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Face your Fears better yet, Embrace them!

Easier said than done, am I right? Recently I’ve seen this in action, from an incredibly strong black woman who you wouldn’t think feared anything… my beautiful mother-in-law.  In September, she married her high school sweetheart. IMG_0112
Their paths diverged while in college.  Both of them are succeeding in their careers. Both of them have personal achievements, he married for decades and had 4 children, now is widowed; she had an amazing child, Brent, who is now my hot and wonderful husband. IMG_0084 From when they were separated, they grew through their separated lives, to the confident people they are today. Despite fears of the past, future, potential judgment of others, they pursued their newfound love. IMG_0034

So Commendable!

As a woman, despite my parents doing the best they can (I mean my dad still calls me his princess) … I have insecurities. While my mother-in-law was branching into real-life unchartered territory, it actually made me realize my fears are so minimal.  I grew up an athlete, pretty much fit, even with previous pregnancies, my body bounced back pretty well.  My mother-in-law’s wedding was 5 weeks after having a baby.  Making motherhood look good is kinda my thing.  Fashion is kinda my thing.  And yet, I was nervous about how I looked. Knowing that no-one would even care, I just was quietly fixated on it.

I’m currently weighing in at 188lbs, but used to hovering at 160lbs,

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NYFW last yr

This meant my dresses no longer fit.  I usually encourage myself to workout and lose weight in an healthy way, by not giving in and buying a larger clothing size.  But obviously, my hand was forced in this event.  First, I can’t or shouldn’t really try to lose weight while breastfeeding, I fear I’d lose my supply.  Second, with four kids and now I’m back to work, I’m really struggling to see when I have the time or energy to workout.  Basically when I’m at work, my hubs has the newborn and when he’s at work, I have the newborn.  I’m sure I’ll figure it out. But for now, what to wear???

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At work the other day, a nurse said while looking at pictures of the newborn, “Don’t worry you’ll lose your belly… why arent you wearing Spanx?” Now, I consider work a safe place to be yourself, after all I’ve dedicated my life to medicine and taking care of patients.  My gut shouldn’t matter.  I definitely felt self-conscious, as everyone then looked at my belly.   I don’t own Spanx but I thought maybe I should invest, save myself from these unsolicited comments.

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As a great personal stylist, to myself lol, I thought, Bold colors, Patterns, the louder the better! I went to my go-to sites, I wasn’t sure of my size, I kinda assumed a 12.  I checked out Rue-la-la, Zara, Gilt, but it wasn’t until ASOS that I hit the jackpot.   Now that I had my blue dress, I had to dress my cute accessories, aka my kids lol.

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3 of the 4 kids

I tried it on, and it fit well! I’m 5’10” and it was perfectly below the knee, the color looked just like the picture, I mean when does that ever happen?!? IMG_0094

So, I felt I looked good, hubs approved, I got compliments at the wedding. All good right? But I looked at some wedding pictures and I was bit horrified.

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You could see the complete lower outline of my gut, and my belly button! (I’m one of those people with an outie, and am extremely self-conscious about it.) I was thinking Oh Why, didn’t I buy some Spanx.

Then I thought…

Motherhood is a blessing.  My body imperfections are a badge of honor. Like my mother-in-law, you got to not only Face your Fears but Embrace them.  And try your darndest not to be paralyzed by them.  Inspiration is everywhere, I hope this post gave you a little.

Naomi

 

 

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Smurfin’ around Dallas – #StyleMuseMonday

Yes, I’m totally showing my age. But back in the day, everyone wanted to be Smurfette, she was awesome, all the dudes respected her… ahhh good times.

Anywho, when leaving the tournament in Dallas for a litle while to get a quick power nap at the hotel, we saw this crazy huge hat. So you gotta stop to take pictures there right??? IMG_2472

I so happen to have my Dorothy Perkins beautiful cobalt blue maxi dress on…


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Which is lightweight, soft silky type of material…

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I love the love the small gold statement piece at the neck, just a nice touch… 

You can find this perfect dress Here!!! 

Don’t forget to check out their 25% off Everything sale!!!



Oh and My shoes were from Chinese Laundry, but they are super old, I love these from                                       Saks Off 5th. Check out these Open-Toe Espadrille Wedge Sandals !

Well, Until next time….

Naomi

City girl in the Stockyards – #StyleMuseMonday

So, my daughter’s volleyball travels, brought us to Dallas, Texas this past weekend.  Typically, I try to take my mom to a few historical spots while we’re there. And she picks the Fort Worth Stockyards! IMG_2342               

Gotta see some longhorns if your in Texas, right?

Well, I can honestly say I did not choose an outfit fitting for my location, but excited to rock my lastest dress from Dorothy Perkins.



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My Dress is from Dorothy Perkins, strong material, but so soft, comfortable; with a hint of athe-leisure! You can find my Maternity Grey Wrap Hem Dress here, I wear a size 10 UK, 8 US…

My fantastic shoes is also from Dorothy Perkins. I kinda went out on a limb here, because I just was not sure how they would fit. But fit is true to size, so don’t worry! You can find the Black ‘Candle’ Pineapple Espadrilles here! IMG_2437

Other shoe options that I love, love, love!!! From Saks 5th Avenue OFF 5th which has a crazy shoe SALE right now, use code  SHOELOVE !!!

Frenchy Embellished Espadrilles

Dakota Suede Gladiator Espadrille Sandals

Such a simple look, but super pregnancy chic, am I right??? Well, until next week!

Naomi

Not so Slimming stripes, lol – #StyleMuseMonday

So continuing my pregnancy chicwear debut in Indianapolis with Stripes! Embracing the bump so for once I’m not using them for their slimming capabilities.

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I like how I look 9 mths pregnant, but I’m only 6 🙂

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Still gray and black, I haven’t branched into colors yet, but maybe I’ll get a little Easter inspiration, lol….

My look is a stiped Jojo Maman Bebe a 
Side Gathered Striped Maternity Tops
Side Gathered Striped Maternity Tops which feels silky smooth on my occasionally itchy pregnant belly, is long sleeve which is perfect for a layered look and thick quality material, but not too heavy if you know what I mean.

My favorite Kimono cardigan also by Jojo Maman Bebe Knitted Charcoal Maternity Kimono

White sneakers: Puma from Off Saks 5th Avenue (super comfortable)  Puma’s Round Toe Lace-Up Sneakers

Okay, I promise to brighten up next week’s look even if the sky is gray… Stay tuned!!!

 

Naomi

 

A little Art, A little Fashion – Our NYC Chronicles Pt.1

Sooo, its that time of the year again, and I brought a new person along with me, my daughter!!! She’s 17 and its time to introduce to the awesomeness of NYC and Fashion Week.

It’s hard to gauge a teenager, cause they hate you one moment and love you the next, but she seemed super excited!!! Since she was there I felt that I shouldn’t cover any events as media, because you’re so busy interviewing, checking out behind the scenes, and taking pics of the models/collections; that it can be slightly difficult to relax because you want to cover every aspect, as opposed to taking it all in as a whole. Plus, anyone who has a teenage girl, knows they demand all of your attention!

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Immediately after school, we went straight to the Megabus up to NYC. I’ve learned that you can judge how much fun your kid is having by the amount of snapchatting they do, and trust me we’re going over our data plan this month!

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We arrived around 745pm, and I knew it’d be a great sign because we caught our first cab with ease!

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We checked into the fabulous and perfectly located Crowne Plaza Times Square. img_1454

I decided to play it safe and go to the 9pm show of Art Loves Fashion which supports AIDs research.

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Angel Orensanz Center, Lower Manhatta

…despite our VIP status, all of the seats were filled and we hung out in standing room only However, we’re all about the fashion not how our feet feel in heels, lol.

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Checking out the Art while we wait…

By the way, the 3 designers were so talented!

FERNANDO ALBERTO ATELIER (USA) img_1468

My Notes: Loved the blue/black theme; scalloped skirt & silky black/white with sequins stole the show!

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My Notes: Perfect soft pastels; loved the geometric bold patterns; I’m addicted to pleated clothes so I loved the silk/pleated mixed items

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My Notes: Very well tailored pants with great bombers; found a new love for paisley; loved the hair/makeup!

So I was nervous that my daughter didn’t enjoy it since we had to stand the whole time, but she loved it!!! We then had to stand in the dirty show with a lovely chill in the air trying to hail a cab. Fortunately a nice photographer from the show shared a cab with us.

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Back at the hotel, we crashed for it was such a long day then of course spent our entire food budget on room service lol! img_1495

Stay tuned for further posts of our New York City Chronicles!!!

 

Naomi

 

 

The Snowball Effect – #StyleMuseMonday

Sooo I have worn this sweater a few times. During Christmas, my younger middle brother, Brandon, said I looked like a pretty fuzzy snowball.  A rare compliment, lol.  But its super soft, you can dress it up with heels or dress down with some new sneaks.

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Quick link to this Grey Drop Shoulder Fuzzy Sweater !!!

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Find Total Package here:

Forever 21 Stretch-Knit Skinny Pants       Stretch-Knit Skinny Pants

No King’s Seven (Sneaker line by my lil bro!!!)  img_1022

Grey Fuzzy Sweater       Grey Drop Shoulder Fuzzy Sweater

Snowball or not, I absolutely love love love this soft sweater!!!

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Naomi

 

 

 

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You can Ring my Bell – #StyleMuseMonday

Picture this a gloomy day in Richmond, up early for a full day of your kids volleyball tournament. Dress like a mom who hasn’t slept in a week, or dig down deep and be that fashionista? Oh, you know what I chose…

I’m all about Effort. Less.  A great way to start is Bell. Shaped. Sleeves.

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Now I admit is difficult it’s eat your two desserts…

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…key lime pie and oatmeal creme cookies from Shyndigz, best bakery spot in Richmond! (post to come)

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Anywho, my  MakeMeChic sweater was a big hit, even teenager approved!!!

Here is the link to the exact Loose Knit Bell Sleeve Jumper  !!!
It’s less than $25… and click here for an Extra 20% off !!!


(It’s one size fit all and I’m almost 5’10” and wear a size 8/medium)

Other similar options:

Under $10…

Black Bell Sleeve T-shirt Black Bell Sleeve T-shirt

Black Polyester Casual Long Sleeve Round Neck Plain Fabric has some stretch Fall T-Shirts.



Black Bell Sleeve T-shirt

Under $15 … With a little Off Shoulder Action!

Off-The-Shoulder Bell Sleeve Top - Black Off-The-Shoulder Bell Sleeve Top – Black

Shop here!

Under $20 … Whole lotta flare!

Black Bell Sleeve Cut Out Back Blouse Black Bell Sleeve Cut Out Back Blouse

Shop here!

Black Sexy Round Neck Long Sleeve Polyester Plain Tunic Fabric has no stretch Fall Blouses.


 

By the way, besides being the most fashionable mom there, this is comfortable fit, was great for my 8 hrs of cheering, jumping, and clapping…. Anywho, until next week guys…

Naomi

***We are lucky to collab with…
Shop for stylish, affordable fashion at MakeMeChic.com
                               Find Hot Fashions at SheIn                        Shop ROMWE.com & save 15% off your first order with code 15%off.

Oh, That Fuzzy Feel Good Sweater #StyleMuseMonday

So I shared my last fuzzy sweater with my teenager, and never saw it again… So on this chilly day in Baltimore, I want to share my newest item from my MakeMeChic.com haul…

 

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Unfortunately it’s sold out on  MakeMeChic.com  but I found some great ones on Forever21 !


Forever 21


Fuzzy Knit Cardigan
 – for the Mid length
Fuzzy Knit Cardigan


Longline Fuzzy Knit Cardigan
 – I love this!
Longline Fuzzy Knit Cardigan

Until next week, guys!

Naomi

 

*Hope you enjoy my collab with Forever 21 & MakeMeChic*

Rise stars Rise! – Fashion Group International DC Dec 2016

Although I’m not a Fashion Group International member, more like a hangers-on,
I leaped at the opportunity when there was an opportunity for non-members to attend the img_0614Rising Star award ceremony in DC!

So in normal Naomi fashion, I rushed from work, was halted in DC traffic for an hr, searched for parking for 20 min, and did a non-fluid wardrobe change into a one-piece pant suit of all things!

So it was a chilly, 3 block walk to the event at the img_0607
upscale venue of Kimpton Mason & Rock. Immediately greeted with champagne, as I perused the lobby, hoping my outfit was appropriate, and it was (phew!)

I had a fan girl moment when I met a prominent DC fashion blogger, Style MBA!

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Although out of the FGI loop, I felt welcomed there, everyone was quite friendly. There was a lot of fun energy in the room.  img_0671

Of course the only seat left was near the front, so I nervously took it. Apparently I was at table of DC fashion superstars,  Linda Lizzio (FGI District director), Martha Slagle (General Manager of Neiman Marcus, Chevy Chase), just to name a few… I sat next to a talented makeup artist and Beauty Nominee, Aleah Dorsey of Lipp Beautifully and her husband.  Which is funny because I never wear lipstick because I feel like my lips are kinda big and I look like a clown. Well, even though it was her night to shine, she was nice enough to take the time to describe her hand-made lipsticks, how there’s a color for everyone, made me feel unashamed of one of my most dominant features. It was pretty cool.


Then there was the food! 

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Now for the moment we all were waiting for… the Awards Presentation!

The categories were womenwear, menswear, accessories, jewelry, photography, interior, new media , beauty and styling.

Rising Star Awards 2016

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Womenswear
Nicole Alfieri, Pico Vela 

Menswear
Kevin Hallums & Davin Gentry – Premium Co.

Accessories
Drew Graham, SwitchWood

Jewelry
Sarah Bayot – Kicheko Gooods

Photography
Kate Warren, GoKateShoot

Interiors
Kerra Michele Huerta, Apartment Envy

New Media
Monling Lee, Color Index

Beauty: Professional
Jeff Enriquez, Makeup Machine

Beauty: Products
Kitiya King, Mischo Beauty

Styling
Stara Pezeshkian, StaraGlam

This was such a great experience! It was awesome being amongst so much local greatness.  I want to congratulate everyone, FGI-DC, the nominees and winners, it’s wonderful for your work to be recognized by esteemed colleagues. And it’s award ceremonies such as these that fuel the competitive spirit within to continue to stay driven, work hard and push fashion forward.

 

Naomi                                                                                     img_0667 

Getting Cozy at the Shack… #StyleMuseMonday

So after a long work week, for both of us, Brent treated his special girl, aka me, to a much needed date night! So I threw on my little off my the shoulder cozy yet slightly revealing pink sweater that I’ve been dying to wear!

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Now fortunately the place was about 40 min away which gave me enough time to do all of my work documentation in the car… I’m such a romantic 🙂

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Anywho, we went to Joe’s Crab Shack… my fav!!!

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Fortunately your outfit is protected by the bib while we attack those Snow and Dungeness Crab steampots!

Well, you can totally shop this cozy knit from SHEIN.com !!!

Pink One Shoulder Dip Hem T-shirt

Pink One Shoulder Dip Hem T-shirt

Super Perfect additions to this sweater look:

Brown PU Round Toe Buckle Strap Chunky Heel Knee Boots   
Brown PU Round Toe Buckle Strap Chunky Heel Knee Boots

Black Skinny Ankle Jeans   Huge Clearance Sale at SheIn - Shop now to save up to 90%, get free shipping and free returns - Ends
Black Skinny Ankle Jeans

Hopefully this satisfies your style appetite just as much as it Joe’s Crab Shack did for me! Oh and a Huge Clearance sale right now too!!! 

Well, Until next week…

Naomi

*** So lucky that I get to collab with Shein! ***