November 2014 archive

i wanna be down…

One of my best friends sent me “the song of the day,” and it took me all the way back. I was at work, volume turned up to the max, singing at the top of my lungs. In 1994 I lived for Brandy, and Monica. Of course I was team Monica, but there was no way you could deny Brandy was the ISH!!

I WANNA BE DOWN (REMIX) 1994

 

My Favorite lyrics from the song 

“I ain’t afraid of the sweat but yet I bet you got the techniques to freak a girl inside out, what’s that all about” -MC Lyte

“You be that brother that I wanna sink my teeth in make me wanna ask where tha hell you been.” -MC Lyte

“Seems like you got a hold on me it must vodoo cause baby I want you.” -Yo Yo

“… and you gotta keep it strong for tha cause and you got to keep me strong for the toss.” -Queen Latifah

“No one else understands us but we you were the first to tame me uh Big Tif I’m out.” -Queen Latifah

 

I WANNA BE DOWN (REMIX) 2014- BET HIP HOP AWARDS

 

**There is something about Queen Latifah on stage rapping in 2014 that makes me smile on the inside. When I first saw the performance from the BET Hip Hop Awards, I wanted to jump through my computer screen, and show the audience the reaction they should have had.

thanksGIVING– passing down family recipe’s

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First things first… this is not a food blog. I rarely cook, and for new and creative recipes, I’m probably the last person you should ask. But when my grandmother gave me her banana pudding recipe just in time for Thanksgiving, I had to share.

Now, this is REAL banana pudding…  I did not use JELL-O INSTANT PUDDING. The pudding used in this recipe, is made from scratch. Also, no CHESSMAN COOKIES were used either. Any cookie used for banana pudding other than a Nilla wafer is STUPID, and I want NO parts.

My grandmother is the sweetest person, but getting this recipe out of her “correctly” was hard. First, she gave me no exact measurements. Secondly, I know she left out her “Secret ingredient.” But either way… I was beyond happy with the end result. A few more times, and I will have Ira Mae’s Banana Pudding Recipe perfect!

the recipe

The hot mess Recipe

Ingredients

Ingredients

Let’s get started:

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i love you TINA TURNER.

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Happy 75th Birthday to my IDOL, Tina Turner… the Queen of ROCK & SOUL! When I was 17 years old, I listened to Tina Turner’s debut album Private Dancer, and fell in love. Her strong voice with her Rock and Roll style surprised me. After reading her autobiography, and watching “What’s Love got to do with it” I became completely obsessed with her.

 

3 of my FAVORITE songs from TT’s Private Dancer 

the TINA TURNER TURNUP. (Listen via Spotify)

 

my FAVORITE TT quote, and my motto…

If you are unhappy with anything… whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.

TINA TURNER

 

 

3 things that I LEARNED from TT:

Fringe is your BFF

Love ain’t got nothing to do with it

Women RULE the world

 

 

Outfit of the Day... TT Inspired

Outfit of the Day… TT Inspired

the Ferguson’s

 

SOLANGE.

This is a QUEEN.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Ferguson

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Ferguson

 

Solange Knowles married her 51 year old beau, Alan Ferguson today. And everything about the pea sized amount of love they allowed the public to witness was BEAUTIFUL! Solange looked nothing short of a QUEEN standing alongside her KING.

 

 

seriously?? those bikes!! love.

seriously?? those bikes!! love.

 

really? this bike!! LOVE.

her FRO… his BEARD!!

 

Beyoncé sit on that dirty floor

Beyoncé have a seat… on that dirty floor

And PLEASE… don’t forget the Mother of the bride… 60 years old WHAT? Matthew Knowles WHO? Nothing but life from TINA KNOWLES.

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WANG.

Alexander Wang x H&M

Alexander Wang x H&M

So, I thought I would be a dedicated fashionista (Ugh, I hate that word) and wake up at 6am, be out of the house by 6:30, hop on the train and be outside of my favorite NYC H&M by 7. Just in time to get an “ok” spot on line, before doors open at 8am for the most anticipated Alexander Wang and H&M collaboration. But then, I thought about it, and got anxiety remembering the dreadful day Isabel Marant for H&M was released. So instead, I’ll just be dreaming about my coulda, shoulda, woulda’s.

 

But, I NEED this sweatshirt.

 

Cropped Logo Sweatshirt

Short Scuba Top

 

 

Honestly, I don’t normally get caught up in the mass production retailers collaborating with high end fashion designers, but the moment RIHANNA hit the streets in head to toe Alexander Wang x H&M, I wanted at least one piece from the collection.

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RIHANNA.


I don’t have the motivation to stand on line for hours, just to walk out of H&M with a keychain from the collection. However I will be stalking the H&M website from work. Pray for my sanity, and my scuba top!

April 3rd is 6 months away…

it’s no secret that my favorite holiday is MY BIRTHDAY. Look, I’m just happy to be here. So, let the planning begin…

And the destination is… Tulum, Mexico— I have to get there before it turns into CANCUN. For the past three years I have been trying to get to Tulum. But something always “comes up.” Now, I’m making it a priority.

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the KEY to perfect bangs

I don’t care what purse is “IN” this season, or what Jennifer Fisher bracelet you’re obsessing over. The best accessory will always be the “perfect bangs.” Having your bangs cut is the most important haircut you will ever have. So, please please please, DO NOT cut your own bangs. I’ve tried it years ago, and it was a disaster.

After having bangs for over 10 years of my life, I think I’ve learned a few tricks.There are certain ways you have to maintain bangs. The best way is to use great products. My go to product for oily or limp bangs, is Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray. Spray a little at the root, and BAM… Life! This product can be used for giving texture and volume to hair as well.

 

the BANG product-- ORIBE, Dry Texture Spray

Even if you DON’T have bangs, you need this product- ORIBE, Dry Texture Spray

 

My top 3 favorite products

My top 3 favorite products

  • Shu Uemeura: Essence Absolue- Nourishing Cream
  • Kérastase: Keratine Thermique- Eliminates frizz and leaves your hair soft and shiny
  • Oribe: Dry Texturizing Spray- Add texture and volume to lifeless hair

 

Perfect bangs

Perfect bangs

 

sunglasses ASOS, sweater H&M, coat VINTAGE/THRIFTED, skinny jeans URBAN OUTFITTERS, wedge sneaker DKNY