Before I delve into the dates, let’s talk about the D word. The first one – the one that leads to dating after marriage. Divorce. The best advice I got post-divorce was, “Just wait. In six months, in a year, your life will be completely different.” It’s so hard to believe that when you’re in the midst of it. When I got married, I will fully admit I was a smug married – we had dated for six years prior to engagement, and for another two before getting married – so I went in wi
The presence of a powerful woman is unique and strikingly commands attention. Powerful women exude it when they walk into the room. It’s the way they carry themselves: standing as tall as possible, shoulders back, head held high. They make eye contact with everyone in the room and usually do it with an engaging smile. Their handshakes aren’t mousy; they’re strong and firm. When they sit, they don’t cower, instead they take up space with “powerful” posture. They do not take t
Allow me to challenge and provoke several thoughts and fears you may have with these basic, but raw questions: What defines you? Is it your spouse or significant other; the car you drive; your career; the clothes and/or jewelry you wear? What gives you power? Do you speak your truth? If everything fell off today and it was only you, naked standing in front of a mirror, could you identify yourself without labels of any kind? Would you be able to recognize who you really are wi
I've always been a relationship person. Whether that relationship was a few short months before I moved on, or longer, I have never been a good dater. I like the adventure of meeting someone and figuring out, one person at a time, if they're a good fit. I wrote a poem at age 13 or 14 that apparently was controversial but still won the school wide poetry contest my freshman year of high school; it was about finding myself, but it applies really well here. Shades I was born wh
I had a dream to create. There was never a clear direction as to what I would create until I was present to witness what moves my soul. At a young age I was gifted the opportunity to see, feel, hear, touch and taste multiple aspects of what constitutes creativity. Music that sets a mood. Art that interprets words. Fashion that transcends cultures. Film that ignites thought. These are umbrellas to so many subcultures within the creative communities.
All these combined love
For as long as I could remember, I’ve been hypersensitive. If I were misbehaving and a parent or babysitter spoke to me harshly I would break down in tears. “Stop all that crying before I give you something to cry about!” I never understood that logic but I figured I better do something quick to hide my emotions. Entering into my teenage years caused my sensitivity to enhance with the help of those wonderful hormones I couldn’t control. Also being tall for my age and the only
Staci and Anika recently had the honor of co-hosting a trunk show for former Houstonian, designer Cesar Galindo at one of Houston's best curated luxury lifestyle storefronts, Sloan/Hall. For those unfamiliar with Cesar's work, he began his career designing costumes for the Miami City Ballet and Houston Grand Opera, before making his way to the big time, working on his own collection while also working for known fashion houses such as Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein Collection,