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Hello Healthy


Illustrated by Jacqueline Davis Moranti


As you may have noticed, I have been away for far too long! For the past few months I've been working behind the scenes on a little pet project. I love fitness, I'd say more than just hobby level of love, more like I would dedicate my life to revolve around fitness. In the beginning of 2015 I was certified by the International Sports Sciences Association to be a personal trainer and fitness instructor, it felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulder because my passion had just become my way of living, legitimately. Naturally, I veered into more fitness and wellness topics within my life and with Burgundy Whispers. And with that being said, I'd like to introduce you to Hello Healthy! 

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Get Moving


Illustrated by Jacqueline Davis Moranti

One of the trendiest things to have a resolution of for the beginning of the year is always around fitness. "New year, new me," takes on different tone in everyone around that time and it's all in good favor for better health. As an avid gym rat, I can remember the trials and tribulations that it takes to get yourself comfortable with going to the gym. Everyone starts somewhere and when you have no idea where to begin, it's quite an intimidation... "gym- timidation!" Getting past the road blocks can feel like a hard feat but if you really put your mind to it you can find ways around it. One of the ways I found my way through the gym was via the internet, looking up routines to practice while I was at the gym. Fortunately nowadays there are better ways to do that exact thing with little effort at the touch of your hands with Aaptiv. 

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The Shrunken Sweater

Illustrated by Jacqueline Davis Moranti


Everyone has that favorite piece of clothing that they wear all of the time. Whether it's a sweater, a blouse, a dress or a favorite pair of jeans, they all have to get washed sometime or another. Of course you dread the thought of the washer and dryer ruining the very fabric of those pieces and then it does!  The feeling of the realization of your once beloved garment, now shrunken and babydoll sized juts through your chest like a javelin throw. Alright maybe not that serious but it puts a damper on your day! And then you're left trying to find a replacement for that once loved piece or you can avoid it altogether by keeping Dryel by your side!

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Personal Essay #11

Illustrated by Jacqueline Davis Moranti


Usually at the end of a year I go through my photos as a little mini review of the year I've had. One thing is consistent throughout the gallery, my hair. I'm always picking my hair out, manipulating it to reach the sky, forcing it to go high and bigger. No, I'm not a 70's kid, far from it but I have my influences, Angela Davis and Foxy Brown. My hair has always been my security blanket, I felt safe hiding behind my hair, like a nest for the introverted. It had a lot to do with my insecurities as a child,  mostly with the way I looked. Children will be children and point out and make fun of other children, often more than not I was one of the kids that would be pointed out. Most days my head felt too big, my hips too wide, my thighs too thick, my skin too dark, too ethnically ambiguous especially for a Dominican. Distinct memories of elementary school classmates that couldn't go a day without reminding me of the way I look still to this day, creep into my mind as I stare at myself in the mirror. 

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Beauty Bit, Bold Weekend Look

Illustrated by Jacqueline Davis Moranti

When it comes to doing your makeup, Monday through Friday is pretty bare and minimal. Going to work means looking like a "normal" human being that can function in the world. If you were to discover a new beauty trend throughout the week that would mean holding off on it until the weekend. For example when Fenty Beauty dropped (Tuesday), unicorn eyebrows, contouring, glitter eyeliner, moody lips, as lovely as all of these trends are, all are unfortunately inappropriate for the office. As soon as 5pm on Friday hits, it's game on with my makeup. All rules are broken and no beauty trend is off limits! I've been using a lot of It Cosmetics products, so naturally I like to play around with my looks utilizing their products.