Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fitness Challenge of the Week

Those of you that have been following me know my ending phrase for things is "fashion, love, and wellness". This is also the basis for how I operate Deon & Dion. I want you to be fashionable without breaking the bank. I want you to love yourself first & foremost (or how could you possibly love someone else). Finally, I want you to be well, physically, mentally, and emotionally.

I, however, am not the picture of physical wellness. Getting down to an healthier weight has been a challenge for me. Yes, I want to do it but the follow through has been a struggle. Yet, I have no problem with follow through in other aspects of my life.

Before, I would just go all in with dieting and working out. Then I would hit the burn out phase and all motivation for getting healthy would go straight to hell.

So here is my solution: BABY STEPS

Here is what I mean, instead of going all in like a mad person or someone that can handle that intensity every day (clearly, I am not one of those people), I am going to add exercise into my life (and hopefully yours) one exercise one week at a time. I am going to present them as weekly challenges.

This week's challenge, my favorite exercise move: SQUATS. Squats engage all if the larger muscles in the body. The larger the muscle, the more calories burned.

If you are sitting down working most of the day like me, try doing at least 20 squats per day, but add 5 more each day than what you did before. So if you do 20 squats today, tomorrow challenge yourself to do 25 and so on the rest of the week.

I always take a break throughout the day to watch my soaps (Young & the Restless, Bold & Beautiful, and General Hospital). So I am going to challenge myself to do as many squats as I can during each commercial break during that 2.5 hour period. If you have a favorite show that you watch, do the same thing. It is a rather quick and simple way to get in some needed exercise.

I will check in at the end of the week to share how I did with the challenge and to see how you did.

That is all for now loves. Squat on!

Fashion, love, & wellness,

Porsha Deon

Friday, September 26, 2014

Items of the Week

One of the things that I would like to start doing is featuring two items for the week from Etsy, one being a Deon & Dion item, the other being an item that I love from another shop that I just want to promote. This will be a good way to promote my items as well as others.

DO NOT SEND ME ITEMS TO BE FEATURED! This blog is not going to turn into a promotional blog and I do not have time to go through emails looking for items to feature. If and when I like an item that I come across, I will feature it. I am doing this out of the goodness of my heart. I am not looking for free items or reciprocal features.

I just suddenly got a feeling that I am going to have to repeat the above paragraph with each of those posts. Hmmmm.

The first item is something that I would love to have in my design room (once I move). It is a beautiful watercolor and ink print from Jessica Illustrations. I can honestly say that I LOVE looking through her shop.

The second item is from my shop. It is our signature Ruffle Flower Hair Pins in hot pink & baby blue.

Meme of The Week

Instead of Random Thoughts today, I thought I would share something that I shared on my Twitter page a couple of weeks ago.

As an entrepreneur, I HATE it when someone refers to what I am doing as "little". It is degrading. We entrepreneurs have big dreams, big goals, and big plans. Why don't you just step aside and watch with your oh so small mind.

Porsha Deun

Random Thoughts Wednesday

So I am getting back into the swing of blogging while still running my business, working in the new line, and other projects. All is going fairly well thus far.

Here are some random thoughts I have had throughout the week.

- Most of my blog posts are coming from the app on my phone until I get a new laptop or tablet. I just discovered how to add a picture to the post on the mobile app! Ha!

- I have not however figured out how to schedule posts. I guess I just have to save them and publish them when I want them released.

- I am going to have to use my calendar more to remember all of this! Lol

- The fall colors coming in here in Michigan have my mind rumbling with ideas for new spring items. Fall, spring, whatever! That is just how my mind works sometimes.

- Do you ever feel like social media is just too damn much sometimes? My brain gets crosswired with all of the different accounts, both personal and business. Then I had to block a few ignoramuses on Twitter this past week. People really need to get a life.

- I am so excited for Shondaland Thursday this week! Did ant of you see Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and/or HTGAWM premieres last week? OMG!!! I am so addicted and Shonda is crazy talented. Tell me what you think pf the shows so far.

- Is Steve Burton coming back to General Hospital or what?  If not, then they need to change all of his pic at his love ones homes ASAP! I feel like they are just teasing me with the possibility of his return AND I DON'T LIKE IT! Lol

- People really need to read before they speak. I am just saying, it will save us both time & frustration.

That is all fqir now my loves.

Until next time, fashion, love, and wellness.

Porsha Deun

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I'm Back To Blogging!

Hi al! Yes, I am back to blogging and hopefully for good this time. Working on so many things, often times something will get lost in the shuffle and blogging was that thing for me. Why did I decide to blog again? Well, blogging was/is therapeutic for me. It helps me settle my thoughts when everything gets jumbled, plus it is a great venting mechanism. Also, I want to reconnect with the followers I have herr and gain some more. As a business owner, self branding is just as important as important as business branding.

For those of you that don't know me, my name is Porsha Deun and I am the owner and creative head for fashion accessory power house Deon & Dion. Deon & Dion is currently on Etsy and sells everything from hair accessories to men's handkerchiefs and lapel pins. One can seriously coordinate the accessories for their entire wedding party in my store. Deon & Dion even has corsages but I am discontinuing them (they are 70% off). I am big fans of General Hospital, Shonda Rimes' Thursdays (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder), Trey Songz, & Idris Elba.

So first order of business, I want to thank all of my followers (there aren't many of you yet but this is still sincere) for not only sticking around during my on and off again relationship with blogging. I will try to do better. My goal is at least three posts per week. That should be very doable. I also want to again thank those that showed their love and support  to me when I came out about my infertility issues and the struggles that I have with it. If you haven't read the post, you can find it here.

Second, here is an update on what has been going on with Deon & Dion and myself:

- Deon & Dion hit 100 online sales this past June (it took nearly 2.5 years but YAAAAY) and is on target to hit 2015007 by year's end.

- Lapel pins were added to our men's accessory line just over one month ago. They are well on their way to being our number one selling item this year.

- I am currently working on our 2015 Bridal accessory line, which will be debuting in a fashion show in November and will be available in my shop shortly after. Dates to be announced later.

- In addition to the bridal line, I am also working in two other projects that I am keeping close to my chest, one of which I am hoping to reveal by the end of the year.

- I have found love!!! A picture of my love and I will come later. He is my everything. I think this one just may be forever.

Those are all of the updates for now.

I will check with you all later.

Love. Fashion. Wellness.

Porsha Deun