Would you marry the brother of your husband that died? How soon is too soon to move on after his passing? Should you limit your search for love because it seems too close for comfort? Is it really disgusting to date within a family? All of these questions popped into my mind after reading on Facebook that Hallie Biden, widow of Joe Biden’s son Beau, is allegedly dating her brother-in-law, Hunter.
It scares me to know that the color of my skin could be the death of me here in America. What’s even scarier is the justice system that does nothing to protect my rights or attempt to give closure to my family. I am American. I was born and raised here, New Jersey to be exact. I am 24 years old and it scares me to see black men and women, young and old, being shot and killed. The scariest of all, no convictions. Its not just one shot that rings off. Black people are being shot nearly a dozen times. Is this what society has come to? Is this what has to be on the news every other day. I shouldn’t have to fear for my boyfriend or my brother, hell even my father. I shouldn’t have to fear for my own life.
I haven’t done a Sound Off in quite some time, but I don’t want this series to be ignored on the blog. The Sound Off series is all about a wide range of issues I want to address and spark conversation. Warning: These are my views and I would love to hear yours in the comments below. This is not censored or filtered so if it that’s what you’re into, this series isn’t for you.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
Christmas has changed so much for me and my family over the years. When I was younger I was the typical child that enjoyed waking up in the morning and opening all my toys. Now as I’ve gotten older I’m more into sentimental gifts and spending time with my family. Christmas has never been about gifts, but in this society Christmas has turned into a manmade holiday. It’s about gifts galore and while gifts are nice the real meaning has been forgotten.
Looking back on Christmas past I’ve always wanted to do the infamous YouTube Christmas Tag so, let’s get to it.
1. Do you like to stay in your PJs or dress up for Christmas?
Being that my family celebrates on Christmas Eve, I’m Team PJs for Christmas.
2. If you could buy one person a present this year who would it be?
Definitely my grandmother. I made her a calendar this year filled with old and new family photos.
3. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
For the past few years Christmas Eve.
4. Have you ever built a gingerbread house?
Yup, a few years ago. Not the best work. Never ate it, but then again, aren’t they more for decorative purposes?
5. What do you like to do on your Christmas break?
I’m not in undergrad anymore so I don’t have a Christmas break. When I did I liked having time to myself whether it be occasionally hanging with friends or binge watching TV. Oh, and of course, catching up on sleep.
6. Favorite meal or treat?
White hot chocolate with freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.
7. Favorite holiday movie?
Any version of A Christmas Carol.
8. Candy Canes or Gingerbread Men?
Sweet candy canes.
9. Have you made a snowman?
Yup. Lots of snow here in the tri-state area, although my snowman have never been real circles.
10. Which do you like better, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
The older I get I definitely enjoy Christmas Eve more. Christmas Day has turned into a day of napping and watching movies, which is fine, but Christmas Eve is filled with lots of family, great food, and laughs.
11. White lights or colored lights?
White lights for sure!
Today, December 25, 2015, I spent my Christmas staying up until 5am and then waking up at 9 to watch a few movies on Netflix. Although Netflix movies can be pretty corny and generic I ended up watching:
- Christmas Bounty
- The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
- 12 Dates of Christmas
I added to my planner and then took an epic Christmas nap. Now I plan to spend the rest of my evening with my boyfriend with hot cocoa and Christmas movies.
Merry Christmas to all and enjoy the ones you love! Enjoy some of my favorite Christmas tunes below:
Today marks 7 years since I’ve lost my mother. She was only 41 years old at the time of her passing. She had been diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer in 2005 after having multiple upper respiratory infections. the key misconception to lung cancer is that those who have it smoked. That’s not the case with my mother. She was never a smoker so her being diagnosed with lung cancer was a huge blow to my family. Continue reading “Roses for Rosa”
Training camp has started which means football season is around the corner. Hurray! There’s been plenty of coverage of what’s going on during the training camps from the various teams. Two pictures in particular that are floating around is that of Ciara, Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, and Baby Future. They were spotted a couple weeks ago at the San Diego Zoo looking like a cute little family. Yet, a lot are bashing Ciara for bring her son around her boyfriend. Is it too soon?
Ciara is back with a new single titled ‘Dance Like We’re Making Love’ off her forthcoming sixth studio album, Jackie. Based off the first single, ‘I Bet,’ I expect a few more heart wrenching tracks after her public breakup with ex-fiance and baby father, Future. As for a follow-up single to that track this one is nothing but good vibes.
There’s nothing better than a feel good track and this is definitely one. I love the music and the lyrics are sleek and sexy, but not too much. It’s great to twist and work words to have a particular meaning, but not be vulgar. This song does that. She sings about dancing with her partner and hint here and hint there, but nothing explicit. It’s way more toned down than ‘Body Party.’
Vocally she sounds great as she’s not straining to reach any high notes. There’s been times when she’s sang certain notes and it was a raspy high pitch, but the alto sound works well for her. I really love how she sounds on this track and the hook is amazing. A hook is what makes the song catchy and is likely what you’ll likely remember as a listener. For me I can’t get the hook out of my head. It’s simple, but the way she sings it and stretches out the word “love” adds to the catchiness of it.
The music was not overpowering and again I can’t stress how good of a vibe it was. This is definitely a track that’s on my current rotation and a sure favorite. There’s not many current songs that I can listen to on rotation, but this one is amazing. The video for this is what I’m looking most forward to. She could do the story line vibe or keep the simple silhouette and dance around. Either way, I’m excited to see it. Kudos to Ciara on this one. I hope it makes its way to the airwaves sooner rather than later.
I’m looking forward to Ciara’s upcoming album as opposed to her last self-titled effort. The problem with that album was that ‘Body Party’ had put such high standards on the project along with her public relationship to Future that anything released after that didn’t match that buzz. Her relationship really overshadowed her album, but her she is with another buzz worthy single, a breakup that can lead to great music, and a beautiful baby boy. Her album drops this Monday (5/4) so I can’t wait to hear what’s next.
Listen to the track below:
It’s great to feature companies and in this edition of Fashion Forward Friday I am featuring Lover.ly. Lover.ly is “The New Way to Plan Your Wedding.” This one-stop shop for all your wedding needs from the dress to invitations, Since the company launched on Valentine’s day in 2012 their mission has been “to make wedding planning more simple and more fun.” Who wouldn’t want to add simplicity what could turn to a Bridezilla situation? In this edition I will be sharing my favorite wedding dress from the site and an entire look for that special day. Be sure to click the links within the post.
I chose to go with a lace dress from David’s Bridal as it serves as the main attraction and accessory of the look. Being that the dress is strapless, the dress can either be in a bun or if you have shorter hair, beach waves would be cute as well.
Shoes, shoes, oh how I LOVE shoes. I chose a nude pair of t-strap sandals that are under $100 from Nastygal. You can add them to your every day wardrobe even after your special day. The other choice of shoes is a pair of gold/nude sandals for those ladies having a reception or for those that are just not comfortable in heels. T-strap sandals are not the most comfortable and if you plan on dancing around the simple sandal will give you that comfort.
For makeup I went with my favorite from Mac, Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. While you want to be flawless on your wedding day you also do not want to cake a whole bunch of makeup on your face. With this powder foundation you can apply for the amount of coverage that you want. For me personally I would say its a good medium coverage foundation. An alternative to this if you do not want to pay $27 is BH Cosmetics, BH Studio Pro Matte Finish Pressed Powder. Compared to Mac which has 42 shades, BH Cosmetics offers 7. For a thorough review of that product check out one of my favorite YouTubers, WhatWouldLizzyDo.
Moving on to the eyes. I would go for the Urban Decay, Naked 2 Palette as you can get both simple every day looks plus vamp it up with a smoky eye. For this look I think a smoky eye, not heavily smoky, would be great. Below is a tutorial from YouTuber, ThatGirlShaeXO, that I would use.
In addition, you do not have to wear fake eyelashes. With Younique 3D Fiber Lashes, you can get the fullness and length that lashes give.
As for the lips I chose one of my favorite lippies which is Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Fig Jam. They are so moisturizing and who would not want soft smooth lips for the duration of their wedding ceremony. The pigmentation is withstanding and buildable which is a great deal for just $9. It’s definitely one of my favorite lippies that I own. I went for a more neutral lipstick that not only hydrated, but something that wouldn’t stain, well noticeably stain.
For iPhone users you can download the Lover.ly app. For more on what Lover.ly is all about CLICK HERE and for all the future brides, happy planning!
In celebration of Ne-Yo’s 32nd birthday, I thought I’d highlight my favorite album of his, Because of You. The album was released May 1, 2007 and four singles were released: ‘Because of You’, ‘Do You’, ‘Can We Chill’, and ‘Go On Girl.’ It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and became his second #1 album. In My Own Words debuted at #1 as well. The album sold 251,000 copies in its first week which was about 50,000 less than his debut. The album went on to win Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 2008 Grammy’s.
Out of the 12 tracks my top 5 would be (in no particular order):
- ‘Because of You’
- ‘Leaving Tonight’ (feat. Jennifer Hudson)
- ‘Make It Work’
- ‘Do You’
- ‘Say It’
- BONUS – ‘Go On Girl’
My friend was so obsessed with Ne-Yo that anytime I would be with her this album would be playing in rotation. At the time I was about sick of hearing it, but there’s no denying that this is every bit of R&B classic, to this generation at least. I love an R&B album that does not have many features and this one only features two: ‘Crazy’ with Jay-Z and one of my favorites, ‘Leaving Tonight’, with Jennifer Hudson. The album touches on just about everything and hones on his skillful writing of love songs. There’s the breakup tracks (‘Go On Girl’/’Leaving Tonight’/’Ain’t Thinking Bout You’), let’s hold on tracks (‘Do You’/’Make It Work’/’Angel’), the love songs (‘Crazy’/’Because of You’/’Can We Chill’) and he wouldn’t be an R&B crooner without singing about sex (‘Say It’/’Addicted’/’Sex With My Ex’).
While I’m not the biggest fan of his latest music, this is definitely one for the books and even seven years later I can still listen to it from beginning to end, reverse, and on shuffle. I would love another Ne-Yo album like this. His music stands alone to not have to keep up with what’s currently on the radio.