Thursday, December 4, 2014

It Takes A Village


Last Saturday our family gathered to celebrate our sweet #Lilly-Mo's dedication to Christ. 
Its true what they say, "It takes a village to raise a child". We've been so blessed to be able to share our baby girl, and to watch how affectionately she has been placed in so many people's hearts. 

Minus our family from Tennessee and her host of auntees & unckees in New York, the day was perfect! The atmosphere was warm and welcoming. The ceremony was simple. The decor, chic with several finishing touches to celebrate Grey. 
Here are few pictures I'd like to share from our special day, enjoy!



As guests arrived freshly brewed French roast coffee and a Mimosa Bar were available. 
As well as water infused with oranges, cucumbers, and mint.

Peach, pineapple, cranberry, and orange juice were dressed with mint, pomegranate seeds, pineapple slices, and fresh blueberries. We feasted on Italian food. Garlic knots, Italian chopped salad, a shrimp angel hair pasta, and a chicken fusilli with sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts. We finished with Red Velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and white chocolate shavings on all sides.


 I dressed #LGMH in her first of many to come, Love Collins Custom Clothier pieces.

A silk lined khaki lace bodice with exaggerated bows on each shoulder. 
The skirt was pleated grey lame with layers and layers of grey and white tulle. 

Mommy, Daddy, and her Godparents also wore grey in honor of our girl.
 We gathered around this basin accented with tea lights and a small bouquet of pink roses. The "L" monogrammed towel is trimmed in grey gross grain ribbon.

The sweetest part of the ceremony for me had to be the very end. After we, parents, Godparents, and the community, made our commitments we did a little laying on the hands! Now I've attended several denominations of church, the theme that's relevant from them all is the principle of purification before bestowing a blessing. From the youngest to the oldest everyone walked around dipped their hands in water we prayed over and blessed Lilly with a kiss, a prayer, or words of encouragement.

For me its the sense that everyone present has the opportunity to touch her life and leave their beginning impression on her. Even as young as she is, its about her having the chance to connect with everyone. We trust their love and hope for her life.
We are so honored to be her parents and share the world with her. 

 
  

"hugs & giggles"

LGMH
Lillian Grey-Mozelle Hayden

Photos courtesy of Alexis Danielle Photography @lexisk

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

New Feature: Love Collins on Black Bridal Bliss

                                     

Check out my latest bridal feature up now over at BlackBridalBliss.com
I chatted with Triple B's Founder Bridgette Bartlett-Royall about my fave fabrics to use, my design process and even plus size brides!! Here's snippet. Enjoy!

"Collins’ target customer is simply a bride. The designer works with women of all shapes and sizes nationwide. “I just did my first plus-size bride this past season and she was the perfect template. When I say girlfriend was stacked, she was stacked and about 6’1!” Collins exclaims."


Read the full story here

                           

Did you know Essence Magazine named Black Bridal Bliss  the Best Black Wedding Site!!

                                         



Friday, July 4, 2014

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 www.KiyahWright.com

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 Sears.com.

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