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90 Degrees to the Left

Those of you that follow my blog know that I never post material that is not my own… But I was so touched by this beautifully written piece, that I felt compelled to share it with you.You can find out more about Mr. Valentine at http://tavalentine.com. Enjoy!

ValidationBy: Tim Valentine

What it means to me as a Black man, a father of 3 boys to see President Obama in terms of race is simply VALIDATION of what I always knew about myself.

Everyone may not fully comprehend this validation in the same spirit as I and others like myself, speaking specifically of minorities, which includes women of any race as well. But for me it says that all of the unconscious discrimination and sociocultural obliviousness I’ve experience by the hands of Conservative White men and on rare occasion so-called Liberal White men as well may be a barrier…

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Blouses are pretty, dainty, sexy and so much more! Spring 2013 promises to be a great year in fashion, so be sure to incorporate some of these looks into your wardrobe and dress for success!

Fashion Forbes.

Skin is in! So it should be no surprise that the “tell all” sheer blouse is your go to 2013 piece. This is a new advancement since the 2012, popular  bandeau bra trend. The sheer blouse is the perfect way to transition your bando bra into a work/ play friendly item.

By: Akika Parker

Villain Top, Ball Gown Skirt

Thrifted Bottle Green Vintage Shirt, Vintage Silver Layer Necklace, Zerouv Small Brown Sunglasses, Ebay Lace Cycling Shorts, Daisystreet Buckle Platform Boots

Free People Crop Top, Maxi Skirt, Topshop Anchor BootsJeffrey Campbell BootsVictoria's Secret Pink Lace Bralette

Victoria's Secret Pink Lace Bralette

(All photo rights do not belong to stylemeceo.com)

Photo’s extracted from: lookbook.nu and style.com

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Indo-Canadians Dress for Success: Saree Blouse Designs 2013


Ring in the New Year right with exquisite saree blouse designs for 2013! Whether you’re in Montreal, Toronto or Calgary, Indo- Canadians can dress for success with ethnic wear from Cbazaar.

Niche Charm Blouse. Photo courtesy of Cbazaar.com.

Niche Charm Blouse. Photo courtesy of Cbazaar.com.

Your blouse design makes any outfit come alive. Pair it with an elegant saree or a beautiful wrap skirt. Or wear it with some nice slacks and jazzy heels.

One thing is for certain, 2013 promises to bring new colors and designs the likes of which we’ve never seen. Your work wardrobe will be impeccable – all while maintaining your ethnic traditions.

When shopping for saree blouse designs in 2013, you have the choice between custom-made or readymade like this readymade Niche Charm Blouse or the Glamourous Green Blouse from Cbazaar.

Glamorous Green Blouse. Photo courtesy of Cbazaar.com.

Glamorous Green Blouse. Photo courtesy of Cbazaar.com.

When the occasion merits wearing something more alluring and extravagant, opt for one of the custom made saree blouse designs for 2013. This Overlapping Sleeve Blue Brocade Blouse is a great choice. These are perfect for business meetings, job interviews or just a night out on the town.

Overlapping Sleeve Blue Brocade Blouse. Photo courtesy of Cbazaar.com.

Overlapping Sleeve Blue Brocade Blouse. Photo courtesy of Cbazaar.com.

*Cbazaar is one of the largest online retailers for ethnic fashion on the internet. They cater to customers all over the world both Hindu, Punjabi and everyone in between, from all walks of life,who love and appreciate elegant and stylish ethnic clothing.

Stone Studded Cream Silk Blouse. Photo courtesy of Cbazaar.com.

Stone Studded Cream Silk Blouse. Photo courtesy of Cbazaar.com.

I Want That! Bridal Lehengas


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There comes a time in every woman’s life, that she dreams about walking down the aisle in “the” perfect dress. It doesn’t matter what ethnicity, color or religion you are.  Women want to be the celebrity, the red carpet doll, the most beautiful and sensuous woman in the whole room.

And that’s the way it should be. For that one day, nothing else matters except the fact that you are the most awesome jewel anyone has ever laid eyes on…and you can have that look with a bridal lehenga.

Ladies, it doesn’t matter if you’re Hindu or not. I not Indian or Hindu and let me tell you…I WANT THAT for my wedding! They are so beautiful and colorful. Perfectly adorned with stones and beads and crystals. Zardosi designs and silk, oh my!

It’s enough to make a woman drool over the sheer luxuriousness of it. Check out some of these awesome Bridal Lehengas from Cbazaar and make your wedding day be the most  memorable ever!

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Embroidered-Rustic-Red-Lehenga-Choli- from Cbazaar.com

Embroidered-Rustic-Red-Lehenga-Choli- from Cbazaar.com

Keeping with Indian traditions for Indo-Canadians: Indian Wedding Dresses


Purple Applique Net Lehenga Choli. Photo courtesy of Cbazaar.

Purple Applique Net Lehenga Choli. Photo courtesy of Cbazaar.

Indian wedding dresses can vary in style depending on what region of India you are in. Even in other countries like Canada, where many Indian communities are quickly growing, you can see where women wear colors and styles synonymous with their regional and ethnic roots.

 

Traditionally, Indian women would wear elaborate and magnificent saris on their wedding day. Nowadays, women are looking for more modern and contemporary styles that still reflect their heritage and allow them to be beautiful and feminine. Alluring Indian wedding dresses such as lehenga cholis are in high demand, as it allows the bride to be sensuous and regal looking.

 

Younger Indian women are also now turning to salwar kameez for their wedding day attire as well. Indian dresses are available for all wedding ceremonial activities, from the sangeet party to the mehendi party. And, while red still remains the choice color for weddings, Indian women are bringing other colors to the table. Turquoise, yellow, rich greens and deep blues are all quickly becoming the new image of the modern day Indian bride.

 

There’s no need to sacrifice traditional wear for anything less than a jaw-dropping Indian dresses. The dress of your dreams is now just a mouse-click away. Cbazaar offers to-die-for wedding sarees, salwar kameez and Indian wedding dresses like gangra choli and lehenga choli, mesmerizing fish-cut lehengas. Wedding sarees are still beautiful and worthy piece attire, but women are now stepping outside the box and enjoy expressing themselves through an array of styles, colors and patterns.

 

Fire Your Cable Company!!


 

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We’re in a recession, the economy is sluggish, jobs are just starting to come back to life….yet the cable and satellite companies still prices?!

Unfortunately yes, and we pay a pretty penny for those 0’s and 1’s to be sent through our TV screens, but there are alternatives to cable and satellite out there that will still give you a great selection of TV series and movies to watch.

Companies are becoming more aware of the consumers needs and that’s evident with so many rental kiosks and online streaming opportunities. No one really has money to spend $10-$15 on a movie theater ticket – and don’t even get me started on concession food prices!! Going to the movies is becoming more of a luxury than an every-weekend thing.

Check out this article for ways you can watch movies, TV shows and foreign and independent films for pennies on the dollar, right from the comfort of your own home!

TV Alternatives to Cable & Satellite: Vudu.com

Cbazaar Style Bash is Back!!


Embroidered-Rustic-Red-Lehenga-Choli- from Cbazaar.com

If you live in or near the Freemont, CA area, be sure to stop by the Cbazaar Style Bash for a super cool interactive shopping experience!

When:

On Saturday, October 20th, 2012 – 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

What:

There’ll be Cbazaar Fashion Stylists on hand to answer questions, help you find your style and a truckload of beautiful Indian sarees and lehengas to try on!

WOMEN GET IN FREE!!!

Indian jewelry and Indian clothes, and it’s free? This is going to be one Saturday you’ll not soon forget! See you there!

Planning an Indian Wedding? Check out this article for great info on Indian wedding traditions and some exquisite pictures of Indian sarees and Indian lehengas!


Anything with chocolate and liquor in it is fine by me……

Unremarkable

AKA Fat Kid Sunday (Slow Cooker Sunday + Sunday Cupcakery)
 
 
Slow Cooker Sunday
 So… Autumn is here. I mean, officially, it’s here. And I hate it. I’m a summer girl at heart… give me tank tops, flip-flops, and 90 degree weather. That’s not to say that there aren’t a few things I like about the Fall… more specifically: boots, outerwear (I have a jacket/ coat/ scarf obsession), hot food, and hot chocolate. Yes, I said hot food. Is that a weird thing to say?
I guess what I mean is, I got a slow cooker last winter (for Christmas) and I love it. I started doing “Slow Cooker Sunday” as a way to experiment. Until today, it was mostly soups or stews that I didn’t like enough to post. Try the BBQ Chicken, I make it ALL the time.
We eat a lot of pasta/ spaghetti and…

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Everyday Life?


 

The only time of the day I can stop hyperventilating!

 

Homemade Tomato Soup


There’s nothing quite like tomato soup for those cold days that are getting closer!

Rod Weston

Ingredients

  • 2 (14-ounce) can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 small carrots, diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, whole
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup half-n-half, optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Strain the chopped canned tomatoes, reserving the juices, and spread onto a baking sheet with 4 whole cloves garlic, season with salt and pepper, to taste, drizzle with 1/4 cup of the olive oil and roast until caramelized, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat remaining olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the celery, carrot, onion and garlic, cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the roasted chopped canned tomatoes, reserved tomato juices, chicken broth, bay leaf, cayenne pepper and butter…

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