Friday, December 17, 2010

Oh You Fancy huh? Nails did....

   The Show Must Go On by OPI
        2010 Burlesque Collection

In my gift bag from Snowball I received The Show Must Go On from the Burlesque Collection.  It's a beautiful, foily, glowy pinky red or red-pink, with a duochrome gold flash.  So last night I had my nails done with this color. I first did my toes and I was't so happy with two coats, it was a tab too pink for me so for  my nails I put Garnet Red under The Show Must Go On & this is what it looks like.  I also changed the shape of my nail to the more trendy oval shaped.


Here is an example of The Show Must Go On with three coats on natural nail.




Do you have any other colors from this collection? Which are your favs?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dos Cannons!

After all the hinting and denying, Nick Cannon finally put the rumors about wife Mariah Carey to rest on his radio show this morning by telling listeners: "We are having twins."


And who managed to get the news out of the star couple? President Barack Obama.

While performing at TNT's Christmas in Washington 2010 on Sunday, Carey, 40, ran into the president and first lady Michelle Obama backstage. "They, ironically enough, questioned my wife about, you know, 'So, what are you having, are you having twins?' " Cannon said Thursday morning on his 92.3 Rollin' With Nick Cannon radio show.

"And at this point she hadn't told anybody anything because doctors advised us to keep it to ourselves until we get further along," he said. "And because of the excitement, because of the emotion, she was overwhelmed [and] she shared with the president and first lady that we are having twins."

He did not reveal the due date.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Look out for Detox: Kendrick Lamar

 Look Out For Detox by Kendrick Lamar
Another beat by Dre.


"Scratch like a hall of fame DJ, give us some free J's, put us in the Pj's now we in the county jail callin for a 3way"

I know many folks are fearing the "main stream" change that many great artists face when they hit the main line but when I listen to Kendrick I realize his loyalty to the Coast. In many of his interviews he often reminisces of 90's hip hop with small stories of how he remembers these songs as a kid growing up in the city or in neighborhoods us LA natives know & understand. He also incorporates names, lines, lyrics and symbols of old hip hop elements in his music. Such as saying, "He's soo sincere like Nas". Belly fans know what he's talking about!! I'm not afraid, keep doing what you're doing for the coast. I love it!

Remembering the first time I heard K.Dot via Nipsey Hussle: January 2009

My Current Favorite LIPS!

Loving nude lips with a little
pop of a natural looking neutral color
My current favorite daily wear lips!


Mac [lustre] Fresh Brew, Mac [cremesheen] Creme D'Nude
& Stila Kitten lip glaze

I Love  both of these lipsticks, they look fab with Stila's Kitten or Grapefruit, or Mac's C-thru or Revelon's peachy.

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I'm waring Creme D'Nude with Stila's Kitten on top, as you can see it's very light.
On my eyes I'm wearing the Goddess Trio by Stila that came in my Music Beauty Box that I snagged at the warehouse sale. $25 bucks with over $130 bucks of beauty products in it.

I'm wearing a jacket by Tulle, that I snagged at their sample sale. I had a trash bag full of stuff for $42 bucks



What's your favorite daily lipstick? Do you go dark during the day?



Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Weekly Fashion Picks

From street chic to red carpet glam, these are my weekly top picks

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Which are your favs? Can you believe it was 84 degrees in Los Angeles on Sunday?


photo credits to: grownblackandsexy.org




[NEW JOiNT] Fabolous - You Be Killin' Em


I guess after the release of Kanye's arm, Amber had to resort back to her day job. I don't know about you, but this girl's body is sick! Makes me want to literally run to the gym.  I love Fab, he's prob one of my favorite all time lyricist. He has stayed relevant for years.  His lyrics & metaphors are dope. Swag for days.

Lyrics:
Been playin with that green long as Paul Pierce
So you gotta ball harder than them ball players
All she wanna know is there a mall near us
Can't fault her, the last nigga spoiled her
But he ain't beat it up, I assault her
Shoulda seen her come to me when I called her
Slow strut like she walking to the altar
Hand bag on her arm cost four bills
And she ain't gotta beg, borrow or steal
Often imitated, never duplicated
They say she a dime, I say she underrated
I just met her so the next solution
Dead my old chick, execution

In a fitted cap and some Timbo's J's
And a pair of flats, well trimmed toes
Camera in the mirror, BBM Pose
Still killin em hoes


GOSSiP ALERT.

Kardashian Fashion Empire in Crisis
Fashionistas may need to find a new trio of sisters to keep up with.

Two major hits to the Kardashian fashion empire surfaced on Thursday. The first: Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian's line with Bebe stores has come to a close for now.

"We are very pleased with the performance of the 'Kardashians for bebe' apparel collection and have immensely enjoyed our design collaboration with Kim, Khloe and Kourtney. They are terrific brand ambassadors and resonate really well with our clients," the official statement for Bebe said. "Our original ready to wear agreement with the Kardashians began last February and will conclude with the upcoming Resort Delivery."
The announcement comes on the heels of Bebe president Emilia Fabricant revealing he was reconsidering their partnership. "The sisters do still have relevance. We need to move with fashion and we want to be first in the fashion world with everybody else and not fall behind," Fabricant told WWD as reported by NYmag.com's The Cut blog. "We are definitely assessing the situation.

But wait, there's more: Thursday's New York Times Critical Shopper column called the sisters' NYC Dash boutique a major fashion don't.

"Dash is a fashion desert, just oodles of drippy cowl necks and embellished cap sleeves and synthetic fibers," the story reported. "Clothes are essentially split into two categories of fit: vacuum-sealed and hot-air balloon."
The overpriced clothes, including an animal print dress for $308 and a hat for $430, seemed questionable at best. "You could wear this look, in the same way you could hire an enthusiastic 5-year-old as your stylist," Times writer Jon Caramanica snipes.
Not all of the boutique's items are so costly. In an area the column dubs "the gift shop," visitors can purchase a Dash-branded water with a picture of the sisters for a mere $10, Kardashian tanning products, and QuikTrim products hawked by Kim.



Shoppers tend to do more browsing than actual purchasing, Caramanica says. "As in most theme parks, there wasn't anything worth carrying away but memories."
 
But no, the A-Team, my reliable shopping compatriots, did not come all this way to rain misery and scorn on the Kardashians. Our embrace isn’t post-ironic or contempt-driven; it’s genuine. The Kardashians are make-gooders, admirable for their persistence and good cheer.
 
 


Not that the clothes didn’t have ambition. “High-end knockoffs,” scoffed Bolt — which is to say, overpriced knockoffs of already overpriced things. A long-sleeved hot pink velvet minidress by Backstage ($176) was a direct Betsey Johnson rip, and one of only a handful of splashes of color in the store. There were even a pair of shoppers who were high-end knockoffs of Kris and Bruce, the sisters’ mother and stepdad. (Higher-end, if I’m being completely honest.)

But an oversize, heavily draped Native American-inspired Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent vest ($456), which Bolt proclaimed to be perfect for “Kim at the airport,” reminded me most of an H & M ad on a bus shelter near my apartment: “Cardigan, $29.95.”

A floppy suede Eugenia Kim hat ($276) suggested a daytime Kourtney, or a nighttime Khloé. One of the store’s best items was a hooded draped black vest, by Rachel Pally ($226), suitable either for a post-yoga Kim, or stylish pagans.

It’s difficult not to imagine Dash as the Kardashians’ personal closet. Why aren’t the clothes sold in mini-environments corresponding to each sister? You know if you’re a Kim or a Khloé. Why have to dig around to find the clothes to match?

Some items were baffling. Even Khloé on her worst pre-marriage day might have struggled with the pink fur shrug ($484). The less said of the leisure-wear by Wildfox Couture, which makes Juicy Couture look like Rick Owens, the better. Bolt sniffed out a pair of black sequined leggings from 6126 Collection by Lindsay Lohan ($154). Ace puzzled over a pair of what appeared to be kneeless tights: “Who wants to show that part of their body?”

The most perplexing item in the store was a gorgeous black moto-esque leather jacket by Veda ($738), whose closet-size Ludlow Street storefront is consistently stunning. Had something this fantastic been misrouted by U.P.S.?



Such questions about clothes might not matter at all. One section of the store had reasonably priced trinkets to commemorate one’s visit — call it the gift shop. There were bottles of Dash-branded water with a photo of the sisters visible on the inside (a mere $10), candles, a Kardashian tanning product, Kim-endorsed QuickTrim items. (These are less damaging to the pocketbook than the recently discontinued Kardashian Kard, a prepaid credit card that was pulled for its predatory fee structure.)

Even those low-hanging fruit weren’t tempting to all. “We’re just here for the weekend, shopping,” one customer told a salesclerk, though she left without even a bottle of Dash water to show her friends back home. We had to concur: As in most theme parks, there wasn’t anything worth carrying away but memories.

That night, Fleur dreamed of Khloé, intimately. “I think that when I dream about a Kardashian,” she wrote in an e-mail, “I’m really dreaming about myself.”

How do you guys feel about the Kardashian Sisters? Do you think they're too branded? I personally love women who are independent & grind it out for their success.

Photo Credits to: GrownBlack&Sexy.org



Monday, December 13, 2010

1st Annual Snowball 2010 hosted by TwoPointOhLA

I would like to thank the beautiful creator Kelsi of TwoPointOhLA & everyone else that was involved in putting together such a lovely eventful evening. If you're in Los Angeles & are a blogger, please join this group of enthusiast...Two Point Oh LA.


After learning about 2.0LA I immediately started hearing the buzz about the First Annual Snowball.  Even though I knew absolutely no one, I told myself I WAS GOING! $20 for a good cause? No questions asked. All proceeds from this event went to the women's shelter downtown.

Grabbed a couple of my girls, searched our closets for an outfit & we were ON.
Chelsea, Me & Monet
Excuse the over sized handbag, it was a swag bag form the Beauty Bar.

At the beauty bar I had three purple extensions put in just to add a little pop of color to my 'all black everything' fit & it matched my purple topaz pendent. Also, a note to Tony I owe you...I will be coming to you to get some more color very soon!

Open bar thanks for the sponsors of this event:
Chambord and Chambord Flavored Vodka (http://chambordonline.com @idrinkchambord)

DRY Soda (http://DRYsoda.com @DRYsoda)
Hansens Soda (http://hansens.com @HansensLA)
Barefoot Wine and Bubbly (http://barefootwine.com @BarefootWine)

I female DJ's #GirlPOWER
Sounds provided by http://hmsoundsystem.com/

Partial View of this amazing Penthouse (#2)
The Pacific Electric Lofts, some of the finest residences in Downtown Los Angeles, housed in the former tram station, graciously loaned the space for the weekend.For more information on Pacific Electric Lofts visit their website: http://pelofts.com or send them a tweet @PELofts

At the top of the stairs was a DIY accessory bar sponsored by Forever21 &  International Silks and Woolens with guidance by Kristen Turner's

My picture qual stinks...The lighting on my camera wasn't working so great.

Each guest received an original and limited edition bag from either Seam Ripper or TMinx filled to the brim with goodies from XCVI, Tara Stiles Yoga, OPI, Jane Cosmetics, Modcloth, Carolina Pad, Crossroads Trading and much much more, valued at over $300.

credits for these two product photos: StilettoBeats


We had a good time, it was a nice experience.  It was an experience that I'm sure will not be forgotten.
$1000 was raised for our charity – the Downtown Women’s Center (http://DWCWeb.org @DWCWeb), right here in Los Angeles.


Special thanks to the sponsors for making this evening even more magical.

STAY TUNED: For my fashion favorites && product reviews on these delicious items!

An Indulgent Sunday


I've been meaning to blog about my experience at this unforgettable dessert cafe.
My cousin & I had just finished a yummy lunch at The Bayou Grille in Inglewood & I was really craving a cupcake or something sweet afterwards. I used my trusty navigation & found a serious treasure. I think I'm starting to salivate just thinking about my findings.


Essential Chocolate Desserts has two locations, one in Culver City which is the one we went to & another in Los Angeles at the Westside Pavilion.  ECD consider themselves a dessert company committed to satisfying the taste buds of the traditional chocoholic as well as the eclectic foodie.


LA Foodies know Essential Chocolate Desserts for the delicious macaroons, cakes, dessert bars, brownies, cupcakes, gourmet “Ding Dongs,” cookies and other treats it provides to cafes and restaurants. Hearing demand from these customers and Culver City locals, several years ago, Essential Chocolate finally opened our front door to welcome everyone to come in and enjoy our fantastic products directly.



 We opted to try their red velvet ding dong & pecan pie


Paired them with a couple lattes & we were truly indulging!



The service was great! I had a chance to chat with a woman in line & asked her what she loved the most. She said hands down, their ding dongs.

Everything I tried was DELICIOUS, mouth watering...Pure euphoric ecstasy!

The chocolate layer that is around the red velvet cake was seriously one of the best tasting chocolates I've tried in a long time. Hostess has NOTHING on ECD!