Out on... VACATION!

Isn’t it amazing how much stuff we get done the day before vacation?” – Zig Ziglar
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The beach is calling my name and I must answer. My bags are packed and Styled By OmiOmy is officially ON VACATION! Catch this brief clip to see where I ended up. While you’re there please subscribe to my channel and leave a comment.

Favorite Fall Essentials

This Caribbean born fashionista strongly dislikes cold weather. I'm a Summer baby and anything below 70 degrees Fahrenheit would have me rolling my eyes and only thinking warm thoughts. However I live in the DMV so I had to get used to the change of seasons. To cope with the colder temps I would bundle up beyond the average person. Staying warm by any means necessary was my motto.  I'm extreme with it and I'm totally fine with it! This year when I had to say goodbye to the Summer temps, I mustered up enough encouragement to focus on the bright side of Fall.  That led me to a list of my favorite Fall fashion essentials.

  1. THE CLASSIC TRENCH (New York & Company)

1. THE CLASSIC TRENCH (New York & Company)

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  2. FAUX FUR EVERYTHING (Old Navy)

2. FAUX FUR EVERYTHING (Old Navy)

  3. HATS (City Hats)    4. OVERSIZED SCARFS (Old Navy)

3. HATS (City Hats)

4. OVERSIZED SCARFS (Old Navy)

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  5. OTHER TRENCH STYLE JACKETS (Old Navy)

5. OTHER TRENCH STYLE JACKETS (Old Navy)

Thanks for reading! Before you go, do list your favorite Fall fashion essentials in the comment section below.

Self Care 101- Special Holiday Edition

National holidays are to be celebrated and your birthday fits perfectly in that category. Yep, your birthday is a national holiday. If you didn't know, "Now you know!"  It should not be treated as just another day. Take this PSA (Public Service Announcement) to heart. The day Wonder Woman, (Insert your mama's name) went through excruciating pain and welcomed your exceptional self into this world, MUST be recognized and celebrated in your own unique way.

You teach people how to treat you. I have lived and learned that truth. If you have a whatever attitude about your special day then that's exactly how people will treat it. Like it is whatever. Some may start out attempting to celebrate you on your special day but your joy kill type of attitude may eventually wear them out. Eventually causing their efforts to seem unappreciated. Others may fear that your "Whatever." attitude will spill over to how you are going to treat them on their special holiday. Can you blame them? If you don't celebrate yourself then it is a clear indication of how you will treat a friend, loved one, or spouse.

Do not misinterpret this advice. You don't have to travel across the country or throw an elaborate shindig in  a ballroom filled with a ton of people criticizing your food choice and venue. Since it's your special holiday then it should be celebrated just the way you desire. That could mean having a staycation, doing a couple of your favorite things, eating your favorite meal, or staying on the couch all day doing absolutely not a darn thing. A shower can wait! Nonetheless, you're celebrating it and you are not treating it as a "WHATEVER!" kind of day. It's a day where others can honor your existence and a time to reflect on how far you have grown, and imagine where all the places you will go.

Self care in action.

August 22nd causes my heart to skip a beat every year. My heart is touched as I am showered with acts of love from my friends and loved ones. I'm overjoyed as I embark on a new year, hopeful of what is to come, and for 24 hours it is all about me. If you are like me, so much time is dedicated to helping others be great that it is more than ok to commit your special holiday to focus on you and how blessed you are. No permission is needed anyway. Do what it takes to help you along the journey of being your authentic exceptional self.

Self care for the win!

Indulge me as I go down memory lane of birthdays past.

2015

2016

2017

2018

What's Better Than Traveling to Wakanda?

Wakanda forever!
— Black Panther

Virtually jet setting to Wakanda was one of the best trips ever. Ever! Many of us reserved our tickets in advance, planned our outfits weeks ahead, and stood in line for the trip of a lifetime. The experience was magical, empowering, and some even felt more educated about their African roots. I was there for every bit of it. The camaraderie, creative outfits, and the excitement was invigorating not only for the African American community but for our nation as a whole.  Needless to say, I was loving all of the unity surrounding Black Panther.  Wakanda forever!

Although being introduced to Wakanda was a major highlight. It's still surreal to embrace the reality that Styled By OmiOmy will be touching down in Africa on Monday, March 26, 2018. Yes! In several days, I will have the distinct honor of teaching pastors, leaders, and providing clothing for the children of Lumakanda, Kenya with the Dr. Celeste Owens Ministries. Get ready East Africa, I'm coming!

On February 23, 2018 I had the distinct pleasure of collaborating with Sherrel Moore-Tucker and Dr. Celeste Owens as Awakening Coaches at The Surrender Awakening DMV Live Experience as a fundraiser for the upcoming mission trip.  The room was packed and each woman left empowered and equipped to take the next steps on their journey of living a life surrendered to their God-given purpose. We laughed, cried, shared knowledge, prayed, and prophesied to each attendee. It was nothing short of amazing! Check out the highlights below.

This is my first time stepping foot on the continent and I have been fundraising since October 2018 for at least $3,000 and clothing to give to the children of Lumakanda. You may donate financially here or send a message here to collect any dresses and dressy casual clothing for the children. And of course, your prayers are greatly needed. Pray that those in attendance will be greatly impacted, that there will be more than enough food and clothing to give, and for safe travels.

Look out for the first blog post in April detailing this adventure. 

Until then beauties, continue to confidently show up each day as your best authentic self inside and out.

xoxo,

Omiana

 

 

Best Way to Start 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR, BEAUTIFUL!

New year, new possibilities. New. New. New!

New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.
— Sarah Ban Breathnach

I love to spend every new year reflecting, praying, writing, and attending my church's New Year's Revival services and leadership training. This year was no different, Bishop T.D. Jakes led the leadership training and I was on Cloud 9 with all of the wisdom he shared. I attempted to record snippets of his teachings, however they aren't the best. Hopefully you can glean a nugget or so.

 

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Part 2 of 3

Part 3 of 3

I know. The recording wasn't the best. However, do share your nuggets in the comments. 

Wishing you the best in this new year, beautiful.

xoxo,

Omiana

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Cheers to new beginnings!

Happy 2018!