I have always wanted to attend Essence Music Fest in New Orleans over July 4th weekend. After talking about it for years, I finally made itto the festival with my girl Tracie only to discover it’s not what I thought. I didn’t expect the concerts to be so disorganized, the vendors to have only Afro-centric items and Steve Harvey’s seminar to last only 15 minutes! Although there were some disappointments, I still had a good time meeting new peeps, soaking up the culture and richly flavored New Orleans foods, partying at the local bars at 1pm and spotting a couple of future boos (wink). With chicks dropping it like it’s hot and Bourbon Street packed with men beasting like they just finished serving a five to ten stretch, this Cajun city was definitely an experience to remember.
Thursday was the finale of the “ Get Beach Body Glam with NUBIA” workout sessions with personal trainer Alethia Osbourne-Folye at Printing House Fitness and Squash Club in Soho. Our winners Pebbles and Donnette (below) were fantastic and it was cool getting to know you ladies every Thursday and Saturday for the last two weeks. Alethia was a drill sergeant but they were dedicated to getting their workout on and feeling the burn. Now my penchant for honesty makes me admit that my butt was not at every session—you go Nicky! But you know my iron is low and I get weak easily, no lie (wink). We hope to see you guys along with our other readers at Nicky’s Birthday bash and NUBIA All-White event at Providence NYC on July 2. And remember ladies, if you got it, flaunt it!
“It was great meeting you guys. Again thanks to all the NUBIA women for making it possible. I’m now spoiled by Alethia and have no choice but to continue using her—Pebbles
“This experience was such a great jump start as I discovered new physical strengths and weaknesses. “Mind over matter” was my mantra that kept me moving when it hurt like crazy! It feels great to know that with the right encouragement it’s always a little bit easier. Thanks to NUBIA mag, and our trainer Alethia, the workout was great and so are you chocolate divas!”–Donnette
Holiday Cocktails That Will Impress Your Guests
Once again, it’s time to celebrate the red, white and blue. This year, I will spend July 4th in New Orleans at Essence Fest, while my friends will host or attend a few parties, picnics and BBQs in recognition of America’s Independence. My days and nights will be filled with sipping unique cocktails in the “Cajun” city wondering if I will ever learn to make awe-inspiring concoctions like a professional bartender. After attending and hosting numerous festivities, I discovered that most people have no clue what cocktails to serve their guests. With an assortment of folks in attendance, it can be difficult to create the right blend of alcohol beverages to meet everyone’s taste. Whether it’s an old favorite like the smooth daiquiri or new finds such as the Acai berry martini, impress the crowd with these drink recipes without breaking a summer sweat:
TY KU, a premium Asian liqueur known for its cool citrus taste and less than 100 calories, is absolutely delicious. My suggestion is the Superfruit Mojito, served on the rocks with a lime garnish.
2 oz T Y KU
Fresh Mint leaves
Splash of diet citrus soda
Squeeze of lime and serve on the rocks
Yesterday when I got the text about Michael Jackson’s passing, I thought it was just another sick celebrity rumor. Then I turned to CNN and saw that there was some truth to it, but he was only in a coma…not dead. Friends from all over kept sending me messages that he was gone, and I was like…where the hell y’all getting this shit from? Michael ain’t dead! I’m watching CNN!
After the LA Times confirmed it, I was speechless; tears welled up at the corner of my eyes. It’s not like I knew him personally. I’ve never been to a Michael Jackson concert or even caught a glimpse of him in person. But how many fans have?
The man, the music, the message behind his music is embedded in so many childhood memories…memories too good to let go.
I remember winning this Michael Jackson doll for a Bible Study contest in Sunday school. He was the splitting image of Michael! Black tuxedo pants, white tube socks, shiny red military jacket, aviator shades and one silver glove. All the kids in my Sunday school class were mad as hell, and I was happy that my black Barbie (Lindsay) had a boyfriend to take her on dates…they could even get married I thought; just like ‘regular’ Barbie and Ken.
My cousins and I watched every Michael Jackson video and would practice the moves later. It was good material for our frequent talent shows that were rehearsed and performed in our yard right by the Big Steps (as we called it). My cousin Randy had a sick moonwalk and my cousin Rod, who for sometime only wore black skinny jeans and white tube socks with black penny loafers, was always the MC. No matter what the judges (aka Denise and Duane from next door) decided, he would always make me the winner.
And I can’t forget our neighbor, the Michael Jackson impersonator.
Let me start my saying, I am a blogger and that means I write about life, whether it’s mine or someone else’s. Besides there are times we all hear the most outrageous stories and just have to share it with others, so please don’t hate me homie. This article stemmed from a convo with my girl Reese, while at a networking spot sipping some wine, she told me an amusing yet slightly disturbing recount of her date with this new guy she met at a party. It went a little something like this:
“What’s up chica?”
“Did I tell you about dude from the party?”
“Nope, what’s up?”
“Well we were suppose to go out on Sunday but his car was in the shop so I decided to drive up to his place.”
“Hold up on the first date?”
“Yeah, we were suppose to go out and I assumed he made plans for us to do something.”
“Ok, so what happened once you got there?”
Named after the pre-revolutionary bustling, eclectic capital of Cuba, I had the absolute pleasure of dining at Havana Central, where they dish out some serious motherly love with their heart-warming traditional meals that proves why it’s El Centro de la Comida Cubano or the Center of Cuban food. Upon entering the Times Square location, you are taken from blaring car horns into an atmosphere of Latin music, colorful décor, palm trees and a sea of smiling faces that evokes an “Old-World” Cuban charm. The vastly decadent menu embrace rich, savory ingredients from the classic-style empanadas and arroz con pollo to the stuffed plantain with chicken or shrimp sofrito and the ever-so-sweet mango-glazed salmon and guava-glazed Havana ribs that all pay homepage to the authentic city with a modern flair for the budget-conscious.
Like any other patron that entered, I was greeted by the friendly staff that went above and beyond to give you a Latin encounter that will make you want to return time and again. A great place for a date, to chat amongst friends, or to bring the entire family, Havana Central has a little bit of everything for all to enjoy. Continue Reading →
Ever wonder what the buzz is about? Everyone from celebrities to housewives all want to experience the flavor behind the new organic wave. But is it really a trend? Or has it been a part of our ancestors traditional eating habits for centuries?
Well, while standing in the grocery store debating if I should choose the USDA organic labeled grapes or the traditionally grown ones, I realized I knew some facts when it comes to organic food but what does it really entail? I mean both these bunches of grapes are plump and sweet, both are free of sodium and cholesterol so what the hell is the difference besides the price? On a new mission to become a more educated consumer, I followed the organic trail and made a few discoveries that I want to share with all of you for your next trip to the supermarket.
The USDA technical meaning of “organic” refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and meat without pesticides, artificial food additives, herbicides, fungicides and genetically modified hormones. A USDA “certified organic” label is usually the only way for consumers to know that a processed product is 95 percent or more organic. Now I should be ashamed of myself being that I am Jamaican and have seen “organic” foods growing in my backyard; from apple trees to mango trees. I’ve witnessed my next door neighbor raise her own livestock without steroids to my own mother who loves to grow her own fresh vegetables in the backyard.
The weather this weekend caught me off guard! Not only was I rummaging through my closet to break out the summer pieces, but I started thinking about revamping my plain, dull winter hair with a fun, vibrant color for the summer.
I turned to celebrity and consumer stylist, Juliet Fisher, for some tips on hair color trends and how to maintain my color-treated mane:
NICKY: What are the latest trends in hair color this season?
JULIET: One of the most popular hair color that’s in is browns with highlights and low lights.
NICKY: What’s the best way to maintain my color and keep my hair healthy
Work Attire That Will Take You through the Day and into the Evening
Do you remember how your mother dressed for work when you were a little girl? The rayon double breasted blazers (with the shoulder pads), long shapeless skirts, and those dreadful skin-toned pantyhose that was always a shade too light or dark for her complexion?
Funny thing, we all played dress-up in mom’s closet and imagined looking just like her when we were all grown…whoa!
Today’s work attire is nothing like what your mom used to wear. It’s all about being FUNCTIONAL, FEMININE and FUN! Ladies, I know all too well that we are always on the go and have to be ready for any and everything. Whether it’s attending a company meeting, a hot date after work, or just simply hanging out with your girls to relieve some after-work-stress, these trendy spring ensembles will take you from work time to play time.
This pleated, scoopback knit-sheath dress from Banana Republic is perfect for a warm spring day and can take you from the office to any afterwork soiree.
Rekindling Your Natural Glow: My Favorite Post Winter Skincare Treatments
Maybe some of you love the whole winter wonderland, building a snow man fiasco, but I’m glad it’s over. I can’t think of anything appealing about wearing bulky clothes that make you look 5 pounds heavier and having chafed, windburn skin. Old Man Winter leaves my toffee brown looking dry and dull. If you can relate, you’ll probably want to try some of my favorite post-winter skin remedies!!
For those of you who want to treat yourselves to a day at the spa, opt for a full body exfoliating regimen to buff away dead skin followed by a deep tissue massage to help replenish the moisture. I absolutely love the Dead Sea Salt Glow at Body by Brooklyn spa, but ladies do not try this with a fresh hair-do. After the esthetician scrubbed my whole body with salts, she prompted me to put on a shower cap, mumbled something about “getting a little wet” and then BAM!