A little TLC should do you just fine!

Another crazy day but luckily my TLC station on Slacker stepped in to bring me some smiles! I thought I'd share a few of my favorite TLC jams with you. Enjoy!


So you want the burger & fries but no drink?

Color me confuzzled!! I was in the oddest conversation earlier this week. I was having a casual chat with a male friend about some recent engagement announcements & the dating game, in general. I jokingly said that I'm ready to be engaged so that I can get a ridiculous rock! (Before you flip your wig, I know that's not what marriage is about. I'm well aware of the commitment & work involved. This was just a part of our morning ramblings.) I listened very attentively as he stated "I'll tell you what the problem is & why you don't get approached!". The next part felt like I'd been backhand smacked across the face! He continued on to say that men aren't going to be up to the task of approaching me because my height is intimidating, I'm attractive & just by looking at me, you can tell I don't take any bullsh*t. At risk of sounding braggadocios, I have to say he's right about those observations.

What I don't get is why any of this would bother a man! Why wouldn't a guy look for a mate with the proverbial "total package". (I'm aware humbly that I'm not perfect but I know what I bring to the table.) Call me whatever you may but what would make a guy turn away from an opportunity to match wits with a woman who has her head on straight & that he can deal with on the up & up? Am I in the minority for seeking the same things? Whatever the case, this is yet another conversation that pushes me to challenge my thinking & understanding of others. I'm not completely offended by his offering in this conversation as I know ill-intent was not the motive. It just surprises me this would be a problem for some men. Makes you ask if what you're seeking is really what you want! Hmmmm...


She-Ra: Reloaded

My inner ferret is now on Cloud 9! All of today was a hum-drum blur except for the lunchtime mail run. I was heading out to lunch & got the random urge to swing by the mail room. Before I even saw the name on the boxes, I knew they were for me. I was on a tight deadline for lunch & had all intentions of opening them when I got back to the office. That only lasted about 10 minutes and I had to pull to the side of the road! Are you really surprised? (I'm not! I have the willpower of a toddler!) I had enough sense not to turn on my flashers. I didn't want to have to explain that I was pulled over to try on jewelry, you know! The rest is history so I'll let the pictures speak for themselves:

I am the proud owner of Rachel Stewart's Space Princess earrings & Warrior Woman cuff! I've been eyeing these for quite a while & finally took the plunge. I'm so glad that I did because I can see myself putting these in heavy rotation. I've gotten a ton of compliments and I've only tried them on once for a few minutes. Rachel is a talented artists & stunning curly girl with a great sense of humor! I was sold immediately. You have to support those that are following their dreams and having fun while doing it!

If you've not familiar with Rachel Stewart's work, check her out:




Liberating Style feature

Random thought: I think Tyra Banks would be so proud of my "smizing" in that last pic! LOL


Dabbling in a bit of everything!

I've been trying my hand at some DIY projects that I've spotted online. So far, all have been a success. One was so much of a success that I've been spending my free time making them for others. That being, none other than...zipper headbands! Random, I know! I'm not really sure where I saw them originally but I couldn't resist taking a stab at it. This now officially makes me a dorky, headband-wearing, crazy cat lady! I'm not too proud of the title but I look pretty good wearing it (the headband & title). And for shits & giggles, I decided to post photographic proof in the form of the ever popular car photoshoot. Luckily, I snapped this earlier in the day before my hair grew to epic proportions & started swallowing the headband whole. I thought you'd also appreciate that I was abiding by the law & wearing my seatbelt! Click it or Ticket, people! Not sure if you can tell but I'm wearing my newest Mac Plushglass in Oversexed...LOVE THIS COLOR!

I'm sure you want me to offer something of substance but I'm all whooped so I have nothing to really offer. EXCEPT for a great article that my co-worker/friend & reader of my blog posted to Facebook. Maybe it's just the current mood that I'm in but I wanted to scream "Hallelujah!" & high five anyone walking past my desk as I was reading the article! I confess that I have a difficult time conveying my feelings. I use way too many words & fly off into random stories that pop to mind as I relive the emotions. This particular article got about 97% of how I'd describe myself without confusing you with my high definition styled stories. Hopefully, you'll find a part of the article that resonates with you!

the initiated woman

Congratulations! If you stand on your tip toes, you can see the weekend!
Make the most of the rest of your week!


Almost broke a promise!

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I'd entered into a local art project hosted by the Rozelle Artists Guild. I was really pushing the deadline on getting my submission in time for the book & exhibit. After a few late nights, I finished. It didn't take me so long because I'm just that good of an artists but because I'm a manic perfectionist. I just couldn't decided on what I wanted to draw & then if I wanted to keep it in pencil or color. After doing most of my sketches in pencil, I went to Walgreens to buy crayons and colored pencils. I had to basically, erase everything except the outlines just to recolor everything. Crazy, I know! I tried to scan the final book but the copies were all wacked out but I did snap a few on my trusty BlackBerry during the process. I promised you pics so here they are. Enjoy!

I took this as I was racing to the post office before it closed at 7:00pm on the last day to have it postmarked to be featured in the book.


Your friendly neighborhood h4xx0r!!

Before you get alarmed & think I'm pushing illegal substances, "h4xx0r" is just a way of saying hacker! And by hacker, I really am friendly & just doing a few D.I.Y projects. If you know me then you know there are few accessories that I've come face-to-face with that I didn't like. Bad for me because I've run out of places to store my collection. I thought a no-buy would buy me time to solving this problem. NOPE! It's just turned me into a D.I.Y fool! In just a few projects I've saved myself about...brace yourself...$400!!! What can I say, I have expensive taste!

After church, I jumped in the Blue Bullet and headed over to Joann Fabrics to see what I could get into for the afternoon. So here's what I've been up to:

Hack #1 - Rope necklace

I first saw this D.I.Y done by Maegan of Maegan a few months ago. At the time, I was too lazy to look for the supplies so, essentially, it was just another bookmark saved for no reason. I rediscovered her blog last month & decided I was going to go through with it this time. One minute, two curtain ties, one spool of ribbon & $8, I had a new necklace! It was so easy & cheap that I can see this being my staple necklace for the fall. (Sales alert: The curtain ties run $4.99 but are 40% off right now making them $2.99!)

Hack #2 - Feather Headband

This was an impromptu purchase while I was at the fabric store. It was inspired by a picture of Laura Izibor that I saw online earlier. (SN: F*ck Yeah Curls Curls Curls is an awesome site for curly inspiration. If you aren't a curly, this site will push you over the edge!) Headbands like this can range from a few dollars at Forever 21 to $$$ for designer ones. I was able to make this one for $5!! Not too shabby & it will surely distract from any bad hair day!

Hack #3 - Makeup Organizer

Over the past year or so, I've gotten into makeup. It's never been anything major just a few lipglosses, eyeshadow pans, and mascaras. Some kind of way, my small collection has expanded to a couple of highly disorganized makeup bags. I just couldn't take it any more so I made the step to fix that. I stole an idea from Sephora to organize my brushes, lip & eye liners and random other tools. The jars & sand cost me just $5. Yay for me!


I'd Do It All Again...

Last night I {{FINALLY}} got the chance to see Corinne Bailey Rae in concert! Just so you know, I LOVE HER!! I really love the sound of singers from across the pond. The whole deal with her husband made me think that she'd surely give up on music & I'd never have the chance to see her perform. Several failed attempts at seeing her at the re-birthed Lilith Fair also made me believe that seeing her in person would never happen. Imagine my excitement when I found out that she was coming to town & tickets were only $25! REALLY?!?!? On a whim, I was crazy enough to buy a plane ticket & concert tickets to see Erykah Badu in Chicago so I was not going to miss out on another chance to be a musical stalker. The concert was held at the New Daisy Theater on historic Beale Street. The venue leaves a bit to be desired and is standing room only but is great if you want to see an artist in a very intimate setting. Her voice & energy were awesome! She was having a great time & so was the crowd. Despite all the chaos at the beginning of the night, it was well worth it!

Sorry about the quality of the pics. My digital camera had major 'tude so I had to resort to using my BlackBerry. I saw a girl with the new touch-screen Coolpix last night & I think I might take the plunge. Her pictures rivaled those of the fancier larger DSLRs. I'm going to see if Santa thinks I was a good enough girl to get it for Christmas or sometime before then! *crosses fingers*