Tag: Allycin Powell-Hicks

Advice, consulting, Lifestyle September 14, 2016

5. Create a writing schedule: dedicate the same span of time per day to writing and creativity. This gets you brain all primed a ready to perform. Give it at least a week to kick in. 

4.  Just 10: set a timer for 10 minutes where you write, edit, or brainstorm with little distraction. 

3. Change your environment: head to a park, coffe shop, maybe even a museum to trigger some motivation.  

2.  Research:  when you take time to read related articles and books it can help you understand your own point of view. Sometimes you can find glaringly missing  perspectives in the literature and you can find your angle in the white spaces. 

1.  Stick with it: when stuck in writer’s block people tend to want to quit, but the more you work the article the more ideas you can get. So, take a breath, get some coffee and get back in there. 

From the Far East!

Fashion, Lifestyle January 30, 2013


No fail, every time my friend Mike comes in town from China-his second home-he has some amazing new fashion toy for me to play with.  Last time it was a new addition to his, ever growing, glasses collection, the time before that a prototype iPad case from his line Mbarqgo, check them out.  Or prototypes of bags to come, that’s my favorite part, getting to take part in future trends.  This time it was his, self designed, wool cashmere blend pea coat; his play on a stylish letterman jacket.  The detachable rabbit collar was my detail of choice.  Yowzas, I love a man in a well designed coat.  Oh how I love my taste making friends…everyone needs at least one in their lives and I’m blessed by my riches.



Fashion Psychology!

Advice, Fashion June 20, 2012

Fashion is typically the last thing on a therapist’s mind, but since much of my research is centered on happiness, flow, and beauty I think about it all the time. So of course, I put my research where my mouth is and use some simple techniques in my daily life. For instance, when I’m having a down day-wrong side of the bed kind of stuff- I wear yellow. There’s just something about the color yellow that picks my mood up off the floor. Or when I’m feeling uninspired I take a new route home(*increases memory) and will even pull over to take pictures of flowers or signs with colors that I want in a future outfit or design. To each C&C reader, take time this week to do something that makes you feel just fantastic, it doesn’t matter what it is (keep it positive and healthy) but just do something for you…


A Cupcakie Birthday Weekend

Lifestyle May 28, 2012

I wanted to thank all of my dear friends and beloved family members who made my birthday weekend absolutely amazing.



The big day started off with some very appropriate gifts. My two little sisters bought me the perfume I’ve beens searching for, LaVanilla vanilla blackberry, get it! Rachel has just been in my head and sent me this crystal cupcake container, my dear mother got me some Tiffany earrings and my friend Amy at Van Clef sent me a letter.


Then off to Mimi’s Cafe with my Mom, two little sisters, and Grandmother. With these three ladies there is never a quiet moment.



Since I’m totally obsessed with cupcakes, it’s become a tradition to, in leu of cake, provide me with white and dark chocolate cupcakes. Yummm!


The next day off to a secret LA location with my closest friends.





Then of course, Cigars made the night utterly special. Not everyone is pictured, so send me your pix and I’ll post them. Thank you all for helping me feel so absolutely precious and loved, I love you all.


Show How Much You Care Day!

Lifestyle February 14, 2012

This Vday was all about my besties. Since this is a pretty pivotal year for us all-S is making her mark on the silver screen, N is preparing to launch her hugely anticipated website, K is finishing up at Harvard, and I’m getting ready to complete my Ph.D.-we decided we had to show each other as much love as possible.  Hence my box-o-motivation.  I put together an assortment of individually meaningless items, some rock candy, chocolates, forget me nots, and some of their favorite spirits, to help them realize how amazing they are to me.

Each item was tethered to a sentiment I felt would propel them through 2012; always be sweet, grow in the midst of adversity, shine through the darkness, be spirited (my favorite), always be sweet, and don’t let your heart be hardened.  I love my ladies, they have gotten me through some tough times and I’ve emerged on the other end eternally grateful.  So C&C readers use today to show those you are grateful for how much you love them…


Black History!

Lifestyle, Mental Health January 31, 2012

Every morning I scour the internet for inspirational or insightful reading, it helps me get through the day.  Well, today, Black History Month’s Eve I read a letter from a freed slave, Jourdan Anderson, to his old master, Colonel P.H. Anderson, on LETTERS OF NOTE.COM in an article by Shaun Usher.  Since emancipation, Jourdan moved his family to Ohio and Colonel Anderson is requesting he move back to Tennessee to “work” on the plantation once again.  This is Jourdan’s response…

Dayton, Ohio,

August 7, 1865

To My Old Master, Colonel P.H. Anderson, Big Spring, Tennessee

Sir: I got your letter, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdon, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than anybody else can. I have often felt uneasy about you. I thought the Yankees would have hung you long before this, for harboring Rebs they found at your house. I suppose they never heard about your going to Colonel Martin’s to kill the Union soldier that was left by his company in their stable. Although you shot at me twice before I left you, I did not want to hear of your being hurt, and am glad you are still living. It would do me good to go back to the dear old home again, and see Miss Mary and Miss Martha and Allen, Esther, Green, and Lee. Give my love to them all, and tell them I hope we will meet in the better world, if not in this. I would have gone back to see you all when I was working in the Nashville Hospital, but one of the neighbors told me that Henry intended to shoot me if he ever got a chance.

I want to know particularly what the good chance is you propose to give me. I am doing tolerably well here. I get twenty-five dollars a month, with victuals and clothing; have a comfortable home for Mandy,—the folks call her Mrs. Anderson,—and the children—Milly, Jane, and Grundy—go to school and are learning well. The teacher says Grundy has a head for a preacher. They go to Sunday school, and Mandy and me attend church regularly. We are kindly treated. Sometimes we overhear others saying, “Them colored people were slaves” down in Tennessee. The children feel hurt when they hear such remarks; but I tell them it was no disgrace in Tennessee to belong to Colonel Anderson. Many darkeys would have been proud, as I used to be, to call you master. Now if you will write and say what wages you will give me, I will be better able to decide whether it would be to my advantage to move back again.

As to my freedom, which you say I can have, there is nothing to be gained on that score, as I got my free papers in 1864 from the Provost-Marshal-General of the Department of Nashville. Mandy says she would be afraid to go back without some proof that you were disposed to treat us justly and kindly; and we have concluded to test your sincerity by asking you to send us our wages for the time we served you. This will make us forget and forgive old scores, and rely on your justice and friendship in the future. I served you faithfully for thirty-two years, and Mandy twenty years. At twenty-five dollars a month for me, and two dollars a week for Mandy, our earnings would amount to eleven thousand six hundred and eighty dollars. Add to this the interest for the time our wages have been kept back, and deduct what you paid for our clothing, and three doctor’s visits to me, and pulling a tooth for Mandy, and the balance will show what we are in justice entitled to. Please send the money by Adams’s Express, in care of V. Winters, Esq., Dayton, Ohio. If you fail to pay us for faithful labors in the past, we can have little faith in your promises in the future. We trust the good Maker has opened your eyes to the wrongs which you and your fathers have done to me and my fathers, in making us toil for you for generations without recompense. Here I draw my wages every Saturday night; but in Tennessee there was never any pay-day for the negroes any more than for the horses and cows. Surely there will be a day of reckoning for those who defraud the laborer of his hire.

In answering this letter, please state if there would be any safety for my Milly and Jane, who are now grown up, and both good-looking girls. You know how it was with poor Matilda and Catherine. I would rather stay here and starve—and die, if it come to that—than have my girls brought to shame by the violence and wickedness of their young masters. You will also please state if there has been any schools opened for the colored children in your neighborhood. The great desire of my life now is to give my children an education, and have them form virtuous habits.

Say howdy to George Carter, and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were shooting at me.

From your old servant,

Jourdon Anderson.

My Portfolio!

Fashion January 19, 2012

Welcome the portfolio bag back into your regular fashion line up.  These, sometimes cumbersome, cuties are on runways the world wide and will ensure you look extremely chic.  Here are a few bags I fell in love with from Emillio Pucci, Z-Zenga (the men can join in too), and Fendi.  Thank you, style.com, for reinforcing the love I already had for my lemon colored leather portfolio.


Jamaica, Jamaica!!!

Art, Health, Lifestyle, travel January 14, 2012

So, after my wonderful trip the NY I headed down to Jamaica, a wonderful escape from the wind and rain of New Jersey.  Though my trip wasn’t all vacation, there was some business too, I ended up having a wonderful time in the sun with my Mom.  I haven’t been able to spend solo time with Mom in awhile so this was way past due. I would love to stay forever but I miss my cell phone, this international phone stuff is ridic…

Expect more pictures, I’m just exhausted!!!!