My Sista’s Business…..suakoko betty

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Charlene Bendu Dunbar: Creator of suakoko betty

Have you ever discovered a brand and become completely obsessed with it? Like, love at first sight? This is the scenario that best describes my affinity for all things suakoko betty. This summer I rocked frocks by the talented Charlene Bendu Dunbar every chance I got. In fact, designer and illustrator Veronica Marche recently created a piece dedicated to me and my crush on this brand as part of her “Favorite ‘Fit” series (pictured below).

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Launched in 2007, suakoko betty (pronounced SWAH-ko-ko) transforms authentic West African wax and resist-dye prints into dresses and separates that are flattering and current.

“suakoko” means place of new beginnings in Kpelle, a West African dialect and is also the name of reknown female warrior-chief in Liberia. Translation: we bring fresh, lead-don’t-follow thinking to African-inspired design.

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suakoko betty is available at the beehive store located in Atlanta, Georgia. You can also get your “betty” look from their online inventory (S to XL) or by selecting fabric from their design room and providing your measurements. Their tie-dye fabrics are hand-dyed in Liberia and limited quantities of each print means you’ll get a unique garment. All garments are hand-made in the USA.

Designer Charlene Bendu Dunbar lived in Atlanta and her hometown, Monrovia, Liberia as a child, so her point-of-view draws from both traditional African and American influences. Charlene has an engineering degree and earned a bachelors degree in Fashion Design from American Intercontinental University in Buckhead. She has worked with Reco Chapple of House of Chapple and was named the 2010 Designer of the Year by the Liberian Entertainment Awards.

To learn more about the fabulousness that is suakoko betty click here now!

Have A Sexy Halloween…..

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014
From Rihanna to Beyonce and Jay-Z, we’re teaching you how to transform into your favourite stars this Halloween. To boot, we’re sharing our beauty tips and favourite costumes on memory.

 

 
 

maleficent Transforming into Angelina Jolie as Maleficent for Halloween? It’s easier than it looks (and we have the gifs to prove it) - Angelina Jolie may have wowed us long ago with her enviable, pillow-like lips (learn how to get that look here), but this season we’re totally consumed with imitating her Maleficent look this Halloween. We haven’t been this obsessed with a Disney character since Princess Jasmine (did we just date ourselves?). Looking evil is hot (anyone who told… Read more »

 
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Weekend Cocktail….

Signature Drink – The Sunset Rosalia

 
 

In the Fall I like to cozy up with a good biook and a great cocktail, amongst one of my favorites right now is “The Sunset Rosalia”. In a neighborhood better known for fast food, there is a particular resturant  The Ball & Biscuit” (Indianapolis)celebrates farm-to-table cuisine which has since become a major hit with the community, and a destination spot for anyone who appreciates artful Southern cooking. Both the food and the cocktails draw extensively from the herb and vegetable garden on the restaurant’s patio, and there’s no better spot in town to enjoy buttermilk fried chicken, shrimp grits and a garden-to glass libation such as the sunset Rosalia. “In the fall, the basils in the garden are bountiful and pair perfectly with the flavors of blood orange and ginger. “The sunset Rosalia, a colorful play on the sunset and the street where our restaurant is located, is crisp, tangy and sweet, all at the same time.”

INGREDIENTS
—3 leaves sweet basil
—3 leaves purple basil
—1.5 inch slice blood orange
—.5 oz. ginger syrup
—.5 oz. simple syrup
—1 oz. Key lime juice
—1.5 oz. Charbay vodka
—slice of jalapeño (optional)

DIRECTIONS
1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle basil and blood orange.
2. Add ice and the remaining ingredients.
3. Shake and strain into a coupe glass.
4. Garnish with jalapeño slice.
5. Enjoy!

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Karen’s Bestie Award: Best Indianapolis Lunch Spot

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Originally posted on 106.7 WTLC:

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I’ve been exploring Indy and it’s been GREAT getting to know you all during my Karen in the City Tour. I’ve made lots of new sister friends and met unforgettable fellas…and no one hesitates to tell me where they like to hang out. So…I thought… Why not celebrate the best of the best right here in Indy? That’s where the Karen’s Bestie Awards comes in. We all have those places around the city that we can’t get enough of. Whether it’s a place to relax, get your hair and nails done, hang out with friends or spend family time.

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Mozel Sanders Annual Radiothon

 

The Mozel Sanders Foundation’s Thanksgiving dinner program began as a way to give families a “hand up” – to provide a nutritious meal and bring families hope during the holidays. It began with a handful of volunteers who served 20 meals to the hungry in Indianapolis. Today, the foundation is well-known throughout Indiana as a leader in the fight against hunger.

In 2013, over 2,000 volunteers served over 40,000 meals from 45 locations. In 2013, the average cost per meal was $4.50. A contribution of $500 will allow them to feed 111 individuals; $1000 will allow them to feed 222; $2,000 will allow them to feed 444; and $5000 will allow them to feed 1,111. In 2013, the donations helped to purchase 15,000 lbs. of turkey, 10,000 lbs. of dressing, 2,000 cans of green beans, 1,200 gallons of gravy, 10,000 lbs. of apple crisp, 80,000 dinner rolls and much more.

100% of the individuals served are low-income, 70% are seniors, 75% are female and 80% are African American.

To donate online visit http://mozelsanders.org/donation/.
Volunteer sign-ups are also available online. Thanksgiving Dinner volunteers dates are 11/26, 11/27 and 11/28.

The 2014 Mozel Sanders Radiothon will take place at Lafayette Square Mall and Circle Centre Mall on Friday, November 14th and Saturday, November 15th from 11am-9pm.

#WTLCIndyNews: “College Application Day” Today

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pic-4-year-collegesHigh school students across Indiana are participating in “College Application Day” Tuesday.  This is an event designed to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other post-secondary credential.

Indiana’s Commissioner for Higher Education, Teresa Lubbers, said the day highlights to students the importance of taking that first step of applying to college–a necessary step because Lubbers suggested that the value of education beyond high school has never been greater.

Though today is the official day for the state, individual schools have flexibility on when to observe it. Schools can pick any day that their officials feel is the most appropriate for their schedules and designate it as “College Application Day.” The schools simply have to execute it with the primary purpose in mind of helping high school seniors navigate the complex college admissions process and ensure they apply to at least one post-secondary institution. The observation must occur during the school day, not as…

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Why I Joined The Fight

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All over the U.S., October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I had the pleasure of representing Tyscot Music + Entertainment in the city of Brotherly Love for the first ever ‘Fashion + Faith United for the Cure’ Breast Cancer Awareness event, which was a special partnership with Ashley Stewart. This event was nothing short of amazing with the fashion show, giveaways, guests and local radio station host.

Through all this fun, at the core, the event reminded me of my faith, my passion, my purpose…my own “Light in the Dark.”

Regardless of what life, the industry, people or circumstances bring, we all must remember the call that God has given us. I pray that this experience remind people and serves as a reminder to myself that no matter how dark it gets, find your LIGHT, that thing that keeps you going in hard times. The LIGHT may be…

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Jimmy Fallon’s Rules for Success

Jimmy Fallon's Rules for Success

 
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In this month’s cover story, the 40-year old host of The Tonight Show talks about his relatively smooth rise to the top job in comedy, his time at SNL, and how a little diplomacy can go a long way. Here are Fallon’s 8 tips for success, gleaned from the magazine profile.
 
1. Start Young
Jimmy’s dad would tape SNL for the kids, skipping over the dirty bits. Jimmy and his sister, Gloria, were known to do “Two Wild and Crazy Guys” at family gatherings.

2. Show Some Respect
In the case of The Tonight Show, this means to make good with Jay Leno. “Jimmy gets it,” Leno says. “Jimmy is a comic. He’s not a comedy writer. He worked little crappy clubs, dragging the guitar around and having drunks throw shit at you. And that’s why he and I have a bit of a bond. It’s almost a father-son kind of thing.”

3. Shut Up and Listen
“Most people in show business think they know everything,” says Leno. “They don’t really listen to the other person. They just wait for the other person to stop talking. ‘Respectful’ is the best word I can use for Jimmy.”

4. Don’t Hold Grudges
It was Fallon who ended the 18-year ban by Johnny Carson of Joan Rivers from NBC. “No one’s banned anymore,” says Fallon. “This is such a silly thing.”

5. Try Try Again
Jimmy’s big break almost came in 1997 at the New York’s Comic Strip when he performed with Lorne Michaels in the audience. “I just bombed,” Fallon says.” I could tell. My manager could tell. This might have been my lowest point ever.” His second break, over a year later, killed.

6. Drink with the Boss
Fallon recalls getting the following advice from producer Marci Klein: “‘After every [SNL] show, go over to Lorne and you thank him for the show.’ And I did. I thanked him after every single show. And by the third show, he probably got tired of me coming up. He was like, ‘Sit down, come have a drink.'”

7. Keep the Competition Close
Fallon hijacked Stephen Colbert’s acceptance speech at the Emmys to tell Colbert’s team, “You guys are the best!” Many of these writers will be heading to CBS when Colbert he takes over from David Letterman next year, where they will attempt to out-funny Fallon, and compete for ratings.

10 Jimmy Fallon Style, Fashion & Looks

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Jimmy goes for a preppy look in a crewneck sweater over a button-down shirt.

 

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Jimmy Fallon wears an understated, stylish cardigan and jeans with colorful sneakers.

 

Running Shoes

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Jimmy wears a classic tie in a shining baby blue hue.

 

Classic Solid Tie

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Jimmy stays warm in New York in a festive red plaid scarf.

 

Wool Scarf

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Jimmy looks like a gentleman in his black suit and bow tie.

 

Men’s Suit

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Jimmy goes for a preppy look in a crewneck sweater over a button-down shirt.

 

Crewneck Sweater

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon wears an understated, stylish cardigan and jeans with colorful sneakers.

 

Running Shoes

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy wears a classic tie in a shining baby blue hue.

 

Classic Solid Tie

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy stays warm in New York in a festive red plaid scarf.

 

Wool Scarf

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy wears a blue blazer over a plaid button-up and khakis.

 

Blazer

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Jimmy looks like part of the rat pack in a stylish white suit jacket and black pants.
 
Jimmy loves to wear plaid! Here he dons a plaid button-up with sneakers at the Teen Choice Awards.

 

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The Importance Of The Mid-Term Election

theSkimm's Guide to the 2014 Midterm Elections

 

Midterm Election Guide


THE STORY

There’s a lot happening out there. We get it. That’s why you have us. Just check out our Skimms on the big stuff below.

NOT GETTING A PRESIDENT THIS YEAR, DON’T CARE.

Good for you. But you still need to vote. Midterm elections are when we choose governors, congressmen, and senators. Governors are like the CEOs of states. And congressmen and senators literally lay down the law — they decide which bills pass and which don’t. So yes, important. Vote.

BUT WHY IS THIS YEAR SO IMPORTANT?

This year’s all about that Senate. Dems have controlled the Senate since ‘06, and the GOP is ready to cut in. If that happens, the GOP would control both houses of Congress. Aka it could push through its agenda, which Obama and the Dems have mostly blocked nationally for the last six years. Revenge is sweet.

WHAT ARE THE ISSUES?

This year’s election is about nothing and everything. There is no defining issue driving the nation to the polls, but a laundry list of things on voters’ minds.

LIKE WHAT?

Economy…as in the numbers have gone from worse to less-worse, but the economy still isn’t great. And it’s the issue where neither party is safe.

Immigration…as in it’s always an issue where there could be a better fix. But after a flood of unaccompanied immigrant children crossed the US border this year, it came to a boiling point. President Obama took a cool down lap and tabled the issue for now. But it’s still a big talking point — especially for Hispanic voters.

Social Issues…as in women and gay marriage. Women’s issues (think: equal pay, birth control) might be the X (chromosome) factor Dems need to hold onto the Senate.

Foreign Policy…as in President Obama recently looked up ‘obvious’ in the dictionary and admitted that the US “underestimated” ISIS. Now, the GOP’s leading the ‘told you so’ chorus, and tying his policies to their Democratic opponents.

President Obama…as in HealthCare.gov’s IT department is more popular than him right now. And the GOP is doing it’s best to make that bad image rub off on every Dem across the country.

WHAT STATES SHOULD I REALLY BE WATCHING?

Everyone should vote. But if you live in these states, DEFINITELY make sure you vote.

WHAT ARE THE DEMS SAYING?

Don’t. Panic. We’re hanging onto the Senate for dear life. Mad that things haven’t been getting done? Blame it on the GOP taking the House in ‘10. Imagine if they get the Senate too? The horror.

WHAT’S THE GOP SAYING?

Alright, alright, alright. This is about ‘16, and we’re ready to move back to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

theSKIMM

The midterms are a dress rehearsal for soon-to-be presidential candidates. They’re all over the country campaigning for members of their party. Christie? Bush (the Jeb one)? Clinton? Gang’s all here.

Pay Yourself First….

 

I’ve always been good with money, I had a daughter and just allowed myself to think, well if something happens to me she will get it all from my dad’s military benefits the same as I did. But then here comes the second child …even though I shouldn’t have waited to my second child to invest, it’s just all of a sudden a light bulb went off…I hadn’t invested in my future nor theirs.

I was dating a fellow educator, and while on a hike one day, the conversation turned to money. He was going on and on about his personal stock holdings, his pension, how he was maxing out his 403(b) and how he owned an investment property in addition to his primary home. Then he turned to me and asked, “What are you doing about your retirement?” My answer: “Nothing.”

So I’ve talked to a few investors and I have done my research, I must say this past year, my money issues have somewhat increased and what I thought I was missing in not seeing my money grow, you would be surprised> It’s not as hard as you think…come take a peak and let me let you on a little secret…It’s Not To Late!

How to Pay Yourself First

The phrase “pay yourself first” has become increasingly popular in personal finance and investing circles. Instead of paying all your bills and expenses first and then saving whatever is left over, do the opposite. Set aside money for investing, retirement, college, a down payment, or whatever requires a long-term effort, and then take care of everything else.

 
 
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    Create an account that is separate from all your other accounts. This account should be only for a specified goal, usually saving or investing. If possible, choose an account with a higher interest rate–usually these types of accounts limit how often you can withdraw money, which is a good thing because you’re not going to be pulling money out of it, anyway.

     
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    Determine how much you want to put into the account and at what interval. For example, you can decide to put in $300 per month, or $150 per paycheck. This will depend on what you intend to do with the money. For example, if you want to put a $20,000 down payment on a home in 36 months (three years), you’ll need to save about $550 per month every month.

     
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    Put that money into the account as soon as it is available. If you have direct deposit, have a portion of each paycheck automatically deposited into the separate account. You can also set up an automatic monthly or weekly transfer from your main, active account to your separate account, if you can keep track of your balance enough to avoid overdraft fees. The point is to do this before you spend money on anything else, including bills and rent.

     
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    Leave the money alone. Don’t touch it. Don’t pull money out of it. You should have a separate emergency fund for just that–emergencies. Typically that fund should be enough to cover you for three to six months. Do not confuse an emergency fund with a saving or investing fund. If you find that you don’t have enough money to pay your bills, look for other ways to make money or cut expenses. Don’t charge them on your credit card (see Warnings below).

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