Saturday, July 28, 2012

It's a Party; Arm Party


via Google Images


Hey Ladies!!!!

It's a party, it's a PAR-TAY.

One of the hippest trends in fashion is the display of multiple bangles, bracelets, and watches...commonly referred to as the "arm party". If you're a fan of fashion blogs and follow the trendiest in fashionistas, you've seen hundreds of arms flanked with multiple bracelets.

Arms parties give the fashionista as well as Boring Betty punches of color and bling. They can take an outfit from 0-hot damn in a matter of seconds. I've seen arm parties tricked out with everything from Coach, Tiffany, Dior, and Clare's.



In my opinion, and everyone knows that I have multiple, an arm party can certainly set an outfit off...both good and bad. There's a specific sophistication and algorithmic flair to successfully creating an arm party. I am certainly not the one to tell you how to make it happen because my single party of choice is either my silver or gold Tiffany & Co. bracelet.

Are you loving the arm party or are you sporting a tricked out play for one?


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Olympic Friendships 2012



At the time of this post, the preparation for the 2012 Olympics is within its final hours. The countdown for the world's largest competition among international athletes will begin on July 27, 2012. The Olympics Games represent the essence of supreme competition among sports teams and individuals from countries such as; the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Kuwait, Japan, Ethiopia, France, Tonga, Haiti, Chad, Morocco, Sudan, and Zambia (the entire list is much longer).

Competition on this level is nothing short of amazing. The time and dedication to condition one's body to perform at these levels is grounded in inspiration.


As inspiring as the Olympics are, competition can be exhausting, especially when it hits close to home. When I think about personal and intimate relationships, competition isn't a word that rings clear. However, in this lifetime, I've experienced a few personal relationships that mimicked the Olympic Games versus the courtship of comfort and ease. I once had people who I considered friends but in turn, they were nothing but competitors. They functioned in the realm of "one up" and "outshine". If I landed a new job, they went looking, if they assumed my salary was, $$$, they had to be $$$$$. One person was so deep in performance that "they" nearly sent themselves into bankruptcy trying to keep up.

There are so many places that natural competition occurs such as work and sports, but friendships do not have room for competition.

Have you ever experienced a "friend" of Olympic nature?



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The New Guy; A Personal Challenge


Hey Dudes and Dolls,

I hope all is well. My apologizes yet again for my intermittent posting. Packing, moving, and preparation has gotten the best of me. I am scheduled to leave Atlanta this Saturday. I will have a one week's stay in DC, then I'm leaving in August.

Many ask, "Are you excited?". My response, "Not really." Perhaps anxiety about moving has smothered the feelings of excitement. Secondly, I'm coming to terms with the notion that I will be "The New Guy" again. I loathe the familiarity process and getting to know new work people, or them getting to know me. Idle chit chat and "helpful hints" drive me absolutely insane. Repetition and the toddler treatment get a thumbs down as well.

For those who have met me have kinda figured out that I'm a reserved extrovert. I love going to events, celebrations, parties, and galas, but I typically don't do a lot of small talk. I enjoy absorbing the energy and chatting with a select few.


So again, I'm faced with one of my personal challenges, "The familiarity period". I sort of hate it really. Can it be October already. Bleh.

Perhaps I'll feel better once the moving truck is here, gone, and I'm on that 17+ hour flight.




Tags: "teacher in Abu Dhabi", "Abu Dhabi teacher" "international teaching".

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Saturday Shout Out v. 4


In my preparation to open a new chapter of fun and travel, I happened upon a few sites that I adore. These ladies and gentlemen are in similar position and are avid travelers. Check out their blogs to see the great places that they've traveled.

Oneika the Traveller


Nicole is the New Black


Nicole


Alona B.


Meisha 


Sunshine and Stilettos


Women of Color Living Abroad




Friday, July 20, 2012

Pimp My Ride


via Google Images

If you are a commuter in a major city like I am, you know how grueling a commute can be. My typical commute was 35 minutes one way and much longer in the afternoon especially on Fridays. One of the best ways to deal with my commute was with great tunes or one of the funniest morning shows on air. Typically I listened to my iPad or XM but since I sold my cars in preparation for my move, the rental cars were without AUX connections and XM. Therefore, my AM choices were FM radio.

It wasn't too bad of an experience because I had great options to iTunes and XM.


l to r: Steve Harvey, Russ Parr, Rickey Smiley

My favorite morning show is The Russ Parr Morning Show. Since moving to Atlanta, I haven't had regular access to his show, but when I'm in the DMV, I immediately turn to Russ. Unless you're an extremely talented driver, listening to Russ while driving isn't advised. I could barely keep the wheel straight because he has me cracking up. 

My Atlanta favorites are Steve Harvey and Rickey Smiley. If you've ever been to a Steve Harvey or Rickey Smiley show, you know their respective morning shows are more of the same greatness. Steve is incredibly sarcastic and I can only imagine his facial expressions. Rickey...or dear Rickey, I hope All State or Geiko are his sponsors because there's no way that he's never caused a crash. 

I love all three of their shows. Turn in and you won't be disappointed.

Are you a morning show person? Have you ever turned in to either show?


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Family Vacation; Where y'all going?


My goal in life is to make everyday a vacation. In my head, I need to be on vacation each and every day of the week. However, my real life dictates things just a bit differently, therefore vacations are planned. Just recently, I went to the warm beaches of Panama and Costa Rica. I've managed to go on a major vacation one a quarter, and I have a personal get-a-way once a month or so.

Because I absolutely love vacationing, I want to hear about your vacations. Where are you going? Have you or you & your family planned something grand? Do you prefer warmer and colder climates?

Let me know. Perhaps I can enjoy your favorite destination as well.


Friday, July 13, 2012

The Happiest Hour (Encore Post)





Hey dudes and dolls,

After a long week of never ending packing, I'm tired. I need a cocktail or five. Therefore, I will pay homage to a margarita at someone's happy hour. I'm leaving Atlanta in two weeks and two days. 

But today...oh today, I need a break. It's nails, toes, massage, and happy hour.

What is your drink and appetizer of choice?


                                                                                                     The Encore

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The Happiest Hour

The happiest hour is happy hour. 

Happy hour is a meeting of friends and colleagues to celebrate the end of a work day/week. It is typically between the hours of 4 - 7 pm and hosted by bars, restaurants, pubs, and lounges within the city. Happy hour  offers half priced drinks with discounted or free appetizers. 

Happy hours vary location and city. Some locations are extremely casual in which jeans and relaxed wear are appropriate. Some happy hour spots are slightly more upscale and the attire is professional: meaning no jeans or athletic wear. Knowing the pulse of the venue prior to arrival will help to your maximize happy hour experience. Your mood, motivation, and attire should drive your happy hour selections. Below are a few suggestions on making the most of your happy hour experience.
Happy hour is the happiest hour. - Refresh before happy hour. If heading to happy hour right after work, refresh your appearance and attitude. Refresh your smile/breath/hair/clothing. Drink a glass of water to hydrate which will also decrease chances of intoxication. Feeling good on arrival will help in feeling swell while there. 

Take the pulse. - Each happy hour location has a unique vibe. If you desire something a little less fussy, try a casual place like a chain restaurant such as The Cheesecake Factory, Chili's, or local catina. These places are jean and sneaker friendly. If you desire something a bit more upscale, try lounges within hotels or upscale bars. Here you will find attendees in professional and trendy dress.

Know your limits. - Understanding your limits on alcohol intake is important. If you are out with friends and especially colleagues being "tipsy" is not attractive. Most importantly, remain within a clear mind. Maintain the ability to make sound decisions. Who wants to wake up next to John Q. Who the next day?

Carry cash. - This helps to minimize confusion on dividing the tab while protecting your credit card information.

Seize the moment. - A variety of people attend happy hour. Be yourself, but be prepared to make connections and network. However, being over zealous or appearing "thirsty" is a turn off. Read body language. Opportunities are everywhere.

Where are you having happy hour today?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Gay is the New Publicity


Apparently I was asleep under the social media rock when the memo was passed about gay being the new publicity. It seems that more and more entertainers feel the need to announce their sexuality to the world. Recently, would be singer and entertainer, Frank Ocean, announced that he's bi-sexual.



Quite frankly, LOL, who cares? With a void in R&B music, no one really cares who you choose to sleep with or love. Your goal as an entertainer, just in case you missed the memo Frank, is to provide hit music with great tunes that appeal to mass audiences. Quite frankly, I'm a bit disgusted with your media camp and the decision to release the "big reveal" just weeks before your new album. Yes the announcement created a buzz but not for longevity purposes. If you don't make hits, you will be known as the boy who announced bi-sexuality on social media. Therefore, unless you're a porn star, a sexual buzz isn't exactly good PR. 

My suggestion, get a better PR team and focus on making good music. That's your goal right? In closing, Gay is NOT the new publicity because no one really gives a damn.

Sing or shut up.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

A Nationwide Movement - I Love Thrifting Day


Today is I Love Thrifting Day!

Today is such an exciting day, it's I LOVE THRIFTING DAY. I love Thrifting Day is a movement created by Mr. Goodwill Hunting, Rashon Carraway. Mr. Goodwill Hunting is a design extraordinaire. He blends his vision, creativity, and thrift store finds into divine presentations of style. There are thrifting events happening all over the country. 


Photo credit in link


In Atlanta, thrifting gurus Keren Charles of Two Stylish Kays and Kerrie Cooke of Virtuous Styls planned an exciting chartered bus tour. It doesn't get any better than being pampered, door prizes, exclusive discounts while being chauffeured in a luxury coach bus and heading to four of best thrift stores in the Atlanta metro area. Just in case you didn't know, Kerrie has prepared a huge serving of Jerk Wings. I caught a glimpse of it via Instagram. This is the thrifting event of all events. It will be a HIT!
                                                                                                                Photo credit via Two Stylish Kays

What are you doing in your city? 

Posts your events and links to pictures in the comment section or on my Facebook Fan Page.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Home and Garden; Outdoor Design


One of the greatest things about warmer weather is enjoying it. There are a wealth of activities outside of the home such as garden parties, concerts, parks, and biking, but the home is also a wonderful summer retreat. Creating an inviting atmosphere, an oasis of the sorts, is the foundation for home enjoyment. Revamping your outdoor space can be accomplished with minimal costs and a bit of sweat equity, here's how:

1. Clean the outside space by pressure washing services or with an acceptable cleaning tool.

2. Update plants and natural elements.

3. Add or update lighting

4. Incorporate or refresh outdoor seating.

5. Include bug repellent to maximize time outside.







Lastly, ensure that the outdoor space has elements for all family members to enjoy. Entertaining at home during warmer seasons is cost effective and fun.


What have you done to your outdoor space this season?


Photos are from Better Homes & Gardens Facebook Fan Page.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th from Reginia!


Monday, July 2, 2012

Madea's Witness Protection {Review}






Picture it, 2012 and one bored person needs entertainment. That one bored person was me. I hadn't been to the theater since the movie Inception, so I figured it was time to see another film; my pick: Madea's Witness Protection. For the most part, I am not a fan of Tyler Perry's movies but I did enjoy Why Did I Get Married and I think the character Madea is funny but that's the extent of it..

First and foremost, Madea did not disappoint. She was filled with energy and humor which kept the crowd engaged. However, the rest of the movie gets a

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I came to the movie bored and left the movie bored. Tyler Perry failed to make necessary connections within the movie. I get that he's trying to diversify his cast, I get he's trying to have universal topics and marketability, but the connections to the Madea brand missed the mark tremendously. 

The movie was about a Jewish Family from the NYC area and the father gets caught up in a work related scheme. Because of this, the family had to relocate to Atlanta for safety. Being a Tyler Perry film, of course Madea is tied to the plan for witness protection. Madea, along with the other characters, slowly move from one scene to the next with the underlying theme of "witness protection". 

The main character was played by Eugene Levy. Levy is known for his comedic style and presentation, however it did not transfer into this film. Also featured were Denise Richards, Romeo Miller, Doris Roberts, and the many faces of Tyler Perry. Besides "Madea" everyone delivered their lines as if this was their first acting gig. The entire movie translated like a Jr. High Romeo & Juliet Play. It was a struggle to stay focused and remain in the theater. This was one bad movie.

I respect Tyler Perry and his ability to penetrate such a hard arena. Hollywood is maintained and fueled by certain groups and HE has broken through tons of barriers. However, it does not make him exempt from critique. I'd suggest that Tyler gets a bit of support with writing since his films are becoming more fluid. He just needs to tidy the scripts a bit and get advice with shooting. I could tell when the characters were actually on location or standing in front of the "green screen". 

Wait until this film comes out on DVD and enjoy it over the Thanksgiving Holiday while chugging wine and spirits.



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