Teena Marie: You will Be Missed!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

My heart is so heavy! Teena Marie was one of my favorite singers.
She wasn't just a good singer, but a skillful songwriter. RIP Teena...your music lives on!

Enter Rush Our Fashion's First Give-A-Way

My newest blog buddies, Prissy and Nicole, over at Rush Our Fashion blog, are having their first give-a-way. the lovely ring pictured below by entering their contest here. Tell them the Trendy Socialite sent ya!


I have never really cared for glitter nail polish. I thought it was too Hannah Montana. I favored flat nail polish over any other type of finish. I decided to step outside of my normal nail polish bottle and experiment a little. I borrowed my BFF's daughter's glitter polish (she is 13). The verdict? I now like glitter polish! So I'm starting a glitter collection...

From l to r: Wet n Wild "Sparked," Sinful Colors "Call You Later," Confetti "Party Palace Blue," Wet n Wild "Hallucinate," Sinful Colors "Nail Junkie," Wet n Wild "Kaleidoscope"

What I'm wearing below is 2 coats of the Confetti "Party Palace Blue" over China Glaze "Up All Night."

I don't think I'm going to pay over $2 for any glitter polish. I don't really care if it's "cheap" in quality as it will be used over my better quality polishes. I have Valentine's plans for this pink glitter polish...I think that's going to be hot!

What are some of your favorite glitter polishes and combinations?

Merry Christmas from The Trendy Socialite

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Wishing you and your family the very best during this Holiday Season!

Repairing Dark Eye Circles Without Surgery

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I have notorious under eye issues. They are hereditary (thanks Dad). I have and do everything I can to lighten the darkness or at least make it less noticeable. While blog browsing (Psyched for Style), I came across this very helpful video by makeup artist Kandee Johnson (check out her blog).

I like the fact that this video is more about technique and not about another product. You can use this technique with your existing beauty products.

Here is my take on this technique...

Let me know if you use this technique and how it works for you!

Q&A: After Shave Care for Legs

Q: My skin gets dry and bumpy after I shave my legs. How can I prevent this?

A: If you're using a foaming shave cream or bar soap to help get stubble-free, that might explain the irritation. Both products can be very drying. Instead try a non-foaming shave gel like the one below by Philosophy

or a mild cleanser, like Cetaphil, for extra moisture.
The proper technique is also important. For the gentlest removal, use a razor with no more than two blades and always shave in the direction of the hair growth.

Add This to Your Natural Hair Style Arsenal

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

From Faces by Tamara (follow her blog), this is a must-have in the natural hair style arsenal. It can be worn dressy or casual and is super easy to do replicate with about 5 minutes and a few hair pins.

Feelin' Alive at 35!

Monday, December 20, 2010

I turned the big 3-5 on December 16. I look forward to milestone birthdays such as this because I view them as defining moments in life. I have the opportunity to create new goals, change parts of me that I'd like to change, and experience new adventures.

I will admit my birthday didn't exactly turn out exactly as I'd hope, but I've also learned to be content in whatever life brings me. I was just super grateful for another year to serve God and to live an abundant life.

Here are some highlights from my b-day weekend....which I plan to extend through Christmas :).

Wednesday, I went out with my staff to celebrate my b-day and my student worker Javance graduating from ECU.

Javance (student assistant) and Chelsea (coordinator)

Charisse (student assistant) and I

 Javance, Chelsea and I

On my birthday, I woke up to a beautiful "dusting" of snow (I was too sleepy to take a picture). I ended up changing my plans to drive my mom to a funeral because of the road conditions. Yes, I went to a funeral on my birthday LOL Kind of a morbid way to start my born-on day. But that's what I do for fam...

Afterwards, my parents took me to dinner at Outback. I love Outback's Ribeye. That is one of my favorite meals ever!

This is the yummy dessert the staff bought out for me and they sang to me!

We have fallen in love with one of the Outback servers, Sharisse (yes another one in my life). She is the most awesome server ever (she and I are pictured below)! She remembers our orders and everything. I must admit we "table stalk" her. We ask to sit in her section whenever we dine there. We had a bad experience at Outback not long ago. The next time we reluctantly went, Sharisse was our server. Now we love Outback again...all because of her! We completed a survey and sent it to Outback telling them what a great server they had. She was almost embarrassed about how much we gushed over her.

Ah, notice anything different?!?!?!?! LOL Yes, I straightened my hair for my b-day. I was amazed at the growth. I last straightened my hair in February, 2010. Here is a comparison...

On Friday, my cousin Omar graduated with a Master's from Southeastern Theological Seminary. On Saturday there was a celebration at my Uncle's home. Omar's mom (my aunt), passed away unexpectedly this past May. It's been very hard on all of us (that was my mom's only sister--they are pictured left below). But we know she was looking down on us and is extremely proud of her son.

Love and miss you Auntie!!!!!

It was a great meal catered by my cousin Day's godmother.

The face of our family has come full circle again. It was a house of kids (when we were kids). Then a house of adults. And now that the "kids" (my peers and family) are having kids, we're back to a house of kids again.

My godson (the infant) is teething (we think) and was sucking on his mom's (my cousin) arm. She kept saying, "Ouch RJ!" Good thing she is bottle feeding. LOL

There used to be purses and heels by the door.
They have been replaced by car seats and diaper bags LOL

This is my cousin Omar....isn't he delicious looking?!?!?! We call him Taye Diggs LOL The best part is that he is as beautiful on the inside as he is on the outside. He is an awesome individual!

Sorry ladies, Omar is happily married to my beautiful cousin, LaToya (pictured below). I prayed long and hard for her, so I am not giving her up! LOL She is an amazing example of a wife, helpmeet, motivator, nurturer, friend, sister, aunt, etc. I look up to her in so many ways!

She said something that has always stuck with me (and something I hope to practice in my own relationship). While dating Omar (not even married yet), she determined that she would love Omar better than anyone else. And I can honestly say that she does!

Omar's family (wife, dad, sister, mother-in-law) chipped in to buy Omar commentaries on all 66 books of the Bible. He was excited!

Omar gave an awesome "thank you" speech about God's grace and mercy in his life.

I rushed back on Saturday night to hang out with some friends at an all black party. I was determined to have a little more fun to celebrate my b-day. I did have major dilemma on what to wear. So I just decided to keep on what I had on but to change shoes. I wore my infamous Paris Hilton pumps (I love those shoes!).

The party didn't have my type of crowd, so my friends and I ended up going to Denny's and dishing on men and relationships...:) Taking the picture below was the highlight of the party!

The DJ was slamming though...played Biggie, Jay-Z, Foxxy, etc. All tracks from my era...

My sister-friend, Kendra (l) and my LS (my front) Catrice I HATE these hideous yellar bracelets we are wearing

Sunday was church and then the first family's (my parents and I) Christmas Dessert Social at our home. It was a lot of fun.

I made the punch....:)

Red Velvet Cake from GK's Cafe...yum!

O' Christmas Tree!

I love our slimline Christmas tree. And despite the slimness of the tree, I feel you can actually see the ornaments better. There aren't all these branches and greenery getting in the way. My mom is the MASTER DECORATOR when it comes to stuff like this. I've already told her that I'm just sitting my stuff out and she can put it where she wants LOL

Here I am in one of my b-day gifts from my friend Sabrina. I LOVE this top!

In case you didn't know, I collect shoes (not just the kind you wear)...so of course Mommy had to add a little taste of the Trendy Socialite to the Christmas tree!

My mom collects angels. This is probably my favorite part of the Christmas decor in our home.

When we (my dad and I) are not home, my mom "does her some stuff." She always watches HGTV and gets great ideas. I love the way she decorated the top of the bookcase. I called her one day and she said she was outside cutting down tree limbs for the display pictured below...lol

Our dining room table

Singing "Joy to the World"

Some of the women from my church including our Pastor (my mom)

Enjoy your holiday season!

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