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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