Unfortunately, I'm not speaking of Janet Jackson's fierce "Black Cat" track, instead I'm talking about my favorite time of year that is coming around again....fall. The weather is starting to cool which means boots and hats can come out to play like a playful kitten once more as they pounce on the crispy, ever changing leaves that line the walkways of sidewalks and streets. October has this funny way of making black and darker colors a staple in the wardrobe. Perhaps it's the witches and ghouls of Halloween that inspires the "dark side" of fashion to grace the ads of magazines. Black to me is the color of mystery and elegance. Like the mysteries and superstitious tales of the black cat, a person can blend in or stand out in all black. Pops of colors and patterns can shine when wearing black. Want to show off a statement necklace or ring? Wear black. Nothing to wear? Black is the "go to" color that most are drawn to because it goes with practically anything yet makes one look effortlessly polished. Who doesn't want that? Black, what a puuuuurfect color....meow!
The many hats we wear in a day let alone a week or a month can be so draining. The past two months had my anxieties on high alert due to the stresses of work and trying to balance everything else in my life out. Lets just say I've been pushed out of comfort zone in different aspects. I was also bummed out last month when I had a birthday and due to work I couldn't make time to breathe and actually spend my day with friends who have been there for me through the good and bad times. I even had friends that were hurt because they felt as if I were blowing them off! I was too exhausted to move last month to even plan anything and I floated wherever the wind blew me. Honestly, escaping town on a mini vacay to the beach with my significant other sounded perfect, but it wasn't possible at the time due to our opposing schedules. Life is hard. However, it is extremely important to know that it's alright to relax and have fun every once in awhile because life is too short to not live up to what your soul craves. Problem is that no matter what you say or do in this life, because of the world we live in today, you will be judged in both good ways and bad ways. People will always find something they don't like about you or a situation and they will not always agree with everything you say or do. It is fine they do this because everyone is entitled to their own opinions and you can't control how person behaves or thinks. There can only be trust. People can work on things to get better, but how do you tell someone those things when they are already set in their ways? Are there any winning solutions to make everyone happy and satisfied without it ending up in an extreme match of trying to knock each other down in every way imaginable? I've witnessed and heard so much heart ache from the people around me it makes me sad. Empathizing with someone and what they are going through drains my sprit because I want to help them so bad, but sometimes I can only be there to listen. I feel deeply for people to where I can feel their pain and hear their souls screaming for help, yet I can't always help them and I get disappointed. In turn, it makes me depressed because I know what it feels like to be down, feel unworthy filled with insecurities. Those sensitive feelings can erupt to anger and resentment and all it does is build up like a hard wall inside. The "hard wall" is not healthy for anyone. It's our own minds that scare and haunt us. Peace comes when you can learn to shut the nonsense chatter that goes on in your head and not believe everything your mind perceives. Children are sometimes the best teachers because they haven't been exposed to this jaded world. We all used to be like that and as we grow older we lose sight on how to just be without being bogged down by our own polluted minds.
Bead relief creates jewelry that helps non-profits raise awareness and donations for their cause. The philosophy of Bead Relief makes it possible for people to make a difference while striving to spread awareness by wearing their charity and feeling good about it! The bracelets are handmade and support artisans. The goal is to be the solution for charities and to spread the message when someone is wearing their charity. Twenty five percent of each sale will go to the profit of choice. I would love to become a brand ambassador for Bead Relief. Here in Las Vegas, there is a community. Aside from the glitz and glam of the twinkling lights of the strip, stands a community that I would like to actually get more involved with on other aspects. It would be great to spread awareness with local nonprofits using Bead Relief and if not with Bead Relief then through something similar. I love what this company has created. For more information visit www.beadrelief.com
Working out makes me feel awesome! As a fashionista, having comfortable and stylish gym gear motivates me to workout even more so I was excited when I got asked to review these cool moisture wicking workout pants by RBX. Sold at department stores and sporting good stores, RBX caters to women of all ages. The collection of tops, bottoms and jackets are easy to mix and match to reflect an individual's style as they travel from the gym to the street. Sizes range from S-M-L-XL. I absolutely love stylish fitness apparel such as RBX because it's mostly what I live in when I run around conquering errands after a workout. I enjoyed the camo print in this military green and grey since most of my athletic shoes have highlights of neon green in them. Yoga is a nice way for me to decompress and these will be a nice addition to my yoga collection.
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Music will always be my first love. Being the closest thing to my soul, I have no idea why I run from it sometimes. The emotions that surface when I sing certain songs that pull me deep into the abyss of my subconscious might be why I tend to run. Certain notes resonate on a higher frequency and I feel as if all of this we go through is only temporary. In my gut I know there are other dimensions where spirits that we are familiar with who we've known and have known even long before we were born, communicate to our souls through the frequencies of music by allowing certain artists to share those gifts with this world in this lifetime. Am I weird for thinking this? Possibly. I can be having the best day ever, but if I start singing along to certain sad songs I'll break down in tears out of nowhere because I'll feel the music that much. Perhaps that's why we can all connect with music because it allows us to feel on a deeper level. I can be driving in my car somewhere getting ready to do something fun and I'll sing a slow ballad, and boom, tears down my face. I feel crazy sometimes that it happens but it's also therapeutic to me. I guess I'm just a strange one. They say "Music is what feelings sound like." Growing up all I ever sang were slow ballads and sometimes I'd be drawn to gospel music. I'll sing along to the most depressing songs ever created by awesome artists yet I've always genuinely been a happy person. In most instances, I tend to be a goofball who loves to make people laugh while being my loud and crazy self! Why have I always enjoyed the saddest songs beats the heck out of me! It's bizarre to me that those depressing tunes are what I love to sing. For the longest time I would try to write the saddest songs and no words will surface on paper to express "sad emotions." Don't get me wrong, I've had plenty of sad stuff happen to me and I have had some blue days, but when I try to make sense of those emotions, I bore myself. Music is a source that allows us to feel even more connected to one another and that's what I want to establish in each piece of music I write and sing. Perhaps the goosebumps I get from creating and singing freaks me out sometimes, but is that my human sign in the physical that it's what I should be doing? I believe it's what I should be doing for my own personal growth and it goes beyond the point of "making it." The frequencies in music I believe surpasses through to other realms. I know most musicians and artists can relate. I believe we are all spiritual beings having a human experience and music takes us there. I've realized the only way for me to be "successful" is to follow my own impulses and to let the magic of music reveal itself to me. In the end, the goosebumps and tears must be confirmation of my soul saying to let go and let the street symphony of life take over so I can leave a piece of me behind to be remembered when I am gone.
Love, it's what makes the world go round, right? I've always enjoyed artistic street styles in both music and fashion. My soul feeds off the vibes of the major metropolis cities around the world where cultures stand united and eclectic styles grace concrete jungles. One of my favorite art pieces in downtown Vegas is a metal caged heart with tons of locks attached signed by people from the first ever Life is Beautiful festival in downtown Vegas. Right before entering Container Park on Fremont street, this cool piece of art has become the heart of downtown Vegas... no pun intended. I believe art and beauty can be found anywhere. For some, beauty is hard to see in downtown aspects of cities. Much like the boardwalk in Venice Beach, California, seeing a bunch of weirdos dress up in strange costumes isn't a cup of tea for everyone, but for me, I feel more alive in strange scenes such as that. Perhaps deep down I'm just a strange person trying to feel not so strange? Either way, I absolutely love the madness that downtown brings. The art, the music, the fashion, and the culture are all a reflection of my crazy free spirited soul which makes the cool bars, venues, and restaurants my kind of zone. Don't get me wrong, I love the strip, but I usually prefer the artistic eclectic hearts of downtown.
Nostalgia kicks in with this awesome Pack A Hat by Cappelli Straworld of the days I was in St. Barths a few years ago for the show I'm happy to say I've been in for nearly 6 years. Where was this hat when I could not decide on what hats I wanted to pack due to limited space in my travel bags for the islands?! I remembered having five beach hats that I wanted to take, but due to their size and structure, I couldn't pack them all in my suitcase. First world problems, right?! Who would ever want to narrow down options on what to take on a trip? Not me! This hat by far would be on the top of my list to pack! When asked to do a review for Cappelli Straworld I figured how perfect it would be as resort wear or for everyday use for my future travels to beaches over the summer. I opted for black because the swimsuits I would normally buy and wear are pretty neutral so black would match the best for me. The hat has a UPF of 50+ so that you can look stylish and enjoy the sunshine without worrying about sun damage. I absolutely loved the cute bag that it came in because it can be used to carry small items such as a camera, lip balm, sunscreen, keys, cards and any other items you would normally throw in a purse all while protecting them from beach sand. Want to jump in the water or pool and get your hair wet? The hat easily folds up and fits right into the bag without taking up space! No stress on packing with a retail value of $25. Pack a Hat is a chic and simple concept which equals...perfection!
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Like a snake shedding its skin, during spring, people find ways of shedding different layers. For some, shedding layers can mean shedding away pounds on the next diet fad or making that transition to shed winter layers of clothing into spring. With seasonal transitions, I like to remove things that weren't worn in my wardrobe. I enjoy the fall and winter seasons because layering adds more depth to the wardrobe. Growing up in the hot desert of Las Vegas allows only a few months a year for layers to be worn which makes me a little sad. I can be quite envious of my neighbors in Los Angeles who can sport most of their wardrobe year round due to the perfect climate they get all year. Once June hits Vegas, minimal clothing is a must unless one wants to shed extra pounds from sweating! Seasonal changes for me always brings about change in some way shape or form. Shedding a layer doesn't necessarily always have to pertain to aesthetics, but it can also mean shedding an old version of yourself to allow a better version of you to shine through. Letting go of anything that no longer serves is also a great way to shed layers. After all, it's always good to work from the inside out. Like they say, "Be the light you wish to see in the world."
I was excited to receive some goodies from Kushyfoot in the mail this past week. Like most chicks, shoes are my weakness. However, when it comes to wearing that pair of sexy yet uncomfortable heels, Kushyfoot can save the day! My personal favorites from Kushyfoot are the yoga toe socks since I love to practice on my spare time and the flats to go that I can throw in my purse when I'm out in a pair of heels that I would want to change out of. Living in Vegas, I've seen too many girls walking the Vegas strip in their cute dresses with no shoes on because the heels that they had on were too painful to bear. I personally think it's disgusting to walk around anywhere barefoot especially in a highly populated, public place. It's gross. Kushyfoot's flats to go should be in every girl's carry on that come to Vegas. They are a must have! The flats to go come in a small package that can fit into any purse and if the packaging is too large, the flats can easily be folded into a clutch on a night out. Voila! No more gross, icky feet from walking around barefoot.
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Perhaps you are thinking this is another Nike ad campaign or maybe just thinking "hmm...crazy girl jumping around in downtown Vegas,” either way the message is all relative. I remember receiving a copy of Russell Simmons book "Do You," from a high school friend who always encouraged me to be myself and do me. The fact of the matter is we all second guess ourselves from time to time to live up to being who we individually are. Society has zapped us so much into thinking that we should dress a certain way and act a certain way like the majority. While all of the standard morals are "ok," in the process of being brainwashed, have we forgotten who we really are? Think back to that time in life when your eyes were truly wide open, you embraced things and were full of life. You were a child and doing what you loved is all you would do because you had no worries without the stresses to make ends meet. Free as a bird, filled with nothing but love in your heart because every day you were doing what you loved. You played. Things weren't so serious. Your mind wasn't filled with so much stress to where you can't even hear your own self think. We drove our minds to play instead of driving our minds crazy into an anxious downward spiral. No one is truly an enemy. Our minds are our own enemies first. The world can tell us so much about ourselves to where we forget who we really are. So it's important we get our minds right. I know I'm not the person who likes to be road raging because I have to get to the bank in order to pay the bills that I'm already late on paying or the person who is in a constant rush home from work because they have to make sure dinner is on the table for the family. The fact of the matter is life is hard, but it can still be enjoyable as long as we make space and time for what we love. Our passions don't necessarily have to make us money even though it's always a bonus if they do. The drive of staying true to ourselves will make us feel better and feel good about life which in turn will make us happier more pleasant individuals when dealing with all the stress related stuff. I feel as if I relayed this message to myself over and over again for years.