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So 2 whole years passed by and no one even told me how dope this song was.  I heard it for the first time a few weeks ago and I fell in love!  It’s so sensual and erotic. I can’t get enough.  It’s been on repeat for days. #HeyBoo

“Come here let me whisper in your ear,  Tell you how I’m about to make you feel”

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Red lipstick, all on the paper, let me take …” Oh excusez moi, I’m just rocking out to the lovely Rihanna right now and coordinating a girls trip to DC. My friend is turning 30 and we have a whole weekend of events planned.  A Wine Tour, Concert, Poolside Brunch…dude, the list goes on. She is so excited! She even sent out a “What To Wear” email as if I really needed Fashion direction. LOL.

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Now what I really need help with is my makeup. Pictures will be taken. They will be posted on Facebook, so your girl needs to be camera ready at all times.  Recently, I spoke with Alana Wright, Chief Beauty Director at Wink N Blow and she was kind enough to share a few Beauty Tips with me. I can’t wait to try them out and get glammed up for all the Rude Boys…um, I mean my friends’ celebration.

Are you a lover of all things GLAM? If so, Hpnotiq (It’s French, of course it’s glamorous) and I have just the opportunity for you. From now until July 28th 2013, Hpnotiq wants you to show them how you GLAM LOUDER to WIN fab prizes! During the remaining 2-week challenges you can submit photos in different categories to win – including the glammest makeup and overall look. Entries can be pictures you snap yourself or images you find online.

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I choose Rihanna, as her makeup is flawless in this shot. She is giving us FACE! And if any of us were confused, she’s showing us what GLAM really looks like. I absolutely love the Fashion spread she did for Glamour back in 2011. It. Is. Everything! 

Ready to Bling It On!? For this round, they’re choosing 4 lucky winners. Here are the glamorous prizes that are still up for grabs:
*A $1,000 Beauty Gift Certificate to Sephora or Ulta
*Handbag of your choice valued at up to $1000

For this challenge Hpnotiq wants you to show them your very best head-turning, eye-catching makeup style! You can enter as many times as you want! HURRY – the entry period for the glammest makeup ends at 11:59:59 a.m. EST on July 14th!

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If you’re one of the 4 winners, you’ll also be able to compete in the final round for a chance to win the grand prize trip for you and three friends to go shopping with Khloe Kardashian Odom in Los Angeles! Even better – the grand prize winner will star in a professional photo shoot for the chance to be in a real Hpnotiq Ad! *Cheers, I’ll Drink to that!*

This contest is so bananas! You know you want in! Now when you win, send me a postcard, a shout out or something! In the meantime I’ll be down in DC giving a lil FACE myself, while singing Pour It Up and shaking my hips. Oww!!!

To enter, visit GlamLouder or visit Hpnotiq’s Facebook page or follow @Hpnotiq on Twitter and tweet them your picture using the hashtag #GLAMLOUDER. For full contest rules, click HERE

Good Luck!

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I was browsing the Facebook page of a business course I’d taken a few years ago and came across this gem.

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Solange sashayed into a dinner party the other night outside of Cannes, rocking this ruffled white jumpsuit by Stephane Rolland. This chica GIVES LIFE consistently!

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BOW in the presence of greatness…”

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25 Random Things

April 4, 2013

This survey was floating around on Facebook a couple of years ago and I just came across it again. Thought it would be fun to share some random facts about me! And since I STILL haven’t done my About Me page…ah let’s not talk about that. LOL

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1. I’ve never had a cavity, never broke a bone, never sprained anything, never been stung by a bee and up until a year ago, I had never been hospitalized. (took a tumble down the steps, running for the train)

2. My towels and washcloths have to match. I’m a bit neurotic about it. And if I visit your house and you don’t have matching sets, I will JUDGE you! LOL

3. I tried out for Real World…got a callback, filled out the longest questionnaire ever, got a callback, went to some hotel and let them film me and ask me more questions, got a callback to send them more footage…I freaked out and never did it.

4. When I lived in Germany, some ignorant people used to call me Oreo and “wannabe” white girl…all because I spoke proper English and didn’t wear baggy clothes. I was like, whatever! But deep down, it bothered me

5. I LOVE ultra-feminine women who exude ladylike mannerisms. But most times it’s not anything that they are doing it’s just who they are. They are so radiant to me. As a little girl, I would immediately turn into a little observation deck and then dream about being just like them once I got older. I often find little girls staring at me now…and I just wonder if they are thinking the same thing about me. I hope so :-) *ah, who am I fooling? I’m only 4’10″, they prob just wanna play with me. LOL*

6. I was a super speller when I was younger. I won spelling bees and got some awards. There was one particular neighbor in VA that would invite me to social gatherings at their home just so I could spell “big” words for their guests. Hilarious!

7. I LOVE to read. I am a bookworm. I often read more than one book at a time.

8. I don’t watch T.V. I don’t have cable. But, I will go online to watch Ugly Betty. Oh and I’ve only seen like 6 episodes of Sex in the City. I know, crazy right? **update I watch LOTS of TV now! Scandal, Big Bang Theory, Whitney, Touch, Nurse Jackie, etc.**

9. #8 is odd because deep down I know I’m supposed to be an Actress. So, I should be studying right? Equal to that is – deep down I also know I’m supposed to be in Fashion. Currently, I work for a HUGE network, so I should totally be able to make this happen, right!

10. Fashion and Acting are my 2 passions. It’s where my heart is and where my soul comes to life. Apparently other people recognize this as well including complete strangers. Secretly, I’m afraid.

11. I was in a pageant once, well actually several times…but this particular time my group was asked what we wanted to be when we got older. Everyone was all, I want to be a doctor or I want to be a lawyer, etc. but I responded with “I want to be an actress, singer, dancer and fashion designer.” Some of the girls snickered and laughed while the coordinators prodded me to answer again and be a bit more sensible the 2nd time around. I was floored. And I guess that’s why secretly, I’m afraid. And why I sometimes ask myself why I’m not interested in “regular, normal” things. I don’t want to go to grad school or law school. I don’t want to climb the corporate ladder and figure out how to be EVP. I just want to be me.

12. I LOVE children. Love them. I can’t wait to be a mommy. I want to adopt as well. I also secretly hope that my kids’ friends will call me the “cool mom” and will always want to come to our house.

13. I trust people more than I should. I always see the best in them. So, I am super duper hurt and offended when I find out they are cousins with Lucifer. My Mommy Dearest on the other hand doesn’t trust anyone. We both need BALANCE.

14. My MOMMY DEAREST had me when she was 16 and was hell-bent on not being a statistic. So, she finished H.S., went to college and joined the U.S. Army so she could give me a better life. It took me years to understand and finally appreciate the sacrifices she made for me. I’m so very thankful, now.

15. I was in ROTC in college (trying to please my parents)…ha that was so not my gig. 1st of all, ugly green uniforms – NOT! Early morning workouts – NOT! Bootcamp where this man is yelling at me for not drinking water out of a canteen that wasn’t mine – NOT! I came to my senses a few days after 9/11. I was like umm, thank you for your time, but this isn’t for me.

16. I don’t do drugs. They have never provided any substantial value to my life. I don’t even smoke…but you can thank my first super crush Vincent for that. He told me that pretty girls don’t smoke. #BOOM

17. I’m addicted to massages and facials. Trying to figure out how to keep getting them and save money at the same time. #FirstWorldProblems

18. I love to travel. Love. I love meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. When I’m not able to travel physically, I do it through movies. I heart foreign films. You can feel the emotion and passion and not even know what they are saying. Life is so much more than words.

19. My last day at my job was Feb. 13th (Wow, this is really old. This was like 2008 I think.) and I don’t want to get another full-time job. Shhh don’t tell my parents. I want to travel and pursue the passions mentioned above. I want to travel and write about life, learn how to manufacture my product designs, get an acting coach, etc.

20. I do want to work full-time. I enjoy a salary. It helps me to enjoy all those massages and facials, cabs and dining out, mani’s and pedi’s. Heck it helps me enjoy going to the ER or doctor and not obsessing about the bill I will get in the mail 45 days later.

21. I am a bundle of contradictions. See #19 and #20. I’m seeking balance. Balance is my life goal. I’m a North Node Libra.

22. I totally believe in Astrology. Not horoscopes, astrology. Although I do read horoscopes from select sites. www.drstandley.com www.astrologyzone.com and www.stariq.com I’ve also had my natal chart, lunar and planetary transits done. My sun sign is Sagittarius and the characteristics truly apply.

23. So, I’m sure because of #22 a lot of you super religious peeps are ready to throw some holy water and rebuke the devil out of me. Don’t worry I totally believe in GOD. What I don’t believe is that Christ is the only way to GOD. I believe that there are truth and errors in all religions but GOD is 100% supreme in our hearts.

24. I have a big heart. I’ve got a lot of love to give to friends, family, romantic partners, etc. I love to love…it feels so good. I’m like a little angel at times and my only task is to love. So many people need to be loved and want to be loved so they can soon learn how to Love.

25. I have a real love for Life. And I want others to feel the same. I secretly want to inspire people. Well I guess it’s not really a secret since I leave inspirational quotes on my VM, email, etc. So, I guess I will leave one here…”Live life powerfully and live the life you love!” – shout out to Landmark

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Happy, Happy Born Day and a Bazillion Blessings to the Original Diva, Diana Ross! She turns 69 today!

This is Vintage Diana Ross, but it’s absolutely stunning and she is giving me pure life. The dress, the fur, the Birdcage Veil, EVERYTHING!!!
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Now, when I think of Miss Ross, I immediately think of Mahogany! Fashion, Foreign TravelFellas(Hey, Billy Dee), this film was made for me. I really should own a copy of this movie. Let me slide over to Amazon right now and add it to my collection. In the meantime, clips from youtube will have to do. Enjoy!

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The Politics of Fashion

March 14, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama in Michael Kors, photographed by Annie Leibovitz. #Everything

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To read more about our Leading Lady, please read the April cover story in Vogue!

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Watch The Throne {Grace Jones}

February 20, 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen, Grace Jones. Paris. 1969. EVERYTHING!!!

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Make A Statement

January 30, 2013

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G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S
We flying first class, up in the sky
Poppin’ champagne, livin’ the life
In the fast lane, I won’t change
By the Glamorous, ooh the flossy flossy! ~Fergie

p.s. I need the fur, the jewels…all of this in my life!

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Such A Lovely Thought

January 25, 2013

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