New York Fashion Week and Diana Ross in Concert

What a fabulous trip to New York for fashion week and Diana Ross!  Pics and post on my new home:

Takers Thursday

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Okay, so I KNOOOOW that yesterday was Hump Day Hotties Wednesdays, but I just had to do a post as an ODE to the absolute killer HOTNESS that was the movie Takers.  I couldn’t help oogling all of those men while watching the movie, clearly the casting director had to be a woman!  She has good taste, lol.  All of them were sexy and did I mention that they were in suits for most of the movie??? for sure!  Without further ado, feast your eyes on these beauties:


Hayden Christensen

Idris Elba

Paul Walker (My favorite, this man is supremely perfect)

Michael Ealy (I’m a sucker for light eyes, especially blue ones.  YUM)

Jay Hernandez

Aren’t these men fine?  I was beyond high off of their sexy while watching the movie!  Takers, you did good!  You took my heart, every single one of ya 😉

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Hump Day Hotties – EyeCandy Wednesdays

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A new feature that I’ll be doing is Hump Day Hotties every Wednesday ;) Just a lil something to get us through the rest of the week.  Feel FREE to chime in with some of your favorite eye candy candidates so that I can show them off in future weekly installments.  ENJOY!

Daniel Sujata

This guy could “Rescue Me” any day of the week!! He is the very definition of yummy.  I can’t even stop looking at him!

Lance Gross

His last name may be Gross but he’s ANYTHING but!  This gorgeous man is the stuff that dreams are made of, just look at him!  MMMM MMM MMM

Daniel Henney

His face is just so pleasing to the eyes!   I think that Daniel Henney is majorly gorgeous with a fine fine FINE body to boot! all the way!

Who do YOU think belongs on the Hump Day Hotties list?

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Hump Day Hotties – Wednesday Eyecandy

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A new feature that I’ll be doing is Hump Day Hotties every Wednesday 😉  Just a lil something to get us through the rest of the week.  Feel FREE to chime in with some of your favorite eye candy candidates so that I can show them off in future weekly installments.  ENJOY!

This week I’m showing off three of my favorite hunks from my television line up, 2 guys from Leverage on TNT and one from White Collar on USA.  Must See Tv INDEED!

Matt Bomer – Neal Caffrey “White Collar

He is just so smooth, with his sexy self.  On the show, he is an expert thief and forger who oozes class and coolness.  Always in a tailored suit, this man is the definition of “hubba hubba”.  YES PLEASE, I’ll take some of THAT.

Aldis Hodge – Alec Hardison on “Leverage

This yummy dude is the “geek” of the show, providing them with all of the intel and hacks to pull of their cons.  There’s something very sexy about a “nerd” who looks anything but!  He’s buff, he’s cool, sarcastic, and looks damn fine cleaned up in a suit playing like he had a British accent for a con-job!  Yowza, why weren’t all geeks like that?

Christian Kane – Eliot Spencer “Leverage

He’s the tough bad ass of the crew, beats up anyone who gets in their way during a con.  Buff, brooding, yummy!  Did I mention that he can sing?  Loves it!

Who do YOU think belongs on the Hump Day Hotties list?

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36 Things Every Single Girl Should Do

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I stumbled across this list in the blogosphere and thought it’d be fun to see where I measure up, have I done many of the things?  What about you, how does your life measure up on this list? (I’ve bolded the things that I’ve done)

36 Things Every Single Girl Must Do Before She Settles Down

**To Build Your Confidence**

1. Go to a movie alone. [me: I have no issues with doing that, I’m not there to talk to you during the movie anyway!]

2. Lift weights.

3. Try surfing, water-skiing, or some activity you don’t already know how to do. Could be riding a bicycle. [Me: Does Karoake count? I hadn’t done that til this year with some alcohol confidence]

4. Take out the trash, set a mousetrap, do your taxes, build a bookcase.

5. Live alone, or at least move apartments in NYC without the help of family.

6. Train for (and finish) a huge physical test like a half-marathon.

7. Go to a scary doctor’s appointment by yourself.

8. Quit your job.

9. Fly to a foreign country by yourself. [I wasn’t alone, but I was a student ambassador and with a group of people that I didn’t know.  14 without my mom was something I’d never done, not THAT far (7 European countries, 3 weeks)]

10. Learn to stand up for yourself. [me: Yeah that’s not a problem]

**To Be Able to Look Back and Say “I Had Fun”**

11. Witness something once-in-a-lifetime, like Jokulsarlon, a lake next to a melting glacier in Iceland.

12. Revel in being able to watch all the TV you want.

13. Get drunk during the day, just because you can. Attend Santacon, the convention for santas, or similar.

14. Go on a date with someone who actually makes you nervous. [me: good nervous, not like “i think he’s a serial killer…oh what the hell may as well]

15. Go out with an older man who takes you somewhere nice and makes you feel like a million bucks.

16. Go out with a guy who makes you laugh ‘til it hurts.

**To Get Perspective**

17. Be a good wingwoman. It’s not always about you.

18. Chill with your widowed and single grandma. She knows “alone”!

19. Volunteer.

**To Make You Appreciate the Next Guy**

20. Do at least one Valentine’s Day alone. [me: oh wait, i had a choice in that??]

21. Attend a wedding (or 15) alone.

22. Date the creeps. You’ll really value the nice guys afterward. [meh, not going for that one. i already know a good one when I see him]
**To Make You Feel Sexy and Attractive**

23. Buy yourself some flowers.

24. Invest in a LBD (little black dress) and some sexy stilettos.

25. Sit at a bar by yourself and drink a martini. Cool.

26. Buy something frivolous and expensive that you LOVE wearing.

**To Make the Most of Your Free Time**

27. Finish all your schooling if you can.

28. Throw yourself into something time-consuming, like learning a foreign language. You may not have time to do this again until you retire and the kids are off to college. [I want to refreshen my Spanish so that I’m fluent at it, need to stop putting it off!]
**To Make Yourself a Better Partner in the Future**

29. Make a list of all your faults.

30. Learn to cook well.

31. Get some hobbies. Something’s gotta keep you occupied—plus it’ll make you seem interesting. [blogging count? and being a foodie :D]

32. Let your married friends edit your online dating profile.

33. Get your finances in order. [ugh, I’m trying…would be nice to have super steady income to DO so!]

**To Appreciate Being Single**

34. Babysit someone’s baby for an hour. [babysitting right now. I love the kids, love my lil munchkin. And I was a nanny, so um yeah, got that covered]

35. Help a friend through her divorce or a bad break-up.

36. Host a girls-only night. I think some coupled-up women forget how much we need each other.

What have I forgotten? What do you make sure to do while you’re still single?

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Socialite Adventures Pt 2

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This weekend was the birthday weekend of my fellow socialite cousin, Ashlee.  As you know from the last post about her sister’s birthday, we like to glam it up and go out on the town diva style 😀  This outing took us to the Butterfly Sushi Lounge on Grand Avenue in Chicago and then Vibe nightclub.  Fun was definitely had by all and here’s the photo proof:

The birthday girl

now for the rest:

Happy 23rd birthday baby girl!!!


Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

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I am NOT a morning person by any stretch of the imagination.  Brain feels fried and groggy, body has aches like a 90 year old who did stunt devil’s work for decades, face looks like it’s been hit with a mallet….yeah I know, drop dead sexy visual, right?   So what’s a girl to do who has a job that starts before noon?

MUSIC!  Music is my saving grace, able to alter any mood with its melodious harmonies and crooning voices.  The invention of the iPod is probably the greatest one in recent history (besides the internet of course, couldn’t talk to you peeps without that, right?) and allows thousands of songs to be conveniently available at the spin of a tiny dial.

My question for you is:  What are three songs that instantly perk you up, get you on your way, and turn AAAAHHHH GRRRR into MMMM.   Let’s hear it!

I’ll start.  My 3 instant mood perk me up songs are:

1. PYT – Michael Jackson = I love this song so much I’m having it as a part of my license plate…what? I AM a P(retty) Y(oung) T(hang) so it fits!

2. Blame it on the Boogie – Jackson 5 = this song just gets me going! it’s so upbeat and I love the end.  Video is cute too, just all around fun.

3. 5 Star Chick – Yo Gotti, Gucci Mane, Nicki Minaj = Had to get my bit of ghetto driving music in here 😀

Well those are mine!  What are your 3 get up and get em songs?


Chicago Restaurant Week

This week, my wonderful city of Chicago is having Restaurant Week!  Being the total foodie that I am, this pleases me to no end.  For $22 at lunchtime or $32 at dinner, patrons can experience 3 courses of  fine dining at places they may have otherwise not been able to afford, especially in this shady economy.

I’ve been dining like royalty, munching on crab legs at Joe’s Stone Crab accompanied by sweet potato fries, rich bisque,  cheese and spinach covered tomatoes, and a latte alongside my banana foster’s pie.  The ambiance is so cool there, seems like Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. would feel at home in the restaurant, knocking back dirty martinis and winking at classy ladies.  Overall Grade: A

A different day, we ventured over to N9ne Steakhouse, a fabulously cool restaurant with the best coconut cream pie and macaroons this side of heaven.  And the carrot cake, when they have it on the menu, is good enough to make you sell trade secrets to secure some.  I am appalled that at this moment it is not on the menu, and will be HEAVILY disappointed if they do not return it there at least during the summer, which is when I first tried it.  *Shakes finger disapprovingly at the N9ne*   Anyway, the lobster risotto is succulent and bright, a creamy delicacy with lobster pieces, sweet corn, truffle oil, and pops of sweet pea for color.  I could have honestly just eaten that as my whole meal, just keep it coming please!  As well, I managed to polish off a couple pieces of my mom’s rock shrimp with a spicy sweet dipping chili sauce, hanger steak accompanied by garlic fries (do NOT eat those on a date unless making out is not on the agenda….or at least carry those convenient wisp toothbrushes), bisque again (hey, i like bisque!  Don’t judge me!), and a dessert of brownie bread pudding that had no bread and no pudding so pretty much ended up as a brownie with a slightly fancier if not confusing name.  I give the restaurant and service an A+

For a full listing of restaurant week participants, please check out this list: Restaurant Week Chicago I look forward to checking out more restaurants and grading them on my blog, look out for that 🙂

Good start to new year

This new year is starting smashingly 🙂  Went to dinner on new years eve at Spiaggia and it was AMAZING.  So yummy!  Appetizer course was mozzarella drizzled in a honey type sauce with some type of fruit (kumquat?) chopped next to it and amazing prosciutto.  I felt like the movie Ratatouille where the mouse had the flavors exploding in his mouth in bursts of jazz and colors!  It was THAT good.  Pasta course was a butternut squash filled pasta with fried sage and amaretto sauce, also incredibly delish and my mom’s favorite part of the meal.  Steak  with morel mushrooms and smashed potatoes followed, finished by the creamiest tiramisu ever put together.  WHAT a dinner to start off the night’s activities!  I was already incredibly happy with my makeup and hair, felt good in my outfit, and had on my fly headpiece, lol.  EVERYONE was stopping me and saying that it was gorgeous and that they wanted to party with me because I must be fun, lol.  That was so cool.

Then went to the Signature Room at the John Hancock building’s lounge.  There was a hilarious lady there who was fun and an instant friend.  She was crazy and cool, seated next to us.  I heart her, we clowned hard and didn’t even know each other!  Then there were gorgeous fireworks outside the window which overlooked gorgeous Navy Pier.

Next up, party at our hotel!  We stayed at the Westin that night and finagled our way into the hotel party they were having there.  THAT was pure hilarity, because they were SO wasted!  Some chick fell under her table trying to reach for something, another fell through a sign at the elevator then tried to argue that she wasn’t drunk, barely able to keep her eyes open.  I had too much fun there, cracking the eff up and dancing with my Phy-Phy.  Great new years eve!    Spent the next day shopping and lounging around the Four Seasons hotel where we stayed the next night.  I’m all about luxe surroundings!  Drinks in front of the lounge fireplace was oh so nice, even saw a HOT guy at the bar, but I looked all of 15 with my hello kitty jewelry and yellow sweater, so um yeah, not approaching him! haha. I promise next time to dress for the occasion so that I can have something better to update 😉

I had to do another cowash and twist out when I got home last night because feathers and glitter were in my hair, cramping my style ya know 😉  Woke up today, took it down and WHOA, best twist out ever!  Okay, well I went a little happy with the marula oil spray the night before so it was a tad oily, but other than that?  Your girl was FLY.  It was moisturized, super curly, fun!  My cousins even complimented me on it and they are SO not about natural hair 🙂

snapped on my new lace bow clips and sashayed my happy self out the door to church where I played with my cutie pie god daughter.  She is LEAVING me 😦  Her mom is moving them back to Alabama, I am heartbroken.  I love that lil chocolate drop, she’s so sweet and fun with her fat cheeks.  NEVER cries, just a doll.

Inspired Highlight: Brianna

I found this artist, Brianna, and her site via  Natural Chica and must say, WOW!  I am totally into her beautiful depictions of gorgeous women in their natural glory, full of warmth and vibrant colors.  Her name is Brianna and her work is SO GOOD. I want to buy it all, just decorate my room with it until I get an apartment and then decorate that with it as well, along with my other ladies I already have, Audrey Hepburn, Aphrodite, and Marilyn Monroe.   Beautiful, strong, iconic women should always be exalted!

She’s a total cutie  as well and here she talks about her beautiful hair:!

Anyway, here are samples of her beautiful work, go check it out and leave her some love!  I’ve contacted her about whether or not she sells her pieces.  I’d be thrilled if so 🙂

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