Valentine’s Day Kisses xoxo


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it’s a time when many of y’all will be all hugs, kisses, and smiles. A belle had the opportunity to try out the waterpik Aquarius Designer Series collection to get our teeth in tip top shape!  Who doesn’t love designer items?! Though we’d never kiss & tell, we can’t neglect to tell ya about this little beauty here. :)

The Aquarius Collection is super cute, and ranges in colors from white, pink, black, & teal. They make quite the style statement in your bathroom don’t cha think!

The waterpik retails for $89.99 and is WELL worth it. Y’all know I am frugal, but I am sensitive about my mouth! My dentist has recommended for years that I purchase a waterpik and I finally have ONE NOW!! My dentist always tells me to floss the teeth I want to keep, so I’ve been trying to do a good job of taking better care of this lil mouth of mine because I want ALL of my teeth years from now.



The waterpik says that its proven to remove up to 99.9% of plaque from areas that you treat in as little as 3 seconds. The device is also clinically proven to be 50% more effective for improving gum health vs. string floss. All of these claims were conducted via independent studies, but I can say that I felt the plaque gone from my mouth immediately.

I am not a fan of floss because I have tight contacts, which makes it hard to floss some of my teeth in the back. Using the waterpik has made flossing extremely easy and I can notice that my teeth feel cleaner.

With 10 pressure settings, a one minute timer, and 7 tips, you’re sure to get your gums in shape in no time! The waterpik doesn’t use a lot of water, is super easy to use, and leaves your teeth and gums feeling refreshingly clean. The waterpik also promises that you’ll see results with your gums within 14 days or get your money back! It’s sure worth a try y’all! If you’ve tested this baby out then let a belle know! Until next time sweethearts!! Happy Valentine’s day!!

Wine and Reels: Napa Valley Film Festival


125 Films + 250 Filmmakers + 150 Wineries + 30 Chefs = A foodie/culture lovers DREAM!  

Friends, when a belle first heard about the Napa Valley Film Festival, we just knew it was vacay time! Y’all know that we love indie film + travel, so this would be a perfect combination.

We jetted into San Francisco and made the hour and a half drive to Napa. The drive was scenic y’all and is worth seeing to believe!

On Thursday afternoon, we saw Black and White starring Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner, and Anthony Mackie. The film was shown in the quaint Uptown Theatre in the heart of Napa. One thing I’d like to tell y’all is that although indie films are featured, don’t think these films don’t cast TALENTED actors!

Black and White delved into the relationship amongst maternal and fraternal grandparents–one black and the other white–fighting for custody of their biracial granddaughter. The story line was pretty straightforward, yet it raised interesting questions in regards to race, discrimination, class, privilege, and most importantly, LOVE. Kevin Costner was at the screening and I got to catch a quick glimpse of him! Ow!

If you have the opportunity to see Black and White, I think you’d enjoy it. The entire staff delivered a solid performance, and I’d gladly rate it a 5/5 belles!

Overall, if you want to be surrounded by beautiful vineyards, cute people, awesome films, and loads of wine the NVFF is the way to go!


A belle was invited to the uber exclusive Gala, which featured sweets from Sweetie Pie’s, Kollar Chocolates (which I later visited..y’all know I have a sweet tooth), and wine from various wineries. There was also a cigar bar, which only a boss would partake in!

Curious about what I wore eh? Ever the frugal fashionista….


Dress: JC Penney $8
Bag: Vintage (got it from my mama)
Shoes: Miu Miu (consignment)
Jewelry: (consignment)


During NVFF, we visited the cooking demonstrations (it’s the foodie in a belle) and the wine pavilions. We tasted wine from:

Chimney Rock, Rutherford Hill, Provenance, Trefethen, Acacia, Sterling

And these are the ones I can remember before the wine kicked in smh. We’ll provide detailed reviews of wines/wineries in a later post so stay tuned!

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I enjoyed Kollar Chocolates so much that I had to visit the store and buy a few to nosh on. They were unbelievably good (and expensive)! 


On Friday night, we made the 45 minute trek to Calistoga to see #ChicagoGirl. This film deals with heavy subjeect matter, so it was refreshing to have such an intimate and inviting space to feature the film at.

#ChicagoGirl revolves around Ala’a, a Syrian-American teenager in Chicago who utilizes social media to help coordinate the Syrian Revolution. If you ever thought social media was a waste of time, this film illustrates how one young woman helps to fight for the liberties so many take for granted, and how Ala’a courageously fights against a regime using social media. #ChicagoGirl is an AMAZING movie that really brings a lot of things into perspective.

Goodbye to all That: We didn’t care for this movie so much. The plot was weak, the characters were one dimensional, and the ending left much to be desired. Watch at your own risk…

I’d highly suggest you take a trip to Napa, soak up the vineyards, sip some wine, and partake in the film festival. Be sure to arrive an hour early to see your wishlist films. Due to smaller venues being at capacity, we were unable to see many films…however there’s always next year! Quite a few of them I’ll be looking for on the Google (yes, I call it the Google).

What’s your favorite film festival or indie film?

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STOP in the Name of ArtBLT: Exploring the Motor City


We missed y’all so much! Tamika and I took a break away from blogging to handle family matters. In a few short months I have moved twice to 2 states (yep, you read right chile), AND Tamika has moved twice to the same state (LOOOOOONG story)!

Needless to say, we have been trying to get ourselves together before bringing you the freshness you deserve.

I’ve been traveling a lot lately (mostly for work), and I had the opportunity to visit Detroit….the Motor City…Home of Motown…

Take a gander at a few of my travel shots!

A Birminghamian just HAS to take a picture in Birmingham, Michigan. 😉

The Detroit Riverwalk is fascinatingly beautiful! It is near GM’s headquarters. I felt such a cool sense of peace as I walked along the river. Don’t let anyone scare you from visiting Detroit. It is a nice city…you just have to find those little gems.

To STOP and STAND in the same room where The Temptations, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and the list does go on sang their hearts out was incredible. Visiting the Motown museum is a MUST if you’re visiting Detroit!

Along the way I tried some great eats, and found the coolest lil wine joint! But alas, I was so immersed in my experience I forgot to snap pics of the food! What’s your favorite place to travel too?

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Indie Love: George Tandy Jr

Indie Love: George Tandy Jr

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Friends, a belle has been away for a minute. Tamika and I are both going through major changes with moving and such. PLEASE bear with a belle as we get back to some sense of normalcy.

I don’t know if y’all have heard of this cat by the name of George Tandy Jr, who sings this beautiful love song March. No worries, because ya fave belles have you covered. I got word that he was performing at the House of Blues in Dallas, so I did what any other music loving fashionista would do…purchase a ticket!

Tandy perfomed selections from his forthcoming album, The Foundation, which hits the streets tomorrow! You already know who will be on iTunes bright and early! Check out our Instagram to hear Tandy in action honey.

Tandy has the ability to fuse different musical styles together–r&b, jazz, soul, reggae, to create his own unique sound. When I tell y’all this cat is talented I mean it!

All in all, the one hour set was DOPE! Tandy has actual talent and knows how to work a crowd. He took it to the old school by even singing a lil Temptations, My Girl.

To make things better, Tandy is also VERY NICE, which is always a plus. He spelled my name incorrectly when he autographed a picture; once I pointed it out, he apologized ever so sweetly and signed a NEW picture for me.

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Support REAL music friends. Are  there any indie musicians you enjoy? Do tell a belle!

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A belle is currently taking some much needed vacation AND we are in the process of moving.

We have some GREAT POSTS in store for you….

See you in a week or so!


~The ArtBelles