You know that Kay and I are huge fans of Solange so it is only fitting that I start with my favorite girl! Solange chose to wear one of the hottest colors this spring season emerald green. The singer went bold with this look and paired her Ralph & Russo couture gown with a pair of spiked Christian Louboutin pumps.
My second favorite look was Jennifer Lopez in a black Anthony Vaccarello. The look was well put together and definitely made a statement. I’ve noticed that with the new dress code many celebs chose to show lots of leg!
Singer Taylor Swift also did not disappoint this year with a cream J. Mendel dress. This look is definitely on my hot list of many celebs who “gave it” this year.
I’ve noticed this year that the legs definitely have it this year. I am unsure if it was the dress code enforcement that these celebs chose to play peek-a-boo with their wardrobe choices.
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I had to start this post off with my absolute fav of the evening! Rihanna has grown on me as an artist, both music and style-wise, and she was gorgeous in this custom made red Alaia number! Her look was much reminiscent of her Pon Di Replay Days.
Picture courtesy of Jordan Strauss
My second favorite from the Grammy’s 2013 was Kelly Rowland glowing in a Georges Chakra Couture gown. Given the newly implemented dress code, she took a risk with the peek-a-boo sheer parts that kept the right places covered. Her hair, skin, make-up and body were pure perfection. This chick has me ready to go and hit the gym!
Picture courtesy of Jeff Vespa
My last pick of the evening is Estelle, rocking her own two piece creation! I like how it’s subtle sexy bearing just enough midriff, while leaving much to the imagination with the long sleeves and skirt, and the print and design is so 60′s style, which is here to stay for Spring 2013-Love it!
With me being the music lover that I am, I want to congratulate all of the winners!
by Kay Rivera
Everyday, I wake my little girls KeAna, Kami, and Kaydence up at 5:45am; we brush our teeth, we get dressed, I comb their hair, we get a quick morning snack. We communicate, laugh, and they may even get in a little trouble before we actually leave the house; then we make the drive to suegra’s so that their dad can take them to school. I’m sure many families in America follow a similar routine, including the families who sent their kids to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut this morning.
We love our children and we do the best that we can to protect them; I can’t imagine the pain that the parents of the 20 small victims are experiencing. The first thing I did when I saw my girls after I got off of work was rush to them and gave them hugs and kisses. Marcella and I send our deepest condolences to the families of all of the victims as well as our prayers. I’m sure this tragedy will cause us to keep our kids a lot more closer this holiday season and for as long as we can while we get them ready for this world.
Today, Ryan Lanza went on a shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, killing 20 children, six adults, as well as himself.
by Kay Rivera
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No, I didn’t read the book and I only caught a glimpse of the movie on bootleg at my aunt’s house-I’m talking about Steve Harvey’s Think Like A Man, Act Like A Lady . I’ll admit, I wasn’t interested in reading the book because I wasn’t excited about another manual trying to tell women what to do and how they need to be in order to get, please, and keep a man (even though hearing from those who read it, they said it isn’t like that). Through my own personal experiences and paying attention to the experiences of the men women around me, I developed my own outlook about what it means to me to think like a man and act like a lady.
1. Do whatever makes you happy first and foremost-men do it all of the time: As women, we want to take care of the people around us and make sure they’re happy first. We have to be happy first before we can make anyone else happy.
2. Silence you conscious: When doing what makes you happy, first and foremost, some people aren’t going to like it, and if they don’t so what! One thing I’ve come to realize is that men rarely have regrets about what they do and don’t feel guilty about doing anything that makes them happy, no matter how wrong it may be.
3. Love carefully: Men have the ability to separate the physical and the emotional. They’re not really careful about whom they give themselves to physically, but when it comes to love it’s a different story. As women, we have to be careful about physical love as well as emotional love.
4. Be bold: Say what you mean and mean what you say-don’t let anyone persuade you; change your mind on your own terms. When men tell you they’re not looking for love or a relationship, we need to believe them and know that we can’t persuade them or change their mind. When we say we’re looking for a good guy who will take us out and give us some of their time, we need to stick to that and not allow ourselves to settle for less.
5. Value friendships: Women need to learn to stick together because men sure do! When male friends fall out, they can bury the hatchet over a bottle of Corona. Women will hold a grudge towards a friend over the smallest things. Also, a man isn’t putting a woman they don’t care about before their friends and family. Furthermore, they aren’t going to care about someone they just met. Women will spin their friends and family and give their time to a guy they’ve only been seeing for a short time. Keep your friends and family first until he proves he’s worthy to be on their level.
6. Dwell on the best times of your life and make having the time of your life, a way of life: I never hear or see a man dwelling on a bad situation. They’re the ones who usually are the assailants doing the burning and it seems like they just keep moving forward; even when they are burned, they don’t dwell. They do however, dwell on the awesome trip to Vegas or Miami with their friends, they’ll dwell on the time they were promoted at their job or when they won the basketball championship in high school, and the best sex they ever had. We let the bad times ruin us sometimes ladies. We have to look forward and think about the good times we had and look forward to the good times we’ll have in the future. “Life goes on no matter what, “a wise man once told me.
7. Stroke your own ego and find others who will stroke it too: There are some men who have some things they feel self-conscious about, but we’ll never know about it unless they told us. They hype themselves up to be the most amazing individual, and as long as they believe it, who can tell them otherwise? I think they’d beg to differ. Men also like to feel good, so they surround themselves with people who make them feel well, good! Women should do the same. We need to be our own personal cheer team and hang around people who contribute to our pep rally.
8. Exercise your right to choose: I almost forgot, but this is important, and directed to my sistas. The main people I see exercising the freedom to choose and date whoever they want are Black men and White women. We have to open our mind to finding love outside of our race, culture, religion etc. There are so many fish in the sea, why just limit yourself to perch when you can have salmon, tuna, and mahi mahi?
In a nutshell, these concepts that I gathered from my observations, just paying attention, could be a sure guide to happiness, stress relief, and anti-aging; it’s no wonder why a lot of men look so young. We have to take care of ourselves first and foremost and find our happiness. As women, we can sometimes become bitter at the way men live their lives, and how they do the things that they do. Not to say that men don’t have problems, but their approach is different, and it just might be the best approach, if I may say so myself. I’d say, if we can’t beat them, join them, while keeping your legs crossed, wearing your pump heel shoes, and your MAC lipstick! I know, easier said than done right?
by Kay Rivera
Last week, Marcella and I had the pleasure of listening in on the Pinky Promise Conference by Heather Lindsey and the topic was The Study of Loneliness; this topic was right on time because the season is changing, the temperatures are cooling down, and we are now headed into what most refer to as ‘Cuffing Season’; it’s the time of the year when the first hint of cold sends some people on the prowl to find a companion to secure (cuff) to keep them warm during the winter months. This is opposite from ‘Spin Season’ when the first hint of warm weather usually has people breaking up, and searching for new love, well maybe more like new lust interests for the summer.
Loneliness can affect anyone regardless of relationship status or economic status. Lindsey listed a couple of things we can sometimes do to distract ourselves from the loneliness, and she called them Home Remedies to Loneliness: busyness, shopping, the bed, but she forgot to mention food. Sometimes when a person feels lonely, they try to over indulge in work, school, or anything that can keep them busy to take their minds off of being lonely. Some people turn to shopping in an attempt to make material things fill in the void, and that’s how the show Hoarders came about. She forgot to mention food, which can be comforting during times of loneliness and emotional distress.
Then we have the bed, and she wasn’t talking about sleeping away our loneliness, but sexing away our loneliness; this is what cuffing season is all about; we use other people to fill the void of what we think is missing. Lindsey referred to fornicating as the “modern day remedy” to loneliness. This may not be the case for everyone, it depends on what an individual is looking for; however, casual sex can sometimes make you feel cheap especially when you’re looking for or hoping for more when it comes to a relationship.
So the question is what is the cure for loneliness? There is really no cure. People are going to have bouts with loneliness for as long as they live. Some people feel lonely because they may not be getting the kind of attention that they desire from others, after all, attention feeds the ego; they’re seeking other people’s approval rather than the one whose approval really matters. To distract yourself from the loneliness, you max shop until you drop, work over time, pig out on snacks, or contact Mike, a jerk who you haven’t talked to in months hoping that he’d come over and keep you company, especially when it’s cold outside; these surely feel good for the time being, but they’ll eventually play out. Next thing you know, your Macy’s credit card is maxed out and your closet is full of clothes still bearing tags; you’re exhausted from work and now you have to add sessions with a personal trainer to your schedule because of all the weight you’ve gained from snack binges. Mike has stopped answering his phone again so now you’re searching for Tony on Face Book to see what he’s been up to.
Instead of trying to find a cure for the loneliness, maybe we should try and focus on it, tap into it, and see what it’s trying to tell us. Maybe loneliness is a time to tune into ourselves after being distracted from our busy and hectic lives; loneliness doesn’t necessarily mean that a person is bored because busy people can feel lonely too. Whatever the case may be, we should probably ask ourselves -from what important thing/person have we removed ourselves that’s causing this feeling of emptiness? Could it be your goals, family, or a higher power?
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This past weekend I had the pleasure of seeing what the Michigan fashion community had to offer at Michigan Fashion Week. I will be completely honest when I say I had no idea what to expect and admit I can be somewhat of a fashion snob given my deep love of fashion and my experience within the industry. I was completely IMPRESSED by the show and have to give major kudos to the Michigan Fashion Week team for putting together such a well organized event.
The event was hosted by by Bianca Golden of ANTM Cycle 9, and the event was packed to capacity! I am glad I arrived a few hours early to get a good seat because the city definitely showed up to support this event. The designers did not disappoint either! I personally loved the collections from Thierry, Siana Treece and Amanda Howell’s Tidal Cool Creations. I was thrilled to see how much talent was housed within our state. Michigan Fashion Week gave these young designers a platform to showcase their collections as well as the models within our community. I wasn’t able to get as many pics as I would have liked but photographer Lauren Karlisle was gracious enough to grant us permission to use her pictures. You can check out more of Lauren’s pics on her website
You can also view some of the designers websites below:
Siana Treece www.Sianatreece.com
Thierry Couture www.thierrycouture.com
Fanciee Clothing www.fancieefanciee.com
Tidal Cool Creations www.facebook.com/tidalcoolcreations
C.D. Blanc Designs www.facebook.com/cdblancdesigns
Addiction Designs By Jamila- www.fashionstyledetroit.com