Musical Chairs…

Musical Chairs

Emma sits in the middle of the bed as Brian sits on the edge, rubbing his head because of stress and confusion.

EMMA

Brian when you gon’ talk to her?

BRIAN

I will in a few days. I love you

but this not easy fa me. I been

wid her for 7 years.

EMMA

Well thanks for the history lesson

on you and ya beloved wife, but if

it really so hard, then maybe you

need to stay with her and forget

‘bout me.

BRIAN

Nah, you know I can’t. I love you.

I promise I’ll talk to her in a couple

days. Did they say when they were

gonna deliver the rest of the

furniture?

EMMA

Yeah, day after tomorrow.

BRIAN

I gotta go. You finished unpacking your stuff?

EMMA

Yup. I can’t wait for us to finally stop

sneaking around. It’s not fair.

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Jaklyn was puzzled and went into her bedroom to witness Brian removing what turned out to be the last of his clothes from their chest of drawers.

JAKLYN

Brian what’s goin’ on?

BRIAN

Jax, I can’t do this anymore. I love you

but we not workin’ out. I thought I could

get over this, I really tried, but I’m not

happy. We need some time away from one

another.

JAKLYN

Away from one another? What the hell

are you talking about? Where are you going?

Why do we need time away from each other?

I know we been having problems, but how is

you moving out going to help us work it out?”

BRIAN

Jax I don’t even think we can work it out.

Look I really don’t want to hurt you, you

don’t deserve it. But I need to be happy too…

JAKLYN

Happy too?!! You think I’VE been happy?!

Neither of us have been. I’ve been trying, Jesus,

I’ve been trying, but you push me away every chance

you get.  I can’t seem to do anything right for you.

You seeing somebody else entit?.”..

Brian sees the pain in her face and stops himself from delivering a T.K.O, by confirming what had been her biggest fear for months. He stares at her, knowing that his face looked as if it were attached to a body having severe cramps. He just couldn’t do it. He hurries as fast as he can to get out of the house as he just could not stand to look at her any longer. He finally and quickly mumbles…

BRIAN

I’m rentin’ a house but I’ll still help you with

the mortgage. I’ll call you in a couple days”.

Jaklyn never said a word. She felt a few warm tears, but she was too stunned to react or even speak. Brian walked up to her and kissed her on her lips in a sensual goodbye, and she stood frozen. He seemed a bit hesitant to leave at first, but then spun around quickly on his heels and bolted out the bedroom door. She eventually went to sit on the edge of their king size bed after she heard his car drive away.

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Jaklyn took a restless dose after Brian left, but was awakened by the loud music from a car passing by, and for a second, thought she’d had a bad dream, until she looked around and saw some open, empty drawers, and Brian’s side of the closet empty. The clock on her side table said 11:15 pm and she wondered how she was going to make it through the night and the next day. She picked up the phone and called the only person she knew she could count on at that moment.

JAKLYN

Jilly?

JILL

Jax ? baby wha happen?

JAKLYN

Brian’s gone. He left me.

JILL

I’m coming over.

JAKLYN’S HOUSE- MASTER BEDROOM- NIGHT

When she got to the house, she used her key to get in. She walked into the bedroom to see Jax sitting at the edge of the bed, looking up with a brief moment of hope in her eyes, only to be let down when it was Jill.

JILL

It’s only me babes.

(pause)

Jax, go take a hot shower. I’m

gonna make you some hot chocolate,

and then we gonna lay down ok. You

don’t have to say anything or explain

anything right now. Only if you want to.”

 

Jax went to shower and Jill went into the kitchen. When she returned, Jax was wearing a fresh T-shirt sitting in almost the very same spot she was in when she had first arrived. They drank hot chocolate in silence.

JAKLYN

Jilly, what am I going to do?

JILL

Live. Just Live…

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Vintage Skirt…

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The skirt in this photo is older than I am. It was given to me when I was 14 years old, after I found it in one of my grandmother’s old trunks. I haven’t been able to part with it since.

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In Dreamland for the Dream Land…

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Today must be a day for dreams. I’m being taken back to the place where my best friend & I went to look at my dream property. ..It’s on my vision board and everything… Yoo. Antigua directly Nicee..Bwoy…

Peep the view from my dream land below..

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Coming Back to Life…..

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Antigua had been experiencing a pretty serious drought for months. We go through this around the same time every year, …(.end of Aprilish.. until maybe Julyish…?) I put a question mark because it varies and even throughout, we may have a hopeful sprinkle once in a while, though nothing of significance. This year, however, there was major cause for concern, as this drought extended past summer, and there was no rain at all. My yard had never been so dry. I saw strong sturdy plants that had always withstood trying weather times, completely die and had to have their roots dug up. I had fault line cracks soo large in my back yard where I hang my clothes out to dry, that I had to be careful where I stepped, as my foot could have easily fallen in. Most serious of all, our water supply was really, really low. It was getting downright scary.

I’m always amazed however, that God always sees fit to open up the heavens just when we need it the most. It started to consistently rain about a month ago, and it has not yet stopped. As I’m typing this now, I can hear the showers on my roof and I’m smiling. I’m just feeling blessed I guess. It’s lovely to see things in full bloom again.

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Floral after the Dark…

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Rainy Day Fashion…

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Devil …Scratch that..Angel with the Blue Dress on…

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Lace Romper…

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Earth Magick Essentials…

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Beauty is so much more than skin deep. Throughout our journey as women, we evolve and try to figure out what works for us in many different aspects of our lives. From career choices, to romantic relationships, education, health and skin care. Speaking from first hand experience, our skin has a way of revealing many things that  are happening within our bodies and we need to listen to it and treat it kindly. Skin is the largest organ of our bodies, and it is as much a sponge as it is a barrier. I am amazed at some of the chances I’ve taken with my skin over the years and am now on a quest to treat it better, so that I’m not spending the rest of my life trying to fix it, but enjoy being the skin that I’m in.

As Women, we’ve been targeted with every kind of cream, lotion, potion, pill, oil, serum, all in the name of beauty, youth and restoration. We’ve slathered at least 75% of what we’ve seen on our bodies, because the commercials were pretty and had  effectively sold us a dream in a jar or tube. I’ve certainly fallen for a lot and I know I’m not the only one, as it is a billion dollar industry. With time, I became more of a minimalist. When I started being more aware of what some of these products were made from and that I had to use high tech syllabification just to pronounce them, I decided that I needed to change directions. My skin breathed a sigh of relief. My policy is, if I can barely pronounce it, I’m not putting it in my mouth or on my skin.

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All we need to do is get back to the basics. Earth Magick Essentials is simply that.

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There are a few good options for the natural body butters and oils, but this is an amazing combination of all elements.

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Earth Magic Essentials is the love child of Timeca Abercombe.

Brightred_Lips: What prompted you to start making a line of body products? It seems like an ambitious undertaking.

T.A: I didn’t actually start out with the intention of doing anything like this at all. I was just tired of using a lot of costly products that didn’t really seem to do what I wanted.

Brightred_Lips: Basically, necessity is the mother of invention…

T.A: Indeed. I started doing online research about different types of natural raw materials that were good for the skin. I then began to purchase them and started to experiment with blending and coming up with concoctions and mixes of different body oils and butters that suited my skin type. I do all of this at home by the way. Basically I was trying to create something that would work for me and my family. When I was satisfied with the final smells and textures of the blends, I asked my close friends to try them out and everyone’s opinion was that it was great and that I should do them for sale. That was when I began to think  a little bit bigger.

Brightred_Lips: How long did it take to put the line together, come up with the name etc?

T.A: I knew that I wanted the word magic in the name immediately. I toyed around with a bunch of different names.The word organics had a great chance but thought that it was overused. I wanted something that represented natural without putting the word natural in the name. What word signifies natural,..outside of using that same word, better than the word earth? Took a little while, but I loved the way ‘Earth Magick Essentials’ rolled off the tongue. Because I didn’t give myself any crazy deadlines, I never worked with a timeline. I just wanted it to be a good product and packaged nicely, so I took my time choosing the bottles and designing the labels. It was never a pressure type of situation.

Brightred_Lips: What products do you have in your line?

T.A: For now, I have the hair and body butter, (daily skin and scalp application /treatment) and the bronze body glow, that gives your skin a beautiful shimmer. I also use it as a black girl tanning oil. Yes black girls do tan.

Brightred_Lips: Do you plan on adding more products to your line?

T.A: I’m still working on different mixes for the hair and body butter. I’m very interested in doing my own line of head wraps (my own prints). I even styled the head wraps on the models in my ‘Earth Magick Essentials’ photo shoot.

Brightred_Lips: What is your hope for Earth Magick Essentials?

T.A: That people genuinely love what the products do for their skin. Of course I want the business to grow and be a great source of income, but it would be lovely if it grew by word of mouth, because people truly appreciate what the product does.

Brightred_Lips: Where can your products be purchased?

T.A: For now, directly from me. I’m not in any stores yet, but that is the aim. I can be reached via e-mail earthmagickessentials@gmail.com or via dm on instagram @earthmagickessentials @meeks_magick

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Flowers Fix Everything…A Designer’s Bohemian Tale…

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This past weekend, my mom’s backyard became host to a small birthday get together for my sister-in-law. Timeca (my name sake). What can I say, I am a spectacular sister, so my brother decided he couldn’t go wrong with the name, though mine is spelled Tameka. 🙂

Anywho..I had blogged about their wedding,  an amazing day, which was a beautiful outdoor celebration as well. I’m feeling really nostalgic right now just thinking it.

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My sister-in-law has great, yet very simple style, which translated that day and also into her 30th birthday event, this past weekend.

I always thought that my mom’s yard was very pretty, but it’s been very dry for the last few months, due to a drought that the island has been experiencing. Her landscape seems to be holding up regardless, so it was still the perfect outdoor setting to execute the idea, that the birthday girl had in her head. I kept asking my mom for updates with how the setting up was going, so she began to whatsapp pictures to me. I was absolutely floored by what I saw and immediately started asking questions. Who designed this? What’s going on? I didn’t know it was going to be all of this fabulosity..What the heck?.. Everything looked spectacular 🙂

See for yourself below:

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I spoke with Timeca,(The Birthday Girl) who told me that she was only able to execute her vision, because of her talented designer friend Sheena. Of course you know the Oprah in me had to speak with Sheena, as I was truly intrigued by her style and vision.

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Timeca & Sheena (The Designer)

Designer: Sheena Samuel-Overton

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Brightred_Lips: Is design your main source of income, or do you do it as a passionate hobby?

S.S-O: A bit of both.

2. Brightred_Lips: When did you realize your passion for design? What was the moment in your life that determined that this was something to pursue in some way? 

S.S-O: I consider myself to be an artist. Anything to do with creativity, drawing, painting, music,.. it all intrigues me. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been obsessed with flowers. My philosophy is ‘Flowers fix Everything’. I started off designing floral bouquets, then got a job doing professional floral design at Flower World here in Antigua. I worked there for a few years, then went on to Seneca College in Toronto, to pursue a 2 year certification course in floral design. I subsequently became a member of the Student Chapter of the Canadian Academy of Floral Arts. A pretty big highlight was entering a Seneca  floral competition and winning, which was an amazing boost to my confidence.

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I currently work at The Pink Mongoose here in Antigua, but I do have my own business where I do floral and party designs. I also still plan on pursuing a degree in design.

 Brightred_Lips: Can you remember your first design projects independently?

S.S-O: Mini bouquets and I sold them all. For some reason I ended up with a wide variety of excess flowers in my house, and I decided to design some small bouquets. I set up a table in St.Johns and people walking by bought them. 

Brightred_Lips: What aspect of design are you most interested in? Meaning do you prefer designing for parties and events , or for residential / commercial properties.

S.S-O: Parties or Events….. Preferably children’s parties, as I usually get to be whimsical and have as much fun as I possibly can.

Brightred_Lips: What is the most frustrating aspect of design?

S.S-O: Difficult customers who still want to lead. It makes me wonder why I was even hired.

Brightred_Lips:  What was the theme of this party, and how did you go about executing this idea so flawless?

S.S-O: Timeca & I have been friends for a long time. We’d started to discuss a bohemian themed birthday party idea that she came up with, a few months back. Every time we thought of something, we either purchased or collected the various elements, leading up to this event. We both had a clear vision of what she wanted, so we just made sure to get the right fabrics and flowers (of course), to execute the vision. The location was perfect, so that made things a lot easier. 

Brightred_Lips: If someone keeps rejecting your ideas, what do you do?

S.S-O: I Want to please the customer, but I  will not continue a job if an idea that won’t work is being forced. I don’t want to do anything I am not comfortable with or proud of.

Brightred_Lips: What’s more important, budget, innovation, or style?

S.S-O: Innovation. Hands down. I believe that you can execute an idea with almost any budget, but you just have to be creative with the the purchases. It doesn’t have to be expensive to look good. Being naturally stylish is a plus, but innovation is where budget and style meet. This is where you are forced to think outside the box.

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Flowers Fix Everything….. More of Sheena’s designs below.

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