Friday, October 21, 2011

We're having a cocktail party y'all!

Its Friday…its Friday…the last day of the week and it’s the best day for a Cocktail Party!!!!

It’s been a looooong week here at Cocktails and Conversation so we thought it would be cool to end this work week and jump start our weekend with a delicious cocktail and a divalicious Twitter Cocktail party!  There will be networking…drink recipe sharing…and much more!  The best thing about this party is that you don’t have to dress up! So grab make yourself something yummy to eat or if you’re like the Style Diva order your favorite take-out dish, pour yourself a delicious cocktail (Don’t have a cocktail? Don’t worry, check out some of our past post for great recipes) and find yourself a warm and comfy spot and join in on the fun.
The party is kicking off at 8:00 PM EST so don’t be late.  Make sure you follow @CocktailsnConvo and be sure to use the hash tag #CnCParty so we can all be a part of the  convo.

Then don’t forget to join us tomorrow @ 8:00 AM EST on Cocktails and Conversation as we sit down and chat with our friend Coach Steph (Twitter handle @meetjuliet) as she tells us how to say “baby bye bye bye to bad relationships!” (sung in our best ‘N Sync singing voice)  This is one show you won’t want to miss.  Got a question for relationship expert Coach Steph, email us and we'll make sure to ask your question on the show. Or you can call in during the LIVE breadcast at (661) 449-9947.

See you tonight!
Event Diva
 Style Diva

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

That dress has expired

Is there one thing in your closet that has reached its expiration date?  Well I was going through mine and found IT…that favorite thing that I had to have, bought it because it was on sale and have NEVA worn it.  Why?? Because one it never fit my voluptuous body type and two well I’ll get into two later.  So here’s the outfit….

Yeah, what do you think?  Well it’s only been in my closet for about two years right after I started going through my divorce process and was “hitting” the scene again.  But after it was bought (a girlfriend of mine actually bought it cuz did I mention I was going through a divorce) I just never seem to find the right place to wear it.  Or better yet I kept making excuses as too how I didn’t like how I “looked” in it. Ever do that ladies?  So in my closet it lived and then it actually traveled with me from coast to coast BUT I’m making the decision that someone else could probably benefit from it so I’m “Paying it Forward” and taking it to the Salvation Army dump truck in my neighborhood.
Now on to the second reason, it’s time to get organized.  Time to release the clutter so I can unclutter my mind!!  I sleep better when the clutter is at minimum.  My closet floor and sad to say the empty side of my bed was overloaded with clothes.  Clothes that needed to be hung, those that needed to go to the cleaners and the NEW pile, those I don’t need "anteemore" (as Madea would say).  So do you have any item this is just not “IN” for you anymore?  Chat about it, let us know if you are slimming down not only your body with our Diva Upgrade but slimming your closet too. 
With style,
Style Diva

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The best marriage proposal

Happy Thursday!

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Developing your signature style with Vedic Image Group

Our friends over at The Vedic Image Group have put together some specials just for our listeners, Facebook friends and Twitter followers.  If you're ready to shake things up a bit and create your "signature style" or maybe you just want to spruce things up a bit, Najaam and her team has something for everyone! 

Signature Style System
Fall-Autumn 2011 Special: 50% OFF The Signature Style System: 4-week program, a value of $997. IS NOW ONLY $497.00

The Signature Style System is an impactful 4 week intensive with Najaam Lee + her team for developing your signature style, a defined appearance that will reflect and enhance your lifestyle. We cover the 5-Steps to creating and expressing your authentic self, developing your true image from the inside onto the outside.
Whether you are a business professional, a model, a socialite, a housewife or mommy-to-be, you too can achieve your Signature Style. No longer do you have to feel stuck, unhappy with your body, or feel like you don’t fit in with others. You WILL FINALLY put an end to your struggle and truly LIVE the lifestyle you deserve, and have the image + style which will express your authentic self.

So starts today.  Call the Vedic Image Group's studio: (866)208-3962, to RSVP your program!
Make sure you use the Cocktails and Conversation Special Code: CCTSSS11

**Please note: to get this special, you have to call in only, no emails accepted.

Me and My BFF Special
Schedule a Makeup Session for yourself, and your friend will receive 50% OFF.

Enjoy this fabulous experience and let dedicated artists create the perfect look for the two of you.
Call the Vedic Image Group's studio: (866)208-3962 or email:  and RSVP this session.

Make sure you use the Cocktails and Conversation Special Code: CCBFF11

The Signature Style System Quick Start

The Vedic Image Group just launched a new program called The Signature Style System Quick Start! This is a 3 hr session in person or via Skype with Najaam. It’s a basic customized plan designed to jump start you with simple implementing steps to understanding your present self and to developing your image appearance; value $600.00

Call to RSVP your session today for $197.00!
Call the Vedic Image Group's studio: (866)208-3962 or and RSVP this session.
Make sure you use the Cocktails and Conversation Special Code: CCQUICK

Bleeding Heart Martini

via Martha Stewart


2 ounces dry vermouth
8 ounces premium gin
Ice cubes
4 Pickled Baby Beets, each placed on a cocktail skewer


Chill 4 martini glasses in the freezer or fill with ice water and let sit until frosty, about 5 minutes (pour out water). Add the vermouth, dividing evenly; swirl to coat the glasses, then pour out. Add gin to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled; divide among chilled glasses. Garnish each with a skewered pickled baby beet, and serve immediately.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Getting ready for the Treat or Trot race

Treadmills at Total Woman Fitness Centers

On September 18th, I started my training for the Treat or Trot virtual race with SparkPeople.  For my first training session I took to my gym, Total Women and did the recommended 4 minute walk/ 1 mile jog intervals for a total of 21 minutes.  Well I actually went 23 minutes so I could complete the full 5k on the treadmill.  It felt great!  My weekly training plan says to do this workout 3 times and mix in 2-3 days of cross training.  I did a Zumba class and have been doing a resistance workout on those days.  So wish me luck!  My mini me joined me at the gym, so I told her that she was upgrading to Diva 2.5 (hey we can all use a little motivation sometimes).  This upgrade is a work in progress.  Won't you join us?

The Style Diva

It all started with a status update...Diva Upgrade 5.0

Back in August I posted this on my personal Facebook page as my status

That particular day I was feeling something was missing from my life.  I was going through the motions but wasn't really there.  I'm sure some of you reading this can relate.  I needed to get what I was feeling out, but who wants to read a Facebook status update that says "feeling something is missing from my life?" 

Not me.

So what did I do - I posted "I think it's time to upgrade to Erika 5.0". And well things took off from there.  I mentioned it to Robin on the show that Saturday (August 20th) and in true fashion Robin said that she too needed a change and agreed to take on the challenge. 

And thus Diva Upgrade 5.0 was born.

So what exactly is a Diva Upgrade?  Well thanks for asking.  The upgrade to Diva 5.0 means that we are moving on to bigger and better things.  That we are taking inventory of our current lives and making changes to those aspects of our life that need to be changed.  For Robin and I, we are focusing on the following areas:
  • Health and Wellness - we are revamping our diet (becoming more conscious of what we put in our mouths) and getting physical (got to stay mean and lean).
  • Finance - learning how to stretch that all mighty dollar and learn how to live that Diva lifestyle without going broke.
  • Signature Style - getting rid of the "mom jeans"...okay I really don't have "mom jeans" but I am notorious for wearing sweats everyday (hey that is what happens when you can work from home).  We're ready to ditch our current look and dress like the Divas we are on the inside. 
  • Mentor - every GREAT person has one, two, three...okay several people that they can talk too...that they look up to for almost every aspect of their lives.  We're putting together our dream team of mentors/friends to help us for this transformation.
Each week Robin and I will post an update on where we are with the upgrade...the good...the bad...and the ugly.  Yep you'll find it all and all.  :-)  So make sure you sign up to get the email alerts when a new post is available. Ok?

How long is this going to last, you ask? 

Our short term goal is to work on the new and improved Divas for the remainder of 2011 and unveil our "new" look in January 2012.  However we're also realistic here and know that well, life happens and things may not go as planned.  And we're okay with that too.  But we're sticking to the Jan 2012 goal anyway.  Because as our good friend Marlin Page stated in our show last week, there are No Excuses for not living the life you have always dreamed of living.

Let us know if you're interested in doing your own personal Diva Upgrade.  What areas of your life ado you want to change?  Share with us in the comments section below.  We would LOVE to hear from you.

So here is to the new and improved I mean us...okay me...

(you get the picture)

Ciao Bella
The Event Diva

Creating your signature style with Najaam Lee

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Frog in the Blender

Source: via Erika on Pinterest

This is the  perfect mocktail for your little ghouls and goblins this Halloween.

To make this drink you need:

2    3 oz packages of lime flavored gelatin
1    3 oz package of cherry flavored gelatin
1    3 oz package of orange flavored gelatin
3   12 oz cans/bottles of lemon-lime soda, chilled
1   10 oz jar red maraschino cherries, drained and stemmed
      rubber frogs for garnish (optional)

  • Prepare each package of gelatin according to the package directions, only adding the boiling water as directed; stir until the gelatin has dissolved.  Do not add any additional water.
  • Place the gelatin into individual containers, cover and chill for at least 2 hours or until it sets.
  • Cut the gelatin into 1/2-inch cubes.  Place about 1/3 of each flavor of gelatin into the blender.  Add one can/bottle of lemon-lime soda.
  • Cover and pulse 2 or 3 times or until the gelatin is broken up into smaller pieces.  Stir in 1/3 of the cherries.  Pour into serving glasses.
  • Garnish with rubber frogs
*To make this an adult cocktail, you can add vodka to the mixture

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