Party Like It’s 1980 Somethin’

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*Cues BeyoncĂ©’s “Party” song* Happy B’day to all of you FAB Libras! Wooooot! The sis wanted an ’80’s themed house party this year & she got it. Thank heavens I didn’t pull every strand of hair out of my head because she sure knows how to tell you things at the last hour. I know I should be used to it phone spy app by now, but hey, it is what it is!! 🙂 Y’all just don’t know how this girl stresses me out with a smile *hugs with a side eye*.

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Want to hear the funny part? Well, the Shermika told me literally 4 days before last Saturday that she wanted a party. I didn’t think it was funny at the time. Ha! Not only did I have to find a cake to fit her standards, the location, decorations fit for a sassy southern belle, & food that would delight, but I had only 4 freakin’ days to complete the task. Let’s just say: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!!

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With the help of many sweet peeps I was able to pull it off & I thank them dearly for their help (Renah, DJ Rich, Bartender K, D, Riley, & Ty xoxo). In case you’re wondering, I found mostly all the decor items (glow rings, napkins, shades) from Amazon. I have their Prime shipping, so things always come super fast in the mail honey. We are diehard Amazon lovers at our home! Wait. Until. You. See. This. Cake. Oh yeah…we’ll talk in a few.

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We taped actual vinyl records on the wall to give it a little more uumph!
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The signs they are holding were made out of a poster board
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Tina Turner (Keisha) was working that hair!
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Ty used colored foam sheets to cut out the pac-man shapes that we taped. Cuteness!!!!!!
IMG_9142 One word: FIERCE!!! Two words: Publix Bakery. Being in Atlanta, there are a lot of bakeries. It seems like I called every bakery in town. One lady had the gall to get smart with me & tell me they didn’t “do sheet cakes” & that we should try “that Publix store.” And, you know what? A belle did just that! It turned out beautiful, right?! Being certified A1 diehard Publix shoppers, I don’t know why I didn’t think of them first. The young lady who decorated our cake, Nicole, was such a sweetheart. I told her our theme, showed her a few pics of the party items I purchased, & told her to surprise me. Honey, I was elated & even did a lil dance in the store when I went to pick up the cake. The top cake was chocolate & the bottom was white. It was tooooo good for words so just have another gander or two. LOL! Finish checkin’ out the party you sweet thang you! photo (30) OCTOBER 2013 036

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Kay looks cute in her workout gear & won a $10 Macy’s gift-card best term paper services in one of our contests!! It was the sis’s party & she did what she wanted to! Werk!!
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Mr. Ghostbuster & Money Makin’ Mitch
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Ty & Kay got the party started right!!!!
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Hammer DON’T order essay play that!!!
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Grace Jones (Dee) was in the buildin’!
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Meemee & Kay were about to spy cell phone location free have a dance off!
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I had a ball & LOVE YOU SOOOOO MUCH, SIS. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tell us below about any fun themed parties you’ve crashed this year!!

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Taste of Atlanta Giveaway

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Friends, y’all know the sis and I love a good food festival and are Taste of Atlanta (TOA) regulars. Don’t we look cute in those TOA streets?

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Voted “2013 Best of Atlanta Food Festival and Event” by Creative Loafing, TOA is Atlanta’s best “Eat and Greet” event of the year! A belle looks forward to the fun in the fall with TOA. It’s the food lover’s dream festival that attracts thousands of people every year to enjoy culinary creations from the city’s finest restaurants. Over 90 of Atlanta’s top restaurants participate in the festival. TASTE OF ATL 2012 129

Want to see what the hype is about? Enter to win a pair of General Admission tickets to Taste of Atlanta on Sunday, October 27th!! Thanks to the lovelies over at TOA, we’re giving away two pairs of general admission tickets.
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Choir Boy

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Friends! A belle has had a week of culture. I’ve celebrated my birthday in style (a post to come), and the sis and I have seen some amazing shows. One thing about Atlanta is that there is ALWAYS something to do, and there a plethora of performing arts events going on at any given time. The sis and I were invited to check out Choir Boy, which opened at the Hertz Stage on September 2oth. Being the southern belles we are, we had a shonuff good time listening to the downhome hymnalds that were sung in this play.

Choir Boy is written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, one of America’s more celebrated young playwrights. The play is a coming-of-age story about young black men, and the trials they go through. Expect to see themes of sexuality, bullying, family issues, identity issues, and religious themes throughout.

Choir Boy is set at Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, which is a school dedicated to the creation of strong black men. Pharus is its main character. Pharus is an effeminate male who must navigate through the school, as well as uncover his true identity.

If you’re easily offended, I must warn you that the ‘n’ word is used and there is slight nudity. However, going to see Choir Boy made my weekend. This is a really heavy play that  brings to light serious issues–such as discrimination and homophobia. I urge you to check out Choir Boy. The music alone is worth the admission price, but the play is icing on the cake!

Choir Boy ends on October 13th so go NOW! You may purchase tickets here.

Disclosure: We received tickets to this event. As always, a belle’s opinions are her own! 

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Stylish Hair Couture to the Rescue

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Hey friends! I hope you all are doing lovely! It’s been a while since I last posted, but a belle has been quite busy since returning from Houston. Even your fave bloggers have to take a break, right? We’ve had a lot going on and do miss you dearly. Although the sis and I were on hiatus, we have lots of things occurring behind the scenes for you. You’ll see some new things from The ArtBelles in the coming weeks! Yipppppie!!!

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Available at one of our FAVORITE STORES: Ulta!!! Deets below.

Since I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had much time to style my hair. I recently got it cut so on days when I don’t want to wear it curly, I put it into a never-do-me-wrong-pony-tail. You are versed in these, right? Y’all know I’m fashion conscious, so I have to be stylish from my head to my toe. I tried out these cute little ponytail ties/holders from KARINA French Couture for several weeks. They come in different colors/styles and can match any outfit. Any. Outfit! Hunty!

The one I’m pictured in below is a piece of art and is gorgeous–so is the floral one. The sis LOVES flowers so you know she screamed when she saw this one. No. Literally she did–she’s a flowerhead and it’s her favorite. Wondering what I like most besides their looks? They don’t break your hair off like some of these ponytail accessories do, and they all can dress up or accent any outfit. As soon as you can get to Ulta they are yours to take home to play with.

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Black (Style#K10812X1), $7

Flower print (Style#K10824X1), $7.50

Vintage gold (Style# K10828X1), $7 ***FYI-over time the gold will fade a little after usage***

Yellow Print (Style# K10850X1), $7.50

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*Disclosure: These items were sent to a belle for review. This most certainly doesn’t affect our opinion in any way!

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A Little Bit of Spunk on Stage

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 “I git to the git with some pain n’ some spit n’ some spunk.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston 

Hi friends! I hope y’all are doing well. We’ve been on a hiatus, but even a darling belle needs some r&r right? Since we’re relaxed, the sis and I decided to take in a couple plays this weekend. I’ve always been a fan of Zora Neale Hurston’s work, so when a belle found out some of her short stories would be performed on stage, I was giddy with excitement.

The show, Spunk, was put on by none other than Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, who always deliver quality theatre to audiences in Atlanta. The play was written by noted playwright George C. Wolfe.

Spunk covered three of Zora Neale Hurston’s works: Sweat, A Story in Harlem Slang and The Gilded Six Bits. 

Sweat was about a woman’s triumph over an abusive husband. You will love the soulful down home blues singing that occurs in this story. Imagine yourself transported to the Delta where you get a peek inside the lives of complex characters.

A Story in Harlem Slang was perhaps one of the funniest! The actors were so lively as they told the story of street hustlers trying to out-hustle each other, and  a beautiful woman in the process. You’ll need to glance at your program during this performance, so you can understand what the slang means.

The Gilded Six Bits is about a doting husband who experiences an impasse in his relationship with his wife. The story entails triumph and betrayal.

Throughout each short story, you will continue to hear bluesy music that will make your soul smile. Along with the excellent acting, the music will draw you in. It is truly an experience.

Spunk was an absolutely superb performance!!! Go because you want to see something different. Go because you want to take in AND support the arts. I promise you won’t be disappointed. If you’re a fan of excellent American literature that allows you to peek into the lives of blacks during the Harlem Renaissance and Great Migration, you’re in for a treat. Zora Neale Hurston is one of the foremost writers (and not just African-American) of the 20th century.

Spunk  is playing in Midtown Atlanta at the 14th Street Playhouse, which is convenient to many of Atlanta’s finest dining and shopping establishments. It’s also a perfect place to people watch. The run ends on October 13th and tickets start at $35, which is an AWESOME PRICE for what you will experience. You can purchase your tickets here.

Disclosure: We received tickets to this event. As always, a belle’s opinions are her own! 

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