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Pussy Control and other reasons why I was completely in love with Prince

PrinceSo like most love stories my love (or obsession) with Prince started rather innocently. I am an 80’s baby but Prince never struck a note in my young mind other than the fun of blasting him as my aunt picked me up from school in her Saab.  No, our personal love story began one fateful date when I asked to use a tape to go running in the park in high school.  My aunt obliged and gave me a mix tap with Prince on one side and Jimmy Hendrix on the other.  So along I went in my run, hearing songs I had heard before on the radio until a new one came on.  I listened as I ran, to the beat, and the funk, and more importantly the words and instantly I was undeniably, passionately, and unabashedly in love with the music of Prince.  The song was Pussy Control and it wasn’t the time of song you would hear on the radio.  In it he jammed but the lyrics, about a girl who grew up to be boss despite everyone doubting her, spoke to my soul.  My run had to stop as a rewind was necessary.  As I began again to run this song became my personal anthem.  Of how I would boss out, take control, not be afraid to be strong and proud, so different than how I saw myself at that time.  Instantly I decide to learn more about this person called Prince.

As my collection of his albums grew I heard in the music of myself, or at least who I wanted to be. Strong, sexual, comfortable in my own skin, smart, vivacious, and fine as hell (well at least in my own opinion and if I believed it well F what everyone else thought).  Then at my first concert I left with my mind officially blown.  I saw this beautiful little man play EVERY SINGLE INSTRUMENT on the stage.  He ran between his piano to a guitar to a bass and then sung and danced, every step sexier than that one before and I was mesmerized.  Over close to two decades after that day I saw him every chance I could in any location I could make it to.  I brought countless albums and found steady solace whenever my day was bad, or good or anywhere in between.   In his life I learned to fight for what I believe, and to be willing to risk everything for that believe, to be who I am and only regret if it is not everything God meant me to be, and that it is okay to be misunderstood as long as you stay on your journey for truth.  I am heartbroken by his death but so happy I was a true fan in life and better yet that I gave this love to my daughter in her mandatory annual Purple Rain viewing or Prince pop quizzes.  As I mourn the loss of this music legend I see a life well lived and one that inspired me and so many others to do them and do it well.  Until the end of time I will truly Adore him.


Prince you will be missed.

Bold colors and fun prints with Pinko

Spring always makes sure that love is in the air and it always evident once the wedding invites start to roll in. For spring events and weddings I love to start taping into some of the beautiful, vibrant colors and bold prints that help shake off the winter for me. While in Milan I fell in love with the Pinko brand and decided to give my print maxi a spin for my first Spring wedding of the season.

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I feel somewhere in some style book I never read or would ever follow there is something about how mixing bold prints and colors is a no no. However, as style should be an extension of our personalities I agree to disagree. This Long Dress in Raschel Pinko dress delivered a mix of things I absolutely love: the comfort and ease of a maxi, the fit of knits, and bold colors that ensure you leaving a lasting impression. The dress also took some fun liberties like this wide strapped back closure. The black fit offered a break from the colorful pattern while still managing to keep the dress flirty and fun. The empire waist of the dress worked to flatter almost any figure as you can accentuate your best parts while keeping the curves to a minimum at someone else’s special day. By transitioning the top print from the rest of the dress you keep the eye busy and the vibe cool with a blend of luxury design blended with a vivacious color palette. At this romantic ceremony this Pinko dress gave me the ability to enjoy the celebration from outside ceremony to end of night party with style and effortlessness!

Sip and Stroll 2016 with the Sugarland Wine and Food Affair

Sip and Stroll 2016 (13)The Sugarland Wine and Food Affair always spells spring to me as a great kick off to the beautiful weather and people that festival season heralds to Houston. This year for their Sip and Stroll even they welcomed in a new venue but with the same delicious favorites making it a must for any foodie’s calendar. The Sip and Stroll hopped over from the Imperial Sugar Factory to Sugar Land Constellation Field in its Saturday fun fare offering guests an opportunity to explore great samplings of food, drinks and even shopping.

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Moving venues is always a little confusing as you wonder if you will have the same experience. The festival did a great job in still pulling in some of the events staples like the crowd favorite Lobster Rolls so you still had a bit of a nostalgic feeling in the new venue. Although I am a fan of the indoor/outdoor combo of the previous venue offered, with the tents all visible this year you have a better idea of things you want to visit with the new set up. What is even more important, however, is that it is still a phenomenal event when it comes to the food and drinks. I love the easy movement the event offers between wine and spirits. The mixologist did some phenomenal things between Mint Juleps and the always dazzling Hendricks refreshers. With this best of both worlds offer, it is a good break for your palette from the wine so you can take a breather and narrow in on your favorite tastes.

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The food was as scrumptious as ever, with an international taste of everything. Where else can you have a little bit of barbeque, lobster, meatballs, and arroz con pollo and it all be mouth watering? Although not a competition, having all great venders descend on the event keeps everyone on their toes and striving to deliver the best they have to offer. When all this is combined with a nice breeze, beautiful setting and a great band, all is right with the world. Well at least in the three hours of the Sip and Stroll Saturday for the Sugarland Wine and Food Affair.

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Tastes and Toasts for all at the Sugarland Wine and Food Affair

Sugarland Wine and Food affair logoThe next four days showcase a shining star on the food and wine calendar for the Houston area with the Sugar Land Food and Wine Affair 2016.  Every year for four days the best of the best is offered with the festival offering culinary, wine and spirits appeal to a wide range of taste.  To be sure attending at least one of these events is a must on your calendar so take a look into matching just what you love with some of this weekend’s offerings:

Cori and Kyra fun 1For the adventurous lush: If you are always on the hunt for a new bar and a different drink look no further than the Hendrick’s Gin On the Rocks Bartenders Challenge. Five master bartenders in the Houston area take on the challenege to find a new and interesting twist on a superb liquor, Hendrick’s Gin.  The Hendrick’s challenge two years ago took gin to places I did not know it could go and made me a superfan of Hendrick’s. If you don’t go for the drinks you will definitely stay for the atmosphere as the fun festivities of the night is a great kick off to a phenomenal weekend.

For the music lover: Saturday’s Sip & Stroll at Imperial is a great way to get out with friends and enjoy both great food and drinks but also great music.  It is a fun, carefree take on such a prestigious weekend with some heavy hitters letting their hair down for some fun in the sun.  With rows and rows of food and drinks it is a great way to unwind, relax and enjoy some of the best of the best in food and wine.  Plus the band is always amazing and keeps you on your feet and moving so you can go the distance with the food.

SFWFA 2015 Grand Tasting (4)For the connoisseur: Despite having attended food and wine festivals throughout the country, the innovation and passion from The Grand Tasting always keeps me wanting more.  In fact the gourmet frito pie I had last year is still on my mind a year later.  This event pulls together some of the most sought after chefs in Houston with some amazing wine pairings.  When attending this event make sure to bring your paper and pen to remember some of your favs and your wallet to get in on one of the best silent auctions around.

For the brunch enthusiast: Set in the Sugar Land Town Square the Bistro Brunch is a chance to unwind after a long week and even longer weekend!  The brunch first introduced me to chicken fried lobster and waffles and I don’t think I could ever thank them enough for that foodgasm!  The brunch is a mellow wrap to the action packed weekend a chance to get adventurous on your take on brunch with an array of lunch offerings.

For the constant student: If tasting is just not enough and you want to learn more and more about the food and drinks you love check out some of the classes offered over the weekend with For the Love of Bourbon & Cheese and the Tasting Mastery series.  These classes can put a refreshing spin on some of your favorites and let you fall just a little deeper in love with the food and spirits that you go crazy for.

No matter your budget or preference take some time to explore the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair.  It’s a guarantee that there is something for everyone!!! Still want more info, check out some of my previous years wrap ups below:

Pulling out my inner vixen with my birthday ensemble

BCBG Vixen Birthday outfit 2016There are certainly times in your adult life where fashion guidelines towards being conservative must be followed. Say that important job interview or visiting a new church.  In those circumstances by all means dress your age and even air on the side of caution.  Your birthday, however, is not one of those days.  As opposed to another year older point of view I take birthdays as a true celebration of life.  However old you are the birthday is a gift and understanding that others may not have reached that number sets a gratitude to your birthday that makes you want to cherish every moment of it.

As I see birthdays as a celebration of anniversary of my birth and an appreciation of the life I have to life I tend to do it big on my birthday and that mentality has to extend to my outfit of choice. This year I stuck it out with BCBG as with all the hard work I have put in since giving birth I wanted to celebrate my curves.  No matter the age there is away to do midriff right and I think a little peak a book worked for me.  I choose a cropped faux leather shirt to give me the bold look that was perfect for celebrating aging like fine wine.  I paired a deep purple bondage skirt to make my look not quite soooo revealing and give a push of emphasis towards the curves and lines instead of the skin.  All and all I wanted vixen and I think I pulled it off, Happy Birthday to Me!!!

A show the whole family can love with Toruk – The First Flight

Toruk The First Flight Cirque Du Soliel (10)Cirque du Soleil has built its foundation on revolutionizing the circus by combining it with breathtaking acrobats and theatre quality showmanship. This effort was again in full force with the Toruk – The First Flight show that touched down in Houston.  Finding shows that you can take on as a family is difficult, especially with kids of different ages.  You have to consider if it will be enough to keep the hyper ones still and the loud ones quiet and the scary ones from screaming while also thinking about what you as an adult would like to see.  Delivering in perfect harmony and with Cirque du Soleil building on the Avatar movie phenomenal the Toruk – The First Flight had us thrilled at first mentioned and kept everyone spellbound throughout the show.

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Of course if you love Avatar you will love the show as the visual beauty and out of the world story line continues from the movie. If you are not familiar with the movie, however, there is still so much beauty and intrigue in the Toruk show.  I love how Cirque is able to intertwine a story with great singing, visual and technical performances.  While one second you lose yourself in a song the next you are on the edge of your seat watching soaring jumps and twists.  For my daughter and I, we loved hearing the story of a Avatar prequel and seeing the different tribes all showcasing different aerial feats.  For my young son its bright and ever-changing effects kept him surprised and occupied throughout the show.  It was truly like escaping to a magical world and so good I think it’s hard to really think of it as a show.  The Toruk experience gives you all the oohs and aahhhs you would expect from Cirque and gives the kids and family some of their first taste of the arts that should be enough to get them interested what else there is to offer.

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Eat, drink, party and repeat at Mardi Gras New Orleans

Mardi Gras 2016 Hand gernadeBefore the Lenten promises kick in, you have one last chance to indulge in some of your favorite vices with Mardi Gras and a climatic Fat Tuesday. I am a big lover of the celebration of Mardi Gras and Carnival (in other places in the world) as it usually starts off my month long birthday celebration.  This year I took the short trip over to New Orleans for their world famous Mardi Gras celebration to see check out what the states have to offer for the celebration up to Fat Tuesday.  As New Orleans is always a pretty crazy place this celebration is normal New Orleans on crack but still a great opportunity to grab some delicious food, grab one or two (or three or four) drinks in the Quarter, and make some unforgettable memories.

Mardi Gras 2016 Zulu Ball

As this was my first adult take on Mardi Gras I wanted to add some grown up favor to the mix and there is no better place to do that than at a ball.   Every parade in Mardi Gras ends with a ball so the options are numerous.  After a last minute frantic search for tickets, I attended the Zulu Ball this year.  The Zulu ball was an eclectic combo of picnic and gala with much of the fun focused into family and group tables.  Luckily I am friends with a native who showed me the ropes.  Any chance to dress up is right up my alley and paired with some fantastic performances by Juvenile and Charlie Murphy this gala is a great peak into the true New Orleans culture.

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With the adult stuff out of the way it was back down to good old Bourbon street fun. I recommend always celebrating something when on Bourbon (even if you make it up) but this year I was actually there to celebrate a friend’s bachelorette weekend.  People become alive when they are witnessing you celebrating a special event and things can get a little crazy when this coincides with Mardi Gras.  IN the day I had a great time with brides challenges and watching others take on bead challenges.  For night time Bourbon Street fun be prepared to pay for club access if the super crowded streets are not your cup of tea.  No matter if you are hitting the pavement or partying in a bar you are sure to see something crazy and uniquely New Orleans while on a stroll in the Quarters.  These amped moments can definitely become unforgettable ones so grab a shot of absinthe from the Old Absinthe House and test your chops at karaoke and dive into a hand grenade from Tropical Isle.   Feel free to eat, drink and be merry as there are few better places than New Orleans during Maudi Gras!

Things you can’t miss on a quick trip to Miami

Miami Fun (4)If you are a glass is half full kind of person like me you know that you can pack a heck of a trip in just 2 days, especially to a destination like Miami! With tempting fare sales popping up you never know when there will be a perfect time and a perfect price to a dream destination like Miami.  I love the vibe of Miami, especially South Beach, as it is so full of energy.  No matter if you want to party or just keep it as a cool celebration between friends there is always something to do and see.  So on my most recent stop in Miami I took my 48 hour time frame very seriously in making sure I got some essentials in:

Miami Fun (2)Pool Time: Yes you probably have pools where you are from but really are the like the pools in Miami. Its like a convention of the beautiful people or the beautiful people and rich people they roll with.  I always stay at the SLS and the people watching cannot be beat!!  Plus with a cocktail waiter nearby at hand you can enjoy your time in the shade nestled in the lap of luxury.


Miami Fun (1)Beach Time: Very different than pool time I really like to take the time to relax and just soak in how awesome life is at the beach. There is something about the crashing of the waves and the beat of the sun that reminds me that I am alive.  Being still in that setting always is a call for gratitude for me and being grateful is the easiest way to see life through rose colored glasses.



Miami Fun (3)Drinks at Mangos: This could be said for your favorite bar on Ocean but the free flowing of alcohol and the ocean air usually makes for some crazy times on the beach. I adore the quesadillas at Mango’s and on top of that you get a show is I make it a must when I touch down on the city.   Grab something tropical and kick your feet up!!!

These three are my go to combo for fun in the city but however you take on Miami remember, you are on vacation, even if it is not a long lasting one you can enjoy every second of it.