Avant Delray Ringing in Chapter 24

24 years old and i’m only getting better! Or busier? Not quite sure but it has been an exciting week nonetheless. Definitely praying this new chapter of my life is full of fearlessness and consistency! I spent my birthday evening with my closest friends (with Meeks in spirit) and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way! We went to Avant in Delray Beach located at 25 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444. I’m not sure what I obsessed over more the Orange Glazed Salmon or the Blue Crushed Velvet Couches!?! 

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I really loved the setup of the restaurant which has a combination of front patio seating, the main dining room, and a back bar room with additional seating (also aesthetically pleasing for photos). Not to mention all the artwork is from local artists and available for purchase! IMG_2040

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Orange Glazed Salmon with Quinoa and a side of Brussels

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Earrings Kendra Scott, Dress Vintage, Shoes Steve Madden

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How amazing is this crushed velvet seating!?!

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Kellz made it on time! 

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A little Green Tea action…thanks Miguel ❤

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The girls! Missing Meeks ❤

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La Familia (again missing Meeks)

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Reggieeeeeeee 

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Re-adjust your focus…a birthday fail

Everything was off to a wonderful start, or at least so I thought. Waking up, working out at a new facility, I was excited. The class was challenging but extremely rewarding even though I couldn’t feel my legs by the end of it. Nonetheless I was still soooooo ready to take on the day. So confident in fact I wasn’t even dreading the DMV, thinking “oh how long can renewing your license honestly take” LOL who was I kidding! After waiting a total of 4 hours I was O V E R everything and everyone! I kept tossing the idea of doing a birthday photo shoot the last three days around in my head and it actually started to overwhelm me. So when the DMV literally took a majority of my day I was over it, over pictures, over birthday planning, over a lot and I couldn’t figure out what my aggravation was stemming from!

I took some time to myself and called my friends and finally I was like you know what Natalie you want this, you want the pictures, you love dressing up just do it! So I go and buy IG worthy birthday balloons and gather my emotional self to get dressed. Finally meet up with my friend Natalie and guess what! The “2” balloon POPS! I literally lost it! The only number left was “4” and that’s exactly how I acted! I fought the balloon! I’m talking claws out lets goooooooooo! Then deciding to just say screw it! I’m going to take the pictures any way. In these moments before the tantrum, during the shoot, and afterward I could feel God tugging at my heart but I was too self-absorbed and worried about my birthday and my shoot and things that didn’t really matter. He was telling me to re-adjust my focus. Honestly writing this and seeing how the photos came out I’m personally shocked at how much God was trying to speak to me! To stop worrying about ME and look to the Lord. I didn’t realize during the shoot but after taking time to pray and looking over the pictures I came across one that reminded me of PSALM 121(posted beneath the picture).

All I can say is God has a funny way of bringing you back to him and I am so grateful for those moments. To remember it isn’t my movie but it’s God’s and if I would live my life to glorify him and not myself. So I’ll just end in a prayer…”Lord thank you for your faithful LOVE, that you watch our every steps and know our every struggle. Thank you that no tear goes unnoticed and that your Spirit guides us. Lord I ask that you would guard our hearts from ungratefulness and worry and instead let our focus be fixed on you. Lord thank you for allowing me to see another birthday! I pray this one comes with even more growth. In Jesus name I pray. Amen!”

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Sometimes the vision is there but your focus is off, its time to re-adjust!

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Balloon fail post temper tantrum

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Psalm 121 :  I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

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Happy 24th Birthday to meeeeeeeee. If you read all of this you a REAL one! Blessings on Blessings!

Treat Yo Self

“Treat Yo Self”… an event curated and hosted by Tabatha Thomas (lurk her insta for drool worthy photos and witty captions @Thrifty_Tabs). Treat Yo Self was an opportunity to mingle with different creatives and artists stretching from Miami to West Palm and a chance for you to buy yourself or your beau something unique for Valentine’s Day….if you still do those sorts of things. J/K LOVE is totally in the air….or is that the Sangria talking?!

The event was amazing, seeing different groups mingle together while artists shared their purpose and passions behind their work was inspiring to say the least. Everyone who attended and signed up through Eventbrite was offered a free wonderful glass of Sangria and oooo was it G O O D!

For all my procrastinators out their (A.K.A ME) click the links below the photos to get a last minute gift or a “just because” and for those singles out there (also me) remember it’s always a good time to spoil your self!

Katelyn Faye – Artist and Designer

IG — Katelyn__Fay

Shop a few of her designs at KatelynKlothing

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Photographer Amisheru

Check out her inspiring work at Amisheru

IG — Amisheru

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Sarah Glass Ceramics – Hand made pots and artwork!

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Also check out her vintage online store The Pink Motel

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Local Hood Mom – Sick printed tees and much more!

Follow her instagram for her up and coming pop ups!

IG — Localhoodmom

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Handle With Chic – Handmade earrings and home accessories

IG — Handlewithchic

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Wild MedicineHandmade Crystal Soaps

IG — Wildmedicine

ShopWildmedicine

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Delray Beach Fashion Week 2018

Being that I’m a Delray native and a girl who livesssss for a fashion show I always find myself getting really excited this time of year! This time I had the pleasure of supporting & assisting a good friend and stylist in styling the models for Ramona LaRue (a Miami designer brand) for this year’s Delray Beach Fashion Week!

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Setting up for Opening Evening Wear Show (2018)

All looks were designed by Arianne Brown right out of their Midtown location in Miami Beach! What’s amazing about this designer is that she takes the time to beautifully hand paint all of her prints bringing to life what it means to be a strong, powerful, and alluring woman. I was also able to capture a few other designers like Amanda Perna and Glavidia Davis from the shows and I’m extremely excited to share with you all the amazing shots!

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Ramona LaRue

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This year was nothing short than amazing, please enjoy the slide show filled with amazing local designers and much more!

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How to ROCK your Band Tee!

Ok! Ok! So I’m guilty, I’ve never actually jammed out to Van Halen but who says I can’t support them? Well when a random but loyal fan of theirs walks up to you saying “That’s a SICK shirt” and continues to rant about their favorite songs it may be an issue. Although I found just smiling and nodding intensely will suffice, just smile and nod, just smile and nod I repeatedly told myself. What am I expressing here? Nothing other than what to do when you rock a vintage band T-shirt and don’t know any of the songs =)img_0780

Not quite sure how to turn your ordinary tee into a LOOK well i’m here to help! I’m sharing with you three different ways you can wear your vintage rock T-shirt or ordinary graphic tee. Continue reading

Giving you the Blues

With Fall in full effect, I have finally embraced the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte to Fashionable Fall trends. Generally speaking I tend to stray away from trends and do my own thing along the lines of boots in the Summer and honestly whatever I really feel like. This time around I think i’ll dabble with the trends but with my own twist of course.

With Velvet on the rise this Fall season I couldn’t wait Continue reading

NAKeD with Debilzan

Delray Beach is becoming quite the eclectic city, maybe even safe to say venturing from its’ original roots of “Village by the Sea”. What exactly might I mean by this? With events such as Delray Beach Fashion WeekSavor the Avenue, as well as local vendor pop-up events to name a few, the city has found themselves a good amount of publicity. I’ve had the pleasure of attending and partaking in many of these events and I want to share a bit of my experience with you! First things first is Continue reading