Ode to The Feisty House #23: Spring into Fall on the Mad Men Tip

The weather was GORGEOUS this past Sabbath! High near 70s and all!  I had to take advantage of it and act like it was Spring, even though it clearly wasn’t lol. I had been waiting to wear one of my dresses from my Ruche Haul and I couldn’t wait any more….wanna see which one? Well first some suspense… Get ready for lots and LOTS of pics 😉

I was feeling very Mad Men inspired so I kinda went all out…lol.

Hair…

I achieved this look by doing a pin curl braid out with Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue to give my hair some more texture (a method used by Koos over at The Feisty House).  Then I pinned my hair up and decorated it with these pearl detailed hair combs.

Make Up….

I used my Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette for my eyeshadow and on my lower lashline, I used a Sephora pencil liner I got in a free deluxe sample, in Silver Green.  Also, those are my real lashes…lol

The Look…

Dress – Ruche
Cardigan – Target (Merona of course! 🙂 )
Brown Belt – Charlotte Russe
Sheer nude pantyhose – Target (Hanes)
Fancy platform pumps – Charlotte Russe

Love and God Bless,

– T

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The Business of Fashion: Introducing THE GOLDDIGGERS

“Cute is Good, but Rich is Better”

This is the slogan that greets you boldly when you discover the treasure that is The Golddiggers online boutique, an extension of an amazing business venture between two friends that was recently launched on Black Friday, or as they called it “Gold Friday”, to MUCH fanfare.

But…I’m getting ahead of myself.  You’re probably asking yourself, who are The Golddiggers? What is this business all about?  Well luckily for you, you’re about to find out, and trust, you’ll thank me lol.

When I found out that two of my high school classmates, Londyn “Kouture” Douglas & Chanae Jones, were starting a business together I have to say that I was pretty excited!  I remember them being very fashion forward and entrepreneurial in high school and knew that this could only be a sign of amazing things to come.

Chanae (L) & Londyn (R)

They were gracious enough to agree to be featured on the blog so that I could share with the you, the masses, who and what The Golddiggers represent.  Enjoy!

MEET THE GOLDDIGGERS

T = Ms. T
GD = The Golddiggers

ABOUT THE GOLDDIGGERS

T:  The story behind the brand: How did The Golddiggers come to be?
GD:  Londyn Douglas and Chanae Jones are childhood friends who first bonded over a mutual love for art, design and all things vintage. They began their first fashion line, “Kottyn Kandy,” in high school and went on to win several business-plan competitions together.

After attending separate colleges, Chanae and Londyn reconnected. Now more educated and motivated to make their dreams of running their own business come true, they transformed their simple high school brand “Kottyn Kandy” into what is now “The GoldDiggers”.

The name “The GoldDiggers” is inspired by the forty-niners of the California Gold Rush. In the 1800s, people from all over the world took a leap of faith to build a better life. They faced substantial hardships but were determined to find what they cherished.

T:  How would you describe the style of your pieces and where do you find inspiration for them?
GD:  Our style is gaudy, eye catching, daring, unexpected and one of a kind. We are inspired by African culture, pivotal moments in history and vintage treasures. 

T:  I LOVE the fact that your brand caters to both sexes. For what type of guy/girl was the brand designed?
GD:  Thank you, our brand is for the guy/girl that isn’t afraid to be different, they are cost conscious and trendsetters. 

T:  Even though, this is just the beginning for The Golddiggers, you guys have managed to have some pretty cool people rock your jewelry, including but not limited to Mara Hruby and Necole Bitchie.  What has been the highlight of your journey so far?

Londyn & Mara Hruby

Necole Bitchie rockin Golddigger pieces

DJ Kalkutta and her Golddiggers pieces

GD:  Yes, Mara Hruby, Necole Bitchie, and Dj kalkutta, have rocked some of the Golddiggers pieces but the highlight of our journey, has been the launch of our website. We have been vendors at various events in Maryland, Philadelphia and D.C but our website is our introduction to the world! 

T:  What advice would you give to other young entrepreneurs, especially females, trying to break into the business of fashion?
GD:  The advice we would give to any young entrepreneurs is to do your research. A lot of people have the talent and the idea but if you don’t have the knowledge, it’s a waste of time. Success is achieved when knowledge and talent are combined.

T:  Now that the official retail website has launched, what’s next on the horizon for The Golddiggers?
GD:  Our next event is a trunk show on November 29th at Recess Lounge in D.C. sponsored by Rock Creek Social Club. We also have a new jewelry campaign launching in early December followed by a shopping and networking event December 10th at Local 16 in D.C.

FUN FACTS ABOUT THE GOLDDIGGERS

T = Ms. T
LGD = Londyn of The Golddiggers
CGD = Chanae of The Golddiggers

T:  Favorite food ever?
LGD:  
Extra Cheesy Pizza
CGD:   Barbeque sauce

T:  Favorite Item of clothing/accessory you own?
LGD:   
My favorite accessory is my handmade cigar box purse my dad made me 8 years ago, its special to me because it has my first business card sealed on the back. Every time I wear it, I’m reminded to follow my dreams.
CGD:   That’s hard to say. I love everything I make and my favorite things are always golddigger pieces.

T:  Hair product or hair tool you can’t live without?
LGD:   I absolutely cannot live without my [Herbal Essences] Totally Twisted hair conditioner. It has a great lavender scent and keeps my curls alive.
CGD:   Ashea Shea butter pomade

T:  If you could own only one make up item for the rest of your life, what would it be?
LGD:  Lip gloss, I’m all natural.
CGD:   I’m gonna cheat and say 2 items; mascara and lip gloss

T:  Favorite inspirational quote?
LGD:   “You have two choices in life: Follow your dreams or work for someone who did.”

CGD:   Do u want to be a worker bee or the Queen bee?” 

OFFICIAL LINKS

Official Online Retail Store:  www.thegold-diggers.com
Twitter:  @the_golddiggers
Tumblr:  www.thegolddiggers.tumblr.com

So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this little sneak peak into the brand. Now GO SUPPORT these two business women!  I sure did!  I placed my order on Gold Friday for the GORGEOUS “Puddin” Sweater featured in the website’s banner pictured at the beginning of this post. LOVE!  I may be going back today to get this amazing vintage gold belt they have as well…

And in case you didn’t know, here’s the current promotion they have going:

Enter the code “GoldDigger” today,
Cyber Monday Nov, 28, 2011
and receive 30% off! 

That’s pretty awesome if you asked me!  Head over to The GoldDiggers and take advantage of this amazing deal before it’s gone!

I wish Londyn and Chanae all the best and continued success with The Golddiggers. This is JUST the beginning!

Love and God Bless,

– T

**DISCLAIMER: All images were used with permission granted from The Golddiggers**


Muy Interesante: Misinterpretations of the Two Covenants

*taken from 11/26/11 Sabbath School lesson

Christians who reject the authority of the Old Testament often see the giving of the law on Sinai as inconsistent with the gospel. They conclude that the covenant given on Sinai represents an era, a dispensation, from a time in human history when salvation was based on obedience to the law. But because the people failed to live up to the demands of the law, God (they say) ushered in a new covenant, a covenant of grace through the merits of Jesus Christ. This, then, is their understanding of the two covenants: the old based on law, and the new based on grace.

However common that view may be, it is wrong. Salvation was never by obedience to the law; biblical Judaism, from the start, was always a religion of grace.

 

(stay tuned for more discussions of this topic this week…)

Love and God Bless,

– T

 

 

Ode to The Feisty House #22: Cheesecake

This weekend was sooo much fun! I was able to celebrate bdays with two of my girlfriends, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday and it was awesome :-).  I hope they enjoyed themselves and felt absolutely loved.

I wish I had taken a picture of my Saturday night outfit but…alas, I didn’t get the chance to do so *sad face*. But Sunday, we went to get our grub on at The Cheesecake Factory (YUM!) and had an awesome time chattin’ it up in the midst of the meal 🙂

I’ve been wanting to try the “shorts and tights in the wintertime” look for a minute but never felt I had the right pieces to complete the look….. So since I finally invested in some sheer black tights and actually had a pair of loose black shorts, I decided to give it a try! The shorts themselves were actually a little too long for the look, in my opinion, but I just cuffed em up once and the length was perfect 🙂

Black Blazer – Express (Yup! I am getting my money’s worth wearing this blazer!!! lol)
Patterned Button-up blouse – Forever21
Black Shorts – JC Penney (my mom bought em a while back actually)
Sheer Black tights – Target (Hanes Brand)
Booties – Charlotte Russe

Love and God Bless,

– T 

Guyanese Pride!

This past Sabbath at church was International Day, which was basically a Sabbath dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the members of our church. We literally have almost every culture represented and I LOVE it!  It was soooo much fun 🙂

Some of you may not know, but I am originally from Georgetown, Guyana (that’s where I was born and lived til I was 7 years old).  So of course, I had to find some way to represent!  Figuring out how was the tricky part. Each church member was to incorporate either the colors of their national flag or their country’s traditional garb for church on Sabbath morning.  Well…that caused a dilemma, because my flag has 5 colors and I was STRUGGLING to figure out what to do.

So instead, I opted to incorporate in my outfit just the black, yellow and white (sorry no pics for that 😦 ) and went creative on my nails. What did I do???? I came up with a nail design of the flag! 🙂

Yes, it was pretty messy looking but I still LOVED it! lol

It actually wasn’t that hard to do, but…getting it neat was another story lol.  Maybe I’ll do a YouTube tutorial. What do you guys think? 🙂

Products used:

Red polish – Zoya in “Riley”
Black Polish – Kiss Nail Art Paint in “Black”
Yellow polish – Kiss Nail Art Paint in “Yellow”
White polish – Kiss Nail Art Paint in “White”
Green polish  – NYX girl nail polish in “Alaskan Wild”

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Love and God Bless,

– T

Ode to The Feisty House #21: Grayscale

This past Sabbath  was such a wonderful day. The weather was great…I almost wish I didn’t have to wear black and white that day lol.

Hair – styled with the Remington styling wand; review for that hot tool hopefully coming soon
Dress – Ross (it was actually on clearance for $13.99. LOVE!)
Black belt – I believe I took it from another dress of mine…
Black Blazer – Express
Sheer black tights –  Target (Hanes brand)
B
lack Suede Booties – bought from a random store in Brooklyn; brand is Anne Michelle  

Love and God Bless,

– T

Muy Interesante: Not just saved…but ADOPTED

*taken from today’s Sabbath School lesson.

We often speak about what Christ has accomplished for us as “salvation.” Though true, this word is not nearly as vivid and descriptive as Paul’s unique use of the word adoption (huiothesia). Although Paul is the only New Testament author to use this word, adoption was a well-known legal procedure in the Greco-Roman world. Several Roman emperors during Paul’s life used adoption as the means of choosing a successor when they had no legal heir. Adoption guaranteed a number of privileges: “(1) The adopted son become[s] the true son . . . of his adopter. . . . (2) The adopter agrees to bring up the child properly and to provide the necessities of food and clothing. (3) The adopter cannot repudiate his adopted son. (4) The child cannot be reduced to slavery. (5) The child’s natural parents have no right to reclaim him. (6) The adoption establishes the right to inherit.”—Derek R. Moore-Crispin, “Galatians 4:1–9: The Use and Abuse of Parallels,” The Evangelical Quarterly, vol. LXI/No. 3 (1989), p. 216.

If these rights are guaranteed on an earthly level, just imagine how much greater are the privileges we have as the adopted children of God!

Read Galatians 4:6, realizing that the Hebrew word Abba was the intimate word children used to address their father, like the word Daddy or Papa today. Jesus used it in prayer (Mark 14:36), and as God’s children we have the privilege of calling God “Abba,” as well. Do you enjoy that kind of intimate closeness to God in your own life? If not, what’s the problem? What can you change to bring about this closeness?

 

Love and God Bless,

– T