Shopping Event: See you tomorrow at Urban Chic VIP Spring Fashion Fete

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Love Letter: To Uber and it’s Drivers

This is my love letter to Uber_Logo_White_Background

and it’s drivers written from the backseat of an #UberFail:

So I am attempting to be more positive and less hasty to complain about my #FirstWorldProblems.  So instead of jumping down Uber’s throat for the RARE bad rides that I have, (don’t get me wrong, I still tweeted, that is my scream room so yeah I can’t be all sunshine and sparkles all the time) I thought I should take this time to instead reflect on the many great trips that I’ve had with Uber and what made them so great.

Dear Drivers:

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Thank you for your QUIET service.  I’m not trying to be a b*tch but my time in the back of your car is mine so thank you to those drivers who do not hijack it with chatter and personal stories.

Thank you for saying hello, how are you and usually leaving it at that.  I love exchanging basic pleasantries but gauge your rider.  Sometimes I do want to have a nice chat about what’s going on in DC or the world but usually I’d rather have that chat with my friends cause I DON’T KNOW YOU. So nothing personal but I really don’t want to hear a bunch of random stories unless we are exchanging them.  If you are getting one word answers please take the social cues and let me enjoy the music and scenery of our beautiful city.

Thank you to the women but especially to the men who do not ask personal questions.  There is no need for you to know if where you picked me up is my home, my friend’s place, my man’s place or my momma’s house.  I DON’T KNOW YOU. So you don’t need to know where I live!! It’s creepy, don’t be creepy. Creepy is way worse than annoying.  Annoying I can tolerate, creepy doesn’t fly.

Thank you to the many drivers who never asked me about my relationship status cause again, YOU DONT KNOW ME!! Unless we are both flirting (and y’all need to learn the difference cause me giving curt one word responses while I am trapped – which is how I start to feel when you ask personal questions randomly – in the car with you is NOT flirting).

Thank you to the many Uber drivers that got me to my location quickly and safely.

Thank you to my many Uber drivers that got me home in a clean car with mints and water waiting.  The mints and water are not expected or required but always appreciated.

Thank you to my many Uber drivers who succeeding in giving me quality door to door service that I have come to rely on in this hustle and bustle city.

Thank you to the many Uber drivers who have let us stumble into your car when we’ve had a crazy Girl’s night out and gotten us safely back to our homes without complaint even though there were one too many of us for the car we ordered or we are singing in the backseat or shaking the whole car at the red light with our dancing.  (Bigger thanks to the Uber drivers that turned up the music and/or danced with us, you guys are the coolest).

*Mentally insert video of us dancing in backseat of Uber to Taylor Swift* – yall know what I’m talking about!!

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CapFabb Event: Time for more learning with CapFabbAcademy

For those of you who are not bloggers, let me tell you a little about CapFabb.  Two lovely ladies came together, Lacey of A Lacey Perspective and Liz of So Much To Smile About, and created CapFabb in 2011 to bring together the DC metropolitan area’s best to collaborate, learn and grow.  It began with fashion and style bloggers and grew to include food bloggers, lifestyle bloggers and every blogger in-between.  CapFABB is the community of bloggers that inspires our Nation’s Capital.  If that is you come join us because I have learned that there is power in numbers and community and we can all grow together and learn from each other no matter how big or small.  That learning is the perfect transition into our upcoming event.

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One of the wonderful perks of the evolving new CapFabb is the upcoming CapFabb Academy Panel.  Come learn “How to Navigate Brand Relationships” from some of those who know how to do it best.  We’ve got some great panelists that are ready to share all their elusive knowledge with our amazing members.  Want to join in the learning session?!? Become a member of CapFabb and get in on all the great people, perks and possibilities that comes with being a member.  It started as a common place for people to come together and it is now evolving into so much more.  Hope you are ready for an amazing ride, I will be there as your event ambassador helping guide you through the many, MANY going ons around this political Hollywood that we call home.  So sit back, buckle up, grab your champs and let’s take a trip!! First stop is CapFabb Academy so we can learn how to fly!!

REQUIREMENTS:

– Live in DC, VA or MD.
– Must post a minimum of two times a week.
– Minimum of 2 months of blog history.
– Social media presence.

MEMBERSHIP ADVANTAGES:
– Admittance to quarterly educational panels (followed by cocktails, of course).
– Features on CapFABB’s blog and social media platforms.
– Opportunities to participate with local and national brand campaigns.
– Meet and mingle with fellow members.
– Mentorship.
– Opportunity to apply to attend VIP/Private events.

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Event: Love Brunch and the Irish?!?! Today celebrate both with STK

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Mix, mingle, and celebrate with a Shamrock & Champagne brunch from STK.  Need I say more other than GO!!

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Opinion: Oh Giuliana… Go Zendaya yourself!!!

Oh where do I even start… I guess with the basics:

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This beautiful chocolate kiss is Zendaya.  She is a beautiful talented 18 year old black woman.  Usually I’d probably call 18 still a girl but her response to all of this has proved her womanhood to me!!  This beautiful woman was captured in the below picture at the Oscars.

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She attended the event in a stunning all white dress and rocking some beautiful faux dreads.  She looked AMAZING!! Apparently not everyone agreed…

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Now I can take a joke just like the next day but this was a low down dirty shame!!  Reminds me of the Elizabeth Lauten incident because while Zendaya is 18 and has shown what a poised woman she is growing into, she’s still a YOUNG adult who should be nurtured and not attacked.  While I want to believe Maya Angelou’s quote that “Those who know better, do better” or sometimes they seriously disappoint you and say DUMB STUFF.

And then made it worse with this twitter “apology” – “Dear @Zendaya, I’m sorry I offended you and others. I was referring to a bohemian chic look. Had NOTHING to do with race and NEVER would!!!”

NEWSFLASH: IT HAD TO DO WITH RACE!!! cause you know you would not have said that about some famous white woman at the OSCARS!!! I mean can we not have anything nice?!?!

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Fitness: DoYouYoga 14 Day Yoga Shred Challenge – Join Me, It’s Free!! (and awesome!)

kick pageI’m not sure where it truly started, maybe I’ve always been like this I’m just realizing it but I know where this story will begin. It started with a Kickstarter. Random fun fact, I’m a bit of a Kickstarter addict. Some people order from HSN, I impulse buy awesome stuff on Kickstarter (it works out more often than it doesn’t so I’m not too worried). This purchase was in December of 2013, part intention and part dumb luck divine intervention that I came to this particular page.

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I had really gotten into working out more in my own time in a more integrated to my life way and this sounded like a perfect fit.  Something I can do anytime, anywhere.  So I signed up for two (I thought maybe my sister could yogi with me but I don’t think she had the same plan).  Best thing I did for myself that year!!  It started with a small library of videos that were the perfect mix of doable and challenging.  When I got the email a year later in December 2014 that they were merging with the DoYouYoga community, I was elated.  So I would have my current videos plus more being added frequently and awesome challenges like the 30 days of Yoga Challenge, 30 days of Meditation or the upcoming 14 Day Yoga Shred (starting March 2nd)?!?  Sounds amazing!!

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I was trying to fight it but it’s time to accept what my friends seem to have known for a while now… this is the first time I’m truly admitting it but I, Morgan C (I will tell you some secrets but I don’t know you like that) Fykes, am a bit of a hippie!!! I love yoga and mediation and journaling, I love just being outside barefoot in the grass, I love standing in the sun/rain, and I love everything that grows out of the ground (I’m talking about food people and my desire to learn how to garden, focus and no Giuliana jokes)!!  So this month, I am embracing my hippie and going to mix in some food and fitness loving!! I would love for you all to join me on this 14 Day Journey on DoYouYoga.com!  Lots of great things have been happening which I will share soon but I said 2015 would be great and now faking it is turning to making it so yeah you will not have to deal with my hippie mantras (because it works!!).  Maybe this is the kind of teaching I was meant to do? #JustAThought Let the journey begin!

If nothing else, you must check out the website, it is a plethora of information that can get you started in your own practice.

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Event: LearnVest Live DC with Alexis von Tobel (*Contest Alert!)

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the debut LearnVest Live.  I signed up for LearnVest last year but hadn’t yet fully explored all it had to offer.  The idea of it sounded great and I need all the money management knowledge I can soak up so I joined and then promptly put it on the back burner :-/.  When I got the email that LearnVest is committed to helping everyone get financially confident in 2015, the flame was rekindled and in the spirit of 2015 being my best year yet, I decided it was time to tackle my finances head on with LearnVest there to help guide me.  This event was created to help everyone put their best foot forward with a lecture from founder Alexis von Tobel at 1776. Seems like everyone got them memo that it was time to get right cause it was a PACKED audience but like a good little scholar you can see me right up front!

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Now initially I decided to attend this event out of need not necessarily with the most excitement.  I mean we all want more money but rarely is the road to get there enjoyable.  I feel like many people view money management like a trip to the dentist, hated but required.  But much like our teeth, if you ignore the holes or problems, you will lose it all.   Not my most eloquent line but you get the idea.  So I realized I need to stop ignoring my financial snags and face them, head on, with some help and my big girl pants.  Also armed with some tacos and wine, which definitely helped to butter everyone up. LearnVestDC-5168

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Music: Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars on The Voice

I love that Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars are taking it back to a different musical sound with Uptown Funk!! It makes me want to dance and just be happy so here they are on the voice, just a little something to make your Monday bright!! Happy Holidays Everyone!!

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Editorial: To Sony & the creators of “The Interview”, Let’s Be Real, You Started It

cancelled interview So I have been watching all of the crazy back and forth around the Sony attacks and the “terrorism” from North Korea and the entitlement of some Americans never ceases to amaze me. *Gets out soap box, dusts if off, places it down, climbs up, and takes a deep breath cause no one’s gonna like this one but I DON’T CARE*

So let’s start with the interview, a film about two fluff journalist who have captured the attention of America by doling out pop culture drivel as news (about for example, and I am quoting this directly, Nicki Minaj’s vagina – sorry not real news). The “nice guy” has an awaken after their 1000 episode (and being called a massive sell out) and whines to the “cute one” about wanting to be real journalist and after trying to convince the “nice guy” that “they hate us cause they ain’t us”, but then in a twist, the leader of North Korea is also a fan and wants the to interview him. Finally a chance for some real news!!! Then cut scene to massive rave like party, wake up bras everywhere to the CIA on your door asking you to take out, no not to dinner, like take out… TAKE OUT the leader of North Korea. Wait is this movie about KILLING A WORLD LEADER?!?!

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Opinion Lite: Are You Happy??

So I have been all over the place with recent events, national and personal losses and a nation that should be in crisis but instead many are still stuck in denial.   I’ve waded through story after story and piece after piece but than I went down a rabbit hole and found some joy.  Sometimes it’s the little things and the children remind us of that.  A little boy was auditioning for a talent show in China, when asked why he dances, this was his response:

little boy1 Clearly cause you are so freaking cute!!

little boy2 Preach momma!!

This is where it got interesting though:

little boy3 We all got dreams!

little boy4 Wait for it!!

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