Hi friends, We’ve missed y’all so much, but have been statement of purpose writing service spending a much needed reprieve away from the blog. Even a belle needs rest. We hope you enjoyed Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year! To send off 2012, we wanted to highlight our 10 best posts this year. In anticipation of 2013, we have great things coming your way. Tamika and I will be featuring more fashion posts than ever before. We will take you behind the scenes to our kitchen and show you how we get down. We are so excited to share our new adventures in Atlanta (and beyond) with you! Now, about that picture…. Homemade Eats & Treats: Spicy Chops & Tasty Garlic Spuds
We love cooking and sharing our adventures in the kitchen with you. 2012 saw a lot of different recipes…this one included. The meal was quite yummy for the tummy too!
If you don’t know by now, we’re huge fans of The Neelys’. Getting a chance to hear about their experiences in one of our fave places, the Atlanta History Center, was a dream come true. There was good food, good discussion and good fashion. Y’all see how I got dolled up for them, right?!
This post has an interesting story behind it. We made it to Fox 6 WBRC News with this post, which led to us to having a monthly segment where we discuss all things ArtBLT! 2012 has been a year of blessings for your girls. We got the call to appear on the news 1 day prior and scrambled to make all these goodies. We were up til 2 a.m and had to be on air at 7:30 a.m. Ha! Our hard work led us to where we are today…sharing great fashion, tips and more on a monthly basis! Many thanks to our angel who saw something in us. We are forever grateful to you and will hold you in our hearts forever.
We love to travel, but who knew how much fun we’d get into while in Savannah. We fell in love with the food, culture, and most importantly, the people. Travel broadens us and awakens new things inside of us. This was a great 5-day trip where we met lovely friends.
This was an awesome exhibit at the Atlanta History Center! It was about the legendary Apollo Theater. The exhibit featured costumes from the likes of Michael Jackson, James Brown, Patti LaBelle, and more. We also got to see firsthand the power of social media. We met our sweet friend Brandi in person. Never underestimate the power of social media people! Moving to Atlanta has been much easier since we’ve met WONDERFUL people through blogging. Y’all don’t how much that means to us. Before I tear up, let me move to the next post.
What’s better than meeting the uber sexy actor Lance Gross? Seeing lots of indie films cell phone spy app reviews of course! The sis and I had a ball watching films about art, love, culture and more. And although you can’t see them, I was the girl that went to a film festival with 3″ heels on. Whew! There was lots of walking that day. I even broke my heel (hehe). Shoe Attack: Donald J. Pliner Interview
Mom turned us on to Donald Pliner’s shoes, BUT we turned Pliner on to ArtBLT. Meeting him was fantastic! Pliner has such a wonderful personality, makes quality shoes, and is a cool dude. Feeding my shoe obsession and doing a lil interviewing ain’t hurt nobody except for my wallet.
Christmas might be over, but these gifts are too fab! The sis and I loved coming up with this list of great finds that won’t leave you with lint in your pockets. Most of y’all know we love supporting local businesses, small businesses and places where the staff is too sweet. This list will get you through any special event whether it’s a birthday or wedding…we promise.
What are your plans for New Year’s? We want to writing an essay hear about your resolutions and vision boards.
We hope and pray for your health and happiness in 2013. Stay beautiful and fab! See you in 2013!
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Christmas is upon us and a belle is feeling quite merry. We’re on Santa’s nice list and wanted to share our wish list with y’all…thankfully it doesn’t include a lump of coal. Another plus is that all of the items are under $50, which means you don’t have to go penniless while spreading holiday cheer.
These are items you should have if you’re much too cool, because frankly, coal isn’t a great gift:
Artistry Light up Lip gloss– We LOVE, LOVE, LOOOOVE this lip gloss! Worn by Miss America contestants, this gloss will make your puckers look and feel good. This cutey patooty is equipped to handle any event. No more fumbling around in a dark car trying to make sure your lips look good…this gloss comes with a built in light and mirror. Yes, honey child!
You can get your cute on by contacting our friend, Birmingham diva, Karri Bentley. She will take very good care of you. Sweet readers/viewers if you purchase 4 lip glosses, the 5th is f-r-e-e-. Can we say: Sweeeet Christmas?! You can buy some for friends and keep one for yourself. You have to use the link above to get this holiday deal!
Cost per tube: $16+shipping
Alexander McQueen Evolution– This book is perfect for the fashion lover in your life. It details some of the fashion icons mesmerizing shows. The fashion and photography are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Ow!! This will make the perfect gift for any belle. Even the cover is fierce. You can feel the plastic the dress is made out of–literally.
Cost: $23.10 via our fave site Amazon
The Truth About Style– This book will take you places. It’s a lovely gift for those who are looking for ways to revamp their wardrobe. You will love the transformation of 9 women from various backgrounds/ages. We picked up our copy at the Atlanta History Center. A gift membership to the AHC is another Christmas must-have! Sometimes, you get to meet authors!!!
Fashionable Notes– These Eco friendly bags will take you from blah to chic. Made by a fellow Birminghamian you can use these totes while grocery shopping or catching those great sales. They have a lot of styles for the ladies and gents.
Williamson Bros BBQ sauce– Try this stuff one time and you are forever changed. Buy the BBQ lover in your life their sample sauce pack. I’m a forever fan of the garlic BBQ sauce. The spices are just that good too!
Cost: $25-$46depending on the size of case + shipping
Plush Creations– These cute travel accessories will CHANGE your life. We take ours EVERYWHERE. They are American made in the heart of Texas and oh so lovely. Items range from jewelry holder bags, lingerie bags, shoe bags, and nice travel accessories for men and women. You can even have your items personalized!
If you order in-stock items by Monday, you’ll have them by Christmas. THE BEST PART: For all of you fab ArtBLT readers, if you enter: ‘BelleBeauty2012’ in the special instruction box during check out, you’ll get 15% off of all orders $65+ after processing. The sweetness behind Plush Creations is also giving FREE SHIPPING, FREE HANDWRITTENGIFT CARD & FREE GIFT WRAPPING! Talk about a steal! These items are one of a kind. Once gone. That’s it!
Cost: $45+FREE SHIPPING
We hope you’ll go out and support these businesses! Many of them are small and native to the South! We’ve made it easy to order the items…just click on the embedded links.
Do tell, what’s on your Christmas wish list?
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Friends, I hope y’all had a great weekend. Tamika and I spent the weekend having loads of fun under a tent. A belle saw Cirque du Soleil‘s TOTEM and had the immense pleasure of being invited to a backstage tour!! We are huge fans of Cirque shows, so you know we’re still on cloud 9.
What do you get with 52 performers from 17 countries that range from 16-62 years old? TOTEM!
This magnificent show has acrobatics, dancers, skaters and yes, monkeys! If you’ve ever been to a Cirque show you know what to expect. But if you haven’t, you’re doing yourself a serious disservice. The show is under the big top in Atlantic Station, so if you’ve been meaning to visit Atlanta, you should book a day trip now.
TOTEM is about the devotion to mankind and takes its inspiration from different cultures. The show is all about humans pushing their limits…think about a mad scientist in a cone juggling over a dozen balls, a unicyclist riding a unicycle with one foot while catching balls on her head, and more.
Tamika and I interviewed Greg Kennedy, who plays a juggling mad scientist. Kennedy has been touring with the show since 2010 and travels with his wife and kids. He describes his juggling as a “sense of exchanges within a multiple amount of places.” Kennedy has an engineering background, which helped him with his juggling. When asked what he is up to next, Kennedy told us that he is currently playing around with magnets and squares.
Kennedy’s act is a focal point in TOTEM, and once you see it, you’ll know what I mean. He is inside of a lit cone juggling an insane amount of balls. One word: SPECTACULAR! A belle was giddy with excitement while watching him onstage.
For all our fashion forward peeps, Cirque is on point when it comes to designing the costumes. They have a design team that travels with them on the road, ensuring each show you see is filled with wildly colorful and amazing costumes.
Have a gander at the beautiful costume that is worn by some of the performers.
Some of the costumes are even hand painted Because of the work the performers put in, the costumes are washed daily and replaced every 6 months. You can’t buy the old costumes on Ebay for your Halloween party though…the costumes are officially retired and collect a pension through corporate events.
Can you believe that 400 people work on costumes for 20 shows? Cirque du Soleil spares nothing when it comes to making a memorable show–live musicians and instruments. This is why we’re forever fans of their productions!
These masks are made to custom fit each performer. A 3D scan is made of the performer’s head so that it fits perfectly. Check out the performers in action!
Allow us to leave you with a few fun facts about TOTEM:
When we arrived for our interview, it was the 966th time the show was performed.
It takes 8 days to put up the TOTEM tent and 10 days to take it down.
TOTEM has been on the road for 2 years. It has a 15 year life span.
4 chefs travel with the group and make 250 meals daily.
There is a school on site for the performer’s children.
Performers can take acting classes, ballet classes, etc.
TOTEM ends on December 30th, so hurry up and get your tickets!
Disclosure: The sis and I were provided with tickets to see this magnificent show before this interview/backstage pass. Thanks to all our sweet friends that made this experience possible. Y’all rock! A belle’s opinions are her own.
It was my first time shopping at Charming Charlie, and I’m glad I checked the place out. iphone spy software They had a great sale going on at the time. Check out the earrings that came with it! The set cost me cell phone spy no install a whopping $6, which wasn’t too shabby at all.