6 Women That Work Hard and Vacation Hard

Hard working women make the world go ’round.  And they all deserve a break.  Here are six women (in no particular order) that know the value of R & R amidst manning their empires.

1.Serena Williams earlier this year in Miami, celebrating her victory at the French Open.

2. Beyoncé breaking from her Mrs. Carter World Tour and celebrating her 32nd birthday in Italy.

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3. Lady Gaga in Mexico, post her hip surgery recovery.

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4. Ellen DeGeneres spread her comedic cheer this past Christmas in St. Bart’s.

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5. Sofia Vergara spending time during her “Modern Family” off-season in Mykonos, Greece.

6. Oprah Winfrey gives the Serengeti Safari (Tanzania, Africa) two thumbs up!Screen shot 2013-07-28 at 9.46.09 PM

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Cheers to a well-balanced life!

Budweiser Made In America Music Festival Day 2

Day 2 of M.I.A. packed just as much of a musical punch as the first.  All the acts that hit the stage brought their A game with them.  Turn UP!

Miguel brought the sexy when he hit the stage.

Miguel brought the sexy when he hit the stage.

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Miguel glided across the stage with moves reminiscent of Prince

Miguel glided across the stage with moves reminiscent of Prince.

Even though it felt like 2 million degrees, the crowd kept the party going.

Even though it felt like 2 million degrees, the crowd kept the party going.

Next up was the Taylor Gang King himself, WIz Khalifa

Next up was the Taylor Gang King himself, WIz Khalifa

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Absolutely LOVED when he brought out his baby Amber Rose. (B.T. Dubs Amber is from Philly!)

Absolutely LOVED when he brought out his baby Amber Rose. (B.T. Dubs Amber is from Philly!)

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis brought a little West Cost flavor to M.I.A. and duo did not disappoint.

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Of course they had to take us to the "Thrift Shop"

Of course they had to take us to the “Thrift Shop

Calvin Harris could not be stopped on the 1's and 2's

Calvin Harris could not be stopped on the 1’s and 2’s and his visual effects were CRAZY!

Last but certainly not least Nine Inch Nails closed the festival out and blew the crowd away with their awesome performance.

Last but certainly not least Nine Inch Nails closed the festival out and blew the crowd away with their awesome performance.

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M.I.A was unbelievable this year.  Can’t wait to TURN UP next year!

Flashback Friday: My First Love

Happy birthday to the songstress that rocked me to sleep from age five!  My dear, Whitney Houston, would have been 50 years old today.  I remember putting on Whitney concerts and wishing I was one of her little backup dancers.  My favorite piece was “All the Man That I Need”.  I even sang it with some friends while abroad.  In my head, Whit and I had some good times.  An international superstar, icon and role model (no matter what others may say!!).  She added to my fun as a youngster, so here’s a look at her early years, beautiful and contagious smile included!

Photo: LIFE Books

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Photo: Andrea Blanch

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And IIIIIIIIIIIIIII…….

Street Style Week: Backyard Bill

Urban + Upscale + Vintage + Dopeness + Self Expression + Worldwide = Street Style.  All that and more is how we identify street stylers.  Those that devote time to finding the best in the streets somehow find a way to capture faces and ensembles that keep us captivated.  This week, we’ll present to you some of our favorite street style blogs along with our favorites from their collections.

Backyard Bill is a New York-based blog that started as one in which subjects were photographed in Bill’s backyard.  Years later, he has moved from his backyard only to intertwining his subjects’ homes and environments.  With that, we have an intimate, funky, edgy array of fashionable folks.  Loves.

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Lina Plioplyte – Brooklyn, NY resident/Lithuania native.

Theo Synnestvdedt – Copenhagen, Denmark.

Wesley O’Meara – New York.

Fillipa Berg – Stockholm, Sweden.

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Amanda Merten – Las Vegas, NV native/Brooklyn, NY resident.

Tennessee Thomas – London, England native/East Village, NY resident.

Nienke VanHofslot – Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Kelsey Lu McJunkins – North Carolina native/Brooklyn, NY resident.

All images from backyardbill.com

Viernes Fabuloso!

Todo el mundo utiliza la palabra fabuloso frequentemente.  Actores, canantes, estrellas de realidad y más dicen que es una de sus características.  Las personas que personifican la palabra de verdad están llenas de confianza.  Valientes.  Imperfectos.  En Fuego.  A nosotras, esas palabras son el total de la suma de alguien que es indudablemente fabuloso!.  Hoy, reconocemos las personas confiadas y fabulosas, cerca y de lejos.

Absolutely Fabulous estrellas, Jennifer Saunders & Joanna Lumley.  Foto por Elle UK.

Directora de  Glamour México, Lucy Lara.  Foto por latinfashionews.com

Blogger, Fashion & Lifestyle Stockist, Folake Huntoon

Blogger, Comentadora de Moda y Estilo de Vida, Folake Huntoon.  Foto por Style Pantry.

Fundadora de Nasty Gal/comisaria mundial de vintage, Sophia Amoruso.  Foto por Elle.

Actriz y Modelo de primera categoría, Grace Jones.

Cantante atrevida y native de Pennsylvania (preferencia personal 😉 ), P!nk. Foto por MTV

Fabulous Friday!

The word fabulous is hurled at us from every direction.  Actors, singers, models, reality stars and the like all claim it as a personal trait.  Those that truly own it are full of confidence.  Fearless.  Flawed.  Fiery.  To us, each of those words is the sum total of someone that is undoubtedly fabulous!  Today, we are giving shout outs to  the confident, fabs near and far.

Absolutely Fabulous stars, Jennifer Saunders & Joanna Lumley.  Picture courtesy of Elle UK.

Editor-In-Chief of Glamour Mexico, Lucy Lara.  Picture, courtesy of latinfashionews.com

Blogger, Fashion & Lifestyle Stockist, Folake Huntoon

Blogger, Fashion & Lifestyle Stockist, Folake Huntoon.  Photo, courtesy of Style Pantry.

Nasty Gal founder/global vintage curator, Sophia Amoruso.  Photo, courtesy of Elle.

World-class model and actress, Grace Jones.

Daring songstress and Pennsylvania native (personal bias ;-)), P!nk. Picture, courtesy of MTV

El Deseo de Bali

Si tuviera los zapatos rojos de Dorotea y pudiera taconear, iría a Bali!  Saltar el vuelo de 26 horas me pondría en altos espíritos, lista para enfrentar una de las mejores provincias de Indonesia.

Me quedaría en el Viceroy Bali en Ubud, donde cada villa es construida con amor lujoso.

Haría surf por la primera vez en Padang Padang.

Comería todo de una hoja artificial.  Aunque no fuera saludable, me sentiría mejor a la vista del verde.

Encontraría una manera de de ir a la plataforma y unir estas bailarinas:

No saldría sin comprar las joyas distintiva de cuentas.

Llévame al mago de Oz!

Tasty Tuesday: The Cronut Culprit

The “cronut craze” has taken off rapidly and is driving countless New Yorkers to rise early and wait hours for a bite.  What’s a cronut?  It is a cross between a croissant and a doughnut (AKA a fried croissant with a hole) and the new “it” pastry.  Copycats are sprouting and scalpers, yes scalpers, are profiting by delivering them for a cool $100 each.  All of this at the hands of Frenchman, Chef Dominique Ansel.  Born just north of Paris, Ansel has left his mark in kitchens around the world.  Now the goods from his self-titled bakery are on the verge of overshadowing another trendy French treat, macarons.  If he starts making mini cronuts, he may win that battle for sure.  Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

D-oh!

Senegalese Model Graces Vogue Netherlands Cover

Congratulations are in order for Kinee Diouf!  She is the first Black model to claim the cover of Vogue Nederland, coming in July.  This issue coincidentally or strategically debuts on the heels of their controversial May issue, which featured a Dutch model painted in blackface.  Some say it’s a subtle apology.  Possibly.  And given that most of Ms. Diouf’s pictures are from a distance instead of close-up, I may agree.  But controversy aside, she KILLED the shoot, done by esteemed photographer, Ishi.  The spread took place at  Paradis Plage Resort in Agadir, Morocco.  Vibrant scenery, prints and lipstick.  Caution: fierce flicks ahead!

Pinky Rings, Grillz and Chainz. Oh Boy!

Men love their jewelry just as much as women!  Or more?

“The boss” always makes sure he wears at least one necklace.

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If you’re living in the dirty south, you know that a man is never fully dressed without his smile….and gangsta grillz!

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A true roadway manager is incomplete without his signature piece….his pinky ring!

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Every king has got to have some bling bling. How else will everyone know he’s the king??

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Princes too.

And if you are the Godfather and are so kind to allow someone to make amends…

The love of jewelry could grow so much, a man might incorporate it into his stage name.  2 CHAAAAINZ!!!

Some men want it simply to complete their swag.

Bling 😉