Holiday Vibes

Can you believe it’s almost the end of 2013? Typically, I’m a Scrooge around the holidays. It’s not that I don’t like the togetherness that it brings, it’s just one of those times that I wish would kind of come and go. Although, I do enjoy a good holiday party.

So naturally, when my friend asked me to attend with  her as her date for the salon holiday party, I said yes. Kind of nervous and unsure if I should go because since I didn’t work there, I didn’t want to deal with the “What are you doing?” “How are you?” “When are you coming back?” but I was glad I went. It was a really nice party at the Taj Hotel in Boston. It was nice to see everyone that I was missing. Truly a chapter in life that I’m thankful for. Learned so much about myself, learned a lot from everyone I worked with. Talented group of people. Wishing you nothing but the best! Love you guys!

My Girls
My Girls. Chucks and a Tux

Originally, I was hoping that my Jeffrey Campbell’s would be good the second time around, however, they weren’t. I wore a pair of white patent leather converse with my tuxedo and a snap back hat. Had to stay true to my personality, right? Everyone looked smashing. Stunning. Gorgeous. One of the great things that I noticed about the evening, was everyone stayed really true to their personality, wearing things that were part of their personal style. It was really nice seeing everyone and I think it was a great way to close chapter in life.

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2014 will be a new chapter! Can’t wait!

 

 

Press Pause

New and Improved Dre
New and Improving Dre

One of my really good friends told me that I should take the month of November and press pause on life. It sounded like such a great idea. I tried to press pause. However, my version of pause is probably not the pause that he was talking about. I think he meant to sit and reflect, turn off all electronics and focus on certain aspects of my life. What I did instead was create my version of pause and that was probably fast forward to the max!

L A X
L A X

I literally went from New York to Boston to Los Angeles to Boston and back to New York. I went on multiple interviews, met with multiple people in various industries to figure out what it is that I like. I thank the people who I met with so far and appreciate them helping me with this journey of self-discovery. Nothing short of epic. I am so thankful to have been able to catch up with old friends and this past weekend I was able to meet up with a friend of mine that I’ve literally known since we were 16 during the days of aim.

He remembers that we talked on dial-up, I don’t remember it being dial but you never know. It was awesome. It was great. I’ve found a new home and I want it to be Los Angeles. It’s a city that is so different from what I know on the East Coast. I think that it could be great and if not, I can always come home but I’m at an age where I need to take chances. Baby steps are great but sometimes taking a chance is what is going to propel you to the next level in life…….I hate taking pictures but I took some pictures…..

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Just a little bit of what I’ve been up to since November. I can’t wait to actually take some time and press pause……

How do you press pause?

Dre

Just A Moment Of Clarity….Perhaps?

clarity

I’m a stage in life in which a moment of clarity is taking place and everything I’ve learned about myself is great. One of the greatest quotes that I’ve heard as of lately is this:  “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” That quote is about as good as the organic popcorn that I am snacking on now. It’s amazing, right?

Lately, I’ve been on a path of discovering who I am. My entire life, while being able to do what I want, has always been based on doing what others feel is “best” for me. Going on those notions while at times were great, have also not been the best.  Life is too short to not take chances, to feel unhappy and most importantly regret taking chances when chances could have resulted in a positive change.

I don’t expect people to understand what I am going through in life, nor do I actually want to tell them because people are judgmental. I understand that. I’ve been there at times, however, I would never tell someone who they are making a mistake. What works for you, may not be what works for me. Realizing that you aren’t utilizing yourself to your fullest potential is going to stunt your growth in so many ways.

Real Talk
Real Talk

Some people don’t think that I’m making the right decisions about my next moves in life. I respect that. Maybe some people don’t think I’m talented or smart enough to do other things. Your opinion and I’ll “respect” that. Whatever decisions I make on my life and future, well their decisions that I have to make without someone trying to hold influence in a life that doesn’t belong to them. Sometimes not being in a situation to really think about things is the best way to really understand a situation.

More To Come As This Chapter Unfolds…….

Something For Your Friends Contest

Do you have friends? Are your friends my friends? This contest could be for you…..

Summer is over but who says you can’t still have fun?!?! Fall is just as pretty. Fall is just as fun. SO WHY NOT CELEBRATE ALL THAT FALL HAS TO OFFER?!?!

Random Factoid About Your’s Truly:

  • I have a best friend. I have another best friend. Another best friend. And another best friend. Lot’s of best friends.
  • I don’t drive. Neither does that one. Nor that one. Well that one does but work with me here.
  • We haven’t spent quality time in forever!!! BOO!

So here ya go. October is October shenanigans Month. What does that mean do you ask?

  • America’s Horror Theme Park also known as Spooky World(oooh SKURRY)
  • Apple Picking
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • SALEM, MA(witch hunting)
  • Ouija Board Nights
  • Halloween Party and It Ain’t Tricking If You Got It or Treating

You’re probably asking yourself “How can I be a part of this? How can I make these dreams a reality?”

Drive us around. Open doors. Throw the red carpet out.

CLICK AND ENTER CONTEST HERE

 

I miss my friends

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Disclaimer: This was strictly just a post to reiterate to my friends how much I adore them. Love them. Miss them. Appreciate them in my life. They are amazing. It’s hard to find friends that you get along with. LOVE YOU GUYS!

What would you do for your friends? Or a Klondike bar?

Todrick Hall’s Cinderonce

This is actually really cute. Cinderella, well, actually her name is now Cinderonce. Todrick Hall, who brought us the Mean Gurlz, reworked Cinderella to a soundtrack of Beyonce songs.

This was enjoyable, despite the Shangela appearance. Can’t stand her but that’s another story….

Here’s the Mean Gurlz

A New Kind of Celebration

Charles River View
Charles River View

What a busy week this has been! A lot of good has happened, so exciting to share the news. Although getting over a cold probably made things extra busy but that didn’t stop me from being able to walk along the Charles River in Boston. The Esplanade is really pretty this time of year with the greenery, looking over and seeing Cambridge on the other side. It’s quite the treat!

I generally try to drink a lot of water because I’m always moving around, especially in the summer months. I love different brands of water but typically find myself drinking Poland Springs because it’s very refreshing. Sometimes I need a bit of flavor and end up with a sugary drink and that’s not always the best idea.

What Flavor Do You Like?
What Flavor Do You Like?

I noticed one of the girls at work is constantly drinking the new  Poland Spring® Brand Nature’s Blends™ Fruit Flavored Beverages and when I say constantly I mean constantly. I finally decided to try it and set my self on a search throughout Boston’s Back Bay to find a bottle.

A walk all over the city
A walk all over the city

Refreshing and made from 100% natural ingredients with a touch of pure sugar cane, such a great way to get just a bit of flavor without the use of artificial flavors.

I’m going to enjoy celebrating the rest of the summer months with these refreshing drinks! Even when I sit out by the park at lunch!

There's green wherever you go!
There’s green wherever you go!

Labor Day is almost here, how are you going to celebrate? Have you taken a peek at what other’s are sharing on the Facebook page?

All views expressed are my own and this was a sponsored posts from Poland Spring® Brand Nature’s Blends™ Fruit Flavored Beverages.

 

School Of Life: Adventures In Growing Up

“As long as you keep your head to the sky, you can win. Be optimistic”—–Sounds of Blackness

One Life
One Life

The School of Life essentially is our life course. Adventures in Growing Up is the way we respond, our growth development in this school, our way to relate to others, etc., I could go on about it but I’m hoping you get the idea of it.

Despite being an extremely open person, I’m very closed as well. I share what I share and I share it in vague terms if I share something that is of importance. For some reason I was super emotional this weekend, I don’t know why. I do not even know where it came from but it just kept building up.

One of the things that I’m trying to learn  to actually care about ME. Doing things for myself and not because I want to please others is a really hard thing to do. I’ve always wanted to make sure that those around me are happy, and if that meant not doing what I wanted or expressing how I felt, then that’s ok because they are happy. Well, that’s not healthy.

I noticed that I’m sleeping with the light on a lot lately. It’s weird. I view not turning the light off as being able to not have closure or the ability to let go. Weird, right? Think about it. Let it simmer. If the sun were to stay on 24 hours a day, you wouldn’t know when the next day began unless you were at a clock. Same concept, you don’t have to end things, just let it stay continuously going.

Speaking of letting go, I did just that. *sigh* I’ve known for quite some time, probably years that holding on to things is a way of comfort. Everybody does it. So i’m choosing to let go once and for all. I’m fine with it. I am moving on. Letting go…..it’s going to take some time but I’m going to let go.

Dre

The Shirt

Just A Weird Work Experience

Sorry, I’ve haven’t updated in a bit of a hot minute. So if you haven’t noticed, I typically do not talk about work on here, primarily because work and this are two separate in my life that I want to keep that way for the most part. However, I had an interesting experience at work and would like to share that because it just goes to show you how intuitive people truly are.

Last week at the salon was particularly busy. Some of the staff were getting ready for a fashion/hair show and I got to help them get set up with that.FUN! Thursday, I had a consultation with a new client who was referred to me by one of my first clients ever. She came in was kind of not sure of how to explain what it was she exactly wanted but she did a pretty good as I gave her a clear of understanding what it was that I thought she wanted. She was super nice and said she would see me in a few weeks. “You’re a Taurus.” said the client as she was leaving. The look of shock and awe must have been clear on my face as I said “Yes, I am. How could you tell?”, she smiled and said “It’s your eyes. Taurus’s have very placid eyes.”

Thursday night the show went well, despite a few minor things but whatever. Friday I had the day off and I went and got another Mystic Tan(I think I’m addicted to being bronzed but only in the summer). Then Saturday came and I forget what I did but I didn’t do anything. Oh that’s right, I went to Verizon to deal with my phone. I think I’m going to just deal without having it for the moment.(another story for another day) Did I mention that this show the hair was inspired by the Zodiac?!

Taurus Symbol
Taurus Symbol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

THIS IS WHERE IT GETS INTERESTING:

“I’m sorry he can’t fit you in today” said the coordinator at work on Sunday to a client. She hung up the phone I immediately asked who was that and she told me, I thought about it and said “Of course I can fit her in.” So the client was called back. Client came in  and with her she had a Georgetown Vanilla Happy Birthday cupcake(my favorite but she didn’t know this), and she said “This is for you because I forgot your birthday”, a smile quickly came over me. It was absolutely so nice but how in the world did she know my favorite flavor. It’s simple and easy but how weird…….

Before she even got into the changing room, we were engulfed in conversation. She explained to me how this was a bad year for the Taurus, between betrayals, situations involving friends, trying to find themselves, trying to keep their mouth shut, etc., I couldn’t even believe it. I was just shocked. Upstairs we went and started to work on her hair. We quickly find ourselves back into the conversations of the Zodiac. She explained how the Taurus is the person soaks up all the problems that people have and take them on as their own(something that I’ve always done), Taurus is never the one to say what is on their mind they kind of just bottle it up and push it down until it’s over(true). Since, I find myself dealing with a lot of Aquarius, Virgo and Scorpios, I asked about that as well. Everything that she was describing was perfect to a T.

I always find myself arguing with the Aquarius signs. We’re both very stubborn and it has to be our way. However the Aquarius are a bit flighty. Anyways, I’m sure we could have talked for hours about all of this but we didn’t. It’s probably not as weird as it was when it happened but it was strange, it felt as if she knew about situations that I had gone through the year and was able to recount or at least to me able to bring up the memory so it wasn’t something that I forgotten. Has anyone had an experience with a person like this? Am I over analyzing her intuition? Disclaimer: She is not a psychic

Please Share…..

P.S. I promise to get back to read and commenting on your blogs as well.

Dre

I Love My Nights As Designated BoyToy……

Everyone has a goal. Everyone has a path to get to that goal. The people you find along the way either understand or they don’t. It’s nice when you meet people who share the same vision and have different ways of expressing that.

One of the many that I like about my life, I’m always the “Designated BoyToy!” Like when girls go out in groups and there’s the one boy, that’s me and it’s pretty fab!

Shabu-Zen in Allston, Ma
Shabu-Zen in Allston, Ma

Friday July 12th, 2013 at about 5:25, I met Georgina at the commuter rail station in Framingham. At about 5:36, we boarded the train, had I remembered that it was the Jason Aldean concert at Fenway Stadium, I probably would have suggested Uber(just kidding), while we sat on the train we each listened to our own music since the fans were too rowdy for us to enjoy the conversation we wanted to have.

As I learn more and more about blogging, I come across more and more networks, which is amazing. However, I will say that the girls that I met on Friday night at Shabu-Zen, are truly amazing individuals.

Hot Pot!!! One of my favorite meals ever!!! So delicious that literally whenever, I have it, I always have to go again a few days later(I went the next day to Hot Pot Buffet Chinatown) and this was a great option! Incase you aren’t familiar, Hot Pot is where you have the soup broth(Chinese Herbal , Tom Yum, Mala, Kim-chee, etc.) and you basically cook your own soup with meats, vegetables and whatever else.

Disclaimer: Since I’m without my phone at the moment, excuse lack of pictures showcasing. I snagged a few from the night.

I can speak for everyone when I say “Thank you for planning this!”, I had fun meeting new people and reconnecting with some I’ve met before. My favorite part of the evening was the different ideas that everyone had for future events. Genuine, unique, talented, stylish and gorgeous women who are very smart. I always have fun being the Designated BoyToy(copyright pending), oh and our waiter was so sweet. An absolute peach! Did I mention that the Strawberry Smoothies(fresh fruit and ice only, perplexed me too!) is FUMAZING!!!!!  I can’t wait for the next one!!!……….

Thank You Georgina
Thank You Georgina

Check Out Some Of These Blogs:

Cheap Chic Traveler

Cupcakes & Couture

Instant Milk

Style Wire

Shell Chic’d

Prim & Propah

Peachy Pains

The Superbanite

So Alaina

Notes On LifeStyle By Georgina

 

Good times with good people!

Dre

 

I Miss My Samsung Note 2

It all started one day about 3.5 years ago, when I left my Blackberry(I wanted the Tour version, so I could pretend that I was important) unattended to find out that when I returned it was acting “KRAY KRAY” and that’s when I learned a coworker had spilled water on it. This was the start of 14 refurbished Blackberries(think that’s bad Danielle had 19) however this was just the beginning…..

I switched to the iPhone because I was told it would be glorious. Which it was for short period. It was however resilient. I only went through about 3 of those. One because it had damage but it felt in a bottle and died shortly after, never to work again. The first one I had replaced because there was a crack but by the time I got the second crack in the screen, I said “Whatever!” It definitely annoyed some people because it was straight

up janky.

Then in February, I finally went with my gut instinct to buy the Samsung S Note 2. I was friends for a brief period last year with someone who had the first version. I was in love. Excuse My French: The Phone Was Kunty!  Greatest decision ever! Not only do I not know how to use any of the functions on it, it’s just amazing. It’s big and not discreet but so whatever if someone catches you taking a look at Scruff(don’t be nosey)………

STOP. FAST FORWARD. PRESS PLAY.

19 days, 12 hours, 35 minutes and 23 seconds into having my grand phone. I met my first problem. The part where you speak into the phone decided to blow out, so I had to start using my POP Phone attachment for a while. I did get a replacement but I didn’t realize the Stylus is not included with the replacements. In other words I returned that one. Finally, I got the one that was right in every single way…………….

Mine was the one in the middle....
Mine was the one in the middle….

STOP. FAST FORWARD. PRESS PLAY.

As I’m leaving a 4th of July cookout, the unimaginable happens. Taken by surprise, I’m pulled into the pool in my full clothing. I looked sharp to sit in a car on the way home but in my one hand my phone was in it. Never in my life have I moved so fast, you would have thought I was saving my child from prey. Phone dead(part of the reason I haven’t been blogging lately) and then the phone that I’ve used interim well it’s a pretty damn hard phone to use. I miss my Samsung!

It’s funny how much something that we love becomes part of our identity. When my mother was telling the woman at Verizon what happened, Angela and she’s really good. She said “Honestly, I don’t think I’ve seen anybody love their phone as much as your son!” It’s true though. I’ll have my new one in a few weeks and I’ll be back to normal. It’s taught me to appreciate the things in life that I didn’t when I had a phone. What’s really funny about this whole situation, in the morning there is a woman who sits in my car, she’s kind of annoying but kind of not. She saw me with my electronics and this was like the Monday before the 4th and I kid you not, girlfriend looked at me and said “Take a weekend and be electronicless! Take some time to smell the air!”

ThatShitDre

Incase you were wondering when I was pulled in the pool:

Kriss Van Asche Beige and Navy Tank

H&M lightweight Grey Sweater

Black Shorts

KR3W Hat in Red and Gold

Jeremy Scott for Adidas Originals “License Plate” Sneakers