Photo Favorites

26 Jul

Photo taken by me during my last trip home to Berkeley, CA. I am leaving for California in a few hours so there will be many more pictures to come.

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The Cats Meow

26 Jul

Leopard print is back, again! Leopard comes around at least once a year and stays with us just in time for the winter months. Designers from Balmain to Hermes have repeatedly used leopard print in their collections but still have the ability to keep the trend current and up to date according to the season. Like with any bold print wear sparingly, and never from head to toe. A tasteful leopard print dress can be sexy when paired with a bright shoe to punctuate the outfit. You can also try a leopard print shoe for a wow effect. It’s rare that prints are considered a classic but leopard is classy and necessary in a true fashionistas wardrobe.

Lyric Love

2 Jul

There is never a time that the lady Jill Scott does not have lyrics to express any emotion that I am feeling. Philadelphia born singer Jill Scott has words for my love, lust and even my anger. I have loved Jill Scotts music since her very first album but “The Real Thing Words and Sounds Volume. 3” did a beautiful job of expressing Jill’s feeling of hurt and heartache after ending a longterm relationship. Purely coincidence that I was also ending a serious relationship at the time of the albums release date, I felt as though she had written these lyrics for me. “My Love” is perfectly written. Enjoy!

“My Love”

By: Jill Scott

[Intro:]
Yo, I’m tripping right,
I heard you got married.
You got married?
No I mean, make any
It don’t really make any sense
I mean, it’s not like I, I didn’t think you were seeing other people or whatever,
I mean I was seeing other people but
You know what this is,
You know what it was, you tsch
I can’t say I really understand though

You chose her cause she’s sweet as pie
Take what you give, even your lies
But baby, are happy without me?
She scrubs your back, washes your clothes
Gives you everything that ask for
But don’t you ever want more?
’cause my love

[Chorus:]
My love is deeper
Tighter
Sweeter
Higher
Flyer
Didn’t you know this,
Or didn’t you notice?
(My love, my love)
My love is deeper
Tighter
Sweeter
Higher
Flyer
Didn’t you know this,
Or didn’t you notice?

Mmmm, what we had don’t need no words
Deeper than anything you ever heard
I ain’t reaching baby,
I know I should be your lady
You say you’re happy
You say you’re great
But you know and I know you really ain’t
You need to come be with me
That’s the way it’s supposed to be

[Chorus]

Cause oh,
All I ever do is think about you baby
I hold you in my arms inside my dreams
And I know what I know and what I know is
That no matter where you go
You will always think of me

[Chorus]

Retail Pet Peeves

29 Jun

Having worked in retail for almost a decade, I have seen it all. Celebrities in the fitting rooms, spouses fighting at the register, you name it and I have seen it. MTV should really capitalize on the drama and create a reality show about the crazy things that take place inside a retail store. If you have never worked in retail or customer service you may not understand how crazy it can be so I have put together a list of retail pet peeves. This is a list composed of co-worker mishaps, my own experiences and urban retail myths. (This list is in no specific order)

1) Throwing your form of payment at me when my hand is clearly open for you to hand it to me. “I’m no dog, I don’t fetch!”

2) Body odor in the fitting room. “Maybe Bikram yoga before shopping wasn’t such a great idea?”

3) When I greet you with a “Hello” while you stare and ignore me with no response

4) If I ask “Hi how are you?” And you respond “I’m just looking.” Good you for you, but I didn’t ask what you were looking for”

5) Asking for a discount. “This is no flea market, we don’t bargain”

6) Asking me to throw away your trash is not only gross but insulting

7) When a frequent customer shops with you they expect everything to go their way. If this doesn’t happen they give you the “I have spent thousands of dollars in this store” speech. My response, “I’m so happy for you but that money doesn’t see my pocket”

8) Please teach your child some manners, because if I ask him to stop jumping off that ladder you will be pissed and I’m not going to feel bad if he breaks his ankle

9) Don’t roll your eyes at me if I ask for an I.D. Its my job. And even if you have daddies American Express black card, I STILL need to see an I.D.

10) This is not your house so please don’t leave the fitting a mess with clothes all over the floor

11) One of the rudest things you can do when you’re at someones register is to be on the phone. The only thing more rude than being on the phone is mouthing to me “I’m sorry I’m on the phone, but my friend is getting married.” So was she getting married last week when you did the same thing?” Even worse is if you apologize to the person you are on the phone with like “Thats the girl at the register talking to me, I’m shopping.” You should be sorry for the fact that you are having another conversation while standing in front of my register.

12) My most awkward retails moments happen when its clear that the women you are helping has horrible self-esteem… How should I respond if I ask a women if she needs another size and she goes on a rant about how she spent the last 32 years trying to lose the baby weight and her husband won’t take her to the beach while she is overweight? Turns out there is no proper response! “Well now I’m just as depressed as you are ma’am!”

Who Wears The Pants?

25 Jun

Kimora Lee Simmons does! Seen here in South Africa for the opening of a new Baby Phat store (who knew Africans enjoyed Baby Phat) Kimora wore J’Brands Houlihan cargos to the event. We all know I love my cargos and apparently so do the celebs because everyone from Khloe Kardashian to Jessica Biel has been seen in these pants. The cargos retail for $228.00 and according to my trusty Anthropologie.com reviews they fit true to size, are machine washable making them worth the money.

The cargos are available on http://www.anthropologie.com but most sizes will not be available to order until early August because of their popularity.

Lyric Love

22 Jun

This weeks Lyric Love belongs to Little Dragon. Originating from Gothenburg Sweden. Little Dragon is one of my favorite groups. A mix of r&b, electronic, synthpop and soul Little Dragon gives me the same nostalgic feeling I get when listening to greats like Aretha Franklin and The Clash. The lead singer Yukimi Nagano has a voice that would make you question her tiny frame, sometimes sounding as if she were a baptist singer in a church choir from the 1950’s. I didn’t know the Swedish had so much soul. Read along and enjoy!

“Constant Surprises”

By: Little Dragon

I was walking home
Looking at the trees
Got the feeling that they
Were looking back at me

Thoughts that occurred to me
Where not of the usual kind
And I don’t take it granted no
I don’t call them mine
I don’t call them mine
‘Cause in my life things
Are built on

Constant surprises
Coming my way
Some call it coincidence
But I like to call it fate

Constant surprises
Coming my way
Some call it coincidence
But I like to call it fate

The higher forces want to connect
Last night in my dream I was talking to you
You know who you are
Were you dreaming too
‘Cause in my life
Things are built on
Are built on

Constant surprises
Coming my way
Some call it coincidence
But I like to call it fate

Then on my way home I met this guy
He was not so shy
You know not that kind
We spoke then suddenly I could read his mind
You think it’s mad
But I don’t fool myself
You think its odd
‘Cause in my life
In my life things are built on
They built on
They built on

Constant surprises
Coming my way
Some call it coincidence
But I like to call it fate

Constant surprises
Coming my way
Some call it coincidence
But I like to call it fate

The song is just to good not to include a video. Enjoy!

Photo Favorites

22 Jun

I took this Photo during Pride weekend in San Francisco during the summer of 2009. I did my best to get a picture of downtown SF with no one in the street but if you have ever been to SF you know how crowded it is, I actually like the fact that there is a man looking directly into the camera.