Monday, October 31, 2011

Music Review Monday - "Lost Without You" Robin Thicke

"Lost Without You" - Robin Thicke

Grammy Award winning Robin Thicke is a sensual songbird with an intoxicating presence and delivery. He's a hit maker, musician, and composer. His classic R&B sound captivates his many female fans with classic hits such as: Lost Without You and Wanna Love You Girl. Thicke's lyrics are laced love and lust which are a great mix for a lovely evening in or daydreaming on your ride home.

Thicke's discography: A Beautiful World (2003), The Evolution of Robin Thicke (2006), Something Else (2008), Sex Theraphy (2009), and his latest Love After War (2011).

Follow Robin on Twitter @robinthicke or "LIKE" his Facebook Fan Page.

Robin is a talented singer, composer, and entertainer. I certainly hope to hear more from him soon.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Rest & Relaxation

Rest & Relaxation

Our daily lives are full of movement, activities, challenges, and experiences. We are mothers who care for our families. We are women of business/employment. We are socialites, caregivers, lovers, friends, peacemakers and authoritarians. Each add to or subtract from our balance and harmony. However, we are required to trudge forward with a face of wellness and completion when sometimes we are internally tired. 

What do you to do rejuvenate your personal sanctuary and balance harmony?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Making Love Better TwoGether with Yanni Brown

Making Love Better TwoGether with Yanni Brown

Yanni Brown is an author and relationship expert.
Her debut book "Making Love Better Begins Within" is a vivid illustration of the journey of life's lessons.

On Sunday, October 23, Ms. Brown led a book chat discussing the inspiration of "Making Love Better Begins Within". She led conversations about love, hurt, health, and how the experiences of these relationships catapulted the published words of wisdom.

Members of the crowd engaged in pivotal conversations about the various elements of forgiveness and how forgiveness leads to healing.
Yanni Brown and attendee
Ms. Brown was candid regarding her experiences which allowed many of the attendees to connect and extend connections.

Brown states, "[Making Love Better Twogether] was created to empower and inspire relationships. If we are able to uplift and inspire individuals then we can create environments of healthy relationships and healthy marriages". 

Ms. Brown's book may be purchased through her website

Also follow her on Twitter @MakingLoveBettr.
25D Bennett St. Atlanta, GA 30309

Monday, October 24, 2011

Music Review Monday - "Love On Top" - Beyonce'

"Love On Top" - Beyonce' 

Beyonce' Knowles - Carter is one of the hardest working women in entertainment. She is a vault of beauty and talent that matured from her days as a video girl, leading member of Destiny's Child and now an world renowned icon.

Beyonce's latest CD - 4 - is heavily influence by her travels and introspective look on life. Her "voice" is now that of one who experiences life through the lens of an adult yet along the same parallels as common citizens. She has a renewed spirit and sense of direction. The video for the latest single, "Love On Top" gives a nostalgic feel of the chart topping boy band, New Edition. 

Beyonce continues to grow as an artist and person. She and husband, Sean "Jay-Z" Carter will welcome an addition to their family sometime in February. Many blessings to their family.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

20/20 Vision

20/20 Vision

Don't always expect people to see the best in you when their vision is not 20/20!  - Dr. Maurice Lee

Each one of us is connected to other people; through family, friendships, relationships or otherwise. Your kinship has to potential to offer a lesson either positive or negative. It is up to us to receive the lesson and use the information wisely. It is the expectation that the people closest to us have our best interest in mind. We expect them to love, share, inspire, and support. However, "Don't always expect people to see the best in you when their vision is not 20/20" (Lee, 2011). 

Sometimes, through whatever variable, people have a certain perception or vision for your life that is not aligned with your authentic self. You are then challenged on what to do with their vision. 

Do you accept it? 

Try to reform it? 

Or do you negate it and continue to be who you know you are?

Readers, have you had the experience of someone's vision conflicting with who you know you are? If so, let's talk about it.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Music Review Monday - "Stay" - Tyrese

"Stay" - Tyrese

I was first introduced to Tyrese, way back when, as the handsome face and raspy voice in the Coca-Cola commercial. Since then, Tyrese blossomed into a talented actor, model, and major player in R&B Music. He is most noted as USAF Chief Master Sergeant Robert Epps in the hit films Transformers. His new music project, "Open Invitation", will be in stores 11.1.11 and also available on iTunes.

The video "Stay" features the beautiful Taraji P. Henson. The pair have incredible energy which is displayed as adulate and captivating.

Tyrese's new project is recommended for R&B lovers.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

O You Weekend (Atlanta)

O You! Weekend (Atlanta)

The Georgia World Congress Center was host to the O You! The Oprah Magazine Event. The marvelous event was today, October 15, 2011 with long line of star studded speakers such as: Gayle King, Dr. Oz, Suze Orman, Bob Greene, Martha Beck, Nate Berkus, Peter Walsh, Donna Brazile and a host of others. 

Ikea is a sponsor of O Magazine. A reception with celebrity organizer, Peter Walsh, was held in the swanky Atlantic Station location. The event included spirit filled conversations with Peter Walsh, an Ikea Swag Bag, delightful hor d'oeuvres, and a simmering buzz from the attendees. Many of the attendees were duly excited about the O You Event and some came as far away as Seattle. The diverse crowed was eager to gain empowerment tips and affirmations that helped each develop their authentic beings.

Such a lovely event.

What are you doing to be the best you?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How May I Help You?

How May I Help You?

Buying, bargaining, and bartering makes us customers. Items and services are critical parts of our lives. The need for essential items puts us in the role of "customer". As Mr. and Mrs. Customer, we expect pleasant, effective service. When entering a store, we expect to be greeted, helped when needed, respected, and valued. However, changes in society, stimulated an unfortunate decline in customer service. Greetings are meager, money is tossed on the counter, and a growing number of service representatives have the etiquette of a hormonal dragon. Customers are routinely disappointed with the declination in service among our frequent and favorite stores.

General conversation among friends and cordial strangers unveiled that some companies routinely have problematic and nearly disgusting problems with adequate customer service.

A general search with everyone's favorite friend, Mrs. Google, one can quickly find companies with horrendous service: Comcast, AT&T, most computer companies because of outsourcing, all government agencies, Atlanta Watershed Management, Sprint, Wells Fargo, AirTran, Wal-Mart, and DirectTV. 
Some companies pride themselves on stellar service therefore train their employees to be face of the company's vision. Unfortunately, the aforementioned companies are no longer in the business of respecting their customers as long as the customer continues to spend their money.

What are your opinions on the current levels of service among businesses? Are there any other companies that need to revisit their customer services practices?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Music Review Monday - "Good Man" - Raphael Saadiq

"Good Man" - Raphael Saadiq

Raphael Saadiq is an underrated R&B sensation. He was once the front man for Tony Toni Tone and Lucy Pearl. He's a soulful, mysterious, low key personality who has given us solo hits such as: Sometimes, Never Give You Up, and Love That Girl.

Keep making hits, Raphael, because you have a loyal fan base.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

3's Company and 4's a Bore

3's Company and 4's a Bore

Single, couple, pop; there's a bun in the oven about to drop.

The night's of the single, glamour girl are now behind you. You've swayed, swatted, and swooned. You've kissed a prince, he made you cry, you brushed off your shoulder and said good-bye. 

Fast-forward. Through several tubes of gloss, and countless puckering, you've found the one. Yes, the one! 

Sharing is caring, marriage is bliss, the bed of two is now; 

Conversing with parents sparked a huge question: When is the correct time to make children sleep in their own beds? I've heard stories from parent's expressing dismay over the sleeping arrangements. One parent is OK with the family bed while the other thinks its an absolute chore. I've heard complaints extending from: the impact on their comfort, sleep, as well as intimacy. I couldn't imagine, except in extreme circumstances, allowing such variable to create such a negative influence on my life.

One parent stated, "I'll just sleep on the couch if it gets too bad".
When asked about intimacy, she said, " We just have sex with them there; they sleep hard".


Readers, excuse me if I'm missing something. I am no mom, no step-mom, no 1/2 of a couple for that matter, but "getting busy" with "my child(ren)" in the bed seems absolutely repugnant.

However, the respondent is not alone. I researched a few articles in which parents admitted to having "quiet sex" while their children laid in slumber.

So that leaves me to ask, When should children sleep in their own beds? Also, should parents have sex while their children are in the bed?

I really want to hear your voice.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Swapnista Day Party - Fall 2011

Swapnista Day Party - Fall 2011

The swanky and sophisticated Swapnista Day Party was October 1, 2011 at the Hilton Hotel in Sandy Springs (Atlanta suburb). The event's organizers Keren Charles of Two Stylish Kays and DL Winfrey of Pretty Girls Rock Dresses greeted the event's attendee's with lovely arrangements, stellar hospitality, and an afternoon of fun as the Clash of the Atlanta Fashion Bloggers strutted their styles down the runway. 

Enjoy the two videos below that showcase the engaging styles of Fashionable Atlanta, as well as the fabulous finds of each vendor who participated in the Swapnista Day Party. 

Stay turned for the Swapnista Winter 2012 show. It is slated to be glamorous and "chill".

Please accept my apologies if you weren't featured in the videos. These are my first videos. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Music Review Monday - "Bad Habits" - Maxwell

Bad Habits - Maxwell

Maxwell, there's no one as bad as you! - Dr. Reginia, 2011

Somethings are best left unspoken....


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