Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Happy #BIG35

When did I grow up!! Well I guess it doesn't too much matter because I am here now.
I recently celebrated my 35th bday.
A while back a group of friends and I would collectively give each year a mantra to live by. Although we have since eighty-sixed that tradition I have personally applied it to my life. However, I no longer count January 1 as my new year. I now celebrate my new year with each birthday.
365 days towards personal growth and success.
This beautiful journal was given to me by my older sister.
And so ensues this years motto #BIG35! With everything I put my energy towards and apply my heart to, I wan to do bigger. Out of my comfort zone, pass what I can see, completely out on faith! Stay with me this year... I may need you to hold me accountable! 
As for my celebration. I gathered a few girlfriends and headed to The Villa Restaurant of Woodlands. Thanks to great company, good food, conversation and cocktails our 12:00PM brunch didn't end until 5:30PM!
I had the blueberry lemon ricotta pancakes. This is the crab benedict. Isn't it gorgeous? You should have seen it in person. Eggs benedict has always been on my taste wish list. I could never get passed the runny egg, though. It was everything I thought it would be. warm, succulent, sexy, and full of flavor. A beautiful dish for sure, but I can't get with the egg! LOL. I was proud of myself for finally giving it go. I don't think I'll be ordering anytime in the near future. What's on your taste wish list? What's holding you back from tasting it? You can just do as I did, wait till' someone else orders it and taste theirs!!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

All Black Err-thang!!!

All Black Errthang! Heehee, It sounds kind of silly right? It's the name I chose for my Pinterest board inspired by the color black. When I say the title I use my hip-hop rap voice, even when I say it in my mind. 

In the world of fashion and personal style black however is the most complimentary color for every silhouette and skin tone. Its our staple monochromatic palette and a I need a chic and quick resolution because I'm having one of those days kinds of color! Its present in every collection, and known as the basic or staple color. But did you know some argue that black is not an actual color? I personally call it the neutralizer or my zero color. Its crisp, clean and buttoned up. Like a good men's tuxedo. Perfect!

I love finding inspiration in black and white photography, textures, typography and so much more. Rather than just share a photo of myself I'm giving you a glance into some of my fave pics inspired by the color black.

My Niece Aniya Jones
I Mean Its Chanel

 My Original Black & White Sketches

Feel the Vibes
(L.) The Boss- Diana Ross & Michael Jackson  (R.) James Brown

Mademoiselle Grace Jones



Tuesday, February 3, 2015


"Sit Still let my love enfold you in the radiance of my presence."

God is with you. God is for you.


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"

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!!