I have a thing for sequins + a love affair with vintage, so when I saw my latest finds in a nearby Goodwill, I had to grab them. They remind me of some dresses that my mom wore in the 80's and early 90's that she still has in her closet. I wish so bad that I could rock them, but my mom was damn near a size 0 back in the day, so that's not going to happen for me right now, lol. My mom used to pay like $300-$400 for sequined garments like these, so when I saw that they were only going to cost me $10 each, I knew they had to be mine...

First up, a fully sequined tunic:
This thing is so heavy and the detail on it is out of this world...
I love blazers, so the fact that I found a sequined one was the best thing that could ever happen to me!
The lapel kills me - that's all black beadwork...
They've been in my closet for about a week, but my husband has yet to see them. I know he's going to be like "WTF ARE THESE?"... he HATES 90% of my clothes but then he'll say he likes that I'm different - I don't really care either way, I like what I like!

what i've learned about (my) marriage so far...

(photo via Our Blog Of Love)

  • Apparently being a wife without a full time job isn't so bad as opposed to being single with no job - instead of people looking at your like you're a bum, they praise you for being a "homemaker" (oh really?)

  • People always told me you got tons of extra money at tax time for being married - jokes on me - good thing I didn't get married for that reason

  • Puppy eyes still work on my husband ::pumps fist in the air::

  • People always feel the need to give marriage advice even though you never ask for it - I just smile while my mind drifts off into wonderland...usually thinking about 10 other things I'd like to be doing than listening to unsolicited advice

  • The fact that we didn't put wedding expenses on a credit card is AMAZING!

  • When people who meet us for the first time find out we're married, we usually get, "You guys look too young to be married"...I know the fact that I look about 12 yrs old throws people off - but my husband is staring 30 in the face

  • Marriage doesn't solve problems that you had prior to signing that legally bounding paper - in blue ink only (as per Florida law...ridiculous)

  • Board games suddenly become more fun

  • Having your own closets are key to avoiding divorce - mainly because you can buy stuff and hide it in there...if you can also have your own tv's - you've hit the jackpot

  • I will never learn to like cleaning the bathroom...I think after 5.5 years together, he's finally coming to terms with this

  • ...and finally, getting married  is the best thing that ever happened to me...

the soundtrack to my life...

Jay-Z was my introduction to Hip Hop.

When I was growing up in Jamaica, Hip Hop music was not as big down there as it is now
. They never played it on the radio and even if you had cable, more than likely you weren't allowed to
 watch MTV or BET as children. While in Florida one year I caught a glimpse of this video
and that was it for me:
Soon thereafter I immigrated to New York - the birthplace of Hip Hop and where Jay-Z's music
flooded the airwaves (and still does). I fell in love with his music which led me to other artists
and love for the entire genre. Hip Hop was so new to me and I wanted to know everything
about it. From 80's Hip Hop to everything current, I studied it, danced to it and it became apart of me.

My first Hip Hop cd was Jay-Z's "Hard Knock Life". My uncle had a store in Jamaica where he sold cd's and  purchased his goods in New York. He would always take me with him to choose cd's, because I was able to tell him what "the kids were listening to" - that way he would know what to buy. My reward/pay was free cd's (I learned from a very young age not to do things for free, lol) Luckily for me, the place where he bought his cd's offered clean edited versions, and that's the only reason my mom allowed me to get it.
I was never the same...

Funny story: my mom and I actually made up our own
Christmas carol to this's hilarious!

Strangely enough, a large amount of my memories coincide with
a Jay-Z song...his music has served as the soundtrack to my life...
for me, his music is very nostalgic...

Somehow Cousin Jan had gotten her hands on a pair of tickets for the opening of his tour here in
 South Florida, and I was bummed that I couldn't go.Unfortunately, Cousin Kim had a family emergency
 and wasn't able to go with Jan, and so I ended up going. Initially I thought my cousin was playing a joke
on me. I didn't believe her until we actually got to the arena. We were so excited! We were in the
nosebleed section, but had a clear look at the stage - that's all we needed - we were just happy
 to be there...and hell, we didn't pay for our tickets anyway...
Trey Songz perfomed:

(photos via WENN.COM, Jeff Daly)

... he's so adorable ...
 We were expecting Young Jeezy to hit the stage next, but to our
surprise, we heard the intro of "Run This Town" and Jay-Z appeared out of nowhere:
photo by me.

video from the actual concert...

(photos via Jeff Daly/WENN.COM)

Crowd went crazy - everyone lost their mind - and Cousin Jan and I were
on our feet and sang every single song word for word:
Next up, "You Don't Know" - this song was playing in the car the last time
that I saw the World Trade Center standing...the terrorist attacks followed 2 days later...

(video from our actual concert)

(photos via Jeff Daly/WENN.COM)

I wonder what it feels like to be on stage and have all these people
singing your songs along with you...
::sigh:: I've always wanted to be a singer - but I suck x's 10
Singing in the mirror with my hair brush will have to do, I guess...

The energy in that place was crazy! I've never experienced anything like
that in my life. People of all colors and races recited the words with their diamonds
held above their heads..."On To The Next" pretty much shut the entire arena down!
I started feeling light headed - it was ridiculous...
(photos via Jeff Daly/WENN.COM)

Show Finale: video from our actual concert:

We had an amazing time...but it would have been better if Kim was
there as well. It took me a while to wind down from the concert, some people
in the parking lot were having their own little party blasting Jay-Z songs from their cars and dancing, lol.

 More footage:

Memphis Bleek (who I thought I was going to marry in junior high)
 comes on stage for "You Don't Know":

Big Pimpin is one of my favorites and I was on edge waiting for him to perform this - I
definately had my scarf swinging in the air for this song...

This song reminded me that I need to go to New York to retrieve my car, clothes and
all the plans that I had the last time that I was there...



(our side said "Jigga What")


Thanks for stopping by and reading this intensity that was my experience
at the concert - this post was over kill - but I think it's one of my favorites


H&M Dress
Pink Cardigan (stolen from moms closet, per usual lol)
Dolce Vita shoes
Forever 21 Pearl Necklace
Thrifted Earrings

Next Up: Jay-Z Concert...

I eat my feelings...

My friends father that I spoke briefly about in an earlier post, passed
away early this week. As soon as we could, we rushed over to be with them, and
it was an even more heart wrenching experience than when we had been in the ICU
with the entire family. I didn't know what to say to make them feel better, so all
I did was sit there and listen. Everytime I wanted to give them words of comfort, it just
wouldn't come out. What could I say? My husband on the other hand
talked with them and offered words of encouragement and behalf of the both of us.

The last funeral that I went to was my aunts in October 2007, who passed away of breast cancer.
That was the first time in my life that I had ever seen my father shed a tear - it was rough. I didn't
look at my aunt...I couldn't bare to have that be my last memory of her. The last time I
saw her was a few years earlier. I was in the car driving through downtown Kingston and happened
to see her in traffic - she had a big smile on her face during our short conversation - that's the
 last image that I wanted to have at her.

I started reliving the whole expereience again and so bothered that I found myself in the kitchen
baking late night when I should have been in my bed sleeping:
The jumbo sized cupcakes are for my husband. He never liked pastry
or any kind of cake - but ever since I've been baking, he can't get enough...
Oddly enough, baking has become like therapy, Whenever I get
stressed, I find myself in the kitchen whipping something together. I guess it's
a better alternative than my old method of chopping my hair off whenever things
took a bad turn...I'm going to have to learn better coping skills...
We only live once people - so have a good time!

the only thing that I know how to cook...

When I was 8 years old my mom taught me how to make
scrambled eagerness to learn how to cook ended there...sadly.
This morning I made toast, with cheesy eggs and bacon that set off the fire alarm
and were kinda burnt...oh well...I kind of like my bacon extra crispy, lol.

Needless to say, it's time for me to step it up! Afterall, I can't
live off cupcakes - I really wish I could - (sigh) life would be perfect if I could though...


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