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July 2015

Don't Fear Change...Embrace It!

Many things have happened in my life over the course of the last year and as a result, I took some time away from The Diva Design Diaries to reflect and renew. THANK YOU to everyone who continued to visit and share the site during this period. It is MUCH APPRECIATED!! </p>

During this time, I resigned from my job of 9 years to step out on faith and take my career in a new direction. Still an Engineer, just working in a completely new industry. I also moved from my beloved home to a new state, downsized my living space, and began the task of rebuilding my life in a new area. Whew!!! A lot of change in a short span of time. <span style="font-size: large;">☺

Change is one thing that I have always been comfortable with. Whether its small changes like deciding to ditch my relaxer and go natural or a big change like putting myself back into the job market during the Great Recession, I have always viewed change as a necessary evolution and not a cause for panic. During my Freshman Year at Tuskegee University, our Freshman Week Theme was "Don't fear change, embrace it!" I was inspired by that message then and have continued to carry it as my mantra ever since.</p> <p>
During this interval of change, I have learned many things about myself, grown as a person, and now feel comfortable sharing this expansion with you. With this in mind, great changes are coming to The Diva Design Diaries. In addition to operating on a new platform and having a new look, the offerings of the site will now include themed sections such as: Career & Entrepreneurship, Inspirational Motivation, Lifestyle & Travel, and as always DIY & Interior Design. Additionally, a new shopping site, Cristi Alyse Designs, will be launching where you can shop both my products and curated products from other talented designers. Stay Tuned!!!</p> <p>Time is filled with swift transitions…Change is inevitable and always exciting! 

Until Next Time…

Ready, Set, Change!!!

Posted by cristialyse on July 08, 2015 at 11:25AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Diva Life~Design Links

This week we’ve featured articles from
House Beautiful, PopSugar Smart Living, Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Consumer Reports, Today Show, and The Nest.  Highlighting Picture Frame Bookshelves, Expert Sofa Tips, Best Food Processors, Travel Guides, Art Prints, Perfect Wine Pairings, and DIY Party Favors, this week’s selection is a medley of many Travel, Entertaining, DIY, Decorating, and Organization Tips that will kick off Fall and inspire you to continue to flourish in both your Design Life and Everyday Living!!

Posted by cristialyse on September 04, 2013 at 6:50AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Diva Life~Design Links

This week we’ve featured articles from
House Beautiful, PopSugar Home, W Magazine, HGTV, Women’s Health Magazine, Dwell, and The Nest.  Featuring Union Jack Accessories in Honor of the Newest Royal, a Summer Packing Guide, Removable Wallpaper, Designer Tips and Tricks, Cool Summer Totes, Stylish Floating Lounge Chairs, and Summer Flowers, this week’s selection offers many tools, products, and tricks to improve your Summer Travel, Home Décor, Patio, and Accessory Style.

Posted by cristialyse on August 22, 2013 at 2:20PM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Ready, Set, Go…Summer Travel Series: What Travel Item Can You Not Leave Home Without?

Whether I’m traveling for work, socially to an event, or taking a much needed Summer Vacation, there are some items that I cannot leave home without. From necessities and electronics to comfort items and random things, I always seem to travel better and relax more when I have these items. </p>

Generally, I never leave home without my MacBook Pro, so I can work, correspond with you, and entertain myself just in case there’s no TV. ;-) My Vera Wang Princess Eau de Toilette Spray is one of my favorite fragrances, which works wonderfully in every environment and situation. Earth Therapeutics Dream Zone Pillow Mist is a MUST if I plan to rest comfortably in an unfamiliar bed. My latest issue of HGTV Magazine keeps me informed and inspired. A Bath & Body Works 1.3 oz. Mini Candle keeps my hotel room or wherever I’m sleeping smelling fresh and reminds me of home.

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Posted by cristialyse on July 09, 2013 at 5:56PM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Ready, Set, Go…Summer Travel Series: What’s Your Favorite Travel Destination?

When I was a kid, the last day of school kicked off not only Summertime, but also my official vacation season. Whether it was going to Mobile to visit my grandparents, going to Six Flags over Georgia with my church, or just hanging out at the beach with my family, Summertime was synonymous with travel. </p> <p>In the 2nd installment of our Ready, Set, Go…Summer Travel Series, we want to know “What’s Your Favorite Travel Destination?” Is it the bright lights of a big city like New York or Las Vegas? Relaxing on the shimmering sands while watching the glistening ocean waves at the Beach? A long drive out to the Countryside? Or visiting relatives and discovering fun activities in their towns (a ’la the Griswolds)? 

  • New York – Times Square


  • Las Vegas, NV 

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  • The Beach

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  • The Countryside

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Let us know in the poll below:

Until next time…

<p>Ready, Set, GO!!!</span>
Posted by cristialyse on June 25, 2013 at 10:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Ready, Set, Go…Summer Travel Series: 10 Travel Essentials from OscarPRGirl, Erika Bearman

Summer’s here and it’s time to hit the road, jump on the plane, or relax on a train as we’re whisked away to our favorite vacation destinations. 1st up in our new Ready, Set, Go…Summer Travel Series are 10 Travel Essentials from @OscarPRGirl, Erika Bearman. Not only is she the witty voice behind Oscar de la Renta’s Twitter Account, but Erika is also the Sr. Vice President of Global Communications for the beloved and luxurious brand Oscar de la Renta, LLC, and a stylish fashion insider. Click below to see Erika’s travel essential picks and let me know what products you can’t travel without in the comment section.</p> <p>

<span style="font-size: medium;">Until next time….

</span>Ready, Set, GO!!! 

Posted by cristialyse on June 24, 2013 at 10:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Diva Life~Design Links

This week we’ve featured articles from, Apartment Therapy, House Beautiful,, and Huffington Post TravelFeaturing Organizational Tips, Best Wall Colors for Sleeping, Kitchen Re-Design, and Summer Travel and Fun, this week’s selections contain exciting, helpful, and entertaining tips to tidy up your home and kick off Summer with a bang!!!

Posted by cristialyse on June 07, 2013 at 12:31PM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Diva Life~Design Links

This week we’ve featured articles from PopSugar Home, HGTV, Martha Stewart-Everyday Food Blog, Consumer Reports, Dwell, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, and Harpers Bazaar.  From Landscaping and Gardening, Kitchen Tips & Tricks and Modern Design to Decorating Small Spaces, this week’s offering is sure to entertain and encourage you create your own outdoor oasis, cook up a storm, decorate on a dime, and fabulously and functionally pack for your next trip to the Beach, City, or Country.

Posted by cristialyse on May 28, 2013 at 7:30AM | Permalink | 0 Comments