May 8, 2018

Allrecipes FB Live: Ocean Spray #GrapefruitGourmet

It's always a pleasure when I get to be on-camera talent for work, and last month I hosted the Allrecipes Facebook Live presented by Ocean Spray. I was joined by the lovely Ashley Rodriguez from the blog Not Without Salt, and together we cooked up a bunch of tasty things for spring parties!  The star of the show was the winning Ocean Spray #GrapefruitGourmet recipe -- Cranberry Grapefruit Cheese Tarts with Zesty Thyme and Peppercorn Sprinkles. Bomb! We also made some delicious party mix, sangria and spicy margaritas!




Apr 4, 2018

Revive or Archive!
A show from Allrecipes.com



Original Post 4/4/18: 

It's an amazing feeling to finally be able to share what I've been working on the past few weeks -- I'm hosting a new web series for Allrecipes.com called Revive or Archive! Yes, y'all...your girl has an official, official on-camera gig! New episodes air every Thursday on the YouTube channel. Take a look and let me know what you think.



Trailer:




Episode 1:

Jan 25, 2018

Thick Neck Thursday:
Jason Momoa is still Bae


Back in 2012 I wrote about Jason Momoa snatching all of our edges (and panties... and let's be honest, drawls too) when he starred in Game of Thrones as Khal Drogo. Fast forward to 2018 and the uber hunk is making the late night circuit to promote some upcoming projects (Aquaman, Justice League),  but let's be honest... do we really need a reason to stare at this fine human? I'd watch him open up mail... or make toast... or silently read a book. His wife (Lisa Bonet) is one lucky woman because he's literally everything (and he scored as well because she was everyone's dream girl since The Cosby Show in the 80s and A Different World).

Anyways, I haven't done a Thick Neck Thursday in forever and was once again inspired when I saw him on Jimmy Fallon. I mean, anyone who can look fine af in tattered rags (which are probably designer pieces) gets a HELL YES from me.




Jan 24, 2018

Sensory Deprivation Tanks:
Sunken Place or Nah?



Have you ever tried a sensory deprivation tank? Back in January bae and I tried sensory deprivation tanks at Urban Float in Seattle (Cap Hill location). It's kinda funny to think back on it, but I had to work up the nerve to float in tank without the lights on -- like, to be in my 30s and still afraid of the dark! Ha... it's hilarious, but I'm proud to say I enjoyed my first experience and got through it with minimal light and sound. Definitely something worth trying.





Jan 12, 2018

I won tickets to 'The Last Jedi'
via @theevergrey & @pacsci



I'm a firm believer in a closed mouth not getting fed, so I carry that same spirit into the world of IG and enter every single contest or giveaway of interest. I feel like I've been vibrating at a higher energy level because I've been winning a TON of stuff lately.

Seattle-based events newsletter (The Evergrey), hosted an IG contest giving away 2 tickets to see "The Last Jedi" at the Pacific Science Center. I actually saw "The Force Awakens" at PacSci back in 2015, so I was excited to see I'd been chosen as a winner to watch the latest installment.

Before everyone moves on to the highly anticipated "Black Panther" premier next month, if you still wanna checkout "The Last Jedi" I'd highly recommend going to the Pacific Science Center and seeing it in IMAX.


Pros:

~ The sound is amazing!!!! They did a bunch of upgrades to their sound a few years ago and everything sounds next level.

~ The Pacific Science Center reinvests money spent on ticket sales back into their STEM programs!

~ Reasonably priced snacks (cheaper than other theaters)


Cons: 

~ No assigned seating, so if you're watching a movie (especially in 3D), you'll want to get there SUPER early so you can sang a good spot. They typically open the line up a few hours before the movie time, so you can bring your friends, a snack and a game and wait inside. It's not the worst thing ever... I usually make sure my phone is charged, I have a snack and make the most of it.







Dec 27, 2017

Meghan Markle:
Stuns on Christmas Day, Looks Like a Whole Conservative Snack
#RoyalAF






I just finished Season 2 of The Crown and am still riding a wave of all things royal, so I decided to take a look at Queen Elizabeth's 2017 Christmas Announcement. Low and behold, my eyes zoomed in on the awesomeness of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement photo sitting right there! I instantly had so many thoughts (that are still live on my IG stories).

1) Is that a wedding picture of her and Phillip or Prince William and Kate? If it's not Prince William and Kate, is it weird that she doesn't have their picture up there?
2) What about all of her other kids/grandkids? Does only the lineage of her eldest son (and heir apparent) get shown? How does that affect the other family dynamics?
3) Do her kids roll their eyes at Camilla having a picture up there? Or better yet, do you think Prince Harry or Prince William have pictures of Camilla in their home? If my dad married his side chick after my mom's death, I don't know if I'd want her picture anywhere in my house. 

Also, did y'all see our future Duchess of Sussex, Ms. Meghan Markle, looking like a whole conservative snack during Christmas with the Queen?!! I'm not sure what the fashion budget is for a royal, but Meghan is coming all the way through with the looks. I'm already thinking of ways to snag that Chloe Pixel Bag ... or should I say waiting for the Zara/Forever21 version because I'm not about to drop 1k of my non-royal budget on a purse. 










Dec 22, 2017

Royal Engagement Photos
#RoyalAF


The Royal Engagement photos were released yesterday morning and of course the couple looked stunning! I think all of the photos were great, but my favorite had to be their candid shot which was released as their way of saying "thank you" for all of the well wishes they've received. Imagine that -- releasing a "candid" shot as a way of saying thank you! Ha... I'll continue to take the little nuggets of their life we're being given and devour them up.

I was also a huge fan of the dress Meghan wore -- a Ralph & Russo gown that had our girl dripping swagu all over that photoshoot. The couture runway piece was originally sheer, but it appears Meghan got it lined. She looked amazing.

Since I'm currently watching Season 2 of The Crown on Netflix (just saw Princess Margaret have her birthday photoshoot), I think it's dope to see the continuation of their traditions in real-time, our time. It also feels like a breath of fresh air to see the different ways HRH Prince Harry and Meghan are going about things -- their courtship, engagement, breaking some old traditions with the Queen's apparent approval! It's dope af and hella modern.

Also, it must be said... the REAL star of the engagement photoshoot was fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski! Listen... Do you see how fine that man is? Oooo weeeee!!! I didn't have any clue who Alexi was, but feel like most dudes named Alexi have to either be fine or have some sort of sultry swag behind that name. Anyways, he's a fashion photographer and did a wonderful job shooting what are sure to become iconic, historic photos.

If you're like me and want to stay connected with everything the Royals are doing, follow the official @KensingtonRoyal Twitter account.




The rest of the engagement photos...




Dec 13, 2017

National Black Women's Day


After swooping in to save ourselves (and everyone else) in Alabama's Senate race last night, I was thrilled to wake up to news that today is officially National Black Women's Day! I'm not saying Black women do everything... but we do everything! Look at the results from the Alabama Senate race. 98% of Black women voted against Republican candidate and actual pedophile Roy Moore, and voted for Democrat and non-pedophile Doug Jones. Black women showed up yet again to do the actual work that needs to be done. Thanks to the work of Black women (and men), a known pedophile is not taking the reigns in Alabama, and the once red state was turned blue. You're welcome.

alabama senate race 2017
There are already a ton of think pieces floating around analyzing how disturbing it is that a KNOWN SEXUAL PREDATOR was even being taken seriously, but more than that, I can't believe that 63% of white women voted for him. Two-thirds of white, female voters in Alabama voted for a known pedophile! Let that sink in.

While I would love to have a world where ALL women are united and fighting for justice and what's right (because the power of women could seriously change the entire world), it can't be denied how disconnected we are and wherein the weak link lies. Luvvie posted her thoughts today and said it best:

"We talk about fixing this country? Well, WHITE WOMEN have to get in formation. White men get blamed all the time but white women support them, vote for them, feed them, love on them. White women have been shielded from culpability all their lives and through history and have been able to move in the system of oppression without getting blame when they have been active participants. ACTIVE. They keep it going. In fact, they’ve benefited the most, because they’ve done none of the work, got all the perks, and none of the blame." - Luvvie

For generations Black women have been saving ourselves (and in the process everyone else) as we fight for what's right, fair and makes commonsense. I hope the results from last night's election show everyone the power of our voices, our votes, and that we can make REAL change happen. I hope this leads to funds being raised to support black organizations and fighting the injustices faced by black voters, especially in areas where the vote is still being suppressed.

Instead of "thank you's" it'd be nice to see black women being placed in decision-making positions of power, given opportunities to effect change and a few seats at the tablet. Clearly we're always adulting and making sure our country doesn't go to hell in a hand basket... we can easily navigate your boardroom too.

Happy National Black Women's Day to all of my beautiful queens who are always doing the hard, necessary work. You're magical and amazing. Take some time for self-care this upcoming weekend. You deserve it.

Dec 11, 2017

Hack Nation Presents:
Pitch Black Seattle

 Hack Nation Presents Pitch Black Seattle #PitchBlackSEA - Seattle Startup Week 2017

Back in October I had the opportunity to participate in Seattle Startup Week 2017 and host Hack Nation's #PitchBlackSEA competition. The event celebrated the entrepreneurial and creative genius of black founders in Seattle, while connecting them to the entrepreneurial ecosystem they're often excluded from.

This was also my first paid hosting gig outside of the on-camera work I've done through my 9-5 job. I was excited and had all sorts of butterflies in my stomach. It'd been a minute since I felt the rush of nerves associated with venturing into uncharted territory. Many thanks, again, to Taelore and Kenny for giving me the chance to do something I love.

KCTS9 covered the event and just posted their story -- check it out!




Dec 8, 2017

My Spotify 2017 Wrapped

Remember back in the day when a standard ice-breaker type question was asking someone what type of music they liked? I'd always say "I like a bit of everything" and be met with a smug expression... Like, who really likes everything?

Well, looking at my Spotify 2017 Wrapped list, it confirms that I rocked out to 24 different genres of music this year... pretty dope to see. Also, I listened to 29,795 minutes of music!!! What in the entire hell. I don't know if this included podcasts, but wowzers... I sometimes struggle to find 30 or 60-mins here and there to do stuff, but clearly I have time.

It'd be interesting to take a look at the breakdown for the time given to each category of music and podcasts...  or even further, know what I was doing while consuming... but that might be my analytical side that loves metrics swooping in. I mean, I'm the same person who lives for my weekly FitBit metric wrap-up email.

If you're a fan of lists and metrics, check out your Spotify 2017 Wraped list and see what you actually consumed.








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