Joy in the Morning: Beyonce and Jay-Z On The Run Tour

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So I've been threatening to come out of web-tirement for a few months now but, life kept getting in the way and we will get to that later!

I was having a really rough morning. I was work-a-cidal meaning I was dying to get home. No shade to my job, it was just difficult returning to work after spending a wonderful weekend with my loved ones plus I was sleepy and hangry. Not to mention, it's been a craptastic week in pop culture. Between shower rod sex, housewives fighting and racist team owners, I needed some good news. And at 8:10 my Lord delivered.





For real, for real, I wept. Real tears when I heard about Beyonce and Jay-Z touring together. For those of you who aren't down with the Carters, follow the ushers and they will show you to the exits to the left, to the left.

 If you know me, you know I've been waiting for this since Skippy was a puppy. This is my Super Bowl. These are my Olympics, this is the mother trucking CARTER FAMILY ON TOUR!!!

My friend/co-worker told me the news and my response was too colorful to repost (my momma reads this) but let's just say I lost every ounce of chill the I was blessed with.

 
Y'all just don't know. When the rumors started circulating, I threw some change in my Bey Bank and I am so glad I did! Tickets are on sale tomorrow for Beehive stans like myself and I am throwing all my coins at Queen Bey. And let's face it, they don't need my change, when Blue Ivy is walking around like this:

Point is, I'm over the moon and I'm ready for this concert! I've seen them separately but never together. I thought about posting the tour schedule on here but I don't need no competition when I'm placing my order. Y'all are on ya own!

Until then, just know that I am going to do whatever it takes to get to this show. If you know anyone looking for part time help, a kidney, some lady eggs, just holla at me ok? 

And to quote Nettie Harris from The Color Purple, when it comes to the On The Run Tour: 




Have a BEYutiful day!!

Hu's In The House


I won’t even attempt to be “fair and balanced” with this post. I love, love, love all things related to First Lady Michelle Obama. She’s brilliant, accomplished, has a beautiful family, is in phenomenal shape, and has impeccable taste. Not since Jackie Kennedy have we seen a First Lady with unique and contemporary fashion sense like Michelle Obama.



At the State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao, Mrs. Obama was stunning in a dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The dress was a rich red which represents courage, loyalty, honor, success, and fortune in Chinese culture.










Guests included politicians, Hollywood A-listers, and prominent Chinese-Americans.





Usually a guest chef is brought in to cook for State dinners, but Chinese delegation requested a “quintessentially American” menu and White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford delivered. 



The Menu:

D'Anjou Pear Salad with Farmstead Goat Cheese
Fennel, black walnuts and white balsamic
Poached Maine Lobster, Orange glaze carrots and black trumpet mushrooms
wine--Dumul Chardonnay "Russian River" 2008
Lemon sorbet
Dry aged rib eye with buttermilk crisp onions
Double stuffed potatoes and creamed spinach
wine--Quilceda Creek Cabernet "Columbia Valley" 2005
Old fashioned apple pie with vanilla ice cream
wine-- Poet's Leap Riesling "botrytis" 2008


What do you think of the First Lady's dress?  Who is your pick for the most stylish First Lady?

2011 Golden Globes Recap

I apologize for being late with my Golden Globes recap. The broadcast was pretty uneventful, no major moments, no performances, and no remarkable speeches or upsets. So let's get to the important stuff, the fashion! The good, the men, and the "what the what?' Let's do this!




My pick for best dressed goes to Eva Longoria. I love this dress because I think it is flattering on almost any shape. I adore the cap sleeves, the deep v-neckline, and the classic black dress on the red carpet. Extra credit for the neat up do and minimal jewelry.


Ahh Claire Danes, always classy and so pretty in pink! Again I am a fan of the simple classic look at an awards show. Less is more. In 30 years we will look back on this dress and it will still be considered a stunning look.


Claire picked up a Golden Globe for her role as Temple Grandin produced by HBO.



Glee's Leah Michele in a lovely pink gown. I like everything about this look except the hair. A neater do would have made the dress the focal point. Either do a bold dress with a simple do, or a bold do with a simple dress. Doing both takes away from the overall look.




                              Mila Kunis...nuff said. Perfect, hair, perfect dress. Perfect 10




Glee's Diana Agron




  Halle Berry








Modern Family's Sofia Vergara




Vanessa Williams (how hot is she?)


Glee's Amber Riley





Kelly Osbourne & Julia Stiles


Catherine Zeta-Jones


And now the bad.....
Helena Bonham Carter



Sandra Bullock, bad hair, bad dress. It pains me to put her on this list

Anne Hathaway looks like she took a ride on a disco stick



Seal and Heidi Klum, why?
 Tina Fey
To quote the old man from Coming to America "What is that? Velvet?"



From Mad Men: January Jones and Christina Hendricks. Jones looks too severe, and Hendricks looks cartoon-ish.

And the worst dressed woman at the Golden Globes....



Gabourey Sidibe


Now ladies (and some gents, I don't judge) get ready for some eye candy!






The hotness that is Brad Pitt




Zac Efron aka My Heart



Robert Downey Jr.




Joseph Gordon-Levitt






Matthew Morrison




Jimmy Fallon
L.L. Cool J

I had to save the best for last.....

Blair Underwood aka Sir Chocolate


You know why I like Blair? He's handsome, talented, and seems to be a loyal hubby and father. Nothing hotter than a responsible man in my book!

If you actually care about the awards, check out the list winners and nominees here.































American Music Awards Fashion Recap

The times are a changing because I totally forgot about the American Music Awards last night. I think I was too busy recovering from the Harry Potter awesomeness. I tuned in just in time to hear Katy Perry struggle through that Firework song. Has anyone noticed her little on stage trick? No not the one where she distracts her audience from her "singing" voice with something exploding from her bra (in the past she's used confetti and whipped cream.) I'm referring to her use of "uh oh uh" as an excuse not to hold a note and crack on live TV.






Word on the street, I mean the BACKstreets (hee hee) is the best part of the show was the New Kids On The Block/Backstreet Boys medley at the end of the night. Thankfully someone posted their performance on Youtube so I was able to get my groove on during the commercial breaks at work.


I don't know why I decided to skip the awards all together (I didn't even DVR it.) Maybe because these shows have become so predictable. Bad clothes, bad singing, movie/album plugs and the night ends with Taylor Swift singing a song about a dude who done did her wrong.


No matter what I think of the awards show, I can't let a chance to review the red carpet frocks pass me by so here we go!


The Good


I loved this dress on Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. I thought it was fun and flirty and I'm loving the blue and black from head to toe. It doesn't hurt that her body is amazing and she looks fit and healthy but still has some lovely lady lumps.



Jada Pinkett Smith looks like a goddess in her custom made Pucci dress. Her skin is flawless and the color of the dress compliments her  beautiful skin tone.



I prefer Tay-Tay's straight hair and short dress over the big curly hair and poofy dresses she usually wears.




For the first time in a long time Katy Perry looks like a lady! To quote Swizz Beatz, "Nails done, hair done, everything did."




It pains me to admit it but even Miley Cyrus couldn't mess up this look. She managed to mix the sexy with classy and the old school train works with the modern look of the dress.


The Bad


Christina Milian is one of the most beautiful women in the industry but she continues to wear fugly clothes! She needs a new stylist and agent because she deserves better.





This reminds me of those old curtains your Grandma would have in the living room straight from the JC Penny catalog. Mandy Moore, I know you're married to Ryan Adams, a serious indie artist and I love him and his moody melodies, but please remember your outfits don't have to match his music


Gavin did you even shower?

 As crazy as this is, trust me it is an upgrade for Ke$ha



?????

And the Bieber












Isn't he dreamy?



Well there you have it. My AMA fashion review. Who are your picks for best and worst dressed?

Beautiful B.B.





Let's face it, I have some pretty awesome friends. Seriously, my friends rock my face off. One of my newest friends is Brie Reeder. Not only is she drop dead gorgeous, she's also as sweet as can be. Brie is an accomplished esthetician, make up artist, model, and has even done some film work.


I met Brie and her husband Michael a few months ago at an event for a non-profit and we hit it off instantly. After a few exchanges via texts, and Facebook, we finally got together at their home where Brie did my make up for my True Blood event last month.





Brie used an air brush technique on my skin that made my foundation last all day, and it looked so even and smooth! It didn't even feel like I had make up on my face. 
















Here is the completed look (excuse the hair)








I am a little conservative when it comes to my make up. I wanted a natural look, and I got exactly what I wanted. Smooth, polished, and classy.








Here are some other examples of her work










Here is a make up tutorial she's posted for Iman Cosmetic's Leather and contest, yep she uses all kinds of make up, for all skin tones :)





For more info on my friend Brie, please check out her site Makeup By B.B., and follow her on TwitterFacebook! She's always willing to give tips and reviews of the best products out there. 



















Homecoming, Homies, and the Holy Ghost Tent Revival

I had an amazing weekend with some of my favorite people! Friday night I met up with my friends Kerry and Rebecca for dinner and cheesecake from Cheesecakes by Alex, hands down the BEST cheesecake you'll ever put in your mouth! We also had dinner downtown at the Mellow Mushroom then met up with my other friends Brie and Michael. The plan was to see Holy Ghost Tent Revival perform at Lyndon Street Artworks.

Holy Ghost Tent Revival - Needing You from Will & Friends on Vimeo.


The band was supposed to go on at 11 but we spent most of the night in the parking lot meeting interesting characters, telling off-color jokes, and drinking beer. We never made it inside because, well I'm old...and I had to go to work the next morning






 This is me bright eyed and ready for work after a few hours rest! I headed out to Everybody's Day Festival in Thomasville, NC. I was too busy working and meeting listeners to take any good pics, but I had a great time and enjoyed a yummy funnel cake!



When I got home, I was all set to sleep and watch my TV shows but I got a text from my line sister Dewaynia who was in town for homecoming with her new boyfriend. They were all hanging out downtown at a social hosted at a local bar Churchill's so I decided I'd go hang out for a couple hours. I ran into classmates and friends I hadn't seen in years, like this dynamic diva, my friend Jackie,






I also ran into my friend Dawn :)
We sat outside, laughing and joking so long, we didn't even realize everyone else was gone. This is what the club looked like when the 4 of us finally left.




We headed over to Fincastle's for fried pickles, burgers, dogs, and even more laughs.

 (photo courtesy of Fincastle's)

One the way to our cars we found some chalk,  an open space on a wall went all preschool on it for the next few minutes










We finally made it back to my place, got dressed for the All Black (attire) Party and headed out. I need to apologize to my hairdresser for going out with my head looking like this. I wasn't planning on going to the party, and I don't want anyone thinking this do' was done by her....

I found this dress at Forever 21 for 17.80 The necklace was from NY and Company for $15.00




Here is a pic of me and my line sister Camilla at the bar isn't she lovely!!

We had so much fun together, dancing all night, laughing and catching up. I can't wait to see everyone again, hopefully we won't have to wait another year :)

Hope you had a great weekend too!


Glee at Dee's

So I totally dropped the ball on my fall TV preview for the week.  I really wanted to guide you all through the best and worst shows of the season, but I wasn't able to give you an in depth guide to Tuesday's line-up because I was consumed with preparing to celebrate the only show that really matters to me, GLEE!!



 

Yep, I totally gleeked out and hosted a premiere party for Glee's 2nd season, and boy did we have a great time. Some of us had too much fun thanks to my neighbor Scarlett's homemade pear sangrias.



We started right at 7 with all kinds of yummy foods, and watching our favorite scenes from season 1. We also played charades, acting out song titles from songs performed on the show.


One Gleek dominated the competition, winning dang near every round of charades. Rebecca owned the night, won the the iTunes gift card and even sang for the crowd.



Good times right? I learned several things that night, first I'm a very lucky girl to have such great friends! To have so many people come out on a weeknight to watch TV with little ol' me, really made me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. I also realized I need to take a photography class! My shots were so off and I didn't get as many pictures as I could have because my camera kept stalling. I also learned anytime someone offers you a drink from a mason jar, you will wake up the next morning with blurred vision and hair on your chest.

I know it would be difficult to host a party like this each week but I'm sure we'll do it again soon. Now I need to get my head right for the season premiere of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice!

Until next time,
Deidre


True Blood Finale Party



I still can’t believe I got to be a part of the official HBO True Blood season finale party here in North Carolina! It was one of the most exhausting days of my life but I had so much fun with all of our listeners and True Blood fanatics.

The day started with the pre-show outside the Carolina Theatre. We had signs, karaoke, a dance off and a costume contest for tickets to the invite only event.




Special thanks to Kristen Bauer Van Straten who plays vampire and Fangtasia owner Pam, the very handsome Kevin Alejandro who plays LaFayette's boyfriend Jesus, and Todd Lowe who plays Terry Bellefleur. They showed up and participated in a Q&A with the audience. Around 8:45 we all took our seats, munched on popcorn (I drank a lot of wine) and we watched the True Blood finale on the big screen.

Thanks to Brie Reeder who did my make-up for the event, Jennifer Westmoreland who took most of these photos, and my friends at HBO and Time Warner Cable for allowing me to host the pre-show. 

Are you a fan of True Blood? What were your thoughts on the finale?

Until next time,
Deidre


Vampire Love & True Blood Giveaway


For being such a big ole’ scardey cat, I sure do love some vampire themed shows. First I was obsessed with Sarah Michelle Gellar and the rest of The Scooby Gang from Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
    Nothing came between me and my beloved Buffy, I mean nothing. Once the apartment complex I lived in decided to cut corners and get some bootleg cable service for the entire complex that didn’t pick up the WB. Next day my bags were packed and my lease was terminated (It was Season 3 y’all, the one with Faith!).




I enjoyed the Buffy spin-off, Angel with David Boreanaz. And I adore the Salvatores from The Vampire Diaries on the CW.




My other bloody pleasure (eww that came out kinda gross) is True Blood. I got hooked on the HBO drama last summer. They took the dark vampy angle to another level. Within the 1st five minutes I was jumping from fear and shock, sitting on the edge of my couch terrified and intrigued by what would happen next. I completed the entire season with a mini-marathon that night, only leaving the house for more ice cream (cause that’s how I roll). Every Sunday at 9pm I am glued to the TV waiting to see what type of danger and drama awaits the town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Each Monday I go on the air shocked and awed asking our listeners “Can you believe what happened on True Blood last night?”
     I almost lost my mind when our friends at HBO and Time Warner Cable came to the station to tell us True Blood’s highest ratings came from the Greensboro, NC market. As a thank you, from HBO and Time Warner, we get to host the True Blood Season 3 finale party! The evening will have red carpet coverage, a VIP reception, Q &A with members of the cast, then we will watch the season finale at the Carolina Theatre. It’s all going down next Sunday, September 12th. This event is invite only, but you can win tickets by listening to Rock 92 next week, being a fan on our facebook page, or through Time Warner Cable. This is going to be MAJOR and I am so grateful to be a part of it.


    My friends keep asking me if I’m nervous about meeting the stars and my answer is always no, I’m more nervous about finding the right outfit to the party! These stars are going to look all kinds of hot and I need to be on top of my fashion game right?
    Word on the streets, (streets being inside the studio of the radio station) is that the dress code is casual. I was so relieved to hear that because my first thought was “Where in the heck am I going to find some fancy dress in one week?” Instead I pieced together this look. I think it is casual, and fun, with a bad girl vibe.



I hope to see some of you there! Don’t forget to enter here for a chance to win tickets!


Until next time, Deidre