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1. Start each day with mediation and/or prayer. Studies show that our bodies and mind respond to quiet and stillness, which create the perfect environment for our meditation and prayer life. When you awake in the morning your body has had time to rest and recover from the stress of the day before, your senses heightened and your mind is clear, it’s the perfect time to seek direction and to become one with God and the universe. Besides, when would you have time to do it otherwise? Once your day begins and you open the laptop, check those DM’s and listen to your messages your time is no longer your own.

2. Don’t forget to take your vitamins. Daily supplements and vitamin intake are very important for entrepreneurs on the go. I know first hand that once you start on a project stopping to eat and even taking the time to figure out what you’re going to eat can sometimes be the biggest task of the day. Vitamins, supplements and/or nutrition drinks are a good way to keep your engine burning, although we all know that eating three (3) balanced meals a day in addition to proper vitamins is the real way to go.

3. A short walk goes a long way. You’d be surprised how a short walk can clear your mind. Overwhelmed? Take a short walk! Writers block? Take a short walk! Stuck on a project? Take a short walk! That’s right, sometimes the one thing that can help us climb out of a hole is a short walk. Now, this walk doesn’t include music blaring out of your ear buds or your phone sending you alerts every 5 minutes…this walk consist of quiet, all digital equipment and apps should be shut "off."

4. Skip the shower and run a bath. For the most part you’ve either been on your feet all day or sitting at your desk. Instead of jumping in and out of the shower run a warm bath and don’t hold back on all the fixings…candles, rose petals, soothing music lavender oil, epson salt etc. Don’t hold back, make this experience your in-home spa time, this time and retreat to your lavatory could possibly be the one good thing you have to look forward to all day. Make no mistake about it, I’m well aware that this may not be possible to do every day...but try to fit it in at least once or twice a week. You can thank me later!

5. Set the clock. Although the above tips are just a few, they can still be hard to accomplish on a daily basis. One thing I find that helps with seeing these things through to the best of my ability is to set your alarms in your phones and on your calendar, you're sure to get at least a few of them done. The more that we have on our plate and the more our business grows, we need reminders throughout the day to keep us on track...and taking care of yourself should be first on the list.

Author’s Bio

Genneya (Genny B.) Briscoe, is a Native Washingtonian creative who leads a non-profit and chapter of women in the DC area. Her free time is devoted to creating in both fashion and interior design. She has always used her platform to promote creatives and small business owners in the community. To connect with her and to support/follow her efforts you can find her here; Designers’ Row https://www.instagram.com/designersrow/ MWiiD https://www.instagram.com/m.w.i.i.d/ GENNYBEE & CO https://www.instagram.com/gennybeeandco/

Updated: Mar 5

I’d like to first thank the power of Social Media, when used constructively it has the ability to connect and change conversations all of the world and connect people who most likely never know the other existed. Also, a big thank you to Bailey Li for being my muse to this body of work I’ve felt compelled to begin some time ago. Lastly, to my readers…I pray that through the creativity of others you are inspired to create there are so many more stories to be told.

Well, it’s no wonder that it took several weeks to connect with the free spirit and creative we know as Bailey Li. Nonetheless, after I made a few attempts to connect with her during my trip to “The Big Apple” (NYC) this past February we quickly realized that we’d have to result to Apple (trusty iPhone) to connect the dots. I first saw Bailey’s intriguing designs on Instagram several months, me being a free spirit and somewhat of a Boho-chic I was immediately drawn to her whimsical aesthetics. Bailey has the ability to make neutrals and earth tones look like the most colorful place on earth.

Needless to say, after a few attempts with our handy dandy hand held devices, Bailey and I finally connected the eve MARCH and to no surprise, her voice was just as full of life as her wondrous designs. Her positive energy was inspiring in its self and I was at ease from our fist few seconds of communication. It’s funny actually, all the questions I’d planed on asking Bailey went out the window after we connected, and I was immediately lead to ask her these questions; see below

Q: Where were you born and who was the decorator of the house and their design aesthetic?

A: I was raised by my grandparents in East Orange, NJ where my grandmother was the decorator of the house, she had very expensive taste. I will never forget going with her furniture shopping; she purchased the most beautiful red velvet couch I’d ever seen. I instantly feel in love and was excited for it to make it to our living room. When the delivery day arrived, I remember being in school anxiously waiting for school to end so I could rush home to see the red velvet beauty that we selected. To my surprise and utter disappointment, I found it completely wrapped in plastic slip covers. I was devastated, I just couldn’t understand why my grandmother would want to wrap something so beautiful in plastic! She said “she wanted to preserve it” thus defeating the point of us ever really enjoying it. I honestly think I went to my room and cried lol.

Q: What, if any of your childhood design space have you carried over into your own space?

A: Well I can’t say it’s anything in particular, but I would definitely say that my grandmothers’ glam style of design and dress from bouffant hair to beautiful mink stoles has influenced my design style and can be seen all throughout my space.

Q: What is the area in your space that inspires you most?

A: Oh definitely my canopy bed, I feel like I'm in another world in it! The bed is literally embellished with drapery and hung by ropes, when I created this bed I knew it would be my favorite place to retreat.

Q: What is the one piece or area in your space that you couldn’t imagine living without?

A: I can’t imagine life without my scooter shelf console, it’s one of my favorite pieces to date. I’m always on the hunt for amazing pieces, mostly antique/vintage. Specifically, ones that hold and/or increase in value, as I like to select pieces that have the potential to be investments, as well as, heirloom pieces that can be passed down. In my opinion beautifully crafted and re-imagined antique pieces possess so much character and are far more interesting than mass manufactured furniture.

Q: Is there a product or particular piece on your wish list that you’d like to add to your space?

A: I would really like to add a legitimate walk-in closet, you know spacious and functional all at the same time.

BONUS

Q: Name one “Fun Fact” or something most don’t know about you?

A: I was a nerd in my younger days and spent a good amount of my free time reading and writing poetry.

*while sharing this we both made the connection to her poetry and design and how the two together assist in her style/ability to create such magical and fairy-tale spaces.

As I ended our interview I felt compelled to ask Bailey what she’d hoped her legacy would be. After a short pause, she stated "The positive impact that my work has on my clients lives is truly the reward I seek. So I'd have to say that the legacy I wish to leave behind would be that I was not only instrumental in transforming lives through their spaces, but that I was a pioneer in helping people recognize and tap into their best selves"…I’d say she’s off to one hell of a start. #missioncomplete

In recent months, we have witnessed a myriad of fashion faux pas from major brands such as Prada, Gucci, H&M and Burberry (to name a few). The blunders, being of a particularly insensitive nature both racially and culturally, have sparked outrage in the black community and beyond. Whether these “oversights” were accidental or intentional one thing is for sure – there is an increasing motivation to support brands that celebrate diversity and empower those communities that are being marginalized, underrepresented and misrepresented in fashion. In the words of our forever FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, “When they go low, we go high.” Let’s channel our energies (and coins) not into fighting the old, but on building the new!

Today we are super excited to share ten of our favorite minority, women owned clothing, shoe and accessory brands to fit any occasion or budget. We highlight these companies for their quality of product, inclusion of diversity, and customer service.

#maketheeconomicshift #doitfortheculture

1. Andrea Iyamah: A clothing line strongly inspired by color and ethnic cultures - popularly recognized for its eccentric and unique take on swimwear, also specializing in ready-to-wear and custom made special event dresses.

MUNA Bikini Set

2. Chen Burkett New York: A lifestyle brand offering trend-forward quality clothing and accessories crafted from the boldest of prints. We love the versatility of this brand. The pieces can go to the office, happy hour, beach and board room!

Paige Blouse: Garden Print + Park Ave Pencil Skirt

3. Cushnie: A luxury women’s ready-to-wear and accessories brand with a mission to empower women, and to celebrate diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the business.

Tropical Stripe Print Mini Dress, Watermelon Rae Gown, Watermelon Off The Shoulder Top, + Tropical Stripe Alene High Waisted Pant (l-r)

4. Fe Noel: This company’s motto is, “Eat well, travel often, and dress to inspire!” Need we say more?

Scilla Whitesmoke Robe + Pant

5. Hanifa: A ready-to-wear designer line which features contemporary apparel for women. Feminine with chic simplicity. This company also offers ‘tall’ options for ladies that need more length.

MIYA Sweaterdress + ZAYDA Mule

6. Hyde Your Jewelry: Handmade leather artwear by Cody Curry. Custom leather jewelry designs and consults. We love the fun-loving nature of this brand!

Hyde. Your. Jewelry. (Gift Shop Collection)

7. Jennifer Le: A shoe and clothing brand that ‘effortlessly blurs the line between Runway and Streetwear’. Each pair is hand-finished using high quality materials and premium craftsmanship.

Patent Croc Set + FW19 Finch Combat Boots

8. LTD Creations: Custom or distressed clothing and denim for women, men and children. LTD Creations also has an exclusive line available on the Fashion Bomb Daily Shop!

The Distressed 'Claire' Jeans by LTD Creations

9. Mess in a Bottle: A t-shirt company that is emotional, thought provoking and expressive to the current climate of the world. Bonus: Khalilah Wright, owner of Mess in a Bottle, also hosts classes and has an e-book on how to start your own successful t-shirt business.

Not Gucci Tee

10. Tree Fairfax: Producing minimal leather goods that are long lasting with timeless designs. Each piece is hand cut and stitched using locally sourced, high quality leather.

Half Moon Waist/Crossbody Bag

Happy Investing!

Fashionably yours,

Samantha