March Madness

Hello again everyone,

It feels like this month has ended with the blink of an eye. I can’t believe it’s already spring! Easter and April Fool’s felt like they were right around the corner! Maybe it was the my odd work schedule that’s thrown me for a loop but I can definitely say it’s been a pretty great month.

Here’s a brief review of everything new.

Instagram

On the ‘gram, I wasn’t too crazy but I did share some fun highlights from the blog, happenings around the city and the birthday.

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Blog

This year in honor of National Women’s History Month I decided to take a different approach and go beyond my International Women’s Day post. I chose to highlight some young women that I believe are doing great things and making their mark in history. The miniseries of posts featured three of my favorite bloggers. If you missed it check out the posts herehere and here.

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I also paid tribute in this #FunFactFriday post recognizing #BlackGirlMagic that helped to shape the future for women like myself.

I also took some time out to do some reflecting with this past birthday, and shared a few things I’ve learned along the way.

Happenings around Town

This month, my fair city hosted the annual International Auto Show, which ran from March 25th – April 3rd. It was the perfect time to get a feel for your dream machine, see the new specs on some of the future models or even find your new ride! Post on that coming soon.

TV

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It’s also been an amazing month in television with the return of Empire and the premiers of the new season of House of Cards from Netflix.

p.s. If you haven’t seen it yet get into Billions – it’s amazeballs!

Music

Kanye West released released his highly anticipated new album, The Life of Pablo, his seventh studio album.The album streamed a record 250 million times according to TIDAL stats recently released.

Media

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This past month’s issues of my favorite mags was well worth the read. The new Instyle redesign is amazing and one of the first times I’ve read the entire publication cover-to-cover. Thumbs up! And how amazing in Blindspot‘s Jaime Alexander?! fan girling!

Health

In March there was special attention paid to Brain Awareness with Brain Awareness Week.

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Also on the health awareness roster Women & Girls HIV/AIDS awareness and nutrition with a national campaign that focused attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

Tech

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Whatsapp adds end-to-end encryption. So this means that messages are scrambled as they leave the sender’s device and can only be decrypted by the recipient’s device. The Facebook owned Whatsapp also says that file transfers and voice calls will also be encrypted. This will render messages unreadable if they are intercepted, for example by criminals or law enforcement.

Fashion

The Armani group has made a ground breaking announcement regarding the companies policy moving forward. Beginning with it’s Fall/Winter 2016 collections the group would be going fur-free.

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Hedi Slimane has stepped down as Creative Director of Yves Saint Laurent and Belgian Anthony Vacarello has been named his successor.

Rumors abound that Valentino has made a bid to acquire French luxury brand, Balmain helmed by Olivier Rouesting. It is said that the fashion house, owned by Qatari firm Mayhoola has made a €500 million bid for the much-talked-about brand.

News

With more than 20,000 migrants trapped on it’s shores Greece has begun it’s deportation of Syria nationals back to Turkey in the EU’s landmark move to try to curb the spiraling migration chaos. The announcement that 308 illegals are being shipped back to Turkey came on the heels of a speech delivered by EU President Donald Tusk, who had some strong words for future migrants.

Brussels also urged member states to automatically deport any migrants who deliberately pass up the opportunity to claim asylum in safe countries to travel to Britain, Germany and Scandinavia where benefits are more generous.
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Former Cuban President Fidel Castro had strong feelings about the United States’ Presidents visit to the nation. The sentiments shared come in the wake of the Obama family’s brief stay in the Caribbean nation before heading to South America.

After documents were leaked from a Panamanian law firm regarding the financial activities of foreign politicians and public figures, Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson resigned on Tuesday, the first casualty of leak. The documents revealed that premier’s wife owned an offshore company with big claims on Iceland’s banks, a undeclared conflict of interest for Gunnlaugsson, resulting in the call for him infuriating to step down.

In Kenya, The International Criminal Court’s decision to dismiss charges against the country’s Deputy President William Ruto and a co-accused radio journalist has left many upset in the international efforts to pursue justice for the victims of violence that followed the country’s disputed elections in 2007. More than a thousand people died and half a million were forced to flee their homes during inter-ethnic clashes driven by fierce political rivalries and the pursuit of power.il_340x270.836591076_815o

And back here in the US the election battles continue with primaries in full swing and candidates making their last lap across the states to meet constituents. Who will be the nominees? Only time and the electoral college will tell. Ha!

A Look Ahead

I can’t wait to get into this year’s Black Girls Rock award show recap. If you need any reminder of the epic awesomeness that ensues check out my recap from last year, here.

Also on my list this month, taking in a performance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem starting on the 6th and running through the 9th.

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And also adding to my excitement is the return of one of my all time favorite indulgences, the HBO hit, Game of Thrones. Adding to the suspense is the cliffhanger from last season’s finale as well as the writing since this season is not based on any of the actual novels – still waiting on those pages George – *side eye.

Stay tuned for fun post about all the latest Spring fashions, closet rehab and the must-haves pieces to incorporate to update your wardrobe.

Hugs and Sunshine,

Livi.

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