Monthly Archives: September 2014

Circle City Classic After Party!

Stepshow Meets Afterparty at the 
1st Annual OFFICIAL Circle City Classic
 Afterparty and Greek Stroll-Off Competition!

Join us at Bartinis Premium Martini Lounge (39 W. Jackson Place), on Saturday, October 4th for the 1st Annual Circle City Classic Afterparty and Greek-Stroll Off Competition! Don’t miss your favorite Greek organizations as they compete to win a $1000 prize, then party the night away with Grammy Nominated Producer, 2010 Master of the Mix Winner, turntablist, and DJ to EPMD DJ Scratch!


Greeks, if you are interested in competing, please sign-up here. The deadline to submit your application is Friday, September 26, and it’s only open to the first 9 greek orgs who sign up. All participating greeks automatically win $500, and the winner of the stroll competition wins $1,000! 


If you want to buy tickets, get down to the IBE Box Office at 3145 N. Meridian St. or call 317-925-2702 to purchase your tickets by phone. Advance tickets are limited and only $25 in advance, so get them fast. Entry will be more at the door, so don’t miss out on your chance to attend the hottest party during Classic weekend!


For Table Reservations, questions or other information log-on to


Don’t miss out! This is your chance to win!

We’re raffling off a 2014 Honda Civic EXL at the Circle City Classic Game! Buy a raffle ticket and your ticket to the game at the IBE Box Office at 3145 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN.  Raffle tickets are only $5 and all proceeds go to the Circle City Classic Scholarship Fund.


Coming to Circle City Classic from out of town?  
Book your hotel rooms today!

Circle City Classic has partnered with Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, to offer everyone coming into town the best hotel rates. If you are coming to Indy for Circle City Classic and need a room, click here to book your rooms at the special CCC rate.
Indiana Black Expo | 3145 N. Meridian St. | Indianapolis, IN 46208 | (317) 923-3044 |
© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Fly Friday 9/26


Hot Fall Trend 2014: Oxblood Red


This seasons hottest color is coming for your blood!!! Okay, not literally…but this burgundy hue is called Oxblood Red, and it can be seen all around this Fall. Oxblood keeps company with other red hued colors such as burgundy, wine, and brick red. This color has already made appearances in magazines, blogs, and even in designer collections shown around the world. So I would highly suggest that you get in on the fun and add some Oxblood into your closet, makeup bag, nail polish bin, and even your accessory drawer. I will show you how you can pull off this vampy inspired color with ease. And what colors best compliment this dark, luxe color. Let’s get to it shall we luvs 🙂

As you can see from the picture below, Oxblood can be wore in many different capacities. For example check out Chanel Iman’s lipstick and blush combo? Or Angela Simmons leather Oxblood Red pants, and burgundy peep toe booties.

Chanel Iman (oxblood lip and cheeks), Kim Kardashian (oxblood fitted dress with fur vest), Angela Simmons (white button up, oxblood red leather pants and peep toe booties), Kourtney Kardashian (oxblood red fur vest with black blouse, dark denim jeans, and black boots), Auntie June [Ambrose} (with her signature oxblood red turban and pumps, cheetah sweater, tan vest, and brown slacks), J – Lo (embroidered oxblood red mini dress with sheer details)

You can find just about anything in Oxblood/Burgundy etc. Coats, dresses, pants, leggings, cardigans, blazers, skirts, and skirts. I found a great assortment of these items below at H&M. So if you don’t know where to start I would suggest H&M.

You can find items besides clothing…like nail polish, boots, ballet flats, gloves, jewelry, clutches, satchels, watches, lipstick, and yes you can even dye your hair this awesome color!!!


Thursday Nights on ABC….


Can I tell you how EXCITED I am about my 4th season of “Scandel” with my girl Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope. Now there is a new show premiering with Viola Davis “How To Get Away With Murder. I’m telling you Sonda has got ABC Thursday night on lock and my old favorite Grey’s Anatomy is still in the running. Check out the line up and tune in to #TGIT for tweets about tonight’s show and I will defintely keep you posted and updated of what this season has to bring on Thursday Nights on ABC/……#TEAM Shondaland!!!

Grey’s Anatomy 9/8c

The season follows the story of surgical interns, residents, fellows, and attendings as they experience the difficulties of the competitive careers they have chosen. It is set in the surgical wing of the fictional Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, located in Seattle, Washington.

During an interview, Shonda Rhimes stated that “[Season 11] is really a Meredith-centric season. She’s lost her ‘person,’ her [half-]sister has shown up, her husband is chafing to go someplace else…” She went on to reveal that she’s been wanting to do the “familial grenade” storyline for a long time, and at the end of Season 10, she knew it was the time to do it. Rhimes also claimed that Season 11 will pick up right where Season 10 left us, so there won’t be much that the audience won’t see.[2] In another interview discussing this storyline, Rhimes revealed that she and the writers are thinking about doing flashback periods to the younger days of Drs. Ellis Grey and Richard Webber.

The eleventh season of Grey’s Anatomy will premiere on September 25, 2014. It will be broadcast on Thursday nights at 8 PM on ABC. Exactly like the previous season, this season will feature 24 episodes, to be broadcast in two uninterrupted blocks of 12 episodes each.

Scandal 9/8c

Scandal Season 3 ended with Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) leavin’ on a jet plane with Jake Ballard (Scott Foley), headed for destinations unknown. Plus i wonder what will happen with Columbia Short’s character (Harrison)..mmmm…mmmm!

And when the fourth season picks up on Sept. 25, the head of OPA will still be MIA, judging from this newly released promo.

How To Get Away With Murde 10/9c

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How to Get Away with Murder – 


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From the producers of Scandal comes a new legal drama How to Get Away with Murder starring Academy-Award Nominee Viola Davis as Professor Annalise Keating.

As fearless in the courtroom as she is in the classroom, Annalise is a defense attorney who represents the most hardened, violent criminals – people who’ve committed everything from fraud to arson to murder – and she’ll do almost anything to win their freedom. On the surface, Annalise seems like she has it all – a successful career and loving husband, Sam (Tom Verica) – but her relationship with a local Philadelphia detective, Nate (Billy Brown), will force her to confront secrets about her life she never saw coming.

Each year, Annalise selects a group of the smartest, most promising students to come work at her law firm. The students vying for this coveted position include Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch), a wide-eyed, likable boy-next-door recently accepted off the waitlist; Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King), a confident, ambitious overachiever born knowing how to “lean in;” Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee), a sly, sophisticated heartbreaker used to getting any prize he lays his eyes on; Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza), a quiet, sensitive idealist who’s easy to underestimate and Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry), an entitled know-it-all born into a world of Ivy League educations and country club memberships. The students all work under two of Annalise’s dedicated associates: Frank Delfino (Charlie Weber), a local Philly boy done good, and Bonnie Winterbottom (Liza Weil), a sweet, observant team-player with a hidden edge.


Will You Be Tuning In?


The Graze Project!!!!

Hello All,

I had just been searching the site and I came across this website for healthy snacks that are sent to your home. Now, I’m on this health journey and i thought it would be interesting to see what it had to offfer. I must say i am sooooo impressed they have picked options for me that are nit just tasty, but are significant in my journey as well as my over all way of snacking (portion control). My son Christian even loves the options and we look forward to our snacks every week. check them out and see if you are ready for the new reinvented way of snacking…ENJOY!

What is Graze?

our story – a new way to snack

Graze was started by seven friends sick of chips and candy, who wanted a better way to snack.

We quit our jobs and camped out in a friend’s spare room for months and after a lot of hard work, was born – snacks that show off the tasty side of health and are delivered directly to you.

moving to the graze kitchen

the graze founders

Fast forward a few years and we have developed a range of over 90 delicious snacks and designed an intelligent algorithm, that we call DaRWIN, to customize each and every box specially for you.

snacking reinvented

Amazing creations that above all taste great

We know the secret to great tasting food is creativity so our specialized Taste Team, led by Eleanor (we call her “the Taste”), are always in the kitchen. Their sole mission is to discover exciting flavors and create delicious new combinations that will delight your taste buds.

It’s not just the unique combinations and flavors that make our snacks great, it’s our dedication to find the highest quality ingredients. Some people think that an almond is just an almond, but once you’ve tried our Californian almonds with our sweet yet spicy salsa mesquite seasoning, you’ll never look at an almond in the same way again.

How it works

tell us the snacks you enjoy online

over 90 to choose from

we hand-pick a box for you

4 inspired snacks in a box

and send it to your work or home

no need to sign for the box


Look What I Got….

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Individual Carry Along Snack Pack Containers…..I Love The Packaging!

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Weekend Cocktail….

Moscato is one of my favorite white wines because I love the sweetness and delicious flavor!  Moscato Punch is super yummy and refreshing! I have been having the Summer blues and we haven’t even touched Fall but I know it’s coming. So this weekend I plan to invite a few friends over for an end of Summer Girls Night, because I know in the next few months as always (every year) we get so busy because of our lifestyle. One of my friends who has kids have school sports up until the end of the year that of coarse the soccer mom she is must attend and bring snacks :), another friend is a event planner, so of coarse with the all the holidays coming she will be super busy with planning events, and of coarse myself The PR Girl, well there are plenty things to do in my world.   So we are going thru the motions during this time of year, we are going to spend as much time together as possible until life gets crazy. 

So I’m making some Moscato Punch, I have made it before and it is super quick and easy to make and the pink lemonade, Sprite Zero, and raspberries are the perfect addition to the yummy wine.  We LOVED it!  We are having a girls night this weekend and you better believe that we are going to enjoy some Moscato Punch.




Moscato Punch is sweet, fruity, refreshing and perfect for a warm day, girl’s night, or game night!

Author: Stacey

Recipe type: cocktail


  • 2 bottles Moscato wine
  • 1 pink lemonade frozen concentrate
  • 1 cup Sprite Zero
  • Fresh raspberries


  1. In a pitcher, add wine, pink lemonade, and Sprite Zero
  2. Stir
  3. Add fresh raspberries to the pitcher
  4. Pour punch into glasses with ice
  5. Add fresh raspberries to the top of each glass
  6. Enjoy

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Wellness Wednesday 9/24

Being from NYC you would think I have seen and tasted it all…never heafd of this one found a neew reciope to share, but it really looks good and healthy (I think)! But I’ll try it and let you guys kniw what I think….here is also a link for Healthy Protein Bars.


Recipe File: White Gazpacho


Today Elizabeth Stein is back with another healthy and delicious meal! Elizabeth is a holistic nutrition counselor and founder of purely elizabeth, a line of all-natural foods you can feel good about! Perfect for these lingering summer nights—and as a light lunch the following afternoon—this White Gazpacho is a refreshing twist on the classic cool soup. 


  • 1 large cucumber (peeled, seeded and chopped)
  • 1 ¼ cups seedless green grapes
  • ¼ cup blanched almonds
  • ¼ cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • ½ clove garlic
  • ½ tbsp chopped shallot
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed
  • ½ tsp Himalayan salt
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes


Put cucumber, grapes, almonds, almond milk, garlic, shallot, red wine vinegar and flaxseed into a blender and purée until smooth, about 2 minutes. The finished texture should be smooth, creamy and just a bit grainy from the almonds. Season to taste with salt, then transfer gazpacho to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled. When ready to serve, pour gazpacho into bowls and garnish with sliced tomatoes.



Cool Fall Hostess Gifts….

An Easy “Welcome Fall” Hostess Gift

Get More Ideas Here

An Easy Welcome Fall Basket

We can hardly wait for the official arrival of fall next week. Cooling temperatures are often accompanied by the inclination to entertain from the comfort of home—so give your friends a head start with this easy apple-inspired basket! It’s the perfect sweet treat for anyone in need of a little pick-me-up!

Pick up fresh-pressed cider, apples and mulling spices. Pour apple cider into a glass jar (we used this one by Weck) and package everything in an apple basket! We found ours on Save On Crafts. We also added a cute Turkish hand towel and simple bow.

Fly Friday 9/19

Glitter Guide Picks: Birchbox




We love summer—but staying pretty despite humidity, sweat-inducing temperatures and dips in chlorinated pool water is no small feat! Add in all that sand, saltwater and ocean breezes that come with beach vacations, and let’s face it: our beauty routine takes a major hit. Looking fabulous seaside or poolside takes know-how, effort and a handful of beauty products that can stand up to summer’s challenges. Luckily, we’ve partnered with Birchbox to pick our favorite products to stay gorgeous while enjoying some much-needed sunshine and salt air! You can also join Birchbox and keep discovering new products every month!

Some of our favorite products for summer:

1. Deborah Lippmann “Lara’s Theme” polish ($17): We love the pop of trendy orange this polish provides, and a chip-free finish makes our summer beauty routine a little easier!
2. Birchbox Cosmetics Case ($24): Sweaty skin and cool swims mean re-applying makeup more often than usual. This cute cosmetics case keeps all that extra makeup we’re toting around from disappearing to the bottom of our beach bag.
3. MAKE Cream Luminous Lip Gloss ($18): This all-natural, moisturizing gloss combats the dry lips that come with pool water and seawater.
4. Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm ($36): This detoxing BB cream contains SPF and helps control some of the skin problems (oily, much?) that accompany summer.
5. fouta lifestyle Fouta Throw Blanket ($46): You can use these soft, stylish textiles as beach blankets, sarongs, towels—we recommend stocking your home, car and beach bag with a few!
6. Supergoop!® SPF 30 Everyday UV Lotion  ($14): Sunscreen is a crucial part of summer, and this waterproof formula is great for sensitive skin.
7. Whish Shave Cream ($20): This shaving lotion is great for keeping your legs smooth by the pool and nourishing skin after saltwater and chlorine have taken their toll.
8. Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle ($21.95): Sunshine and chlorine can wreak havoc on our hair. We count on this leave-in spray to protect, nourish and de-tangle our tresses.

Circle City Classic Coronation & Game Info


SIAC rivals Central State University and Kentucky State University will go head-to-head at this year’s Circle City Classic game on Saturday, October 4th.  Get your tickets to the parade, game and more at!

Don’t miss out! This is your chance to win!

We’re raffling off a 2014 Honda Civic EXL at the Circle City Classic Game! Buy a raffle ticket and your ticket to the game at the IBE Box Office at 3145 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN.  Raffle tickets are only $5 and all proceeds go to the Circle City Classic Scholarship Fund.

Scholarship, Service and Sisterhood is what the Miss Circle City Classic Coronation is all about!
This year’s Circle City Classic Coronation takes place on Sunday, September 28th at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. 
Since 1986, The Circle City Classic® has conducted the Miss Circle City Classic® Coronation to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding young women in the African American community. The Coronation targets area high school females and promotes academic achievement, community service, and leadership development. Prior to the event, participants attend weekly workshops that focus on the importance of teamwork, leadership styles, college admissions requirements, study skills, effective communication (oral and written), dress for success, social etiquette, college financial aid, and modern dance. The top ten finalists have the opportunity to conduct an oral presentation in front of a panel of judges. Scores from each of these areas are tabulated to determine and select Miss Circle City Classic®
Buy your tickets to the Miss Circle City Classic Coronation at the IBE Box Office, or by calling 317-925-2702. Limited tickets are available.


Send Your Favorite Youth Organization to the 2014 Circle City Classic Game!

Looking for ways to give back to your favorite youth organization?  Purchase a Youth Ticket Block! Buy a block of up to 250 tickets to donate to the youth organization of your choice.  All Youth Ticket Block sponsors will be recognized as a sponsor of the 31st Annual Circle City Classic Game. Ticket blocks range in price from $250 – $5,000. Buy yours today by clicking here
Indiana Black Expo | 3145 N. Meridian St. | Indianapolis, IN 46208 | (317) 923-3044 |
© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

My Sista’s Business….Kimberly Goldson

Currently Crushing On: Kimberly Goldson

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From Project Runway to Harlem’s Fashion Row and most recently, the ESSENCE Street Style Block Party, Kimberly Goldson has truly been working her talents for the world to see. As the Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director of her eponymous clothing line, Kimberly is ensuring that if you’re into fashion, you WILL know her name. I had a chance to check out her latest project in partnership with ESSENCE and Chevrolet as part of last weekend’s much buzzed about #EssenceStyle Block Party. Kimberly left her creative mark on a 2015 Chevrolet Cruz turning an otherwise average automobile into a head-turning work of art:

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Photo Credit: Phillip Shung

With nearly two decades of experience under her belt, Kimbery was surrounded by fashion at an early age. Her career includes sourcing, sales, merchandising, and buying. She attended the Fashion Merchandising Management program at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Kimberly began her career learning the business behind the industry, working with and for such prominent brands as Rocawear Juniors, Nike’s Brand Jordan, La Regale, FILA, and M. Fabrikant and Sons and honing her skills as a merchandiser, stylist, new product development specialist, and account executive. She is self-taught in design and began her fashion design career with custom work for clients in Atlanta, Georgia. Her designs were met with great success as she was noted in Rolling Out as an emerging local designer to watch. Deciding that she needed a bigger launching pad, Ms. Goldson auditioned for and landed a spot on the ninth season of Lifetime Network’s Emmy Award winning program, Project Runway.

As one of four finalists on Project Runway, Kimberly showed a 10- look collection at Spring/Summer 2012 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Her chic and colorful collection received rave reviews in the press, including an article in the New York Post predicting that she would win the entire season. Ms. Goldson is grateful for the opportunities, relationships, and exposure she received from her Project Runway experience. After learning more about who she is as a designer through the show, Ms. Goldson’s Kimberly Goldson brand is a focus of that evolution. Luxurious textiles in classic shapes with a nod to current trends are the center of the brand. “I like to take classic shapes and styles and put a slight twist to them so that you can keep them in your closet forever” said Kimberly.

To learn more about Kimberly Goldson visit