October 18, 2013

Style Bloggers of Color Conference 2013

Last week this time, I was an attendee of the Style Bloggers of Color (SBOC) 2013 Conference which took place here in Miami.

My day 1 outfit was pretty simple - I wore a screened tee I got from Marshall's, my favorite Forever 21 skirt, a vintage Gap denim jacket, and my green heels from target. My bag was from a local store called Steps, and it fit ev-er-y-thing from my wallet and notebook to my camera with all three lenses. Perfect!

I didn't take many photos on the first day, but I did snap one of Natalie Live of The Tiny Closet during her photography workshop. She's just the sweetest little thing!

Day 2 was packed with great panels which were informative and hilarious! The first panel was "Content 411", all about enhancing blog material and keeping readers engaged, featuring Ty Alexander of Gorgeous in Grey, Kimberly Walker of KimmyGotSoul, Cortnie Elizabeth of StyleLust Pages, and Jillian Martin of NuSphisticate.

The second panel was "Social Media Butterfly" about how to use social media as tools for connecting with readers, networking, and making blog content accessible on multiple platforms featuring Blake Von D of Blake Von D, Shayla Drake of All Things Slim, Charles Wade of Tuff Magazine (such a comedian!), Inez of Style Chic 360, and Nife Oluwole of Skinny Hipster.

The third panel was "Multimedia Blogging" with Kéla Walker of Kéla's Kloset, Nicole Garner of The Garner Circle (a PR Powerhouse!), and Janel Martinez of Black Enterprise.

The fourth panel, "You Dot Com", stressed maintaining individuality while blogging. I'm a firm believer in delivering content that is honest and true to the purpose of the blog, so this session was a great reminder that being me around here is perfectly OK! Panelists were Leslie Young of Fashion du Jour, Ria Michelle of Ria Michelle, Martha Dominguez of Princess Martha, Ariel Burke of Fashion Devotee, and Chanel of Chanel Files.

Mattie James of Mattieologie and the SBOC Conference Director lead the fifth session on "The Business of Blogging" (sorry, no photos!) and closed out the conference. I learned a lot and met so many lovely ladies and dynamic style influencers!

This was my day 2 outfit - My shirt and dress are Forever 21, my vest is Old Navy, and my Zara lookalike heels are JustFab. My handy Steps bag did so well on day 1 that I brought it along for the ride again on day 2.

I was glad to have styled some of my regular pieces that still fit even at nearly eight months pregnant. As I mentioned in my last post, maternity clothes are expensive! So I've been getting creative with putting together outfits from items I already have that still fit.

"My Love on Top" and me :)

Here, I'm pictured with the lovely Leslie, and "kutie" Kéla  It was such a pleasure to have met them and so many other inspiring and stylish ladies!

Looking forward to #SBOC2014!

October 9, 2013

From My Heart to Yours


This post is long overdue, I know. I sincerely apologize for being away for so long. The days turned into weeks, and the weeks into months, and I just didn't know how to come back and introduce you to our new addition. Please know that I've missed you all!

Life over the last few months has been interesting -- full of new surprises, lots of dreaming, and plenty of lessons learned along the way. More than anything, I can truly say that we are blessed. And excited! In just two months, the two of us will be three :)

Now that I've shared what's kept me away (I hope by now you've forgiven me), I must be honest... I'm not sure how blogging consistently is going to work with my new life. I'm not at all saying that I'm going away for good -- just haven't figured everything out yet. That's OK, right? 
I've had requests to do modest maternity wear, but truth be told, I haven't been feeling very fashionable lately. Plus -- maternity clothes are expensive! I'm open to your suggestions though.

Thanks for always allowing me to share a little from my heart. This blog means so much to me, and I'm determined to find a way to keep it going. (I'm even scheduled to attend a bloggers' conference this weekend to get some fresh ideas!) Your support, patience, comments and prayers do more than you could ever imagine. For that, I'm so very grateful.

Hope to be back soon!