Sunday, December 29, 2013

Out with the Old. .In with ORCHID!!~*


I had the pleasure of contributing a tid bit of advice and insight about Pantone's color for 2014 "Radiant Orchid". Check out this article, a few pictures of the Obama's in their orchid selections, and what I had to say. Special thanks as always to Karen Nazor-Hill!!

By: Karen Nazor-Hill
Written for the Chattanooga Times Free Press December23, 2013





Emerald Green is so last year.

The new must-have color for 2014 is ... drum roll, please ... radiant orchid. And though it may look like plain old purple, radiant orchid is a "captivating, magical, enigmatic purple," according to Pantone, the company that claims global authority on color trends and recently revealed radiant orchid as the color of the year.







Still, to the naked eye, it's a shade of purple.

"While the 2013 color of the year, emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, radiant orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, in a news release. "An invitation to innovation, radiant orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today's society.

"An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, radiant orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm," she says.





















Pantone says radiant orchid's multifaceted hue is "seductive" when combined with red and it pairs well with its "sister shades" of lavender, purple and pink. It also can be paired with olive and hunter greens, turquoise and teal, light yellows, gray, beige and taupe, the company says.

Suzanne West, owner of Frankie & Julian's fashion boutique on Frazier Avenue, says the color is already showing up in fashions.

"Radiant orchid is actually a welcome change from past years' tangerine and emerald (previous Pantone Color of the Year shades)," she says. "It is a more mellow color, yet still vibrant and lots of industries will jump on this, such as fashion, home decor, etc. The color is a mix of purple, fuchsia, and pink and will be good on most skin tones as well."

The shade flatters most hair colors, too, she says.

"Traditional purple, for example, is not great on redheads, but orchid is actually nice on redheads -- a little more 'mauve-ish' is a great color for redheads, but it's a great shade for all other hair colors," West says.

It's also good for men, she says.

"Purple is trending right now with certain menswear, but I am not a fan of purple shirts and jackets, but ties and other little pops of purple I like," West says. "Also, I think smaller pops of purple are more how your average man would interpret that trend."


Dr. Tony Leach of Chattanooga says he likes the color purple. Leach, a doctor of optometry and owner of Epic Optical in downtown Chattanooga, is often seen sporting shades of purple in his wardrobe, particularly sweaters and ties.




"I do like and wear purple quite a bit," he says. "It's a very versatile color. It looks good with black, grey and tan slacks or suits. I also like pink but I have noticed that purple is the most dominant accent color this year and it doesn't surprise me that it is the Color of the Year for 2014."

Leach says he also expects the color to show up in eyewear.

"We can custom order almost any color frame but we do have several styles in orchid and purple," he says.

Leach's wife, Denise Leach, a Chattanooga-based Realtor, says she thinks purple works for her husband, but for her? Not so much.

"With his brown eyes and salt-and-pepper hair, it is a good color for him," she says. "For me, though, I may use purple to accessorize, but it's not my favorite color."


Local fashion model and former Miss Black Tennessee Lorean Mays says she's a fan of purple.

"There are different hues that work well for everyone, however, you have to do a little research and trying out different shades to find which is right for you," she says. "Finding the perfect shade has to do with you knowing your undertones. I have green undertones in my skin so I go for a more jewel tone (royal purple) or lilac. I think we will see more of it due to the color trend this upcoming year."





The Pantone pick will also show up in weddings in 2014, says Sonali Lamba, co-founder of Brideside.com, an online retailer of bridesmaid dresses and accessories.

"Radiant orchid has become a popular choice for bridesmaids as it flatters a variety of skin tones, but it also serves as a nice complement to various color palettes, including shades of mint and coral," Lamba says. "Since it is officially the 'color of the year,' we can expect to see it in dresses for bridesmaids or pocket squares for groomsmen, but also as an accent in paper products, flowers, specialty cocktails and table linens."

The new shade of purple will also show up soon in cosmetics, as well as interiors including paint, accent piece and decorative accessories, Pantone reports.

Get your Orchids in order. .2014 is almost here!!
@TheeSophistiKat

Soul Sunday. .~*

It being the last SUNday in the year I figured why not use a song that would allow each of us to reflect and appreciate the lessons and blessings of this past year. .


The Foreign Exchange is one of my many FAVorite groups. This single "Call It Home" is off their latest album "Love In Flying Colors". I absolutely love the concept of this video and how it relates to the title of the song. We should know that "home" and "love" are found wherever we are. .and with the people we are blessed to share moments in this life with.

If you want to check want to keep up to date on The Foreign Exchange or purchase their music visit http://theforeignexchangemusic.com

Enjoy~*
@TheeSophistiKat

Friday, December 6, 2013

White HOTT Chocolate


This months selection I put a twist on one of my late Fall and Winter FAVorites. Now don't get me wrong I LOVE my  Bailey's Hot Chocolate recipe but wanted to try something different. I switched up a few ingredients to come with this Masterpiece!! It will be the perfect addition to your list of FAVorites for your holiday gatherings, book club meetings, or when you simply want to warm up and relax after a long day.





















Ingredients:
1-2 Cups of Milk
1 to 2 Tsp. White Hot Chocolate Mix (I prefer Ghirardelli "Sweet Ground White Chocolate Mix")
0.5 Oz. Bailey's Vanilla Cinnamon Cream Liqueur (equal to 1 shot)
0.5 Tsp. Sugar ( add to your liking)
Ground Cinnamon or Marshmallows (for topping)

Directions:
Heat milk (I prefer to heat my milk on the stove).
Pour in individual cup/cups
Stir in white hot chocolate mix
Add Sugar (if necessary to your liking)
Pour in the shot of cream liquer

Garnish:
Once ready you can add a dash of ground Cinnamon or Marshmallows

Enjoy
@TheeSophistiKAT

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Rest In Peace. .Nelson Mandela

Today all across the world we mourn the lost of a revolutionary!! Emerging standing tall after doing  years in prison to go forth and lead his people of South Africa as President, Nelson Mandela was the epitome of a leader of his people and fighting equality/justice across the world.














"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear"~*














"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."~*











"Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement."~*





Knowing that he lived a life of service and accomplished so many great things not for self but the betterment of humanity. .I say "Rest In Peace". .our brave solider

@TheeSophistiKat

SophistiKAT "Jam"

Now one thing about MY #BFFJill Mar and I, we LOVE music!! 
She tagged me in a post with this video earlier today on  Facebook and I am just now getting around to checking it out. She will tell you. .When she said "It's a song by Omarion". .I was like "Oh Lawd!!". At that moment I didn't know what to expect because I've never been a fan of "O". Now don't get me wrong I love some of his songs. Hoooooowever he teamed up with two of my FAVs Pusha T (Clipse) and FABolous (I LOVE this man!!) for "Know You Better"!! Wooooooo. .#LoveIT 

Check it Out. .

Omarion has a HIT!!

Check out my #BFFJill Blog Edwina Lashan http://edwinalashan.blogspot.com/

Enjoy~*
@TheeSophistiKat

SophisitKat's "Throwback JAM"

Chiiiiiiiiild let me tell you!! I love my 90's R&B and if you have been keeping up with my "Jam" post, you know that too. Every week I get a "serenade" or two from a dear friend of mine via Skype ;") and one of the songs he chose to do last week was "Beauty" by Dru Hill. I think just about EVERY woman knows the lyrics to this song and honey KNEW it was about them. LoL!! Anyway it made me go back in my CD cartel and pull out Dru Hill's very first album (which happens to be my FAVorite out of the 4)


Here is the video for one of my FAVorite songs "Never Make a Promise" off the album to throw you back this Thursday. .



Enjoy
@TheeSophistiKat

5 Gifts that will make you WIN this Holiday Season!!

Fellas this one is for you!!

Some of you have the hardest time around this time of the year deciding on what to get the special lady (or ladies) in your life for Christmas. Now I understand that at times we can be some of the hardest people to please. .but really that isn't the case. You honestly have all year to pay attention to what we like. .and some have years already under the belt to know these things.Welp. .long story short. .I'm here to help

These are 5* things that you can NEVER go wrong with gifting to any woman


















Jewelry
No woman can ever have enough jewelry.
This is an intricate part of any SophistiKat's ensemble. From bracelets, necklaces, and watches the 2Divas have you covered. .because we always need MORE.


This lovely Pearl draped necklace set
Purchase price- $48


Spa Package
An essential part of looking and feeling great over the holiday season is nothing that a Day at the Spa won't fix. 

There are several specialty spa's in your respective cities that I'm sure your lady does frequent if not. .check out Massage Envy. They have array of packages that will satisfy your SophistiKats needs.




Shoes
What woman or girl doesn't love a beautiful pair of NEW shoes. Now if you have a "Shoefantic" (which I'm not) on your hands this is the perfect gift.

Shoemint provides you with fashionable and affordable looks. Once your lady signs up (or you sign her up) the first pair is 25% off!!


















http://www.shoemint.com/


Tech Savvy Gift
What lady doesn't like to keep up to date on all things new while on the go? Well make sure she has that luxury by purchasing her a NEW tablet or the latest version of the one she has.



















iPad Air
$499.00
http://www.apple.com/ipad-air/



















Kindle Fire HDX
$229.00
http://www.amazon.com/kindle-fire-hdx-student-gaming-tablet/dp/B00BWYQ9YE

Gift Card
I can't stress enough that a gift card can never do anyone wrong!! They are the best thing yet. When you are in a crunch on what to buy, over your budget, or just pressed for time to shop. .you can get a gift card for anywhere!! A favorite restaurant, clothing store, salon, etc. Here are a few of my FAVorites.












Victoria's Secret (My FAVorite Store)
https://www.victoriassecret.com/gifts/gift-cards













Starbucks
https://www.starbucks.com/card















Red Lobster
http://www.redlobster.com/giftcard/?cmpid=RL_PPC_GOO_Intention_Desktop_Gift%20Card_52717

Hope this helps ya out!! And ladies. .please feel free to comment and share your FAVorites that can be added to this list.

@TheeSophistiKat

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Shirley Chisholm~*

"You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas."




"Of my two handicaps, being female put many more obstacles in my path than being black."



"I want history to remember me not just as the first black woman to be elected to Congress, not as the first black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of the United States, but as a black woman who lived in the 20th century and dared to be herself."



Wishing a pioneer and "She-Roe" Shirley Anita St. Hill-Chisholm a very "Happy Birthday". Educated, Sophisticated, HerStory Maker, and Changer!!

Unbought. .Unbossed. .
May your forever. .Rest In Peace. .~*
@TheeSophistiKat

Sistah's Chat. .The Purpose

Over the past 2 months I have had a few people approach me or email to ask. .
"What is the purpose of Sistah's Chat?"



















I've always enjoyed serving on different panels discussing current issues regarding women, the state of the Black community, relationships, etc. Often times the opportunities that I've had were outside of the city. I felt that with the movements such as Black Girls ROCK, My Black Is Beautiful "Imagine A Future", Saving Our Daughters, etc. that the discussion on how to empower girls/women, showcase our outstanding achievements, how our images are being depicted in the media, internal racism, bullying, and many other issues not only need to be discussed on a national level but truly on a local level.

Each and every day in our respective communities we face the same issues that girls/women across the country face. We also have girls/women locally and statewide who are doing outstanding things to bring awareness to these said issues. Sometimes we don't have anyone to openly discuss what we are going through in an open and non-judgmental environment. Sometimes we feel that no one truly cares or will support our efforts that we are putting forth in the community to promote and evoke change.  Sometimes we would never have a chance to meet or interact with our community/state "She-roes". A platform for change. A platform to have open and honest dialogue with each other.

If we don't begin to create opportunities for our voices and stories to be told and heard. .who will? A quote that stuck out to me from this years "Black Girls ROCK" was by Marian Wright Edleman she stated "Black women rock the cradle and whoever rocks the cradle. .rocks the future". We have to think about all the women who have come before us. Who were degraded, denied, and some even died for us to have the rights that we do today and for their stories to continue to live through us. We have to get back to being as "ONE". Loving, Uplifting, and Supporting each other in our respective goals. We have to understand how our individual successes are important to each other and the generations to come. This transcends beyond the color line to ALL women. A unified sisterhood is a MUST.

That is the purpose of "Sistah's Chat"!!

The next installment will be in 2 parts in February 2014!! 
Part One: "How to Love 101: Love and Relationships"
Part Two: "Preserving our Legacy"

If you are interested in lending your voice to the panel, being a sponsor, or vendor please email me at thesophisticatechronicles@gmail.com and "February Chat's" as your subject title.

@TheeSophistiKat

Reflecting. .~*

I hope everyone had a very "Happy Thanksgiving"!! I wasn't able to Blog (and honestly didn't feel like doing much of anything) due to the passing of my great grandmother. She was 102. She lived her life giving back to others. Always active working in her church, serving on the district Usher's board, the Order of the Eastern Star, PHA (and all the other female auxiliaries of the Prince Hall Masonic Structure), and of course a devoted family woman.

It put a lot of things in perspective for me. We often times wonder where we get a lot of our personality, ambition, and unwavering will to conquer over obstacles from. .and I honestly thought back to the women of my family. All though on different sides of my bloodline they were all very similar. All of them were hard working, giving, and God fearing women. I've always had the desire to help others any way I can and that comes from them. Putting my family first and doing anything and everything I can to make sure they are happy. .comes from them. Stepping out on faith and trusting in God. .comes from them. Always being a lady and my style. .comes from them.

Realizing that all the opportunities I have today are by the grace of God and their perseverance through all obstacles. .I lift up a prayer to heaven and simply say "Thank You".

Rest In Peace. .
MLM. .SBJ
TLWF. .NEC

@TheeSophistiKat

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sistah's Chat 2

This Saturday Join US!!
































All about giving back and providing an opportunity for our voices to be heard "Sistah's Chat" is an open panel discussion hosted by blogger Lorean Mays. The event serves as a platform for girls and women to discuss issues that we face on a daily basis such as self esteem, bullying, violence, relationships, etc. Also to provide interaction with well known girls and women (and hopefully some Brothas) from across the country. Having open and honest dialogue with each other to help, inspire, and empower the masses.

At this event you will be able to shop with "2 Diva's Jewerly", receive/sign up for information on how to become active in the fight against heart disease with the American Heart Association's initiatives "Power to End Stroke" and "Go RED for Women", a chance to win some FABulous door prizes, and Meet/Greet the phenomenal panelist.

This event is FREE to the public and we welcome everyone including our boys and men.

Sign up sheet for the "Pearls Books and Tea: SophistKat Bookclub" will be available!! 

If you have any questions or would like to be apart of our next "Sistah's Chat" email thesophisticatechronicles@gmail.com

Thanks for your continued Support!!
Please remember to like the page on Facebook and follow me on Twitter. .
@TheeSophistiKat

Thursday, October 17, 2013

11 Qualities Men Love Most

Hmm. .now I'm sure after seeing the title everyone is thinking  thinking "What is this about?".
Well according to Kevin Carr there are specifically 11* things men just absolutely LOVE and can't do without.

A little about Kevin Carr. .





















Dating Coach and motivational speaker Kevin Carr is the author of "If All Men Are Dogs: Then Women You Hold the Leash", and the new eBook "Date Responsibly: Choosing Better Men".


















Here we go. .


#1 Honesty
Real men respect an honest woman. In fact, they yearn for one. A woman that possesses the ability to be open and honest about what she wants is one that can clearly articulate how she does and doesn't feel. There's nothing like it. In a world full of surface interaction your candidness can be refreshing for him.

#2 Empathy

There are a lot of cases where he doesn't necessarily want to be "right.” He simply wants to be understood. He will never be able to understand in totality what it's like to be a woman in this world just as you will never be able to fathom what it takes for him to be a man. That's perfectly fine. However, if you can find it within you to be aware enough to recognize he has a different perspective and to try to see life from his view, he will be forever grateful. This will only prompt him to do the same for you.


#3 Acceptance
One of the worse things you can do is judge a man, especially when it comes to his past life before you. He isn't asking for forgiveness; he's merely seeking your acceptance. If he can become comfortable in divulging who he's been then you'll never have to guess who he is.

#4 Trustworthy
If he has proven himself to be trustworthy then trust him. He needs to know that you believe in his character. It strengthens him. He isn't asking you to love blindly but just not be consumed with hypotheticals.

#5 Goal Driven
Every secure goal-driven man is looking for the same in a woman. To know that you have plans outside of him is a true turn on. This actually helps to keep him in check and lets him know there are things in your life that are bigger than him.

#6 Homemaker
I am not suggesting that you walk around with an apron on all day baking biscuits. He isn't looking for that. But, what he is looking for is someone that can turn a house into a home. He's seeking someone who is able to give his life some much-needed balance. Yes he needs security as well, especially when it comes to sharing his day-to-day life with you.

#7 Supportive
Every man needs a support system. He wants you to genuinely believe in him. There are more than enough critics in the world. Be his fan and support his worthwhile dreams. If the woman who has his heart believes in him, it will only cause him to become a better man.

#8 Down-to-Earth
There's nothing like a woman that's down for whatever and comfortable in her stilettos and his Jordan's as well. He relishes this quality as it allows him to put his guard down and helps to do away with his preoccupation to always impress you with flashy dates and things.

#9 A Firm Foundation
He loves that you have standards and he loves it even more that you stick to them. Standards give him something to live up to. Real men don't mind them, and in fact, your standards cause them to rise up to the level to which they have been set.

#10 Authenticity
He appreciates when you are exactly who you say you are at all times. As much as he wants you to be empathetic and understanding, he doesn't want you to pull punches. He would love to read your mind, but he can't. So, speak it. He will appreciate and respect you for it.

#11 Drive
Everybody loves a hustler. Someone who works hard at whatever it is they are doing. That is a sexy trait on a woman if there ever was one. Such a quality not only turns him on but will also encourage him to work even harder at his respective dreams and endeavors.

I don't know about you all but all 11 apply to both what men/women want and NEED. .
Give me your take. .Let's chat about this. .Leave a comment~*

@TheeSophistiKat


Represent!!

If you haven't figured out by now. .I am a music LOVER!! You will see my FAVorite songs of all genres posted here and I love to highlight my FAV artist.

Allllllllllll the Buzz from the BET Hip Hop Awards has the internet going CRAZY!! From the return of Juvenile and Mannie Fresh on stage with 2 Chainz and of course the legendary Bone Thugs N Harmony (Come ON!! It's the firrst of the mooooonth!!).

HOWever. .the Cypher that Shut It DOWN was delivered from none of than TDE. I love me some Kendrick Lamar. .but this shout out is for a young cat who clearly ripped his bars like no other Isaiah Rashad!!


The 21 year old from Chattanooga, TN has already been proclaimed as one the Hottest "Up and Coming" MC's in the game. With sharp and straight to the point bars he truly has something that the game has been missing.

Here are a few exerts from Eric Diep's XXL interview. .

On growing up in Chattanooga, TN:
Growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee is probably as normal as it is growing up in Oregon. It’s the same as anywhere else, coming out [to Los Angeles] really help me see that. The people that I am surrounded by remind me the most of the people I was around from where I am from—like my family. In comparison, it feels a lot the same. It wasn’t like a crazy adjustment coming here. It was like moving into another house with my family.

On signing to TDE:
I don’t really have a straight answer for why [me being signed] was under wraps for so long. It just made sense. Just because I got signed doesn’t mean we have to put it out today. It wasn’t really anybody’s business to do it. We are trying to make the best product possible. The more people know, the more pressure it is. Even if it ain’t real pressure, it’s the more pressure to put on the staff and everybody and cater to the people. This is what we do. We’re artists. We do it for the people and we do it for people who enjoy music. You don’t want to let them down, but you don’t want them looking for some stuff for the longest and checking for some stuff. Basically, you want them to enjoy it. You want them to enjoy the experience of waiting for the project.

On what he wants to accomplish as an artist:
I didn’t come into it with super high expectations of like, “When I drop my first song, I am going to have a couple thousand people looking at my stuff.” [“I Shot Ya Down”] isn’t the first song I dropped. The first song I put out, it did what I thought it was going to do. I did real local stuff. It got two-three hundred views in the first couple of days. To me, that’s the same as 300,000 when don’t know nobody know who you are. I just worked on that. I worked on perfecting how I wanted to communicate with people and the right ways to put out music and everything. Seeing how I am accepting now is more like, “Alright cool. Finally learning the right way to do some of this stuff.” Learn how to build anticipation and all this type of stuff. All it is is a big learning experience.

Read the full interview here:
http://www.xxlmag.com/rap-music/2013/10/the-come-up-isaiah-rashad/

All I can say is that I am always extremely proud of those who grind in their city to see their dreams become a reality!! I know that their will be great things and of course great music to come from Isaiah Rashad!! Go Head!!


Check out his video for " I Shot You Down"



Represent!! #ChattTown #FourTwoThree

@TheeSophistiKat

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

















Losing my grandmother to Breast Cancer was one of the hardest things I've faced in my life. Watching my mother take care of her day end and day out was truly life changing.
She fought like a Champion till the end and may she continue to REST in PEACE.



This month support and show that you are AWARE of the fight to find a cure for Breast Cancer.
Make a donation in honor of a loved one, friend, or just to show you care to the Sisters Network.



















The Sisters Network® Inc. (SNI) is a leading voice and only national African American breast cancer survivorship organization in the United States. Sisters Network is governed by an elected Board of Directors and assisted by an appointed medical advisory committee.

Membership is 3000, which includes more than 40 affiliate survivor run chapters nationwide.
The organization’s purpose is to save lives and provide a broader scope of knowledge that addresses the breast cancer survivorship crisis affecting African American women around the country.

https://donate.sistersnetworkinc.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=298



Also support by purchasing OPI's "Pink of Hearts 2013" Collection

















Featuring two Jazzy shades "More than a Glimmer" and "Pink-ing of You"

Don't forget to ROCK your PINK all month long!!

Get out and be involved all year. Visit the links below to see how you can help.

American Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.org/Involved/Participate/MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/index 

Susan G.  Komen
http://ww5.komen.org/

Sisters Network
http://www.sistersnetworkinc.org/

@TheeSophistiKat

SophistiKat "Drink of the Month"

I have been slipping with posting my "Drink of the Month" favorites. We are already close to the end of October but there are still a few Homecomings, HBCU Classics, and of course just other good time/chill events left. I wanted to keep it simple but true to the kick off of Fall and cool weather. Here is a very subtle, smoothy, and tasty Martini that can be plugged in and enjoyed at any event.

The Amber Martini



















Ingredients
3 1/2 oz Ciroc Vanilla Vodka
1/2 oz Frangelico
1/2 oz Amaretto
1 or 2 cut and sliced Red Apples

Directions
Pour contents into Mixer/Shaker
Shake all ingredients over ice until they are well chilled
Strain into a chilled Martini glass
Garnish each glass with a slice of apple

Voila. .you are ready to sip and chill ;")

Enjoy~*
@TheeSophistiKat

Oh Mack. .~*

A good friend of mine called me last night. .
"Yo L!! You've got to hear lil dude from the Wire's album". .
Of course I was like "Who? What?" (mind you I am sick too. .Glory. .LoL!!)
"It's FIRE!! GO to iTunes and cop it stat!!"
The way I was feeling at that moment. .was "Child BYE!!"LoL!!














However I am a sucker for GREAT music. He text the name and album title. .Low and behold. .





















It was the debut LP from the oh so Handsome Tristan Wilds aka Mack Wilds!! I have been a fan of the young actor since his days on "The Wire". .90210. .and of course "Red Tails" (Yes Lawd!! That was an outstanding and HANDSOME cast) so I honestly didn't know what to expect from him pursuing music. I remembered seeing the "Own IT" video this summer. .but didn't think to much about it.

















Over the past few months there has been a buzz about Tristan taking a break from acting to pursue a career in music.  We hear this A LOT from actors, athletes , etc and sometimes they just don't deliver.  (Sad but true) With Mack Wilds. .that is not the case!!

I purchased the album and immediately began to listen. .and I was SHOCKED!! Now I am the type of person that I don't start with the first track on the album, I listen to the first title that jumps out at me. .and that was "Art of Fallin'". People giving their opinion on what "fallin"/"love" is put against an almost old school track (reminisce of a Slick Rick beat).  I then listened to "Keepin It Real", "A NY Love Story" (I love to rock my french manicure!! Signature mani for a SophistiKat), "Wild Things" feat Method Man, "U Can Cry to Me" feat Raekwon and Dougie Fresh (It doesn't get any more NY than that). . then. .Child. .Glory. .I listened to "Don't Turn Me Down" and BayBAE it was a wrap!! I melted straight out of my bed!!  (I also found the video to this track. .and I must say. .Mack is a MAN!!)

This brother has delivered!! So many people are truly blessed to multi talented and Mack is one of those people. I was a fan before but I am sold on the music now too!! Please don't sleep on this album and purchase it today. I promise you won't regret it!!

Purchase via iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-york-a-love-story/id694805847

Check out his brief documentary "New York: A Love Story" and get a glimpse at who Tristan "Mack" Wilds is. .(I seriously was wondering where "Mack" came from. .)



Enjoy~*
@TheeSophistiKat

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sistah's Chat

I am so excited to host my first event for my Blog and during my special "Birthday weekend of Service"!! I am all about giving back and providing an opportunity for our voices to be heard. "Sistah's Chat" will be the first of many open panel discussions to come hosted by the blog in the next few months. These events will serve as a platform for girls and women to discuss issues that we face on a daily basis such as self esteem, bullying, violence, relationships, etc. Also to provide interaction with well known girls and women (and hopefully some Brothas) from across the country. Having open and honest dialogue with each other to help, inspire, and empower the masses.


































I am blessed to have  a phenomenal Panel. .


Angelnetta Ulmer (Mental Health Counselor for over 25 years. Currently the Student Services Coordinator, Upward Bound Math and Science (PRISM), University of  Tennessee at Chattanooga)

DaNeitra Hall (Blogger/Event Coordinator, The Fairy Glam Mother, Mother to USA National Miss Tennessee Junior Princess, Kendall Joy Hall)

Deanna K. Burrell (Author, "Voted Most Creative" and "Single Girl Summer", Motivational Speaker, Marketing/Sales WVON Radio Chicago)

Natalie Newbill (Miss Black Tennessee USA 2012 and Motivational Speaker)

Prince Torrence (Top Hair Stylist "Haven of Bella", Event Coordinator, and Nurse)


Deanna Burrell will be on hand for the "Meet and Greet" immediately following the program!! You can purchase an autographed copy of  "Single Girl Summer"!!















This event is FREE to the public and we welcome everyone including our boys and men.

Also there will be a sign up sheet for the "Pearls Books and Tea: SophistKat Bookclub"!! Our Kick Off will be held in November!! 

If you have any questions or would like to be apart of our next "Sistah's Chat" email thesophisticatechronicles@gmail.com

Thanks for your continued Support!!
@TheeSophistiKat

Thicker Than Water on Bravo



So. .Bravo is on a roll this fall and they are scheduled to release 32 original series. One that stood out to me the most is "Thicker Than Water"!! Of course I had to check it out with them being in TENNESSEE!! The show follows former NBA standout, minister, and award wining musician/producer Ben Tankard, his Wife Jewel, and their children Marcus, Brooklyn, Britney, Benji, and Cyrene.

Self dubbed as the "Black Brady Bunch we get a "birds eye" look into the life of the Tankard's.

I am excited to see this show because it will be the first to feature an ALL black cast on Bravo. From the preview above it shall definitely be worth the watch and interesting.

Check Out the premiere November 10th!!

@TheeSophistiKat 

Top 7* Must HAVES for Fall 2013


Now I am a very simple yet sophisticated person. I don't like anything over the top when it comes to Fashion, Hair, Shoes, etc. With me my style is my own!!

Here are my Top 7* "Must HAVES" for Fall 2013. .

#1 I am a lover a Big Bags and going into the fall why not keep color in your life from Summer and this is the perfect bag for every SophistiKat on the GO!!


















IMAN Platinum Rock the Runway Genuine Leather Quilted Satchel in "Rich Red" $149.95
http://www.hsn.com/products/iman-platinum-rock-the-runway-quilted-satchel/7169823

#2 The Perfect Mani and Pedi are a must at anytime of the year, however in the Fall/Winter months it is important to show extra attention and take extra care of your hands and feet. As the climate changes your skin and nails become dry and brittle. Try one of the colors from the OPI: San Francisco collection to keep that sophisticated flare going.





















OPI San Francisco Collection: $9.00 per bottle
http://search.ulta.com/nav/hierarchy1/makeup/hierarchy2/nails/brand/opi/0

#3 Wayfarer!! Everyone just about owns a pair of the Ray Ban Classic "Wayfarer" in Black!! Step it up a notch and add a pair with color. .or pattern with pizazz














LITEFORCE WAYFARER ®TECH Crystal Dark Gradient Gray $185














ORIGINAL WAYFARER Havana Cyclamin Olive Brown $165
http://www.ray-ban.com/usa/sunglasses/?cat=19

#4 The perfect shoe that can take you from days spent in the office to a night out on the town. .none other than the perfect loafer. Loafers can be paired with just about any outfit and WORK.






















DV by Dolce Vita "Lake' Flat" $78.95 (Also comes in Green or Purple Suede)
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/dv-by-dolce-vita-lake-flat/3494222?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=Black+Suede&resultback=2698&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_7_B

#5 Scarves. .Scarves. .and MORE Scarves Now just me. .being honest. .I was never a fan of scarves until earlier this year. Now I absolutely LOVE them. They can make a plain shirt, cardigan, or any combo BETTER. Check out the site below for a few!!














http://www.shesaved.com/2013/04/fashion-scarves-up-to-69-off.html

#6 Jumpsuits!! Jumpsuits are back with a vengeance!! This has to be another versatile piece. It can be paired with a blazer or jacket for work and you can remove that and have a polished happy hour/night look. This item is featured on a dear friend  Marlena Toney's online boutique "Beyond the Moment". Check her out!!





















Beyond The Moment OFF YOUR ROCKER JUMPSUIT $27.70
http://shopthemoment.com/off-your-rocker-jumpsuit/

#7 Perfect Trench. Although most Fall mornings and nights aren't too chilly you still need the right thing to keep you warm. The Trench Coat is a classic and can be found on any "Must Have" list of the Fall/Winter. From the classic khaki to a bright red, you can find it in the right color to suit your personality and style.


















Target Merona® Women's Trench Coat -Assorted Colors $17.48
http://www.target.com/p/merona-women-s-trench-coat-assorted-colors/-/A-14277969

I don't know about you but I was born in the Fall so I am READY!!

Leave your comments and share with me a few of your Must Haves. .

@TheeSophistiKat

Dose of Soul



Earlier this week I read an article on HuffPost "Black Voices" that Jodeci had NEVER broke up!!

K-Ci stated "We are not getting back together, simple reason is we never broke up!! (YES Lawd!!) We have a vault of CDs that we could just put out at any moment. But just like when Jodeci first came out, nobody expected that. And we’re just going to keep it that way. But for now, with the love from Dalvin and DeVante, they’re pushing me and Jojo. They’re like “do what you gotta do,” DeVante said; “I’m going to let y'all know when I’m ready. But y'all continue doing what y'all doing.” And actually, we’re in the studio right now. We record new Jodeci material every chance we get… So we’re just waiting on DeVante’s call."

For a Jodeci fan such as myself that is AWESOME news!! And WOO!! Glory. .DeVante and that voice. I had been trying to figure out who Trey Songz voice (not singing but his normal voice) reminds me of and it's DeVante!! When that man comes on to ANY Jodeci track. .GLORY!! Trigga has the same effect.

Anywhoo. .check out the video for one of my FAV Jodeci tracks for your Sunday Dose of Soul "STAY". .

Enjoy~*
@TheeSophistiKat

Friday, September 20, 2013

Seeing RED

Deitrick Haddon one of my FAVorite gospel artist has released his new album "RED"!!
AND it debuted at #1 on Billboards Gospel Chart!! Go HEAD!!



RED= Restoring Everything Damaged  is filled with powerful and uptempo ballads that anyone in their walk with Christ can relate to. I have been a fan for a few years now and this man NEVER disappoints. I enjoy music and artist such as he because this provides a dynamic that I don't experience in my Sunday worship. I am Church of Christ (no instruments, no choir) however I am a lover of all types of music and my family has ALWAYS listened to the Gospel genre despite our denominational affiliation.

I have listened to every track on this album since purchasing (Yes I have the DELUXE edition!! Boaw) and it is a testament to how far Deitrick has come creatively and as an artist.

MY FAVorite tracks are:
Feel A Breakthrough
Victory
Handle This
Strong
Just As I AM* (This has been on repeat!!)
Church Rock

One thing I admire is that this man has faced a lot of challenges publicly and not once did he run to hide from the media or press. He faced everything head on from day one and told the TRUTH!! He has not let anything stop him and pressed forward with his head held high. That is truly commendable!! That is a true testament that in any form the devil can show up and try to steer you from your walk with God but no matter what you can never doubt nor stray for God. We must all continue to hold tight to HIS hand and believe HIS word.

"No man can stand in the way of what GOD has for you".

I am excited to see Deitrick and a few other well known men of God on Oxygen's "Preachers of LA" premiering Oct. 9!! So be sure to check your local listing for channel and time information. #Support these men



If you don't have the album RED you need to GET IT NOW!!
iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/r.e.d.-restoring-everything/id677416587
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/R-E-D-Restoring-Everything-Damaged-Version/dp/B00DX88GRU

Also be sure to Follow him on Twitter @deitrickhaddon

Enjoy. .
@TheeSophistiKAT 

The Butler. .MY Take

Lee Daniels: The Butler. .



I have been waiting a few weeks to write this post. .I  have had to marinate (yes I said marinate) on a lot of my thoughts. During this time I have checked out a few other Blog post and of course heard the critics reviews of this movie. Via Facebook I have read a lot of post from Black "conscious" pages as well. .with that being said here goes. .

I enjoyed the movie!! From the heart wrenching beginning to the very prideful end. I went to see the movie with my mother who experience the Civil Rights movements as a teen first hand. A lot of accounts that where faced in the movie by some of the young people, my mother did not face. That didn't mean that she was not aware of many of the treatment of torment of blacks during the movement. .a brave group of Howard High School students helped to desegregate the downtown lunch counters right here in our city. Our city was actually the first to use the water hose tactic on young black protesters before Birmingham.

The movie overall ended up being better than I thought. I knew the movie was going to be good but it was absolutely GREAT. I had been following the movie since production started and read every piece of information I could find about Mr. Gaines.

It left me with a sense of pride because we were able to watch 2 generation deal and cope with being Black in America. You had Cecil Gaines who had grown up under oppression and Louis who grew up in an era fighting for equality and change. Both very different but strong in the sense of how they dealt and overcame each challenge that presented itself.

I have heard MANY people state that they are tired of seeing such films as "The Help" and "The Butler" come to the big screen and that we as a people need to boycott movie that depict blacks as "domestics", "hustlers", "slaves", etc. In reference to movies like "The Help" and "The Butler" that was our reality and for some it still is today. The maids and butler put most of our parents and family members through college with those said jobs. Helped our parents to understand and know the true meaning of hard work. Raised them to be the most confident and educated people we see today. My family for instance had a few women who were "domestics" and that is something that has always been discussed openly. No one is ashamed of that. The circumstances that we faced from day one in this country were not brought on by us. We must not be ashamed of our past but in a way acknowledge how far we have come and instill in the younger generation a sense of pride. Being prideful of being BLACK. Remembering and praying for all the souls who lost their lives for us to be EQUAL. Letting them never be forgotten. Continuing to march forward.

I commend the whole cast on an outstanding performance. I honestly feel that this movies should receive "Best Picture", "Best Actor: Forrest Whitaker", "Best Screenplay", and "Best Director". If stories like this aren't told. .our history will continue to be lost. In regards to The Butler. .to Lee Daniels I say "Thank You"~*

@TheeSophistiKat

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Dose of Soul


The first thing that draws my attention with songs of course are the beat. .then I listen to the lyrics. Often times I like one more than the other and a lot of times both. 

From the first time I heard this song I LOVED it. .lyrically. .
and MY BOO is on the track ;")

Anywhoo. .Here is some hip hop with a pinch of soul for your SUNday 
Skillz feat Raheem Devaughn "Call Me Crazy"

Enjoy~*
@TheeSophistiKat

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

School Daze Sequel?! YES!!



*Check out the full interview done by Black&Sexy TV above (10 minute mark)*

Now after learning that the "Fly Girl" trilogy by Omar Tyree would be turned into a movie. .
The legendary Spike Lee confirms that he already has the script for the sequel to his beloved classic "School Daze"!!





















Spike Lee said the sequel would take place 25 years later and he hopes to get actor Laurence Fishburne to play his role as “Dap.” Lee said, “I had the script for [the sequel] to School Daze, a contemporary version, same school, 25 years later. Hopefully I can get Laurence Fishburne to play Dap. He’ll be the president now of the school. It would deal with issues in HSBCUs today, some of the same stuff from the last film, like the pledging process. But also lots of new stuff like homophobia,it’s a big subject in it. Class issues, color, hair texture, but it’s stuff happening today.”

I don't know about you but a few people I would like to see on the campus of "Mission College" would be MYSELF ;") Nicole Baharie, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Lance Gross, Pooch Hall, Taylour Paige, Jason Newsome, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence J, and of course the return of Tisha Campbell-Martin, Laurence Fishburne, Samuel L. Jackson, and Giancarlo Esposito (Dean Big Brother ALL MighTY!!)

Ha!! The new school G Phi G and Gamma Rays are probably going to be NO joke especially from the way things go down now on a lot of campuses across the country (not just HBCU's).

It will be refreshing and open up a new wave of fans for Spike Lee!!



Here is one of MY FAVorite scenes!! The Talent Show!! 
They weren't playing around with that "Black & Silver"!!  LoL!!


Mr. Lee hit me UP!!
@TNBeautyQueen
@TheeSophistiKat

CrazySexyCool



In case you had not heard. .VH1 will be bringing the story of the Multi-Platinum. .Best Selling Female group of all time to a television screen near you this FALL. That's right the story of TLC!!
I can admit I was a little shocked by the young women who were casted (no hatred at all) but after viewing this trailer. .they truly did each character justice!! They look almost identical to the ladies. I'm really excited to see Lil Mama bring to life the late and great Left-Eye!!

Don't know about you but I was a HUGE TLC fan!! What girl wasn't?! Child I wanted hair like Chilli's, rocked the Crossed Colors fits, wore the band~aid on my face, and everything!! LoL!!

I will be ready to #TuneIN and you should too!!

@TNBeautyQueen
@TheeSophistiKat

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Dose of Soul. .


Ahhhhhh. .
All from the set of the "Raheem DeVaughn Show" Saxophonist Boney James (whom I LOVE too) tells how the collaboration with Raheem came about. .and of course they perform the hit single "Maker of Love"!!


Something smooth and SOULful for your Sunday afternoon. .
Love the lyrics ;")



Purchase a copy of Boney James latest album "The Beat" feat "Maker of Love":


Do NOT forget to tune in EVERY Sunday evening from 7:00-9:00 pm(est) 
to the "Raheem DeVaughn Show"!!
http://blis.fm/raheem/

Be on the LOOKOUT for his new album. .Coming SOON


Enjoy
@TNBeautyQueen
@TheeSophisitKat