From My Hometown to Yours Review

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One of the things a belle loves most about Houston is the arts scene! Y’all had to have known that was coming. The city has a museum district and a theatre district that is happening! Last week, I saw a PHENOMENAL musical, From My Hometown, at the Ensemble Theatre in downtown Houston. The musical follows three men from Detroit, Memphis and Philadelphia who have dreams of performing at the Apollo and making it big. The Ensemble Theatre dedicates itself to shows that illustrate the African-American experience, and this one did not disappoint.

From My Hometown is the season closer for the Ensemble Theatre, and lemme tell you, you HAVE to go see it. It really ends the season on a feel good note!

If you grew up on real music, and not this cookie cutter stuff they play on the radio nowadays, you will enjoy this musical! Expect to hear a little Otis Redding, Donny Hathaway, and other artists whose names I don’t know but songs I can sing .

The three performers (Jobari Parker-Namdar, Ron Johnson, Anthony BogessGlover) were absolutely talented. All of their voices harmonized well and the men had that soul that makes you bop your head and tap your feet. The musical incorporates classic songs from the Motown era. Trust me, you will be happy you attended this show!

The show ends on July 28th and you can get your tickets here. Tickets range from $20-$45.

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

 

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Welcome to Houston!

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Hi friends! We’ve gotten quite a few emails asking where I’m at since I’ve been a little MIA on the blog and Fox 6 lately. As mentioned here, I’m living in Houston for a short while, but will be back in Atlanta soon! Tamika has been picking up my slack :), but I try to make up for it by tweeting a little.

A belle has been having a ball in Houston! I got the treat of my lil old life when Tamika and the mom came to visit me recently. This post will mark the first in our series of posts regarding our sisterly adventure. Y’all know how we roll!

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That’s actually myself and NOT the sis–LOL!!!

H-Town welcomed us properly with our stay in Downtown’s Hotel ICON. Once a former bank, this luxurious hotel boasts an old vault, iconic restaurant (with a to die for breakfast buffet), breath taking Grecian design, and super comfy rooms. Since I’m talking about their breakfast check out what we had below. We have a chair waiting just for you!

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Hotel ICON’s Omlettes are made fresh to order!

Check out our temporary digs below, y’all.

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We loved the color scheme outside our hotel room and inside. When you check them out do go and look at the restroom on the main floor. Its Asian theme is so lovely. Our room was cozy, yet roomy and the walls were adorned with pics of cows–only in Texas.

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Hotel ICON‘s bathroom is very spacious. It has a tub and shower which is great for days when two belles need to get ready at the same time. Right?!

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Staying in the heart of Downtown Houston is perfect while touring. The sis and I were close to everything, with lots of cool joints within walking distance. We let valet take the car and we headed out to several areas in the city on foot.

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More to come next week in regards to this FUN photo!

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At night we roamed the streets of H-Town and even checked out this quaint spot that Beyoncé and Jay Z ate at recently called Sparrow Bar. Check out some of what we sipped & chowed down on there.

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Ice cold still water out of beakers? These belles will take it!

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Lavender buns–We ate a couple of these each! Don’t tell nobody!

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Tamika had a corn chowder soup which was yummy & I had a lobster bisque.

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Great list of dessert, but I chose the sin in the to-go container below!

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Its name? Affogato! Taste? Toooo good. It consisted of: salted caramel sauce, bitter sweet chocolate-pecan toffee, caramel popcorn AND more!

This is just a taste of all of the fun we got into. Pun surely intended 🙂 Please stay connected with us via the channels below…

Stay tuned as we’ll give you the run down of our must see attractions and restaurants to try when you visit Houston! See you soon!!!

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Disclosure: Meals & stay were provided. As always a belle’s opinions are her own!

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Imaginary Worlds: Experience the Plants

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A belle always says that one should live in the moment, and we most certainly did at the Atlanta Botanical Garden! Y’all know Tamika and I love the arts (hence ArtBLT), and we are fans of a good garden! Now, if only we could get our garden going we might be a-ok. When the sis and I heard that the Atlanta Botanical Garden was having a fantastic exhibit with life like sculptures, we HAD to see it for ourselves. It’s the first of its kind in the US and is simply amazing.

Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger than Life is enchanting and mesmerizing to say the least. Expect to see lifelike dogs, unicorns, an Earth goddess, cobras, fish, and more. You will be blown away as you stand in awe at nature’s creation. If you’re not blown away, then you need your marbles checked!

There are 19 sculptures in the exhibit–each with a majestic nature of its own. Skip getting a map and go on a mini treasure hunt to find them all like we did. Yes, honey! So, if you’re thinking of traveling to Atlanta, you should do so soon. These sculptures will go back to their magical worlds in October–so make it to the “A” soon peeps.

More info can be found here. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so have a gander and get a few thousand words!

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A cute little ladybug on our walk!

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Fresh herbs growing!!

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We just love Atlanta Botanical Garden! It’s beautiful 365!!!

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

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The Cat in the Hat: Puppet Style

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A couple of weekends ago the nephew & I headed to the Center for Puppetry Arts. A belle was excited since I grew up off Dr. Seuss. What’s cool about this center is that it houses several of Jim Henson‘s Muppet creations & much more. Now until July 28th, the center will be performing Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in The Hat.

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Photo Credit: ©Center for Puppetry Arts

 

This isn’t just any performance (directed by Jon Ludwig)–it is full of beautiful puppets that light up the stage. There’s something about seeing an iconic feline dance across the stage with the fierce red/white hat. Actually when he dances there were 3 puppeteers controlling him. He had moves, y’all! Our eyes lit up just watching the impressive cat!

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Photo Credit: ©Center for Puppetry Arts

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After the performance, the audience was given a behind-the-scenes look at the puppets & the puppeteers who brought them to life. Seeing & experiencing the voices, teamwork, things flying in the air, & the magic was awesome! Take a look below at all the fun we got into after the performance & touring the museum. We headed upstairs to create shadow puppets & put on a performance for others to see–literally. This was SO. MUCH.FUN!!! I had to create a jazzy puppet too.

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Our fierce felines taking a bow!

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We ran into Big Bird at the center too!

The nephew told me he’s going to be taller than Big Bird because his doctor told him so. I then told him if that happens he would get everyone’s attention—EVERYDAY. ALL DAY!! LOL. 🙂 He ain’t called Big Bird for nothing. You have to see him in person at the Center for Puppetry Arts!!!!

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For more info/showtimes & to check out the actors/performers head here! Do anything fun over the weekend?

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Disclosure: We were provided tickets to this show. As always… a belle’s opinion is her own!

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VIXEN by Kimber’s Girls Night Out: Which Vixen are YOU?!

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Met these two sweet ladies while waiting to get my lashes applied. They were as excited as I was about Vixen by Kimber!

Y’all, a belle had a fab time last night sipping on cold lemon water, meeting new peeps, & just conversing with other women about this HOT mobile phone spy beauty business I’m about to give you the tea on.

It was hot in HOTLanta, but this girls night out party was even hotter. Have you ever heard of VIXEN by Kimber? I hadn’t until recently & I’m so glad that I now have a new place to shop (like I really need a reason).

You already know that I buy essays online paper writings discount code have “the shopping problem” so it doesn’t help to know that this brand is near me in a brick & mortar (Perimeter Mall to be exact). Still being new to Atlanta, I find it interesting that there are always new treasures waiting to be discovered. VIXEN by Kimber is one to find & keep. 🙂

Founder/Creative Director, Monica Leaphart (pictured below in the to.die.for. gold dress), was in the building looking *snaps fingers* fierce, honey.

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Photo Credit: Vixen by Kimber’s Instagram Feed

She’s a sweetie & has the perfect VIXEN look for you with over 21 styles to choose from. Unreal, right? Yeah, I couldn’t believe it either–especially since I normally only rock 2 styles of lashes. It’s funny that I just said that– I didn’t start wearing lashes until Yoli (one of the many fab MUAs here) applied them to my eyes at this FUN event recently.

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I rocked these to the party, but quickly http://spycellphone24h.com/ removed them once I found my VIXEN!

The fact that VIXEN by Kimber has so many styles is beyond exciting. Another cool fact is that Leaphart’s lashes come in a plethora of materials ranging from exotic mink to paper lashes. I chose the premium human hair lashes, but we’ll get to that in a few. ‘kay!

Prices for these lashtastic beauties range from $20-$40, but last night they had a special price for guests: 2 for $30 (reg lashes) & 2 for $60 (mink lashes).

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This was the “lash room” filled with all types of lashes on display. Cuteness!!!

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VIXEN by Kimber encourages you to “Be a Vixen” & I obliged! They have the perfect vixen for any of you belles. Though they offer various styles, there are 4 types of VIXENS according to them: Natural born VIXEN, Undercover VIXEN, Million Dollar VIXEN, & VIXEN Next Door.

Wondering which ones I rocked? I picked the Undercover VIXEN look for the night & had to have the style below. Because I was talking, walking around, etc., I didn’t spy phone app get to take many photos. Luckily, I snapped one last night at home so that you could see them better. Have a gander.

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Tiny was very kind. She gave me tips to share with you!!!

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Check out the rest of our photos & check out Tiny’s lash tips below!!

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Got to meet/shake hands w/ PR Diva: Nicole Garner! Loves it!!!
Photo Credit: @Dawnavette via Instagram

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Vixen Vodka & signature drink!!!

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Fab ladies getting VIXEN fixed!

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You HAVE. I repeat!!! HAVE to see these mink lashes in person. Lovely!!

Fierce VIXEN by Kimber Tips from Tiny:

1.) Make sure your eyelid is clean before applying lashes & measure the lashes to your lids. Sometimes you have to cut them if they’re too long for your eyes.

2.) Once you begin to apply lashes, stretch your lid in the opposite direction to help make http://spyappforcellphone.com/ application easier.

3.) Never completely close your eyes when applying lashes as you could http://spycellphone24h.com/ get glue in your eyes.

4. Choose a lash glue that’s works for you. You can use one that’s waterproof or not–it’s your choice. FYI– (I use Ardelle’s DUO, but found out last night that I had a mild allergic reaction to the LashGrip brand so try them all to see what you like/can tolerate).

5. You can wear VIXEN by Kimber lashes for up to 2 days at a time as long as you don’t sleep on your face!

Watery/burning eyes & a smile below 🙂

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* Disclosure: I received lashes, but this doesn’t affect a belle’s opinion! Thanks to everyone that made this possible!

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