This weekend I had a wonderful time in Atlanta/Columbus, GA visiting my Dad and seeing my Grandma on her 82nd birthday. On the way back, I was letting my playlist run and India Arie "Video" came on. I have always liked this song and known all the words, but yesterday as I was singing obnoxiously loud to Naomi the words really began to jump out to me. So much so that I had to play it one more time and get my baby singing "Because I am a Queen!!!" It was so much fun and I definitely wanted to use it for this weeks Meditation. Press Play and Sing it Loud!!!
No matter who you are, what you look like or what you wear. You are a Beautiful Queen! Have a Marvelous Week Darlings!!!
So I woke up to a cold rainy day and being that my wardrobe is somewhat limited I worked with what I had and threw on a favorite shirt and black pants with my bass rain boots, a scarf and out the door I went. But since I am oh so fashionable in My Perfect World, this is what I would wear to work today.
A few posts back I expressed my excitement about an order I was expecting from Dorothy Perkins. Well it finally arrived on Saturday AM! I wore them today at work and Hubby was kind enough to shoot some photos during our lunch break.
Pants-Dorothy Perkins, Blouse-ASOS, Cardigan and Shoes-Forever21
Don't know what I was looking at
Fresh Do thanks to my AMAZING hair dresser Tracy!!!
These are some photos of Ms. Naomi Sinclair. We had just finished Sunday Dinner and she was doing a little dance. That face is my Life!
You can't see her little brown knee high boots! I will be posting more of her soon!
Before becoming a wife and mother, I had the amazing experience of working in the dance industry. The Lord ordered my steps and opened the door for me to work at Dance411 Studios in Atlanta, GA the absolute BEST dance studio in the South! Dance411 was started by Sindy Schneider and Nefertiti Robinson, these women taught me so much about the importance of loving what you do on a daily basis and working tirelessly to be successful. Nefertiti is the sister of Choreographer Extraordinaire, Fatima Robinson so when I saw this on Style Like U, it hit a special place in my heart.
Is there a word that means Extraordinary, Outstanding, Magnificent? If there is, that is how I would describe Sindy and Nef, and the experience I had working with them. A couple of times I had the opportunity to be in Fatima's presence (although this is the most I have ever heard her talk) and she is...
Almost everyday I am online looking and dreaming on what I "need" in my closet. This fall I have noticed a definite trend on my various wishlists. Everything is wine!! I am completely in love with the rich burgundy and red hues that have taken over. I am really trying to restrain myself and not purchase only one color all the time...
As a fairly new blogger, I find that developing my content is number one on my list of things to do concerning the growth of From Jasmine With Love. While I am definitely interested in increasing my readers and comments, gaining sponsorship and monetizing FJWL, I need to give people a reason to read, comment, and share which will lead to sponsorship, possibly money, and the ultimate goal New York Fashion Week.
So upon my discovery that today was the National Day of Writing, I decided to share some helpful hints from the National Council of Teachers of English on writing basics. For anyone who happens upon my little piece of the world wide web and is having the same issues I am, also to give myself a reference point when I am at a complete loss on what to write about.
"Writing about things you know and care about is important for several reasons. For one, it usually makes writing much easier: If you are writing from personal experiences, you can spend more energy on adding creative twists to a story that already exists. Second, if you are writing about something you care about, you usually have a deeper sense of the subject and will have more information from which to write. Choosing topics or experiences that you care about will develop a sense of "you" which only you can create."
In school, when I learned the basics of writing, the first things they taught was The Writing Process; prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Unless you have magic fingers that type brilliance every time they hit a keyboard, you probably have some method to the madness of getting your thoughts out to the world. Do you like to have a precise outline of your thoughts? Do you allow your unrestricted thought process burst onto the page and then edit (or not)? Whatever it is you have to find what works for you.
Aside from your outstanding sense of personal style and amazing photography skills, you need something that makes your readers say "I wonder what Leandra is talking about today?" The first line of your writing is what hooks readers into reading further and coming back for more. So you have to have a killer introduction! Obviously, bloggers usually write a few short lines on what they are wearing or doing or promoting and not pulling out full length essays, but even so those few lines must be showstopping! Using techniques like a quote, description, or question will help lure readers in and if they are new to your blog, they will want to see what you said before and be anxious to read what you say tomorrow!
Besides content, connecting with your audience is the most important thing for personal writing endeavors, especially blogging. If you don't connect, they won't come back! Know who you are writing to and what they want to hear.
I found when I first started exploring the world of blogging, my favorite blogs were somewhat predictable. I looked forward (and still do) to Emily's Five Things on Friday and love seeing Erika's A Day with Fashion Chalet videos. If you organize your posts, then not only does it give readers something to look forward to, it takes the guesswork out of your daily post. Keeps readers clicking their way to you and keeps your supply of Excedrin Migraine stocked.
So many things can cause a blogger to get writers block. Personal issues, too many projects, and the lack of inspiration can just stop our daily posting routine. Small things like taking a walk, reading an old journal, or putting together a dream/inspiration board can get the ball rolling again. But whatever you do don't get discouraged you will blog again!
Before you go out, are your nails dirty, hair unwashed (all manrepellers exempt), teeth not brushed? I think not! So should it be with your writing. Before you post anything for the masses to read make sure it is well thought out and polished. Make sure you haven't veered off subject and that all typos are intentional. If it helps read your writing allowed or to someone else. Just make sure every piece you write sparkles and shines and post something you are proud of.
I am sure that there is a vast library of photos and interesting anecdotes you have to choose from (if you are this blessed I envy you) and one of the hardest decisions may be which one is relevant from day to day. One great thing about blogging is that you can post whatever you want! It just depends on what you want your readers to ponder for that day or what inspiration is hitting you the hardest. The key is to be relevant and passionate about whatever it is.
Laying in bed, eyes closed, thought of the day reeling...how in the world did I end up on the fast approach of my favorite Hollowday plus my excitement of the final Twilight movie Breaking Dawn? Did I mention that I am a total Twilight groupie? Actually, I love all things vampire and have since I met Louis, Lestat, and Claudia in Interview with the Vampire. So with the idea of being a vampire fresh in my mind this morning, I began scouring the internet for costumes. However, after much looking I just decided that I would create my own outfit...
I am quite happy with this look and would actually wear it anyday besides Halloween.
Morning after morning, I stare blankly at my closet and wait for an outfit to put itself together. While I wait, more times than not, I fantasize about My Dream Closet. Nothing too fancy, just enough space to house all of my clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories in a well organized, semi-glamorous space. This place is where I would go with Naomi close behind for our weekly mani/pedi and makeup sessions (My baby girl is only two and is already asking Mommy for lipstick). It is where I can get dolled up for a night out with the girls or date night with My Love. Regardless of what I am doing, it will be just for me.
Being a HUGE fan of the Kardashian Family, I was thrilled when InStyle Magazine had an editorial on Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney's closets. I just love how they are so well organized but at the same time fit each sisters personality perfectly.
Kim's Closet- Dark, Sexy, and Sultry
Khloe's Closet- Extra Glam and Girly (My Fav!)
Kourtney's Closet- Compact and Conservative
While I would be blessed to have a closet similar to any one of theirs, Khloe is a girl after my own heart with the lighter, more open closet with mirrors at every angle. Not to mention the fresh flowers and candles for some aroma therapy and ambiance. What does your dream closet look like?