I remind myself each day that everything is working for me, not against me. Everything always works out in the end.
I have a new fabulous watch courtesy of Jord Wood Watches.
Jord Wood Watches are made from quality wood but also boasts sophisticated elements and modern design. Of course wood is the main component of the watches, but they also include other touches such as rose gold finishes, Swarovski Crystals, and Sapphire Crystal faces.
The good folks at Jord Wood Watches sent me the Sidney Maple & Rose Gold watch to review. I must admit, I was a little skeptical about wearing a wood watch, but after receiving so many compliments and the fact it looks great with everything I wear, I am in love!
First I love the luxury of my Jord Wood Sidney Maple & Rose Gold watch. The wood band and face are intricately carved. The craftsmanship makes the watch stand out and people take notice. The Swarovski crystals and Rose Gold finish add the right amount of bling and class that makes this watch simply gorgeous!
In addition, each Jord Wood watch is handmade. You can see the attention to detail in the watch.
Lastly, the Jord Wood watch is made with the best watch technology. It is made with Seiko Quartz Chronograph Stopwatch Movement (VD54).
Jord Wood makes watches for men and women. Prices range from $120- $275. So these watches are very affordable and luxe! Love it! You can purchase Jord Wood watches here.
Watches Made From Wood
Give someone an encouraging word today. It may be just what they need.
Recently, I had had the opportunity to attend a Neon Trees concert. This was so MAJOR for me. Why?
I love Neon Trees.
I discovered Neon Trees on my local 80s,90s, and current top 40 hits station when they released the song “Animal.” As I was listening to the song, it remind me so much of growing up in the 80s. I would listen for hours and hours to all the popular pop and rock bands at that time. As a result, I fell in love with the Neon Trees immediately. I downloaded their albums and I was in nirvana!
The band has been to Atlanta a few times opening for Taylor Swift and Maroon 5. I always found out at the last minute and was not able to attend.
However, a good friend of mine told me the band would be in town on a Monday night at Center Stage. Center Stage is a small and intimate venue in Midtown Atlanta. I was so excited and I knew this was my opportunity to finally see this band live.
Fortunately, I was able to get access to the band backstage. When I found out I could meet the band before they went onstage and snap a few pictures, I was literally twirling. Dreams do come true.
And divas this band is such a class act. They were so gracious and nice. They let me snap some photos and I was able to take a picture with two of the bandmates, Branden Campbell and Chris Allen.
I also was allowed to take some close up pictures of the band while they were performing.
They are amazing live! The lead singer, Tyler Glenn has a flawless voice. The drummer, Elaine Bradley, also has a beautiful voice. Plus she is very pregnant and was still rocking out on the drums like it was nothing. #GirlPower. Love her!
Neon Trees played all of their hits and other songs from their stellar albums. The crowd knew all of the words!
The bass guitarist, Branden Campbell, was a sweetheart. He gave me one of his personalized guitar picks. I was literally swooning.
Neon Trees is currently on their “An Intimate Night Out With Neon Trees” Summer Tour. This tour is currently winding down and will end on July 26th in Boston, MA.
It was an incredible experience! I will make it a point to always catch the band whenever they are in town.
Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about, so be kind always.
Ford Motor Company had a super swanky event in Atlanta last week. The event was titled “First Take With Ford” and was one of the biggest summer soirees in Atlanta with a Hollywood theme.
The event was hosted by my fellow FAMU alumni and classmate, film producer, Will Packer and other Ford executives and Ford Atlanta Ambassadors, the event had all the elements of a Hollywood affair. There was ford vehicles on display and for guests to ride and drive; good food; libations; skilled aerialists; celebs and good music.
Celebs in attendance were actresses Keshia Knight-Pulliam and Terri J. Vaughn, actors Carl Payne and Jensen Atwood, media personalities Rashan Ali, Egypt Sherrod and DJ Traci Steele, recording artists RL Huggar and Richard Wingo, performers Andrea Kellyand Savion Glover, celebrity stylist Tamara Raymond, celebrity hair stylist Gocha
Check out the pictures!
I am learning to focus on today and not tomorrow and not yesterday. It helps me to remain laser focused and accomplish tasks.
I love a good beauty bath product and Travertine Spa has the best!
Last week, Travertine had their All White Party in L.A. and guests were treated to pampering with their luxe spa products. Our L.A. correspondent, Cindy, was able to attend this event and she simply swooned over the products!
Two of Travertine’s best selling products are their Travertine’s Herbaceous Alchemy Meditation Elixir and the Eucalyptus and Cinnamon Steam Shower Spray.
The Travertine’s Herbaceous Alchemy Meditation Elixir claims to help you to calm you down and improve your mood. It is a great product to keep in your purse or your car so that it is handy in times of stress. To use, roll onto pulse points, close your eyes, think good thoughts and enjoy inhalation therapy. This elixir is available in a .3oz bottle for $25.
The Eucalyptus and Cinnamon Shower Steam Spray is used in the shower with warm water to rejuvenate your body and spirit. The steam shower spray is made with 100% natural eucalyptus oil and cinnamon. To use, spray towards shower floor and enjoy the inhalation benefits as the steam rises and turns your shower into your own spa. Our shower spray is available in a 4oz. bottle for $24 and an 8oz. bottle for $34.
Cindy raved about the Travertine Herbaceous Alchemy Mediation Elixir. I can’t wait to get my hand on this great elixir myself. I am always under a lot of stress and this product will come in handy.
With these products you can have your own “home spa” experience whenever you need it! Love it!
To purchase Travertine spa products, go to their shopping cart here.
Worrying only causes grey hairs and wrinkles. Everyday I commit to less worrying and more gratitude.
My latest car crush is the new 2015 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan. A lot of my friends have this small sedan and I always wondered why they loved them so much. Well after driving the 2015 Lexus IS 350 for a week, now I know why.
The Lexus IS 350 F Sport is full of power. It has a V6 engine with 306 Horsepower and 277 lb of torque. And you can fill the power when you drive the vehicle. It goes from 0-60 in 5.6 seconds and handles the road like a beast. Plus the engine sounds amazing. It definitely turns heads.
As to be expected from Lexus, the interior is very luxurious. It comes with perforated leather-trimmed steerings wheels and seats and wood grain throughout. It is also includes: shift knob, aluminum pedals, Silver Performance interior trim, black headliner and stainless-steel front door-sill scuff plates.
Considering the IS 350 F Sport is a small sedan, there is still considerable trunk space. I was able to fit luxe son’s baseball gear, groceries and other items in the trunk with ease.
The new 2015 IS 350 has a new sleek design. The car has a front fascia and grille, front fender and trunk badges and F SPORT wheels. As you can see, it is gorgeous!
One of the cool features of the IS 350 F Sport is The SmartAccess key fob. This key fob lets lets you lock and unlock your doors and start the push-button ignition—all without having to take your keys out of your pocket or purse. As soon as the sensors detect the presence of your SmartAccess key, the door unlocks when you touch a front-door handle.
If you are a busy mom like me, this feature makes your life so easy. It definitely comes in handy while you are juggling shopping bags, purses and school gear. Priceless!
The car also comes standard with Bluetooth technology which seamlessly connects with your smart phone; navigation and my favorite feature: Siri Eyes Free mode. With Siri Eyes Free mode, you can make calls, send e-mails, retrieve text messages, select music, find calendar information and more—without ever taking your eyes off the road.
The new 2015 Lexus IS 350 F Sport is luxurious, fast and chock full of cool technology. It is Luxe Mom approved!
The starting retail price is $44, 155.
On June 25th, UrbanDaddy and Grey Goose once again teamed up to throw the most fabulous Soiree in Atlanta.
I went to this event last year and it was oh so fab!
This year the Soiree was held at the fabulous Mandarin Oriental Atlanta and took place in the property’s lush gardens. It was hosted by Mandy Kellog Rye of Waiting on Martha.
The event had all the elements of a fabulous and luxe affair: There was Grey Goose cocktails; delicious food, backyard games and tunes by DJ Pat O’Brien.
Guest also had the opportunity to win an all inclusive trip to France by creating their own Summer Soirée videos at the GIF booths.
Check out the pics!
Letting go and letting God is the most powerful act of faith one could ever take. Once you do, your life simply soars!
I am in love with these Stuart Weitzman LoveFring Sandals! They are simply black suede lusciousness!
I keep seeing them all over the internet and they are fire! I want.
Lucky me, they are now on sale for 50% off. I hope they still have my size.
The LoveFringe Sandal originally retails for $455 but is now on sale for $228.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. “Maya Angelou”
If you have following my social media feeds and this site, you have probably noticed by now that I have a new hairstyle.
As I was preparing for my trip to Greece, I kept wondering how I was going to maintain my hair considering it is all natural and I was going to be swimming in the ocean, hiking and away from any salons. I seriously needed wash and go hair.
Jamaican-born Sophia Johnson, owner and master stylist of my salon, SoKai Salon, suggested I get a protective hairstyle also known as a full sew-in weave or full extensions. Yep! I went all in.
The process was pretty simple and painless. Sophia instructed me to purchase quality virgin hair for my style. I went to Virgin Remy virgin hair shop in downtown Atlanta to purchased the hair. It was an experience. There were so many types of hair to choose from: bone straight, wavy, curly and in different lengths ranging from 12-24 inches.
I chose a curly hair pattern and was told by Sophia and the folks at Virgin Remy that this style will maintain its curl pattern and all I had to do was wash it with conditioner….simple wash and go hair. Score!
I was super excited about getting my “new hair.” First my hair was washed, conditioned, and blow-dryed. Next, Sophia corn-rowed all of my hair with a side part. I didn’t have any of my hair left out with this style. I wanted all of my own hair totally protected from any sand, salt and heat with this style.
The next step included Sophia sewing the tracks onto the braids completely covering all of my braided hair with the hair. After this was done, Sophia wet the hair with water added mouse and I was ready to go.
The entire process took 3 hours. However, Sophia and her assistants were so efficient, the time flew.
Sophia also gave me great tips for maintaing my new hairstyle and also tips to protect my own hair underneath from damage and shedding. She told me to:
-Keep the hair moisturized with conditioner or mousse;
-Never to pull the hair severely back into a bun or ponytail. This pulling could cause damage to my edges;
-Always wash and condition the hair and be sure to allow the conditioner to soak into my own hair.
I have been following these tips to a tee! I can tell my hair is growing underneath at a super fast rate, plus my edges are still healthy and intact. LOL!
I get so many wonderful compliments on my new hair. People tell me it is flawless and it looks so natural.
And it was the perfect hairstyle for my 9 day trip to Greece. It was no stress at all. Plus it always looked amazing whether I was in the sea or hiking mountains. Fabulous!
Sophia is a protective hairstyle expert. She ensures the hair is properly installed, looks natural and will not let you leave her chair until you understand how to properly care for the hair.
I am on month 2 of my 3 month commitment to this hair. I love it so much! I keep telling myself not to get addicted. But now I know why there is such an obsession with extensions.
Sophia charges $300 to install extensions. Hair has to be purchased separately. It is worth the price. Because I have this hairstyle, I do not have to go to the salon every 1-2 weeks to get my natural hair done. I am actually saving money while giving my own hair a break from heat and the elements.
To schedule a consultation or appointment to get extensions, the salon’s contact info is as follows:
So Kai Salon
559 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
It is located in the heart of East Atlanta Village!
Know your worth.
One of the most memorable times I had in Greece on the MDFVoyage was visiting the Greek island of Nisyros. I call it “Heaven on Earth.” Why? Well take a look?
The island of Nisiros is a volcanic island in the Aegean Sea. It is also known for its breathtaking Greek Orthodox churches.
Inside the Greek Orthodox Church. The artwork was breathtaking!
While visiting this island, our fearless tour guide Ali, took us on a 4,000 mile high elevation to see this gorgeous Greek Orthodox church. I must admit, I didn’t think we would make it up or down the mountain because the road to this church was a simple dirt road with no railings. Yikes! I was literally crying and calling on “Jesus.” No lie. We even passed a slower car on the narrow road. The road was so narrow, in America we would call it a single lane….not double. I cried.
But the terrifying fear going up the mountain was worth it. Have you ever in life seen anything like this???
Our driver, Stavros, was literally Adonis in the flesh. All the women on the excursion, young and old, were salivating. Like really?? Thank God he was an excellent driver. And ladies a lot of the men on the island looked just like him…Spartan.
We also visited the crater of the volcano. Yes, we went deep into the crater and it smelled like sulfur. Not a pleasant smell and it was hot in the crater, but how many people can say they walked the crater floor of a volcano? Priceless.
Nisyros, Greece was most memorable because:
1. I had to face my fear of heights and put my life in control of our driver. I just had to let go.
2. I had great Calamari on the island.
3. The Greek Orthodox Church in the Sky, was stunning.
4. The island is the prettiest island we visited.
5. Adonis! LOL!
If you trust God, you never have to worry.
I previously wrote about my experience at the 2015 Further with Ford Trends Silicon Valley, CA conference. Fabulous!
Our last day in San Francisco with Ford was spent testing out brand new 2015 Ford vehicles driving around San Francisco.
I hopped into a 2015 Ford Escape with Kimberly from Speed Beautiful, Tony from Urban Professor, and Liz from Times Square Chronicles. We were a fun crew! We were so hyped to tour San Francisco, which is such a stunning city, and take in all of the sites.
Our first stop on our scenic tour was the Golden Gate bridge. The Golden Gate bridge is such a landmark. I have been to San Francisco many times and I never get tired of seeing it. We crossed the bridge and parked on the side to take in the awesomeness of the bridge and the city.
I was literally sitting there and thinking I was so blessed to be there at that moment. I could have sat there all day.
Our next stop was the Painted Lady Houses. These are historic Victorian houses in the city. At the park across from the houses, you can get some good views of the city.
More fun pics!
Ford also treated us to amazing bites as we tested Ford vehicles. These donuts were simply divine. Done.