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 also include my Juicy tracksuits.   I remember one afternoon I made a post on FaceBook as I was shopping and one of the comments under my post was, “I know you’re buying something by Juicy.”  You know me well, don’t you?  I love Juicy and I can do Juicy any day of the week.

Couture is Here tee (Juicy Couture), jeans (Adriano Goldschmied),  necklace (Arden B), shoes (Converse All Star), nails (Zoya’s Marina), sunglasses (Ralph Lauren)

I purchased these ponytail elastics from Juicy Couture at Kierland Commons in Scottsdale on Labor Day.  I love their store and the associates are super sweet.  I’m sure the sales associate thought I was crazy when I pulled out the ponytail elastics and started trying them on as bracelets.  I just love these.  They’re so cute!

Elastics (Juicy Couture), watch (Movado)

 Ready, set…


Dance like no one’s watching, dream knowing that you will live life to the fullest.

This is Shayla’s tunnel, hence the “S” above the tunnel’s entrance.

Take a break from the  hustle and bustle of life.

Climb as high as you can.

Celebrate when you get to the top (and of course I’ll celebrate with you).

Be goofy and silly!





Most of all, BE YOU!  And until next time… be Juicy!

I can’t get this song out of my head… Kirk Franklin and Mali Music’s “Give Me”.  I heard this song for the first time today and I’m really digging this right now.  You’ve got to check it out on YouTube.


Shayla Jay

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  1. DJ

    Cute, cute, cute, too cute. Is there no traffic coming through that tunnel you are standing in?

    • shaylajay

      Only one truck came through while we were shooting pics. Everyone in the truck was waving at us like they were in a parade. It was a fun photo shoot though, and I love that tunnel. It’s the same tunnel from my “Beautiful Sunset” blog in June.

    • Prentice

      I was thinking the same thing….watch out for traffic. Enjoyed the post.

      Side note: Karla and I had the biggest dispute this Spring about whether or not our youngest son should wear All-stars with his tux for the Pre-k graduation. I won, he wore All-stars, he rocked. Good to see another All-star proponent.

      • shaylajay

        I LOVE Chucks! I have even worn them while speaking. I wore jeans, a Juicy tee (ironically), a blazer and my Chuck Taylor shoes. I don’t think you can go wrong (unless you go too far out in left field) with the Chucks!

  2. L.Piazza

    I love this blog, you look so free and so happy!

    • shaylajay

      I am. God is so good. I can’t help but to be happy!

  3. LeKisha McCullum

    Beautiful, go girl!

  4. LeKisha McCullum

    Question; How do you get your polish to last long on your nails? By day, two, I am touching up! By, the way, I love, the Juicy Elastics.


    • shaylajay

      I use a base AND a top coat. My base coat is a ridge filler, but most people don’t need a ridge filler. So, just get a good base coat, always apply two coats of nail polish, and finish with a top coat. This should make your polish last longer.

      • LeKisha McCullum

        I will try because the new thing is Gelac? I think I am saying that right! I will try your suggestion and advise. Thank you, I am loving your Blog. I am on a mission in regards to locating the JC elastics. Have a Great one!


        • shaylajay

          No problem. I don’t know anyone who has used the Gelac nails. I have heard of them, but I know people who love Shellac nail colors. I have been told by people who use the Shellac polish that they last for about two weeks. You would probably want to make sure you get the Shellac polish removed professionally though.

  5. Domineca

    Super cute!

    Love this one!!!

    • shaylajay

      Thanks Domineca!

  6. Mom

    As I read this blog, “Being Me” I am reminded of a song, written by Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers and performed by Lee Ann Womack. This song reminds me of you. Here are some of the words from the song. ” I hope you never lose your sense of wonder. You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger. May you never take one single breath for granted. God forbid love ever leave you empty handed. I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean. Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens. Promise me that you will give faith a fighting chance. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance… I hope you dance. I hope you dance.

    I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance. Never settle for the path of least resistance. Living might mean taking chances, but they are worth taking. Loving might be a mistake, but its worth making. Don’t let some bent heart leave you bitter. When you come close to selling out reconsider. Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance… I hope you dance… I hope you dance.

    Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along. Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder where those years have gone. I hope you dance … I hope you dance. I hope you dance.”

    I see that you are dancing!

    • shaylajay

      Awww, thanks Mom!

      • Shayla Jay

        I really miss you Mom! Everything reminds me of you!

  7. Leisa

    Shayla this is my all time favorite of your blogs!! This is so you and you’re looking great! Looks like you had a blast in this photo shoot!

    • shaylajay

      Thanks Leisa! I had a blast!

  8. Donna

    Shayla: I haven’t really had a chance to view your blog but you look like you are having a blast. I am so… happy for you. God is good…..All the time. Miss you. I was just talking about Nancy today to Jocelyn Thompson. They are painting the court house and I was telling them how lost things became after Nancy’s death. Take care. God Bless.

    • shaylajay

      Thanks, Donna. I am having a blast! Nancy did keep things together around there.

  9. Ursula

    You are super talented! I love this.

    • shaylajay

      Thanks Ursula!

  10. Angela Clark

    love this one as well! Iam a Juicy gal as well!!! u looked like you are 14 in this pic. u NEVER age I see.. Looks like u are def having the time of your life! enjoy Doll

    • shaylajay

      Thanks Angela. You are too kind!