fab five

If you’re in Dallas there is no question you’ve noticed how BEAUTIFUL the weather has been this past week. I hope you guys are getting the chance to go outside and really enjoy the breeze without melting from the heat or shivering from the freezing weather (it’s coming guys, it’s coming).

On to this week’s fab five:

1. Gangnam Style

Have you seen this guy?  Psy might be my new favorite internet star. This video has been seen 221,509,725 times since it was uploaded on YouTube on July 15th. This guy from South Korea has been on Ellen (showing Britney Spears the dance no less, watch here) and his song has been played on radio stations all over the country. Kiss FM here in Dallas played it during rush hour and I was jamming to it like it was the coolest song ever. I’m considering teaching it in my dance class, learning the dance and even learning Korean (ok that’s a stretch). Point is, if you haven’t seen the video, you’re missing out. Watch and let the song be stuck in your head all day, you’re welcome 🙂

2. Justin’s Fried Rice

On of the many reason why I married my husband is his ability to make some amazing fried rice. I can’t make it, ok I can’t make rice in a rice cooker (I need help, I realize this) so I’m happy that my husband has mad skillz in this department. He apparently learned it from his good CA friend and takes making the dish very seriously (including order of ingredients, timing, etc). It has no special ingredients and consists of the basic rice, veggies, egg, soy sauce and protein of choice so I can only say that it’s so good because of the order they are mixed in. Mmm fried rice makes me happy 🙂

3. Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean Saturday Night Live

LOVE this new R&B artist. Think of a mix of Miguel/Ne-yo/Maxwell/Usher all together. His voice is sexy and his music is good for, well you know. “Thinkin ‘Bout You” is his radio hit and he sang it at the MTV Video Music Awards as well as on SNL. This one is a good one. Click on the link above to listen and enjoy.

4. X Factor

I love the absolutely unnecessary drama of this show. First you have Simon, who, although resembles my uncle WAY too much, is always going to have something interesting to say. Then you have LA Reid who is a marketing music guru. Finally to top it all off you have the young, Disney girl Demi Lovato (who I actually like on the show) and the ever so hot mess Britney Spears. Britney is annoying and someone needs to tell her to watch her facial expressions while watching these auditions. The show is all about drama and finding good singers on a reality show which is why I watch it. I just hope the new host isn’t Khloe Kardashian- those ladies should not have speaking roles. Check out this guy. Awesome.

5. Flourish in Progress

Earlier this week I wrote about my experience at my first blogging conference. I heard this woman speak at Bloggy Bootcamp this past weekend and was probably my favorite of the day. Tiny, fashionable and very outspoken she had me laughing all through her presentation. I have since followed her on Facebook and her randomness is awesome. She started her blog after deciding to give up shopping for a year. Since then she’s been named as one of the best in the blog world. I can only hope to get there someday. Elizabeth Jayne Liu, you rock.

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fab five

It’s been one crazy week! Getting back into the corporate world, even if just for a short time is something I thought I wouldn’t get to do. Being in the creative space all day my mind is free to wander the streets of imagination. We come across things everyday that are cool, inspiring, hilarious, delicious and just plain fun.

So I’ve taken it upon myself to introduce you to the 5 things that are on my radar this week to peak your interest.

#1. Stella Cookies

My grandfather Nonno used to eat these constantly for breakfast. When I saw them at Kroger this week I had to pick some up. With a hint of amaretto, these are fantastic with a nice cup of coffee, plus they are shaped in my initial 🙂

#2. Chocolate Hazelnut (aka Nutella) Frozen Yogurt at Pinkberry

I’m a lover of Pinkberry so when they came out with a chocolate hazelnut flavor (also known as Nutella), I couldn’t wait to taste it. Even better, they have interesting combinations to try and have Nutella topping. Yep.

#3. “Sabes” by Luis Enrique

It’s been a while since I’ve heard a salsa song get me this excited. I’ve heard this track way too many times to be considered normal. This is the same guy who did “Yo No Se Manana” which is another song I just love.

#4. No Hay Espray

When I saw this show up on my Facebook news feed I laughed out loud. For those who don’t speak Spanish, let me translate: “Espray” is “Sprite spelled oh so incorrectly, but pronounced pretty accurate if you have a heavy accent. You’ve heard the term “E-Stop” right? Same thing. “No Hay” essentially means “there isn’t” or “no more”. This sticky note says “No More Sprite” in a very funny, incorrectly amusing way.

#5. Common Table

Cute new spot I had lunch with Vanessa this weekend. I had to stop and take some pretty pictures. They have a Skittles Sangria. I know guys, I know.

 

Motown Philly Back Again!

Ah the 90’s. Such a good music decade. I consider myself a child of the 90’s even though I was born in 1980. The 80’s doesn’t count because it takes a couple of years to really get in the groove of things, music-wise.

So on Sunday night I had the pleasure of going to a Boyz II Men show. The first time I saw them I was probably around 13 or 14 and it was my mom, sister Natalia and I all going to see a concert of up and coming R&B artists. You ready for the lineup? It was Montel Jordan, Mary J Blige (when What’s The 411 came out), Boyz II Men and TLC. Killer lineup right? TLC didn’t end up performing because I can only assume it was when Left-Eye decided to burn her husband’s house down (note to self, if I ever get to meet Left- Eye, don’t piss her off…). We got to meet Montel Jordan (who is already tall, but at our age, was practically a giant) and sang and jammed out all night. Ahhh, great memories.

So this time around, I’m now 20 years older and got to re-live those memories with my sister once again. It was so much fun! There were only 3 member this time (the bass vocalist had left the group due to back problems and later sclerosis) and they sound EXACTLY the same as when they first went up on that stage. We sang, we laughed, we cheered, all in the name of 90’s music. They played all the hits from the album Cooleyhighharmony. “I’ll Make Love To You” came complete with long-stemmed roses thrown at the audience. “End of the Road” reminded us of 1995 when the Houston Rockets won the championship against the Utah Jazz and the radio stations used the song to “send off” the team, and finally, “Motown Philly” as the exit song which got us all jumping around.

The group seems more charismatic, with Shawn Stockman handling most of the talking (he’s also a great judge on The Sing Off) and Wanya Morris didn’t disappoint with those passionate and distinctive vocals.

Afterwards, they had an after party at the Foundation Room since the show was at House of Blues. We decided to check it out and ended up dancing to 90’s hip hop/R&B until around midnight. Now, 90’s music is really a sweet spot in the urban world. In the 80’s artists were trying to figure themselves out and the 00’s it’s become more pop than anything. But the 90’s is where the magic happened. A different sound, different vibe, all around a good feel.

It was a great night, and as a tribute to the group, the concert and the time period, I leave you with this: just move the way the music feels to you.