The Boxy Cable Knit Sweater

Clothing should be a means to make you look and feel great. Weather you realize it or not, there are some mistakes you may be making. Its nice to have knowledge of the latest fashions, but everything you see in the magazines isn’t for everyone. Also be aware some things aren’t for anyone. Have you seen pieces such as that? it makes you wonder what the designer was thinking.

Since fall is creeping our way, lets look at the cable knit sweater. Its heavy, and admittedly it does the job to keep me warm. However, it can be one of the most strangest looking sweaters when worn. What happen to my waistline? It disappeared in the sweater. The cable knit is the most frumpy sweater one can wear for sure. Look at it paired with my Ann Taylor A-line skirt. The contrast is beautiful , but the look, not so much!

The sweater needs to fit tighter down the side of the seams.  It would have worked if it were lose fitting without the elastic at the hemline. Perhaps it would look nice with slits on each side of the sweater. This would cause it to drape the skirt more. This is too heavy of a sweater , it’s weighing me down. The sweater is a size small, but you’d never know by the fit. Never forget the female shape when choosing a sweater.  Remember quality over quantity. Choose your clothes wisely. They should always look flattering to your figure. untitled-1477

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Fashion Fair Cosmetics Will Need to Appeal to a Younger Audience

I don’t wear makeup everyday. It should be against the law to not wear it on special days, such as weddings and professional photos. I don’t care if it’s a dang family photo, put some makeup on.

Ok, I’m calm. I got that off of my chest. When I was a teenager. If I remember correctly I was in the tenth grade. That would make me about …ummm I was Fifteen  years of age. I graduate from high school at the age of seventeen. The first thing my mom allowed me to wear was lipstick. She didn’t allow a full face of makeup, but I don’t think I was interested in a full face. Lips and eyes is all I liked. I used the envelop a bit and begged to wear eye liner. I moved to eyeliner in the eleventh grade.

My mom introduced me to Fashion Fair cosmetics. It was a strictly created for women of color back in the day. It was founded in 1973. Mom took me to the mall and I tried on a few creamy lipsticks and fell in love with chocolate raspberry . It is a color that was long lasting, long before  so – called long lasting shades were created. It is a pink rather loud pink. It isn’t pale frosty pink or too red. I wore that lipstick with everything. I always received compliments whenever I would wear it.

The issue today: Fashion Fair ( FF) is disappearing from department stores. I’ve search and it is difficult to find a FF counter. Once I found it at Belk and I was elated. However, I was saddened by how no one ever came to the counter to help me. The FF counter didn’t have one soul attending to it. As I looked around the cosmetics department , other associates would look off when I tried to get their attention. Another thing that concerned me is the counter wasn’t as flattering as it’s predecessors. It was an embarrassment to the brand. I’ve always supported FF. It was a top seller when I was a teen and it was an awesome product.

The problem is teens think of FF as old lady makeup. Teens today think of makeup, more than likely they will look at NYX, LO’real, Too Faced, Rimmel, Urban Decay, Tarte, NARS & ELF to name a few. You know that I’m right. I see you nodding your head. Well, in my head you are.

Did you know Fashion Fair is an extension of Jet Magazine. Jet’s last subscription was in 2014, due to loss in revenue. They are looking into re branding. They’ve started by changing the pink compacts to a bronze more hip color. It doesn’t stop there. The website has received a facelift as well. Soon I expect to see more ads for FF. Although I’m one person, that is what it takes. At least one to start a movement. I believe in the brand. I only have one Youtube video, showing off my nearly used chocolate raspberry lipstick . I’ll be creating more videos on FF cosmetics. I can’t forget about our history together. Eventually I used the foundation, and lipstick.

Fashion Fair, is in need of the younger generation. Bring life back to FF, please. Frankly no one wants to see me wear Fashion Fair in an ad. I came from the times when it was hot to have a pink FF compact in my purse. I remember that little mirror. I glide on my chocolate raspberry lipstick. Child, I thought I was cute….hehe

This a current selfie shot of me at 48 years young. I have on chocolate raspberry lipstick, by Fashion Fair. Who says brown skin can’t wear pink?untitled-1500

Following Your Passion And Dreaming Big.

Entrepreneurship makes me thrilled to do something I truly want and believe in. It isn’t work if I love what I do. Anything I do in life can be exhausting.  After doing what I love there is such a fulfillment and since of pride like no other.  When following my heart it comes with fears and naysayers. It’s important that I have faith, because there are many times when things look impossible. This is when I talk to my inner voice, ” where there is a will, there is a way.”

How do I stay focus with such an enormous lack of family support? Just that, I stay focus! Growing up I’d always say, a family is what I was  born into. This unstable unit will never  dictate my journey. Often times during the beginning of my photography  career I’d wonder why it was so tough to launch my business. Who doesn’t want to preserve memories? Sure I’ll have family members ring my phone of of the hook to have their pictures created by me. Besides we are family and they’d get not only my creativity , but the family discount. Right?

Over the years of attending  photography workshops; hearing the list of  steps to obtaining a photography business, included step one: Ask your family if you can create their photos.   ” Believe it or not, it has been the hardest thing since I received my first DSLR in 2006. My support system has been through strangers has been awesome! They believe in me, they see my vision. I can’t spend sleepless nights wondering why my family members don’t seem to see it. In fact, if I have to pull their legs, beg and try to prove to them why they should allow me to create their memories. I don’t want them as a clients anyway. They’ll never be a walking advertisement for me. I needed people who simply loved me because they love what I do. Not one photographer fits all.

I’ve been told by many people. That I’m too old, to still be playing with a camera. “Why don’t you get a real job. ” The thing is throughout my day I see photos. I see them when I drive my car, walk in the park or even at the mall. I see them in my head. I think of how an image would look if it only were framed. It’s been my passion since I was nine years of age. How do you turn that off?

It’s frightening because anyone with a camera today, thinks they’re a photographer. The latest iPhone takes great photos. Can I charge $3,000 for a wedding with an iPhone on hand?  I’ve come to respect that. I realize  they aren’t the clients I need. I’m looking for clients whom realizes that filters aren’t skills, and a photo with your hand elongated from a camera phone isn’t wall art. Uncle Jack taking pictures with his iPad at your wedding isn’t a wedding photographer. I’ve learned to accept that there are all types of people in the world. There is someone for everyone.

Despite all of the competition in the photography world. I stopped focusing on the people who won’t. Instead I give my all to those who will. They love my professionalism. I can make a girl feel like a million bucks on her wedding day! My love for little babies has helped me create the most precious newborn pictures. I counteract the negativity by going on and giving my all to those who want it.

The first thing I do after booking a session is prepare for the session. I lay out what I’m wearing, get my gear packed, fuel my vehicle , check the distance that I’m driving, plan weather I’m staying over night in the town  or driving back home. It’s all exciting to me! It’s what I love. The images I create will have my heart stamped on them. Each time I see a photo that I created posted on social media or from an album. It tickles my soul.

Now that the market has changed. Video is something that photographers may want to consider. I’ve gotten a jumpstart on creating and editing videos. It will eventually become part of my package. A short clip of your session.

It’s not all about the money. If I worry about the money, I”ll never do a great job. With the drive I exude, the money will come. There was a time when I could barely get $100.00 for a session and that was ok, because I love what I do.  Realistically I couldn’t withstand a living for myself. Operating ay business comes with expenses. If my passion is going to be the way I take care of myself, I must earn a decent living . Once I stopped worrying about the income, I began to receive $2,500 for a session. Sure some would think that’s insane! Yet I have colleagues that charge much more. Although I’ve been told I’d never make a living being a creative. As in my dreams my supporters pay for my lonely sleepless nights studying my craft. Believe it or not, it truly is more to it than pressing the shutter.

I dream big. One day I’ll need an answering service for my photography and videography business. Don’t let anyone steal your joy. untitled-1515-2-2

Petite And Being Fit

Many people think you have to be overweight to have fitness issues. The truth of the matter is anyone can have problem areas or something about their body they wish to improve. In this blog I’m not talking about someone with body image issues or low self esteem . Thats a different blog.

This blog is more about getting back into shape. Although I’ve never stopped working out on some level; I once worked out religiously.  I had a schedule. Today is yoga, tomorrow is weights, and so forth. What happened ? I’ll tell you what happened in a nutshell. In order: I fell on some photography equipment ( I’m a photographer) during a session. I injured my knee. My knee hasn’t been the same since, then later my daddy died. Yes, I said my daddy. I’m an adult, but that was my daddy. After those two episodes I couldn’t get back to life. My dad was my world. The best man that God has ever put before me.

Here I am still blessed despite. It is a wonderful thing to be a size 2 at 48 years old. No, I’m not bragging at all. It truly is a blessing. Fortunately I’ve never been a large person. My entire life I’ve worn a size zero ( 0) until I got in to my 30’s. Now I’m happy to say I’m the ideal weight  for my height and age. This is according to my doctor.  The only thing desire the most is to tone up.   I don’t hate the way I look, I know I can use some improvement . However, I’m not conceded by the slightest.

I love taking pictures of myself , because pictures are one of the most endearing things to me. To have a piece of life frozen in time is priceless. I can never get it back once the day is gone, but I preserved it on film or digital. Back to this picture that gave me the ah ha moment. I had been complaining to myself regarding getting my legs  into shape, but it didn’t dawn on me, just how much until I took this selfie.

This was taken 1 day ago.  So I’m not cheating with an old photo. LOLuntitled-1736-1There isn’t anything wrong with my legs. They work great. Besides these are the legs God assigned to me. I want to be stronger, toned and have  nice shaped legs. I am committing to do just that.  Before  I really do extensive work outs with my legs, I’m going to pay a doctor another visit . I want to check on my left knee for advice on what type of exercise to perform based on my issue with my knee. The problem is it will dislocate sometimes. I’ll find myself bent over on the floor crying and popping in back into place. After this happens it’s sore for a month. Then that leads me to another workout setback.

Lastly, I want to say don’t beat up on yourselves too bad ladies and gents.  Take each day at a time. Work on baby steps. I started by just walking a few times a week for 1 hour. I’ve noticed a change in my endurance and strength already. You can do it too! Whatever it is you want to improve on yourself go for it! Don’t look at celebrities, or anyone else in magazines, social media or TV as the parameter for what is acceptable as beauty and fit. You have to be your own kind of beautiful!