“We Are” 101|Activists

As I’ve become older, I’ve become more vocal about things. Having a child makes you want to fight for a lot more. Looking around and watching the news makes me want to get on a big bullhorn and just shout “Knock It Off!” I think that I if I’d grown up in the 60s, I would have been a part of the civil rights movement and the women’s rights movement if I had lived in the 1800s.

Pollution, Gender Inequality, Racism, Sexism and on and on and on. We were not put on this planet to judge, we were put here to love. Jesus was faultless. He came here to heal bodies and souls. And we are to do the same as followers of Christ.

Do you know that there are hate groups that claim to be Christian and have cherry picked the Bible to suit their ideas.

The Golden Rule

Matthew 19:16-22

Jesus Counsels the Rich Young Ruler

16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”

17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

18 He said to Him, “Which ones?”

Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19 ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

The Ten Commandments are plain and simple so that we can all understand. And regardless of your beliefs (it doesn’t matter if you believe in God or not) if you looked at these words and followed them this world be infinitely better. At least the cheating and killing would cease. But sadly that’s not the way it is, so as true stewards of Christ we have to be the change that we want to see. We’ve got to start treating each other better. Treating each other the way we want to be treated.

Be the Change You Want to See

In being the change we want to see however does not mean putting others voices, values or opinions down because we don’t agree. We are all free to be who we are but we don’t have the right to put our hands on others or take their lives. If your change is rooted in hate and prejudice you are not following the Golden Rule unless you like others hating you. What do you have to do to become more active?

  1. Find out what motivates you, because this will ignite your passion to do something.
  2. Believe that you can make a difference. Think of all the people that did and all the wonderful changes to have happened in this world as a result.
  3. Do some research and see if there are organizations around you already doing the work that you want to do and join them or start your own.
  4. Looking at your strengths, figure out what you can do to help. Donate you time? Your money? Your skills? Choose how you want to help.
  5. Understand what you’re getting into and then choose where you want to  help and just start.

One of the reasons, I started We Are F.A.S.H.I.O.N was because I wanted to make a change in the lives of young minority girls. When I was in design school, I looked around me and what I didn’t see moved me to see a change in the environment that I was in. A more colorful diverse idea of design and fashion in all aspects of the industry. I also wanted to give kids a lifelong skill, help them through school, help them to grow as individuals and help them develop their passions. Among other things. It took me awhile to get started because I thought that I needed to be a big time person in fashion with connections, but all I really need was to start. And when I did the reward was instantaneous and amazing.

Here are some great children’s books to share with your kids to teach them about standing up for others and about being the change they want to see.

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The Weekly Roundup| 12 Interesting Finds for Bibliophiles (Lovers of Books)

I LOVE books! Always have even as a little girl. I would spend hours engrossed in the lives of Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield from Sweet Valley High, the Sweet Pickles Gang, The Babysitters Club and anxiously reading Choose Your Own Adventure Books. In the 80s there were book clubs like Weekly Reader and Just for Girls and summers were magical and full of trips to the library.

As a mom, I’m trying to instill that love of books in my son but it’s a lot harder because so many other things have crowded them out of my life. While cruising the web, I came across an article on Elle Decor about @BookBento. Needless to say, I was intrigued and tantalized by that new word. Book Bento pairs books with other items that capture the essence of the book. I immediately had to check it out. OOOO did I love what I saw. Then Book Bento Instagram lead me to Read It Forward and I just knew I had to share it with my tribe. Of course, once I got the book vibe I had to see what else a bibliophile like myself might want to know.

  1. I found book titles in laymans terms via Elle Décor.
  2. Here’s a great book series by Joy Berry that helps to empower children by helping them become more responsible. I love the one about being bored and cleaning your room.
  3. In honor of National Drawing Day, I discovered these great books that help kids draw superheroes and villains with just 5 simple shapes.
  4. Currently I’m reading the book Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris but there are several other adventures for Mrs. ‘Arris that you’ve got to check out.
  5. Looking for something cute to tote around all those books well check out these Tin Man, Frankenstein, and Tiger totes via Baby Lit.

PS. I didn’t want to be left out of this new trend so I thought that I would give it a try. What do you think?

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As summer approaches, think about taking yourself or your little ones to the library and borrowing some books. Demonstrate for your kids a love for reading and set them on a enriching path.

Happy Reading!

The Daily Suga’|Best Gift Idea for Children Bibliophiles

Hallmark Personalized Books

Just dropping a little sweetness on you today. Hallmark has these great books that you can personalize for the special little ones in your life and I just had to share this find. I got these for my son for Christmas this past year and he loved them. I love that I was able to personalize them very close to what he looks like and he could see a little brown face just like his in a great quality book.



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LOVE them and I had to gasp when I saw the latest one.



Stay classy and go read a book!

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The Daily Suga’|Books for Fashion Lovers of All Ages

Hey all, I’m still showing my love for the teaching profession and celebrating #TeacherAppreciationWeek. If you’ve been following my blog,  I’ve spent the last 4 months studying techniques for including reading in content areas like PE, Art and Music. Creating engaging before, during, and after reading strategies helps reinforce learning and comprehension and just might instill a love of reading in children.

These fabulous book series would be great for any emerging fashionista or book lover already in the game. Drama, travel, romance all with a mix of fashion make these books top on my list of summer reads. One great way to instill a love of reading in children is for them to see you read and for you to read to them. So if you love fashion, these books are for you. Check them out and make sure you visit your local library to pick up these books and others. Make this summer a time to get your child on the path of loving to read.

Books are uniquely portable magic. -Stephen King

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Chloe by Design



The Time Traveling Fashionista



The Fashion-Forward Adventures of Imogene

A Crime of Fashion Mystery Series (who doesn’t love a great mystery with a little fashion thrown in)


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Find these books and more at Amazon.com but if you’re frugal like me after you read the review head on over to your local library.

Happy reading and stay classy!

The Daily Suga’|Fashion Jewelry

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Another fantastic book, Fashion Jewelry from Assouline.com. There are so many GREAT fashion books on Assouline it makes my head swim.

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Forward from The Queen of Fashion Jewelry, the Rare Bird of Fashion Iris Apfel.

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The Daily Suga’|The Kidnapping of Mona Lisa

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The Kidnapping of Mona Lisa


This is such a fun “Where’s Waldo” type children’s book that can also give adults a challenge trying to locate the “kidnapped” Mona Lisa. And if you’re just looking for a fun read, check out  “Who Stole Mona Lisa” and “The Mona Lisa Caper“.