Mary Mary Tip-Toes to ATL in Style

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Take these shackles off my heel wearing feet so I can dance, y’all.  If you sweeties are following our social media channels (we hope you are!) then you already know who came to visit Atl yesterday: Tina & Erica Campbell!!!! Yes, the beautiful multi-Grammy award winning gospel divas Mary Mary came to give the public an exclusive screening of their season 3 hit WE tv show. *snaps fingers*

“I’m not a celebrity. Celebrities don’t show their weaknesses & shortcomings. God gets the glory in all of it.” –Tina Campbell

Do you watch? Honey, the sis  I do & we love everything from Goo’s styling escapades to their cute mama who always knows best! Divas T & E, as I lovingly call them, are always showing they are real people behind the flashin’ lights. We’ve been rockin’ with them since day one. They are such a loving sweet fam & it’s easy to re-fall in love with them. In my head they are my fierce older, but wiser big cousins.

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“God has a way of fixing things in a way that nobody else can.” –Erica Campbell

We were invited to a private reception prior to their screening. Now as grand as this was, the best part is that Mary Mary performed live afterwards. There’s no concert like a free concert (guests brought a can good to support The Atlanta Community Food Bank).

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These fiercely dressed ladies had a lot of inspiration to give. A belle didn’t get to ask any personal questions as it wasn’t as (I thought it would be one-on-one) intimate–and was more of a q&a type gig. Nonetheless these sisters dropped many gems. Check out what they had to say below & check out the rest of our pics. Set your DVRs & be sure to watch the new season of their show on Feb. 27, 2014. ‘Kay? Good!

Erica:

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“Faith is faith. If I trust God in the front, then I trust him in the back.” 

  • Revealed: Their fam implemented “family prayers” as a result of 2013. Her soon to be released first solo album “Help” (latter part of March 2014) is everything she’s been through over the past year
  • Had to adjust to singing/relying on her self while creating & missed the fun that she shared with her sister Tina during the process, but learned to lean on  her own because of what God has given to her
  • Balance & honesty is a must
  • Revealed: “If I’m not ok I will tell you that I’m not ok, but I’ll get through it. Stay honest. Things don’t  always stay the same.” She said if she’s not fine she’ll never say otherwise because it’s the truth
  • Fit exercise in where you can. “The same way you change the oil in your car you have to change your body. It’s your temple, have the best temple.”

Tina:

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“As human beings we have to go through the fire. I’m human.” 

  • Revealed: This season we were more open to the public with something that’s always been close
  • Don’t compete with media images that you have to be superwoman (in regards to whatever it is that you do i.e. mom, sister, wife, friend etc.)–it’s a lie. Be realistic so you don’t stress out. Decide where you want to shine & stick with it & give it your all
  • Revealed: Work hours are from 10-2 & when she’s the most creative
  • Eats healthy & her drink of choice is good old H2O. *laughs* “[Exercise] doesn’t find its way into my life… I still like my fried chicken & biscuits, but I mix it up with a kale salad & some nice berries.”
  • To much is given much is required. If you want something different you have to do something you have never done

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Look at the food y’all!

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When I find some pics of them online I’ll post. I waited a long while for them to hit the carpet & had to leave. 🙁

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I finally met this sweet lady in person. Follow/check out her blog for celeb news & more!

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This line was wrapped around the World of Faith Epic Center. Loved seeing this! Will you be watching?

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Dress your Gadget to the Nines

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This post was suppose to be up yesterday, but a certain belle (you have a 50/50 chance of guessing right) couldn’t find our SD card. *deep semi dramatic sigh* Alas, the post is here for all of you fab peeps that have emailed us about dressing your lovely tech devices with the cutest fashions after viewing our live segment on Saturday. Let’s face it, we’re in the digital age where almost everyone, *laughs* including dogs, uses social media. Mainly how do we all use social media? With our mobile techs of course!

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Check out how they look with their flaps closed below!!

These belles don’t leave the house without a cute stylus for our mobile devices (our blinged out styluses pictured above are dopeness). The sis has an iPad Air & I have a Samsung Note 10.1. We both have iPhone 5‘s. Honey, our 5’s stay dressed to the nines! Those of you who know us very well know that we’re always changing it up. Why? Because like anything else, changing accessories help our tech devices stay even cooler.

Do we spend a lot of money on them? Heck NO! Our fave place to purchase these type of items is Amazon. They should make us brand ambassadors as we get shipments on a regular! They have plenty of vendors to choose from, fast shipping (get Prime– I. LOVE. IT.), & will replace/refund an item that you don’t like without any hassle. You don’t even have to pay shipping to return items. We’ve found cute phone cases for as little as $3. My blinged out case above was less than $11 compared to plenty of peeps selling them for double & even quadruple. Check out the rest of our pics & our tips below!

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The two cases on the right were less than $6! The leopard case was purchased from Alexis Boutique

This purple/teal Belkin case is so sleek & lightweight, but adds fierceness to my phone.

Tips for owning the perfectly styled tech devices:

1. Purchase a stylus… any stylus. A stylus keeps your clean oily fingers from streaking your phone. Don’t you haaaaate that? Lord knows I do. I don’t like the phone screen protectors at all. Also, a stylus makes navigating/texting on your touch screen devices even more easy & F-U-N! Win!

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LOVE my mini stylus for my iPod

2. Find items that have the double f’s: Fashionable & Functional. Check out our example below. The phone case on the right has a wrist strap & a place to house cash/an i.d. & a few business cards if need be.

3. Play with different textures, patterns, etc. If you are afraid of doing so with your wardrobe…do so with your tech accessories. These are perfect conversational pieces. Trust me. They start convos for me all. of. the. time.

4. Make your own phone case. There are countless YouTube vids & you can purchase your must-haves via Amazon or any craft store. I’m working on making one soon. I have all my supplies so stay tuned.

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The inside of the striped case pictured above

Isn’t the cassette tape phone case cuuute. I also have it in a beautiful teal color. Less than $3!!!

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This black Incipio phone case is a dream (less than $25). On days when we don’t feel like carrying a purse we use this. It snaps back at the bottom with a hidden place to store cash/cards/the works. We purchased ours from Verizon Wireless (mine is white to add contrast to my black iPhone). Too cool for school & my purse. I’ve never lost a phone & don’t plan on it, which is why this is one of my faves!

Oh before a belle forgets. See that black device above?  It’s called Mophie & Shermika & I both have the dual port model. It’s basically a portable charging station. This little mobile device will allow you to charge your tablets/cellphones/any USB enabled devices while on the go for up to 5 times depending on usage/device. It’s lightweight & easily fits in your bag.

These will run you $99 or less, & we purchased them from the Apple store. The single port mophie is a lil less expensive too. They are easy to use & are always a life saver for us when we can’t hunt down a plug to recharge our devices. Used one before? Do you dress your devices?

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Blog, Fashion, FUN, REPEAT

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Vintage Bag: Chanel ($399.99)

On Friday eve the sis & I spent the night gazing at beautiful threads & more from designers all around the world. Honey, for a second a belle thought she had tip-toed on a jet to Paris, then, Italy, then back home to the states. Thanks to Alexis Suitcase (Buckhead location) we never had to pull out our passports. We experienced a lot of fashion cuteness in one night at their Alexis Suitcase hosted VIP event for Atlanta Bloggers.

It was fab to meet our Instagram fashion diva (twostylishkays.com) in person. YOU following us? We’d love to have ya!

The event was for us ladies to get together and feast on some of the best that the fashion gods had granted us with. There was a mini fashion show (all of the clothes/bags/shoes below are consignment–go purchase!), yummy eats, & plenty of shoes, accessories, handbags, clothes, & much more to have at.

Check a gander at all the fun we experienced below & tell us what you think!

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Raincoat: Prada ($149)

Shoes: Christian Loubiton (For Sale)

NEW Bag: Valentino ($1499)

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Vintage Lamb Skin Bag: Chanel ($699.99)

Black booties/Dress: (For Sale)

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Check out Alicia’s blog: allymcglam.com

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All of the delish gourmet bites were from Under the Canapé!

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One of the best parts of the night? *giggles* The prizes and the lust in liquid form also known as Vixen vodka. This vodka is the bomb.com as it’s too smooth for words. I sipped it for the first time here & fell in love then. We had so much fun!! There were random prizes given away, and bloggers received small swag bags. I even won a hair cut & will be giving it away soon. Stay tuned for the deets!

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Check out & support these SWEEEET ladies. They are a LOCAL business. You know we adore almost anything local, right. Thought you did, honey! 🙂

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As usual, Shermika & I had a ball chatting with many of the ladies there as we all shopped & discovered new items to add to our fashion bucket-list. We’ve been to too many consignment shops to name, but honestly Alexis Boutique is our fave & they didn’t have to twist our arms for us to tell y’all this. It’s the truth.

If you know us then you already know of this consignment gem or we’ve physically taken you to shop there! LOL. 🙂 The grandest part of this consignemnt boutique is that they have items for everyone & EVERY budget. I’ve found shoes for as low as $20 & shirts as low as $5. Trust when I say this place is our best kept secret.

Swooning hard over anything you’ve peeped in this post? Been to this boutique? We’d love to hear.

Enjoy shopping & saving money while doin’ it! Until next time, friends.  xoxo

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Check out Tanya’s blog (she has the fierce Chanel bag!!!): attraction2fashion.com

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Party Like It’s 1980 Somethin’

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*Cues Beyoncé’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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Top 5 places to visit in Houston

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Y’all already know that we visited too many places to create a list. We’ve come up with a slim few places that stuck out & thought that you should visit when in H-town. It goes without saying to visit downtown Houston. There is so much art, food, & culture in the heart of the city. Check out our list below!!

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The Beer Can House

The sis & I cruised to triple 2 Malone St. to see one of Houston’s unique treasures. We found out about it after doing a lil’ readin’. This house is made of cans & is not only neat to see in person, but the hanging cans make for fab built in wind chimes that sound oh so sweet when the wind is blowing.

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It has been a staple in the community for decades & was created by a man who grew up during the Great Depression; (they believed in salvaging everything) & this beer can house is proof. You can find some more interesting info on the house here!

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A (ANY) Wine Vineyard

We drove over 2 hours outside of Houston (Brenham to be exact) to visit this particular vineyard. The drive alone was beautiful. Thinking about the countryside makes me smile. We saw cattle, corn, horses & lovely pastures.  A belle won’t be revealing the name of the one we visited (shaking my head), but there are several to choose from.

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Though slightly irritated with the owners, Shermika & I enjoyed a wine tasting, & a walk/few jumps in the vineyard. We’ve learned to take the bad with the good & enjoyed the moment. Our 3 glasses of wine didn’t hurt the situation either!!

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This concrete art is 30 Ft. Tall, y’all!!!

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Houston native, David Adickes is the artist/creator of these B-EAUTIFUL gigantic statues. After passing a few huge statues on I-45 we did a little research & ended up at his studio. You will find all types of statue heads & MORE. To the left of this “We <3 Houston ” piece are trees made out of some sort of cloth & they are very colorful. Make sure you have a gander at them when you visit this site. Preeeety!!!

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The Beatles!!
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JFK!
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The sis is right under 5 ft so you can imagine how tall these statues are!

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The Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park

First, these pics don’t do this wall ANY justice. Period! It’s beautiful & refreshing on a hot TX day. This is the perfect place to walk off some good old TX eats while enjoying the outdoors or a picnic. Don’t believe us? You’ll see plenty of peeps at this site enjoying the weather, shade & more. This wall is located right next to the Galleria Mall in Houston’s Uptown District. This mall has an ice skating rink indoors & is work the visit too.

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A Farm

This lavender farm was about 2 hours or so outside of Houston, but too is worth the drive. If you love lavender as much as these belles then you’ll love this farm & the cute little shop that’s there too. It’s filled with all sorts of lavender goods & handmade jewelry. You know a belle did some shopping, right?! 🙂 If lavender doesn’t suit your fancy, then head to a farm of your liking. There are plenty to pick from. It is Texas ya know.

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Had to jump in the lavender field!!!
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This chick loves to shop!!
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Year old plants!!

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Have you visited any place fun this summer? Been to any of these hot spots we’ve listed? We want to hear!