I have been on a joyride since I started my Instagram account this past December. I have collaborated with some talented designers whom I respect and truly appreciate for trusting me with their designs. Being a blogger has it's benefits can't argue with that but I never started on this journey with that sole purpose in mind, as a matter of fact I had no idea I could collaborate with designers. This journey has introduced me to wonderful people such as Pearl Perri who is not only the founder and designer of her namesake collection but is also a mother. Her story is one of a mother's enduring love and plight to fight the injustice that separates parents and children due to religious differences. Save Penina's Children Charity a non-profit organization was originally founded to assist Penina Perri aka Pearl in gaining custody of her children and now she assists others that find themselves in the same predicament. As some of you know, I live with Bipolar 1 disorder and when I went through my divorce a couple months ago, I was so afraid that my illness would be used against me. Since I did not want my children to be dragged unnecessarily through the court system, I walked away empty handed and my home will be put up for sale in about two years when my daughter turns 18. I walked away from designer clothing, trips, fancy hotels and a lot of money but I kept my children and that to me means more than any material possession. I realized that justice is based on how good my attorney was and because I could not afford to retain one, and no one would do it pro-bono, I was at a huge disadvantage and instead kept what was left of my sanity and my children and never turned back. My divorce has shaken me to the core and I've had to draw strength from people such as Pearl, my loyal followers, God and a deep deep place inside me. After reading Pearl's story I realized how much we had in common. I'm so blessed to have all of you in my life and although I have not personally met you I value your friendship and want to thank you for reading my posts and following me. I promise to always stay true to myself because it's the only way I can survive now.
Photo Shoot Location: Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia, CA
Photographers: Chanel Asfaw
Kimono: L.A. Hearts, Denim Jeans: Bullhead, Headwrap: Free People
Sandals: Steve Madden
Necklace and Engraved Bracelet: Pearl Perri Jewelry & Accessories