December 27, 2010

Merry Christmas and (I hope to have) a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!!!

I know, Christmas has passed, but I'm still in the Christmas spirit ok!  So don't judge me!!  I felt all of the positivity exuding from all of the Christmas blog posts I'd read in the past day or so, and since I clearly didn't post on Christmas Day, I decided now was the time.  Think of this as a "belated" Christmas post :)

How was everyone's Christmas?  I had a lovely time hanging out with the family.  Besides the fact that every Christmas I get into a little argument with my uncle about Beyonce.  I fall for it every.single.year.  He only starts talking bad about her because he knows I'll immediately stand up for her (ya'll know I love me some Bey).  I'm not falling for it next year though, mark my words!

My family really surprised me this year for Christmas.  I asked for a couple things, a makeup bag and some silver cross earrings (which I fortunately received).  I ended up getting a lot more than I expected,  including my biggest surprise upon opening the Christmas gift from my Pop Pop!

I got a Nikon D3100!!  I was actually saving up to purchase this camera myself!  I had been fussin' all month, Oprah had given it away as one of her "favorite things" this year, and just a few days before Christmas I had checked out the camera in a store, to finalize my decision!  I was screaming and carrying on as soon as I started unwrapping the paper and noticed the word "Nikon" haha.  Apparently everyone knew, and also knew I was going to scream lol.  It was a total suprise!  I'm so very thankful!

Here are a few lovely items I received from my family:

Lovely cross earrings :)

This beautiful cashmere scarf that is leopard print on one side, and paisley on the other, with fur tassels on the end.  How unique!  I absolutely love it!

We switched it up this year as far as food, my Pop Pop wanted fried chicken (lol), so that's what we ate! Along with, biscuits, steak, mac & cheese, collard greens, sweet potatoes, crab cakes, scallops wrapped in bacon,... It was all delicious!  I took a plate home with a taste of everything (or two)!

My hair was larger than life that day... And my behind is lookin' pretty large too lol #gymmembershippending

My dog Cocoa with her festive scarf piece haha
My late Grandmother in her first communion with her parents :)
One of my cuzzos: Clarke

I'm headed to NYC for the second annual "New Years Eve Celebration with the Crew".  This time it's going to be bigger and better.  More friends, more fun!!  I'm heading over on the 30th (which is my friend's bday) to celebrate at his bday party.  Then NYE we're going to be eating hors d'oeuvres/drinking champagne/looking fabulous until we head out to party hop until the New Year!  

I'll be heavily documenting this trip, I can't wait to show you guys!  I even have a little something something I came up with to really capture the essence of my New Year's Eve of 2010!

I can't wait for the New Year to begin.  I feel like this is going to be a great year for me.  Now that I'm graduated from college, this is the time to dip and dabble into different fields, see what I want and do not want to do.  It's all about discovery and determination.  No better time than now, right?!  I'm going to make a list of goals (career and personal) that I want to achieve in 2011, and actually follow through with them!!

Are you making any New Year's Eve Resolutions?



*photography by: and me!

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December 20, 2010

I've been away, but I'm here to stay

I apologize for the lack of a post for almost a week (gasp).  I came down with a cold and am still getting over it :(  I always get sick during finals week, and I thought since I graduated this past summer, I wouldn't get sick this time of year because I obviously don't have any finals to take.... And I still ended up getting sick!  What is the sense in that?!

I honestly can't make sense of it haha!

Christmas is 5 days away, I look forward to going to Christmas mass and hanging out with the fam.  I didn't really ask for anything this year, although I may have dropped a few "hints" on things hehe.

I was feeling a little down in my last post, but I'm moving forward with positivity from this point on!  Your comments were so supportive, I truly appreciate each and every one of them!

wearing: H&M Cosby sweater, Vintage Faux Fur suede coat, Dolce Vita suede boots

What did you guys ask for Christmas this year?  Do you still ask for things?  What is your take on the Christmas holiday?  

Before I leave you, let me tell you a little story, I think a lot of you will be able to relate.  My mother was on the phone with her sister, in an "attempt" to gossip about sports.  Bad move.  She ended up referring the football player, Chad Ochocino as "Cinco de Mayo."  All I could do was shake my head.  I shared the same story as my facebook status, and one of my friends sent me this video.  Hilarious.  This is my mother!!

I'm not quite sure if I'll do another post before Christmas Day, so everyone have a lovely holiday!!  I will most certainly be back before the New Year!



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December 14, 2010

"Good things may come to those who wait...

... but only the things left behind by those who hustle."

The past few days have been an emotional rollercoaster, but I've tightened up my safety belt, and holding on!  I've been really pensive about everything going on in my life right now, from relationships, to family life, to my career... It's not always about what you want to do, but what you need to do, to get where you want to be! (Preach sister, preach!) lol

To contrast my heavy heart and emotions, here are some fun pics that were shot the other day.  I had a lot of fun shooting this look, my bff Sasha and I were cracking up the whole time!  I find these pics pretty fun, I hope you do too :)

On a lighter note, I found out that one of my photos has been selected to be featured in Essence Magazine's "Street Style" page!  It's a two-page spread featuring women from all over the country, showcasing their style!  I'm a big fan of Essence Magazine, it has been a staple in my household for as long as I can remember!  The feature won't be out until the new year, so I'll let you know when it's issued, so you all can look out for it!

More fun news, I found myself on The Moptop Maven's blog!  I am a reader of her blog, and find her content really informative and refreshing!  But I actually wasn't the one who discovered it.  My mom's soror did.  Then some friends shortly following!  I thought it was pretty cool, you can check out the post here.

Wearing: ASOS Blue denim shirt, vintage leopard scarf, Elephant Bone/Wood earrings, Circa Joan & David Hunter Green heeled boots

For a little bit of hair talk, I've been wearing my twist out like it's my job.  It's big and curly, and I love it!  All I'm doing when it's loosing it's "umph" is re-twisting it every other night and adding a little shea butter while twisting.  I also am going to be posting a new youtube video soon!  I've been getting a lot of emails and questions regarding how to take care of your hair after you do the big chop!  I'll let you know when it's posted!

I also joined lookbook, so whomever is on it, send me your links!  Here is mine: lookbook

Whenever I'm feeling down, or having a tough week, I try to remember this: "Do something positive and creative every single day. It can be a small thing, from writing a few lyrics to writing a thank you card to a friend. Bring positivity to people, and that is what you will receive. Create and you will inspire! A little goes a long way, do this everyday and you’ll notice a change of energy and light in your life."

Have a great week,


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December 9, 2010

#1, 2, 3, 4...

Good morning!  It's Thursday, which means it's almost the weekend!

I assume most of you ladies are on Facebook.  And I'm sure you were well aware of the "Numbers Game" going around, which was ALL OVER my newsfeed, and I'm sure it was on yours too.  The games goes: You send a person a message with any number, and they post that number as their status along with stating anything they'd like about you.  It could turn into a sticky situation yes, but since I NEVER participate in Facebook debauchery, I decided for once, why not?

I ended up having a lot of fun doing it, I gave everyone that messaged me positivity, and I received positivity from the people I messaged as well.  Ain't nuthin' wrong with showing people some love!  Did you guys participate?

These are pics of me being "coy" and "flirty" on Photo Booth... I'm an only child... Don't judge lol.      
I'm still rocking my natural big hair just so ya'll know :)

I actually got a lot of positive feedback from new hair do I tried out.  Thanks guys!  I actually started loving it as the days went on, and it seemed to get bigger and better each day.  Literally.  It started turning into Tracee Ellis Ross hair!  My mom even thought I had wet it or something cuz it started frizzing and volumizing on it's own.  But that's what you get when you have natural hair... It has a mind of it's own!!...  And as a side note to natural ladies, I'm really enjoying the shea butter I used, it smells so good too!  I posted the link to the website in my last post if you're interested in purchasing :)

As far as other updates, something tragic happened.  I lost MY FAVORITE lip liner.  My favorite one! I could've misplaced it, but I'm saying it's lost because I'm dramatic like that.  So I guess my only option will be to run to the M.A.C. store and get another one ( it gives me an excuse to go makeup shopping hehe).

I also mentioned in my last post that I found my New Year's Eve dress.  WRONG.  I decided I don't want to wear it for NYE.  It was honestly an impulse purchase, and I plan to return it.  I had a vision of what I wanted to wear, and this dress doesn't even come close.  It is a pretty dress though...

I kind of want to show you what I WILL be wearing for NYE, but I want it to be a surprise... I might break down and reveal it to you guys ;)

Have a great day,


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December 4, 2010

"I'm livin' in that 21st Century, doin somethin mean to it"

**udpate: After giving Kanye's album a better listen, I take back the negative stated.  The song I was referring to turned out to be one of my favorite tracks!  His usage of metaphors and rhythm with these monster tracks are amazing.  I absolutely LOVE his new album, and it's different from anything he has ever done, but in a great way!**

Good afternoon!  I've been bumpin Kanye's new album all day, and I have to say, I like it.  It's different from anything he's ever done, and I like the direction he's moving in.  The only negative I have about the album is the fact that there are so many features on the album.  11 people on one track.  Is that reallllyyy necessary?!  I'd rather hear him do three verses, than a chorus, if you know what I mean...

Anywho, I get so excited to read your comments and check out all of your blogs.  There is so much talent out there, thank you all for sharing that talent with me!!  It's honestly really inspiring!

I did a little Christmas shopping yesterday, and if there was a 1st place, I think I would win for "best presents."  And I'm not talking about how much money I spent, I just really nailed it this year.  I'm excited for everyone to open their presents!  Did you guys check out my wish list from the post below?   Do any of you have anything you hope to receive this Christmas?

           Besides that, I've been watching Beyonce's Thanksgiving Special on DVD daily (I'm a FAN) lol.

I did my hair differently, I like it ok, but I don't think it'll last that long...

I used this brand of shea butter to twist my hair, all natural and it smells so good!

Chic Afrique shea butters, purchase here
I found my New Year's Eve dress, but don't have any plans yet.  Last year I went to the city (NYC) and partied with some friends.  I had a great time and plan to go to the city again this year, but I don't know where I'll be going!  I still have some time to figure it out ;)

wearing: Forever 21 Sweater, Navy AA blouse, Citizens of Humanity jeans, Dolce Vita suede boots, vintage jewelry

Have a great rest of the weekend!
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December 1, 2010

"I Wish" List

Can you believe it's December 1st?!  WOW, the year is almost at an end!  Shoutout to all the Sags?! (I'm a big astrology fan haha)

I've decided to do a short post to share with you all my wish list. We all have one, so why not share? And no, I cannot afford half of these items, hence the name "wish," but it's harmless to dream, right?.....
I've been discovering new things about myself every day. It's an exciting journey I'm on, and I feel that I'm growing everyday. I guess perfect timing, since the new year is right around the corner! I also have some cool things coming up for you guys this month too, so stay tuned :) To anyone who's checking out my blog and liking it, please do me the honor of following or subscribing! And I'm still checking out your blogs when you add the links under your comments! Thanks for sharing!  Before I leave you, I wanted to make aware that:

On this day, 55 years ago, Rosa Parks stood up for her rights by refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. It is women like her that I thank that I am able to live the life I live today. It is women/men like her that have inspired me to always stand up for what I believe in, and never submit to any discrimination of any kind. It also pushes me to work hard and to succeed, because I wouldn't be afforded the rights I have today if it wasn't for the Civil Rights Movement. Thank you Rosa Parks.

It is also World AIDS Day. Let us remember those who have lost the battle to destructive disease. But to bring positivity, we have come along way as far as treatment, and millions of lives have been saved over the past decade from advancement in medicine.


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