Archives for December 2013

Mary Magdalene The Subway Dancing Queen

20131228_125352xTHIS is one of the many reasons why I LOVE NYC!!! There’s never a dull moment! I stumbled into “Mary Magdalene” in the subway station while on my way to get my hair done. As you can imagine, this little entertainment diverted my attention like every other passerby to record, donate money and commend him on his work. He racked up quite a few mulahs from just about everyone who stood to watch. It was somewhat original and different from what we jaded New Yorkers are used to seeing in underground entertainment which normally consist of musicians. “Mary” simply slapped on his favorite American Flag crystal studded sky scrapper high heel boots and got to work! Press the play button to see for yourself. You might learn a few dance moves. 🙂

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After Christmas/Boxing Day Doorbuster Sale! WOW!

20131226_102120This year would mark the very first time that I dared to venture out at 5am, a day after Christmas to participate in the door buster sales! The “professionals” call it THE sale to check out while calling “Black Friday” held a day after Thanksgiving for amateurs. Well, I guess it all depends on what you’re buying. My first stop was at Macy’s by 530am where news crew had already set up shop to report about the mayhem and by 7am, I migrated up north to check out Bloomingdales before hitting the upmarket venue at Bergdorf Goodman by 9am. All the stores had eager customers waiting for the doors to open, -literally!

Unbeknownst to me, the REAL sale I should have paid attention to was at SAKS where they offered 70% off designer shoes till noon! I was almost in tears when I sashayed in by 1145am only to be told the shoe floor had closed for the day but will reopen at 1230pm long after the sale. I wasn’t having it. I pleaded with the security guy and declared that I had to have some drinks at the cafe located on the same floor. Of course he looked at me suspiciously while I pouted my lips and made a sad face. He relented and let me through much to the surprise of pissed off onlookers who hadn’t thought about that as an excuse to get in. When I got up there, it was bedlam. Overall, from the sale of the day, I made it home with a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti I had been eyeballing for weeks prior to the sale! One left in my size and the rest was history! Should come in handy for a fabulous New Year’s eve party! 🙂

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Merry Bright Red Christmas!

20131224_120713xIt’s Christmas! Dress the part by wearing something red and festive for the day regardless of your religion. I did it in Escada, Valentino and Ralph Lauren. It’s a season to be merry and sales shopping! What’s not to like! Cheers everyone! Happy holidays! 🙂

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Red bow bag

Winter white jeans 1

Winter white jeans 2

Turban

Turtleneck sweater

Red coat 1

Red coat 2

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White Christmas In NYC…Came Early!

1505269_10152128896699602_1233719564_nWhite Christmas came a little over a week early to New York with the down pour of fluffy soft white snow that brought out people from all works of life and faith to celebrate, dance and sing carols on the street! I’m not exaggerating. I will post a video shortly. Alas! The day also brought out many half drunk but super friendly Santas for the Santa Con celebration. The overall atmosphere in the city was festive to say the least. Did I mention the endless sightings of lovers kissing everywhere? I saw a few bended knees and shaky hands holding out a ring. It’s the season! Wish it could be like this everyday. I also ran into an Israeli pop star strutting in the snow. You have to watch the video posted on SHOEHOLICS to believe what she did. “WOW” is an understatement for that. Enjoy the series of pictures below captured with my camera. I hope you like them. Also check out my photo work from the snow storm earlier this year.

To see an enlarged version, just click on the image, but remember all rights reserved. Feel free to share them with your friends and loved ones! Happy holidays! 🙂

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Fashion: Feathers & Pearls

20131209_193721x copyWinter white is always a perfect option for any form of holiday party in the city. The delicate feathers adds a bit of softness and of course, fun! Do it up with a bold piece of necklace or layers of pearls and fun pieces in your hair. The season calls for it. 😉

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Feather dress

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Fashion: Lacing It Up

20131209_001352x copy‘Tis the season to be jolly…la la la… well, you get the idea. Holiday season brings along many holiday parties.

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Casadei version

Afforable version, option 2

Mini red dress

Red dress option 2

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RIP Nelson Mandela! :(

nelsonmandelaMadiba Nelson Mandela! You will be missed. There will NEVER be another like you. This is a great dark day for all of us. We have lost a great treasure. I will never forget the positive vibe I got when I laid eyes on your prison sell at Robben Island in South Africa back in 2000. You are forever a hero! RIP! 🙁

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion,” he wrote in “Long Walk to Freedom.”

“People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” –Nelson Mandela (95)

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White Supremacy? Think Again!

tumblr_mxau83GpLM1t5pu40o1_400Hello America! Next time before you scream “white supremacy”, think again, ala Neo Nazi Craig Cobb. Click HERE to see Solomon Northup’s (of 12 Years a Slave movie) direct descendants and tell me what you see. These are faces of many races, all stemming from a black man who served as a slave! This goes to show how the world is changing fast. You can’t keep shouting white supremacy when you yourself might have a percentage of black blood in you thanks to your great (x10) grandfather the slave master who might have rapped your great (x10) grandmother who was a slave! Or simply your great (5) mother/father who married/dated another race unbeknownst to you, and voila! Here you are, a black man in a white skin! The world is getting mixed up fast, so catch up! A kettle can’t keep calling a pot black anymore. ONE LOVE!

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The Diaspora Awards

20131130_204013 copyWhat better way to spend a lovely weekend if not with friends and well accomplished individuals who all have strong cultures and great sense of humor in common. I was invited to be one of the esteemed presenters at the African Diaspora Awards under the auspices of Applause Magazine, a publication which pretty much mimics the primary purpose of what the award is all about. The African Diaspora Awards (ADA) is a special initiative that aims to celebrate exemplary individuals who have made a significant difference in the African community in the United States, as well as individuals in society who have contributed to the advancement of Africans and Africa as a whole. The ADA award is particularly aimed at motivating young and accomplished Diaspora Africans to become the change they wish for Africa. I was very honored to have been asked to partake in it. I had a lovely time meeting old friends and making new ones. Congratulations to all of the honorees which included Yaya Alafia from the hit movie “The Butler” starring Forrest Whitaker, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowe from Liberia and Manyang Reath Kher for his humanitarian work in Sudan. I co-presented the Musician of the Year award with Don Osmund to Blitz the Ambassador. It was a fabulous affair!

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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowe

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Yaya Alafia

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My co-presenter Don Osmund

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Manyang Reath Kher

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Lola Ogunnaike (CNN)

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Comedian Ebbe Bassey

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My good friend Chi who was kind enough to accompany me.

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My “dates”: Femi and Chi.

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Chi and I with the Mistress of ceremony, Ojinika Obiekwe

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My co-presenter and I hard at work with the Musician of the Year presentation.

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Musician of the Year recipient, Blitz the Ambassador

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All together now for the “uber” smart Yale scholar Emmanuel C. Ohuabunwa

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