Roses are usually my go to flowers. Often easy to find, comes in a variety of colors, and perfect for any occasion. I happen to like them arranged in my home office. If I have to do work then I would at least prefer for my office space to look beautiful. So, when I came across Rose Forever on Instagram I knew preserved flowers would be the perfect option for me. I ordered the Baby Square Red arrangement. It’s beautifully made and gorgeous in my little space. In today’s featured video I’m sharing with you all of the details on Rose Forever as well as a special promotional code for your first order.
Recently thought about a saying that people use all the time. “There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs”. When I thought about this, it made me reflect upon one of my recent appearances really made me understand this quote. It deals with an office building that I recently visited. Well maybe not an office building it was more like a rooftop lounge but a building none the less. This building was decorated very beautifully and from the outside looking in you would think it would be very elaborate and ornately decorated inside as well. I came to find out quickly that this was not the case. Once inside I realized that the building was unkept, dusty, and almost run down. I was shocked at the amount of damage done to the interior of this building and even more shocked that they were holding events at this location. The attendant at the front desk told us we would have to take the stairs because the elevators weren’t working. At this point I honestly was not surprised. A bit irritated as I had on high heels and the thought of climbing steps was not appealing. With the interior of the building looking the way that it did, I not expect anything to be working so I was very skeptical of how this event would turn out. Since we aren’t quitters, me and my blogging sisters took the stairs and when I tell you I was tired and exhausted by the time we reached our final destination. I felt like I had run a marathon and I wanted to go back downstairs many times but we decided to see this through.
Once we reached the top floor I was in shock as I was greeted by the most beautiful rooftop lounge I’ve seen in a very long time. I could not believe how stunning this area was. It was the polar opposite the conditions on the inside. I asked the manager later on in the evening why was the building so run down, and his response stunned me. He said, “We focused all of our efforts on the outside because that’s what people can see”. He later went on to say that they were making more improvements on the inside verses the outside however he was aware that the outside appearance is what attracted people to the location. This got me to thinking is this how we operate in the natural? Do we focus on our outer appearance because that’s what people can see in neglect our inner self because we can hide it from view? I am a firm believer that what’s in you will come out. No matter how much you try and mask your imperfections, they have a way of peeking through. Pressure exposures cracks in the foundation as well as create diamonds. So instead of trying to patch up the cracks lets work on building a new foundation. Don’t you think you should present the best version you as possible. Just think, Chimere Nicole 2.0. It takes more time and effort to cover up a blemish then it does to heal it. I’m also looking at myself objectively with trying to see things I mask from others as well as myself. Today I want to share with you what I do to present thr best version of myself each day.
Top Five Daily Habits
- Be honest with yourself, DAILY. You know when you’re not feeling your best. So instead of trying to mask your emotions, face them head on and try to come to a resolution. It may be as easy of a fix as a cup of coffee or reading your favorite book for a few minutes.
- Write and recite a daily affirmation for yourself. If you are dealing with issues of self-esteem or lack thereof. Write something that makes you feel good about yourself and repeat it daily. Example: My smile is one of my favorite features. I have so many other great things about myself I want to fall in love with.
- Spread the love. There have been countless times I felt a hot mess but I decided to make someone feel good about themselves. I do this by giving out complements to complete strangers. You never know how far a kind word or gesture can travel. Be kind.
- Exercise: The benefits are endless. It boosts my mood and helps to get my body geared up for the day. I may whine the entire way to the gym but once I’m there its on.
- Write: I have a little habit of collecting pretty notebooks and pens. I have them everywhere and I utilize them to write out my thoughts, and emotions. It’s a way to positively vent and helps me process my feelings.
Its pageant week for me and I’m busy packing the essentials. Busy is a understatement but I’m getting things done. One thing I can’t forget to bring is my self tanner. It’s important that I look and feel my best on stage. Since I was a tomboy I have plenty of marks and blemishes I need to conceal and self-tanner does the trick for me. I was fortunate enough to partner with Coco & Eve in today’s video to show you a demo of how I apply my tanner and the before and after. Hope you enjoy today’s video and wish me luck. For more information click here.
My birthday has officially passed and I have been trying to think of what to say as I reflect on my year around the sun. As much as I like to talk I couldn’t find the words to sum up my emotions over the previous year. The first thing that comes to mind is gratefulness. I am just thankful to God for his grace over my life, and how he truly continues to show himself to me. There is something to be said about a driven woman but a woman who allows God to take control is truly powerful. If you know me personally, control freak is an adjective often used to describe my personality. I like to see my vision to come to life and I’m aware God gave it to ME for that very reason. So, it’s hard for me to give up control at times. This year has been filled with prayer and sitting in the driver seat as good spoke the directions to me like Siri. If you would have asked me if I would be doing pageantry last year I would have laughed in your face. Better yet, read my blog post from last year. My mind was focused on so many other things, but like I said. When God is in the driver seat you can go further than you could driving alone.
If you knew my story and all that I’ve overcome you would understand why I where my Trenton sash proudly. Of all the people in my city I was called to shine a light. The bible says many are called FEW are chosen. Trust me when I say this was not my doing and nowhere near the road I thought I would take but this is the journey I’m on. Me of all people, right? But let tell you something. This woman is an OVERCOMER. The one that was over looked and counted out. The woman who faced failure, poverty, and every static that said I would never make it out. I am the definition of a true queen, PERIOD. So, as I proudly wear my Next Level crown as I advocate for reaching new heights. Becoming better than you were before and being unapologetic in who you are. I am in no way perfect, I will continue to learn and grow and that’s why I affirm my queenship. The crown I wear is often invisible although I have a very pretty one now. I walk with my head held high knowing I speak for woman who may not have a voice. And as I continue to grow I pledge to take the young woman of #GirlYes with me. Today I celebrate the victories, big and small. Today I dedicate myself to serve. Today, I am filled with gratitude. This is year 35, let’s start things off with a bang.
Dress: ClosetSheIn(sold out)
Birthday week continued here in the event you haven’t noticed by my social media, I make my birthday a week-long celebration. So, it occurred to me while driving home that I really never thought about what I would tell my younger self. The concept isn’t anything profound I just always thought if there was something for me to know it would be revealed. I’m really simplistic in my thinking at times. Nevertheless, as I thought about the one thing I would tell my younger self the only thing I could honestly say that may have made the biggest impact on my life is to not worry why I never seemed to fit in. Now this may come as a shock to many as I was very popular in school and my early twenties. I sang, ran track, was a varsity cheerleader and was just as silly as I am now. Did I mention I love to dance so the club scene was my favorite location? Although I never had any issues I never really felt I was living to my true potential because no one who was in my inner circle was there to challenge me. I natural excelled so that was good enough for many, but never for me. On the outside I always had plenty of friends, was happy, but I never felt I was living in my purpose.
I didn’t challenge myself and so I never felt the spaces I was in was the right fit for me. They didn’t fit and I settled in order to belong. I could never understand why I choose to do the bare minimum thus this allowed me to still be deemed smart, and popular. That just goes to show you that what others think about you is not a true reflection of who you are and what you can become. The takeaway from this is to never settle, in all areas of your life aim to excel. My motto is, be more than a pretty face. The scripture that I hold dear is Proverbs 31:30. In simple terms it reads, “Charm is deceiving, and beauty fades; but a woman who fears the Lord shall be praised. The things we hold dear like looks, body types, and titles, they all fade away. What you have left, underneath the layers of foundation and hair extensions is what matters most. That is my number one focus now. Making sure I am the best Chimere I can be and helping others do the same.
Simple is enough for me. I use to think in order to be stylish you had to wear designer labels and expensive fabrics. I still love both of these things but I know that true personal style is simple yet simplistic. Summer is the perfect season for just that. The weather can change so drastically that you don’t know if you should wear shorts or a jacket. Today was one of those days as it was sunny enough for bright colors but cool enough to add layers. This cute yet simple midi dress was perfect. Not too bright yet still form fitting and comfortable. I love midi and maxi dresses for the summer and I recently added a few to my wardrobe. This dress is from Pretty Little Thing and was so affordable. I love a bargain and I don’t like to spend too much money on my summer wardrobe. If you haven’t seen my haul video featuring this dress and more click here and tell me which piece you like the most.
This has been a true hot girl summer. Not in the way you may think I might add. This simply means I’m a girl and I’m hot. It is 100 degrees in New Jersey and I’m doing my best to stay cool and let the breeze flow over me. The phrase beat the heat has a new meaning at this point for me because I am almost ready to fight somebody. Jesus be an air conditioner. Am I the only one who can’t take the summer heat? I knew the heat had gotten to bad when I packed up my wigs and put them in the closet and you know how I feel about my wigs. I plan on sporting my braids for another few weeks and we shall see how this weather holds up. At this point, I’m leaning on the side of shaving my head.
I finally managed to take advantage of this beautiful weather and quality time with my daughters. Unfortunately, I was unable to travel with them for family vacation and I was without them for a week. I was so excited to see them I didn’t want to let go of their hands. That’s until they started sweating and the moment was over lol. We took a mini stroll in my hometown after visiting family and wouldn’t you know it, I was finally able to catch the summer breeze. The goal for me is to stay cool and stylish at the same time. This dress was amazingly comfortable and allowed me to stay cool and cute. I found this dress online for an amazing price and I was surprised at the quality. Light and airy would describe this perfectly. I recently posted a fashion haul video on my YouTube channel showing all of my recent pieces that were added to my summer wardrobe. In the coming days I will be showcasing some of the items I picked up and how I style them. Now if we are lucky enough to get cool weather like today life would be perfect.