Surprise Birthday Dinner at Kobe’s Steakhouse

It’s no secret that I just recently celebrated my 26th birthday. What you all may not know is that The Boy’s birthday is just 17 days after mine! According to this blog, I’ve been consumed with my own birthday, but little do you all know I have been obsessing over The Boy’s! This year he will celebrate the big dirty 30 and I’ve been preparing since May to be sure his birthday is unforgettable. (more…)

The Royal Guide to Surviving Black Friday

Bargain hunters, our favorite time of the year is finally here, Black Friday. For all my Royals outside of the U.S. or unaware, Black Friday marks the beginning of a weekend filled with unbelievable deals on basically EVERYTHING. It unofficially marks the first day of Christmas shopping and is always the Friday after Thanksgiving. Savings on highly sought after Christmas gifts like electronics, high-end accessories, and clothes draw very large crowds that can be overwhelming and even sometimes dangerous (I’ve seen people get ran over when the doors of a store open). As a bargain hunter that’s also into fashion and the latest electronics, I would be a hypocrite to tell anyone to stay home on Black Friday because of the crowds. So instead, I’m going to equip you all with tips for surviving Black Friday. The key to Black Friday success is your preparation! (more…)

How my BGLO changed my life

Approximately 5.5 years ago, on April 22nd, 2010 I was initiated into the best Black Greek Lettered Organization (BGLO) known to mankind (yes, it’s that great), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Delta Sigma Theta was founded on the campus of Howard University on January 13th, 1913 by 22 women wanting to promote academic excellence and social justice. Since its founding, Delta Sigma Theta has been trail blazing and expanding its reach globally. The sorority currently has over 1,000 collegiate and alumni chapters within the states and more than 200,000 proud members.

The Tau Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, was chartered on April 30th, 2004 on the campus of The University of Miami by 17 SAGAcious Divas. Since’s it’s introduction to UM’s campus, the TP Divas have received highly esteemed honors such as inductions into Iron Arrow Honor Society (the university’s highest honor), Mortar Board, Rho Lambda, and several other accolades. TP Divas are the women often seen leading the pack both in and out of the classroom. We pride ourselves on upholding the organization-wide commitment to bettering the community.

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How to Upgrade your Outfit in Less than 60 seconds

I’m not sure what has been going on lately, but The Boy and I have had an insanely full social calendar. Almost every weekend, for the past six weeks, we have had at least one social obligation. From birthday dinners to Halloween parties, our friends have kept us busy. Two Saturday’s ago we ended up double booked and being the people we are we couldn’t possibly cancel on either event. One of the events was a double date to the super swanky Flamingo Bowl, followed by a movie at MX Movies. The other was a dinner with friends to celebrate their upcoming nuptials at a nice restaurant where they had their first date, followed by a lounge or night club. Hopefully by now, you all are realizing these occasions call for VERY different outfits. I guess I could have gone to bowling and a movie overdressed, but seeing as we were with another couple, I didn’t want to look super out-of-place. With that being said, I set out to find an outfit that was casual enough for bowling, but would allow me to upgrade my outfit in less than 60 seconds.

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Mommy’s Chicken and Seafood Gumbo Recipe

With the weather getting cooler, I’m craving good hearty foods. While I’m a mid-west girl at heart, I cannot resist cuisine associated with the south. When my mom invited me to learn how she makes gumbo, I knew from all the other times she was right, that this was an opportunity I could not miss. Gumbo is one of the most well known dishes associated with Louisiana. Generally, gumbo is a thick dark colored soup that contains vegetables, rice, meat and/or seafood. The cool thing about gumbo, is that cooks can customize the ingredients to their liking, so long as they include rice and something to thicken it. We used a gumbo recipe from The Traveler’s Lunchbox as the basis of our recipe. (more…)