defining your why…

Have  you ever come to a place in your life where you’ve thought something over for so long that you find yourself coming up with reasons to talk yourself out of the reasons for not doing something. (try to get that straight in your head… )  That was me a few weeks ago.  I knew I needed to hone in my focus, and I hated continually making excuses for not getting things done.  Finally I just said to myself,  “Stop coming up with reasons and excuses, for what you should be doing, and just do them. No one is going to do it for you. ”

Now, Philippians 4:13 is a verse that has become quite popular to quote.  As believers do we really believe that, ” WE CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS US”?!?      When you really begin to think about what that means for your life, you probably begin to realize just how much faith & trust in God that really takes.  The faith to know when to stay and the strength to know when to walk away.

Taking the time to fully develop your why, can be easy or it can be hard.  I hear so many people say their purpose is their kids, or their career.  As a person who still considers myself transitional my why is just me.  In focusing on me, I’ve really put a lot of thought into what that truly means…  I think it goes a little something like this…

I was a broken soul,  wondering through life with no true direction or plan of my own, it was through His grace and love that I sit here today, and it is only with His power that I will succeed in tomorrow, because of that…

“I want to be a woman whose life is a testimony to the power of God’s word, and His ability to transform & renew.”

What about your why, do you find it easy to define?

a new journey…

Back in August I began a trek across the country that would change my life more than I ever believed it could. People would ask me, how long are you staying, what brought you back, why HERE… and I simply would say “I’m afraid to say anything regarding my plans because I’m afraid that God will play a trick on me and leave me here. Needless to say this was the last place on earth you would find me if it were up to me… but it wasn’t up to me and over the past 6 months I’ve gotten pretty ok with it.  Have you ever just walked away from everything… EVERYTHING!?!  To some that might seem scary or irrational or inappropriate but for me it was out of necessity. Some times we choose things in life that aren’t the best road, that put in our path choices that we never imagined choosing. In these instances walking away is fairly simple, removing yourself from toxicity is a must, and setting your goals higher is a non-negotiable.  I’ve learned a great deal about myself in these past few months, but my favorite part of this journey has been my reconnection to my faith in Jesus Christ.  In this change I’ve felt the need to change all things… including Creme de la Curves.  I love connecting with my readers, filling you in on the latest style, trends, tips and fashion & beauty are totally a passion of mine.

Eliza Beerbower - Creme de la Curves

While I will still be creating interactions with you all, they will now be on a more personal level, filling you in on my struggles, my passions, my desires, and my dreams.  With all this said I’m so excited to announce a new adventure in my life. I took the first three months of my time here, to stop and focus my energy & time on me. I read A LOT… journaled even more and genuinely just prayed the most. I felt like the message I was getting was that of {grace}. I had been saved from entering into a world of hurt & unhappiness. I have a story to tell, but in that story there was a voice in me that said, tell others stories with your strength I’ve given you. Be their strength. And so I did in the form of {grace} magazine.  It was launched at the first of the year. I’m so blessed to have the contributors who have joined us on board.  I truly believe God is going to do amazing things through the testimonies of those enclosed in the pages of each issue. {grace} will be encouraging the same standards as Creme de la Curves, by using ALL women no matter her shape or size to represent us.

Model : MoMoe MurrayPhotographer : Qiao Qiao Jade

I welcome you to bookmark the page {grace} magazine, I believe the content to be inspirational as well as the beauty & fashion… I hope you are all just as equally excited to take this journey I’m on with me, as I am in walking it.

Things I love…

You know… its coming to my attention very quickly that I love cute creative nails… not like the really out there kind like these…  (which to be honest I admire the artwork but they are definitely not my style.) but more like this.  Of course when I began curating this post,  the first thing I started looking at were nails…   (I wonder if that says something about my personality… hmmm  I’m going to have to google that and get back to you.)  So, these past few weeks have been insanely busy with traveling and working on location but in those travels I’ve come up with some amazing finds as well as being rekindled with some old favorites.

{This simple tutorial can be found here & would be a great adornment this holiday season}

{I’m a such a lover of California Red Wines,  I adore this creative way to display the corks.}

{Words cannot really express my love for these bath bombs… Unfortunately they are closed for the holidays so you’ll have to make a trip to Canada to get your own… but completely worth it I’ve loved them for years.}

{I think this is just a supreme idea and as a photo-junkie I would love to have my fridge covered.}

{I’m pretty sure these are a staple in everyones home in one way or another during the holidays and well if they are not then they should be.  You can find a full recipe here.}

What things are you loving this week?

glitz & glamour…

I entered into the fashion industry almost five years ago, as a makeup artist.  My role was always behind the scenes, helping others get ready.  In all that time of being surrounded by lights, cameras, and at hundreds of locations, I never once got in front of the camera.  Sure I had several behind the scenes photos taken of me working on clients but never a photo shoot that was all about me. In starting Creme de la Curves, I kept feeling strongly that if I was going to truly practice what I preach, I was going to need to get out from behind the scenes and put myself out there.  In reading one of my favorite blogs a couple of weeks ago, I was inspired to put those thoughts into action and planned a photo shoot. So I picked out an outfit… and started deciding on a location.  Here are the results…

                    { I was caught giving my hair a fluff… turned out to be a cool shot. }                                             { My entire outfit came from here… }

I put this outfit together as a dedication to one of my favorite blogger Too Many Sequins, after I found out that she was also 5’11” {because I am too}. She wears the most amazing high heels, I sometimes get insecure being both curvy and tall but faced that head on this weekend.

{Giveaway} beatrix prive – Luxury Plus Size Lingerie

Women love to feel sexy… we just do. No matter what the catalyst for these feelings, at the end of the day, all we want is to feel beautiful, sexy and loved. I can attest that as a curvy woman, shopping for lingerie isn’t always the most enjoyable experience.  There are so many variables to a curvy woman’s body, that it can be a challenge for a designer to create a piece can build both confidence, sex appeal and comfort.  For myself, when I find a cut or design that both fits and flatters I become quite loyal to the brand.

This weekend I was able to attend the national launch of beatrix prive, a plus size luxury lingerie, designed by Jenny Davis.  I was so excited to see not only the beautiful thought and craftsmanship that goes into each piece but also to experience the look and feel of the impeccable fabrics used.  I can’t wait to see the rest of the collections that were described to me come into fruition.

Using the finest silk charmeuse and imported lace, Davis told me she has been working for over two years on her design, perfecting both the look, feel and comfort of her thong. In speaking with Davis, she was explaining how ideally women like to match their bra and panties, no matter what their size. “We all have that bra that we love and look best in, and the matching bottoms don’t always offer the same flattering effect.  The color combinations of beatrix prive offer the ability to mix and match while allowing women to attain that overall goal of comfort and coverage.” stated Davis. The launch event was hosted by Strut Bridal Salon in downtown Phoenix, AZ with sponsorship from J.Bond Jewelry and My Goodness Cakes also both of Phoenix

Exclusively forCreme de la Curves followers, beatrix prive is giving away a luxury thong. To enter to win you must be a follower the Creme de la Curves blog and leave a comment below telling us what makes you feel sexy.   For extra opportunities for entry…  “like” and leave a similar comment on both the Creme de la Curves and beatrix prive Facebook fan pages and twitter – { Creme de la Curves} { beatrix prive }.

Only one entry per site, for a total of possible entries per person. A winner will be selected at random on November 23, 2011.  {Click the pink highlighted links to go the the various sites for multiple entries)

***BONUS ENTRY***  “Share” this with others (once per day) on twitter and facebook for an additional entries in the drawing.