Category Archives: Self Expression

Interior Motives | ReDecor Project: Phase I

these are the sofas I mentioned Rob painted 2 years ago . . . paint is an amazing thing. ☺

Well, it seems I’ve taken a week off! That totally was not planned. I thought of you often, but was too engrossed in life to stop and write about it. I hope you don’t take that the wrong way. My house is basically upside down right now due to my near-terminal case of paint thisrearrange thatmove this here-no, on 2nd thought, there . . Yeah, you know how it is.  I put Rob to work this weekend. He was probably secretly glad the weekend was over. LOL. Seriously though, he’s such a good sport, thank God I have him to do all the tedious, heavy moving & annoying stuff!! ☺ Anyway, I am making progress in my ReDecor project. But being the overly anxious, impatient person that I am, of course, it’s not quite moving along as fast as I want it to! So far I have painted my closet doors, the back door, the kitchen shelves and 2 chairs in our living room. I still have yet to paint the dining room walls, living room doors (and possibly walls). I’ve also decided to paint the kitchen cabinets. Most of the major painting (walls) will not happen until November. That’s just how it is when you are working with a budget, or boo-jay as I like to call it. But in the meantime and in between time, you bes’ believe I am tweaking and crafting and utilizing everything I have at my disposal to create the desired outcome . . .  or as close to it as possible!! Here are some of the things I have been working on . . .

I created 5 new apothecary jars . . . I am addicted to them. I plan to purchase larger ones soon, but these were all made from jars found @ the Dollar store. Yep, I know how to save a dollar!!!  They will look great mixed in with the larger ones I plan to purchase. The cool thing is these only cost $6 to make! I’ll post a tutorial soon, then you can make your own!!

Our TV died last week. Sad thing is, it was already a replacement TV for the original large one we had in the LRM. We are probably the last family in the 21st century to jump on the “flat screen” bandwagon. But  we couldn’t justify purchasing another TV when we already had 2 working TV’s sitting in the garage and the ones in the house were working fine. Well, seeing as the TV in our bedroom died about 6 months ago, and now the living room TV has passed on, (God rest it’s picture tube) it’s about that time yall!   Since the armoire was no longer needed, I, Rob moved it to the dining room. It has now been repurposed as a homework station! I will show you the before and afters soon. It really makes a difference because now all the homework papers, pencils, backpacks, jackets and madness are confined behind closed doors!! I love repurposing furniture. Once the now defunct armoire was out of the living room, I,  uh, Rob moved a rather large bookcase I had in my office bedroom to the living room. We really needed a place to put all of our books and the bookcase is now serving that purpose. I have another idea to upgrade the look of the bookcase, but I will post on that when I get to it.

Thank you for listening to my ramblings on this phase of my ReDecor project. Can you feel my excitement???? This is therapeutic to me. If I can’t move, I must change my surroundings in some way, shape or form. I dunno what is is, but it is ingrained in my bones!!! Stay tuned!

Are there any home interior or exterior projects you plan to do in the near future?

A Fashionable Hallway . . . LOVE!


Happy Friday guys! I know I have not been very vocal this week. This was the first full week of the kids being back in school. Also the first week of homework! Just trying to get back in the swing of things with the school schedule. Tomorrow is Nadiya’s birthday, so we are gearing up for a small family gathering. Life is good. I hope everything is well in your world. Get out there and make today a memorable one!!!


I’m Just Plain Old Obsessed with __________________ :

Kelly Wearstler Printed Wool & Silk Scarf

Athena Procopiu Carmen Printed Scarf

Bottega Veneta Red Cashmere Silk Scarf

Kelly Wearstler Serpent Printed Wool & Silk Scarf

Vivienne Westwood Robot-Print Cotton & Silk Scarf

On any given day I can be obsessed with a number of things. Today, I chose to focus on scarves. I have been developing a very blatant love affair with scarves for the past few years. I became enamored with them when I was trying to loose the baby weight from my last pregnancy. I refused to purchase any new clothing in the rather large size I had become. Instead, I turned my focus to accessories, and scarves quickly became my favorite pick-me-up. A scarf can brighten an outfit instantly. It can add a pop of color or signal a wild streak. I am very particular about my scarves though. They must be long, and have great drape. And don’t get me started on infinity scarves, I will never allow those to go out of fashion. I am very passionate about my love of cowl necks and infinity scarves, but I digress… I tend to wear scarves year round, which can be hard to do in 100 degree weather, but if it’s not on my neck, it’s in my bag, just waiting for the moment the sun decides to take it down a thousand!

What are some of your favorite accessories?

Resolved: No New Year’s Resolutions!

A few years ago I decided to forgo the New Year’s Resolution lists that I have made so many years prior. Each year since, I have narrowed down my ideas to the one thing I want to focus on in the coming year that I have seen to be powerful in my life in regards to my personal happiness and growth.


This year I will not try to “make it happen.” I will do my part, I will do what is placed before me, and often more than what is asked of me, but I will not get out ahead of myself and try to make things work to fit into the picture I have in my head. I have learned that oftentimes, the things we need are brought to us in a form different than what we had expected! It is just as easy to overlook a blessing when it arrives wrapped in dirty newspaper, as it is to try to “create” a blessing out of something in front of you that is pretty and shiny. If the pretty shiny thing is not meant for you, then it will never really be yours, not in the way you want or need it to be.

I go forward into this year being open to what is placed before me, and attentive to the effects it is having in all areas of my life. I am ready to celebrate the mini-moments throughout my day, instead of trying to make those moments happen!

What areas of your life would you like to focus on in 2012?

The Guest Room: Musings on Inspiration by Robert Anderson

I’m excited to introduce you to someone who is a constant source of inspiration in my life. My husband, Robert Anderson. Rob has recently begun to actively pursue a dormant passion of his, singing. I think it is important to pursue our dreams in the midst of our daily responsibilities. I asked him to share a little bit of his journey back to pursuing his passion.

Years ago, my best friend, Jiar and I began this process of what we called “continual refinement.” We would insulate ourselves from reproach by consistently doing what we believed to be right. We would continue to make ourselves better in every way we could surmise. We believed that by doing so, someday we would leave the world a better place than we found it. Jiar and I were two young inner-city youths cut from a different cloth; a cloth of growth, sewn together with the threads of aspiration and inspiration. We found ourselves earning Master’s degrees, taking second language courses and thus developing our talents.

Years later, while teaching a university course on foundational practices of academic success, I came across some readings about a Japanese business philosophy called, kaizen. Loosely defined, kaizen means continuous improvement. Little did I know that a decade earlier, Jiar and I had begun the journey of kaizen; the same philosophy that lead Japanese car companies to become the global leaders in auto manufacturing.  (Can someone say Toyota?)

Fast forward to 2011: After several noteworthy achievements and successes; balancing a fulfilling marriage, experiencing the joys of fatherhood, occupational bliss, and strong spiritual connection, there was one other passion that lie dormant.  My passion for singing! I had always considered myself a decent crooner, and after lending my talents to serve as a prelude to wedded bliss for dozens of couples and receiving hundreds of handshakes, hugs, and compliments in return, I felt pretty good about what I could do. But I knew I was not as good as I needed to be to compete with “the big boys” and take my rightful place among them. That was my new goal – Famous at 50; the oldest person to win a Grammy for “Best New Artist”.

Kaizen is still at work! Believe it, or not, I’ve gotten better! Because of my perseverance, prayer, and improved technical insight, I’ve been able to break through to that next level of vocal ability. For my first performance in many years, I contacted any and everyone who had ever heard me sing before and invited them to my show. I knew they would be in for an amazing night, and I did not disappoint.  I could see in the audiences’ faces; I had captured them. This was personal fulfillment at its finest! A few ladies from the audience even felt compelled to join me on stage. John Legend, “eat your heart out”!  It was such a wonderful feeling to affect people the way that I did that night. To make my loved ones proud, was one of the best feelings in the world.

I learned years ago that it is true, a universal truth- What goes around surely comes back around. All the work you put in, all of the strategic work (physical and mental) will converge into something beautiful, something magnificent, something worthwhile and fulfilling. A beautiful melody, poignant lyrics, and rhapsodic rhythms is my passion. The ability to create radiant smiles, and beaming pride is an honorable gift.  Our journeys lead us to discovering the gifts we’ve been given. This search confirms that living is a process. There are highs and lows, ebbs and flows, and embracing all aspects of the journey will help to refine us into our best selves.

Are there any passions lying dormant in your life?

Street Fashion: Old Town Pasadena

As an accessories designer, my eye is always attracted to the way people accessorize themselves. I love looking at how people put themselves together. This weekend I visited a friend of mine in Pasadena. We had lunch in Old town and did a little people watching and shopping. I couldn’t help but notice the 4 people below while we were out and about. What initially drew me to each of them was their personal style and how they accessorized their looks, but what I loved most about our encounters was the energy they exuded!!! Confidence in just being yourself goes a long way in how others see you. Don’t get me wrong, I love a great frock and a fabulous bag, but as cliché as it may sound, confidence truly is the best accessory!

“Fashion expresses how I feel everyday.” -Joanna

Name: Joanna

Occupation: Retail store manager; Artist

What is your definition of personal style? “For me it’s different every day. It is what expresses how I feel every day.”

How would you define fashion? “Fashion is fun. It should be a joy! ”


“Fashion is whatever makes you feel great.” -Danielle

Name: Danielle

Occupation: Fashion Design student, PCC

What is your definition of personal style? “Funky. My motto is, if no one is giving me weird looks, then I’m probably doing something wrong!”

How would you define fashion? “Whatever makes you feel great.”


“My definition of personal style is: Comfort, Contemporary, Casual.” -Armando

Name: Armando & Noe

Occupation: Educator & son

What is your definition of personal style? “Comfort. Contemporary. Casual.”

How would you define fashion? “Current.”

So, tell me, what is your definition of personal style?

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