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Travel, Dining, & Fashion

Strength + Humility

Strength + Humility

Today is officially the first day of 2023, and I spent my first waking hours saying goodbye to my Mother-In-Love and Father-In-Love as they left for Louisiana this morning. I hated to see them go, but I know they have to get back home. My family and I got dressed and...

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Middendorf’s

Middendorf’s

While visiting Louisiana, we stopped in Manchac, Louisiana to eat at Middendorf's. My father-in-law loves this restaurant, so we visited while we were in town for an early lunch. Middendorf's is the home of the world famous thin-fried catfish. I don't know about you,...

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High Museum of Art Atlanta

High Museum of Art Atlanta

The family and I took a detour during our vacation and decided to stop in Atlanta to see the Obama Portraits at the High Museum of Art. We stayed at the Ritz, which was amazing. The kids loved the room service and enjoyed their koala bear pancakes for breakfast. After...

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Disney World

Disney World

We visited two parks (Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom) during our stay. We had a great time at Animal Kingdom, but I think the kids loved Magic Kingdom. The highlight of the Animal Kingdom was the Safari and the Avatar Flight of Passage. The Avatar Flight of Passage...

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The Grand Floridian (Disney Part III)

The Grand Floridian (Disney Part III)

Well, it's time to visit the parks! As I stated in a previous post, I was not excited about going to Disney. However, the park was at 30% capacity and masks were still mandatory. So, I can honestly say it was a great experience. It was not blazing hot during our...

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Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ (Disney Part II)

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ (Disney Part II)

While at Disney, we ate so much delicious food and enjoyed plenty of desserts. You have to try the pineapple Dole Whip while at Disney. I can still taste the fruity, creamy combination of vanilla and pineapple ice cream. Although this was one of my favorite desserts...

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The Chimes Restaurant

The Chimes Restaurant

You've probably heard me mention The Chimes Restaurant. This was a restaurant on Highland Road on LSU's campus. Me and a group of friends from law school would go here after a long week and enjoy the raw oysters on the half shell. They were so fresh, and the horse...

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Skate Night

Skate Night

My kids love the skating rink. My oldest is done after about 45 minutes, but my youngest can skate all day. I usually go with the family and sit and watch everyone skate, but my little sister has gotten into skating. I decided to join the skating crew. Here I am...

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Grille on Main at Providence

Grille on Main at Providence

I was looking for a place to grab a bite to eat with the hubby. So, we chose Grille on Main in Providence. This restaurant used to be Grille 29, but it closed shortly after the pandemic began. We were so sad the restaurant had closed. My eight-year-old loved Grille...

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Check on Me

Check on Me

As I sit here in this office, I think about life over the past few months --- the injustice, heartache, death, sickness, and everything in-between.  I’m no longer on Facebook because I just never wanted to be on Facebook.  I started my Facebook...

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The Henderson Beach Resort

The Henderson Beach Resort

This summer has been wonderful!  The kids had a blast, and I had a much needed break from the hustle and bustle life can bring. Summer was filled with great vacations, visiting family and friends, and just relaxing. One vacation was extra special to us, not just...

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The Seventh Year

The Seventh Year

As I write this, I am overwhelmed with joy about everything (the good and the bad) that has happened in my life this past year.  While looking at my Christmas decorations, which were taken down New Year's Day, I thought about all that God had done in 2017.  For some...

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I Wish

I Wish

I've actually been writing this post in my head since February, but this weekend prompted me to put my words onto paper.  In February, I went to Pinot's Palette at Lake Providence in Huntsville with an awesome group of women.  It's an art studio where you can paint a...

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Country Girl

Country Girl

I was born and raised in a small town in the Mississippi Delta.  Ruleville, Mississippi has a special place in my heart and for good reason. I'm a country girl at heart, and being raised in the Mississippi Delta has made me into the person I am.  I have a heart for...

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The Senator’s Place

The Senator’s Place

Being home in the Mississippi Delta always gives me that "warm and fuzzy" feeling inside.  I can visit with my family, see old friends, and eat good cooking.  My mom always prepared a feast whenever I came home to visit, but now that she is no longer here, I think...

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Leave a Legacy

Leave a Legacy

A couple of weeks ago, I chartered a yacht and cruised down the Tennessee River with some amazing women who always inspire me to be the best.  I know it has been a while since I sat at this computer and wrote a blog, but I've been doing some soul-searching, and this...

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Live Life

Live Life

A couple of weeks ago, I felt a large mass in my breast.  I had just checked my breasts in the shower on Sunday.  On Tuesday, I had a throbbing sensation near the lower part of my breast that I knew was not there before. I immediately called my doctor.  All of this...

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Act Like A Lady

Act Like A Lady

I was in New Orleans this weekend. It was 75 degrees, and I was feeling girly, so I wore a skirt.  This was supposed to be a fun fashion blog, but it has suddenly turned into my podium. My favorite second line music is "Do Whatcha' Wanna" by Rebirth Brass Band from...

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The Eaves Restaurant

The Eaves Restaurant

I think I'm in love with The Eaves Restaurant in Huntsville.  I went on a fun lunch date with some wonderful women I met during my time here in Huntsville.  Sometimes, you have to put work, kids, and everyone else aside and just spend time with the girls.  That's what...

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Commerce Kitchen

Commerce Kitchen

I love lunch dates, and this lunch date was special because I spent it with a sweet lady from the Mississippi Delta. She grew up about 45 miles from where I was born and raised.  She graduated from Alabama A & M University and went on to medical school.  She is...

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AdriAnnie DavRose

AdriAnnie DavRose

Moving to a new city can be hard on a woman.  It's pitiful that the first thing out of my mouth when I found out we were moving was, "Are you serious?  I have to leave my hair stylist!  Who will do my hair?"  Since I have a big mouth, I talk to everybody and instantly...

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Dear Sallie Mae

Dear Sallie Mae

"Southern University, defenders of the gold and blue.  We will always loyal be and we will raise a cheer for you.  All for one and one for all, we've got the will to win for thee. So fight, fight, fight, fight, 'til we win the victory! Go Jags, go!"  This brings back...

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Nyla Rose

Nyla Rose

The past few months have been one big adventure. The hubster and I welcomed Miss Nyla Rose on January 21, 2015 at 2:38 p.m.  She was 8 lbs. 9 oz. and 18 1/2 inches. We named our bundle of joy Nyla Rose because Nyla means "Champion" or "Winner" and Rose is her...

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Poppy Kitchen

Poppy Kitchen

I heard about this restaurant a couple of months ago.  This restaurant has been open less than a year, and it is a wonderful place to get a warm bowl of gumbo...good gumbo, I might add.  It's located at the LaPaloma Resort off of  Sunrise.  ...

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Ignite Bar & Lounge

Ignite Bar & Lounge

I have a friend who is a Yelper and loves trying new restaurants.  She sent me a text with three restaurants to choose from, and I chose Ignite Lounge and Bar at the Ritz-Carlton.  I always eat at CORE whenever we are at the Ritz, but I wanted to try this restaurant,...

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Tea Time

Tea Time

Last November, I uploaded a photo of this little hat onto my fan page, and some people asked me to wear it in a post. I know it's almost a year later, but here it is. This is an outfit I actually wore to a tea.  I found this hat at Forever 21.  It is quite "busy",...

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Sprinkles Cupcakes

Sprinkles Cupcakes

If you haven't noticed, I am crazy about a good cupcake.  They're cute and so delicious.  You can serve them at a baby shower, birthday party, or an elegant event.  When I was in Los Angeles, I told my husband that I had to try a good cupcake bakery.  We were told...

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The White Shirt

The White Shirt

Only God knows how many white shirts I have.  Some are linen, cotton, barrel cuff, French cuff, dress, casual, etc.  You can never go wrong with a white shirt and you can never have too many. I saw this shirt at Zara in Atlanta and had to have it.  It's so simple, yet...

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Happy

Happy

I am in my happy place right now --- no worries and no cares. Sunglasses (Prada), necklace (Arden B.), cuff (H & M), watch (Michael Kors), blazer (Trina Turk), tee (Banana Republic), jeans (Zara), heels (GUESS) This casita reminds me of the day I married Matt. ...

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The Key

The Key

George Washington Carver said, "Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom."  Mr. Carver was an agricultural chemist who discovered three hundred uses for peanuts and hundreds more uses for soybeans, pecans and sweet potatoes. His contributions to...

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Brush & Bottle

Brush & Bottle

My mom and I used to talk on the phone or Skype every day.  If I got in my car to run an errand, I called her.  If I became bored while sitting at home, I called her.  We were always talking about something.  When she passed, everything was quiet. Sitting in my house...

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Goodbye Fear

Goodbye Fear

I love the mountains.  This weekend, we went to Mt. Lemmon.  The weather was wonderful with a nice cool breeze.  The mountains are so beautiful and majestic, but they also can invoke fear in the bravest of men.  I have often had a dream that I am falling. I have this...

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The Past

The Past

I've been here in the past.  A couple of  years ago, I stood in front of this same door, but I was a different person. Many people spend their lives looking back, pondering over the mistakes they made and wondering what they could have done differently.  This is a new...

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Lovin’ New Orleans

Lovin’ New Orleans

We always visit New Orleans during the holidays.  I love this city.  Many people think of partying when they think of New Orleans, but New Orleans has so much more to offer --- meeting wonderful people, eating delicious Cajun cuisine, shopping, art, and jazz, just to...

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Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink

Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink

I love pizza, but I don't eat it a lot because it is unhealthy, of course.  I met a young lady who told me about Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink.  One of my friends also told me that she loved the atmosphere there and that the pizza was great.  I decided to meet a...

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Thankful

Thankful

This holiday season is bitter sweet. I'm thankful for all God has done for me, but I have to admit I am missing Mom.  I love Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Mom knew we had to always have a Christmas tree and decorations because we loved decorating and celebrating the...

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Holiday Travel

Holiday Travel

Traveling can be difficult, and it is especially difficult when you have a little one.  SJ is only 16 months and has been on a plane 4 times.  I traveled alone with her twice, and it was not easy.  These are the things that get me through a long day of flying the...

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Hub Restaurant & Creamery

Hub Restaurant & Creamery

Over the past couple of weeks, I have heard several people say that they were going to "the hub" to get some great food.  So, of course, I had to try it out.  I love the look and the vibe of the restaurant.  The decor is fun, and the atmosphere is laid back.  We met a...

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Downtown Kitchen

Downtown Kitchen

October 1st was our anniversary, so we decided to have dinner at the Downtown Kitchen.  This was my first time eating at this restaurant, and I loved it!  My husband's friend also has an October 1st wedding anniversary, so we all went out to eat together, and we had...

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K.Wilkins Photography

K.Wilkins Photography

I love photography.  I purchased a Nikon a couple of years ago while telling myself over and over again that I would learn how to use every feature.  Well, that never happened.  I learned a few key things about photography during my visit at Miraval Resort, but I...

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Fit & Fab With Tasha Morrison

Fit & Fab With Tasha Morrison

I had the privilege of hanging out with Tasha Morrison, an awesome AFAA certified personal trainer that I have lovingly dubbed, "Miss Fit and Fab."   Tasha is currently in Tucson, but she will be taking her love of fitness to Houston, Texas in October.  She is a woman...

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Work Like A Boss

Work Like A Boss

So, I'm on my way to work out and I see this awesome wall of graffiti.  I had to stop and get some pics.  I really am on my way to work out, but not in these heels. Handbag (Rebecca Minkoff), sunglasses (RayBan), key necklace (Tiffany & Co.), link necklace and...

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Baby Jay's Faves

I always like to do a post on what I love in baby land.  These are the products and gadgets that I am appreciative of right now! I love these books by Tameka Prude Selders, Have You Ever Seen Anything More Beautiful? and Happy to Be Chemical-Free: Loving my...

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Esens Photography

Esens Photography

I am an entrepreneurial spirit, and I married an entrepreneurial spirit.  It’s funny how God put us together.  Our hearts beat for small businesses, and we live to encourage those who have the desire to start their own business.  It’s the best feeling ever, but...

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Chezale Presents

Chezale Presents

I love fashion and Broadway, so I have been wanting to feature this young lady for quite some time now.  I saw some of her fashion show runway shots and loved her pizzazz on the runway.  I had also heard great things about her feature performances in popular plays...

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Pink Door

Pink Door

I love pink.  I saw this pink door, and I had to stop to take some pics.   The monsoon season is here, so we had to to hurry because a storm was moving in.  It was still beautiful and pleasant outdoors. Blazer (Trina Turk), Minnie pant (J.Crew), sunglasses (Prada),...

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Grilled Fish Tacos and Crunchy Corn Salsa

Grilled Fish Tacos and Crunchy Corn Salsa

While visiting California a couple of weeks ago, I was craving fish tacos.  I don't know where the craving came from, but I just had to have one.  Ironically, the restaurant where we ate had what appeared to be a delicious grilled fish taco on the menu, but they were...

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Pasco’s Kitchen & Lounge

Pasco’s Kitchen & Lounge

While my in-laws were in town, we went to Pasco's Kitchen & Lounge.  It's located in Geronimo Village on University Blvd. in Tucson.  I saw this restaurant because it is located next to the Frog & Firkin where I used to listen to Kevin & Tanisha Hamilton's...

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Cup Quequitos

Cup Quequitos

A couple of weeks ago, my family and I attended Second Saturdays Downtown.  Different artists showcase their talent during this event and vendors are everywhere.  I wanted a cupcake, but not just your ordinary cupcake.  I heard about a company called Cup Quequitos,...

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Makeup by McFashion

Makeup by McFashion

I recently sat down with Eleeseia of Makeup by McFashion to talk about her journey as a makeup artist.  Eleeseia is a local artist who is a go-getter and is quickly making her mark in the fashion industry.  She is a beautiful, humble young lady, and I wanted to get...

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Zara’s Stripes

Zara’s Stripes

On Sunday, Matt and I decided it was time to slow down and just hang out, so we went to the Tucson Museum of Art and ate a late lunch at La Cocina, a sweet little cafe near the museum. We're members of the museum, but this was our first time actually visiting the...

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San Diego

San Diego

I spent some quality time in San Diego with my family, and we had a blast hanging out together.  Although this was the first Mother's Day without my beautiful mom, it wasn't a sad day at all.  I just thanked God for the family He has given me, cherished those...

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Roses are Red

Roses are Red

Roses are my favorite!  They smell wonderful and are so beautiful.  I could wake up to these beautiful blooms every morning. Sunglasses (Ralph Lauren), peplum blouse and heels (Calvin Klein), Minnie Pant (J.Crew), cuff (H&M), necklace (Shi) I love this shirt. ...

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Closet Trends

Closet Trends

For the past couple of weeks, I have been organizing my closet.  The back wall of my closet was a mess.  I knew it was time to make some changes when I could not find clothes or when I found clothes that I forgot I even owned.  The entire rear wall of my closet...

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Fabian Forte

Fabian Forte

Today, I had a long conversation with one of my childhood friends, Fabian Forte.  Fabian and I grew up together, and we both share a love for fashion. Fabian is a stylist for men and has big plans for his career in fashion.   He took some time out of his busy day to...

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Cooking With Chioma

Cooking With Chioma

I had a blast cooking with my  Chioma who is an excellent cook and a studies nutrition at the University of Arizona.  Chioma is a personal trainer, but she also consults clients on healthy eating.  What more can you ask for? She's what I call an "all-in-one."  When...

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Baby Jay’s Faves

Baby Jay’s Faves

These are some of the cutest and greatest must haves on my list right now. Sperry Top-Sider Boat Shoes I love these shoes, even though they are supposed to be worn on a boat, and there is no water within a couple of hours of Tucson.  These cuties come in matching...

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Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

This weather is so unpredictable.  A couple of weeks ago, it snowed. It rained Friday and Saturday, bringing low temps.  As a result, I had to switch up my clothing choices from short sleeved baby tees to a turtleneck and a pair of trousers.  I love a nice, classic...

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Too Beautiful Cosmetics

Too Beautiful Cosmetics

You might remember Tonya Strozier from several of my previous posts.  She is a stylist with the Beauty by Rudy Team during New York's Fashion Week, and last summer, she opened Diamonds Salon and Makeup Studio.  I can't keep up.  This woman is too fast for me.  She has...

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Anthony’s In the Catalinas

Anthony’s In the Catalinas

I decided to try a new restaurant, Anthony's In the Catalinas.  I read different reviews. I also saw that this was one of the top 5 restaurants rated by Tucson Living, so I knew it was worth a try.  A wonderful night does not describe our time at Anthony's. Not only...

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Miraval Resort & Spa, Part II

Miraval Resort & Spa, Part II

I participated in some activities (other than the spa) while at Miraval. We went hiking if you can believe that.  If you come to Miraval and you are not a local, you need to go hiking or do some of the other outdoor activities.  Matt has always wanted to go hiking...

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Miraval Resort & Spa, Part I

Miraval Resort & Spa, Part I

The hubster and I decided to get away and leave reality behind.  We did just that by going to Miraval Resort & Spa. I have heard so many wonderful things about this resort, so I always wondered, "What's the big deal?" Oprah and Gayle went on a retreat here, Bill...

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Artistry Beauty Studios

Artistry Beauty Studios

I am a fan of "all things Janet."  Janet Chacon is the woman with a plan.  She has been my hair stylist since I arrived in Arizona in 2010.   She is a no-nonsense business woman who is focused on doing big things.  Her energy is contagious and she exudes confidence. ...

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Sunny Day

Sunny Day

It's so funny that our winters here are about a week or two weeks long.  I love that.  The mornings are cool, the afternoons are comfortable and at night, the weather is cozy.  You have to be able to dress for the weather. Early mornings require an overcoat when it's...

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Shades of Gray

Shades of Gray

Mandeville, Louisiana is a beautiful little city with cute shops, lake views and good food.  I visited with some friends while in Mandeville and we had a great time.  While I was there, I went to Lake Pontchartrain to take some pictures before heading to Baton Rouge,...

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Joey K's Restaurant & Bar in New Orleans

Joey K's Restaurant & Bar in New Orleans

My hubby's friend, Robert, has done it again!  When we went to Los Angeles, he told us about this great restaurant in Manhattan Beach and we loved it.  Well, Robert and his wife moved to New Orleans last summer.  While my husband and I were in New Orleans, Robert told...

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French Quarter

French Quarter

There is no place like New Orleans.  I get excited all over again every time I go.  We were just here during the Thanksgiving holidays with family and friends, but of course, I can never get enough of the N.O. You know I always have to stop here.  Cafe Du Monde is...

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Folsom, Louisiana

Folsom, Louisiana

I'm a country girl, so I want my children to experience the country.  If you have a child who was born and raised in the city, I think it is always a great idea to let them experience the beauty and the serenity that only the country can offer.  While visiting family,...

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80 Degrees

80 Degrees

It's pleasant outside right now, but the high today is supposed to reach 80 degrees!  The winters here are always predictable --- by noon, a high of 70-75 is expected and sunshine for weeks at a time is normal.    I thought we were done with the 80's, but it doesn't...

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Dyson Dermatology

Dyson Dermatology

If you're looking for a wonderful dermatologist, look no further.  Meet Dr. Dyson, the Founder and Director of Dyson Dermatology, PLLC. Dr. Dyson has been practicing dermatology for over 10 years and has extensive experience in medical, surgical and cosmetic...

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Quarter View Restaurant

Quarter View Restaurant

My family and I just got back from New Orleans and Mississippi.  I thank God for family and friends who make life so sweet even in the midst of hardship.  I especially enjoyed this trip because of the good food and the good times.  I was rather nervous about going...

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Headliners

Headliners

I love art, and it is always fun to feature local artists.  I am so impressed by LaRon and Ursula Cook who began their journey as entrepreneurs when LaRon decided he wanted to open Headliners, a barber shop with an atmosphere that is conducive to families. This couple...

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Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s Market

I have been trying to find a good farmer's market with great local products.  Well, I found one near my house and was so excited while looking at all of the fun things the vendors have to offer.  This farmer's market is new to the Dove Mountain area and is at Heritage...

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Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes

I'm so bad I can't stand myself!  Can you believe that I tried to bake cupcakes for the first time in my life (from scratch I might add) and they turned out delicious?  I even made the cream cheese frosting from scratch and was like a kid at Christmas.  I love...

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Beautiful Soul

Beautiful Soul

"Amazing" does not come close to describing the beauty of the designs created by my good friend, Regina Holley, of Banafrit Décor.  Regina owns a company that specializes in premium card design and décor for special events.  Regina and I attended college together. ...

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Fashion Week S/S 2013

Fashion Week S/S 2013

I am so excited about Tonya Strozier’s trip to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week S/S 2013.  She had a blast as she worked with Rudy Miles of Beauty by Rudy for designer Zang Toi’s runway show.  Tonya flew out of Tucson to New York on Saturday, September 8th.  She attended...

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A Special Monday

A Special Monday

Singing in my Tony! Toni! Tone! voice, "Do you know what today is? It's our anniversary!"  To the wonderful man who shares all my hops and dreams and is the greatest husband and father in this world --- Happy Anniversary!  I thank God everyday that He gave you to me....

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Fingers de Freedom

Fingers de Freedom

I love art, and this young man is a gifted artist and entrepreneur you just have to meet. Reginald "Swindoe" Kennedy is the owner of Fingers de Freedom, an eco-friendly company committed to saving our planet by using only eco-friendly materials in its products. His...

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Daddy’s Gift

Daddy’s Gift

I have been awaiting a painting by my hubster to put in the baby's nursery.  I picked her nursery furniture and decided what would go on her registry, but I wanted her dad to also be a part of creating her nursery.   Of course I love the fleur de lis (flower of the...

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My Rainbow

My Rainbow

On June 7, 2012, my mother lost her battle with breast cancer. She was my best friend.  We talked or Skyped everyday, even when she was in the hospital.  We had so much faith that she would be healed and would live to see my daughter, Shayla Nicole.  She loved Shayla...

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Pappadeaux’s Seafood House in Phoenix

Pappadeaux’s Seafood House in Phoenix

Matt's friends were in town from Seattle, so we hung out in Phoenix and decided to get some Pappadeaux's. I miss my crawfish etouffee, so I knew I had to order it before we arrived.  My husband is a country boy at heart, so he wanted me to eat some alligator --- yes,...

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The Grill at Hacienda Del Sol

The Grill at Hacienda Del Sol

After a long week, my husband and I decided to try The Grill at Hacienda Del Sol.  I saw this restaurant in the Tucson Living Magazine, and it was listed as one of the top 5, so I wanted to take a visit.  It's also winner of the AAA Four Diamond Restaurant Award....

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Nine Months

Nine Months

I finally hit the nine month mark! I feel like Jessica Simpson --- it seems as if I have been pregnant forever!  I am so ready to have this little lady. She appears to be growing every 5 minutes, and my stomach is heavy! Dress - Threads 4 Thought (I love this brand...

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Baby Shower

Baby Shower

I had a blast at my baby shower.  I chose to have the shower in my home.  My friends, Robin and Shawn, hosted the shower and it was so much fun. I didn't want the traditional baby shower with paper decorations or baby booties, pacifiers, rattles, etc. all over the...

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Blue Willow Restaurant

Blue Willow Restaurant

I have really been having a blast finding new places to eat.  Blue Willow is a great little restaurant where I got some home cooked meatloaf and potatoes with mushroom gravy.  www.bluewillowtucson.com The restaurant is located at 2616 N. Campbell Ave. in Tucson.  I...

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Vero Amore at Dove Mountain

Vero Amore at Dove Mountain

I was craving pizza today, and to my surprise, I read about this restaurant in Tucson Living Magazine literally within an hour after my cravings began.  It is one of the top rated restaurants according to Tucson Living, so I wanted to see what all of the hype was...

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Splash of Red

Splash of Red

I love an outfit that incorporates a splash of color, no matter what that color might be.  I thought a splash of red would complement the dark color of this ensemble.  You might remember this dress from my "28 weeks and counting" blog post a few weeks ago. I had to...

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Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour

Have you ever had one of those days when  you just wonder, "What is going on?"  Well, today is one of those days.  It is a great day because I will see my sweet little baby via ultrasound in a few hours.  Today, however, I also received some news from a dear friend...

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Blue Jeans

Blue Jeans

Colorful jeans are so much fun.  I love pairing colors on top of colors --- green and yellow, orange and pink, blue and pink, etc.  I prefer gold accessories whenever I wear colorful pieces.  I love these blue maternity jeans.  They are so comfortable.  The tank is...

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Dyson Pediatrics

Dyson Pediatrics

I want to introduce you to an awesome pediatrician, Dr. Duane Dyson, who is located here in Tucson.  He serves families from all over Arizona and even has clients as far away as New Mexico.  Dr. Dyson exudes character, integrity, and professionalism.  The atmosphere...

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Beauty Rest

Beauty Rest

I have been debating on bed linens for spring/summer.  I love white and the calming effect it has in a bedroom, so I chose white.  I also used espresso feather down pillows as accent pieces and this is the end result --- simple and not fussy at all. My night stands...

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Mini Cobblers

Mini Cobblers

I love apple cobbler and peach cobbler, but I wanted to try a mini version of the cobbler, which is great for those who don't want large portions.  These were so much fun to make and I had a blast eating them!  Thanks again to Arlette for this great recipe and cooking...

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28 Weeks And Counting

28 Weeks And Counting

Today, I am 28 weeks!  I am so excited and ready to meet this little lady growing inside of me.  As I sat in church, the young lady sitting beside me saw her kicking through my shirt.  Yes, she was kicking me that hard! I recently had my blood pressure and glucose...

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Cooking With Arlette

Cooking With Arlette

I have never cooked shrimp because I know it is easy to overcook shrimp.  I am so tired of messing up different dishes that I called in a professional, my good friend Arlette, to help me with a pasta dish that I saw her cook a few months ago. You might remember...

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Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff

I have been searching diligently for a bold, red bag.  Well, after much searching, I found one.  It's the Rebecca Minkoff Nikki Hobo bag and I love it.  It is so roomy and has lots of interior pockets.  This is a much needed feature with a little one on the way.  I...

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Inspiration

I am ready to make a simple change in my bedroom.  I love my beautiful duvet cover, silk bed skirt and all of the decorative pillows (8 total decorative pillows), but I want to get back to the basics and settle into something simple.  I want a hotel feel --- the...

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The Parish Restaurant

The Parish Restaurant

My husband heard about The Parish restaurant from a guy who saw the restaurant on the news.  During Mardi Gras, the owners had a huge crawfish boil in the parking lot.  Where was I and why didn't I know about this earlier?  Geez, I want some crawfish.  Upon entering...

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It’s Just One of Those Days

It’s Just One of Those Days

Have you ever had one of those days where you just want to stay home and watch a movie or read a book?  Saturday was one of those days, but when my husband said we were trying out a new restaurant, I threw on something and was ready to ride.  There is a new restaurant...

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Friday’s Favorite Finds

Friday’s Favorite Finds

I have some fabulous finds that I wanted to share.  I have always been a fan of Circle E candles, but I haven't been able to find them in Arizona.  I guess it's a Southern thing.  However, my friend Regina introduced me to VoluSpa candles, which are oh so heavenly. ...

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Craving Lo-Lo’s

Craving Lo-Lo’s

Today I met a woman who inspired me to do better and to be better.  She started a business in a small rented house in the middle of Phoenix and branded herself into a household name here in Arizona.  I love her story, her determination, and her warm spirit.   Her...

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Red Jeans

Red Jeans

I can't get enough of this awesome weather!  The sun always shines and humidity is basically nonexistent.  So, I really enjoyed the outdoors during this photo shoot. I love colorful jeans (red, pink, green, etc.).  I was on the search for a bright red pair of  jeans. ...

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Windy Afternoon

Windy Afternoon

This has been the best winter I have ever had in my life!  Arizona's winters truly are the best.  The temperature has averaged between 65-70 degrees with very little to no humidity and it has been awesome.  Even when the temperature dipped earlier this week, the...

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My Funny Valentine?

My Funny Valentine?

My husband and I are supposed to be in the Caribbean this Valentine's Day, but I didn't want to travel this late during the pregnancy, so we cancelled our plans --- bummer.  Valentine's Day is here and it hasn't always been that funny or fun for me.  I know that this...

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Gender Reveal Party

Gender Reveal Party

This will be my only post this week.  I need a break after all of the suspense from this weekend!  I literally felt like I had run a marathon. Our Gender Reveal Party was so much fun!  We were surrounded by over 30 friends and family who attended the party and...

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Boy or Girl?

Boy or Girl?

On Tuesday, my husband and I went to the doctor for an ultrasound.  Before my husband and I walked in, I gave the technician two envelopes and two pieces of paper.  I advised her to let us know when she began looking for the gender of the baby so that we could turn...

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Bold Stripes

Bold Stripes

I was extremely happy during this photo shoot.  My sweet hubby and I had just eaten on the shaded patio by the fireplace at Zinburger.  I had a turkey sloppy joe with sweet potato fries.  I really love that place! Blazer (JCrew), boatneck tee (Banana Republic),...

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Julieanna’s Patio Cafe

Julieanna’s Patio Cafe

I'm away in a little city that has so many little surprises everywhere I go.  Today, I stopped to get lunch at a cafe and I was not prepared for what I saw.  The plan was to get lunch to go, but I ended up sitting on the patio and enjoying a great lunch.  I didn't...

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Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

Although the baby does not arrive for five months, I like to be on top of things.  The baby's room is a project that cannot be ignored, and I don't want to wait until the last minute.  I got overwhelmed with all of the strollers that are out there, so I decided to...

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Lazy Day

Lazy Day

So, my six-pack is officially gone, every body part has expanded, and most of my pre-pregnancy pants no longer fit, even with the belly band.  I can no longer sleep on my stomach and the foods I love most are now on my "do not eat" list.  On this particular day, the...

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Loyalty That Runs Deep

Loyalty That Runs Deep

It's 3:00 a.m. on Sunday morning and I cannot sleep.  Sleeping on my stomach is uncomfortable, sleeping on my back is a pregnancy no-no, and I am tired of sleeping on my side. As I tossed the covers back and put on my slippers, I began to think about the New Orleans...

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Warm and Fuzzy

Warm and Fuzzy

When you think of fur, you usually envision a beautiful evening gown, exquisite jewelry and a night out on the town, but fur can be worn so many different ways.  You can dress it up or dress it down.  Here, I have chosen to pair my fur with jeans.  In a couple of...

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Lovely Day

Lovely Day

I woke up this morning with the song, "Lovely Day," in my head.  The weather was beautiful and I was feeling great. I actually found a pair of pre-pregnancy minnie pants in my closet that I can still wear!  I could not believe it.  Now that I am buying clothes that...

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Butter London – My New Faves

Butter London – My New Faves

In a prior post, "Go Green," I introduced you to butter LONDON, a "3 Free Nail Lacquer," which means it is non-toxic and formulated without the use of formaldehyde, toluene, DBP or Parabens.  For pregnant women and those who are conscious of the toxic chemicals found...

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Cooking With Cally

Cooking With Cally

By now, you know that I am not a great cook.  So, I called Cally over for a cooking lesson.  Cally is a great cook and has her own business.  Cally's mother also owned her own catering company.  I had no idea how much time and effort goes into cooking a serious meal,...

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Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

There's no place like home for the holidays.  My husband and I visited our parents for Thanksgiving and we planned to visit our parents again for Christmas.  However, we decided that we need to just settle down and be still for a while.  Our parents live four hours...

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Ohhhh Baby!

Ohhhh Baby!

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday.  My mom knew that every year, we had to put up a Christmas tree and Christmas decorations.  I love what the season represents --- the birth of my Savior, Jesus Christ, and being thankful everyday for all that God has...

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Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans and Rice

It has been a long journey.  For the past two days, I have been trying to cook red beans and rice.  When I was in college at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the cafeteria cooks prepared read beans and rice every Monday.  Seriously, they never missed a...

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Christmas Is Near

Christmas Is Near

I love Christmas --- the smell of fresh cut Christmas trees, Christmas carols, dinner parties, and most important is the celebration of my Savior Jesus Christ's birth.  However, I hate getting involved in the hustle and bustle of shopping.  Long lines and crazy...

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Bayou Classic XXXVIII – New Orleans

Bayou Classic XXXVIII – New Orleans

Attending the Bayou Classic is a tradition for my husband's family.  All of us are Southern University graduates, so we share the same love for our alma mater.  This year, we attended the Bayou Classic in New Orleans at the Superdome together.  Although Southern did...

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New Orleans — The Big Easy

New Orleans — The Big Easy

It was great to get away from the desert and get back to Louisiana.  I love New Orleans --- the food, the music, and the fun!  I had a blast in the Big Easy and got a taste of everything I have been missing in the desert --- gumbo, shrimp, oysters, crab, and the list...

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Love Those Lashes

Love Those Lashes

I recently attended a fun makeup party at a friend's house.  We had a blast, and the thing I loved most was that the makeup artist (Tonya Strozier) allowed us to put on our own makeup.  She didn't just apply the makeup for us, but allowed us to create our own looks...

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Thank a Veteran

Thank a Veteran

November 11th is Veterans Day, so don't forget to thank our Veterans for their hard work and for risking their lives to keep us safe. Living in Arizona has really opened my eyes to the day-to-day routines and duties of our service men and women.  I had never been on a...

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Dear Mr. Louboutin

Dear Mr. Louboutin

Dear Mr. Louboutin, I want you to know that I love your masterpieces --- the death-by-kick 5-inch heel, that hidden platform, and the red signature sole.  I cannot resist the creative genius you have unleashed in your new Harletty crocodile boot for $21,995!  Oh yes,...

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

This will be my only post this week because it is a post that is very dear to my heart.  I want my viewers to see this post for the entire week.  It is my prayer that this post will encourage women who have not been getting their annual mammograms or those who have...

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Color Me Beautiful

Color Me Beautiful

If you didn't tune in on Tuesday, I want to introduce you to the creative artist and stylist, Tonya Strozier, who is hitting the runways with her beautiful artwork on the faces of men and women from all over the globe.  Check out my previous post, "Woman In Motion,"...

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Woman In Motion

Woman In Motion

Meet Tonya Strozier ---  wife, loving mother, entrepreneur and stylist.  There’s no doubt this woman has her hands full, but she still finds time to follow her passion and pave her way to the top. Tonya and I met in 2009 during my first trip to Arizona and we have...

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Hats Off

Hats Off

I must admit that this post was a challenge because I drove all around town trying to find an outfit that could fit any woman's budget.  After receiving many requests from followers to take on this task, this is what I came up with.  Minus the Louis Vuitton, of...

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Being Me

Being Me

I'm feeling giddy and I'm ready to take on the world.  I love my "job" --- bathing in the beauty around me and enjoying all that life has to offer.  Believe it or not, this is what I prefer to wear on any given day --- jeans and a baby tee.  Of course my favorites...

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Nordstrom Rack Grand Opening

Nordstrom Rack Grand Opening

Thursday, October 13th, was a great day!  It marked the grand opening of Nordstrom Rack in my area and I could not wait to get there. I did not know what to expect and I wondered how many people would show up for this event.  The staff began "tailgating" from 7:00...

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Go Green

Go Green

I love nail polish --- the fun colors and the versatility--- but I do not like the chemicals that are traditionally found in nail lacquers.  I have always been a fan of OPI, Zoya and MAC nail lacquers, and after doing a little research, I found that  Zoya does not...

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Romantic Getaway, Part II

Romantic Getaway, Part II

During our stay at the Ritz-Carlton for our anniversary, Matt rushed me off to the spa.  He was gearing up for football for the day, and I was getting ready for a day of relaxation.  I actually had my first massage at a Ritz-Carlton hotel many, many years ago.  During...

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A Romantic Getaway

A Romantic Getaway

For our anniversary, my husband planned a romantic getaway to the Ritz-Carlton at Dove Mountain and we had a blast!  Anyone who knows me knows that I love the Ritz-Carlton.  They offer the best service, and although I know there are other hotels that have great...

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Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary

On Saturday, October 1, 2011, my husband and I will celebrate our one-year anniversary.  It all began during the Spring of 1996 after I had joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and he had joined Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.   He introduced himself as Matt and...

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

This weekend was so awesome that I had to blog about it.  I spoke during a women's encounter on "The Cross," and you will never know the joy that is in my heart from seeing so many women walk away from this weekend knowing their worth and walking in the authority that...

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The Tuxedo

The Tuxedo

Traditionally, the tux has been a fashion piece often worn by men.  However, the tuxedo has become more and more popular among women.  I love the tuxedo and years ago, I decided to add one to my wardrobe.  I purchased this tux in 2007 to speak to a national...

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Back In Business

Back In Business

Mr. Louis and I are back in business.  For the past two weeks, I have been blogging from another computer because my battery literally died in my old computer. I have a new battery and will be blogging from my own computer, which will make life a lot easier.  Check...

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Puppy Love

Puppy Love

We have a new addition to the family.  Welcome Mr. Louis (pronounced "Louie").  Mr. Louis was rescued from the Humane Society.  He is a Tibetan Terrier who was apparently wandering around alone when the pound found him.  He was later taken to the Humane Society where...

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Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles

Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles

My husband and I took a fun road trip to Scottsdale to eat at Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles.  We met about 20 friends at the restaurant and just enjoyed each other's company.   I never pass up an opportunity to eat good food and hang out with a great crowd. This is...

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Tropical Sno

Tropical Sno

If you have never had a "sno ball," you don't know what you're missing.  It is a sweet little dream that I enjoyed as a kid and still enjoy today.  My husband and I decided to stop by Tropical Sno at the Foothills Mall for a  sweet treat. I ordered a mixture of...

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Denim That Lasts

Denim That Lasts

Today, I put on a pair of my old favorite jeans --- the Kelly low rise stretch boot cut by Citizens of Humanity.  These jeans have been worn and washed so many times.  They still have that great stretch and a great fit.   Citizens of Humanity is a great designer jean...

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Walking Through the Desert

Walking Through the Desert

In a prior post, "Music to My Ears," I blogged about an evening in the park in which my husband and I went to see our friends, Mark and Arlette Willis, in concert as they sang beautiful classics.  Mark Willis recently celebrated his birthday and Arlette planned a...

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Sucker for Seersucker

Sucker for Seersucker

Seersucker fabric is light and cool.  I have always loved these suits, which are traditionally light blue with a white stripe.  However, I chose a yellow and white stripe, which is a bit different from what I am used to seeing.  Summer is coming to an end, so I...

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Nyasha Matonhodze

Nyasha Matonhodze

She's beautiful, elegant, exudes confidence, and is a force to be reckoned with.  Did I mention she's only 16 years old?  Meet Nyasha Matonhodze whose flourishing modeling career began when she was only 14.  She is gracing the catwalks of all things couture.  You can...

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My Fashion Icon

My Fashion Icon

I love fashion from the 70's and 80's.  As many of you already know, most of today's styles are from that era --- platform shoes, wedges, rompers, flare leg pants, high rise pants, huge sunglasses, and the list goes on.  While visiting my parents a couple of weeks...

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Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Birthday to Me!

I am one year younger and I am so thankful for the years God has given me.  I stand on Psalm 91:16, "God will give me long life and show me His salvation."  For my special day, I hung out with my husband.  We watched Jumping the Broom, which was an awesome movie, and...

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There’s No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home

Home is truly where my heart is.  I miss being away from my family, but I am so grateful that we have been able to see each other twice within the past three months.  My parents were in Atlanta during Memorial Day weekend, so I visited them and other family members in...

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Beale Street Blues

Beale Street Blues

I have had an amazing week.  I traveled to Memphis, Tennessee where I had a blast with my childhood best friend.  I also traveled to Mississippi to visit my family and I did not want the week to end. I arrived at the airport as my flight was boarding, which meant I...

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Going Greek

Going Greek

One of my favorite restaurants has closed.  They had the best lamb chops ever and now I have to find somewhere else to get great lamb chops.  Well, I didn't have to look far.  I went to My Big Fat Greek Restaurant on a rainy evening after my husband stated he wanted...

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About the Business

About the Business

Earlier this week, I wore a Ralph Lauren navy pinstripe suit.  The Ralph Lauren jacket has a breast pocket, but the breast pocket is not functional. What I mean by functional is that you cannot put a pocket square or a silk scarf in it.  Most women's suits do not have...

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My First

My First

Ralph Lauren was my first --- my first "real" suit, that is.   He is one of my favorite classic designers, and I especially love his timeless pieces. During my college years, I was a sold out Tomboy --- jeans (very baggy jeans), t-shirts, and NIKE shoes.  I look back...

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God’s Timing

God’s Timing

A few days ago, one of my friends appeared frustrated that she was still single and that marriage appeared to be nowhere in sight.  For the past two weeks, my pastor has also been preaching specifically to singles.   So, I decided that today I am going to talk to my...

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Denimology

Denimology

On Sunday, I died and went to "denim heaven."  I visited Loop Jean Company at Casas Adobes and took a tour around the store with the owner who was so warm and welcoming.  Loop Jean Company has so many designer brands and every style I could think of (straight leg,...

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Yes Indeed!

Yes Indeed!

There's one thing I can't get used to in the desert --- being away from good Southern cooking.  My husband and I were craving something good and spicy, so we went to a friend's house and my hubby learned how to cook a Louisiana favorite.  My husband's friend, Wayne,...

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Desert Cool

Desert Cool

I have a thing for hats.  They can make you look so cool.  With temperatures reaching over 100 degrees in the desert on most days, shelter from the sun is a necessity.  I purchased this hat to go to the beach with some friends about 7 years ago.  It spends most of its...

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Casual Friday

Casual Friday

There is something about Fridays.  You start anticipating sleeping in on Saturday, going to church on Sunday morning and taking a long nap Sunday afternoon.  Friday also means "casual" day at work for most people across the globe.  Isn't it great to go to work in a...

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Think Pink

Think Pink

Audrey Hepburn once said, "I believe in pink."  I, too, believe in pink.  That's why I purchased this fun scarf from Harold's several years ago.  It has cute, colorful pictures of shoes allover and the colors are still rich as if I purchased it yesterday.  This...

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Loving Los Angeles, Part II

Loving Los Angeles, Part II

The past week in L.A. has been awesome.  I was hosted by Terranea (www.terranea.com), L.A.'s Oceanfront Resort, for my wonderful spa treatment.  I love beautiful places and the Terranea Resort was no disappointment.  Terranea boasts unobstructed views overlooking the...

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Loving Los Angeles, Part I

Loving Los Angeles, Part I

My husband and I love to get away at least every 3-4 months.  This month, we flew to Los Angeles and had a blast. Great eating and great times were nonstop during this trip.  I think it is always important to take time to spend with the ones you love.  My mom loves...

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The White Suit, Part II

The White Suit, Part II

After my post last week, "The White Suit,"  I mentioned that I needed to find a fun event to wear my white suit.  Kevin Hamilton sent me an invitation to his White Party for his birthday at the Onyx Room Restaurant.  There was great soul food, wonderful music by Kevin...

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Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Even though I have recently given some wonderful bags away to family, friends, and Goodwill, there are a few bags with which I will never part.  Sometimes, I think a girl just outgrows some of her bags, but I don't know if I could ever outgrow...

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Music to My Ears

Music to My Ears

If you had been there, you would have pulled the one you love close and reminisced about the day you met.  If you had been there, you would have felt relaxed, fine and on cloud nine...if only you had been there.  I'm talking about jazz in the park at LaEncantada.  The...

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The White Suit

The White Suit

Back to "The Challenge."  After digging through my closet, I found a linen one-button suit I had not worn since last summer. A white suit is like a crisp, white shirt --- everyone should own one.  I bought this suit several years ago...

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Trash the Dress

Trash the Dress

Most women want to preserve their wedding dress to pass down to their daughter or just as a keepsake.  However, I believe my daughter will probably want to wear her own wedding dress, so I decided to "trash" my dress.  I don't know if you have ever heard of this...

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I do…

I do…

I love weddings --- the beautiful flowers, the happy bride and groom, the good food and the warm atmosphere.  My wedding was wonderful. I would not change a thing about it. The reason I really enjoyed my wedding was because I did what I wanted to do.  I did not allow...

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Will You Marry Me?

Will You Marry Me?

Before sharing my wedding day photos on my blog, I thought I would start with my engagement.  I know there probably aren't many men out there who are tuning into this blog right now, but for those who are, let me tell you that if you are preparing to ask the woman of...

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A Beautiful Sunset

A Beautiful Sunset

I'm reading a book called "The Greatest Secret," and one of the premises in the book is that gratitude brings blessings. Everyday, I thank God for where He has placed me, for the friends and family he has given me, and for the grace that He has shown me. Today, we...

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The Challenge

The Challenge

Here I am with my first post.  I decided I would challenge myself to begin with what is already in my closet.  I cannot buy new outfits, shoes, etc.  I have to work with what I already own. I began by giving several pairs of shoes, handbags, jeans and other...

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