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Manus x Machina

All the interweb is abuzz with the talk of the 2016 Met Ball, and like everyone else I was all too excited to see the red carpet looks. Manus x Machina is an interesting theme given the growing influence of technology on how most of the world’s fashions are created – with the dawn of 3-D printing, and print productions. etc.

People’s Choice Awards 2016

Last night the marked the 42nd annual People’s Choice Awards, hosted by comedian Jane Lynch, broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Dubbed an award show for the people…of the industry, by the people – us, the fans, it was of course a night marked with several entertaining moments. As always everyone also enjoyed seeing the gorgeous looks of some of their celeb favorites as they made their arrivals on the red carpet.

Today’s post recaps some of those as well as the night’s most memorable happenings.

First, The night’s red carpet arrivals:

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Sleeping with Other People’s Alison Brie, Blood & Oil’s Amber Valletta, Grey’s Anatomy’s Camilla Luddington, Homeland’s Claire Daines and Grey’s Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo were snapped looking fab (from left to right);

 

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The ladies of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars shared a laugh, (from left to right) Ashley Benson, Trojan Bellisario, Shay Mitchell, and Lucy Hale ;
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The cast of Fox’s Grease Live (from left to right) Vanessa Hudgens, Keke Palmer, Julianne Hough, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kether Donohue were accounted for
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The ladies of The Talk (from left to right) Sheryl Underwood, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Julie Chen also made an appearance;
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(from left to right) The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, The Vampire Diaries’ Kat Graham, Maddie Zieggler and Scream Queens’ Keke Palmer were also spotted;
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And let’s not forget the gents; (from left to right) Lady’s Gaga’s Beau and Chicago Fire’s Taylor Kinney, Wicked City‘s Ed Westwick, fnny mand and actor Jack Black, Colony’s Josh Holloway and Life in Pieces star Colin Hanks all grace the red carpet looking mighty dapper.
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(from left to right) Quantico’s breakout star Priyanka Chopra, Grandfathered and Fuller house star John Stamos, actress Kate Hudson, Grease Live star Carly Rae Jepsen, Grandfathered and reality show star Christina Milian were also in attendance.
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(from left to right) Musician Meghan Trainor, Grease Live Star Vanessa Hudgens, True Detective’s Abigail Spencer,Glee’s Lea Michelle were also present.

 

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(from left to right) The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik, Rizzoli and Isles’ and Shameless’ Sasha Alexander, Scandal’s Portia De Rossi, Game of Throne’s Nathalie Emmanuel and Hunger Games’ Natalie Dormer also graced the show’s red carpet.
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(from left to right) Code Black’s Marcia Gay Harden, the event’s host and Glee’s Jane Lynch, Life in Pieces’ Betsy Brandt, Mike and Molly’s Melissa McCarthy and Grey’s Anatomy’s Jerrika Hinton were also spotted on the red carpet.

Then, some of the night’s highlights:

Host and Funny gal Jane Lynch showed off her skills from her former show Glee while joking that she was the multitalented Neil Patrick Harris, only "more masculine." She kept the punchline rolling with her presentation of the "new" Most Deserving of People's Choice Award to Thomas Lennon, before realizing that, wait, he was the first runner-up. The winner was ... Miss Colombia played by Ariadna Gutiérrez's lookalike (model Tika Camaj) poking fun at fellow comedian Steve Harvey's Miss Universe flub.
Host and Funny gal Jane Lynch showed off her skills from her former show Glee while joking that she was the multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris, only “more masculine.” She kept the punchline rolling with her presentation of the “new” Most Deserving of People’s Choice Award to Thomas Lennon, before realizing that, wait, he was the first runner-up. The winner was … Miss Colombia played by Ariadna Gutiérrez’s lookalike (model Tika Camaj) poking fun at fellow comedian Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe flub.
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Although he was nowhere to be found in the audience at the awards, the actor showed up when his name was called as the winner for Favorite Movie Actor. It turns out the Black Mass star was hiding backstage. He accepted the trophy with a speech littered with jokes about the movie.
Sandra Bullock accepted her award for Favorite Movie Actress with an emotional speech where she took the time out to talk about her son, and the reason why she loves what she does. She also took the time out to recognize her fellow nominees. Such a class act.
Dakota Johnson managed a wardrobe malfunction on her way to accept the Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress Award, and managed to laugh at the situation while thanking her fans.
Dakota Johnson managed a wardrobe malfunction on her way to accept the Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress Award, and managed to laugh at the situation while thanking her fans.
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Like Sandra Bullock, Vin Diesel, who collected two awards last night, also had a few teary-eyed, emotional statements to make while talking about his former co-star Paul Walker.
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Ellen Degeneres accepted both the Favorite Daytime TV Host and Humanitarian Award, while cracking jokes about her Humanitarianism and showing a shirtless picture of fellow People’s Choice winner Chris Hemsworth to make the audience happy.

 

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The whole gang from the hit network comedy, The Big Bang Theory was on-hand to celebrate their win for Favorite TV Show and Favorite Network Comedy.
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The Grey’s Anatomy Gang snuck in a selfie while onstage receiving the award for Favorite Network TV Drama
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Chris Hemsworth was also present to receive his award for Favorite Action Movie Actor
And lastly and probably the craziest moment of all, TV personalities Julie Chen, Aisha Tyler, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, and Sheryl Underwood are interrupted by an unnamed stage crasher as they accept Favorite Daytime Talk Show Hosting Team for 'The Talk'.
And lastly – and probably the craziest moment of all, TV personalities Julie Chen, Aisha Tyler, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, and Sheryl Underwood are interrupted by an unnamed stage crasher as they accept Favorite Daytime Talk Show Hosting Team for ‘The Talk’.

And let’s not forget the most important part—the complete winners list:

Favorite Movie: Furious 7
Favorite Movie Actor: Channing Tatum
Favorite Movie Actress: Sandra Bullock
Favorite Action Movie: Furious 7
Favorite Action Movie Actor: Chris Hemsworth
Favorite Action Movie Actress: Shailene Woodley
Favorite Animated Movie Voice: Selena Gomez, Hotel Transylvania
Favorite Comedic Movie: Pitch Perfect 2
Favorite Comedic Movie Actor: Kevin Hart
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress: Melissa McCarthy
Favorite Dramatic Movie: The Martian
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor: Johnny Depp
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress: Dakota Johnson
Favorite Family Movie: Minions
Favorite Thriller movie: Taken 3
Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Network TV Comedy: The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Comedic TV Actor: Jim Parsons
Favorite Comedic TV Actress: Melissa McCarthy
Favorite Network TV Drama: Grey’s Anatomy
Favorite Dramatic TV Actor: Taylor Kinney
Favorite Dramatic TV Actress: Ellen Pompeo
Favorite Cable TV Comedy: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Favorite Cable TV Drama: Pretty Little Liars
Favorite Cable TV Actor: Kevin Hart
Favorite Cable TV Actress: Sasha Alexander
Favorite Premium Cable TV Show: Homeland
Favorite Premium Cable TV Actor: Dwayne Johnson
Favorite Premium Cable TV Actress: Kristen Bell
Favorite TV Crime Drama: Person of Interest
Favorite TV Crime Drama Actor: Nathan Fillion
Favorite TV Crime Drama Actress: Stana Katic
Favorite Network TV Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show: Beauty and the Beast
Favorite Cable TV Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show: Outlander
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor: Jensen Ackles
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress: Caitriona Balfe
Favorite Competition TV Show: The Voice
Favorite Daytime TV Host: Ellen DeGeneres
Favorite Daytime TV Hosting Team: The Talk
Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host: Jimmy Fallon
Favorite Streaming Series: Orange is the New Black
Favorite Actor in a New TV Series: John Stamos
Favorite Actress in a New TV Series: Priyanka Chopra
Favorite Animated TV Show: The Simpsons
Favorite New TV Comedy: Scream Queens
Favorite New TV Drama: Supergirl
Favorite Male Artist: Ed Sheeran
Favorite Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Favorite Group: Fifth Harmony
Favorite Breakout Artist: Shawn Mendes
Favorite Male Country Artist: Blake Shelton
Favorite Female Country Artist: Carrie Underwood
Favorite Country Group: Lady Antebellum
Favorite Pop Artist: Taylor Swift
Favorite Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Favorite R&B Artist: The Weeknd
Favorite Album: Meghan Trainor
Favorite Song: “What Do You Mean?,” Justin Bieber
Favorite Music Icon: Madonna
Favorite Social Media Celebrity: Britney Spears
Favorite Social Media Star: Matt Bellassai
Favorite Mobile Game: Candy Crush Saga
Favorite Video Game: Super Smash Bros.
Favorite YouTube Star: Connor Franta
Seriously Popular Award: Maddie Ziegler
Favorite Humanitarian: Ellen DeGeneres

Did any if your favorites win? Hope you guys enjoyed this fun recap.

Hugs and Sunshine,

Livi.

Weekly Rewind

     This past week has zoomed by and it’s already mid week-again. I apologize again for the late weekly rewinds but it’s just been super hectic. So let’s just get right on in.

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     American Odyssey gets the boot after struggling to gain or maintain traction, the show which was already on the shortlist to be shelved has finally been nixed. Unable to gain the right momentum, NBC has decided to end the season. No word yet on if there will be a mid season replacement or any changes to the line up.

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     Chasing Life, an ABC Family original is set to return for it’s second season this month and one can only anticipate the drama and twists this season will hold for young April.

Weekly Rewind

     This week has been an incredibly tough one in our fair country. But before we get into the guts of it all a brief recap.

Happy Father's Day!!
Happy Father’s Day!!

     OOPs, where are my manners, also I BIG shout out to all the daddy’s out there. Happy Father’s day to all the men leading the way by being a shining example for the young men and women of our future generations. And to the mother’s pulling double duty – you are amazing and deserve your kudos too, so hats off to you too!

On the blog

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Flags of some of the Caribbean, Central and South American Nation members of the Caribbean

     This past week on the blog I began the discussion Caribbean American heritage in the Unite States and the history of West Indian migration . This week I will continue the trend discussing the ethnic and historical similarities and differences amongst the various cultures to highlight Caribbean American culture.

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Amazing finds

     On the ‘gram if you follow me you would have caught some of my many adventures, like this rainy day find. I thought this broken clock was amazing – found it on my walk through my neighborhood while on my way to run errands.

     Felt like sharing my mani and my awesome ring party one day before heading out and don’t forget my bit of adult humor with my Throwback Thursday.

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     The Astronaut Wives Club premier was surprisingly good. Although,  I found the progression a bit slow and some of the females characters a bit tawdry but who knows what time will tell.

     The return of Fx’s summer hit Tyrant for it’s second season left many at the edge of their seat after last season’s finale and had me personally wanting for more – can’t wait to see what else is in store.

     As the Mistresses 2-hour premier opened whirlwind back stories and revealed major plot twists one big thing was missing -Savi! Sadly as the show’s production moved to Montreal Alyssa Milano decided she would not continue on and sadly her character was written out of the script with a tear jerking exit. The premier ended with one heck of a cliffhanger and also introduced a new polarizing character – more deets as the season continues!

      Comedy Central is adding a new scripted show dated in a whole other time period (bad joke intended). The series, Another Period, whose pilot premiers this week will star comedic acts Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome.

Media

      Cookie Lyons – I mean Empire actress, Taraji P. Henson, who portrays matriarch, Cookie Lyons on Fx’s ht series, “Empire” was hospitalized for what her rep. has noted as exhaustion. The star herself also joked about her hospitalization as a sign of simply, “doing too much”, and even referenced a line from the shows last season, “Don’t worry y’all I’m a tough cookie! HA! I will be just fine.

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Dope, c.2015 Movie Poster

     Dra-medy (drama – comedy), Dope, written and directed by Nigerian-American Rick Famuyiwa; writer and director of afro films like, The Wood and Brown Sugar; and produced by Pharell Williams and Forest Whitaker, also the narrator; made it’s world debut this past weekend. The film which featured familiar faces like A$ap Rocky, Kimberly Elise, Zoe Kravitz and Rick Fox, premiered with strong box office stats, coming in at number 5 and raking in $6,100,010 (USA)  since it’s  June 19th release.

President Obama with comedian Marc Maron for an on the "WTF" podcast
President Obama with comedian Marc Maron for an on the “WTF” podcast

     Major news network were in a pickle this past week when deciding to cover or air an interview done y the POTUS on the “WTF” podcast with comedian Marc Maron, where President Obama spoke candidly when he addressed the long history of racism in the United States. The quote that had so many outlets, like Politico, CNN and Cnn.com, The New Tork Times and the Associated Press, along with television networks ABC and NBC News, in a tiff;

Racism, we are not cured of,” Obama said. “And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.

     While some platforms chose to bleep or censor the n-word out CNN as well as the Associate Press and the New York Times which picked up AP’s story, chose to run the interview in full with the quote unedited. The logic, “We wanted to avoid any unsuspecting rip and read of our story resulting in ‘n—–‘ getting on the air,” according to AP spokesperson Paul Colford, “Our reasoning was: It’s the president talking, and using that specific word to make a point,“.

Music

     James Horner, a hollywood film composer for films like Titanic, Braveheart, Star Trek, A Beautiful Mind, Field of Dreams, Apollo 13 and Avatar died in a tragic plane crash near Santa Barbara, California. The 2-time Oscar and Academy Award winner was 61.

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Music Midtown Logo

    The lineup and venue for Atlanta’s Music Midtown Fest has been announced. Headlined by Sir Elton John, who has played every other venue in the city would play his first full concert at Piedmont Park, and he would be joined by other artists like, Drake, Van Halen, and Sam Smith who also hold headliner sets. Amongst those to also make the bill, a robust parade of mainstream heritage acts, well-regarded current hitmakers and a smattering of upstarts: Lenny Kravitz, Hozier, Billy Idol, Alice in Chains, Panic! At the Disco, Run the Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Tove Lo, August Alsina, Icona Pop, The Airborne Toxic Event, Kodaline, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Elle King, New Politics, X-Ambassadors, Jamie N Commons, Colony House, Rozzi Crane, Alessia Cara and Elliot Moss.

     For all the lovers of 90’s and early 2000’s R&B the return of musician, D’Angelo with his latest album, Black Messiah, is a refreshing drink of water in an arrid desert. 

     Say what you may about Taylor Swift, hate her or love her, she sure knows how to stay in the news. The country singer turned pop artist has take tech giant, Apple to task, one week before it’s new music streaming service, Apple music, launches. In an open letter, the artist called out the billionaire company for it’s unwillingness to pay artists in it’s three-month free trial period for the service’s users. Swift, who had the top-selling album release last year with “1989” in the fall and boasts 59.2 million Twitter subscribers, has become one of the most vocal celebrity critics of the business of music streaming, swiftly (pun intended) moved to have all of her music including her hit album 1989 blocked from the  company. If there should be any indicator that she doesn’t bluff, Swift who had previously lamented the general effect of piracy and streaming on paid album sales, removed her music from streaming service Spotify last November.

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Taylor Swift’s tweet to Apple Inc.

     Taking pointers on the “spotify” sitch with Swift, Apple exec, Eddy Cue quickly responded with the following tweet:

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Apple Exec. Response

      Swift who says that her decision to withhold her album, “is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success…“.

     Since Apple’s response, she has been quoted expressing how elated she was at the decision and looks forward to the company’s negotiation for higher payouts to royalty holding at the end of the 3 month period, which was it’s initial plan.

Since then the pop stars’s fans including boyfriend, DJ Calvin Harris have tweeted their support. Good work Ms. Swift.

Tech

Jott uses an AirChat feature to allow users to send data and texts without a connection to the Internet. Jott uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios to create a closed network with other devices that are within 100-feet of each other.
Jott logo -the app is an AirChat feature to allow users to send data and texts without a connection to the Internet. Jott uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios to create a closed network with other devices that are within 100-feet of each other.

     Ever heard of Jott? Me either. But this amazing new messaging app is making the rounds. With a whopping 500, 000 monthly users and one million app installs after just three months on the market, and may soon rival apps like whatsapp, snapchat. etc. with one simple twist, you don’t necessarily need to have internet or phone service connection or even a phone!

          So how does it work?

  The apps CEO and co-founder explained.

     The app’s AirChat feature allows users to send data and texts without a connection to the Internet. Jott uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios to create a closed network with other devices that are within 100-feet of each other.

     Jott also features social media must-haves, including stickers, screen shot detection, disappearing texts and photos. The app also offers advanced security measures. Unlike YikYak, another popular messaging app for teens, Jott users have to provide their real names, birth dates, phone numbers or e-mails and location to gain access to a school network.

     Though the app currently has major fans in the middle school highschool crowd, with virtually the entire customer base for Jott is made up of 13 to 18 year olds, an intentional marketing demographic, which has helped Jott close a $1.8 million seed funding round from several prominent venture capital firms.

     However, teen texting is not all the apps founder hope it will be used for, in the future, Allgood believes that Jott could be used for more than just teen texting, envisioning it as a potential life-saver during a natural disaster.

     Although it wasn’t built specifically for emergency communication, the founders say it could easily be adapted for that purpose.

     “When cell phone towers go down and your texts no longer work, Jott messages will get routed through because it’s devised through the device,” Allgood explained. “You could be on top of Mount Everest or on an airplane completely disconnected and yet still be able to send text messages.

Fashion

     Come Fall 2015 as the new semester and Fashion Week spring/summer 2016 roll in, Fordham University, here in New York,  will roll out it’s new Fashion Law degree program. I haven’t gathered all the details yet but this should be incredibly interesting to say the least. 

     Former Mulberry creative director, Emma Hill has announced that she will soon be introducing the world to her own accessories line, Hill and Friends. A collaboration with Georgia Fendley – also hailing from Mulberry, where she was brand director – the label will launch at a presentation in London Fashion Week in September, with product being available to purchase the following day from its own website and Net-A-Porter. The brand reportedly plans to add ready-to-wear to its offering later down the line, but is currently focused solely on accessories while looking to secure two retail outlets on home turf in London and Stateside in New York. 

     Proenza Schouler sells stakes, securing funding from Castanea Partners, in a move long rumored to happen. The deal, of which details have not been disclosed, will see the private-equity firm join exisiting investors who purchased a 50 per cent stake in the brand from the Valentino Fashion Group and others in 2011.

     Isabel Marant found herself embroiled in a plagiarism row, after the indigenous Mixe community in Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca, southern Mexico have accused her of copying their traditional dress for pieces in her spring/summer 2015 Etoile Isabel Marant collection. Also, fellow French fashion house Antik Batik have laid claim to the Marant design and are currently in the middle of legal proceedings of their own. Isabel Marant, however, insists that its founder and designer has been open about the origin and inspiration for the design and is hoping to credit the Mixe community herself.

News

     It was one heck of a news week last week that left me wondering if for a second I had stepped into the twilight zone.2015-06-24 19.51.18

     Also making the news this week was the mass shooting in a historic Charleston, SC church where nine were killed by an armed gunman, in what is perceived as a racially motivated act of violence. More as the story unfolds. Till then pray for the families in mourning and the people of Charleston. #Blacklivesmatter2015-06-19 05.12.40

     In international news; there has been continuous violence against Hatians and Dominicans born to Hatian parents in the island state of the Dominican Republic. Coming to a head there has been issued a decree for a “Social Cleansing”of sorts with mass deportations, marked by stripping Dominican born Hatians of any citizenship and would displace more than 250,000 people, many of whom are second generation Hatians and have no ties the language or culture of the neighboring nation. 

Shopping/Sales

Nordstrom – summer clearance sale, up to 4o% off, now till June 28th and designer clearance up to 60% off.
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Nordstrom Summer Sale promotional image
The Limited – 50 – 60% off select full price items, 40% off new arrival and an extra 30% off all sale items
Banana Republic – extra 40% off sale, with new items added for the summer sales event!
Loft – 50% off tees, tanks and shorts, with extra 40%off sale styles, and be sure to check out their deals of the day! Today, half off cardigans.
J.Crew Factory – 40 – 60% off all tees, tanks and shorts, online only. Extra 40% off clearance, code: EXTRA40
Zara Spring/Summer Sale
Zara – semi- annual spring/summer sale 2015 going on now, with prices up to 50% off!
Madewell – Extra 30% of Sale Styles in stores and online, code: EXTRASALE
New York and Company – up to 80% off in stores and online, wit 30 -60 % off Eva Mendes Collection.

Around the Web

Here’s something funny I discovered browsing on the web that I thought might brighten your day and or week:

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A sign in a Singapore playground

More from around the web:

     So, it seems like medical science is at it again with a vaccine for chlamydia in the works. Now this is not the first time a vaccine against the sexually transmitted infection has bee proposed but there seems to have been some extremely great breakthroughs this time around. The vaccine won’t be available for human testing for a few years, but trials in mice showed that a nasal spray elicited an immune response against chlamydia for up to six months.

      And making history, a French teen becomes the first female on the of MLB’s international list.

Look Ahead

     I’m super excited for the premier of the line, Cupcakes and Cashmere by blogger Emily Schuman who blogs over at Cupcakes and Cashmere. Will keep you posted.

     Also looking forward to another brunch adventure with the hubs this weekend and maybe even a summer date night at Shakespeare in the Park, Cymbelline and/or The Tempest, here we come!

Hope you all have an amazing and productive week, and remember we are only successful if we put our dreams into action. So, FB_IMG_1432143846328