Hilton New York Fashion District – Can I Just Move In?

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I hadn’t been to New York City in yearssssss. And I missed it. This time, however, I didn’t want to crash on a friend’s sofa. I wanted to stay in a swanky hotel in the middle of an area that was surrounded by lots of good shops and restaurants. I wanted to be close to where The Makeup Show NYC was going to be and I really wanted a hotel that had a really good room service menu.

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Don’t judge me, man. I’m fancy. I LOVE room service.

My girl Courtney and I settled on staying at the Hilton New York Fashion District for several reasons; one being that it was listed as an option on The Makeup Show NYC website. And also, Courtney said that she had never had a bad experience at a Hilton. Same here. 

And so we checked in. It really only got better from there.

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Love at First Drive in the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum

Ford Explorer

You know it’s love when you name a car. I’ve named all of my cars. Yes, I realize this sounds crazy but I harbor a serious emotional attachment to my cars, man. The same can be said for cars that I review. Some are fun to drive and I enjoy ripping and running in something fancier than my own car and when they leave, whatever. Life moves on.

And some cars touch me. Some have me at hello and it takes everything in me to NOT want to return the keys back. That’s how I felt about the Ford Explorer Platinum.

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Naked Bar Soap Company – A Lovely Gem in Orlando

Naked Bar Soap Company Orlando

Let me tell you about the College Park area in Orlando, Florida. It’s a quaint little part of town where you won’t find many tourists. Locals move up and down the streets drinking coffee at Credo, getting facials at T-Secret and visiting The Spa. The best pasta dishes are served at Trevi Pasta and The Cookie Cousins get an A+ from me in the cookie department.

Liquid Soap

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The Makeup Show Orlando 2016

The Makeup Show Orlando

And once again…I made it! It’s starting to be a bit of a joke with my blogger gal pals and me that every time I make my way to The Makeup Show Orlando, I’ve got a baby in tow. Sure enough, Bub made his beauty show debut at the show and except for the minor whining he did during the Blogger Preview, I think my boy did a grand job. He shot the ladies lot of smiles and had an enjoyable time snugging up with Titi Ellis. 

The Makeup Show Orlando blogger

You know your friends love when you when they’re willing to wear your baby so you can enjoy the show a bit. And enjoy, I did! This year, many of the girls in the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group commented on how there weren’t as many attendees this year. I noticed that, too. It was nice to be able to walk down not-so-packed aisles. Brands like NARS, Make Up For Ever and Crown Brush were still packed but even still, their tables were walkable. Which is always appreciated. 

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Make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a Day ON

Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a big deal where I’m from. The older I get, the more I realize that for a lot of people, this day is really just another day off from work. And you know what? Okay. Whatever. While I am in the business of educating people should they be open-minded enough, what I don’t like doing is forcing others to think the way I think. The truth is, to some…Martin Luther King, Jr. was just a man. Ask any 4th grader who attended public school is in the U.S. and they’ll likely be able to drop 2-3 facts about MLK. That’s good and all, but celebrating this man, his legacy and this day is so much more to me than knowing a few sentences.

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Girlfriend Time and Summer Cocktails with Alizé Passion

Allow me to preface this sponsored post by letting you know that yours truly did not indulge in the alcoholic beverages that you will see in this post. Yes, I know. It’s sad. I’ve put together these gorgeous drinks just to miss out on the opportunity to guzzle them. Don’t feel too badly for me because you better believe after giving birth, I’ll be toasting with a drank of…something. 😎

I’m not a big drinker (remind me to tell you about that time in college…) but I have a few girlfriends who love getting cocktails and fancy drinks. In honor of life…I decided to host a little get together with two of my gal pals with Alizé Passion drinks being the star of the show. This was no easy undertaking, y’all because I’ve never put together a drink in my life. It could not have been easier and based off of everyone’s expressions, I’m guessing I did it right. Woohoo!

Summer cocktails

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Best Buy Gift Giving Made Easier – Techies Unite!

Best Buy gifts

This sponsored post is brought to you by Best Buy.

As you fine people know, I am about all things tech. I’ve been this way since I got my first Palm Pilot when I was 10 years old. The obsession didn’t end and I also married a man who loves tech, too. Between the both of us, we always feel like we have to have the latest and greatest in the tech world. Within reason, of course. Techie parents raising a techie kid means that Elle is more familiar with using a iPad to call a relative than she is with using a standard phone. I’m not sure if I should be proud or disturbed. Ha! 

With baby girl’s birthday coming up, mama’s business going to different levels and the holidays rolling around, I’ve got my eye on techie gadgets now more than ever. Somehow, I managed to move about 3 minutes away from a Best Buy so when I’m not caught casually staring at techie things, you can find me on BestBuy.com adding items to my Wish List. Oh, you didn’t know their site had a Wish List Maker? Where have you been, babe?

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Tips for Visiting Fort San Cristóbal in San Juan, Puerto Rico

I majored in Africana Studies when I was in college. Somewhere between my Journalism classes and Spanish minor classes, I fell in love with all things African and African American. I’m a American but I’m Black yet I had very little knowledge about Africa, the continent, the diaspora and how they impacted our world back then and today. I am still fascinated by history and so when it was suggested that we visit Fort San Cristóbal while vacationing in San Juan, Puerto Rico, I was ready to go!

Fort in Puerto Rico

Fort San Cristóbal

Truthfully, I’m proud that my pregnant butt managed to climb all of those stairs and slopes in that heat. The view was worth it and I was grateful to have experienced that with my family.

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