Sunday, October 5, 2014

Art Speaks

Thailand from Carlos Baena on Vimeo.

“Sometimes simply giving someone the chance to explore for themselves what they have inside, is worth far more than hours of instruction.” ~ John Cope, Director of Stratton ABC Foundation.  

When Shade' and I decided on traveling to Thailand, our first initial thought was "Where are we going to volunteer?" We wanted to be sure that wherever we went, we did something that mattered to us and that would put smiles on the faces of the people we meet. We are both newly found artists so naturally when we came across ArtSpeak, we thought it to be the perfect organization to render our help. For us, it has always been a joy to work with children but to combine that and art made our hearts gallop.   
Imagine being able to help underprivileged kids, teach something you are passionate about and immersing yourself in an unknown culture; I bet you would jump at the opportunity too!   So we ask with humble hearts for your help as we try to make this little dream of ours a reality. Please note that a percentage of the funds will go to the organization as it is in need of supplies.

What we offer:  
For donations $1-4, we will send you a shout out via our Facebook page.
For donations $5-$49, we will mail a postcard directly from Thailand that will include a Polaroid picture of Chiang Mai, Thailand.   
For donations $50 and above, we will mail a postcard, a Polaroid picture and a souvenir directly from Chiang Mai, Thailand.
We will also be documenting our Thai adventure via our blogs and Youtube. To learn more about ArtSpeak, please visit their website.

We would like to thank you in advance for any donation that you make whether small or large - every one counts and to make it easier, you can donate right from the sidebar of this blog --------->

Once again, thank you for your generosity! We can't possibly achieve this dream of ours without you! 

Jokers Wild

I know, I know, I haven't explained myself for being MIA for about a month but that's because I have no real explanation. I just basically...slacked off. But I'm back! And if I disappear again, please don't hold it against me.

I was invited to attend a comedy show at Jokers Wild in the Atlantis Resort some Fridays ago and let me tell you, I had myself a ball! I will never look at tuna in a foil packet the same or chips for that matter, ever again! I literally laughed until I cried. 

The host Naughty, who is also a popular local radio personality made everyone feel welcomed and comfortable by going around the room and having persons state where they were from. I must say, there were a lot of Southerners in the crowd... Hence my new chip fixation. Of course he had to crack on a few states like West Virginia and Kentucky. 

Following Naughty was Renard Hirsch, whose film credits include The Green Mile, Drumline & Hancock. He was absolutely hilarious! I almost fell out of my seat. The couple next to me clearly enjoyed him as they were laid out on their table laughing their heads off.
C/o Pride Publishing Group

The headliner for the night was my favorite. Others preferred the comedian before but man did I enjoy me some Rich Ragains and those southern/bluegrass jokes. He also shared hilarious true life family stories that left me rolling! I'd definitely pay to see him again. He's also author of a book called 'No Excuse Dad' which discusses the lost art of hanging out and the host of a new web series, 'Tractor Fanatic'.

I was enjoying myself so much that I didn't even bother taking Ashley (big cam) out of my bag. I wanted to live in the moment but never fear! I got a few shitty shots with my phone :)

What I Wore

I wanted to wear something simple and relaxed for the show (basically nothing that needed ironing) so I went with a black chiffon top with white accents and a pair of white skinny jeans. Surprisingly, I loved this look. Unfortunately, my brothers suck at photography, thus, I ended up with (after a billion shots) just this photo and a selfie.

Top: 10 Dollar Mall
Jeans: Forever 21

Overall, Jokers Wild was a great experience. The ambiance was beautiful and relaxing. You can also order any drink you want while enjoying the laughs. The entrance fee is quite reasonable: $20 per person (tourists) and then there's the resident's rate: 2 for $20. The comedy club operates Tuesday - Saturday. Doors open at 8:45pm and the show starts at 9:30pm.

If you're ever visiting Nassau, whether or not you're staying at the Atlantis Resort, make it your business to visit the comedy club. You're in for a great night!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dreaming Of A Home Office

  1. Tier One Designs Glass Corner Desk
  2. White Leather Executive Chair
  3. Surya Rain Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug
  4. Transparent Crystal Chair
  5. Faux Fur Cushion
  6. Throw Pillow
  7. Faux Coral Branch Table Lamp
  8. Pinnacle Frame 3D Case (painted yellow)
  9. 3 Piece Hexagallery Wall Decor (painted yellow)
  10. L Shaped Wall Case (painted yellow)
  11. Wall Art by The Prints World (similar)

I've never been one to go with the traditional flow of things, so when I thought about what I wanted my home office to look like, I thought feminine, chic and modern. A girl can dream can't she? I also want it to be a soothing environment.

Right away, I started to Google 'glass desks' and found the cutest glass desk ever. I wanted to build around that so I came up with a color scheme; mint and light yellow with pops of pink. Crazy enough, I got the idea from a house just a few blocks down from mine. At first I was a bit skeptical about it because hey, it's a house but I took to Pinterest in search of the color combination and I absolutely adored what I found. And since I'm always on a budget, these would work for me. Everything else fulfilled my ultra feminine side. The frilly, poofy, pink stuff. Yeah, that's me. 

What does your dream home office look like?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Birthday Shenanigans

Dress: Casual Plus
On Tuesday 2nd September, I celebrated my 29th birthday. Geesh I'm getting up there! But I'm totally loving it. Let me tell you, I'm looking forward to my 30s.

Anyway, in true Eesh fashion, I decided to celebrate for more than a week because I really am thankful for life and helloooo, who doesn't love to party like...continuously? And by party I mean do simple shit.
To start the week off, we did a little painting and sipping the Saturday before.

Robert, the Artist
On my actual birthday, R surprised me with dinner at Outback Steakhouse. Unfortunately, for me being storm born (yes I just said that), it poured like a mutha! We had to rush inside during a slight hold up.

For starters, I ordered the Bloomin' Onion (are onions from Australia really that big????) and as a drink, I got the Wallaby Darn. So good! As an entree, I got the Toowoomba Pasta and failed to eat it all. R ordered the Prime rib and mash which also came with a Caesar salad. The food was more than we had expected so we had it packaged to go.
Top: Ebay
Tribal Jogger Shorts: Rainbow Shops
Wedges: Make Me Chic
I apologize for lack of photos but the lighting wasn't good and I left Ashley at home.

On Friday, I wanted to see a movie. I've heard rave reviews about Guardians of the Galaxy so I invited my friend and blogger Shadé as a plus one. To say that we enjoyed it would be an understated, well, statement. We laughed our heads off and I became a fan of a raccoon. A raccoon people! One of us might or might not have shed a tear...

And finally, the following Friday Bru bear and I saw Let's Be Cops. HILARIOUS! There were a few gross moments but nothing turning your eyes away couldn't fix. We had to see this movie because we are loyal New Girl fans and just had to support Nick and Coach (we're so loyal, we didn't even bother learning their real names).

I really enjoyed my birthday shenanigans and I'm so thankful to have lived to see another year. I'm also grateful for the few faithful friends that made my milestone special. Who needs a crowd to have a good time?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Book Nook: Seconds Before Sunrise

Two nightmares. One memory.

"Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love."

Eric has weeks before his final battle when he's in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can't survive if he fights alone. But he doesn't want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice of war. 

Jessica's memory isn't the only thing she's lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.

Seconds Before Sunrise; another great book from The Timely Death Trilogy by Shannon A. Thompson that I just could not put down. So after reading it's predecessor, Minutes Before Sunset, I could not turn down the opportunity given by the author to review this book. (Huge thank you Shannon!)

I patiently awaited the second installment and Shannon did not disappoint. It picks up a few months later after Lucither erases Jessica's memory because she didn't want to risk the lives of those she loves, mainly, Eric as well as her own. However, the spell does not completely take a hold of her as she has nightmares, dreams and memories about her other life and the boy in her dreams. Meanwhile, Eric has been busy training for battle on his eighteenth birthday but being around Jessica poses as a huge distraction at one point forcing him to become utterly upset and storming away from his father and best-friend Johnathon, which results in a fatal car crash leaving him hospitalized. The worst part; the battle against Darthon and The Light is just a few weeks away. Mix in Jess' friends Robb and Zac who have been acting quite strange as of late and Crystal, who seems to not have a clue but Jess isn't trusting any of them and with good reason.

Like Minutes Before Sunset, Seconds Before Sunrise captivates you from start to finish. Jess and Eric's love was ever so prevalent and I became obsessed. I felt an emotional pull and fell in love with the couple's journey. I'm not even ashamed to say that I shed a few tears. Believe me, you will become a part of this book. It is an epic story with unforgettable characters and moments that make you hold your breath. 

The story-line is compelling and the author has managed to create the ultimate paranormal fantasy which I think will only get better as she writes the last of the trilogy. I for one am dying to know how the trilogy will end, although I have my own inkling about who Darthon really is. 

I recommend Seconds Before Sunrise to readers both young adult and adult. I promise you will not put this book down. 

If you'd like to find out more about Shannon A. Thompson, please visit her website here. You can also purchase Seconds Before Sunrise on Amazon for Kindle & Paperback.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

MatchaDNA Certified Organic Green Tea Review

I've always been fond of Green Tea so when I got the chance to review MatchaDNA's Certified Organic Green Tea, I was ecstatic especially after seeing all the wonderful things you can do with it from other bloggers. 

When I opened the bag, I was expecting just powder but to my surprise, the green tea powder was tucked away in cute little packages ready to be ripped and used. 

My first use of the green tea powder was after a morning workout and I'm so not a morning person. I blended the powder with banana, star fruit oats and almond milk and absolutely loved the taste. Since then, that has been a staple green tea smoothie of mine especially after workouts. 

I also use it to make green tea fraps simply because I adore Starbucks' Green Tea Frap but can't afford to spend on those everyday so this is a mini lifesaver. I usually pair my frap with home-made pizza or wraps.

On a hot summer's day (aren't they all though?) I decided to make green tea pop. I'm awesome, I know! But I made the mistake of not adding my lesson. These were okay but they weren't like OMG awesome. Note to self, just a teaspoon of sugar makes the...I'm out of things to say here. 

Anyway, you get where I'm going with this. Matcha Green Tea is awesome and it lasts like...forever. I still have pouches to go through and I can't wait to try something else. Maybe Green Tea Lemonade! I'm super excited now!! Green Tea Iced Tea. Ok I'm done here. 

Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. If you're interested in purchasing MatchaDNA's Certified Organic Green Tea, it's available on Amazon for $19.21 which I think is quite reasonable.

Happy Sunday dolls!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A F*** The World Moment

I've been having moments where I just want to lay down and bawl my eyes out. Moments where I feel like no one gives a damn about me and sometimes I feel like I don't give a damn about myself. Moments where I just want to give up. Moments when there feels like my life is going nowhere...I'm a complete and miserable failure. In those moments I am vulnerable to whatever negative thoughts insists on entering my already flailing mind. With all the books and podcasts and movies and documentaries that "tells" you how to lead a life of happiness, there are no books or movies that can actually teach me how to be happy. Right now, I'm not happy and that's a battle I'm fighting within myself. It has nothing to do with family or friends...or even my environment but a lot to do with self. I've always had such high standards for myself and every time I set the bar and swing up to it, I miss it and ALWAYS without fail end up landing flat on my face. I've been keeping a lot of things pent up and maybe that has led to all this frustration and anger. I don't feel like I even know who I am any more. I loathe moments like this where I can't figure out A from fricking B. Where life is moving at a glacial speed. I want to believe that everything works out in God's time. I mean, I've always believed that everything worked out in His time but as if late I've started to question literally and that has left me even more frustrated than before. 

I put a smile on my face everyday like everything is fine when in fact, I'm screaming and crying behind the façade that I continue to put on. I don't know who I am, I don't know where I'm going and I don't know what to do.

Well there ya have it folks; The Other Side of Paradise. I apologize for the ranting and lack of pretty photos but I needed to release and unfortunately for you, I'm a writer and I prefer to write how I feel. 

I hope you're all having a great week.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Invisible Illustrations

Remember when we spoke about nail polish? Teehe

When I was a kid, I was amazed by how "artsy" my entire family was; yet, so distraught by the fact that my stick people didn't look right. I decided to focus on music rather than art. This year, I've been really into finding my inner person and discovering who I am and that meant exploring new places and creativity within myself. 

After being inspired by Myisha Turner, I decided to try my hand at a paint and sip business because 

  1. There is no paint and sip anything in my country
  2. It was a creative avenue that I wanted to explore.
In May, I launched Art Uncork'd Bahamas. This weekend will be the first official class and to say that I'm excited is an understatement. The hiccups and the bullshit that I endured along the way made this wait well worth it. 

I found myself at the dining room table with paper and pencil (and sometimes a black pen) and nail polish...yes I said nail polish (let's count that as determination) practising and practising. Oh, no means am I the artist for Art Uncork'd! I got qualified persons for that. But at some point I think I have to show someone other than Emily & Bru Bear what I've been up to. 

...and please, don't judge me. If you do, judge fairly. Critiques are welcomed. 


Sunday, July 27, 2014

That Time I Explored A Forest

Nestled away on the most western side of the island lies a national reserve kept by the Bahamas National Trust called Primeval Forest

R and I woke up bright and early on a Saturday morning with the intention of roaming around this heavenly (not a typo) secluded place. Once we entered the gates, it felt like we were transported to a whole other island. Dorothy, we're not in Kansas any-more or in my case...holy shit! This is awesome sauce bitches! Oh wait...what is that? *breaks off running* Lo and behold just as we got to the trail, a spider was there to greet us. When it comes to spiders (and snakes, and centipedes...and creepy crawly things...I think you get the point), I am THE scariest person on the planet. But f*ck it! We came too far to turn back now. 

As we trekked the trails, more and more spiders started to show up. WTF! Did they hear that I was coming through? But anyway, I got on my gangsta shit and walked through like a bawse! Terrified AF. Shhh! We learned about native trees and plants, as well as poisonous barks and butterflies. I learnt (I'm sure R already knew) the difference between a poisonous animal and a venomous animal. We learned the differences between a sink hole and a solution hole...and there just happen to be a lot of those throughout the forest. We saw native fruits that we wouldn't normally see within the city and heard birds all morning long. 

Remarkably undisturbed with it's limestone caverns; the place was so serene, it was hard to believe that we were still in Nassau. We also got some really cool photos and I, being the biggity (meaning overbearing) person that I am, made the park warden take adorable photos of R and I. He's a pretty cool photog if you ask me. 

If you want to check out Primeval Forest, it's opened only on Saturdays from 8am-2pm at just $5 per person. But if you're a tourist and happen to ride by on a Tuesday or Thursday, they might just let you in. Just tell 'em Eesh sent ya!