Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Tribute to Bishop Eddie Lee Long

Editors Note: This post was written on Sunday, January 15, 2017 in the sanctuary of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. 

Today I mourn the death of a man that meant the world to me. Although our interactions were not plentiful, the times we did have together were always meaningful. Though the latter part of his legacy was marred by controversy, none of it negated all of the good he did. Bishop Eddie Long was a larger than life man with an even greater heart and spirit. The first day I stepped into New Birth, I knew I was home. After several encounters with The Bishop, there was no doubt in my mind that he was a man truly after God's own heart. The spiritual covering that he brought into my life was always inspiring. Not a single time that I stepped into NBMBC, did I not receive a word that spoke to my heart and state of being.

I was reflecting with a friend this past week, that being received by Bishop Eddie Long on the day I joined NBMBC was one of the top 3 spiritual moments I have ever experienced in my entire life. The care that he took when he greeted me and the kindness that radiated from his smile is something that I will always carry with me.

So, as I sit here, on the day you departed in the place where it all began, staring at an empty podium that I will never again see you behind, I am receiving this word directly from you. With every death there comes a "New Birth"... a new spirit, a new body, a restoration of  "life" and a chance to truly be free. For those who are left behind it's a second chance, a time to hit the reset button and another opportunity to get it right. We get a chance to not reflect on what we have lost, but what we have gained. We get another day to embrace our purpose, and another chance to walk in our destiny. With that comes the realization that although the cycle of life feels like a desolate road at times, it is really the pathway to a higher level of consciousness unsurpassed by reason. It's a chance to leave our impression on the world so that when our time here is done, the cycle of a “new birth” will be continued in those that loved us.

God Bless You Bishop Eddie Long and thank you for your contribution to the world!

Parker S.

Bishop Eddie L. Long
May 12, 1953- January 15, 2017
(Photo Courtesy of CRJ Media Group Inc.)

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Brunch at Bendel

Hey Babes! How's it been going? If you have been following me on Instagram, you already know I have been all over the place. From Puerto Rico, to NYC to the Dominican Republic and back! I have had a blast and will definitely catch you up with my adventures, but I have also had some amazing opportunities along the way. One opportunity is exciting and always fun. I have been invited back to Henri Bendel Lenox Square to host another sip & shop!!!! This is my 3rd year and I couldn't be more pleased. This year's event will be really fun as I am hosting a Saturday Brunch at Bendel!! Join me for Mimosas, sweets and the latest and greatest from Henri Bendel! All of the deets are below and I can't wait to see you there! Grab you tickets here


Parker S. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Just Fab Plus

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? While perusing my emails on Saturday, I came across one from Just Fab. This is nothing new for me because they always send me deets on the latest in shoes, accessories and clothes that are too small for me. Much to my surprise, this email showcased a curvy model and the announcement of Just Fab Plus!!!

Needless to say, I totally swooned and immediately logged into the site to check things out. For an intro collection, the pieces aren't too bad. The collection encompasses a series of fashionable basics that can be incorporated w/ your current wardrobe. The pieces range from 16w to 24w and none of the pieces are over $50 dollars. If you're a VIP member, most of the pieces are around $39.95.

Crossover Wrap Dress $39.95 & Chambray Sleeveless Shirt Dress $44.95
Chiffon Back Blazer $39.95 & Distressed Skinny Ankle Grazer $39.95

Slouchy Off Shoulder Wrap Dress $39.95 & Off Shoulder Top $27.95

Sheer Panel Wide Leg Jumpsuit $44.95 & Keyhole Back Romper $39.95

What do you think? If you aren't a member of Just Fab yet, click HERE to shop these fun pieces and become a VIP. I've already got a few pieces on the way and will do a fun #OOTD post as soon as they arrive! Happy Shopping!

See you on the front row!

<3 Parker S. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Something Old, Something New Day 5

It's Friday and the official finale of my first ever Something Old, Something New Challenge. If this is your first time visiting, I challenged myself to create 5 days of outfits w/ old things from my closet and my new Fashion to Figure Secret Gardens Peplum. Today's ensemble is hands down my favorite look of the week. Although it's a little dressy, I could imagine wearing this to a wedding, on date night or even to a fabulous brunch.

For this finale look, I paired my FTF Peplum w/ another amazing Shang Coleman Original striped, custom mermaid skirt. Even though the skirt is striped, it's DENIM! Denim, to me, is automatically a neutral, no matter the shade. I think it's the perfect, interesting pop that doesn't take away from the top.

To round out the look, I chose some to my favorite accessories. Normally I wouldn't wear a longer statement necklace and a belt, but in this case wanted to create more definition at the waist. To add another layer of fun, I paired the look w/ my FAVORITE Henri Bendel bag form last summer and strappy, Lane Bryant sandals.

What do you think? Thank you so much for those of you who have supported me on social media this week w/ your positive comments. This week, has been really amazing for me. I feel like I'm back to my old self and can't wait to offer you more style inspirations w/ ootd posts and info about some of my favorite brands. If you missed any of the looks this week, I'll be rounding up everything tomorrow!

Make the world your personal runway!

<3 Parker S.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Something Old, Something New Day 4

It's Thursday and this is Day 4 of my Something Old, Something New Challenge. Have you guys been enjoying my looks? It's really interesting how one new piece can breath life into old clothes. For today's look I decided to switch things up a bit. All of the looks thus far have been relatively dressy, so I wanted to give you a casual look.

I styled my Fashion to Figure peplum with FTF Released Hem jeans and to edge things up a bit, I added my fave FTF faux leather jacket from last year. To round out my look, I added my studded Shoe Dazzle sneakers and my favorite Cayetano Legacy necklace for a pop! Because I am hitting the road with this look, my outfit wouldn't be complete w/out my staple Henri Bendel wheelie and West 57th Satchel. I'm also blocking out my haters w/ FTF Sunnies.

Tomorrow will be the last day of looks w/ this fabulous peplum and then I'll round up the week on Saturday. What would you like to see me take on next? I'd love to know your thoughts. Until next time...

See you on the front row!

<3 Parker S.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Something Old, Something New Day 3

Happy Hump Day! We are halfway through the week and officially at Day 3 of my Something Old, Something New challenge. One thing you may not know about me is that I spent almost all of my summers with my grandparents in the country. Because there was no cable, my days were spent running around outside barefoot in the grass and playing on acres of my families land w/ my cousins. The setting of this shoot reminded me so much of my childhood and is the little bit of country I promised you in yesterday's post.

When I was thinking of ways to style my Fashion to Figure peplum, I knew that my FAVORITE Shang Coleman Original skirt had to enter the equation. Whenever I put it on, I feel so pretty and so free. The neutral color of it pairs perfectly with the shirt, and I pulled the hydrangeas off of my desk for an extra layer of flavor. My gold Michael Kors watch and Kendra Scott ring round out my country glam look.

No matter what size you are or how old you are, you should always let your inner beauty shine through. I encourage all of you to be bold, be courageous and most of all, "Make the World Your Personal Runway"!

See you on the front row-

<3 Parker S.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Something Old, Something New Day 2

Happy Tuesday! Today is all about color. I absolutely adore these fabulous chartreuse Lane Bryant pants. Believe it or not they are at least 3 years old. As soon as I ran across them in my closet, I knew they would be the perfect color pop for my Fashion to Figure Peplum. One thing a lot of people don't realize is that brights and neons are neutrals and can be style a variety of ways.

To round out my look, I had to pull out an oldie but goodie handbag that was a gift from my friends at Gregory Sylvia. I also added a fun pair of floral pumps I got last spring form Shoe Dazzle and added a fun statement necklace from Banana Republic. If you shop purposefully and take care of your pieces,  you will be surprised how many years of wear you actually get out of them. Invest in great accessories and quality basics and you will always be ready for anything life throws you way!

Stay tuned for tomorrow's look.  I'm rocking one of my fave old, custom pieces for a look that's a little be country and a whole lot of glam!

See you on the front row!

<3 Parker S.