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You’re Absolutely Fabulous Dahling!!

Photo of a snow covered lane lined with snow covered trees on both sides. Photo by Ali Inay of Unsplash
Image by Ali Inay courtesy of Unsplash

Happy New Year!!

It’s certainly been a while since I’ve last spoken with you. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to a prosperous 2015.

Before I catch you up on a few things I need to share some exciting news!! The other day, (it was probably more like a couple of weeks ago but who’s keeping track?) As I was saying, not too long ago when I was walking Mollie I had an epiphany that I am going to be absolutely fabulous this year and so can you.

So here’s my thinking: typically when I do not have any physical appointments on the calendar and I don’t have to run on any errands I look a hot mess. Yup, I’ve admitted it and for many years was quite pleased with this mode of behavior until that day when Mollie and I were like “why, why, why are we settling when we can be fabulous and not just fabulous on the outside but through and through?”

You know how I’m always saying when you feel good, you look good and while the word good, is, well, good, it lacks that certain je ne sais quoi. Then, like a bolt of lightning, it hit me – Fabulous.

Fabulous is not just a way of appearing it is a mindset. When we care for ourselves, take pride in who we are and are unafraid to be our unique selves, it is then where we can embrace our fabulousness.

One universal truth – we will never be able to please all of the people all of the time. So rather than adjusting ourselves for the acceptance of others, let’s work on being our fabulous best. This year is going to be the year of being fabulous!

Photo of clouds taken from a plane, The sky is blue and there are golden rays of sunshine in the upper right corner of the photo. The clouds are so think they look like you could literally leap out up on them. Photo by Liane Metzler of Unsplash
Image by Liane Metzler courtesy of Unsplash

A few things I had to do to embrace my fabulous was to let go, clear the brain clutter, email inbox, inability to say no, being judicious in my activities, and finally, recall past victories. When I think back to where I came from and how I overcame the odds (I’m not supposed to even be here) I can’t help but to share my enthusiasm. Each and every day I live is another opportunity to #1 be thankful for God’s grace to draw another breath, #2 make the most out of every moment and #3 share what I’ve learned along the way.

When I started this blog over a year ago I knew it was going to be a daunting task. Being the writer, editor, curator, publisher, administrator, photographer, researcher, designer, organizer, trouble-shooter, has challenged me to the max and at the same time has put me in a position to meet people who want to work with me. One of those people is Paul Mitchell hair stylist extraordinaire, Bryan Hartman, who happens to be my personal stylist.

I was blown away when Bryan expressed an interest in wanting to share his expertise with my readership and though we are still working out the details on how we’re going to make this partnership work I’m thrilled that we’re finally starting the process. Bryan’s talents extend well beyond hair styling as I hear he’s a great cook, baker, painter, plumber, interior designer, with a personality as big as his heart and did I mention he’s funny? I mean this man is hilarious!! Every time I get my hair done I’m left thinking “I really need to invest in some Depends.”

Bryan’s clientele come from all over the tristate area and I have no doubt that we will all reap style benefits under his tutelage.


My computer woes are in the process of being rectified as I write this post (yeah, I’m going for a Chromebook). Since most of my work is cloud-based a Chromebook is right up my alley and I’m hoping the shift from Windows to Chrome OS (operating system) will increase my productivity by streamlining workflow processes but I digress.

I’ve encountered a snag on the two glossaries that I want to publish to the blog. Since the platform I’m using isn’t self-hosted I have to get some help. I believe the glossaries (one for fashion terms and one for eye diseases) are necessary for the benefit of my readers.

The issues I experienced when shooting pictures and videos, such as image quality, uploading and storage have also been resolved with a simple little gadget I never even thought to Google – thanks cousin Antoine. A universal tripod stand mount holder for use with my smart phone camera and a bluetooth self-timer remote were the best, simple solutions I’ve come across in a while.

Since my last post I thought I’d provide a few bullet points on topics of interest:

  • Articles based on a few intriguing emails I received will be published in the upcoming weeks
  • Some attention will be focused on styles by body type and shape
  • Demonstrations on how to do specific styles well
  • More attention on best makeup, clothing & accessory colors based on skin, hair and eyes
  • Shopping your closet articles
  • Fashion and makeup hacks

Barring any unforeseen circumstances I should have my Chromebook in hand by the end of this week and by next week I hope to get back to posting regularly. Until then Ciao ~Steph

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.” ~Ellen Goodman

4 thoughts on “Fabulous

  1. […] month I did a post that featured Bryan (if you haven’t seen it you can view it HERE), and that we would be working together so that he could share his expertise with you. Since he is […]

  2. Great first post of 2015 Steph. Love the pictures, at least how you describe them.
    Sounds like you’ve got a lot of great things planned for this coming year. Can’t wait to read all about it.

    1. Hey Kerry, Happy New Year although technically with us now being 2 weeks within 2015 I ‘spose it’s no longer new. Thank you as always for your kind words.

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