Congratulations: Mandy Moore is a Mom.

As we continue to live in the new world of Covid-19, more moms are joining the mom family. This new journey has been interesting to many new moms since the beginning of Covid-19, more than one year ago. One year later, Mandy and her husband Taylor Goldsmith have a cute baby boy named, August Harrison. According to People.com baby August was born on Feb. 20, 2021. Mandy posted a picture of her adorable son on her twitter account labeled, “This is Gus and #ThisIsUs.” After her television sitcom, This Is Us.

As more moms are welcoming their new bundles of joy into the world, Moms like humanitarian and musician Ciara, continue to navigate motherhood with ease. Mrs. Russell Wilson (her husband, is an NFL player and fellow humanitarian), have added a second son to their now family of five.

These new moms are navigating a new world, which relies on careful maneuvering and care. How are you as a mom navigating the world of Covid-19. I am working from home, and it feels like a never ending day and night of motherhood. Today, was the 1st day this week I was able to take a ride by myself.

It was delicious.

xoxo,

4373fashionlane

Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Harry Meghan solidify their exit of the Royal Family!

Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Harry Meghan solidify their exit of the Royal Family!

Sirs and Madams:

We cannot say that we have been surprised by the news of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, solidifying their plans to leave the British Royal Family. We were told of this last year. Last year, our good and service filled Duke of Sussex, told us, “their was no other option.” While the Duke wished to remain a member of the royal family. The Duke was tired of the media harassment of his family (namely, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex & baby Archie). Thus, the Duke made the painful decision to leave the royal family.

We can watch this video below and see why our Duchess, was the perfect choice for our (yes! our Duke of Sussex).

We wish the Duke, Duchess, Master Archie, and royal baby bump to be all of the love and happiness in the world. Leave a comment below for us. Until next time, happy reading and be blessed.

Hurrah! Hurrah!

xoxo #blogging @4373fashionlane

The History of Valentine’s Day

Today is Thursday, February 14, 2019. The day of love all over the world. Most people have been running and will be running many errands today to make sure their beloved is greeted with warm feelings, desires, and sensations of love. On this special day we celebrate the art of love. Today, Valentine’s day is the only day dedicated to the heartbeat of love. 

Valentine’s day has its beginnings due to the Roman festival of Lupercalia. Lupercalia was an ancient festival held yearly on February 15. It was conducted under the eye of a priest called Luperci. This festival of love celebrated the season of Spring. This was especially important for fertility rites, where men and women were gathered, and paired by a system of lottery. Fortunately for us, the festival of Lupercalia was changed to St. Valentine’s Day. This was the day of romance that we observe and celebrate, since the 14th century. 

Happy Valentine’s Day Lovers♥

xoxo, 

4373fashionlane

Honestly Ma’am

Today’s post is a little different. As I embark on this new journey as a doctoral student, I am excited to where it ends: Doctor of Education degree. I am working and enrolled in graduated school, pursuing my Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with emphasis in K-12 education. At the same time, I just recently experienced the most honest conversation with a loved one. It really pained me to say the truth to them. However, I was emotionally exhausted. I believe I have held in my truth for so long that my emotions have been shut down.

I can not believe I waited so long to finally say, finally what my TRUTH WAS!! I poured out my feelings and my only response from this family member was, “Thanks for your honesty.” When someone consistently hurts your feelings, and you pour out your heart, and this is their response, it’s not you (that has the problem), it’s them. I know know that I am not the crazy person. I am growing and trying to better myself as an adult. I wish everyone will see their path to an healthy adulting journey.

On the other side, I am finishing the first class in my doctoral journey and I am excited and scared at the same time. Never fear! The journey Ma’am is all worth it. Have you ever experienced a tough conversation? How did you handle it?

xoxo,
4373fashionlane

Wellness Wednesday and Therapeutic Thursday Blog 2/28 & 3/1

Happy March 2018 Loves,

Yesterday left me needing a short break and I forgot to up load the Wellness Wednesday post. I needed some much needed wellness care and was going to the gym. Unfortunately, Lambchop’s autism center called and told me his ABA (applied behavior analysis), therapist called in short notice and I needed to pick him up. Thus, cutting my gym time to a halt. I really needed that gym session yesterday. Also, my sitter cancelled on me for this weekend so, yea….I needed some mommie gymtime and my body is feeling the stress of the last few days.

Nevertheless, Lambchop did not get upset when I picked him up early. My wonderful husband made sure he had Chickfila, for snack time and Lambchop was busy eating that to notice the big change, thankfully. 🙂 We made it home through the mind boggling traffic in New Orleans to get to our little home and Lambchop ate, had a bath, played around, had reading time and off to bed he went.

I was able to sneak in a long bubble bath and finally relax a little until I was off to bed as well. ♥

Thursday,

I woke up this morning to my husband not remembering to set the alarm. Lambchop missed the school bus and husband was in super dad mode. Before I could say much, lol….they were out of the house and on their way to school and work. I was able to muster the little energy I had…(I woke up to sharp, muscle spasms). I did a little leg and back exercises before getting ready for work and out the door to teach I went. I made sure to take some tylenol before my day was to get hectic, because I am also a teacher and my high schoolers are just like my children as well, along with the personalities to match, lol!!

We’ll chat later.

XOXO,

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Sunday Blog: Feb 25, 2018

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Good Morning Loves, 

Today is skincare sunday, fashion show watching on youtube and getting ready for this incoming work and mommyhood week with my Lambchop. I spent all day yesterday with my alumni association. I serve as president and I am building their stand alone alumni association website and I am their social media chairwoman. What can I say, I love social media, blogging and making sure I give back to my university local community.

Last night was Domino’s pizza, lemonade, and Netflix. Lambchop is spending the weekend with his Nana, so mommy has a little break until later on today. In today’s episode of Skincare Sunday. I am using my fan favorite: L’Oreal Pure-Clay Argile Mask (Red clay mask). When my skin is crying for an exfoliation, this is my go to mask. Thus, I am spending the rest of the day working out, blogging and relaxing. 

xoxo, 

4373fashionlane♦♥

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY BLOG 2/21/18

Screen Shot 2018-02-11 at 12.59.15 PMI am in the 3rd day of the week after a long Mardi Gras week off and two days trying to get over a viral infection. I do not feel as if I had enough time to get better. Between taking care of my son, who has autism and is under me 24/7, to the demands of being a wife and house cleaner, I am exhausted. I am investing the time into taking naps when I get off of work, maintaining my blog and just trying to keep my head on straight. I was late for work this week, two days in a row 😦

Normally, I have my stuff together, but the last few weeks have been a little rough. So, what do I do?

1. Pray for release of the pressure.
2. Communicate my needs to my spouse.
3. Rely on him more to navigate the chores, I am too exhausted to take up.
4. Keep my son, Lambchop on his schedule, to relieve the pressure off of me.
5. Remind myself that it’s going to be ok.
6. Take naps daily.
7. Go to bed early.
8. Do not stress over things I cannot control.
9. Pray more.
10. Relax, Relate, Release.

Happy Wellness Wednesday,
XOXO

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Day two of my viral infection, being a mommie, schools out for my son, Mardi Gras 2018 and other tidbits.

  • Happy Friday Loves,
  • We are gearing up for the weekend, Mardi Gras and getting over a viral infection. I am on day 2 of being home sick. This morning I am still in recovery mode from being ill. My son’s school is out today.
  • His school is celebrating Mardi Gras break a little early. I woke up around 8ish. Hubster was already gone to work. We have this routine that he leaves before our son and I because Lambchop (our son’s nickname), has Autism and separation anxiety. We tracked the anxiety triggers and are finding ways to work around it.
  • I am a special education teacher and this step (tracking behavior triggers),  is easy for me, 🙂
  • We are doing well with Lambchop thus far.
  • Breakfast: Pancakes, eggs, smoke sausage, milk, and juice. 
  • Lunch: Not sure what’s on the menu for that. 
  • Blog: I am always looking for ways to update the look and character of 4373fashionlane.com. 
  • Pinterest: I am working on being better at adding blog postings and tidbits on the site. I have claimed the site on Pinterest, finally!!! xx. 

  • xoxo,
  • 4373FASHIONLANE
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How do we maintain a thick skin while navigating the world of social media?

  • I was prompted to read a post called: I quit social media for a week and it didn’t change my life., in one of my blogger support groups, (Black Bloggers United) on Facebook.
  • Please read the article for yourself. It’s a cool read. This reading led me to pose this question: how do we maintain a thick skin while navigating the world of social media?
  • Many bloggers, social media entrepreneurs and folks in general, struggle in this arena. How can you maintain a separate space for emotional sanity when all around you are people perpetuating a perfect life scenario?
  • The answer is you must have a strong core. Otherwise, everything this we see will leave us miserable. We are in different categories of life and thus our standing in life leaves us fully or partially fulfilled.
  • How do you build a strong Core? Find what inspires your spirit the most and dive into that area.
  • Additionally, find what is inspiring and bask in that aspect on social media.
  • There are times where I too, venture into a little ratchet television, social media postings and gossip blog sites, for kicks and giggles.
  • Some people who are fulfilled in life look for inspiration and social media is not always the fix for this.

Author, Jasmine Lamb, explored three areas where her life did change when she unplugged:

1. I read more—I buy new books as much as I try new lipstick, so, a lot. I finally got around to making a dent in some pretty crucial reads. Instead of stopping to take mental work breaks to scroll through my various timelines, I picked up a book instead.

2. I doubted myself less—Let’s face it, comparison is a total killjoy. Every time I felt I had made significant progress in my entrepreneurial journey, I’d stop to scroll through Instagram and immediately felt I was back at square one. Quitting Instagram allowed me to be more present in the everyday wins and look at my experiences as a continuous story that’s just as unique and valuable as anyone else’s.

3. My focus shifted—Not only was I more present, but I started to think of new ways to be creative in my “in-between” time, whether it was brainstorming new ideas to reach my business goals, choosing to meditate and re-affirm the day’s intentions, or having more real-time conversations with people I value in real life.

So, the question is, how do YOU maintain a thick skin navigating the world of social media?

xoxo,

4373fashionlane ♥

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A home diffuser that’s going to break the bank but keep your home smelling delicious?

  • To set this up for you, first it will set your home forward $590.00.
  • It will set your pocket book back 590 bucks.
  • It’s all semantics depending on how deep your pocket are. If I could find one on QVC or HSN and use flex pay, it would pass the mustard rightly so.
  • There are a few diffusers on hsn.com, with flex pay that can give you the same bang for your buck.
  • Here is one from Tony Little that is on flex pay that’s cute.

Vogue.com

Fragrances routinely waft in and out of Vogue’s Beauty department, but when it comes to the subtle leathery scent of Le Labo’s cult Santal 26—no matter what deadlines are looming or phones are ringing—even the most discerning of noses perk up. So imagine the delight when the label’s new home diffuser, which emits a steady stop-you-in-your-tracks-it-smells-so-good stream of the cult eau, arrived at the office.

Made from Northeast maple wood, a type of marked-up golden brown lumber that is often cast aside for bonfires, the one-of-a-kind scent-spreader transforms the rich fragrance oil, by way of a built-in nebulizer, into a fine mist. But, of course, it doesn’t stop there: Each handmade showpiece also comes equipped with a vintage lightbulb that, with a twist of a silver knob, simultaneously lets off a warm amber glow. A simple desk lamp that doubles as a luxurious perfume? Now that’s a gift too good to give.

Le Labo Santal 26 Home Diffuser, $590
Buy it now

xoxo,

Lioness

Transitioning from Extensions to Natural Haircare? The struggle :)

The struggle of the 6-8 week relaxer treatments for women of color is an ongoing struggle. I love my straight edges. However, I do not like the chemical burns, relaxer smell and the new growth. I have been wearing extensions, since August. I love them but hate the price. I took them out last night. I do not like the inability to take them out and wash my hair thoroughly on a weekly basis.

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PAST PHOTOS WITH MYSELF IN WIGS OR EXTENSIONS 🙂

I am trying to figure out the next wave. Do I go back to the wigs and extensions, or do I take the jump to wearing my natural hair. Decisions!!!!!!!

Please check out some pictures of my past looks with my hair choices. Let me know what you think. I love the flexibility of wearing wigs and extensions. A woman always has a choice to change things up.

XOXO,

LIONESS

 

Youtubers review of Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Makeup Collection

Here we are I will be uploading all weekend. I have time today, lol!!! People are saying Rihanna has set the standard for other brands to step their game up. Now, there is not a single reason for other makeup companies to launch more makeup that is inclusive and diverse. Check out Youtuber, Kasey Rayton below.

xoxo,
Lioness Stargazer. ♥♥

Rihanna host the Fenty Beauty Makeup Collection launch party.

Good Morning Loves, 

Founder, Creator and Musician Rihanna Fenty is launching her new makeup company, Fenty Beauty. She is a woman for women. She is our champion and she is doing something for the younger generation of women who may feel older brands are out of touch with the young, diverse makeup demographic. Welcome to the Launch Party for Fenty Beauty. 

Rihanna, is giving us a behind the scene look at her Launch Party.  

I will be heading to Sephora in store, to purchase my items from the entire collection. I am going to be an forever supporter for the company due to her celebration of women and diversity. 

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Photo: Getty/Paul Morigi

xoxo, 

Lioness Stargazer ♥

Technology issues, Yale Summer 2017, and change.

I am proud to say the school year is finally over. I have been taking a break. Posting more on my Instagram and twitter than here. I was having difficulties with the app. Or, the app was having difficulties and I could not post from it. I love the idea of being more mobile and not having to sit at my MAC and type.

However, I am now back and up and going. I want to say. I am excited that I have been selected to attend an Educator Seminar at Yale University this summer. I am excited. I will post pictures, of course!!! This is an experience of a lifetime as we will explore the writings, thoughts and ideas of Frederick Douglass. The name of the organization is The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. A few years ago I was selected again to attend a seminar at Tulane University. ♥ Happy Sailing and don’t forget to follow me on social media @4373fashionlane

 

Where am I getting my inspiration from?

To begin this season of Super Soul Sessions off on the correcting footing, I was in need of constant spiritual feeding. Blogging is a spectators sport. You begin a blog and for me, I always want to remain authentic. So, no my numbers are not astronomical but I am pressing my way authentically me.

A girlfriend of my began posting screen shots of this novel Jesus Calling, on Amazon. I decided after reading the posting that I would make a purchase. I have some Audible.com credits for audio books and decided to give this novel a try. I am happy I did. It gives you reading daily. Try it out and see for yourself. The book has various prices depending where you purchase it from but on Amazon.

Happy Sailing ♥♥♥♥♥♥

Life is a River constantly moving. 

 

 

What does that even mean? Your life is a River. Whether we make a difference in our lives or not, our lives are not stopping and waiting for our choices. It keeps moving. The key to a moving river is making sure you have resources to ride the waves. If you do not have the resources, how do you get them? Ask for them. You can work to earn them.

I will never forget my freshman year of college. Louisiana Tech University, in Ruston, Louisiana. The hardest, exciting and motivating four years of my life. I had a church scholarship and student loans. I needed more money for books. I called home to my mother. I told her I needed money for books. She said, “I didn’t tell you to go to college. You decided to got to college, so you figure it out.” I got a job working at Chick Fila, in the student union. The following year, I was a resident assistant.

That conversation would have defeated a weaker person. It made me stronger. I wrote her a letter telling her I needed to end our conversations going further, so I can become successful in college. I got a job on campus. I keep moving with my River.
I still think of that moment sometimes. I feel numb to it now twenty years later. However, I am proud of myself for not giving up. I found my life vest and keep sailing ⛵️down my river of life. Always remember that Life is a River, constantly moving and the key to moving with the river is the resources and skills to develop to learn to sail along with it.

Happy Sailing ⛵️

Lioness 🌺

Are you living your best life today?

♥♥♥The Atlanta Falcons have taught us one thing. If you do not continue the leads you have in life, by making them better the end is never certain. As bloggers it is our challenge to give our readers content they can sink their teeth into. However, what happens to we, the bloggers, when our gains drop off. Keep living and moving.

Motivational Monday and Super Soul Sunday were keys I used to assist me in getting back on the blogging horse.I had a recent death in my family, my mother in law, and I needed a break. My mother in law had a horrible way to go: Alzheimer’s and Dementia. I pray you all never witness a family member pass away from the combination of these two at the same time. It pained me so much to go to my in laws home and see my mother in law suffering.

Since she had a husband, and children; was it my place to voice any concerns, I may have had about her care, eating, doctor visits, etc? No. I could only express to my husband to go see his mother and make sure she was being cared for. She was young and vibrant. She was an amazing woman, wife, mother and human being. Over one hundred people were in attendance at her Mass and funeral.

I had the pleasure of speaking at the service and that was the least I could do. It was a beautiful service. The priest told me I did a great job. ♥♥♥

Are you living your best life today? If not,  write a note in your planners (yes, buy yourself a planner to stay organized), and make goals and objectives you can maintain. Life is not certain. We do not know the time and date of our transitions. However, we can make goals and objective to live our best lives, so we can have the words spoken at our funerals fit our true character.

Be blessed and live your best life today♦♦

Could it be…fashions most influential couple are done? We hope not. There is still hope.

Us Weekly is reporting that Kim is ALLEGEDLY, hanging in there, but is seeking a way out of the marriage. I FOR ONE DO NOT BELIEVE THIS. WHY? Kim loves Kanye. Kanye loves Kim. Both of them love their kids. They went through a lot to become man and wife and build a family.

Next, I do not see Kim giving up so easily. She is a fighter and a woman who loves her family. Kim is the next Queen of the Kardashian Clan. She is very careful of who and what happens in the family. She is right to care for her husband, while making sure he is mentally prepared to be around the children. He could possibly feel overwhelmed still and is in need of assurances.

Next, men in the African American community do not admit when help for emotional selfceare is need. Honestly, that is considered a taboo. It was brave for Kanye to agree for help. Good Job Kanye. Kim and Kanye, we wish you all love, blessings and closure to this uphill chapter in your lives.

 

Rhianna

If she can do it, so can you. If she can live life on her own terms, what’s stopping you from living life on your own terms. Dress how you wish. Make up your face. What I have learned is to treat my face like a canvas.

I am caring for my face and loving my blemishes away. I use Bio Oil, Mederma (the generic version from walgreen, because it was on sale, LOL). I am into the ipsy bags! They have some cute stuff they send monthly. I dress and pay attention to what looks good on my body. I weigh myself. I want to be honest with myself about my weight struggles. It’s ok!

Be like Rhianna! Live life! Forget everything else!