Posts tagged New Years Eve
Home for the Holidays
Hey guys!  This winter season has been pretty fun so far, I must say!  I've been hanging with friends, enjoy newness in my life, and continuing to find new ways to be creative!  It has also been eye opening.  A lot of changes, new people in my life, and I am enjoying every minute of it!  I am, however, missing my best friend Sasha (who is currently residing in Germany).  We keep in touch pretty well, but it's not the same, not physically seeing/hanging out with her.  I have plans to visit her next summer, but it just isn't the same bringing in the New Year without her!!

As this year is coming to an end, it's time to reflect on life's blessings.  Revisit the good and the bad.  Realize the things you would like to change, and things you would like to evolve.  Holding on to the memories of loved ones you lost, and finding a way to move on, to keep peace and balance in your life!

I always make New Years Resolutions.  Although it may be cliche, I think it's great to have goals and aspirations, and working everyday to achieve these goals is what keeps me going!  Keep reaching!

Wearing a vintage silk blouse, feather headband from Urban Outfitters, fur vest via LF, Gap pants, & Coach fur + leather boots
Like my hair?!  I am loving it!  I was inspired by Alex of The Good Hair Blog, and it is so easy to maintain!  I'll be adding this new "doo" in my rotation of "go-to hair doo's!"
Sharing with you all some decorations around the house :)

All of my Christmas shopping is done (I did it all online), and all I have to do is wrap my presents!  I'll probably save that for Christmas Eve... There needs to be some last minute element to cut down my anxiousness/excitement for Christmas Day!!

I've also been on the hunt for a New Year's Eve outfit, but am having no luck!  Every dress I find myself liking is either sold out or unavailable in my size.  I may have to go to the mall and find some pieces to whip together.  Do you guys have any plans for NYE?  I am heading to the city again, but my plans aren't solidified.  Whatever I do, I just want to bring in the New Year with the people I love!  

Happy holidays!!


Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can you believe it's 2011?  The end of a decade!  This year has gone by extremely fast.  I feel like I just walked across the graduation stage in May, and recently finished up my last semester of undergrad this past August!  Where has the time gone?  I do feel like this past year was a successful one.  Success doesn't necessarily have to mean a concrete gain or profit, but could be something accomplished from the things one experiences.  I've had a lot of learning experiences, some I'm still experiencing, from love, discovery, pain, pressure, loss, determination, hope...

I'm ready to take on the New Year in full force!  I have so many plans for myself!  I did make a few New Year's Resolutions, and it didn't take me too long, because they're more so career goals, goals that I will be working towards steadily.  For all those who think making New Year's Resolutions are pointless...  Hey, there is nothing wrong setting the bar, and working to reach it!!

This post is going to be LOADED with pics.  In fact, I'm going to have to do another post with the rest of the New Year's Eve pictures... I don't want to overload you all at once!

Remember how I mentioned last post that I caught a little cold?  Well that cold came back and turned into the flu! I got sick again last Monday, had a 101.2 fever and everything!  It was HORRIBLE, and I'm STILL recovering... I ended up missing my lovely friend Julian's b-day party! :(

And yes, that is Amanda Lepore
You'll be seeing more pics of him in the near future, although his profile is pretty fierce itself ;)  I headed over to NYC on New Year's Eve with one of my besties Lei:


Isn't she gorgeous?!!

We arrived in the city and stayed with my good friend Shawna (She's the one in the fierce sequined dress who also did my makeup)

I didn't get to see all of my college buddies, but it was great to see these ladies!!

Lei and I departed from them to meet up with the crew.  We were all headed to this party called "Ghetto Gothic" in which people dress up in gothic clothing and dance to Hip Hop music.  Yes.  You read that correctly. 

The man who took this picture was a talker.  He was telling us how we needed to go dancing wherever we were off to, and proceeded to tell us about he and his gf's plans... Although we never asked lol.  My hair was CLEARLY in it's beginning stages of frizz *sigh*

We met up with the crew and my friend Sarah immediately called a moment of silence for the unexpected death of Teena Marie.  5 seconds later we had a jam sesh solely playing her music! "I'm talkin' square biz to you baby (square square biz)!"

Bubu and Tiffany conversing about who knows what haha.  Boo Bubu had just caught a plane back to the states from France, and before that was in Madagascar for 6 months!  She was speaking French most of the evening lol... It was great to see them both!!

Ya'll know I had to do a shoot while I was out there, all taken by the other bestie Sasha.  She's so amazing, I'm so blessed to have a photographer/bestie!  Phobestie?  Bestographer?  Ok I'll stop.  But I will say that I was pretty impressed with how this shoot turned out, especially since she was taken over by the spirit of "Nebuchadnezzar Hakeem Olajuwon"(as she informed me that night)...... Yeah.... LOL.

wearing: Black F21 top, ASOS tulle skirt, Black Patent Leather Rachel Roy Platform Pumps, Personal jewelry

LF Fur Vest

 HYPE this look on!

We did a bit of party hopping, but the last party we stopped before "Ghetto Gothic" was over, and by showing up, we kind of rekindled it.  By that time, Lei and I were tired (this had to be around 2:30a.m.) and parted ways w the rest of the crew to head back.  I slept on Lei's shoulder on the subway ride to my friend's apartment.  It was our stop, and as I opened my eyes to stand up, this aggressive homeless man comes up to me and screams at me, calling me explicit names and telling me to get the ____ out of his way, etc.  I was so confused, I had literally just woken up lol.  I reached for the pole to find my balance and he draws his hand back in attempt to slap my hand, but I pulled it away just in time.  I proceed to walk off the subway, without reacting.  I don't know if I was more confused at his obscenity or for the fact that he had this white "cream of wheat" looking substance hanging off the side of his mouth smh... Only in New York.

He gets a blank stare.

*I learned from my friends that Ghetto Gothic was on and poppin, and the music was really good!  Unfortunately for them, the party got shut down about 45 minutes after they arrived lol.*

Overall, New Year's Eve was an "interesting experience." A lot of my plans fell through since I got sick.  Because of that, I wasn't able to get to NY earlier, but I had fun seeing some of my friends and hanging out for the time we did have together.  That's all I needed!  

Once again, Happy New Year, and I'm so excited to journey 2011 with all of you!  Thank you to everyone reading my blog, and all of the lovely comments, it means so much to me guys!! 



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!