Thursday, January 30, 2014

YFBFB: KARIMA OF SKINNY MINORITY BLOG

Hey Lovelies!!! No long introductions needed! I think you all are pretty familiar with my YFBFB posts. Today, I have a new fave for you all and she is absolutely a gem. Karima Renee is definitely one of Your Favorite Blogger's Favorite Blogger and she is representing for the Size Sexy Ladies and all the Curvy Girls! Most importantly, she is a boss! Blogger, Stylist, PSB President, YouTube Guru, Diva, Healthy Foodie; she does it all with ease! She is pretty much doing her thing here in Philadelphia. Check out the interview below to learn more about the girl behind The Skinny Minority brand.

Introduce yourself and your blog. 
My name is Karima Renee; I'm a fashion and style expert. My brand and blog, Skinny Minority is my daily source of personal style inspiration for curvy girls and women everywhere.

How long have you been a blogger and how did you come up with the idea to become one?
I've been a blogger for 3.5 years. I started on Tumblr when my former publicist put blogging on my To Do list.

Why did you choose to blog about your experiences, tips, and tricks as a Curvy Girl Stylist?
Nina Garcia, once said " whatever you do in life should have meaning... and if it doesn't touch/inspire the lives of others [what good is it]." My experience being a size 16/18 on the set of many photoshoots inspired me. It made me want to make a place for other girls like me. That along with my struggle to love my body made my passion and purpose real. Combining those things birthed Skinny Minority and I had a niche!

What/Who is your greatest inspiration when it comes to thinking of new and interesting posts? Everyday women who wear a size 14 or larger. I think about their needs, questions I get asked. I look at their struggles. My reader is Ty from Clueless not Cher or Dionne. Hello, I'm Cher... helping the world be a better place through fashion! LOL





What are your Favorite Blogger Must-Haves and why?
Blogger must haves, I don't know. But my style must haves are basic classics. 1. A tailored boyfriend blazer, 2. A Vintage Dress, I collect them, 3. Nude pointy toe pump, 4. Good Butt Skinny Jeans, 5. A bold handbag



You are the president of Philly Style Bloggers, a collective group of Bloggers in the Philadelphia Tri-State area actively working to increase both bloggers presence and influence. How important is networking with other bloggers, especially in your local community?
Its extremely important! Blogging is a business and like business... your only has good as your network. However, also like business you have to keep enemies closer than your friends. Blogging can be very catty and petty. However, I chose to bypass most of that and build a community where my bloggers and I come from a place of yes!

What are three Curvy Girl Trends that are a must for Spring 2014?

- Monochromatic looks with Bright Colors
- Maxi Skirts and crop tops
- Super stretch boyfriend jeans

Any advice for any bloggers or anyone who wants to become one?
- Take your time to build and learn your audience
- Plan your editorial calendar
- Don't be afraid to make changes to anything
- Use Wordpress.... Its just better


Thank you so much Karima Renee for the interview! And thank you my awesome readers. Follow Karima everywhere on the net and check out her blog today!

http://skinnyminorityblog.com/
https://www.facebook.com/skinnyminority
http://www.pinterest.com/skinnyminority/
https://twitter.com/SkinnyMinority
https://www.youtube.com/user/RaineyKids1

Love and SMOOCHES XOXO

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

NY ROADTRIP TO NEWFILMMAKERS SHORT FILM SERIES

 Hey Friends! Last week I attended NewFilmmakers' 16th Winter Season kick-off in New York City! The Short Film Program featured a film I worked on last year, Abyss: The Best Proposal Ever by Nicole Ayers. The short films featured were Cutout by Shyam Kannan, David at Daytime by Jason Pierre, and Red by Channing Godfrey Peoples. While all of the movies were phenomenal, I must say that the female filmmakers represented for the ladies! Red was a cinematographer's dream and the story just flowed naturally out of the heart of Texas. I really felt the main character's pain as we all are on a search for something. Red's search for her grandmother fur coat paralleled her search within for self-realization. Channing Godfrey Peoples created a classic short film. And I can't forget the movie that made our excursion possible. Nicole Ayers' film, Abyss, was dynamic. I laughed, I was shocked, and I had pity on the main character as his perfect proposal went south. Stuck on the streets of Philly waiting on Septa with his hilarious friend Manny, Eric's post-war trauma begins to collide with the pain of deception. The end result is one no one expects as the film progresses.

I had so much fun traveling with good people like Aleywa Taylor, Quincy Ennis, and Nicole Ayers. We talked the whole way down and the whole way back. We don't need no music! We are just crazy but that makes for the best times. We really cut up on set and you can see all of the behind the scene antics on the Abyss Youtube Channel. But the best part of our trip was the chicken. Blue Ribbon Chicken that is. I literally will go back to New York for the crispy chicken and all the lovely honey based sauces. The restaurant concept was just so simple it worked. And those loaded fries just gave me life. So happy it was just literally across the street from the Anthology Film Archives (that didn't stop us from getting lost though).

 

Working on the film was one thing, but seeing the end result is like getting kissed after the first date that you enjoyed but wasn't sure if the other person had a good time and you two are both super nervous. But in the end, it is confirmed with that good night kiss! Being at the film festival was the best confirmation of putting your best foot forward! SMOOCHES XOXO

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: EX MARKS THE PAST

Hey You! I pray that your past doesn't creep into your future. People try to time travel when they see you doing well now without them. Remember when you were with them, the relationship set you back. They may have temporarily forgot it but don't you! Forgive them but leave them in the time capsule. SMOOCHES XOXO

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: THE REALEST

Hey Guys! Can I be real with you all? I feel that if you read this blog, you have earned the right to know my truths. Have you ever felt like you don't recognize anyone around you, even yourself? That's how I've been feeling lately. The only thing that hasn't changed is Christ, his goodness. The one thing that is getting better is my relationship with him. Thankfully. Things aren't worst, just different. Things are changing and shifting but I am trying to grasp and hold on to how things used to be. Or more so how I want them to be. I really want to move forward, and I am. You guys see me blogging more and I have released The Elisa Show, and I got much more coming. But I am doing all this out God's strength in me. I am floating above myself looking at my life's routine like it is an out-of-body experience. I feel like I haven't felt any real emotions since my grandpa passed away. Like every emotion since then has been one I felt before and as a result, it is not important to dwell on. I've never experienced the pain of losing someone until my grandpa passed away. And while everything was going on, I felt like I wasn't given the time to adequately feel the emotions and to let them out. So since then I haven't really felt anything. Desire, jealousy, joy, anger, passion, sadness, greed, love... they have all passed by here but I don't give them too much attention.They just don't have any merit to stand up against the unknown. Especially if I've experienced these feelings before in similar scenarios. Now, yes I could write a soft, whimsical, thoughtful post, but that would not be realistic. I am Christian, I love the Lord, I pray everyday, I try to read my bible everyday, I am faithful in my church, I am abstinent, all because I want to and it feels good to finally be sure about that part of my life. But finding Elisa has been rough. It took me long time to like myself as I was. And as soon as I get comfortable, God says, "I have to show you some things about yourself that you are going to have to change." He is showing me everything I've accepted or tucked away. So since I don't want to feel all the cutting and removing of these layers, I've been acting like a robot. Because the change is going to come whether I want it to or not; that's just apart of your walk with Him when you decide to go all in. So I am seeing everything on the surface and then drilling down on all the pieces. Every time I do something wrong, I am instantly convicted in my spirit. My mind feels like a computer and the days just run away from me. I am seeing people for who they really are and they aren't recognizing who I am.

I say all this to say: WE CAN'T BE PERFECT. Loving Christ will break you, change you, build you up, and give you peace. But it won't be perfect. You won't feel perfect all the time. As believers, I feel we sometimes give false hopes. I now know why I haven't had any successful romantic relationships. I couldn't even have a real relationship with Christ. I had him all twisted. My love for him was conditional and based on rules. If I follow the rules, you will do this for me. If I don't,  then I understand the consequences. They should get what they deserve for what they did to me and I will be victorious because I was right. But as soon as I began to have nothing and I was following all of the rules and justice wasn't being served to my enemies, I turned my back on him. How selfish is it for me to conditionally love someone who loves me unconditionally? It was selfish but it is easy to be selfish when you don't know someone. You just know what God can do for you but you don't take the time to read and learn about all he did for you. How he died for you. You don't talk to him and allow him to actually influence your mind and heart. You are just with Him out of convenience. You know how most of us do, girls. "He a baller! I can get me some new Jays, my gold X and O set, and I'm good. If he don't, he ain't getting none. If he get the Jays, I may break him off a lil somethin." Sound familiar?! We can't buy Christ's love, so he is not going to try to sell and convince you. He has already proven it all and left it on the cross. You have to be ride-or-die for Christ's love. When you balling and when the checks aren't coming. When you're happy and when you're sad. When you are sure and when you are confused. All day, everyday, no matter what. You're not going to feel like being bothered some days and some days you will be so head over heels. But I promise you, when you look up and everyone and everything begins to look unfamiliar, Christ will be the realest thing in the room. SMOOCHES XOXO

Get to know Christ for yourself.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: A PRAYER FOR THE ABUSED

Hello Loved Ones! My last Food For Thought post on gratefulness had me thinking immediately after I posted. I wrote about going through the bad now and allowing it to shape your tomorrow. I thought about those who were being abused sexually, physically, and verbally. How does a child being molested take control over the situation? How does a women who's life is threaten daily make a decision to move forward? I have no answers for this. But I did want to pray for those whose options for freedom seems nonexistent.

Dear Heavenly Father, I come to You repenting of every sin as I am not worthy. I come to You on behalf of those being abused sexually, physically, and verbally. Lord, please deliver them. God, show Yourself real in their lives. Lord, in the midst of it all, keep Your blood covered over them. Let the healing power in Your blood allow them to start over again after this ordeal. Lord, give them hope and restore their faith. Dear Lord, I don't understand why Your people are afflicted in ways as this at times but then I remember who You are and what You are capable of doing. Lord, restore their entire lives. Don't let them turn to drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, or any other addictive behaviors to numb their pain. Dear Jesus, don't let them turn to suicide to end their misery. Lord God, please show them a way out and fast. Send Your angels to guard them Lord. Lord, just recover all that was stolen from them, all the joy and peace. Please restore it all God. Lord, just let them know You and let Your love be greater than it all. In Jesus' precious name we pray, AMEN.

All I can say is be kind and attentive, because you don't know what people are going through. They may need your light just to make it through. SMOOCHES XOXO