A Planner Moment With My Louis Vuitton GM Agenda :-)

I am trying to comeback from blogging exile, too actively write again. Since beginning my doctoral degree program in the Summer of 2018, it has been quite hard to balance the life of a wife, mother, educator, blogger, and doctoral student. Last year, changed everything. I experienced a little health scare, COVID-19 happened, and I was forced to work from home. As such I have been living and working at home. Thankfully, my doctoral program is online. Many people do not realize how daunting it is to be a working mom. Add to that label, working mom remotely from home, with a child with Autism.

Planning is everything. Planning is therapy.

Therefore, it is with great pleasure, for now that I have been able, on the weekends, to carve out sometime to record what’s in my LOUIS VUITTON GM AGENDA. As I was house cleaning, I came across these Louis Vuitton Adhesive tabs. LV no longer sells them. I purchased two of them from the LV store in Saks Fifth Avenue in New Orleans a few years ago. Please enjoy this video, and let me know in the comments, what is keeping you together in life in the time of Covid-19. 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 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

4373fashionlane.com

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Sunday blog: church, gym and self preservation

Today I realized a few things:

  • I sacrifice a lot for the ones I love.
  • I don’t take out enough time for myself.
  • I need more workout time for my physical fitness and preservation.
  • I need to be more assertive to my spouse about needing me time.
  • It’s ok to be selfish when you have to.
  • Sunday’s Church Sermon was good.
  • I haven’t received communion in a while. I’m going tonight.
  • I am reclaiming my physical and spiritual time from my family. This is the only way I can preserve my mental health.

Be Blessed and comment below what you need to sacrifice for your mental and physical health 🧚🏽‍♀️

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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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Sick, blogging and Instagram love for Thursday, Feb 7, 2018

  • You understand the drill, wake up, go to work, feel sick, go to the doctor, come home. Next day, the same thing. Well today, I am home with an upper respiratory infection and fever. It’s really crazy how much of a difference going to an Urgent care clinic is from going to the emergency room. Plus, it’s cheaper to go to the urgent care clinic versus going to the ER. I am stuck for two days in bed.
  • Am I sad!!! No way, Mardi Gras 2018 is next week and school is out for the entire week, next week. I have began my Mardi Gras 2018 holiday two days early. The only down turn is my students were working on their Mardi Gras Shoebox Floats and of course, I miss them.
  • This morning my Instagram, postings are up. Of course you will see more but on that I am loving early this morning is from the fashion doll and wife of Media Mogul Steve Harvey, is Marjorie Harvey. Her social media is the bomb.com in a good way. Her fashion eye is first class.
  • Next, Lady Oprah is serving Love in her SuperSoulSessions and SuperSoulConversations events.

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You asked…… @ysl 👠 legs @marjorie_harvey 😉 pic credit: Majorie Harvey 

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  • Another person is having the time of her life. This is the actress Yara Shahidi. Here she is with Lady O, that is Oprah Winfrey and Oprah Super Soul Conversations event at the Apollo Theater:

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Yara meets Oprah. Pic via Yara

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pic via @robertbrace

Oprah is changing hearts, minds and dreams daily. Her #SuperSoulSessions and #SuperSoulConversation events are just a testament to her global staying power!!!

Check out Majorie’s page, Yara’s and and ours of course, @4373fashionlane 

xoxo,

4373FASHIONLANE ♥

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

 

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

 

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!