On a personal note…Birthday & Blogiversary Reflection

Photos by Samia of SBM Portraits

As we enter into the last month of 2017, I find myself reflecting on the year as a whole. And more recently, the changes in my lifestyle that have me feeling like a new woman. After eliminating meat and minimizing dairy and processed foods from my diet, I shaved off 15 pounds. Talk about an instant confidence booster! With the help of Pinterest and my sister-in-law, transitioning to vegan has actually been fun and a time of self discovery.

I stopped watching TV (aka the idiot box). That was a super drastic decision (typical Scorpio) but it seemed so necessary. I had my lineup of shows – a mix of VH1 and Bravo, along with OWN and several others. Honey, I was constantly on an emotional roller coaster! Crying over Grey’s (Anatomy) and This Is Us, then mad and stressed out over another show. It was draining me. The message was clear – cut out TV and focus more on me. Ding! Ding! Ding!

Why didn’t I think of this sooner?! I feel amazing, like my head is much clearer, anxiety is down, and I’m in sync with my intuition. I love where I am right now. Managing work and family has become more effortless. We’re in a groove and elevating our vibrations individually and together. I can finally get back to doing what I love. I’m ending 2017 strong and looking forward to vibing more on Handbag Report in the new year.

Cheers! xoxo


2017 Walk to Answer TTP Together

I have finally recovered from the emotional roller coaster that I experience every year around this time, specifically, Mother’s Day through September. Four years ago, I lost my mom (who I affectionately refer to as “Joanie”) to a short battle with Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (aka “TTP”). She went to the hospital right after Mother’s Day and never came back home. TTP is a rare blood disorder that is considered a true medical emergency. TTP is diagnosed at a rate of 3-4 in 1 million people per year. Potentially fatal complications can result from internal blood clotting with damage to critical organs such as the brain, heart and kidneys. On August 18th, I celebrated Joanie’s birthday with my colleagues by sponsoring my 2nd Annual Jeans Day for TTP Awareness. It was a huge success thanks to all who donated. It’s an amazing feeling to be supported by so many. All of the money raised during jeans day was donated to Team Walking for Joan for the Answering TTP Foundation’s 2017 Walk to Answer TTP Together. This year’s team was just me, my dad and my boys, Nico and Ivey. It was perfect. We found a trail near our new neighborhood in Germantown. Next year, I will have t-shirts made for the boys. I totally dropped the ball.

We exceeded our fundraising goal and completed our ongoing mission to raise TTP awareness and honor our beloved Joanie. For more information on TTP, visit answeringttp.org.

{On a personal note…} Meet Ivey!

My sweet little angel, Iverson Blue (aka “Ivey”) is 6 weeks old today! As I get used to his schedule, I will start blogging more regularly. While I miss having my daily routine, I am enjoying every minute of motherhood the second time around. Ivey is truly a blessing and such a sweetheart!