INTERVIEW | Tempest Walker on 'Being Tina Turner'

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Ladies, gentlemen, and all of my fellow Tina Turner fans, I have a treat for you today. There's a Tina Turner Tribute coming up on the horizon by way of Harlem, New York, and I wanted to tell you guys all about it! 

Tempest Walker and Rankin Street Productions in association with Black Noise Media Present 'Be Tina: A Tina Turner Tribute.'

‘Be Tina’ is a musical stage production created by top producers, directors, and executives that celebrates Tina Turner and her legacy through an array of dance and live musical performances covering some of Tina Turner’s greatest hits including “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “Proud Mary,” and “When the Heart Ache is Over.”

‘Be Tina’ features a diverse cast consisting of a five-piece band, three dancers, and Tempest who will star as Tina Turner.  This cast will surely get you on your feet and dancing along to some of Tina Turner’s staple classics.

Right before the show's opening on tomorrow, Saturday, August 15, 2015, I was given the opportunity to have a Q&A session with the 'Be Tina' producer and star Tempest Walker. 

Recent Reads | Volume II

As we all know, summer time is the best time for enjoying new reads. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know I stay on the search for the most engaging, most informative, and most "out of my comfort zone" reads. And while I am always in the middle of a personal development/inspirational read and an entertaining one, I've been reading lots of light, fun reads lately. Fun reads are perfect for summer vacations and traveling or just lounging around during free time. So for my second installment of Recent Reads, I'm here to give you an update on the books I've taken along to the beach, indulged during long car rides, and devoured on quiet nights in. And no worries--I'll try not to spoil any of them for you! 

We Are Booked Instagram Photo Challenge

Happy August, loves! Tracie (@mzm40) and I (@sodrewrites) are excited to be hosting our first ever Instagram Photo Challenge! And we are asking all of our book-loving friends to join in on the fun and invite others to do the same. We Are Booked Instagram Photo Challenge kicks off on today, Saturday, August 1 and runs throughout the entire month. 



If you've never taken a part in an Instagram Photo Challenge, no worries!  Participating will be really easy. All you have to do is post a picture of a book according to the prompt listed for that specific date. Sounds like fun, right? Just make sure that when you post, use the hashtag #wearebookedphotochallenge. That way all participants can interact with each other and see all of the cool books chosen (or even add to our never-ending to read lists).

Tracie and I are pleased to announce that we are also hosting a giveaway to accompany the challenge. We will be giving one lucky winner a $25 Barnes & Noble eGift Card! Everyone that participates in the challenge is qualified to enter by following the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below. Just be sure to get your entry in by the last day of the challenge, August 31, 2015.

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

3 Reasons To Try L.A. Girls Glazed Lip Paints

Hey loves! I know I may be a little tardy for the party on this product, but I just had to share how much I love L.A. Girls Glazed Lip Paints! I've been pondering over them for quite some time, but because I've been on a serious no-buy (unless I collect empties), I've curved them quite a few times. And let me tell you, I wish I would have grabbed these up sooner.

As you all may be able to tell from several of my posts professing my undying love for lipsticks (especially mattes), I am not big on lip gloss collections. But with the variety of shades offered in these "lip paints," I knew I had to give them a try. And knowing what I know now, I'm here to tell you guys why you should try them too if you haven't already. 


As mentioned on the LA Girl USA website, Glazed Lip Paints are meant to give the "intensely pigmented look of a lipstick with the ease and glossy finish of a lipgloss." And just as the site claims, the lip paint gives me just the right amount of intensity and glossiness. 

Here are three reasons why you MUST add these lip paints to your collection (if you haven't already).

REVIEW | Wood Watches by JORD

Ladies, how important are the details of your attire? How often do you carefully select accessories for your wardrobe?  While I like to keep my wardrobe choices simple and functional, I like to add “personality” to my look with unique pieces. I employ this idea with my choice of hairstyles, cosmetics, nail designs, and the accessories that bring together my look. Besides, choosing fun accessories make for the greatest conversation-starters while you’re out and about, right?

So when I was contacted by JORD to review one of their wood watches, I was excited! I’d never owned a wooden watch and was intrigued by how it would fit my everyday style. As I marveled over the watches on the site, I chose Ely Black for my review.






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