honeymoon tour

Hello, strangers!

It’s been ages since I’ve posted in this blog, but like I’ve said in a few previous posts, I have some writing projects that have been taking up a lot of my time and I haven’t had time to post anything on here. Hopefully, I can update you guys really soon, maybe in the next month or so.

My blog was calling my name and I wanted to tell you guys about the Ariana Grande concert I went to a few weeks ago. If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that I LOVE Ariana Grande. I just adore her voice, it’s strong and confident. She’s definitely my favorite pop artist right now.

She brought her Honeymoon Tour to Charlotte, NC and we took a day trip, on a Tuesday, to see her perform. I was worried about seating but we ended up being closer than I thought we would be.

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I’m glad to report that her voice did not disappointed. She sounded exactly like the record, hitting all the notes and even adding a few extra rifts and runs here and there. I’ve always said that some of Ariana’s singles don’t really showcase how strong her voice is, but she really gave it her all in each performance. We decided to join in on the ‘Arianator’ fun by buying some of Ariana’s signature cat ears.

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Her tour was definitely centered around vintage Hollywood Glamour. She had more than a few scenes were she was primping in front of a vanity.

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My favorite performances of the night were Bang Bang, Tattooed Heart and My Everything. I really hope she puts this concert on the DVD, because I loved all of the in-between videos and sketches.

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If she’s coming to your city and your even a little bit interested in her music, you should check it out. Live entertainment is my favorite pastime, whether it’s a concert or a festival. It’s something about seeing your favorite artist bringing your favorite song to life! Have you been to any concerts lately, or are you anticipating an upcoming one? Let me know in the comments!

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This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of going to #PoseNPost Symposium, an intimate event hosted by singer Chrisette Michele and a few beauty bloggers and entrepreneurs, such as Brosia Malbrough, Lover4_Fashion, and Courtney Adeleye of The Mane Choice. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to attend this event at first because of the price point, but luckily I was contacted about covering the event for the blog, and I couldn’t say no!

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First of all, let me say that the overall ambience of this event was excellent. It was a chill vibe filled with young women ready to learn about using social media to build their brand, network with their peers and just meet some new friends. I’ve been to more than a few networking events where the air felt forced or competitive, but at this one I could honestly say that I held a genuine conversation with everyone that I talked to. Every person I smiled at smiled back (this doesn’t always happen) and everyone went out of their way to be friendly, exchange business cards, or just compliment one another!

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Chrisette started the event by singing a few songs (her voice is excellent by the way) and had everyone play an icebreaker where we met up with someone we didn’t know, took an “US-ie” and posted it on instagram after creating our very own hashtag.

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Chrisette then opened up the floor for questions, and everyone had the chance to have their questions answered about everything from building your personal brand, to finding your personal asthetic for your social media handles (my question!), to figuring out when to make the leap into full-time enterpreneurship. It was great to hear all of the ladies horror stories and accomplishments, to know that they went through struggles to get to wear they are today.

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At the end of the event, we could all take a picture with Chrisette Michele, and my boyfriend caught this candid moment of me being goofy (of course) as Chrisette complimented me on my pants. Rob took all of the photos by the way.. I told him he might have a hidden talent on his hands : )

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It was blessing to have the media pass, because I am SO glad that I got to attend this event. I will definitely attend in the future, whether or not I have one. If she’s on her way to your city, I suggest that you grab a ticket fast!!

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Happy Friday readers! It’s the first Friday in October, what do you have planned? If you haven’t already, don’t forget to enter my giveaway, check out my Ultimate Co-Wash Guide and Faithful in Flannel post!

I’ve been raving about one song in particular this week (for no reason other than the fact that it’s well written and I love the video!)

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Why don’t you love me by Beyonce’: I’ve always loved this song and felt like it’s never gotten as much recognition as it deserves. I love the lyrics, the video, and it’s SOOO good when she sings it live! I was so glad to see her perform it at the Mrs. Carter Tour because it was incredible.

The video has this vintage-y vibe and the song reminds me something that would be sung in a musical (think Dreamgirls). It’s so interesting to see Beyonce, one of the greatest living performers, so vulnerable and concerned with why someone doesn’t love her; basically asking: “Why don’t you love me? I’m smart, beautiful… I’m Beyonce!” Her sister Solange helped her write this song, too. Ever since I watched the On the Run Tour on HBO that song has been in my head again and I’ve been playing it nonstop.

If you haven’t heard this song, listen to it above and let me know what you think!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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funkfest

On Saturday morning my cousin called me and said that my Uncle had to tickets to Funkfest, a music festival in Charlotte that lasts pretty much the whole weekend. It was Saturday, so we already missed OutKast’s performance the night before (bummer) but we still had a chance to see a lot of great performers, including Ice Cube and The Roots.

When we got there, we didn’t realize how close our seats actually WERE to the stage. There were cocktail waitresses outside taking food and drink orders and, to my pleasant surprise, we were seated at a table in the VIP section.

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It was HOT..HOT ..HOT when we first arrived. But, we instantly started having fun as we danced to the tunes of 85South/69 Boyz (the guys who sing ‘Tootsie Rolll’), and 112.

WAR was up next to perform and although they were a good band, I didn’t know ANY of their songs. There was a cameo of Burnadette Stanis or Thelma from Good Times, as she was raising money for her non-profit for Alzheimer’s disease ‘Remembering the Good Times.’

I was super excited to see The Roots and Ice Cube, and they were up next. The Roots were SO SO SO SO good live. I’d grown up being familiar with their music and proud of their success on Jimmy Fallon, but they are an AWESOME band. Very lively and SUPER talented. They are probably the only group in the line-up that still performs on the regular basis, and you could tell! They had so much energy and didn’t want to leave the stage. I think I’d go see them in concert by themselves.

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Now, Ice Cube. Everyone was excited to see Ice Cube and LL Cool J (who we unfortunately had to miss! There was a flash flood warning and we had to get back on the road to SC ). Ice Cube did a great job. I’ve always been a fan, musically and of his countless family movies. He definitely got the crowd on their feet and had everyone reminiscing on his hits. Nevermind the pouring down rain (good thing I wore my hair in those puffs!) everyone enjoyed themselves.

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On our way to the bathroom, my cousin pointed out Muggsy Bogues, the shortest man to ever play in the NBA (He stands at about 5’3′!) We instantly ran and took a picture with him. So random and cool!

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Although we didn’t get to see OutKast, I had a GREAT time at Funkfest. I definitely want my family and friends to go next year and just spend the weekend out there. If you like oldies-but-goodies and music festivals, you should check it out, too!

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I met Elle Varner during my senior year of college during our Homecoming Week. That was the first interview that I’ve ever done an in-person interview. Most of the interviews I’ve done on my blogs have been through the phone or email. But I had the the chance to interview Elle and I jumped to the opportunity!

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So, during my Senior Year at Claflin I was an Editor of our school newspaper, The Panther and a part of the Student Government Assocation as the Corresponding Secretary. SGA was busy securing our act for the Homecoming Concert (which, by the way, was the biggest act to come to Claflin in 5 years, but hey :D). A few names were thrown around and we’ve finally decided on Elle.

On the newspaper side, we were trying to decide who would be assigned what article for Homecoming Week. I had the heads up as being a part of SGA and knew that Elle would be our performer, so I requested that I had the opportunity to interview her WAY in advance.

The time it took to confirm that Elle Varner was performing, and that I was DEFINITELY going to be able to interview her for our school newspaper, left me with little to no time (hours) to learn her album! I was a beginning fan and liked her mixtape, but I didn’t know her album as well as I would have liked for an interview.

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It’s no secret that I’m a Beyonce’ fan and have been since I was like, 8-year-old (literally). Beyonce turns 33 today and I thought it would be fun to talk about all of our favorite Beyonce’ quotables.

I love me some Jay Z!

Still play my part and let you take the lead role, believe me.

You need a real woman in your life, taking care of home and still fly.

A Diva is a female version of a Hustla

Don’t you ever for a second get to thinking, you’re irreplaceable!

If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it.

Who needs a degree when you’re Schoolin Life?

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I woke up like this.

I know I’m missing a ton, so what are your favorite Beyonce’ quotes?

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