for a special man in your life (giveaway closed)

March 27, 2017

So here's the thing about watches. I don't like them.

I love they way they look displayed on shelves, on other people, and in my jewelry box, but when I put them on my actual wrist, those gushy feelings don't translate. It may be more related to the fact that I just don't like the way any kind of accessories look on my wrist, since even the Apple Watch didn't appeal to me. The only time I ever wear a watch these days is when I have some important meeting/interview/presentation/etc and I want to cover my wrist tattoo in hopes of looking as professional and put-together as possible. Even then, I take off the watch as soon as the meeting is over. 

It's strange. Watches have been such an important wardrobe staple for so many years, and even as the big tech companies release fancier high-tech versions, the classic timepiece proves to be timeless. The best ones do nothing but tell you what time of day it is, and that kind of simplicity will never go out of style. They're just not my style.

So when Jord reached out to me for a collaboration and giveaway, I was all set to decline (as i've done in the past with other brands before them), but I clicked on the link to their website out of curiosity.

*Cue ooooo's and ahhhhh's* (and/or jump to the bottom for the giveaway details)

not even a dab of concealer needed

March 20, 2017

The quest for not even a dab of concealer needed skin continues...


March 15, 2017 New Orleans, LA

Things I learned during my first visit to New Orleans:

1. It's its own little pocket of culture. The city as a whole has an atmosphere that is unlike anywhere I've ever been. I get why people love it.
2. "Ay baybeh" will never sound as adorable coming from a man who was born and raised in NOLA.
3. Catching an Uber to or from anywhere in/near the French Quarter will take just as long as it would take you to walk there. Save your coin.
4. Because of number 3, even if you're not trying, you will get anywhere from 18,000 to 20,000 steps in a single day.
5. Bacon and Shrimp Bloody Mary's are a thing.

Cheers to many more years

March 5, 2017 Poncey-Highland, Atlanta

I'm wishing a very happy birthday to a very special lady today! A group of us all got together for brunch, and what I expected to be an afternoon of loooooots of picture taking turned into a more finely intimate chit chat among loved ones, so here are two of the photos I managed to snap. One of empty plates and glasses half full, and another of the birthday girl, Laura, and her dad - a man who's celebrating are few wonderful things this weekend.

Cheers to many more years!

The Mothers, by Britt Bennett

March 3, 2017

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It's been a while since I dedicated an entire post to a single book. It's also been a while since I've read a book that I could not put down. I downloaded The Mothers, by Britt Bennet, through my local library's e-loan app, and after reading about three pages, I knew it needed to be in my personal collection, so I ordered a copy from that day and proceeded to spend all of last weekend face down in the next 270 pages. When it ended, I wanted more. 

The last book to have me this enthralled was The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman, and I loved that one so much I was reading pages in the Chick-Fil-A drive thru line. And even that title didn't get its own post. This book, though? If the only update I posted all month was this entry right here, i'd be okay with that.

It tugged on ever single one of my heart strings, and here I am, almost a week later, still not sure I have the proper words to describe it. But i'll try.

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