Burritos and Baccarat; Create your moment!

28 Aug

The other night my husband picked up burritos from California Tortilla for dinner! YUM!  He gave me a call to tell me he was on his way, so I began to prepare our informal dinner setting on the coffee table in the living room; place mats, coasters, silverware… the whole shebang! I marched to the kitchen to grab two plates from the cabinet, and happened to notice a gift box in the corner of our dining room. It was a wedding gift I had slightly forgotten about for the last two months.

See, what had happened was…

My husband and I received a lovely set of 4 Baccarat Diamant Champagne flutes as a wedding gift! They are simply gorgeous, and I vowed (to myself) to keep them safe until we moved into our own home and could enjoy using them in the most fitting of settings; New Year’s Eve in front of the fire place, our wedding anniversary celebration…etc.

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Then it hit me…

Why should I wait? It was a gift given to us to enjoy together. And aren’t we together (ALL THE TIME)? Burrito night with bae was the perfect time! Even the card attached to the gift box said, “These are not intended to collect dust. Enjoy!”  so I opened two of the beautifully wrapped glasses, poured a little bubbly and surprised my husband!  We sipped like royalty! It was great!

How many of  us are saving something for the “right” or “Perfect” moment! Maybe it’s an outfit, a special gift, a china set, a special wig, a lip color…the list goes on!  I’ve said it before and it bears repeating… don’t wait, create your own occasion to put it to use! Break the rules! Do what makes you happy and enjoy the possessions you have!  If you’re saving a special  outfit… make dinner arrangements with your girls or your man, dress to the gawds, and take lots of pics!  If you have a special set of glasses or a china set, pull them out of the breakfront, set that table and relish in the moment!  Of course there will be times when you buy something for a very specific occasion, and I totally get it! However, if you have something that you’ve left untouched for months all in the name of waiting for the “right” moment… then I challenge you today, create “that” moment and simply enjoy!

 

Live your life and keep it stylish,

Reese

 

How I met my Husband (He’s Intentional)

14 Aug

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As I think of how my relationship has flourished over the past few years with my (now) husband, I can’t believe how wonderfully God orchestrated it all!  If you know me, then you probably know the story of “how I met my husband”. If you don’t, then keep reading and enjoy!

It was October 2012. I was driving down 95 South, heading back to my place in Virginia. I just spend a lovely weekend with my family in Philly.  As I passed through Delaware, the light drizzled that Glazed my car, turned into a heavy downpour! My car hit a puddle, and I could feel it losing control! It felt as if the entire world froze in that moment! I flew across 3 lanes, only to have the guard rail bring my car to a crashing halt! My Car was completely totaled… BUT GOD SPARED MY LIFE! I walked away unharmed and whole, and I am forever grateful for His protection! I had no idea that this was the start of a sequence of INTENTIONAL events that would lead me to my husband!

A few days later, I made my way back to Virginia and to the nearest Honda Dealership. As soon as I stepped out of my rental, guess who walked up to assist me?  Arkeem! He was calm, cool, collected! Definitely not your average car sales consultant! I could tell that he wasn’t from Va, which was confirmed during my test drive when he told me he was from Savannah, Ga. Come to find out we both made our way to Virginia to start a new journey in life! 

Although Arkeem and I had a great conversation, it was strictly business. I wanted to buy, he wanted to sell.  Neither one of us was looking for anything further than a car deal; however, we managed to stay in touch. An email was sent here, a double tap on Instagram there… very minor exchanges! It wasn’t until February (February 23rd to be exact) when Arkeem took it to the next level and asked me out to dinner!  

That dinner was the best first date I’ve ever had in my life! Our conversation was so natural and lively; No masks, no games, no pressure! I don’t even remember asking many questions, we pretty much eased into every thing you’d think to discuss on a “first date”. The tone was set for all of our moments together!  It was the start of a beautiful friendship, turned relationship, turned marriage for LIFE!

Sometimes, when we go through tragic experiences in life, we tend to focus on the negative outcome and miss the actually opportunity to let go and let GOD BLOW OUR MINDS!  Think about that… “Let go and let GOD BLOW YOUR MIND”!  For me, a car accident set me up to meet my husband!  What if I spent all of my time crying over the accident that I experienced and the car I lost, instead of focusing on God’s faithfulness and how He truly spared my life! My attitude/outlook may have caused me to delay (or even miss) my blessing!  I can’t even imagine! I am truly thankful that in that season I chose to focus on His goodness, and that He prepared me (mind, body and spirit) to meet my wonderful husband.

I urge you today, no matter what has happened, focus on God’s goodness and watch Him work wonders. He is intentional!

-Reese

*Photo Cred: Douglas  James Studios

9 Signs that You have the BEST Bridesmaids Ever!

1 Jul

1. They stand by your side, hold you up, and get down and dirty to handle your light work…And actually have fun while doing it :-)Douglas James Studios

2. They notice your tears of joy, smile and remind you of how lovely your wedding will be, and that this is just the beginning of an amazing life with your wonderful husband :-) Theresa + Arkeem-0070
3. They. Do. This! 
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4. They keep you calm, cool, collected and remind you of how GORGEOUS you look in your dress! “Don’t hurt ’em, Reese”Theresa + Arkeem-0083
5. They are picture-ready at all times… even when caught off guard <3!Theresa + Arkeem-0167

6. They know when to step in and dry that one tear, before your left eyelash flies off and lands on the minister notes! (too real)Theresa + Arkeem-0144

7. They follow your lead, hold your dress as needed, and DON’T take your bossiness personal (for that one day)Theresa + Arkeem-0229

8. They secretly request #TrapQueen at your reception because they know it brings out your inner ratchet!! :-pTheresa + Arkeem-0389

9. They understand that your wedding  is 100% about you and don’t mind at all!!Theresa + Arkeem-0232

I am so blessed to have had such  wonderful women by my side, who selflessly supported me on my special day! Thank you for the love and sacrifices you all made to be there for me! Love you xxoo :-)

 

-Stylreesta aka “Mrs. Dennis”

*Photo Cred: All photos captured and edited by  Douglas James Studios

Thank You! A note from Mrs. Dennis

7 Jun
I looked around the ballroom and saw everyone smiling, cheering for Keem and I in the name of love… It was such an indescribable moment! Our wedding was truly amazing and I cannot contain myself knowing that this was just the first day of many more to come! There just aren’t enough characters to express how amazingly blessed I am! No words powerful enough to thank God ALMIGHTY for His faithfulness! No language vast enough to thank all of our wonderful family and close friends for their outpouring of love and support! #WeareGrateful
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Everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to celebrate our union… THANK YOU! It meant the world to us! Those of you who sent your well-wishes… May God bless you, richly! All of you who have sown into our lives both with your TIME and your TREASURY … may you reap a harvest of 100 fold! The windows of heaven are open to you!
I am overwhelmed when I think  of the goodness of my Father that was shown to Keem and I through all of YOU! I love you all and cannot wait to see what the future has in store for our lives!!
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Photo by Douglas James Studios

Photo by Douglas James Studios

 
Stylishly with gratitude,
 
 -Stylreesta (aka Mrs. Dennis)

Solid Foundation: A Must Read for all Couples!

9 Apr

A few nights ago, my fiance and I decided to make dinner together!  He started prepping the meat, and true to form,  I stepped in to make the side dishes and add some finishing touches!  We moved in sync, laughed out loud and spoke of our future together… It was the start of a wonderful evening!

Out of nowhere I became especially hungry, and  started to nibble on a little bit of everything. I caught Keem’s judging eye a few times, but I didn’t pay it much attention. It wasn’t until I popped open a bag of popcorn, that he became a bit tense and told me what was on his mind… “You know, I can’t stand it when you eat while we cook”. This caught me totally off guard, and feeling attacked I replied with something very unfair. After a few exchanges, I rolled my eyes, stuffed the popcorn into the cabinet, and we went back to cooking…in silence.

Once everything was ready, we placed our respective dishes on the table. We locked eyes, and before I had a chance to say a word, Keem grabbed my hand and said “Let’s pray over the food. will you bow with me?” I shook my head in  agreement, and on our knees Keem prayed over everything, but the food! He prayed over our relationship, our future marriage, our understanding of each other, and his role as a husband. Tears streamed down my face, my mascara stained the carpet.  I was completely and utterly overwhelmed! And it was on that dining room floor that God met us, and humbled us with His presence!

After the prayer, and after a very long embrace,  Keem  and I spoke about what happened. Turns out he really just wanted us to enjoy the meal together, and was bothered that I was “digging in” before we could even sit at the table.  Made almost too much sense, especially since I made it very clear that eating dinner together is important to me. Ha!   It was a miscommunication that may not have been resolved so quickly had we not taken a moment to refocus in prayer.

What was intended to cause discord,  God turned it and used it to strengthened our relationship, not only with each other but more importantly with Him! Keeping God first, is more that a catchy hash-tag; It is an absolutely vital component needed to lay a SOLID (unmovable) foundation for a Godly and fruitful relationship! And it has to come from both parties involved.

Relationships aren’t always going to be “cookies and cream”!  We will disagree, we will roll our eyes,  but with God we are able to navigate through those not-so-sweet moments and come out with a better understanding of each other. It is most certainly a process, but through it we are determined to come out even stronger!

I’m getting married in 49 days!!

#soontobeMrsDennis

Keep is stylish,

-Stylreesta xoxo

Hair Chronicles: “Taming the Touch”, Your hair needs some R&R

12 Feb

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Over the past week, I’ve been playing around with what I like to call a “protective style” for my relaxed hair.  I’ve already committed to a lifestyle of only using heat on my hair once a week (and for a very occasional spruce up); however, I am working on “taming the touch”. I touch and tousle my hair way more than I need to (like a boss, clearly evident in the pic above, Haa ^-^), and I do believe this can lead to breakage.  So, I found a style that stays in place and protects my most vulnerable, and frequently touched strands.

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Two side flat twists, 3 bobbi pins, a double dose of moisture and I’m done! (I use the pin curl method nightly to keep the faux hawk a-fluff)

So, what do you think? I absolutely love it! lol! This style may not work for you, but I strongly believe everyone’s hair needs a break from time to time. Whether you are relaxed, natural or transitioning, our hair will always need care and attention for it to remain healthy! Whether you prefer braids, wigs, or twists, be sure to give your hair a little R&R from time to time and moisturize daily! Trust me, your hair will thank you, and be in good health :-) 

Keep it stylish, and protect those ends girl,

-Stylreesta xo

 

 

The one thing you must NEVER ignore (#ReachOut)

19 Jan

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Have you ever thought about a friend or family member “randomly” while going about your day-to-day business?  You may  have been brushing your teeth, writing a proposal for a client, or driving home from work, and you just can’t shake the thought of wondering how they are doing.

When this happens, don’t ignore it!

Take the time to #ReachOut to that person… ASAP, and with a sense of urgency.  It may be a phone call, a simple text message, or even a quote of encouragement. Whatever you may feel the need to do, do it! I can’t even begin to count the number of times this has happened to me. When I took a moment to reach out,  the person truly needed it!  (Not to mention all the times my friends and family members reached out to me during my time of need, simply because I was on their minds!)

We never fully know all that a person is going through, especially during their low times. Stress, anxiety, and depression are REAL ISSUES! And often times we can be a source of light by simply checking in just to say, “you were on my mind”.  So today, I ask you all to  a vow and commit to making an effort to reach out when a person comes to mind! You never know, reaching out may be just the thing to change that person’s life!

Keep it stylish and #ReachOut

-Stylreesta

#ForwardthinkingFriday: 3 essential tips for a successful New Year

9 Jan

Happy New Year to all!  I don’t know about you all, but my year has definitely started off with an amazing B.A.N.G!

My wonderful boyfriend proposed to me on NYE (the best surprise ever)! We are so very happily engaged, preparing for our wedding and all of the martial bliss that shall be ours!  I hope yours is off to a fabulous start as well!

While we are all making a mental note of our New Year’s resolutions and goals for 2015, I absolutely must share a few helpful tips that  have helped bring my  goals and dreams to fruition over the past two years.  I hope you find them helpful :-)

1. Visualize your life and write it down! I know I’ve mentioned this in previous posts, but it is worth repeating!  Many of you have visualized what you want your life to look like in the new year. You see yourself starting you own business, finally losing a few pounds, being a better friend, and possibly changing you morning habits and adopting a timely lifestyle. Some of you see yourself getting a new house, paying off your car, or finally finishing your first book and becoming a published (best-selling) author.  Whatever it is that you have visualized for this new year… WRITE IT DOWN! As a best practice I always buy a monthly/weekly planner with notes pages in the back.  I use these note pages to write down the goals, ideas and desires for the year!  Not only do I write them down, I write them as declarative and DEFINITIVE statements of thanks for what I KNOW I WILL ACCOMPLISH! Here is an example for 2015:

“Thank you, Lord for my  purposeful and organized living habits in 2015. My life is directly in line with my purpose. I am prepared and  on time for my engagements, I complete my assignments before they are requested, and I have embraced a life of excellence, doing away with FEAR, mediocrity, and procrastination!  My day begins and ends with purpose!

Once written, I then jot down flavorful reminders as I plan throughout the year. (check out my postSecrets to Success; Event *Planner*”)!

2. Be about it, don’t (just) talk about it: I am definitely a talker and love to share my dreams and excitement with the world!   I can hype up just about anything,  but where I often struggled was in bringing my ideas to fruition!  I am learning more and more every day how to make practical, purposeful-filled moves, that will help me accomplish my goals.  And once accomplished, I then share my successes (and the journey).

3. Schedule your Check-up: Schedule a check-up for a progress report. Set aside time to see how things are going. If you’ve taken steps forward, acknowledge it! Jot it down chronologically, if you can remember, and CELEBRATE! If you’ve fallen short of a few things, note it and move on. Your check-up should NEVER BE DESTRUCTIVE. Be honest with yourself, pinpoint what was off, and  move forward with a very direct and intentional plan.  Today is a great day to start fresh, as long as there is breath in your lungs it is never too late!

Remember, write it down, and be specific. If you desire to lose weight, how much? Do you want to lose belly fat, hire a personal trainer, or will you eliminate certain foods from your diet?  If you want to own your own business, what type of business? Have you settled on the services you will offer and the clients you will target? Write it down, get moving and get it done!  

Mark my words, this will be your best year yet! 

Keep it stylish and purposeful,

Reese 

joyeux anniversaire à moi

30 Dec

Leopard stilettos, a gazillion balloons, a bangin’ backless dress, my family, my man, my friends… SURPRISE!

These are just a few of the things that I envisioned for my 28th born day!   I wanted to celebrate my “champagne birthday” with a grand all-things-fabulous type of bash!  You know, the type of party people talk about for years to come because it was just that fabulous!  

Then, life happened. :-/

Work got a bit frustrating interesting, my dental problem got worse (my root canal procedure went south)…and within a few days, I was just so over it!  I thought to myself, “If I’m not able to host the ‘bash of the year’, then I don’t want to celebrate at all”.

I went on for weeks with this pathetic mindset, until that phone call of truth with my mommy! (LOVE HER). She helped me to understand that my birthday doesn’t have to be ruined simply because the celebration doesn’t happen on the exact date. I can celebrate WHENEVER and HOWEVER I want!  A pretty obvious truth that I totally missed on my own! 

Suffice it to say, I embraced this truth and decided to host a very last-minute mini girls’ night at my place! I gathered  some of my closest girlfriends, and it turned out to be one of my most fabulous birthday celebrations to date! The company, the conversation, the cocktails… it was absolutely wonderful! And guess what? This is just the beginning :-)

I am so thankful for my wonderful mommy, my amazing man, and all of those who encouraged me through all the craziness of the past few months!  You helped me to gracefully remove myself from the VIP section of my pity party, and helped me to understand that despite what situations may occur, I can still enjoy my life!  

In the words of Annette Funicello

“Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful”

Happy 28th birthday to me!

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Keep it stylish,

Stylreesta xo

 

Root of the Issue

5 Dec

Yesterday, I had a root canal!

I had a dental crown put in place to fix a hairline fracture…blah, blah, blah! Over the past few Weeks, I had been experiencing a great deal of pain, which I assumed was normal, until it became unbearable. It got to the point that my everyday activities suffered, and I felt myself slip into a mini depression!  My life flashed before my eyes.

I called and gave the receptionist a taste of my dramatics (most tastefully)! She had no choice, but to bring me in for an emergency visit, during which I was informed that I would need to have an emergency root canal to avoid infection! Unfortunately, I was a part of the 20% of people who suffer from “irreversible inflammation” resulting in the need to have a root canal, and if left untreated could lead to my needing an extraction (losing my tooth completely).  

As the dentist began to work, I had a revelation about life…

Many of us are walking around with unresolved issues in our hearts! like the pain from my tooth, We’ve tricked ourselves into thinking that this disruptive pain is “normal” and simply “a part of life”.   We’ve allowed the destructive roots of  Jealousy, regret, FEAR, loneliness, unforgiveness, and anger to settle in our hearts, not even realizing that if left untreated will lead to greater loss! Lack of focus, missed opportunities, broken relationships… and the list goes on! 

Today, I encourage all of you to schedule your emergency visit, and get to the root of the issues!  Let go of the negativity that’s been hindering your progress! Appreciate what you’ve been given! Remember that everything happens for a reason, and worrying about the past won’t change it! Fear is debilitating, unforgiveness will kill you, and loneliness won’t last always! forgive, let go and move ON! 

Pray! Dig deep! Take a deep breath!

Although difficult at times, it is not impossible! 

Keep it stylish,

Stylreesta

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