Jan 8, 2017

#StyleRedefined: The Obamas' Exit Style

For the past 8 years, I've waited for the moment when President Obama finally had enough of the rhetoric and lost his cool.  Not so much because I wanted to see him show out, but more so because I was tired of seeing him getting pushed the the edge of misunderstanding.  Of course that moment never happened and our Commander and Chief made his way through 8 years of tortuous criticism with great integrity.  

Then I had an epiphany.  What if the First Family could use their exit from the White House on Inauguration Day to make a statement and what if they used style to do it?  It's actually a very brilliant idea.  Can you imagine how relieved they will be to somewhat return to their normal lives and go from having their every move five thousand times magnified to one thousand times magnified?  But I just feel like that walk to the helicopter or perhaps an Escalade since they are staying in D.C., could be made epic if they use that opportunity to push the button.  Not thee button, but you get where I'm going.  I mean after all, the whole world will still be watching.

A woman can dream okay?  However, in the time I've spent imagining this thing actually happening, I came up with exit attire for the entire First Family.  Since I know it would be inapropos to take things too far, the ensembles I created actually are not too far fetched.  So Mr. President, First Lady, Malia, Sasha...if you happen to read this in time I say go for it!  Keep scrolling to see my style picks for the Obamas' exit from the White House.  Voila!

Exit Barack:  After watching President Obama and how he operates for the past 8 years, I truly believe he is a simple man.  This is a relaxing, but still appropriate look for him to have as he steps down from leadership and makes his way to the Escalade and nothing bad can be said about these jeans.  Once he's in his mode of transportation, he can ask the driver to pop in the Kendrick Lamar CD, plug his Beats headphones in, tilt his scully to the side and breathe.  

Exit Michelle:  Behind every great man is a great woman and Michelle definitely proved herself to be exactly that.  She set the bar of class, elegance and intelligence very high for women everywhere so of course she deserves to have the most fly exit out of the whole family.  From this look I'm most loving the Chanel tote for all of her personal belongings.  The Chanel cuff serves as a nice balance between the pink turtleneck and black booties and the gold Daniel Green slippers are diva certified!

Exit Malia:  Can you believe we've watched Malia go from a 10 year old to a 18 year old who is headed to Harvard?  I've truly enjoyed watching her grow into a young lady and do 'her'.  I get the feeling she is a clone of her dad's younger self and I also believe she will be the one who will most enjoy having the spotlight turned off.  She seems so chill and unbothered and these are the reasons why I think this look embodies the way Malia would like to exit the White House and begin her true journey to adulthood.

Exit Sasha:  Sasha is black girl magic in the making, but she's also a typical teenage girl.  She cares a little more about what people think of her, yet she represents brown girl beauty so effortlessly.  She's still finding her way around when it comes to style, but the beauty of it is, she can take style risks unknowingly and set trends while doing it.  This is the perfect look for a girl her age whose looks must be parent approved.  The Heiress Jordan's calm down the midi dress.  The bomber is a must and what teenage girl do you know who doesn't love Bryson Tiller?
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Jan 1, 2017

#StyleRedefined: If I Could Have Styled Hillary Clinton

I know!  I know!  It's over!  The votes have been counted and recounted and the lesser of the 2 evils didn't win.  By now, I think we've all accepted it so now we're just in a wait and see pattern.  But I can't help but think, in retrospect of course, if Madame Secretary had pushed the style button a little harder and longer, would it have helped her?  Okay probably not, but also in retrospect since she didn't win, it was a great opportunity to take some style chances and in doing that, she could have inspired millions of women of a certain age all over the world.  

From Hillary's perspective I get it.  She probably felt a strong need to fit into a man's world.  But what I cram to understand is why as women would we ever feel the need to assimilate ourselves with a polar opposite?  Oh and from this point forward, when a woman is positioning herself for power, I'm going to need her to slay ALL DAY!  Keep scrolling to see my dream campaign wardrobe for Secretary Clinton.

Memorial Day Campaigning

I've rarely ever seen Secretary Clinton looking relaxed.  A lot of the after election commentary was about her not connecting with the people.  This ensemble is relaxed, yet refined with a unsuspecting high end finish.  Who cares about the Gucci loafers anyway?  Secretary Clinton can afford them.

Knuck if You Buck Debate Night

During the presidential debates Secretary Clinton had all her facts in order, but the stuffy looks she wore took away some of her edge.  So the question I ask is, why not spit facts stylishly?  Chanel ballerina flats are the perfect cure for the pacing back and forth.  A red lip means business and every woman in America can relate to a nice angled bob.  The look is completed with Kate Spade file folders for those facts and promises.

I Ain't Sorry Concession Speech

A woman with a wardrobe rarely regrets anything.  She just lives to get dressed again.  Enough said?  Okay.  Exit with Adidas Superstar sneaks with gold stripes.

New Year New Me?

Happy New Year divas and gents!  I haven't posted in 3 months solid and that in itself speaks to my 2016 mindset.  Last year I was sluggish, apprehensive and to be honest, all out lazy.  2016 was a year of transitions for me.  My child started becoming very social, which turned me into her (and her friends) weekend chauffeur.  In between drop offs and pick ups, I most definitely could've been doing things to grow my brand, but instead I usually sat on the couch watching the clock.  It's a mother thing.  Doing this caused a lot of my dreams to fade away, but luckily I can still see the outline of them.

We had a new addition to our family in 2016 as well and I am now an auntie!  This process took up most of my year as I spent a lot of time coaching and talking to my sister about motherhood and what to expect.  Watching her operate as a new mom woke me up to the fact that my child isn't a little kid anymore.  It made me realize how far I've come in my mothering journey and how close we are to high school graduation.  Realizing this made me refocus on building her some kind of college savings and we discussed a LOT of dos and don'ts of preteen life.  Ughhh!  LOL!

Introducing Quincy, my newphew!
One big thing I worked on in 2016 was actually taking action on parts of my Diva Plan.  Most of my focus was put on the budgeting part of my plan and with that there were actual physical habits I had to create like going to the bank and withdrawing cash for my 2 week budget; regularly stashing away loose change and dollar bills; checking my credit score and report more often and sticking to my shopping list.  With those habits in place, now I need to find a way to take budgeting and saving to the next level.  Special thanks to Coach Andrea of The Financial Hack for the great advice she lent in those Monday Periscope broadcasts.

My stash!  Notice the credit cards are stashed away too!
So with ALL of that being said...I want to thank everyone who has supported The Diva Plan throughout the years.  The Diva Plan ain't going nowhere!  Matter of fact, as I write this blog post, I'm thinking and working on ways to make it better than ever.  Indeed life can sometimes take over our dreams, but this year is all about me focusing on my dreams while allowing others to live out theirs.  Voila!

2017 is all about me!