Yearly Archives: 2016

Skinny Lox Recipe


Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at 9:15 am

Filed under Food

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I’m a girl that eats to live but certainly enjoys the journey of eating! I don’t necessarily count calories but I make sure to keep it balanced. I say go ahead and eats something fried today (or for 2 days what the hell, right?) then eat cleaner for the next day or two with salads, lots of water and so on.

Whenever I can, I will cut the “fat” so to speak one some of my favorite indulges like my favorite Sunday breakfast fav…lox, cream cheese on a bagel with all the works…capers, tomatoes, cracked pepper, fresh dill. I never was that person to dig out the middle of a perfectly good bagel but I will revise a few things to indulge without all the carbs all the time.

*Make a fresh plate of the lox and have a mini bagel on the side. It’s the same concept of having a bun-less burger except have the option to eat less bagel

*Only use a smear of cream cheese instead of that glorious glob.

*Mozzarella sticks thinly sliced (less calories than cream cheese)

*Add heirloom cherry tomatoes halved

*Sprinkle capers and its juices sparingly

*Toss some fresh dill & pasley

Enjoy & You’re Welcome!!!

Play On Plaids


Posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 11:00 am

Filed under Fashion

 

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It’s almost the end of a year and winter hasn’t officially arrived…thank goodness! Nonetheless, we should get everything ready before the temperature drops and catches us off guard.Put those summery pieces that “pass” in this balmy fall weather away and start asking yourself…What are the fashionable looks for winter 2016 I need to have? The answer is a layered one but allow me to help start you off…GET SOME PLAID! All kinds of patterns in plaid. All kinds of colors in plaid. Trust me!

What is Plaid you ask? simply put; the definition is: a checkered or tartan twilled cloth, typically made of wool. Simple right? Traditionally, the cold season makes us bring out a lot of dark and neutral shades. Thanks to Britain influence, plaid is not only a “blah” beige, but a vibrant catchy red tartan that catches your eye and now even more evolved updated and edgy with brighter bolder colors, bolder patterns in small plaids to large graphic prints.

In my opinion, the good ole’ British vibes are very in demand this year. They are warm to wear and they bring women an effortlessly adorable look. But there is nothing wrong with uniquely edgy and sexy so try the more modern styles but try mixing the two.

Making room for plaids in your fall/winter wardrobe is easier than one might think. Great plaid prints come in capes, coats, jackets, pants, shirts and accessories like scarves, weekend bags, gloves, hats, shoes and more for both men and women. No excuse to embrace the trend. I like mixing the plaid patterns and bold colors from brands like Barbour and one of my favorite designers Barbara Bui.

Homemade Ginger Tea; My Daily Elixir


Posted on Friday, November 25th, 2016 at 8:00 am

Filed under Food

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I was introduced to this home-grown concoction by my friend and client Broadway Tony Award Winning Actress LaChanze one day a few years ago, and have been addicted ever since.  Seeing we all probably overindulged yesterday for Thanksgiving I thought this would be a great recipe to share to cleanse our palette and help digest all that went in yesterday better so we can do it all over again later today, lol!

  • Peel a handful of ginger (literally about enough to fill your hand)
  • Grate or Slice your ginger into a large pot of water
  • Boil until it’s a rolling boil for about 15-20mins. The longer it boils the stronger it gets. If the water reduces just add more; the ginger is so concentrated it will still be very strong even with the newly added water
  • Strain the ginger with cheese cloth if you grated it or strainer if you sliced it (personally I like to leave some ginger pieces in the pitcher)
  • Pour ginger tea in teacup. Add fresh lemon juice & honey to taste
  • Pour remaining tea in pitcher & store in refrigerator. Should be enough to last you several mornings
  • I also like to drink it cold, add vodka with a wedge of lime for a nightcap

Enjoy and You’re Welcome!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey Fellas! Here’s 10 Essentials for a Winter Sexy Wardrobe


Posted on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 at 3:37 pm

Filed under Fashion

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Hey Fellas! 10 Essentials for that Winter Sexy Wardrobe: Part 1

There are many ways to skin a cat (figuratively speaking, of course!). We all know there is no bible on style but masterfully being stylish and warm can be a feat for most. Fashion vs Function can live harmoniously in one look.

I love a man with a good sense of style. It creates a sense of confidence and allure to him that automatically draws attention and adoration. Nothing is sexier than a confident man. In lieu of the falling temperatures, I thought I’d share some guidelines to some great style trends for men this season.

Guys take note…print this and leave laying around the house. Maybe “Santa” will help with the list!

Materials to Seek: Tweeds, Wool Cashmere, Denim (always), High Quality Cotton, Suede

From Outerwear to Footwear here is Part 1 of Fall/Winter Must Haves for the Savvy & Chic Guy:

  1. Suede Footwear – supple luxury for the feet
  2. Weekender and Work Bags – stylish bags are a great finish to a look
  3. Great Quality Henleys – upgrade your t-shirt game with these staples in all colors (see color chart for inspiration)
  4. Sweatshirts – great with joggers, jeans also try layered with collared shirt add a blazer
  5. Parka – go for it with colors this season (see color trends chart); classics always are good although safe
  6. Trench Coat – wear with suits or casually with jeans
  7. TurtleNecks – wear with suiting instead of button-downs
  8. Navy Suiting – this classic color makes him look tall (er), dark and handsome…winning!
  9. Chunky Knits – it does so much! gives great texture to a look. comes in a wide array of colors for your individual taste. can be worn with everything from suiting to sweats and upgrade your style statement
  10. Light Jewelry – meaning just wear a little at one time to accentuate the sex appeal. a good bracelet, necklace that falls just below the clavicle and a ring for shits & giggles when feeling a little flirty; it really does lighten a look.

Stores to check out: Bloomingdales, Zara, Macy’s, H&M, Saks, Kenneth Cole,

Men’s Style Advice: White Hot Summer


Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2016 at 9:00 am

Filed under Fashion

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It’s safe to say there wasn’t much of a spring, as summer just ushered its way in like nobody’s business. One sure fire way to keep cool, classic and fashionable is by rocking white. Whether you’re headed to a party, to work or just out on the town, there is a white ensemble that fits every facet of your personal style.

1.      A White Sneaker

A clean white sneaker is very necessary this summer, largely because of its versatility. You can wear them with shorts, sweats, jeans, and suits. With a wide variety of selections, you’re sure to find a pair that easily fits your budget. 

NFL Baller Tyrod Taylor sports a pair of low top common projects sneaker. Note how his trouser stops at an appropriate length just at the ankle.

 2.      White Jeans

Though they may be hard to keep clean, white jeans are definitely in this summer. The trick to these is finding the right fit for the occasion. Wear a skinny fit jean and dress it up with a loafer or sandal or a looser-fitting straight leg (please no boot cut fellas) and dress it down with your favorite sneaker.

  1. Fitted Tee

I’m not talking about Fruit of the Loom undershirts either. Invest in a few solid colored crew neck or V-neck that can take you from a movie date to running errands. Wearing a V-neck shows you put just a little bit extra effort into your look.  You can still be dapper and relaxed in your suit while wearing a T-shirt. Go straight from the office to happy hour to dinner.

 Here’s a few “Honorable Mentions”  for your Style Reference:

Foodie Fridays: How To Select the Perfect One…


Posted on Friday, June 17th, 2016 at 8:36 am

Filed under Food

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I’m not talking about men, ladies!

Have you ever seen that viral video going around of the hippo eating the watermelons? I can totally relate to loving this fruit too. it screams everything SUMMER, BBQ’s and COOL REFRESHMENT. I know! I know! I’m a black woman and I wont be shamed because I LOVE watermelon. For the record…many others of all races like it too.  Over the years of asking the produce man, watching my mother at the market and from doing my own research, I have learned a few tricks to choosing the perfect watermelon and I want to share these tips with you.

There are a few things to look for when you are choosing a watermelon.

  1. Shape- Look for a watermelon with a pretty good oval shape. Like anything made by Mother Nature no watermelon is perfectly shaped, however there are some that are pretty close and there are some with some pretty crazy shapes to them…you try those at your own risk!  I say, stick with the ones with that good oval-ish shape.

 

A Perfect Oval Shaped Watermelon

A Perfect Oval Shaped Watermelon

2.  Yellow Spot– Find one with a relatively large yellow spot on the bottom of the watermelon. This spot is where the watermelon has rested on the ground while it grows. You want this spot to be a good, creamy yellow. This can be hard sometimes, but there are always a few in every bin!

You want these imperfections! Trust me.

You want these imperfections! Trust me

3. Small Scratches– You want your watermelon to have small scratches on it. I’m not talking large scars, I am talking about small scars from bugs trying to scratch at them because the watermelon is nice and sweet. As much as I hate them, I have to trust the bugs! They have the nose for the sweet watermelon we want.

4. DIG! – Don’t be hasty ad pick the first one you see that seems to be “good enough”.  Pick up a few promising watermelons and don’t be shy to dig through the bin. Some people use the knocking technique, but I don’t have a clue to know what I am looking to hear so I don’t bother with it.

Once you have your perfectly scratched and yellow spotted watermelon home, try some new ways of enjoying them. Check out my post on Infusing Fruit…watermelon is an excellent vehicle for absorbing flavor. Here are a few ideas I think you might like too!

 

Curvy Girls Alert! Lane Bryant Making Curves Cute Again


Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2016 at 9:50 pm

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I think you can love Kim K or hate her but it’s my opinion that aside from the social media and reality show stardom she has achieved she has also changed the way curvy girls are viewed and accepted in American culture. Now it’s true that not everyone including the aforementioned, came to be that  curvy girl naturally but regardless whether via surgery or sculpted by God, thick chicks are now being acknowledged as sexy beings to be recognized and respected.

This new found figure fame is so popular that the fashion industry has jumped to the call for a better selection of trend driven looks for this majority of our US population. It seems the struggle to find stylishly modern clothing for the plus size woman was harder to find than a Where’s Waldo puzzle. Here are a few brands to consider when looking for trend driven pieces for those curves for summer wear.

Christian Siriano many of you may recognize from winning Project Runway Season 4 in 2008. In his career as a respected up and coming designer he has made a name for himself.  He has worked with a myriad of celebrities in entertainment and several plus size lovelies for the red carpet and weddings in the recent past. Now he has taken his talents to the public in a very economical way which has been received very well.

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Pictured above fitting Danielle Brooks for SAG 2015 and Nicolette Mason for Vogue Italia. Lane Bryant has partnered with Christian Siriano this month to create a plus-size line and he has also partnered with Kleinfeld for a bridal collection which is making big news!

http://www.lanebryant.com/designers/christian-siriano-plus-size-clothing-collection/21289c21613/index.cat 

https://www.kleinfeldbridal.com/search-wedding-dresses-by-Christian-Siriano.cfm

There are several other LB x celebrity collaborations like Melissa McCarthy, Lela Rose and Sophie Theallet.  Here is a few of my favorites:  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Target Kids’ Home Decor


Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2016 at 1:42 pm

Filed under Family
Stellar Station room- prices start at $4.99

Stellar Station room- prices start at $4.99

Target is back at it again… this time in home décor for the kiddies! I love Target for darn near EVERYTHING I need from quick grocery list needs (their SIMPLY juices are always priced better than the grocery stores) to cleaning to personal hygiene to toys, bedding, you name it…. Target is my mainstay shopping destination for just about everything!

When I’m feeling like it deserves higher praise for something fancy I found there, I call it Targ`et.  Mostly when I find they do great designer collaborations like the ones they did with Missoni, McQueen, Posen among a few others.  My attempts to walk in Target and walk out with just one or two items that I intended to get always ends with me spending upwards of $100 every trip…I’m like a kid in a candy store in there!

They truly are the affordable source for everything from A to Z.  They recently unveiled their newest home decor brand that is uber-chic and affordable and best of all its for KIDS!

I don’t know about you but as a busy working mom I often do quick fixes to spruce up a room that really needs a full makeover- like bulldozer and a superstar HGTV host to come and make it over type help. But since I never get that lucky I jump at the opportunity to DESIGN ON A DIME with the quickness!

Check out these cute finds:

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Pricing starts at $13.99 to $244.99

Pricing for this collection starts at $18!

Pricing for this collection starts at $18!

17 items priced from $13.49-$179!

17 items priced from $13.49-$179!

The brand, Pillowfort, is full of home decor and furniture that can last kids several years and isn’t covered in princesses or superheroes, if you know me well you know I HATE THAT! (hint: my kids clothing line BryceWear on Amazon.com) Anyway, I digress…Pillowcroft has a ton of great pieces—namely lamps, throw pillows, and wall décor. Perfect for adding a little POP to an otherwise dull room with a splash of color, pattern, and whimsy that your kids room or play area might be missing.

Check out some for yourself at your local Target or online. All of the collection is available online.  Happy Shopping!

Rack’em and Stack’em Party!


Posted on Monday, May 16th, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Filed under Fashion
  • necklacesMix delicates with bolds and add a watch! It’s easy and fail-proof by choosing pieces with similar styles and colors to keep the look cohesive.

Nailing the layered look is not as hard as you think. Small charms and gens add a unique touch. TIP: always make your longest layer the standout piece.
Stone details are a great detail; highly in trend
Brands to check out: baublebar.com, loft.com, Pandora.com, rebeccaminkoff.com, michaelkors.com

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Emily Ratajkoski has the right idea! Layering a choker and different necklace lengths. Photo: Vogue

Emily Ratajkoski has the right idea! Layering a choker and different necklace lengths. Photo: Vogue

Stone details are a great detail; highly in trend
Brands to check out: baublebar.com, loft.com, Pandora.com, rebeccaminkoff.com, michaelkors.com

New News In Nudes


Posted on Monday, May 9th, 2016 at 2:41 pm

Filed under Fashion

Finally, It’s finally happened! Designers now know NUDE isn’t just one color…. Hip Hip Hooray!!!

unspecifiedI remember, a few years ago happily seeing Donna Karan selling with a variety of quality sheer hosiery in different shades for every skin tone from pale to deep chocolate.

 

Then Christian Louboutin created a line of nude shoes and now FLATS (yaaay! because his stilettos always hurt!) in different shades of “nude”.  I finally can wear a pair of nude shoes that are actually MY skin tone and not Barbie’s. I love Barbie but we don’t do the same “nude” …never have – never will and to be limited to only her shade and call it nude for me was a LIE everyone seemed to just go along with.

christian-louboutin-nude-ballet-flats-collection-2Now others are following suit and “shading” us as we were made in a variety of beautiful hues complimentary of the world of colors we know. A lingerie company named Nubian Skin {hyper link} is a new brand line of intimates dedicated to producing nude-toned pieces for women of color. Women of color no longer need to resort to black bras for their nudes to wear under light clothes. Now we can dare to wear our barely there’s in our actual real shades of pretty.

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