Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Are You An Amber?

A few days ago I made a shopping trip to my local mall. I'm not sure if it's like this for everyone else, but whenever I need to walk out with shopping bags I always leave empty-handed and I didn't want that to happen this trip.

After 30 minutes of picking over the endless racks I found a statement piece! I ran my hands over the sleeves of the dress in approval and thought my mission was complete. Then I realized the dress I had fallen in love with so quickly already had a home in my friend's closet.

Although I tried to ignore it, I didn't like the idea of being a clone. Seeing myself in the mirror with her dress on opened a flood gate of questions. But nothing ceased the desire to head for the cash register until the following scene began to play out in my head:

In the end I couldn't go through with the purchase. I've never been an Amber and I refused to let that trip be a turning point.
 Have you ever been tempted? Or have you ever noticed that your friends new dress looked a lot like the one you had on last week. Sound off in the comments below.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Etiquette Post

I was going through my favorite videos on YouTube and I came across a classic scene from the early days of "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air". It's dinner time and Will is amusing himself by creatively making a tune with the silverware and china. Although, it was worthy of hitting radio waves the impromptu performance was a bit innappropriate.

With Thanksgiving approaching, we've put together a top five etiquette list of things Will Smith might do at the dinner table but you shouldn't.

Thou Shall Not Bring See Food to the table. You know the joke we all played when we were younger? The one where you ask if anyone wants sea food and then you proceed to show them all of your bits and pieces. Yeah that one. I agree it was hilarious the first time. But, now that we're adults we don't want to see what you're working with. So, once the food goes in chew with your mouth closed.

Thou Shall Not engage in social network sites (Twitter, Facebook), text, or make a call during dinner. So, most of that didn't exist during the 90's. But, we'd be willing to bet that if it did Will would be sending tweets about Uncle Phil eating the entire turkey by himself.

Thou Shall Not stretch across the table. It's better to "pass the peas like you used to do" than to reach over your neighbor.

Thou Shall Not criticize the food. Yes, Mama can make the dressing way better. But, if you don't having anything nice to say... don't say anything at all.

And the most important rule of them all!

Thou Shall Not perform a song at the table without asking for requests first. .... Okay that last one was clearly a joke.

Follow this list and you should be fine!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Speak Life Sundays

We're starting a new segment that will highlight artists with a positive message called "Speak Life Sundays" (insert applause here). First up is the group Level 3:16.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The It-Girl Factor

Urban Dictionary describes the "it-girl" as someone every girl wants to be. She has style, smarts and self confidence. Lately we've noticed a common denominator between the majority of "it-girls".  They're all in love with the art of disc jockeying. 

Like a moth is drawn to a flame these trendsetters are drawn to turn tables. Here are a few of our favorites. 

Beverly Bond the DISC JOCKEY. She is also a model, wife and hero around the world for making "Black Girls Rock"

Solange Knowles the DISC JOCKEY who also delves into singing, blogging, dancing and motherhood.

Alexa Chung the DISC JOCKEY well known for the show "It's On With Alexa Chung"  having impeccable style, and her famous Madwell collection

And of course we couldn't end this post without acknowledging the queen of "it-girls". Meet Ruth Flowers, she's a 70 year old DJ who rocks nightclubs in Paris without skipping a beat. 


Saturday, November 13, 2010

I've Been Minxed

"And you don’t do it for the man, men never notice" - Drake

 I'm not sure what grabs me the most... the way light reflects off of their shiny surface or the fact that they're low maintenance and have a long life expectancy. Either way, Minx nails are great addition to the nail art culture. 

What are they? A solid film with adhesive on the back that's heat activated. Just imagine really shiny stickers. 
How Does it Work? Just like any other visit to the nail salon, you start off with a manicure. After making sure your nails are perfectly shaped the film is applied. There's no top coat or drying time. After the excess film is cut to match your nail shape you're all set to go. The process probably takes 35 minutes or less, which is about the same amount of time I'd wait for a regular manicure.  

How Long Do They Last? Manicure's are supposed to last a week, while pedicures should last up to five weeks. I was advised to firmly press the edges of my nails whenever I got a chance and to stay away from greasy substances in order to keep them looking fresh.  I only noticed a little bit of wear on the edge of my nails after the fifth day. 

Are They Worth it? Of course! My nails have never received so many compliments. Minx are literally conversation starters!