Antoni and Alison AW 14 Photo via Fashion GPS

The Process With Antoni and Alison AW14

Rosetta Stone promises you can learn a new language quickly, with a 100% money back guarantee.   My son promises to eat all his dinner every night . But this never happens.  Juice cleanses promise  clearer minds- healthier bodies- and the allure of  fitting  in your skinny jeans by the weekend. True, if you only plan to wear those jeans a few  days. Right! Promises. Promises. Promises. Everyone promises you something!  But no one ever talks about the actual work it takes to accomplish those promises. Why you might asked?  Because it’s boring.  Most people would quit if they new how much work was involved..

Our BOS Word for the day is PROCESS

  • a systematic series of actions directed to some end:
  • a continuous action, operation, or series of changes taking place in a definite manner:

I love playing with clothes all my life, so being in the fashion industry was just my cup of tea. As a Fashion Editor, I spend a lot of time assembling lavish outfits for clients and myself. From “what to wear” to brunch or springs hottest shoes, my fashion point of view must always be crystal clear.  But three days a week during lunch, I go from Fashion Editor to quick change artist- turning in my lavish sequins tops, embroider silk skirts and 4-inch double strapped leather bow stilettos, for tights and New Balance sneakers.  Getting undressed quickly, aint easy!   At first glance, it was a tedious-multifaceted  chore, that eventually turned into a  fun game. But after weeks of  perfecting this ritual, I finally decided to put this charade to rest.. Why? Because every afternoon, I got stuck.  My plans halted.. New year.. New failed attempt?  How could I still be going through this process? Shouldn’t I get credit for my previous work?   Sadly, the answer was NO… And now  I was about to learn a painful lesson in the “art of parenthood”.

Last year , I scored  the last bike for my  son at a  Thanksgiving Day sale.  I felt like the ” Parent of the Year”.  My gift was thoughtful, affordable, and my timing was impeccable.   I traveled between  two very crowded stores- prayed for a miracle- and left Target with a huge  surge of adrenaline! Yippee!  My first “Thanksgiving Day” shopping experience was painless,  so I thought-.. Normally, I would feel silly, shopping on a holiday for one item. But  just months ago, my son’s first bike got stolen.  Crazy, right?  Thankfully, it was a recycled bike from Goodwill, costing a mere five bucks- which turned out to be a great teachable moment for the entire family. Thank you  Mr or Mrs. Thief.  Lessons on theft and responsibility are now checked off my mommy-to-do-list.

Super Mom

Super Mom

The  shiny bike promised so many things. From a great way to be active in the winter, ease my guilt ( my son was on 3-years-old at the time, while  providing countless hours of fun.  Of course known of these things occurred. As our weekly bike riding sessions continued, I soon realized teaching my son how to ride a bike was going to take a tremendous amount  of energy.   Just months ago, he rode his bike perfectly.  I trained him myself. Now we can’t even get five feet without  tumbling to the ground.  Every day we took fewer steps. Every day we would get stuck in the same place.  I went from cheerfully encouraging him, to checking emails during our daily ritual. Finally, I stopped changing from my  work clothes to workout attire all together.. What was the point? My son seemed to be going backwards and I couldn’t figure out the reason why.

My highschool band teacher once said,” Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes permanent. ” And the aha moment finally happened. Although my son had been previously trained on the bike, he was going through a stage that showed he needed more practice.. More than  I could have ever imagined.  It was a process that was uncomfortable. A process that I was doomed to repeat until he got it right. Similar to life. Some processes are straight forward.. Do the work.. Get the reward.. Some processes are packaged with struggles.. But every promise that God has put in your heart is worth the work… No matter how long the process.

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.  And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.  Romans 5: 3-5

Lesson I learned:

Contempt – Being contempt in every situation is the only way to go through life.

Consistency - The dynamite of life is consistency.  You aren’t doing anything wrong but you aren’t doing the right thing long enough. Stay consistent and the results will come.

Commitment – Is the key.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain

 

Antoni and Alison Designs From 2006 Photo via StyleBubble UK

Antoni and Alison Designs From 2006 Photo via StyleBubble UK

Leaders aren’t born every day. It takes tenacity to endure the process of becoming a designer.  With creativity and killer instincts, designers Antoni and Alison managed to  carve a place in the UK fashion market all their own.  With  only £200 and a cult like following,  the duo has managed  to last the test of time.    “We started off straight out of college. It was the recession and a great time to start something. Nobody expected you to be a superstar. You can grow slowly and it’s an interesting way of working, said Antoni. We did this collection called “Be Happy” for a company in Paris and they hated it. So we decided to do it ourselves. So we made the collection and was planning on travelling around the world for a year. But then Hamish Bowles who was in our class and he said “You have to do another collection now!” So we’ve never stopped!

Can’t  make it to the UK to see the line? Well step inside the Antoni and Alison store  HERE. and learn more about my favorite UK designers. Please enjoy this preview  from the Antoni and Alison  AW 14 Collection

Antoni and Alison AW 14 Photo via Fashion GPS

Antoni and Alison AW 14 Photo via Fashion GPS

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Antoni and Alison AW14 Photo via Fashion GPS

Antoni and Alison AW14
Photo via Fashion GPS

Antoni and Alison AW14  Photo via Fashion GPS

Antoni and Alison AW14
Photo via Fashion GPS

Antoni and Alison AW14  Photo credit: Fashion GPS

Antoni and Alison AW14
Photo credit: Fashion GPS

Antoni and Alison AW14 Photo Credit Fashion GPS

Antoni and Alison AW14
Photo Credit Fashion GPS

Antoni and Alison AW14  Photo via Fashion GPS

Antoni and Alison AW14
Photo via Fashion GPS

Antoni Alison AW 14-15 ( Photo Credit: Fashion GPS)

Antoni Alison AW 14-15 ( Photo Credit: Fashion GPS)

Antoni Alison AW 14-15 Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

Antoni Alison AW 14-15 Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

Antoni Alison AW 14-15 Photo credit: Fashion GPS

Antoni Alison AW 14-15 Photo credit: Fashion GPS

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Antoni and Alison AW 14-15 Photo credit: Fashion GPS

 

Betsey Johnson ( Photo via Huffington Post)

Betsey Johnson And The Traveling Tutu

“I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If that is the sole motive then I believe you are better off not doing it. A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”
― Richard BransonLosing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way

Our BOS word of the day is Instincts

Have you tested your instincts lately?

Instincts: an innate, typically fixed pattern of behavior in animals in response to certain stimuli

 

Betsey Johnson model wearing at tutu at Dillard's North Park Mall

Betsey Johnson model wearing at tutu at Dillard’s North Park Mall

Learning to listen to your instincts takes practice, but I am convinced God sends us many opportunities each and every day. For Christmas, I bought my four-year-old niece a gorgeous pink tutu, so wearing one  myself seemed completely out of the question. Wearing a tutu when your over thirty can be scary, right?  So the first time I put on a tutu, I felt like a complete idiot.. My hips felt bigger than normal. My perky but was covered in a mountain of tulle. Not to mention the tutu was too short for a lady my age.  But my son said,” Mom you look like a ballerina.”  And my heart melted, so I said.” Okay, I guess I will just wear this tutu around the house.. Well that tutu has a mind of her own,  and has traveled with me just about  EVERYWHERE

My Tutu adventures include ….

  • Preschool Drop Off
  • Playdates
  • The Market
  • Splash Mountain and the list goes on

As you can see, my tutu really gets around. She’s very versatile. But her true talent is going from a sassy date night look to a  Sunday church look in under 5 minutes… Gotta love a great tutu..

A few weeks ago, I came across  a tweet from Zappos.com , the online fashion site, asking followers to send in their favorite St. Paddy’s Day selfie photos. I love a good selfie, but green is really not my color.  Now blue, that’s my color.. But green, not so much. Green and me just don’t go together. The contest seemed interesting, but I was entirely too busy, so I ignored my instincts.  First mistake. When you ignore your instincts you end up living with regret, or in my case, the voice in my head- I was trying to ignore- continued to get louder.

The voice said” What about your green work out tank?

“OH Gosh no- that top should never be viewed in public, I screamed out loud.”

What about that bathing suit?

“Well I am not trying to scare people with me selfie, I screamed. Every day, I remind myself to do something I am afraid of, but I am not ready to show my cellulite on Twitter. And not to Zappos.com millions of  followers. Um oh Lawd, not today..”

What about your favorite green and blue striped skirt?

“I pondered over the thought, and told myself It didn’t  have enough green to qualify as a green look. And what’s the point of embarrassing yourself in public for an outfit that doesn’t fit the bill. ” It’s funny how sometimes we can talk ourselves out of opportunities, right?

I have never been one to give up so  easily, so for fun, I decided to give it the old college try. I was confident in my green looks, but the photo quality was horrible. I hate when things aren’t perfect, but I could now file submitting my imperfect photo under” Fearful Thing of the Day”. Hey, why not kill two birds with one selfie.  So I clicked submit and now the waiting game began.  Will the public like my photo or did I just do the stupidest thing EVER?

I finally got a response from Zappos which said” We are glad you are having fun mixing and matching your outfits”

Brandy Sebastian Founder of Bites of Style ( Photo via Team Bites Of Style)

Brandy Sebastian Founder of Bites of Style ( Photo via Team Bites Of Style)

I was satisfied and decide to go on with my day.. But my instincts kept saying  ” You could have done better. And my instincts were right. I was happy I stepped out of my box, but the more I thought it over, I realized I had many amazing green options in my closet  that I could use for a selfie. But I was fearful. Would I seem too eager to win the prize with my multiple  green entries.. Just because I like my green options doesn’t mean the world will agree. But then I remembered Isaiah 41: 13 which says” For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.  

So I decided to try again.

Next, I submitted this photo with the title: “You don’t have to look like a green monster on #stpatricksday just add a dose of confidence & chic accessorize.”

Adding Green Accents To Your Wardrobe  with Green tights from Vera Wang and New Balance Collection ( Photo credit Brandy Sebastian )

Adding Green Accents To Your Wardrobe with Green tights from Vera Wang and New Balance Collection ( Photo credit Brandy Sebastian )

 

Zappos loved this look . but my instincts said ” You can do better”

And I did..

Below is the winning look picked by Zappos.com for the best St Paddy’s day selfie. What do you think? Do you like my tutu?

The lesson I learned

1. Put God First- When you put God first, he will lead you down the right path every single day.. He is the master planner, who will put the perfect connections in your path.

2. Trust Your Instincts- When you unlock your instincts the world is your oyster. Let your God-given instincts lead you today.

3. Don’t Fear Anything- Fear is – False Expectations Appearing Real- If I would have let fear of rejection stop me, I would have never won the grand prize. Don’t talk yourself out of winning. Why be good when you can great..

The winning look

Winning Look from the Zappos St Paddy's Day Selfie Contest - ( Photo via Team Bites of Style)

Winning Look from the Zappos St Paddy’s Day Selfie Contest – ( Photo via Team Bites of Style)

 

For all the tutu lovers, here are some of my favorite looks from the queen of the tutu’s Ms. Betsey Johnson

Want more?  CLICK HERE Betsey Johnson ( photo credit: BJ)

Betsey Johnson ( photo credit: BJ)

Team Betsey Johnson Rocking Tutu's at Lord in Taylor in New York

Team Betsey Johnson Rocking Tutu’s at Lord in Taylor in New York

Betsey Johnson Campaign

Betsey Johnson Campaign

Photo from Betsey Johnson

Photo from Betsey Johnson

Backstage at Balmain AW 14 -15 Paris Fashion Week

Urban Safari Chic At Balmain AW 2014 Paris Fashion Week

We share so much on social media.  Today I would love for my friends to share why they are sooo thankful today.
Our BOS word of the day is Training
What does training mean to you?
Training: the education, instruction, or discipline of a person or thing
James 1: 2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
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Today I am thankful for TRAINING. God is the master trainer and his plans are always PERFECT. It’s Day 4 of Paris Fashion Week and Day 4 of a Sick Little Boy named Sebastian. It seems like every Fashion Week there’s some major challenge.  A problem, a deadly road block, and a mountain to move. I keep telling myself, “God is bigger than anything you will face. You can do this.” But most importantly, I have been here before.  I have been trained for situations just like this one. One year, I went to Fashion Week with NO cell phone.  Try taking photos or finding your way around with no phone. It was pretty hard, but I made it through. One year, I got sick and was stuck in my hotel room for most of the week. When I finally got better, here comes Nemo ( the winter storm that dropped 6 inches in New Jersey) Boy, that was fun. NOT.
Ballons are the perfect accessory at MBFW Photo: MBFW Sept 2012

Ballons are the perfect accessory at MBFW Photo: MBFW Sept 2012

This year, I decided to do a 7 day cleanse during  MB Fashion Week in New York. CRAZY, right? I was moody, forgetful, and sleepy all at the same time. My fashion team are used to these crazy challenges, but this one takes the cake. Thankfully, they all have a great sense of humor. I always remind myself not to be pushed by my problems, but to be led by God. Thank you God for all the training I have been through over the years.
 What are you thankful for today?
I am thanking  to God for sending me the perfect little pint size partner.. He might be under the weather, but he’s still pretty effective. Being A #FashionMom to an amazing 4-year-old boy Rocks
Brandy Sebastian working on Fashion Week Concept Boards with a pint size helper ( Photo via Bites of Style)

Brandy Sebastian working on Fashion Week Concept Boards with a pint size helper ( Photo via Bites of Style)

Here are some of my favorite looks from the urban safari chic collection of Balmain
Balmain AW 14- 15  Photo Credit: NOWFASHION

Balmain AW 14- 15
Photo Credit: NOWFASHION

Balmain AW 14-15 Paris Fashion Week  Photo: NOWFASHION

Balmain AW 14-15
Paris Fashion Week
Photo: NOWFASHION

Balmain AW 14:15 Collection Paris Fashion Week Photo: NOWFASHION

Balmain AW 14:15 Collection Paris Fashion Week Photo: NOWFASHION

Balmain AW 14-15 Paris Fashion Week  Photo: NOWFASHION

Balmain AW 14-15
Paris Fashion Week
Photo: NOWFASHION

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Balmain AW 14-15 Collection Paris Fashion Week Photo: NOWFASHION

Balmain AW 14-15 Collection Paris Fashion Week Photo: NOWFASHION

Balmain AW 14-15 Paris Fashion Week  Photo: NOWFASHION

Balmain AW 14-15 Paris Fashion Week
Photo: NOWFASHION

Balmain AW 14-15 Paris Fashion Week  Photo: NOWFASHION

Balmain AW 14-15 Paris Fashion Week
Photo: NOWFASHION

Designer Gareth Pugh Fall 2014 Collection For Paris Fashion Week ( Photo Via NowFashion)

Gareth Hugh Fall 2014 Collection For Paris Fashion Week

We shall have all eternity in which to celebrate our victories, but we have only one swift hour before the sunset in which to win them.” –Robert Moffat

Designer Gareth Pugh AW14-15 Collection Photo via NowFashion

Designer Gareth Pugh
AW14-15 Collection Photo via NowFashion

Our Bites Of Style word for today is Waste

What does Waste mean to you?

To Waste: 

 To use, consume, spend, or expend thoughtlessly or carelessly.
To cause to lose energy, strength, or vigor; exhaust, tire, or enfeeble:
 To fail to take advantage of or use for profit; lose:
Team New Balance photo via New Balance

Team New Balance photo via New Balance

There’s nothing like the icy temperatures of  winter  to make you see a new perspective. I hate when I’m Not prepared. I forgot my gloves  on my morning run, and now my hands are FREEZing. OUCH. “Maybe I should give up and go home, I said.” Then I remembered I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens ME. Instead of TURNING back towards home, I can Turn my MIND around and focus on what I still have left.

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Today, I am thankful for the opportunity to RUN. Thankful that all my body parts are covered minus my hands. I’m Thankful that I lived in Germany ( one of the coldest places on earth) and my body should be use to this weather.  I’m thankful for the opportunity to spend time with alone with God. Prepared or not, I will not WASTE this opportunity from God. I will Maximize this Moment and do my BEST. Don’t talk yourself out of opportunities today, instead #MaximizeEveryMoment 

Ephesians 5: 15-17   So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do

How will you maximize the moments you have left today?  

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Today is Day #2 of  Paris Fashion Week  YEAH.  I love Paris and can’t wait to get back someday. But for now, my home office is being turned into a FASHION WEEK War Room.  My family can’t contain their excitement, right?

This week,  I will be showcasing looks from some of my favorite designers from Paris Fashion Week. Please leave a comment below if you are inspired by anything you read or see. I would love to hear from you.

Gareth Pugh AW 2014-2015  collection

The futuristic unconventional designs of Gareth Pugh, are the perfect twist between whimsical-modern and sculptural  luxury. He never designs for the masses, but always manages to capture the attention of  practically everyone. He’s talented beyond measure and I can’t wait to see what he designs next.

Here are some of my favorite looks from today’s show in Paris.

Gareth Pugh AW 14-15 Collection ( Photo via NowFashion)

Gareth Pugh AW 14-15 Collection ( Photo via NowFashion)

Gareth Pugh AW 14-15  Paris Fashion Week Photo via Now Fashion

Gareth Pugh AW 14-15
Paris Fashion Week Photo via Now Fashion

Designer Gareth Pugh  AW 14-15 Collection ( Photo via Now Fashion)

Designer Gareth Pugh
AW 14-15 Collection ( Photo via Now Fashion)

Designer Gareth Pugh  AW 14-15 Collection for Paris Fashion Week ( Photo Credit: Now Fashion)

Designer Gareth Pugh
AW 14-15 Collection for Paris Fashion Week ( Photo Credit: Now Fashion)

Designer Gareth Pugh  AW 14-15 Collection ( Photo Credit: Now Fashion)

Designer Gareth Pugh
AW 14-15 Collection ( Photo Credit: Now Fashion)

Designer Gareth Pugh  AW 14-15 Collection  Photo via Now Fashion

Designer Gareth Pugh
AW 14-15 Collection Photo via Now Fashion

Designer Gareth Pugh  AW 14-15 Collection for Paris Fashion Week ( Photo via Now Fashion )

Designer Gareth Pugh
AW 14-15 Collection for Paris Fashion Week ( Photo via Now Fashion )

Designer Gareth Pugh  AW 14-15 Collection Photo via Now Fashion

Designer Gareth Pugh
AW 14-15 Collection Photo via Now Fashion

Designer Pugh Gareth  AW 2014- 2015 Collection for Paris Fashion Week  photo via NowFashion

Designer Pugh Gareth
AW 2014- 2015 Collection for Paris Fashion Week photo via NowFashion

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All photos via Now Fashion

Image From Vogue, April 2009 Issue. Photo via Annie Libovitz For VOGUE

Maximize The Moment: Run Over Hurdles

I hope everyone enjoyed lot’s of rest and  had a fabulous weekend..

hurdlesThis morning, my  4-year-old son decided to practice racing through hurdles, like Lolo Jones. Excuse the poor photo quality. I was trying to capture the moment and keep myself from laughing..

Let’s pray, he doesn’t ask to practice tennis on broken glass like Serena and Venus Williams . Thanks ESPN Documentary For the New Problem

The creativity in this kid.

Our BOS Word for the day is : RUN

What does RUN mean to you?

1 Corinthians 9:24-25

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

I found so many definitions for the word RUN.  Here are my favorites

To move swiftly on foot so that both feet leave the ground during each stride.
1. To move at a fast gallop.
2. To retreat rapidly; flee
2. To move without hindrance or restraint: dogs that always ran loose.
4. To go or move about from place to place; roam:
5. To migrate, especially to move in a shoal in order to spawn.
6. To move or go quickly; hurry:

7. To go when in trouble or distress:
8. To make a short, quick trip or visit
Do I look like this when I run? Hardly!
Image From Vogue, April 2009 Issue. Photo via Annie Libovitz For VOGUE

Image From Vogue, April 2009 Issue. Photo via Annie Libovitz For VOGUE

 I am training for a marathon and running always clears my mind.  It’s only day four, but so far so good. I normally talk to God when I run. Often times, discovering great mysteries too. Like, today I discovered my shirt was too small-Let’s just say, I attacked the V-Day candy this weekend- Oh, the shame.  At times, I discover I didn’t wear enough clothing, and sometimes I discover  really enlightening things. But when my run is over,a euphoria takes over my body because it’s finally OVER. Since it’s only day four, I don’t have that runners high thing.. I think that happens around month four..
Today’s learning experience comes from a conversation I had with my son. .
My son always wants to WALK. Most of the times, he walks PAINFULLY slow, looking at every bird and every tree branch. Don’t get me wrong,  I enjoy nature too.  But he loves to take his time when mom’s in a hurry.  He’s a kid.. He has no sense of urgency. This weekend, we even WALKED his bike to the park. Lawd help me please. Who walks their bike, instead of riding it?? Only My Son. Boy, this was a painful lesson in patience.
Sebastian Walking His Bike ( Photo Credit: BOSTYLE Team)

Sebastian Walking His Bike ( Photo Credit: BOSTYLE Team)

So today, while I’m holding a 10 pound bag, he decides he prefers to run to the park.
“But, son I already ran today, I grumbled.”
Mom, I thought you were training for a marathon
Yeah, someday.
Today mom. We Must Run Today
By this time, he had already taken off and running. . So what’s a mom to do?
You Run.. .Really fast..
It’s can be hard to wrap your mind around things when your plans change.. But if you are acting in Love, you will always make the right decision.
So, in that moment, I did the following

RUN

  • R-Relax. Relate. Release. - What’s really going on? Don’t let your mind out way your better judgement. You can  overcomer and  conqueror these LIMITATIONS.  You are strong enough. Release Limitations.
  • U-Uncomfortable and Unconventional- Training for anything is like going to WAR. You have to prepare, practice, go through hurdles and the list goes on. I just watched the story of Venus and Serena Williams,  and discovered they practiced  tennis on broken glass. Could you imagine this kind of training. They also took boxing, ballet, and tai chi lessons. They also practiced with  baseball pitchers- to develop great arms for serving- .  They did Uncomfortable and Unconventional  training, but the proof is in the results. They are the BEST.
  • N- No Complaining - I always encourage my son to be a leader, but in the moment , I wanted to complain-  I planned to walk with the 10 pound  bag, but who said I couldn’t try to run.  I was ready to complain before I even TIRED. If the bag breaks, at least I now know ” This bag is not made for running” Instead of complaining, we should encourage others.. I immediately, thanked my son for the suggestion, and said” Wait for me.

So any guesses on what happened? Did we make it to the park

We did.. My son even learned how to jump rope.. And I learned how to run with restrictions. The bag got heavy, but I never gave up. Don’t let anything stop you.. Run Over your hurdles today, tomorrow and the next day.. God has not given us a spirit of fear.. Pray, prepare, and run your race today.

Fashions: Hat from Nike Outlet , Sunglasses Christian Roth Hippie Deluxe Black and White , Top Lola By BCBG,  Pants, Lucy

Brandy Sebastian at The Park

Brandy Sebastian at The Park

Love..

Brandy Sebastian

Bites of Style Founder

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Betsey Johnson Fall 2014 MBFW ( Photo Credit: IMG)

Betsey Johnson Fall 2014 MBFW ( Photo Credit: IMG)

Happy New Year to everyone and greetings from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week I have missed everyone greatly, and I can’t wait to share inspiration from my travels. Check out a few photos of my favorite Red Dresses from Fashion Week below. My heart has ached, to write for months, and I am excited to get back to sharing Bites of Style.. Please know, every word I write is with Love. I am nuts about you guys.

I pray these messages are gifts to your soul. I hope they  encourages you  to do more, and achieve your dreams.  Make 2014 the best year EVER and always stay ROOTED and Grounded in LOVE.

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Our Bites of Style Word of the Day is  Gift and Love

Gift:

1. Something that is bestowed voluntarily and without compensation. 2. The act, right, or power of giving. 3. A talent, endowment, aptitude, or inclination.

Love: 

 A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness. 2 A feeling of intense desire and attraction toward a person

God is LOVE.. God’s words are a gift to us. This Bible passage sums up my thoughts on  the Bites of Style words for the day.

The Heart Truth Fashion Show ( MBFW 2014 )

The Heart Truth Fashion Show ( MBFW 2014 )

Gifts and Love.

1. Love each and every gift.. Every body part.. Every moment of every day, is truly a  gift from God.

1 Corinthians 12: 15-25

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

Lie Sang Bong MBFW Fall 2014 Collection ( Photo Credit: BOSTyle Team)

Lie Sang Bong MBFW Fall 2014 Collection ( Photo Credit: BOSTyle Team)

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

MBFW Red Dress Event (Photo Credit: Red Dress ) MBFW

MBFW Red Dress Event (Photo Credit: Red Dress ) MBFW

The Greatest Gift

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Dennis Basso Fall 2014 MBFW Collection ( Photo Credit: MBFW)

Dennis Basso Fall 2014 MBFW Collection ( Photo Credit: MBFW)

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whetherthere are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Valentines Day Gifts On A Budget.

Most people want to provide gifts with meaning, but what happens when you run out of time.

Last night, I was stuck trying to find the perfect V-Day gift for my sons teachers.. The list of options at the local drugstores are endless. I am a crafty-frugal mom, but since I was covering MBFW, I nearly forgot about V-Day.

I consider a few different options for teacher gifts-(healthy options)

  • Candy- (NO) I am sure they will get plenty of candy from students- ( it’s cheap and available everywhere)
  • Flowers- (NO) Maybe hand each of them a rose, daisy or tulip- wrapped in tissue paper ( great idea, but what if they die) Maybe a potted plant- Well the 10 plants would probably turnover before we got them to school -I am not the best driver, just saying.
  • V-Day stationery This would be cute, but what if it’s never  used. The stationary I found was pretty, only cost one-dollar, but was very small. Who needs more junk.
  • $5 Gift cards to a Starbucks- Great idea, but my son has 7 teachers.( this can be expensive)
Dress from The Art Institute Fashion Show during MBFW Fall 2014 ( Photo Credit: fashion gps)

Dress from The Art Institute Fashion Show during MBFW Fall 2014 ( Photo Credit: fashion gps)

Most of us, want to give others our best, but we can’t always afford it. Then it hit me.. Tulips are nice( my favorite flower), but they die in a few days.. So instead I  bought gorgeous Caspri  TULIP Thank You cards and Two Leaves Whole Leaf Tea.  I love tea and this tea is the best. Hands down.  The tea also comes in cute, clear individual packages.. Perfect for a gift.

Why  LOVE Two Leaves Tea - They are committed to Organic Tea, Small Farmers and Education. What more could a girl ask for, right? Read more about their values HERE 

Why LOVE Caspari - Unique and Affordable- They are a respected publisher of exquisitely designed and printed paper products, with a reputation earned over the past sixty years by reproducing the work of established artists and museums from around the world. HERE Thank you cards and tea for Gifts with Love ( Photo Credit: BOStyle Team)

Thank you cards and tea for Gifts with Love ( Photo Credit: BOStyle Team)

Here’s the breakdown

Two Leaves Jasmine Green Tea

Two Leaves Jasmine Green Tea

Two Leaves Tea $6-8  for 15 tea bags- Local grocery store

Note cards- Local grocery store $10 for 15 cards.

Total = 15 great gifts for $2 or less

What are you giving your love ones for V-Day

Successful Steps With DKNY

Sure or unsure, that is the question.

Have you ever been puzzled by which way to turn, or which step to take next? Yes! It happens to me on a daily basis.

Our BOS Word for the day is SURE

Sure: firmly established : steadfast <a sure hold>, reliable, trustworthy, a characterized by a lack of wavering or hesitation.

Proverbs 3: 5 Trust the lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.. Sometimes I feel unsure of myself. Sometimes it seems the opportunities God gives me are really too big for me..But when you trust in God and ask for wisdom, he will direct your path. God called David to be a king, when he was just a boy caring for sheep. Could you even imagine being told of your destiny years in advance?  No one even saw him as a king until  much later in life..

The lesson: God knows what is planted inside of each of us, and he will bring his plans to past in our lives.. Trust   that God will send you the skills you need, and be with you every step of the way.

When I think of DKNY, I always  think of the  successful  founder Donna Karan.  You have to be SURE of your vision to take it to the next level.  Learn  how  Mrs. Karan succeeded with DKNY.

DKNY Celebrates 25 years in NYC ( Photo Credit: DKNY)

DKNY Celebrates 25 years in NYC ( Photo Credit: DKNY)

Interview from Interview Magazine.

KLEIN: You were a major designer, a name people knew around the world. And suddenly you were going into price points that designers didn’t do, and you did it with a vision. The name, the whole thing—it’s genius.

KARAN: I’ll explain the whole thing, because it’s really very simple. I had been displaced from Anne Klein. I had to go back to grassroots when I started Donna Karan. I found this little showroom with a kitchen, and that’s where I started it. Patti [Cohen, public relations director] came with me because she was at Anne Klein. She said, “You can’t do all of this by yourself. You’re going to need someone—to do tags, labels, all of those things.” I had forgotten about that stuff. When you’re used to having your own posse in a huge organization, to start something from scratch is a challenge. You know this more than anybody. When Donna Karan started, I didn’t like the name Donna Karan. [laughs] I had a real problem with it. I was so used to designing under somebody else’s name that I didn’t want to go out there with my own. I’m sitting in the kitchen, and I see the name “Maud Frizon/Paris, London” on a shoebox. I’m thinking, “That’s cool. What about Donna Karan New York?” Because it won’t be about me. It will be about New York City. Why New York City? Because New York City says the world. I wanted an international brand. Donna Karan’s just another boring name. So I called up [marketing executive] Peter Arnell and said, “How about Donna Karan New York?” He says, “What are the people in Los Angeles going to say?” [laughs] I’ll never forget that.

Fall 2013 DKNY

Fall 2013 DKNY

KLEIN: That’s so great.

KARAN: He says, “You’re crazy. You can’t call it Donna Karan New York.” I go, “Why? I want everything to be about New York.” He says, “How are people living in the rest of the country gonna look at it?” I said, “Well, everybody lives in New York. I mean, everybody relates to New York as a bridge to the world.” So that’s how New York came in. Then things started to get juicy. I wanted to play myself down and play up New York, because I figured Ralph Lauren owns America, you own sex, what was I going to own? [laughs] I was frustrated. But DKNY came out of the inspiration I got from your jean business. Jeans are jeans—they are the core essence of American fashion, in my opinion.

DKNY Fall 2013 Collection (Photo Credit: DKNY)

DKNY Fall 2013 Collection (Photo Credit: DKNY)

KLEIN: I remember that the launch of DKNY was pretty amazing.

KARAN: When DKNY launched, I didn’t tell my partners about it at the time. They had no idea. I said, “I want to do a collection that is androgynous, that is not about women, not about men, not about children. It could be about dogs, about anything that our family communicates with—what are the pieces that are universal? She was his, he was hers . . . We both wear a blazer, and we both wear a T-shirt.” So it’s based on a man’s approach, and I wanted to start with menswear—men’s and womenswear. And Stephan [Weiss, Karan’s late husband] at that point said to me, “Donna, you can’t start with men’s, unless you do luxury men’s. If you start men’s at a less expensive rate, you’ll never be able to do luxury men’s.” I said, “Listen, this is my vision. I see it as the seven-easy-pieces collection.” It was the men’s blazer, a pair of jeans, a navy-blue blazer, a utility jumpsuit, an anorak, an oversized sweater, and a pair of Keds sneakers. All I wanted was to have these pieces in Times Square to show that this is New York and the streets of New York. People always asked me, “How does Donna Karan see New York?” I’d say, “In a car.” Then they’d ask, “How about DKNY?” And I’d say, “In a subway or a bus.” That was the difference.

Read the full interview HERE

Fall 2013 Photo Credit: DKNY

Fall 2013 Photo Credit: DKNY

Hurricane Sandy and The Calling

Photo from Charity Buzz

Photo from Charity Buzz

Calling a cab in New York City can be pretty complicated.. During Fashion Week, I thought I had the system down, but many times I waited and waited.. and waited some more.  First I tried standing with my hand out.. The next day I tried calling out ” Taxi, oh taxi.. ” Each day I tried different methods until finally I found one that actually worked..

The secret to calling a cab is to STAND OUT.

Our BOS word for the day is  CALLED

Called: to command or request to come; summon: to ask or invite

Do you know what you are called to do ?

Hurricane Sandy still brings up a plethora of emotions. When I think of all the people, and businesses that suffered from this tragedy my heart still aches. We never know exactly why these disaster happens, but I can always rely on my faith in God to get me through the hard times.  He’s always in control and his plans are greater than mine.  Pressure + Pain= Passion

“I used to punch in, go do my work, and leave at five in the afternoon. I work harder and a lot more now than I ever did in my life. . . . But I’m not just doing a job. I’m doing something I’m called to do.” Alyssa Durnien

 
John 10:3 tells us:“…He (Jesus) calls His own sheep by name and leads them out.”
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Each of us are called to do something and my prayer is that everyone discovers their true calling today. I would love to share this story about how Alyssa found her true calling by helping others. Please enjoy the link below.
Argentina Designers NYFW SS14 ( Photo Credit: Thomas Garza for BItes of Style

Argentina Designers NYFW SS14 ( Photo Credit: Thomas Garza for BItes of Style

Do Everything With Love

Love conquerors all

Our Bites Of Style Word For The Day is Love

Love:   a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. A feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection

A bright yellow sunbeam pattern on vintage paper.

Today I was inspired by this video that talked about a mother’s love.. Being a mom, this video  struck a core in me and I hope it does the same for you.

Click HERE to see the video from Dr. Maya Angelou

Love Liberates

“I am grateful to have been loved and to be loved now and to be able to love, because that liberates. Love liberates. It doesn’t just hold—that’s ego. Love liberates. It doesn’t bind. Love says, ‘I love you. I love you if you’re in China. I love you if you’re across town. I love you if you’re in Harlem. I love you. I would like to be near you. I’d like to have your arms around me. I’d like to hear your voice in my ear. But that’s not possible now, so I love you. Go.’” — Dr. Maya Angelou

I also love the lucy Light Forrest created in Boston  ( photo below)

Lucy Activewear Facebook Page

Lucy Activewear Facebook Page

“We love to move. We love the way it makes us feel when everything just clicks. It’s that amazing thing that gets us up each day — that thing we chase after. 10,000 lights are dancing across the Boston skyline inspired by just that feeling.

We created the lucy Light Forest for the love of motion, now help us make your commitment to movement a little more amazing. Check out this video from Lucy HERE 

 

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Fall In Love With Who You Were Meant To Become

Our BOS Word of the day is Become

Become: To come, change or grow to be. 

Fall is my favorite time of year.. It’s a time where everything in nature really comes alive.

But before you know it, old man winter will be here., so now is the time to become the person you were meant  to be.

Since all this is true, we ought to pay much closer attention than ever to the truths that we have heard, lest in any way we drift past them and slip away.. Hebrews 2:1

Pamela Nelson TEDxSMU speaker

Pamela Nelson TEDxSMU speaker

Every moment is a gift from God.  Find time today and use your moments to do something great today.  Don’t let life pass you by. There is still time to be great..

Fall brings colors, coats, and lot’s of boots. Please enjoy some of my favorite fall looks…

Photo Via Lucky Magazine.com

Photo Via Lucky Magazine.com

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Elena Perminova via Lucky Magazine Film Magic

Elena Perminova via Lucky Magazine Film Magic

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