Inspiration: Change



“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” -Andre Gide

This week’s  theme of the week at VieDesign is change…one of the hardest things to accept about this life.  During the last six months I’ve gone through many changes–some of my own volition, but most it seemed that life had another plan in place she hadn’t made me privy to.

Despite all of the changes that have occurred, the quote above sums up my perspective on change and its place in my life.

I know that I can never sail unknown design seas unless I muster up the courage to let go of what I’m leaving behind.  That may mean relationships, that may mean my ego, a dream room, home, or the wedding your heart’s been set on as a little girl (or boy).  As much as we like to say “we think, therefore we have” there are some parts of life that are beyond our control and change without our permission.  And yet, we should never forget that life has a reason behind these changes.  We may not see them or understand them, but as we hold fast to the truth of change, those reasons are slowly revealed.

Daily I choose to look change square in the face, accept this part of life, and embrace the lessons I am meant to learn from it.

Ask yourself this week, along with me, “What is the shore I must lose sight of?  What are the dreams, desires, hopes, wishes, relationships,  plans, thoughts, that I must let fly into the wind of change?”

You just might be surprised at what you receive upon letting go…

Here’s to a beautiful first week of July.


Sunday Photo: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

I’ve not had a good sweet in such a long time!  Reserving them for special occasions–like birthdays, holidays, and parties–I think the most I’ve had all month is half a cup of gelato! 😦

So when I saw this photo online, I just couldn’t say “no!” to posting it.
I won’t be making this recipe anytime soon, BUT I hope one of you finds enough courage to create these bad puppies instead of salivating at your screen like I have for the past 30 mins!

Happy Sunday,


Inspiration: Bahamian Grad Bash!

‘Tis the season for graduations! A dear friend of mine requested for me to plan his graduation from a local university. Being of Bahamian and Jamaican descent, an island themed party was warranted. Here is a little inspiration I found over the last week or so.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

100 Black-Owned Etsy Shops

 On 2011 Black Friday, the Huffington Post featured an article on 35 Black-Owned Etsy shops.  As extensive as this list was, there are TONS more out there waiting to be discovered.  For the next 10 Fridays, VieDesign will be featuring 10 Etsy shops that you’ve probably never heard of (or hopefully you have!) to help you #BuyBlack.
For the first week:
Orange is the Sun
Clothes, Jewelry, Accessories  

An Original Jewelry

Charlese AntoinetteJewelry

 Urban Heirloom
Men’s + Women’s Fashion/Leather AccessoriesHelloSweetLeighHair + Shoe Accessories

 Mutthoni Designs
Knitted Hats + Hair Accessories

 The RocSac Store
Handmade Bags

 Shevon Gant Ceramics

The Beer Soap Co.
Handmade Soap


Wedding Wednesday: Ayesha + Zach

Ayesha & Zach are a beautiful bohemian couple who were wedded in an incredible Treehouse.  Details such as watercolor portraits, personalized silhouettes, and homemade floral arrangements, all made this wedding unique.  Ayesha says this about the day of her nuptials:

Zachary is my first, last, and only love. It was a truly magical day that brought together our families in a profound way. One of my favorite moments was when my Uncle (who married us) asked “Who supports this couple in their decision?” and everyone took out noise makers and rattled the Treehouse. We knew we had our friends and family rooting for us!

Check out the pictures below and click here for more!


Baking the strawberry cake this weekend is a MUST!


The New York Times is driving me bonkers again.  Today I read an article titled “One is the Quirkiest Number: The Freedom, and Perils, of Living Alone.”  Here’s a summary:

People who live alone have no social checks and balances, so they become eccentric and have to be re-socialized before they’re fit to co-habitate.  For example, one of them doesn’t close the bathroom door.  Another forgot her skirt in her rush to get to work.  A third sometimes leaves a bra on the kitchen table.  Even more sing Journey songs in the shower, or stay up late, or snack.  One of them cooked a sweet potato for dinner once–in some tin foil.

What the hell, New York Times.  There are several things wrong with this.

1.     “One” Is Not The “Quirkiest Number”

Three is the quirkiest number in a living arrangement, y’all.  All the numbers above three are…

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Inspiration: A Cranberry + Apricot Celebration

A dear friend of mine recently celebrated her 27th birthday.  As someone who constantly gives to others and denies herself many external pleasures for the sake of the internal, a sweetly planned celebration was called for.  Unfortunately, due to unforeseen events (a flat tire + 3 warped tires!!) I was not able to drive the two hours to the Gulf and throw the surprise dinner I planned–BUT, I get to share with you the inspiration behind it all:



There is almost no explanation needed for the color palette chosen.  The contrast of the apricot to the cranberry, just makes me grin from ear to ear.  Since it’s only the first few days of March and the weather is a little gloomy and drippy here in Florida, the deep dark colors are still appropriate.

The Menu:

Creating a menu is always an adventure for me and my friends, as we all have different palettes and preferences.  The one bonding factor is that we all love whole foods and eating healthily, which allows me to be even more creative as some of us have gluten-allergies, etc.

For the menu I chose a lemon + onion roasted chicken entree, with asparagusand tomato rice as side dishes.

The chicken recipe is one I’ve made several times and it’s one of the most delicious and light poultry dishes I’ve made.  Carrots, parsnips, fennel bulbs, fingerling potatoes, sweet potatoes–all roasted with sweet onion and lemon stuffed chicken 🙂  For dessert–her favorite–homemade red velvet cake + black walnut ice cream






And for drinks?

A rosemary lemon sparkler:


I can’t wait to put these plans into action.  Perhaps my next dinner party??

To beautiful friends, healthy food, and a little bit o’ sparkler-induced fun,