I have been blogging on this page for a little over a month and would like to throw a little more insight into my world and what I stand for. My name is Stefanie and I am originally from Ghana, West Africa and I have quite a fascinating accent because I have lived away from Ghana for more than a decade. I get teased about my accent from my Ghana people because I apparently sound American lol. Let me sip on some champagne y’all!lol
Writing has always been my way to pour out my innermost thoughts, struggles, and aspirations. Writing has allowed me to be creative and I want to use it to inspire people especially immigrants, women of color, mothers like myself who wake up each day with dreams of hope! Like myself, I know you work hard each day in your many roles to put food on the table, to inspire your children and or community, and are role models. My mission is changing the face of beauty and showing you how to walk that path with your inner and outer beauty!
My path has led me to be walking example of beauty and intelligence as I work as a Registered Nurse with over 7 years of experience. My background is ICU/Cardiac Telemetry/Perianesthesia. My role as a registered nurse allows me to be a patient advocate, a teacher, a comforter and most times a patient listener to patients who are very lonely and need someone to hear them. I also represent a minute representation of diversity in the registered nurse profession in the United States. According to the Modern Health (2016) report, less than 25 % of Registered Nurses in the United States of America are minority nurses;not Caucasian. I therefore walk in the shoes of a role model and inspire countless of young women and men of color who never thought about a career in the medical field.
As a model, I also represent a minute representation of people of color. This is one of the reasons I decided to be vulnerable and get into the commercial fashion industry in Minnesota. I went in fully aware of the possibility of rejections, but that has not stopped me from securing fashion jobs with established names and local fashion houses. I will continue to work harder and make my mark because everyday I hear personal stories from family, friends and their daughters who are teased because of the color of their skin and hair texture, colleagues who are unaware of their beauty, community members who have been labelled as beautiful based on their weight. They raise their head high because they see someone like them changing the face of beauty. These lovely pictures are from the Holiday Party at FGI-MSP EVENT of which I am a proud member.I am dying to hear your comments.
Looking effortlessly beautiful and stylish should not break your bank. Countless times, we find ourselves debating whether to get new clothes and accessories when we really can do without going to the shop. These are my tips for staying stylish and keeping your money in check.
- Check in your jewelry box and take out some chunky necklaces, stud earrings, and a bracelet you have not worn in a while. Then pick out a dress, a skirt or pants matched with a top you always wear and deck it up with one of the jewelry pieces, I just mentioned and throw on some nice flats or pumps. I will also suggest you put on some lipstick, mascara and foundation. Your look is complete. You can also in a belt and a purse. Accessorize,accessorize, but do not overdo it!
- Exchange clothes and accessories with a friend, sister, or any other close female relative who are also adventurous or just want to try a different style of clothing on a budget. In swapping, you will be amazed at how you can match a new bright scarf to your black dress or add a sparkly earring with a pair of jeans.
- If you are artsy or feeling the artsy bug, sew on some embellishment or simply add a fancy brooch to a plain office shirt.
Do not be afraid to mix and match and create a different, unique style. This saves you time and lots of money.
- Do not follow the crowd. It is better to use what you already have than to try and impress someone with expensive clothes you cannot afford!! (That sucks! lol)
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Organica is a local pop up shop located in the Mall Of America in front of the Apple Computer store. There are a variety of soothing naturally made goodies; from essential oils, pain relief ointments, diffusers, and naturally handmade soaps made by a local vendor, Wandering Goods from Portland, Oregon.
The owner of this local relaxing pop up shop, Suzanne is very approachable and knowledgeable about her products. She will allow you to try different samples as well as guide you if you are having difficulties finding the right gift for either yourself or your loved ones.
The Traumica Pain Relief Formula is one of her fast selling products. Working in healthcare and in particular bedside nursing where we use a lot of man power, this product sparked my interest. There is nothing more soothing than being relaxed after a long day on your feet at work.
This shop is very personalized and authentic with the different array of products which will help relax you and keep you feeling energized and stylish for your next outing or staycation. Try something new if you have never tried naturally made soaps which helps with different skin problems and relax in a dark room filled with soothing music and essential oils from a diffuser!
Support this local business if you are in Minnesota and are passing through the Mall of America and tell Suzanne that I sent you over and you will be on the extra extra nice list. These are some of the lovely products at this shop:
Throw a pair of jeans, wear a t shirt, your fancy shirt, or favorite pair of boots and add a pop of beads and voila, you suddenly turned casual to trendy. My love for African beaded jewelry was birthed growing up in Ghana, West Africa. I remember wearing waist beads as a child, then gradually falling in love with hand, neck, and anklet beads.
Beads come in all sizes and are also made of different materials such as wood, glass, seashells, among others. They can also be worn on any occasion and add a detail that makes one look unique. Beads also carry a meaning to some wearers from providing positive energy to protection from bad spirits. For others, it is for fashionable purposes and exploring a different style.
Below are some beautiful African beaded jewelry I found online on google
Thanks for reading and don’t forget to drop a comment. Now go get some beads at your local African shop or market, with love StylishMomNurse!!!
Did you ever think you will grow up and be the mother of a special needs child? I never thought so. There are so many questions that have run across my mind over these five years and I am proud of myself for letting go and learning to open up about my fears and insecurities. There are times I still cry and wonder why me and most times I am amazed at the successes in this journey. I have learned to be overjoyed at the successes of my boy and not by a measure of the so called children development timeline which is not personalized. As an immigrant originally from Ghana, West Africa, I knew it would be tough explaining how different my child was with his glasses and hearing aides to my community. However, my strength has come from my immediate family and friends who have supported me and being there for me as I cried and laughed during this tough journey of special motherhood.
I was therefore beyond the moon when I connected with Sefakor who like me was Ghanaian but lives in Ghana, same age mate, and has a first born son with the same rare syndrome called Charge Syndrome. Charge Syndrome is a rare syndrome caused by a genetic disorder that can affect the heart,nose, eyes,ears, etc. Charge also affects each individual very differently, therefore each individual needs should be personalized. One thing with these chargers are they are fighters!
In the picture below is my son, my mom, Sefakor, her son, and myself in Ghana this past September. Somehow the little siblings, my daughter and Sefakor’s younger son managed to escape this shot as they were happily playing together. All of us moms laughed, gave each other advice, and bonded over the triumphs and challenges of motherhood. The lack of rehab services is saddening in Ghana, but the resilience of special moms like Sefakor and our families is a testament to the fighting nature of these chargers.
Have you found yourself rummaging through your one million clothes in your closet only to find out you are missing that statement piece to make you standout? Many millennial moms feel guilty splurging a little, but that investment can create lasting impressions. A boutique can be one place to find those pieces and if you are lucky enough you might just score big during a sale. Yes, ladies some boutiques have some sales so don’t look the other way.
If you are in the Minnesota I will recommend DUGO, a trendy woman owned boutique located in the Galleria, Edina where you can find it all from casual pieces, bridal wear, to jewelry and purses. I have also had the chance to work with the wonderful team of this store to create a look book which is currently featured on their website. However if there are any fun boutiques you know off in Minnesota or that ships to Minnesota, comment below and I will check them out and do a review.
These are three pieces found at DUGO which I highly recommend to add to your closets to create some envy in your closets.
Look 1: The soccer mom’s colorful yellow jacket by Eleven Elfs paired with Jeans. Being a mom should not put you in the boring box. Continue to be creative and let that color shine through your children.
Look 2: The sophisticated millennial woman by Lafayette148ny. This is perfect for the cold weather. You can still pull off a dressed up look without feeling like you are putting yourself out there to get frozen!
Look 3: The fierce and fiery woman in a Nicole Miller cocktail gown ready to turn heads. Why be ordinary, when you can create waves as you walk confidently in this dress. Do not limit yourself to colors and be a dare devil with style.
Makeup: April Rocha Makeup Artistry Photography: E.L. Photography
Travelling with two children below 6 years across the world from Ghana to the USA is an experience I will never forget. Exactly 2 weeks ago my children and I flew back from Accra to Minnesota.
I was both excited and concerned how I will manage it before we started our long journey. We travelled on Delta airlines from Kotoka International Airport transiting in John F. Kennedy International Airport with our final destination in MSP Airport and was disappointed at the poor flight service. Beside being able to board early one time and a few age appropriate kids cartoons, no other provisions were made to accommodate the children.
There was not a mention or offer of a kid friendly menu by the flight crew. When I even asked for cheese with bread for my son, that was not available! I am so glad I packed different snacks and brought over an ipad and toy to keep the children somewhat relaxed. There were definitely moments of screaming children with me trying to soothe them and keep them comfortable.
Using the bathroom with two children was harder, but I was lucky to be offered a helping hand by a neighbor on the plane who agreed to watch my little boy when the little baby girl had a few too many toilet accidents.
When we arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport, it was not smooth and we had to wait in the immigration line to declare our luggage on a kiosk which i did not find friendly then over to a queue to talk with an immigration officer as I listened to my boy continuously requesting to use bathroom. I was livid, but was extremely relieved when we could finally use it.
To make matters worse, I had to pay $6 for a cart with no help as I had to drag 4 suitcases with 2 kids standing besides me, then to another luggage area. Afterwards, it took us another 30 minutes to go through another encounter getting our hand luggage security checked with TSA before we were transported via bus to another terminal to board another plane to Minnesota which was delayed by half an hour. My children were so tired that my son sobbing and wanted me to carry him along with his sister which was impossible. The passengers were much helpful than any of the Delta staff at helping to soothe him. I had at that point missed the call to board the flight with the other parents and none of the staff could be bothered when I came over and stood by the desk. Luckily the passengers allowed the children and I to board back to MSP.
The flight from Accra, Ghana to New York, New York was about 10 hours while the flight from New York, New York to MSP Airport was about 2 and a half hours. It was a total of about 16 hours with 2 children and a brave mama, but we did it 😉💪💪!!!
I really hope Delta improves its services to African countries and make it a bit family friendly despite it being economy class because I was extremely disappointed!! Which flights would you say are family friendly and accommodating of special needs children? Do we have travel first class to be treated better??