Dear White People

A satire about being a black face in a very white place. Watch the trailer here!

Pomegranate Moscato Punch

The perfect sparkling beverage for your next big party or girl's night in!

Natural Hair T-Shirts

Stand tall and proud of your natural roots with these natural hair t-shirts!

Sincerely, The Universe

A simple and creative idea for paying it forward and spreading positivity!

Meet Adama Paris

Adama Paris reflects the spirit of young contemporary women. She bridges cultures and walks along all women who refuse to be defined by one limited image often controlled by one brand and one culture.

29 June 2012

Be Bohemian

I was originally introduced to Boho-Gal via instagram (follow me @the_socialite1).  Each day a new piece of jewelry was posted and I became more and more obsessed.  I finally gave in and made a purchase.  To my delight, a lovely package was waiting for me this morning in the mail.  With my recent trip to Atlanta, I had completely forgotten about the little treasures I had purchased only a few days before. 

I have always admired the comfy freedom that accompanies all things Bohemian.  I have longed to transition my style to a more Bohemian air, so logically I've started with accessories (jewelry, hats, scarves, etc.).  So here is to a more Bohemian state of existence.

Mumtazi Freedom Wings Earrings & Sonali Tear Shape Ring

25 June 2012

Dear White People

"Remember when Black movies didn't neccesarily star a dude in a fat suit and a wig? Or have major plot twists timed to Gospel numbers for no apparent reason? No?

Well believe it or not there was a time when "Black Art-House" was a thing. When movies like Do The Right Thing, Hollywood Shuffle, and Boyz In Da Hood were breaking box office records as well as making us laugh, cry, and think in ways movies hadn't before.

The humble producers of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, a satire about being a black face in a white place, long to bring those days back." DEAR WHITE PEOPLE follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular "African American" themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film will explore racial identity in "post-racial" America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world.
I stumbled across this trailer on and fell in love with the concept.  This group of independent filmmakers are looking to raise money to get this movie produced and released at a theatre near you!  After viewing the trailer, I must admit, it is a refreshing change from today's movies with  predominantly black casts.  Do you think this movie could be successful?

23 June 2012

On Vacation - ATL

Ok so it's not really a vacation, it's a business trip but I'm going to make the most of it!!  The business aspect of my trip is scheduled to end each day by 4:00 pm which leaves plenty of time for sightseeing and fun.  I have several friends who live in the area and it will be great catching up with everyone.  Pictures to come, of course.  Until then, have a fabulous weekend!!

18 June 2012

My Fav Place - Desserts

Red velvet cupcake
One of my favorite guilty pleasures is a local shop called Favor Desserts located in Durham, NC.  The owner's story is inspirational, the desserts are impeccible.

The owner, Keijuane Hester served almost four years in prison for drug dealing.  Once released (and after a string of dead end jobs) he decided to take up a skill he was already familiar with in the kitchen.  With $30, a hand mixer, one regular oven, and no pans he started a baking business in his home.  Starting small, he sold his cakes by the slice at beauty salons and barbershops and used that income to grow his business.  He would sell a cake, buy a pan, sell a cake, buy a pan.  Hester now has a store front to sell his delectable desserts.

When you walk into Favor Desserts, the first thing you notice is the smell--that heavenly aroma of something absolutely delicious baking in the back. The second thing you notice is the contemporary decor which makes it the perfect spot to relax with a date for a devine cupcake and a cup of coffee.  If you're in the Raleigh-Durham area (or planning to visit), this place should go on the top of your list if you're looking for a sugar fix.

14 June 2012

Just for Tweets

I love Twitter.  My followers are so diverse and unique.  I follow everyone from business men and women, underground music artists, chefs, stylists, and regular Joes and Janes.  They are a constant and endless source of entertainment and information.  Here are a few tweets that made me chuckle or think over the past week.

(This is a sports reference.  If you don't get it, it's ok.)

11 June 2012

Dress Like a Goddess

Etsy is one of my favorite websites to window shop so imagine my delight when I came across RiverOfRomansk's exquisite little shop.  River of Romansk "is whimsical, romantic and enchanting...recreat[ing] an era of dainty loveliness; of sash and ribbons, satins and laces.. all of which are reminiscence of a time more dreamy and innocent."  Anyone who knows me would ROTFL at the idea of me being excited about ribbons and lace but how can you not fall in love with these elegant dresses?

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06 June 2012

Nueva York - Day 4

As my vacation progressed, I became less and less focused on photos so forgive the lameness of these pictures.  It's so easy to get caught in awe in this place.  Monday was super hot so we decided to hang somewhere cool---the movies.  I saw Battleship and MIB 3.  I'm really not a movie person but I thought they were both good flicks.  I was pleased with Rhianna's performance in Battleship and I really liked the way the movie referenced some aspects of the board game.  That was pretty neat.  Will Smith was of course funny in MIB 3 but the movie did have a interesting twist at the end that I didn't expect!!  That's all I'm going to say to keep from spoiling either movie for anyone.

Movie stubs.  Notice the prices.  Both were matinees.
After the movies, we made a quick stop at White Castle.  I must confess, this was my first White Castle experience.  Thanks to the State of New York, which requires restaurants to post calorie information next to all foods on the menu, I knew exactly how unhealthy my delicious meal was.  I'm not gonna kinda ruined the thrill a bit for me.

My first White Castle experience--delish!!

A friend of mine insisted on Spanish food later that evening.  Good call!  Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the place but the food was great.  I felt much better about this meal than my burgers earlier.

Spanish meal
This is the last recap of my trip since my photos are getting super boring now lol.  Overall, it was a fantastic experience and I will DEFINITELY make plans to return.

04 June 2012

Nueva York - Day 3

This was by far the best day of my vacation. Technically, I was outside of New York but it was still part of my vacation so I will include it under the same umbrella.  I traveled to Bloomfield, New Jersey to celebrate the 40th birthday of a fabulous woman.

The Birthday Girl and her loving husband.
I've decided that if I'm a fraction as fabulous as this woman 10 years from now, I will consider myself blessed.   There were so many people who traveled for miles and several states away to join her in this wonderful occasion.  No matter how big or expensive the gifts, it's the people who make life worth living.

Oakeside Mansion, Bloomfield, NJ

The party was held at Oakeside Mansion with about 150 guests.

The tablesetting
Me and my "date".  We had a blast!

I realized after the night was over that I never took a picture of my outfit!!  It slipped my mind in the midst of all of the excitement.  Once photos come back from the photographer, I'll have to snatch one and post it.

The food was AMAZING!!
There was an abundant amount of food.  Overall, this was not a good weekend for dieting.  Not including the heavy hor d'oeuvres served during cocktail hour, the dinner included eggplant parmesan, turkey, stuffing, and roasted potatoes.  After dinner, cute dessert trays were placed on each table (which was nearly devoured before I could take a photo).  This was followed by birthday cake.

No, that's not cake.  You are mistaken.
Gift from her husband -- a Mercedes Benz complete with big red bow!
This was the best part of the night.  Her husband surprised her with car keys inside of a Tiffany's box.  After her initial shock, she couldn't stop crying.  Ladies, if you're wondering (because I asked), they met on a blind date and he has no available brothers, cousins, or friends.  Bummer.
Open bar with ONLY top shelf beverages! The bartenders were super nice and generous pourers.
I almost forgot to mention, there was an open bar the entire night!! I had a DD so I took full advantage.  I was on vacation, after all.