Friday, December 19, 2014

Heaven on Earth: Majestic Elegance, Dominican Republic (part 1)



Hey Diva,
So…I’m just back from a much deserved eight day vacation in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, courtesy of my sweet guy, and I know I don’t need to tell you how amazing it was! 


This was my second visit to the island and certainly will not be my last. We stayed at the Majestic Elegance Resort…an absolute paradise right here on earth! When we arrived, we were greeted with a cool towel, a drink and lots of hospitality!

Entrance to Hotel Lobby

Then, we were whisked away to a separate suite for a "private" check-in. This courtesy is extended to guests that book the VIP Elegance Club. The private check-in area was complete with a snack table, champagne and other beverages and it offered us a great place to rest after our travels. Everything was first class all the way, I truly enjoyed every second!



During the week, we enjoyed great food, and…ahem…all the “drinks” we could consume, astounding live shows, fun in the sun, relaxing massages and the breathtaking ocean!

 







To top it all off, we had our own personal butler to cater to all of our needs in our suite! Speaking of the suite, it was absolutely picture perfect.

With our Butler for the week







  
It truly was an epic vacation. I’ll be sharing photos in a series of blog post so check back for more!
Until next time.



Smooches,
The Spoiled Diva

 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sweater Dresses...a girls second best friend!




Hey Diva,
Ahhh, the trusted sweater dress... so versatile and so super sexy! Here, I’m rocking one of my own designs, complete with black faux leather cuffs.



I recently wore this dress to my friend, Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Heavenly's Angels Mentoring Program  in Atlanta a few weeks ago. Dr. Heavenly is one of the newest cast members on the reality television show Married to Medicine. 
 

So far this season, I’ve seen tons of super HAUTE sweater dresses. Which are some of  your fave designs? Feel free to post links!

Until next time.



Smooches,
The Spoiled Diva

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