A visual feast for the eyes...

Hello family!

I hope that this post finds you well on your journey. Today at like to talk about creating a comfortable environment of where you work. Often times I read blogs about women and moms who working in very fashionable Industries or are stay-at-home moms or creative types. Being a mom who just returned to work 6 months ago for maternity leave I needed to create a space that would motivate me to work while trying not to miss my daughter too much as she went into her Learning Center or daycare. I started with a clean slate as I had not been back to work in almost a year and went from the ground up and in a couple of hours I turn my sterile office environments into a creative and productive space.

My workspace is a extension of what I wear. The colors the textures the visual as well as being very functionable. Austin & fashion we talked about form following function. And usually it's a given take you can't do one without the other I think. And so this post is a reflection of who I am the bright and colorful and also the studied in learning. I will call the leftt brain and right brain moment. Some days are harder than others leaving my daughter and going to work but I know that I am the main provider in the breadwinner for her so we do what we need to do. And I think we can do that stylishly.

So what I thought I'd do instead of add pictures of some of my outfits and also pictures comparing my outfits or correlating my outfits to my respective work site. Picture 7 is when I first return to work and picture 8 is my current situation.

Hope you enjoy the visual and thank you for reading. As usual be well on your fashionable Journey until next we meet.

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Dare to wear & Dare to be there...

Well I hope this day finds you well family.

So this post is titled dare to wear and Dare to be there. The reason why I titled this as such is because that, is a journey that I am on currently in my life. It is me and my sidekick Zi'Joy 24/7 I never thought I'd be that type of person to enjoy being a mom being a mid-life mom at-44 almost. So I dare to wear activewear this weekend.

So we are participating in an 8-week course of Aqua baby swim for half an hour on Saturday mornings and then a mommy-and-me toddler/ Walker class of yoga. If you asked me for 5, 3, 2 years ago, if this would be my life I would have been like heck no. So although I did not get a great picture of my swimming suit it is a one piece skirted kind of 1940s vintage swimsuit and what I'll do is next Saturday I will have full pictures of the swimsuit. And also I got to wear activewear we found some military camouflage for our mommy and me yoga class I loved it I've been planning this for a while. The classes for yoga were on Sunday after church and we just had such a great time. It wasn't like a regular yoga class because we all had Toddlers and Walkers and the class was adapted to them and I loved the free-form but we still got to do yoga.

Pre baby these are things that I loved to do. I love swimming I love meditation I love yoga these things were geared to the life that I created When I was single. I happened to find a wonderful group on Facebook which is amazing that utilized the niche of where moms who had a life before can have a life after baby. Not saying you don't have a life but have social interaction can be limiting and isolating with a baby. Healthy positive social interaction and located close to where it's easy and convenient for me to travel. It's amazing what we can do when we put our minds to it where we miss something in our lives the creativity knows no bounds. And these activities are geared towards women who entrepreneurs, are full-time moms, who are full-time busy career women like myself and utilize the time in a great manner.

I really like the mommy and me yoga & found great Lycra and something to fit who we are in our style. Well in my style for baby at least.

So I say dare to wear because many women my age are afraid to wear form-fitting body-hugging outfits. But if you get the right swimsuit and if you get the right activewear for your body and your shape then you can modify to fit and feel how you would like it too. I encourage you to go and try some things on. My body is not Beach ready. One year after having baby and I don't know when it will be but, getting the time in to bond and exercise makes me feel like I'm on a high good energy high and I love it. I hope you enjoy the pictures. I hope it brings a smile to your face and I hope wherever your travels take you that you will do it fashionably and you will do it with confidence. We would love to thank MaMa Fresh Chi for hosting these Fab events. You can find her on FB and also blog of the same name.

As always be well in your fashionable Journey...

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That's not my life...

Hey family how are you on this day?

Have you ever said something similar to this? That's not my life! Often times it is said that we should dress for the life that we have not for the one that we want. When I first began my style journey I wanted to have that aspirational look. I thought I needed button-downs and heels and makeup and all the latest and greatest. Needless to say that did not work for my life. Angie was a fresh person that really heard that said dress her life that you have not the one that you want.

So let's talk shoes I had to bid a fond farewell to 90% of my shoe wardrobe recently. They were all comfortable pretty stack block heels that were chunky enough to support my lovely curves for hours upon hours. Why the sudden style shift you ask? First off thank you for asking. Next because my whole life has shifted.

So as most know I'm 43 and will be 44 in one month. I have my beautiful rainbow baby and my body has physically changed. When pregnant my feet started to grow and spread. I knew that they may not ever go back to my size 11 wide. I knew that my feet were growing so I bought temporary shoes. The shoes that will fill the space until my feet reverted back. Well I had to say goodbye to those shoes.

This is my new reality that I am finally accepting. I have one pair of heels in my wardrobe left only because I bought them in two sizes size 11 wide and size 12. So this is turning into my spring wardrobe early summer I have to figure out something in the summer.

Suggestions for summer shoes are more than welcome I like closed for shoes. I'd rather invest into good pair of summer shoes then a whole bunch of cheap e fill in the space shoes.

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Springing forward into Life...

Well hello my fashionable family long time no see. Well virtually see! It is so good to be back on the boards I have missed you all so much as we have been taking this break from winter year 2017 until spring of 2018. I thought it would be a wonderful time to come back with Vivid color for spring.

I cannot wait to reestablish old friendships and connections and to see all of the new faces here. And so we begin with our first outfit. This weekend was all about celebration of life of Resurrection of renewal and a 1st birthdays. So I really wanted our wardrobes to reflect the joy we were feeling inside.

The first outfit for me to be honest with you was a hot mess. We went out to a pre Mother's Day brunch celebration with our thrifting group. My daughter looked beautiful but, I just felt like a hot mess. I didn't know what to wear. I was out of sorts and I felt that discombobulation of being a new mom. And although my daughter turned one-year-old today on the 2nd of April I just couldn't pull myself together. I look forward to learning and growing from the group again as I reestablish my fashion sense in style. My daughter on the other hand looked like 1 million bucks. She had a gold Afrocentric top on denim leggings and her first walking shoes. The coat was just everything, is everything as you can see.

The second set of pictures 6, 7 and 8 made me feel much better. My daughter was gifted a Easter dress and coordinated with a white polka-dotted blouse and it doesn't show up on the pictures but a polka dotted blue Palazzo pant. And it hand made velvet hat. I really like this outfit I can't say much more than that this is not used to look and again my little one in her red hat. Again I look forward to our journey on the fashion boards and thank you all for reading.

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Until Spring...

We are taking a social media break.

I know that people always wonder why make a big announcement like it's life-changing. Well Zi'Joy has a lot of aunties and uncles and we just didn't want anyone to worry. Social media is fine and has it's place but now it's time to get to living. I take a break every year from social media so this is not a surprise to some. Just wanted to let y'all know for now. We will see you all in the spring summer renewed and refreshed

Have a blessed journey from Zi'Joy & Mama.

Currently 8 months and 43 years.

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Happy birthday moments...

Well hello family!

I always wondered why we celebrate baby's birthday months. I kind of understand it now. It's because we never know what the future may hold. So we celebrate the MOMents not really the month but the moments.

So in our family we have this tradition of singing the Stevie Wonder version of Happy Birthday to you. Today I woke up well today Zi'Joy woke me up with her traditional smile and laughter and rolling. She knew that something special was going on today. I realized that today was her 7 th month birthday.

For 9 months of pregnancy and 7 months living in this world today my little one turn 7 months. I have blogged about our Journeys our Adventures not every day but Faithfully, stylishly and in our truth. I feel like this Blog My Life our journey together has been so much more Fuller because she has become such a big part of my life. She makes each day enjoyable even the challenging times like when I took a vacation day off the other day just so we could have Halloween together and enjoy ourselves. We were going to do a Mommy and Me day but it things don't always go as planned. Poor little on the suffering growing teeth. So we just spent the day at home and made the best of it heading out trick-or-treating candy.

I have to remind myself that is not about the destination but it is about the journey and I think being an older mom 43 for the first time it gives me a perspective that I would not have had as a younger Mom. I'm more relaxed and more laid-back I am more open to things not going as planned. I think the one commonality that we all have is as mother's as women it can be challenging. We are expected to be Superwoman I want to bust that myth yet change the narrative that being single older mom can be a wonderful thing.

This is our stylish Journey to and through her 7 months. Right before fall settled in comfortably and the coldness overtook us this beautiful photo shoot took place at a park after our church service. I love these photos the pink and the yellows they all somehow work together. Pictures 1-4. Zi'Joy with her big flower she is known for her signature flowersr. I with my African print head scarf just a piece of African material that I wear more often than naught.

Picture 5 was from this morning her joyous smile and her bib that says born sassy.

6/7 another coordinated outfit of mother and daughter we went out to visit family and friends on this day.

8-11 our Halloween wedding coordinator looks. My daughter's calendar is full we went to 3 Halloween party and on this day of Halloween I was so tough it out of Halloween costumes I decided to be comfortable and coordinated with my daughter as she was a ladybug and I just decided to coordinate in the Beautiful sweater and head wrap.

The other pictures are among some of my favorites of the past 7 months. Ahhh how quickly time flies when one has a child. Very cliche but very true it seems like in the blink of an eye we have made it this far. By taking one day at a time one Journey at a time one step at a time when smiling Time 1 stylus Journey at a time we have made it here.

I sincerely thank you for reading Rocking With Us stylishly. Going on this journey with us. Reading Lurking commenting etc etc.

Until next we meet as always be well on your stylist Journey.

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A day at the Museum

Visiting our local Black History Museum in Chicago. The DuSable is full of rich historical artifacts and futuristic art.

What really made the greatest impact on me was the slave field cradle. The work never stopped and babies never stopped coming. The slaves had no time to rest and went back to work right after giving birth picture 11.

Our looks:

Zi'Joy thrifted denim dress with pink kisses. Thrifted Leopard print pants rolled at the calf. Pink moccasins Wal-Mart. Her signature thrifted red hat and custom made flower headband.

MaMa Donna upcycled custom made dress by Creative Flow designer Oshun Bey. Earring hand crafted. Thrifted heaswrap, flower pin, denim leggings. Shoes Wal-Mart. Surprisingly comfortable given we walked a museum.

I try to tie in our our looks with accessories. Today it was our flowers.

Have a great day and let us know What you think.

History on Jean Point Dusable. He was the first permanent settler in Chicago was a black man named Jean Baptiste Point DuSable. He was born on the island of Haiti around 1745 to a French mariner and a mother who was a slave of African descent.
DuSable was educated in France and then, in the early 1770s, sailed to New Orleans. From there, he made his way up the Mississippi River to Peoria, Illinois where he married a Potawatomi woman named Catherine in a tribal ceremony.

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The Adventure of Super Zi'Joy & G.I. MaMa Donna

Greetings Everyone

On this day which was the middle of the
week I decided to take us to our local library. We have been spending
more and more time there lately. On this night they were having Super
Hero Movie Night. Different Games and Activities for kids and you could
dress up as a super hero if you wanted to.

You had me at Super
Hero! I remember the last movie I went to it was the day Zi'Joy was
born April 2 with my youngest niece. We went to see Beauty and the
Beast. It was awesome by the way. This time it was the new Wonder Woman movie.

Well this was our fits for the night. Everything we had already in our
wardrobes. Now your probably saying to yourself "Now what super heros
are they?" We We are Super Zi'Joy and her sidekick G.I. MaMa Donna.
What better type of super hero to be than one based in real life. ha ha
Winning!!!!! The Wonder Woman movie was AWESOME by the way well the
1st 1/2 of it. I wish they spent more time on the island with all of
the AMAZON Women.

My fit was a camo jumpsuit that I just love
some calf high camo boots a water proof o.d. green bag and my constant
prescription sun glasses. Zi'Joy wore like 2 tool skirts and 1 skirt
had tights attached to them with the foot of the tights looking like
ballet slippers. Her onesie is also polka dot and her every present
headgear a bow this time.

As always all are welcome or just stop in to say hi.

Be well on your fashion journey

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Summer Fest & Birthday Milestones...

# warning picture and color overload #

Zi'Joy is 5 monts old already.

My favorite time of the year of the four seasons has to be the fall the hot chocolate the Autumn Leaves and just warm sweaters and Boots. Summer in Chicago is just as vividly beautiful with its colors. One of the things that I've mentioned many times is that I love seeing things from my 5 month old Daughter's Eyes. Things that kind of have dimmed with time and age worry and life give a vivid new meaning to color and joy.

This weekend with the unofficial end to Summer here in Chicago. Kids starting school, Summerfest ending weather turning Crisp and cool. Saturday had Zi'Joy joy and I realizing that it was her birthday well her 5-month birthday and so we decided to celebrate. All weekend.

It's funny what babies can do she's at the point of scoot crawling rolling and just wanting to be more mobile. So. In honor of all of these milestones I decided to purchase her a walker and an ExerSaucer thst she can run around in a circle on.think hamster wheel. We also purchased two lovely costumes for Halloween from Once Upon a Child. Once Upon a Child Gently Loved items for babies, children and young teens. They have everything it's really amazing where at some stores you by all the stuff new they have it on sale at a fraction of the price. Now Zion is walking backwards I'm sure she'll get the hang of walking it's like she wants to walk before she even starts to crawl.

For that trip all got were selfies. I've gotta learn how to take better selfies or get my selfie stick.

On Sunday was just a church day and an art festival we really wanted to go to but sometimes days seem to go by so quickly. This is a three-day weekend so we had Monday that we could attend the festival and that's what we did.

This Festival is called the African Arts Festival and this is the 28th year for the festival. It is a 4 Day event held in Chicago. It is one of the most colorful experiences I have ever been to. This was my first time going so we got to experience this for the first time together. It is my first time but I think it will be a family tradition from now on. It's where my Vivid colors that I love to wear finally made sense. It was very hot this past weekend and so I tried to dress up accordingly cool temperatures too hot back to cool.

My friend gifted me with a long t-shirt that came to about mid-thigh I decided to try my own upcycling technique and cut the side of the shirt and tie them making fringes on each side and then on the shoulder arm part. I decided to just cut them and pull them so they could hang like a loose string hanging effect I think it came out well. I find that I don't have any shorts. So I had a pair of denim leggings that were very thick material and I rolled them up to just underneath my knees. I think it turned out well. My boots are by Toms and they were very very comfortable for walking the grounds because I think we covered about two miles of Art and artwork. And my hat was a custom made hat. I just love hats this one is a denim mesh mix and I got to pick out my afr and the Fro got to stand out. For Zi'Joy the day started off cool so I put her in a denim jacket with kind of artsy flare colorful mix on the trim of the pockets and the Cuffs. I put her in a dress onesie and the print was so pretty I thought it fit in well for the flavor of the Fest. Is he also have some cute little booty she was gifted a headband she was gifted and I always believed form follows fashion and or function and so she had a cute little son had we purchased $4 and then the headband we just put over the top later on I put her in a light terry cloth jacket that was perfect for the wind that was sweeping around.

The sites in the sounds of a colors at the Fest were just amazing they had different staging areas they had a drum circle stage they had a soul music stays they had a African dance stage the beautiful beautiful time to include all of the art and the artist and just everything from people saw that and they heard her name and our last name which is an African origin from the tribe of Nubia she was gifted a lot of things from aunties.

As usual I hope you enjoy the pictures the sites and hopefully we can show you some of the sounds later thank you for once again looking commenting or just viewing the pictures. As always be well on your fashion Journey

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Reclaiming My Time, Reclaiming my Time...

To borrow from U.S. Senator Maxine Waters.  From the weekend before last and this past weekend.

Hey Family how are you all this fine day?

Well I'm going post snaps from our weekend adventures from last weekend and this past weekend.

Little Zi'Joy was under the weather and I caught the same thing. My
sister was a great help and my wonderful village in helping me take care
of my little one. We still managed to get out of the house to
celebrate the annual Fleek Market. After that we were both worn out.
We went to church on that Sunday but for the most part stayed in the
house to recover and by the end of the week Zi'Joy and I were out having more adventures.

So for the Fleek Market (Flea) we wanted casual comfortable. I had this jumper it is bright bright sun yellow.It just makes me happy. I went print with the head wrap and a men's
t-shirt that I cut in half and tied the ends. Haha I've sang about my
feet going to a size 12 after my pregnancy to Zi'Joy. I was able to
find these cute brand new size 12 crocs in the Salvation Army. Can you
imagine my sheer joy when they fit. I did the dance of joy in finding
them. I found this Denim bag at the thrift many years ago. I use it to
go thrifting with. Zi'Joy wore a denim jumper with polka dots a
African print headband and a pink top. The budget is limited but we
were able to find some nice things. All for a total of $20 oh the joy,  Zi'joy is modeling all that we found.

On this past Saturday we went to our first Vegan Festival at one of the
Local Colleges. Chicago State the Taste of Vegan. There were yoga
& Drum classes vendors and international music and it was free entry
and parking. So So much fun. On this day we choose to wear a dress
for me that says Black girls rock a high/low sweater Custom made hat and some red tennis shoes. For Zi'Joy an custom made onesie with African print fabric and cute pink joggers and socks. By the time the day was over Zi'Joy was gifted this beautiful head wrap material from one of the vendors and we left happy and full.

Sunday for us is church and visiting day for us. Chuch had Zi'Joy in striped overalls and another custom onsie and the head wrap we were gifted the day before. I wore a set of denim harem pants a olive green sheer top and an animal print camo head wrap. How did we do with the pictures? I took our selfie stick and tried a photo shoot on my own with these.

A quick change and we were off to a Flea Market in a hip trendy area know as Hyde park. Music and all of Zi'Joys honorary Aunties were there so we mainly go to fest to enjoy the day. We were supposed to wear matching overalls but Zi'Joy needed a change so she wore a striped onesie and I had on my thrifted upcycled overalls. We did not purchase anything but again Zi'Joy was gifted beautiful flower crowns and belated baby shower gifts. I love being part of a creative community as well as the technology sector for work. Maybe one day my love for both will be combined.

I hope all is well in whatever space you find yourselves in. We especially want to say a prayer and send good vibes to those who are caught in the path or Hurricane Harvey.

I know I'm long winded but I included pictures if you just want to look and or comment all are welcome. Until next time be well on your Fashion
journey.

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