Month: February 2012

One of Those Days (Thanks Whitney)

It might sound morbid to most, but I have been watching and re-watching clips from Whitney Houston’s funeral. I just feel so touched by the outpouring of love and emotion given to a woman who has touched so many through her gift of song. I personally felt like I lost a member of my family. So many people in that church, and each displayed their grief differently, including Jesse Jackson, whom many believed put on an awful face. I will go against the grain and say that Reverend Jackson was extremely emotional–so much so that were he to shed a single tear, it would open up a watershed, like the one he displayed when President Obama was elected. Everybody grieves differently, and we cannot judge what was going on inside that man’s heart. With so many touching performances, I can honestly say that Reverend Kim Burrell’s Rendition of Sam Cooke’s A Change Gonna Come was my favorite. It moved me in such an unspeakable way and I could listen to her sing that song over and over.

 I was listening to the radio this weekend, enjoying all of Whitney’s hits when a song came on that I’d never recalled hearing before. It was a grown and sexy groove sampling the Isley Brother’s Between the Sheets. I was instantly drawn to the song, and immediately ran home to research it and then buy it from Amazon. What I love about One of Those Days is that it is a positive song about enjoying life, giving yourself the time to enjoy being you, and relishing all that you’ve been given. It’s a wonderful song of self-love– a message that is lacking in most of the music out there. It just made me feel really good. Here are four great messages that I got from this record:

 1. Enjoy the blessings of the simple things. Sometimes we forget to be thankful for waking up and being alive, clothed, and fed with a place to sleep.

 2. Listen to positive music. I have to say that most of what I hear on the radio just brings me down. It doesn’t uplift me or make me feel driven or excited. Positive messages and upbeat, rhythmic music can cure a cloudy day.

 3. Turn off the TV. Or the computer. Get up from your computer every hour and walk around and stretch. Take a walk outside. watch the world!

 4. Take care of yourself. As Whitney says, get yourself a mani-pedi, or a massage. These little treats can really uplift your day.


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One of Those Days (Thanks Whitney)

It might sound morbid to most, but I have been watching and re-watching clips from Whitney Houston’s funeral. I just feel so touched by the outpouring of love and emotion given to a woman who has touched so many through her gift of song. I personally felt like I lost a member of my family. So many people in that church, and each displayed their grief differently, including Jesse Jackson, whom many believed put on an awful face. I will go against the grain and say that Reverend Jackson was extremely emotional–so much so that were he to shed a single tear, it would open up a watershed, like the one he displayed when President Obama was elected. Everybody grieves differently, and we cannot judge what was going on inside that man’s heart. With so many touching performances, I can honestly say that Reverend Kim Burrell’s Rendition of Sam Cooke’s A Change Gonna Come was my favorite. It moved me in such an unspeakable way and I could listen to her sing that song over and over.

 I was listening to the radio this weekend, enjoying all of Whitney’s hits when a song came on that I’d never recalled hearing before. It was a grown and sexy groove sampling the Isley Brother’s Between the Sheets. I was instantly drawn to the song, and immediately ran home to research it and then buy it from Amazon. What I love about One of Those Days is that it is a positive song about enjoying life, giving yourself the time to enjoy being you, and relishing all that you’ve been given. It’s a wonderful song of self-love– a message that is lacking in most of the music out there. It just made me feel really good. Here are four great messages that I got from this record:

 1. Enjoy the blessings of the simple things. Sometimes we forget to be thankful for waking up and being alive, clothed, and fed with a place to sleep.

 2. Listen to positive music. I have to say that most of what I hear on the radio just brings me down. It doesn’t uplift me or make me feel driven or excited. Positive messages and upbeat, rhythmic music can cure a cloudy day.

 3. Turn off the TV. Or the computer. Get up from your computer every hour and walk around and stretch. Take a walk outside. watch the world!

 4. Take care of yourself. As Whitney says, get yourself a mani-pedi, or a massage. These little treats can really uplift your day.

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Weekday Swag: Viola Davis for LA Times Magazine

I finally got to sit and watch The Help the other night and I was just amazing by Viola Davis’ performance. I am just so happy for her and costar Octavia Spencer who truly anchored the movie. So I am doubly excited to see Ms. Davis glammed out in an editorial for LA Times Magazine. She is absolutely flawless in stunning pieces from Jason Wu, Thierry Mugler and Marchesa. More stunning picks after the break.

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Weekday Swag: Viola Davis for LA Times Magazine

I finally got to sit and watch The Help the other night and I was just amazing by Viola Davis’ performance. I am just so happy for her and costar Octavia Spencer who truly anchored the movie. So I am doubly excited to see Ms. Davis glammed out in an editorial for LA Times Magazine. She is absolutely flawless in stunning pieces from Jason Wu, Thierry Mugler and Marchesa. More stunning picks after the break.

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5 Sundance-Buzzed films I want to see

1. 2 Days in New York, where Chris Rock plays an unlikely romantic lead who meets the family of his French girlfriend.

2. Simon Killer, where rugged hottie Brady Corbet plays a sociopath who befriends a French prostitute ( I promise there isn’t a theme here, just coincidence!)

3. Arbitrage, where perpetual screen romantic Richard Gere plays a Wall Street banker who tries to cover up the accidental death of his mistress

4. For a Good Time, Call, where under-the-radar actress Ari Graynor plays a phone-sex entrepreneur and must devise ever-evolving sexual fetishes for her clients

5. Beast of Southern Wild because 8 year old Quvenzhané Wallis holds the weight of this heavy drama set in storm-torn Louisiana.

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5 Sundance-Buzzed films I want to see

1. 2 Days in New York, where Chris Rock plays an unlikely romantic lead who meets the family of his French girlfriend.

2. Simon Killer, where rugged hottie Brady Corbet plays a sociopath who befriends a French prostitute ( I promise there isn’t a theme here, just coincidence!)

3. Arbitrage, where perpetual screen romantic Richard Gere plays a Wall Street banker who tries to cover up the accidental death of his mistress

4. For a Good Time, Call, where under-the-radar actress Ari Graynor plays a phone-sex entrepreneur and must devise ever-evolving sexual fetishes for her clients

5. Beast of Southern Wild because 8 year old Quvenzhané Wallis holds the weight of this heavy drama set in storm-torn Louisiana.

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Octavia’s Best Year Ever

It would be an understatement to say that actress Octavia Spencer’s star is shining brightly right now. With both a SAG Award and Golden Globe under her belt for her role in  The Help, it is truly her time. Spencer can also attribute her glow to a certain beauty secret: Koh Gen Do.



Koh Gen Do Essence II is a serum made from 36 botanical extracts to correct dryness and roughness, while repairing damaged skin and improving moisture retention of dry and sensitive skin. Apply it to your skin and neck after cleansing for a moisturizing base.

The Koh Gen Do line is available at Barneys and online.

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Artness: Judy Kameon for New York Times Magazine

 Another gem from the ever-clever artists commissioned for the New York Times Magazine T Magazine cover. This one features a T full of 130 different gorgeous flower blooms. I can’t wait for spring. The pictures of the design process are amazing.

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Artness: Judy Kameon for New York Times Magazine

 Another gem from the ever-clever artists commissioned for the New York Times Magazine T Magazine cover. This one features a T full of 130 different gorgeous flower blooms. I can’t wait for spring. The pictures of the design process are amazing.

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Octavia’s Best Year Ever

It would be an understatement to say that actress Octavia Spencer’s star is shining brightly right now. With both a SAG Award and Golden Globe under her belt for her role in  The Help, it is truly her time. Spencer can also attribute her glow to a certain beauty secret: Koh Gen Do.



Koh Gen Do Essence II is a serum made from 36 botanical extracts to correct dryness and roughness, while repairing damaged skin and improving moisture retention of dry and sensitive skin. Apply it to your skin and neck after cleansing for a moisturizing base.


The Koh Gen Do line is available at Barneys and online.




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