Our First Thanksgiving Together

I’m so elated to bring you this blog! It took me a while to calm down and get my thoughts together. I’ve been pretty consistent with writing blogs , but so much has happened in the last few days. My birthday is this month, a day later was Thanksgiving and six days later was my wedding anniversary ! November is a busy month for me in deed.

Normally I make a big feast at home for thanksgiving and beg everyone  the rest of the week to please finish the leftovers. No matter how much I beg, It doesn’t work. I eat as much as my little body can handle  and the garbage can gets the rest. Each time I throw food in the trash, I can hear my Dads voice from heaven. ” Do you know there are people in the world starving, while you’re putting food in the garbage.” Not this time,Dad.  I did a great job this year.  I prepared enough food for one meal.

You’re not here to read about the small meal I made this year. You want to know where I went for the first time. Right? In my head, I can see you nodding in agreement. Well, my daughter has been dating this ” Mommy Approved Guy, “ for three years now . I finally met his family. I’ll tell you in different  blog  why it took so long to meet his family.

I didn’t actually meet them alone . I was accompanied by my wonderful husband and son. We were greeted with open arms. They all felt they knew us, because my daughter talks about us  and she shows pictures and videos of us all of the time.  It was at least 15 of us in the house between the two families. Everyone was chatting amongst one another while, my son – in – law -to be’s mother,   was  prepping the food. Everything was already cooked and she had everything looking scrumptious and gorgeous . As a Mom I wanted to help, but I was forewarned that she doesn’t allow anyone  to help. It was tough for me to watch her do everything alone; but I managed by holding a baby. This kept my hands busy for a while.

As we all gathered in the kitchen in a circle, we all held hands and said a prayer before eating. Then we proceeded to the dining room to a beautifully decorated dining table with such lovely dinnerware. The ambience was perfect.  Candles were lit and it was so cozy.   It was amazing to see all of the smiling faces at the table from the youngest to the oldest. The joy’s of watching  families form. All because of our children deciding to get together. My Dad would be so proud of his granddaughter.

It isn’t like me to miss out on capturing moments on camera . Then again I wasn’t sure how anyone would feel with me creating photos. In lieu of  possibly making anyone uncomfortable  I decided to enjoy the conversations that were so easily developed. No one seemed as if they were forcing themselves to get to know one another. We talked about our favorite actors and movies we’ve watched; while the youngsters taught us about snapchat.

Here is a sneak peek from a video my daughter shot.Daralynn

I’ll always remember this day. It was very special because it’s the new chapter to my daughter’s life. It’s the possibility of extending our family. Hopefully  we’ll see one another more often. The little one’s have already grown attached to me and have invited me to their soccer games. I’ve always been a child magnet.  Here is our video .

 

 

 

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Louis Vuitton: Is It Worth It?

Louis Vuitton is it  worth the hype? This is such an age old question. Should you invest in a genuine Louis Vuitton bag?

Moving right along to the popular  LV monogram speedy.  A luxury piece historically made for Audrey Hepburn; has become the most well known luxury bag by the young and old.   If you’ve never heard of Louis Vuitton, You’ve definitely  been sleeping under a rock. It is an expensive piece, but not as expensive as Hermes or Chanel. Yet, it is the most sought after and most copied bag in the world by counterfeiters.

To the subject at hand. Is this bag worth the investment? It is a bag that readily goes up in price to attract more high end customers. It holds it’s value and never ever goes out of style. Some of you may know someone whose owned a LV speedy since the late  80’s; It’s likely to be in remarkable shape. The older it gets the more history, character it has and  more in demand due to it’s history.  Through the years the bag has slight subtleties. Yet it has always been constructed with canvas and leather  material. The canvas gives some people heartburn. Not enough to bring sells to a halt.  More often than not it is admired as the bag of a certain social status. Yet counterfeiters continue to infringe on the copyright and brand.

The LV speedy continues to be one of the fastest-selling luxury pieces. The speedy remains popular due to its high demand. I mean look at it! The canvas leather is strikingly sturdy and can handle a good beating through the hustle and bustle of busy stay at home moms or corporate  moms. The diapers, wipes, phones, calendars or whatever you carry, will get swallowed in the speedy. Often times I have lost things in mine. I look several times and to only find out it’s in the bag.

Final Thoughts:

The bag is only worth it, if you think it is. I was proud to get mine and I thought it was worth it.

Is it worth it?
Photo by: Daralynn Lett Please do not remove watermark from this photo.

Why is Fashion Fair Cosmetics so Hard to Find?

untitled-4777-1.jpgWhile fledging cosmetic brands emerge, have you ever thought about why more established brands struggle to re-invent themselves?

I’m talking about Fashion Fair cosmetics. What’s going on with them? It is so tough to find a Fashion Fair counter in the malls. Whenever I’m pictured on Instagram.   with Fashion Fair cosmetics I receive comments, unaware of its existence. While others thought something was wrong with  the product. Better yet, it’s thought of as an older woman’s brand.

You may find blogs, videos, post on Instagram by me regarding the brand, because it’s a brand I truly believe in. Those who rely on Fashion Fair for exact skin tone matches and flattering lipsticks have been unable to locate their favorite products. For me, I searched off and on for years. My favorite shade of lipstick is still  chocolate raspberry . Don’t let that hot fuchsia shade fool you! It looks great with the NYX lip liner in Prune . You can go without a liner if you have a natural line already. Just apply the lipstick below the natural line.  Chocolate Raspberry will make you look radiant . There is this stigma that if you’re dark skinned you need to wear dark lipstick. Thats not true. Sometimes  its the application that matters. Some darker skin tones may need to conceal the lips first . Play around with it. If you are use to going dark all of the time, it will be an adjustment. The brighter shade also makes your teeth look whiter. Now did I make you want to try it? I hope so!

It’s not easy to walk the road less traveled by exposing Fashion Fair, when most people thought they’d gone out of business. My passion is behind the story of how Fashion Fair was  founded. It was founded in 1973 and catered to women of color at a time when major companies refused to accommodate their needs.

Linda Johnson , which owns the makeup line claims Fashion Fair is only rebuilding their inventory .

Beauty products are not essentials to survive, but Fashion Fair is a bit of history.

A Pop Of Color For Your Christmas Tablescape.

untitled-4793-1.jpgI can’t believe it, my favorite time of the year is finally here! I hate being hot, washed out, sticky with my red cheeks from the heat. Yes, my cheeks get red, because I have skin problems.

That’s not why you’re here today. You want to see my setup for Christmas. Right? Well here is a sneak peak. I’m probably not finished with this setting. However the color scheme is going to remain.  I kept the neutral and gold tones. I use wine colored napkin rings from Pier1 Imports  to bring a bit of interest to the eyes. This is an  obtainable table setting.  Remember to use colors that would look great in any section of your home. If I removed the reindeers and placed them in the entry , the coffee table or even the bathroom counter it would look amazing! Be cognizant of that as you shop for your Christmas decor.

Tip: Purchase a few decor pieces each year to keep your style current and  add to your collection. Never buy on impulse. Write down your decorating ideas before you go shopping. 

Don’t forget to check out my Christmas Glam Tablescape on Youtube.

I wish you all a wonderful season. I know I’m a bit early, but I’m ready to get this decor ball rolling. I forgot about Thanksgiving… oops!!!

Fall Tablescape 2017: Fabulous Earth tones

spoon.jpgI love everything about fall! It’s my favorite time of the year.  To welcome fall I started with my tablescape. I went with earth tones. It may not look like much, but the gold, beige tones look amazing together. Using earth tones can be easily converted to another table scheme. untitled-4759-1.jpgI used dishes from Home Goods with a different  design to add interest to the table. The subtle pop of color would enhance a Christmas tablescape. Make sure you follow my blog to see what I have in store for Christmas . The place setting is from Bed Bath & Beyond . untitled-4760-1.jpgThe  beaded table liner is from Home Goodsuntitled-4753-1.jpgMix the designs as you see here with the soup bowl. It doesn’t have to match but it should work well together. untitled-4756-1.jpgThe Victoria Stemware is from Z Gallerie. I fell in love with the gold and crystal detailing. The rem of the glass is trimmed in gold, which  adds balance to the overall design . Think of this lightweight glassware as jewelry on the table. If you hate doing the dishes you may not want to purchase this glassware. Due to it’s crystal detailing it’s strongly recommended that you hand wash only. turkey.jpgThe ceramic turkey is from Home Goods.

 

It’s all about the details. Give your table a bit of your personality and style. If you use mainly neutrals you’ll see how easily this can change to a different decor scheme without breaking the bank.  You’ll get more use from your decor pieces, because it will match anything in the house no matter where you move it. Be sure to follow me to receive notifications whenever there is a new blog post. If you’ve been following my blog, I really want to thank you.  Be sure to follow me to see my tablescape on  Youtube.

Wearing A Used Wedding Gown: Is it Settling For Less?

lettwedding-22.jpglettwedding-162.jpgSo you’re getting married. You’ve dreamt of this day since you were 10 years old. They way your gown will look and the location of the  venue.  Oh! lets not forget about the amazing lucky guy. You’re the apple of his eye. I see you smiling in my mind. This is you isn’t it?  Yes , girl you have your hair in a beautiful updo, from a photo you cut out from a magazine 10 years ago. I know, I know.

Now things have gotten real. You’ve priced venues, flowers, cakes, decorations and this doesn’t include the honeymoon or let alone the gown.  The gown is a biggie. I’ve  always teased brides – to – be when saying no one cares or remembers what the groom had on. However, everyone will remembered the gown. It’s 90% true,  please groom; don’t test your bride. You need to look dapper. You’re part of the package.

Is there anything wrong with a used wedding gown?

It depends on who you ask. It isn’t always about if a bride can afford a new one or not. Many times it has much to do with personality type. If you’re the type who couldn’t dream of wearing a gently used wedding  gown, simply because it is much more cost effective; you aren’t going to do it.  The average cost of a wedding gown is $1,400.00, but as you probably know it can soar as high as $12,000.00 Sometimes its tough to choose a discounted gown when your heart is set on a particular style. It can be daunting to search all over the world for a certain style and get it for a reasonable price. Sometimes you want to go all out for ( you hope) this once in a lifetime occasion.  So you just buy retail. Also brides may want to experience the whole bride feeling which includes shopping for a gown the traditional way from the large retailers. Standing on a platform and modeling for the entire shop. There is no right or wrong.

When buying gently used or pre- owned, you want to make sure you know your key measurements.  Getting the right fit can be a key element since the previous bride already tailored it  to her body.  I recommend you buy up in size and have a seamstress create a custom fit. Make sure you have time to try it on and  examine the  gown  thoruoghly before purchase. Normally there isn’t a return policy on used gowns. This means you’re stuck with the dress after purchase. Look for signs of wear near the arm pits and hem line. If they look great then your probably all set to purchase. Gently used gowns will run about $300.00 – $1,000.00 .  Try small businesses that sell wedding gowns. Often times they operate a full bridal salon from the basement of their own home or have an online store. You’ll have a beautiful gown without breaking the bank.

Congratulations on your big day!