Let’s Jam: D’Nell

If you haven’t heard of this group, you’re missing out on something special. I was introduced to their music a few years back while writing for an online music website. D’Nell is comprised of producer Dan Jones and singer Ellie Hajee. D’Nell’s music is a mixture of techno, smoothness (yes, it’s a category), and honestly, I can’t really describe it. Just give it a listen and allow it to swirl around in your ear.

Eargasm 101: Plug in now (NOTES)

We have compiled a list of artists you need to listen to NOW. **Publish under ARTBELLES**

  • D’Nell
  • Lina
  • Hil St Soul–may do total feature on them…
  • Adele (okay, she’s not necessarily indie, but we LOVE her!)
  • Porscha
  • JUA (he’d interview)
  • Tasha ?? (I’m addicted to life)….she may be a good interview. Spelman grad…think she’s based in DC…
  • Dain Harris–think he’s based in Atl. Could possibly be a great interview.
  • Bilal
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Waterseed (try to do an interview). ShermikaBelle loves their music!

**May split into 2-3 posts…maybe have a theme “A week of music you’re cheating yourself out on**?? Good to strectch out posts if possible.. (Link to sites, etc.) Jazz artists? etc.

Christmas Wish List 2012: Presents/Stocking Stuffers for $50 or less!

Hey, friends!

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!

Lights, camera, beauty!

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.  

Cost: $20+shipping

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-$46 depending 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 HANDWRITTEN GIFT CARD & FREE GIFT WRAPPING! Talk about a steal! These items are one of a kind. Once gone. That’s it!

This cute tissue pouch can double as a phone holder!


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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