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22.6.17

ThursdayThrowback-Lion Country Safari Summer of Savings!

Now that school's out I want to provide my boys with the best possible Summer on record and I refuse to use that old I'm working statement as a bailout.  Because I'm not available for the daily activities I promised I'd put additional effort into making the weekends fab and on our first Summer Saturday that's exactly what I did by taking a visit to Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach FL! 
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The only thing better than experiencing something new for the first time is being able to experience it with your family. BabyFab, FabJr., FatherFab and myself were all super excited to be visiting Lion Country Safari for the very first time. We didn't really know what to  expect but after being there for just a short time it would be a day we wouldn't soon forget.
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Couple quick pics of the kids and myself enjoying our Saturday at Lion Country Safari. It's only been a couple days since we visited and FabJr. has already requested to have his birthday party there and also wants to know the next time we'll be able to take another visit.

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Let me just start out by telling you this park is Gorgeous! As the nation's first "Cageless Zoo", Lion Country Safari has been a leader in the conservative movement since 1967 and strives to ensure genetic diversity and sustainability among several threatened and endangered species

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One of the very first things you experience after entrance into the park is the animal drive thru and I'm not even sure I can put this remarkable experience into words. I mean I have visited several zoo's in my time but nothing has ever made my experience as up close and personal as did Lion country Safari. Imagine being in your car driving and being just feet away from an African Lion, impala, Zebra, or Southern White Rhinoceros. Out of this world Amazing Right! Best of all the looks on my kids faces when the Ostrich actually comes up and pecks on your window!

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Another great thing about visiting Lion Country Safari is that once the drive through portion of your visit in completed you can then park your car and proceed to the walk through portion of your visit. the scenery once again is Gorg when you walk through. It was probably somewhere near 90 degrees on the day we visited so it was a very welcomed relief to all the kids to have a little fun in the water park. Admission to the water park is included in your park admission so it was really nice to be able to enjoy all the parks amenities without have to pay anything additional.

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When you want to take a little break and get a personal look at the beauty of Lion county Safari when you take a boat ride, take a nature walk. You also have the option of visiting the animal encounters, petting zoo, animal exhibits where you can visit the Spider Monkey's, Porcupines, Burmese Pythons and more. One you feel like you need a little recharging you can pay a visit to the main restaurant where they provide a variety of meal option. whatever you need or want, Lion Country Safari has you covered!

  One of my favorite parts of the visit was the Parrot Exhibit. Beauty at it's finest!http://www.frugalflirtynfab.com/

Thanks for allowing me to share my families visit to Lion country Safari with you. For additional information or to plan your next visit please visit http://www.lioncountrysafari.com/ 

Save time and money by purchasing your tickets online today. Tickets will be scanned at ticket booths (located at the main entrance).
As a special bonus for our online purchasers, parking at the park is included with your online purchase (a $8 Savings per vehicle).
NOTE: Online tickets EXPIRE 6 months from date of purchase.

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20.6.17

Beach Bodies and The Fabness of the Leaf Print Halter V-Cut Swimsuit!

FABulites, the thoughts never fail me. No matter how many times I visit the beach at some point or another during my visit I always seem to take a look around and time after time there's one thing I notice over and over and over again. Why is it that my fellow African Americans are always or at least nine times out of ten so covered up. What happened to make us more conscious of our bodies than our counterparts? Let's go ahead and discuss it and how I experienced one of my most confident days ever rocking this Ami Clubwear V-Cut Halter One Piece Swimsuit. Ready?

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For the most part I love my body and I'm one of several million women who actually have and show major love for their God Given bodies yet when I visit the beach I too am one of the African American Women getting in the water fully dressed in either shorts or my cover up. This body has birthed 3 children and while I often flaunt it and  remain proud of it I still can't seem to figure out why even I feel the need to keep it under wraps at the beach. The one place where it's fully OK to let it all hang out and have a good time in spite of it!


It wasn't something I was taught from when I was a kid, it's not that I feel my body is less attractive than others on the beach, it has nothing to do with me enjoying my beach day out with my kids and family so exactly what is it that makes me and many other women like me such beach prudes? Could this swimsuit prudeness be the reason why when it comes to swimwear African American Women are less solely marketed to? Could this be the reason why when it comes to Fashion Week Swim there are a lack of both models and designers who look like me? Could there be some underline reason why this is happening? Do we love out bodies differently than our counterparts?

Amiclub Swimsuit

I have no idea why these are the thoughts  I think about whenever I visit the beach but these very thoughts are my truth. The pictures you see above were probably my first time actually wearing nothing but my swimsuit at the beach and feeling confident enough to Rock it since I was probably in my teens. Part of this confidence came from finding a swimsuit such as this Sexy Leaf Print V-Cut Halter Swimsuit that deserved the entire world to take notice of. I felt sexy, and confident, and damn cute might I say. I wish every woman could feel this good in a swimsuit.

When it comes to swimwear and body confidence what are your feelings? What do you think are some of the reasons African American Women tend to more so  Keep it Covered at the Beach?



17.6.17

An Evening with Gentleman Jack- Real to Reel- and Omari Hardwick


Thursday evening I had the opportunity to attend Gentleman Jacks presentation of  Real to Reel with Omari Hardwick honoring  and celebrating new African American voices in film and can I just say it was simply amazing! Follow along as I walk you through my evening.

Omari Hardwik and Host Anthony T Rose

Gentleman Jack did what few brands are doing and decided to celebrate new African American voices in film with a unique  multi-cultural initiative to help bring young and aspiring African American voices into the spotlight, by showcasing bold, new filmmakers in theaters all over the country.
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Gentleman Jack in partnership with Codeblack Films hosted “REAL TO REEL” screenings with a seven city tour where local and national film makers have presented short films for viewing in St. Louis, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York Atlanta, Houston and wrapped this week Miami, FL as part of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF).

Elements to Band

The evening started with guests being entertained by  Band to Elements while mingling and experiencing the fabness of Gentleman Jack, and a bite to eat. The live band also included spoken word features from some of the audience members as well. It was intimate, grown, sexy and had my full attention.

Film contest winner Janlatae' Mullins

After the band wrapped it was now time to see the 3 short films that were being displayed for us and meet the National Winner of the Real-To-Real contest Janlatae' Mullins. Amazing work presented by all 3 film writers with one being from the host Anthony T. Rose. Janlatae' Mullins, featured above center, and the cast of her movie, Soul Fire, took the time to speak with the audience on how her film came about and what it  took to make it just the way she wanted.

Omari Hardwick and Host Anthony T Rose

Now it was time to get up close and personal with the handsome and talented Omari
Hardwick. My favorite part of the evening after you got past his amazing looks and chiseled body was learning that Mr. Hardwick was so very much more that what was on the outside!

I would have loved to sit down and hear Omari give us all the secrets of this upcoming season of Power but instead he gave us so much more. Omari talked about his passion which is educating and connecting with others through the arts. His love of music and album he'll be releasing soon. Why he chooses to mentor young kids and how he fights every day not to be typecast.  I loved how he took the time to think about every question presented to him and really wants to educate other African American Actors looking to follow in his footsteps. Omari shared with  us while it appears he's already accomplished so much there's still alot that he wants to achieve.



Special thanks to Gentleman Jack & CodeBlack Films for seeing the necessity in having events such as these celebrating African American voices in film. It was truly an amazing night with a focus put upon the fact that if you work hard and believe, Greatness is Achievable!


Thank you all so much for allowing me to share with you an evening at Real to Reel. Once again because of your support I was placed in the company of amazing people telling their amazing stories and allowing me to share them on this platform with all of you. To all my present and future filmmakers I say, surround yourselves with the right people, take the time to learn the ins and outs of your craft, and never ever ever stop working toward your dreams!

Did you have the opportunity to attend the Gentleman Jack Reel to Reel event with Omari Hardwick in your city? If so what were the most important jewels you were able to take away from the event?

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13.6.17

Grey Cincher Fit of the Day

Hey yall hey and Happy Tuesday. I know I'm a day late but I really hope everyone enjoyed a fabulous weekend. This weekend I participated in my very first Panel Discussion for Frugal Flirty N Fab and Fashion Show for Boutique Sales Chic as part of the Style Luxx Expo at Artserve. It was such an amazing experience and all I know is that I Want More! Without a doubt sharing my love for life and Fashion is definitely what I'm meant to be doing and you can expect to see lots more coming your way. Now without further adieu, let's get into my Grey Cincher Fit of the Day!

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Ladies, I promise I just wanna see you smile. I know it kinda sounds like something some creepy dude would say to a person he doesn't know but it's my honest truth. While I by no means place my happiness in the clothes that I wear there is a sense of joy that comes from knowing you look good. That's something I think all women should experience. because looking good=feeling good=being and doing good things to and for others!

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I think that's one of the main reasons I like shopping and helping others find pieces that compliment them and makes others feel great as well. that's also why when shopping for pieces for Boutique sales Chic I make sure the fabric is nice. the look is something that will compliment the woman's body, and the price is something she can afford. It was those very things that led me to the Grey Cincher.


Normally I'm not a grey kinda girl but there was something about this dress that drew my attention in right away. It was all about the details for this dress. I absolutely adore the cinched waist corset detailing in the front of the dress, the material was great, the length was perfection and best of all it was well within the price range of what I wanted to spend. I also immediately recognized that I could wear this dress on many many different occasions and could easily dress it up or down for both day and night. Win Win Right!


Thanks so much for sticking around and allowing me to share with you a little about both my weekend and my Grey Cincher fit of the day. Grey cincher can currently be found on Boutique sales Chic and will run you approximately $39.99 and includes free shipping. Feel free to use code CART for an additional 20% OFF your purchase. Earrings can be found here.  Make sure to also catch bits and pieces from my weekend events on both my Facebook and Instagram pages.

What are you wearing for your Tuesday Fit of the Day?

7.6.17

FOTD and How to be your own Source of Sunshine!


FABulites, I'm not sure what's going on around here but we in what we normally call Sunny South Florida have been experiencing some of the most dreary and depressing weather we have ever had. I mean it's been raining for days and it appears there's no end in sight. While I prefer my sunny days over rainy days any day, I can say that some of my best thinking happens on those rainy days. Stayed up a majority of last night and after all was said and done I came to the conclusion that no matter what, sometimes you have to be your own source of sunshine!


As a full time Blogger, Boutique Owner, Brand builder, and influencer I spend a majority of my time being online. While some may think this is beyond awesome, there are many days I have to shake it off and be my own source of sunshine. When I send a pitch and get a No I have to get back on the horse and keep it moving. When I apply for an opportunity and don't get it I have to motivate myself enough to try for the next one. When I put myself out there online with one of my outfits and don't exactly get the response I was looking for I have to have the ability to brush it off and move full speed ahead with my next fit of the day. Nothing but Sunshine coming from my end.


Life is full of opportunities! Just when one door closes you'd be surprised to find another one opens. No one is ever going to get any and opportunity they apply for but the key is to remain hungry and humble and keep your goals in mind. On those days when nothing seems to be going right are the days you need to allow your own source of sunshine in. think about how blessed you are to be doing something you really love and how it takes hard work and dedication to be able to continue on this path.


When the doors appear to be closing faster than they re opening allow your Sunshine to push you to create your own opportunities. You are Smart, You are Kind, You are Worthy! Think of  a need or void in your current line of work and create something to fill it. We all have it in us, just dig down deep and release it!


When all else fails and you need a little sunshine simply think about how far you've come to achieve your goals and have the type of life you want. Think about all the work, time, and dedication it took to achieve those things and just reflect. Think about the younger you who had no idea where to even get started and the you of today who won't allow anyone or anything to hold her back or get in her way! Release that sunshine, you got this!


Life consists of good times and bad times and no matter what comes and go's , the yay's and the nays, Sunshine or Rain, Promise me that you'll always Be  Encouraged and Be Your own Source of Sunshine!

How do you stay motivated when surrounded by Dreary Days?

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5.6.17

Facebook Live- The Frugal Flirty N Fab Experience!


Hey yall Hey! How's everyone doing today? How was your weekend? My weekend was pretty laid back mainly because of all the rain we experienced and also due to the non stop Memorial Day Weekend we had previously. I spent a majority of my weekend working on Frugal Flirty N Fab and Boutique Sales Chic trying to figure out how I can make them both better for you all and myself and Saturday afternoon the answer came to me out of no where, Go Live!

I absolutely love taking cute pics and  getting that good sun light for the perfectly posed shot but up until recently what I didn't like and had a little fear of was live video. Not sure exactly what it was that scared me about going live on Facebook or Instagram but I honestly stayed away from it for as long as I could, that was up until this past Saturday. Did you know that going live on social media could increase both visits to your site and shop significantly? We are also living in the days where people have very little time to read your 1000 word blog post but are now more likely to click on your live footage. Knowing this I decided to set my fears aside and actually completed my very first live video for Boutique Sales Chic. Below is a little snippet of my pre going live session, Take a look!



Surprisingly and for the very first time ever I actually enjoyed going live and I'm really looking forward to doing it again this coming Saturday. From here on in I plan on going live every Saturday for Boutique Sales Chic and doing way more event live presentations for Frugal Flirty N Fab! I'm looking forward to growing my brand  while also forming a connection with each of you on a more personal level and going live definitely gives me the ability to do that. Click here to review my completed live coverage.

What do you think of your favorite Brands and Bloggers providing you with live coverage? What are some of the things you like and dislike seeing? Most importantly what are your thoughts on my live snippet and are you interested in tuning in to my weekly fashion coverage?  Thanks for everything and I can't wait to see your feedback!


2.6.17

Top 5 Mother/ Daughter Duo's You Need to Know!


FABulites, It's officially been a little over 2 months since my Daughter, Khambria and I officially launched our online fashion business Boutique Sales Chic. While it's probably been the toughest most nerve wrecking months I've ever experienced it's also been 2 of the most eye opening and rewarding months either of us have ever experienced and we wouldn't change it for the world.  The truth of the matter is that we make one heck of a team but we are both very well aware that this is just the beginning and if we  are going to brand our business into what we've always wanted we are going to have to stay strong, encourage each other, and remain determined to accomplish our goals no matter what! That's why when times get tough, we take the time out to look at and learn from the mother/ daughter fashion duo's that have come before us. Take a look at the Top 5 who have influenced us the most and one on the rise you should really get to know.

Solange, Tina and Beyoncé

What can I possibly say about this trio that hasn't already been said a million times before. Talented, Beautiful, and Business Savvy enough for us all. I have looked up to their mother daughter relationship for many years and I could only hope that my daughter and I can one day be looked upon in that same amazing light as this trio! Thank you so much for showing us the true meaning of a Dope Mother/ Daughter Duo! We love these ladies!

Marjorie Harvey & Daughter Lori

Marjorie Harvey is living her best life ever in her 50's and what I love seeing most is her daughter Lori walking hand in hand with her. The style, the confidence, the beauty. this mother/ daughter duo know how to  own the room with style and class. Can't wait to see what the future has in store for these two!

Diana & Traci Ellis Ross

This dynamic duo is everything you'd want your mother/daughter relationship to be. One would think that with your mother being Diana Ross it might have made Traci want to look into another avenue. She realized early on the world was big enough for 2 Ross Divas and took ownership since. The clothes, The hair, The body, the talent. the contributions, this dynamic duo shows the world that between a Mother & Daughter, anything is possible!.

Kris Jenner and the Kardashian Crew

While I might not agree with everything this Mother/Daughter powerhouse does I'd be an idiot not to recognize the media powerhouse this family has built. When it comes to running a business I think we can learn a lot from this family. I appreciate their work ethics. how they always have each others back, and how they handle themselves with so much being thrown their way. This family is tight and strong and I don't think anyone can take that away. Girl Power for Days!

Nicole Murphy Daughter Bria

I'm not 100% sure why I'm so obsessed with  this Mother/ Daughter dynamic but I absolutely love seeing them do their things. These women have taken the act of being beautiful to the next level and are branding it all the way. We can definitely expect to see lots more from these beauties in the future, looking good and supporting each other with tons of Love along the way.

Deidre & Khambria of Boutique Sales Chic

Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share with you some of my favorite most dynamic Mother/ Daughter duo's with you. My daughter and I are still very new to this but we look to the women above to show us that it most certainly can and will be done. We are learning how to be strong, how to go after what we want, and how to deal with the good and bad times. We are a mother/ daughter fashion force and while you might not recognize it today keep watching!

Who are some of your favorite Mother/Daughter Fashion/Business Teams?



31.5.17

Top 10 Must Have Gingham Summer Wish List!

Hey yall Hey! How's everyone doing today? First off I just want to Thank you all for the love and support of my last blog post Port Charlotte Florida in the Mazda CX9- Memorial Day and We Travel. It's the most love I've received from a posting in a long time so again Thank You All!! Now let's get down to business! I'm not sure what it is but annually at the close of Memorial Day Weekend I suddenly feel the need to get oh so fresh and oh so clean. What better way to do that than throwing on the latest and greatest in gingham wear? This year I'm going to do you a favor and do the dirty work for you by providing you with my list of the Top 10 Gingham pieces to Rock this Summer! Let's get started!


When I observe a gingham print I observe a piece laced in fashionable sophistication. Not sure about you but my thoughts are immediately placed on someone who knows what she wants, knows what she's got, and most of all knows how to get what she wants! Yep all of that just simply based off the fabric and print alone. Some may have a hard time distinguishing between plaid and denim but I was taught a long time ago that Gingham always consists of white with another color while plaid can consist of many different colors. The print on gingham pieces is always one size and with plaid pieces it can be many different sizes. I hope that helps.

Gingham is hot right now and can be seen on everything from the Summer's hottest off the shoulder halter dresses to your favorite pair of mules. They are absolutely everywhere and as always I love it! Don't be surprised if you one day soon catch me mixing gingham prints in a funky yet bold top and bottom set and maybe even more. I adore gingham, always have and always will. Although gingham prints appear to be very structured don't be afraid to play around with them, mix them up, and make them your own. One of my favorite thing to do is to mix let's say a gingham dress with a bright pair of shoes and maybe accessories. It's all about having fun with fashion and gingham is just one of those looks that easily allows you to do so.

Thanks for tuning in and checking out my Top 10 Must Have Gingham Pieces for Summer. Before you go please share with me below in the comments which of my Gingham Pieces is topping your Summer Must Have List.




30.5.17

Port Charlotte Florida in the Maxzda CX9-Memorial Day and We Travel!


FABulites, I had the most amazing Memorial Day Weekend and I really hope you did as well! It was a weekend of family, fun, basketball, swimming, team work, great cars, and simply learning to appreciate some of life's most simple pleasures. What happens when you get a Mazdz CX-9 to drive for the week and your son's Basketball Tournament gets switched from the wildly popular Florida city of Orlando to the not so popular Port Charlotte Florida, Guess you'll have to just keep reading to find out!


My weekend was Lit! For those who do not know what the term Lit is, it means Great and Exciting and I'm pretty sure neither your kids nor mine will approve of us using it! In the beginning I was a slight bit disappointed that instead of heading to Orlando for my son's Memorial Day Weekend Basketball Tournament that we'd be heading to Port Charlotte Florida instead. I mean I knew how much fun there was to be had in Orlando but to be honest with you I'd never even heard of Port Charlotte Florida but that was all about to change.


Friday evening we loaded up the family and the Mazda CX-9 and headed towards Florida Gulf Coast. I had no idea what to expect but I knew that if my ride was any indication of how my weekend was going to flow that it would be pretty darn amazing! Fabulites I tell you no lie, the Mazda CX9 is by far the most amazing car I've ever had the pleasure of road tripping in. It was comfortable, spacious, good on gas, had tons of features to keep both the kids and the adults entertained on the ride and just felt right!


While the actual Basketball Tournament was being held in Port Charlotte Florida we decided to first take a stroll through Lehigh Acres just to take a look around and it was amazing. Lehigh Acres is located exactly 2 hours and 3 minutes away from South Florida. The houses were huge, you could just see that it was very family orientated and the people that we met were beyond friendly and welcoming. Take a look at this beautiful home we came across.


We also came across this really great park with a seemingly innocent walking trail yet as we got closer and took a look at the sign we felt much more comfortable heading back to the Mazda, kinda immediately! Standing next to this sign was probably  the most adventurous thing I did all weekend and even while standing there my knees were shaking  from picturing the possibilities!


Saturday morning we headed to Port Charlotte High School for game one of my son's 8th Grade Basketball Tournament. It was a great game played by both teams and I'm pleased to advise my son's Below the Rim team came out on top. Unfortunately although they fought a good fight they were defeated the second match of the day. They were still in the championship running and would just have to return and give it their all Sunday morning.


At the conclusion of Saturday's game we did what a majority of the locals in Port Charlotte did and headed to the nearest, (only) Cracker Barrel for a bite to eat. It was my very first time eating at Cracker Barrel and can I just say how downright impressive the Chicken and Dumplings were. Delicious!!!


Day 2 of my son's Basketball Tournament was equally as exciting. his team needed to beat the opposing tem by at least 10 points or more to make it to the Sunday evening championship game for their age group. The below the Rim kids lost but not without putting up a good fight. Fab Jr. even managed to snap the All Tournament Player trophy for his group. good time indeed in Port Charlotte Florida.


Port Charlotte we came, toured your city, played in your gym, broke bread with you and soaked in the beauty of your are but now it was time to head back home to Sunny South Florida and that is exactly what we did. Once again we loaded up the Mazda CX-9 and headed in the direction of home. all was well until things got a little scary when we ran into a fire on Alligator Alley. Although the fire didn't pose a danger to us exactly I must admit it was a little intense driving through. Didn't I tell you it was a weekend full of adventure.




Thanks for allowing me to share with you my Memorial Day Weekend  Port Charlotte Florida road trip and a special Thanks to my friends at Mazda for making sure my trip was made in the utmost style in the Mazda CX9. This  weekend was definitely a learning experience where I learned you don't have to always be a part of the hustle and bustle busy life to have a good time. get out and be willing to explore your state a little more and chances are you'll find beauty and amazement all around you.



Have you ever visited Port Charlotte Florida or had the opportunity to test drive the all new
Mazda CX-9? Take it from me you definitely want to add both of these to your Must try and Must visit list today! How did you spend your Memorial Day Weekend?

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