Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

It is our prayer that your home is filled with love today. That you are prepared for the greatness that lies ahead for you this year. I'd like to thank each of you for taking the time to journey with me for the past two years.

2012 for me has been interesting. I've laughed, cried, wonder, prayed, doubted, encouraged myself and others, been encouraged, uplifted and motivated. Joined Pinterest, revamped the blog, grown more as an educator, mom, sister, friend, teacher and woman of God.

I've a lot more learning and stretching to do so I'm going to close this chapter of my life while I use the beginning of this year to really figure out where I belong and the purpose I need to fulfill when I arrive. Again, thank you so much for every kind word, every click to visits the site and for being such wonderful readers.

May your lives always be enriched with the fullness of God's love!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Not So Perfect



I check my photos on the camera after the man child snaps them and yes I noticed that my sleeve was pushed up on the left side but I was too darn lazy to ask him to retake the photos. So just imagine this look being as dainty as a thrifted skirt and peplum top can be for Sunday morning worship with a Ceclie updo by me.



Two of my workers told me what a shame it was that God gave me a thick head of hair and I can’t style it. And you know what? I agree totally. I’m so blessed but I am clueless with bobby pins. They laughed because all the pins were sticking out everywhere so she repinned Karrie for me. I’m starting to get the hang of protective styling but after a few days miss pulling on my hair. #handinhairsyndrome

Anyhoooooo I’m tutoring this week after-school then off to prayer and Bible study. Y’all have a wonderful evening. 

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

One Top Another Way: Classroom Chic

There's nothing like finding a reasonably priced piece to add to your wardrobe. I paid $10 for this top. I wasn't sure it would fit well because it's a medium but it turned out to be a good fit. This month is filled with testing days prior to winter break. I'm the person who has a phobia for wasting a good outfit at work. That doesn't mean I'll pull out flip flops and sweats but I do take it down a notch. 

I remember when I first begin blogging. I spend hours reading blog after fashion blog after fashion blog. Now that I'm trying  to  making some better financial choices, I don't care about wearing the same things over and over. So imagine my excitement to post the same top back to back. Although there was a week time span in wearing the look, I wanted my readers to know that I do shop my closet. 

I have a B I G trip coming up next summer so I'll be doing this more often!



Twistout styled by Moi
Earrings: Gifted from my mom
Necklace: Thrifted
Top: Forever 21
Bangles: Charming Charle
Watch: Fossil via Macy's 
Jeans: NY&Co.
Shoes: Jessica Simpson

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

One Top Two Ways: Classy Lady

Have you ever created a look that was dazzling and made you feel like you should be having tea with the rich and fabulous? That's how I felt in this Sunday look when I wore it a week ago. 



In addition, my son did an excellent job capturing these photos. There are days when I am left in awe with his handling of my lil ole trusty Canon. I know how irritating I can be asking him to snap photos of me weekly with no compensation so I am sure to compliment him. 



Sunnies: Thrifted
Cardigan: Target
Necklace: Dots
Top: Forever 21 ($10)
Skirt: Thrifted
Purse: Kirna Zabete Target (Clearance price $10!)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson

As you can see these were taken before I attempted and succeed on wearing Karrie in a twist out. This do was my first attempt at a twist and pin up. I've always been confident in whatever hair style/texture/do I wear but this past year has been theeeeeee most rewarding. I can't believe I actually disciplined myself to release the brush cut (which I find to be stunning on me & yes, I toot my own horn occasionally), grow my hair, pamper it and now I'm learning to style her. Gives self round of applause! 

This week I dusted my ends. I'm going to need a real haircut soon. I colored treated my hair after I became bored with the fro which resulted  in dry, bushy ends.  If you follow me on IG, you can tell there are still a few remaining bushy ends I hope to snip away in about 4 months. 

Stay tuned for more Karrie updates. I'm watching Scandal so I can be ready for the watch party on Thursday night.  See ya tomorrow for Look 2.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

The Clock





Faux Pearls: Gift
Tank: H&M
Cardigan: Target
Skirt: Dots
Shoes: Steve Madden

Can you believe tomorrow is December 1st? This year has swiftly gone by. I'm excited that my birthday is in two months. I can't wait to celebrate me and the gift of life I've been given. I do it with the same two gals since forever. We are tossing around ideas this year but haven't really decided on anything specific. Any suggestions for a girls's weekend?

As the clock winds down on 2012, I'm starting to reflect on the good and the bad. I'm considering how I can improve myself, the blog, return to graduate school, find a job that will allow me to help youth soar and become their very best but most importantly grow closer to God.

On the other hand, I'm sad to be leaving the year that has held so many life altering events from losing my Granny to coming to the realization that as a teacher I'm not making much of a difference in this educational war. I can tell you both were huge blows to my spirit, heart and mind!

What I do know is the clock of life won't stop ticking! This means I need to get in gear, jump in feet first, grab life by the horns and ride off into the sunset with a heart of gratefulness. I need to be merry for the many joys knowing Christ has given me. I need to grow as a parent because soon I'll have a high schooler living under my roof... YIKES!! 

There are somethings I need to do differently going into 2013. Like creating a list of what I want in a mate. I need to develop a 5 and 10 year plan that includes everything from where I'll be living to financial goals. I keep saying I'm going to start writing in my prayer journal  and I haven't. I pray. I just don't take the time to sit quietly and listen and write. I would like to take a class to become fluent in Spanish, learn to write grants and go on a date or two....maybe more. My son is getting older and I don't want to find myself dropping him off at college, to return home and find out I don't know how to be anything other than a mom. Boo to that idea :(

Yeah this clock is ticking and I have plans. What are some things on your agenda to close out 2012? Will you beat the clock?

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Weather Permitted


Earrings: Country Dollar
Blouse: Forever 21
Clutch: Charming Charlie
Pants: Target
Shoes: Steve Madden 

Saturday night I attend a birthday celebration for one of my sorority sisters. She turned 50 and her party was all the way turned it. Good fellowship, delicious delights and old skool music plus football!

I ordered these faux panel pants when Kirna Zabete released a line for Target. These were a must have and I anticipated wearing them at some point in January. When they arrived months ago, I told Shea I had two complaints  1. they were too hot and 2. they were too tight. I must also thank her for picking this top during one of our too few shopping trips. 

Well baby the weather was perfect Sunday night and I whipped these out and headed off to celebrate 50 years of fabulous living. Thank you South Florida Fall weather for granting me permission to showcase these sexy pants. My mom was in town visiting for Thanksgiving and the look received a thumbs up from her. That's always blogger news worthy!

Can't wait to do a printed tee and blazer as I've seen all over the WWW as long as the weather allows. LOLOLLLL!!

The party was so live like thissssssssssssssssssssssssss:

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Manic Monday

I realize I’m always writing about my work adventures but today…y’all today I just flat lined!!! I asked my students twice was it me? Are my expectations to high? I’m asking you if you think I’m stuck in old school discipline that just won’t work with kids today?

Seriously, when did it become ok to use profanity in front of an adult and dare them to correct the behavior? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cleared my throat when I heard a child curse like a drunken man. Instead of “excuse me Miss,” the student will look at me with a bewildered face and say "whaaaa."  Umm not whaaaa boo but why. Why isn’t your vocabulary more so that you can use words more politely is what I’m usually thinking. Is it wrong that I sometimes just pretend not to hear it because it has become the norm in middle school?

And who decided that pulling on your pants all day, wearing a pencil behind your ear with an empty backpack was what made a guy cool in school? As much as I like the guys with a bad boy streak, well at least 98% of bad boy in them, I crushed on/dated the nerds (just didn't marry one). I was so not into guys who couldn't add without a calculator or read. Now our beautiful daughters gravitate towards them like bees to honey. Let us pray!!

I’m even beginning to see kids wear price tags on their clothes and shoes. Once again honey boo boo why?? We did this in the 90's and prefer that no one and we mean absolutely no one awakens this trend. Do the kids, hell the parents know their kid is classified by the government as a poor but rocking name brand with tags on it and not enrolled in advanced or honors courses???

Y’all I work in a broken system. The adults who fail to address the issues and set boundaries are teaching these same kids that there are will be no boundaries in their adult life. Something we all know just ain’t true. This burden feels like a brick around my neck and I’m trying to keep myself and the youth assigned to me from drowning. But what can one person do in this B I G ole fight? How can I ever make a difference when I’m one of the very few.

Do weigh in for those of you parenting or teaching and finding success. I’d love to read your thoughts & comments.

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