Ebenezer Baptist Church Atlanta

Ebenezer Baptist Church

My mother and I attended 11am service at the new Ebenezer Baptist Church Atlanta last Sunday then proceeded over to the original church for a moment of silence and chill that left me questioning, When am I going to do what I am supposed to do?

If you do not know the history behind Ebenezer Baptist Church you definitely know this name, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He lead the spiritual place alongside his father as the co- pastor until his passing; also placing it as one of the hearts of the Civil Rights Movement. Women, men, boys, and girls would all congregate to hear him and a plethora of other’s activist speak and motivate equality for all.

The quote above posted in the historical church reminded me that God moves us in directions to change the world wether big or small. When you act on his calling of love it leads to your true purpose but because it is not built on your 9-5 job and most of the time you may not get anything back, not even a thank you, we avoid those calling of conspiring with the universe to do good for others.

What is yours? or you holding back from it? Why?


Mississippi Film Festival: The Perfect Sacrifice

Mississippi Film Festival African American Black Film Festival in New York

Harlem International Film Festival

LA Short Film Festival in Los Angeles

And now Mississippi Film Festival! The Perfect Sacrifice is on a roll!  Mississippi is such a important festival to be a part of because Emmett Till was brutally murdered there. During that time we would have been shunned for highlighting the mother of Emmett Till’s experience of having a open casket at his funeral and hurt or even killed for being honored in the city it took place in. America has came a long way yet we still have a long way to go. Let’s keep moving.

To see the trailer for the film that I was lead Costume Designer for and learn more about the story click here.

 


The Side of the Road

You are on this path and one day you decide to stop. You just sit down in the middle of the divider with your legs crossed in a lotus like position and all day you look each way deciding if you wanna go back or move forward. That’s what summed up my day yesterday.

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Image Credit: Cottage Cheese and Crepe Paper

Seems like everything is catching up with me and I’m walking on this journey with three of those hiking backpacks plus two rolling luggages. Not those new hard shell luggages that need wheel alignment’s but the cloth ones that was passed down to you because you needed one and your aunt was throwing things out. A big load! So yesterday I made the decision to put all of it down and just marinate. What if I just go back? It’ll be easier but unhappy. What if I just stopped? Then I’ll create a road block because all my shit will be piled up. What if I get up and keep going? Eventually my load will lighten as I continue to step and I will be happy that I kept going to finish this journey. So whether you are juggling two jobs or none, have a mate or children to deal with, or can’t decide if you want apples or oranges…. Take a seat, breathe, and get up but just keep going.

Paula Renee


Marshall Nash Fall 14′ Collection

Marshall Nash

 Discomfort.You know the feeling when you decide to put on a outfit that looks so good on you but while you are receiving compliments all you could think about is going home and changing. Well not with Marshall Nash Fall 14′  collection.I got the pleasure of playing dress up while my photographer/husband did a mini photoshoot in our new home.

Marshall Nash

After wearing the matching boucle’ “Party Queen” Sweatsuit and the “Soiree Sashay” dress I would best describe the collection as a sexy comfort; two items that I would take from day to night and never fret . The sweatsuit could be dressed with heels or sneakers and also comes in gray and black; the dress slides on like a slip but with added sexy details such as the extended neckline and the zipped racer back.

Check out the rest of the Marshall Nash collection by clicking here.


FleaMarket Flip

 

Fleamarket flip

Yesterday my hubbae and I took a trip to the Starlight Drive-in, a outside theatre that becomes what the website describes as a good ol’ “swap meet” on the weekends. Still exploring our neighborhood we decided to take the 20 minute walk up Moreland Ave with the intentions to browse and not to buy.  However, when we set our eyes on the first appealing piece of furniture I immediately placed us on the HGTV tv show Flea Market Flip. A segment where teams of two search to find three pieces of furniture at the flea market to up-cycle and sell at another market for profit. The team that makes the most wins. We played around with a couple ideas from finds we saw but with the notion that we could come back. That was until the last hour we discovered a pair of distressed wooden bar stools. Tempted but not sold we were about to walk away until the seller said,”It is the last  hour, I can give it to you for $10.00.” And suddenly we were walking up the dusty road with stools over our shoulder. Can not wait to see the finished results.

Fleamarket flip

Flea Market Flip Tips:

1. End of the day equals end of the day deals: Sellers want to sell. So the last hour they will go further down in prices to get rid of the merchandise.

2.  You can always bargain: If the seller say $150 counteract with $100. You will be surprised what the answer could be.

3. Make them sweat: If a seller is acting as if a bargain is not in the cards. Walk away for a few, they will more than likely come down on the price.

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Catch full episodes on HGTV.com or on Netflix.


At home workout

PRO: Mouth watering food places I never knew existed like Chick-fil-a, Papadaux, and American Deli.

Cons: Im gaining weight!

I’m not on the verge of rolling down the stairs but indulging on my honeymoon for two weeks then settling in my new home state of Atlanta, Georgia I think I have managed to gain some of the pounds I diligently lost throughout the year. What is even more of a bummer is my $25.00 a year membership from 24Hour Fitness is insignificant because there is not one within 20 mile radius, making the need to exercise daily a mission. Therefore I have to rely on my neighborhood runs with  20 minute workouts to keep me right throughout the majority of the week. Here are a couple that have helped my buns reach the peak of steel when I could not hit the gym

 

I know the instructors hairstyle reflects the date of this video but I like it because it is basic Pilates. Keeps me stretched and toned until I can hit the gym for the weight training. Read More


Youtube Inspirations

Lately I just want everything around me to be positive. Inspired with purpose, meaning, and happiness. YouTube has really been one of my friends that has helped me. Here are a couple of videos that I have watched, some repeatedly, learned and loved. To view more Read More


Nasty Gal lace and my custom headpiece

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I wore this beautiful cream lace dress for my bridal shower and my headpiece my lovely friend made to compliment my reception dress. I love them both equally!  The NastyGal dress has so many unique details that if was not a soft solid color you would think it was to busy to wear.  I envisioned an epic shoot in Paris. somewhere in the nook of one of those massive historical sites like the Lourve or Notre Dame but since the cold weather did not permit a outside shoot and I settled for snapshots in my favorite part of our temporary apartment.

Shot by Shootrr


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