Mind Over Madness!

13490837_10154319736994602_6844227914248089691_oThe bold, brave and beautiful came out in full force earlier today to convene at the cross roads of the world, Times Square! Every level of flexibility and body shape braved the onslaught of endless tourists camera trained on them during downward dog and many other compromising yoga asanas. Nothing left in shock value when it comes to dealing with New Yorkers. Safe to say we’ve seen it all and done it all. New Yorkers celebrated summer solstice in true New York style, barely clothed in the heart of the city, maintaining a complete zen in the midst of the madness! This would mark the 14th anniversary since the Times Sq. Alliance launched this fitness movement. Oh, don’t miss me in the pictured above executing a headstand…just warming up of course. 🙂

All the pictures were taken using my cell phone. Not bad uh.

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First Mother’s Day & My Wedding Gowns

12495228_10154029258964602_4994691945603045119_nI’m officially part of the club!!! My very first Mother’s Day as a mother!!! In case you’re wondering when I became a mother, check out the blog posted back in January. I mean, who knew! I never thought it would feel so good and am so grateful to have my sweet chubby cheek little munchkin @DaGoldChain, who is now almost 4 months old this week. He has really changed my world and given a new meaning to my life in a way that I could never have imagined.  There is nothing like love for one’s own child which I have only now come to realize knows no bounds.13147520_10154205241339602_8089282953329058887_o

And what about the baby father my Facebook friends keep asking? 🙂 Well, he’s been my partner-in-crime for a decade now and happens to be my best kept secret who shares my desire to keep our private life far from the public eye!  I am so blessed to have a husband (yes you read right, husband) who understands me and is confident enough in our relationship not to feel the need to be included as part of my public persona. We had a very private fairy-tale wedding at the Pierre in New York, with a very international flare which included our families and friends from around the world.  Private as it was, we still got featured in Town & Country magazine as a newly wed shortly after. I think that had something to do with my gorgeous haute couture wedding dress designed by none other than the legendary John Galliano during his tenure at Dior Haute Couture. The dress was one of 4 changes I had that day. Others were by Reem Acra, Badgley Mischka and traditional Nigerian attire. This would be the very first time I am publicly sharing my wedding dress photographs, after all these years. I guess I am drunk on motherhood and it feels so damn good! Did I mention my baby & I were featured on the cover of LadyBrille magazine?12716056_10153980102479602_8841149948470260370_o

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A pre-mother’s day gift from my beloved husband and baby

I am incredibly lucky to have the love of my husband and my baby who somehow conspired to present me a pre-mother’s day gift, the most beautiful bouquet of flowers I have ever seen, matched in beauty only by its amazing fragrance which I cannot even begin to describe. It has perfumed our home like a spring garden!

Wishing all you mothers and mothers-to-be, the very brightest Mother’s Day.

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Walking down the aisle on my wedding day in Dior Haute Couture

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At my wedding reception in Reem Acra at the Pierre

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The embroidery details on my wedding dress by Dior Haute Couture

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Thanks to the pregnancy, I have a full head of hair! No weave, no wig 🙂


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Madness on 5th Ave

Screen Shot 2016-02-20 at 6.04.51 PMOh, how I wish words could explain what I encountered while walking home in NYC freezing cold weather shortly after Christmas in December of 2015. He stomped out of a high profile residential building on 5th Avenue in Manhattan! Obviously a promient man in the city’s fabric of high society. Could he be high on drugs, mental issues, alcoholic, love life gone wrong? Only God almighty above can answer these questions. I certainly wish him well because this right here…is a serious issue! ONLY IN NEW YORK!

First put your kids away, then watch the video footage below…and yeap, that was my phone being knocked out by the guy at the end. YIKES!

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OMG! I’m Now A Mom!!!

12552548_10153983717351654_1279814111731699722_nI never thought in my wildest dreams that the word “mom” could be associated with me. For years I denied myself this ability to love another human being unconditionally. I put my career first and fought family members hard to get off my back about the idea of me having kids! Have you any idea what it’s like to grow up with an African mother? Whew! Signed, sealed, delivered! First off, let me sincerely apologize to my family and digital friends for keeping everyone in the dark these past 9 months! Yeap, I kept my pregnancy a secret, including my mom until the 8 mos and was able to do so due to my small belly actually. I basically became a hermit for the most part. I had to process & post these photos asap after a family member declared at the baby’s naming that perhaps I used a surrogate because he never saw me pregnant while I was with him shopping during the holidays! What can I say, hiding the small tummy in flowing caftans & heavy sweaters did the job with proper styling!9 copy

Call me superstitious but I have to admit that keeping it quiet enabled me to have a safe and peaceful pregnancy with absolutely no hint of nausea, morning sickness, not even a simple cold! As a first pregnancy, it was a total breeze and all I had to bitch about was acne prone face during the 1st trimester! I’ll settle for that over morning sickness any day! On January 12, I delivered a safe and healthy bouncing baby boy in NYC and have the almighty to thank for all his mercies. I literally watched the first day of the rest of my life filled with the sweetest beautiful boy placed in my arms. I still can’t believe I almost missed out on such joyous and hard to explain feeling of being a mother! My beloved and I are over the moon!!!

The pregnancy photos below were taken while I was 8 months along. No photoshop required besides color correction. Whew! What a ride!

Farther below are some of the maternity styles I adopted during my pregnancy.

More photos of my baby will be posted on my facebook & instagram page in the following weeks. Stay tuned 🙂

Baby’s photos can now be seen and followed on his very own exclusive page at @dagoldchain

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Sightings At Halloween Parade

12182498_10153756363354602_6540136875343801879_oNew Yorkers do not disappoint when it comes to entertainment and creativity. The 42nd annual Halloween Parade was no different. Thousands of denizens turned up on 6th Ave to parade upwards dancing to their favorite tunes, just about everyone were seen in costumes. I myself opted for a punk rock vibe, complete with spikes from head to toe. The weather cooperated of course, enabling some people to show up in nothing but their undergarments as costumes!

There were many Mexican groups more than ever before, as if to send a message to presidential candidate Donald Trump. Only in New York as they say!

Below are some of my favorites, captured with my lens. To see an enlarged version, simply click on the image or see them on my facebook page.

Enjoy!

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Suffragette…The Genesis of Womens Rights

layout.indd Just got in from seeing an advance screening of the movie “Suffragette”, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep set in England 1912. It was amazing to see the price we women have to pay for the privilege of owning a vagina between our legs. The British women who were brave enough to fight the political system for women’s rights were well depicted in this movie but I only wish there are more like this to keep telling their tales on a yearly basis. Why? Because women still have a while more to go today and much can be said for such places in the Middle East and other impoverished parts of the world where some women have no say in what age she’s to be married off to an old bag! If only they could punish their male counterparts by having a “sex strike”, that just might do the trick too! For crying out loud, we are the ones baring their kids and cleaning up after them.

How about female mutilation in East Africa? Don’t get me started on that one.

The Sufragette’s selfless efforts helped initiate a worldwide awareness on womens right. The US started the movement in 1920, Nigeria in 1976, e.t.c. Saudi Arabia is promising women rights sometime this year. Fingers crossed!

I urge every woman on the planet to make an effort to see this movie. If all else fails, least you will leave the theater a little bit more empowered!

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Dinner With The Queen!

2015-10-02 00.14.25_wmDinner with the Queen…ok ok on Broadway in NYC. Looking for a perfect spot for a night out with the girls or perhaps a special place to put some spice in that long precious relationship with your significant other? Look no further than Queen of the Night, an erotic theatrical show on Broadway with juicy, mouthwatering gourmet meal thrown in the mix. This is not your average Broadway show with the cliche Cirque like tricks that would leave you yawning. Oh no dear friend. This is a full blown interactive dinning experience with one of the hottest performance on Broadway right now.

Remember to say yes to everything and be open minded. Leave your hang ups at home and definitely the kids! Be sure to go hungry because you might leave in tears regretting you have no room for the juicy roast leg of lamb, lobster, salmon wellington or seasoned veggies! I kid you not folks, the food is to die for! That alone will get me to go back over and over again! Worth every penny!

Below is a recording I did of just one of the many awesome acts at the show before my phone died, and of course images of my surrounding as there were many, and I mean many things going on all at once. So keep your eyes peeled and look around the room.

Queen of the Night, located at the Paramount Hotel in NYC. ENJOY! 🙂

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“Inside The Great Minds of Magazine Makers” -OMG! I’M IN IT!

20150925_131853xxI am eating a big humble pie as I write this note. And why? Well, I never thought I would ever see my name printed among publishing industry greats and interviewed by the highly respected and revered Mr. Magazine! His highly anticipated book, “Inside The Great Minds of Magazine Makers” just came out and guess who’s in it and highlighted on the cover? Yours truly!

I am forever grateful for the opportunity Mr Samir Husni. And to think I almost passed this up owing to not wanting to discuss to much about Shoeholics magazine rise against all odds in the very competitive world of publishing. I’m so glad I made this exception and can now count the lovely gentleman, Husni as a dear friend I can trust in the industry.

In case you want to get an idea of what we talked about…visit SHOEHOLICS for details and feel free to grab your copy of the book as well. Great read!

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Recycled Bottle Tops As Fashion Accessories in Ethiopia

Creative accessorizing! The Daasanach people of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley who turn broken watches and bottle tops into elaborate hairstyles! Recycling at its best! Fab idea!

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Woman Arrested For Wanting To Use The Toilet

All she wanted to do was to use the Starbucks bathroom before they called the cops on her. I’m literally in tears right now. I for one have found myself in need of a pee many times while running errands and stepped into many establishments to use their facilities without having to buy anything. All she wanted was to pee!!!! Starbucks ought to be ashamed of themselves as well as the police for the unnecessary manhandling of this lady. Whatever happened to warnings before arrest? So sad. A Judge threw the case out of court and ruled that the lady can now sue the city for using excessive force. #policebrutality #StraightOuttaCompton.

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