May 30, 2011

My Persuasion Can Build A Nation.

Hey guys!  I know it's been awhile, but life sometimes takes me out of my regular blogging routine!  I don't have any major updates, I've just been enjoying being a young 20 something, and living life!  The weather is vastly improving and I've been soaking up the sun at every chance I get!  Is it safe to say that I'm naturally in a better mood during the summer months hehe?

In other news, I think I'm going back to school.  I don't know when, but I realize that in today's economy, having a bachelor's degree really doesn't cut it.  I want to get my masters, so I'm lowkey looking into grad schools.  Is anyone else having a tough time getting a job in their desired career field these days?  I'll keep you guys posted on my school search :)

In my last post, I discussed my opinion on my generations lack of proper dating, which seemed to cause a little buzz.  I've been heavily speaking about the subject, and relationships/interactions between the sexes not just on this blog, but with friends and fam, and actually a lot with people via twitter for like the past week lol!  It's interesting to hear people's perspectives on dating, especially in regards to women and men in their early 20's.  I enjoyed the conversation and opinions!  Thanks guys!

Wearing an UO dress, Kenneth Cole belt, Topshop silver cuff, and Nine West wedge slingbacks
I was attempting to channel my inner Beyonce by performing the choreography from her Billboard Music Awards performance of Run the World, but ended up channeling my own craziness. Smh.  Did anyone see that performance?  How amazing was she?!

I love the zipper detail and the back of this dress so much.  And I got it for 15 bucks!  Holler.

I'm headed to an album release party tomorrow which should be exciting, and I'll get to see some of my college buddies, which is always fun!  

Everyone have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, and let us never forget the fallen women and men soldiers who risked their lives to serve and fight for our country, and also the ones that do each day!  We thank you!



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May 19, 2011

It's been on my mind...

Dating.  Or lack there of...

I was talking to a few of my girlfriends about this the other day.  Let me start with the general question:

"Why don't men want to date anymore?"

What ever happened to going out on a date, getting to know someone, having good conversation, and finding satisfaction through that?  These guys seem to want instant gratification, and it's like, just because you bought me a plate of pasta and a mojito doesn't mean I owe you anything other than my time!

Which brings me to my next question... Does traditional dating exist in our generation?
A good night kiss used to be a big deal (it still is for me), but I feel like that's labeled as prude today.  Women may feel they have to submit to certain "actions" in order to keep the interest of the guy they are seeing (which is ridiculous), but sometimes is what happens.  But what about the guys that take you out on a date that seem to be decent men?  Are they going a long with this "dating process" and being a "gentleman" in hopes to eventually get in your pants?  Is that always the ultimate goal?

Wearing a Bar III jacket, Flying A dress, Enigma wedges
My eyes are like half closed in all these photos.  I blame allergies!
Does location affect one's mindset when meeting someone they find attractive?  For instance, meeting someone in the club vs. at a family/social gathering, or even a professional setting.  Of course when you're in the club or a bar, everyone's drinking/dancing, juices flowing (lol)... Guys may have expectations of how the night should end... SO I guess if anything, if you go home with a guy from the club, do NOT expect a relationship to blossom out of that!  Clearly!!  As far as meeting someone at a social gathering or professional setting... Is there an unspoken barrier of respect that men will have for you that isn't there at a club or bar type environment?

Furthermore, all the advancements in technology have had a huge influence on how we communicate.  We want to send/receive things in the quickest, fastest way possible at all times.  We spend money for the top of the line, fastest, thinnest, lightweight piece of technology to get what we want, when we want it.  That mentality has crossed over into other aspects of our daily lives, and I feel it is a hinderance to direct person-to-person communication.  If you feel more comfortable texting me than talking to me face to face, you have a problem (lol).

So where am I supposed to meet this gentleman who can speak eloquently (preferably 6'3," abs of steel, corporate, but creative), respectful, kind, funny, a family man?
Do I have high standards?

I know I can't label all men as such, I'm really more focusing on guys in my generation, but I know not all guys in my generation are like the guy I'm describing...

What do you guys think??  Let's discuss this! :)



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May 11, 2011

In the Bean.

Hi guys!  I'm still on a natural high from the weekend!

I traveled to Boston this past Thursday to attend Berklee College of Music's 2011 Commencement.  I graduated from Berklee last year, but had a lot of friends that were to graduate this year, so I had to go back!  I had such an amazing time!  Laughing, living, being surrounded by friends, feeling like a musician again... It was like a re-boot of energy!

This post has a lot of pictures, as I am showing you guys my whole weekend!  Stay with me, there's a storyline here! :D

Boston is such a beautiful city.

I stayed with my lovely friends Therlande (left) and Tori (right).  I'm pretty sure we didn't stop laughing the whole entire weekend!  We had such a great time!

Boston's not too big, but we definitely have underground transportation.  The T!

The first day I was there we went to a cookout at a friend's house.

Aren't these ladies beautiful?

Of course we couldn't show up to the BBQ empty handed!  Sorry Therlande for making you carry the case of beer haha.  At least you got a workout! lol

We had fun at the cookout, and Tori and I ended up beating the champs at Beer Pong #collegedays  I'm not gonna lie, I was a little rusty at first, but we finished strong!  

Red Sox fans everywhere, all the time.  But this little girl in her princess costume was too cute!

Since Berklee is a music school, we do it a little differently than most graduations.  We have a concert the night before graduation which features music of the musicians being honored that year.  This year they honored Mavis Staples, Michael McDonald, and Kenny Garrett.
My friends are extremely fashionable friends as well.  How cute are these two and their looks!  #style
The three of us performed at last year's commencement concert.  Good times!  Don't tell anyone, but overall, I think our concert was better than this years!  #2010 holla!  Obviously I'm a bit biased.... 

What's up with all of my hashtags?  I clearly tweet too much LOL  

While we're on the topic... 
Therlande: @Tloui143

Wearing a Bar III jacket and Rogan for Target dress.
I enjoyed the concert, and was able to get a picture of my dear friend who performed that night, Katrina Bello.  She sounded great!  She look gorgeous, loving this cobalt blue!  You can follow her @kbello

My ace Shawna, SHUTTING IT DOWN with her shaved head.  She's so fierce!
After the show, I went with Shawna to her aunt's home before meeting up with friends for drinks.  We had a good time.   I kept myself busy while she got ready lol. 

The next night we went to a graduation party and it was like a huge reunion!  I saw errbody that night.  Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures that night, but it's probably best I didn't haha.  Goood times.

The next day was graduation.  I can't believe it has been one full year since I walked across that same stage!  Ahh!
Therlande's turban game is on POINT!

Jaret and Parris.  So proud of all you guys!

This past weekend was irreplaceable, and this trip reminded me of how many beautiful people I have in my life.  I didn't realize how much I missed Boston, until I was back there!


(Photos taken by myself and various friends of mine)  :)

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May 2, 2011

23, free to be.

I had the pleasure of celebrating my birthday this past weekend.  My birthday was May 1st, but I celebrated (for the most part) on Saturday night.  The besties Sasha and Leilani took me out to a lovely restaurant, and afterwards met up with some of our girlfriends to do some bar hopping!

Leilani picked me up, and my mom took pictures of us before dinner.
I called this outfit "Latin Heat" lol

My mom bought me this awesome jacket for my bday :)

I'm basically about to bomb you guys with a slew of pics, but give me a pass cuz it was my bday, k? 

I've realized that I love big hair.  I used to live in Texas, so that may have been an influence hehe

Leilani was shutting it down as usual...
Before Leilani picked me up I...

1. Got lash glue in my left eye which resulted in instant swelling and a bloodshot eye

2. Spilled a bottle of nail polish all over my bathroom floor (and partially on my carpet) because I was rushing to paint my nails

3.  Decided I will never try to apply my own falsies ever again.  #traumatizing 

We met up with Sasha and the restaurant, and I totally forgot to not only take pictures of her (she looked great!!!) but a picture of all three of us!  What the heck was I thinking?  But I also accidentally left my iPhone at home, so I was kind of a hott mess the whole day haha.  Next time we go out, I'm taking pictures of the trio!!

Leilani won't know this until she reads this, but Sasha and I have renamed her "Emolani."  

My lovely friend Tatiana met us for dinner too!

It's time for the food pics!

I didn't have my phone, so I took over Tati's to tweet occasionally lol.  Thanks Tati!

After dinner we went bar hopping.  There were 7 of us girls, we always have a great time together, so it was effortless fun!

Club Stories:

1. I was known that night in all the bars as "The girl in the hot pink pants" haha.  They're RED (but in the club, you couldn't really see that).

2.  There was this random 45+ year old "Rasta Man" whipping his dreads in the middle of the dance floor, in house slippers, at the club all night, who unfortunately kept hitting on me.

3. My hair was a big hit, no pun intended, as many men randomly came up to me to comment on my hair.  The bigger the better!

Yesterday,  (my actually bday), was VERY relaxing.  I just chilled, watched movies with Mom.  Sasha came over for a bit,  I watched my Celtics play in Game 1 against Miami (although we lost... Not sweatin it), and had dinner + dessert with my parents at the crib.  

I am blessed.


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