Updated: May 6

While I was getting my outfit together for an upcoming photoshoot, I was debating on what I was going to wear. I settled on a newly purchased Micheal Kors pantsuit, a new hat from my extensive personal collection, and a shirt, or rather a bralette, that I knew would add the cool sexiness I was looking for. I’d also recently decided to be adventurous with my hair. I’ve been hearing for years “blondes have more fun;” so I decided to explore this for myself.

The day had finally come for the photoshoot. My hair and makeup was done and I put on my selected outfit, ready to go. I’ve done plenty of shoots over the years, but something about this one stood out to me. As the camera began to flash, I realized that I felt beautiful, bold, empowered, and strong. I settled into this moment, realizing that as welcomed as they are, we relegate ourselves to believe that we aren’t deserving. Who am I to feel and look my best and showcase this in the world?

My answer: someone that is deserving! Daring to be the happy, confident, sexy, adventurous and unapologetic you is so freeing, especially with the shoot taking place right in the middle of a bustling city. As I posed, onlookers stopped to admire, cheer and compliment me. As much as their kind sentiments didn’t go unnoticed, for me, it was the fact I would have been okay if not one thing was said. Why? Because I felt what they were attesting to on the outside within myself.

Every part of this photoshoot was amazing! What’s even more amazing, is that I have photos that capture this memorable day for me to remember forever. Sometimes the best experiences happen when we take chances. I dare you to chase after these experiences in your own life. Life is meant to be lived so you might as well make it GREAT! I Dare You!!!

Spring has officially sprung and all the delightful fashions that can be found through email marketing, social media advertisements and store windows is in full swing. There are even a couple of trends out there. As the weather begins to warm up, I think you may like them too.

First up, is the pastels palette. You can find an array of pastel-colored wardrobe essentials this season whether in the form of a dress, the perfect light sweater, a nice fitting pair of pants or jeans, a fun tie (for men) or even a purse that can transition from day to evening. Finding the perfect soft color is fairly easy with the options of pink, purple, green, and gray; just a few of the colors most popular this year for Spring.

Up next, are pants suits which you can find in almost any color under the sun. I was recently out shopping and came across a beautiful fuchsia pant suit. Currently, you can find straight-leg or wide-leg options. There is a style to meet everyone’s style and budget. Suit jackets can also be found in varying styles from tapered, double breasted, one button to box fit. I love a great pant suit and am looking forward to rocking a couple this Spring season.

Wearing all white is also in, and that’s from head to toe! Pairing a crisp white button-up, blouse, top or sweater with a pant or skirt of your liking is a great way to showcase this trend. Adding white sneakers, flats or heels to this trend and you’ll be walking in style too. Compliment this with any additional white accessories and you’re sure to get noticed!

A few other noted trends are active and leisure wear. There are so many options these days. Almost every fashion brand has their versions. You can find the perfect sweatshirt and jogging pants combination to meet almost anyone’s taste. Pair it with a cute sneaker and you have the perfect weekend look for running errands.

Fashion showcases your personal style. With this season's trends, I’m certain you’ll find one to suit you. Have fun with it and make it your own. Happy Spring to you!

When Dr. Carter G. Woodson, also known as the “Father of Black History” launched “ Negro History Week”, it later became what is now known as Black History Month. Dr. Woodson, a renowned historian, author, and journalist noted that American history was neglecting or misrepresenting the past of African Americans. It was his belief that Black people should know their past in order to be productive citizens. Though I can’t disagree with this statement, it is my belief that Black history should be every American's history.

It is a commonly held idea that historical preservation generally produces a more conscientious, empathetic, knowledgeable, and compassionate human being. Since I believe this to be true, embracing an appreciation for races, other than mine, has always been important to me. This has been an intentional endeavor. History has shown countless times that Black Americans have overcome insurmountable odds to achieve any number of successes while too often, still not given the recognition or acknowledgment that they deserved compared to their counterparts.

Though this is problematic, recognition of the problem is the first step to finding a solution. Black History Month should represent more than just a temporary celebration of notable African American icons and trailblazers. Black History should be represented in how you converse with your co-workers and employees in the business, how you interact with your neighbors in your community, how you celebrate the achievements of your teammates or even supporting Black-owned businesses.

We show people how we value them by the way we treat them. America has an opportunity to turn the corner on a past that historically has not been kind to people of African descent. But, I have a hope; the same hope that Dr. King spoke of when he so eloquently stated in his “I Have A Dream” speech of, “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”