Showing posts from May, 2012

Joe Fresh + Summer = Yummy

Tunic Top $ 39 Retro Inspired Sunglasses $19

Slim Color Denim $19 Twill Short $16

Color Block Dress $39 Vertical Stripe Dress $19

Color Block Tote $19 Slipper Loafer $39

Off-Broadway Review: Cock

Showing at the Duke on 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Ave, is Cock. The new Off-Broadway play by Mike Barlett. A very intriguing, insightful, and captivating piece.

One thing you ought to know before you join John (Cory Michael Smith), M (Jason Butler Harner), W  (Amanda Quiad), F (Cotter Smith) and your fellow audience is that if you are one to never be on time, this is one of those shows where you really ought to make it on time or just forget the whole thing. If by some luck you are able to get in,  after you arrived late, it would be awkward to get to your seat. The sitting arrangement is quite intimate, like a small gathering of friends. Every eye will follow you, including those of the actors. They are in the middle of a green floor and you would be part of the small circle that surrounds them. There are no barriers. The audience eyes does not only follow the performers but those sitting around them––good way to observe the impact of the play on those around you.
Cock is about …

Choosing Grad School For MFA/MA

English always made sense to me. And when a semi-teaching assistant job back at college made me realize I could stay on campuses forever as a professor, I knew graduate school was in the picture.

Now I have two big interests; Photography and Poetry. Which would it be? It took me a year after college to come to the realization that though I love shooting. I wouldn't be the best Photography teacher, and I did hate to teach photography. However, the opposite applies to teaching creative writing. I am convinced that I can do a really good job of it as well. The question then turn to what school to go?

Keep in mind that most liberal arts majors make none to very little money, unless you are super lucky. I may not even get a job for years after I graduate, hence my number one goal became finding a very good school that is also very affordable. I chose six schools based on  1. Financial Aide  2. Location  and 3. Teaching Staff .  I ended up applying to three schools only. It was a close…

A Little Something To Ease Menstrual Cramps

When it cometh, it cometh with much anguish. I used to refuse to take painkillers.  Surely I can handle it...and my body will learn to stop producing all that pain? But menstrual cramps were never kind to me and I was forced to find a remedy. I wanted something as natural as possible because I have something of a paranoia when it comes to painkillers. I always think they are giving me some sort of cancer as they sneakily take our my aches :( . I read much about ginger tea, gave it a go and now I know it helps  so I'm passing the information on. I love to add some lavender to my ginger tea, it makes it the more soothing and helps relaxes me during those five weird days of the month. And I had jasmine flower for a little kick :)

All you need is fresh ginger. In my case I add half a teaspoon each of lavender flower, Jasmine flower and lemon juice (you can get the flowers from a tea shop), you may add honey if you wish.

- Bring water to boil
- Add finely chopped fresh ginger  to the…

Broadway Review: Ghost The Musical

Did you see Whoopi Goldberg, Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in Ghost the movie? Then you have an idea what Ghost the Musical is about. Though it's new in New York, it is also playing at the Piccadilly Theater in London.

At the Lunt-Fontane Theatre on West 46 St, is Ghost The Musical. A two and a half hours performance. A bit long but you won't notice the time much because you would be in the good hands of a talented crew. Your eyes, ears, and heart will be following Sam (Richard Fleeshman) and wondering why he won't say those four words that his girl-friend, Molly (Caissie Levy) wishes so much hear.

You will be appalled  when Sam's best friend Carl (Bryce Pinkham), disappoints you and the rest of the audience in his greed. And you will laugh so hard as Oda Mae (Da'Vine Joy Randolph) tries to help Sam communicate with Molly. You will also remain impressed from beginning to end by the awesome effects, lightening, and  dramatic use of technology.

The story is wonderfu…

How to Grow Natural & Relaxed African Hair

I know I must not discriminate but I always feel proud when I see my fellow African women with healthy natural or relaxed hair without any weaves (faux hair or some other human hair extensions ;)). I have been natural most of my life but have not retained much length because I didn't know it was possible, and therefore never bothered to try to grow out my hair. Now I know it's indeed possible and I have been working on growing my hair.
Here are some videos  with advises on how to maintain the length of our natural or relaxed hair.
N A T U R A L    H A I R


R E L A X E D    H A I R 1. You will need ear-phones or speakers for this one :(


Dear Class of 2012,

Congratulations!!! The cramming is over for now (unless you are starting grad school soon). Ah, isn't it wonderful that you will never have to worry about those calculus texts you hated so much, because you needed a calculator for everything including 1+1? I know I did.

If you are smart, you have one or two internships under your belt and you started looking for a job before finals came down the block, if you are lucky, you even have a job waiting for you! Now, the majority of you will suffer a little. I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news but if you bothered with the news, and talked to your old friends who graduated before you, then you already know this.

Some would say, there's no point looking for a job in this economy. Just go back to Grad school. I absolutely agree. However if graduate school is not in the picture for you, find something to do. It doesn't matter if it is volunteering or being a cashier in some god-forsaken hell-hole. As long as it pays, you are al…

Emjoi AP18R Emagine Epilator Review

I had wanted to buy a Braun because I've read it's the best.  My boyfriend believes that to buy anything else is a waste of money because his sister swears Braun epilators are the only ones worth buying. But since I am doing a review of the Emjoi AP-18R Emagine Dual Opposed 72 Tweezer Head Epilator instead of a Braun you know which I got in the end.

I chose the Emjoi AP18R for three reasons 1. It has 72 teeth 2.  It has the option to be used while plugged or cordless and 3. It's cheaper than the Braun 7681 Silk-Epil 7 Express Pro, with its meager 40 teeth.
The 72 teeth works wonderfully. With the stupid Panasonic ES2045P that I had been using previously, it took me about three days to finish my legs and it was painful (all three days). I had to go over the same spot countless of times (I'm not exaggerating). With this Emjoi, I finish a whole leg in about 20 mins. And I can use it on my bikini area without crying out like I'm giving birth to an elephant.
It's be…

Broadway Review: End Of The Rainbow

A fan of  Judy Garland? Then you would probably love this exciting new play by Peter Quilter, and directed by Terry Johnson. I experienced this beautiful play at the Belasco Theatre at 8pm on Friday the 30th of March. Yes, I am aware it's a century past and I should have written this review a long time ago. Forgive me if you can.
End of The Rainbow is played by an excellent cast; especially Tracie Bennett as Ms. Garland. Anthony, an ex husband of the star is played by Michael Cumpsty, and the scavenging Mickey Deans by Tom Pelpherey. The scene is the Ritz Hotel, London. December 1968. And the story rides on a dark horse call melancholy. I teared up a lot but also had a good laugh because though the story is tragical it is often witty, and humorous, too.

Ms. Garland finds herself in London with her ex-husband, now her new hired pianist and her young new fiancĂ© Mickey as her manager. The aim is revival: a series of concerts arranged to help convince her fans and the music industry t…

Something For Flu Symptoms

The weather refuses to make it's mind and I'm being punished for its indecisiveness.  One moment I was fine and in the next my voice ceased to exist, my throat hurt and I had a nasty female-dog headache, an embarrassing sneeze and a completive cough. Perhaps it is because I have dressed, too often, for a warm day and have ended up strolling through cold rainy days.

I have been forced to continuously nurse a hot mix of turmeric, ginger, lemon, and honey and the effort has been paying off--gradually. [ half a teaspoon of turmeric + a teaspoon of fresh crushed ginger + half teaspoon lemon + a teaspoon of honey mix in about 5-8 oz water ] Why? Do your own research. And I am no Doc. so if this doesn't work for you please don't try to sue me :)

The other excuse for my inconsistent blogging is because I have been lost in the Songs of Ice and Fire. I just started the 5th book today, and should be done by Friday. The book is stuck in my head, even in my dreams! I can't wai…

Time Balm White Tea Olive Age Defense Face Cream Review

After Eucerin failed me, I headed out with the intension of going to my local beauty supply store to get Bare Escentuals' Purely Nourishing Moisturizer. I had read a lot of positive reviews about the product and since it's mad expensive, I thought it may work.

I stopped at TJ-Maxx to see if they had any Ahava moisturizers——sometimes they carry them for a nice bargain——and I chanced upon a set of Time Balm facial products valued at $94.00 for the price of $24.99. Up until that moment I had never heard of the line, yet I got the set because the price was just too tempting. I'm so very glad I did.

 I came home and checked out them out  ( and I was so giddy with excitement when I realized what a bargain I had gotten. I was a bit worried though that it wouldn't work but it does. I have been using the Alcohol Free Face Toner and the White Tea Olive Age Defense Face Cream for almost two months now and it's been really good to my super sensitive acne-prone skin…

Things Happened

It's been a while since I painted this place with my whines and interests. So many exciting things have sung for me since...

1. I got accepted into Brooklyn College! Yay me, though not for an MFA :( but rather an MA.  I thought about it for two seconds and took it.  As long as I am reading and writing, I know I will be ecstatic, with a few complaints every now and then, of course. I thought my writing was good enough, suppose I had better competitors. All in all I believe I am happy.

2. I have a new job that I really love. No, it has nothing to do with my college degree. It has every thing to do with spices and teas. I love tea, green tea especially. And I love spices, pepper, actually. So it's hasn't been that bad going to work at dawn. I have to be on location by 6am. If anything, it is exciting because it's so different and I get out of work at 2pm. The pay could be better, but I am just glad I have a job that I can still hold while I go to school and still manage …