Celebrate all of the fathers of the world who strive to positively impact and inspire and lead with integrity and passion—showing their children how to navigate through life into productive adulthood.
Condé Nast/Vogue has joined forces with the Fashion Council to enforce a new, groundbreaking guideline: That it is unacceptable to hire models under the age of 16 and that it is unacceptable to hire models who are not “healthy” looking. It will be curious to see how the fashion industry does or does not follow through since what it does best is promote “younger and thinner.” Now they are attempting to change that? Interesting. Are we going to start seeing ” fuller” models? Models that are more “mature?” Time will tell…I would love to see more integrity when it comes to advertising—mascara companies that promote fuller longer lashes without using false lashes/CGI to represent their product, size 14-16 models representing size 14-16 retail ware instead of 8-10 models representing full figure garments. Wouldn’t that be something?
Maybe the industry is feeling the heat and wants to beat the public’s opinion since social media is powerfully influencing all corners of the world; politically, socially, and economically. It’s good to be held accountable and I applaud the industry for being courageous and taking a stand.
I had a meeting with a peer of mine today. We discussed our business wishes and passions. About an hour into our visit as we sat visiting in the outdoor area of our local coffee shop, a 20-30 year old male who was loitering right behind us (6’2″-6’4″, 250-300 lbs., dark brown, closely cropped/shaved hair, big, dark brown eyes, lumbering, olive looking skin, clean shaven) came up from behind my friend and with his right arm, scooped up her purse. After a split second of his realization that he achieved his purse-swiping goal, he broke out into a run through the parking lot, working his way to the opposite major thoroughfare and around the corner.
From the moment we witnessed this surreal act of him stealing my friend’s purse and running away from where we had been seated, my sweet, tall, beautiful, strong female friend ran after this guy to get her purse back. And as she mouthed, “He’s got my purse…,” I started screaming out loud for ALL to hear…”HE’S GOT HER PURSE!…HE’S GOT HER PURSE!…HE’S GOT HER PURSE!…HE’S GOT HER PURSE!…HE’S GOT HER PURSE!”…for anyone that would listen, because I was yelling loud enough for all to hear. I couldn’t believe I was yelling that loud! I was slightly embarrassed, but I instinctually started screaming. I started to observe my voice was becoming increasingly louder so even this older woman at the far corner of the lot, where the thief was about to run past, could hear. I yelled out to her the loudest, “HE’S GOT HER PURSE,” hoping that she would stick out her foot or arm and stop him in his tracks. At that moment, I noticed that at least six or more men of all ages and ethnicities were chasing after the purse snatcher with my friend. When they got to the opposite side of the building at the entrance to another major street, the group caught the perp and took him down.
My friend got to give her reaction to the purse snatcher as four of the men held him down while the thief STILL held onto her purse. She let him know that what he did was “F***KED UP!” He called her an unladylike name, she kicked him in his face, one of the men stopped her from taking it any farther, she got her purse out of his hand, and they released the guy with no cops or citizen’s arrest. He took off across the street and down an alley.
What I witnessed today was amazing. An act that could have taken a very negative turn was instead an act of inspiration representing community. It proved that humanity can be good, even when it can be bad. I was moved by how many people stepped up and got involved. I was proud to witness fearlessness and even prouder that everyone felt a sense of responsibility to GET involved. It gives me chills even writing about it. I am truly moved. The purse was recovered and we all returned to the coffee shop with our adrenaline running through our briskly beating hearts. People proudly shared their experience, the guys that took our table while we were in “the chase” offered our table back (we declined graciously), and at that moment, the entire “inside community” of the coffee shop turned and looked at the two of us. We gave them a thumbs up and a huge “THANK YOU! and ”A BIG SHOUT OUT TO ALL!…THANK YOU!” as everyone cheered. Thank you for being so neighborly, people.
The last thing I want to share is that I was carrying a purse that I refer to as “my bag” during this event. I was not wearing “my bag” while we were sitting, I had taken it off my body and had tied it onto the arm of my chair, closest to the inside wall of the coffee shop farthest away from the walkway. My instincts always lean towards keeping it close to me, even if I have to wear it. I think it’s not so much what I thought or did, but what we all need to think and do, paying attention to our surroundings. Also, it feels like it is desperate times for many, and desperate times cause people to act inappropriately, stealing things that aren’t theirs with no sense of consequence—even in the most unobvious of ways. Today reminded me that we all…our mothers, daughters, wives, friends, and the men in our lives who also carry bags/items out and about…whomever is out in the public…is vulnerable to all. We all must stay present and listen to our gut, decide how we feel about our environment, and know what we need to do in the moment. We should never abandon that feeling. My friend was sensing something like this was going to occur, unbeknownst to me, and it did. She listened to her gut and acted accordingly. I’m grateful I opened my mouth and screamed…now I know what I’d do in such an event. When we are there for each other and work together for the better good, good can come of it in the end. Stick to your gut, be your truth, treat others as you would want to be treated, and act accordingly, with honor, humility, and humanity. It works when we work with it, in this case—when we work with each other.
I love Spring because it inspires me. It is the time of the year that encourages us all to refresh our surroundings. It’s a great time t0 clean out your drawers and donate what you don’t need or want and gift it to a local shelter or a Goodwill. It’s time to purchase fresh mascara such as Great Lash Mascara by Maybelline from your local CVS, or a Christian Dior Diorshow from your local Sephora, a Cetaphil Cleanser and Cetaphil Moisturizer at Walgreens, book a haircut appointment at FELICIA’S, a Body Scrub at your favorite spa,get a OPI Gel Manicure/Pedicure at a non-toxic Nail studio, a Spray Tan like that on Dancing With the Stars, purchase new underwear-Hanky Panky’s for women, socks-Happy Socks for men…whatever the effort you will put forth, a sense of freshening up will occur and inspire you to do more of the same. It’s good Feng Shui too. It creates Prosperity and Good Fortune because you are clearing out the space to allow things to flow. It’s a cleansing of the one’s soul. I just started doing this in our home and I can already see the difference in our daily life and the way we feel. I love it and can’t wait to do more.
The body’s largest organ is the skin, and your skin may be challenged at times due to seasonal weather changes, lifestyle, and your genes.
While there are many skin care products and strategies that claim to maintain “the healthy life of one’s skin”, a necessary key to healthy skin is regular exfoliation. Exfoliating involves the use of a facial/body scrub, a washcloth or a loofah to help remove dead skin cells that are blocking dirt, causing skin irritation and keeping the skin from properly absorbing moisture. Exfoliating creates a smoother, more translucent glow and texture. For men, exfoliating also allows for a closer shave with less skin irritation. After exfoliating it is important to moisturize to balance the skin’s surface, alleviating a dull, dry, ashy, patchy texture and feeling.
Don’t skimp on skincare! You don’t have to spend a fortune to have beautiful skin, but you do have to make caring for your skin a daily priority if you want healthy looking skin for the long term.
Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing more skin care tips in future posts.
Until next time, remember ~ your beauty is my business.
I might have written a novel by now given the constant flow of ideas, inspiration and dreams I’ve had, but in actuality it’s been awhile since I sat down to write. Life in all its vibrant, creative busy-ness (and business) presently demands a level of multi-tasking that can be a lot to manage.
Today my creative brain is thinking about happiness, and this inspires me to write.
“Felicia” means “happiness,” a word which to me also represents “luck and good fortune.” My life continues to be infused with good fortune … and I am grateful. My good fortune has launched me on an artist’s path, inspired by beauty and creativity and the desire to be fully expressed. Along the way I’ve met others who have believed in me and shared my artistic vision, and who blessed me with opportunities to dream and collaborate together.
As I reflect on this journey called “life,” I recall a series of experiences which have formed the person I am today. Each of you is part of my story, as I am of yours. We are many voices, yet together we form one light and one voice.
So, this blog is a place for us to connect, communicate and converse… a place where we can meet and engage one another, and share the true wealth of relationships.
To tweet or not to tweet… that is the question! Seriously, that may be a question for another day and time, but for now I just want to say that you can expect me to be checking in more often here on my blog.
In this, the Year of the Dragon, let’s inspire and ignite each other, and create forward movement and achievement. Let’s all be Dragons and roar our fire of truth, success, communication and community!
Check back often. I’ll be sharing the projects closest to my heart and inviting you to participate by putting your thoughts into the mix.
I’m so happy to be back.
Celebrate everyone…you have successfully made it into a New Year full of infinite possibilities. It is such a exciting time in peoples lives involving creation and transition.
I have found in my life that my willingness to take risks has created life experiences full of possibilities,creation, and transition. 2011 sounds like a year of amazing possibilities with life changing opportunities for all. Anything that you may have avoided, chose to face and create excitement in your life. Put a smile on your face. Reach out of your comfort zone and inspire others to do the same. Be a leader in something that moves you and is a way to give back to society. Be the best you imagine ever and go leaps further. You can do this! I know you can. You have my love and support. I wish you many blessings full of a healthy, wealthy, and wise choices in the New Year. Don’t take anyone or anything for granted. Appreciate and live humbly with gratitude. Be your light and kindness is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of consciousness and love.
Much love to you all on this very Happy New Year.