So I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Rae from raechic.com. I've never been nominated for anything like this so I'm super excited and I truly appreciate another blogger recognizing me, so thanks again Rae!
-Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
-Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
-Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
-Answer the questions from the nominator
-Nominate 10-20 people
-Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
-Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice
-Share a link to your best post(s)
The creator of this award is Okoto Enigma from okotoenigmasblog.com
Thanks for this queen for creating such a fun award that allows bloggers to get to know other bloggers better.
3 Things About Myself:
1) I have a true passion for fashion, I used to want to be a designer growing up.
2)I enjoy reading a good book, but it has to be really good or I'll take months to read it.
3) I'm from Ohio
Questions I've Been Asked:
1) How did you come up with your blog name?
I actually went through a bunch of names before I chose this one. But, I really wanted something that represented unity and empowerment. So originally my blog name was gonna be To(get)her meaning to-get-her together. But, I realized that it would be too difficult, so I decided on Together Queens and fell in love with the name.
2) What Inspired You To Start Blogging?
What inspired me to start blogging was the idea of connecting with other women who love to share ideas, thoughts, and fun things relating to fashion.
3) Offer A Piece of Advice To A New Blogger.
My advice would be to just go for it and don't stop even when you find yourself getting writers blog.
4) Offer A Piece Of Advice To A Seasoned Blogger.
Always remember that you had to start somewhere as well, so remain humble.
5) What Is One Thing You Wish You Had Known Before You Started Blogging?
I wish I had knew the importance of creating an outline of how I wanted things to go because I kind of just winged it. However, I don't regret because in blogging you kind of learn as you go.
My Best Posts
Who I'm Nominating:
My Questions For My Nominees:
1) Who inspires you the most and why?
2) What's your main goal to reach with your blog?
3) What's an important lesson you've learned from blogging?
4) What topic do you excited to write about the most (food, fashion, inspiration, etc.)?
5) What's your favorite food?
Well queens, I am again very thankful for this nomination and hope you all enjoy creating your responses. Let's keep the fun going!
So today I just wanted to discuss the issue of seeing people of color (POC) not playing enough postive roles in films. Do not get me wrong, I am not saying that POC are only present in films that present them in a negative light, but I truly can remember more films that portrayed POC in a negative way more than I've seen positive roles played. For example: Halle Berry in Losing Isaiah (love this movie, but still), Viola Davis in The Help, Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years A Slave, the list goes on and on. I know you may say "Well they chose to play the role" which is very true, however, if these are the roles that are constantly being presented to POC they aren't going to give up the chance to play one of few roles presented to them. Every film that I've named are all very good films, I just believe that the roles should be more diverse and not only recognized because they touch on topics like slavery or being a drug addict.
I was really happy when Anika Noni Rose played Princess Tiana in Princess and The Frog. This was finally a breakthrough in Hollywood. To be completely honest I can't think of any others off the top of my head. All that I'm saying is that there needs to be more POC playing positive roles because younger generations see these roles being played and aren't really thinking of other possibilities outside of what they see on tv. However, if you ladies have an opinion on this topic please feel free to express it below, I really want to know your thoughts on it.
So there's a movie that I'm pretty sure that some of you may have seen before that has changed my perspective on life, it is called Losing Isaiah. This movie came out in 1995 and is a powerful film about a drug-addicted mother (Halle Berry) who after assuming her child was dead from leaving him in a dumpster and finding that the baby was no longer there, years later found that he was not dead and was being raised by caring family in a good neighborhood. If you haven't seen this movie, I highly suggest watching it, maybe even before reading this post.
Now just to give you a brief explanation of the movie Halle Berry gets herself together to prepare for the hopeful return of her son, after getting a lawyer who helps black citizens in tough cases. Now although Khaila is now clean from drugs, she was living in an apartment in an impoverished area and of course couldn't afford for her son to go to a prestigious school. However, the other family was able to provide more than well for Isaiah and this was also the family that he has known for the majority of his young life. Now Khaila Richards (Halle Berry) is a young black woman and the woman who was temporarily raising Isaiah was a middle aged white woman named Margaret Lewin (Jessica Lange).
Khalia eventually wins back the custody of her child, but experiences problems with her connection with Isaiah, due to the fact that he already felt that he had a mother in Margaret. Now Khalia being aware of this disconnect, agrees to let Isaiah to continue to have a close relationship with Margaret until he's old enough to understand his circumstances with his two mothers.
This movie has changed my perspective on life because this movie shows you that love and care won't always come to us in the ways that we expect it, but it doesn't matter how it comes or who it comes from as long as it fulfills us and makes us feel properly cared for. Also, it shows that sometimes we have to be patient with ourselves when we make mistakes because the healing process is very important. Khalia wanted her son back right away but soon realized that someone else had properly cared for her son when she couldn't and she needed to respect that. However, that would not take away Khalia's rightful place as Isaiah's mother. We must learn to forgive ourselves and learn to appreciate the tough times because it is what makes us stronger and no matter how bad we mess up, as long as there is breathe in our bodies, there is room for change.
If you have seen this movie or interested in watching it, leave your thoughts and comments below.
So today I want to discuss some important lessons I've learned from being in college. Now whether you are currently in college, planning to attend soon, or returning o college, we all know that being a student comes with a lot of responsibility. I want to detail some of my experiences and offer up some advice on how to make the best of your college experience.
The first lesson would be to learn time management. If you are anything like me, I tend to procrastinate a lot. Sometimes you can get away with a bit of procrastination, but the more comfortable you are with wasting time, the harder it will be to overcome that bad habit. Throughout my years in college I have come to appreciate the importance of using my time wisely because those 24 hours a day are very precious. My advice to you would be to create a list of important task that you have to complete each day, whether it's a class assignments, work, or house duties, it's important to list these items to have a clear vision of how your day will go.
Second, search for any financial assistance that you can get, especially scholarships and grants. When you are in school it can be very expensive, especially depending on the educational institution that you attend. Scholarships are a great source of funding because you don't have to pay them back, which will take some stress off of you financially. Loans are a source of funding as well, but of course you have to pay the, back with interest. I strongly recommend creating spreadsheet of your total costs so that you can be aware of how much money you have for school, if you'll have to get on a payment plan, and how much money you'll owe in total loans.
Third, I suggest making close acquaintances in your classes because you'll never know when you'll need extra help or notes that you've missed on a day that you needed off. I am thankful for the few friends I had made in certain classes, but I didn't make too many friends because I liked staying to myself. However, this can sometimes come back to bite you because if you don't speak to anyone in your classes, they are less likely to help you during your difficult times n class.
Forth, keep your syllabus near and get started on assignments early. I've had past experiences when I thought that I had enough time and then all of a sudden the assignment was due. It's always best to get an early start on assignments because you want to give yourself time to take care of other responsibilities and you never want to rush a project and risk getting a bad grade.
Lastly, be clear about what you are in school for. I know that colleges tell you that you have time to change your major, which you do, but you are wasting money that you'll have to eventually pay back. You want to allow yourself as much funding as possible so you can get an education for what you are passionate about. Wasted funding can limit the amount of time that you have to attend school for the things that you love.
I really hope that these lessons help you. They are lessons that I wish I had learned prior to my college journey. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me (email@example.com) or comment below.
So I've received my latest PinchMe box and I just wanted you ladies to check out what was inside. Also I wanted you all to head over to the website and signup because they send free samples each month (pinchme.com). Included in my PinchMe box this month were a sample size Sensodyne tooth paste, a sample size of Ceasar's dog food (which my pup loved), a Hidden Valley Simply Ranch packet sample, a free Graze box with the sign up of a new monthly membership, a $100 dollar wine voucher from Laithwaite's wine ($69.99 after voucher), Shutterfly coupon for a free 8x8 photo book, and there was one more voucher but I misplaced it. However, if you enjoyed the items that were in my PinchMe Box, please head over to PinchMe.com and complete your sample profile. http://www.pinchme.com/?referral_code=8NYRZ
So I'm sure some of you have heard about the new show on BET called Tales. This show was created by Irv Gotti, the creator of the music label "Murder Inc". Now Irv Gotti has designed this show to create visuals for different hip hop songs.
The first episode created a visual for NWA's "F*** The Police" and although I got the message, I couldn't really get into this episode nor could I finish it. This episode presented a scenario where if white and black people switched places and white people were being treated unfairly by black cops. The overall message that I took from it was that white people should understand that if we were to switch places, white people would understand and feel the stress and intimidation that comes from being a minority in America. What I also took from this episode is that people should understand that no matter if it's happening to white, black, Hispanic, or Asian people it would still be wrong. There is nothing beautiful about any specific race being scared of the police.
Now on to the next episode which presented a visual for Meek Mill's "Cold Hearted", although I finished this episode, there were some things that were very cliché about it. Now this story had to do with two friends who were rap artists and one friend outshined the other. However, the underdog of the two, wrote all of the raps, but didn't receive enough credit for it by the label they were signed to. Now to sum it up, the outshiner was shot and everyone that he surrounded himself with was interrogated. Everyone reenacted the night of his death in their own way. In the end the cops couldn't figure out who the killer was but it ended up being the underdog who set him up and what makes it so bad is that they had started from the bottom together and they were best friends. What I took form this episode was that sometimes it's the people that's closest to you that pray for your downfall, now this is unfortunate, but very true. The episode was cliché in my eyes, but it still had a very good message.
I recommend keeping up with this show because every show will be different and so will every message. If you have seen this show or would like to see this show, leave your comments below.
So today I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite apps. These are the apps that I use for enjoyment and apps that I use aside from the typical social media apps that we all use like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Listed below are the apps that I love to use in my spare time:
Design Home- This virtual interior design app is so much fun. This happens to be one of my favorite apps because it allows me to be creative and it's relaxing. Although you don't receive actual money through this app, the virtual currency allows you to buy different furniture items to interior decorate homes.
8Ball Pool- This pool app is addicting! It allows me to better my pool skills and to whip people's asses (connecting to my competitive side).
Cooking Fever- A speedy cooking app that's definitely one of my favorites! This app allows you to open a restaurant, cook at a speedy pace for customers, and upgrade your kitchen tools.
Pinterest- The perfect app for inspiration and DIYs! Now I know that many people are familiar with Pinterest, but it really is a great app. I get so inspired by seeing different ideas to try. Whether it's home décor or clothing ideas, it's definitely the go-to app to get your creative juices flowing.
InboxDollars- An app that allows you to rack up extra cash! I love completing surveys through InboxDollars, they're easy to complete and you can rack up cash fast. You also can complete offers to increase your earnings. This app is full of ways to earn extra cash.
Well ladies, if you've enjoyed this post, share your thoughts below. If you yourself have some favorite apps that you'd like people to know about, share those below as well.
My Top 10 Ratchet Music Playlist: To Destress and Refocus
Caution: Queens, some of you may find my destress playlist a little ratchet, but I'm completely fine with that. I'll be taking this list from my number 10 spot all the way down to my number one head banger. I enjoy a mixture of music, but when I'm under a lot of pressure or can't take my mind off of things, here's a list of songs that I'll be snapping my fingers and banging my head to:
10. Kodak Black-(Tunnel Vision) I love this song, it has a slow vibe with an upbeat pace to it.
9. Kodak Black-(Weatherman) This song is one of those songs you listen to when money is on your mind or when payday has arrived.
8. DBC Big Quis-(Intro) I just love this song, it's so straight forward and something that I listen to when I want some motivation to keep going.
7. Gucci Mane-(So Icey) This song just puts me in a good mood, it's definitely a feel good song. I guess you can call it one of my favorite throwbacks.
6. Bandgang-(Respect) I don't really know why I like this song, I think it's just really catchy and the beat is nice.
5. Lil Yachty and Tee Grizzley- (D to the A) This song just has dope lyrics and the beat is nice. I'm not really a huge fan of Lil Yachty, but I definitely love this song.
4. Lil Yachty ft. Riff Raff- (Neon Derek Geeder???) I love this song, these two together are so hilarious.
3. Future- (Mask Off) I didn't originally like this song, but after a while I couldn't get it out of my head and now it's one of my favorite songs.
2. DBC Big Quis-(Feel Good Don't It) Omg this song definitely gets me dancing in the car on my way to work, that's all I can tell you!
1. Yo Gotti-(81) There's something so #Boss about this song. This is definitely a motivational song as well. It's definitely at the top of my list!
So I'm super excited because I just received my first Julep Maven box. The box included 3 awesome surprises including: a purple pencil eyeliner, a pretty maroon gloss, and a gorgeous pink polish. Below I've shared some pictures. I received my first box for $3 and some change shipped. It was well worth the price, these items are awesome! check them out below:
Awesome right? These colors are so awesome for the summer. I hope you all have enjoyed my unboxing of Julep. I definitely recommend trying it out because who doesn't love a few extra items added to their makeup box.
So I know that a lot of women are looked down upon because some of us enjoy wearing weave in their hair. However, every woman should be aware that it is your preference and the opinions of others don't matter. I know a lot of times there are men who have negative opinions, like "I don't like when you wear weave" or "white girls don't wear weave". Well I'm here to tell you that our insecurities began long ago due to the fact that black skin and kinky hair wasn't considered beautiful. Now today we are constantly talked down about because of our skin colors, how some of us dress, how we wear our hair, etc. Now people should understand that today, women wear their hair how they want and that's just that! Some of us switch it up between styles and some of us rock it one way. Either way, this does not make you less beautiful, it is simply your choice on what makes you feel good about yourself. As a woman with short hair, I've heard so many different comments about my hair, I've heard "Why do you wear your hair like that", " Girls shouldn't walk around with a bald head", to nice comments like "that hairstyles fits you" and not many people can pull that off". I've heard many opinions about how I should wear my hair, but I wear what I'm comfortable with and what I believe fits me. Being happy with who you are begins with blocking out others opinions of you. Black women have had courage to be who they are for decades, no need to stop now.
Down below please share your thoughts and let me know what hairstyle(s) you prefer and any negative comments you've heard about the way you wear your hair.
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