Curvy Seductive: Addition Elle Fall 2013 Lingerie

I happily discovered this fashion video featuring beautiful and sexy lingerie from the 2013 fall/winter collection.

Enjoy

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Black Herstory Moment – Sloane Stephens + Serena Williams

The 2013 Australian Open semi-finals were anything but dull and the match between 19-year old Sloane Stephens and her idol Serena Williams was intense. After quite the battle Sloan won the match, but for me the real triumph was seeing two powerful generations of black women playing a sport I love.

(click link below to see clips from match)

http://youtu.be/2u-s8CzMdro

The first professional black female player was Althea Gibson in 1957 and the first professional black male player was Arthur Ashe in 1975.

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Black History Music Moment – Marvin Gaye + The National Anthem 1983

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Image via bing.com

It was the 80’s and who didn’t have the biggest crush ever on Marvin Gaye. He sang the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star game and stunned the crowd. I was blown away and I have never been able to forget it.

Thank goodness, I managed to hunt it down on YouTube. While it’s not normally a song you play again and again – you will definitely put this one on “repeat”.

I wish he was still with us creating more mind-blowing music.

Even if I’m not hungry, I see one of Chef Jeff Parker’s recipes and I’m hooked!

Grilling & Outdoor Recipes

I was getting ready to take a trip last week to San Diego to see my family.  My grandma is a huge fan of chopped BBQ brisket sandwiches, so I thought I would see what I could do.  Here is a pretty simple recipe and once it’s on the grill, all you have to do is give it a good mopping with my red-eye mop sauce.  The red-eye mop is in reference to the southern classic red-eye gravy which is made by pouring coffee and water into a skillet reducing it after frying country ham PLUS the red-eye cocktail made from beer and tomato juice!  To top it off, I took some store-bought BBQ sauce and combined it with some of the mop sauce and a hit a Kahlua… YEOW!

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How To Survive Single Awareness Day – Happy Valentine’s Day

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There is more than enough press about Valentines Day if you’re mated. But for those who are single or recently single, this is for you. I just discovered “A Brand New Me” by Alicia Keys and it made my day. It also inspired some “how to” tips for surviving “Single Awareness Day”.

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Image Via Vevo

http://youtu.be/wOSv1TIa58M 

“…I’ll never be perfect, but at least now I’m brave. Now my heart is open, I can finally breathe. Don’t be mad, it’s just a brand new kind of free. Don’t be mad, it’s a brand new kind of me.” – Alicia Keys

1. If you’ve broken up you’re heart is hurting, but I promise you if they’re not sitting next to you anymore, they’re not supposed to be. In time you’ll realize there’s space for someone new that will make you really happy.

2. Never wish for what someone else has when what you’re seeing may not be there. Know that there are a lot of couples that are happy, but there are also those who just look like they are.

3. It takes a lot of courage to wait for love that warms your heart – a lot.  Putting up with the single jokes, the insulting advice and maybe even pity, but that’s not about you. You’re just waiting on suddenly and your courage will pay off soon.

4. Love does not hurt your spirit. LOVE DOES NOT HURT YOUR SPIRIT. There is absolutely no reason to put up with any form of abuse just to avoid being alone. Reach out and get help to move on and heal, you are are worth much more than and you’re in charge of your heart.

5. In the here and now bless yourself with healthy happy love, with friends and family that make you cry from laughter. Celebrate each and every moment when you’ve found a little peace. Then you’ll how it feels when the one gets here.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

How To Make Your Bridesmaids Happy – The Versatile Wrap Dress

It’s an age-old challenge that confronts every bride whomever she is, how can you please your bridesmaids and yourself at the same time? Women come in all shapes and sizes with individual tastes, so this can be a real problem. I discovered a company who has a wrap dress design that can ease your nerves and allow your bridesmaids to be their unique selves while still fitting into your bridal theme.

Image via YouTube.com

Image via YouTube.com

http://youtu.be/tGrutgCwLHQ

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How To Have A Romantic Weekend – The O Hotel Valentine Package

Whether it’s a stay-cation or mini-vacation a romantic weekend is just what cupid ordered for this upcoming Valentine’s Day. Here is a package offered by the very chic urban retreat in Downtown, Los Angeles – The O Hotel.

The Four-Play offer featuring Bar & Kitchen and Oasis City Spa is the perfect solution.

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Love, L.A. Style. Bump up the romance and enjoy:

1. Upgraded Flower King room- with a view of Flower Street, featuring Google TVs, and a luxurious King Size Bed.

2. Freshly baked French macaroons upon arrival.

3. 60-minute Couple’s side-by-side massage, with champagne toast.

4. $75 credit in Bar | Kitchen (dinner available Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.)

$449/night

 OASIS CITY SPA:

 The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift, and both of you will get to enjoy it!

Unwind separately in our steam rooms before enjoying a 75-minute Hot Stone Couple’s Massage with Lavender oils in a romantic setting – prepared with rose petals, glowing candles, and chilled Champagne. Finish with a hot towel foot rub and scalp massage – $200. Call us at (213) 784-8194 to book (and mention this post for the package rate).

Contact: Erin Holness

Marketing & Sales Director

The O Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles

www.ohotelgroup.com

www.facebook.com/ohotel

 Direct: (213) 784-3055

Fax: (213) 614-8010

How To Heal A Broken Heart – The Out Hotel Valentine Weekend

When I began doing research for my Valentines posts, I asked several hotel properties for their Valentine weekend offer. This package is absolutely ingenious AND hilarious.

The Out Hotel is a gay “straight friendly” boutique hotel + urban resort in Hell’s Kitchen offering a courtyard, nightclub, and rooms with a flat-screen TV. It is a 10 minute walk to Times Square and the 42nd Street subway station.

“Mr. Right turn out to be Mr. Oh So Wrong? Come drown your sorrows at your own personal Heartbreak Hotel. After a little confectionary comfort, we’ll have you back in the saddle looking for a new apartment, new body, and a new man!”

– Kivanc Ozdemir, Senior Sales Manager

Hotel Room Package

Suddenly Single Package starting from $ 350

Deluxe room accommodations

Banana Split upon check-in (from KTCHN)

 90 day membership to match.com

Entrance and a drink at XL

Choice of:

o   60 Min Session with The OUT Personal trainer

o   2 Hours with Real Estates Broker

o   60 Min Session with Robert Levithan- Psychotherapist

Rates are based on single occupancy and room availability; black-out dates may apply. Room tax and gratuity not included. This offer may not be combined with any other offers and is not valid for existing reservations.

 

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kivanco@theoutnyc.com W: theoutnyc.com

212.947.2999