Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mission Organization | The Closet

Our resident stylist Fatima Tania has been working....double maybe even triple time getting her business to reach the pinnacle.  However we were able to get her to help us this week as we prep for our show this Saturday on organization. First stop, your closet.  Below you will find Fatima's formula for whipping your closet in shape for the New Year.

From the Blog of Perception & Co.

I would first like to say Happy New Year to all of my love muffins who are reading this. I hope that this year is better then the last and that you focus on all your goals and get them accomplished. I have been on a brief hiatus for several reasons: I was focusing on the creation, launch and building of Perception & Co. Boutique. I also am now back in college for another degree this time Fashion and Retail Management and the biggest reason is my move. I am from the Bronx for those who are not aware and my mom moved my self and my brother to Albany, NY 14 years ago. 2 weeks ago I officially moved back to NYC. I am both nervous and excited for the new move. I am still settling into my place and one of the BIGGEST hurdles I’m facing is going from 6 closets to 2.

As a stylist and personal shopper I have helped my customers revamp their image and closets and now those useful tools will come in handy for myself. What better time then the new year to get a new closet? I will share with you what you can do to get organized and make your closet a dream closet or at minimum not dreadful to open.

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Fatima Tania is a freelance Fashion Stylist and Image Consultant known for her dedication and attention to detail. With a love for fashion and an enthusiasm for art, Fashion Styling was her outlet for artistic expression. She has always possessed the innate ability to sense the newest trends before they hit the runway.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

#Hotness | What I'm Listening To

I am a HUGE Justin Timberlake fan so you can imagine my excitement when I heard that he was coming out with a new CD. *insert 6 year old girl high pitch squeal here*  And after listening to his first single Suit & Tie featuring Jay Z, he didn't disappoint.  In true JT fashion he's giving his fans what they love about his music and what we have all be waiting for and that is some good music.  Music that we can dance to, music to workout to, and music to love to.  Yes, this diva is counting the days until "The 20/20 Experience" is available.  As of today, he's been keeping the release date a secret.  But until then, we can enjoy his new tune.  I know this is one song that will be in heavy rotation on my iPod.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below.


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Dirty Martini - Week in Review

Celeb 411

Lady O (Oprah Winfrey) talks to LL Cool J on the next episode of Oprah's "Next Chapter" which airs this Sunday, January 27th @ 9/8c on OWN.  We promise she is getting all the great interviews lately.  In true Oprah fashion she was able to get LL to open up and talk about his career, marriage, abusive childhood and the night he woke up to find a stranger in his home.  I don't know about you but our DVR's are set and ready to record because this is going to be one candid interview. 

Reality TV Recap

Starter Wives Confidential is the next reality TV dramedy to hit the air from TLC.  These Starter Wives are either the ex-wives or ex-girlfriends of celebrities.  Hmmmm this sounds like Basketball Wives but maybe it's just us.  **Shrugs Shoulders** Cast-mates include: Jose Harris (ex-fiance of Floyd Merriweather), Tashera Simmons (ex-wife of DMX), Cheryl Caruso (ex-wife of Phil Caruso), Monica Joseph-Taylor (ex-wife of Funkmaster Flex), Liza Morales (ex-girlfriend of Lamar Odom) and Zakia Baum (ex-girlfriend of Manio).  We are wondering what is the modis operandi....if they are ex's then move on, what kinda of dirt are they hoping to expose?  The drama premieres Tuesday, January 29th @ 9|8c on TLC.

In other reality TV news, Style Network's Big Rich Atlanta  premiered this past Wednesday and your girl, Erika (Cocktail Diva) had a chance to hang out with three of the cast members of the newest installment in reality TV.  Sharlinda Rowe-Parker and her lovely and smart daughter Kahdijiha Rowe along with Sharlinda's twin sister and business partner Sabrina Rowe are showing viewers how you can have it all...beauty, brains, and money.  Sabrina and Sharlinda are the owners of the suscessful salon Tu La 2 Nails located in the trendy Buckhead area of Atlanta.  This show gives it's viewers an inside look inside the world of an exclusive Georgia country club where some of Georgia's wealthy mothers and daughters will do whatever it takes to be at the top of the local social scene and in control of all of the action.  Well, it was love at first sight for this Diva as I will be setting my DVR to record this great new show every Wednesday at 8|7c on TLC.

You can read more about the premiere of Big Rich Atlanta here...

In the meantime meet Brie...

Style Diva Adventures

This week I had an awesome time chatting it up with Tanesha from Girl With Curves.  You might remember that I met her at the Rock Your Curves event last Fall and our footage never made it past the SD card.  Well as luck would have it our paths crossed again and I got to talk with her about her blog, what great projects she has going on and her take on good clothing fit for a feature in Curvy Magazine.  Log on to Curvy on Monday 1/28 for our interview.

Cocktail Erika’s Cocktail of the Week

Skinny Sangria


4 apples
3 oranges
2 lemons
1 lime
1 lb red grapes, halved
3 bottles of light to medium-bodied wine
1 can diet lemon-lime soda
1 can club soda

Mixing Instructions

Put all of the ingredients in a large pitcher, stir well and serve in a fabulous glass filled with ice.  This recipe makes about 16 servings and each serving has only 173 calories! 

Did you catch our show???

Today's show was all about health and fitness in 2013.  Erika gave us some great tips about keeping the fitness goals on track and our guest Kortne Paige Harris shared her experiences with her personal weight loss journey.  Tune in here for all the greatness:

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And don’t forget…

Also don't forget to follow our hash-tag #CnC2013NewU on Twitter for updates on all our New Year New You shows!  You can keep up with our crazy everyday life and adventure on Instagram by following us at @cncstyledyva and @cocktail_erika

Friday, January 25, 2013

Curvy Trend of the Week

Hey I'm back with another fabulous Curvy Trend of the Week!  Yes it's been a minute since I've featured a look from Chic and Curvy but this one was worth the wait....

This turquoise TRIBAL tank maxi dress is gonna be a HUGE summer hit.  But you really don't have to wait for summer, especially if you live in LA.  If you don't just throw on a cute schrug.  With the price of $36.00 you can afford a shrug or too!  I really am not a tribal fan but Janna Plus Model is making this work all kinds of ways so it's a must on my list.  Available online and in-store. 
Don't forget to visit the boutique on Sunday 1/27 4:30 pm for the Untamed Hair Tour, it's the natural hair girls place to be!
With Style,
Robin Hunt

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The L.O.V.E. Campaign

There's a lot of me to LOVE and recently I was asked to participate in a campaign to help women, especially young girls with body image.  Positive body image that is.  The L.O.V.E. Campaign was created by Jennifer Davis CEO of the P.I.N.K. Foundation.  Jennifer was on our show last year with her good friend G. K. Bowes.  The P.I.N.K. Foundation was established as a desire to create a loving sisterhood with women due to failed friendships Jennifer had experienced in the past.  Its' goal is to create a sisterhood where women are empowered, uplifted and inspired to be their greatest.

Remember DRIVEN is the word for 2013.  So in steps an opportunity to put up or shut up.  You see the campaign required all the models to pose artistically nude.  Yep I said it!  I'll admit loving all my nooks and crannies as Rajdulari says is no big deal but loving all my nooks and crannies in front of a camera and about 13 other women BIG DEAL!

When I arrived (late mind you due to snow) I was treated to the ultimate in pampering.  Hair, make up and lots of support gave me the encouragement I needed to shed my robe and VOGUE!  No the pictures won't be featured on here but you can visit P.I.N.K Foundation to see the pic's from the unveiling on 1/27/13.   I am however sharing with you this awesome picture of myself, Jennifer and her daughter Jocelyn.  You see this to me is all what it's all about, not posing in all my glory for vainness but to let girls know it's okay to love the way you look even if it's not a size 2, 4 or heck 10.  But even at a size 18 you can enjoy your THICKNESS and LIVE, LOVE and LAUGH.

I'm healthy; I'm HAUTE and have the curves to prove it. I'm loving life even more since turning 40 (something about 40 will do that for you) and am enjoying the space I'm in. One number I can't reveal however is my weight...truthfully I don't know it since I don't keep a scale at home......

That is a piece from my intro BIO for the shoot.  Be sure to check out P.I.N.K. Foundation's website for more shots from the shoot and the final unveil of the photo.

PS.  Many of you have asked where I got the Thickness Tee I have on in this picture.  You can visit www.thicknesstees.net to purchase one!

With Style,


Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Dirty Martini Week in Review

PhotobucketWe were never so happy as to see that one of our favorite Celeb/Reality TV personalities has gotten engaged.  Yes Kandi Burruss from RHOA got a ring put on it during the Holidays.  Boyfriend Todd had been getting plenty of hints from Kandi's friends and he must have decided to take their advice.  Nice ring there Todd.  We heard he had it flown in from Las Vegas from jeweler Gregg Ruth.   The Divas are happy for you guys and let us know if you need coverage on the nuptials, we'll make ourselves available.

 Celeb 411

Reality TV Recap

So did you catch it?  The twirl heard round the world...yep former Ms. USA and current twirl princess Kenya Moore hit the WWHL stage and sang, well talked her new single, "Gone With The Wind Fabulous."  I don't
think there is too much more to say but we'd love to hear what you have
to say so here's the clip.  PLEASE comment below:

StyleDIVA Adventures
Never one to have a dull weekend, last weekend was no exception.
 It started out with participation in The L.O.V.E. Campaign
(more on that soon) and wrapped up chatting with Tiffany Bank from
TLC's Big Sexy at the Curvy Girls Who Brunch event in LA.  You can
see our chat below as well as some bonus footage from BlackListed Couture.

Cocktail Erika's Cocktail of The Week
Air Force One


2 ounces HPNOTIQ
1 ounce citrus vodka
Juice from a lemon wedge
Lemon-lime soda
Lemon peel spiral for garnish

Mixing Instructions

Fill tall glass with all ingredients and add ice.  Stir well, then garnish with lemon spiral and enjoy!

Today we chatted with our girlfriend Marlin Page about her No Excuse Movement.  If you missed the show we've got you covered just click the play button below to hear.

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Also don't forget to follow our hash-tag #CnC2013NewU on Twitter for updates on all our New Year New You shows! You can keep up with our crazy everyday life and adventures on Instagram by following us at @cncstyledyva and @cocktail_erika.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

#Hotness | January CurlBOX

Ever since going curly this past summer, I am always watching YouTube videos and reading blogs on how other curly girls take care of and style their hair (there is soooo much out there).  I am also on the hunt for curl friendly products to try (yes, I am an undercover product junkie).  So imagine my delight when I came across the "it" subscription service targeted to the natural girl.

Enter CurlBox which is the brainchild of Myleik Teele whi is the owner of the successful marketing and public relations agency, Art of Fact.  CurlBOX is an accessible, budget friendly (yes, Sister Save-A-Lot would approve) and simple way to discover and try new hand selected natural hair care products delivered straight to your door monthly.  As a subscriber you will receive 5-7 hair product samples from established and new brands for a monthly fee of $20.  Ladies, this is a steal seeing that you can spend that amount if not more on one product alone.  Also, if at anytime you decide that you don't want to receive the CurlBox anymore, simply cancel your subscription.  Yes, it's that easy!

I was lucky enough to snag a subscription last month and just received the January CurlBOX this past weekend.  You can see all the goodies that were in my box by clicking here.

Go to CurlBox to get more information of this awesome service and find out how you can subscribe.  Now if you'll excuse me I've got some products to try!

Keeping it curly!


Monday, January 14, 2013

Hips and Curves Swag

My oh my I had an awesome time at the Curvy Girls Who Brunch event on Sunday.  Lana really out did herself.  I'll have more coverage on that soon but I had to share all the great swag I received from Hips and Curves for covering the event.  One lucky girl even received a $200 gift certificate to shop!  Thanks so much for all the goodies.....now on to visit their website, Valentine's day is coming up real soon!

With Style,


Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Dirty Martini Week in Review

Celeb 411
Keisha Cole puts sister on Neffe on B-L-A-S-T.  The sisters have been on the outs for about two years and with the release of Neffe's book, "Price I Paid" she didn't put Keisha in a really good light.  So Keisha took to Twitter and posted

But what really got our attention was the tweet, "“B**ch talk about me in ya book and wearing the shoes I gave you on the cover? F***ng bogus!”  Yeah, she Tried It as Tamar says....let's see how this is gonna play out.  Sidebar - the shoes are pretty kaute TeeHeeHee

Reality TV Recap 
The Divas are gearing up for the premier episode of Hollywood Husbands and really want to see if the guys can bring the dramedy as much as the real reality TV.  This paraody take on the Housewives series was created by comedian Kevin Hart and he's brought in some of Hollywood's finest...and we do mean finest, Boris Kodjoe and Robin Thicke to name a few.  The show's first episode will be on January 15th on the BET Network.

StyleDIVA Adventures
It's always a pleasure talking to the ladies of Chic and Curvy boutique.  Owner Melissa and her curvy models Janna and Chantel Lee chatted it up with me and got me all caught up on everything going on.  It was an added bonus to also talk with Desiree owner of Plus Model 411 to find out about her competition for Plus Size Models.  Check out the great time we had in the video below.

Cocktail Erika's Cocktail of the Week

Honey-Pomegranate Mulled Wine 


1 bottle of red wine
2 cups pomegranate juice
¼ cup honey
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon whole clove

Mixing Instructions

Put all of the ingredients in a large pot over low heat making sure you stir well to dissolve the honey.  Once the honey has dissolved, serve in cute mugs or thick heat safe glass and enjoy!

Today we chatted with certified Professional Coach and Journal Artist Jonetta Moyo about creating goals that force you to step outside of your comfort zone.  She gave us some GREAT information on how we can stretch ourselves in 2013.  If you missed the show, don't worry we've got you covered.  Just click the play button below to hear.   

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Also don't forget to follow our hash-tag #CnC2013NewU on Twitter for updates on all our New Year New You shows!  You can keep up with our crazy everyday life and adventures on Instagram by following us at @cncstyledyva and @cocktail_erika.

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