Month: April 2014 (Page 1 of 2)

Don Sterling Was Fired on a Flaming Stick. But Does it Really Matter?

When I first heard of L.A. Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling making racist comments to his bi-reacial girlfriend about associating with black people, I wasn’t even surprised. I’ve long held a belief that sports franchises, filled mainly with black pro-athletes were mere 21st century plantations, owned by unscrupulous business men who happened to be white. Forgive me for my strong views, but the metaphor couldn’t be more obvious. It is only because of our politically correct culture, that the racist comments and practices have been carefully kept under the lid. 
For centuries, blacks have been the hired help, employed not only for hard labor, but for the entertainment of their masters. Today, its not really that different, save for the torture that the ancestors endured. While Sterling may now be today’s poster-boy for racism, and his subsequent banning may paint a picture of progression, how many more franchise owners hold these same views, yet only reveal them at the dinner tables of their closest allies? We may praise our revered entertainers and athletes for their hard work, money-making skills and media prowess, but we should ask ourselves: who really owns the franchise?

Don Sterling Was Fired on a Flaming Stick. But Does it Really Matter?

When I first heard of L.A. Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling making racist comments to his bi-reacial girlfriend about associating with black people, I wasn’t even surprised. I’ve long held a belief that sports franchises, filled mainly with black pro-athletes were mere 21st century plantations, owned by unscrupulous business men who happened to be white. Forgive me for my strong views, but the metaphor couldn’t be more obvious. It is only because of our politically correct culture, that the racist comments and practices have been carefully kept under the lid. 
For centuries, blacks have been the hired help, employed not only for hard labor, but for the entertainment of their masters. Today, its not really that different, save for the torture that the ancestors endured. While Sterling may now be today’s poster-boy for racism, and his subsequent banning may paint a picture of progression, how many more franchise owners hold these same views, yet only reveal them at the dinner tables of their closest allies? We may praise our revered entertainers and athletes for their hard work, money-making skills and media prowess, but we should ask ourselves: who really owns the franchise?

Stunned? Or Not. Carol’s Daughter Files For Bankruptcy

Carol’s Daughter in Brooklyn back in the day

I just got wind from the Wall Street Journal that an old favorite of mine, Carol’s Daughter, will be closing 7 of it’s 10 standalone stores. While I am quite saddened over the news, I can’t say I’m surprised. I personally have stopped using their product years ago, when I was pregnant with my daughter.

While I’m sure Carol’s Daughter will maintain its fan-base, I can honestly say that I was one of the early customers of the 90s who is no longer a fan. I would faithfully go to the original store on South Elliot Place to snap up the homemade goodies that Lisa prepared lovingly in her kitchen. But with growth all things change.

I welcomed the shine Carol’s Daughter received from artists like Erykah Badu at first. It was a nod to the natural sisters who wanted something special for their unique tastes. I also appreciated the simple ingredients, labeling and bare bones, yet home-y retail space. It showed me that there was a true dedication to the quality and intimacy of the products.

Then the big star-power came in and everything got shot to hell.

I remember being pregnant and once again going to my favorite store in Brooklyn to pick up some body essentials only to find that not only had the packaging changed, but there was a slew of foreign ingredients (namely preservatives and parabens) that had been added to the mix. Big star power was everywhere with the endorsement of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, as well as Jada and Will Smith, among others, who honestly, in my opinion, had nothing to do with the core brand. And then there was the fiasco of the beauty line that was supposed to represent sisters of all colors, but managed to stop at caramel. This was not what I came there for. I wrote an impassioned letter to Ms. Price, and received a call from Product Development a few weeks later. It seemed that the changes were here to stay.

I watched as the company blew up and I noticed the line in a lot of major retailers. I commend Lisa for the expansion and her rise to the top of the natural hair retail chain. I appreciate that she still owns Carol’s Daughter. But what I really wish is that the brand would go back to its roots by embracing the ideals that this former customer loved: pure and natural ingredients, personable care, and the intimacy of that cozy little shop on South Elliot Place.

Stunned? Or Not. Carol’s Daughter Files For Bankruptcy

Carol’s Daughter in Brooklyn back in the day

I just got wind from the Wall Street Journal that an old favorite of mine, Carol’s Daughter, will be closing 7 of it’s 10 standalone stores. While I am quite saddened over the news, I can’t say I’m surprised. I personally have stopped using their product years ago, when I was pregnant with my daughter.

While I’m sure Carol’s Daughter will maintain its fan-base, I can honestly say that I was one of the early customers of the 90s who is no longer a fan. I would faithfully go to the original store on South Elliot Place to snap up the homemade goodies that Lisa prepared lovingly in her kitchen. But with growth all things change.

I welcomed the shine Carol’s Daughter received from artists like Erykah Badu at first. It was a nod to the natural sisters who wanted something special for their unique tastes. I also appreciated the simple ingredients, labeling and bare bones, yet home-y retail space. It showed me that there was a true dedication to the quality and intimacy of the products.

Then the big star-power came in and everything got shot to hell.

I remember being pregnant and once again going to my favorite store in Brooklyn to pick up some body essentials only to find that not only had the packaging changed, but there was a slew of foreign ingredients (namely preservatives and parabens) that had been added to the mix. Big star power was everywhere with the endorsement of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, as well as Jada and Will Smith, among others, who honestly, in my opinion, had nothing to do with the core brand. And then there was the fiasco of the beauty line that was supposed to represent sisters of all colors, but managed to stop at caramel. This was not what I came there for. I wrote an impassioned letter to Ms. Price, and received a call from Product Development a few weeks later. It seemed that the changes were here to stay.

I watched as the company blew up and I noticed the line in a lot of major retailers. I commend Lisa for the expansion and her rise to the top of the natural hair retail chain. I appreciate that she still owns Carol’s Daughter. But what I really wish is that the brand would go back to its roots by embracing the ideals that this former customer loved: pure and natural ingredients, personable care, and the intimacy of that cozy little shop on South Elliot Place.

Weekday Swag: Naomi Campbell for Vogue Australia

Models are paid a good amount of money to look good in the clothes they wear. So you would expect that a model looking fabulous in fabulous clothes would not be news. But there is something about this new series of Naomi, draped in the likes of Margiela and Lanvin, that define her as an icon. Ever commanding, this ageless beauty gives poise, vision and focus to the clothes she displays, which makes her appeal legendary.

Weekday Swag: Naomi Campbell for Vogue Australia

Models are paid a good amount of money to look good in the clothes they wear. So you would expect that a model looking fabulous in fabulous clothes would not be news. But there is something about this new series of Naomi, draped in the likes of Margiela and Lanvin, that define her as an icon. Ever commanding, this ageless beauty gives poise, vision and focus to the clothes she displays, which makes her appeal legendary.

Jessica Alba’s Perfectly Pretty Movie Awards Outfit

Can this outfit get any better? I just love the burst of yellow color in Jessica Alba’s skirt and the sweet simplicity of the white tube top. Paired with Jimmy Choo heels, this look is pure red carpet perfection. 
Image: Getty
Here is my own take on this fab look:
Jessica Alba Says Sunshine
Be sure to check out Rihanna, Lupita, + More on the Red Carpet on Facebook!

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Jessica Alba’s Perfectly Pretty Movie Awards Outfit

Can this outfit get any better? I just love the burst of yellow color in Jessica Alba’s skirt and the sweet simplicity of the white tube top. Paired with Jimmy Choo heels, this look is pure red carpet perfection. 


Image: Getty
Here is my own take on this fab look:
Jessica Alba Says Sunshine
Be sure to check out Rihanna, Lupita, + More on the Red Carpet on Facebook!

Lavish Eats: Dreaming of Sunday Breakfast

It may be only Wednesday, but I am dreaming of the weekend. But this is the kind of breakfast that you can’t rush through on a weekday morning: Eggs Hollandaise and Bacon
I saw this recipe in the March issue of Glamour and had to clip it for the weekend. Here are the deets with a few of my own modifications for oils and quality ingredients.
What you Need: 
Chive Hollandaise 
3 grass-fed egg yolks
8 tbsp. butter, melted
2 chives, chopped
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper, salt and pepper to taste 
 Potato Hash 
2 tbsp. coconut oil or beef tallow
2 large Idaho potatoes, diced
1 12-oz. pack thick-cut smoked bacon,
diced 2 white onions, diced 
 Eggs 
1 tbsp. distilled vinegar
1 tbsp. pink himalaya salt
8 eggs
4 chives, for garnish 
 To make hollandaise: In a small pot over medium heat, whisk egg yolks and 1 tbsp. water until yolks thicken. Whisk in butter, chives, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Set aside. 
To make hash: Heat oil in a cast-iron pan on high heat. Fry potatoes, stirring occasionally, until cooked through and lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, cook bacon until crispy, about 5 minutes. Set aside; drain grease from pan. In the same pan, saute onion until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add bacon and onion to potatoes. Keep warm. 
To make eggs: Fill medium pot with water, add vinegar and salt; bring to a simmer. Crack an egg into a bowl, then swirl the simmering water in one direction with a whisk. Drop egg into the water and let it cook until white is firm, about 3 minutes. Remove egg with slotted spoon; put on paper-towel-lined plate. Repeat for the other eggs. 
To serve: Divide hash into four bowls, and top with two poached eggs, a drizzle of hollandaise, and chives.
Serves 4.

Lavish Eats: Dreaming of Sunday Breakfast

It may be only Wednesday, but I am dreaming of the weekend. But this is the kind of breakfast that you can’t rush through on a weekday morning: Eggs Hollandaise and Bacon
I saw this recipe in the March issue of Glamour and had to clip it for the weekend. Here are the deets with a few of my own modifications for oils and quality ingredients.
What you Need: 
Chive Hollandaise 
3 grass-fed egg yolks 8 tbsp. butter, melted 2 chives, chopped 1/2 tsp. lemon juice 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper, salt and pepper to taste 
 Potato Hash 
2 tbsp. coconut oil or beef tallow 2 large Idaho potatoes, diced 1 12-oz. pack thick-cut smoked bacon, diced 2 white onions, diced 
 Eggs 
1 tbsp. distilled vinegar 1 tbsp. pink himalaya salt 8 eggs 4 chives, for garnish 
 To make hollandaise: In a small pot over medium heat, whisk egg yolks and 1 tbsp. water until yolks thicken. Whisk in butter, chives, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Set aside. 
To make hash: Heat oil in a cast-iron pan on high heat. Fry potatoes, stirring occasionally, until cooked through and lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, cook bacon until crispy, about 5 minutes. Set aside; drain grease from pan. In the same pan, saute onion until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add bacon and onion to potatoes. Keep warm. 
To make eggs: Fill medium pot with water, add vinegar and salt; bring to a simmer. Crack an egg into a bowl, then swirl the simmering water in one direction with a whisk. Drop egg into the water and let it cook until white is firm, about 3 minutes. Remove egg with slotted spoon; put on paper-towel-lined plate. Repeat for the other eggs. 
To serve: Divide hash into four bowls, and top with two poached eggs, a drizzle of hollandaise, and chives. Serves 4.

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