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Beat of The Week: G-Rize Feat Chris DeShield “LIB Ladies”

For my LIB girls dem! #LiberianGirlsRock

Rising Liberian artist G-Rize has brought us another hit along with smooth crooner Chris DeShield called “LIB Ladies”. The video not only brings light to Liberia’s amazing talent, but our great fashion. The two super stars rock outfits with a hint of African print, while the lovely models dazzle viewers with custom made ankara and kente print pieces. Everything is on point in this video from the fashion, to the vocals and locations. This is a great song to rock with your fellow LIB or African sisters period! We can’t wait to see more from both great artists!

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Great DIY Valentine’s Gift Ideas!

Gifts from the heart matter the most!

So there is just one more day until the big Valentine’s day holiday! Now many people say the holiday is totally for women, but there is no reason to leave your better half out. Your lover will appreciate a gift from your heart and what better gifts are from the heart than a do-it-yourself.In this video, there are 5 really amazing ideas that are easy to make, affordable and get the message across to your sweetheart.

Christmas Nail Art: Santa & Rudoplph Nails

Get in the holiday spirit with some festive DIY nail art

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Now that the holidays are literally right around the corner you can definitely begin expressing your joy for the season. Some may showcase their spirit through their clothing and hair, but others who want to show off a holiday manicure are out there too. In this tutorial nail guru “The crafty ninja” brings us an easy DIY Santa and Rudolph manicure. All you need are the correct nail polish colors and a nail art dotter (If you do not own one of these tools the end of a bobby pin will work just fine 🙂 ) Check out this beautiful nail artwork and try it on yourself for the season!

Throw The Most Epic Christmas Party!

The ultimate guide to throwing an EPIC Christmas party

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This is the time of year when we deck the halls, put up a tree, climb up in the attic or garage and bring out the ornaments and get everything ready for the holidays. This is also the time when everyone you know has a Christmas party and they all decide to hold them on the same night!

Come to think of it, a mobile app that shows when all of your friends are thinking about having a party so that you could schedule YOUR party some other time, would be a great new product. I’ll get on that just as soon as this blog is posted.

Have you ever noticed that some holiday parties are way more fun than others? Why? It’s really pretty simple. Some people are better at entertaining than others. They think creatively about the party experience. Conversely, some people are better at being entertained than others.

If you’re not that great at giving parties, there’s still hope. Like most things in life, all it takes is a good plan and the determination to execute it. Here are some ideas on ways to throw a better Christmas party.

First of all draw up a budget!
December is an expensive month. No-one wants to be broke before they pay bills, do the monthly food shop and buy presents for their loved ones, so know what you can afford and cut your coat according to your size.

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Decide on the venue
You have to consider where you’d like to host the party, in my opinion the home, is more intimate. A Christmas party is a good opportunity to get people to know you better and what better way than to invite them into your personal space! There’s also something really warm about inviting people to your home.

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Guest size/guest list:
After you have decided on the venue you have to consider the capacity and the number of guests. Make sure you don’t invite more people than the space can accommodate. This brings me to your guest list. Now you don’t want “drama” at your party if it is an intimate affair so make sure you invite people that like each other; family, close friends and their dates or spouses.

On the flipside, if you are having a jump-off then the more the merrier, invite everyone you know: Friends, co-workers, your BBM contact list, you decide…once that is clear the list becomes easy.

Personally, we never exclude the children from our gatherings with friends, especially at Christmas, but if you prefer not to, specify on the invitation that it is for adults only. This will give everyone enough time to counsel their nannies or organise the kids to be dropped off at grandma’s.

Alternatively, you could hire an entertainer for the day to take care of all the kids that attend. Again if your budget will not stretch that far then engage them with face painting, a Christmas raffle draw, musical chairs, and a dancing competition. Kids are really easy to please, and your friends will thank you for being so thoughtful.

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Theme/décor:
There is so much inspiration at this time of the year. There are loads of Christmas decorations and accessories out there, and it’s easy to go to the stores and get what you need. But feel free to hire a decorator if you need help.

Set up the table and decorate a day in advance. This will give you time to purchase whatever is missing to make your table and rooms look beautiful. Leave glasses until the last minute so they don’t gather lint and dust particles overnight. After setting the table, check around to make sure everything is clean especially in the areas where guests will be mingling.

Don’t forget to spray your house with insecticide, nobody wants to be having dinner and also serve their ankles as dinner to a swarm of hungry mosquito’s who have strategically positioned themselves under the dining table.

Having the right look for the house is important in order to get your guests in the mood to be merry. While it’s not necessary to transform your home into a winter wonderland, tasteful Christmas decorations on a real tree will go a long way towards building ambiance. You don’t need a full-sized train that runs through the house carrying guests from room-to-room, but any cool, old toys add to the feeling of Christmas.

A few years ago, as couple that were known to give the best parties invited us for the Christmas shindig and they did a couple of things that were very cool. First, they had the classic black and white movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life” (with the volume down) running on their big screen TV in one room and “A Christmas Carol” (again, volume down) running on another TV. This was an immediate conversation starter because everyone has a story associated with either these stories or Christmases that they have had in the past.

The other thing they did was tie their party to a kid’s charity. Every guest was asked to bring an unwrapped gift for a specific age range of kids and all of these gifts were taken to the charity for kids that would have otherwise not had a great Christmas. Having all of these toys sitting under the tree was a very cool effect for the party.

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Save the date/ Invitation
Invite guests in advance. There’ll be lots of parties around this time, the Christmas engagement calendar fills up fast and you want to get your party on the roster. Send the ‘save the date’ well in advance so your party takes priority.

Africans by nature do not RSVP, so if everyone hasn’t responded a week from the date, contact them with a quick message. Make sure you prepare a few extras as people tend to bring friends along sometimes and if you’d rather they didn’t, please indicate it in the invitation in the best possible polite way. For sit-down formal dinners, having an accurate head count is necessary to be sure there is enough seating for everyone.

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Catering:
Decide what kind of meal and the style of service, is it buffet? Sit down meal? Whatever you decide you have to plan for it in advance. Your budget will determine whether to cook or cater. Feel free to hire a catering company or get a friend or family member if you feel you need help with the cooking. Some people work till the last days of the holidays and may not have time to shop or cook, or let’s face it; you may not necessarily be able to cook everything on your menu, so get real!

If you chose to do the cooking yourself make sure you plan your menu in advance so when your guests arrive, everything is set. Keep the menu simple and opt for a buffet presentation instead of table service, allowing guests to “help” you this way.

To make your life simpler and make your guests comfortable, prepare a table with a beautiful tray with glasses, napkins and the drinks you’ll be serving. Serve your guests’ first glass to welcome them and let them know they can help themselves at any time.

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Fun

More often than not, Christmas parties are just “meet and greet” events with very little fun. Think about the birthday parties you went to as a kid. Would any mom or dad in their right mind throw a birthday party without planning some fun stuff to do? Of course not. OK, here are three ideas to get your holiday party started.

#1 Hire a Santa with a BIG personality. Encourage your guests to sit on his knee and tell him (a) if they’ve been naughty or nice (have him insist that they tell him why), (b) what they want for Christmas this year and why. Be sure that there is a microphone nearby so that everyone can hear everything that’s being said and set up a video camera on a tripod to tape every encounter. Then post the best of these videos on your Facebook page for all your friends to remember the party. Not surprisingly, the comments are often outrageous and always hysterical and they get better as the hour gets later!

#2 Have a contest for the ugliest Christmas sweater, tie or other apparel and be sure to include reference to the contest on the invitation. This will ensure that you will have plenty of contestants because everyone has a tasteless, but FESTIVE sweater, tie or shirt. This will also provide some great Facebook postings after the party.

#3 Give every guest their own stocking stuffed with party favors as they are leaving the party. You can find inexpensive Christmas stockings at any party store and the goodies can be anything from fruit, candy, little toys, pocketknives for the guys and diaries for the girls.

Holiday parties can be a blast and with digital cameras, the fun can keep going for days on your social networks. Let us know if you used any of these ideas and how your guests responded.

Ice breakers
Introduce your guests when they arrive, especially if you feel they don’t know each other “Shade meet Ngozi, you remember when you said you needed someone to bake your daughter’s cake? She bakes delicious cakes!” That usually helps to break the ice and encourages your shy guests to mingle.

Finally, get yourself ready a good hour before your guests are set to arrive. The last thing you want after so much preparation is to look stressed out when welcoming your friends and colleagues in.

Make sure you check your restroom and include a small candle or flower arrangement in there. Place a small basket with items that guest may need  – from personal care to over-the-counter pain relievers.

A Christmas party is a nice way to relax with family and friends you don’t see much of during the year. Everyone has a chance to show off their best holiday clothes and share good laughs.

Have fun, take lots of pictures, and enjoy the party!

New Music: Victoria Kimani “Show”

Chocolate City brings us another one

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Our girl Victoria is known for her fashion slayage and most importantly her angelic voice! The Kenyan superstar has released her new single produced by MMG’s (Made Men Music) Tekno Miles.

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This track is definitely a banger and we can see ourselves rocking to this in club. Listen below.

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New Video: B.O.B Feat Trey Songz “Not For Long”

One of our favorite songs combined the witty flow of Grand Hustle artist B.O.B and the smooth voice of Trey Songz. “Not for long” is a song about a guy waiting for an attached girl to get out of her relationship so he can be with her. Gosh harsh isnt it! Well it totally makes sense that “Mr Steal Yo Girl” is featured on the track. The video features these two cuties playfully dancing and singing in front of a white screen with some great fashion to match. Check it out!

Kim Kardashian & Paper Magazine Attempt to #BreakTheInternet

Paper Magazine is really on a quest to #BreakTheInternet

Kim Kardashian recently shot with legendary photographer Jean-Paul Goude for the Winter 2014 cover and editorial for Paper Magazine. 2 covers were shot, one with Kim recreating a champagne balancing act the photographer shot years ago and another with Kim showing us why she is nicknamed “Kimmy Cakes”.

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Kim tweeted the pictures to her fans and her husband also gave his seal of approval. She also had this to say after posting the pictures:

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As promised, the rest of Kim’s editorial for Paper Magazine has been released and the TV reality star, fashionista, mom of 16-month-old baby North West and wife to Kanye West is seen completely nude.

We not only get to see a few candid shots of the star, but get an inside scoop of what makes Kim tick and stand out in her interview with Paper mag.

The interview, named “No Filter: An Afternoon with Kim Kardashian“, was done by Amanda Fortini who describes Kim’s skin as “the golden color of whiskey, is free of wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines, blemishes, freckles, moles, under-eye circles, scars, errant eyebrow hairs or human flaws of any kind. It’s like she comes with a built-in filter of her own.

She also talked with Amanda on;

On her new book Selfish and how she organizes her Selfies
The book company edited them, and I was like, ‘Wait a minute! There are like 300 here that you’re not adding!’” she says. I remark that I am surprised she can remember and differentiate among a bunch of near-identical photos of her face. She can, she says; she is organizing them chronologically, dating them by what she wore to specific events. “I know what I wore, what accessories I wore, where I was, who I was with,” she tells me. “I remember everything.” Her mind, it seems, traps the minutiae most of us forget. For her, though, it’s not minutiae; it’s her life, and her life is her career.

On if Kim Kardshain would exist without Social Media
“I don’t think so…” she says, slowly, then reconsiders. “I don’t think social media was that heavy when we started our show, but I think we really evolved with social media.”

Read the rest of her interview on PaperMagazine.com. See her editorial below

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***Bonus*** Many artists have created memes poking fun at Kim’s spread, but one artist decided to make a Simpson’s version of the Armenian beauty! Check out the fun pics

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Great to see some people celebrate Kim’s decision to pose nude, but it’s also very interesting to see people’s judgmental reactions also.This is my personal opinion on the reality’s star decision to bare it all for her fashion spread.:

This whole Kim K ‪#‎BreakTheInternet‬ has shown me that there are many people with super closed minds in the world. First off why do we make it seem as though women should be ASHAMED of their bodies or ASHAMED of their sexuality? You were born naked. Jean Paul Goude is a world renowned fashion photographer the man was halfway responsible for Grace Jones success (Who among MANY models posed COMPLETELY NUDE). If you look at the famous works of ARTISTS I’m talking Da Vinci, Picasso, Raphael and the list could go on and on women were frequently painted NAKED. Jean Paul Goude is an artist with film, Kim K is a model and there you have it the man created art. I feel as though women who aren’t a size 0 or 2 are told to cover up, but there are many size 0 and size 2 models who are mothers that pose naked every day and you hear nothing! As soon as Kim K a whole grown woman decides to show her size 8 body all the rage begins to form within people. Give the girl a break and live your lives they way you want to because Kim is surely doing that.

***Just in case anyone needs receipts Paper Magazine’s website lists this Winter issue as its “Collector’s Edition Art Issue” ***