Baby Morgan Registry Part 1

Happy Monday!! I know I know…where have I’ve been? Ever since I announced I was expecting our first child I have been placed on bed rest. SO all activities had to come to a halt for a couple of months. I am currently 5 months pregnant and a lot has happened in the last months…let’s just say this will definitely be a miracle baby!

We went on a baby moon! The doctor prescribed a small getaway to Shawnee Poconos in Pennsylvania . I needed a new scenery, fresh air and a chance to plan out the coming of Baby Morgan. Of course it turned into a mini photoshoot.

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3 months pregnant 

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Mom and Dad

After our baby moon we were eager to tell everyone the gender of the baby. Luckily I found out early in my pregnancy, but mistakenly told my husband in a night time bed conversation …smart move. I tried to cover it up, but it was too late. We are having a ………

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It’s a BOY!!!

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5 months pregnant 

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Today we had the pleasure of starting our registry! There are sooooooooo many options even Dominos has a registry. After attending the Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower Ever we started our registry at Buy Buy Baby . Never heard of the Biggest Baby Shower Ever? It a huge party like a baby shower to gain knowledge about all the latest gadgets and things your baby will need. My favorite part was the abundance of free samples . At the end of the event I received the biggest goodie bag ever and a 4moms bounceROO.

If you’ve been following my story my husband and I have been trying to conceive for 5 years. I remember the days I couldn’t even walk into a baby section without tearing up. Today I walked into Buy Buy Baby holding back tears. I was overjoyed and excited to be in this stage of my pregnancy . I am fully enjoying this stage and with 4 months to go I am ready to see my little pumpkin. Don’t give up on your dreams!

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Who said you can’t be stylish and pregnant?!

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Coat: H&M

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I love this vintage stroller.

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Working hard!

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Baby Morgan’s daddy checking social media

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Baby Morgan was sleep during the whole registry.

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Mom and Dad to be

 

Baby Morgan Part 2 registry to be continued………………

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I’m Back With A Special Announcement !

I know you’ve been wondering were I’ve been. My husband and I have been going through IVF and ……..WE’RE HAVING A BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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So please continue to follow The Morgans on this journey as we document the coming of our baby! Gender reveal coming soon!!

 

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Mentor Me Summit 2017

On this past Saturday I had the pleasure of being apart of the On This Journe Mentor Me Summit 2017 panel. 20 young ladies were selected not only to gleam from 6 different panelist, they were given prizes! Such as a glam squad for their prom day and a book scholarship for college. It was such a pleasure being around individuals that have shared the same experiences and to see what our future lawyers, doctors and/or even politicians looked like.

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I had the pleasure of presenting the topic “I Am Beautiful”.  My subtopics were Fashion, Clothing and Makeup. Whenever I am on a panel I ALWAYS try to go against the grain….step outside the box. I took my make up off in front of everyone. Yes, you read right. We are made to believe we NEED makeup and can’t live with out it. I wanted to make a point that we are all beautiful with all our imperfections we may think we have. Plus you have to give your a face a break to breath. Its not what’s outside like the latest designer fashions, but what’s inside your brain such as education and heart such as love, compassion and sympathy towards others.

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Blazer (Banana Republic ) / Pants ( Banana Republic ) / Stripe Blouse ( H&M ) / Shoes  (Paul Smith) / Earrings (JCrew)

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This is what I look like without makeup and I feel just as fabulous.

 

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The Unofficial Start of Summer 2017

Memorial Day is considered to be the unofficial start of the summer. Cook outs begin, road trips increase and laying in the sun enjoying the warm weather is considering “working”.  Sadly the weather lately says otherwise. Its been dark and cloudy, but that hasn’t stopped me from heading outside and enjoying this beautiful world and one of the best cities…..NYC. For this holiday I decided to stay local and explore SoHo. SoHo stands for South of Houston Street.

Have you ever heard of JGoldCrown ? You may not know his name, but you’ve seen his artwork. #LoveWall My goal was to simply go to his website , find a wall and locate a mural in NYC. Sadly many of his murals have been painted over. After visiting 3 locations on the 4th location I finally found a #LoveWall.  It was everything I expected and more.

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We all have things that we love. One place that I love is Strands Book Store . They have all the latest books, buttons, totes etc. One person that I love is our previous  First Lady Michelle Obama. She exudes class, sophistication and beauty.  While in the book store I came across a t shirt that expresses love for us the female species.

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Jeans ( Dance and Marvel ) / T Shirt ( Michelle Obama ICON ) /                                          Shoes ( Christian Louboutin ) / Bag (Vintage Gucci)

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Let’s Get Personal

Let me reintroduce myself. My name is Hope Morgan …..Shannel is my middle name. I’ve been married for 7 years to my wonderful, amazing and  yes sometimes annoying husband Nick. July 17th will be our 8th wedding anniversary! We are a lot alike and yet a lot different. My favorite color is pink, his is blue and orange.  He loves the Knicks, I love fashion. He’s studying for his Doctorate in Education…..I’m still trying to figure out what to cook for dinner tonight. lol  We love each other dearly and we have no children…..yet.

When you first get married you say your “I Do’s” and then the question many of us dread is asked….. when are you going to start having children? “I don’t know what sheets to put on the bed, now you want me to produce life “. Again we’ve been married for 7 years. 3 years into our marriage we got pregnant. Rewind. My parents were told they couldn’t have children. They now have me Hope, Josh and Faith. Now back to the present. We were ecstatic when we found out the news. I panicked, my husband reassured me everything was going to be ok. 6 weeks later I experienced what is called an ectopic pregnancy. I’ve never had surgery before. This required an extensive amount. I cried for months. Bed rest, no exercise. NO HIGH HEELS!!! I survived. 6 months later it happened again. We found out I was pregnant. 6 weeks later another ectopic pregnancy. I cried for months. No baby showers, I couldn’t be around babies. I got stronger. I survived. Many women especially in the African American community have fibroids. I assumed this was the cause of both loss so I acted fast. This would be my 3rd surgery in less than 3 years. It was a success, but I haven’t gotten pregnant since. We’ve been trying for 5 years. #5years

Ever heard of IVF ? Yes, I was TOTALLY against it. After SEVERAL talks with my husband and doing my own research I agreed to the process. THIS IS NOT AN EASY PROCESS. It involves a lot of medicine and a lot of home injections. A lot of tears, but a lot of faith.

 

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These pictures were taken on Mother’s Day. 

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To be continued……………

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Denim Day

Happy Denim Day!!! 

 

I know you’ve been wondering where have I been. Let’s just say…… IVF post coming soon.

Denim

a heavy, Z-twist, twill cotton for jeans, overalls, and other work andleisure garments. Dictionary.com
a similar fabric of finer quality, for covering cushions, furniture, etc. Dictionary.com
Jeans
hard-wearing trousers made of denim or other cotton fabric, for informal wear.
One of my favorite things to wear is denim. I can wear denim every day (hhhmmm different ways to wear denim for a week or month coming soon!) Denim comes in every price point. My favorite line of denim is from you guessed it Levi’s . Key word:DURABILITY.  You can never have too many pairs! I received my first pair of  Levi’s 501 Original jeans at 6 years old and never looked back. If you haven’t tried on a pair or don’t own a pair please do yourself a favorite buy a pair.
Denim( TopShop ) / Shirt( Levi’s ) / Shoes (Zara sold out ) / Rain Coat ( EBay )/ Lipstick ( NYX Cosmetics Little Denim Dress )
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  How are you wearing your denim today?
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The Power Suit

Spring has finally sprung. Flowers are starting to bloom and change is in the air! What type of change? Less layers, more color and women wearing pant suits. Not just any type of pant suits, but bold bright colors. Yellow, green and/or red. Yes, a lot of women have been wearing pant suits for ages, but now it has trickled down into the fashion industry. This trend was on the runway for almost 2 seasons. Can this be the resurrection of the pantsuit? I think so. With everything going on in politics with Women’s Rights we are standing up and standing out. One women in particular whose been wearing pant suits since the 1990’s when her husband was President is Hillary Clinton.

 

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I decided to give the pant suit a try and I absolutely love it. Not only is this look sophisticated, but its comfortable, easy to wear and can be styled several different ways. Going with a black pant suit would be typical so while shopping at Zara I went into the store with one goal in mind….to purchase a bright colored suit no matter what the color. Luckily I found just that!!!

 

Blazer (Zara) / Trouser (Zara) / Ring sold out (Henri Bendel) / Clutch sold out (Banana Republic)

 

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Style Tip: Have fun with your suit. You don’t have to wear a white dress shirt or high heels. Be more adventurous and try it with a tee and sneakers.

 

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Happy Spring

It is officially the 1st day of Spring!!! Even though it doesn’t feel like it OR look like it (we still have snow on the ground) SPRING is here and here to stay. How do I know, because the weather man said so lol ….and because of The Old Farmer’s Almanac . Founded in 1792 it is still used til this day and its pretty accurate.

So what does one wear when the calendar says Spring, but it doesn’t feel like it? Shed clothing slowly. Warm temperatures during the day can turn into cold temperatures at night. You never want to be under dressed nor overdressed. It is safe to put the turtlenecks away and ok to wear mock necks. Another great way to adjust to the weather and still look fashionable is to change your jewelry. One of my favorite pieces of jewelry are earrings. I am not talking about diamond studs, I like colorful…whimsical earrings of all kinds.

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All earrings are courtesy of J.Crew

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Some of my favorite earrings this spring are:

ASOS Liars & Lovers Bright Tassel Statement Earrings $23.00

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BaubleBar Caicos Pom Pom Earrings $34

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Mango Floral Earrings $25.99

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Kate Spade Citrus Crush Statement Earrings $98.00

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J.Crew Embroidered Crystal Earrings $78

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What are some of your Spring fashion favorites?

 

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY with a feature on All Things Hair

Happy International Women’s Day.

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All over the world women are celebrating what #ADAYWITHOUTWOMEN would look like. Many have decided to strike by not going to work, marching or wearing red. If you aren’t able to participate in these ways….. let your voice be heard not just on this day, but for the rest of your life! How am I letting my voice be heard? I was recently asked by  All Things Hair to be apart of their tribute on “How Women are Expressing themselves Through Their Hair.”

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Here is a snippet of my thoughts……

“I’ve had natural hair for seven years. At first I was afraid of how I would look with short kinky hair. Being on this journey I have learned so much about who I am, and what my culture is all about. As an African American we are shamed into thinking our hair has to be one way and not embrace how versatile it actually can be. I am no longer afraid of who I am because as women, we are strong creatures who are a force to be reckoned with… we just have to believe and never lose our HOPE.”

Another way I’ve decided to be in solidarity with my sisters is to wear red. Red is such a powerful color! Its not too late. If you don’t have red clothing you can simple wear red lipstick.

Gingham Shirt (Zara) / Pants (vintage) / Bomber Jacket (H&M) / Sneakers (Vans)

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