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FASHION FRIDAY || Celebrity Roundup – Around The Way Girls

VOTE VOTE VOTE

This week’s Celebrity Roundup includes some of our top 4 favorite looks of the week. The ladies below stepped out looking amazing and its up to you to vote on your absolute favorite. Tell a friend to tell a friend to vote as well.

ADRIENNE BAILON
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Adrienne Bailon in a $171 House of CB dress

ASHANTI
ASHANTI
Ashanti in a $1,250 Michael Costello dress

KHLOE KARDASHIAN
Khloe Kardashian brings her sexy curves to Kourtney's baby shower
Khloe Kardashian in a $156 two-piece by Misha Collection

SELENA GOMEZ
SELENA GOMEZ
Selena Gomez in 2014 Versace suit


INTERVIEW || Ahyiana Angel Author of Preseason Love

 

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1. WHO IS AHYIANA ANGEL?
A daughter, sister, friend, and business woman who happens to be creative and extremely driven.

2. WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR CURRENT FRESH OFF OF THE PRESS BOOK, PRESEASON LOVE?
Real life. In the genre that I typically work in, contemporary fiction, many elements of the stories originate from a place of reality. My career, dating and living in the city were great sources of effortless inspiration for Preseason Love. I wanted to talk about the circumstances that I know many young women experience.

3. WHAT HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE BEEN LIKE, TELLING PIECES OF YOUR PERSONAL LIFE IN A BOOK FOR THE WORLD TO READ?
When I was working on my manuscript the words were flowing. I did not think much about people actually reading the content. Now that Preseason Love is on store shelves and people are consuming it at a rapid rate, I do get a bit shy about some of the scenes. Whether fact or fiction, it all originates from my mind so it is like inviting people into your world.

4. HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT HAS YOUR PR BACKGROUND MADE ON YOUR CAREER AS AN AUTHOR AND WOULD YOU SUGGEST OTHERS LEARN THE PUBLIC RELATIONS INDUSTRY BEFORE LAUNCHING A BUSINESS?
I don’t think that it is mandatory to learn the business of PR before starting a business. However, I do think that PR knowledge can be helpful when it comes to marketing your business. It is always important in any business venture to be well versed in multiple areas that can help you grow your business, especially when you are just starting out since you will likely have to wear multiple hats. For me, having a background in PR made it easier to grasp certain concepts. It also gave me a bit of leverage with developing ways to promote Preseason Love.

5. WHO OR WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT KEEP YOU MOTIVATED?
My family keeps me motivated. I want to be able to expose them to things that they could never imagine. It is also important to me that I pave the way for the generations to come in my family. I want them to know that it is okay to dream big and chase your dreams. What seems impossible can certainly be possible.

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6. IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ONE QUOTE TO INSPIRE YOU FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Feel the fear, then do it anyway. I love this quote. I don’t know its origin, but it rings extremely true in so many circumstances that we face in life.

7. WHAT HAS YOUR BIGGEST OBSTACLE TO DATE, TAUGHT YOU ABOUT PERSEVERANCE?
My biggest obstacle has taught me that sometimes you have to take control of your situation, and give your all to make it work in your favor. Embarking on a career change to become a full-time writer was not an easy risk to take, but I knew that it was something that I really had a strong desire to do. Nothing was going to be given to me in making my transition, however, that did not stop my drive. Through determination and perseverance I managed to lock in a publishing deal.

8. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO US 20 SOMETHINGS LOOKING TO DIVE INTO THE WRITING FIELD?
I would suggest that you research and learn your industry. Consume as much information as you can. Become familiar with some of the key newsletters and resources out there like BookBaby and Writer’s Digest. If you are working on a manuscript, especially if you plan to self-publish, invest in a good editor before you finalize your project. It will make a world of difference.

9. IF YOU WERE FORCED TO GET RID OF EVERY SINGLE ITEM YOU OWN AND ONLY KEEP 3 THINGS, WHAT ARE THE 3 THINGS YOU ABSOLUTELY COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
This is hard but I would have to say my phone, computer and a satin scarf for my hair. LOL.

10. AS A CURATOR FOR TRAVEL NOIRE, WHAT IMPACT HAS TRAVELING HAD ON YOUR CAREER?
Traveling has really helped to expand my creativity. Observing different cultures, visiting foreign lands, and interacting with interesting people can spark ideas. It gives you insight and knowledge about people and circumstances that you can’t get from searching online. Being in traveling situations that tend to push you outside of your comfort zone helps me when I am challenging myself with my writing.

11. WHAT DESTINATION HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING TRAVELING EXPERIENCE AND WHY?
The most rewarding traveling experience was my visit to Paris. I was blessed to visit twice. I truly see now why so many people fall in love with the city. I found myself wandering through the streets daydreaming of being a local. One day I spent a few hours walking from Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Eiffel Tower. After taking in the sights along the River Seine, I made it to the Eiffel Tower just in time to see it sparkle at night. It was very surreal. I felt like I was in a dream and needed to pinch myself. I took some time to just sit and stare at the beauty. At that moment I reflected on how far I’d come. A year prior I would not have imagined standing in that moment.

12. WHAT CAN THE AUDIENCE LOOK FORWARD TO ON THIS JOURNEY OF PRESEASON LOVE WITH AHYIANA ANGEL?
Readers can look forward to a fast paced story with plenty of situations that they may identify with. The main character, Scottie Malveaux, is bold and sassy but she is also very career driven. You will have a court side seat during some of the challenging and best times of her life. You’ll be rooting for her to win. Readers thus far have fallen in love with Kari as well. Most noting that they can’t wait to find their own Kari, which I love!

13. HOW CAN THE READERS KEEP IN CONTACT WITH YOU?
You can stay connected with me via my website or my blog  I’m on Twitter @Ahyiana_Angel and Instagram @Ahyiana_Angel , as well as Facebook
. I just finished the first portion of the #PreseasonLove Tour with stops in Oakland, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC. After the new year I will be making additional stops in Houston, New Orleans, and Atlanta starting in early January. The details will be available on my website.

MONEY MONDAY || The Perfect Quotes To Keep You On Your Journey To Financial Freedom

As I move forward with my journey to financial freedom, I’ve noticed that as long as I keep reminders in front of me and make it a priority to stay on course, the discipline isn’t too hard. I remember telling myself for years that I wanted to be financially free. I would save a little here and there only to tap into that savings promising to replace it later. Long story short, it was never replaced. And the cycle continued. It wasn’t until April of this year that I attended a Women + Money Conference which put the spark back where it belong. Even after that I still didn’t take my money serious. The wake up call was when I lost a loved one late July. And wanting to tap into my emergency savings seemed like the smartest thing to do. The only problem was, there wasn’t one. I had grown accustom to spending my savings that I was down to nothing except the money I had in my checking account. I knew that was a serious problem and I never wanted to feel the feeling of defeat again. Although I had the money to cover my expenses, I knew it was imperative that from this moment forward I would work diligently to save and grow my savings account to a minimum amount. So I simply made the choice to spend less and save more. Once my savings is full, I will open another savings and allow the cycle of saving to continue. I can honestly say, I am proud of myself thus far. But it’s not an easy journey. I’m not sure what your money story is, but I thought I would share these financial quotes in hopes to motivate you on your journey. Enjoy.
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What are some of your favorite financial quotes?

FASHION FRIDAY || Celebrity Roundup – Soul Train Awards 2014

VOTE   V O T E   VOTE

This weekend we bring to you Celebrity Roundup from the Red Carpet of The 2014 Soul Train Awards. Taking place over the weekend in Las Vegas, these ladies graced the Red Carpet with style and class. With some amazing looks from head to toe and some, not so great looks, we are leaving it in your hands to vote for your favorite look of the week.. Happy Fashion Friday!

ELLE VARNER
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FAITH EVANS
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MICHELLE WILLIAMS
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SEVYN STREETER
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TAMAR BRAXTON
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TINASHE
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MC LYTE
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LEELA JAMES
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Photo Source TGJ

GIRL TALK TUESDAY || You Don’t Have To Lift A Finger, Karma Is Already Working

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Devastation was the pain that I was feeling. I was embarrassed, shocked, angry and even scared. Scared of what could happen next. Scared of the unknown. “Why was my friend turning her back on me? Why was she making my personal business, that was once told to her in secrecy and confidence, public? What exactly did I do to her to make her act this way?” I whispered to myself. I searched high and low for answers. I prayed, I cried and I regretted life in that very moment. “She is trying to ruin me and she doesn’t care how she does it.”

No one ever wants to be made a fool of, including me. I wanted her to feel the exact emotions I felt when I read those embarrassing Facebook status’ about me. I wanted her to shrink in confidence and feel the world laughing at her, the same way I did. It was in that very moment that I realized the character of a person is truly who they are in public AND in private. It took me a full 72 hours to come down from my anger and disappointment because while I had all of these evil vengeful well thought out plans to make her pay, I didn’t have the heart to follow through with any of them. I wasn’t sure if I was being weak or if I was simply growing.

Where was this Karma that everyone spoke so highly of? I needed a sweet taste of that 5 letter word. I begged for Karma to make it’s rounds and go toe for toe with my once, dear friend. Karma just wasn’t coming fast enough for my liking. Several phone calls, venting sessions and group chats later, it wasn’t until I laid down at night where I found peace. I prayed, cried some more, prayed, cried some more. I grabbed the book on my nightstand which pretty much took me directly to a page that gave me exactly what I needed in that moment. The final words on that page jumped out at me. I couldn’t help but to believe what I read so I blinked a couple of times and read it again. “it’s already done”. Whoa! Was this book talking to me? I laughed it off and told God to stop playing with my emotions and slept peacefully through the night.


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You see. What I’ve grown to realize is that, no matter how great of a person you are to others. There is and will always be people out there who wrong you. At times you may know them, think you know them or they may simply be strangers. But without a doubt, someone will talk bad about you, someone else will spread lies. Someone else will try to attack you and test your character. But it’s not up to you to seek revenge. Meek doesn’t equate to being weak. “Character is developed through experience of trial and suffering where the soul is to be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

Cry when your sad and then laugh it off later. It’s your growing season. Live your life and let those who form hate against you do what they do best. How people treat you is their karma, how you react is yours.