Monday, July 17, 2017

Cherishing A Legacy Of Life

Last week a dear friend of my families Mother loss her Battle to cancer. I remembered when my Mother passed away about 25yrs ago. The thing I remembered so clearly when I saw her lying in the casket was her hair. It was the only thing that seemed real and alive. Although her life force was absent from the her hair was so alive. I wished I could have cut a piece of it to remember her and kept it treasured, along my life's journey.
I shared this story with the family because I was inspired by the beautiful Home Going announcement of their Mothers departure. It was absolutely beautiful and uplifting. I wanted to create something that would be memorable and create a keepsake for this dear family. I remembered I had a beautiful piece of fabric with cherry blossoms similar to the ones on the announcement card. I designed a small clutch bag that could hold memories of their mother that they could carry with them to the funeral and burial services. 
I call them legacy bags that can hold small memories to cherish during that day. 









Sunday, July 9, 2017

Chasing My Dreams At The Brooklyn Museum

Over the weekend I traveled to Harlem NY with my BFF Theeageofgrace and our Instagram husbands to visit her daughter Channinginthecity. We strolled along 125th St. where we ate brunch at a charming French restaurant called Cheri located at 231 Lenox Ave Harlem, NY. You must dine there great organic food, beautiful atmosphere, and amazing service.
Okay, let's get to the details of this visit, I was contacted by the Brooklyn Museum back in February they saw my bags and wanted to order the African Print series to place in their gift shop. The order was placed and my bags and key fobs were on their way to the Brooklyn Museum Gift Shop.
The trip was the perfect timing to see my 2chicdesigns. We had a fun time taking the number 6 long, hot, train ride from 125th street to Brooklyn to finally see my dream come true!












 

Upon arrival when I walked into the museums gift shop I felt a gush of excitement rise up inside of me and I was overwhelmed with joy! From the merchandising of my key fobs to the beautiful placement of my bags, it was quite emotional for me. While I was taking everything in, these two beautiful Queens in the picture above were modeling my bags, and they made my day!

This experience made me realize every dream counts, if you have a vision execute it! My talent is creating and manipulating designs into works of art via handbags. I thank God for his grace and love for me, my family and friends that have encouraged me, and most of all my amazing customers that support my work!

How Chic! 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Orange The New Crazy, Sexy, Chic!

One of my favorite fabric stores that I frequented in Pennsauken NJ is going out of business. I am so sad, but I was able to make one last purchase of some amazing fabric that would be perfect for my handbag line.

When I spotted the geometric orange and white pattern it spoke to me, and I began to visualize an array of several bag styles. The print reminds me of a seventies show called the Mod Squad.

I love this print because it's fun and the color is warm. Most of my clothes are black because its easy and has a slimming element. I am challenging myself this year to experiment with more vibrant colors. This bold orange geometric pattern has inspired me to try wearing orange.

I spotted this amazing dress online at Zara's for about $25. I thought it would be perfect to wear on a hot summer day. I love the high low flounce because it appeals to my sassy, crazy, and sexy style. The  orange geometric clutch, and the other clutch bag is a blue batik print.

I am excited to share the versatility of this dress with two looks. Which one do you like?

 







 







Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Birthday Give Away!!

 

Today is a special day and because I'm celebrating my birthday I decided to give a bag away. To be eligible 
  • Follow me on Instagram.
  • like my instagram page.
  • comment on my blog. 
  • Winner will be randomly selected, contacted and announced on Saturday June 24th.
So good luck!!

 
   

Friday, June 16, 2017

Keeping a Cool Head!

  
  

Last weekend was the first heat wave that hit the east coast. I was visiting my daughter in Boston and enjoyed dining in the North End, which had the most amazing Italian food in Boston. Thank goodness I had some light color outfits. I do have the tendacy of leaning toward darker shades. I'm trying to break the habit and where more white or lighter colors. This long tee shirt with a split in the middle was a purchase from  Zara's. I knotted the fronf and cuffed my white jeans with a simple pendant completed my super cool look.

  

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

How To Make A Spectacular Fascinator Kentucky Derby Style

I always love to watch the Kentucky Derby on television which is held on the first Saturday in May. The history of hats began with Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr. the founder of he Kentucky Derby.
The racetrack was a place of ill repute that attracted gambling and drinking. It wasn't a place for woman or children.
Meriwether was inspired by trips to London's Epsom Derby and Paris Grand Prix which are posh events and attracted an elegant crowd.
In 1879 Clark began to transform racetracks in America that attracted one class of people to a more classy and elegant elite group. With the help of his wife they sought out to promote throughout Louisville, Ky. To convince his target clientele that the new racetrack was a place for the upper class.
The loaded up a wagon of society influencers to get the word out to encourage picnics, beautiful carriages and high fashions began to transform the Kentucky Derby to a place of elegance.woman coordinated beautiful plumed couture milliners and exquisite dresses and shoes, created a media fashion frenzy. Thus the elegance of the Kentucky Derby was born.



Here is my DIY on creating a fascinator. I purchased the flower, feathers, and fascinator straw base
from Zoria Millinery,

I used a hot glue gun and arranged the flower and feathers on base and wha lah!










Dress Ross, Shoes Black and White Spectators, Necklace Saks
 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Making A Foxy Brown Statement

Who knew I could rock a dashiki into a super chic look. I remember the first dashiki i made for my son, it was blue. The colors and print were bold and beautiful, but very masculine. I wanted to wear one, but I'm a girly girl.


The dashiki originated in various West African countries bearing different cultural necessities. The name dashiki is derived from the Hausa word 'dan kick, which means shirt. The dashiki is a colorful garment worn by men. It became popular in America during the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement.








I believed that the print was masculine and I was never going to wear one, until I spotted this beauty
in one of my favorite stores Ross. It was hidden in the back rack, where I never look. Yes, this beauty was tucked away and forgotten. There was also a vast array of caftans that reminded me of Trina Turk. This beautiful green dashiki print long dress is made of jersey and fits in all the right places. When I tried it on I felt like Pam Grier in Foxy Brown, Empowered!


I love wearing it with a military jacket, since it has been very cool in this part of the country.
There are so many options and I can't wait to rock this dress all spring and summer Long!





Friday, April 7, 2017

April Dreams!

Last Sunday my husband and I had the opportunity to go to the National Museum of African History and Culture in Washington, DC. The museum is very impressive it covers the journey of slavery up until now. I remembered as a young girl what it meant to fight for equal opportunities and in my household my parents were advocates of education. It was important that my sisters and I received equal treatment, which meant we were going to college.
I remembered being integrated into a predominantly white school, that was composed of a large Jewish student body. I was treated equal and never experienced racism in the school I attended.
What brought back memories to me was Martin Luther King and how my church family would pray and fast for breakthroughs and the rights that white Americans enjoyed, that we blacks would have the same freedoms. Also seeing the hate crimes of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama was very emotional for me as a child, and even and adult.

 


My BFF theeageofgrace coordinated this amazing historic adventure. There is so much to see that you need a few days to go see it entirely, and then some.

When I returned home I had to put finishing touches on a very large order I received from the Brooklyn Museum. Some of my bags will be featured in their gift shop! I am so excited because one of my goals this year is to have my bags featured in a major gallery.
Dreams do come true!


 



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Making A Black and White Statement

 




 



    



 



Black and White dressing can be a practical addition to any wardrobe. I love packing black and white pieces especially when traveling, it makes my life nice and easy and I can mix and match pieces.
Me and my fabulous fierce 50 partner Julie Harbour from www.styleparadox wanted to keep the fierce 50 momentum going. We wanted to showcase our looks and share them on our blogs. 
Julie is wearing a white cold shoulder blouse which is on trend. Pairing it with an amazing georgette maxi skirt with a bold white stripe is definitely a statement entrance...twirl because you are gone with the wind fabulous!
My ensemble is a stripe two tone stripe dress. You know I look love stripes. I picked this little number up from Ross for about $15.00. I wasn't quite sure whether I liked it, until I paired it with this fabulous long vest, that's giving me pure drama! I think the black and white shoes makes a statement. 
Yes ladies we are doing it fierce 50 style. Fashion industry take note. We are changing how woman are perceived and Julie and I are definely making a fierce statement!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Tip Toeing in Floral Booties!

   




 
 





I am in love with these floral booties, by Sam Edelman. When I first spotted them, I thought they would be the perfect way to express my beautiful individuality. Are you ready for the bootie trend?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fierce 50: Stories of Empowerment: 2ChicDesigns Meets Stylish Paradox

         

  Today marks the launch of the first annual Fierce 50 Campaign. As women over 50, we are coming together in a supportive collaborative community to honor and celebrate one another and to share with the world what it means to be a woman at midlife and beyond




                            

“You are never too young to star an empire, and never too old to start a new dream”

Say hello to Julie Dionne Harbour! She is a 52 years young, child of God, wife, mother, grandmother, personal stylist/style blogger, and lover of all things beautiful!





When Julie got wind of the #thefierce50campaign, she thought to herself what a wonderful forum to encourage fellow 50+ sisters and to proclaim to the world that WE are here, and WE matter!
Julie considers herself to be a late bloomer in terms of finding out who she is or better yet, fighting to become her true self. She found herself feeling a major void when her last child completed her final year of undergrad studies. She had given many years to ensuring her children would have a fighting chance in life after the end of a tumultuous 16 year marriage. Many might have said those were her best years. But she is here to exclaim, that her best years are here and yet to come!





During her first marriage, Julie was abused verbally, and made to feel unattractive and stupid. Multiple years of hearing unkind words from the person that was supposed to love her, put her self-esteem in the toilet, not to mention what the world thought about her dark skin. It wasn't until she was out of the marriage that she truly began to know her self-worth. She was amazed to find that by stepping away from a toxic environment her life path became very clear.






After divorce, she soon remarried to a wonderful guy, who became a driving force in helping push her children to the next level. But still, her life was all about nurturing those around her instead of herself.  This is a dynamic many women face as they raise their families.
So, when the empty nest syndrome kicked in, she found herself lost, but also ironically found! She asked herself, what now? She prayed for guidance and a new pathway that was true to who she is.
Julie gives a lot of credit to her awesome sister friends and niece who pushed and encouraged her. They saw the natural talents she possessed, even when she questioned her own abilities. She questioned the validity of her passion, and having others she loved in question; did not help. Was this too shallow, a promotion of vanity, would God approve? Was 51 too old to begin a new business venture? She forged ahead and along the way, (even when she was on the verge of throwing in the towel) God validated her every turn through unsolicited affirmations and business collaborations!






In January of 2016, Stylish Paradox (Personal Styling Services for the Refined Woman) was launched! The mission of her business is to encourage and uplift woman over 40 to be confident and comfortable in their skin, despite what society or anyone individual is saying about who you are.  Woman of a certain age should be empowered and know that they are relevant!
Stylish Paradox styles: 1) the woman who is constantly on the go and may not have the time to shop for herself and; 2) the woman who may detest going into a mall or retail store; 3) the woman who needs wardrobe revitalization.   Julie’s expertise is in ensuring the clothing she puts her clients in are beautiful and complimentary to their evolving body type. For more information on her styling services and/or to subscribe to her style blog, go to www.stylishparadox.com. She would love to see you!







Julie knows firsthand that no matter how trivial you think your passion is, how old you are, and no matter how life has tried to beat you down, know that God’s word is true:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11








#jointhemovement and stay empowered. You are beautiful #fierce50!
To check out the other women of the #thefierce50campaign, click on the links below:


THE WOMEN OF #THEFIERCE50


If you have enjoyed reading this blog post and learning more about The Fierce 50 Campaign, please visit this page http://catherinegraceo.com/fierce-50-campaign/ to see an archive where you will find each of the women that are participating in The Fierce 50 along with their blog posts. If you or someone you know is interested in either joining or supporting the movement, please contact info@catherinegraceo.com for more information. We have lots more planned for this year and beyond so, stay tuned everyone.


Heres to Flourishing and Growing!

Cynthia Lawson













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