LIFE & STYLE // Summertime in NY x 3

This past weekend my family and I went to NY to celebrate Guyana Day as we usually do each year and of course we had a blast! It’s always great to see old friends, make some new ones, and look great doing it.

Figured I’d  share my outfits of the weekend with you all since I definitely had to get creative to stay cool in the heat.

 SABBATH – #Classy

  

Dress – Forever21 / Clutch – H&M (similar HERE) / Cognac pumps – Target  

SATURDAY NIGHT – #Street 

Graphic Top – Forever21 / Distressed denim shorts – Forever21 / Black Hi-Top sneaks – Aldo (similar HERE)

SUNDAY – #DMVgirl 

Black tank dress (worn as tank top) – Forever21 / Graphic skirt – American Apparel

Which was your favorite look? Was it #Classy, #Street, or #DMVgirl?  Comment down below! I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂

Until next time….

Love and God Bless,

– T

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WEDNESDAY WORD by @ColorByStyle // Seek Ye First

“Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
Matthew 6: 33, (NLT)  Source

I have been known to use the phrase, “Let’s keep it funky”, which is translated to “let us be as honest with ourselves as possible”. Too often we allow our focus to be shifted from heavenly pursuits and endeavors to all other manner of evil. The press of the world is forever around us and we are bombarded on a daily basis with responsibilities and realities that remind us in so many ways that we need more. For those of us that fell into the American trap of college (I say that tongue in cheek), the moment you graduated, if you weren’t fortunate to have a job already lined up or didn’t have to take any loans, you heard that six month clock begin ticking. Somewhere floating in the financial sky was the iconic ACME anvil of debt and despair. How can anyone focus on spiritual growth when financial debt, among many other things, seemed so imminent? Let’s not forget the desires of our hearts, the women or men, the cars, the clothes, the sales, and desire for fame and prestige. All these things can seem a lot more tangible then the kingdom of God.

Well the scripture has very practical teachings about possessions and money found in the book of Matthew Chapter 6 which I encourage you to read at your leisure. If we look to media, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, what we see are people desiring more because the immediate vanishes and withers away. Even fame only last as long as the memories of those perceiving it. Christ says in Matthew 6:19 not to store your treasures (things and crap) here on earth because they will eventually be lost to the inevitability of time. He continues to state in verse 21 that where we store our things is where the desires of our hearts will be focused. Christ desires to give us His children all that we need and desire. In fact He says so in the scripture. He plainly states that if none of the natural things of this world worry or show concern about where there nourishment and sustenance will come from, then why should we?

If we pursue Christ and the kingdom, if we seek His face through constant communion and prayer He will grant us all that we need. The thing is for most of us we allow ourselves to be caught up in the flow of the world instead of standing in the peaceful meadow of Christ’s calm assurance. Why not take a chance on faith, trust in the Lord and see what he will provide. Seek the Kingdom first.

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Love and God Bless,

– T

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LIFE & STYLE // Peds Residency Graduation

On Tuesday June 9, 2015 I was one of the first graduates of the inaugural class of the Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital’s Pediatric Residency Program.  I can’t express enough how grateful, proud, humbled I am to have been granted the privilege to work and learn at such an amazing institution with such wonderful human beings. I will truly miss my lovely colleagues at LVHN and I am so thankful for EVERYTHING that everyone has done! Definitely would not have made it through residency without them and the grace of GOD! 😊


  


      

Missguided definitely came through for me once again with this graduation outfit!

    

Black jumpsuit – Missguided  (similar HERE) / Gold plated belt – Missguided / Black strapped sandals with Gold T-strap – Forever21 (similar from Missguided)

Looking forward to the next chapter…. 🙂

Love and God Bless,

– T

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LIFE & STYLE // #Largo05Reunion

This past weekend I had the super fun privilege of celebrating 10 years of post-high school success with my classmates from the Largo High School Class of ’05!  Mind you, I was late as all get out (nap turned sleep…oh for shame…) but I made it!  And I’m so glad I did! image

It was so nice seeing how great everyone looked (we got some FAHN class members I tell you 😉 ) and just hearing about how successful everyone has been.

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It was an all-white-party affair and the dress I wore was my very first purchase from Missguided and baybee….I will be visiting their site more frequently.  Cuz this dress slayed my life….lol

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White Dress: Missguided / Cognac pumps:  Target

Shout out to Marcus and the rest of the planning committee for putting together such an awesome event!  Can’t wait for the 20-Year Reunion Event! Love and God Bless, – T

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WEDNESDAY WORD by @ColorByStyle // Yoked Up

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” 
2 Corinthians‬ ‭6‬:‭14‬ NKJV
Has this scripture at times not haunted the life of many a young Christian? Can’t you remember seeing that fine young brother or sister, that fly person and thinking to yourself, “I’m ready to do this!” only to hear the voice of some elder or another mention, “You be careful cause the Scripture tells you that….blah, blah, blah.”. All you wanted to do was date someone, or hang out….maybe catch feelings and get into trouble, and here they go spouting scripture. As much as I jest, the Bible uses the term yoke often and it has important implications for our spiritual walk.
I have learned in life that it’s important to be careful who you get yoked up with. In fact during the early 2000s as I walked the halls of Old Bridge High school and spoke the common jargon of the decade, you would often here the term, “bout to yoke this cat up!” or “don’t get yoked up”. The Miriam-Webster dictionary defines yoke as:
b  :  an arched device formerly laid on the neck of a defeated person
 c  :  a frame fitted to a person’s shoulders to carry a load in two equal portions.
A yoke as it is defined in the dictionary can link two persons together making a shared load lighter to pull. It could also be placed upon a defeated, often broken person to increase their shame or highlight their loss. In fact the term yoke is found in the Bible many times fitting one of the two previous definitions.

In Deuteronomy 28:48 the Lord speaks to the freed children of Israel and describes the results of disobedience.

“You will serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you. You will be left hungry, thirsty, naked, and lacking in everything. The Lord will put an iron yoke on your neck, oppressing you harshly until he has destroyed you.”

Here yoke is defined as a tool of oppression. In Isaiah 10:27 The prophet foretells of the coming Messiah illustrating how He will, “break the yoke of slavery and lift it from their shoulders.” Again referenced as a tool for defeated persons, Christ himself used the term yoke when He said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭11‬:‭28-30‬ NKJV).

When entering into a relationship every person should understand that he or she is about to willingly place a yoke upon their neck. This shared yoke will be used to pull both individuals’ past experiences and as years develop between them in their relationship, be used to pull new experiences and trials. So when you enter into a relationship, if you are unequally yoked for example, one person will be pulling more of the load then the other.

Let’s also consider that the word says a heavy yoke will be placed upon the neck of those who are disobedient. Ever wonder why that relationship was wearisome? Think to yourself that if this relationship is taking more from me than I can muster the energy to give, then consider for example the abstract yet highly plausible possibility that you have strayed from one of Christ’s guidelines. When we choose of ourselves to do our own thing we leave ourselves open to the oppressive burden and yoke designed for those who walk the path of disobedience.

But there’s good news. If we in our own spiritual walk choose to walk with Christ, laying our burdens at His feet, and taking his yoke upon us, He promises that our burden will be light and our yoke easy. He says that He will teach us essentially how to manage the load with a humble heart so that we will always find rest. In the right relationship where both individuals are walking with Christ sharing His yoke, when they join together IN CHRIST they will discover they are both equipped to bear each other’s burdens because Christ is in the midst of it all.

Essentially I want to encourage us to be careful who we get yoked up with. Is it really worth the stress and strain? Let us first above all else learn to walk with Christ bearing his yoke and then join together with someone else, bearing Christ’s yoke together.

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Love and God Bless,

– T

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BROADWAY WEEK // Chicago starring BRANDY!

Yup!  Got the chance to go see another Broadway play in a week’s time.  This time, went to see Brandy Norwood in the starring role of Roxie Hart in Chicago The Musical.

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Little known fact about me: I absolutely love Brandy as an actress.  I’ve loved her since the days of Moesha.  AND one of my all time favorite movies is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella starring Whitney Houston and of course, Brandy.  She’s such a beautiful person, actress, singer, and just overall talent.

When I tell you Brandy played the HECK out of Roxie Hart….she did such an amazing job.  I absolutely loved every second of her performance.  And of course, the rest of the cast was great as well!

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Brandy’s run in Chicago continues until June 21st  August 2nd!  So if you’re able to, GO!

Love and God Bless,

– T

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