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Friday, October 31, 2014

{World Class Woman: Female Empowerment Friday}

I preface this post by disclosing that several months ago, I had the brainchild to create a feature on Diva Style centered around female empowerment. This will highlight and celebrate women who are devoted to committing and engaging in inspirational acts and achieving greatness in and around their communities, no matter their particular passion or craft. I simply did not and do not feel that many of these power players receive enough accolades or exposure in general, and I feel a responsibility to bring their experiences, advice and wisdom to the forefront. The women featured here aspire to and succeed in touching the lives of others in a truly transcendental way, and I am extremely proud to call many of them friends. 

My first feature is my friend, Maimah Karmo, who I met through a mutual friend several years ago. She is many things, driven, a survivor, a beautiful light beam that continually influences and changes for good, the lives of other women. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I couldn't be more ecstatic to be one of the purveyors of her wisdom and many of her accomplishments!

On February 28, 2006 at 4:45PM, Maimah was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. She had no family history of breast cancer, and was only 32-years old. While undergoing her second round of chemotherapy, she made a promise to God that if she survived, she would create an organization to educate, empower, advocate for and support young women affected by breast cancer. After her second treatment, Tigerlily Foundation was born.  Beginning in chemotherapy, Maimah grew Tigerlily from a concept to a national organization with more than 300 volunteers nationwide, providing breast health, wellness and transformational programs for young women in more than 43 states. 

At this point in your life, what do you feel your claim to fame is? 

I don't know if I have a claim to fame, but I do know that I am happy to be able to serve others through my breast cancer work at Tigerlily Foundation. I am thankful to be surrounded by wonderful women making a difference in the world and impacting others through their philanthropic endeavors.

When you were just starting out, who was your first mentor? 

My first mentor would be my friend Tomette. I met her at my first corporate job when I was about 21. She was in her early thirties, and recognizing that I was young and new to corporate America, she took me under her wing.  Unlike a lot of the women at the job, she was not catty, she advised me on my career, my professional image, my future and my personal aspirations.  Her support and guidance was invaluable to me at a critical time in my life. We are still friends today.

How do you suggest women find mentors, especially if they don’t naturally fall into a relationship early in their careers or early on in life? 

I suggest joining professional groups and also getting involved in philanthropy.  I firmly believe in servant leadership and, that if you give, you get much more than you would expect.  Personally, the moment I decided to pursue a life of philanthropy, my life changed. When you put out a certain energy, people and situations are attracted to you.  Through my charity work, I had the opportunity to meet women of all ages who have become mentors, friends and supporters of me and my work; and have been extremely helpful in guiding me in my business and personal life.

Upper right: Maimah pictured with her daughter, Noelle

Who are your biggest influences now? 

I have so many! I surround myself only with people and situations that help me grow, that are positive and uplifting. With this as a guiding principle, I am surrounded by people daily who influence me in various ways.  Currently, a lot of my close friends are "mom-preneurs", who, like me, are raising children while running a business. We have built a strong bond as we support each other in our pursuit of making a difference in our communities and at home. 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Do you still follow it, or has it changed? 

I don't think I've received a "best" advice, but I read a lot and follow leaders  in the business, spiritual, philanthropic and other walks of life who have inspired me.

Do you consider yourself a role model for others? If so, how does that change the way you approach work/life? How do you pay it forward? How would you advise other women to mentor others?

I don't like to consider myself as a role model per se, but I do like my philosophy about living, giving and service to others. After I was diagnosed with breast cancer 8 years ago, it made me realize that life is finite and that I needed to pursue the things that made me happy. It also made me strive to grow spiritually and seek out the people and things that helped me to achieve better ways of living and being. I pay it forward by helping others and I believe other women to do the same. If you always seek to edify others, life becomes much more simple and things come to you...

When you hear that someone looks up to you, what do you say to them?

What is the one piece of advice you find useful to both give and remember in your life?  It makes me smile, because I'm still figuring things out myself.  I'm thankful to be able to be an example to others in some way.  My 4th grade teacher, Ms. Chea told me before I graduated, to "Always Persevere". Those words have always stuck in my subconscious and followed me through good times and times when life presented me with opportunities to stretch and grow.

How do you utilize social media to further your influence, if at all?
I actually avoided social media for a long time, but through my work, got pulled into it.  I "looked up" one day and found that I had upwards of 40k people following me through various social media networks, which was a pleasant surprise to me, because I use it less to further my influence and more to share the good things that others are doing and to share empowerment.  It really reinforced for me that if you work to be your best and help others to do the same, that energy grows.

How do you empower women? 

I see every woman as unique and special in her own way. Each has a special light and I always look to see how I can support her aspirations, and grow to her highest potential.  At the end of the day, we all want two things: to be happy and to be recognized for who we truly are. When you truly "see" people, it is amazing how that can empower them. 

If you would like to donate to Tigerlily Foundation, or have additional inquiries, please email info@tigerlilyfoundation.org


Until we meet again,

Live Glamourously.

Monday, March 24, 2014

{A Little Midday Pick Me Up}

I enjoyed this.
Until we meet again...
Live Glamourously.

{Started From the Bottom. . .}

Now, we're here!
You know I love to streamline (and I loathe hanging/overdoor shoe racks),
so I paid The Container Store a little visit over the weekend.
I organized all my other shoes a while back, 
and it was time for me to complete the last stretch.
As you can see, they don't all fit (and I still have a few more in boxes),
but this will do for now. This is what I purchased to display my stilettos.
In other storage news, I recently completed a comprehensive makeup storage project. You can see past makeup storage "experiments" here and here.
. . .Aaaaand, I tied it all together in this little number from Ikea.
Until we meet again...
Live Glamourously. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

{Weekly Blooms}

I had my Real Housewives of Atlanta season premiere viewing party last weekend, and it was tons of fun per the usual. How can you not love NeNe "When I walk in a room, I own it!" Leakes, honey!? These hydrangeas are some florals I picked up from Trader Joe's to liven up the space. They're such gorgeous flowers!
The Set-Up...
The Sangria...(sooooo delicious!)
The Party-Starters!...
Sadly, Andy Cohen didn't give my little soiree
the desired shout-out on Watch What Happens,
but alas, we kiki'ed well into the midnight hour!
Until we meet again...
Live Glamourously. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

{What I've Been Up To....}

I recently moved to a new place and am SUPER excited with all the space (and awesome natural light, too!) that I've acquired! My bedroom is huge, and I'm turning my bathroom into a Caribbean island oasis. See for yourself...
Bathroom is cozy with a ton of room, and I am LOVING the fact
that I never have to close my blinds due to the enormous
amount of privacy via the foliage in back.
Bonus: the shower has, like, 8 settings.
One of them feels like I'm standing under an Amazonian mist.
I sooo wasn't kidding about that island oasis part.
PS: The art came from my birthday trip to Belize earlier this year.
Perfect complement to walls that have been dipped in sunshine...
(fresh flowers courtesy of Trader Joe's, a short walk from the house!)
Moving right along....
If you saw this post, you know that I now have
designs on Mr. Henri Bendel. His bags are my new obsession.
...So, when I placed an online order not long ago,
I was pleased that they included a shopping bag in my shipment.
Their branding is fantastic! So much so, I decided to
frame the bag in a Ribba purchased from Ikea...
Lastly, my seating area...currently under construction,
but coming along quite nicely for the time being...
it's awaiting an ottoman that I need to go pick up
from storage...oh, and a pillow or two!
 Until we meet again...
 Live Glamourously.

Friday, June 28, 2013

{GIVEAWAY: Brand Spankin’ New RiRi Woo Lipstick from MAC}

I got my hands on THREE of the most coveted
red on the market right now: MAC's RiRi Woo!  
...And I want to give all of my wonderful, loyal followers the opportunity to win one! Read on for the deets...
The rundown aka rules:
1} Must be a permanent subscriber to/follower
of Diva Style and must leave a comment on this post
telling me what your favorite color lipstick is (any brand!).
2} Must follow Diva Style on Instagram:
3} Must follow Diva Style on Twitter:
4} Must follow Diva Style on Pinterest:
The contest is open until July 12, and I’ll be checking to make sure all entries meet the aforementioned requirements.
Ready, Set...GO!! Good luck!
Until we meet again...
Live Glamourously.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

{I Got It Bad...And That Ain't Good}

Yesterday, I discovered the Henri Bendel boutique by my house. Debauchery ensued. How did I miss this? It's been directly across from the Cole Haan I routinely visit for the past 7 months. What you see above are new bags on my hit list. APPARENTLY, someone just missed a sale, so I'm saving up for these lovelies!
Fun fact: I learned that the black bag and the blue and white striped one are in a collection called No. 7. Apparently, Henri struck up a friendship with Coco Chanel and was responsible for bringing her designs to the states. When Coco was deciding on which fragrances to debut, her concoction, No. 7, was Mr. Bendel's favorite.
Until we meet again...
Live Glamourously.

Monday, April 22, 2013

{Beautylicious Mondays}

Just a little something I purchased over the weekend. I sampled a couple of the colors today, and they were highly pigmented without a base. I can't wait to swatch and create a look using a paint pot!
(Pardon the amateur photo...I took a quick snap just to
showcase the goods for your viewing pleasure.)
Until we meet again,
Live Glamourously.

Friday, January 25, 2013

{Vacation Dreaming}

Where I'll be in a month for my birthday...
can't wait to wiggle my toes in the sands of Belize!
~Happy Weekending, Loves!~
Until we meet again,
Live Glamourously.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

{And for My Next Trick!...}

By now, you all know that I'm the poster-girl for Cole Haan.
Their bags are fabulous and extremely well-made.
So you know I had to share this, the Zoe satchel,
which I recently purchased...On Sale!!
Until we meet again,
Live Glamourously.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

{Emerald City}

Does Pantone's color choice for 2013 make you want to don 
your ruby pumps and follow the yellow brick road or what?!...
I couldn't wait to have my favorite nail tech, Ann, 
paint my nails the stunning shade of green pictured above!
My 2nd pair of Justines copped for $29.99 from Nine West
...fitting color, right?! I have one more pair in red/black on the way--so excited!
What items are you looking forward to picking up in this coveted green shade for 2013? 
Do tell!

Until we meet again, 
Live Glamourously.

Monday, January 14, 2013

{They're Here!}

You saw me gushing over these once here. Well.....THEY'VE ARRIVED!
I'm not a stickler for packaging as long as I like the product, 
but I definitely was impressed with the VC aesthetic. 
The hot pink interior of the box excited me so. :-)
 I appreciated the thought that went into the packaging...
the outside of the box with the brand logo. She likes....
and now, a close-up of the shoes: 
I loved the fact that they weren't as bulky as they originally seemed online. 
They were feather-light. My feet did a little happy dance in their mind...
and now, for the inside of the shoe...
it's  interesting; though it's a graduated platform, it feels comfortable. 
Not expected, but I like...it's almost like a heel hidden inside 
the sneaker in order to give you a bit more height.

And finally, the sole...(sorry, hadn't removed the sizing sticker yet).
What do we think, ladies?...
PS-I also received a 20% off Thank You coupon for my next purchase! 
Great way to keep me coming back!

Until we meet again,
Live Glamourously. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

{DS Favorites}

I love a slim-fitting midi skirt. I find them very sexy and feminine. So you know it was on and poppin'! when I found these at asos, a retailer that I was turned on to by Vivi of Heart, Print & Style. These aren't my only three; I have other colors, as well as one in an equestrian/horse bit print. I tend to buy these in one size smaller than I actually am due to the fact that they stretch, and they end up being the perfect fit when actually worn. I learned this after buying them in my regular size a couple times. I pair them with every type of shoe (boots, pumps, open-toes; sneakers would be cute, too), and practically any top from a tee, tank, or sweater can be rocked and look chic. Very versatile styling!
Sorry for the wrinklies...
these were fresh out of the packaging; hadn't even hit the runway yet.
I wash only in cold water and NEVER machine dry to keep them free of pills and to maintain the shape. Aaaaand you know I got these on sale. I stick them in the "save for later" section in my account and go back and peruse the website every now and then to see what's been marked down. I didn't pay more than approximately $15 each for these skirts, and shipping is always free at asos . Like Kandi, I ball on a budget, Lol! They sell similar pieces at Nordstrom for way more, and I'm sure the quality is similar/equal.

What's your favorite piece to purchase and re-purchase?!

Until we meet again,
Live Glamourously.