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Photo of the Week No. 20: “Birthday Wishes”

May 14, 2018

Today is my nephew Jordan’s ninth birthday, so naturally he is the star of this Photo of the Week! Our family celebrated the occasion yesterday during a makeshift Mother’s Day/Gender Reveal/Birthday Party, and Jordan was the center of attention at several points throughout the day — just the way he likes it. LOL. This image was taken moments before he blew out his candles. I call this Photo of the Week “Birthday Wishes” for obvious reasons. I love how there’s a visible twinkle in his eye. It’s like he just came to the realization that he just might attain what he’s about to ask for. Jordan, I hope all your wishes come true and pray for many many more birthdays spent celebrating your precious life! Love you, nephew 🙂

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Photo of the Week No. 5: “Birthday Boy”

January 29, 2018

I can’t believe that my geriatric guy, Berkeley Buster DeVoe, turned 12 years old last week. The birthday boy is my pride and joy, and makes my life so much more rich. He’s my protector, cuddle bunny, smile bringer, mischief maker, cover thief, handsome hound and precious fur baby. The Berkster recently had surgery on his neck to remove a lump, which thankfully wasn’t cancerous. While he heals, he’s been in a donut (a gentler alternative to the cone of shame) to prevent him from scratching his stitches. This photo was captured moments after I took the donut off to let his wounds breathe and treated him to some Beggin’ Strips, one of his all-time favorite snacks. Berkeley may be getting up there in age, but he’s showing no signs of slowing down. Feast your eyes on “Birthday Boy,” my fifth Photo of the Week, depicting Berkeley lounging in his bed with his party favors at the ready.

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Wednesday Word

July 6, 2016


Guess what. It’s my birthday eve, pals! That’s right, tomorrow, July 7, is my birthday. With each new birthday, I take a moment to reflect, and this Wednesday Word No. 74, courtesy of, really got me thinking. The older I get, the more I’m reminded of how much of a work in progress I am. And that’s totally OK. It brings to mind the assorted rules and promises and benchmarks my much younger self created for my older self, and how simultaneously close and far I am from some of those plans. But the beauty of life is that it’s what you make of it. That’s why the late great French designer Coco Chanel’s words speak to me — “A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” This is a step up, mind you, from last year’s proclamation: “I don’t gotta do nothing but stay black and die.” I kid, I kid. But in all seriousness, as much as I’m inclined to think of all the things I don’t have or how far I perceive I’ve fallen behind, I’m determined to saturate my foremost thoughts with how far I truly have come and where I’m headed. It’s time for me to unapologetically pursue the desires of my heart, and take steps toward becoming who and what I want to be. Get ready!

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Outfit of the Night: Flirty and Free for 30

July 9, 2014






“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 1:2

I had to dress it up a bit for my 30th birthday on Monday. After having a wonderful weekend in the Bay Area, my BF, some friends and I celebrated at Mai Tai Bar in Downtown Long Beach. I’m in love with this shade of coral! It looks great on my skin, if I can say so myself. Of course, I went with my tried-and-true gold accents to complete my look. If you can’t tell, I’m welcoming 30 in with open arms. Get over here, you big galoot!

Dress: Forever 21
Heels: Qupid
Necklace: Thrifted
Clutch: Gifted
Earrings: Gifted (Francesca’s)

Photographer: Dash

30 New Adventures While I’m 30

July 7, 2014


The day has come! I’m officially 30 years old today! It feels pretty weird writing that since I don’t “feel” 30, but I’m looking forward to all that my thirties have to offer. I bid a bittersweet farewell to my twenties, with all the great memories, heartbreaks, disappointments, triumphs and lessons learned. I’m hopeful for all that awaits me in this next decade of my life: adventure, career changes, love, peace, happiness, assurance — I want it all. With that being said, I present to you 30 New Adventures While I’m 30. Follow me on this journey as I make these aspirations a reality.

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