Thursday, October 30, 2014

If I Could Have a Different Mode of Transportation it Would Be....

a Helicopter!


I've never rode in a helicopter before but I think it would be pretty dope to have one of my own to get around in. The other day I heard about how "Today" show host, Matt Lauer takes a helicopter from New York City to his home in the Hamptons throughout the week. This makes perfect and convenient sense to me! What I wouldn't give to fly over all of the crazy traffic after a long day and get home in a flash.

Photo Courtesy of Heather Trembath

Monday, October 27, 2014

Beyonce + Topshop Join Forces for an Activewear Line


We all know Beyonce' has "been the number one diva in the game for a minute" but now she has set her royal sights on taking the activewear industry by storm.

KING Bey has inked a 50/50 partnership with the British based retailer, Topshop to create her new line, Parkwood Topshop Athletic, Ltd. Anything Beyonce' touches literally turns into honey gold so I know that we can expect a high-quality fashionable line. If you follow King Bey than you know she's a big fan of the Topshop brand so it just makes sense that she would put this collection out with them.

According to Vogue (UK), the line will include "clothing, footwear and accessories across dance, fitness and sports." This is exciting news considering most activewear today gets lost in giving off a sporty-look but she's thinking of versatility (and longevity) because fitness is forever. Plus, she is also probably the best muse for her own line considering she'll be designing with the Beyhive (her fans) in mind who comes in all shapes and sizes. I bet Miss. Tina and Solange will be right by her side giving her creative input! Hey, Mama Tina, hey! Hey, Solange girl! You know designing runs in their lineage!

Furthermore, Beyonce' is an expert in branding (I mean she's made herself a household name...WORLDWIDE) and now her new line will be seen as a global lifestyle brand. I'm excited to see what Beyonce' and Topshop cook up. This collection will surely sell out!

Ok so what has Beyonce' not done? Perfumes (check), clothing line (check), movies (check), documentaries (check), sold out shows WORLDWIDE (check), covers of top magazines (check), performed for world leaders and major events (check), philanthropist (check) and the list goes on....hmmm I wonder if she would ever do Broadway or a Vegas set? How about a cookbook?

Go Bey, go!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Have You Watched Nail'd It?

If you love color, creativity and all things nails then you have to watch "Nail'd It!" This new hot show on Oxygen has quickly captured my attention because it's like watching someone create mini nail masterpieces before your eyes. The show is hosted by the effervescent "The Real Daytime Show" Co-host/Singer/Actress, Adrienne Bailon who takes you on a exciting journey to see nail designers work their magic on TV. The competition is intense as each nail designer faces off with their peers on two challenges but only one walks away with the winning title and $10,000 dollars! Each week there is a new nail designer winner but they all are prepping for the BIG face off where one nail designer will walk away with a $100,000 check and bragging rights of course. I am huge fan of the show and I wouldn't mind being a client on one of these challenges (Hey Oxygen hey!).

By far the coolest and probably most challenging nail creation I've seen so far has to be the nail bouquet elimination challenge. Basically, each nail designer was given only six hours to create a set of nails that when their bride brought their hands together (like as if they are holding real flowers) the nails interlocked with each other and looked like a real bouquet. It's fascinating what can be created with nails especially in a short amount of time. I can't wait for next weeks episode!!

"Nail'd It" airs on Tuesdays nights on Oxygen so check you local listings for all of the nail fun.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rest Fashionably Oscar de la Renta

The fashion world and fans of the art grieve around the world today as we lost overnight a legendary fashion couturier, Oscar de la Renta. The Dominican Republic born designer is hands down one of the few designers that had the honor of dressing First Lady’s to your favorite celebrity today! He was known for his stylish one-kind gowns (I'd like to affectionately call him the "Godfather of Gowns") that have truly transformed fashion for the last four decades! I’ve always been a fan of his work and I’ve always dreamed of wearing or owning one of my very own Oscar de la Renta originals and it saddens me that I won’t have that experience! While his fashion legacy will live on, we will never ever forget his contribution to the fashion world. Thank you Oscar for sharing your magic with the world! RIP Xo

Friday, October 17, 2014

Awareness Begins With YOU!

October is here and there are two awareness campaigns that I hold close to my heart: 1) Breast Cancer Awareness and 2) Domestic Violence Awareness. While they each have their own purpose, they both share the same end goal--to save lives!

There is so much information out there to get more details about these two awareness campaigns but for the sake of my blog, I'd like to highlight three important things that speak to both issues: 

1) Educate yourself and others. It's 2014 and there is no excuse to not be knowledgeable about these two topics. Nowadays, most people have a smartphone or at least some kind of access to a computer so take some time to learn about both. Then, share what you learned with others so we all can be a more informed community. Reach one, teach one! 

2) See something, SAY something! YOU know your loved ones, coworkers and friends the best. If you see something out of the ordinary, suspect that something is wrong with them physically or they come to you about their issue privately, help them! No matter what be there by their side every step of the way. Early detection (whether it be in breast cancer or first-sign of abuse) can save their life. 

3) Be the change. In order to fight for both causes, YOU have to spark the change. Prevention begins with you and you should feel empowered enough to go out and help others who may be unable to speak up for themselves or lack the support or courage to stand strong. We all have a special light that's worth shining in this world and don't ever let a person or health circumstance, try to dim that light. Shine on and be great!

For more information about Breast Cancer Awareness, visit National Breast Cancer Foundation.

For more information about Domestic Violence, visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

10 Countries I Would Love to Visit


(In no particular order)

It's so hard to pick JUST 10 because if I had it my way, I would take a year off to explore the world and blog about my experience! For now, here are some places that I think I can could realistically hit in the next couple of years: 

1) Brazil
2) Italy
3) Japan
4) Thailand
5) United Kingdom (I would totally relocate to London in a heart beat)
6) Germany
7) Ghana 
8) Greece
9) Australia
10) Argentina

Maybe taking a year off to travel the world isn't a bad idea! It's not everyday you meant a woman of color who explores the world and journals about her experiences. Hmmmm....

Photo Courtesy of Jason Bachman

Monday, October 13, 2014

This is Why I Love TINASHE!

I absolutely LOVE LOVE Miss Tinashe! Her hit single "2 On" has been my summer jam this year and the song never gets old to me. Every time I hear the beat drop, I'm ready to jump up and dance around my office or room! Anyhoo, I thought she did a phenomenal job on Jimmy Kimmel the other day and wanted to make sure I shared. Her album "Aquarius" just dropped and I've heard awesome reviews about it as well. I'm excited to get my copy. Check her out and support great music.