My Year of “Yes!”

This new year is all about me. There, I said it, and I stand by my words. I made a decision to do all of the things I wanted to do and I’ve already put my self-improvement plans into motion. I realized that I’ve been procrastinating for far too long and that now is the time to start living life in a way that makes me happy.

I’m blessed to have a supportive husband who stands with me and beside me as I figure out this thing called life.  This new year is all about reinventing myself, changing the things I don’t like, traveling more, and building my business. I have made a vow to myself to say “yes” more frequently, and “hell no” to anything that doesn’t work for me. My year of “yes” starts now.

Until next time,


Happy Holidays

The happiest holidays for me are the ones where I can do absolutely nothing. Relaxing, online shopping, reading, and binge-tv watching are on my list of “activities” for the rest of this year. Whether you celebrated Hanukkah, or plan to celebrate Christmas or Kwanzaa, I hope you take some time to recharge your battery. I’ve already starting recharging mine by doing something I love, which is attending live music shows, starting with the Robert Glasper Trio at Jazz Showcase here in Chicago.

Recharging your battery means different things to different people. For some, it means heading to the gym to transform their bodies and get that natural energy boost that comes from a good cardio and weight training workout. For other people, getting their battery recharged means eliminating toxic people and negative thoughts in order to thrive, while some folks just need a full 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep in their own beds.  Sometimes, stepping away from a project that is causing stress is the best solution to get your energy level back and make that project shine.  It’s okay to stop, step back, or step down when the load gets too heavy. Learn to listen to your body and listen to your conscience.


Until next year,


Marc Jacobs Decadence

Marc Jacobs DecadenceI am absolutely in LOVE with Marc Jacobs Decadence, which I’ve been wearing non-stop since its debut, but I’ve been so busy that I haven’t made time to post about the newest fragrance from Marc Jacobs Beauty until tonight. The first time I tested the scent, I was hooked BUT…I waited. Trying on fragrances without letting them “sit” on my skin for the rest of the day has bitten me in the behind (and wallet) many times before, so as much as I wanted to sprint to the counter with my credit card in hand, I waited. Have you ever smelled a fragrance so good that you think about it days later? When that happens to me (it seldom does), I know I’m onto something good.

I have to admit, the clever packaging of the bottle (it comes with a dark green python print top that has a chain and a tassel which allows you to carry it like a purse) caught my attention almost as much as the lush, sexy, scent that is pretty much bewitching.  I mean, who doesn’t love the idea of a miniature Jacobs bag?  But packaging aside, and in all seriousness, this fragrance just smells damn good. It is enticing. It is alluring, and if it works with your body chemistry, it will be worth every penny.

Until next time,


Correct Corrector.

MAC Color Corrector If you are a person of color (note: I am referring to anyone who is not caucasian), who struggles with dark circles or dark spots on your face, this post is for you, HOWEVER, dark circles and spots affect MANY people. This is just more prevalent with those of us in the world who have more melanin than others.

When you are trying to perfect your look, it really sucks to not be able to cover the darkMAC Color Corrector marks. I mean, let’s be real. You don’t REALLY want to use a whole bottle of foundation every day when you’re trying to cover up something on your face. There ARE people out there who do use way too much product, but I’ll save that topic for another day. So, what’s a gal (or guy) to do? Try an orange color corrector. Personally, I like MAC Studio and Conceal Color Correct Palette in Dark, because it’s nice and creamy. The orange corrector looks weird (and yes, it looks ORANGE on your face) but after applying with a wedge or concealer brush, and going over it with your concealer and foundation of choice, I guarantee that you will have won your game of hide-n-go-seek with your dark marks.

Until Next Time,


Beauty On The Go!

Benefit Beauty Kiosk at Las Vegas Airport

Benefit Beauty Kiosk at Las Vegas Airport

Recently, I travelled to Las Vegas for my dear friend’s wedding, and almost LITERALLY stumbled when I saw a Benefit Cosmetics kiosk. I had forgotten about these kiosks in the airports.  Why didn’t I pitch this idea years ago? There are so many times that we forget some of our cosmetics while packing for a trip, and it is a fantastic idea to be able to purchase items while you’re in the airport terminals. When I’m packing, sometimes I have to choose between which products will make the TSA cut, and which ones I’ll have to leave behind. This is aggravating on so many levels. But Benefit figured it out, and now people can purchase “travel friendly” sized products!

The average woman is not a professional makeup artist, and may not be able to efficiently and safely pack her cosmetics, which becomes an airport nightmare upon reaching the security gates and scanners. I know better, and yet, there have still been times where I had to repack/recheck foundations, powders, and gels at the last-minute. I love the idea of being able to wait until after I get through security to get my mini-sized cosmetics. So, I’ve copied the list of airports where Benefit kiosks are located! Enjoy!

Austin Gate 14 & East Concourse Gate 6

Las Vegas Terminals 1 & 3

Nellis Air Force Base (Las Vegas) Main Exchange

Palm Beach Concourse C

New York JFK, Terminals 2 & 5

Savannah-Hilton Head Airport

Houston Terminals C & D/E connector

Tulsa, OK Terminal B

Cleveland Hopkins Concourse C

Raleigh-Durham Terminal 2

Nashville International Airport

Minneapolis St-Paul F Connector

Dallas/Fort Worth Terminals A, C & D

Ft. Lauderdale Terminals 2 & 3

Atlanta Concourse D

El Paso Concourse B

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Concourse B

Dallas Love Field West Concourse

Indianapolis Concourse A

Philadelphia Terminals A & E

Reno Concourse B

Anchorage  South Terminal, Concourse C

Milwaukee Concourse C

Hartford Concourse E

Rochester Main Terminal

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Concourse B

Fort Belvoir Main Exchange

El Paso/Ft Bliss Main Exchange

Baltimore Concourse C

Burbank Terminal A

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Until Next Time,


Playing Around With Polish

I love a bright, glittery nail color for the summer (okay, actually year-round is fun too), so I decided to play around with some recent purchases. I chose to paint my entire nails (front and underneath the backs) with my Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Polish in Suspiria (described as ” Opaque UV magenta” on their website), and my Deborah Lippmann “Across The Universe,” a beautiful mix of blue/green glitter and navy, over Suspiria for a unique look. Suspiria and Across The Universe Nails

Hint: Suspiria dries to a flat matte finish and doesn’t resemble what’s in the bottle at all, so I always add a clear topcoat to add shine and vibrancy to the color. The first time I used the color, I was disappointed, so I took to the ‘net to read some reviews (I usually read up on products BEFORE I purchase) and everyone said the same thing about the color. Honestly, the topcoat did everything I needed it to do so it worked out. What I loved most about the Lippmann glitter polish was that it had a navy base, versus a clear base that is popular among most glitter polishes. As a result, I really could have rocked it alone! It wasn’t as difficult to remove either, unlike other glitter polish brands that I’ve tried in the past.

Play around with your polish and post your creative looks in the comment section! The best picture will receive a gift!

Until next time,


The Best Beauty Tips EVER!

Everyone wants the Holy Grail of Beauty Tips in order to look their very best. Can I let you in on a secret? There is never going to be that one great product that does it all. Your best beauty comes from within, and from knowing who you are and where you want to go in life. For you die hard cosmetic addicts, I will say that drinking plenty of water, maintaining a good diet with lots of leafy green veggies, proteins, healthy grains, and exercising ALONG with a fantastic cleansing and moisturizer routine will give you the glow you desire. You have to do the biology stuff to get the glamorous look that will make you a standout. Note: I have talked about Olay Regenerist so much that I should work for them, but it is my favorite face moisturizer cream and has worked so well at keeping my skin and complexion much more even and hydrated.

There have been times when I second guessed myself, and spent way too much time over-analyzing the choices I’ve made in the past.  We’ve all been guilty of trying to rationalize our pasts, and those cringe-inducing times we have loved or hated someone who wasn’t worthy, forgave a frenemy, got too dressed up for an event or not enough, or cried in public instead of wearing our game faces. We have all played that popular, but somewhat cruel game of “what if?”

As I mature, (note: not “get older” but to become more aware) I sometimes wish I could go back in time and share with my 25-year-old self some gems I have picked up along the way.  But then I realize that my life would not be as enriched as it is now (as a 40-something fabulous female on the go), without all of the life lessons; like the lessons below:

  1. Never let a man “buy” your love. You shouldn’t put a price tag on your self-worth.
  2. Always have your own cab/bus/train fare if the date goes in an uncomfortable direction.
  3. Splurge on good cologne.
  4. Splurge on at least one dress that makes you feel more beautiful than anyone else.
  5. Spend less on most clothing but spend more on accessories. Good quality shoes and a purse can be the deal breaker for that certain job.
  6. Read the newspaper daily or watch the world news at least once per day.
  7. Laugh more.
  8. Don’t be embarrassed to cry. It’s not a sign of weakness.
  9. Leave a good tip for good service. Your wait staff will remember you upon a return visit.
  10. Tell your family and friends that you love them……just because.
  11. Manage your money and know what is in your accounts at all times.
  12. At least open a checking and savings account. Learn the basics of investing your money.
  13. Hating someone else only chips away at the very core of your being. Forgive and let it go.
  14. Brush up on: public speaking skills, dining etiquette, and an elegant walk.
  15. Buy a used car and laugh at everyone else while your car notes are low or non-existent.
  16. Grow spiritually by setting aside time every day for prayer or meditation.
  17. To borrow from the soul singer William DeVaughn, “Be Thankful for What You Got.”
  18. Learn how to do your own: hair, makeup, and mani-pedi.
  19. Learn how to: change a flat tire, check your oil, and use a map/compass.
  20. Read current fiction and classic novels or at least read the book jacket covers!
  21. Never feel bad about being more financially successful or more educated than your mate.
  22. Never let your mate make you feel bad about being more financially successful or more educated.
  23. Take time to cultivate an intimate relationship that is not built on sex first. Passion fades, but conversation, love, and compassion live forever.
  24. Mistakes don’t make you a failure. Instead, learn the lesson and build your character.
  25. Love the unique qualities that make you special, flaws and all.

My 40-something self is a work in progress. But lately, I’ve been following my own advice and I’ve realized that I’m doing a pretty good job of being me! Take some time to reevaluate yourself and recognize your power!

Until next time,