Broadway Love: Two Trains Running

SWEET MELISSAS 010   Hey, y’all! I hope that you had a lovely weekend. A belle went to see August Wilson’s Two Trains Running at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company last Friday. To say we enjoyed ourselves is simply an understatement. Directed by LaTanya Richardson Jackson, the wife of Samuel Jackson, the play deals with the African American experience in the 2oth century. Set in 1969 in Pittsburgh, Two Trains Running revolves around the conversations of regulars in a diner as they talk about race, class, humanity, and life. Expect plenty of references to the Civil Rights Movement, gentrification and more. On a deeper surface, Two Trains Running delves into the indignity blacks faced in the 1960’s and their ardent demand for respect. Although serious subject matter is involved, expect plenty of laughs from the characters–specifically Sterling and Hambone’s interactions. Aunt Esther is a omniscient force in the play, although she is never on stage. She is over 300 years old, which tickled us so much as the characters talk about her. Tamika and I brought a friend along and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves…all 3 hours of it! The play is for adults and has heavy use of the ‘n’ word. Be prepared and come with an open

mind. If you’re easily offended, you might not want to see it. You may purchase your tickets here. Have you seen any good plays lately? * Disclosure: We received tickets to see this play. As always… a belle’s opinion is her own!

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Events We’re Looking Forward to this Month!

Hey, y’all!

There are some great events going on in Atlanta that you must check out. If you’re thinking about visiting the city, NOW is a good time. Here are our top 3 things you must-experience:

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Looking for a great night out on the town? Go ahead and get your art on by seeing August Wilson‘s popular play, Two Trains Running at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company. The play delves into gentrification, race relations, the Civil Rights Movement, and humanity. We’ll be going soon and will offer up a review then. The play runs until March 10th and you can purchase tickets here.

Atlanta Chef’s Expo is a great weekend event if you’re a foodie like us! Add some good food and libations in the mix and you’ve got yourself a party. This event is this Sunday from 1:30-5:30 p.m. and more information can be found here. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Greater Atlanta. How cool is that?!

 

Calling all aspiring brides!!! It’s that time of the year when the weather is getting warmer and love is certainly in the air! We’re not engaged, but look forward to oohing and aahing over diamonds and wedding fashion. My sister and I are excited to see the new wedding trends for the year. Tamika and I are huge fans of watching wedding related shows.

If you’re engaged, planning on it, or simply like looking at the gorgeous things in life, come join us February 27, 2013 as Atlanta Weddings Magazine hosts “The Wedding Party,” which will serve up countless doses of inspiration for your impending nuptials. The event will have cake tastings, prizes and an open bar.

Come relax as you look at all the luxury that can be had on your wedding day. Oh yes, there will be fashion. Gown designer Anne Barge will show her 2013 collection.  You already know we are giddy with excitement!

Doors open at 6 p.m. at Mason Murer Fine Art. Tickets are $25 and you may purchase tickets here

Keep up with all things hot, fab and white on our wedding Pinterest board. Y’all know we had one, right?!

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Bobby Dean Interview/Review: From Mama’s Table to Mine

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A belle had a ball at the Atlanta History Center (AHC) last night chatting with New York Times Best Selling Author/TV cook, Bobby Deen. If you are an avid cook and love to watch Food Network and the Cooking Channel, then you know some of the most fun/amazing cooks are chopping it up on TV and sharing their talents in cookbooks.

Bobby’s new solo book is From Mama’s Table to Mine. Simply, it’s a beautiful calorie conscious cookbook filled with fab photography and tips to lighten up Southern classics that are all 350 calories or less per serving.

“Live your life and enjoy it! You never know what may happen.” –Bobby Deen

If you’ve been living under a cold wet rock and have no clue as to who Mr. Deen is, well shame on you! He’s one of the very handsome sons of (in my head) America’s cute/sweet Southern grandma, Paula Deen! Bobby came to the AHC to give a lecture on not only his book, but life, health, family, and being humble.

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“I didn’t want to muddy the waters with this cookbook… I wanted to make it simple.”–Bobby Deen

We had the opportunity to do a phone interview with Deen prior to heading to the AHC. Deen is so full of energy and didn’t skimp on the fun either. He is absolutely hilarious! Check out our brief interview below.

Any challenges/fears while writing this book? I had a lot of help from amazing people who are smarter than me that helped get this book together [laughs]. I was scared that people wouldn’t like it because it isn’t traditional Southern food. From Mama’s Table to Mine is simply a book that highlights many foods I love–it’s Southern food that’s lightened up, but still has all of the flavor you expect. What’s your fondest memory in the kitchen? I can remember having breakfast at night. Mama would cook that for Jamie and I and we always loved it. One of your favorite foods? My mama’s fried green tomatoes and fried chicken. I can’t resist them!

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Bobby mentioned that there are some foods you just can’t lighten up–with fried green tomatoes topping the list! There were tasty bites that were prepared by The Viking School (from Deen’s cookbook) for guest to nibble on while they waited to be seated. I’m not a seafood person, but the sis LOVED this pickled shrimp dish with black eye pea salad below. The white chocolate-peppermint popcorn balls are divine. They had a slight minty flavor and weren’t overly sweet, which is always good in my book. Take a look:

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After asking, Bobby told us that we could come to Brooklyn to cook with him. How exciting is that! If it comes to pass, you best believe that you’ll be one of the 1st to know. Now, I’ll leave you with some of Bobby’s wisdom.

Photo: Bobby Deen is a hoot! TRUE Southern gent!

Bobby Deen’s Truth Straight from his Mouth:

1. Nobody starts off on top! If you want to start a business, make sure you are passionate about it. Don’t think that your success will happen overnight because no one ever does that. It takes time and with any business it takes about 10 years to see the fullness of it.

2. I live by an 80/20 rule. 80% of the time I am strict on what I eat and 20% of the time I eat what I want. Though I do this, I still hit the gym.

3. Not one person came to our first book signing, but now they do. Do not ever give up on your dreams. They will always come true

if you believe.

The Atlanta History Center is not only over 30 acres of beautiful history, but it is the place for all types of events. Do check out their site to see what they have going on. Sometimes they even have free events, so follow them on Twitter/Facebook to stay abreast. Before I forget… there is one event that is going on right now at the AHC and is a must-see, but you have to R.S.V.P. to experience it.

Still wondering how/who Bobby Deen is? In short, he’s cooler than the cucumber and loves, loves, LOVES his mama! He is dating a woman he adores and his home is in Savannah. He is hilarious, full of personality and a true Southern gentleman. Go out there and buy From Mama’s Table to Mine, y’all! Stay tuned because we will be giving away this book soon if it comes in the mail from the publishers.

*Special thanks to the always FAB AHC & everyone that assisted in this interview/meeting *

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Birthday Blues: Breakfast at Tiffany’s Fun!

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The only blues we experienced this weekend was at this amazing party! Blue was in the building and it looked good. Saturday, the sis & I got dolled up and headed to Macon, GA to my sweet friend Nicole’s 40th B’day bash. It was a Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed shindig held at her mother’s gorge art gallery. They went all out. There was a photo area, a loaded bar, a costume contest, plenty to eat, and a dance floor fit for Beyoncé.

Nicole doesn’t look a day over 30, right? Fierce, honey!! Her sister Heather made this absolutely beautiful cake below. Want to know what the best part was? It was a strawberry cake. Fab. AT. ITS. FINEST. PERIOD!!!

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These belles danced, laughed, drank divine blue drinks and ate some yummy treats. If anyone knows how to throw a party it’s most def Mrs. Abdou. Remember the last time we ate at her house they laid out an Egyptian feast for us–literally. I met Nicole a couple of years ago at a group for writers and we’ve been besties ever since. She’s the most beautiful person (inside & out) you will ever meet and is the funniest too.

Check out all the fun we had!!!

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Look at all these FAB ladies doing the wobble in heels. Betta work now!

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They make the electric slide look real good, huh?!

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The sis singing OFF key!

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The B’day girl!

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What I wore: All black everythang!

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Go ahead and put your right elbow in and do the hokey pokey dance! 🙂

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You can check out Nicole’s VERY POPULAR blog here!

Happy B’day my friend!!! ♥♥

 

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Belk Simple Spring Skincare Products + Tips

Happy Sunday, sweet peeps! A belle has had a long weekend but I am making it. I’ve traveled home to B’ham twice this week, Macon and back to our new home in Atlanta so, I am extremely beat. I think I will post up on the couch for the entire day! After having a chance to read many of your emails this a.m. this belle has to tell you about some of the products we use/like. Now that I think about it, this is our 1st Sunday blog post. Yay!!

Belk gave us a bag of beauty goodies to tell you about. Another post to come!!

What better way to celebrate the week than with simple/easy skincare products/tips, right? I am so elated to show you the items I was discussing on TV yesterday. For those of you that asked… the sis had a gala and speaking engagement on Friday & Saturday, which is why she didn’t come to Fox 6 with me. She wanted to come and I even had to hear her dramatic wails every time she thought about not being able to come chat with you all live!

Any hoo, y’all know we are excited that spring is near. This time of year we are not only cleaning our closets, but we are making sure our skin is as clear/clean as it can be. We have some easy tips below, but first I want to talk about 3 must-haves this spring when it comes to skincare. You can find all of these products at Belk and they all are fab, fab, FAB! Here’s why:

Ahava’s Mud Mask and moisturizer is so lovely on the skin. It makes it soft and removes excessive oils which can cause breakouts. If you want to try something that is fast and easy then head to Belk ASAP (order online from them if they aren’t in your hood). These products will work wonders.

The mask only stays on your face for 2 minutes and you’re done. Follow up with their moisturizer and you’re good to go, honey. After using both for a few weeks now, my skin feels even more refreshed and that always make me shimmy!

Oh yeah.. you don’t have to use too much of the moisturizer as a little goes a long way!

Your tips await you! ♥♥ 

1. If you wear makeup or not make sure that you always clean your face at night. What product to use? Find one that you can’t live without!

2. Cleanse your face with a product that purifies your skin. I just told you all about Ahava, so, try it. 🙂

3. Moisturize.
4. If you have thin eyebrows use a brow styler to give your face a fresh even look.
5. Consistency is key. Repeat these steps for glowing spring skin.
If you have thin brows like myself then try this fierce baby out. It will make your face pop as brows set the tone for a clear/happy face, and makes your skin look that much better. This brow styler is the bomb.com. It’s shaped like a pen and has a dual effect. You use the left side to fill in your brows and the right side to blend/brush. Fab combo! Until next time, friends!
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