I want to say thank you guys for reading my blog and staying by me through all the changes,shifts and transformations it's made. Deejay Speaks has grown, just like I have and I want every person who reads,comments or shares my blog with others to know you are so appreciated. Sharing my craft and sharing the growth of my craft with you has been a long time coming so to have you guys by me each step away is truly inspiring. Thank you.
Monday, November 25, 2013
I bought a little red bodycon dress from Forever21 that is extremely similar to the one featured above and decided to take to Polyvore to actually figure out how I'm going to wear it. I admit the purchase was a splurge buy and it was so cheap(only 9 dollars) so I figured what could it hurt. Later on that day I found myself feeling so guilty, who am I to spend this money when I should be saving it for a car or to move out altogether.After my guilt trip I tried to take some of the sting out by reminding myself I don't shop often(I really don't, which is a bit contradictory to me being a bit of a personal style blogger...) and if I can figure out a lot of ways to wear the dress, I can transition it from being a splurge purchase to a staple purchase.
- The very first look is more focused on shine and sparkle with the fake crystal earrings and metallic bag.I decided to use a lightwash denim jacket as well to give it an 80s-ish appeal.
- The 2nd look is a lot more me and a darker twist on this fun look.The motorcycle vest is a classic edgy piece but why not add some playful tights for a fun statement.
- The 3rd and final look is what I would wear to class.The cardigan is drool worthy, it's big, slouchy and super comfy.On my way to class I'd put little to no makeup which is why I only listed that gorgeous dark lipstick.
After looking at the versatility in this little red dress it does make my heart a little less heavy for buying it. Am I the only one who feels buyer's guilt and if you do leave a comment below telling me how you get over it.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Tartan pants: Forever21, Slate Grey sweater: n/a
I want to dedicate today's post to the people in my life that I love so dearly. I hope each and everyone of my close friends and family know the impact their love has on me. I just feel so incredibly grateful for them standing by me through everything and always being there.
I've never truly been alone because there's so much love consistently in my life through my family and friends. When was the last time you really let it sink in, to be grateful for the people in your life? I've spent my time doing that today and I have one little message for you, tell them you love them. Whether it's a text, a shout, an email just let the people you love know how you feel.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Your mom and dad told you that when you grow up you can be anything you want. As you age you face challenges,criticism.You've found passions and you've found frustration.
What I've found so far is that whatever position I end up in, I'm made to write.I do a lot of different kinds of writing from poetry, to style posts, and my everyday posts like right now. When asked what I am my professional voice(the loudest voice in my head), speaks up and says "part-time student and freelance journalist, here's my card...." and whatever pitch I have to offer starts up.
Sometimes I think I'm approaching professionalism in the wrong way.One second I'm comfortable and daydreaming to myself the next moment I'm a perky robot strapped with smiles and a card that details my purpose in life.I want to be myself but also to appear as the perfect candidate.
For an interview I will cut off little pieces of myself and revive them later. I don't want my future employer to think I don't fit the position so I'll just chop this chunk off with no complaints. So with this method of chop and fit, I should be successful in no time right?Wrong. I've been going about this professionalism all wrong. I've been putting too much pressure on myself to sound a certain way and to say the right things. Sometimes I think it would be better if I relied on my natural presence, and decided to be confident in my true nature.
Becoming Robotic Renee at a moment's glance may very well be the thing holding me back.Yes professionalism, proper grammar and appropriate voice are necessary but so is confidence and trust in my abilities.The fact that I murder who I truly am and replace her with a character I wrote up in my journal moments beforehand(I told you guys my purpose is to write) is not confidence. I've come to the conclusion that what I've been missing on my professional journey is confidence and an inner faith in myself so strong that an employer can't help but be contagious to it!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Hello ladies and gents today I want to share with you one of the goals I decided I need to take more action on as a blogger. I want to do more guest post writing and doing more work on different platforms you may ave noticed I've been looking for guest blogger posts and shopping around to share my work with some other sites, such as my Winter Footwear Guide on Lioness Mag(which you can see here), and my most recent work for Everything5pounds.com( you can read that here).
My goal is to do 10 more guest blog posts!You're probably wondering "who cares about doing guest blog posts?", well I do and here's a list of reasons why below:
My goal is to get 10 guest blogger posts done before the end of the year, currently I've done 2.Yea, I know it's not much but I still have time and I plan on staying encouraged!Leave a comment below about any goals you have going on right now, and I hope you stay encouraged to!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I'm going to be perfectly honest with you guys writing optimistic poetry is a lot more difficult for me than I thought it would be. I want my collection of poetry to be uplifting and motivating that's part of the reason I'm naming it Lightening Strikes.I want my book to be the powerful light in someone's dark times.The only issue with my writing positive poetry is that I'm not feeling it nearly as much as when I'm speaking on other issues. You may be wondering "well why do you write depressing poetry, what good does that do?".
Darker poetry explores themes of pain, where does the pain come from, what does the pain do, why the pain exists.Allowing myself to indulge in those murky emotions through my craft allows me to identify the origin of the nasty emotions thus helping me stop them or giving myself the tools to heal from them.
I know the last thing anyone wants to hear is sad poetry.Some people actually do enjoy reading poetry that identifies with negative themes, because it helps them not feel alone in their struggle.I believe writing poetry that goes head on with darker feelings allows the reader to feel like someone understands.
I know when I feel awful, it helps me feel better to know that this awfulness isn't an isolated endeavor I'm facing.So by sharing my battle scars through my poetry maybe I'm helping someone else realize that they're not the only people who have faced such wounds and that it does get better.
Now I have a new mission. I want to create art that uplifts,energizes and pushes people forward to love fearlessly. I want to create art that buzzes, radiates creative thoughts and pushes people to take on the world. And yet, with all these goals blatantly listed above I'm at a loss for words during the creation process.I guess I just need to find my footing when approaching this new method of poetry and I need to be patient with myself as well. Leave a comment below about your craft,hobby or passion and when you've felt blocked(*cringes*).
Monday, November 18, 2013
She Has The Eye has officially created a Twitter page!The Twitter page was created to share all the links, info and style tips She Has The Eye has to offer.Pay attention to the hashtag #EyeSpotStyle every Friday US Eastern time at 2:00 PM, where we tweet some of the best fashion blogger outfits of the week.In addition, I'm looking to build up the followers on She Has The Eye so I can conduct a monthly Twitter chat targeting topics of style and personal fashion expression . I really want to take 2014 by storm and build a wider and bigger base for both of my blogs. I've been sending emails left and right to get more writing gigs and sharing my blog links. Also I'm still doing the Chic Short Story series which you can give a read below, by a simple little click:
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I found myself at war this morning.Minutes ticked by and I was running out of time, a decision had to be made quickly.I thought to myself, "this or that", a thousand times before I made my choice and made a mad dash out of the door. You'd think I was making a life or death decision but actually I was just trying to choose between jackets. In short, the jacket with the fur collar won because the cold is biting and the wind was making plans to tear me to shreds.
Looking at these pictures and so many others I found myself wondering, since when did faux leather and plaid go hand in hand. Faux leather and plaid are best friends and I don't know why. Perhaps the black in the jacket brings out the black in the plaid and that's what makes this union so beautiful. Plaid(at least for me) has an edgy rockstar history and faux leather jackets do as well, is that where the connection lies?Don't get me wrong, I love the combination of plaid and faux leather but I think it would be interesting to look into the history of their relationship, because it is quite common. Let me know in the comments what you think the origin of plaid and leather is, or let me know when you found yourself struggling with your clothing choices!
Monday, November 11, 2013
Hello beautiful people, I know I haven't been posting as frequently as I could have here, but I have been writing and working on articles in other places which you can check out below!
By the way I want to tell you guys how much I appreciate every single one of you who continue to read my blog and support me. I've been going through a lot of changes but the only thing that's been consistent is this blog.I appreciate your loyalty, now lets get to the look at hand.
This outfit is entirely from Sears or at least mostly. The grey blazer(which was one of my greatest purchases ever) was about 12 dollars on clearance and it's my new favorite thing. Grey goes so well with brighter colors like this orange sweater I paired it with that I also received on sale from Sears. My hair is a combination of a twist out and trying to escape the rain. My necklace is from Ebay.
Do you guys remember my Ebay obsession last year lol. I was buying so much stuff and some of it was downright unnecessary.You live and learn. Let me know in the comment section anything you've ever bought but looking back you realize it wasn't the most practical buy, we can shop unnecessary things together lol!
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Hello beautiful people, I'm back with another outfit of the day and an announcement! Lets start off with this outfit, today has been ridiculously, rainy and blustery so I was extra bundled up.Today's look is fairly simple but come on...it's a Wednesday, I almost didn't get out of the bed this morning at all.The easiest thing for me to put on besides pajamas is of course this sweater(you can hear about my love of chunky sweaters here, seriously I have a problem). This neon pink sweater from Charlotte Russe is a lot more versatile then I initially thought, and pairing it with my fairly new motorcycle jacket from Forever21 was an awesome contrast.
In addition to this new outfit, I have a new idea! I want to start working on a poetry collection
entitled Lightening Strikes like below. The poetry will be a lot more optimistic than what I'm used to.It will have themes of appreciation for the little things,exercising gratitude and happiness(these themes are fairly foreign to me, but that's why I want to try). I want to go about my poetry from a different angle this time, and maybe in the process I can get the last collection I created copy written and published. A girl can dream can't she!
Monday, November 4, 2013
Hey guys, I've been doing a lot more writing lately and decided to let this creative surge find it's way into my other blog http://shehastheeye.tumblr.com. I've been doing a segment I created called Chic Short Stories, where you build a story or a written out ad around a certain product.Exercising my creative writing skills are excellent for an aspiring journalist,especially when using social media to share the work you're creating(that's using 2 different skills already). I did my first Chic Short Story, called The Chunky Sweater Superhero, check it out here. By the way, I thought you might want to know I share some of my poetry on my Tumblr http://deejaygetsinspired.tumblr.com if you want to check out some of my more "of the moment", poetry.
Writing has really helped me a lot more in my moment of growth and trying to figure things out, but writing has brought me comfort in this awkward stage of my life. I have this urge to be more proactive, perhaps I should try publishing my work in a paper or a well known publication?Honestly, I've always wanted to publish a book, composed of my poetry collection. I created a specific collection over the Summer time all about self love, and the trial and error of learning to love yourself.Publishing that specific collection of poetry would just make a world of difference for me, I just don't know anything about actually publishing a book! I guess I'll be doing my research, it can't hurt to try at least!
Enough about me,let me know how you guys are doing, have you formally welcomed November and embraced that extra hour of sleep(I know I have!).
Saturday, November 2, 2013
You guys need to click play on this video. I would tell you what it's about but it really is something you should watch yourselves, I'm pretty sure there aren't any triggers in it, (unless making fun of the patriarchy is a trigger).It sent chills up my spine and inspired my newest piece below.