Friday, October 17, 2014

A Rose by any other name...

Hey Diva,
As you know it's breast cancer awareness month and this month, I salute my Grandmother Rose. Grandma Rose lost her fight in 2006, but amazingly, she lived to the age of 84!


 That was plenty of time for me to get to love on her and learn from her. Not only was she a loving mother, wife and terrific cook, Grandma Rose was a smart business woman. She and my Granddad owned multiple properties in our hometown of Kansas City and her birthtown of Shreveport! I was so excited to find out about this part of her history because now I know where my spirt of entreprenership comes from.


I'm not sure when Grandma was diagnosed with breast cancer because you see, that was something she kept to herself for a long time. In her mind, she thought it would burden the family if she revealed this information, but of course, that could not be further from the truth!



I am so grateful that I had my grandmother for a great many years and I will always hold everything she taught me close to my heart. Especially the simple things like giving to others even when you don't have it to give. She told me that when you do so, you will always be blessed ten times more. I really took this lesson to heart which is why I am so involved with community service and volunteerism to his very day!

Another lesson I learned from her indirectly is that silence is not always golden and that we must share what is going on with our health.

Learn more about breast cancer, treatment options and how to lower your risk at http://www.breastcancer.org/

Until next time.



Smooches,
The Spoiled Diva





Thursday, October 2, 2014

Resort Favorite: Color-Block Maxi Skirts

Color-Block Maxi Skirt | Spoiled Diva by CL Felder

Hey Diva,

Get into these super sexy color-block maxi skirts by Spoiled Diva by CL Felder! They're perfect for a weekend getaway...as a matter of fact, I'll be taking a couple of them along on my upcoming fall vacation. The only question is which color?

Plus sizes are available. Shop the collection here!

Until next time.



Smooches,
The Spoiled Diva


Friday, September 26, 2014

DIY: Embellished Tuxedo Jacket and Bustier



Cha'Kiva Latrell in a custom embellished tuxedo jacket and corset by Spoiled Diva by CL Felder

Hey Diva,
I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of tutorials on how to embellish your old frocks and turn them into something HAUTE, right? Well here’s another!
I needed a competition pantsuit for a pageant and the one I had initially ordered was a no show one week before the competition! Yeah I know, utter disaster. But a diva knows how to improvise and that’s just what I did. 
Cutaway Tuxedo Jacket by Men's Wearhouse
I knew the overall look that I wanted to capture but my concern was not having enough time to execute it before the pageant. I visited my friends at a Men's Wearhouse store in my neighborhood and right away I spotted a tuxedo jacket with the perfect silhouette. 

I asked to try on the store fit sample and all the associates were looking at me as if I were crazy! After all, it is a man’s jacket cut to fit a man’s body which as we all know has no boobies or hips.
But honey…let me tell you, when I put that jacket on, my body gave it a whole new life! It was at this moment I knew I had it! All that was left to do was embellish and bling it to the GODS! Don’t forget this was for a pageant where the more bling and shine, the better!

Model Cha'Kiva Latrell | Customized tuxedo jacket and corset by Spoiled Diva by CL Felder
Now remember,  I rented this jacket so all of the embellishments were first applied to a separate pieces of reinforced fabric then hand sewn to the jacket to enable easy removal when it was time to return the jacket. This included multi-sized silver spikes and studs for the shoulder area and sequins and rhinestone applied in a zebra stripe pattern for the collar and lapel.


Next, I purchased a solid black, overbust corset. This corset fit me perfectly, I'm totally in love! I added the same zebra stripe rhinestone and sequin applique to alternating panels of the corset. 


My shoes, which unfortunately are not pictured, are a pair of...wait for it...sequin zebra stripe pumps by Steve Madden. I've had these pumps for several years and I honestly think the whole look was inspired by these shoes. Finally, I purchased fabric similar to the tuxedo jacket and made a pair of high-waist trousers to complete the look!

Model Cha'Kiva Latrell | Customized tuxedo jacket and corset by Spoiled Diva by CL Felder
I am completely in love with the finished look, it came together just as I envisioned! I was actually glad that the original pantsuit I ordered was a no-show because this look was a perfect fit for my personality...and I created it myself!

What do you think, haute or not? If you are a pageant girl in need of an image coach and some wardrobe assistance, please contact me! I would love to be your secret weapon!


Until next time.



Smooches,
The Spoiled Diva



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Macy's Woman's Event hosted by Emme!

With plus super-model Emme

Hi Diva,
So... a few weeks ago, I was tapped to model in the Macy's Woman's event hosted by plus super-model Emme in Atlanta, GA! I've decided to get a bit more serious about modeling and have even signed on with an agent here in Atlanta!
 

Since becoming involved in pageantry, a host of opportunities have surfaced and I thank God for each and every single blessing!



I was hesitant about about modeling because I was told many years ago that I was "too puffy" to be a model. Those words stuck to me like glue, and for a long time stifled me and had me second guessing my abilities. But honey, it's a new day! Plus models are everywhere and that's because they are representative of a great majority of today's consumers. 

 
My last client even told me that I had "the perfect body"! Really...me the perfect body? Those are words I never thought I'd hear from an industry professional!

Rocking an Ashley Stewart Color Block Jumpsuit from a few seasons ago. I hope to do print work with them someday!

 I've come to embrace all of me, just as I am! I've also learned to stop limiting myself...and allowing others to limit me as well.  

Until next time.



Smooches,
The Spoiled Diva







Thursday, September 18, 2014

Prestige Pageantry Awards

Hi Diva
So...I was recently nominated for a Prestige Pageantry Award and I am just tickled pink! I never knew such an award showcase even existed. I entered into the world of pageantry for a little bit of self discovery and to make a positive difference in the lives of everyone I encountered during the course of my journey.


The Prestige Pageantry Awards is a one of a kind affair that recognizes, celebrates and honors individuals and businesses who have made a significant impact in pageantry. I never expected to be awarded for simply serving my community and being a good steward of the blessings that God has given me. It is an honor to serve and I do it as humble as I know how.





But nonetheless, I have been nominated and I would appreciate your votes. Voting is simple, just click HERE and "LIKE" my photo. That's it! The awards show will take place November 2, 2014 in Miami, FL and I can say in all honesty win, lose or draw, it has simply been an honor to have been recognized...and appreciated!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE
Until next time.



Smooches,
The Spoiled Diva

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pretty in Lace!


Spoiled Diva by CL Felder - Crochet Lace Separates


Hey Diva,
I’m feeling very pretty in this two piece lace crop top and peplum skirt by Spoiled Diva by CL Felder! I wore it to the delegate meet and greet for a pageant earlier this summer. This was my second time competing in the pageant and this year, I represented my Midwestern roots as Ms. Kansas. Kansas is known as the sunflower state so what better way to represent than in sunny, sunflower yellow!


Besides, it’s one of my favorite colors and I love the way it complements my skin tone.This two piece skirt set features a long sleeve crop top and peplum pencil skirt. The skirt has a center back zipper and both the top and bottom are lined with a matching jersey knit!


I received tons of compliments and inquiries on this look so we decided to add it to the Spoiled Diva by CL Felder resort collection as sleeveless version in several different colors, just take your pick! Sizes to XXL. See the entire collection here.

Spoiled Diva by CL Felder - Crochet Lace Separates

Until next time,


Smooches,
The Spoiled Diva


Monday, August 4, 2014

DIY - The Maxi Tee


Hey Diva,
I've been somewhat admiring this maxi tee trend so I decided to make my own from a long sleeve David Dart dress I thrifted last fall.
I simply cut off the sleeves and cut slits up to the waist area on both sides and there you have it!


I paired mine with white skinny jeans from Ashley Stewert but I've seen it worn all sorts of ways. One of my faves is with cut off denim shorts and motorcycle boots! Whichever way you choose to rock it, do it like a true DIVA!

I'd love to see your pics, please share with me.

Until next time,




Smooches,
The Spoiled Diva