Thursday, June 26, 2014

Something About Nipple Covers

Family. Why do I have so many problems purchasing nipple covers? It's because I'm black. This is a small breasted woman problem I'm having. Women with big breast can never go braless, so they don't have to worry about if their nipples are showing under shirts. My issues are unique. LOL!

I literally wrote about this years ago. I paid too much money for shipping and handling for breast petals. Today, in 2014, with all the diversity in the world and all the technology in the world, I am dealing with the struggle of even finding a brown or toffee or cocoa or mocha breast cover. I've been looking since Monday and Amazon, Google, Ebay and every lingerie site known to woman has failed me.

I finally find some and the overnight shipping on a $20 purchase is $99. iaintgonebeabletadoit.

So I put the brand name in a Google search and the first place that comes up is David's Bridal. Now, I don't know why I didn't think of this first. If ever there was a time to be modest, it's on your wedding day. I was looking on stripper sites and they were giving me glittery nonsense. But when I purchase this, you know they're going to think I'm someone's wife.

Just like when I start playing on diamond sites, they start sending me "the nest" magazine for free. For those of you that don't know that's a magazine for new couples. #NoThankYou

Actually... David's Bridal overnight shipping is 6-8 days because they have to do deal with processing. #AintNobodyGotTimeForThat

I wonder if you live in some countries in Africa or Jamaica or another place where darker skin is more common if the color "nude" is black people's color. I have the color nude. I want to scream it from the rooftop that nude is not nude. Nude is white people's color, but no one hears me.

The search continues...

I found some called Braza Petal Tops from a company called Baretique in Cocoa. The fashion forms breast petals in toffee are extinct. I don't think those will be here before my vacation, so I'm about to be in Spain on my Rihanna flow. There won't be any photos, so we'll all just act like it didn't happen. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Things That Make Me Happy...

Sometimes it's hard to remember the good times, so I'm writing this post because I have so many good things to be happy about and look forward to. I'll refer back to this post when I'm down.

Here are things that are making me happy right now:

1. My friend moved to Pittsburgh from Chicago. I have a Plus 1, a rider, a ride-or-die, an old friend, IN PITTSBURGH! Fam, we've been out four times and she's only been here 10 days. Anywhere you are can be like summertime Chi if you have the right person to spend it with. I'm loving it!

2. I threw said friend a party at my house on Saturday. And by party I mean, I invited 30 people and only five came... because people in Pittsburgh underestimate the power of a good house party. I mean, I make cinnamon rolls with bacon in them... they don't know. Anywho, I was happy to host her and the other five folks because no one did that for me when I got here and it would have made life so much easier!

3. I'm bringing a gift, a card and cupcakes for my mentees tonight. I'm so excited! I hope this is a fabulous kickoff to their weekend. I love those girls and I'm happy they get to be a part of my life.

4. I organized a meet and greet for African-American professional in PR, Marketing, Communications and Advertising. I started with a list of 19, it's since swelled to 53 and I have 20 RSVPs (which means about 16.5 people will show up). Man, I'm so excited to possibly create this network in Pittsburgh.

5. I'm going to Chicago next weekend! Impromptu trip. And, without me even asking, a friend says "do you need a place to stay?" She's going out of town for the weekend, lives downtown, has a rooftop deck... now I don't have to rent a car. Man, I love my life. And I especially love my life in the summer... in Chicago. YES!

6. I feel like I had an accomplished week at work. There were so many things I didn't get to, but there were SO many things that I downright beasted. Gotta be happy about that.

7. I'm going on vacation in 2 weeks. The beach is calling my name. CALLING! MY! NAME! SPAIN, HOLLATCHAGURL!

And you know what else, I'm happy for my friends. We are getting new jobs, getting married, getting pregnant, finding Jesus. Their happy is my happy and I'm so happy right now.

What are you happy about today?

Monday, June 9, 2014

What's A Good Gift?

One of my girls at Gwen's Girls is having a birthday. She's turning 17 and she's a mom of a toddler. (I think Tyshaun is almost 2 by now.) I want to get her a gift that all of the other girls can share (like a cookie cake), because it's SO hard to get just one thing for one girl. It's like saying which one of your kids you love the most.

OR I want to get something that I can buy 13 of and maybe she gets the big one. Like a journal or something like that.

I wrote all of their birthdays down, but there's no guarantee they'll be in the group home when their birthdays actually come around, so I really have to live in the moment with this group. 

So I want her birthday to be like EVERYBODY'S birthday, but I also want to make her feel special.

Any ideas?

P.S. If you haven't guessed by now, mentoring is going well! 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Busy, Unfulfilling Lives...

I saw this post on LinkedIn and immediately had to click it. You all know I am the queen of doing the most (calendar-wise). As I type this, I started checking personal email on Sunday night before I switch to work email because I had to leave work on-time on Friday and have been going nonstop ever since (Friday, Bonfire at a coworker's house, Saturday: Brunch, get together at my house, Arts Fair, Rooftop Deck, Late Dinner. Sunday: Children's Sickle Cell Walk, Church, Dinner w/ my church fam, shopping with my homegirl and soon-to-be 4-5 hours of work before getting up to be at work early tomorrow).

I loved this weekend. It was full of people I love and things I love to do. Rest was not one of those things.

This article is pretty cool because while I don't agree with all of it, it is a reminder to stop and smell the roses and not to be so busy living that you don't have a life.

Reminders make my soul happy. Enjoy.

By Greg McKeown

I recently met with a capable and driven executive and asked him, “How are you?” He gave me a rapid-fire answer of all of the things he was doing: traveling, business updates, career changes and his children’s innumerable activities. It sounded like an intense but satisfying life.

Then I asked him again, “How are you really?” And the moment I did, he became emotional, and the reality of his life flooded out of him: his stress, his frustration of trying to juggle it all, his sense that he had no time to really think, or play with his children, or enjoy any of it.

The (cute) summary is this: his schedule was always filled but his life wasn’t fulfilled. What’s less cute is that, for most of us, living in this way is one of the surest paths to a life of regrets. 

Read the rest here

Friday, June 6, 2014

Please Donate a Latte!

In case you missed my emails, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram messages, I'm walking in the Living with Sickle Cell walk on Friday for the Children's Sickle Cell Foundation (a local Pittsburgh org that does national work). (Tomorrow if I haven't met my goal, I'm going to start calling people like I'm the Obama campaign in the last stretch before election day.)

My goal is to raise 100,000 pennies to represent the 100,000 people living with sickle cell disease. This organization is amazing because it truly represents innovation. The director, Andrea Williams, noticed a need in the community and stepped up to meet it. The difference between her business model and a for-profit business model is that she's changing people's lives (and in some cases keeping people alive) with the research, outreach and support programs that CSCF

I could go on and on, but read the story of why I decided to help out and please consider donating a latte ($5) or a week's worth of lattes to this great cause.

www.gofundme.com/tiashastevenson