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Who Loves Hip-Hop?

Friday, June 29, 2007

I do, I DO!! And I will be enjoying even more of it now that the time has come again for WBAI to broadcast 29 hours of some of the dopest old-school, new-school, and underground hip-hop your radio ears have ever {and unfortunately in many cases, may never} hear. The The Hip-Hop Takeover only happens twice a year so tune in. Broadcast starts at 7pm tonight and ends Saturday at midnight followed by an after~party for only the truest b-boys and gals. . . . . . . . . .

PS. Not in the tri-state area? WBAI is streamed online. . . . . . . . .


I’ve changed my mind…………..

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Once again about what I’m wearing to my mother’s upcoming nuptials and I think I’m leaning towards black now. Believe it or not, I went to David’s Bridal and selected two very basic black gowns that I intend on dressing up with some sexy gold heels and tons of my own jewelry (photo’s soon to come).
What do you think??

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Tonya Engel

I was reading a post over at Fly {one of my favs by the way} earlier today which led to the discussion of African and Latino women and “race denial” and it got me to thinking about this painting I had seen by painter Tonya Engel. I’ve admired her work for some time now, mainly because much like the post I’m referring to, many women can relate to the subjects in her art. Below are a few that may stir up some childhood memories……

From left to right: Doll Room, Tar Baby. Bottom: Wig Shop
Many of us have memories of wrapping scarves to our heads to emulate long straight hair similar to the doll babies in the picture above. I remember my mother refused to purchase any toys that didn’t resemble me and was furious when my father refused to comply. But it is the bottom picture that is most shocking in that this is what many black girls and women strive to look like today. Interesting………………………
Out of all of Engel's paintings, my favorite is called Stars in My Hair because that's how I felt when I finally let my hair grow natural ;) Check out Tonya's website for more works of art.

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Diamonds in the Rough. . . . .

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Rings for the uniquely thoughtful bride . . . . . . . . raw diamond engament rings and wedding bands by Todd Reed.


Hetty Rose

Ohhhh, Lala.....................

Love these shoes dressed in vintage kimono fabrics dsigned by London shoe maker Henrietta Rose. All shoes are made to order and available here and here.


The Art of Mehndi

Monday, June 25, 2007

While doing a little blog hopping I came across these beautiful images of bridal mehndi at Nirali Magazine and had to share. One thing I always admire about South Asian weddings is the art and detail that go into making each bride look like a princess. Note the intricacy of the designs.

You can find more inspirational mehndi designs here and here.

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Yellena . . . . .

Thursday, June 21, 2007

I'm really really digging the organic creations of etsy seller Yellena. Each original piece is composed of ink, pen, marker, or paint and can purchased here.

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Just because . . . . .

I don't own one blue shoe. . . . . .


We’re still trudging along . . . .

with our remodeling project and I’m determined to tackle the kitchen next. So far I’ve come up with a pseudo mood board of the basic design scheme I'm heading towards. . . . . .

A. satin nickel hardware for our kitchen cabinets. It also matches all of our stainless steel appliances.
B. blue dinnerware to add “punch” off of white walls
C. morrocanesque (yeah I said it again) lighting over kitchen eating area
D. akurum kitchen cabinets we purchased via Ikea
E. birch colored flooring, again purchased via Ikea
F. I have an old bookshelf that I’m going to paint red that will serve as a china cabinet and a place for cookbooks to rest
G. bamboo style flatware I got from Target over 2 years ago that is still in the package!!
H. Inspiration!! Love this vase but it is a little bit (whole lot) out of my budget.
J. my favorite part. A coral stencil motif that will be painted over the stove in a high gloss to serve as the backsplash.

So what do you think??



By now, I think we can gather that I’m really into prints, especially African-prints. Needless to say, I fell in love as soon as I spotted these African-print clutches from UrbanKnit. How cute is the middle clutch with the bow! Check out their etsy store here.


Wish I Could Afford. . . .

Thursday, June 14, 2007

these luscious cocktail rings for the summer and beyond. . . .

Top Row: L Frank Emerald Treasure Ring, Ippolita Countess Ring
Bottom Row: Pearl and Shell Ring, Coral and Shell Ring at Vivre


Got Purple?

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

My mother, in her new grown and sexy spirit, is getting married in August and has choosen her accent color to be purple. Although I'm not in the bridal party (I'll be to busy running around playing make-up artist/hostess/coordinator), I want to match everyone else. Who new how hard finding a purple dress would be?? Here are a few that I came across.

What do you think?

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Antony Todd

Monday, June 11, 2007

Mama likes this room a lot!
I'm still teetering between blue and orange (no we haven't painted yet), but I think from the affection I'm feeling towards this room by interior designer Antony Todd, I'm leaning towards blue.


Oh My. . . . .

How hot are these African print shoes from Bettye Muller's Spring 2006 collection?. . . . .

My favorites are the green and yellow wedges (right, top row)!


Doodles From Economics Class. . . . .

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Only two more weeks to go. . . . .


Pada Vavra

Thursday, June 7, 2007

All I can do is look in awe (and with envy) at the creative genius behind these luscious gems designed by Los Angeles artist Pada Vavra. Oh, how I covet thy precious baubles. . . . .


Dreamy Feanne. . . . .

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Love the abstract doodles of Italian born artist Feanne. You can find more of her daily drawings here. And purchase one for yourself here. . . . .


Where's the Art??

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

I didn't realize how difficult it was to find artwork that I could culturally relate to until my son was born. As you know we are in the mist of renovating our place, and it is important to me for my son to have images that reflect who he is. The below images are from vintage prints and books that have been in my family for over 30 years and are quite dear to me. It's amazing to think that some of the things from my childhood are now considered vintage! I love the colors in these paintings.

The below photo is taken from a page of Louis, by Ezra Jack Keats, who wrote and illustrated books set in urban New York throughout the 70's and 80's. My son has grown to be quite fond of this book so I've considered blowing up a few of the images and framing them for his room. The website as well as Keat's books are filled with vivid images perfect for children (or adults) . . . . . .

So. . . . . . . where's the art??

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More Room Inspiration

Here is our second inspiration room for our place. This room, designed by S.R. Gambrel, is much more of my hubbies style, I think, because of the casual vibe dictated by the color and comfy seating. My favorite part is the botanical prints I know my three year old would get a kick out of. Between this and the other inspiration room, I can't decide which one fits our lifestyle the most. So far, we've only primed the walls so there is still time for me to change my mind (once again).
Any suggestions??

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Erica Molinari

Love the “delicate artistry” of Erica Molinari’s pieces found here and here. . . . . . . .


The Aquarian Thought

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Check out this awesome painting done by my dear friend Qazi Orange. I commisioned Qazi to create a logo for me from a sketch and this is what he came up with. I couldn't be more than pleased with his vision of Aquarian Thoughts!! He doesn't have a website yet, so you'll have to stay in tune for updates on his work.

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Friday, June 1, 2007

While catching up on some blog reading at I Like Her Style!, I came across fashion designers AquaPoni and there funky vintage clothing line. With all the craze centered around vintage clothing, it’s hard to get excited about more designers taking that approach. But these girls are on to something. I love some of the pieces they’ve come up with, specifically their African-print and high-waist skirts. Unfortunately, their site is under construction so imagining myself in it will have to do for now. In the meanwhile check out their myspace page.


Because I'm a Voyeur. . . . . .


Metallic Shoes

Just because (I'm obsessed with shoes & because) metallic is so great for the summer. . . . . .

Silver -Dolce Vita Tieback Heel $115
Gold - Dolce Vita Two Toned Heel $135
PS. Wouldn't the gold shoes look great with this necklace . . . . . . .


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