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More About the Kardashian Kollection...!

Say what you want about the Kardashians, but the Kardashian Kollection clothing line at Sears continues to impress me! Shortly after the launch of the KK line last year, I found myself wandering around Sears to check out the pieces. As I stated in a previous post, I was highly impressed with the number of chic and fashion-forward pieces, as well as the high quality of the clothing. As I stated then, I was also excited about the many office-appropriate slack, skirts, and blazers. I even purchased a few pieces to add to my closet. Well...I journeyed back over to Sears recently to check out the new items from the KK line, and again I was impressed. Even more so than before! Why you ask? Check out some of their items below!


I love blazers! A cute and functional blazer can serve so many different purposes. It can jazz up a neutral color palette (think black bottoms and a black blouse), or it can serve as your outfit's "statement piece." I came across several blazers while I was looking around, but here are the four that caught my eye (from left to right):

- Polka Dot Blazer (Winter White) - $48.99
- Tuxedo Blazer - $58.99
- Lace Blazer - $58.99
- Polka Dot Blazer (Sapphire/Black) - $48.99

Skirts and Blouses

So many options! The latest installment of the Kardashian Kollection boasts a score of blouses and skirts that are perfect for the office, and flattering to many different body types. Here are the ones that caught my eye:

1. Polka Dot Button Down Shirt - $33.99
2. Blue Leopard Night Button Down Shirt - $39.99
3. Long Pencil Skirt - $39.99
4. Mermaid Bubble Skirt - $45.99
5. Lace Shoulder Sheer Blouse - $33.99
6. Pintuck Tuxedo Blouse - $45.99
7. Drape Front Tank Top - $28.99
8. Striped Pencil Skirt - $28.99


If you can think back to my post, Building a Professional Wardrobe...The Basics, remember that
a quality pair of jeans is on my list of one of the basic staples that every professional woman should have in her wardrobe. Cue the Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney jeans. yep...each sister has her own jean with distinctive features:

- Kim - Perfectly cut for curvy women, the Kim is a
sexy low rise, straight legged jean designed with the curvy woman in mind. $39.99
- Khloe - Perfectly cut with the tall and curvy girl in mind, the Khloe jean sports a boot cut that sits at the waist with a high-rise. $39.99
- Kourtney - Perfectly cut to flaunt your curves, the Kourtney sits at the hip with a low-rise. $39.99 

Each one of these jeans are really comfortable, and are perfect for office "dress down" days. Pair your jeans with a pair of pumps, and you are ready for Casual Friday!


Last, but certainly not least, there were shoes! Gorgeous shoes that would look great with your professional wardrobe. Now I must insert a little disclaimer here: the KK shoes look really nice, and they appear to be made of reputable, quality material. Since I have not yet purchased a pair of KK shoes, I have no real idea how they feel. I do encourage you, however, to try them on and see if they work for you. In the meantime, here is the information on the shoes (from top to bottom):

- Seattle (Black) - $24.99

- Los Angeles (Leopard) - $24.99

- Runway Snake Snip Toe Platform Pump (Black) - $21.99

I hope this post is as informative as I intended. Have any of you tried any items from the KK line? If so share! For those of you who haven't, would you?

Should VH1 Take It A Step Further? now you all have probably heard about this whole situation with Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson and his new bride Evelyn Lozada. For those of you who have not heard about this story, please allow me to provide a quick recap as reported by various media outlets. This past weekend, the newly-married couple got into an argument after Evelyn found a receipt for condoms in Chad's vehicle. During the argument Chad allegedly headbutted Evelyn, resulting in a 3-inch gash on her forehead. Evelyn headed to a neighbor's home, and called the police to report the incident. Chad was ultimately arrested. The media is now reporting that Evelyn has officially filed for divorce from Chad after roughly six weeks of marriage.

Following these events, VH1, announced that it is pulling the plug on the series "Ev and Ocho," which documents the couples wedding plans and their journey down the aisle. In a prepared statement, the network asserted that “due to the unfortunate events over the weekend and the seriousness of the allegations, VH1 is pulling the series ‘Ev and Ocho’ from its schedule and has no current plans of airing it." Well...bravo to you VH1, but I have one question for you: are you brave enough to take this a step further? Let me explain...

In case you are not aware, VH1 is the same network that airs Basketball Wives, the show that brought Evelyn Lozada to prominence over the past few years. During her tenure on the show, Evelyn has demonstrated bully-like behavior, and is often the aggressor of much physical violence occurring on the show. In fact, and as I stated previously, Evelyn's behavior on this show is the primary reason why I have chosen not to watch it (and others like it) at all. Please be clear that Evelyn's behavior on the show does not negate the crime in which she is the alleged victim, but I think VH1's actions when it comes to Evelyn's two different roles are conflicting. After all, VH1 is the same network that willingly filmed and aired the many verbal arguments and physical fights involving Evelyn and other female cast members. The same network that showed an angry Evelyn walking across a table in an attempt to fight another woman. It is the same network that historically and currently capitalizes on women behaving badly. So please forgive me if I was utterly shocked when VH1 made the announcement that it would not air Chad and Evelyn's's so unlike them!

I was raised to believe that violence is wrong...not just domestic violence, but ALL violence. Man vs. Woman, Man vs. Man, and Woman vs. is all wrong! And unless we are watching a wrestling match, a karate bout, or a UFC fight, violence should not be a selling point on reality television...okay, maybe it's okay on the Ultimate Fighter Championship competition, but it is certainly not okay for programs like Basketball Wives, Love & Hip Hop and Mob Wives.

Back to my question: Is VH1 brave enough to take a stand against all violence? Will it send a message to the producers of all of its notorious reality shows that violence, even if it not of the domestic variety, is unacceptable? Will the promos for the next seasons of Basketball Wives, Love & Hip Hop, and Mob Wives include teasers filled with physical confrontations? Who knows!

All I am saying is that VH1 should not be the pot calling the kettle black...maybe that's not the best way to put it. The point I am hoping to get across is that VH1's reasons for not airing Ev and Ocho should be the same logic it employs when deciding whether it should air fighting between two (or more) women. You see what I'm saying?

Dr. Oz's Sleep Slim Cherry Smoothie...I'll Try It!

Greetings Divas and Gents! As you may or may not be aware, I have a few sleep issues. Specifically, I sleep horribly! I typically don’t have a hard time falling asleep, but I have trouble staying asleep. Most nights I wake up at or around 3 o’clock in the morning and cannot fall back asleep. Crazy! As discussed in a previous post, I am always looking for different remedies and tips that may help with my sleep issues, so imagine how excited I was when I came across Dr. Oz's Sleep Slim Cherry Smoothie. I don't know about you guys, but a smoothie that boasts better sleep and that tastes great sounds heavenly to me!

According to Dr. Oz's website, "cherries are one of the richest known sources of melatonin, the sleep hormone that recent studies have shown can also help reverse the effects of aging, while bananas contain loads of magnesium, a calming mineral. Lastly, soy milk is high in tryptophan, the sleep-inducing amino acid." Sounds like the perfect recipe for a great night's sleep! In the interest of sharing, I have provided the recipe for you all below. Be sure to check out the entire article on Dr. Oz's Website. Happy sleeping! 

1 Cup Tart Cherry Juice
½ Banana
½ Cup Soy Milk or 4-6 oz Soy Yogurt (if using soy yogurt, add an additional 1/2 cup fat-free milk)
5 Ice Cubes
 ¼ Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Combine the cherry juice, banana, milk or yogurt with fat-free milk, ice and vanilla in a blender. Blend until smooth.

As I always say when it comes to sleep remedies, I'll try it! Have a great week!


About Role Models...

Greetings Divas and Gents! I know it is really late, but there is something laying heavy on my chest and I feel like I need to get it out before I call it a night. This evening I had the pleasure of watching history unfold. Tonight, I joined millions of other viewers as we watched in awe while Miss Gabby Douglas vaulted and beamed her way into the record books. This evening, Gabby took the top prize in the Women's Gymnastics All-Around competition at the Olympics, a feat that makes her the first African-American to do so. As I sat on the sofa stalking my Twitter feed and watching Gabby tumble her way to greatness, I started crying. Crying real tears! But my tears weren't just because I was ridiculously happy for and proud of Gabby. I was also moved at the thought of this 16-year-old champion's demonstration of what it means to be a role model. Gabby's accomplishment reminded me of an issue that I believe is crippling many young women in this country: recognizing and identifying role models.

Let me back up for a second. Over the past couple of months, I have had somewhat of an awakening. I think it all started when VH1 started showing promotional footage of the upcoming season of Basketball Wives. Now, prior to seeing these promos I was all into the reality show circus. Real Housewives of Atlanta, Basketball Wives, Love and Hip Hop...I watched them all! And not only did I watch these shows, but I actively discussed all of the foolishness and drama with my family and friends. I watched these shows simply because they were entertaining and made for good conversation. Then it happened

When VH1 started airing commercials for the new season of Basketball Wives, I was mortified when I saw one of the cast members jump on and walk across a table to attack another woman...I was DONE! As an educated and well-raised black woman and professional, I could no longer justify seeing minority women physically fight each other on television (among other foolishness) with the entire world watching. Like I said...I was DONE! 

But guess what...even though I was done, the press was just getting started. My innate mortification was kicked into overdrive not too long after my "doneness" when I came across a Vibe Magazine cover proclaiming several female reality television stars as the "New Role Models." I gagged! Why you ask? I gagged because at least 2 of the 4 women on this magazine cover have generally displayed behavior unbecoming of a role model. Think about woman was the aforementioned table jumper, and another is infamous for attacking a woman at a friend's freedom party. can't be serious. Who cares what the actual article says when the headline and the message on the cover is so jarring...and so far from the truth. Or is it?

The hard and ugly truth is that these women are considered role models. Young women in urban areas all over this country are flocking to the message being sent by these women and their enablers: act up in public and you will be rewarded with a television show, fame, money, and VIP status at the hottest clubs in the hottest cities. Come on now! Where's the reward for good behavior, hard work, and legitimate success? Why isn't this being displayed as prevalently as the raggediness?

I previously refrained from commenting on the Vibe Magazine cover when I first saw it, but Gabby's victory this evening has given me a perfect foil and starting point for sharing my real thoughts and concerns about the cover. Unfortunately, we live in a society where our youth are consistently getting it twisted. Young adults are erroneously buying into the nonsense that is being displayed in abundance on television and in social media. Young women, specifically, are mislead into believing that the actions and activities displayed by the cast members of Basketball Wives, Love & Hip Hop, and other reality shows are acceptable...and magazine articles highlighting and glorifying the perpetrators of these actions and activities are validating their behavior in the eyes of these young women. Am I the only one who has a serious issue with this?

Now let's turn to Gabby. Here we have a young lady who has displayed good behavior, has put in hard work, and has experienced an unbelievable amount of success as a result of her good behavior and hard work. Gabby is a true role model in every sense of the word. At the young age of 16, she is a better role model than 90% of the women that regularly appear on these reality television shows...maybe more. Isn't that insane!? I thought we were supposed to get wiser with age. 

The real unfortunate thing is that many young women do not, cannot, and will not recognize or identify Gabby as a role model. They've been programmed for so long to spot faux role models that the real thing has gotten lost. Case and point: instead of focusing on the monumental accomplishment that Gabby achieved this evening, these "lost ones" chose to focus on her hair, her skin color, and her makeup. I really need folks to do better!

I sincerely hope that young women all across this county sat down this evening and took notes on the characteristics of a true role model. Just in case they did not, let me run it down. 

A role model is:

- A girl who at the age of 14 left the only home and family she knew, and traveled across the country to train to be a champion.
- A girl who loves and respects her mother and siblings, and who has worked tirelessly to help make a better life for her family.
- A girl who helped her team win the gold medal in the 2011 World Championships through hard work and dedication.
- A girl who at the age of 16 won a spot on the U.S. Gymnastics Team, and led her team to win the first team all-around Olympic gold medal for the United States since 1996.
- A girl who at the age of 16 became the first African-American or woman of color to win the individual, all-around Olympic gold medal. 
- A girl who at the age of 16 demonstrates the poise, confidence, and maturity of a true champion.

Did you all get that? And just so there's no confusion, a role model is not:

- A woman who climbs on a table, and walks across said table in an attempt to physically hurt someone.
- A woman who, in public or in private, tosses a drink in someone's face and/or direction.
- A woman whose ultimate goal in life is to inform everyone of her clothing and shoe designers.
- A woman who is a bully, and who has to put others down in order to feel good about herself.
- A woman who places a greater value on things than people.

Are we clear?

I've probably already said too much, so I will wrap this up and express my sincere hope that young women start to see the difference between a genuine role model and a gimmick. I constantly pray that my young cousins, nieces, and goddaughters correctly decide to look up to a Gabby Douglas and not a "Basketball Wife." I hope that young women stop falling for and accepting the unfiltered ignorance that is being thrown at them in the form of reality television personalities, and start embracing the likes of Gabby Douglas. I'm just saying...

Once again, congratulations Miss Gabby Douglas, and thank you for showing an entire generation of young women what it means to truly be a role model. 

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