Obedience

What a week. I got back in town on Thursday and hit the ground running back to work. With so much happening on the East coast and in Arkansas I haven't had time to sit down and write. It's Saturday morning at 10:10A and I'm ready to get back to my 2017 goal of publishing daily. Stick with me because I've got a few scattered thoughts before I get into what is on my heart today.

My first thought – Have you ever noticed that when away from the office everyone automatically thinks you're on vacation? Let me put those rumors to rest and say that couldn't be further from the truth. Now, what everyone sees on social media is the fun, high points of travel, but it isn't always "fun." 12-16 hour days are a lot when away from home.

My second thought – Coffee isn't always the answer. Just plain and simple. I didn't add this to my goals for 2017, but I think I'm going to cut back. It dehydrates, and for me personally, I drink 4-6 cups a day. I'm not sure that's healthy. Can someone give me insight on this?!

Anyways, moving on to today's topic...Obedience. The past few weeks I've really been looking at what it means to be obedient to myself and what I've been given. I've gone my entire life making choices to please others and ultimately sacrificing myself. Sacrificing opportunities, sacrificing relationships, sacrificing career moves even, all because I thought I needed to take the heat for myself and others. Sacrificing is in short an act of surrender. It's an act of saying, "I give whatever I'm holding to someone else." Usually, a sacrifice results in death.

Let's bring this home a little. At points in my life, I've sacrificed a career move for something more stable or sacrificed a relationship for something a bit more comfortable. Sacrifice, at times, seems right. It seems like the right option, it seems as though we should reward ourselves for sacrificing something we want for something we know we need to do. However, I'm not sure this is the right way to look at it. We are never short on opportunity. Regardless of who you are, where you came from, we are never short on opportunity as individuals. Sometimes we sacrifice opportunities for others, but what about if we just obeyed and let God lead? If we look at the story of Samuel in the old testament, he gives us some very insightful information about sacrifice vs. obedience.

"Samuel replied, “Has the Lord as much pleasure in your burnt offerings and sacrifices as in your obedience? Obedience is far better than sacrifice. He is much more interested in your listening to him than in your offering the fat of rams to him." – 1 Samuel 15:22

If that's not spelled out, I don't know how else to make my point. God simply wants us to act in obedience with what He's put in front of us. Stop sacrificing things that don't need to be sacrificed. Simply move forward with what He's put in front of you. For me this brought freedom. It brought a sense of peace knowing that my simple step in the direction of His obedience puts me at the center of His will and purpose for my life.

Whether it's a career move, a relationship, a family issue, just obey. Do it. Don't think. Simply move forward in the direction God has laid out. It's much better than sacrificing that opportunity for something a lot less fulfilling.


Enough of the heavy stuff. Here's so photos of me in the snow! Thank you, Brian J Green!

 


The Sweeter Things In Life

During Fashion Week I had a private chocolate making class at Tache Artisan Chocolate. Guys, this was one of the coolest things I've done in the city. Located in the very corner of Lower Manhattan, Tache is a bright pop of color right off Broome Street. Walk through the doors and smell everything from dark chocolate, macaroons, and much more. I walked in and was greeted to the sounds of Kygo Pandora Radio, I knew I was in the right spot. 

The chocolatier lead me downstairs to their chocolate lab! I was in heaven. I learned really quickly that these guys knew everything about chocolate. She explained that I would make three types of sweet treats. First we started with chocolate art. By no means am I an artist, so I had to improvise a little bit but I think I did ok! I got to learn about types of chocolate and what is REALLY in the Hersey's bar you're eating. Tache uses dark chocolate which is my personal favorite. It has a richer taste and adding flavor to it brings out its' sweet taste.

Next up was chocolate clusters. She put a huge bowl of warm chocolate in front of me and told me to add whatever I wanted. I'm a simple kinda guy, so I just added peanuts and used coca powder and gram cracker on top as a garnish.

The last thing I made was a pure chocolate mold. She let me pick any mold I wanted. Naturally, I chose a Lion, it's my favorite animal and I'm kind of obsessed. I got to "paint" my mold different colors with powered coloring. Inspired by Katy Perry's Superbowl performance, I used red and gold. Next came filling the molds. As a kid, did you ever go to the soda fountain, stick your head under the nozzle and push the button? Maybe that was just me. That's the only thing I was thinking about while filling my mold with the chocolate. 

While my chocolate was settling I indulged myself in a few macaroons. When the chocolate was done chilling, I was able to wrap it up and take it home! I'm still eating my chocolate and my class was a few weeks ago!

Tache made my chocolate experience the best it could be. They were friendly and FULL of information. If you're in NYC or planning a trip, make sure Tache is on your list. Their classes are very affordable and can be easily booked via their website or with a phone call.

If you would, do me a favor and send Tache some love one social media. I know they would appreciate it! Next time you're in the area, stop in and grab some chocolate and macaroons! 

Thank you to Tache for an amazing experience! 

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What I Learned From Fashion Week FW15

The last two weeks of my life have been the craziest I’ve ever encountered. Remember the first time you ever thought your life was crazy? Remember what that felt like? Then you approach an even crazier time in life and you begin to realize that life is just one crazy train that just so happens to stop at different stations along the way. Just in 2015 alone, I started a new job, added two huge clients, and I’m attempting to write a blog that maybe someone besides my grandma will want to read. 

When I landed in NYC all of this was pulsing through my brain. “Where will I end up?” “Is this really what I should be doing?” “What if no one likes my photos?” “I don’t think I’m crazy enough to be at this show.” This season was very different for me. I went with the intention of gaining content for my blog and photographing other bloggers. I’m proud to say that I did that. I learned a few things this week that will be sticking with me for a while. I’d like to share those with you in hopes of inspiring someone else.

1. THERE IS NO REPLACEMENT FOR AUTHENTICITY.

You be you. Over there years this has been one of the hardest things for me. I’ve conformed in so many different ways over the years. It pains me to look back and see what I missed out on because I wasn’t truly myself. The best version of you – is you. It has taken me a long time to figure this out. I realized during Fashion Week it is so easy to get lost in the hype and the glamour. It’s easy to look at someone and wish you were as influential (or stylish) as they are. God gifted you with everything you need to be successful. Don’t waste time trying lower yourself to someone else standard of beauty.

2. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THOSE WHO "GET-IT."

This one is easier said than done. I had several meet-ups with old friends, new friends, people I liked, and others I didn’t. Find those that aren’t afraid to tell you the truth, even when you don’t want to hear it. In any industry, relationships are the key to not just success, but survival. When you add value to the relationships you are in, something magical happens, it’s called genuine friendships.Those friendships are what will elevate you, not because you’re using them, but because they are nature and authentic. 

3. "JUST DO IT."

The Infamous Nike slogan. We’ve all heard it, yet how many of us quote it but don’t actually follow through? I’m not talking about YOLO. These are two different things that many get confused about. So What do I mean? This year I had the chance to sit on the sidelines and watch my friends do incredible things. I also had the chance to participate in those things. Every opportunity will lead to something. When the thought of NYFW came across my mind, I didn’t even hesitate. I went. I just did it. Because I did, my world has forever changed. You might have also heard, “Don’t let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game,” I’ve never thought this to be more true than this season of my life. To some extent, I’m not even thinking, I’m just going. At any age, you’ll never get back time you could have used to do something great. I had an english teacher in high school who was an incredible influence in my life. She would always say, “what are you going to do with this moment, because you can never get it back.” She’d then pause and say, “you just lost a second, what are you going to do?” That has always stuck with me, because it’s so true. Even now as you’re reading this, your life is getting shorter, how are you going to make the most of it?

I can’t wait to show you all I’ve done in the upcoming week, as I get my sessions edited, I’ll be posting them on here so you can see as well. Thanks for engaging with my Instagram and tweets while I was traveling. I feel like you guys are family, even if you’re thousands of miles behind a screen somewhere. 

Until tomorrow…

_M


Why Is It So Cold?

Let me start by saying that IT IS FREEZING. I woke up this morning not wanting to leave my bed. Just hearing the wind blowing against the buildings made me curl up and ask for five more minutes! This week I'm staying at the Moderne Hotel between 8th and 9th Ave. This hotel is steps away from Columbus circle and Lincoln Center. I got a suite that overlooks West 55th and there is an amazing Thai place right next door. Every time I come to NYC I experience something different. I've never staying in MidTown and I'm in love with it's fast pace vibe. How about we talk some fashion?

As you could imagine during Fashion Week, the entire city is filled with fashionistas that are trying to look their best. Instead of aiming to try and "out-do" someone, I went for my personal style that's best said as a mix of Modern with an Urban flare. Below I paired camo skinnies with a simple ASOS overcoat. Underneath is a black knit sweater. I used a Dior scarf to add a pop of color and bring in some "label." Nothing complicated, just easy. 

GUYS - don't be afraid to take a risk. Camo is making its' way big box stores and in my opinion, should be used sparingly. Don't be afraid to accent with some patterns you are afraid of. 

On a completely different note, I'M STILL FREEZING. I'm headed to times square to find earmuffs and coffee. Apparently Chris Brown is having a concert in Brooklyn, you think Rhianna will be there???

Until tomorrow, 
_M

WHAT DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT...

Subway rides to Century 21 Stores...
Subway rides to Century 21 Stores...
Life of a Blogger...
Life of a Blogger...
It's snowing and all I want is a macaroon. 
It's snowing and all I want is a macaroon. 

Countdown to Fashion Week

Fashion Week is Two days away... Yes, TWO DAYS! Unfortunately, I won't be there until Saturday, but still, TWO DAYS! What do I pack? This is a serious questions. Aside from it's Fashion Week, there is a massive blizzard impaling the metro area. My next question is style... The Kentucky Gent or The Bow Tie Gent? What style is the best?? < Two of my daily blog reads. All of these questions and more have consumed my thinking this year. I have found the answer. I'm going to do me. A little southern, mixed with a little edge. I'm going to be posting my daily outfits along with some of my friends style as the week progresses. It's crazy to think that this will be my first NYC/Fashion Week trip as a potential blogger *Lord help me* but if my feet are sore by the end of this, I'll call it a success. 

Oh, by the way, do you all remember my friend Betsy? She'll be making an appearance at FW as well! I'm so excited to do a little traveling with one of my favorite travel buddies. So stay tuned for some potential women's looks! 

In addition to shows, I'm excited to be shooting some of my favorite friends and fashion bloggers while I'm in NYC. I can't wait to take you along with me! This is going to be so exciting! 

Please comment below and let me know of any cool things you have done, or would like me to do while in NYC! It's one of my favorite cities, but I'm always looking for a new adventure!

And so it begins...
And so it begins...
Umm, I can't fit this all in a suitcase....HELP!
Umm, I can't fit this all in a suitcase....HELP!

Until tomorrow, here's some NYC inspiration: