While everyone is buzzing about Kanye’s infamous VMA ranting at poor Taylor Swift who beat out Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” for Best Female Video and the spring 2010 looks gracing the runways, I’ve decided to go in a different direction and bring you the latest family to-dos as we begin to “hibernate” for winter.
We New Yorkers tend to visit the club scene a bit less (exception of birthday & holiday parties) as the cold weather approaches and instead make plans to share in some much needed family time. With the end of summer, your kids are now back to school and you find yourself tucked away at home talking on the phone with your girlfriends or just going to the movies. We know there is much more to do but the notion of bundling up with the coat, scarf and boots makes almost everyone lazy and disinterested. This fall/winter can be different and I want all of you who are desperately seeking some family fun activities to get out, take in that crisp fall air and check out some of these to-dos right in your own back yard.
Every morning while getting dressed, I love to watch the informative and entertaining banter on NBC’s Today Show. One particular morning, I had the privilege misfortune to witness an interview with Karrine Steffans on the Today Show promoting her new book The Vixen Manual: How to Find, Seduce & Keep the Man You Want. part of a five-book series (seriously). Steffans, better known as Superhead, claim to fame stemmed from giving well-known hip-hop artists, Hollywood celebrities and athletes sexual favors for gifts/money. This is the perfect example of how being a video hoe or just a hoe can catapult you to the couch of the nationally-acclaimed morning talk show. Curious about this book, I discovered she wants women around the world to know how to get and keep your man—WTF!! Only in America can a superhead chick become the pillar of relationship counseling.
Do you all remember the scene in Austin Powers movie “The Spy Who Shagged Me” when Dr. Evil goes back in time and steals Austin’s mojo—just as he’s about to get it on with Ivana Humpalot? I clearly remember his reaction—to scream Bloody English hell. Now I know a woman in her 30’s is suppose to have the sexual prowess of a young teenage boy but lately my sex life is like an extended episode of Austin Powers and it’s my mojo that’s on the lam.
Today’s post is dedicated to my FB friend who caused a lot of controversy with his what’s on your mind post: “Just because you are engaged or married to him/her, does it mean you should SHARE BANK ACCOUNTS?” Talk about a touchy subject! With over 50 comments, this heated debate from both sexes offers varied point-of-views on the matter and shows that money is a heated topic in any relationship. My own personal feelings— I believe in having three bank accounts yours, mine and ours. Why? In case S#!% goes down, I will still have my own exit (aka security) fund. Now for you nay-sayers this doesn’t mean that we have separate lives or that we do not have access to the other persons account if necessary and I’m definitely not dooming the relationship but you never know what the future holds. I have seen too many instances when people become bitter and vindictive after a break-up. Therefore, I now believe we should share an account strictly for bills and household incidentals. This is my take on it– now here’s what his fellow FB friends had to say (anonymous of course):
“Having a joint account is ok, but there should always be an individual account(s).”
In the energetic locale of hotels and old fabric textile buildings in the heart of Murray Hill is the hidden treasure Meli Melo. Meaning “eclectic mix,” this French and Mediterranean bistro dishes out just that as you take a journey around the world from the kooky, ever-creative mural of the world that lines one side of the wall to the vast array of inspired, scrumptious fare that fills the menu.
I can’t believe it’s almost September and my favorite time to travel. For me, it’s the perfect month to travel when the weather is not too hot, too cold or too rainy and with Labor Day around the corner, what could be better? During this month, we say goodbye to Augusts’ oppressive heat and humidity and greeted with a crisp 75-degree days and cool nights. Vacationers can count on sunny days, dwindling of summer crowds and airfares and hotel rates that drop even lower. The weather also cools down in parts of the U.S, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific. As for the Southeast and Caribbean, there may be occurrences of rain and winds during hurricane season but is oftentimes still a decent time to travel.
So in celebration of the beginning of fall, here are some fantastic insider last-minute deals for you to take the family, girlfriends or your better half. Don’t forget our Private Sample Sale Courtesy of Malia Mills on August 27th at W. 38th St, if you need to cop that fabu swimsuit!
Trying to stay closer to home, only a 2-3 hours drive from NYC, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort, in the nearby Pocono Mountains offers last-minute girlfriends’ spa package that includes overnight room accommodations, a full, hot breakfast buffet in the morning after the stay and a 55-minute Swedish massage at Spa Shawnee.
We’ve had some sun scorching days in the past few weeks, and the weather forecast is promising that there is more to come before summer ends. The Skin Cancer Foundation reported that 90 percent of all premature aging and skin cancers are caused by sun exposure. For those of us who are still misinformed or think we’re immune to the damaging effects of the sun, here’s what you need to know about your skin and sun protection:
KNOW THE FACTS
Black people are not at risk for skin cancer and damaging effects of the sun due to the high levels of melanin in their skin
While people with darker skin have a lower risk of getting skin cancer, it does not mean that they are immune. Wearing an SPF 15 or higher every day is the single best skincare product you can use on your skin
You only need to wear sunscreen in the summertime.
I woke up this morning after a weird dream about my teeth falling out from chewing gum and realized that either I am seriously afraid of sugar or I’m stressed out :). I already have a tendency to worry and without realizing it I have once again placed needless pressure on myself. As I began writing the article planned for today, I decided to scrap it until next week in favor of a post offering ways to undo stress. How many of us try to be superwoman and juggle demanding careers, families, school, and life? Single or married, we females tend to carry on our shoulders an air of independence that is both admirable and exhausting. Continue Reading →
Relationships are hard but break-ups are unbearable. Like many of my fellow sistahs, I share the breakups of my friends like it’s our own. I become their therapist and AA-buddy while chanting the “I hate men” and “He ain’t ish” mantra all in the name of venting the hurt and frustrations. It was during one such convo I started to think about the many break-up songs like “White Flags” by Dido or “Not Gonna Cry” by MJB that expresses how we feel after the love has gone. But what about those bitter,“screw you” songs? With so many to choose from, I tried to compile a list of artists who speak evidently to one’s mental state—so turn up the volume and sing at the top of your lungs.
Jazmine Sullivan–Bust Your Windows Out Your Car
When you think of the Orient you picture a Zen-like soothing atmosphere with dim lights and hushed tones. But as you walk into the crowded waiting area at Sea Thai Restaurant with its two bars, a DJ (weekends only), and disco lights you immediately get the vibe of lounge instead of a restaurant. The Buddha statue and reflecting waterfall pool welcomes you to the world of SEA, located in Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY. The eclectic mix of Thai fusion with elements of countries in the Far East is imprinted in every delicious concoction from the Tamarind Snapper Fish to Curry Chicken in Basil Sauce. My favorite starter to any entrée is the Jade Seafood Dumplings, Curry Spring rolls, Martini Shrimp, and the Chewy “drunk man” Noodles in a fragrant brown sauce. The cuisine is always consistent and never disappointing with savory ingredients and strong mixed drinks like the Pomegranate Mojito or Lychee Martini, the experience like the food is unforgettable. With some gems on the extensive menu, sizeable portions and affordable prices ranging from $5-35.00 – it’s a recession deal that can’t be beat.