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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Beauty Must Have: Protecting Your Eyes

Its warm in NYC. Ok that is an understatement. NYC is in the middle of a heatwave. For the past 5 days temperatures have been close to 100 degrees with humidity levels at 100% . It is recommended to always have the following items…  water (check) wear loose fit clothing (check ) sunscreen (check). What’s the one thing you should never leave home without to protect your eyes especially in the summer? SUNGLASSES!!!!

Prada (try this ) // Karen Walker (currently my favorite) // Ray Ban

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There are hundreds of brands, colors and shapes. From low end to high end and some sold on the streets in Times Square . Stylist tip: Invest in a good pair of  classic polarized sunglasses. They last longer! What are Polarized Sunglasses?

According to Sunglass Warehouse , Polarized Lenses are coated with a special chemical film that helps reduce glare. Glare is caused when light from the sun is reflected off of water or a solid surface. By neutralizing glare, polarized lenses help you see objects more clearly, and also help reduce the harmful effects of UV light.

Types of Polarized Lenses

.75 mm polarized lenses

These polarized lenses are made from thin sheets of film and are the best option when you don’t need to worry about impact resistance. The .75 mm lenses are good for most casual sports, like running and golf.

1.1 mm polarized lenses

These polarized lenses are made with thicker sheets of film. They offer more impact resistance than .75 mm polarized lenses, but they have the same polarizing layer. Even though 1.1 mm film is thicker, these sunglasses don’t offer better glare reduction or higher polarization. In fact, the added thickness usually makes them a more expensive option.

Tinted Lenses vs. Polarized Lenses

While tinted sunglasses are great for reducing brightness, they don’t eliminate harsh glare like polarized sunglasses. Don’t let darker lenses fool you into thinking they offer more protection from UV rays, either. The darkness of the lens does not accurately represent the lenses’ ability to block UV rays.

Always check the label on your lenses to see what level, if any, of UV protection they offer. Also, remember that dark sunglasses UV protection will cause more damage to your eyes than not wearing sunglasses at all. Darker tints can cause the pupil to dilate, letting more UV rays into the inner part of the eye.

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Now that you know the importance of polarized sunglasses go out and treat yourself to a pair.

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