Month of Amoure

And like that the count is on. One more down.

Despite being the shortest month of the year, February is also one of the busiest here in NYC, and to add to the chaos it’s a leap year – meaning one more day to cram in eve more madness! But all that aside, this month has been truly amazing with awesome experiences and insights for the year thus far. With only ten more to go and I am beyond excited for the coming month…it’s going to be fantastic!

But before we get into any of this month’s festivities, let’s take a look back at some of last months happenings.

Instagram

Due to my hectic schedule and fulfilling my civic duty – jury duty of course, I haven’t really been active on there but I did manage to squeeze a few fun pics on my down time.

Blog

It has been an incredible month here on the blog and especially exciting with all the fun posts that I’ve shared.

I’ve continued the #WorkItWednesdays series with a focus on fitness. Also up on the blog were fun posts in celebration of Grenada’s Independence, and Valentine’s Day. I spent this Black History Month learning some more about some of the brilliant individuals who have helped achieve the freedoms and liberty’s for the Black community in this Good Reads post, as well as a recap of the 2016 NAACP Image Awards. And to wrap things up with a bit of a bang and some entertaining GIFs, check out my 2016 Academy Awards recap.

Happenings Around Town

The Macy’s Go Red For Women Fashion show in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s #RedDressCollection fashion show kicked off this year’s New York Fashion Week to raise awareness about women’s heart health. The event also serves as a fund raiser for research geared towards women’s heart health issues since women are more disproportionately affected by heart disease – and have a higher mortality rate after suffering a heart attack than males.

Checkout the full show here. And while you’re at it learn about your risk and the importance of being heart healthy, especially as women – and while you’re at it make a donation.

TV

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T.G.I.T. returned on February 11th with a hell of a bang right out the gate. Fans had been kept waiting to see what would happen after the first promotional video dropped showing Meredith being attacked on Grey’s Anatomy, followed by Annalise laying in a hospital bed – but what was really on everyone’s mind was who shot her and what’s her connection to Wes? And Liv and her fellow gladiators were ready to get back to work, as usual.

Fuller House premiered on Netflix on February 26th and featured a widowed DJ Tanner – Fuller returning home. The house pretty much matches the original and despite the missing Olsen twins’ adorable one liners, has made for quite the bit of nostalgia.Vinyl-Key-Art-FINAL

Billions the new hit from Showtime has been nothing but intense from the opening scene. Hubby and have a few shows we both enjoying watching together –Shameless, GOT, Power, The Daily Show, *cough cough* – The Walking Dead (which I’ve recently gotten into), and Billions has definitely been added to the rotation.

While I wanted to love Vinyl, for me going off of the first episode it was a bit of a miss. There was waaayyy too much going on in the premier to even hold your interest or get you into a single story line long enough to know whether you liked it or not.

Music

 

In true Queen style, Lady B has done it again. Prior to taking the stage alongside Bruno Mars and Cold Play as part of the 50th Super Bowl halftime show, Queen B dropped a surprise new single and video, Formation.Unlike her other music, Mrs. Carter got tongues wagging for a different reason this time – her unapologetic, take no prisoners anthem about her Blackness. At first I could not relate with this new sond as it pointed to far too many stereotypes but at second look the message was truly profound, lyrics and images included. And then she did this… and the world went bananas! Not because she announced a new World Tour of the same name as her new single, but because of the symbolism of her performance part MJ/part Panther tribute – and she kept smiling as heads rolled.screen-shot-2016-02-06-at-4.19.22-pm

The 2016 Grammys were totally jaw dropping this year – and not for the outrageous outfits on the red carpet or the major shade of the winners’ speech but the awe-inspiring peformances! Kendrick Lamar held nothing back in his live performance, Adele had sound issues, Lady Gaga paid tribute to David Bowie, The Weeknd ignited the stage, Ariana Grande made for this awkward moment and Pentatonix and Stevie Wonder wowed with That’s The Way of The World. Some were left disappointed as there was no tribute to the late Natalie Cole – a slap in the face of the icon, according to her family.

SwishKanye West announced the official name of his upcoming album, The Life of Pablo and released new music. All in the same week he debuted his third collection at New York Fashion Week – whihc was part runway, part listening party. He also made a SNL appearance where he apparantly threw one of his now infamous tantrums and claimed to be 53 mil. in debt. Hmmm…Yeezy, you’ve got our attention now. It should also be noted that he has started working on the Turbo Grafx 16 album with Kid Cudi, Mike Dean and Plain Pat.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ New album, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made is also out now. Released on the 26th the album has had a luke warm reception, and duo has recently announced their  tour where they will showcase the new album during a 14-concert line-up that kicks off May 25th in Vancouver including a previously announced stop at this year’s Bonnaroo festival and ends with a June 21st gig at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

Media

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Gods of Egypt premiered this past weekend and while I like everyone else enjoys a great action film especially with a mythological spin, I do find fault with much of the films casting. For a film based on Ancient Egyptians there is little true representation of the people who inhabited Egypt in that era.

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While I’m not typically a fan of Rebel Wilson’s humor (I personally think the crass, sex-crazed thing is a little over played), I do love me some Dakota Johnson and seeing her in a none 50 Shades role is amazing. In How To Be Single she is not only funny, but interesting and a woman just like many millenial women – trying to find herself, while being free to openly express her opinions and sexuality. I think it makes for a genuine feel god movie without the typical rom-com crap. Besides who doesn’t love Leslie Mann?!

I don’t know about anyone else but I love getting my monthly subscriptions in the mail, especially when one of my favorites are on the cover catching up about their latest projects or sharing some of their awesomeness with the rest of us. Here are just some of the gorgeous March Covers.

 

Health

Besides the health initiative mentioned in previous Weekly Rewinds, February has also been the month for raising awareness about Eating Disorders, during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, because Everybody Knows Somebody.

For more information about disorders or to find help for yourself or someone you know check out the NEDA website.

And just as a healthy relationship with our bodies, minds and food is important, so is the relationship expectant mothers have with their unborn child during International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month. So this February special attention was focused on continuing the efforts to prevent unnecessary deaths due to prenatal infection.

Tech

Have you ever heard of Kik? It’s apparently been popular among teens and is growing in popularity among millenials as well. If you’ve ever envisioned having a conversation with a robot – then take it for a spin.

So, I’m currently in the market for a new phone as my S4 is on it’s last leg. And then came the promotional videos for the Samsung Galaxy S7. And I’m sold – sorry Apple but I love my phone’s to be durable enough to make it past one fall or bump.

Fashion

February typically kicks of the fashion week season with the start of New York Fashion Week, that runs into London, Paris, Milan. etc. As bloggers, designers and Fashion who’s who all flock to the venues to get a first hand glimpse of the trends for the coming season. For those of us who are far too busy to catch the shows live there’s live stream.

Also making a fashion statement this month Target’s Who What Wear collaboration hit stores, to mixed responses. I think bloggers and people who read the Who What Wear blog were the most excited. Anyways keep your eyes peeled for a more on that in a review post, coming soon.

 

As mentioned in this Weekly Rewind America’s Next Top Model is moving to a new network and is now seeking a new host to usher in the new era in ANTM, as Tyra enjoys motherhood.

While several retailers are trying out the new trend in runway – See Now, Buy Now, several big names including Karl Lagerfeld are not fans. But with mixed responses and major fashion houses to adopt the idea it is still left to be see if it will it work?

News

A temporary truce has been called in Syria thanks to talks arranged by the United Nations to allow humanitarian aid to reach the citizens affected by all the fighting. How long will it last only time will tell, but fingers crossed some type of resolution can be made after the more than 5 years of violence there.12654513_682105245264319_4848410787911227637_n

It’s Super Tuesday and the gloves are off. The primaries in the United States elections are winding down to the announcement of the respective nominees and their eventual running mates. So far it seems Hillary and Bernie and neck and neck and at times in the last few debates only varied on minor issues within their individual policies. Things are a lot more interesting on the Republican side of things with Donald Trump still in the running along with Rubio, Cruz, Fiorina et al. Jeb finally called it quits after a loss in Nevada. My, my, my what a year in politics it has been.

President Barack Obama is facing intense pushback and a possible filibuster in the Senate as he tries to nominate a replacement for Republican Supreme Court Justice Scalia who passed away approximately two weeks ago.

Shopping

Forever21 – extra 30% of select sale

Gap – buy 5+ items get 40% off, 3+ get 30% of, 1+ and get 20% off with code: COAST

Shopbop – save up to 25% off with code: BIGEVENT16

DSW – earn double points on any purchase all through March

The Limited – BOGO 50% off pants, jackets, dresses and skirts + an extra 30% off sale

Around the Web

A bit about this history of Black History Month.12742310_1029167920478354_3983363193711200907_n

A Look Ahead

I’m so over this bipolar winter weather and so ready for Spring – and the tulips. They just make me so happy!march-paint

I’m also looking forward to some big things happening in March like International Women’s Day, National Women’s History Month, Daylight Savings Time, the return of Netflix’s House of Cards, and South by SouthWest Music Festival.

What are you excited about this March? Let me know. Until next time.

Hugs and Sunshine,

Livi.

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