Kids & Hats ~ What A Dream!

Sometimes we are so mesmerized when adults wear hats, but OMG …

When a kid does, what a dream!

We are sharing hat love  for the month of June … HAT LOVE for kids!

Little Jackson Lee Swedenburg from Lawton, OK. wearing an awesome hat here! His father, Adam Swedenberg from Lawton, Oklahoma took the time to share his wonderful pictures and photography! Many thanks to his parents (Nakia and Adam Swedenburg) who are a military family and know how to keep their faith and family strong when they are apart!

Here’s what Dad has to say about his son Jackson’s fun with hats!

“We both love to wear hats. Jackson will usually wear hats on Sunday’s to church. He loves the attention!! Sometimes he seems to take on a different persona, like a hollywood baby. I’m sure he will continue the hat revolution as he gets older. He loves it, and so do we!! They seem to add a certain demeanor and change the atmosphere. We haven’t really been “Hat” people in the past… It wasn’t until Jackson was born that we started rockin’ different hats. Jackson’s Papa usually wears fishing hats. I think that’s why he likes to wear them also. “

Hmmm… I guess the Hat Mystery runs strong with kids, too, huh??

Nakia and Adam Swedenburg are bloggers and can be found at Hers & His Blogs at Her Fight of  and  His  Fight of – (How cool is that!)  – As they share about keeping the faith while dealing with the challenges of marriage, military life and mayhem.

*All photos courtesy of Adam  J. Swedenberg, photographer

Jodie’s Take on Fashion & Beauty

We love how women shine when they are working for the Creator,  God!

Jodie Johnson is the owner and Creative Director of Agape Couture Productions LLC. Agape is a unique business designed with you in mind. Agape Couture Productions specializes in fashion show production, fashion photo shoots and wardrobe styling. In 1999, Jodie Johnson began conducting fashion shows for churches and the first show was for her mother-in-law’s church. In 2002, Jodie officially launched Agape Couture Productions. The name of her company was dropped into her spirit during her quiet time with God.

Growing up, Jodie always was a fan of fashion and fostered her gift of being able to put just the right clothes together. She always had a sense of personal style and this was first shown in  middle school when she had a pink satin tuxedo with tails made for her middle school prom. Talk about birthing creativity!

Jodie suffered from self-esteem issues early in childhood and she continued to suffer until she went to college. Once she was in college, she blossomed as a person and came into her own. After college, she became a homemaker and took to the business of being a good wife and mother and somehow lost her identity and what was important for her as a person. She lost herself in those key roles and it did something to her that she lost the feelings that she had gained when she went off to school.

During her early 30’s, Jodie had an epiphany and began to embrace who she was and appreciate her own beauty. She decided that she wanted to share with other women the ability to embrace and acknowledge who they are as a person. Jodie is very sensitive to women who struggle with their self worth. Jodie’s word of advice to women: “Never depend on other people to define you. Look at yourself and know who you are and be comfortable in your own skin.”

One of the services that Jodie is most proud of that Agape Couture offers is the Project Epiphany service. This service is designed with the everyday woman in mind. It provides the everyday woman with an opportunity to have a professional photo shoot experience. Jodie arranges for a professional glam team to cater to a woman’s every need by identifying/finding the following: photo shoot location, hair stylist, wardrobe, make-up artist and photographer. It makes for a positive and transformational experience and helps to bring out the “inner diva” in any woman – especially an everyday woman.

Currently, Agape Couture Productions produces shows for Christian organizations featuring a combination of professional models and novice models. The mission of Agape Couture Productions is to provide their clients with an experience in fashion that leaves them not just entertained, but inspired and changed for the better. Jodie believes that God wants us to feed our own beauty and to be able to boost our own self esteem and be proud of who we are.

In October 2010, Jodie had a wonderful experience working with the fashion designer Kai Milla for the First Baptist Church of Glendarden’s Women’s Conference. Kai Milla was working with Jody long distance to ensure that everything was set up properly in order to feature her designs for the Women’s Conference fashion show. Jodie served as the Creative Director for the fashion show. Jodie still maintains a working relationship with Kai and continues to discuss the latest in the fashion and receives advice about the fashion world. Kai gave thanked Jodie both privately and while she was on stage with First Lady Trina of FBCG.

In March 2011 at the FBCG Women’s Retreat, Jodie conducted a segment called, “What Not to Wear.” During this makeover segment, Jodie taught regular everyday women how to dress for their body type starting with the correct type of undergarments. She took both “before” and “after” photos of the makeover participants. Jodie also taught women about body types and learning what your body type is and what clothes look best. In other words, Jodie taught women how to work with the shape that God gave them and how to take what they have and make it look the best that they can. Agape Couture Productions brings out the best in women and reminds me of the expression, “Show Me What You’re Working With!”

Hat Character ~ Darryl Fudge

This Darryl Fudge.
Although she looks mighty cute in her HAT, we are not honoring her for that. She is just a really special person. Anyone who knows Darryl will find that out about her. Just sharing on her character, because every now and then, we need to. Like hats have definition and character, so also does our soul & spirit.  In fact, they shine even brighter, when we wear them. It’s good every now and then to reflect on keeping character, so today, we chose Darryl.

Darryl loves to wear hats and when she does, her sense of YOUTHFULNESS and  her sense of pizzazz comes out! I love this picture of her, because you see a side of her that’s originally a part of her fun-loving personality!

I asked a few people to describe Darryl and here’s what I got from them about her. Aware. Strong. Real. Tenacious. Friendly. Spiritual Master. Caring. Giving. Creative. Unique. Such powerful names. when I leave this earth, I want my (hat)…. ahem.… my life and living to speak for me, like Darryl’s has spoken for her. ( Smile) 

Darryl Fudge, Long Island

A little more about Darryl. She works in Brooklyn, N.Y. as a Captain of the Salvation Army with her husband Rodney. They have been with the Salvation Army over 15 years and love working with families, youth and people who have addictions. She is a trooper and a really good friend ( Just ask her sister.) although Darryl lives  in Long Island, her heart is in Cinci, Ohio  & Colorado where her three daughters and her four grandchildren and 1 son – live , respectively. Darryl loves taking pictures and her  work reflects her sense of art expertise.

Check out some of her work here.

Hat Love: Jodie Johnson

Jodie Johnson is a model and entrepreneur that lives in Washington, D.C.

Jodie seems to have that effect on fashion! When she isn’t modeling, she’s running her own business, Agape Couture.

We were able to pull aside this beautiful, cultured and  eccentric model and entrepreneur Jodie Johnson aside to ask her a few questions!

Why do you like to wear hats, Jodie?

I like hats because they create a mystique or persona that you might not otherwise have. I also like that they can add drama to even a casual outfit.

Is wearing hats a legacy in your family ?

I got my love of hats from my grandmother, who is NEVER seen in public without one. Even now at 94 years of age, she still has to have a hat on even just to go for a walk around her neighborhood.

Whats’  your earliest memory of when you began  wearing hats ?

I think I wore my first hat when I was about 9 or 10. My mother took me to a milliner in New York City (where I grew up) and had a gray one made especially for an outfit I was supposed to model in a show. I felt pretty special and grown up and fancy, just like my grandma.

Do you believe a hat can change one’s personality?

Yes, I believe a hat can change your persona. It can make a typically shy, insecure person feel a whole lot of swag.

What ‘s the magic that happens when you put a hat on?

Depending on the style of hat, I feel sort of ‘grand’,  ‘hip’ or ‘hood-ish’… it just depends on the vibe or flava’ I’m trying to give.

I like all kinds of hats: fedoras, newsboy caps, wide hats or a big brim Kentucky Derby-ish hats…I love them ALL. I’ve worn them with a nice dress or a suit, or with jeans and a t-shirt, or with a cute sweater to the movies… it doesn’t matter the occasion.

If I feel “the “vibe”, I just go for it!

Jodie’s mission of Agape Couture Productions is to provide their clients with an experience in fashion that leaves them not just entertained, but inspired and changed for the better. Jodie believes that God wants us to feed our own beauty and to be able to boost our own self esteem and be proud of who we are.