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.

my top WINTER moisturizer’s…

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although this winter hasn’t been as brutal as past winter’s, it is still necessary to treat your skin properly. during winter months, I NEED a moisturizer that will withstand the elements. here are my go to winter moisturizer’s:

 

1. shea moisture: olive and green tea body butter

so, within the past 6 months, I’ve become OBSESSED with shea moisture products. I feel it’s one of the top brands that performs. I use multiple products from this brand ranging in hair care, soap, shampoo, and moisturizers and I love them all.

the body butter is thick and creamy, and is truly moisturizing. I’ll normally apply in the morning, and 12 hours later… baby girl is still shining. (sidenote: during winter months, my skin gets extremely dry. if I moisturize before bed, by morning my skin is dry and flakey.)

2. sol de janeiro: bum bum cream

pronounced “boom- boom,” this cream is da shit. made with guaraná, an extract native to Brazil. the product smoothes and tightens the skin, ideally to be used on your BUM BUM. but this product is so great, that I use it on my entire body. also made with cupuaçu butter, which locks in moisture making this product a great winter moisturizer. oh, and the smell is amazing.

3. shea moisture: extra virgin coconut oil

this product stays in rotation all year round.

not only is this an amazing hydrating skin product, it’s also great for removing makeup, adding shine to the hair, as well as decreasing frizz.

4. aveda: tourmaline charged hydrating creme (facial moisturizer)

there are a few aveda products that I swear by, one being their tourmaline hydrating creme. I’ve been using this face moisturizer for over 6 years, and have found no other product that produces the same results. i love to exfoliate (which you should do at least twice a week), and then drench my skin in the tourmaline creme. It keeps my skin smooth and moisturized. (side note: product pictured above is NOT the retail size of the product. I have friends in high places who supply me with “salon only” product sizes.)

 

** not listed, but another product I swear by is aquaphor… all I am going to say about that is “get you some.”

valentine’s day… are you focusing on bae?

does anyone else have a boyfriend who says dumb shit like, “… what are you getting me for Valentine’s Day” when discussing the holiday. *raises hand* I seriously hate how guys try and turn the one day dedicated to the special lady in their life, and make it about them. I’ve never researched the history of Valentine’s Day, mainly because I don’t care. I think it’s a fun day, where women should be celebrated for picking up their man’s dirty drawls all year long, washing their clothes, cooking and cleaning, rubbing vick’s vaporub on their chest when they’re crying bloody murder over a cold, and hyping them up when their beard is starting to grow in properly. don’t get me wrong, it’s not all about the gift, (that’s not my Love Language) a simple, ‘I love you’ and morning cuddle session is enough for me, but I think it’s weird when guys try to flip the situation. damn, can we have one day that celebrates US… or nah?

anyway, enough of my rant. continue reading if you’re the girlfriend who needs ideas on what to get your boyfriend for Valentine’s Day. guys don’t want flowers and candy, so step outside the box, and choose a gift bae will use and love. one thing for certain, i will NOT be in the checkout line with you though!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

happy valentine’s day everyone… enjoy and appreciate your love on this day! xoxo

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 

my current obsessions.

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my OBSESSIONs are real… strolling through sephora and decided, I need a “pick me up.” so here are the products I purchased and love:

beauty blender cleanser SOLID: lately, I’ve been using johnson and johnson’s baby bath liquid soap to clean my beauty blenders, I’m all about the HACK chile. so, when I saw the beauty blender solid, I decided I’d give it a try.

solid huh, looks messy and not worth the money ($16). It’s actually easy to use, and not as messy as I thought. what I like most is how easy it makes traveling. less than 3 ounces, and no spills.

fresh LIFE: it’s no secret that FRESH products are something I’ll always spend money on. they’re light and “fresh.” Funny thing is after using this brand for years, I’ve never tried the classic FRESH scent. tried & true.

urban decay matte lipstick MENACE: i love urban decay but I have only tried their eye shadows, and primers. because I’m a lover of a dry lip (just kidding) I decided to try their matte lipstick brand… the best matte lipstick EVER. I have worn this lipstick for 10… yes 10 days straight. No dry, or cracked lips. this one is a winner, and shooting straight to the top of my must haves list.

loving my new beauty products… share your current obsessions below!

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