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xoxo… to the weekEND

stage of the Color Purple

stage of the Color Purple photo op.

 

this past weekend, was AHMAZINGGGG. while bae was away for the weekend (a ski trip that I’ll rage about another time), the bff came up from Philly to catch up. ever since bae moved up & in, I haven’t had a girls weekend. so his weekend away was right on time. keep in mind what I call a weekend, was actually 24 hours.

the color purple musical on broadway

the color purple musical, on broadway

 

saturday was non-stop, but it felt like it flew by.

one of my favorite books, and movies is the color purple. so, it was only right to support the musical. i feel like I am the only jennifer hudson supporter in the world, she was another reason I was excited to see TCP musical.

let me tell you, celie, played by cynthia erivo** was OUTSTANDING. that girl sang her freakin heart out. i mean, standing ovation worthy, had me in my chair waving my arm in true church lady fashion.

j hud was an ok shug avery. man, if she had just a little more rhythm, she would be so dope. anyway, she did an ok job. her voice is amazing… as usual, and babygirl is keeping the weight off. CONGRATS, because the struggle is so real!

overall, I enjoyed the play. I was a little upset none of the original songs were performed. can you imagine j hud singing “God is trying to tell you something.” ughhhh, she would have brought the house down.

 

 

TAO- uptown

 

next, we headed uptown (yikes) to TAO. i’ve been to TAO a million times, but never the uptown location, I’m a downtown girl. normally, it’s always a fun enjoyable experience… tuh. I wasn’t impressed by the uptown location. $17 cocktails were horrible, it took cort and I AN HOUR, to finish one cocktail… blasphemy. hostess’ who stare at their computer screen, when speaking to real people irks my entire soul. and cramped ass seating arrangements while dining is annoying. I mean, when guests next to you are on a romantic date, but ya’ll start chit chattin, and learn all their business.. means I’m too close. but the food was soooo good. the lobster & shrimp roll is a MUST.

after dinner, we headed further uptown to HARLEM… met up with 2 dope chicks, Kelly & Kedra. then crashed a private birthday party at row house, and then back to brooklyn and passed out as soon as we crossed the threshold.

(no pictures, I was too turnt by then)

** as I type this blog post, I am listening to cynthia erivo’s pandora station… and I hate pandora.

new year… “new YOU?”

 

 

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I came across this post on Instagram the other day, and it literally spoke to me. I am normally a huge fan of the new year, and being a “better you,”  but for some reason, this new year hasn’t put any fire under my ass. 

so, let’s just call February the start of the new year. I have a few goals set in place, which I did kick off in January, but in February, I plan to be 100% committed. check out a few of my goals listed below:

SAVING:

honestly, saving money has always been a struggle for me. I’ve never been taught  how to spend and save money wisely. I’ve always spent every coin I’ve earned. sometimes on items that are frivolous, and some items that last a lifetime. but, either way, as this old age creeps up, I’ve decided to get serious about my finances. so, I recently joined a savings challenge with my close friends with the help of financial educator, Tiffany Aliche. tiffany created the live richer challenge, and in 22 days, I’ve learned so many helpful tips that have changed my outlook on money and saving.

THE BLOG:

the blizoggg is on and poppin in 2016. I took a break the last few months of 2015, but I had so much going on. but I’m back, and will be dedicating more time and love to my blog, and readers. I appreciate the notes, and constant visits to the blog while I was away on vacation, and if it wasn’t for your kind words, I would have taken another month off. so, thank you, thank you, thank you for your encouragement, and continued support… 2016, LET’S GOOOOO!

HEALTH:

let’s go back, say… 3 years. With the exception of high school, that was the best, and happiest I’ve been with my body. not only was I happy with my body shape, but also my health and fitness overall. 3 years ago, I moved to NYC, started doing yoga 4 times a week, and was serious about my paleo lifestyle. somewhere along the line, i got hooked on cheeseburgers, empanadas, mac & cheese, crown royal, and everything in between. now that’s a hard habit to kick. so, I’m going back to what makes me happy, and ultimately what works. so, I signed up to YogaGlo, which offers online yoga classes. for the month of February, I will be joining the Fit Girls Challenge with my friends, join the challenge… it’s free!

 

I hope everyone is having an amazing New Year, remember to work hard for the goals you want to achieve. by the way, what are some goals you wish to achieve this year?!

 

are you excited about balmain x h&m… or nah?

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hell yeah I’m excited for this collab, but for some strange reason, every time I get excited, I immediately think about that episode of love and hip hop LA, when Malaysia joins the the group of ladies for dinner, dressed in head to toe alexander wang x h&m. Draya made a comment about Malaysia’s outfit, “… and you look like h&m.” uhmmm SHADE. like damn Draya, you got us bargain shoppers feeling some kind of way. So yeah, now I’m a little hesitant about the whole situation. I know, silly, but whatever.

the entire balmain x h&m collection is amazing. priced at $99- $649 I haven’t saved as many coins as I need for the best items, but I found a few piece’s that are in my budget, sorta.

see the full collection here

 

blazer, $149

blazer, $149

t-shirt, $34

t-shirt, $34

top, $129

top, $129

coat, $149

MY MUST HAVE PIECE, $149

 

so listen, remember the alexander wang x h&m collab? i was so caught up on the idea that because of the hype, h&m would be a mad house… FALSE. I guess because there is an h&m on every corner in NYC, there was more order and control than I expected. so here are some of my personal tips if you’re trying to score even a scarf from this collection:

EARLY ARRIVAL is key. arriving to an h&m location at 10 am is unacceptable. arrive around 7am.

DO NOT try and shop online, the website will crash.

BE PREPARED to only be allowed to purchase 2-3 items at a time

so what are your thoughts? are you excited about the collection… or nah? 

COUNTDOWN… 4 MORE DAYS!

fried chicken & bourbon

anytime I celebrate, please believe ALL of my favorite things will somehow be incorporated. so, as we bring this month long celebration to an end, we can’t forget food & libations! of course, I had to ask for help. because she can BURN in the kitchen (not literally), I turned to the great shawanda mason or as I like to call her “lil wanda, of eat.drink.frolic

you have to follow her blog & InstaGram, she has great recipes, amazing cocktails, and the best frolicking adventures! Not convinced? Continue reading, you’ll see!

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herb fried chicken

I don’t fry chicken often…scratch that, I never fry chicken. It’s not because I don’t enjoy it (I do) it’s mainly because I’ve never been able to perfect it the way many of the women in my family have. I guess that’s setting quite a high standard since they’ve had so many years of practicing but I like to aim high in my endeavors. but when my friend Tisa requests fried chicken, fried chicken it is – she’s the only person I’d do this for; especially given the fact that I have a not so well-ventilated kitchen so I’m pretty sure the house smelled like chicken for days. oh well. In my version of fried chicken, I used chicken tenders primarily because it’s easy and most of the time I’m hungry when I’m cooking and have no time to waste. Enjoy!

for the brine:

chicken tenders (I used 8 tenders)

buttermilk

sriracha

for the chicken:

1 cup of flour

1 tsp salt (don’t be shy with the salt)

1 tsp. black pepper

1.5 tsp. herbs de Provence*

lemon zest

vegetable oil

*Herbs de Provence is an herb mixture that you should be able to find prepackaged in your local grocery store. It is typically a mixture of: marjoram, rosemary, thyme, oregano and lavender.

in a large bowl, add the chicken tenders then pour in buttermilk and a few dashes of sriracha. This is your brine for the chicken. if you can, allow the chicken to at least sit for 30 minutes longer if you can. for this recipe I did an hour and a half. if sriracha isn’t your thing, any hot sauce will do.

in a shallow dish, season with flour with salt, pepper, herbs de Provence and lemon zest.

heat a decent amount of vegetable oil in a skillet. to test and see if your oil is hot, stick the handle of a wooden spoon in the oil. if it bubbles, the oil is ready.

the fun part: one by one, remove each chicken tender from the brine, dip in the flour, dip back into the buttermilk then flour again. it seems a little extra but it gives the chicken a little extra crispiness and it makes all the difference.

fry your tenders (or whatever pieces of meat you’re using) until the outside is crispy and golden.

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continue reading, after the break (more…)

urban decay makeup giveaway

happy friday! as we continue to celebrate One Year at the gold curve, I decided to host a makeup giveaway. I mean, what’s a celebration without prizes? so I teamed up with my favorite NYC makeup artist, Tedrick Lamar. Tedrick has chosen a few of his “go to” Urban Decay products, and we’re giving them to you!

here’s what Tedrick has to say about the giveaway products:

the Anti- Aging Eye Primer is my favorite. It has a slight luminous finish that helps brighten the eye and everyone can use a little anti aging!

the Naked3 Palette is my absolute go to product, especially for brides! plus blush colors tend to look great on everyone. you can still create soft girly looks as well as sexy seductive smokey eyes.

the Revolution Lipstick. provides full body color, and a creamy finish. basically it’s the perfect lipstick. you can wear full on or pat it on with finger or lip brush for a more stained lip look.

to enter:

• follow @thegoldcurve on Instagram
• on Instagram, tag a friend to the “Urban Decay Makeup Giveaway post.” ( there is no limit to the amount of friends you can tag)
• the friend you tag, must follow the gold curve on Instagram

rules:

• contest ends Sunday, October 25th at 11:59pm EST
• winners will be announced on Monday, October 26th
• 2 winners will be chosen, the original friend, and the person tagged
• Products will only be shipped within the US
• Winners will be chosen at random
 

have an amazing friday, and good luck!

 

baby, I’ve got the blues…

as promised, in honor of our 1 year anniversary, I reached out to my favorite bloggers for their expertise in their creative field. all the way from DC, providing us with beauty tips for the new season. first up… jennifer, of the amazing beauty en masse!

 

about jen: hailing from the district of columbia. government relations professional by day, avid consumer of beauty products by night. living on purpose. beautifying every part of life.

is anyone else completely distraught that summer is over?? school is back in session, everyone has returned to work full-time, traffic is crazy, and long gone are the days of what seemed to be an endless vacation, filled with fun and sun. sad = me, but that’s not the reason why I’ve got the blues. I’ve fallen dangerously in love with blue eyeliner, most obsessively, with midnight blue hues. This shade pairs perfectly with my “Pretty Brown Eyes” (queue mint condition)…

while applying contrasting shades is not a new phenomenon, it’s a totally new practice for me. Check out Rihanna back in 2008, rocking a bit of blue. take note of that brown eyed-glow!

Rihanna. 29 March 2008 - Westwood, California. Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards. Photo Credit: Giulio Marcocchi/Sipa Press. (') Copyright 2008 by Giulio Marcocchi./kids_gm.093/0803301228 (Newscom TagID: sipaphotos996982) [Photo via Newscom]

(souce: news.com)

they say it takes at least 21 days to form a habit well, “viola!”, I’ve formed an addiction. I will make it my personal mission to find the best blue eyeliners in the market. I’ve chucked up the deuces to all of my black eyeliners, opting for a color that adds a little more “character” to my lids. my new blue boo is Le Truth!

now, you don’t have to be as drastic as me and toss out all of your fav black eyeliners in one fell swoop, or be willing to go to the ends of the earth to find the latest and the greatest, but I would encourage all of you brown-eyed dominants out there to open your eyes (pun-intended) to something new.

Brown eyes have natural light flecks that become on FLEEK when you apply a beautiful bold blue hue. blue is less severe than black liner, yet achieves the same sexy sultry effect. blue eyeliner doesn’t give you that hard look, like black, but is still sharp. the more you play around with the intensity of the liner the more looks you can achieve like creating those expressive looks, a smoky eye, or making the whitest parts of your eyes, even whiter…the list goes on.

brown eyes are the most common eye color in the world; make yours unique by playing in a little color. personally, I prefer midnight blues, but when I’m feeling frisky I go for a blue with a little shimmer.

Here are few of my favorite blue eyeliners:

the pictures above do the colors no justice. these are the must see/try on in-person type.

embrace the blues, baby…it’s the new black.

oh and if you’re saying to yourself, “I’m not spending that kind of money on eye-liner!”, you should change your thinking, after all you’re worth it.

special love to tisa on the 1 year anniversary of The Gold Curve. it takes a special type of magic to tap into your passion and share it with the world. happy birthday TGC, keep up the great work!

on that note, I’d like to express even bigger THANKS to tisa for allowing me, a novice “blogger”, some shine on her site. I am a beauty enthusiast [product and tool-obsessed junkie] and have been craving a creative outlet to showcase my thoughts and experiences in the beauty world for quite some time.  

so, recently, I decided to invest in my vision and created BeautyEnMasse—a source of inspiration for all things beauty. beauty en masse will feature a range of content from product reviews, the latest trends in the beauty industry, to health and wellness tips, as well as my personal commentary on how to be your best BEAUTIFUL self. we will cover it all. the site is set to launch this fall, so stay tuned…

Xo,

Jen

 

one year golden

this past month has been hectic. from moving, to traveling, apartment searching (in new york… the drama), bae searching for his dream job, crazy airbnb hosts, living out of a suitcase… I mean the list really goes on, and gets crazier. I’ve bounced back from all of the craziness, and I can truly say how grateful I am. no matter how many up’s and down’s I’ve had, this past month has taught me to live in the moment, oh, and don’t cry at work, not when you’re the happy, funny girl. It’ll freak everyone out.

In the true essence of living in the moment, I’ve blocked all the noise around me to celebrate…

THE GOLD CURVE TURNING 1 TODAY!


because I am obsessed with birthdays, the entire month of October will be a celebration. Here’s what you have to look forward to this month:

guest blogger features from bloggers I am OBSESSED with

multiple giveaways… free ish all month! 

#begoodasgold campaign

beauty makeover to one lucky reader by Master NYC haircare professionals


a HUGE thank you and appreciation to all of TGC readers and supporters. this past year I have received so much support, motivation, and inspiration, and I am truly blessed and thankful! thank you for making the gold curve one year golden!

stay tuned, upcoming details will be released on the blog and social media networks… so stay connected!

xo, tisa monét 

bye summer…

is summer really over? ahhhhh… welp, cheers to an amazing summer! what I am not looking forward to, is the last days of using my favorite summer products.

 

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SHU UEMURA essence absolue nourishing body oil: promoted to nourish dry skin… I don’t know about that, but the smell alone has me hooked. my go to product for sun bathing, leaves me glowing every time.

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AVEDA be curly intensive detangling masque: Ever since AVEDA discontinued their BEST product (elixir) for curly hair, I’ve been waiting for the release of the next greatest thing. finally, the wait is over. the be curly masque softens, and detangles, leaving curls perfect. I rarely wear my hair curly, mainly because its too short, but this product might have your girl rockin curls a little more before summer is over.

becurly

I know, I know, I should have told you about these earlier, sorry. but, you still have time to give them a try. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

do you have any summer products you’re not happy to give up?

xoxo… to the weekend at coney island!

 

me: babe, what is this movie you’re watching?

bae: uhmmm, the warriors! you’ve never seen this movie?

me: nope… what is it about?

and that was the conversation that led to a day trip to far ass coney island. honestly, I’ve always wanted to visit CI, but never had the chance, patience, or someone to tag along. I must say, I had a great time.

So, please enjoy my picture set, and some quotes from the movie, the warriors.

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“warriorsssss… come out to playyyy!”

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díner en blanc… philly

thursday, august 20th

navy yard, philadelphia

greek goddess inspired

greek goddess inspired

a 25 minute walk, all white. table on my back, chairs on cort’s arms. pulling a wagon filled with food. to a secret location. ohhh, and let’s not forget the scattered thunderstorms… on this day, this was the norm for over 4000 people.

a pop up dinner, at a secret location, where everyone is dressed in white. le díner en blanc is a 27 year old tradition, started in paris. in the beginning, this magical night used word of mouth only to gain attendees. today there are 30,000+ people on the wait list. today prospects rely on social media to find an “in” to this once a year chic picnic.

3 things that went WRONG on the day of díner en blanc;

scattered thunderstorms in philly

me and the bff forgot our plates at home

we didn’t have enough wine

 

welcome to the NAVY YARD

welcome to the Philadelphia NAVY YARD

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table setting... minus the plates we forgot at home

table setting… minus the plates we forgot at home

 

place card

place card

my experience:

at first glance, seeing pictures on social media of this event where hundreds of people are all dressed in white is beautiful. immediately, I wanted to attend the next event. but, what I didn’t know was the process. I’m still unsure of how to obtain tickets other than your name being drawn in a lottery. after the bff told me we had been chosen, i was so excited. until the next day, when we received an email from Tracy the “table leader” explaining how things work. after reading the email… the game changed. you have to bring everything… literally everything. a table, chairs, place setting, food, table props, champagne, wine. uhmm wtf? the bff estimated that we spent $500 on this night. “bish where?”

 

first, we met up with our group (table mates) and then walked to a surprise destination. so, for us, it was a 25 minute walk, in the rain, in 80 degree weather, plastic ponchos sticking to our skin, and sweating out our hair. but, when we strolled up to the navy yard, it all seemed worth the trouble.

thousands of people lugging tables and chairs, pile into the navy yard, and begin to setup their tables. out comes the tablecloths, fine china, candelabras, wine glasses, champagne flutes, fresh flowers… I mean the works. but remember, it’s still raining. I look around, everyone seems to be content with the rain. ok, then I’ll act like its a beautiful spring day too.

everyone begins to wave their white cloth napkins in the air, a sign that all tables are set up, and dinner can begin. but don’t forget… it’s STILL raining, and the bff realized she lost her phone, so she is O.V.E.R. it. however… the show must go on. pour a glass of wine and worry about it in the morning.

after the 2nd glass of wine is when we gave in to the rain. at that point the only problem I had with the rain was how it diluted my wine. so what, we have on white dresses and it’s pouring, so what, the rain and humidity turned our hair into afros. so whattttt, we ran around barefoot on wet grass and dirt. after we stopped complaining, and LIVED LIFE… we understood how magical díner en blanc is.

and then… the rain stopped!

 

pink kisses and baby's breath

pink kisses and baby’s breath

the bff and I... drunk.

still glowing with the bff

 

photo bombed.

blurred & photo bombed

obsessed with the birdcage

obsessed with the birdcage

and in the end… I would do it all over again.

big shout out to my bff for putting this all together, you da best!

 

 

how was díner en blanc in your city?!

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