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Determination of the Bull

What does it mean to be determined? Some might say it’s a leading factor in success others might say it’s a way to reach your goals. Despite your perspective on determination one thing is certain, you M_1will always need to obtain a sense of self-determination because without it you would quit never past self-limiting beliefs or barriers.

While others have a slight sense of power to help motivate you to try harder, the truth is at the end of the day you need to be the one to have the determination, drive and dedication to keep moving forward and fighting for what you deserve.

Time and time again, it has been key for me to have strong will and determination despite what has occurred. We all have difficulties which is what makes life a learning lesson in more ways than one. Every one of us has that bull inside of us, even if that’s us being bull headed. Realize it or not a brick wall attitude is a positive strength. Why you might ask, persistence is a good attribute to have as well as being persistence and stubbornness .They are all close relative of perseverance a trait needed for success. Perhaps if everyone could be more determined like a bull, we all would be much more successful.F_1Sit Side 1F_2___________________________
EXPRESS Pleated Blouse, (here & here). Floral Brocade Jacket, (here).
Banana Republic, Wide Leg Trousers. Kate Spade Pumps, (here & here)
Beauty. Face
CHANEL, Lipstick Maybelline, Nails, Red Carpet Manicure
Photos c/o rf_fisher_photography

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Drink Pure with Dry Farm Wines

Those with diabetes may often run into a dilemmas of being offered a glass of wine with the uncertainty of how much is too much, which varietals are healthy and what is the sugar intake? As a Diabetes Advocate and Type-One Diabetic I’ve experience a wide selection of wines from the valley floor and beyond.

When we drink wine there are so many variables that need to be considered, one of those is sugar content as excessive consumption can link to heart disease, weight gain and obesity, diabetes, inflammation, and shorter lifespan. Consuming less sugar, on the other hand, links to a decreased risk of metabolic diseases. Sugar content in wine varies greatly, and some wines can be a hidden source of sugar in your diet.

In nature you will find everything you need.

Claus Preisinger

While sugar affects the taste of the wine from its sweetness as more sugar generally means a sweeter wine. But sugar also changes the body whereas high-sugar wines have more weight to them with a rich, syrupy mouthfeel, while low-sugar wines tend to be lighter and fruitier. The question many of you might be asking yourself is, “Where can I find wines that are low in sugar yet pure?” The answer is simple, it starts and ends with Dry Farm Wines.

In the video below I share additional details on how you can join the Dry Farm Wines family along with my personal review and partnership.

*Disclaimer The content written above is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, please consult your health care provider for advice.

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Video and Photography c/o JLee Photo Studio, Fremont CA

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Who I am

Complex,  inquisitive, focused, determined, hypnotic, and self-contained are a few key words that could describe who I am under the 𝑔𝓁𝒶𝓂𝑜𝓊𝓇. Have you ever wondered what the untold story of someone’s life is, the story that is under the exterior they present to the world? Sometimes we will never know one’s inner wounds or past traumas as we only see what they desire us to view.IMG_3285

During a two-part photo session with JLee Photo Studio, I initially opted to do part-one of the shoot with a collection of glamorous dresses c/o Resime Couture. After the shoot Jason (a close friend) expressed to me he felt this facade isn’t really me and when I come back to the studio next time he wanted me to bring the real Doris that is deep inside. So after a few weeks I thought long and hard of who I really am and in today’s images that is me behind the glamour.

In the shoot I worn an aged black ribbed tank top from Express, with several rips and tears throughout. Like many of us, this torn tank top is a reflection of the self-journey I have been on, despite its shattered condition at the end of the day it is still  intact and strong. The second element of the photo-shoot is strength as I was raised by two of the strongest men, my father and grandfather. With the overall image of masculinity with subtle touches of femininity from five inch heels and retro pin curls. The final piece comes from my grandfather, a fisherman hat which I had previously posted, here.IMG_3289Many might not be aware that I was raised by men, with strong dominate personas that always strived for me to be independent, so you can only imagine me at the age of 18 rebuilding my first truck with my father from the engine, interior to full suspension. Not to mention my grandfather whom taught me at the early age of eight the art of being an entrepreneur. The blending of these two men have provided me the strength and determination to be fearless and relentless to never giving up despite the challenge at hand.  

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Banana Republic Trouser (here). EXPRESS Ribbed Tank Top (here).
Greek Fisherman Hat (here). Sam Edelman ‘Danna” Pumps (here).
CHANEL, Flawless Finish Foundation. MAC, Matte Lipstick.
Red Carpet Manicure Gel Nail Polish.

The Awakening

Spiritual Awakening, Enlightenment, Rebirth what do they are truly mean? Many might say these words describe change within or define a greater purpose for our life. book_1-3Unfortunately, no one can share one basic theory of what a spiritual awakening looks like as each and every person has their own personal experience.

We all look at life differently with diverse points-of-views, ethnic beliefs and attributes to life. However one thing is for sure, when we do awaken our humility will rise with your ego declining. You will find throughout this process many people were divinely placed as a blessing or lesson to trust a higher source. I suppose the question might be if you are anything like me and truly seek for more in your life, you look for the knowledge that will set you on that path.

I am willing to disappoint another to be true to myself. I love, accept and approve of myself in totality.

I purchased The Awakening by Sidra Jafri in 2018 during one of my darkness moments, a time where I felt the sweetness in my life was no longer there. This pain left so much uncertainty in several areas for me until the day I was instantly drawn to Jafri’s book. Before purchasing it, I read a chapter at the bookstore and felt immensely connected to take what she calls your awakening journey.

This week’s issue of 𝒟𝑜𝓈𝑒 𝑜𝒻 𝒟𝑜𝓇𝒾𝓈 I share more from The Awakening as I read an excerpt from one of my favorite chapters. I promise this book will have you drawing together spiritual insight from many traditions and melding them seamlessly. I invite you to watch the entire episode and start shining bright, click here to watch now.

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The Awakening by Sidra Jafri, Target (here)

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Nostalgic Shades of Blue

While 2020 has been a year exhibiting an economic shutdown by the COVID-19 crisis, thousands ill from the virus and many uncertain of what tomorrow will bring, how can anyone even see any love through all of this? If that was your first thought you had, then you are missing what this pandemic is taught us. 

For each and everyone of us we all have adjusted completely differently as no one has the same perspective, but what if there is just one new attribute, we should take from all of this – what would that be? It is the affirmation of speaking words of joy and abundance. You might be thinking to yourself, but Doris things are a mess in the world there is nothing but uncertainty and lack everywhere. I would simply reply you are wrong. If you see the world that way the universe only knows to give you more of that thought you desire. Everything we say each word is an affirmation of what we feel to be true and becomes ours future. 

Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards.

Proverbs 12:14 

Today draped my namesake, grandmothers vintage Gabardine Wool  ‘Lady Scott’ blazer, the same one that she worn on her wedding day with my grandfather (here). As I reflect on humanity and love through these challenging times I think of her. She was a woman that spoke only love, never did she say a word of negativity about anyone or anything. She cared from her heart and if you gave her 3 minutes of your time you would feel a sense of warmth from within. My first embrace with love with through her, it’s also where I learned how to give that same love to others. It’s been nearly thirty years since her passing a bittersweet moment, however I know she rest on my shoulders and is settled in my heart.

This week I uploaded (yet another) a new episode of 𝒟𝑜𝓈𝑒 𝑜𝒻 𝒟𝑜𝓇𝒾𝓈 on my YouTube channel (here) expanding on this very subject of spoken words of abundance. I am a firm believer you are the architect of your life and if you don’t allow your ego or emotions to dominate your reality you are worlds ahead from others to creating a world of your own.

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Banana Republic Essential Camisole  here). Vintage Pleated Skirt (similar here, here).
Accessories Etsy. Sam Edelman ‘Danna’ Heels (here).
CHANEL, Flawless Finish Foundation. MAC, Matte Lipstick.
Red Carpet Manicure Gel Nail Polish.

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Be the Light

Everyone knows at least one person who can walk into a room and it lights up and F1brings a sense of empowerment and positive inspiration. I am sure you know who that person is, and you are already aware they are a blessing. Just think of them and their presence as a spark that ignites warmth like a sweet touch on the forearm. You are always happy when they are around, you feel your energy rising and you long for their words of inspiration.

 “You are the light of the world. A city lying on a hill is unable to be hidden.” 

What if I told you that the person, I just described above attracts a tribe of other lightworkers which all have similar characteristic. When you break down their traits you will find that all of them have not had an easy life, they have had their fair share of heartbreak and defeat. For them they have taken it and like the proverbial phrase states, make lemons out of lemons, and used it to encourage optimism and a positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune. They take every set back and see the glamour, a message I have spoken since my diabetes diagnosis nearly 6 years ago. IMG_5536_EF2On this week’s episode of 𝒟𝑜𝓈𝑒 𝑜𝒻 𝒟𝑜𝓇𝒾𝓈 I share how you can be the light as it all starts with us. I invite you to watch the entire episode and start shining bright, click here to watch now.
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Maggy London Sheath (similar here). Leopard Scarf (similar here, & here).
Accessories Etsy. Sam Edelman ‘Danna’ Heels (here).
CHANEL, Flawless Finish Foundation. MAC, Matte Lipstick.
Red Carpet Manicure Gel Nail Polish.

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Rainbow with Gold

Have you stared at a rainbow in the sunlit sky before? What you might have captured is that a rainbow has many colors some brighter than others, but never dull always true and authentic. Full 1_

The question lays on how you can be more authentic to your true self and not a slavish follower of social expectations. The very first thing you must do is love yourself and accept yourself for all your flaws, past failures, and mishaps. You must stop and realize everything starts and finishes with you and at the end of the day you are fully responsible for your words and actions taken. We all have the right to not do what others would expect of us and do what we feel to be right.

 “Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends.” 

To be or live as an authentic person you must ‘show up’ as your true self despite what others might say or feel, you are being you. It takes courage to say no to someone or make decisions for yourself without knowing what the outcome will be. One of our deepest fears as humans is to feel inadequate.

Think of being authentic as wearing a mask that dulls your own light and provides you no benefit to shine true to your individual colors. If we can overcome our fears and drop what or who we should be this is the day we will experience freedom at its highest level.M_1_______________________
Bitter Root Vintage Ruched Sheath (similar here). Rainbow Beaded Clutch (similar here).
Accessories Etsy. Sam Edelman ‘Danna’ Heels (here).
CHANEL, Flawless Finish Foundation. MAC, Matte Lipstick.
Red Carpet Manicure Gel Nail Polish.

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The Glamour of Diabetes

Can diabetes be glamorous? I passionately believe with the right mindset and bling; itsoft 1 can carry a tone of beauty and strength beyond words. Throughout my personal diabetes journey I have been introduced to many that have assisted me as a beacon of inspiration and hope. One of those fabulous encounters came from Blanca Carmona-Abene of Touchstone Crystals by Swarovski a viewer of my studio interview with ABC 7 (here). Since that segment Bianca and I have kept in touch master minding ways to bring awareness to diabetes where it would combine glamour, inspiration, and strength.

 “Life is not over because you have diabetes. Make the most of what you have, be grateful.” Dale Evans

On November 12th at 6:30 PM Bianca & I will be hosting a special virtual Diabetes Awareness Cocktail Hour with a style Q&A to follow.  Champagne can be on pre-order by visiting Be Bubbly Napa Valley for those who would like to sip on a glass (or two) of bubbles during the virtual event. If you would like to attend space is limited please RSVP by emailing: blancasbling@yahoo.com.

             *Proceeds from the event will be donated to a local diabetes organization.

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Dress Lady V Vintage (similar here). Paisley Wrap (similar here).
Accessories Etsy. Sam Edelman Patent Heels (here).
CHANEL, Flawless Finish Foundation. MAC, Matte Lipstick.
Red Carpet Manicure Gel Nail Polish.

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The Dog on the Porch

Have you ever realized that despite the effort you put into helping another person with the necessary changes that would certainly better their life, they refuse? Well, that is the F1dog on the porch.

Changing people is something we cannot achieve no matter how hard we try; the only exception is if they are willing to do the work and have voluntarily asked. The ironic part of all of this is I believe people do what to change however the moment they start to think of the effort, time, energy and the under lining risk involved many will decide to stay in their comfort zone. Besides isn’t it easier to stay within the (m)asses where a box lifestyle is everyone’s way of being.

In the world today, we truly only have two options: accept those for who they are, it does not mean we must approve of their beliefs or behavior and if we do not then we must distance ourselves from them. It’s a formula known as: E + R = O (Event + Response = Outcome) where you can blame the event for your lack or you can change your response to the events until you get the outcome you want.

 “Rather than pinning the blame on others understand the real problem is with ourselves and not the dog on the porch.” 

Sit 1This leads me to my story as previously mentioned of the dog on the porch. In life some of us grow naturally while others don’t, this is where you become distorted with another and you begin to separate yourself. Too many people ignore the warnings and remain on the porch with the dog hoping or wishing that they would want the same things which is to go to the park. While they are content with sitting on the porch you respond in a number of ways to this event and always get the same outcome. However, you fail to remember you only have control over you and your actions. You now realize you have wasted all your time trying to convince someone else that you don’t control to go to the park with you. This resistance you are feeling was caused by you responding to the event F2in the wrong matter. It’s simple you ask once, “let’s go to the park” they reply they don’t want to, you might challenge their response then after they reply you must response to the event that will provide you with the outcome you desire.

While we want to believe we can control everything or everyone, however we can’t. If you dug a little deeper you’d discover you can not infringe on another person’s spiritual journey, it’s a law governed by the universe. You can try, but it almost never conveys positive results for either party involved.

Finally, you must come to terms that you are 100% responsible for your actions, life and how you react to the events in your life. Placing blame on your outer world is how many of us are conditioned to operate, rather than pinning the blame on others understand the real problem is with ourselves and not the dog on the porch.
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Dress Lady V Vintage (similar here). Paisley Wrap (similar here).
Accessories Etsy. Sam Edelman Patent Heels (here).
CHANEL, Flawless Finish Foundation. MAC, Matte Lipstick.
Red Carpet Manicure Gel Nail Polish.

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The Gloves Are On

More than 65 years ago, women carried a sense of poise that is hardly seen within today’s mainstream. From a golden era which possessed an epitome of glamour, there IMG_5103Ewas one accessory which women ideally complemented each ensemble with – Gloves.

Today due to current affairs we are told to wear gloves, perhaps this is the perfect time for women to slip on a charming lady-like pair while travel as well as a number of other  public conveyance. While we currently live in unforeseen times, I would presume its time we all model after such style of the 1950s and do the same.

 “Better known as the “clothing of hands,” gloves have evolved to coincide with the changes in fashion.” 

Having been a classic lover of lady-lady gloves I have always worn a number of fabric choices, styles accented with buttons or mesh detailing. Today, I am wearing a modern styled leather gloves by Beau Gant a curated design house in Naples, Italy. Italian artisans make each glove by hand, using the finest luxury materials.

Gloves should be worn on the streets of cities and large town, when going to church, to a luncheon, dinner or reception, a dance, a wedding or an official function. They are also worn to a restaurant and in the theater and always remember, a lady never takes off her gloves to shake hands … and never asks that her glove be excused.IMG_5123_EIMG_5106E______________________________
Frederic Harvey Wool Jacket & Suit Set.
Beau Gant, Leather Gloves.
Diff Sunglasses. Bag by Supreme, Etsy.
Sam Edelman, Danna Heels. Diamond Earrings (similar here & here).
Cover FX Foundation. Maybelline Super Stay Lipstick.

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Motherly Love

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01. Paco Rabanne, Hanging Hoop Earrings
02. Kitchen Aide, Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
03. CHANEL, Chance Box Set
04. Antica Farmacista, Bubble Bath
05. Chloe, Nomade Eau De Pafum Body Lotion
06. Cassadecor, Relaxed Bathrobe
07. Chalait, Matcha Tea
08. Russell + Hazel, A5 Journal
09. Apple Watch, Series 5 GPS + Cellular
10. Max Studio, Flower & Lizard Oblong Border Scarf
11. Soap Cherie, Bath Soak
12. Mamonde, Petal Spa Oil
13. Bvlgari, The Blanc 3-Piece Soap Set
14. Tory Burch, Miller Flip Flop Sandal
15. One King’s Lane, 9″ French Bee Floral Arrangement
16. Jo Malone, Mimosa & Cardamom Home Candle
17. Chantecaille, Matte Chic Lipstick
18. PiccoCasa, Satin Silky Pillowcase
19. Kate Spade, Heart of Gold Bangle
20. Lancôme, Absolue Revitalizing Eye Cream

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Foliage of Change

As many of us start to embrace the new uncertainties in the world we once knew, we all will find it will be viewed through everyone’s lens conversely. I have always been a IMG_5264visionary seeing the world I have created for myself, not the world I live in. It all starts with us, our thoughts and vision.

Today, I still view the world I’ve created before it was interrupted. Instead of living in fear I know that I am protected through my mindset and daily choices. I spoke recently on Dose of Doris regarding the topic that we are provided our mind at no cost and how many of us pollute our subconscious with the things that will not further us on our spiritual journeys.

“It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” Albert Einstein

Through this hardship we have all experienced, it truly has been a reset button for us to place in perspective what has or hasn’t been serving our higher self. I’ve had to come to terms in my personal life with cycles that needed to end because they’ve run their course. Everyday life is revealing itself through numbers, incidents and the inner action with others.

Allow yourself to be open to change and only can you peel one layer off at a time. If you can keep your heart and mind open for change your future holds many abundances. The world truly is a beautiful place if you allow it to be. HeaderF1_____________________________
Dress c/o Bitter Root Vintage (here & here). Cat-Eyed Sunglasses.
Brian Atwood Pumps (similar here). Accessories, Etsy.
Beauty, Face CHANEL, Lipstick Maybelline, Nails, Red Carpet.