2018

 

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Hello, beautiful people and Happy New Year!

I can’t believe it’s 2018 already.  To be completely honest, I am glad that 2017 is over.  What a year?  I literally isolated myself, especially from social media, as much as possible to recuperate from the highs and mostly lows of a year that literally has left me using punctuation marks to describe my life.

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If you’ve ever watched the movie Monster-in-Law with Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda, there’s a scene where the ladies meet for the first time and chat over tea.  During the conversation, Jane Fonda’s character reaches for the question mark necklace around J Lo’s neck and ask, “Why the question mark?”.  Jennifer responds candidly and freely with a bright smile “Oooh, ’cause I just don’t know?” ended with a carefree laugh.  I swear this is one of my favorite scenes of the movie.  I love Jennifer’s character, Charlie, and I connect with her so much.  She had different jobs and ventures going on at the same time while trying makes sense of it all and embracing the changes as they come.  Charlie went to the beat of her own drum without any apologies.

 Life is full of situations and experiences that are interesting, frustrating, challenging, fun, exhilarating, along with so many other adjectives.  Last year, I struggled with the not knowing and trying to figure it out.  I felt a lot of internal and external conflict because I realized that I lost myself.   I lost “beating the rhythm to my own drum.”  I missed the relationship I had with myself.  I stopped feeding my soul and continued taking on obligations that were depleting me.  I felt like I was suffocating and my body and spirit were suffering because of my unhappiness and discouragement.

 I stopped making my happiness and peace the priority.   So I decided before I go into to 2018, I need to make a change.  THERAPY.  If you’re new to my blog, I am a marriage and family therapist, and I am a believer and supporter of psychotherapy.  There’s this negative stigma associated with counseling and therapy, but there are really great therapists out here who know what they are doing and genuinely care.   Don’t get me wrong, there are some people out there who should not be practicing.  But there are doctors, hairstylists, teachers, spiritual advisors and so on who are really whack yet they are still working.  If someone sucks at what they do find someone who knows what they are doing.

Okay, I’m off my therapy soapbox.  Anyway, therapy has been great, challenging, and needed.  I actually feel like I can breathe again.  I am looking forward to getting back to Brandi.  I must say that it feels great getting back to the blog as well.  I have missed being here and thanks to you who are still hanging out with me!

I look forward to blogging with you this 2018.

Brandi

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Good Vibes Only

Hello, beautiful people!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted on my blog, but I’m excited to share a post.  Life has been pretty full which means that I must focus on the all that is good and positive in order to stay balanced and inspired.  I wore my “Good Vibes Only” tee as a reminder to surround myself with good things and people as much as possible.

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I wore this outfit Sunday and I enjoyed putting this look together.  I love graphic tees and prints and made a really cool, chic look.  I rolled my sleeves up and tied a little knot and threw on my favorite leopard print skirt.

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I wore some sandal and added my pink handbag and earrings.

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FYI my graphic tee is from Rue 21 (men’s department which has better graphic tees from personal observation).

It feels so good to share this post with you!  Feel free to let me know what you think!

Talk to you soon!  I can’t wait to share my vacation to California with you too!

Love,

Brandi

Walking in 2017

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Happy New Year, Merry Christmas, and Happy Tuesday beautiful people!

It’s been too long, but you all were on my mind every day…SERIOUSLY!  I apologize for my lack of consistency and engagement on my blog.  If I could, I would love to engage with you daily, and my hope is to be more present because blogging is truly a pleasure and escape for me.  It feels like a part of me diminishes when I can’t blog.  Quite honestly, I wish that I could be a full-time blogger.  Until that wish comes true…I will do what I can.

Here’s an update on my life.  I am still working as a chemist, and this career move is definitely a needed break from mental health.  I am just getting over a pretty serious upper respiratory infection, bronchitis, and blepharitis (swollen eye infection).  So, for the past two weeks, I have gotten some much-needed rest, fluids, and breathing treatments.

You know I had to give my first style of the year.

So on Sunday, here’s what I wore.

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My sweater is from Rainbow.  My skirt is from Citi-Trends. My necklace is from Rue 21. My shoes are from Fashion to Figure.

I really love how this outfit came out. Soft and bold with my tulle skirt and Aztec print sweater.

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Be on the look out for a vlog post!

Much love,

Brandi xoxo

Change Your Mind About Fashion

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Hello, fashion lovers and fashion admirers!

If you’re new to my blog or have been rolling with me from day one, fashion is my thing. I love the artistry and creative expression of fashion.  I like being able to express myself through what I wear. Fashion is very cathartic.

However, I run into a lot of people who admire fashion but avoid allowing themselves the experience of feeling fantastic.  Some feel that they don’t have the right body or are too old to feel great in what they are wearing.  Some women don’t want to spend tons of money on clothes and others focus a majority of their time on their families.

I would like to encourage you to try something different with your style.  If you have more of a monotone colored wardrobe add an element of color that you wouldn’t typically use.  If you’re not at a place where you cannot put money into your wardrobe, you can be creative in seeing how you can tweak what you already have by altering them.  You could also have a clothing swap party with some friends and trade garments.  YouTube has some great DIY projects for t-shirts and making clothes for those who are limited in our sewing abilities.

 The beauty of having your style is that it’s yours.  You don’t have to follow trends or shop high-end designer brands to look good and feel good.  Change your mind about fashion and have fun with it.

If you have any great tips, feel free to share in the comments section!

Talk to you soon!  Also, connect with me on Instagram @lovelymultifacetedchic and on Facebook.

Much love,

Brandi

Girl on the Go 

Hey, everyone!
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about some life changes and transitioning from my career path as a crisis counselor.  I recently began working  in the science industry as a chemist.  I must say that I am really excited about the change and the future.

Some of you may not have known, but my first career job after graduating college was in the science field.  I  was a cosmetic chemist for a brief time while I was in grad school.  And it was the best working  experience ever.

Here’s one of my outfits that I wore to work. 



So, you may be wondering about my work as a therapist.  I have started  speaking.   My goal was to do classes, seminars, and along with other speaking platforms to empower others once I became a therapist. 

My dreams are now a reality thanks to faith, timing, and my support system. God is good. I will share more as time progresses. Until then, fill your mind with positive things ♡


XOXO Brandi ♡♡♡