Xtraordinarly Pleased.

As I put on a pair of point-toed booties to match my shoulder padded structured jacket over the best 1950’s vintage Casual Corners dress, I knew this was going to be a great night. I was waiting for it… a “Black Tie Affair” to take place at the Drumlins. An hour of meet and greet then seated for live entertainment, dinner and Raffles gift bags. I purchased my ticket about two weeks in advance and glad I was in attendance. Entering the building .. first thing.. coat check. Inside as guests greeted each other there were assorted vegetables with their dips arranged on standing tables. Various pictures of the Extraordinary Gentlemen and their female companions with the bar to the far right. After making my rounds through tuxedos and gowns I pulled the typical lady move… bathroom! 😉 It’s a universal language. Hair.. check! Makeup.. check! Booty.. niiice! Now it was time to be seated. Ballroom beautiful. Each table held eight guests and a decorative water filled bowl with a swimming fish. While we sat and conversed about our lives, randomness and this event we were blessed to hear the sounds being created by two brothers.

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These talented violinists are twin brothers Eric (left) and Anthony (right). I was absolutely in love with their covers of todays artists, in example Usher and Beyonce’ just to name two. They’ve played their instruments for the last nine years and practice has definitely paid off. Kudos. The center of the night was dinner. The menu was tasty. I even went home to fry up some battered onions to throw in my greens. Desert was sexy.. fruit kebabs ran through the fountain of chocolate. The end of the night was hands down the best! The Brownskin Band totally turned it up. Covers of Chaka Khan, Bob Marley, Mary J. Blige, Islet Brothers, Next, Jay Z, Donnell Jones, Blackstreet.. need I continue? I networked, ate, danced and won a bottle of Pink Moscoto in the raffled gift bags. I genuinely enjoyed my self. #thatisall

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Lucky in the world of Fluff

Apparently I’m late. Fluff has been around forever and you eat it on bread, with peanut butter. Making the “best peanut butter sandwich” known to man, as told by a friend. Not in all my years would I have thought to put these two edibles together… so I found something better. One day while sitting at home I had a great idea. Why buy cereal bars when I can make them? HA! So I entered the kitchen to grab the butter, fluff and one of my favorite brands of cereal. I went to work.
Follow these elementary steps to start. Take one large scoop of butter and melt it in a medium sized pot. Then turn it on a low flame and add 3-4 large scoops of sweet sticky fluff. Continually stir with a spoon until the mixture is in a soft liquid state. Do NOT boil. (-_-)

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In a large mixing bowl, with cereal already in there, pour the sweet coating and begin to mix immediately. Do not wait for the mixture to cool as it may be tougher to stir.

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When that’s complete find a flat baking pan or something similar to flatten, shape and rest your creation. Refrigerate for ten minutes and done. This is a totally fun and simple activity to do with children. Sons, daughters, nephews and nieces will have have a satisfied sweet tooth… you as well.

Urban Chic

This past Saturday I went out to a birthday party for a young lady thrown by local party promoters. Picking an outfit was pretty simple this night because. I went for comfortable and stylish. About three weeks ago while thrifting I picked up a really cool red long sleeve blouse by Richard Evans. I have been waiting to wear it. Since it is a party and holiday season this was the perfect time. The collared necklace was bought two years ago from Charolette Russe. It is one of my favorites. Bib necklaces or Peter Pan collars spruce up any blouse. My bottoms are black cords from Burlington by Body Active Design. They cost a whopping 13bucks 🙂 I purchased those the day the party and I am in loooove. Super comfortable and long enough to pass my ankle. I did also wear a thin red velvet belt from Forever 21. When going to step out I always keep shoes that I can move in, strut and not get any aches as a top priority. This did just the job.

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My Fergie leopard print (calf fur) booties are the bomb! Definitely a favorite shoe of mine. I purchased these on sale from Famous Footwear, 60bucks.

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When I put this together I wanted to keep my appearance simple. I didn’t add any other accessories. My diamond studs did a great job at letting my bun and natural makeup become polished. Sporting this red blouse was a good choice to allow my bib necklace be a conversation piece. Black cords add texture to any outfit and the correct leopard print heels are a classic. I chose a simple bag to bring the shoe color upward and tie the look together. The jacket was snatched out of my mothers closet on my way out the door and done! Simple, clean and polished.

Product Review: Black Opal Foundation & Maybelline BB cream.

Black beauties, like myself, who are searching for that perfect foundation… look no more. I have a recommendation! Black Opal’s True color (oil free) Liquid Foundation has been my go to product since the beginning of 2012. My color is Ebony. This foundation leaves me with a fresh-faced dewey look and matches me exactly. I am overly satisfied with this beauty product. Initially it was a random purchase from my local Rite Aid, however, after I tried it…. Yeeeees! My dream foundation.

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This product is hypoallergenic, dries to a matte finish and is wallet friendly. For less than 10bucks you too can find your perfect match. As always ladies before doing your foundation routine using a good quality facial primer is a must.

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I use Maybelline’s Dream Fresh Beauty Balm Skin Perfector, in Deep Sheer tint. Besides doing its job as a primer I love the way this 8 in 1 cream brightens. Definitely comes in handy in those days where makeup isn’t necessary. Placing a little under the eye and I am done for the day! This tinted BB Cream is also a product with 0% heavy oils. I’ve been using this primer for two months and I am content with my purchase.

Winter Protective Style #1

Being new to this natural wave I have not dealt with any of my kinks since elementary. Even then I didn’t handle them and I have come to a realization…. this can be frustrating! However I’ve come up with a temporary solution in which I do not have to curse every morning. I’ve solved my issue with BRAIDS! I honestly have not worn box or individual braids since middle school and I’m loving it. Since I haven’t curled the ends yet I can’t rock them down. It’s just not my style. So currently my favorite look is a funky updo with the hair rolled and pinned to the side.

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This style is super easy and chic. Pinned updo’s are such a YES! To achieve this look I tilted my head forward and pushed all the hair the same way. Next is simply criss cross sections of the hair as I moved from the nape of the neck toward the top. Continue with this into a fishtail or large braid then pin with large hair pins on either side of your head and you’re done.

Having braids definitely makes my mornings easier but still will require a regimen to avoid dry roots.

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