Archive | December, 2010

No hat, no gloves, suede shoes…THIS SNOW IS SERIOUS!!!

27 Dec

So I’ve been away from my comfortable bed for a total of two nights now. I went out Christmas night and because of the snow, had to spend the night in the city and then head straight to work all day Sunday. Work was not fun because as each hour rolled by and the snow accumulated so did my thoughts of how I was getting home. I made it to BedStuy, but the trains went out of service and there were buses stuck in the deep snow all over the road.

16 inches!!! That is how much fell last night. I ended up spending the night in BedStuy and woke up early this morning, attempting to walk to East Flatbush because my boss said the job was going to be open today. I trekked through several blocks of BedStuy, no hat, no gloves, and suede shoes. My feet froze. With every step I took, my feet became more and more numb. At one point, I knew I was walking, but did not feel my legs moving.

I finally arrived home to a snowed in block and driveway. I immediately got my pitbull inside in the warmth and changed my clothes. I am in the middle of shoveling now, but thought I would post some cool photos of us outside. I have my stunna shades on with my fly fur coat. Yes, I still have to style on them in the snow 🙂

P.S. My boss just texted me. They closed the workplace. NO WORK FOR ME!!!

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A Christmas Cantata

25 Dec

Merry Christmas to all my bloggers and viewers alike!!! I wish you prosperity and blessings in the approaching new year. Excellence exuded from the service at Solid Rock SDA Church in Far Rockaway, New York. It was a blessed service. We sang in between the short, narrated skits. Thanks to the musicians and singers, who performed outstandingly today.

 

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BLACK BLOGGERS UNITE!

18 Dec

Disclaimer: I’m using all twitter aliases on this post. If you can find yourself, please add a comment to this post with the link to your blog!

Shout out to all my new friends that I met at the black bloggers event hosted by @JaredMichaelLowe . He hosted the event at the Ferality Show clothing and accessory shop (62 Clinton Street/NY New York 10002/t: 212.387.8540/f: 973.744.0897).

Having this type of forum for black bloggers is an exceptionally great idea. Such events give a platform on which we all can network and help one another out. All my black bloggers UNITE!

Additionally, bloggers weren’t the only kind on the scene; photographers came out as well. I will keep you all posted of other events out there. If you are a black blogger, let’s network!

I enjoyed meeting and acquainting myself with everyone that night. Here are some of the contacts made (please read disclaimer): @KrowdPleaseHer @MUSbyMaliRo @FeralitySho @jaredmichaelowe@UptownEssence @StylishlyIconic @TheFabChick @BStyleBloggers @glamniki @kaileeinthecity @lipstickfashion @osochic@feralityshow @swaggerguerre @lowefactor @shadedblaque @curran_j @StyleandBeautyDoc @StyleMom @FlyOnADime

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URBAN WORD NYC – Feat. Nate Marshall

16 Dec

Spoken Word is all about expression. Expression is an art that Nate Marshall has damn near mastered. Nate Marshall is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He  is the star of the award-winning full-length documentary “Louder Than A Bomb” and featured in HBO’s “Brave New Voices.” He attends my alma mater, Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, TN where he studies English and African-American Studies. Nate’s work is in a number of publications including, The Spoken Word Revolution: Redux, The Vanderbilt Review, and on Chicago Public Radio. He was a 2010 finalist for the Guild Complex’s Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award. He is also a rapper who has released two albums with the group Daily Lyrical Product and recently released his first solo EP, “The Langston Huge Project.” “Unconditional Like” is his second chapbook of poetry. Click here to check it out.

 

Urban Word NYC believes that self-expression is crucial for our teenagers. This grassroots non-profit has been at the forefront of the youth spoken word, poetry and hip-hop movements in New York City since 1999. Urban Word NYC focuses on creative writing, journalism, college prep, literature and hip-hop and provides safe and uncensored writing workshops to teens year round at no cost. Have you heard of the Annual NYC Teen Poetry Slam and the NY Knicks Poetry Slam? Yeah, well Urban Word NYC hosts those along with other local and national youth slams, festivals, reading series, open mics, and more. UW works directly with 15,000 teens per year in New York City alone. This group is doing great things. Check out their website by clicking here and please give to a good cause!

 

Last night’s event was an open mic hosted by Urban Word on a monthly basis in Brooklyn’s own Grand Army Plaza library. The connection between Nate Marshall and Urban Word?

 

 

 

 

Well, if you haven’t guessed already, Nate was last night’s featured artist. We welcomed Nate to our beautiful city of Brooklyn, NY and he shared his art with a room full of artists.

 

 

 

 

Props to Nate Marshall. He had a book in his hand, undoubtedly some of his published work, and he read from it very fluently and comfortably.

 

 

 

 

 

I was also able to catch Tanya Marie on stage; however, there was a lot more talent in the room last night. Shout out to Reynold Martin of Urban Word and Brittany aka Blue.

 

 

 

 

 

~It’s a SACHIKA TWINS BIRTHDAY~

15 Dec

Another year, another win! This was the case for the celebrity designers To-Nya and To-Tam Sachika, familiarly known as the Sachika Twins. Only a couple of hours transpired after I arrived on my flight from Nashville, TN; however I made sure that I was present for last night’s festivities. There were plenty of surprise guest appearances. Ice-T and Coco, a frequent client of the twins, appeared ready to party. Angelina from the Jersey Shore made a guest appearance. Ugo Mozie, Robot and Brucling were among many designers and stylists who made their way through Juliet Supper Club last night. I even managed to bump into Lil Wayne. My friend, Donna, was first to spot Weezy. Naturally, he is so small in stature, many missed him that night. I even stopped him and asked him to photograph with my sister and Donna and he claimed he had to go to Juliet’s entrance and let his friend in. It was no mystery when I realized Weezy never came back.

All in all, the night was a major success. Whoever was in charge of the birthday cake outdid themselves. This night can easily go down in the history books.

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ANNA DEL RUSSO’S FRAGRANCE LAUNCHED ON YOOX!

8 Dec

Anna Del Russo, Fashion Director at large and Creative Consultant for Vogue Japan, has launched her signature fragrance, only available on http://yoox.com.

A yoox.com press release described the fragrance as “the essence of vanilla mixed with almond,” which creates a mood reflective of the memories of childhood. She has teamed up with the company Firmenich, a perfumery, to produce this fragrance. What a great Christmas gift this will make for those wanting to relive their childhood experience and the young at heart. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


RECIPE HIGHLIGHT!

7 Dec

So today marks the first time that we are featuring a recipe highlight post on THE EXPERIENCE blog. I know you are accustomed to the more interactive recipe posts, i.e. a video of me cooking something great; however, this post is just to highlight a fun recipe for you to try at home.

AND THE WINNER IS…

Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

(taken from http://allrecipes.com)

This is bread that needs preparation, so start prep work a few days ahead. There are ways to cut the amount of cholesterol and calories by using egg replacers and choosing your oils carefully. Also, quinoa is a great high-protein substitute for the flour.  Here is the recipe.

Prep Time:
15 Min
Cook Time:
50 Min
Ready In:
1 Hr 5 Min

 

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Original Recipe Yield 3 – 7×3 inch loaf pans

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7×3 inch loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Nutritional Information open nutritional information

Amount Per Serving Calories: 263 | Total Fat: 10.3g | Cholesterol: 35mg