel designs, beauty products, and an uber successful collection she designed exclusively for QVC called Silk Assets in 1991.

The Belgium Princess' affair with textiles began when she worked for Angelo Ferretti a textile manufacturer while she was engaged, pregnant, and moving to America, sound familiar! Textiles have become apart of her design signature in bold and colorful prints.

The Facts:
1. The wrap dress was inspired by the wrap top ballerinas wear over their tutu.
2. This photo has hung on Tom Fords inspiration board for more than 20 years, its on my board as well!
3. The Wrap Dress hangs in the Smithsonian
4. DVF's first fragrance was named Tatiana after her daughter.
5. DVF is the current president of the CFDA

View My Full DVF Gallery here: DVF Pics

Do you own a Wrap dress? I have a poly jersey in a solid hot pink. What color is yours? Is it full length, 3/4 sleeve, we want to know?
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