I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Kim Foster, a new media publisher and digital marketing strategist, about how the Be Blogalicious movement came about. I was so excited to hear from Kim because pioneers of color in the social media space, especially women of color, seem to be few and far between. Kim is a digital empress in her own right, having created sites like For Harriet – a digital magazine “celebrating the fullness of Black womanhood” – and her passion for “expanding the presence of women of color in the digital world” is perfectly in line with the Blogalicious mission! I can’t wait to partner with her on future projects.
In 2009 I joined the Junior League of Washington to serve the D.C. community among a sisterhood of civic-minded ladies. I’ve enjoyed helping to organize a 5k race to raise money for Bright Beginnings – a daycare center for homeless children, volunteering at the National Book Festival and working our Tossed and Found sale to raise money to fund our community partners, among other projects. I just found out that Lilly Pulitzer (who I love) has teamed up with AJLI to support its mission by designing this special edition Junior League Murfee Scarf. Who says public service isn’t fashionable?
At the core of most social media is writing. Through our blogs, Twitter accounts and Facebook profiles, we communicate our thoughts, ideas and opinions to one another using the written word. Lindsay Maines - a journalist and respected writer – brings us a brand new conference aimed at empowering women as writers in the digital age. Women Create Media is taking place August 4, 2011 in San Diego, CA. The goals of the conference are to:
1. Create a place where women can own and explore their vocation as writers;
2. Equip women with the knowledge to navigate the traditional publishing world with confidence; and
3. Build a diverse network of women writers whose connections and experiences can enhance each other’s.
Does that sounds great or what?
Starting today and running until midnight April 24th, Women Create Media will be offering Super Early Bird pricing of $65, which entitles the ticket-holder to the full conference schedule, breakfast, lunch, and a cocktail reception. The conference will run from 8:30am-7:00pm the day before BlogHer’11 and will end in plenty of time for BlogHer’11 attendees to attend any parties that might take place the night before BlogHer.
As an affiliate of Women Create Media, I’ve been given a discount code to share with my readers! From now until midnight March 23rd, 2011 you can use the discount code: WCM10 to receive $10 off the sale price of $65.
A full day of sessions, inspiration and networking for $55! You can’t beat that with a stick. And if the event is anything like my girl Lindsay, it will be refreshing, brilliant and entertaining.
Learn more about Women Create Media here. Space is limited!
And while I don’t like Margaritas (Tequila = blech!) I do like the Real Housewives franchise and love Bethenny Frankel. So in honor of National Margarita Day I figure I’d share her recipe for the Skinny Girl Margarita:
- 2 oz of Clear Premium Tequila (count 1, 2 while you pour, no need for measuring)
- Tiny splash of Orange Liquor
- Juice of 4 Fresh Lime Wedges
To serve on the rocks, combine all ingredients over a glass of ice and garnish with a lime wedge
I came across this knife when browsing the Williams-Sonoma site:
The price tag? Reg. $1,499.00 now ON SALE for $999.00. I’m all for a great knife, but can someone explain to me why I would ever need a thousand-dollar one? Maybe it chops the veggies for you!
Do you suffer from it? I didn’t realize until today that I do. During the cold winter months, I drag from day to day throwing on whatever comfy, warm sweater or pants that are closest at hand. What happens to me between October and March? I think I go into Fashion Hibernation. This winter, in particular, has been a blur of leggings and UGGs; a mishmash of scarves and thermals. I never got around to buying the new winter coat that I desperately need – and now it’s almost March, so why bother? But for my fly scarf that my sister gave to me, my daily winter wardrobe is wack (alliteration). To make matters worse, I don’t really care.
I am a sun baby. A Leo whose natural element is Fire and whose Ruling Planet is the Sun. So it’s only fitting that when the sun comes out, so do I. With spring so close on the horizon, I’m already having visions of sundresses, colorful pedicures and fly sandals dancing in my head. The other day I was walking in Georgetown from a meeting, looked up and BAM! was overcome by the flowy summer dresses, platform sandals and brightly colored blouses in the store windows.
THE SUN IS COMING OUT!!
And so am I. I smell a shopping spree coming on.
And what a coincidence – last night I uncorked a bottle of wine that has been sitting in my refrigerator for months. There was something about the name “Cupcake Vineyards” that made me think the wine was going to be special. And so I saved it. Finally, the time was right when I got home from work yesterday after a ridiculously emotionally exhausting week. It did not disappoint – it was a Chardonnay and tasted smooth and softly sweet. Now I am not a wine connoisseur by any means, but I can safely say that Cupcake Vineyards is going to become my go to selection of wines! And with wines with names like Red Velvet, who can blame me?
Do make sure to enjoy a sip or two today! It would be unpatriotic not to.
So, early last year I was frustrated with the state of my hair. I decided to cut it some to get rid of the dead and split ends. I liked the result – a chin-length bob:
And then in October – the day before I left town for Blogalicious 2010 (not recommended, btw), I went to a new hair salon, upon recommendation of a friend, to have them cut my bob into a funky style. The stylist had her own agenda and took off WAY more hair than I had intended. I tried to be cool about it. I decided to embrace the change and go with it – after all, it’s only hair.
I do like the low-maintenance aspect of the super short style, but it’s been 4 months and I have to say…I hate it. I want my long hair back. I just do. And so, I’m entertaining the idea of hair extensions (aka “weave”). I’ve never had them before in my life and I have mixed feelings about them. But I made an appointment for a consultation later this week. I’ll let you know how it goes…
Everyone’s talking about Mrs. Obama’s $34.95 dress from H&M that she wore on The Today Show yesterday (well, when they’re not talking about major world issues like the crisis in Egypt, I presume). I love that her style is so effortless but current and chic. I’m totally loving the brightly colored belt and shoes! What do y’all think?