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.

Christmas Toys... Oh the Nostalgia!

What were your favorite toys from Christmas Past?  I was inspired to share this post as my mind was flooded with childhood Christmas memories this morning.  Hearing cartoon commercial jingles and Christmas music sent me floating back to the late 80's and early 90's and I felt that only this post could shake this nostalgic frenzy I was experiencing.  Check out some of my favorite toys from back in the day after the jump!

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:


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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



We all marveled over Oprah's "My Favorite Things Party" where she gave out about 25 (expensive & elaborate) gifts to hundreds of audience members! Well why not have your own "My Favorites Things Party" but with a fun affordable twist?! Perhaps your favorite thing and item is a "TIDE pen" and your girlfriends favorite-cannot-live-without item is a "mini mirror". You invite 10 girls to the "Favorite Things Party" and each girl brings 10 of their favorite thing! At the end of the night, each girl leaves with 10 little necessities that all have a story behind them! This is a fun and cool party to have and definitely a great gift exchange for a night in with the girls!


Ever realize that you have things in your closet that you just don't wear? Or do you realize that you have things that still have the tags on them? Well, bring out the clothing rack and fill it up with goodies! Perhaps that unworn item will look great on your friend Sue, or perhaps Sue can use that as a gift for her daughter? A "Shop My Closet Party" is a fun way to get rid of things that take up space in your closet. It's also a great way to fill those empty spots with great new items! Get creative! Invite your guest to bring jewelry, shoes, hats, purses, coats, gloves, etc., and don't forget to have everyone name their "boutique". There's nothing like a painless shopping spree done over wine and hors d'oeuvres!


Watch Night's for the girls can go in just about ANY direction! Perhaps all the girls can share a few Youtube videos that are "must sees"! Or perhaps you all can have a TV Show Party where someone has all of the Housewives of Atlanta episodes Tivo'd and ready to watch! Or maybe there is a new dance that is out or a dance instruction video that will be fun to learn! Or maybe someone can just grab a redbox movie that can be watched over desserts and snacks made by each girl! Watch Nights are a fun way to hang with the girls and it offers tons of opportunity to discuss and laugh during and after the viewing party!


There's nothing like a relaxing mani and pedi. "Set up shop" at one of the girl's places and have everyone bring over their nail polish, nail tools, and nail pictures for inspiration! To avoid a mess, have all of the girls "prep" at home; wash, buffer, file, and moisturize. Whether you each do your own manis and pedis or whether you guys each do each others, the most enjoyable homemade manis and pedis are the ones that are done with time on our sides! Turn on some oldies or put on a good movie. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the flow!


A color-themed party is fun and will get the girls thinking! Pick a color out of a hat, then have all of the girls come with 10 of their favorite or their most random "pink" items. Each girl will leave with a bag full of color-coded goodness! And each item will always remind each girl of someone!


Watched a makeup or hair tutorial online but never had time to actually TRY these new techniques? Then why not throw a makeover party?! Spend a few hours with your laptops out following a tutorial's steps with a partner and share great laughs through the triumphs and trials of getting "beautified". It's funny seeing what we women go through to accomplish "beauty" and a "Beauty Party" gives us girls a chance to just make fun of ourselves! You can be serious about the makeover or just have an "ugly makeover" party! Be creative and after the party, hang up a white sheet and host a photoshoot! Take lots of pictures that can be made into albums or scrapbooks during a follow-up party! This party is tons of fun!=]


Get crafty! There are a ton of DIY projects out there on the www! So why not take part in the craze and have fun making something. We often miss out on our artistic side once the Real World hits us hard! So a night of some arts and crafts is always a great way to kick back and revisit your artistic side. Perhaps you want to decorate an apron, a bra, a boustiere, a pair of shorts, or a pair of Converse! DIY parties are tons of fun! Be sure to research the project you plan on working on so that you can bring enough supplies to go around!

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?
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