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My Cherie Amour…

3 Dec

Thank God it’s Friday…. This is one of my favorite Stevie Wonder songs. Stuff like this reminds me that good music and great performances are almost of thing of the past. Back on Monday with some new posts and goodies.

Enjoy, CB.

 

I need a vacation.

28 Oct

You know, like where some else cooks, makes my bed, and potentially makes frogs out of my bath towels and leaves them on my bed. But since that is not going to happen… check out some of these past posts and I will be back well rested and all of that with a brand new post (includes some great photos I snapped coming from work) on Friday.

Going natural or considering it? Read my story.

Tips for make up optional skin.

An open letter to Bergdorfs.

Fall outwear from H&M- I noticed many of these items are 30% off in store the other day.

Thanks for bearing with me….

-Carmen

 

Every little step………

22 Oct

I couldn’t be happier it’s Friday……By the time you read this I will be at work. Enjoy Bob pre-crack. 🙂

 

Black Girls Rock!

18 Oct

Obviously! This past Saturday evening a star studded event occurred in NYC…. Founded by DJ Beverly Bonds,  Black Girls Rock  celebrated their 5th annual show, honoring Ruby Dee, Keke Palmer and Raven Symone.

                                  

“MISSION ABOUT BLACK GIRLS ROCK!:

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc. is 501(c)3 non-profit youth empowerment and mentoring organization established to promote the arts for young women of color, as well as to encourage dialogue and analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media. Since 2006, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! has been dedicated to the healthy development of young women and girls. BLACK GIRLS ROCK! seeks to build the self-esteem and self-worth of young women of color by changing their outlook on life, broadening their horizons, and helping them to empower themselves. For the past four years, we have enjoyed the opportunity to enrich the lives of girls aged 12 to 17 years old through mentorship, arts education, cultural exploration and public service. At BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, young women are offered access to enrichment programs and opportunities that place special emphasis on personal development through the arts and cooperative learning. By speaking to the next generation in their formative years about issues of self-worth, goals, and aspirations, the organization reinforces the message that young women need not objectify themselves or relinquish their autonomy. “

The only problem? I wasn’t there. From what I saw via twitter and pictures it was all sorts of AWESOMENESS. It also reminded me that I haven’t volunteered for a good cause as of late.Unacceptable. Going to get on that! The actual show will air on BET on November 7th, be sure to tune in!

Here are some amazing pics of the night.

  Pictures courtesy of Essence

 

Dial My Heart…..

24 Sep

So glad it’s Friday…..Have a great weekend yall. Back next week, with some make up looks, another pair of shoes I NEED for fall and other fun stuff…

 

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At the playground, ya know?

17 Sep

Although I’ve only been back to work for two days I am already BEAT. I had like 3 reviews and such to post, etc etc etc. I haven’t even uploaded the pics. excuse me for being a bad blogger.lol. So I youtubed this vid, and it reminded me of my youth, I had no real cares in the world. No bills and no real responsibilities.I will be back next week to our regularly scheduled program, with all types of good stuff for you all.Thanks so much reading my blog..If you dig it , hit “like” on my facebook page.  Enjoy, and TGIF!

 

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Evolving Influence : Independent Fashion Blogger Conference

10 Sep

Yesterday I took the opportunity of getting up at the crack of dawn while on vacation to attend and AMAZING event.  Evolving Influence presented by the Independent Fashion Bloggers organization. I won’t go in to every single detail, as the wonderful team there streamed all of the content live, AND on their site all of the streams are stil available! Definitely worth a look/listen if you are a blogger, or if you are looking to get into the whole world of blogging.

We got to hear directly from some of the top bloggers. Phil Oh of streetpeeper discussed how he blogs streetstyle, and how to keep fresh content. Yuri of  Lookbook discussed also keeping your content new and exciting.But what I also loved about her is how humble she was. Her site has grown exponentially and she still is very personable. She also talked about how she grew organically, didn’t have tons of advertisements and such.She talked about Karma, and just being a good writer and responder.She even touched on not being annoying, you know, outright advertising on peoples’ blogs.She said don’t do things like leave your URL in peoples’ comments, its just not ethical.

Susie of  Stylebubble discussed all the opportunities that have come to her because of the blog. She has styled for the Ting Tings, and never actually considered herself a stylist, or had any formal training. She stressed that she doesn’t post unless she actually has something to say about the subject,issue, or whatever.Bryanboy was just as nutty as you can imagine. He told us he can’t imagine doing anything other than blogging. He was of course extremely stylish and kept us laughing. Emily of cupcakes and cashmere advised us to have compelling content, beautiful photos and a clean crisp layout.She was one of the bloggers who had the opportunity to design a bag with Coach! She combines several subject matters (baking,outfits and lifestyle) seamlessly into one blog.

I am missing some presenters but wanted to share some of the highlights! Most of them also said invest in a great camera…..I just upgraded my point and shoot myself, but a starter SLR is in my future…Anyone want to get me an early Christmas gift? I will give you my address.lol.

Here are pictures

              Susie and moi

some other bloggers, their biz cards got mixed up, so if you’re reading this identify yourself in the comments! 🙂

                         Chantal of  The Chic Report and moi

I actually had tons more pics, but after thinking about what I learned yesterday, the pics were kinda fuzzy and craptastic, so I am going to leave them on my hard drive and spare you guys the agony. Yes, they talked about editing your pictures and making sure only the best of the best go in a post.

All in all great conference.Learned tons and looked forward to applying it to le blog right chea for you all!

I’m off to prep for Fashion’s Night out! I don’t plan on doing any shopping actually (can’t too many other things going on like you know, moving, etc) but I will see whats new, what’s hot and all that. Follow me on twitter  to track my journey tonight, pictures and all. Then I will do a post detailing the night this weekend.

How did you guys’ week turn out?anyone go to any NYFW shows?

TGIF!

If God is willing, and the creeks don’t rise…..

22 Aug

Then I guess New Orleans will eventually rebuild. If you recall in August 2006 Spike Lee did a documentary entitles “When the Levees Broke” in which the residents of New Orleans told, unscripted accounts, their stories of the events leading to Katrina and what followed the year later. It was heart wrenching as well as uplifting. New Orleans which once upon was the murder capital of the world and at the same time home to the school who was top for sending the most African American people to med school (Xavier) is resilient as they come.

Spike Lee, five years post Katrina, has revisted the city, and filmed the city’s progress (or not) in “If God is willing, and da creeks don’t rise” .You will see many of the people who were in Spike Lee’s first documentary. Once taping wrapped, the oil spill caused all kinds of hell, from what I see and read, parts of that will also be included.The documentary will air this Monday (August 23rd) on HBO and the second part on Thursday.  If you haven’t yet watched “When the Levees broke ” I think you should.

New Orleans is a city like no other, from the patois, to the Creole people. They are prideful people and have a history of bouncing back, despite their backs against the wall.

 The trailer:

 

 

 

Target + Harlem U.S.A.

15 Aug

Harlem has long been spotlit for crime, drug abuse and poverty. And like many cities, this indeed is a reality. But strolling up 125th, home to infamous Apollo Theater, as well as many other iconic buildings and establishments, I can’t help but to think, Harlem has arrived. When I was in the process of searching for an apartment in NYC, my first thought was Harlem, and people clutched their pearls (I later found the best apartment EVAR in a Brooklyn brownstone).

Harlem has many of the ammenities of mid and lower Manhattan, M.A.C. cosmetics, American Apparel, and a new remodeled H&M all have posts in Harlem.Sure there are some places in Harlem, just like any where else in the world, where I am disgraced by my people. I will discuss my thoughts, get into Harlem’s history, as well as the growing gentrified areas of Harlem in posts to come.

Fast forward to last night, where after leaving work on the upper eastside, I would ventured uptown to check out the new Target. Brief background, This Target, located at 117th and Pleasant Ave, is the FIRST target on New York City. That alone is notable

The store opened on July 25th, and the fact that I am trying to actually sleep, blog, and do laundry on my days off prevented me from going. Read about the star studded grand opening event here. This plaza includes, Costco, Marshalls, Best Buy and other retailers. It boasts a HUGE parking garage for those who drive. As I left the plaza at 11pm , there were even cabs and black cars waiting (not just for me,lol) if I needed to load their trunks with my wares.

What I noticed. The store was clean, even LATE on a Saturday night, They had  a Fresh Market (we don’t even have those in Connecticut) that included produce, dairy, and everything else you’d see in a grocery store (sans a butcher, etc). I personally think that Target and and everything the East River Plaza beholds, is/was exactly what uptown needed. I did notice a bit of price gauging (IMAN products that are normally $14.99 are $17.99), however, I have to realize, I have lived in Connecticut, and there are many price differences.

Whew! I talk a lot, no? Anywho. Here are pictures, excuse the quality of them. I was snapping pictures on my blackberry, and trying not get kicked out for it.

Loved this welcome at the entrance.

Forgot to mention. The store is also housing collections designers Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Stephen Burrows, and Marcus Samuelsson, 5% of the purchase price will be donated to the designers choice of a Harlem non-profit organization. I love some of things I saw,however one can’t living on clothing alone. I left with vitamin waters and a new hair conditioner to try. I didn’t get pics of the designers stuff (blackberry, can you make this damn camera inaudible?,thanks).

Here is a pic I took a couple weeks ago of the advertising the new store in Times Square. Subways and buses throughout NYC had also been wrapped with advertisements.

Can I say that I loved that many of the images in teh advertisement, obviously were of various ethnicities? They had afro puffs, full lips, curvy bodies, etc. Didn’t find it the least bit offensive.

 

I am a Queen.

7 Aug

From one of the poets, B. Yung,he was one of my faves. I really enjoyed watching Russell Simmons Brave New Voices, spoken word competition. It’s powerful. Enjoy your Saturday folks!

 

 

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