Sunday, December 17, 2006

I Am Soooo Over It: Part Une

I am so over:

PC's: I bought a Mac last April and I luv it!

It's the machine of artists
(*batting my eyelashes*) , plus they are by and large cuter, cooler and more durable than Dells, HPs, Compaqs, Gateways, etc...

Girlfriends: I admit, I love Joan, Lynn, Toni, and Mya just as much as everyone else. But the show reached its peak about 2 seasons ago and has taken a steady downward spiral ever since.

It's sad that the four very talented actresses didn't get their due in Hollywood (surprise, surprise), but really, I think the show has done what it set out to do, and said what it wanted to say. The only reason I still watch is to see what fab ensembles Joan and Mya will be sporting....and to occasionally hear William call the girls heffas.

MTV: Uhh. Saying this about MTV is like talking about a childhood friend. I literally grew up watching this network. From sneaking and watching Real World (I think that I saw the original airing of Tammy and David's fight...loooong time ago), to staying up late to watch their teen drama Undressed, to marathons of Daria, to the first season of Cribs, this network has defined how I look at music and music culture.

But it's just sad now. The reality shows are terrible (why did they take away Andy Milonakis, that was a good show!) and it's full of dating games...and don't get me started on Real World, it's like these kids grew up watching the show and now want to reincarnate their favorite cast members. Stinky.

The Academy Awards: When they nominated Pride & Prejudice, I was DONE. The dumbest movie ever gets multiple nominations while other really great movies get looked over because they aren't commercial enough. I didn't understand then, but have since learned that the world (especially "media") is driven by advertising dollars. So, by nominating Beyonce in Dreamgirls, they guarantee gazillions of people will watch the show, thereby commanding a higher advertising rate and simultaneously eroding the credibility and prestige of the award. I mean they are practically handing out those little gold men.

Gwyneth Paltrow (who I think is a great actress) won for
Shakespeare in Love....'nuf said.

Eyeliner: I have spent the better part of my life trying to perfect the application of eyeliner. But I have realized that it is no use. I have, quite possibly, the smallest set of eyes ever created. And while I LOVE the heavy, kohl Cleopatra Jones/Catwoman eyeliner jobs that all the girls about town are sporting these days, I have realized that it will never look right on my face. Sigh. I am, however, completely rededicating myself to mascara/augmented eyelashes.

Clinique's High-Impact Mascara is my current obsession, though I still believe that Maybeline produces the best mascaras ever! The classic formula in the pink and green bottle has been my staple since I was in single digits!

Luv, Peace and Hair Grease,

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Cleaning Out My Closet

I am all about improvement. Home improvement, academic improvement, self-improvement...especially self-improvement. Everyone should be constantly improving. We all know this, but most of us rarely do it. Especially me. But one thing that I am good at is cleaning. Don't ask my mama, because she'll tell you I don't clean worth a damn, but really, when it comes down to it I am very good at getting rid of the dirty stuff so that the good, clean stuff can shine through....I do this a lot in my personal life. I am very quick (too quick maybe?) to disregard someone as a potential friend/boyfriend/whatever because of flaws, both percieved and real. Sometimes I jump the gun, but for the most part I think that I am quicker than most to cut ties that have overstayed their welcome. And I'm not the only one. Celebs, political parties, and even our nation have done away with baggage lately.

Exhibit A:
Go Britney, Go Britney, It's your birthday!

She finally let that skeezer/free-loader Kevin go and she's releasing a new album! Say what you want, but Britney is as bad as they come and when she's around she shuts all those *good* girls down. I heart Brit!

Exhibit B:


Though I believe that both Republicans and Democrats are equal opportunity oppressors, I am still very thankful that there are people in power who are a tad (emphasis on tad) bit more sensitive to matters like the "war" in Iraq, skyrocketing college tuition, and fuel prices. Join me in singing, "And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know......."

Take a cue from me, Britney, and Congress and get rid of those things, people and habits that are doing you NO good. My vice? Dairy products. If you see me, ask me if I've consumed any. If I say yes, please slap me around a little, ok?


Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Mama Wants A Brand New Bag...


So, Christmas is just around the corner and I am finding myself handbag-less. Thoughtlessly, I only brought a little gold clutch and my straw handbag to school with me in August ( I guess I forgot that summer would eventually end?). My big, red and orange print bag, my cute pink beaded bag, my little Coach-print purse, my little LV print bag, and a few of my other favs are neatly packed on the shelves of my closet...thousands of miles away. So for now, I am alternating between my black Uppity Negro tote (a remnant of freshman year...I hate it now!) and my cream HU Bison tote (from Summer 04, also a hated item). Needless to say, it sux!

I was reminded the other day that I used to make illustrated Christmas Lists using catalog and magazine cut-outs to show my mom exactly what I wanted (the Bible says you have not because you ask not, I was just trying to follow The Word). I've decided to do a throw-back Christmas List and take it all the way back to like '99, 2000.

Here's what I want:

1) The Mama Purse: I call it this because you could literally stuff a baby in here. I luv big bags, so this would be perfect for me. But with a $1,000+ price tag, I'll probably get a look-alike from Nine West.

Grande Bag, Roberto Cavalli

2) Slow and Steady: No flash, just smooth chocolate brown leather with muted gold hardware, my boy Marcky Marc does it again.

Tina Tote, Marc by Marc Jacobs

3) The Winner For Best Design Goes to...Botkier! I love the shape of this bag! It's smaller than the rest, but makes up for the lack of size with a pretty light tan color, slim tassels and wonderfully positioned zippers.

Hobo, Botkier

4) Instant Classic. Everybody loves a Louis and this cute little bag is not exception. I'm on the fence about the Damier pattern versus the classic LV, but I'm leaning toward this one. I've been eyeing it for awhile and I think Christmas would be the perfect time to splurge and treat myself.

Canvas Speedy 25, Louis Vuitton

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Playlist: October 22

In current rotation on my iPod nano:

*Miss Fat Booty, Mos Def: The first Mos song that I really got into. Also references one of my fav black beauties: Jayne Kennedy.

*It's Okay (One Blood), The Game: If I supported gang rivalry I would totally be a Crip (I grew up on the Southside of Fort Worth, I have no choice), but I still love this song. That Caribbean man is singing his heart out and I like it.

*Mr. Me Too, Clipse featuring Pharrell: I luv the Clipse, they have a really cool sound and always get the best Neptunes beats to complement their lyrics. This song is a quick Clipse classic.

*In A Sentimental Mood, Duke Ellington/Miles Davis/John Coltrane: I got this song from the soundtrack to Love Jones, one of my favorite movies, and have become totally addicted to it, though I am not normally a Jazz fan.

*Seasons Change, Corinne Bailey Rae: This is the really cool song that played during the opening and ending credits of the season premiere of Girlfriends a few weeks ago. Luv the song, Luv Corinne.

*California, Phantom Planet: The theme song to The OC. I am not a fan of the show, but I luv the song. It makes me nostalgic for a place I've never lived.

*Upgrade U, Beyonce featuring Jay-Z: Again, not a fan of the album, but this song is bomb. I luv luv luv the way B goes off at the end with the Foxy-esque rhyme.

*Waiting in Vain, Bob Marley: I always think of the last night of the summer when I hear this song. It was playing in a little bookstore near 116th and Broadway the night before I left New York. Nicole and I went in there after leaving Haagen-Dazs and I bought, "In the Temple of My Familiar" by Alice Walker.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Libras Are The Coolest

"It's easy to spot a Libra. You're the one who's impeccably dressed, and oh so cute, radiating confidence. Fun-loving and kind, you put the C in charming..."

Essence Magazine, October 2006

As part of my birthday week celebration (yes, I get a whole week. October 16-October 22, OK?), I am highlighting my favorite Librans. As air signs, we tend to be easy-going, charming, artistic, and fair, and no one exemplifies these principles more than these 5 diverse stars.

<---Gwen Stefani, October 3

<---Ashanti, October 13

<---Ray Charles, September 23

<---Ashley Simpson, October 3

<---Will Smith, September 25

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Kelis: Girl of The Month

I have a little confession. I am majorly, totally, butt-crazy over Kelis (true 90's vixens remember Cher Horowitz using these same adjectives to describe her feelings for Josh in Cluless)!

She started humbly. Another young black girl with two-tone hair....

Sure we liked Caught Out There, but after a few years we forgot about the young Harlem-ite and she was forced to go across the pond with her second release, Wanderland.

But damn we couldn't ignore her Milkshake! When the new tan, stylishly coiffed Kelis bounced onto the track and gyrated through the video (backed by one of Hip-Hop's sexiest poets, Nas), Bad Girls everyone knew we had found our patron saintess.....

She's a bona-fide star now, her short 'do with the razor-cut side brought what many 'round the way girls were doing to the main stream and cemented her status as the anti-B (would Beyonce ever cut her hair, or take out her weave, whichever you prefer?)

"I have no desire to be anything other than what I am. And that's a girl with ideas, dreams and fears like anyone else." --in Trace Magazine.

I love that quote. She's beyond and above being simply fabulous, fierce, or a force. She's a person and revels in the joys, pains, successes and failures that make up the human experience. Kelis was definitely here.

Friday, October 06, 2006

I Am...

Young, black and fabulous, a women, a girl, a college student, a daughter, a hip-hop head, a "The Wonder Spot"-identifier, an alternative music lover, Brittany Teal bopper (I want to be just like her) country music liker, a (sometimes) fashion (sorta-kinda) junkie, Nelly-Furtado listener, Cinderella fantisiZer, puppy needer, lots-o-earring haver (my ear game is SO tight) , my momma's daughter, beautyista, Melissa Johnson misser, broke college student, Beyonce... well sometimes I hate on her, Bridget Jones's Diary admirer, Michael Arceneaux hearter (I HEART him 4EVA), gossip fiend, Latrice Jones's buddy-- I am last name only to her, future novelist, in my twenties, shopoholic when I have the money, Jay-z obsesser, occasional blogger, Judy Blume-reader, aspiring fash-ON person, T-Mobile side-kick wanter, Nicole Crowder's future roomie, a girl that loves to read, lives to eat, is allergic to Bullshit, tests, silly hoes, Mountain Dew, cashews, carrot cake, Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, any celeb article that contains the phrase "just a normal guy/girl," and cats.

Shout out to Charreah for teaching me how to change the font and font color on!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Maybe I Do Have A Future In The Beauty Industry...

Faithful Bad Girl's Guide readers will remember my mid summer ode to C.O. Bigelow's moisterizing but not greasy, tasty Mentha Lip Shine. Well, according to Heart & Soul's October/November issue, Tia Williams, beauty editor turned all-around fabulous lifestyle expert, agrees! Check out a scan of her feature in the magazine (Click on the pic for a larger image). This seasoned beautyista also recommends the gloss! Plus, I own 3 of the 5 Fab Girl Essentials (I'm working on the Hard Candy Make-Up and the Toolkit, give me time).

Join me in patting myself on the back! :)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Top Model Round Up

I am officially an ANTM convert. The first couple of seasons really didn't do it for me, but by Cycle 3 I was hooked. And this season is no different. My favorites:


I luv this girl! She is the definition of FIERCE! From the lopsided haircut, to the boyish features, her look is sooo cool. But like Ms. Jay said tonight, I wish she wanted it as bad for herself as everyone else does.


What can you say? She's absolutely fabulous. Her fiesty attitude (standing up to Monique's crazy ass) and gorgeous pictures won me over.


Ugly name but still great. She's the second coming of Danielle, the pretty, down-to-earth black girl that knows how to take great pictures.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

I Take It Back....

Solange is NOT a cool lil sis. I recently read the October 2006 Essence (which features a little blurb written by yours truly, turn to page 202) and was really disgusted at what this 20 year old mother and wife of a fool that does not work had to say. According to the other Miss Knowles, "I've seen what my sister goes through for this business. I don't need it. I'll do what I want to do because I love it. Not for fame." In other words, I'm not as talented as B and I'm not even gone try to work as hard. Everybody knows beauty is not one of my strengths and since my older sister is worth a few mil and about to marry a guy worth about 10 times that much, I don't have to work to support to my son and husband, so I won't.*

Completely not cool. I understand not wanting to be an uber-celebrity, I mean who needs crazy white men following you everytime you get a pedicure? But to say that you will work in an industry but not stive to be the best is just weird to me. Become a gardener, a hairdresser or a cartoonist. But to be a successful recording artist is to be famous, so why do it if you don't want to be successful?

And what 20 year-old says this? "When you have children, your priorities shift. So anything that's going to make me sweat? I'm not doing it anymore." WTF??? She is basically telling everyone that she lives off of her family and doesn't have to work and at 20 years old (the age most people work the hardest to try to establish a good life for themselves) she can stay at home with her fellow free-loader and chill, so as not to avoid sweating.

Wack. Just wack.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Amerie: Girl of the Week

In honor of NYC Fashion Week 2006, I am profiling one of my personal fashion icons: Amerie. Though not a standout in any other category (i.e. Talent), this girl dresses her ass off!! And I love that she's a Georgetown University alum. As Susan says, "Everybody loves an educated Black girl," lol. Anyway, here are my top 5 favorite looks from Miss Amerie.

1) At the 2006 Baby Phat Show wearing a dress clearly not designed by Kimora (sigh, Stripper Chic is NEVER Ok). Flawless skin- Check. Perfect Smile- Check. Bad Girl Attitude- Check.

2) Fabulous as usual at Lil Kim's welcome home party thrown by AOL Music. I am a huge fan of silvery white tones against brown skin. Luvs it.

3) Looking a little like Angela Bassett in this pic. Jeans + Structured Bag = Effortless Chic.

4) At the Ghost Couture show last year. Fab in jeans and simple accessories.

5) My fav. Looking elegant in Giorgio Armani with Mr. Armani himself.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Luv Is In The Air.....

Things I luv about me:

I luv that I'm a lady but can dance like a h** (Fergie Fergie luvs you long time, lol)......

I luv that I'm a few weeks away from my 21st but I still eat with colorful spoons and forks shaped like frogs and birds......

I luv that I am strong enough in my Faith and luv for Jesus that I don't have to be afraid of people that are different from me and that I don't seek to take their rights away......

I luv that I'm well-spoken without sounding like "Becky"......

I luv that I can walk out of the house with my hoodie and sweats on and still feel confident and sexy......

I luv that I watch CNN, MTV, Nickelodeon and Lifetime all in one day.....

I luv that I laugh loud without fear of looking stupid....

I luv that I don't have to prove how smart I am (uhhh, my pet peeve).....

I luv that I know having an education doesn't make you educated.....

I luv that I'm learning how to pick my battles.....

I luv that I know who I am and that I don't wanna be anything else....

Sunday, August 06, 2006

This Black Girl Thing

If someone had told me that I would leave New York with 10 new friends, I would have laughed in their face. New acquantences, co-workers, contacts, yes, but friends? No. I came here to learn about the magazine industry, network, and increase my chances of securing a full-time writing gig, but I found that when a gaggle of intelligent, driven, professional, forward-thinking young black women are chosen as Summer Interns, other things happen. Weekend excursions turn into weekday fun. Trips to the cafeteria (Angel, try not to get stuck in the automated revolving door...), the annual BE field trip (Christian, stop rolling your eyes...they can see you!), and wack house parties that turn into fun nights (No, Tiffany, we're NOT having fun yet...). It's this Black Girl Thing. The Smart Black Girl Thing. The Artsy Black Girl Thing. The Nice-But-I-Still-Don't-Take-No-Shit Black Girl Thing. It made us bond in ways that we couldn't have predicted. So, to all my Summer '06 buddies, Angel, Nicole, Charreah, Christian, Ashley, Tiffany, Krystle, Winter, Brittany, Shante, Laura, Lauren, Claire, Susan, and Renee, thanks for making my summer in the city so unforgettable.

Friday, August 04, 2006

The Sister Factor

Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely ADORE my big sister!!! Growing up, it was just us and we were always "Ronda's Girls" or simply "The Girls." Since my sister is pretty, smart, and insanely polite, it has always a huge compliment for someone to say that I look or act like her. I look up to her and she looks out for me. It's the Sister Factor. And in recent years, the hottest accessory in Hollywood is a cute mini-me sister.

See Beyonce and Solange. Personally, one of my fav sister pairs. I LUV how Beyonce is obviously one of the most famous women to ever live, but she's uber-excited about Solange's role in a B-movie. ALL big sisters are like this.

Jessica and Ashlee are my FAV famous sisters. Though my sister is nothing like Jessica (unless you consider their mutual love for fitted sundresses and big "Texas" hair), I identify very strongly with Ashlee as a fellow little sister. We're both Libras and share strong personalities, loud opinions and an adventurous spirit. We both completely live our own lives, often to the chagrin of well-meaning parents. Also, her song, "Shadow," is, like, the story of my life.

Britney and Jamie Lynn. Y'all know I love Britney Spears. I don't care what anyone says, shes seems like a cool chick. And I luv how close her and her mini-me Jamie are. Despite their age difference, they seem to really be cool with each, which I can relate to.

Of course there are others (Hilary and Hayle, Ashanti and Shi-Shi, or whatever her name is), but my favorite Hollywood sister pairs involve little sisters who shine (or are poised to shine) just as bright, if not brighter than their older sisters. Like Ashlee said, its often hard to grow up in the shadow of a really great woman. But I always think that it would be even harder to grow up in the shadow of stupid, wack sister.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Randomness at 2 AM

Thanks to our marathon NYC tour (me and my sister saw much of Harlem, a good portion of Central Park, explored the opulence of 5th Ave, and strolled through Chelsea), I collapsed on my bed around 8pm and didn't wake up until around midnight...two hours ago. Thanks to my "nap," I'm not at all ready to sleep. I'm watching Jerry McGuire on TBS (I used to think it was a good movie, but seeing it as an adult it just looks overly-dramatic and not all that entertaining), listening to my "Recently Added" iTunes (some Cassie, Nelly, and Christina Milian), and in general bored out of my mind...hence the early morning blog.


- I don't think Cassie is all that bad! I read Michael's blog entry about Diddy's latest protege, but I have to say that I'm not mad at "Me & U,"' and I don't think she's all that stiff....maybe I'm just part of the group of simpletons who are easily appeased by the music industry's piss-poor offerings....

-You know what's even scarier than NOT knowing what you want to do with your life?? THINKING that you have this great, masterplan mapped out and then finding out, in like the 2nd inning (I don't know if that's the right analogy...I'm not really a sports fan) that you really don't want what you thought you did. For the past few years my goals have been very clear: Graduate, move to NY, work for magazine. But now that I'm hear, in NY, I see that it's not all its cracked up to be. At the end of the day, NY is just a city. An overpriced city. A cold city. A city that's far from my family. The passion that I used to have for my goals is gone...or at least the flame is flickering. I don't know if I want to move to NY, moving home would seem like a step backward...I don't know.

-I recently saw a DEEPLY disturbing tribute to Jigga (I don't care what anybody says...I'm going to marry that man, we're meant for each other!!!) featuring B, his mom, and that guy that he hangs know the one that supposedly pepper-sprayed R. Kelly. Take a look.

-Cuba Gooding, Jr. (yes, I'm back on Jerry McGuire) used to be a pretty good actor...what happened?

Monday, July 24, 2006

The Bad Girl Guilty Pleasure

A self-professed bookworm, I'll read just about anything. A recent example of this is my preoccupation with famed blogger Jessica Cutler's juicy, gossipy, tell-all scribe "The Washingtonienne." Set against the fair city of Washington, DC, my semi-home since 2004, it’s a refreshing change from the juicy, gossipy, tell-alls based in Manhattan (read: The Devil Wears Prada, Sex & The City, and virtually every other chick-lit novel published this decade).

Cutler's alter ego, Jacqueline Turner is not as pretty as she is slutty and just as unscrupulous as she is smart. She navigates the hills of The Hill in stilettos (last season's since DC is not privy to the omnipresent sample sales of the Big Apple), bedding presidential aides, tenured Senators, lowly legislative assistants and bike messengers alike.

Though vapid, Bad Girls will find this book refreshingly devoid of excuses. Unlike Sex's Carrie, Jackie doesn't go on and on about why singles in the big city are so incurably promiscuous. No soliloquies on the absence of "dateable" men being the reason why young professionals turn into walking sex. There's no rhyme or reason to her antics, she simply does it because she can. And I mean really, how many “sexy, single professional gal seeks love in the Big City" plots can we stomach? The Washingtonienne simply reads sexy, single, semi-professional seeks alcohol, "recreational" drugs and rich, political horndogs (her word, not mine).

But, conservative prudes beware! The language is crude and the subject matters ever cruder. If you're offended by any of the "words" (the P-word, the B-word, the F-word) don't bother. This book is hardcore, rated XXX. Though I'm only half-way into it, I know that underneath all of the "lines of blow" and various "jobs," Cutler is getting at some sort of point. When I find out, I'll let you know. In the meantime, enjoy this guilty pleasure!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Guess Who's Bizzack!

I'M BACK!!!!

Thanks to some not so gentle prodding from co-bloggers Michael and Charreah, I have decided to return after my unintended absence. LOTS has happened since my last post, but rather than bore you with tedious details I have created yet another list. Enjoy!

What I've Learned Since My Last Post:

10. C.O. Bigelow's Cinnamon MenthaLip Shine is the BEST lip treatment ever! It moisturizes, adds shine and has a delightful menty-cinnamon flavor. I should know, I eat the stuff by the globfuls!

9. iPod Nano's are WAY cooler than the full size versions. Mine is small, pink, and still manages to hold every song worth listening to!

8. My Jay-Z obsession has become almost deadly. Yesterday, after my friend told me that she actually spoke with Mr. Carter's publicist, I almost tackled her for more information....I need help!

7. I'm officially a Senior!!!! Soon after my last post, I completed my Junior year at Howard, Yay!!!!

6. No one should ever unintentionally go more than 7 weeks between relaxers...EVER! It's just not pretty.

5. Reality TV is not Real. See LC's interview, first day on the job, etc at TeenVogue. "Umm, I like to write. I mean I enjoy it" is not a job-getting quote. Completely fake!

4. Kelly Clarkson is one bad ass white girl. I'm not racist, she just is! I mean, one word, Walkaway. That's a bad ass song.

3. Kelis is one bad ass black girl. One word, Bossy. Bad ass song.

2. I'm a white tee convert. I bought a whit tee at Target for like $8. I've worn this thing almost every week this summer, with flowy skirts to church, with jeans to the movies, under a tank to work. So versatile.

1. My sister's coming to New York!!!!