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Jan
18

Today Nick and I went to “Sue Rock’s Studio” in Crown Heights, Brooklyn to volunteer. The studio was a part of an initiative on President Obama’s website to find unique ways to donate to Haiti. At “Sue Rock’s” there were multiple ways to get involved and donate. People were cutting fabrics and sorting fabrics for the end result of creating skirts for the children and women of Haiti. Nick and I arrived and were asked to supervise the table of ceramic figures that were painted by children in the neighborhood. We were to sell these goods for $3 each and the funds were to be donated to Haiti. Lucky for us, today was beautiful and many people stopped along the street to purchase the figures as well as donate any money they had! For the two hours we were there, we made over $60. Amazing! Volunteering is really good for the soul and GREAT for everyone else! Below are a couple of pictures from the day!

Inside Sue Rocks! SO SO many people! it was great

Outside Sue Rocks! The Sun was blinding me, but it was so worth it!

Jan
05

So today is the beginning of 2010 (according to me and other lazy bums it doesn’t start the immediate day after NYE, especially when it’s on the weekend…for obvious reasons) and one of my resolutions is to exercise and get FIT. While I was perusing the TV this weekend, again being a bum, I stumbled upon FitTv and realized I could be fit from my own home without coming up with my own workout or having to buy exercise DVDs, which made today the perfect day to do “Dance and Be Fit”, thanks to my DVR. And sheesh, what a work out! I think I worked harder than I ever did at the American University gym classes I was dragged to by my friends randomly. Kimberly (that’s the instructor) started off the episode by letting the viewers know this is the perfect workout to get rid of love handles. And although I wouldn’t say I have “love handles” I have something like “love knobs” so this was perfect. The workout turned out to very much feel like an African Dance class with the emphasis on hip movements, arm exercises and overall excitement. And you know what…it was fun! So for all of those lazy bums out there that want to prove to yourself that you can follow through with the old age resolution for every woman over the age of 20 of getting in shape, try FitTv, specifically Dance and Be Fit. You won’t be disapointed. Below is a link to the FitTv website. I have DirectTV but I’m pretty sure all cable providers will provide you with your chance to GET FIT!

It's fun and you get fit!

Jan
04

HAPPY 2010!! It is a New Year and with that comes new responsibilities, new hopes and aspirations and a newfound sense of positivity. So with that being said it is definitely a New Years resolution of mine to spend more time blogging. There are a couple of reasons why today seemed like a great day to decide to come back. One being it’s the start of a New Year and although Jan 1 was 4 days ago, this first Monday of the New Year marks a time for change. The other reason to come back to my blog, and the reason for this blog post is the idea of giving back. As we all know the Holiday season is always a time where people understand that the “Holiday Spirit” doesn’t mean rewarding yourself with gifts but rewarding others who are less fortunate with gifts. Therefore I find it very very encouraging to see celebrities finding new causes and reasons to reach out and  reward the less fortunate with gifts that for most of us are not seen as gifts at all and more part of our daily lives. Specifically a group of celebrities headed by Kenna, a musician and activist are imparting on the strenuous journey of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds for clean water in an initiative called “Summit on the Summit.” Other celebrities as part of the cause include Santigold, Lupe Fiasco, Jessica Biel, and others. This was so inspiring to me because the Clean Water Cause is something many people do not think about. Mostly because most of us have an unlimited supply to clean water via Poland Spring water bottles or the more green option of a Brita. Either way, this is definitely something worth looking into! Below is the link to the website, try to get involved. Even the smallest donation means something! Once I’m fully employed and no longer living off the funds of Sunni Black this is definitely something I will be giving to! HAPPY 2010!!!

Everyone deserves a glass of fresh water!

Sep
23

Truly the statement “home sweet home” could not be more true tonight. Although I had an amazing time at home visiting my mom, chatting with her, seeing friends, and most essential…getting my hair done, I am honestly glad to be back in my sweet little nook in Brooklyn. It’s abnormally hot tonight as it was in Philly, but the feeling of the Brooklyn air as Nick and I walked to one of our local wine stores for a bottle of chillean goodness (only $4.99, what a steal) is just so welcoming and full of exciting things to come makes this place somewhere that I absolutely love it. I look forward to a positive (and I stress positive because anyone who knows me knows that I have been in a funk lately) exciting day at my internship and class at the new school tomorrow (which now that I’m back in the blogosphere, you will hear more about it) I hope everyone has a positive day tomorrow too! 

 

True Statement.

True Statement.

Sep
23

Last fall as a senior at American University I took the class “Opinion Writing” taught by none other than George Clooney’s dad (and yes at 70 + he is a babe). In this class we learned a great deal about how to write opt-eds. Now as you know, I have always had a love for New York and ever since the New York Times has been as big as it has online, I would say I am a very loyal reader. Even when I lived in DC for four years I would never read The Washington Post and ALWAYS read the New York Times. But until this class, I never explored the editorials section. Either way, when one of our assignments was to write a paper on what opt-ed columnist we liked most and why we liked them, many of my classmates already knew who they wanted because as most of them were journalist majors, (I was a PR major but decided to take this class in an attempt to see if maybe I made a mistake and journalism was my true calling) reading opt-eds was part of their daily ritual. Either way I had to spend time (or the week I had to do the assignment) reading as many columnists as possible and fell upon the lovely, often blunt and sarcastic Maureen Dowd. Yesterday as I was perusing facebook, someone posted on their mini-feed an article she wrote about how women are not as happy as men and as they used to be and in the past couple of years it seems that men are much happier than them. Weird I thought because most men nowadays (at least public figures) are caught in scandalous situations or losing their jobs or something else depressing. And women (or so I thought) have more options of career, either have babies or don’t, and even have liberating and positive movies to watch that tell them they can have it all like Sex and the City. Yet according to the article Dowd wrote, this is not the case. A little depressing as a young woman coming into my own, but still worth the read especially if you’ve never been exposed to her entertaining and educational writing! Enjoy!

 

Maureen Dowd

Maureen Dowd

Sep
23

My phone always randomly alerts me in the middle of the night of random emails, facebook antics, and the BBMS I might receive from my bestfriend Shaina who is currently living on the west coast. No matter what it is, I usually ignore it because for me, sleep is #1. However last night I was awakened by a usual facebook request of some sort and instead of rolling back over and falling deep into dreamland, I instead read it and saw that it was my friend Jason’s group of something about craigslist and then rolled back over and decided I would address it in the morning. So when I awoke at a tardy 10AM (I really need to get a job soon so I’m not only waking up early on thurs and fri for my internship) I decided the first thing to do would be to investigate what Jason’s message was all about. And to my great discovery I found out that this “craigslist” thing was a blog he has been working on for the past month or so. In late July he sent out a facebook group request to join his group of “Jason Living on Craigslist” but not only do I ignore or skim over facebook requests in the deep recesses of the night, I also do at all times of day. So I took this message as none other than a random occurrence and left it to that. But when I delved deeper into his message and then was steered in the direction of his blog livingcraigslist.com, I discovered that my friend Jason, might as well be a genius. He decided after many college graduates living in this unfortunate recession that after a long tiring search for jobs, it was time to find something else that was stimulating and rewarding. And what he came up with is, livingcraigslist.com which is literally what it says. He is traveling cross country and literally finding every job, every housing, almost everything on craigslist. He is also living in three different cities for three months each in the hopes to prove that you can live your life anywhere entirely off of craigslist.To me this is genius because it is innovative and truly the definition of taking your future into your own hands. I am sure this experience is going to be so rewarding in so many ways for him. Also he is truly combining the new with the old. The new being craigslist and his use of video-blogs that are posted on youtube as well as his site, and the old being the American past-time of driving cross country. Many people my mom’s age after college or even if they didn’t go to college, around their early 20s decided to take a chance and go cross country, which I must admit I would really love to do. Either way Jason is truly a person to look out for in my generation (sorry Jason for all the compliments, but it’s true!) and I wish him all the luck. To get hooked on Jason’s adventures read his blog! http://www.livingcraigslist.com

Sep
22

Most girls will usually say their mother is their best confidante and this is such a true statement for me. Although I recently moved to New York (it will be officially three weeks this upcoming Saturday) after the great walk in the park on sunday, one of the solutions I happened to fall upon was how important it was for me to come home for a couple of days. One of the major reasons being I have been wearing my hair naturally curly and it was time to visit my hairdresser to get it straightened for the fall. However the really, really important reason was because I knew as part of this process of trying to figure out how I want my post-grad life to pan out was to visit my mom and get some much needed calming advice. So here I am, at home and loving already the couple of conversations we’ve had. Last night we sat down to dinner (my usual comfort food since the age of 6: grilled chicken, rice-a-roni, and spinach) and discussed how I felt about certain things in my life. Specifically my new internship and what career path I’m hoping to follow. Although the conversation was very detailed and intimate the most important thing I got from her that would be beneficial to anyone in my position was the importance in understanding that things take time to fall into place and you must be patient. And also how important it is to follow your first instinct.  Now when I return to New York tomorrow I will step off that bus (Chinatown bus of course!) with a new outlook on how to go about my new life in the city! And although this may seem a little off subject, but while watching the Emmy’s on Sunday I happened to see Jessica Lange accept the award for Best Actress in a TV Movie for “Grey Gardens” and she ended her speech by saying “And this (referring to her award)…is for all mothers and daughters.” So this post is really a dedication to all mothers who want the best for their daughters because I truly know my mom does for me and I am so so thankful for her.

 

Not really my mom and I...but you get the idea!

Not really my mom and I...but you get the idea!

The mother and daughter team of "Grey Gardens 2009"

The mother and daughter team of "Grey Gardens 2009"

Sep
22

Since I’ve moved there hasn’t been too much time to explore the city because most of my time has been spent getting the apartment together and job searching! Either way, the other day after a long morning of football watching and mini-hamburger eating, it was time to flea from the comforting red couch (our couch is a-mazing, will post pics soon!) and explore Prospect Park, which is literally 3 blocks from us. Having never been there before I was super surprised by how spacious it was. This park, in my opinion, is so much better than Central Park because there aren’t as many people, specifically tourists. It truly is a neighborhood park with all of your usual neighborhood happenings. Pick up soccer, couples lounging in the grass, children playing various games, older people chatting on benches. And most importantly, it is a great place to clear your head. Anyone reading this whose graduated college knows that the first 6 months or so after is often one of the most confusing times of your life. By visiting this park I’ve found a new place to go to sort out ideas and issues surrounding my head on a minute to minute basis. The only sad thing about this is it’s close to the end of September and eventually it the New York October chill will hinder little explorations throughout the park. However I will definitely be taking advantage of this in the next couple of weeks because this past Sunday exposed so many possibilities and solutions in only a 30 min walk around the park! Look for pics this upcoming weekend!

Best place to clear your head...ever.

Best place to clear your head...ever.

Sep
22

Because I have become so tardy with my blogging there are many important happenings in my life to discuss but because I don’t fully remember all, I guess the most recent, most important and most memorable thing thats happened to me recently is my move to the big city! well..Brooklyn, but either way, soooo exciting! I moved a couple of weeks ago and although there has been the upsets of renting, packing and unpacking a budget van as well as having to move out of my philly apt early and having to live with Sunni (that’s my mom) for 4 days…with my boyfriend, It’s been a pretty smooth transition. My brownstone tree-lined street is probably the most amazing thing that’s ever happened to me. I love it so much and totally fights against the stereotype that New Yorkers are not friendly people. Either way, this new scenery should prove to be a perfect, perfect landscape for more ways to kick it with me!

B-R-O-O-K-L-Y-N.

B-R-O-O-K-L-Y-N.

Sep
22

First off…apologies are in order. For who you ask??? YOU! I have been a terrible blogger and promise now that I’m in a new city (even though I’m actually in Philly right now! opps) with a new outlook on my life, there will be more time dedicated to sharing my thoughts with the internet world. So although I’m tired and plan to roll full steam ahead tomorrow with some interesting blogsssss….tonight I happened to be perusing nymag.com (which I must say has been a favorite of mine since before I moved to the Big Apple) for the most recent pics of London’s Fashion Week and I realized I didn’t even finish looking at NY Fashion week! Blasphemy, I know. Either way…Marchesa, AKA the designers I hope to know and personally thank one day for designing my wedding dress, created some beautiful pieces for their Spring 2010 show. And to me, these pieces screammmmm inspiration. Inspiration to be more creative, inspiration to stand out, just inspiration in general! Enjoy, enjoy and I promise there is much more to come! Kicking it with Kia will start kickin again!

gorgeoussssss. definite aisle contender, dontcha think?

gorgeoussssss. definite aisle contender, dontcha think?

Beautiful. This is why I love fashion, classic style reinvigorated.

Beautiful. This is why I love fashion, classic style reinvigorated.