Saturday, June 30, 2007
i absolutely love this candle. it smells so divine...every time i go to border's book store i have to take a whiff...the scent is so powerful that it makes me believe i'm on a tropical vacation! the candle is handmade from soy (natural & clean). the soy candle ranges in price from $4.95 for a 3 oz candle to $19.95 for 10.5 oz soy candle gift box set. pacifica candles come in a variety of scents & the box it comes in is so cute! not only do they sell the soy candle you can also purchase pillar candles, natural soaps, natural body butters, & perfumes. check out their website to learn more about pacifica products. http://www.pacificacandles.com
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
have a wonderful weekend
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
fall is just around the corner...i can't explain how excited i am about seeing all the new fall merchandise arriving in the stores as i speak. fall 2007 is looking very similar to last season as far as footwear is concerned. the flat boot and booties/ankle boot are making another debut this season. that's great for all of us that made these purchases last season...we can open our closets and dust off our boots and keep our wallets shut...unless you're like me and you just have to have go out and buy the LATEST pair of boots! i found quite a few fabulous pairs of boots...here's a taste of what birdie butter will be wearing this fall...enjoy
Monday, June 18, 2007
http://www.miamiherald.com/multimedia/news/afrolatin/index.html either route you take it's a series that should be read. clutch magazine should be a definitely be on your favorite's list. sign up for the monthly issue it's free and very informative.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
"Didn't know if you all knew about this already, but its worth sharing. NAACP wins on "nigger" in dictionary. A Small Victory...A Giant Step (Thanks NAACP)!! There has been a change in Webster's Dictionary. Kweisi Mfume, President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recently gave a speech at Virginia Tech. Everyone was informed that a landmark decision was made last week with the people at Merriam-Webster Dictionary. They have recognized the error of their ways. So, beginning with the next edition, the word nigger will no longer be synonymous with African-Americans. It shall be duly noted that it's a racial slur and not what African-Americans themselves are. Along with this, all racial and religious slurs will finally be indicated for what they really are - cruel and evil slurs too often used to degrade people. Please share this information with others!!This change should serve notice to people, corporations, etc., that when individuals stick together to right a wrong, a change is gonna come. This wasn't just a victory for African-Americans, but for everyone. Now if we can only get some of our young black men/women to stop using it so freely...then we will truly win. Pass it along so we make sure that we all know the deal. The gospel is one gift you can keep and still pass on to others."
I hope this is step in the right direction for black people/african-americans especially our youth.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
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Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
SHEATH DRESSES THE COLOR GRAY IS HOLDING ON STRONG KNITS SLEEVES WITH DETAILS WIDE LEGGED PANTS BLUE (NAVY & COBALT) BLACK 3/4 SLEEVE COATS BOWS IN THE HAIR BELTED WAISTS HIGH WAIST SKIRTS mad about PLAID BOOTIES SHORT PUFF SLEEVES THE COLOR BROWN and SHADES OF BROWN LIKE CAMEL TURTLENECKS UNDER TUNICS OR HOODIES UNDER DRESSES
remember you don't have to buy every single trend that comes out...buy a couple of pieces to update your wardrobe...buy the pieces that can become staples in your wardrobe that way your wardrobe will become more classic than trendy and you will be able to wear your pieces over time! stayed tuned i will have more on fall 2007 essentials!
Thursday, June 7, 2007
so here's the list (not in any specific order):
- Beans (black kidney chickpeas)
- Turkey & other lean meats (boneless chicken breasts)
- Olive Oil
- Almonds & other nuts
- Spinach & other green leafy vegetables
- Peanut butter all natural (hopefully there will be no more recalls)
- Whole grain foods
- Instant Oatmeal
- Raspberries & other berries
- Extra protein like whey or soy protein (add it to a smoothie)
- Dairy (low fat)
with this list of 12 power foods you can make endless recipes. one thing that i love making is boneless chicken breast lightly seasoned with salt pepper and garlic seared in olive oil for about 5 minutes on each side on top of a bed of spinach topped with sliced strawberries and almonds. that recipe is great for a light dinner. for lunch you can make a turkey sandwich on whole grain bread with a cup of milk or water and some blueberries. and for the most important meal of the day BREAKFAST have a smoothie...my favorite consists of 1 banana 6 strawberries frozen or fresh 1 cup of ice 1 cup of apple juice and vanilla flavored whey protein...it will get you off to the perfect start...in between meals you can snack on peanut butter and apple slices or nuts and berries.
*IMPORTANT PLEASE READ the information in this blog has not been proven to be effective...it is all based on my opinion. i am NOT a doctor or nutritionist...before starting any diet or workout plan you should consult your doctor first.*
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
NYC - CHECK OUT A FLICK @ THE ANGELIKA FILM CENTER (18 W HOUSTON ST)...NAMESAKE IS SUPPOSE TO BE A REALLY GOOD ONE (angelikafilmcenter.com for showtimes)! FOR THE SHOPPERS THERE IS A SAMPLE SALE 6/10/07 TASHKENT BY CHEYENNE GRAB A PAIR OF HER INFAMOUS WEDGES FOR ABOUT 1/2 OFF---5 IN 1 LOCATED @ 60 NORTH 6TH ST..WILLIAMSBURG (TAKE L TRAIN TO BEDFORD) 12-8 CASH AND CREDIT CARDS NO AMEX
WASHINGTON D.C. - IN THE MOOD FOR SOME THEATER CHECK OUT THE LaVictoria: PERU'S AFRICAN VOICE JUNE 7- JULY 1 @ THE GALA HISPANIC THEATRE 3303 14TH ST NW...shows run thurs-sat 8pm and sun 4pm matinees...for more info go http://www.culturaltourismdc.com
RICHMOND VA - FRIDAY CHEERS (free) JUNE 8TH 6-930 PM BROWNS ISLAND KELLER WILLIAMS FEATURING WMDS WILL BE PERFORMING & ON SAT HEAD OVER TO THE RIVER CITY BEER AND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL ON BROWNS ISLAND 1-9PM JUNE 9TH FREE ADMISSIONS (donations accepted)
ATLANTA GA - MODA PRESENTS "THE DESIGN PRESCRIPTION..HOW THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AFFECTS OUR HEALTH" TONIGHT 6/6/07 6-9 PM ALSO ON SAT 6/8/07 MODA IS HAVING A LAUNCH PARTY FOR THEIR NEW WEBSITE AT NOIR 7-11 PM http://www.museumofdesign.org (FOR MORE INFORMATION)
MIAMI FL - CHECK OUT THE BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL ON MIAMI BEACH THROUGH JUNE 9TH more information go to brazilianfilmfestival.com or call 1.877.273.4563. NOT INTO FILMS THEN HEAD OVER TO BAHIA CHILL FRIDAYS @ THE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL ON JUNE 8TH STARTING AT 7PM AND ENJOY PEAR PASHION MARTINI'S $10 ALL NIGHT LONG...for more info go to http://www.sixdegreesmag.com
CHICAGO IL - JILL SCOTT PERFORMING JUNE 7TH 8PM @ THE AUDITORIUM THEATHER 50 E. CONGRESS PKWY...more info go to centerstage chicago.com
NASHVILLE TN - CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL...IF YOU LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC THEN YOU WILL HAVE A BLAST or YOU CAN VISIT THE "I CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU: RAY CHARLES AND COUNTRY MUSIC" EXHIBIT @ THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
if you know of any other events taking place near you let me know so i can post the information.
TASHKENT SAMPLE SALE THIS SUNDAY 6/10/07 12-8 .. 5 IN 1 LOCATED @ 60 NORTH 6TH STREET WILLIAMSBURG (nyc) L TRAIN TO BEDFORD
SCOOPNYC 30-60% OFF STARTED 6/5/07 VISIT THE WEBSITE scoopnyc.com
NORDSTROM'S HALF YEARLY SALE FOR WOMEN AND KIDS INSTORE AND ONLINE (TWINKLE BY WENLAN, CITIZENS OF HUMANITY, JOES JEANS, AND MUCH MORE)
BARNEYS NEW YORK JUST ADDED MORE ITEMS TO THEIR SALE
GAP JUST HAD NEW MARKDOWNS
SHOPBOP AND ACTIVENDEAVORS.COM HAVE ONGOING SALES
NEIMAN MARCUS AND SAKS 5TH AVENUE ARE BOTH HAVING DESIGNER SALES INSTORE AND ONLINE
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
HAYDEN-HARNETT by TONI AND BEN...brooklyn based handbag line...their handbags, accessories and apparel are made from the best leather and fabric. they have a store in brooklyn ny...211 franklin street...you can also find their products @ anthropologie, nordstrom, amazon.com, barneys coop...go to their website to find out more information...haydenharnett.com
SUNNER by SUSAN DENNER LEE & SIMON LEE...they design the cutest tunics, dresses, and tops you will find...look for their stuff @ shopbop.com, activeendeavors.com, & pinkmascara.com
TASHKENT by CHEYENNE...cheyenne morris is the brilliant designer behind this fierce shoe line that debuted winter 2006...check out her site taskentnyc.com to see the latest collections...to purchase a pair go to shopbop or aerluxe.com, shopbird.com or anthropologie
HARKAM by DARENA YEE...this designer makes very feminine, floaty pieces...nice blouses and dresses...you can find harkam @ azaleaonline.com, adasa.com or pinkmascara
NIEVES LAVI by SAM NIEVES VALEZ & SHARON LAVI...beautiful dresses with unique design patterns unlike anything i've seen before...check out their fall 2007 collection at nieveslavi.com...
purchase the one of a kind dresses from neiman marcus, saks 5th avenue, or a store near you (click on store locator from the main website)
GAP TO TARGET LATE-20-SOMETHINGS by Nichola Groom
Interim CEO Robert Fisher said Gap's flagship chain would begin targeting late-20s shoppers to distinguish itself from teen-oriented retailers Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and American Eagle Outfitters Inc. "The focus on the late 20s customer is going to allow us much more focused product assortment, much stronger marketing messages," Fisher said, adding that it would sharpen its focus by cutting the number of fall products it sells by 30 percent.
Retail analyst Jennifer Black of Jennifer Black & Associates said that move should help Gap "stand for something, versus just being a sea of mediocrity." Gap, based in San Francisco, has been looking for a new CEO since January. "This type of search can take time and it remains a top priority for the board," Fisher said. Meanwhile, the company has made a slew of management changes, most recently the appointment of Patrick Robinson on Wednesday as design chief for Gap Adult and gapbody. Robinson had been artistic director of Paco Rabanne since 2005 and previously worked for Perry Ellis and Anne Klein. Gap has said uninspiring fashions are behind its reporting of flat or falling same-store sales in every month but three since June 2004. Same-store sales, which track sales at stores open at least a year, fell 4 percent in the first quarter compared to a 9 percent decline a year earlier. Chief Financial Officer Byron Pollitt said the company's Gap stores increased markdowns during the quarter to cut excess inventories. That drove gross margins, a measure of profitability, down 2.1 points from the previous year. "We expect Gap brand inventories to be back in line by fall," Pollitt said. Fisher has called 2007 a transition year and has promised no quick fixes for turning around the company.
let's see if Patrick Robinson can put GAP back on the right path....if you want to see some of his designs right now check out the GO International line for Target.
- ANIMAL PRINTS
- SEQUINS & METALLICS
- COLORED DENIM
- WEEKENDER BAG TO PUT THE OTHER 8 ESSENTIALS IN FOR A WEEKEND GETAWAY
not to take anything away from shopbop.com because i love with their website...you can find these items at other stores for a little bit less...you can grab a nice swimsuit from old navy for about $25 and you can mix-n-match the pieces. sunglasses you can grab 2 pairs for about $10 from forever 21 & you will not feel bad if you accidentally sit on them. colored denim is everywhere price points vary and with something being so trendy (to me) i wouldn't pay top dollar for a pair...if you are rolling in the dough you can get a nice pair of skinny colored denim from 7 for all mankind or if you're into the wide leg trend try a new brand called dittos (neiman marcus)....shop around for these 9 summer must haves at various places before you make that splurge!!!
Monday, June 4, 2007
Cosmopolitian Girls by Charlotte Burley & Lyah Beth LeFlore
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life by Lyah Beth LeFlore
Nervous by Zane
divas, inc. by Donna Hill
Addicted by Zane
A Love Noire by Erica Turnipseed
Bling by Erica Kennedy
Shift by Charisse Jones & Kumea Shorter-Gooden, Ph.D.
- 40s hollywood glamour...curves...deeper chairs...tufting...placing a daybed/chaise lounge in the living room or bedroom....faux fur...stringray...WHAT IS IT velvet...crystal (urban outfitters or anthropologie)
- black & white
- eco-friendly furniture made of cork...teak...and bamboo GO GREEN
- ethnic fabrics...distressed woods (pier1 or world marke)
- capiz...it's everywhere...you can find it at westelm...pier1...even target
- BLUE IS BACK every hue from light to navy
there are several stores you can find these furniture trends right now....like zgallerie-pottery barn-sohaliving-baik designs-cb2-pier 1-crate & barrel-urbn-anthropologie...and target. Have fun decorating and if you need more design inspiration check out domino magazine, instyle home, dwell, blueprint...or go to one of the above mentioned stores and pick up the latest catalog.