GMO Editors Column (15)
GlossMagazineOnline (GMO) was a recent media sponsor for wardrobe stylist and philanthropist Aaja Corinne’s She’s In Color “Girl Talk” panel discussion, which featured Six Brown Chicks. Social media and how black women are portrayed in today’s society were just a few of the vast array of topics mentioned. Moderated by Bionce Foxx and Jetta Bates, this lunchtime symposium offered more than a plateful of food for thought.
“I need new music!”
I sent that text early this morning to a close friend. Of course the response was laughter in the form of “LOL” but I was dead serious. It’s no laughing matter as far as I’m concerned.
Every once in a while in life, we’re forced to assess what’s important in our lives. Over the course of the last few months, I’ve been tested with a situation that ultimately led me to evaluate what I’m worth to myself and others. When the enticing opportunity that catapulted this test initially presented itself, it was attractive because it was something new and refreshing. It made my adrenaline rush, but I realized that “different doesn’t mean better” and the “grass isn’t always greener on the other side.” Life taught me to love my grass and to nurture it in order to make a fertile environment.
The start of 2013 marks the beginning for new opportunities. As one year ends and a new one commences, celebrating a new year is always a great opportunity to reflect on how you much you’ve grown or achieved, mistakes you’ve made, lessons you’ve learned and new goals you aspire to achieve. You measure how far you’ve come and assess your next steps.
Some may hate on gray, but it’s actually a beautiful color. From a fashion sense, it compliments every color of the spectrum and looks magnificent with bold shades, such as orange, red and yellow. It can also be subdued and paired with earth tones and its predictable partners: black and white.
As a Chicago-native and a writer, I engulf myself in all things artistic, fashionable and fabulous in this city. I may be biased, but there is so much talent here! From writers to fashionistas to accessory designers, my career blessed me with the opportunity to not only see the work of these individuals, but purchase their art, spread the word about it through my craft and actually get to know these people.
Image is everything. Whether we want to admit it or not, we are pre-judged by how we look. From our hairstyles to the shoes on our feet (and everything in between), how we present ourselves makes a statement. Regardless of how you define your personal style, if you’re walking into a boardroom for an interview or down the street to a restaurant, the words that come out of your mouth and the actions you portray carry more weight than you may realize.