Saturday, December 28, 2013

What's On

     Hey scholars! I saw this list on Marie Claire and decided to give it a try. Why not? So here goes.

What's on your.....

Coffee Table: Books, Yankee Candles and Magazines

TV in the Morning: MSNBC's Morning Joe or Arthur (I love that aardvark!) 

Radar: I am currently in the process of applying for doctoral programs and writing a local history book for 
             capstone project.

Netflix Queue: Orange is the New Black, indie film Medicine for Melancholy

Nightstand: Nook Color, Journal, and Young Living Essential Oils in Lavender, Patchouli, and Peace &

DVR: Modern Family, Scandal 

Bucket List: Travel to New Zealand, see Paris in the Winter, have a great conversation with Oprah!

Weekly Grocery List: Organic Baby Spinach, Almond Milk, Kale, Frozen Fruits (Strawberries, Peaches
                                      Pineapples, Mangoes), and Bananas

Go-To Menu: Greek Deli Isle

Perennial to-do List: Meditate Daily

Radio Dial: Local Jazz Station or NPR All Things Considered

Feet: Footies 

Charity List: Red Cross, Charity Water, and the American Cancer Society

Work out Plan: Running, Yoga

Android App List: Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest

Kitchen Counter: Coffee Pot, Crock Pot

Thursday, December 26, 2013

My Favorite Kerry Washington covers/spreads

Hey scholars! Here is part two of my Kerry Washington obsession. This has been an amazing year for her. She has been on the cover of numerous magazines here and abroad. This post is dedicated to some of my favorite Kerry Kovers of 2013.

1. Marie Claire- South Africa- October 2013

2. Essence- September 2013

3. Glamour- October 2013

4. Elle- June 2013

5. Vanity Fair- August 2013

6. Uptown - December 2012/ January 2013

*Photo credits:
Marie Claire spread- credited to Marie Claire
Essence photos- Photographer Nino Munoz
Glamour- photos credited to Glamour
Elle- photoshoot credited to Elle
Vanity Fair- Photographer Norman Jean Roy
Uptown- Photographer Nino Munoz

Fashion Favorites 2013: Kerry Washington

     Hey Scholars! Like a lot of other people, I absolutely love Kerry Washington. Okay make that borderline obsessed! I have appreciated the work she has done since I saw her in Our Song back in 2000. Since then her body of work has been amazing. In addition to the big screen, she did a stint on Broadway, and is the star of one of TV’s most compelling shows Scandal. She is not only a phenomenal actress; she is a great dresser as well. Here are a few of my favorite looks from this past year.
      To kick off 2013, Kerry traveled to promote Django UnchainedIn Rome, Ms. Kerry rocked a sleeveless, v-neck, front slit, print mix and front ruffled hemline dress by Peter Pilotto. On her feet are navy printed pumps by Nicholas Kirkwood.

                                                (Photo credit: TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

While in Berlin to promote Django Unchained, Kerry wore a classy white and ivory calf length Louis Vuitton dress. her headband is also LV. The bag is by Vince Camuto and her shoes are by Christian Louboutin. 

                                        (Photo credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

At the 44th Annual NAACP Awards, she wore an Oscar de la Renta masterpiece, which is an off the shoulder pink floral guipure and aqua ornamental cloque gown with a rise and fall hemline. Her nude pumps are courtesy of Christian Louboutin. Kotur provided the clutch, brooch, and earrings. The ring is by Neil Lane. 

                                                   (Photo credit: Jason Kempin/WireImage)

On the red carpet of the 85th Annual Academy Awards, Kerry rocked a gorgeous strapless coral hued dress with bow details at the bustline by Miu Miu. The sparkly bodice with silver beading and coral paillettes is simply beautiful. The matching satin clutch is Prada. The diamond cocktail ring is Fred Leighton. The earrings are Chopard.

                                                 (Photo credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

On Emmy night, Kerry was arguably the best dressed in a creamy, blush gown with a ribbon like bodice, floral appliques, shimmery beaded embellishments, and a long tulle train. This work of art is from Marchesa.
On her wrist is Movado. The shoes are of course Christian Louboutin. The clutch is Edie Parker. The fabulous jewels are Fred Leighton. 

                                                   (Photo credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

For the White House Correspondents Dinner, Ms. Washington wore Wes Gordon. The sweeping halter gown is monochromatic, backless silhouette, lace print, with a layered skirt. Vhemier provided the jewels and the clutch is by Jil Milan.

                                                 (Photo credit: Paul Morigi/WireImage)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Winter Break Reads Part Two: The Physical Books

     Hey Scholars! Let's get right into the physical books on my Winter Break reading list.

     The first books on my list I read a few years ago during my undergrad days. I am unable to find the words to describe how these books especially the first one made me feel. When I choose a book to read, I do so according to my mood. I also look for a ne sais quoi! A Love Noire was everything I could have hoped for and then some. It was absolutely PERFECT! I am excited about getting back into this book as well as the sequel. Although I still remember the story, enough time has passed that it will still be kind of new. 

Erica Simone Turnipseed
A Love Noire
HarperCollins Publishers

"When Noire, a hip, Afro-wearing Ph.D. student, walks into Brown Betty Books, her righteousness kicks into overdrive amid the self-identified "talented tenth" who wear their double degrees and five-hundred-dollar shoes like badges of honor. And then Innocent walks in, sits down beside her, and turns her on her head. A dashing, well-heeled investment banker originally from Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa, Innocent seems interested in her ... but he's one of them.
Before meeting him, Noire shunned the "bourgie" world of black monied cosmopolitans like Innocent, opting instead for socially conscious — but economically challenged — artists and urban intellectuals. Their mutual attraction blossoms into lust and eventually love, but it lives in the shifting sands of personal beliefs and professional ambitions that are often at odds.
Set in present-day New York City with jaunts to Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean, A Love Noire is the story of an unlikely couple that struggles to discover whether their passion will keep them together, or if their differences will tear them apart. Stripped to their barest selves, Innocent and Noire transcend all they've known to learn the redemptive power of love.
A Love Noire offers an insider's look at color and class struggles, urban living, life in Africa, the notoriously unpredictable and heady New York dating scene, and good old-fashioned love. A natural and potent storyteller, Ms. Turnipseed writes of love and family with grace, and A Love Noire, her debut, marks the arrival of a resonant, sparkling voice in contemporary fiction."

Erica Simone Turnipseed
HarperCollins Publishers

"In Erica Simone Turnipseed's captivating follow-up to A Love Noire, heartache fans the flames of lust when freethinking Noire and Innocent, her urbane African ex, reunite.
Noire and Innocent are both having a thirtysomething crisis. His former identity as a successful investment banker and eligible bachelor has disappeared. A beleaguered graduate student, she's got no money, no man, and no Ph.D., yet. A year of predoctoral research in Haiti leaves Noire drained. And a trip home to Côte d'Ivoire offers Innocent little more than intermittent sexual gratification. In the aftermath of 9/11, Innocent and Noire are back in New York City and find solace in each other's bed. But even that arrangement collapses under the weight of Innocent's revelation that he has unfinished business in Africa. For Innocent and Noire, patching together their unraveling lives becomes an exercise in hope and humility. With Hunger, Turnipseed lives up to the promise of A Love Noire and has matured into a writer who fearlessly explores the intersection of sex, love, identity, and loss in a cross-cultural context."

Carl Weber 
The Man in 3B
Grand Central Publishing

"Daryl Graham has just moved into a Jamaica, Queens, apartment building and his neighbors, both male and female alike, can't stop talking about him. From his extreme attractiveness to his undeniable swag, Daryl is the man every woman wants and every man wants to be.
Connie, an unhappy wife, turns to Daryl for help losing weight, hoping to fix her marriage. But when Daryl starts making Connie feel beautiful again, she questions whether her marriage is worth saving. Benny, a spoiled teenager raised by a single father, looks up to Daryl. When an unexpected event occurs, Benny is left questioning everything he's ever known to be true. Krystal, Daryl's first love, wants to make things work with her current boyfriend. Yet having Daryl back in her life sends her happy home spiraling out of control. And Avery, Connie's husband, doesn't care about anything or anyone when a financial opportunity comes his way-that is, until he notices how much time his wife is spending with their new neighbor.
Everything seems to be going well, until someone is murdered, and everyone becomes a prime suspect."

*All of the book images are from various sites from Google Images.*

**All of the book descriptions are from the Barnes and Noble website.**

Winter Break Reads Part One: The E-Books

     Hey Scholars! Whew, what a semester!! As busy and as crazy as it was, I have to say it was pretty amazing. I worked as an Office Assistant, a Graduate Assistant, and went to school full time, finishing fall semester with a 4.0. I am going to take advantage of my winter break and do a lot of reading that has nothing to do with academics because next semester is going to be even busier and crazier but i am looking forward to it and will embrace it will my total being. With that said, this break is going to be relaxing. Well, as relaxing as I can make it. I am still learning to relax. Today was my first day of break without having to work and I cleaned my apartment. I felt like I needed to being doing something so I cleaned. Anyway, the next three weeks I will read strictly for pleasure.

So here is my list of e-books on my partial winter break reading list:

Mallory Monroe
Reno Gabrini: A Man in Full
Austin Brook Publishing

"Vegas casino owner Reno Gabrini just wanted to take it easy. His beloved PaLargio was back in business and turning profits like the good old days. His headliner act, pop sensation Shay Grayson, was packing the house and making amends for her diva behavior. His gorgeous African American wife, Trina, was working extra hard to make her own mark on the business world and was holding her head up high despite rumors of his infidelity. His sons were happy, healthy, and completely devoted to their father. All, Reno thought, was right with the world. Until his oldest son falls in love with a ruthless woman almost twice his age, his wife reestablishes contact with a man he told her to stay away from, and he is nearly destroyed by an enemy that targets, not his mind, soul, or body, but his heart.

In the latest installment of the romantic Mob Boss Series (Book Eight), Reno Gabrini must confront the ghosts of his past as he seeks to protect his family from a subtle, but just as dangerous, foe."

Kim Chambers
The Throwaway Year

" Hayden Michaels had given six years of her life to MyKell before he abruptly informs her that things hadn’t been “right” for a while and he had met someone else.

That is when Hayden finally opens her eyes and takes a good look around at her life and the mess that she was—financially, emotionally and physically. Never able to maintain enough discipline to put her mind to any difficult task, Hayden makes a bold decision; she will throw away an entire year of her life; moving towards her goals with no thought of pleasure or pain.

In this latest IR novel written by award winning author Pepper Pace, we are taken on a journey with Hayden as she tries to recreate herself with sometimes comical results. With the use of positive affirmations Hayden’s journey is a lesson to us all as she faces situations and people that help her to realize her worth—namely a man who has been written off by society. But the question becomes whether Hayden can accept the faults of someone else without allowing herself to fall back into her old ways? Warning: this story contains explicit language, sex, and descriptions of drug use."

Vera Roberts
To Love and Obey
Sweet Baby Girl Entertainment

"Nicholas D’Amato is one of the best and hardest professors at NYU, always encouraging his students to do their best. He’s also very popular with some of his female students, rarely turning down an offer for a blow job. But when his professional life gets blurred with his personal one by a new grad student, Nicholas must get to the root of the problem—and become her personal instructor.

Zerrin Campbell is struggling to maintain. As a grad student in New York University’s famed English program, she doesn’t have time for a boyfriend or even a one-night stand, much to the chagrin of her girls. It’s not that she doesn’t want to date; she doesn’t know what guy would be able to handle what she wants to explore—a submissive in training. However, a chance encounter with Nick one night opens the consensual exploration that benefits both of them.

To Love and Obey is the second story in the D’Amato Brothers series. It is a sensual/erotic book which deals with the complicated nature of a D/s relationship, BDSM, and overcoming obstacles to achieve personal and professional happiness."

Vera Roberts
Where I Wanna Be
Sweet Baby Girl Entertainment

"Eliodoro “Eli” D’Amato had the perfect life: a beautiful wife, an adorable son, and a growing family business. His perfect life was a problem—it was mundane and routine. He knew Thursdays were pizza nights. He knew Mondays were Netflix nights. He knew Sundays were family dinner nights.

Eli also knew… he was unhappy.

When an old girlfriend, Simone Harris, pops into Madre’s, she and Eli get a chance to reconnect with each other. She had traveled the world, loves salsa dancing, and loves cigars. Most importantly, she’s sexy and very available. She makes Eli discover everything he wanted to have and was missing in his life: excitement and passion.

Eli finds himself in a peculiar situation: does he remain committed to his high-school sweetheart or does he pursue what could have been?

Where I Wanna Be is the third story in the D’Amato Brothers series. It is a sensual/erotic book that deals with the problems that arise with marriage, commitment, and trust."

Vera Roberts
All I've Ever Wanted
Sweet Baby Girl Entertainment

" Joseph “Joey” D’Amato isn’t trying to settle down. He has a great career being the president and COO of Madre’s floral chain, lives in a very nice apartment in the world-famous TriBeCa district, and entertains a fleet of women all over New York, labeling himself as the Italian Hugh Hefner. But when he meets his brother’s assistant, all those plans go out the window.

Zoe Mitchell has big dreams. She moonlights as an assistant/part-time nanny to her boss but what she really aspires to be is a fashion designer. While her parents and sister support her business aspirations, they also pressure her to finally find a nice young man to settle down with – something Zoe is not remotely interested in. But when she makes a trip to New York to make good on a bet her boss has made, she finds out love and fate often have their own plans.

Can Joey convince Zoe to give up her California dreaming and make a permanent move to New York? Can Zoe convince Joey that he truly is a one-woman type of guy?

All I’ve Ever Wanted is the fourth story in the D’Amato Brothers series. It is a sensual/erotic book that deals with long-distance relationships, trust, and commitment."

Francis Ray
After the Dawn
St. Martin's Press

" Samantha Collins is stunned when her grandfather turns Collins Industry over to her, causing more than a bit of ill will among the other family members, especially her uncle, Evan. But nothing stuns her more than when she finds out that he has asked Dillon Montgomery to help her run the company. Her grandfather had fired Dillon and ordered him off the company property years ago.

Twelve years ago Samantha made her feelings known to Dillon and the whole thing ended in disaster and they haven't spoken since. Working together now, even all these years later, is sure to be a disaster. Still, she needs his help if she is going to keep Collins Industry afloat. But will the prodigal son return to the empire — and the woman — who desperately need him? Will he be able to admit how much he desperately needs her?"

*All of the book images are from various sites from Google Images.*

**All of the book descriptions are from the Barnes and Noble website.**

Travel Bucket List

Hey scholars, I am in the process of renewing my passport. I cannot believe it has been ten years since I got it. Thinking back to when I...