Hey Brown Girl, you’re beautiful!

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As a brown woman, and mother of 3 brown girls, I want to encourage every brown girl or brown woman seeing this post, to embrace their true genuine beauty. Black is beautiful; and we come in all shades of black, different type of hair, curly, kinky, nappy, locs, short, long etc.

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Whether you choose to wear your hair in its natural state or not, short or long, in protective styles, braided or weaved, we are all beautiful.

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Be confident in your skin and do not apologize for who you are; and if you need any reminder of how beautiful you are, here’s one for you: The world has crowned a black African woman – who chose to wear her nappy short hair on this crucial occasion – the most beautiful woman in the Universe. This is an extremely powerful and incredible moment curved in history forever; and we ought to be proud!

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Let us all congratulate Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019 for this incredible win! Her beauty was undeniable but she also gave one of the most beautiful and powerful answers… Teaching our girls about leadership, and encouraging them to take up space in the world is very important.

A shout out also goes to Miss USA, Miss America, Miss Teen who, for the first time in history, are all BLACK WOMEN!

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Miss Universe 2019 | Embrace Your True Genuine Beauty

Last night, Zozibini Tunzi, Miss South Africa was crowned Miss Universe 2019! What an extremely powerful moment curved in history forever!

“Tonight a door was opened and I could not be more grateful to have been the one to have walked through it.” – Zozibini Tunzi

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Opportunities will arise, and sometimes it’s just a crack in the door. The door may not be fully open for you to walk through, but I encourage you to put your foot in that opening, dig your nails into the door, pull it open and take up space and let them know that you have arrived and do not apologize for it!

It’s beautiful and powerful to see a brown girl from Africa, wearing her natural short hair be crowned among so many other beautiful ladies, miss universe. This is such a great reminder that Black Is Beautiful; and that we must embrace our true genuine beauty.

“I think the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is leadership. It’s something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time, not because we don’t want to, but because of what society has labeled women to be. I think we are the most powerful beings in the world and we should be given every opportunity,” she answered. (@cnn)

Zozibini is here to remind us that when doors open, even slightly, kick them in and take up space!

What doors are you busting through in 2020?

Love & Light,

Edwige

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Bouncing Back and Grateful

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Happy Monday, loves

It’s been quite a minute. I believe this is the longest I have been away from the blog, but I’m finally getting back to planning and shooting content.

I took a long and much needed break, not necessarily because I wanted to, but because unforeseen life events have forced me to. I lost my dear mother on August 15th of this year, and it’s been very heartbreaking to say the least.

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I’m still struggling with this loss, but I pray every day for strength and peace in the tough times that my family and I are going through; and I’m grateful to being able to bounce back one day at the time.

I read something similar to these words: “The pressure will either fold you or mold you; and it’s up to you to choose…”; and as for me, I’m choosing for this pain to mold me into a better version of myself!

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The truth of the matter is, pain is inevitable, but suffering is a choice. Debatable? Maybe so, but I’m choosing to live a life my dear mother would’ve been proud of me for. She may be gone, but her spirit lives within us, and her legacy will be carried on.

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We all have wounds, but we can’t allow that to be an excuse to sit on the sidelines. For everyone who might have lost a loved one or feel some type of deep pain, I pray for healing and hope that you don’t let this pain eat you up. Please get up and live! Live right and live well! Live on your terms only… after all, tomorrow isn’t promised.

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My heartfelt thanks to all of you who have truly supported me from near or afar in this difficult time of my life. Anyone can show up for you when things are alright, but the ones that stay by your side no matter what, when your heart falls apart, are the ones that truly care about you; and from the bottom of my heart, I say THANK YOU!!!

For you, my virtual friends who have reached out and showed me compassion, support, and love, I’m sincerely grateful. I’m also thankful for friends who pray for me, pray with me, and pray over me, so that when I smile like this, I can truly mean it.

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So, here’s to me bouncing back one day at the time! I’m glad to be back and I’m excited about the great changes ahead! 🙂

Love & Light,

Edwige

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Multicolored Striped Skirt + White Tank Top

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Hello beauties!

I hope you had a great start to the new week.

Life has been pretty hectic on my side of the hood, but I’m just grateful for every blessing and opportunity coming my way and for all the million reasons to smile, even when things don’t always go my way.

As back to school shopping and prepping are in full effect, it’s downing on me that Summer is almost at its end, but as you can see, I’m not ready to part ways with my summer pieces yet.

I styled this casual chic Summer look to enjoy our wedding anniversary brunch with the family. This multicolored striped skirt has been sitting in closet for a little while… from last season actually; and I’m happy that I had to finally style it exactly the way I wanted to.

An effortless chic and refreshing look that can take you from daytime to night out; or a playful summer to Fall transitional look. Add a cute denim jacket or lightweight cardigan and voila!

What do you think of this outfit? And oh, are you guys shopping for Fall yet?

As always, thank you for reading and cheers to a fabulous week.

Lots of love,

Edwige

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What 5 years of blogging taught me.

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That feeling of new beginnings is in the air… Can you feel it? 5 years ago today, I took a leap of faith and hit the “Publish” button for the very first time on my very first blog post. It was a very nerve-wracking yet exciting start. For so many reasons, I have tried to talk myself out of starting a blog; but eventually, I started it and I never looked back. 

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It hasn’t been easy; but easy has never been promised. I’m excited to see where this new milestone takes me; but I’ve also learned to trust the process and enjoy the journey as challenging it may be. 

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So you may be wondering what’s next? Well, there’s no big announcement or exciting news today; but what I can tell you is that if you stay the course with me, you may just enjoy the ride and appreciate the experience. Most importantly, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to you all. 💗

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I wish I had a blog anniversary post, or visual to share with you all, but this throwback will have to do for now.🙂 I have been extremely busy in the last month working towards a dear goal of mine and creating content just hasn’t been easy; but I’m working on it. 

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What I’m trying to say is,  with all new starts, fear may creep in, you may need to step out of your comfort zone, you may face criticism and challenges, you may lose friends (and gain new ones along the way), you may realize that it’s not as easy as you thought it would be; the thought of quitting may even entice you… but this is all normal and part of your new chapter and your new growth. It’s all meant to be; and if your desire to make your life learning journey a life-changing one is strong enough, you may become the absolute best version of yourself in every possible way. 

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The resounding “No’s” are one step closer to a big yes or many “yesses”. The temporary defeats are not failures. They are setbacks for a greater comeback; and failure will never overtake you, if your determination to succeed is strong enough.  If you will take anything away from this post, remember to greet each day with love in your heart, for that is the greatest secret of all success in all ventures. Cheers to a happy and prosperous August!

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