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, 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!!

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


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.

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)

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

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


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


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


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. .


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

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.

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!!

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

Kindle Fire HDX

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)


Red Lobster

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