America The Beautiful

America The Beautiful

For the past several years I’ve struggled with becoming less patriotic than ever before.  As a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve who served for 8 years, I didn’t hesitate to join the military and put my life on the line for this country.  The senseless lack of regard for black lives over the years, had me struggling with whether I would still show my support for a country with so many injustices, but the reason why I do is simple.  It’s like when you and your siblings have a disagreement with each other, and don’t see eye to eye.  As long as the fight stays among yourselves all its fine, but the moment an outsider tries to come for one of your siblings, all hell breaks loose. I feel this is similar to what’s going on in this country.  We are having a disagreement right now, but if anyone tries to come for us, we would unite.  It shouldn’t and hopefully won’t ever have to come to that for us to unite.  My prayer is for this country to get back to trying to be the melting pot it once strived for when I was a little girl. No country is perfect, and there are injustices everywhere in the world.  In this country, there’s definitely a lot wrong, but this is also a country that elected the first black president proving that the potential for greatness for every member of this society still exists.  Has the justice system let us down?  Absolutely! But the bottom line is so many have sacrificed so much to ensure our freedom.  On...
Celebrating friendship at the sweetest Galentine’s Party

Celebrating friendship at the sweetest Galentine’s Party

Last week I celebrated friendship at the sweetest Galentine’s Party at Babylon Restaurant.  The event was spearheaded by blogger babes Angela Keeley-White of Head to Toe Chic and Meghan Grant of I’m Fixin To Blog, who did an amazing job putting everything together.  They definitely know how to throw a great party! In attendance from left to right was Courtney Marshall of Courtney Fashionista, Tiffany and Lindsey of Baubles and Backdrops, Angela Keeley-White of Head to Toe Chic, Meghan Grant of I’m Fixin To Blog, me, Stephanie Emory of A Style Of Her Own, Carlone Barbee of The Barbee Housewife, and Molly Stillman of Still Being Molly. It was my first time at Babylon Restaurant, which is located in beautiful downtown Raleigh, NC, and the atmosphere was absolutely breathtaking!  Upon arrival I was taken back by the interior design which is overall romantic, and couldn’t take my eyes off of the hand-painted ceiling and ornate tiles. As you can see, the space was beautifully decorated with gorgeous floral arrangements, bubbly drinks, and the cutest cookies from Bailey Lane Bakery.  These cookies just melted in my mouth, and I couldn’t resist going back for a second one.  Babylon really rolled out the red carpet for us in terms of service, and I really enjoyed the flavorful menu from Morocco. All in all this holiday was a beautiful celebration of lady friends.  Each of these ladies inspire me, and I’m so blessed to know them! Photography by:  GloryRoze Photography   What I Am Wearing: //Fur Collar Coat // Vintage //Floral Mock Turtleneck // Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati (old) //Lace Midi...
Raleigh Blog Society Galentine’s Blogger Brunch

Raleigh Blog Society Galentine’s Blogger Brunch

Last year I hosted a Girls Night In Valentine’s Day Party at my home with close friends.  It was my first time ever participating in an organized Valentine’s Day event with other women, and needless to say it was a huge success. This year, when I received an invitation from Raleigh Blog Society to attend the second annual Galentine’s Blogger Brunch, I was beyond excited about the opportunity to spend one of my favorite times of the year with my girls.   I’d be a fool to not want to spend a Sunday morning with the beautiful Raleigh Blog Society. I knew it was going to be fun but I honestly didn’t know exactly what to expect since it was my first year attending.  To sum it up into two words, I’d say it was “beyond fabulous”! What made this event so fabulous is first of all, the brunch was held at the beautiful Frill Clothing.  Yes I’m talking about the same Frill that made a deal on Shark Tank.  If you’re not familiar, Frill primarily targets sorority women who are trying to purchase stylish, more affordable outfits for recruitment, and has also expanded into jewelry, accessories and home decor. Second, I was beyond excited to see everyone again.  It had been almost three months since I’d seen most of the group and even longer for a few of the girls.  Being in the presence of such a widely talented and stylish group of women is always extremely inspiring, uplifting and powerful.  Everyone’s blog is unique, and I enjoy the camaraderie on so many levels. The bloggers in attendance...
Recapping the 15th Annual African American Cultural Celebration

Recapping the 15th Annual African American Cultural Celebration

I can’t believe it’s nearly the middle of February!  Where has the month gone? Right before the month began, I kicked off Black History Month by attending the 15th Annual African American Cultural Celebration on January 30th.  This free event was held at the NC Museum of History in downtown Raleigh, and this years theme was Civil Rights—March On!. Although I’ve been a Raleigh native for 19 years, this was my first year attending.  With over 75 musicians, storytellers, dancers, authors, artists, chefs, and more, it was sure to be an exciting day. One of the true highlights of my day was visiting the “Made Especially For You By Willie Kay” exhibit.  Willie Otey Kay was queen of Raleigh fashion for decades, who surpassed racial boundaries to create a successful business.  I learned so much about this stylist who had been designing and making dresses for brides, proms and debutantes from all over the State.  It was such a treat to see her handcrafted dresses up close.  Read more about her story here: NC Museum of History and The News & Observer In summary, this event was extremely fun and educational for the entire family.  It was a perfect start to Black History Month and phenomenal way to celebrate African American heritage and culture.  I’m already looking forward to next year’s event! Love, The Ultimate Fashionista Share...
Date night with ShoeDazzle’s Harley

Date night with ShoeDazzle’s Harley

Welp!  Thanksgiving is over and once again, the holiday season is here.  My beau and I were tired of turkey so we decided to switch it up a bit and head out for a nice sushi dinner and night on the town to listen to some live music.         // Shoes – Harley by PaperFox (ShoeDazzle) //   Love, The Ultimate Fashionista Share...
Getting back to nature with Modern Terrarium Studio

Getting back to nature with Modern Terrarium Studio

Last week The Raleigh Blog Society and triFABB collaborated for a wonderful new blogger meetup, hosted by Ramble Supply Company located in downtown Raleigh, NC.  Ramble Supply Company is a home and lifestyle boutique supporting artists and makers with an eye for quality crafted goods and design made in small batches.  The store offers a range of gorgeous gifts such as beautiful hand-made jewelry and textiles, as well as locally made soaps and treats.  I also love that the store offers DIY classes and events to connect the local community, and the ability to meet the maker. Jessie Conner, owner of Ramble Supply Company also showed us the beautiful patio which can be rented for events. Megan George Co-Owner and Creative Director of The ZEN Succulent provided a hands on succulent terrarium workshop to promote her new book Modern Terrarium Studio.  As Megan told her story about how she grew up locally and became interested in plants because of her upbringing it brought back fond memories of my childhood when I used to spend most of time helping my grandparents in their garden.  Oh how I miss the days of being close to nature and having direct access to the fruits of the earth. Lately the hustle and bustle of daily life has taken me away from nature lately so this was refreshing change in my routine.  I was excited about getting my hands dirty.  Learning how to create and take care of a terrarium was amazing.  Megan not only explained things but her book steps you through all of the details of the process.   I was surprised at...