3 posts from September 2013

09/25/2013

“I am the spotlight!”

Hey Divas & Divos! Did you check out tonight’s episode? Whoo hoo! Let the games begin!

Let me ask you something; and I really want to hear from you guys. Why is it that women, particularly black women, tend to tear each other down instead of understanding that there’s enough room at the top for all of us? I personally have learned that no one needs to lose, so I can win. I’m confident in who I am, thus my comment that “I am the spotlight!” That doesn’t mean I’m the only one who can shine and I sure didn’t mean to take anything away from Nene or her special day. I’m just saying … can’t we all just get along and shine?

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Tonight’s episode was a clear example of female un-bonding and I was very disappointed by Diana’s comment that I was an opportunist. However, I do realize there is an opportunity for all of us to do better and that’s what I’m committed to!

I’m not sure what her whole, “I knew you longer Nene and these girls, (me in particular) don’t deserve to be in your life …” spiel was all about, but I do understand her loyalty, especially since she shared that she doesn’t have any family. And, I really appreciated the way Nene handled it. She was both fair and sensitive to everyone’s position. More importantly, she made sure her friends/bridesmaids understood that we all hold a special place in her life for whatever reason which is why she chose us. It truly isn’t about us and our drama, but Nene and this new chapter in her life. Kudos to her for that!

We all have a journey to walk and if it was easy, we’d all be walking it while wearing our five inch Louboutins, comfortably and without a care in the world. But that’s not the reality, so let’s lift each other up because if you’re a real opportunist, you would wake up every day knowing you have a chance to be better than you were yesterday and if we take advantage of it, we can all be winners in the end.

I truly do love where I am at this stage of life and want to see my whole fam, and yes, that means you too my loves, reach their goals. Catty isn’t cute, so I’m seeking my personal best in all aspects of life, and I wish the same for you.  

Til next week …

09/19/2013

I Dream of Nene: The Wedding

My girl is back!  I tuned into “I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding” last night and loved every second of it.  It’s not that often that you have a second chance at love and my girl, NeNe has just that.  NeNe keeps it real and we all can learn from her.

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As one of her bridesmaids, I was up close; but it’s not until you sit down, reflect and see the show that you can truly appreciate the whole reunion of Greg and NeNe.  There’s so much more to come, and you bet I’ll be watching as this love story continues to unfold.

 Next week is interesting, fabulous and so much more …

 Stay tuned!

09/02/2013

Hawaiian Vacation

Helloooooo my loves! I’m back!!!!! Did you miss me? Yes, I absolutely did miss all of you and we have so much to catch up on. Of course I’ve been taking care of business during our hiatus, building my brand, working with the kids (You know Marlo loves the kids!), traveling and of course keeping up with what’s going on in the life of my first love, FASHION of course. (Who did you think I was referring to?)

I have so much to share, so let me start with my first trip to Hawaii. OMG, when I first arrived I was awestruck by the natural beauty of the island and the people, although for a minute I thought I had mistakenly landed in China! Why? Because the people I met and saw seemed to be from Shanghai instead of Polynesia, but I digress…

Anyhoo… I had the opportunity to visit some amazing places like the birth home of our beloved President Barack Obama. He grew up in a charming old duplex surrounded by the beautiful flora and bougainvillea native to the island. It was truly amazing to see that great history was made from such humble beginnings. It must have been sweet to grow up in Hawaii… No wonder he’s so laid back. 

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So of course I had to also visit some of his favorite eateries. If you get a chance to go, you have to dine at Alan Wong’s restaurant. The short ribs of beef are to die for! I mean it, they were so tender, juicy and succulent I can still taste and smell them right now. They are a must try, believe me!

Yes, I did go to a local luau, and yes it was a tourist trap! Plus the food wasn’t anything to write home about. (Actually it was just shy of nasty, but that’s not nice is it?)… The pig that was roasted on an open pit was too salty and the noodles drowned in mayo was downright disgusting! There’s no other way to describe it. However, the entertainment was amazing, so I guess it was worth the experience even if the food left a lot to be desired.

 And can you believe it; I went Parasailing at 1000 feet all by myself!!!!! I kept screaming for someone to get me down, all while talking to the Lord until I realized that no one could hear me, (except the Lord of course). After a while I realized that I was flying or getting as close to it as possible and serenity fell over me that I cannot explain. Looking down at the beautiful aqua blue and turquoise water and stunning white and pink sand beaches just put into perspective that this was an experience I should relish not fear. Once I decided to just “go with it,” there was no place else I would rather be in that moment. With the warm sun on my face and the cool trade winds blowing through my hair, it was a time like no other. I recommend it for everyone. Just try it – at least once. It’s worth being a line item on your bucket list. Actually, put it on the list a couple times, so you can take a few trips. That’s just how much there is to see and do like a trip to the Spitting Cave, and Turtle Bay Resort or Laniakea Beach where you can romp with the sea turtles. Oh and I can’t forget to mention Makapu’u Lookout.

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If you’re looking for a great place to chill for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while drinking in the gorgeous Hawaiian sunset, you have to go to the Halakalani Resort. It was absolutely breathtaking and a must see even if you don’t stay there.

Now if you’re one of those folks who need something familiar to have a good time, then you can’t go wrong with dinner at Nobu. Who doesn’t like Nobu?

I know you are just dying for me to tell you about the shopping, but it wasn’t over the top for me, and you all know I’m a shopping connoisseur.  “It was nice.” They had all my favorite designers, but it definitely wasn’t as exciting as a trip to Fifth Ave in New York or a stroll down the boulevard in Milan. Souvenirs are the way to go here, if you absolutely must buy something. You can definitely find some unique local accessories that will really compliment your summer style – you might even get lucky with a one-of-a-kind find, and that alone makes the trip worth it – at least it will for my true fashionistas.

  Marlo with Tour Guide

And don’t let me forget to mention my tour guide, Will, who was a real doll! He made sure I saw and experienced the best Hawaii had to offer. He was pretty popular with his infectious smile and warm personality, so if you go looking for a tour guide (and there are many!) ask for Will, maybe, just maybe you’ll get the right one and tell him Marlo sent you!