From Diabetes to Glamour, I have never lost sight on my spiritual journey.
It was a day that would forever alter the path of my entire life.
Laying with my arms against my sides in a cold, impersonal emergency room wearing little more than a tattered gown I felt exposed and vulnerable, while the Emergency physician delivered the diagnosis.
I am a Type 1 Diabetic.
My eyes closed with tears forming. I knew I didn’t want to wear it as a sympathy garment; instead I knew I’d rather refashion how others perceive such a life-altering disorder.
But little did I know that feeling of being exposed and vulnerable and receiving my diagnosis would end up being the fuel and the fire for wonderful things to come. Pouring myself into my passion for fashion I became globally known as “The Glamorous Diabetic” focusing on bridging the world of MEDIA and LUXURY to create memorable branding experiences.
I shared publicly on June 6th 2016 my unbinding courage within my journey as a Type 1 Diabetic. After it’s release, I was astonished of the positive comments and support that I was given. At that very moment I knew I could no longer approach life with a lack mindset I would need to play BIG and share this with the world.Each year in honor of World Diabetes Day I partner with a non-profit organization, TV show or media publication to share education and awareness. This year I’ve chosen to collaborate with Delany Blue Wine. Launched in November 2015 during National Diabetes Awareness Month, Delaney Blue Sauvignon Blanc was created for the purpose of raising funds for Life-Changing Research. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to support the beautiful girl behind the bottle, Delaney Friend.
Today roughly 415 million individuals are diagnosed globally and is expected to reach 592 Million in 2035. Isn’t it time we retire the stigma of diabetes and adopt new levels of awareness? Please join me this year in partnership with Delaney Blue Wine to support diabetes research by purchasing a bottle of their 2017 Delaney Blue Sauvignon Blanc. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to diabetes research.
Remember together we can Inspire * Dream * Hope
Pretty Pencil Dress c/o Bitter Root Vintage. Vintage Rhinestone Brooch (similar here, here & here). Wine c/o Delaney Blue Sauvignon Blanc. Beauty c/o Cover FX. MAC Cosmetics ‘Chili’ Lipstick. RG Beauty ‘Hera Red‘ Nail Polish. Photographer Jason Lee
Sometimes I feel like my life has been a never-ending fashion exhibit of glamour and grace. Over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to experienced countless fashion productions, private designer showings and red-carpet events wearing truly rare assortment of dress designs by Ports 1961, Tom Ford and Oscar De La Renta.
However, what excites me more than anything is when I garnish myself in an elegant design made in the 1950’s. From France labels, House of Hartwig to the U.S.Miss Elliette, it’s something about these styles that makes me shine bright, inside and out.Coco Chanel Inspired Tweed Blazer (similar here & here). Crystal & Pearl Brooch (here & here). Le Kilt Cream Crepe Skirt. Cole Hann Amela Pumps. Beauty c/o Cover FX. MAC Cosmetics ‘Chili’ Lipstick. OPI ‘Big Apple Red’ Nail Polish.
The Victorian era was a time when femininity was in fashion. While the times have certainly changed, there are still plenty of incredible trends from the end of the 19th century that can be brought into the modern day for a stylish, vintage inspired look.
These Victorian style tips will bring your wardrobe to life and provide you with a classic look you’ll love to wear.
Clothing during the Victorian era was impeccably made. Layers of luxurious fabrics combined to create opulent looks that were nothing short of gorgeous. To channel the unmatched look of the Victorian era, search for items made of fine materials. Satins and silks are timeless fabrics that drape beautifully and have a look that is always elegant. While clothing made from high quality fabrics are sometime more expensive, investing in statement pieces will make your entire wardrobe more desirable.
Silhouettes during the Victorian era were also exceptionally stunning. Dresses often were incredibly form fitting and enhanced the female figure in a way that was incredibly flattering. While corsets and other uncomfortable undergarments had a hand in creating exaggerated hourglass figures, there are still ways to channel this Victorian ideal into the present day. Find dresses with fitted bodices and fuller skirts to enhance your figure and create a gorgeous silhouette that shows off your curves.
A Focus on Modesty
Victorian style was incredibly modest and reflective of the culture during the time period. Women often were covered head to toe, and showing any amount of skin was a daring act. Times have certainly changed, but a focus on modesty is a refreshing idea that deserves a comeback. Conservative necklines and hemlines can sometimes be even more feminine than an outfit that shows everything outright. Find a long sleeve maxi dress for a fashion forward yet delightfully modest look.
Accessories were one way that Victorian women could show off their individual sense of style. It’s for that reason that there is such beautiful jewelry and other fashionable accoutrements that came out of this time period. Victorian jewelry was often very ornate, which paired beautifully with opulent, detailed dresses for a layered look that was nothing short of exceptional. To bring this trend into the present day, don’t be afraid of over-accessorizing. Find authentically styled Victorian jewelry and create a decadent look that is simply stunning.