Soundtrack to My Life: Young'n Blues

Do you guys sit back and reminisce about those awkward teenage years?  You know, your first days of high school?  The days when parents just didn't understand?  When acne seemed to take over and our bodies morphed into beings of which we had no control?  Or how about your first date?   I'm sure you remember all those great times and not so great times right along with me.  In my second installment of the Soundtrack to My Life, I will be sharing the music that was a major part of my life in retrospect via the Teenage Years.  If you haven't already, be sure to check out Part One here.

In 2011

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2011 was an amazing year.  Despite all of the internal issues and struggles we have dealt with and continue to carry in our hearts, we lived to tell the stories.  Some may have endured more treacherous losses than others, but for the most part, we can all say we are happy to be here.

In The Mood for Nude

Check out my nude look featuring my NYX Nude on Nude palette!


Products used:
e.l.f. Complexion Brush
Avon Healthy Makeup Concealer
Sigma Flat Top Kabuki Brush
Avon Magix Cashmere Finish Foundation
e.l.f. Blush in Blushing Rose
e.l.f. Crease Brush
e.l.f. Blending Brush
e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadow "C" Brush
e.l.f. Defining Eye Brush
Ruby Kisses Eyeshadow Primer
NYX Nude on Nude Palette
These are the specific colors I am wearing!

mark. What a Line Felt Tip Eyeliner in Brownie Points
Maybelline "The Falsies" Mascara in Black
NYX Lipliner in Expresso
MAC Lipstick in Shy Girl

I even wore nude nails!!! 
Wet 'n' Wild Nail Color in Private View

Are you getting nude this season?

Soundtrack to My Life: The Wonder Years


What are you guys loving the most about the holidays?  Personally, one thing I'm loving about the holidays is all of the great Christmas music.  It's something about hearing Mariah Carey's Christmas album that makes me hopelessly nostalgic.  Blasting Jackson 5's Christmas collection reminds me of unwrapping presents in a warm, cozy house that smelled of vanilla and cinnamon simultaneously, surrounded by my younger sibs and loving parents.  We sang Christmas tunes, sipped hot chocolate, and enjoyed the love and warmth of family tradition.  These memories, along with other fond memories of childhood, are always set to motion with the spin of a song.

I say all this to express how much of an impact music has on our lives.  It can bring back the fondest of memories.  I was reminded of this recently after reading these posts from Socialite Dreams and Merely Marie.  Seeing how I am such a big tune-head and as easy as I can relate my life experiences to music, it was only fitting that I participated in this series as well.  Click read more to check out Part One.

The Weekend Lover: Tyrese

Ladies, this weekend's lover is none other than Tyrese. What is there not to love about this man? He has a soulfully sensual voice that will lure you to ecstasy in seconds. In fact, he is an award-winning vocalist and actor. He has recently added "author" to his collection of hats with his book How To Get Out Of Your Own Way. Not to mention, he has the physique of a greek god, sculpted to perfection. Whew, I love that man!

Though many know him from critically-acclaimed roles such as "Jody" from Baby Boy, "Roman" from the Fast and Furious franchise, or "O2" from Waist Deep, he will most significantly be known in my heart as one of my favorite R&B crooners. These are the songs that made me fall in love with Tyrese over and over again.










Are you a fan of Tyrese and his music?  If so, what are your favorite songs?

Kim Kardashian Inspired Fashion

Check out the Kim Kardashian Inspired Look I created over at Shopstyle!

Here's The Inspiration:

Here's The Look:


You like?

Dre's Christmas Wishlist

For some reason, I never share a Christmas wishlist.  Then I get frustrated when people tell me they never know what to buy me.  So in hopes of my husband or family members running across my blog before Christmas, I have decided to share my most wanted items here!

Cheap and Fabulous Mom Asks "Where Is the Love?"

Ladies and gents, I am proud to present to you a new mommy blogger who I am so elated to have crossed paths with.  Cheap and Fabulous Mom on a Nickel blogger Dee is a new blogger who gives the goods on her site about real life, motherhood, fashion on a "nickel", and many other things.  She is very genuine and inspirational, and I am happy to be sharing her words with you all.  Check out her feature, "Where Is the Love?" by clicking read more.

Beauty Makes Me Wink

Hello everyone!  As I stated here and here I decided to do a 3-Part Post series of my favorite fall products.  Since we've already covered my favorite blushes and lippies, let's get down to the eyes.

Part 3 of my "Beauty Makes Me..." 3-Part Series is "Beauty Makes Me Wink,"  which will be highlighting my favorite beauty products for eyes this season.

1. MARK SUPER-FLIP KIT (seen here)


 
it even has lippies on the other side!

2. MAC WONDERWOMAN EYESHADOW QUAD IN DEFIANCE

I am too in love with this!

3. URBAN DECAY ROLLERGIRL PALETTE 


4. E.L.F. MINERAL EYESHADOWS
 (with flash)
with a coupon, these were only $1.50 each!

5. E.L.F. CREAM EYELINERS
again, only $1.50 with a coupon!

6. E.L.F. STUDIO SMALL ANGLED BRUSH
used in conjunction with cream eyeliners

7. MAYBELLINE THE FALSIES MASCARA
I love this mascara!  It really gives lashes volume!

What beauty products do you find yourself reaching for the most this season?  
What are your favorite beauty products for eyes?

Save on Beauty and Fashion with Glitz Glam Budget

To all of my beautylicious divas on a budget: I have a treat for you! Today my guest blogger Silvana over at Glitz Glam Budget will be sharing Beauty and Fashion Saving Tips with you all. Feel free to take notes!
I have an insanely low beauty and fashion budget, yet a closet full of clothes and a vanity full of beauty products. Quite honestly there aren’t that many products that I actually pay full price, it is because I follow a few set of tips that allow me to not only purchase the same number of beauty and fashion items as I desire, yet save a ton of money!

Here are a few tips that will allow you to save on beauty and fashion products, yet be able to buy as much makeup and fashionable clothing items as you normally would:

Beauty

♥ Sign up for weekly ads and register with your favorite stores and sites. You will be able to get in store coupons, extra savings, and online codes, which are not available to the general public. Also, many stores will email special invitations, free gifts with purchases, and free samples.

♥ Check the weekly newspaper and online ads before making any beauty purchases. What I have noticed is that stores like CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens will compete with each other, so if you miss a sale in 1 store most likely the others will offer a very similar deal if not better that same week!

♥ Do invest in good skin care products! This is something I usually splurge on because having good, clean, clear skin is very important to me. I find that when my skin looks good I spend less money on makeup since I don't have to cover up as many blemishes.

♥ Make the Dollar Tree/Dollar General your best friend! Items like cotton balls, q-tips, makeup sponges, bobby pins are of the same quality whether you purchase them at a drugstore or a dollar store, you can easily save $2-3 on each item!

Fashion

♥ Don't be afraid to search through bins and racks in order to find good deals on clothes. Sometimes it can be overwhelming but I've found that it is well worth it. Department store bins are always great, especially because you are purchasing high quality brand names, at discounted prices!

♥ Make sure you check the prices of clothing items as they are being scanned at the register; at times clothes are on sale, but the register doesn’t recognize it, so you end up paying full price for it. By the time customers realize they overpaid, they are already in the car or even at home, and don’t bother to go back and get the difference.

♥ You will get the best deals if you stock up on seasonal clothing as each season is ending. For maximum savings, look for shorts, bathing suits, and maxi dresses around October/November, and rain boots, sweaters, and coats during March/April.

♥ Visit your local discounted stores like Big Lots, Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, for items like scarves, gloves, leggings, and shoes. I’ve found that the quality is just the same as department stores, but you will save 50-75% off each item.

Hopefully a lot of you will want to follow as many of these tips as possible, if you aren’t already doing so. Now days it’s very important to make a dollar stretch, to find as many good deals as possible, yet be able to buy good quality beauty and fashionable items! Please check out my blog Glitz Glam Budget for more budget friendly tips, bargain hauls, drugstore product reviews, and fashionably low priced clothing finds!

That's Not Odd, Is It?


Since I was put on to The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl a few months back, I've found myself celebrating awkward situations by laughing at J.  I find many of the episodes so intriguing because I can relate to them on so many levels.  In fact, I think J's peculiarities are universal.  In the spirit of J, I decided to make a list of a few off-center things I do to share in on those awkward moments we all experience.  I'll let you be the judge on how odd they all may be.
  1. After speaking to my neighbors when I leave out in the mornings, I find myself avoiding them for the rest of the day.  Am I supposed to speak again when I see them or put on another fake smile?
  2. I hate when people are talking around me when I'm typing.  I often find myself typing the words they're saying.
  3. I sometimes text people randomly to avoid conversations and eye contact from strangers.  I might have stranger phobia :(
  4. When I see misspelled words in text messages, I look at my keypad to see if the position of the correct letter is near the one misused.
  5. I separate my food by eating in sectioned plates (or will get two plates) so that my food doesn't touch.  
  6. I people watch. like. all. the. time.  I watch their mannerisms, hand gestures, and the way they communicate with others.  If we are engaged in conversation, I am probably studying your body language more so than what you are saying.  The eyes never lie, right?
None of these things are odd, are they?  What are some of the odd things you do?  Please share in the comments.

BTW, have you seen the latest episode of Awkward Black Girl?  Check it out here.

Girls Night in With Kimberly


Planning a fun night in with your girlfriends and have no clue where to start? Below Kimberly has creative ideas that will make for epic celebrations of friendship and good times.

What Ever Happened To Laurnea'?

Who remembers Laurnea?  She had an album circa 1998 called Betta Listen.  It featured songs like "Can't Let Go," "Sun Don't Rain," and the following song, "Infatuation."  This is, by the way, one of my favorite songs.  Where has this talented, soulful singer been?


How do you feel about this song?  Have you ever been this infatuated by someone?

Beauty Makes Me Pout

Hello everyone!  As I stated here I decided to do a 3-Part Post series of my favorite fall products.  Since we've already covered my favorite blushes, let's get down to the lippies.

Part 2  of my "Beauty Makes Me..." 3-Part Series is "Beauty Makes Me Pout,"  which will be highlighting my current favorite lippies.  Click read more to check them out.

Beauty Makes Me "Blush"

Hey all!  For September and October I have quite a few of my  favorite beauty products to share with you guys.  Since I thought it was too many to share in one post, I decided to do a 3-Part Post series of my favorite fall products.

The beginning of my "Beauty Makes Me..." 3-Part Series is "Beauty Makes Me Blush,"  which will be highlighting my current favorite blushes.

These are my favorite blushes this season:


The first blush I'm sharing is Avon True Color Blush in Cranberry.  This is the perfect fall shade for me.
 I love how rich the color is!



The second blush I'm sharing is NYX Powder Blush in Cinnamon. This is one of my all-time favorite blushes. The color payoff is great, so you only  have to use a small amount.


The third blush is NARS Powder Blush in Exhibit A. NARS blushes are my favorite blushes because they are so pigmented. Again, a little goes a long way with this blush.  Please be careful with the application or you'll wind up looking like a clown!


The fourth blush I'm sharing is NARS Powder Blush in Taj Mahal.  This may be my absolute favorite blush, because it seems to bring out my skin's copper undertones.  Check out how I rocked it here.


The fifth blush is new to my collection.  It's Avon Smooth Minerals Blush in Perfect Plum.  This is another color that is perfect for fall.  This is slowly becoming one of my favorite blushes to wear for an evening look.


The final blush on the list is e.l.f.  Powder Blush in Fuchsia Fusion.  I cannot rave enough about this blush.  It only costs $3 and the color is so beautiful.  When I'm feeling feminine and flirty, this is my go-to blush.  The color is so pink and sparkly, one can't help but feel sweet and girly when wearing it.  I don't mind rocking this blush year round for a pick-me-up.


Do you own any of these blushes?  How do you feel about them?  And what are your current favorite blushes?  Also, if you would like to see swatches, let me know in the comments!

Stay tuned next week for more beauty faves!

Monday Dose of Diva: WOMANifesto


How many of you watched Black Girls Rock last night?  I was able to watch a segment of it and was very happy to see today's diva, Miss Jilly from Philly, perform the "Womanifesto" from her latest album, The Light of the Sun.

For years now, Jill Scott has been gracing us with her sultry voice, soulful songs, and recently, her powerful acting skills.   I remember first hearing her on the Roots singles "You Got Me" and "Complexity" wondering who the woman with the captivating voice was.  Now several hit singles ("A Long Walk," "Golden," and "Hate on Me" to name a few), albums, movies, a book and a baby later, we have the quintessential diva before us.

She makes me proud to be a woman, as she is not afraid nor ashamed to bear her sensual side.  She speaks proudly and with such an unapologetic authority, one can't help but take notice.  She embraces her womanly strength and femininity wholeheartedly, and that is why I admire her.


What is your favorite Jill Scott song?  
Can you identify with her music?
 

"Take Off The Blues" Sunday


Alas, today was a laid-back day at home.  My family and I did nothing special (other than my light afternoon thrifting) and all was calm in Miss Dre's neck of the woods.  This may seem like a mundane situation to some of you, but for those who know me personally know we haven't had many peaceful days lately.

Miss Dre's Signature Look

Hey guys! I just wanted to do a quick share of my everyday look as of lately.  I don't wear makeup every single day, but on most days, this is my usual weekday look.


I purchased this lovely necklace from FWB !
Get yours here !

Here are the products I used:

MAC 187 Brush
Sigma Round Top Kabuki Brush
MAC Studio Fix Concealer (NC42)
mark. Good Riddance Hook-Up Concealer in Deep
e.l.f. Studio Concealer Brush
e.l.f. blush in Mellow Mauve
MAC Magically Cool Liquid Powder in Cajun
e.l.f. Complexion Brush
Avon Perfect Wear Foundation in Toffee/Caramel


e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadow "C" Brush
e.l.f. Studio Contour Brush
e.l.f. Blending Eye Brush
Avon SuperShock Intense Mascara
mark. On-The-Edge Liquid Eyeliner in Cleo
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

mark. Eyeshadow-Shinjuku (Super Flip Tokyo Kit)
mark. Eyeshadow-Plum Velvet (Super Flip Tokyo Kit)*
mark. Eyeshadow in Glitterati (Super Flip Kit)**

N.Y.C. Lipstick (cannot decipher the name)
Avon Lipliner in Plum Perfect
Avon SuperShock Lipgloss in Lilac Attack

*can also be found in current catalog
**now on sale for $7.99 at 

Do you like this look?  What is your current signature look?

How I Deal With Adversity


A while back in my Blog On Fire Award post, I inadvertently ignored the rules by offering you guys a chance to ask me questions.  One question I received from the lovely fellow blogger Michelle over at Radiant Brown Beauty was this:

"When you face a trial that you feel nobody can help with, how do you handle it?"

It took me a minute to come up with an answer for this. Mostly in part because I rarely discuss trials and issues with anyone as it is.  I'm one of those types who chooses to handle issues internally, seeking answers from within, before speaking to anyone.  And if I'm really stressed, I only discuss personal matters with one of three people:  my mother, my brother, or my husband.  But more often than not, I'm looking to face trials solo dolo, with a little help from God, of course.


I know this seems like the cookie-cutter answer, but it is true. Anytime I am faced with situations that seem to be more than I can bear, I turn to God.  I pray for strength, understanding, and direction.  I go to His word and seek his answers.  That's what I've been taught to do since I was young, as my mother kept our family in the church, and that's the only thing that works for me.

For example, some years back, I was faced with a difficult decision.  The decision I made would cause me to leave the comfort of my once-happy home, lose my primary source of income, and eventually force me to move back to my childhood home with my children in tow.  Lost and ashamed, I felt that I had no one to turn to.  Friends I thought would be there for me grew distant.  Family members who once offered help withdrew their resources.  I felt like I had hit rock bottom.  I won't go too deep into detail, because this is still a sensitive subject for me, but there was really no where to go but up for me.  After a few weeks of laying in a funk, I started to pray.  That's all I knew to do.

At first, I thought God wouldn't listen to my prayers.  I had stopped going to church, I wasn't even thinking about paying any tithes, and the lifestyle I was leading was less than stellar.  I was really feeling like the prodigal daughter.  But I stepped out on my faith (the size of a mustard seed) and I asked God for forgiveness.  I asked him to "clean me up" from the inside out, and give me direction.  When I tell you guys that I had NOTHING going on, I mean NOTHING for real.  But God stepped in and changed all that.

I didn't tell anyone my feelings or struggles but God.  And he came to my rescue.  He also sent people into my life that would help me to overcome my many obstacles and begin to live a better life.  Resources poured out from nowhere.  Debts I had were paid in full.   A job I wasn't qualified for fell into my lap.  An opportunity of a lifetime came right up to my doorstep (or shall I say my mother's) and knocked loudly upon her door.  And I knew it was nothing but God.

Now don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that I was such a fine specimen that God just poured blessing upon blessing down to my feet.  In fact, I'm saying just the opposite. I felt I was nothing, that I wasn't good enough for anything or anyone worth having.  But God renewed something in me, and restored something in me I never knew I had.  Me, little old me, stepped out on faith and believed that He would help me and He did in more ways than I imagined.  That's why I give him the credit and the praise for everything good in my life.

So there's my answer in a roundabout way.  When faced with a trial, I turn to God. He is the only one who I can depend on for all of my needs.  He won't disappoint me, turn on me, forsake me, or try to hurt me.  He loves me unconditionally when I don't even have the sense to love myself.  So for everything, I turn to Him.

Thank you Michelle for the thought-provoking question, and thank you to anyone who stopped by to read!

The Weekend Lover: Maxwell

How can you not love a face like that?  I fell in love, first with his voice while riding in my cousin's car after school one day.  Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder) was playing on the radio and she was singing each lyric to the top of her lungs.  I begged her to turn the volume up, partly to tune her out, but mostly to hear more of what this man with the beautiful voice was singing about.  Weeks later, she had Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite on cassette tape and we were able to listen to all of his songs as many times as we wanted to.  Well, at least until she dropped me off.

Since I've taken a trip back down memory lane, I decided to share a few of my Maxwell faves with you guys.  Hope you don't mind!







Are you feeling the Maxwell love?  If so, what is your favorite Maxwell song?
What are you listening to this weekend?

More La La Inspired Fashion

What Ever Happened To.. Willie Max?


Do you guys remember the group Willie Max from the 90's?  They were proteges of Raphael Saadiq.  I recall them having this one song (which was on the Ride soundtrack) and I never heard from them again.  It's a shame too, because they had beautiful such beautiful voices.

Here is the video for their single "Can't Get Enough"


Do you remember this song?  Or do you know what happened to these ladies?

Pink Wednesday 10/19

Check the pink nails!













Are you rocking pink nails today?

Introducing the Weekend Lover: Ginuwine


Those of you who have been following me know that I love doing my dose of diva on Mondays, featuring songs by my favorite divas.  This has been a great way to start the week off for me.  Now in giving the ladies so much love at the beginning of the week, I noticed I haven't been giving my weekend lovers any shine.

"Ok Dre, what are you talking about?" some of you may be thinking.  But on the weekends, when I'm laid back and in my chill state, I love to listen to an R&B tune from the best of them.  When I'm at home and able to let my hair down, I like to get caught up in a good book, a nice bottle of wine, and a tantalizing baritone seeping through the speakers.  So let me introduce to you my weekend lovers (posts).  First off is Ginuwine.

I don't know if I ever told you guys this, but I used to have the biggest crush on Ginuwine back in the day.  I mean, I was obsessed.  Ask any of my cousins or siblings who used to laugh at me for having his picture framed on my nightstand in my younger days.  Anyways, today I was on my Ginuwine flow so I just wanted to share a few of my favorite tracks with you.
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