Nov 24, 2014

Life's A Caricature

Editors' Message | With all of life's complexities, sometimes we have a tendency to to miss the satirical messages that it sends.  Sure, we may not care for the cards that we were dealt---but we still have to play the game. And it is how we choose to play the game is what matters most. So, as I reflect on what is left of 2014, in 2015 I challenge myself to revisit my approach and interpretations to life's message. As I write this, I think back to my experience at Oprah's The Life You Want Tour when Iyanla Vanzant so eloquently said, "life, she is your friend". She was right. That friend who tells it like it is, unfiltered, raw and unadulterated . Her. Sometimes things are simply easier said than done, but if we can manage to sometimes look at life as a satirical caricature--- it can be the first step to acceptance. So whatever life's lesson, just have a good laugh at it. In the end, laughter is the best medicine. So cheers to lots of laughter in 2015, because sometimes we really shouldn't take life so seriously.

Until next time friends.....Peace, Love & Laughter!

Nov 22, 2014

6 Amazing White Wines

I love a great bottle of white wine. Unfortunately, I can't say the same about reds. My taste palate simply can't tolerate reds. Well, at least I haven't found the right one. I know there have been countless studies that stresses multiple benefits to drinking reds over any other type. But until my taste buds can agree with a fabulous choice of  Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, I'll simply just have to stick to my usual. I pretty much enjoy many sweet or dry wines more with a preference for still over bubbly. Many of my Friday nights involve one of these bottles and my favorite show on Netflix (what a life right? LOL). Since the holiday season is upon us, I figured I'd share some of my favorite white wine choices with you.

  • Bougrier 'V' Vouvray - Bottled by Jean Claude Bougrier at his Loire Estate, this Vouvray is medium-bodied. Bold flavors of cream and hazelnut (these flavors really work together) creates a mild sweetness that is balanced by the right amount of acidity. This French bottle is a must have in the cellar. Hands down. Pair it with some Bousin Garlic & Herb cheese and a fresh fruit medley and bon appétit. Region: France | Price: $ | Varietal: Vouvray
  • Tesoro della Regina Pinot Grigio - I'm funny when it comes to pinots, but this is one smooth and sophisticated option. Infused with apples and peaches, this medium-bodied wine is sure to please Pinot Grigio lovers. I love the crispness of it. Pair it with some sushi, oysters or ceviche and you are set. Region: Italy | Price: $ | Varietal: Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris
  • Santiago Station Sauvignon Blanc - This is a great house wine. The bottle runs around $5, but don't let the cheap wine price fool you. This brand runs with the best of them. A phenomenal bargin buy. This fresh and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc has classic pear, citrus and lime flavors with a clean and refreshing finish. Try using it as a base in any of your favorite seafood dishes. I love to pair it with mussels. Region: Chile | Price: $ | Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Graham Beck Bliss Demi Sec - Semi-sweet and medium-bodied; this South African sparkly has a moderate hint of honey that is more on the dryer side. If you are looking for a good and reasonably priced bubbly from a far less popular region, then this is it. Region: South Africa | Price: $ | Varietal: Sparkling
  • Cottesbrook Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc - This Marlborough, New Zealand choice  is well balanced, has a crisp finish and is bursting with fruity flavors. It has a lovely aroma of gooseberry (native to Europe, Africa, Asia) and citrus. A great pairing choice for fish like snapper or sea bass. Region: New Zealand | Price: $ | Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chateau St Jean Chardonnay - This classic Sonoma County Chardonnay boasts
    bright aromas of lemon, cream, mango and hints of hazelnut. I am typically not a huge fan of chardonnay, but this one is a great option to many and it comes from the Sonoma region in California. Region: California | Price: $ | Varietal: Chardonnay
Now that the holiday season is steadily approaching, I'm going to have to make a much needed trip to my local Total Wine to stock up on these favorites. Are you a lover of whites? What are some of your favorites? Can you recommend any great reds?

Nov 20, 2014

Fab Find | Ankara Blazers

Clearly African print and textiles have been around for centuries. But as of late, fashionistas around the globe are embracing the bold and vibrant prints now more than ever. Thanks to designers like David Tlale and Stella Jean to name a few --- who have given notoriety to African fashion. I stumbled upon this website a few years back and loved many of the products that they offered. My favorites were these two tailored Ankara printed blazers. They also have some unique jewelry, sandals and African home décor pieces as well. Style these fabulous pieces with a crisp white tee, a pair of dark wash denim skinny jeans and a killer pair of pumps----then have some fun turning a couple heads will you! Get them here.
I hope you guys are all ready for the Thanksgiving holiday. I'm still working to finalize my Thanksgiving dinner menu. Until next time.....Be Bold. Be Fabulous. Be You!

Nov 17, 2014

All Vamped Up

Good Morning Lovies. I hope you all had a great weekend. I stepped out for a much needed date night with the hubs to see Patti LaBelle in concert this weekend. As you all know, I have a huge love and appreciation for the arts and music. Seeing Ms. Patti in concert has always been a dream of mine and it feels so good to be able to scratch this off of my bucket list. At 70 years young, Ms. Patti did not disappoint. Yeah, she still got it! She sung most of her classics, exhibited great stage presence and even took us to church at one point. It was a wonderful experience.

Nov 15, 2014

Fall Fashion | Riding Boots

We are officially into the swing of fall season as the weather indicates. So what perfect time it is to pull out those fabulous leather equestrian boots, right! Even though you may not consider stepping one foot onto a horse, you can't deny the fact that riding boots whether western or English style are simply fabulous. Not really sure how to style a pair, I've got you covered.
I don't know about you, but I love a fab pair of equestrian boots. Stay tuned for my upcoming OOTD post where I'll be rocking my favorite pair. Until next time lovies.....Be Bold. Be Fabulous. Be You!