Vision Board

In the midst of finding direction at my “carrefour” (crossroads)  a friend mentioned the power of vision boards. She planned to throw a party with several women in which we would unveil are vision boards. I had heard about the concept which is to take images, words, and or art to make a collage or pinterest page about your goals, plans and overall vision for life. I thought that it would be a useful exercise but it takes a decided to give it a try. 
It was interesting to have everyone reveal there process for evaluating their life and goals. We all had a different vision of where we were in life but there were common themes and goals. We all were reaching to achieve a new level of professional and personal growth. The groups was all women so there was a consistent belief that mind, body and spirit connectivity was something that we wanted to delve deeper into. 

Step 1: Strong Women at the base

 I revealed the process for my board by explaining that the board was a symbol of who I am. I am more than meets the eye. At the base of the board I wanted images of strong black women. I have often struggled with confidence so finding my inner strength and voice was and is an important part of figuring out my direction. 
 Step 2: Overlapping the the Bigger Picture 
Once I felt that I had a solid base I begin putting into place some of the things that are important for me. I felt that this centered around four major quadrants. Home, Business/Professional, Travel and Friends/Family. This blog factors into my business/professional goals. Avec Amour is my lifestyle brand, a twenty-somethings guide to sophistication.

Step 3: Sprinkling in Words of Power
In the final step I added in words that a matched the vision and purpose that was revealed to me through the process of creating a the board. Overall, I loved the process and found it perfectly cathartic. It was really a remarkable evaluation of where I see my life currently and in the future.  Have you created a vision board? What did it reveal to you? 

Avec Amour,


Thoughtful Thurday- "7 year itch"

I have always been one to set goals and make plans. In the last year my goals and plans have changed dramatically. I had to take a step back from some relationships and focus on my personal development and growth. I was literally and figuratively at a crossroads.

The last time I felt like this was 7 years ago when I was living in France. It seems appropriate that I would think about my time in France  and the person I was before how that experience shaped me.

In french the word for crossroads is “Carrefour.”  I love the word because it evokes these thoughts of four directions for life. The future and the past are are in front and behind you making your path brighter or dimmer with each step.

The timing of this change in me also was of interest. I remember hearing a theory on personal development coming every 7 years. Do you buy into the thought the every 7 years you change?

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May Day Window Shopping in Georgetown

Today, I had an appointment in Georgetown and I decided to be posh. I put on my favorite sheer dress by Ali Ro with a J.Crew leather belt,  J. Crew two-tone sweater and Animal Print Prada Shoes. I topped the ensemble with the oldie but goodie J.Crew Gayle Red Ruffle trench.






As I walked the cobbled stone streets I was reminded that everyday there are bumps in the path but you have to walk with your head up and shoulders back and make it through…

Additionally, no trip to Georgetown would be complete without a bit of window shopping. Here are a few of my favorite finds.

BCBG by Max Azaria

Fancy Leopard Jacquard Dress. Was $338 Sale $169

I normally feel self aware in dresses such as this  one but it made me feel smokin’ hot, especially paired with a leather jacket…




I love the smell and feel of Anthro, it is like a big comfy chair with blanket and book by the fire. Whenever I go in the store I find a quirky or beautiful idea or piece to enhance my wardrobe or life.
Today’s finds were all about the simplicity.

Capsleeve Shift Dress by Maeve – $98

Ruby Belle Marseille Pencil Dress – Was $148 Sale $79.99


Well those were the highlights. Where are your favorite places to window shop?

Avec Amour,

95 Mile Lesson

If you would have asked me a year ago if I would ever run a half marathon I would have told you were crazy. A couple of months ago a friend sent me the link to the inaugural Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. What initially drew me in was that at the end of the race you get a little blue box with a Tiffany’s Necklace. But the challenge turned into so much more…

I now truly understand when people say that it is not a race but a marathon. Training was tough but you took it step-by-step until you reached your eventual goal.

I was inspired by the women that I ran with. When you are running for 3+ hours you talk about everything. You encourage each other to keep on going. In addition to encouraging others you also have to encourage yourself…no matter how much it hurts or how much you want to quit, that you can’t. You can’t let the course defeat you or rather you can’t let life defeat you. In the end I amassed more than 82 miles in preparation for the race.

I am amazed, proud, and thankful for my teammates. But most importantly, I am proud of myself. I conquered my fear that I could not succeed. I believed in myself even though I was not the fastest on the course. I kept going and I made it to the end. A lesson about life with 95 miles on my soles upon the streets of D.C.

BTW: The little blue box hardware rocks 🙂

Avec Amour,