Wine and Reels: Napa Valley Film Festival

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125 Films + 250 Filmmakers + 150 Wineries + 30 Chefs = A foodie/culture lovers DREAM!

Friends, when a belle first heard about the Napa Valley Film Festival, we just knew it was vacay time! Y’all know that we love indie film + travel, so this would be a perfect combination. We jetted into San Francisco and made the hour and a half drive to Napa. The drive was scenic y’all and is worth seeing to believe! On Thursday afternoon, we saw Black and White starring Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner, and Anthony Mackie. The film was shown in the quaint Uptown Theatre in the heart of Napa. One thing I’d like to tell y’all is that although indie films are featured, don’t think these films don’t cast TALENTED actors! Black and White delved into the relationship amongst maternal and fraternal grandparents–one black and the other white–fighting for custody of their biracial granddaughter. The story line was pretty straightforward, yet it raised interesting questions in regards to race, discrimination, class, privilege, and most importantly, LOVE. Kevin Costner was at the screening and I got to catch a quick glimpse of him! Ow! If you have the opportunity to see Black and White, I think you’d enjoy it. The entire staff delivered a solid performance, and I’d gladly rate it a 5/5 belles! Overall, if you want to be surrounded by beautiful vineyards, cute people, awesome films, and loads of wine the NVFF is the way to go! IMG_0120 A belle was invited to the uber exclusive Gala, which featured sweets from Sweetie Pie’s, Kollar Chocolates (which I later visited..y’all know I have a sweet tooth), and wine from various wineries. There was also a cigar bar, which only a boss would partake in! Curious about what I wore eh? Ever the frugal fashionista…. IMG_0180

Dress: JC Penney $8 Bag: Vintage (got it from my mama) Shoes: Miu Miu (consignment) Jewelry: (consignment)

IMG_0241 During NVFF, we visited the cooking demonstrations (it’s the foodie in a belle) and the wine pavilions. We tasted wine from: Chimney Rock, Rutherford Hill, Provenance, Trefethen, Acacia, Sterling And these are the ones I can remember before the wine kicked in smh. We’ll provide detailed reviews of wines/wineries in a later post so stay tuned! IMG_0291 (1) IMG_0301 I enjoyed Kollar Chocolates so much that I had to visit the store and buy a few to nosh on. They were unbelievably good (and expensive)! IMG_0506 On Friday night, we made the 45 minute trek to Calistoga to see #ChicagoGirl. This film deals with heavy subjeect matter, so it was refreshing to have such an intimate and inviting space to feature the film at. #ChicagoGirl revolves around Ala’a, a Syrian-American teenager in Chicago who utilizes social media to help coordinate the Syrian Revolution. If you ever thought social media was a waste of time, this film illustrates how one

young woman helps to fight for the liberties so many take for granted, and how Ala’a courageously fights against a regime using social media. #ChicagoGirl is an AMAZING movie that really brings a lot of things into perspective. Goodbye to all That: We didn’t care for this movie so much. The plot was weak, the characters were one dimensional, and the ending left much to be desired. Watch at your own risk… I’d highly suggest you take a trip to Napa, soak up the vineyards, sip some wine, and partake in the film festival. Be sure to arrive an hour early to see your wishlist films. Due to smaller venues being at capacity, we were unable to see many films…however there’s always next year! Quite a few of them I’ll be looking for on the Google (yes, I call it the Google). What’s your favorite film festival or indie film?

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STOP in the Name of ArtBLT: Exploring the Motor City

Friends!! We missed y’all so much! Tamika and I took a break away from blogging to handle family matters. In a few short months I have moved twice to 2 states (yep, you read right chile), AND Tamika has moved twice to the same state (LOOOOOONG story)! Needless to say, we have been trying to get ourselves together before bringing you the freshness you deserve. I’ve been traveling a lot lately (mostly for work), and I had the opportunity to visit Detroit….the Motor City…Home of Motown… Take a gander at a few of my travel shots! detroit3 A Birminghamian just HAS to take a picture in Birmingham, Michigan. 😉 detroit2 The Detroit Riverwalk is fascinatingly beautiful! It is near GM’s headquarters. I felt such a cool sense of peace as I walked along the river. Don’t let anyone scare you from visiting Detroit. It is a nice city…you just have to find those little gems. detroit1 To STOP and STAND in the same room where The Temptations, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and the list does go on sang their hearts out was incredible. Visiting the Motown museum is a MUST if you’re visiting Detroit! detroit Along the way I tried some great eats, and found the coolest lil wine joint! But alas, I was so immersed in my experience I forgot to snap pics of the food! What’s your favorite place to travel too?

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Indie Love: George Tandy Jr

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Friends, a belle has been away for a minute. Tamika and I are both going through major changes with moving and such. PLEASE bear with a belle as we get back to some sense of normalcy.

I don’t know if y’all have heard of this cat by the name of George Tandy Jr, who sings this beautiful love song March. No worries, because ya fave belles have you covered. I got word that he was performing at the House of Blues in Dallas, so I did what any other music loving fashionista would do…purchase a ticket!

Tandy perfomed selections from his forthcoming album, The Foundation, which hits the streets tomorrow! You already know who will be on iTunes bright and early! Check out our Instagram to hear Tandy in action honey.

Tandy has the ability to fuse different musical styles together–r&b, jazz, soul, reggae, to create his own unique sound. When I tell y’all this cat is talented I mean it!

All in all, the one hour set was DOPE! Tandy has actual talent and knows how to work a crowd. He took it to the old school by even singing a lil Temptations, My Girl.

To make things better, Tandy is also VERY NICE, which is always a plus. He spelled my name incorrectly when he autographed a picture; once I pointed it out, he apologized ever so sweetly and signed a NEW picture for me.


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Support REAL music friends. Are  there any indie musicians you enjoy? Do tell a belle!

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Vacation!

A belle is currently taking some much needed vacation AND we are in the process of moving.

We have some GREAT POSTS in store for you….

See you

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Hair Candy: Bed Head’s Rock ‘N Roller

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For the entire month of June a belle will be hippin’ you to all the cool hair gadgets, beauty products & unique finds your lil heart can handle. Exciting, right?! Yea, we can’t stop smiling too. We are always sent items to review. Some we like & some we don’t (which is why you will NEVER see them on this blog).

This month your fave belles will focus on the products we CANNOT. LIVE. WITHOUT! I’m often complimented on my curls out in the streets and I thank you all!!!! xoxo. Now, it’s time to let you all in on my lil beauty secrets.

How do I achieve these killer curls at home in the comfort of my own crib you ask? It’s the way this home body gal prefers. A while back, our sweet friends at Bed Head sent these Rock ‘N Roller Bubble Curling Iron Wands for us to try–along with a few others. You can see our 1st Bed Head vid here on YouTube now!. Verdict? 4 polished thumbs up! For less than $25 (on amazon), you can have salon-inspired locs without breaking the bank. Ain’t that sweet? More deets below, friends.

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Rock the Look! Bed Head’s Bubble Wand Curling Iron gives defined spiral or tousled waves for softer shinier curls without any nasty frizz. Who’s winning? You & I!! This is my #1 go to curler  for a fierce look & here’s why:

  • Tourmaline, Ceramic Technology
  • Clamp Free Wrap and Go Design
  • Unique Bead-Shaped Barrel
  • Multiple Heat Settings
  • Heat Protective Glove Included
  • Style Guide Included

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Disclosure: A belle was sent these items to review, but it doesn’t affect our opinions. The Amazon link is an affiliate link. 

 

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