Monday, May 30, 2011

For The Lovers (Short Movie)


For The Lovers (Short Movie) from Nouveau Riche Colors on Vimeo.

For The Lovers is the story of Fafa and Farrah, two young and fashionable women who fall in love in Montreal. I found this video to be very sweet, cute, and just awesome :).

Well it's the end of the month, so you know what that means...



    This is the first "book of the month" post for this blog. I'm doing this because I feel it would be cool for me to share with you and recommend books for you all to read.
The book of the month for May 2011 is something we are all familiar with....


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling. 

    Deathly Hallows is the 7th and last book of the Harry Potter series and being that the second part of the movie is being released July 15th i felt it only necessary to talk about the book a bit.
About ten years ago (yikes) My mother bought me the first four Harry Potter books and practically forced me to read them. At that point I was 8 years old and used to reading stepping stone books, paper backs with at most ten chapters. But Harry potter, the first Harry Potter book (Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone) has seventeen chapters and 309 pages ! But I read it, I read all four that summer and as the years went by I saw all of the movies except Deathly hallows. My mother bought me the final 3 books two summers ago. I can say that I fell in love, just as a lot of other people did. Therefore I will not be explaining in detail this book because everyone knows that once you explain one thing about Harry Potter you have to explain another then another, next thing you know you've told the whole saga.
     Following Dumbledore's death, Voldemort completes his ascension to power and gains control of the Ministry of Magic. Harry, Ron, and Hermione leave Hogwarts to hunt and destroy Voldemort. They isolate themselves to ensure their friends and families' safety. They have little knowledge about the remaining horcruxes except the possibility that two are objects once belonging to Hogwarts founders Rowena Ravenclaw and Helga Hufflepuff, and the third may be Nagini, Voldemort's snake familiar. The whereabouts of the two founders' objects is unknown, and Nagini is presumed to be with Voldemort. As they search for the Horcruxes, the trio learn more about Dumbledore's past.
    Harry, Ron, and Hermione recover the first horcrux, Salazar Slytherin's locket, by infiltrating the Ministry of Magic. A mysterious silver doe leads Harry to the Sword of Godric Gryffindor, among the few objects able to destroy horcruxes. When Harry attempts to recover the sword, the horcrux attempts to kill him. Ron reappears, saving Harry and using the sword to destroy the locket. Resuming their search, the trio continually encounter a strange symbol, that an eccentric wizard named Xenophilius Lovegood tells them represents the mythical Deathly Hallows. The Hallows are three sacred objects: the Resurrection Stone, with the power to summon the dead to the living world; the Elder Wand, an unbeatable wand; and an infallible Invisibility Cloak. Harry learns that Voldemort is seeking the Elder Wand, but is unaware of the other Hallows and their significance. Harry decides that finding Voldemort's horcruxes is more important than procuring the Hallows. They break into a Death Eater's vault at the Wizarding Bank Gringotts to recover another horcrux, Helga Hufflepuff's cup. Harry learns that another horcrux is hidden in Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione enter the school and find the Horcrux, the Diadem of Ravenclaw, and destroy the cup and the diadem.
      This book is definitely the best, it has to be. lol.  I'm not describing the ending because you've should've already read it! Just kidding I don't want to ruin it for anyone. But for those who haven't read it, there is an epilogue nineteen years later about our favorite trio, I don't know if it is featured in the movie but it should be. But just in case it isn't I suggest you read the book before July 15th !

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Dubstep. What is dubstep?

    Well if you live outside of the US or if you have a tumblr account you probably already know. But for those who don't know:
   Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in south London, United Kingdom. Its overall sound has been described as "tightly coiled productions with overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns, clipped samples, and occasional vocals".
   The earliest dubstep releases date back to 1998 and were darker, more experimental, instrumental dub remixes of 2-step garage tracks attempting to incorporate the funky elements of breakbeat, or the dark elements of drum and bass into 2-step, which featured B-sides of single releases. In 2001, this and other strains of dark garage music began to be showcased and promoted at London's night club Forward (sometimes also referred to as FWD>>), which went on to be considerably influential to the development of dubstep. The term "dubstep" in reference to a genre of music began to be used by around 2002, by which time stylistic trends used in creating these remixes started to become more noticeable and distinct from 2-step and grime.
    A very early supporter of the sound was BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, who started playing it from 2003 onwards. In 2004, the last year of his show, his listeners voted Distance, Digital Mystikz and Plastician (formerly Plasticman) in their top 50 for the year. Dubstep started to spread beyond small local scenes in late 2005 and early 2006; many websites devoted to the genre appeared on the internet and thus aided the growth of the scene, such as dubstepforum, the download site Barefiles and blogs such as gutterbreakz. Simultaneously, the genre was receiving extensive coverage in music magazines such as The Wire and online publications such as Pitchfork Media, with a regular feature entitled The Month In: Grime/Dubstep. Interest in dubstep grew significantly after BBC Radio 1 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs started championing the genre, beginning with a show devoted to it (entitled "Dubstep Warz") in January 2006
    I heard about this type of music months ago through tumblr but have never given a chance. Until yesterday when saw this video.



    Not only is the video amazing but the song is really good. I looked up and listened to more dubstep music and I love it. I found this blog http://fortheloveofwob.com/ and it is a great source for dubstep.

On there I found this mix, check it out:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Graphic of the week


Lyrics from KiD CuDi's T.G.I.F off of the A Kid named CuDi mixtape

When parents Shelter their Children

       You know when parents are strict or over protective of their children. This can be both negative and positive, depending on the parents and how they execute their parenting. One negative way is that a child who was sheltered will lash out and rebel once they reach a certain age. Another is that if the parent very strict the child treats the people around them in a mean way, feeling as though it is alright (cough cough violence). This can happen if the parents don't explain themselves or set rules. The first thing children ask is "Why?". When they don't get an answer the parents come off as mean, so of course they don't listen., they think they're being punished for now reason. We are human beings, we're going to question, and we're not going to be satisfied till we get answers(hence the whole religion vs evolution situation). On the other hand, boundaries are important to raise a child that to be productive person in society.... and not break the law. Like with my mother. My mother can be called strict and does have specific rules but there are reasons behind each of them. She has explained to me why I have to do certain things and why I can't do certain things, even if I disagree. A lot of kids my age now-a-days are getting away with things I would be killed for doing. Kids are getting piercings and tattoos, I can't get any until I'm 21(besides earlobe piercings). Kids my age hang out, go to their friends' houses and go to parties. I can't go to a friend's house who my mom doesn't already know (99% of my friends) because my mother doesn't know if their parents condone under-age drinking or drug use, the same things goes for house parties. Which is completely understandable, but these boundaries can back-fire. When am I supposed to have fun? Not necessarily saying that I should make my own mistakes but I should have fun. I'm a freshman in college now and I'm gonna be doing this for a while. According to my mother I will be getting my PhD(which, I heard, takes forever). I'm going to be living with my mother until I finish school. Then after that I will start my career. So, when is she going to let me have my freedom? When i'm an adult. The legal adult age is 25 but that's when I should be starting my career as a teacher. I know my mother may be scared, most parents are. There are a lot of parents who have had unplanned pregnancies, my mother being one of them, and you'll always hear "I don't want you to make the same mistakes I did" blah blah blah. But is me being careful the same thing as me being a nun?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Oh yea about the world ending... its not going to. Sorry



     I find this hilarious ! So basically the man who claimed the world was going to end on May 21st 2011 due to calculations drawn from messages in the bible realized he was wrong! Again! I never believed the world was going to end and It is very sad that people actually did. This is a man who is clearly bored with his life and thinks highly of himself. Its shown that he thinks highly of himself by the fact that he truly believed he was right about something such as the world ending. He also seems to be a man who is not confident in his own religion, (I'm assuming his faith is one that believes Jesus Christ is the son of God) to go through the bible and actually calculate when the world is supposedly going to end; it absolutely makes no sense. Its pathetic to try and bring science and math into religion. The lord will come when he comes. I don’t know about yours but My Bible says :
Matthew 24:36 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
     I want people to just give this whole apocalypse thing a rest, its gone on for too long. People need to live there lives now. Everyone talks about living in the moment but once they here the world is going to end they fall for it. Death is the least of your worries as long as you lived life to the fullest up to this point and are content with yourself.

Friday, May 20, 2011

yet another Look of the week !

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 To me this look is edgy and very urban. I'm wearing a long cream colored hoodie from Old Navy, cuffed shorts from Papaya, and Doc Martens. This look is also quite basic, there are no bright colors, no ridiculous patterns. Cute and simple. :). Here are a few more images :





Chictopia!

       Ahhh fashion. Gotta love it. I love putting on cute outfits, taking photos, and posting them on the internet. I'm still a beginner as a blogger but it has become my life. I also love getting compliments(who doesn't). As you may already know I have an account on Lookbook.nu as well as Trendmill.com. Chictopia is pretty similar, you set up a fashion photo blog. 
        Basically Chictopia is a fashion destination website that answers the ultimate question: What looks good on you?What defines you? It is your body shape, your skin tone, your age, and your style preference? By connecting style seekers to trend setters that are similar in shape, size and taste, Chictopia offers a valuable resource for style inspiration and shopping guidance.Chictopia allows users to connect with other stylish users of the same shape and style as themselves. This way, they can learn how to dress from real people like themselves - a more relevant alternative to flipping through magazines filled with models or movie stars.
Chictopia allows local boutiques to list their clothing photos so that you can get a glimpse of products without having to run around town.(via http://wikifashion.com/wiki/Chictopia)
        So far I've uploaded two pictures. So please fan/follow me :) by clicking the image ;)


Check out my Look Book as well :)


http://lookbook.nu/kearmonie

What's Prendstah.com??

Well http://prendstah.com/ is the newest social networking site. In this day in age all these social networking sites may become a little superficial and overrated. Parents are scared of their children speaking to stranger and endangering themselves, while children wrap themselves up in these websites and don't focus on whats truly important.Normal people go on facebook for hours, internet addicts are on facebook 24/7 and bloggers like me? forget about it! I have an account on too many websites. Some I frequent daily, others I may forget about. Society today may be skeptical of new social networking sites, especially if they already have accounts on facebook and twitter. What would be the point of a new site? What's cool about PrendsTah? Well, It is amazing! It's still in the testing stage and most of the site is still under construction but already it looks great! It's very similar to facebook but with a hint of twitter and tumblr in it. It's not boring! Facebook has become boring, there is little to no fun on facebook and the spam has gotten out of control. But prendstah is different, This website can truly be a lot of fun.



Look at the relationship status choices:


Posting a status:
image
Liking a status:

I already made my account and I am in the process of editing it now. :). You should try it out too, friend me: Kearmonie Koalaness :)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Quote of the Week

Integrate what you believe in every single day of your life. Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else, too. Don’t let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth —don’t let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.
                                                                                                                -Meryl Streep

Video of the week: A quick and easy hairstyle to do with box braids



    A quick and easy hairstyle to do with box braids. I know the lighting in my room is bad, some parts are not easy to see but I’m speaking through the whole thing. This hairstyle can be used with other styles similar to box braids or even if you have naturally long and straight hair. See styles like this and more on http://ilovebraids.tumblr.com/Thank you :)

Product: Lip gloss

Yes lip gloss! and nothing expensive either. E.L.F. lip gloss. E.L.F. is a cosmetic brand which can be found at Target. For nearly a year I've been on the search for the perfect lip gloss. I didn't search high and wide but I did waste a lot of dollars. Lip glosses I bought were too sticky, didn't last, got caked up on my lips, or just looked horrible. Recently I bought red lipstick which was cute but had some downsides. It didn't last very long and when I re-apply it, it just look too bright. also if I rubbed my lips together... well I couldn't ! It was not smooth and adding Vaseline to it was too greasy. I thought I had to settle until my aunt bought me this lip gloss:

E.L.F. Hypershine lipgloss from target.
I absolutely love it. It's smooth, long lasting, and it gives me color. If I want that POP I just blend it with my lipstick and it looks great. The 5-piece set is only $4.99 !
Look how wonderful my lips looked when I blended it with my lipstick:

I highly recommend this lip gloss, you won't regret it! :)

Paris is Burning

            Paris Is Burning is a 1990 documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed during the late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the various ethnicities, including African American, Latino gay and transgender community involved in it. We are watching this in my English class for our final and I feel that this film is very important. So many people who watch shows like Rupaul's Drag race today don't realize where it all started, especially the young ones like myself. This film opened mmy eyes to so much and I urge you to watch it.

Look of the week: "A Fedora and Chucks"

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I am wearing a vintage sweater, short shorts, tights, chucks, and a fedora(as you can see). I got the vintage sweater form Metropolis NYC, a vintage store in East Village, New York. I bought the owl necklace from a store called Hottie, also in East Village. I had the Converses for about 3 years and they were a gift. The Fedora was a gift to my dad (I stole it from him ;)) and the tights are from Old Navy. I put this outfit together because I knew the weather was going to be pretty nice so I wouldn't need a jacket. I searched tumblr for "vintage sweater" to find outfit ideas and found this photo:


My outfit is of course slightly different but that is what inspiration is about. You're not supposed to copy! Take a style and make it your own :). I hope that I have inspired your fashion ideas and I hope to continue to ;).

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Lupe Fiasco- Words I never said ft. Skylar Grey



    I talked about this song in my video "My take on Osama's death and politics" and I'm so glad he made a video. Listen to the words because I think this song is very important and the video is dramatic. Not saying that I agree with everything he has to say but he's voicing his opinion and speaking his mind. He's getting all political on us in a public enemy type of way. I wouldn't say that he's a political rapper though, more like a conscious rapper, which is pretty similar.

[NEW BLOG] I LOVE BOX BRAIDS!

http://iloveboxbraids.tumblr.com/

    This blog is titled I LOVE box braids but we will also post photos of corn rows, goddess braids, Senegalese twists, and kinky twists. I created this blog because I love tumblr blogs and I wanted to submit photos of me to one that showcases braids, so I searched for one and there were no black girls. Just girls who do one cute braid with their naturally straight hair going to the side or something. If you've seen the pictures I've posted of myself you may have noticed that I have my hair braided. Hair is something that is important to me and I've been getting my hair braided my whole life. My mother has braided my hair up until I was 13 then I started getting my hair done professionally with extensions. I've had different styles of corn rows, box braids, and twists all throughout high school. I love getting box braids. They last long, they're versatile and they look nice. The longest I suggest wearing box braids is 4 months, and you should wash your hair after (at most) 2 months. If you have long braids, like in the photo below, washing your hair may not be that easy. The hair will absorb the water and it could take long to dry, so there are alternatives. One being dry shampoo. Dry shampoo is a form of shampoo that you use the same way as regular shampoo just without water. Along with photos I will also post tips to taking care of your hair on "I LOVE Box Braids!". Here are some examples of the hairstyles I will post about.

Long Box braids:


 Me with medium box braids:




Senegalese Twists:






Kinky twists:


    There are photo blogs on tumblr for just about everything but African hair braiding, well now there is. http://iloveboxbraids.tumblr.com/ So please, if you are interested, check it out, follow, and submit images. You do not have to have a tumblr account to submit photos just go to http://iloveboxbraids.tumblr.com/submit. If you would like to become apart of this blog(running, editing, posting) please let me know, email me at Kearahj@gmail.com. Thankyou :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Look of the week

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   Here I am wearing a peasant dress, Cardigan vest, tights, and some ankle boots. The dress is from Rainbow, The Cardigan is from Express and the boots are from Fabco shoes. Putting together this outfit I had no idea what I was thinking but it doesn't look that way, luckily. It's actually kinda cute and a little girly. But I also feel that the hat takes away some of the girly-ness.If you are going to re-create this look I would suggest you wear better shoes, such as Moccasins or oxfords. 

Graphic of the week: Happy birthday Chris Brown


Chris Brown's birthday is May 5th (this Thursday) and being the huge fan that I am, I made this :3.

I hate labels: Part 2

  In my first post entitled "I hate labels" I didn't go too much in detail but I really want to get my point across. It read:
Everyone’s fighting for equality but there’s still segregation within their own communities. As if what we are interested in solely makes us who we are. If I’m defined by my preference or what I like, I might as well only wear the color blue all day every day. And only hang with people who wear my color or colors close to it. Mhmmmm, so if you’re wearing orange I can’t fuck with you.
  People to day are hypocrites. We are all fighting for equality yet we continue to label ourselves. I am all for gay rights and equality in general. A few months ago I went to a club meeting for the life club, which is basically the gay rights club at my school. We sat in a circle and proceeded to introduce ourselves. In these introductions we stated our names, ages, class levels, and sexualities. If you were straight you would be considered an "Ally". As if this is a war and gay/trans-gendered people are one country and straight people are another. That made no sense to me. Aren't we all here for the same thing? What does it matter what I like, who I like, or what I got in between my legs? We are all fighting for the one thing, equality.

  Another problem I have is ethnicity. People always ask each other what country they are from, or what culture they are descendant of. I have no problem answering this but certain people get invasive and judgmental. They ask you where both parents are then where your grandparents are from, then what language you speak and what food you eat. Based on the country you're from they make assumptions and classify you in ways that could be completely wrong. Why? What does it matter the race of my grandfather? Yes, it is part of who I am but it does not define me. One's race/ethnicity/background should be one of those questions you don't ask, because it's not all that serious. We're here now, so why do you care? But I guess we will not be free until we are all equal, we will not be equal until we no longer have to check a box.

with that I give you Lady GaGa's "Born this way" video:

Quote of the Week

They play it safe, and are quick to assassinate what they do not understand. They move in packs, ingesting more and more fear with every act of hate in one another. They feel most comfortable in groups, less guilt to swallow. They are us. This is what we have become, afraid to respect the individual. A single person within a circumstance can move on to change, to love herself, To Evolve.
-Erykah Badu, Window seat

Video of the week: My opinion on Osama's death and politics



I may be some random inner city teenager who doesn't know that much about politics but I am an American and I am entitled to an opinion.

Astrology is NOT a science

    Astrology as in the study of moons and stars and how they relate to humans based on when  they were born. It has not been proven as a science yet people still believe in it. There is so much hype in reading ones horoscope. everyone knows their sign, everyone knows which sign they get along with and which signs they do not. You can check your horoscope almost EVERYWHERE. There are apps, articles, websites, advertisements, widgets, everything. Over the years I became wrapped up in the Zodiac. I memorized the order of signs and what signs people are based on when they were born. I used to check my horoscope everyday. I would also check my compatibility with other signs. Until one day in my philosophy class. It was towards the beginning of the semester and we were discussing good arguments and bad arguments. The example on the board was "My boss is an Aries, so we should get along just fine". I decided to answer this one although I was unsure. I said to the professor that it doesn't seem like a good argument but people do strongly believe in astrology. I was on the fence. My professor said to me that belief doesn't make something true. He gave me an example, he said that there is a group of people in California who believes that the earth is flat. they have created diagrams, maps, and are a legit society. After being told this, besides being embarrassed, my mind changed about the Zodiac. I deleted both horoscope applications off of my phone and stopped checking it. Now i still read up on zodiac facts but it does not dictate my life. The month, day, year, week, I was born does not determine who I am as a person. I guess I can blame my mother for my obsession with the zodiac, she's one of those people who do classify others based on their zodiac sign. For example :
Me- She doesn't like me and I don't know why. We've known each other for a long time
My mother- She's a Sagittarius, they don't get along with Scorpios 
    Personally, I hate labels and I think it's disgusting to classify anyone in anyway. Based on where they live, where they're from, When they were born, their body type, What they wear, etc. it's all wrong !

Song/Music video of the week

Erykah Badu ft. Common- Love of my life (an ode to Hip-Hop)


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Product: Don’t Get Me Wrong Baby, I Don’t Swallow

Don't Get Me Wrong Baby…  Eau de Parfum by  Etat Libre d’Orange
 Yep, it's perfume. I was watching tv and the women on the show I was watching were in a large store similar to Macy's, in the perfume section. One of the perfumes was called Booty crack (lol) and another was called Don’t Get Me Wrong Baby I Don’t Swallow

Eau de Parfum
by Etat Libre d’Orange
With its breezy lily of the valley, airy jasmine, clean orange blossom and lady-like aldehydes, Don’t Get Me Wrong Baby I Don’t Swallow is prim, proper and well-behaved. The Good Girl vibe of the scent is shocking given the suggestive name, and therein lies the genius of the fragrance. But is the girl really all that innocent? Under the angelic whiteness of cool florals, isn’t there hidden a dark, edible, subtly animalic depth of patchouli, amber, cacao and marshmallows? Is this perfume all about resistance and nothing about surrender? Smell for yourself and find out.
I love the concept behind it. It is saying that this scent is what a classy woman smells like. Of course ones persona is not solely based on how they smell but a scent can help you figure one out. What some people fail to realize is that not all scents are for everyone. Plain and simple. Most obvious, if you are a biker chick you probably shouldn't smell like cucumber sea breeze. Also certain scents do not mix well with the natural scent someone may have. I know that I have my own scent, it's not very a girly one either, and I know that some heavy perfumes don't work with me. I need something light and airy to give me that girly scent. Many others may have the same problem. One thing I know is that Don’t Get Me Wrong Baby I Don’t Swallow is for the classy woman. You can see more information on and purchase the perfume here http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/detail.asp?itemid=47706

So Obama was basically forced to release his birth certificate but I love the way he went about it at the 2011 White house Correspondents' Dinner



Please watch the whole thing.

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