Friday, November 21, 2014

NaBloPoMo: What's one appliance you can't live without?

New Stove 

 I can't live without a stove or a grill of some sort. It took me some time to figure out what appliance I couldn't live without but then I started thinking about how I could manage without others. Without a stove or grill, you can't make fire which is one of the most important survival needs for humans. You can perform a multitude of household duties with this one appliance and for the most part, it could keep me functional on my day to day needs. You can heat water to wash clothes or bathe, you can cook and you can also get some sort of heat (if needed) and more.

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/By CJ Sorg




Thursday, November 20, 2014

Celebrating Five Years of Blogging Today!!

birthday cupcakes!

I couldn't let this day go by without celebrating my blog's 5th birthday! Happy birthday to The Lipstick Memoir!!! Who knew that I still would have this blog and that I would still have an incredible love for writing.

Of course my blog wouldn't be possible without the 17,673 readers (and counting) from all around the world who has ever visited my blog. I certainly thank you all for being a part of the ride and I can only hope the next five years I'll go even HIGHER with my blog.

Happy Birthday to Us!! Cheers Xo

P.S. In honor of the celebration, I've changed my blog background to be a bit more festive

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/By Rovlle

#NaBloPoMo: Do you have a book in you?


                  NaBloPoMo November 2014
Prompt: Do you have a book in you? Fact or fiction? Related to your blog or totally different?

I believe we all have a book inside of us and for me, it is in someways aligned with my blog. Without giving away too much detail, my book is centered around getting to know yourself in your 20's (which was the original purpose of my blog). I'm still not out of this age range yet so there is still room for growth;however, I've seen and experienced enough to say that this has truly been one of the hardest decades of my life. I do feel like this decade can make or break you and it sets the tone of how your life will be lived for years to come. By far, the world we live in today has made the transition from teen-hood to adulthood challenging to get through because it's a competitive world out there. Everyone is out here for self and it's rare that you get support nowadays!

This book would totally be a non-fiction book because while I do believe a lot of 20-something issues are discussed or published, where is the remedy to these issues? It's safe to say that most of us took the college or trade school route to better ourselves; however, we haven't reaped the fruits of our labors, just debt, debt and more debt. For those who jumped directly into the work force, many are finding themselves ill prepared and frustrated of not being taken seriously because they may lack the education or credentials they need to excel in their careers. It's a vicious cycle that many millennials face everyday so it's hard sometimes to remain encouraged in a society where a looming cloud of defeat trails you. 



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

#NaBloPoMo: Are you the funny one in most groups?


                  NaBloPoMo November 2014
Prompt: Are you the funny one in most groups? What kinds of things do you find funniest?

I'm not sure if I'm the funniest one in my group of friends but I will say I love to laugh! For the most part, I do believe I can be funny at times but I enjoy watching jokes unfold with others. Since most of my friends are scattered around the world, we tend to link up and create new memories of laughter together.

My closest friends and I seem to make some of the funniest memories when we are traveling together. One of the funniest memories I have is when my friends and I went to the Dominican Republic and one of my friend's got soooo tipsy that she kept making phone calls home and she ran her phone bill up to $300+. We were at a party and she stepped out to talk on the phone so I followed her to see where she was going. I have no idea what she was talking about (she doesn't remember either lol) I tried to warn her many times to keep her convos short but she kept talking and talking and talking. I think at one point I fell asleep at a patio table and woke up AND she was still on the phone LOL. It was hilarious to all of us but it wasn't funny when that bill came to her that next month. I always look forward to trips with my girls because we always have a blast!

I honestly find a lot of things funny! Even when I'm stressed, I try to find laughter in the situation because I'm a firm believer that "laughter is the best medicine."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What Are Your Deal Breakers?

Death and illness. Red Broken Heart
We all have deal breakers but what is it about a person that causes you to think if you should stay or should go? No person nor any relationship is perfect but being honest with what you're willing to tolerate versus what's intolerable can truly make or break your relationship.

My personal deal breakers are:
  • Liars
  • Bad hygiene/grooming (and you refuse to fix it or you don't have a problem with it)
  • Disrespectful 
  • Bad Teeth and/or breath (sorry not sorry!)
  • Lack of manners
  • No ambition
What are some of your deal breakers in a relationship?

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/By Atlas Web Consulting

Monday, November 17, 2014

Have you been to the 13th Floor Baltimore?

It's not everyday that I write about my foodie adventures but I have to say I had one of the WORST customer services experiences at the 13th Floor Baltimore, Md. (also known as the Owl Bar). The name already has a negative connotation attached to it considering some people are superstitious about the number 13 which correlates with being bad luck. If you aren't familiar with The 13th Floor, it is located in downtown Baltimore, inside of the Belvedere Hotel. It's funny how this restaurant uses the tagline "Lucky You" when in fact, there was nothing lucky about my recent experience.

Pros:

  1. The restaurant has beautiful panoramic views of Baltimore and it almost makes you feel like you're in a glass jewelry box looking out to shiny gems (or in this case a lit up town). 
  2. They have live music (jazz to be exact) so it sets the mood of being a classy atmosphere. You can even dance to the sweet tunes if you want!
  3. It's a small floor (the whole floor is the restaurant & bar) so there is a sense of intimacy. You won't have to worry about too much of a rowdy crowd, this is for a more mature audience.
  4. The duck fat fries were amazeballs!
Cons: 

  1. Service is extremely slow! Like I said it's not an large restaurant nor was it that busy but don't bet on getting a drink order (not even a glass of water) in the first 10 mins. Nope! You'll likely have to get up and ask a hostess/host to find your server. 
  2. This place is strictly a small bites type of restaurant (this didn't bother me) but the menu is extremely limited. Also, I really wanted to try the mussels but they were out of them by 9:00pm??? It really grinds my gears when restaurants run out of something that they know is a popular dish on the menu. Maybe if the server was more attentive, I could have gotten an order in before they were out. 
  3. The BARTENDER has the worst attitude EVER! Like I said, I waited for a very long time to even get a drink order in and once I got my drink (wine), he shorted me on my pour. After waiting again to speak with my server who never came around, I decided to go to the bar to get this corrected. Instead of making the situation right, he gave me an attitude then he decided to give me a lesson in pouring AND he asked other customers for THEIR opinion on the amount I was given. He was a straight up a$$hole! He claims he gave my table extra pours because of the wait (everyone received this but me, I even asked him to come to the table to see how he poured everyone else's glasses) and all I wanted was for him to make it right and be fair but instead he decided to be A-Hole about it. He eventually gave me two extra oz but it left me EXTREMELY annoyed. I asked for a manger which brings me to point #4.
  4. I asked for a manager ALL night after this episode! I explained the situation to my server who was nice about it but still didn't send the manager. The hostess even came to ask if the bartender ( I think his name is Dean) came by and the manager and I said "no" and she still didn't send anyone. I kept getting excuse after excuse that the manager might be busy but no manager showed up! As a paying patron, it should not be my job to seek out a manager when I have an issue with my dining experience. The matter should have been addressed promptly and they failed to put the customers needs first in this situation. This is something that I do not take lightly so I resorted to writing this post. 
  5. The food was meh! There was nothing overwhelmingly great. I tried the nightly special of bacon wrapped scallops but the dish was kind of cold when I got it. I didn't order anything else because at this point, I was OVER IT. 
Based on Yelp, this place has a mixed bag of reviews. I'm a huge stickler for customer service and since the manager never came by my table, I felt the need to put it out there for those of you who might be interested in visiting this place (still would have wrote about them anyway). I will NEVER dine here again so beware.

Friday, November 14, 2014

World Premier: Aaliyah Biopic to Debut on Lifetime

Welp! The time is near (tomorrow to be exact) when the whole world will see the Aaliyah movie! Now if you do not know who the "Princess of R&B" is than I need you to take a moment and read up on her royal highness, affectionately known as "Babygirl."

Although, it has been 13 years since Aaliyah has passed, I can't help but feel bittersweet about this movie. For some reason, I'm not completely sold on supporting the movie (there was lots of controversy about creating this movie in the first place) but also, I feel like it's still too soon. She truly was the epitome of style, grace and talent all rolled into one while having the moves and an angelic voice that can't be replicated by ANY of today's artists. NOPE, not a single one!

Aaliyah was definitely "one in a million" and while her time here on earth was short lived, her music has lived on in the hearts and ears of many around the world. She is loved, treasured and valued by so many especially by her family and friends! I think that's why there has been a mixed bag of emotions about the film because most of us (her fans) feel very protective of her and how she is (and her life) is portrayed in this film. Not only was she a triple-threat, she was on the verge of building a successful empire that could have easily been a multi-million dollar kingdom.

I'm not sure if I'll be watching tomorrow night but eventually, I will because I am curious to see how all of this comes together. Aaliyah is still one of my favorite artist of all time so the connection runs deep for me.

The world premier of "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B" airs on Lifetime at 8pm on November 15th. Check your local listing for channel information.

Will any of you be watching? What are your thoughts on this movie?

*Update as of 11/17/14* I could not bring myself to watch the movie after all. Based on the comments I've read or heard about the movie, this film fell short in  depicting Aaliyah as an iconic singer, actress and dancer. I pray one day that a better movie truly tells her story and shares her REAL gifts with the world. 

Snack Attack: I Love Pickles!


                  NaBloPoMo November 2014
The other day, I had a yummy pickle in God knows how long and it was the most amazing thing ever! My amazing pickle moment happened at Jersey Mike's Subs (JMS) because not only are their subs delicious (always add the "juice" to your sub by the way), I love that they have a lovely jar of pickles at the counter to add with your meal. Now, this wasn't my first time at JMS, its just that I never really thought about adding a pickle to my meal until the other day!

To be honest, I do not know why I've haven't been eating pickles because I use to always keep a jar in my fridge whenever I wanted a quick snack and the best part is drinking the pickle juice! Sounds gross to some but I think it's a divine (and mandatory) experience that will change your life.

If I had to choose two snacks (Honorable mentions a cheese block with kalamata olives and crackers maybe mangos and pomegranates too!)  that I couldn't live without, I think it would be pickles and popcorn. Not together of course but just because they both bring me so much joy!