Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ready To Turn The Page

I can not convey to you in mere words how I am ready to turn the page on 2010 and the first decade of the 21st Century. It had its peaks and valleys indeed.

I came into this year pretty upbeat. I was newly engaged and super excited. We consolidated households and sunk into our own version of couple's bliss.

But when the US Economy continued to deteriorate, my sweet song of celebration took a more sorrowful sound.

Fab Fiance and I are blessed - we have been employed consistently. However, we encountered an extraordinary number of deaths, job losses, and work related relocations in our close circle of family and friends. It took a toll on us emotionally in ways that we really can't articulate. Having that much stress has worn us down.

Today, I learned that one of my sorors (and good friend)lost her nephew on the day after Christmas. He was in his mid 20s and just completed a Master degree program. A sweet person who just collapsed in his father's arms, gasped, and died. His death has been ruled as "natural causes." Kinda similar to the late Teena Marie. Just feels like he left Earth a little too soon. We speak theologically of God's plan but the hurt is ever present when we lose treasured loved ones.

Now you understand why I'm ready to leave 2010 behind. 

Tomorrow I'll embark on my rituals of housecleaning and errands for the year's end. We have a small gathering to attend and then, it's on to preparing the family's New Year's Day Dinner. Fab Fiance and I are hosting the meal at my Mom's home.

We'll do all of the traditional staples - black eyed peas, collard greens, okra, etc. while we pray for a better year.

I'll be writing more about my efforts to balance work, social life, friendships, and my relationship next year so be prepared. We'll have lots to chat about.

My prayer tonight is that God blesses us with a more prosperous and peaceful decade. 

We survived a pretty bumpy ride these past ten years. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Single on New Year's? 5 Ways to Celebrate Without a Date

Alas, you are single for New Year’s Eve. With no one to cuddle as the ball drops and “Auld Lang Syne” is sang you may be wishing to zoom straight past all of the hoopla into 2011.

Well, let’s not turn the page on New Year’s Eve so fast. You still have time to plan a great celebration whether you decide to dance the night away or stay home…
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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I hope that you are having a wonderful Christmas!

The Friday Fabulous Flick will return in the New Year!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Whatcha Been Up To Girl?

I’ve been getting this question a lot these days – and rightfully so. I’m zooming at such a quick clip that I know some people are wondering where am I and what am I doing.

Life is full in a really good way.  

Here’s the rundown:
I’m employed at a job that I love most days of the week.
I am in love with a great man who loves me back. 
I’m engaged to married (and planning my wedding). 
I have a great family, three cats, and a wonderful support group of close friends. 
I started writing for Uptown this year (yeah me!) and have received positive feedback from some of you on my postings so far. 

Everything I listed above is a blessing and I am not complaining. But it requires maintenance and time in order to continue to reap positive benefits. I gotta focus on doing all of them really well and that’s the tough part.
I apologize to all of my loyal readers as I have neglected this blog terribly. I come home most weeknights so tired that I hit the bed hard. My weekends are also pretty filled with activities and; then when I blink – it is Monday again. I will work on posting more in 2011.

I’ve been using Twitter much more these days because I can share data and factoids in pity messages. Feel free to follow me at bksocialiteblog. I usually “tweet” daily. 

Thank you so much for being supportive and patience with me!


Friday, December 17, 2010

How To Behave At Your Company’s Holiday Party

Tis the season for holiday celebrations with your colleagues and superiors – and I bet you’re super excited! After all, you’ve remained employed in spite of downsizing, right sizing, and a pretty awful economy.  So naturally, you want to pop champagne and let your proverbial hair down. But before you “drop it like it’s hot” in front of your bosses, here are a few things you may want to consider…

Friday's Fabulous Flicks

Donna Williams (The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central New Jersey Links member) &  B. Smith (Metro-Manhattan Chapter of the Links, Incorporated member and lifestyle expert)
Honoree Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, Anna Maria Bishop-Harris, President of Metro-Manhattan Chapter of the Links, Inc. Governor David A. Paterson and Congressman Charles Rangel

Kenneth & Kathy Chenault with The Metro-Manhattan Chapter of The Links' Young Achievers

Geoffrey Canada, Anna Maria Bishop-Harris, and Reverend W. Franklin Richardson

More than 500 guests attended The Metro-Manhattan Chapter of The Links, Incorporated Gala honoring the Governor and First Lady of the State of New York, David A. Paterson and Michelle Paige Paterson and Geoffrey Canada, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ). The event was held at The Capitale in New York City and benefitted various chartiable programs of The Metro-Manhattan Chapter of Links.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week's flick features model Alek Wek who attended the NYC & Company Foundation's celebration of top fashion luminaries on December 1st. Some of the designers honored included Jason Wu and Donna Karan.

Ms. Wek eclipsed all of our usual Socialites this week with her flawless skin and fabulous nod to the culture in her gown selection. I think that you agree, right?

Have a super weekend good people!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The UNCF Snowflake Ball in New York City

Junior Co-Chairs Maggie Betts & Barbara Bush
Pamela Joyner

Marcus & Maya Samuelsson
Some of our favorite Socialites attended the seventh annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball on November 30th. The black-tie gala honors individuals who have made significant contributions to UNICEF’s mission to save and improve the lives of children internationally. This year, UNICEF's Spirit of Compassion Award was presented to Olivia Harrison.

The event was held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City and was presented by Baccarat. Marcus Samuelsson created the evening's menu.

Notice that this holiday season shades of ice blue and gray appear to be the rage. Make sure to incorporate those colors in your holiday attire as well!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Folks, we are in the full swing of the 2010 Holiday Season and so far, we're still standing.

It's been a really rough year for many of us. So my wish is that you will be able to enjoy this holiday season in child-like anticipation for a good 2011.

I appreciate those of you who send thoughtful notes, tweets, Facebook messages, and email. It warms my heart and lifts my spirits.

Continue to "soldier on" good people - this year is almost ova! (and yes, I say ova!)

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday's Fabulous Flicks

Susan Fales-Hill & daughter
 Debra Lee & Pauletta Washington

 Judith Byrd

 Thelma Golden & Susan Luckman

 Alexis Clark & DeMarco Morgan

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrated five decades of the timeless classic, Revelations at an Opening Night Gala Benefit hosted by Honorary Chairs Robin Roberts and Alfre Woodard recently. The night honored Joan Weill on her 10th anniversary as Chairman of Ailey’s Board of Trustees and helped raise $2.7 million for Ailey’s programs for children and young people, including AileyCamp and scholarships to The Ailey School.

Photos: Christopher Duggan