She’s the Goddess of the Year


Gayela showing off her Shanghai-inspired look that we put together for her.

Have you heard the saying that “blondes have more fun”?  I’m beginning to think it’s true!  Especially for my dear friend Gayela Bynum, Founder and Chair of We Will Survive Cancer, who was recently honored as Copa Style Magazine’s 2016 “Woman of the Year.”

Gayela’s story is so inspiring to me, and familiar in many ways.  Not only is she a true feminine goddess with class and style, she is very open-minded, a great communicator, and super kind-hearted. She moved to the DC area in the early 1980’s from California, had a long-standing career with the Federal government, loves to host parties and fundraising events, and she even had her own fashion accessories business at one point in the 1990’s. Like me, her mother was her inspiration and role model. That is where she learned how to own her goddessly power and use it to her advantage for the good of others and to serve humanity.

In 2009, Gayela and friends founded We Will Survive Cancer, a nonprofit inspired by the warrior spirit of Michelle Bynum, her daughter in-law who passed away due to breast cancer. The organization assists patients and their families affected by cancer.  I’ve written before about this inspiring organization, and I’m proud that we can and have been able to support Gayela’s work.

Even though Gayela has suffered heartbreak and dissapointments over the years, she has never let that take away her warmth, her love, the light that surrounds her, and of course, her bold and sparkling sense of style. I love that she is never afraid to shine.  And although she is always polished and perfect, she doesn’t take herself too seriously – see the photos I took in our sanctuary below of Gayela showing off her blonde tresses!

I believe Gayela’s ambition and drive set a great example for young women.  I am proud to call her a good friend and fellow goddess fan.


Gayela in one of our dresses with her handsome titan son, Blaine.


She brings so much light when she enters the sanctuary.


Gayela’s latest book full of inspirational Cancer survivor stories available for sale in our sanctuary.

A Fresh Green Start

My lovely hibiscus cared for from my very own green thumb.

My lovely hibiscus cared for from my very own green thumb.

Usually when I’m talking greens to you, it has always been in the context of healthy eating. 🙂  But today I want to talk about what you put on your body instead.  After all, spring has arrived and it’s Cherry Blossom season in DC, so I’m thinking about fresh colors for warmer weather.

The color green can have multiple meanings depending on the shade.  It can be a representation of prosperity, but it also signals a youthful energy as well as an open heart, which I think is apparent in these photos below of our Goddess fans showing off their favorite green dress from our sanctuary in Old Town Alexandria.

My personal favorite below is the linen Lingerie Bag for travel, available on our Shoptiques store. And if you would like to attract prosperity in your life this season, as well as heal and balance your Heart Chakra, I recommend my Silk Coin Purse in the emerald green design.

So if your heart is out of balance and you are also lacking wealth in your life, try adding more greens outside of food. Let me know if you have any styling questions – I am here always to assist you and make your life better. 🙂


Goddess Laura in our beautiful Silk dress from our Italian Collection.


Goddess Monique in a Sexy-flirty green dress ready for a night out.


Sparkles, a goddess must have!


Goddess Erika feels her heart opening in our Parisian sweater.

My favorite linen lingerie bag, hand-embroidered in Vietnam.