No New Makeup! (Well…Um…But…)

Early in the summer, I declared a moratorium on new makeup purchases. Not that I had been buying so much, but now that I was much more comfortable in makeup application and had amassed a fairly diverse palette of shadows and blushes, I decided to focus solely on using what I had. The last major…

Thankful for Creative Cooking…at Christmas!

No, I’m not doing like the department stores and skipping Thanksgiving to go straight to Christmas.  But my original cooking plan was slightly thwarted, so the new dish will be attempted in December.  Yesterday I was talking to co-workers about the Thanksgiving meal and everyone around the table agreed that this is not the holiday…

Giving Thanks

I have never been one to make New Year’s Resolutions. If there is a goal I need to reach, or some affirmation I need to make, I can do that 365 days of the year. In the same way, I can’t afford to wait until Thanksgiving week to “be thankful.” I have been blessed beyond…

The Enigma of Time

If you’ve spent M-F sustaining someone else’s dream then use Saturday’s to build yours! You can rest on Sunday! I read this tweet this afternoon from @TonyGaskins, as retweeted by my friend @MrFresh. I also read it as I spent another Saturday afternoon multi-tasking – between spending time engaged with my 3- and 5-year olds,…

Makeup or Mask?

WE wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes – Paul Lawrence Dunbar Last week my best friend and I hosted our first mini-makeup party. We invited women who had been asking me about helping them with makeup, along with a few other women who dropped by. But…

The Beauty of a Mini-Makeup Party

Yesterday I attended my first makeup party, hosted by our very own Calandra Branch. About a dozen women gathered in a Brooklyn church to share our own makeup fears and frustrations and get tips on how to overcome them. Calandra got things going by reaffirming what most of us believed but needed to hear every…

Thankful for Creative Cooking

Every year for the past 6 years that we’ve been married my husband and I have alternated celebrating Thanksgiving with my family in Virginia or his in St. Louis.  And each year I have to figure what to make to add to the meal.  Not that folks require me to bring a dish, I just…

Music Notes – Ghosts of Hip-Hop

On Tuesday, November 8, 2011, the world lost hip-hop icon Dwight Arrington Myers, better known as “The Overweight Lover” Heavy D, at the young age of 44. Many were shocked and saddened to hear of his passing, a wave of grief spanning not just the hip-hop community, but stage, screen, television and other music genres.…