Somebody Loves You: A Quest for Patti LaBelle Pie

It happened so suddenly
I woke up one morning with you on my mind
No matter what I did
Couldn’t stop thinking about you

The words of Patti LaBelle’s Somebody Loves You never rang true for me…until now.

The Grammy award winning songstress recently showed off her baking skills by selling sweet potato pies in Wal-Mart stores.  Many musicians have gotten into other businesses, such as makeup, fashion, and perfume lines, but few have had reactions like this.

After seeing this video (and the subsequent social media explosion) I knew I had to track me down a Patti pie.  I woke up this morning with pie on my mind, y’all!

Here’s the story…

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Sometimes, you need a dance party.

The past two weeks have been crazy busy. My stress level was on 10, y’all. Today at work I felt like my head was going to explode. 

And then, I heard ‘Boyfriend’ by Justin Bieber

Y’all might be thinking, “Welp, let me get a mop to clean up the head explosion. If she was on the edge before, surely Biebs gave the final push.” 

NOPE. Turns out what I needed to alleviate my tension was a full-fledged, no shame in my game dance party. So that’s exactly what I had. 

I body rolled in my foyer. 

I twerked on my refrigerator. 

I pop, locked, *and* dropped it in the middle of my living room and it felt f*cking fantastic. I feel so much better and am ready to conquer the last day of the work week. 

Now if you’ll excuse me, Missy Elliott just dropped a new video and I have more booty shakin’ to do. 

Fun times with great friends!

A few weeks ago, my wonderful friend and fellow blogger Kathy invited me to spend a weekend with her and her husband at their home in Pittsburg. Kathy and I met while working together and became instant friends. We spent lots of time together while she lived in Madison and I was very excited to get to see her new house!

Kathy and her husband were wonderful hosts and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them. Below are a few snapshots of their beautiful home and other fun things from my time in Pittsburg. Making new memories with old friends is one of life’s sweetest pleasures!

The gorgeous guest bedroom that was my temporary abode:

 

Their beautiful home–living room, solarium, gazebos, and a few furry neighbors:

            

A weekend of delicious meals–ramen downtown (complete with octopus balls) and a homemade breakfast by Kathy herself:

  

         

Fun times with one of my favorite couples–hiking, board games, and seeing the sights of Pittsburg:

                   

Finally, a friendly photo shoot! Categories are Fainting Realness, Living Room Luxury, and Solarium Chic: 

                         

Many thanks to my wonderful friend and her husband for a fantastic weekend! Check out Kathy’s blog here for information on beauty, fashion, and more!

Making Money or Bad Manners?

Here’s an interesting story that came across my news feed this morning.  Keshia Knight Pulliam, best known for her role as Rudy on the Cosby Show, was recently “fired” from the competition-based reality show Celebrity Apprentice.  The reason?  For not calling Bill Cosby to ask for help with raising funds for a charity.  She claimed that she has not spoken to Cosby in five years and thus it was inappropriate to ask him for money.

I have my opinions on the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby (another day, another post).  I’m sure Pulliam has her opinions on this as well, but this episode of Celebrity Apprentice was filmed *before* the resurgence of the allegations against Cosby.  So why didn’t she call him?

Because that’s rude.

Pulliam and Cosby hadn’t talked in five years.  FIVE YEARS.  And she’s supposed to call this man talking about, “I know it has been a long time since we’ve talked–half a decade exactly–but if you could donate some money to my charity that would be awesome.  Oh, and in case you were wondering, I wouldn’t have called you if I didn’t need something.”  Umm, no.  The southern belle in me cringes at the thought.  That is tacky to the umpteenth degree.

And honestly, do you think Cosby would have coughed up the dough?

Photo courtesy of Adriana M. BarrazaWENN.com, ActionPress.  Found on Promiflash.de.

Keshia Knight Pulliam. Photo courtesy of Adriana M. BarrazaWENN.com, ActionPress. Found on Promiflash.de.

If someone I hadn’t spoken to but to say “hi” and “bye” in FIVE YEARS called me to ask for money for charity–heck, for anything really–I probably wouldn’t give it.

So what do y’all think?  Was Pulliam just acting like she had some manners or did she willingly bypass a good opportunity to network?

Check out the original article here, then tell me what you think!

The Eyes Have It

I’ve got a confession to make.

I’m slightly embarrassed by it, but I’m going to go ahead and share.  To be fair, I was young and impressionable–I was in high school!

I…used to wear colored contacts.

See?  Photographic evidence.

See? Photographic evidence.

Light green, dark green, hazel, honey brown, even purple–I wore them all.  While this isn’t the worst thing a girl could possibly do, I can see now that I wasn’t really fooling anyone into thinking gray was my natural eye color.  But y’all couldn’t tell me NUTHIN’–I was too cute in my colored contacts.

Which is why I’m confused about all the controversy surrounding Tameka “Tiny” Harris’s decision to undergo a procedure to change her eye color permanently.  Tiny is an R&B singer and wife to rapper T.I.; she underwent a surgical procedure to change her eye color from brown to “ice gray” (her words, not mine).  Once the Internet found out, they slammed her for it.

My question is, how is it anyone’s business but hers?

Tiny is a grown woman and should be able to make whatever decisions she wants concerning her body.  We laud people for having plastic surgery to remove loose skin after they lose weight, but slam someone for having surgery to change her eye color?  Plastic surgery is plastic surgery–we should’t judge people for doing things to make themselves feel better about their appearance.

Tiny speaks up about the procedure to MadameNoire here–check it out!

A Very Kardashian Khristmas

You may still be eating leftovers from Thanksgiving–I’ve had spiral ham with mac n’ cheese for lunch every day this week–but it’s safe to say that we’re officially in the throes of the Christmas season.  For some of you, this may mean coordinating outfits for your annual Christmas photo.  While my family never had a “formal” Christmas photo, I’ve always thought the Christmas season is as good a time as any to get the gang gussied up for a professional pic or two.  Apparently the Kardashians have similar sentiments as they recently released the photo for their 2013 Christmas card.

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Photo by David LaChapelle – Image from The Citizens of Fashion

While every family absolutely has the prerogative to choose whatever style it wants for its Christmas photo, I’m not a fan of the Kardashian klan’s photo for this year.  So many things are going on in the picture–television screens, piles of gossip magazines, Gaga-esque headpieces, and random mannequin parts–that you can barely pick out the family members from the backdrop.  And speaking of family members…not everyone is in the photo.  Like, where’s Kanye?  And Lamar?  And Scott Disick?  Granted they are only related to the family by (impending) marriage, I’d think they’re still considered family and should be somewhere in the picture.

Now that I think about it, where the heck are Rob Kardashian and North West?  They are actually blood members of this family and are nowhere to be found.  If the point of a Christmas card photo is to highlight your family, it makes sense (to me at least) that all family members be included.  Maybe all the neon lights and broken mannequins scared the baby.

Anywho, I looked up some other Kardashian family photos and think this one from Christmas 2012 is really nice.  It’s simple, yet festive.  Everyone is present and looks happy, not fake fierce.  It actually looks like a celebration, which is what Christmas is all about–honoring the birth of our savior Jesus Christ.

Kardashian Holiday Card

Photo by Nick Saglimbeni – Image from E! Online

What’s your take on the Kardashian Khristmas photo?  Does your family take an annual photo for its Christmas cards?  If not, what are some of the other holiday traditions in your family?

Beyond the Moment

Last night, my boyfriend and I went to see 12 Years a Slave. If you haven’t heard about based on a true story film, please navigate to the Google immediately and commence searching.

Chiwetel Ejiofor shows us the pain and anguish of Solomon Northup, a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery. Based on a true story, the film displays the race-divided South with brilliant clarity. It reminds us of what was.

And here we are. Things thought absolutely impossible aren’t even an afterthought. Of course we should vote, and own property, and go to school together. Of course we are human.

But still exists the stereotyping, profiling. Suspicion. Blackface. We are better, but not best. 12 Years a Slave serves as a great reminder to keep the past in the past and always look beyond what works in the moment.