Today, Jewel Figueras shed her earthly body to become heaven’s brightest, new angel. Jewel was a legend on the blogging scene in South Florida. She was the mastermind behind, Jewel’s Fab Life, a lifestyle blog on the domain, Jewelsfablife.com, that featured food, fashion, travel and all things fabulous. And she did indeed, live a fabulous life. I first met Jewel more than a decade ago during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami Swim. I was covering the show for City Link magazine for my Glamazon column. She was sitting in the coffee shop counter area of The Raleigh Miami Hotel. It was raining and I was grabbing a bottle of water. She immediately embraced me and I soon had a friend at pretty much every event I went to from that moment on.
Jewel was beyond kind. She was always very generous with her time, compassion, wit and wisdom. She loved getting gift bags at events and would often share the contents inside with friends and family. She was extremely proud of her children, especially when they joined the U.S. military. She was a proud Navy mom. She was a loving wife. She was a wonderful daughter and the sort of friend Tyler Perry might write into one of his heartwarming movies.
The last time I actually saw Jewel was last July at the opening of H&M at Galleria in Fort Lauderdale. She had battled ovarian cancer for several years. When she couldn’t affordably access her cancer medication, Jewel took to Twitter to invoke a change in her healthcare coverage. Jewel was a voice for the silent. When she announced on Facebook that she was entering Hospice care, I was shocked and so many of us were still not willing to let go of her. For several months, I watched her wall repeatedly fill up with countless messages of love and support from all over the planet. She was a fearless teal warrior for ovarian cancer and even spoke on behalf of her disease in Washington, D.C. As many of her own friends lost their lives to the disease, Jewel continued to pray for them and publicly show her support and continue to fight the good fight. Words can’t express how much Jewel will be missed or the impact she had on women of all colors in the South Florida community and beyond. I love you, Jewel. Fly free now, on your teal wings.