Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
So...Have you ever found yourself in a place where it is made quite obvious that you are not all that and a bag of chips? That your sassy, smoothness and your delightful diva-like ways are only as serious as the pants that you put on just like everybody else???
Monday, October 18, 2010
- Dad's Health
- I Moved
- Job/Career/Life Change
Friday, July 2, 2010
Today I am sporting a cutesy brown headband with a flower on the side made out of brown shades of tulle. When first seeing this headband, I thought hmmm…naah. But after some coaxing from the Youngest, I decided to give it a try.
Well today was the day…I put it on and appreciated the color combo with my hair and outfit. I felt more Girly, Summery, and Flirty and have been getting comments on it all day.
Feeling drab?? Angry like me that I am past the age of getting 3 months off for summer vacation???? Throw something out of the norm into your wardrobe. A bright color, a feminine touch…Happy Summer!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Ella Fitzgerald was one of the most exciting jazz singers of her time and, because of the naturalness of her style, had a popular appeal that extended far beyond the borders of jazz. Referred to as "The First Lady of Song"
When researching Ella, I also found her referred to as “A large, pleasant-looking woman.”
Large…hmmm…Thick girls have always been criticized; even the ones that came long before us. But pleasant looking??? She’s beautiful!! The flawless makeup, the beautiful hair, the fashion…Ella Exudes style. I also have a soft spot for her because she reminds me of my Grandma J
Ella was born in Newport News, VA on April 25th, 1917. Her parents separated shortly after her birth and her and her mother moved to Yonkers, NY. When Ella was young she always dreamed of becoming a dancer, but she also loved listening to the jazz records her mother brought home.
When Ella was 15, her Mom had a heart attack and passed away. Ella’s grades slipped, she started getting into trouble. She began working as a lookout for a bordello and with a mafia-affiliated numbers runner. After getting in trouble with the police, she was placed at the Colored Orphan Asylum in the Bronx.
Just 2 short years later, Ella made her singing debut at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NY. She had originally planned to go onstage and dance but she was intimidated by a local dance group, so she decided to sing instead. (Can you imagine? What would’ve happened had she chose to dance instead of sing that night??)
Ella was in the music business for over 50 years. Her last recording took place in 1991 and her last public performance was in 1993. She had 2 tumultuous marriages, and adopted one son, Ray Brown Jr.
Ella Fitzgerald was notoriously shy, late in her career when accepting an award she said, “I don’t want to say the wrong thing, which I always do. I think I do better when I sing.”
RIP Ella, Middlest
Friday, June 4, 2010
For those of you who have lived the cycle of dieting, success, defeat, High Self Esteem, Low Self Esteem, putting on weight, losing more weight and hopefully finally Self Acceptance…You are not alone.
My sisters and I have lived that cycle over and over. We have great Genes in some regard, but fight against others on a daily basis. The older I get, the less I care about what people think and the more concerned I get with my health.
I read this article recently that put a spotlight on actresses who are too thin. I’m sure the pressure to be perfect they feel is overwhelming at times…but is it worth your health? Check out the pictures...
Beauty and Style have nothing to do with size, Take care of YOU
Don’t believe the Hype…Middlest
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
So…after our last blog about Dad going in to fix his broken heart, the inevitable STRESS ensued. After or during any major Family or Personal issue, Stress is typically a main character in the play. I don’t know about you but Emotional stress has always been much more draining on me than Physical stress. You are tired all the time, not eating right, your relationships are strained, maybe difficulties in maintaining your job responsibilities and the rest of your life that just simply seems to stop or become not so important while you lean over and kiss your Dad goodbye as they wheel him down to surgery.
Isn’t that amazing? The oh-so-important issues of life just simply fade into the background when you or someone you love is in personal crisis. The bills that need to be paid and the lunch date or commitment you signed up for, (the Blog you were so excited to write!!) suddenly lose their place in your daily thought process.
What do you do? How do you handle the stress of life with Style and Grace? How do you go back to work when all you want to do is crawl up in your Dad’s lap and hear him say, “It’s gonna be ok.”
1. You acknowledge that there are no rules for going through this
2. You feel it! If you need to cry, scream, laugh all in a days time…do it!
3. Draw close to people you love
4. Prioritize and Organize your life…One task, One hour, One day at a time
Exhausted and Resting in God’s Hands,