Kimono, Denim Shorts & Gladiator Sandals

 

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The Coachella Festival has come and gone but it’s totally inspired my summer wardrobe. I love how creative the fashion is during the festival. The people that attend wear fun, relaxed, and comfortable attire. I saw a lot of short shorts, sandals, boots, kimonos, and dope hair. The self expression is amazing and I’m here for all of it.

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I wanted to post my  own Coachella inspired outfit for my readers. I’m kind of obsessed with flowers in my fro at the moment so I worked the outfit around the floral head band. The festival reminds me of the legendary Woodstock Festival just less grungy because both are very youthful. I don’t typically wear shorts because I can’t stand my thigh rub  sticking together especially when it gets hot. I wanted to show off my gladiator sandals and Ithought the shorts work really well with them. The sandals are unbelievably comfortable and they fit nicely over the calve muscles. I chose a neutral color so that I can get more wear out of them.

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The kimono was a must have, the print is really pretty and it jazzed up the outfit. It was also affordable, the only problem I had with it was the sleeves were a little too tight, they just made it over my elbows. Will you be trying the festival inspired look this summer?

 

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Kimono: Buy it here

Sandals: Buy it here

Necklace: My old jewelry line

Shorts: Buy it here

Blouse: TJMaxx

Peace, Love, and Happiness

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Stripes and Leather

I remember when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer. I thought that I would never see myself the same way again. The funny thing is I don’t, I had lost my hair a few weeks into treatment and I immediately began losing weight.  I was stressed all the time, I thought about death all the time, and I worried all the time. It took about a year to move on and I imagine it will take  a lifetime to adjust to all the changes.

Truth is one day you wake up and you realize that your still here. All your friends will move on and
the out pour of attention from your initial diagnosis to the end of treatment will slowly dissipate. In the beginning of treatment everyone wants to know how they can help. When you complete treatment, they assume your fine because you look healthier. It’s all one big misconception, I’ve watched women with terminal cancer look like they never had the disease to begin with so the saying ” don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is the best cliche phrase to describe breast cancer.  Did you know that decades later this disease can return? It’s horrible to think that after poisonous treatments like chemo and radiation, the treatment process would have to be repeated. It’s the kind of  reality that no one should ever have to face especially since it’s likely to return as stage IV terminal cancer.
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The word “terminal” is so chilling, just imagine there never being an end to treatment. I’m sure you’ve all seen adults and children in your news feed on Facebook holding signs that read ” Today is my last chemo” in celebration of the end of treatment or at least one part of treatment. Can you imagine there never being an end? Can you imagine doing chemo and radiation for as long as your body is able to hold up? Once you become terminal, that is the plan. People living with metastatic breast cancer will go from one treatment to another until it either stops working or you stop working, meaning death.
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How does anyone live a “normal” life knowing that death is right around the corner because there is no cure. There is so much emphasis placed on building awareness but so little goes towards actual research to find a cure! It’s infuriating to see how much money so many non profits raise each year but there are still hundreds of men and women dying from the disease everyday. If you really want to make a difference support organizations like Metavior! It’s one of the only organizations that puts the majority of your money towards research to find an actual cure.
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Just imagine how many lives we could save!
As always thanks for stopping by I hope you love the pictures xoxo!
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Skirt by Forever 21

Jacket Express

Blouse TJ Maxx

Shoes by NineWest sold at Ross

Wallet Target

 

 

 

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I finally got around to posting an outfit of the day!…yikes… It’s been a long time since I’ve had the courage to model in front of the camera. Mainly because I have gained weight and I’ve had no desire to showcase these extra pounds. Most of the weight is due to medication, which causes all sorts of hormone changes and slows down my metabolism. I feel so sluggish and achy some days. Another problem is I don’t have as much energy as I use to,thanks to chemo and radiation. My body has seen the worst of times over this past year. It use to be effortless to take pictures and feel confident. Now I’m worried about covering up scars and ways to hide my weight gain, it’s exhausting.
I wasn’t motivated to lose the weight until recently. I was stuck, I ate more, didn’t exercise and felt tired all the time. It was a horrible feeling. At first I thought I was putting back on the weight I lost during treatment. Then it just crept up on me and wouldn’t budge. I couldn’t take it anymore, I was uncomfortable all the time. Nothing fit and I refused to go shopping for larger sizes. I decided to join the gym, I go 3-4 times a week, for at least two hours, thankfully the pounds are slowly melting away and my energy is coming back. I feel better overall, I guess exercise really does the body good.
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I had a latissimus Dorsi Flap procedure in October of last year. I have yet to complete my reconstruction. I’ve put it off for months because I was tired of being carved up. Cancer really sucks!..nothing worse than having scars all over and breasts that have no sensation. I have one temporary tissue expander in my left boob and an actual silicon implant in the other. The whole experience has been one crazy emotional mess.
I feel like there is no plan for life after treatment. When I started out, there was a plan, a diet, a routine, it sucked but it was a “road map” to recovery. I don’t know that I will ever get use to life after treatment. I was lost for a while, I found it hard to adjust, which is weird because I’m usually in control and adapt to change easily.
I’m not going to complain though, I know countless women who have metastatic breast cancer (stage IV) terminal cancer that will be in treatment for the rest of there lives. Having any terminal disease is a tough reality to live with daily. My heart goes out to them.
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I try stay focused and positive. It helps with depression and survivors guilt. I wanted to get back to doing something I love to do. Fashion has always been one of my favorite hobbies so I wanted to get back to blogging. These days I look for fit and comfort when choosing pieces for my wardrobe. I go for clothes with higher necklines, loose fit, and patterns that compliment my style. I’ve always loved a pair of jeans and pumps, it just works well for different occasions. I’ve had the jacket for a while, it’s by Loft, see a similar style here. The bag and pumps were affordable pieces from T.J. Maxx. The blouse is from spring of last year, I purchased it at Kohl’s.
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I hope you enjoy the pictures and as always, thanks for stopping by…XO!

 

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THE #FIGHTFORROXYJEWELZ FUNDRAISER

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” Never give up on your dreams”
I’ve been telling myself this ever since I relocated and found out I have breast cancer. For years I ran a fashion jewelry business and ‘I LOVED IT’, I worked full time but always kept a side hustle. It was a fun and exciting way of connecting with new people and building lasting relationships. It never feels like work when your having fun. Once I relocated I got so busy trying to adjust to my new way of life, job, and helping my son get comfortable in his new school….so busy that I stopped pushing my online hustle and trunk shows. I didn’t really know anyone and my circle of close friends were all in the northeast. I now realize that it is very necessary for me to revamp my business and use it as a source of income to help off set the medical & financial toll, that having cancer can bring on someone who is already fighting a difficult battle.
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I contacted my friends and suggested that I throw a trunk show in Connecticut…a fundraiser and revamp my business party all in one! Well that took off…my home girls are all super creative, very supportive, and they need no permission to go all out to make things happen….God I love them! In just one week my small scale trunk show turned into an all around fundraising extravaganza, complete with a venue ‘Sparks’ T-shirts & wristbands for the cause, silent auction, drink donations from the lovely Lisa Vanderpumps ‘ LVP Sangria ‘ line, raffle, jewelry of course and Karoake..LOL this should be interesting. I’m so ready to see old friends, make new ones, and have a great time! If your in the NY/CT area please stop by and say hello 😉
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I’ve always been very independent, you find out early on in the battle against cancer that ‘support’ & ‘help’ are needed in order to keep your sanity and help you cope with the harsh reality of what the disease does to you mentally & physically. I have always given to different charities and fundraisers, over time but had never considered one for myself until recently when my sister created a Give Forward page to help me get over financial hurdles. Every little bit counts! It could be a sweet message, social media share or like, monetary amount, it all helps! Please stop by and help in any way you can! Visit www.giveforward.com and search #fightforroxyjewelz  The link is posted to the right of the page for easier access. I have just completed chemo and was able to work as much as possible but surgery, depending on the type that I go with, will definitely require a lengthy recovery period so I’ll have to take considerable time off from work. There will be on going treatments, including radiation and medication that I will have to take for the rest of my life. This journey for me is far from over but I plan on fighting with everything in me.
I will begin releasing jewelry pieces weekly for online sales, which is something that I use to do and have decided to revisit. I pray that I have the time and energy to accomplish this while still undergoing treatments…LOL. I want to THANK all of you who have taken time to continue to support my efforts. I have amazing friends and family who know me personally but when you have a connection with people who you’ve never met, understand what your going through, it’s a truly humbling experience!
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Check out the article in this months issue of Afrophire Magazine
Thanks A Million,
 

 

Blushing Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness…

At 33 years old even I still think that I’m too young to have breast cancer but we all know it’s a real possibility for young women to have this form of cancer.

                    I had my first mammogram when I was 30 and continue to do regular self breast exams.

Breast cancer struck home several years ago, my grandmother died of this type of cancer, which was discovered in its late stages. It was difficult to see someone suffer from a disease that could have been better treated if it was detected earlier.

         I participate in several types of fundraisers that help build more awareness and provide more funding  to fight breast cancer. I’ve done walks with the Susan G. Komen foundation and Making Strides as well as donations through other organizations. I recently attended a local benefit dinner where proceeds from each ticket sale went towards breast cancer survivors.

I try and do something different each year, my favorite event thus far was the Susan G. Komen 5k walk through Central Park in NYC. I went with a group of coworkers and friends, met so many survivors there and was so happy to be apart of something so wonderful and beneficial to others.

I love that there are so many ways to show your support. The survival rates have increased and the number of related deaths have declined, thanks to research, new treatments, and early detection.

Please check out other related articles about Breast Cancer Awareness from other great BLM girls through our blog hop and check for our #BLMGIRLSGOPINK tag. We all have to do our part in building awareness, please check this link for more facts and self examination details.

Hope you love the pictures and please enjoy whats left of the weekend!

TTFN

Life’s Just Peachy

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I love summertime! It’s perfect for hanging with friends, throwing jewelry parties, and just having fun with good company. I had a wonderful hostess for my most recent Accessories We Love jewelry trunk show. The weather was beautiful and everything from the appetizers to the drink menu was full of surprises 😉 I wanted to be casual and comfortable for the event so I went for a pair of shorts and a loose fitting top. All of the accessories can be purchased on my website .