An End to Hera Nyx & the Start of Something Better!

So, it’s been a good little minute since my last post and I come bearing good news. Some of you may consider it bad news, but let’s be positive within that. The blog has been pretty quiet for a few different reasons but we can start here… A lot has changed for me on a physical, mental, and spiritual level. I can honestly say that I’m not the same person I was 6 months ago. I don’t eat the same, think the same, or even walk the same, and that’s all in the direction of becoming a BETTER person. I only saw myself making small little changes though, not realizing that there was a spirit leading and preparing me for something bigger than myself. With all of this I felt myself pulling away from Hera Nyx. I didn’t want my blog to be called Hera Nyx anymore and I wanted to let go of the alias, (Latoya, is my birth name). As I started working on “rebranding” my site and name, my spirit led me in a completely different direction when the words Endure Together revealed itself. It was in that moment that I realized it was time to put this blog to rest. I know that probably sounds a bit extreme, but stick with me as I bring some understanding to this matter.

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There was a post I wrote some time ago where I expressed my spiritual journey and described it as floating through a tunnel. Although that might not say much, know that I was sincerely searching for truth. I feel as though many of us have this empty feeling inside and no matter how much we try to deny it, it’s there. That emptiness for me was my identity; understanding who I was, my purpose, and how to navigate through life. You see, life isn’t what it seems and once we start to shuffle through the lies and expose them, we awake to an even bigger agenda.


Through the love of the creator and His guidance I understand my condition. I understand my place in this struggle. Connecting with Him was the beginning of truth, knowledge, and understanding. It is also the reason why I’m changing. Change in a sense that it’s not about me and that I no longer seek the riches of this world. Change in a sense that I’ve connected with the spirit that was in me the whole time. Change in the sense that there is a POWER who created the heaven and the earth, and he has chosen a nation to himself, to be a light in this world. My whole perspective has changed and the things that are constantly on my mind, whether it’s healthy eating, spiritual warfare, or walking in truth, don’t really find a place here.

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So, yes Hera Nyx is put to a final rest, but the birth of a new chapter has surfaced. I created a new blog titled, Endure Together. It’s filled with words of wisdom, poems, personal stories, visual narratives, and so much more. There’s a war going on, a spiritual war and I choose to be on the side of righteousness and fight to wake up my people. The purpose of Endure Together is to help strengthen and uplift brothers and sisters; those who walk in truth and others who seek truth. There’s a statement Lauryn Hill made during her MTV unplugged performance that spoke volumes. She said, “The more I lose myself, the more I realize I can be used to spread a message.” That’s where I’m at, and know that I come with Love.

Much Love,

HeraNyx Latoya

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Style Storytelling, A New Visual Narrative Project!

Style Storytelling Series

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I’ve been gone for a minute but I’m back for a second. I’ve been working on a few different things as well as some changes with my blog, which I will share in another post, but for now the focus is on my newest project. Today, I’m releasing my first video from my visual narrative project titled, Style Storytelling. The idea came to mind a while back, and after much nurturing and brainstorming, I finally began to get things rolling.

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  Using fashion to tell stories and spread messages to the world, is the concept behind this project. Style itself is who you are, where you’re going, what you believe and many other forms of expressions. My first video from the Style Storytelling Series is called, Brought to the Light. I had the chance to work with Knimi of KeepItQueen, a beautiful sister, who did an amazing job bringing my vision to life. The video is about my journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. Growth and change is uncomfortable but because of it, I have a deeper appreciation for life and my purpose on earth.

 

Take a second and find a quiet place to enjoy the first video from my Style Storytelling Series, Brought to the Light. Enjoy!!

 

Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel, there will be more visuals to share soon. Also make you way over to KeepitQueen for more greatness!

 

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Stiff Necked Fools / Babylon the Bandit

 

 Stiff Necked Fools – Bob Marley

Babylon the Bandit- Steel Pulse

Untold Stories- Buju Banton

Just wanted to share some music with you!

 

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2 Raw 4 TV Magazine and Hera Nyx

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 2Raw4TV is an international radio show hosted by artist & activist Palmetto Star. It was established on Nov 4, 2010, and is used as a platform for underground artists and cutting edge, inspiring thinkers across the board. Earlier this year I received an opportunity to work with 2Raw4TV on their first magazine. After much work and prepping, 2 Raw 4 TV Magazine was finally launched on October 31st, 2013. The magazine is filled with fashion, music, poetry, food, and much more. Here are some snippets from my fashion section in the first two issues.

In the December issue I talked about mixing different elements such as leather and lace. I’m all about layering and mixing different textures together. I had to share that with the readers. To check out the full December Issue on Romantic Edge click here

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In the November issue, embracing your style was the main topic. Style is who you are and the confidence you have in being yourself. A small showcase of my style along with some tips on embracing your style can be found in the November issue. Click here to read the entire article.

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2 Raw 4 TV has given me a chance to reach so many people and I appreciate the feedback thus far. This opportunity not only gives me a chance to showcase my style and ideas but also share the works of other designers and creators. In future issues you will be able to see more styling tips, interviews with local designers, and DIY creations. Stick around to see more of my work in 2 Raw 4 TV Magazine.

Discover.Create.Inspire.

 

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Knee High Socks & Bobby Bow Wedges

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Knee High Socks and Bobby Bow Wedges

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Chambray Top: Thrifted

Gray Tunic: NY & Co.

Maxi Cardigan: Anthropologie (similar here)

Knee High Socks: Marshalls

Shoes: ModCloth

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I’ve been holding on to these knee high socks for a long time now. I got them from Marshalls a few years ago and I’m just now wearing them. They actually inspired this outfit along with the fact that I love layers and long flowy cardigans; as well as texture, and neutrals. This isn’t the first time socks have inspired one of my looks either. Remember this post? This time instead of socks over jeans I decided to wear socks and a tunic. The simplicity of it is what I love the most. Here’s a quick rundown… I threw a chambray top over a gray tunic and paired it with knee-high socks and nude wedges. I felt a little naked with the length of the tunic, so I wrapped my favorite maxi cardigan around my waist and tucked the sleeves. This way I had coverage and some shape to the tunic.  I kept my accessories pretty light. I wore my DIY braided rope necklace, pearl studs, and a few rings.  Overall, I was comfortable from head to toe. On another note, this was the first time I wore my maxi cardigan like this. It inspired me to find other ways to wear it. I mean, I wear it all the time, so I might as well switch it up a little. Now, I encourage you to find some new ways to wear your favorite item. The more ways to wear the better. As always, Discover.Create.Inspire.

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The Works of Faith

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fFaith without works cannot be called faith. A dead faith is worse than no faith at all. Faith must work, it must produce, it must be visible. Verbal faith is not enough; mental faith is insufficient. Faith must be there, but it must be more. It must inspire action. Faith endures trials. Trials come and go, but a strong faith will face them head-on and develop endurance. Faith understands temptations. It will not allow us to consent to our lust and slide into sin. Faith obeys the Word. It will not merely hear and not do. Faith produces doers. Faith harbors no prejudice. Faith displays itself in works. Faith is more than mere words; it is more than knowledge; it is demonstrated by obedience; and it overtly responds to the promises of the Most High.  Faith controls the tongue. This small but immensely powerful part of the body must be held in check. Faith can do it. Faith acts wisely. It gives us the ability to choose wisdom that is heavenly and to shun wisdom that is earthly. Faith produces separation from the world and submission to the Most High.”

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A little push to keep going.

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Turning Brooches and Pins into Unique Rings

Good evening beautiful people! I hope you’re having a good day, today.  For me…the day is pretty lovely. I didn’t have to work, so I spent the day running errands, reading, and cleaning up. I also spent time with a beautiful flower by the name of Miss H. I met Miss H. when  I first started volunteering for the elderly. She’s a joy to be around, so I try to visit her weekly. Anyway, this week’s post is about another Hera Nyx creation. I’ve sat on this project for quite some time now and I finally have a chance to share it with you.

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Turning Brooches and Pins into Unique Rings

Brooches are one of the items that I like to collect while rummaging through jewelry at thrift shops. They always catch my eye and are often extremely cheap. A while back I had this idea of taking my collection of brooches and pins and turning them into rings.

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To bring this idea to life, I used pliers to break down the back of the brooch. This created a flat surface. Next I applied a dab of E-6000 adhesive to attach a ring base.

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Realizing how simple this was I started to look for other types of jewelry. I ended up going through my collection of earrings. Now I have a collection of rings from brooches, pins, and earrings.

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This project was fairly easy to do. I have so much more to create and I’m always on the hunt for more. And of course, as I create I will keep you posted. 

 

(Can you guess which ring was once an earring or a brooch? )

 

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The Pinnacle Trail at Crowders Mountain

 What do you feel when you reach the top of a mountain? What goes through your mind when you stretch your feet across a few rocks and look out into the horizon?

 

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For me, I felt sound. I was untroubled in thought and in complete reverence with the beauty in front of me.

 

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To get to that moment I had to CLIMB.

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It’s wasn’t so bad either because I knew there was something to enjoy at the end.

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Yea, there were obstacles. My legs got tired, the trail became steep, and the end seemed so far away.

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I knew I had to keep going.

 

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Finally I made it!

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The trail did end but the view was not yet seen. In front of me was a cluster of rocks and a warning sign. I was determined, so I gathered my strength and took flight over those rocks. The top never felt so good!

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All in all you must keep going on that path despite the things that try to slow you down. Physical and spiritual obstacles will be present, but with preparation, faith, light, and words of encouragement you can overcome them.  Don’t entertain negativity during your climb and don’t give up because the next piece, that is crucial to your journey, is just a few steps away.

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This was my experience hiking for the first time at Crowders Mountain. It was an inspirational moment that I shared with a good friend of mine. I encourage you to go and experience the outdoors. Take a hike through the mountains, a walk through the park or through a garden. It’s uplifting and it stimulates your senses. Plus, you owe yourself a break from the world.

 

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Kalahari Resort: An African Themed Indoor Water Park

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My oldest sister lives in Detroit, Michigan along with my nephews. Since we live a good distance apart I don’t get to see them often. Phone calls and FaceTime definitely help but there’s nothing like human interaction. My oldest nephew just turned 7 and my sister wanted to take him to Kalahari Resort, an African themed indoor water park in Sandusky, Ohio. I’ve never been to Sandusky or Kalahari, so a trip to the Midwest for the weekend was en route.

The drive from Charlotte, NC was about 8 ½ hours. I used to travel to North Carolina from Jersey on a regular basis, so I was pretty conditioned for this ride. Once we reached Kalahari we were greeted by the staff that helped us with our bags.  Everyone was pretty friendly. One guy even took the time to tell me everything Kalahari had to offer like, the massive water park, an indoor miniature golf course, an arcade, a salon and spa, a fitness center, a candy shop, all the dining and lounging options, and the area that turns into a club at 11pm. There are also outdoor activities but they’re closed during the cooler months. Overall it was a pretty sweet resort. It was a nice experience. I enjoyed spending time with my family and capturing the beautiful smiles and laughs of the day.

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What did you do over the weekend? Did anything exciting happen? Share your weekend adventures with me.

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Statement Piece: The Braided Rope Necklace

Ever since I decided to post on Wednesdays I’ve come to enjoy the day even more. It’s midweek and although you’ve made it past Monday, you haven’t quite hit Friday. Wednesday is where you get your boost. You know a little midweek excitement.

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Braided Rope Necklace

For me, my excitement this week is this braided rope necklace. As you can tell from my previous blog posts, I’ve treated myself to a few DIY (Do It Yourself) projects already. For this one I needed to replace a necklace I can no longer find. I created it by braiding 3 strands of black and ivory twist cord, sealing my ends with fabric, and adding a chain.

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This necklace was really easy to make. There are a few ways you can go about making one or I can make one for you. Keep scrolling… I have a surprise for you!

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A Little Surprise!

I’m going to open up a mini early 2014. It will have plenty of handmade items to choose from. Here’s a little peak…

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I’m pretty hyped and can’ t wait to show what could be yours. To my creators, keep creating!

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