If We Can Just Remember The Good Things

 I woke up this morning LATE (3am); I set my alarm for 12:37am to get up and do some work but apparently my iPhone alarm failed me (code for: I didn’t hear it going off, I slept right through it smh lol).

However, I woke up this morning with a determined mind to complete my tasks that I neglected the previous day. After taking a break from some research and practicing my piano, I began to talk to God. Sitting on my aging piano stool wrapped in my blanket, I walked down memory lane thinking about the things that God has done for me. 

Meeting supermodel Beverly Johnson. 

Moving to Brooklyn. 

Receiving my new hearing aids for FREE! 

The list can honestly go on forever. 

But, I also remembered the mistakes I’ve made because I didn’t understand who God really is, His character. And many times, I was so focused on my circumstances that I would forget all the things He’s done for me, the cool experiences I’ve had, and the things I’ve accomplished. And truth be told, we ALL do that sometimes.

We forget the things that we’ve accomplished. We forget the things that He’s done. Old memories, we call them. But, they are the good things. We must remember them. It’s imperative that we do. Why? Because they are the joys that give us the strength to keep going.

And it’s even more crucial that we remember what God has done (there is a divine plan whether we have possessed all the pieces to them or not). When we do remember those great things God has done, take into account that if He did it before, He’ll do it again! Even so, if God has brought your dreams to life before, then the many other dreams that you have – God is surely able to bring them to LIFE! 

That’s why it’s important to remember those good things

The Good Things. Remember them. 😉

    Attire: Dress – Maison Jules

            Sneakers: Gap

Oh for my followers and TALL WOMEN who may live in Denver, remember in my previous blog post discussing my collaboration with Long Tall Sally, the retailer British brand for apparel and accessories for tall women? Well they are having their Grand Opening TOMORROW in Denver which is super exciting! This is definitely something you should attend and add some dope items to your wardrobe, so GO! See below for the deets! 😊

Long Tall Sally – apparel and accessories specifically designed for tall women – will celebrate its grand opening party at the Denver Pavilions on Thursday, June 11th from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Join host Georgia Benjou, fashion expert and also editor of 5280 Magazine, at a ribbon cutting ceremony and party with styling tips and tricks for all guests. Plus, win a $500 gift card, enjoy photo opps and treats, take home a gift bag, and receive special savings throughout the evening.
Long Tall Sally – Grand Opening Party Denver Pavilions / 16th Street Mall / Unit 252 (next to Barnes and Noble) Thursday, June 11th 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm http://us.longtallsally.com/denver

Exciting News: The Battle of the Dresses



The Battle of the Dresses: Who wore it better?!😜 Congrats to my dear @byronlarsbm on such a stunning dress gracing the cover of @essencemag with THE beautiful @traceeellisross whom I love! Thank you so much for my beautiful dress!😘 Well, TOMORROW, I’ll be giving you darlings EMPOWERING details from my EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with designer Byron Lars on his new collection, faith, AND music on my blog! AND there’ll be FREE GIVEAWAYS from his collection! So be sure to follow and subscribe to my blog @ amodeloflife.wordpress.com for the exclusive deets and a chance to win one of his pieces!😁🌸☺️

#ByronLars #BLBM #TraceeEllisRoss #Essence #March #Model #Photoshoot #Exclusive #Interview #Press #Blogger #FashionBlogger #Inspiration #Motivation #Empowerment #Giveaways #DoingBigThings #Fashion #Faith #Music #FunTimes #Chic #Style #StreetStyle #CoverModel #NaturalHair #Curls #AModelOfLife 

Pic by: Hannah Stoudemire 

The Luxury: Music, Modeling, and Confidence

Good Morning darlings! 

 The end of the week is here and I want to open up a bit to encourage you this morning. Well, if you don’t know, music is everything to me. I know I post many things involving fashion; however, music is my first love. You may wonder how could I possibly be musically inclined yet am hearing impaired. An oxymoron, to a degree, you could also ponder. Yes, because of my loss, I miss so much physically. Well, prior to moving to NYC in 2011, EVERYONE knew music was my life. My music endeavors included several music organizations; teaching piano and voice, conducting band, orchestra, choir; singing in the choir (of course, I am a soprano, you guessed it right!); and much much more  As a child, I dreamed of being like Whitney Houston; I imitated and emulated her in every way possible. An international performer. Grammy awards. Sold-out concerts.  That’s all I ever imagined and desired. But, somewhere along the way, I lost my confidence. I didn’t believe I could do it. Because of my speech impediment (I can’t believe I’m even acknowledging it), I hated speaking before others and was terrified of singing solo before others. I feared others hearing my voice, so I hid my talent. Oh the shame and the pain I suffered from holding my own self back. If only I just accepted all of me back then, I would probably have my Grammy awards shining in my mother’s crystal glass dresser right now. If only. But, you see, my hearing impairment affected me in numerous ways in life especially on a personal level: I could not and would not accept who I was. The longer I rejected myself, the more I deteriorated on the inside. Streams of tears clouded my days far too often.  Therefore, I had to find a way to regain my confidence and increase my self-esteem. And that’s where the modeling came in. The modeling built my confidence because I was forced to see my own beauty.  If I didn’t believe in my own beauty, then the probability of me convincing the casting director or designer would be non-existent.  Interestingly, I believe the fashion, modeling industry, is one of the toughest, if not the toughest environment to thrive in, mentally and spiritually, because you are constantly being critiqued of your very essence.  It’s ironic that I entered the modeling world with low self-esteem and no confidence but came out with high (healthy) self-esteem and confidence.  It took me four years though. Four long, hard years.  It wasn’t until last Valentine’s Day when I faced myself in the mirror right before I hit the runway during New York Fashion Week that I accepted who I was being hearing impaired and solidified my confidence in who I was by walking the runway WITH my hearing aids in my ears (FYI: I stopped wearing my hearing aids back in middle school).  It was just LAST year, darling. Just last year that I found the strength within and regained my confidence. Ahhh! But, I share this to encourage you all to accept all of who you are and be CONFIDENT in who you are.  Nothing else matters but what YOU believe.

You are beautiful. You are amazing.  And you can succeed in anything you desire as long as you’re confident.  And trust me, as confident as I am now, I’m going after my music career with no hesitation 🙂

Check out this short video clip I uploaded on Instagram (find me @beautifulijerri) of me playing the piano, it’s just a tease of what’s to come this year!

https://instagram.com/p/zlsKSnwx9x/?modal=true

Ritz-Calton Hotel: Glamour Edition

Hey darlings!

I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine’s was uh ummm…let’s just say I don’t have any more energy. Between church yesterday and a 3k walk I participated in on Saturday morning for Lupus, I’m pooped. A late Friday night didn’t help my case either. Oh well. But, it was all worth it.

But, actually Friday night is what I want to share with you. I attended the Raine Magazine event held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in NYC, modeling for designer Jarmal Harris, alongside my girl, sister-friend Hannah. It was a splendid event in which I had the pleasure of meeting Nicky Hilton who was so sweet too! I wore this nude lace gown which is just DIVINE and Hannah wore this gold sequin halter gown which was just breathtaking all together!! Can you say GLAMOUR?!

Tell me what you think. Be inspired 😉

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Hannah and I…Doesn’t this remind you of the Great Gatsby movie? Lol

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Designer Jarmal Harris, Hannah, Nicky Hilton, and myself

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And of course, I couldn’t leave the night without taking a pic with this beauty 😉