Archive for January, 2009


brunetteblonderedhead_390MAC Cosmetics is known for coming out with a new collection every few weeks.  They recently debuted the Brunette Blonde Redhead collection.  This collection includes eye, cheek and lip colors to highlight and enhance each of the three mane shades.

My fave is 100 strokes which is a burgundy purple that is officially a ‘Redhead’ shade, but, hey, I like to mix it up.

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fbimagesI’m not a joiner or a follower.  Never have been, never will be.  For better or worse, I follow my own lead. Or at least that’s what I thought.  But lately, I have been falling into the joining trap.  First MySpace, then LinkedIn, and now Facebook! 

Of course I’ve heard of Facebook, but I’ve never had any interest in joining it.  Why bother? I have enough to do and there are way too many social networking sites.  Who has time for them all?   But…..yesterday I got into a conversation about it with a friend, so I decided to check it out while we were on the phone.  That was all all it took!  All of a sudden I just had to try to see how many people I could find.  Former classmates and colleagues, ex-boyfriends, relatives… it seems like EVERYONE is on Facebook.  And now, so am I. 

room2Everybody’s favorite “a little bit of everything” store – Target – is having a Home Design Event. What a great name! This “event” means that for a limited time (I’m not sure of how long) selected home furnishings and accents are 30% off.  The sale is on items in-store and online so if you can’t get to a Target, you can still take advantage of the deal. Check it out!

rkorbanpicI have a thing about bookshelves!  They are one of my favorite pieces of furniture and I don’t think you can ever have too many.  Yet, despite my personal taste, I am always inspired by a beautiful presentation. 

The February 2009 issue of domino showcased the studio apartment of designer, Ryan Korban, and I just adore how these stacks of  books are used to display objects as well as to serve as art on their own.  Actually, I did something similar to this when I didn’t have any bookshelves.  This display goes to show you that it can look beautiful when done intentionally, not just because you lack shelving units.

pink_howard2pink_ncat1Black is the new PINK.

Victoria Secret’s famous PINK line of collegiate styled tees, sweats, nightclothes, etc. is finally adding some HBCUs to their selection.  As much as African-American women love their “Vickies,” it’s about time. Way to go VS!

LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter Users Bewarelinkedin1

As a follow-up to my post Three Degrees of Separation, just thought I’d share another side to social networking sites.  Check out this article on CIO. In the words of one of my favorite singers, Mary J. Blige, “It ain’t all roses.”

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday/National Day of Service.

As you may or may not know, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday (January 19, 2009) has been designated as a National Day of Service in order to truly honor the life of a man who lived his life in service to other people. To find service events in your area, go to www.usaservice.org

 

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It’s Official!  Obama is the next President of the United States!

In  the hearts and minds of a lot of people, Barack Obama has been POTUS since November 4, 2008, but on January 8, 2009, Congress made it official.  On that day, Congress convened to tally and certify the electoral votes.  The results were confirmed to be: 365 electoral votes for Democrat Obama and running mate Joe Biden, to 173 votes for Republican John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin.

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Recently I received the latest issue of one of my favorite magazines, domino.  As usual, it is chock full of fabulous full-color photos and inspiring ideas for making changes to your environ.  I became a domino subscriber years ago.  I read one issue and I was hooked.  They had me at “hello.”  In true packrat fashion, I still have all of my issues of domino and I intend to keep them. 

domino has such a fresh, unstuffy approach to design – they make it fun!  domino is not afraid of color and new ideas. It goes beyond the typical “inside the celebrity home” fluff  and delves into art and inspiration.  It also provides the reader with timely tips, truly doable room makeover ideas, and affordable suggestions.  domino magazine is not JUST about paint and furniture. It’s about ideas and inspiration.  It’s everything that I love about interior design…and more!

From the February 2009 issue: Tiny Kitchen Dinner Party Tips

Just because your kitchen is the size of a closet doesn’t mean you can’t have friends over for supper. New York City chef Colombe Jacobsen lays out her ingenious strategy for whipping up an impressive feast in a small space.

    1. Serve a one-dish meal. “Soup, salad, entree and dessert? Not easy in this kitchen!” Jacobsen laughs, so she opts for an effortless but elegant singel course.
    2. Choose a no-prep side. Her main course is a meal in itself, but if Jacobsen wants to up the ante, she goes with an add-on like fresh greens (usually spinach or watercress). She submerges them in a bowl of cold water, drains and then tosses them in a pot on the stove for a few minutes until wilted. “When the water’s almost gone, it’s done,” she says. She then adds toasted sesame oil, sea salt and sesame seeds for flavor.
    3. Go for easy-to-eat sweets. Finger foods make for an addictive dessert—and don’t require plates or forks.
    4. Make something a day before. To free up counter room on the day of the party, complete at least one dish ahead of time—Jacobsen suggests dessert. She likes coconut macaroons because they can be baked up to three days in advance.
    5. Stagger your day-of duties. Jacobsen divides her prep into chunks (“I don’t have room to fix everything all at once”). Before she leaves for work, she readies her ingredients, then stashes them in the fridge. Two hours before guests arrive, she sets the table, assembles the main elements, puts them aside and cleans up the kitchen. “Then I pour everyone a drink, put the fish in the oven and toss the greens on the stove. Fifteen minutes later, we can eat.”
    6. Pick simple drinks. Jacobsen sticks to ready-to-pour drinks inspired by her menu’s theme. “I love a fancy cocktail,” she says, “but my rule is, the less bother, the better.”
    7. Minimize utensils. A single knife and fork per guest make cleanup without a dishwasher faster.
    8. Make your furniture multitask. A stool serves as an extra counter; later, it becomes bonus seating.
    9. Be creative about storage. No linen closet? No problem. When you’re not using your dinner-party table clothes, Jacobsen suggests tacking them on the walls as decoration.
    10. Be even more creative about storage. Use every inch of space. With magnetic canisters, Jacobsen turned one side of her fridge into a clever ad hoc spice rack.

Happy Entertaining!

Obama Spider-ManTypically there will only be one Star of the Month post, but I would be remiss if I did not give a special shout out to President-Elect Barack Obama this month because so much of what is going on right now revolves around him, his family and his impending presidency. 

I wrote about President-Elect Obama previously in my post Yes We Can?, so I won’t say the same things in this post.  I just want to give credit where credit is due and Obama is indeed every bit the star.  Not everyone gets a special issue comic book!  But let us not forget that Obama is also just a regular joe.  Yes, he is Clark Kent AND Superman! Or rather Peter Parker AND Spider-Man!

I read earlier that President-Elect Obama has to get rid of his Blackberry and he’s dreading losing his electronic lifeline.  That’s a regular joe issue and I can relate!  It took me a little while to get used to my Blackberry after previously owning a couple of Palm Treos, but now I can’t imagine not having it.  Barack Obama, the man, deals with all types of regular joe issues – trying to quit smoking, being a husband and father, staying healthy & fit, the list goes on.  That’s part of what makes Obama such a great politician: he moves seamlessly between Congress and constituency.  You can look up to him but you can also imagine hanging out with him. And you  never see him sweat.  He is a strong, intelligent, accomplished – a REAL Superhero.

I’m looking forward to seeing how things change politically, socially, fiscally, locally, etc. with the entrée of Barack Obama and his fabulous First Lady, Michelle, onto the landscape.   Welcome to DC!!!

tarajipicWith Oscar buzz abound following her role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, actress Taraji P. Henson is set to be one to watch in 2009.

Born in Washington, DC, Ms. Henson’s first professional acting role was in 1997 on the sitcom, ‘Sister, Sister.’ It would be an understatement to say that “she’s come a long way, baby!” Her first major motion picture role was 2001’s Baby Boy, directed by John Singleton and also starring singer/actor Tyrese Gibson. This was when I first became aware of her, although to this day, I’ve never seen Baby Boy all the way through. I primarily took notice of Ms. Henson because she, like myself, is a native of Washington, DC.

Over the years, Taraji P. Henson has taken on a variety of television and movie roles, including a regular role on the Lifetime network series, The Division, and a breakout role in 2005’s ode to the life of a Southern pimp and wannabe rapper, Hustle & Flow.

Ms. Henson is currently starring in the film, Not Easily Broken,  based on a book by T.D. Jakes. I’m sure we’ll be seeing much more to come from this talented performer in 2009 and beyond.

fwpicbapicLately I’ve become interested in cooking.  Well, not so much cooking, as food magazines.  I think they’re wonderful! Fabulous full-color pictures and recipes for everything from the simple to the sublime. What more could you ask for?

My favorites are Food and Wine and Bon Appetit. Both magazines showcase food at it’s finest, yet are enjoyable and easy to read. While my palate will probably never be evolved enough for me to ever be a judge on Iron Chef America, I do plan to broaden my horizons this year by trying new things.  My new magazine subscriptions are just the first step in my culinary evolution.  First read, then do.  Then eat!

jhudWinter weather is FABULOUS for fashion – hats..coats..boots…Love ’em! Winter winter is not always so fabulous for your skin, though.  Dry and flaky is NEVER a good look! Not to worry. There are several great moisturizers that will leave your face as smooth as a baby’s bottom, no matter the season. Don’t forget – even in the winter, you still need protection from the sun, so be sure to use a moisturizer with SPF protection or use sunscreen in conjunction with your moisturizer. 

Check out Windy City native, Jennifer Hudson, looking fabulous…and flake-free.

Products to try:

Philosophy Hope in a Jar SPF 20, MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50, Korres Watermelon Sunscreen Face Cream SPF 30, Prescriptives All You Need+ SPF 15 Continuous Action 24-Hour Moisture for Drier Skin