Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Let the Good Times Roll

A BIG congratulations to President Barack Obama for being re-elected as the President. I was invited to a watch party in DC and should have gone (but it was 'hair wash' night in my house). I wanted to watch the election coverage but at the same time I didn't. My feelings were a mixture of being nervous and anxious. It was really obvious because at the start of the race Governor Mitt Romney was in the lead. What was I thinking... usually the 'bible belt' states ALWAYS goes to the Republican. Anyways, America voiced its opinion on who will carry our country into the next 4 years and now ALL of the commercials, radio ads, and debates can finally end *whew*. This weekend, I'm sure the celebration will be all the way live in DC, and yes I will be a part of it (getting my outfit ready in my mind now).

As the coverage was taking place I was able to try out a new product. As you all know I am a former Lush employee and every now and then I have to get my lil fix in. After receiving the Lush Times in the mail I knew exactly which Christmas products I had to get my hand on. For some reason I was super intrigued by the new facial cleanser and their new lip scrub.

Lush goodies with sample
Let me just say that I absolutely LOVED this facial cleanser. Lush describes it as a gentle soft scrub. It also has a light popcorn smell mixed with a dash of cinnamon. I really didn't get the popcorn smell per se; but I really wanted to eat my face off. Yes, it was that serious. The texture is very soft all you need is a drop of water and a pinch of mixture to make a paste to apply to your skin. If you're interested in trying this awesome cleanser, head over to Lush. Its a limited edition Holiday item that retail for $12.95.

It smelled sooo delicious!!!
 I also tried the popcorn lip scrub because in the winter my lips get extremely dry. I will tell you, I was bit disappointed in this one. Maybe had I read the ingredients better I wouldn't have purchased it. But to be honest it was the uber sweet toffee smell that drew me in. My only issues after using it was that it was uber salty. Now if you really know me, salt is one of my FAV foods (DO-NOT-JUDGE-ME). However, this was gross. If you haven't tried the lip scrubs from Lush, they are made for you to lick them off. The taste was gross, but I enjoyed the way my lips felt and smelled afterwards. If you want to give it a try first I say sample it in the store. But if you're into the salty taste, you can get it from a Lush near you for $8.95.

The smell, overdose. The taste, uber gross.
Lastly, I was able to get a free sample of their new North Pole soap. The smell is a mixture of cocoa and peppermint, exactly what Christmas smells like. I haven't used it yet but I'm sure I'll be headed back their way to get a bar size soon.

If this is what the North Pole is like; I want to visit!!!

 There are a few other products I have to get before the season is over. I definitely have to go and pick up Midnight Massage, Sandy Santa, Party Popper, and Father Christmas. What will you be picking up from the Lush Holiday products?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Not Voting is Not an Option

I was at the end of this line (in the cold)
Happy Election day to everyone. If you haven't voted, guess what, you still have time!!! Last night I dreamt that I forgot to vote, I guess I was sooo anxious to do so that it took of my thought process. I can still remember being a child going to vote with my grandparents and being on cloud nine after receiving that sticker. It is sooo important that we not only speak with our children/youth but also take them along so that it's embedded in them to vote in every election. Today also makes me remember my first time voting as a college freshman. I felt grown, like I counted and had a voice. I was sooo excited, just as I was in 2008 when we had a real chance at a qualified black candidate. I definitely could not wait to experience that same kind of euphoria.

No time for looking cute, this is my serious voting face
 I would love to report that my experience was smooth and easy, but that was not the case. For some unknown reason I didn't think that I'd experience a line because I'd never experienced it before (I guess there's a first time for everything). I did get a bit agitated because I was given the run around after being in line (out in the cold) for over an hour and 40 minutes, just to be told to go somewhere else.

Making sure I get it right *wink*

Once I got to my real precinct the line was 4 times as long as the previous line. Honestly, I got a bit discouraged and thought about turning around and voting after work. I am sooo happy that I didn't because the traffic in the DMV is sooo unpredictable. Also, there was no need for me to catch an attitude, sooo many before me died for me to have this right to vote. It's not like I was being hosed down, beaten, or attacked by dogs; the least I could do was wait (again). After reaching the front of the line once again I was told to step off to the side to confirm my address. At this point I was a bit disturbed. I confirmed my address and explained that I was turned away from one precinct to come to that one. There was no way that I was going to be given the run around back and forth between two schools (heck I'm a citizen and have the VA tax receipt from last week, lol). I'm sure my expression was like sir, now is not the time for games. I mean what did he want me to do... guess how many bubbles are in a bar of soap.  Finally, I was given a ticket to vote (whew).

So excited to have this sticker
 All in all I'd wait in line again and again to exercise this right that many didn't want my people to have. Have you made it out to the polls yet?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Do Something Out of The Ordinary...

As Andre 3000 so eloquently put it... 'Do something out of the ordinary, like catch a matinee'. This weekend I definitely did something out of the ordinary. My friend decided to orchestrate a Girls Night Out at an NBA game. Now you know... your girl is not into sports (football players is another story). I toyed over and over with the idea; asking myself why would I spend $39 on a basketball game. I mean those are funds that I could use in my closet. However, I decided it was time for a change. Time to simply do something different, so I did.

All Black Everythang

I had a super cute outfit in mind, but lets just say that didn't happen (you will see it here soon). No worries, I still pulled off an all black outfit along with my super cute thrifted belt. For some reason, I felt a bit like a Power Ranger mixed with a bit of Powerpuff girls. I have to admit aside from being in a nosebleed section (thanks Groupon) the game was AWESOME!!! I mean, I can't believe I'm typing that I'd like to do it again, but I would.

Afterwards, the crew and I headed out for dinner. Of course we would wind up at the 1 and only Busboy's and Poet. If you ever visit DC this is a definitely a venue to visit. Great food and an eclectic atmosphere.

I decided to try the caramel mocha before eating my usual catfish with extra capers (I LOVE capers). Of course I had to make sure that my lipstick was popping after dinner. The night did not end there, you know we had to step out since we'd get an extra hour to party. After walking around looking for a lounge/club that was not $20; we decided to cab it over to my FAV spot on U St. Red Lounge.

Do you notice that I put my hair into a cute bow.

Just dancing  (probably to something ratchet). Had to make a 'stank' face.

Power of the Pinky

Last but not least I definitely want to send a Happy AKAversary to my line sisters Gamma Sigma Fall 2001. 11 years strong!!! How did you all spend your weekend?