Month: September 2008 (Page 1 of 4)

Treat Yourself Tuesday

Fall brings to mind nights by the fire, my warm knit ponchos with a great pair of jeans, high-heeled boots, a bangin bag, and a new sweet smelling treat of the season that I have yet to discover. Here are a couple that I did happen upon, tried, and loved.


Now, anyone who knows me well knows I cannot live without quality, flavorful coffee. That’s why I could not go home without my own set of The Coffee House by Philosophy, ($30, sephora.com) This set is made up of three luxurious goodies: a shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath. With the scents of cafe au lait, caramel mocha latte, and eggnog latte, you’ll get your morning must-have jolt of java without the daily cup of joe!

Arlice Nichole

Treat Yourself Tuesday

Fall brings to mind nights by the fire, my warm knit ponchos with a great pair of jeans, high-heeled boots, a bangin bag, and a new sweet smelling treat of the season that I have yet to discover. Here are a couple that I did happen upon, tried, and loved.


Now, anyone who knows me well knows I cannot live without quality, flavorful coffee. That’s why I could not go home without my own set of The Coffee House by Philosophy, ($30, sephora.com) This set is made up of three luxurious goodies: a shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath. With the scents of cafe au lait, caramel mocha latte, and eggnog latte, you’ll get your morning must-have jolt of java without the daily cup of joe!

Arlice Nichole

Feelin Fall!

Fall is my favorite time of year, so, I was happy to see the colors belonging to the season show up on runways. Not just your classic browns, but shocking mustards, marigolds, apple, and burnt orange, to name a few. Here are a few of my favorites.


Baby Phat


DKNY (I’m a true to the heart boho chic, and I absolutely fell in love with this!)


Phillip Lim

Arlice Nichole

Feelin Fall!

Fall is my favorite time of year, so, I was happy to see the colors belonging to the season show up on runways. Not just your classic browns, but shocking mustards, marigolds, apple, and burnt orange, to name a few. Here are a few of my favorites.


Baby Phat


DKNY (I’m a true to the heart boho chic, and I absolutely fell in love with this!)


Phillip Lim

Arlice Nichole

The Third Time’s a Charm?


Ralph Nader is back on the scene to throw yet another election. I implore you not to waste your vote. Do not be deceived this man as absolutely NO CHANCE of winning the election. But if enough people vote for him he can throw the election.

The Third Time’s a Charm?


Ralph Nader is back on the scene to throw yet another election. I implore you not to waste your vote. Do not be deceived this man as absolutely NO CHANCE of winning the election. But if enough people vote for him he can throw the election.

This Could Be Our Next President

Sarah Palin is one 72-year-old’s heartbeat away from being the President of the United States of America. This isn’t about the idea that a woman can’t take charge. There are several women in government that possess the brainpower, strength, knowledge, and my confidence to guide this nation. Sarah Palin is not one of them.

Watch Palin in a recent interview here.

I can’t wait to see what kind of gems she comes up with during the VP debate.

Please register to vote. You must register 30 days before the election.

Tatiana

This Could Be Our Next President

Sarah Palin is one 72-year-old’s heartbeat away from being the President of the United States of America. This isn’t about the idea that a woman can’t take charge. There are several women in government that possess the brainpower, strength, knowledge, and my confidence to guide this nation. Sarah Palin is not one of them.

Watch Palin in a recent interview here.


I can’t wait to see what kind of gems she comes up with during the VP debate.

Please register to vote. You must register 30 days before the election.

Tatiana

Something Isn’t Right: Chantal Biya

Cameroon’s First Lady Chantal Biya glares at France’s First Lady Carla Bruni at the UN Assembly today.

I was getting a chuckle over at Crunk & Disorderly’s Side Eye Action when I caught a glimpse of this woman. Something is off. She almost looks like she could be Hawaiian or Philippino–but one off. I’m not saying that there are no light-skinned African sisters, but Biya’s skin tone is awfully pale, her makeup is obviously overdone, and the weave looks quite heavy. And has she had her nose done? The pieces just don’t seem to fit together. And I am not just speaking from the seat of my pants. I’ve been to Africa and the prevalence of skin-lightening creams and weave shops is frightening. I’ve seen African women with different hue’d body parts. I am not saying that Mrs Biya is guilty of skin bleaching, but there is obviously something going on here, and I don’t like the look of it.


Take a look at some of Africa’s other First Ladies here.

Tatiana

Editor’s Update 10/30/09:
From time to time I like to look at the website stats to see how people come upon this site. This post seems to be one of the highest searched pages on my site, and as you can see in the comments section, has created some heated debate. As owner of the site, with a right to my own opinion, my article stands. Firmly. The amount of people who see fault with the critique of their beloved Ms. Biya is astounding, and I have no regrets for my statements. Those that would dismiss me as ignorant, biased, and self-absorbed (ha!)  would forget to note that I have visited Africa on several occasions. And PLEASE with the ‘She’s French!’, ‘She’s French!’ reasoning, as if being part European (or part-anything) is the Holy Grail in beauty standards. Those excuses only perpetuate the unrealistic goals of the many insecure Black women and men who feel that ‘light’ is ‘right’. (Would Paul Biya marry a sister as dark as Michelle Obama? I think not.) But no need to cross the Atlantic; I can look no further than my Senegalese neighbor, who is light-skinned, yet participates in skin bleaching (as my Sierra-Leonian fiancé pointed out).

I will continue to criticize Chantal Biya and other African First Ladies who walk around dripped in European labels while their dictator husbands run corrupt nations for decades on end. This self-entitled Biya chick has spent over 15 years shopping lavishly on Chanel, Dior, and weaves and makeup while 90 percent of Cameroon’s roads go unpaved, nearly half of the population lives in abject poverty, and corruption and nepotism run rampant. Everytime this lady opens another self-named “charity”, I just roll my eyes. Honestly, if I could I would throw one of my hard-earned (and well deserved) Louboutins at her, I would. She is no role model for me, or any other woman with an ounce of self respect.

Something Isn’t Right: Chantal Biya

Cameroon’s First Lady Chantal Biya glares at France’s First Lady Carla Bruni at the UN Assembly today.

I was getting a chuckle over at Crunk & Disorderly’s Side Eye Action when I caught a glimpse of this woman. Something is off. She almost looks like she could be Hawaiian or Philippino–but one off. I’m not saying that there are no light-skinned African sisters, but Biya’s skin tone is awfully pale, her makeup is obviously overdone, and the weave looks quite heavy. And has she had her nose done? The pieces just don’t seem to fit together. And I am not just speaking from the seat of my pants. I’ve been to Africa and the prevalence of skin-lightening creams and weave shops is frightening. I’ve seen African women with different hue’d body parts. I am not saying that Mrs Biya is guilty of skin bleaching, but there is obviously something going on here, and I don’t like the look of it.


Take a look at some of Africa’s other First Ladies here.

Tatiana

Editor’s Update 10/30/09:
From time to time I like to look at the website stats to see how people come upon this site. This post seems to be one of the highest searched pages on my site, and as you can see in the comments section, has created some heated debate. As owner of the site, with a right to my own opinion, my article stands. Firmly. The amount of people who see fault with the critique of their beloved Ms. Biya is astounding, and I have no regrets for my statements. Those that would dismiss me as ignorant, biased, and self-absorbed (ha!)  would forget to note that I have visited Africa on several occasions. And PLEASE with the ‘She’s French!’, ‘She’s French!’ reasoning, as if being part European (or part-anything) is the Holy Grail in beauty standards. Those excuses only perpetuate the unrealistic goals of the many insecure Black women and men who feel that ‘light’ is ‘right’. (Would Paul Biya marry a sister as dark as Michelle Obama? I think not.) But no need to cross the Atlantic; I can look no further than my Senegalese neighbor, who is light-skinned, yet participates in skin bleaching (as my Sierra-Leonian fiancé pointed out).

I will continue to criticize Chantal Biya and other African First Ladies who walk around dripped in European labels while their dictator husbands run corrupt nations for decades on end. This self-entitled Biya chick has spent over 15 years shopping lavishly on Chanel, Dior, and weaves and makeup while 90 percent of Cameroon’s roads go unpaved, nearly half of the population lives in abject poverty, and corruption and nepotism run rampant. Everytime this lady opens another self-named “charity”, I just roll my eyes. Honestly, if I could I would throw one of my hard-earned (and well deserved) Louboutins at her, I would. She is no role model for me, or any other woman with an ounce of self respect.

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