Relaxed Family Style At Lake Eola

Every once in a while you have one of those days when you sit back for a moment and think to yourself, “This is a good one”. I’m slowly venturing out in Central Florida and made it to Lake Eola Park over the weekend. I drove by a little while back with Wannie (my unofficial tour guide) and knew that I had to make a day out of it with my family. The weather this past Sunday was glorious – 70′s with a light breeze – a perfect day to spend outdoors. As a former New Yorker, I definitely appreciate the higher temperatures, however they don’t lend to good outdoor family activity days. There’s free yoga on Sundays as well as the Farmers Market – both of which I plan to check out next time. But yesterday, it was so good!

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Daddy // Shirt: Mossimo | Jeans: Express | Watch: G Shock | Sneakers: Reebok

Baby // Shirt: Cherokee | Jeans: First Impressions (similar) | Sneakers: Jordan (similar)

Mommy // Chambray: Wet Seal (similar) | Scarf: Love Culture (similar) | Shirt: Hanes | Leggings: Forever 21 | Sneakers: Jordan

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My main goal with this visit was to do the Swan Boat ride. I prayed it wasn’t too expensive – it actually turned out to be extremely affordable at $15 for 30 minutes. We had such a fun and relaxing time on the water, I’d love to do this at sunset with just the hubby and I for date night. How romantic would that be?

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I’m really excited about the Fall season and seeing more of what Central Florida has to offer. It’s certainly a family friendly area which is exciting for us as parents. I’m always on the hunt for fun and cheap! Let’s see what else I can find :)

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What Did You Do This Weekend? Please tell me in the comment section below.

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Wave Of Light

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Last night I searched the house feverishly for a lighter. Of course I couldn’t find one when I really needed it. In the couple weeks of moving here, I’ve never realized that we have no matches or a lighter.

“Tonight is Wave of Light. I have to light a candle for Jolie.” I kept repeating to my husband.

“It’s ok if you can’t light the candle. You do a very good job of letting Jolie and the world know that you’re always thinking about her.” he finally said.

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Wheat Berry Cafe

wheat_berry_cafe_12345678Wheat Berry Cafe was one of the first places on my list to eat once I moved to Central Florida a couple weeks ago. I had my go-to healthy spots in Fort Lauderdale (you can read that list here) but needed to find some new places since relocating. It’s taken me a couple weeks to settle in, but I finally made it!

wheat_berry_cafe_1belle_jheanell_wheat_berry_cafeAs a native Jamaican gal always in the mood for something tropical, Cole suggested that I try the Jumping Sun. It contained a blend of mango, banana, pineapple, honey and coconut oil – it was so yummy. So much so, that Baby G took my juice away and never gave it back…and trust me I tried to take it from him, lol. But how can you yell at 1 year old that just wants to drink fresh juice? Especially when he has a face like this…

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If you’re ever in the Altamonte Springs/Longwood area, Wheat Berry Cafe needs to be in list of places to grab a healthy bite or sip on raw juice. They even have vegan and raw desserts that I intend to try during my next visit. I’m also REALLY looking forward to trying their cleasnes! Stop by and tell em’ that Belle Jhéanell sent ya!

WHEAT BERRY CAFE & RAW JUICE BAR
1150 Douglas Avenue Suite 1010
Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714

Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
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Sister Style

Belle JheanellDid you catch yesterdays post about my 1st Pop Up Shop for Jolie Bloom? This post is all about what I wore, actually, what my sister and I wore. We’re 13 years apart but we often find each other looking and one another saying, “I wanna borrow that outfit from you”. Sure there are outfits she wears that I have no business in and vice versa, but for the most part our styles are very similar.

While browsing Target for something to wear to the event, we both ended up picking up pieces that were a variation of each other. Floral for me? Not a shocker. Jay tends to wear a lot of prints as well. We thought it would be cute to rock our similar outfits at the Pop Up, so we went with it. She served as photographer and did a great job! Did I ever mention that she takes most of my outfit pictures? She’s so good!

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DSC_6883DSC_6881Grey wanted to show off his new car.

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Me // Romper: Long Sleeve Romper Floral – Xhilaration® | Necklace: Walmart | Pumps: BCBG // Jay: Pants are the Easy Waist Soft Pant Floral Print – Xhilaration®

What Do You Think About Our Sister Style?

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Jolie Bloom Pop Up Shop

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This past Saturday I hosted my very 1st Pop Up Shop for my eco-luxury beauty brand Jolie Bloom. They say the Universe rewards action, so as soon as the idea popped into my head I started making the necessary moves for the event to come to fruition. I also had a little nudge in the right direction from fellow mommy blogger and friend Melissa (thanks girl). Belly Love Maternity Spa in Coral Springs was the perfect venue to have customers and those curious about my business to stop on by. We had girl talk, the ladies enjoyed the breakfast/brunch spread that I provided and they shopped their hearts out. I had a great time getting to know all the ladies in attendance. The amount of love that I’ve received in support of Jolie Bloom has been incredible. It’s truly a labor of love – I work really hard at this – but nothing has ever felt as right as this does. It’s only been 3 months but I’ve learned quite a few lessons already that I will share in an upcoming post. For now, here are tons of photos from this weekends event:

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I brought some breakfast, brunch bites and sweet treats for my guests to enjoy during their shopping experience.

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Publicist Lindey of LL Scene, Cousin Kimi, Heather, Lindsey, Erika and Melissa …amazing ladies!

jolie_bloom_pop_up_shop_belly_love_maternity_spa_1Rhochonda is such a sweet person! Thank you for supporting my events.

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Melissa is the super mom who created Mom, Baby and Beyond where I was a vendor just a few days ago. Such a gem!

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I was so happy that my friend Deseray was able to make it out to the event. She’s having a baby next month and looks amazing! I love watching my friends become mothers. I may be equally as excited about her sons arrival as she is, lol. Also, be sure to check out her thoughts on the Jolie Bloom Caribbean Coconut Shower Bar. And don’t think she gave me a good review just because we’re friends. I can always count on her honesty, hence why I will always consider her a good friend.

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Melissa is everything, be sure to check out her clutches!

I can’t thank everyone enough for coming out and making my very 1st Pop Up Shop a success. I got to catch up with friends and make some new ones.

I don’t know another way to wrap up this post except to say that I’m extremely Blessed and excited. There were about 3 times during the event that I caught myself getting emotional due to the support and amazing bonds that I share with some of the women in attendance.

There will definitely be more Pop Up Shops in the future, so be sure to visit the events page to keep up to date on where I’ll be next.


Did you know that October is Infant Loss Awareness Month? Please visit Everything E N J for a very personal post that I have shared about the loss of my daughter, my healing process and the reason why I started Jolie Bloom.


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3 Unexpected Ways To Wear A Classic White Shirt

The classic button down, it’s not just for the office.

When you typically think of a white shirt, you may limit it to just work attire. While I’ve definitely worn mine with slacks or with a suit, I can be found pairing it with unexpected elements for more casual occasions. Here’s a little inspiration if you’d like to wear yours beyond 9-5 as well:

BELLEJHEANELL-CAMOPANTSFatigue & Sneakers // The white shirt helps to bring a more crisp feel to what would otherwise be an extremely casual outfit. You can also try a great fitting pair of jeans with a classic pair of pumps if fatigue pants and sneakers aren’t your thing.

PETER-PILOTTO-FOR-TARGET-SKIRT-BELLE-JHEANELL-Pair It With A Fun Printed Skirt // This can technically work for the office as well depending on your job. A printed skirt is an easy way to bring lots of life to an otherwise classic piece.

BELLE_JHEANELL_DENIM_OVERALLS_1Dress Up Your Overalls // Overalls are a thing again (for now). By pairing it with a white button down shirt, it helps to bring a little more sophistication to what you may otherwise categorize as juvenile piece.


So there you have it – 3 simple ways to spruce up that classic white shirt you’ve only been wearing to work.

Other helpful posts you should check out //

Do You Love To Wear White Button Shirts As Much As I Do?

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Everything Coming Up Roses

RosesBlazer: Forever 21 (also worn here) // Tank: some random old thing // Jeans: Old Navy // Crossbody: Michael Kors // Sandals: Target

I know these photos are shot on my iPhone but hear me out. I had all intentions of bringing my DSLR out for my trip to Winter Park Farmer’s Market…but I forgot. Thankfully I did, because as I mentioned in my last post, we ended up getting caught in a sudden rainstorm. I would have passed out if my baby (the camera), got damaged.

In other news, I’ve been having a few weeks where I just feel like I’m floating around in space. There’s a lot of change happening in my life and my brain just hasn’t been able to process it all. In the midst of it all, I’ve had to stop, look around and be grateful for my Blessings. I have a roof over my head, I have a great marriage, the best baby ever and we never go to bed hungry. I’m on my positive vibe reset, because life is just better when I don’t spend all day picking my life apart. I’m typically the “Positive Patty” among my friends and family, but as of late, my only advice to people has been, ” Girl, I don’t know”. Isn’t that terrible? LOL.

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Now that I’ve realized how negative I was, I’ve been having to check myself and get back to the Jheanell that lives with her rose colored glasses on. Sure, no ones life is perfect, but we have the power to choose how we react to the obstacles that life throws our ways. Change is inevitable, and I’ve made it through worse. As my friend and I were discussing, oftentimes when we feel ourselves getting really down, it’s because we aren’t being grateful for the Blessings that we already have. Instead we’re just complaining about all the things are going wrong and what we don’t have. Each night I’ve been writing down what I’m grateful for that day. It can be as simple as, “I’m grateful to have running water” or “I’m grateful for God allowing me to wake up today”. I’m CHOOSING to focus on the good and ACCEPT that the UNCOMFORTABLE is NOT PERMANENT, just growing pains.

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Speaking of growing, today marks officially 3 months since my little business Jolie Bloom has launched. I’m having my very first Pop Up Shop and I’d love for you to attend if you’re in South Florida. RSVP HERE for free. See formal invitation below.

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How Do You Reset When You Find Yourself In A Negative Space?

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THE WEEKEND: Discovering Winter Park, FL

Belle Jheanell - Winter Park, Farmers MarketOne of the reasons my husband was able to sell me on the idea of leaving SoFlo was that I’d be moving closer to one of my best friends. She’s been living in the Orlando area for about a decade now and we often tease her that she should be mayor. Wannie knows where everything is, and was instrumental in helping me find a new place to live as she knows my tastes – we’ve been best friends since the 8th grade after all.

Being on the hunt to find a place to sell Jolie Bloom, I’ve been wanting to check out the Winter Park Farmers Market since I got here. I loved the market and ended up falling even more in love with Winter Park in general. It reminds me of Las Olas Blvd in Fort Lauderdale but with more charm and no water views. We walked the cobble stoned streets chatting with vendors and drinking the most delicious mango & pineapple juice before getting caught in the rain.

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Family Time At The Ritz Carlton, Naples (a flashback)

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**yup, these photos are over a year old**

One of my favorite things to do is go through old photos. I have boxes upon boxes and albums of pictures from my younger days that I look at when I need to reminisce. However, I can’t remember the last time I printed photos. My memories are now stored throughout this blog, on flash drives and SD Cards scattered all over the place. I found this memory card and popped it in out of curiosity. I found this magical staycation that we had last summer. Grey was clearly only a few months old as shown by my lack of confidence to wear a swimsuit, lol. So much has happened since this weekend. The weight is gone (even though I still obsess about it times), I went back to work, then left again, we’ve moved, Grey is now almost 2 years old – I can go on and on.

Living in South Florida, Naples was quick escape when we needed to recharge our spirits (you can see other trips here and here) this jaunt was my favorite however. I was still in barely functioning zombie mom mode at this point, so being outside in such a beautiful scenery with my family was much appreciated. Staying at the Ritz Carlton Naples was an experience in of itself. Everything was perfect – the room, the food, the beach, the staff – they spoiled us. Now every time we’re planning a trip, my first instinct is to see if that city has a Ritz Carlton, a monster has been created. We may have a couple things coming up soon, but in the meantime, this was a G O O D one…

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I felt like I was living in a Pinterest board. The weather was perfect and everything was gorgeous with pops of fun color.

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Grey ended up having a fan club at the beach of grown men and women. They were living for his swimsuit, a monogrammed suit by Ralph Lauren gifted to him by his God mother. Thanks B!

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Where Do You Run Off To When You Just Need To Get Away?

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Mom, Baby and Beyond: Ultimate Moms Night Out #UMNO14

I just found out that it’s Thursday. That’s awesome because that means that Scandal is coming back on tonight but on the other hand, I’m like, “Where did a whole week go?”. I started my usually weekend post but I ran out of time in preparation for Mom, Baby and Beyond .It might be good that I didn’t get to finish, it was boring stuff like photos of me making soap and assembling packaging, yadda, yadda,yadda.

Prepping for an event as a vendor as opposed to a blogger is so different. Typically, my main concern includes a good outfit, hair, makeup, remembering my business cards and making sure that I charged my camera. This time however, I spent days (and nights) making enough product, packaging it up, still had to remember my business cards, got my banner printed and like I mentioned, more boring tedious business stuff. Grey and I had to make the 3.5 hour drive ourselves to Fort Lauderdale which was smooth on the way down but absolutely terrible on the way back as he cried straight for the last hour or so. We’re never doing that again.

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First things first, selfie! My cousin Janique installed crochet braids which are absolutely everything – I’ll have a full post on it soon.  But back to the event, it’s what you’re here for…

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I had the girls coming to help me but I had to wait for them to get off work. I unloaded my car by myself and took my time setting up my table. When I was done, it officially hit me that I’m a legit business woman. I’ve been working really hard on my brand but I don’t think I’ve ever really sat back to reflect on how far I’ve come in the past 2 months or so. I can’t believe that the little idea in my brain has turned into physical products that people love. Creating Jolie Bloom in my daughter Jolie’s honor has been so therapeutic and rewarding for me. It’s only the beginning, but I’m proud of what I’ve been doing thus far. Ok let’s move on before I get super emotional, you know me…

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The display turned out beautiful – I couldn’t have been more happier about it and received so many compliments on it. I didn’t have an exact vision per se, but I had a feeling that I wanted to convey – warmth, organic and inviting. It’s the same way that I decorate my house and put my outfits together, I just get things that are authentic to me and it works.

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So one of the guys from the Whole Foods table brought some gazpacho over which I just learned how to spell. Maybe. Is that correct? It was my first time trying it and it was yummy tomato goodness. Also, by the end of the night we were all so deliriously tired that we broke into a painful laughing fit. My stomach hurt so bad and tears were pouring out my eyes while everyone looked at us like we’d completely lost it. But that’s what happens when I hang out with these two.

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At the end of the night, I was pooped but happy. I sold stuff, met some awesome ladies and laughed uncontrollably. I’d call that a success. Being a MOMtrepreneur is such a cool yet challenging path. It’s what I’ve always wanted and it’s surreal that I’m here. Just a few weeks ago, my friend Deseray and I were talking about what we wanted to do with our lives. My response was, “I just wanna raise my baby and make soap” – and here I am, lol.

By the way You Are The Roots has a great recap of the event that you should check out. She was so sweet and her camera put mine to shame. I actually forgot my camera and was only able to take cell phone photos at the event ((slaps forhead)). Head over to her blog and see what she had to say about Jolie Bloom and her gorgeous photos! Thanks pretty girl.

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