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I moved to a new address months ago but it seems that some of you weren’t notified. Please come on over to my new home http://minister-of-style.com

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Hold on

Good morning everyone! Just a quick chat with you to say if you are still here and hanging on with me..THANK YOU!!! I will be posting regularly again as of today. Life really has thrown some stuff at me for the past few weeks and I am trying to regroup. I truly do believe that all things work for the good, and that God will get the glory in the end, so on that note I will say see ya later on today.


Friend Friday: Blogging from the Beginning

(singing in my happiest voice) Friday, Thank God it’s Friday! I’ve got a lot going on this weekend beginning with this evening.  Attending a workshop facilitated by one of my closest friends at my church, Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church, Newark, NJ. Doing the wifely and mommy stuff on Saturday (cleaning, grocery shopping, etc.) Then Sunday, I am walking in the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Walk plus I ‘m a virtual walker at the 2010 Mid South Step Up for Down syndrome Walkathon that is being held in Memphis, Tennessee. I wish I could be there in person to walk however in honor of my friend, Diane,  whose daughter Mary Ellen has Down syndrome like my own precious daughter, Tatiana. I support the walkathon with my prayers and positive thoughts.   And after that i will be celebrating Women’s Day with the women of my church with a dynamic speaker and explosive worship. If you are in the area, please come out and join us!

Now on to the blogging….it’s Friend Friday again and we are talking about the nuts and bolts of blogging as a beginning. Head on over to Modly Chic to see the roundtable of bloggers or if you desire to participate.

1. How has your blog changed over the months/years you’ve been
blogging?

Well to start, I changed the name as well as the focus of the blog.  This blog originally was to be about home management, then it was going to be about giving my feeling a voice and a home then finally I settled in to where we are now… fashion from a minister’s point of view.

 
2. What was one thing you did wrong in the beginning and how have you
changed that?

LOL, I don’t know but I am sure I am still doing it . No, but seriously I am still new at blogging (at least with this blog, I have had others) it hasn’t been a year with this blog yet so I am learning new things as I go along, picking up helpful tips and implementing them as needed.

 
3. When you visit a blog what’s the greatest turn off? The thing that
makes you close the tab?

If I am looking for personal style blogs, then I don’t want to see a bunch of posts about designers,

I want to see how YOU style your clothes and hear what YOU have to say!  If I wanted to read a magazine then I would buy one.

4. How did you find your voice?

Not sure if I have entirely but I am working on it!

5. If you had three pieces of advice to give to a new blogger what
would those be?

Get plugged in to the blogging community early,  research your topic thoroughly and  write what you feel with passion….believe in the power of your thoughts.

P.S. This is my outfit of the day

 

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Talkative Tuesday: I blog because I am and I can….

I know it’s really Wednesday but since Monday was a holiday (at least for me) then Tuesday was really Monday and today is Tuesday.  Ok, I just made all that up but it sounded good right?  Today’s topic is “Why do I blog?” We have been chatting about this very topic in the Friends Friday blogger group but I didn’t get a chance to comment on it, so I will now through my blog. I blog because it is an outlet for me to express a side of myself that other don’t always get to see unless they are a part of my personal circle.  Also, female ministers have been given a bad rap in their manner of dress.  The majority of ministers especially in the 45 and over age range dress dowdy and plain, I understand the reasons behind most of it but do not personally subscribe to that school of thought. I have been taught that preaching is not about me but about God, so I should dress to hide my personality as much as possible, so that the focus is completely on God. While I absolutely agree with no argument that ALL the focus belongs on and  to God, I disagree that a female minister cannot allow a who she is to come through in how she is attired and still make God the focus.  After all did not God call her as she was? Did He not know that she loves fashion and Jesus too? Since I know that God knows all, then I know He knew exactly who He was calling to the preaching ministry and has not only accepted it but embraced their uniqueness in their manner of dress.

 

I wholeheartedly believe  in modesty as well as an outfit should be appropriate to the occasion. A bandage dress with 5 inch stilettos are clearly inappropriate to preach in but in another venue it may be just the ticket. (I’m just saying….don’t judge) I can’t see the harm in a well tailored knee length black suit with a beautiful pair of black pumps, accessorized with a bold but tasteful necklace and silver hoop earrings or a pearl stud if you prefer, opposed to a shapeless calf length dress or suit that does not fit well, no jewelry and shoes my great grandmother would wear just to appear holy and respectable.  My goal is to dispel the myth that loving God and preaching His Word cannot be done in a body that is attractive and enjoys wearing fashionable clothing.

 

With that said, I love blogging, I love the exchange of ideas, the camaraderie and fellowship that I have experience in the blogging community  but I must admit I have at times felt discouraged because I judged myself against my lovely and fashionable fellow bloggers.  I didn’t feel that I was stylish or creative enough with my outfit compositions as some of my favorite bloggers are.  But my daughter said something profound to me yesterday as I was asking her opinion of an outfit I was putting together.  I said that I was looking for the wow, a punch to make a somber dress a little more exciting, I felt that my outfits were “boring” compared to other bloggers and she replied that she didn’t think I dressed boring.  I wrote her statement off as  throwing Mommy a bone in the compliments department but then she further elaborated and simply reminded me that for my occupation (I work for the Federal Government as a liaison for a well known elected official) and  my vocation, minister, I am stylishly appropriate.  I really allowed that to resonate within me because I finally made peace with who I am and how I want  to present myself to the world.  I may not  be the most trendy or style the most imaginative outfits however I am always uniquely and totally me.  So I will continue to blog as a vehicle to encourage and inspire other women, Christian or not, clergy or layperson to dress in the most fabulous self that they can. 


Talkative Tuesday: I blog because I am and I can….

I know it’s really Wednesday but since Monday was a holiday (at least for me) then Tuesday was really Monday and today is Tuesday.  Ok, I just made all that up but it sounded good right?  Today’s topic is “Why do I blog?” We have been chatting about this very topic in the Friends Friday blogger group but I didn’t get a chance to comment on it, so I will now through my blog. I blog because it is an outlet for me to express a side of myself that other don’t always get to see unless they are a part of my personal circle.  Also, female ministers have been given a bad rap in their manner of dress.  The majority of ministers especially in the 45 and over age range dress dowdy and plain, I understand the reasons behind most of it but do not personally subscribe to that school of thought. I have been taught that preaching is not about me but about God, so I should dress to hide my personality as much as possible, so that the focus is completely on God. While I absolutely agree with no argument that ALL the focus belongs on and  to God, I disagree that a female minister cannot allow a who she is to come through in how she is attired and still make God the focus.  After all did not God call her as she was? Did He not know that she loves fashion and Jesus too? Since I know that God knows all, then I know He knew exactly who He was calling to the preaching ministry and has not only accepted it but embraced their uniqueness in their manner of dress.

 

I wholeheartedly believe  in modesty as well as an outfit should be appropriate to the occasion. A bandage dress with 5 inch stilettos are clearly inappropriate to preach in but in another venue it may be just the ticket. (I’m just saying….don’t judge) I can’t see the harm in a well tailored knee length black suit with a beautiful pair of black pumps, accessorized with a bold but tasteful necklace and silver hoop earrings or a pearl stud if you prefer, opposed to a shapeless calf length dress or suit that does not fit well, no jewelry and shoes my great grandmother would wear just to appear holy and respectable.  My goal is to dispel the myth that loving God and preaching His Word cannot be done in a body that is attractive and enjoys wearing fashionable clothing.

 

With that said, I love blogging, I love the exchange of ideas, the camaraderie and fellowship that I have experience in the blogging community  but I must admit I have at times felt discouraged because I judged myself against my lovely and fashionable fellow bloggers.  I didn’t feel that I was stylish or creative enough with my outfit compositions as some of my favorite bloggers are.  But my daughter said something profound to me yesterday as I was asking her opinion of an outfit I was putting together.  I said that I was looking for the wow, a punch to make a somber dress a little more exciting, I felt that my outfits were “boring” compared to other bloggers and she replied that she didn’t think I dressed boring.  I wrote her statement off as  throwing Mommy a bone in the compliments department but then she further elaborated and simply reminded me that for my occupation (I work for the Federal Government as a liaison for a well known elected official) and  my vocation, minister, I am stylishly appropriate.  I really allowed that to resonate within me because I finally made peace with who I am and how I want  to present myself to the world.  I may not  be the most trendy or style the most imaginative outfits however I am always uniquely and totally me.  So I will continue to blog as a vehicle to encourage and inspire other women, Christian or not, clergy or layperson to dress in the most fabulous self that they can. 


It’s A Cover Up

This is what I am wearing today….see ya tomorrow, I’m just laying back enjoying the day off.

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It’s A Cover Up

This is what I am wearing today….see ya tomorrow, I’m just laying back enjoying the day off.

minister of style 001