How I Spent My Sunday: Los Angeles Festival of Books

A goal of Ce’Marie’s:

Be a featured guest at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books – 2015!


This past weekend was the Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books (FOB, #BookFest & #latimesfob) at USC! This was our second year attending as guests and each time we’ve dreamed of attending as featured guests with our name, book and character getting recognition there. It’s only a matter of time… :)

But in the meantime, we thought we’d go ahead and participate in the wall of “What Books Inspire Your Fire?” Can you guess what book would that be for us? Yep! Ce’Marie! It’s on its way to completion — the writing and illustrating process definitely inspires the fire within us – without a doubt ♥︎



The atmosphere there is always amazing – from the excited children to the caring parents to the starving artists and the scrumptious food, Festival of Books is always a fun and happy place – a close second place to Disney World as the happiest place in the world :)

At FOB, one can receive free books of different genres, possibly have the opportunity to meet the authors behind their favorite books, get autographs from authors, receive pamphlets and other literature explaining an array of subjects, enjoy free bookmarks, purchase books at discounted prices, and so much more!

Will we see you there next year?


How I Spent My Saturday: The Cinderella Project

Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12, 2014 – hundreds of high school seniors arrived to be treated to a day of elegance & charm at the Cinderella & Prince Charming Project. IMG_7381

The Cinderella Project is nothing new nor out of the blue. Founded in 2000 by Disney executive, Dana Green, it was created to help underprivileged teens in need get ready for prom and/or graduation with a free dress/suit, accessories and shoes.

At the APCH Cinderella Project, anything and everything a girl could ever imagine her prom to be like (appearance-wise) was there and up for grabs. So much thought went into the event. Volunteers even went as far as to make sure there was not two of the same of anything laying out (including dresses, accessories and shoes). This way no two girls from the same school would have the same of anything.

Now that’s extra-ordinary.


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The donations of dresses, tuxedos and jackets, accessories and shoes was outstanding. There was enough for at least 2 dresses per girl to go around! JUST FAB and Ms. Kimora Lee Simmons made a wonderful donation of dresses and accessories. Kimora Lee Simmons also came out Friday afternoon to sprinkle her fabulosity! I’m a little bummed I missed her but glad the girls enjoyed her.


I must not forget to mention the volunteer turnout – quite amazing. In addition to APCH volunteers, there were also representatives from Bank of America, Disney VoluntEARS, Rotary Club, Herbal Life, America’s Tires and Ce’Marie.

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The Cinderella & Prince Charming Project was a success! It was fun to see the seniors go through the experience; the process included first learning about the “Pay it Forward” campaign, then attending two inner-beauty mini-workshops, next they chose their special occasion suit or dress, and lastly the shoes and accessories were picked. Girls were also given a free accessory from Just FAB and free make-up.

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Saturday was a good day.


Is it a Requirement for your Children to Read Everyday?

Reading is a FUNdamental way to relieve stress, pass the time of mundane activities, like commuting and waiting to board a flight, and it’s even a way to relax, enjoy alone time and of course, a method of learning. AND the best part about it – it’s FREE!! Go to your local public library, sign up for a FREE library card… then enjoy :)


A lot of libraries let you check out up to 10 books! So go ahead, indulge!

iLove… iCRE ❦ TIVE

As the R&B singer August Alsina says, “Man, I love this…, Man I love this…, Man I love this…, I love it! I love it! I love it!”

My feelings exactly.

I love working towards this something that has been nothing more than a thought and a dream, for so many years. I love going to sleep thinking about what’s next and how will I go about that – all while wishing my body and eyes weren’t tired in the first place.

I love the progress I make each and every day. And the feeling of accomplishment when I’m able to cross out a line from my ‘To-Do’ list, YAY!

I love talking about my vision for the brand, what the end result will be, what I desire its impact to be. I love seeing a dream come into fruition, a dream that so many people have misunderstood, mocked and looked me upside my head for pursuing.

Ce’Marie has been the source of my happiness.

Broke, tired and sometimes doubtful, I still remain happy with faith and hope, and the ability to stay true to my calling – all while  e m b r a c i n g  |  me   &   i n s p i r i n g  |  others.

Check out my work station. Super small. But my dreams and goals don’t like to be upstaged, no way ;)


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Here’s a special Sneak Peek at what’s been sewing at “La Chambre de Ce’Marie” (aka The House of Ce’Marie) on that very desk above…

Special Note to Those out There w/BIG Dreams & even BIGGER obstacles:

Whoever is out there reading this – I believe in you. I believe in your abilities. I believe in your vision. I encourage you to pursue whatever dream you have that has been weighing your thoughts down, tapping at your heart and whispering to you nonstop. This does not have to be a full time pursuit, if that is not feasible for you – take it one step at a time, one foot in front of the other until you are able and ready to run and conquer. Do your research. Refine your skills. And in the meantime, continue to sew your seeds, be kind and helpful to others, and believe in yourself and your abilities.




International Reading Month – Let’s Read!!

While over on Amazon’s site looking for my pastor’s book, Purpose Awakening, I noticed on the homepage that this month is International Reading Month! What are you currently reading?

Screen shot 2014-03-20 at 8.41.08 PMLately, I’ve been reading The Writer’s Market – 2014 Edition by Robert Lee Brewer, a NYLON magazine, my business plan. I’m also slowly reading The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and soon will add Purpose Awakening to this month’s group of books.

A few of my ‘International Reading Month’ recommendations – For the parents:

  • Purpose Awakening by Toure Roberts

& my all-time favorites since high school…

  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Screen shot 2014-03-20 at 9.09.18 PMReading with the kids:

  • Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  • Lies and Other Tall Tales by Christopher Myers and Zora Neal Hurston
  • Harlem by Christopher Myers

Interesting combinations, huh? :)

Let me know your thoughts along with your favorite books. What are you reading this moth?