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STYLE SPOTLIGHT | OUR FLOTUS MICHELLE OBAMA by EUREKA CALHOUN

Whoever the next president shall be, we can not deny the impeccable style Michelle Obama gifted us during the 2 terms as our FIRST LADY.  Through the years Mrs. Flotus has streamlined her look and found her personal style through high fashion. Michelle Obama has propelled some of the best underrated designers like Peter Pilotto, Jason Wu, and Tadashi Shoji into the limelight.  Not since the days of Jackie Kennedy Onassis has a First Lady developed such a coveted signature style emulated world wide. The epitome of class and elegance, Mrs. Obama has proven she is not afraid to push the limits of conservative style while serving as First Lady.  I love President Barack Obama and having the first African American as president of the United States was the highlight but the show-stealer was the ever so chic, Michelle Obama.  Check out some of some of my favorite fashion moments of our soon to be missed First Lady.  In the words of the Huffington post, "You can steal her speeches, but can't steal her SWAG! 

The stylish First Lady preparing to make her way through the Capitol during the Inauguration Parade in a navy and light blue checkered coat by Thom Browne, Reed Krakoff boots, and J.Crew accessories. 

The stylish First Lady preparing to make her way through the Capitol during the Inauguration Parade in a navy and light blue checkered coat by Thom Browne, Reed Krakoff boots, and J.Crew accessories. 

For her first visit to Japan, the First Lady arrived looking radiant in a lime green graphic-print dress by Kenzo. 

For her first visit to Japan, the First Lady arrived looking radiant in a lime green graphic-print dress by Kenzo. 

First Lady looking effortlessly chic in Madrid, Spain wearing a black floral graphic print dress.  

First Lady looking effortlessly chic in Madrid, Spain wearing a black floral graphic print dress.  

Mrs. Obama wore a Naeem Khan spring/summer 2014 dress with Jimmy Choo heels to the Opening of The Costume Institute's New Anna Wintour Costume Center in New York.

Mrs. Obama wore a Naeem Khan spring/summer 2014 dress with Jimmy Choo heels to the Opening of The Costume Institute's New Anna Wintour Costume Center in New York.

FLOTUS floted on the White House red carpet in a mixed print floral with graphic side detail dress by Duro Olowu.  

FLOTUS floted on the White House red carpet in a mixed print floral with graphic side detail dress by Duro Olowu.  

Mrs. Obama walking the streets of London wearing Christopher Kane's Fall 2015 collection looking effortlessly chic. 

Mrs. Obama walking the streets of London wearing Christopher Kane's Fall 2015 collection looking effortlessly chic. 

During BET'S "BLACK GIRLS ROCK" wowing the crowd in a off-the-shoulder white ZAC POSEN dress. 

During BET'S "BLACK GIRLS ROCK" wowing the crowd in a off-the-shoulder white ZAC POSEN dress. 

The first lady always has fun with her style and she looked stylish n Gucci on the Ellen show.  

The first lady always has fun with her style and she looked stylish n Gucci on the Ellen show.  

Per usual FLOTUS gave us life at the Black Caucus Foundation Dinner in graphic print bodius Bibhu Mohapatra Gown.

Per usual FLOTUS gave us life at the Black Caucus Foundation Dinner in graphic print bodius Bibhu Mohapatra Gown.

All eyes on the First Lady for the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Reception in a turquoise jeweled toned Marchesa.  

All eyes on the First Lady for the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Reception in a turquoise jeweled toned Marchesa.  

The first lady stunned in a gold leaf inspired Naeem Khan gown at the Phoenix Award Dinner. 

The first lady stunned in a gold leaf inspired Naeem Khan gown at the Phoenix Award Dinner. 

Flotus opted for the conservation version of this Tadashi Shoji gown for the  White House State dinner in honour of the Japanese prime minister.

Flotus opted for the conservation version of this Tadashi Shoji gown for the White House State dinner in honour of the Japanese prime minister.

Flotus does it again looking like the belle of the ball in a custom strapless Vera Wang tulle gown with a feathered organza train for the 34th Annual Kennedy Honors. 

Flotus does it again looking like the belle of the ball in a custom strapless Vera Wang tulle gown with a feathered organza train for the 34th Annual Kennedy Honors. 

While on hosting duties the First Lady wore a dazzling draped purple one-shoulder gown by Korean-American designer, Doo-Ri Chung. 

While on hosting duties the First Lady wore a dazzling draped purple one-shoulder gown by Korean-American designer, Doo-Ri Chung. 

FLOTUS looked radiant in a custom floral Jason Wu gown for White House state dinner.  

FLOTUS looked radiant in a custom floral Jason Wu gown for White House state dinner.  

The first lady definitely deserved a thumbs up for this all white draped Brandon Maxwell gown.  

The first lady definitely deserved a thumbs up for this all white draped Brandon Maxwell gown.  

FLOTUS made a show-stopping entrance in Atelier Versace chainmail gown for her final White House State Dinner. 

FLOTUS made a show-stopping entrance in Atelier Versace chainmail gown for her final White House State Dinner. 

FLOTUS, YOU WILL BE MISSED! 

First Lady Michelle looked striking and elegant for Instyle magazine. 

First Lady Michelle looked striking and elegant for Instyle magazine. 

Politics aside, Michelle Obama took her role as First Lady and made it her own.  She never let critics or the predisposed expectations stop her from keeping it classy at all times.  I'm really going to miss the entire family and know that we will likely never see another FLOTUS like Mrs. Obama! 

Until Next Time With Love, 

Eureka

STRIPES & STREETS | OOTD by EUREKA CALHOUN

Fashionistas from all over the world are loving all things striped.  There are a few items in my style arsenal that'll  never fall out of favor with me:  LBD's (Little Black Dress), denim, leather, and classic stripes. Filed under FOREVER STAPLE,  the possibilities are endless with this wardrobe favorite. Stripes are a classic pattern and can be interpreted in many different ways. I understand that some fashionistas may think this look appears difficult and a concept that doesn't fit into your lifestyle.  But it's SUPER EASY and it's all about pairing a striped shirt with a pair of striped pants!  I love this look for many reasons and it was a lot of fun.  Adding a touch of whimsy with my favorite vintage Liz Claiborne hat made for the perfect pairing. 

Captured by   beech photography   

Captured by beech photography 

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Hat- Vintage Liz Claiborne (similar  here )  | Shades - Ray Bans (seen   here  ) | Necklace - thrifted (similar   here  ) | Striped Shirt - Nordstrom (similar  here)   | Wide Leg Pants -    Banana Republic   | Shoes - Sam Edelman SOLD OUT (similar   here  )  | Cuff - House of Harlow (seen   here  ) | Clutch - ASOS SOLD OUT (similar  here ).    

Hat- Vintage Liz Claiborne (similar here)  | Shades - Ray Bans (seen here) | Necklace - thrifted (similar here) | Striped Shirt - Nordstrom (similar here)  | Wide Leg Pants -  Banana Republic | Shoes - Sam Edelman SOLD OUT (similar here)  | Cuff - House of Harlow (seen here) | Clutch - ASOS SOLD OUT (similar here).    

Striped street style looks are popping up everywhere at the moment.  You can keep your outfit classic with bold and bright colored stripes to more of a conservative look by pairing a striped top with skinny jeans or go a bit crazy like me and mix up your prints. 

How do you wear stripes?  Which of these striped #streetstyle looks grab your attention?   Let me know in the comments below! 

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You might recognize the pants from Splurge magazine, June 2016 issue. Honored to be featured with some of Oklahoma's elite wardrobe and fashion stylists.  Read the full article here

Until next time with love, 

Eureka 

 

HOPE, LIES, AND UTERINE FIBROIDS | MY STORY by EUREKA CALHOUN

Photographer:  Carrie Strong

Photographer: Carrie Strong

For a long time, I only discussed my female health problem with family and close friends. Considered it my own personal issue, something people probably didn’t want to know about. My upbringing taught me you keep your personal life private and you just don’t share personal things like this. Whelp, it’s a new day and I’m attempting to be brave and bold in an effort to help other women with the same issue.  Hopefully, sharing my story about uterine fibroids will empower the next woman to better understand their body, their choices for treatment, and ultimately feel better! 

My story started 3 yrs ago when I had an ultrasound displaying various growths comprised of muscle and fibrous tissue called uterine fibroids. Before the ultra sound, I wasn’t familiar with the term "fibroid" and the full extent of damage they may cause.   Each year during my annual exam my doctor would casually mention the growths are harmless and we will monitor them.   Harmless.........Yeah right!!!  Until, they grow and start occupying your entire precious uterus.  She also forgot to mention if the fibroids continue to grow eventually they will have to be removed or treated via surgery or a heavy dose of hormone suppression drugs with side effects of early menopause.  If I would have known the abnormal growths from the gates of hell would become a real issue, I would have changed my entire mindset regarding my health.   

Fast forward to January 2016, not surprisingly I started to have some of the symptoms associated with fibroids like, frequent urination, constipation, and abdominal bloating.  Waking up in the morning with my stomach resembling a pregnant woman in her final trimester is not my idea of bringing sexy back. This was my official wake up call and the next day I made an appointment with my gynecologist.   

This pic was taken in January and as you can see I started to get some of the fibroid symptoms!

This pic was taken in January and as you can see I started to get some of the fibroid symptoms!

During the examination the doctor was not alarmed by the current size of my stomach and used medical phrases like it's 18 weeks in size.  She also shared some of her previous surgeries she performed to remove fibrioids.  After explaining her prize winning watermelon size fibroid removal story,  she proceeded to give me 2 pitiful options: surgery or drugs! What immediately started to replay in my head is - I'm a 36 year old African American single female with no kids.  Not completely sure why doctors tell patients to treat fibroids like they are a normal occurrence and we have nothing to worry about. Perhaps, it gives them the green light to perform surgery or prescribe us a  new “clinical trial” hormone suppressant drug the pharmaceutical rep bribed them to try out in exchange for a trip to Aruba………. But I digress. 

Being a woman with a full active life, and feeling that I wanted to "keep my original parts”, surgery and taking medicine was not an option.  So I kindly told my gynecologist to keep her geeked up surgery stories to herself and I will see her in 1 month.  At the time I walked out of the hospital scared and confused but determined to shrink the abnormal demons trying to set up shop within my feminine goodies.  

My first step was to consult several doctors to get a second and third opinion only to receive the same response (surgery or drugs).  Really???  So I took matters into my own hands and engulfed myself in research and read over 80% of women will be diagnosed with fibroids by the age of 50.  Why? What is the root cause?  During my research I stumbled across the key that unlocked my healing.  There’s a direct correlation between fibroids, the function of your liver and estrogen imbalance.   Basically, the foods we consume play a major part in the development and growth of uterine fidroids.    

If dietary choices can so drastically impact my fibroid suffering, imagine what simple nutritional changes could do for my body.  From that day forward I made a conscious decision to not let anything or anyone stand in my way.  Operation "Get Healed" was officially in full effect. 

 My 7 step holistic regimen and what naturally healed my body:  

1. Drastically limit your consumption of simple carbohydrates, refined sugar and processed foods. 

2. Incorporate organic foods as much as possible. Food packed with hormones, specifically meat, feed the fibroid.     

3. Juice beets, spinach, kale, ginger, and turmeric daily to detox the liver. Also add fresh turmeric to your juice and tea.  Or take 3 or more turmeric capsule 3 x daily. This will decrease inflammation and stop excessive bleeding and pain. I add raw turmeric to my dandelion root tea every day.

4. Take an active dose of systemic enzymes 3 x daily. My dosage consists of 12 pills daily (6 in the morning and 6 at night).  This has aided tremendously in dissolving my fibroids.  I use Neprinol and Fibrovera from Arthur Andrew Medical

5.  Exercise a minimum of 30 mins daily four to five times a week.  

6.  Avoid consuming anything packaged in plastic. Bottled water is the major culprit of estrogen imbalance. 

7. THE MOST EFFECTIVE TREATMENT:  Do castor oil packs every other day.  I use Jamaican black castor oil by Island Tropic. Referenced article - http://fibroidnaturaltreatment.com/castor-oil-health-remedies-for-fibroids/

TIP:  Weight control and diet helped to decrease the fibroids. A diet that limits red meat and is rich in green leafy vegetables, fruit, and fish is VERY beneficial.  

Some of my favorite elimination guide books: http://gochefahki.com/product/fibroid-recipe/ & http://www.fibroidelimination.com/

Happy to report after a month the fibroids have decreased significantly in size and my symptoms are almost non-existent. Incorporating a fibroid elimination regimen has been my saving grace. But I must confess, it's not easy and dedication along with consistency is KEY!!!! My regimen might be considered drastic but my goal is to live a FULL life fibroid free. In retrospect, being diagnosed was a definite eye opener and a blessing in disguise. I now live a conscious lifestyle and I am completely aware of the foods I consume and the chemicals my body is exposed to on a daily basis. I'm excited to be on the road to recovery and feeling like myself again! More importantly, I am here to provide hope to women dealing with the same issue and offer encouragement through writing this post. Like myself, you can take full control over your health and walk into a new life healed!  Until next time with love,  Eureka

Happy to report after a month the fibroids have decreased significantly in size and my symptoms are almost non-existent. Incorporating a fibroid elimination regimen has been my saving grace. But I must confess, it's not easy and dedication along with consistency is KEY!!!! My regimen might be considered drastic but my goal is to live a FULL life fibroid free. In retrospect, being diagnosed was a definite eye opener and a blessing in disguise. I now live a conscious lifestyle and I am completely aware of the foods I consume and the chemicals my body is exposed to on a daily basis. I'm excited to be on the road to recovery and feeling like myself again! More importantly, I am here to provide hope to women dealing with the same issue and offer encouragement through writing this post. Like myself, you can take full control over your health and walk into a new life healed!

Until next time with love,

Eureka