Danielle Mone: Her Perspective On The Louis Vuitton Speedy.

I love the Louis Vuitton so much. It’s is a classy looking purse that will go well with almost anything you wear. I’ll leave it at home when I’m wearing my after 5 gown, but that’s about it! It’s well with dresses, jeans skirts, shorts, business attire…ok you get the gist! I had to blog about it again. Yes! Again.

This time I want to share it from a younger woman’s perspective. Then I came across a blog that truly appealed to me, because she’s pictured with my dream purse. She blogged about why everyone needs one. She’s correct  depending on who you ask. If you are into fashion like myself, high end  connoisseur  or fashion blogger you would agree.  Although my taste is more classic,  there are some trendy things I can rock with as well.

I stumbled across a blog entitled : xoxo DanielleMone. I love Louis Vuitton anything.IMG_4045.JPGIMG_4047.JPG I had to read what Ms. Danielle had to say.  One thing that stood out to me is she wanted to make sure her readers chose the right bag for their first designer purchase.  Knowing the difference between the classic and bandolier speedy is paramount to taking the plunge. If you like your hands free most of the time. A bandolier would be the best choice. Plus millennials have different ideas they are wrong ides, just a different one. I can see where the bandolier would be useful for me. I chose the Speedy classic because it’s the only thing known when Louis Vuitton made the first Speedy. For me I purchased it for the story behind it. We both have two different perspectives and there isn’t a wrong way of looking at it. I do have my mind on something like a Pochette Accessories because there are times I like to go for a stroll in the park, or to an event in downtown Atlanta and would love to leave the big bag at home.

To read more about xoxo DanielleMone, here is the link . She’s a gorgeous twenty something fashion blogger!


Who I am and Why I’m Here.

I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, with both of my biological parents. I have two brothers  that are younger than I am. Yet somehow I’m still considered the baby. May be because I’m female. Yes, I think that’s what one of my brothers told me.

At the age of nine years of age I grew up loving and fixated on a camera and it’s components. Not only did I want to learn how to shoot a 35mm film camera, I needed to know how the camera worked technically to create images. As a teen, I became the appointed family photographer . There wasn’t anything I wouldn’t shoot if I thought it would leave a piece of history.

Now that I’m older, not only do I want to photograph women, of all races, sizes and ages to promote self love.  I want to be more of a positive advocate for women.  In nearly all facets of my life I have experienced women with low self esteem and noticed how females aren’t as kind to one another as they should.  I want to be the face of self love and positiveness to all women.

You’ll find blogs regarding healthy eating, self love, beauty tips, product reviews and some lifestyle as well. Hopefully some of my blogs will reflect that I’m human and I share  challenges sometimes. I’m not just a face behind a computer. Vibe with me. Share and leave comments. I would love that.

While I enjoy blogging on various topics of interest. My main focus is the lovely women  over 40. When your a woman that’s over 40, you face new challenges in life. There’s how society views women over 40, health challenges and the desire to feel  accepted and  beautiful as your body changes.

Ageless Beauty: As We Get Older Our Skin Becomes Dry



What I Did For Valentines Day.

I know some people don’t celebrate this Hallmark holiday, but I’m all for anything that is sweet. With all of the negativity that goes on in the world everyday, Valentines Day is welcomed around here. Now some of you may not have a special someone in your life and perhaps that’s why you don’t care much for valentines . Then there are those who think it’s just a commercial day to spend money. Whatever your feelings are about this day set aside; to openly express love. Don’t forget to love yourself no matter what.

I spent my valentines in Manhattan, New York.  The trip was amazing despite a few little hiccups in the plan. It was a part of my bucket list. I’ve always wanted to do this and I can finally check it off. Done!  It’s truly a blessing to live out some of my dreams and obtain a few goals. What did you do on Valentines Day?  Read below this picture. hearts  Leave a comment about your day.  In the meantime watch this video.


Drab To Fab Furniture

I love a good DIY. For me a DIY is one that is almost flawless . It has the look of being purchased straight off the shelf and ready.  I don’t do very many Do -it- yourself  projects. Well, I digress. Most of my DIY’s don’t make it to mainstream because they don’t usually pass my finicky inspection.

I was in the market for some nightstands for my bedroom. I looked at several online and found so many beautiful ones. I thought I wanted to try mirrored furniture. Considering I only have one piece of mirrored furniture in the entire house. let me put this out here, I think anything can be over done. I don’t want to go nuts with too many mirrored pieces. However, I think I can stand for a bit more.

For the life of me, I don’t know why I decided to hack a nightstand in lieu of purchasing one to my liking. Perhaps I was in the Martha Stewart mood the day I went to Ikea. Side note: Some people call me a the brown Martha Stewart. Hehehe …oh That wasn’t funny.  Sorry, back to the subject at hand. I went down to or up to Ikea and bought the Rast Chest. It’s a three drawer chest and I felt like it is taller than the average nightstands I see in some  furniture stores. I don’t know what the heck furniture makers are thinking when they create little doll house nightstands for grown people. I’m grown! I need storage next to me my bed. I nearly bought a buffet to go next to my bed, because the doll house nightstands are working out. For now I’ll try this chest near my bed. I’ll see how I feel about it in a few months. If not, I’ll purchase something larger.

It was relaxing to put together. I painted it and look at how it went from drab to fab. Watch the video and tell me what you think. Did I do good girl? Until next time. Stay beautiful!chest2



Ladies: How To Build The Perfect Wardrobe For Your Guy

Believe it or not I love mens fashion. On the contrary there is always a lot of talk about clothes that are offered to women.  In the meantime, mens fashion is neglected, because there is this stigma that men do not care about style.  Perhaps more women are interested in fashion. They read style magazines and nearly every woman at least once in their life has thought about becoming a model.

As you set out to help your guy refine his dress code, Think about which wardrobe words of wisdom is worth heeding. At any rate I think your guy should have a little of everything in his  closet to have enough pieces for every occasion. You should never have to run out and buy him anything on a fly for something specific. It should be in his closet already. Much like a stylish woman. If she’s attending an after 5 event, there should be a few gowns in her wardrobe prepared for that special event.

For my guy ( hubby) I started with refining his dress shirts. He wears suits almost daily for business. It was time to increase the amount of shirts and freshen his wardrobe with new ones. I shop at JoS. A. Bank the majority of the time for his business attire.  They are  known for high quality menswear. They have an array of classic and casual  styled clothing.  JoS. A. Bank, is a bit pricey but you get your monies worth.  As a perk, you’ll receive $50.00 as a reward for spending $500.00.  The pay off is that you will look great for years to come. If your guy is a professional, looking great should be his last concern.

The hubby and I made another trip to my favorite mens shop Make sure your guy not only gets measured but try on the shirts. Sometimes the measurement doesn’t always equate to comfort. JOS BANK


Yes, You Need To Wash Your New Undies.

I won’t kid around with you, I hadn’t always thought this way. As a child until I was a young adult. I’d always put the undies on without washing them. My philosophy then,” if they are new; they’re clean.” Well that’s partially true. New undies should be washed before you wear them. It isn’t always about them being new.  They should be clean, they are new. Right? Let’s take this a step further.

Here are reasons why you should wash your new undies before you wear them:

  1. Women try on underwear before they purchase them
  2. The dyes can transfer to your skin   ( Especially dark or bright)
  3. Formaldehyde is found in fabrics
  4. So many people have touched them with their bare hands ( The factory workers…ect.)
  5. The paper liner may not be fresh
  6. Menstrual blood may be present
  7. Chemicals used to make the undies ( There are 8,000 chemicals used)
  8. Germs can live on cotton from a few minutes to 6 months
  9. Cotton is sprayed with pesticides
  10. Coated with fire retardants for transport

Have you ever gone shopping and felt sick  a few days afterwards?  It can come from a women with staphylococcus ( Stomach flu) , which can hang around in a persons body a few days after vomiting and diarrhea is over. For instance the woman feels better and now she’s gone shopping. Guess what! She tried on the undies that you ended up buying.

I hope I made you think the next time you decide to wear, before you wash. It’s certainly changed me.

Wash Before You Wear
Photo by: Daralynn

Don’t Use Hair Extension Glue On Your Eyelids.

Every since my wedding photos were taken, I have gotten so deep into eyelashes. When I tell you it completes the look, I mean that literally. There isn’t anything that can take the place of  beauty enhanced eyes! I don’t mean your eyeballs. No, leave them alone. I don’t want you messing with those. You need to see. Right?

Ok where do I start with this exciting blog. See, I hate when I get too excited to write, because I began to fumble my thoughts. I just want to hurry and get the words on paper. Help me Father! Ok, Ok, here we go. As I get deeper into all types of eyelash extensions, I began to do research on different types of adhesives to use. one type doesn’t fit all for sure. There is white, clear and black adhesive . I’m not sure why anyone would want the glue to cure to a white finish, but it’s yours for the taking. There are so many brands. Revlon, Duo and Kiss and Bella Lash to name a few. They are formulated  specifically  to use on the eyelids.  There are some adhesives on the market for sensitive eyes.

This is great but this blog is more about using hair extension glue on your eyelids. Is it safe? I’ve read so many blogs, forums and comments on social media regarding it’s safety simply because they’ve used it for before and it didn’t have an adverse effect on them. But does it mean it’s safe because you didn’t noticeably have any effects? It’s like smoking a cigarette and saying it didn’t bother you.

My take on it  is, hair bonding glue is for hair and eyelash glue is for the eyes, for a reason.  For instance, Salon Pro 30 seconds hair bonding glue, states in the  ingredients: Do not use on hair that is damaged. Keep out of reach of children. Keep out of eyes, if contact occurs, wash thoroughly with water. Ingredients: latex, water (aqua), sodium polyacrylate, dimethicone, quaternium-15, ammonium hydroxide, fragrance (parfum), may contain CL77262422.  Do you know what CL77262422 is?  It is chlorpyrifos which is used in pesticides.  Possible side effects:  Mild poisoning can result in eye watering, increased saliva and sweating, nausea and headache. Moreover, it may lead to muscle spasms or weakness, vomiting or diarrhea and impaired vision. Symptoms of severe poisoning include seizures, unconsciousness, paralysis, and suffocation from lung failure.Why would you want that near your eyes? No adhesive is meant to put directly in your eyes, but with something used near your eyes, it could possibly get in your eyes.  Plus when removing your falsies one’s real lashes  are very likely to come off. Amen?

Some would say, eyelash glue doesn’t hold as well as hair bonding glue. It’s not supposed to hold for 30 days. Your eyes are precious . If you’re not removing the eyelashes daily before bed, shame on you. If  eyelash glue is applied to the lash band properly you can get a great all day hold with something like Duo clear. I’ll admit the glue looks clear depending upon the lash band. If you’re using lashes with the clear plastic band, it can have the tendency of looking like  build up from the glue. I’ve had so much success with Duo. My lashes remain in place until I gently remove them. There isn’t any hair loss in the process.

Throw away the hair bonding glue. It’s just not worth it.  Give these a try. If they don’t work out; there are various options that are far safer than hair bonding glue. DSC_4866.jpg


The Dangers of Counterfeit Makeup

Makeup has become such a trend now. In my opinion it’s because of all the beauty influencers on Youtube. Beauty influencers get paid to review a new foundation.    Makeup brands  have become a high commodity.  Makeup lovers on Youtube will watch makeup reviews and run straight to Targets  cosmetic section.  This can be a bad habit of buying  one variation of the same thing, simply because you saw it on Youtube.

Another problem that stems from buying makeup because of beauty influencers is feeling the pressure of buying  high end brands. The high end brands are pricey. If the brands are out of your budget, you may search  for other avenues to get the same look for more of an affordable price.

This is where the nightmare begins. For instance take at look on  Ebay’s website and look up Just Peachy Too Faced palette. What do you think is in the ingredients to be able to sell this palette for the price it sells for on Ebay? Your first thought wouldn’t be that it could harm you. Right?  The Just Peachy 12 matte shades sell for $45.00 on the Too Faced website. It is gluten, paraben and cruelty free. Not to mention this palette smells like peaches. Imagine that, your eyeshadow smells yummy .

What I’m getting at is don’t be swooned by low prices for high end  cosmetics. It can be fatal to your health . A beauty influencer on Youtube by the name of Tanya Arguelles, experienced the downside of buying counterfeit makeup. You’d be surprised of some ingredients of the ingredients found in counterfeit makeup.  Check out this video for more details. Let me know if you think counterfeit makeup is worth it.


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I make no claims to this photo.

Photo by: Tanya Arguelles



Happy New Year!

To piggy back off of Gabriela, from Cooking With Limits blog post, finding what you love is essential to a healthy life.  It makes no sense to continue doing the same thing and expect a different result. Sure it’s a cliche, but you know it’s tried and true.

I never make resolutions, but I hope for a better year every year. There are so many things I want to achieve. Disturbingly I will never be able to do them all. Therefore, why list them. I take one day at a time and work on anything that is in my control based on the order of importance. Does it sound boring? Yes, it can be, but that’s where patience come into play. They say life is what you make of it. I think life is how you handle it. It may be the same meaning, but it sounds better to me.

Gabriela, learned more about wines in 2017. She discovered the difference between a bad wine and a good one. It’s great to find a passion or calling in this world. It’s so great for the soul. Check out Cooking Without Limits blog. I’m not afraid to promote her blog. She has awesome content and they’re is enough love and opportunities here for all. She’s one of the best food photographers I know. Well, I don’t know her personally, but you get the gist.

For me, I’ve learned to use my past experiences to teach self love to others. I used my Youtube platform to show women that we’re all beautiful and have special talents. I took this to a level where women of all ages, and races reach out to me almost daily to say,  “Thank you for your kind words.” Sometimes all it takes is a compliment to lift another woman’s spirit.   Some of the most beautiful women in the world lack drive, because of the media’s unrealistic standards of beauty.  This is why I have adopted this movement that I believe is incredibly important.  Self hate causes low self esteem, suicide, eating disorders , isolation , mood swings, hatred towards others. I believe I call it catty. Moreover, it can effect your job performance, family relationships and more. It starts with loving yourself first. After learning to love myself for who I am.    It’s truly been gratifying to know that I’ve partaken in something that may seem  small to others, but a huge part of making a difference in someone’s life.  Self love was my mantra in 2017. I think I’ll stay on that path.

Do you make new year’s resolutions?

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When to Throw Away Makeup

Very few people think about the expiration on makeup until it effects them in a harmful way. Especially makeup that someone has paid a pretty nickel for. There is this persona the more it cost the longer it last.

As a matter of fact all makeup has the same shelf life. Some may react to your skin or show signs of expiration more-so than another brand. For instance e.l.f cosmetics is climbing up the popularity charts; with it’s clean black and white packaging.  It is inexpensive, but it offers a nice look for the money. Some of e.l.f’s products may not stand up to  it’s predecessor, but overall it’s doing ok.  It isn’t the worse makeup on the market for sure.

The cream eyeliner in a pot is a great product. Generally it should be replaced every 3 months, which makes more sense to purchase the e.l.f cream eyeliner. It’s only $3.00 and the shelf life is the same as any gel, cream or liquid ( high-end as well) liner.  You get a lot of bang for your buck! It is bold, defining and easy to apply with the small angle brush that came with it. The cream eyeliner is encased in a 17oz. pot. Once it dries, you’ll find that it’s smudge proof, water resistant and coverage for an all day wear. May I suggest you try this liner with Ardell #135 faux lashes or for a more glam look, try Ardell #205. I haven’t tried any of e.l.f’s faux lashes. Perhaps I’ve give them a whirl.

Watch this video to see me speak in detail about this cream eyeliner.ELF_Studio_Cream_Liners