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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

How To Choose The Perfect Jumpsuit Or Playsuit For You

Every now and again, it is a good idea to mix things up a bit and try out a new look. To do this, you need to be prepared to step outside of your comfort zone and try something radically different on, every now and again.

Today, I am going to urge you to try on a jumpsuit or playsuit. As you can see when you click here, this year, there are plenty of available in shops and online. So, it will not be hard to select one that will suit you.

Here Are A Few Tips To Help You Choose One That Will Look Great On You

The Length
You will find playsuits and jumpsuits in several length formats. For the winter months, the longer the trousers are the more likely you will be to wear it.

The Right Semi-Formal Playsuit or Jumpsuit
If you want to wear it in a formal setting, focus on more tailored cuts. They look smarter. You can still choose one with a baggy top half, but the trousers part should fit fairly close to the body.

Think About Your Body Shape:
When buying a jumpsuit perhaps the most important consideration is your body shape. Here are some examples of body shapes and what you need to know to buy the right one.

  • The Best Jumpsuit For An Hourglass Figure - If you have a defined waist paired with shoulders and hips that are a similar width you are probably hourglass shaped. You need to seek out jumpsuits that accentuate your waist. If you do not do this, you will end up looking larger than you actually are.
  • Choosing The Right Cut For A Triangle Shape - For women with a triangle shaped body, jumpsuits with detailing at the shoulders tend to work best. The eye is drawn upwards, which helps to create balance. It is very important to muddle up this body shape with the inverted triangle. If your shoulders are the widest point of your body, the last thing you need is to draw attention to that area. So, you will want to choose something that features detailing at the waist or detailing on the lower half of your playsuit.

How To Work Out Your Body Shape
If you are not sure what body type you are, I suggest that you read this article. It explains how to measure yourself and use those measurements to work out whether you are apple, pear, rectangular, hourglass or an inverted triangle shape.

When it comes to colour, you have to be particularly careful when buying a jumpsuit. It needs to work with your skin tone, hair and eyes. Also think about when and where you are likely to want to wear your jumpsuit. If you want to wear it for formal or semi-formal occasions, plain rather than print fabrics would work best.

A Few Tips To Help You Stay Fashionable
A while ago, I wrote an article to help you to stay on trend. If you missed it, you can read it here.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Spending Time With Family & The Smokey Robinson Concert

Last year, I added a personal dream list category to my blog. I thought it sounded better than bucket list. Its simply a compilation of things both big & small that I've wanted to do and have accomplished doing them. I'm also helping my mom fulfill her dream list. My dad passed in 2007. Smokey Robinson was scheduled to play at Beau Rivage January 11, 2019 and she expressed an interest to go. If you read yesterday's post, you know Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cellist from Harry & Meghan's Wedding) was in concert January 10th (the day before). It was a tight squeeze, because Sheku's performance was in New Orleans and Smokey's was at Beau Rivage (which is in Biloxi, Mississippi). But its only an hour and a half away, so it wasn't that bad. I would do anything for my mom. I've talked about Beau Rivage many times on my blog (be my guest, the gambler, the nutcracker sweet, my weekend getaway, and easter weekend). I love it.

Upon arriving, we checked into our room. I've stayed here countless times before. However, this is the first time, I had such a beautiful view of the pool area from my hotel window. Everything looked so tranquil & peaceful.

We then went downstairs and ate at their buffet. I think I could've eaten their boiled shrimp all night. I also had a plate of their fried seafood. I then had a bowl of their soft ice cream. The peach cobbler was for my mom.

My mom had such a great time at the concert (and I did too! even though I was the youngest there! HaHaHa). My mom is 70 and Smokey Robinson is 78. Smokey was part of Motown (The Jackson 5, Diana Ross & The Supremes etc.) and started a group called The Miracles. As a child, I was very close to my grandparents. They played a lot of Motown records, which included Smokey Robinson. I grew up on my grandparent's music, my mom's music and of course music choices from my generation. That means I've lived through records, tapes, cds and now streaming. It's so funny to say that! Smokey has a string of hits, but he's also a songwriter. It's great if you can sing, but if you can also write songs that's where the money comes in (for example Dolly Parton wrote the song I Will Always Love You that Whitney Houston made famous...Whitney got paid, but Dolly Parton as the songwriter makes a larger percentage and owns the rights to that song). Smokey has written for a number of artists such as The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, The Four Tops, Mary Wells, The Marvelettes and a slew of other talented musical artists. He was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in '87. In 2016 he was awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for his lifetime contribution to popular music. He was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. He was a Kennedy Center Honoree. His list of awards goes on and on. It's something to be commended. He sang all of his greatest hits during the concert. He also sang songs he wrote for others. HE SANG. HE NEVER LIP-SYNCED. And what's so funny, is he sounded just like his records. His energy impressed me. He went up and down that stage, leaned over to the audience and connected with his band & backup singers. So whenever I feel lazy, I need to think of his performance. He also mentioned in the past several years, he's been learning Spanish. He just wrote a song in Spanish and he sang it for us. So he's constantly learning, growing and pushing the envelope. Those are lessons learned that we can use in our own lives. Recently Jennifer Lopez said, you can sleep when you are dead! So you might as well keep doing shit! I learned a lot from him that night. I often hear people say, I can't learn anything from this person or that person. That's so untrue. You can learn a lot from EVERYONE (good people, bad people, older people, younger people, black, white, hispanic, asian, rich, poor etc). You can learn what to do and what not to do. Your way is not the only way. Keep your mind open to all people and they will bring (into your life) all kinds of possibilities. I've learned from all kinds of different people.

After the concert, we decided to order room service. I wanted pizza. She wanted club sandwiches. LOL We ended up taking over half of it home with us. Everything was so good. If you go, you've got to try their banana-strawberry daiquiris. They're so good, we got three. We split the third one. They are delicious. So for one night, we had a blast!


Monday, January 14, 2019

Sheku Kanneh-Mason & The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at The Orpheum Theater in New Orleans, Louisiana

A couple of months ago, I received a flier in the mail from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. It said Sheku Kanneh-Mason would be playing with The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO). I looked at the flier and did a double-take. I said, that's the guy that played in Harry & Meghan's Wedding (May 2018). He's coming to New Orleans!?! I immediately logged on LPO's website and purchased two tickets. There was no way, I was going to miss him in concert. You may remember, I wrote a very detailed and lengthy post about the royal wedding. One aspect of the wedding that I loved was the music. Especially when Sheku performed Ave Maria. I LOVE that song! It's so beautiful and something about it just touches my soul. I remember staring at the television when he played Ave Maria during the wedding. Well, this concert (1/10/19) took place at The Orpheum Theater here in New Orleans (pictured below). The Orpheum Theater was built in 1918 in the New Orleans Central Business District. When my mom was a little girl, she saw The Sound of Music there. It's so beautiful. Look at the architecture. Very intimate. It seats about 1400+ guests.

The Orpheum was fully renovated after Hurricane Katrina. It sits directly across from The Roosevelt Hotel (pictured below). The Roosevelt Hotel is a Waldorf Astoria Hotel. At a minimum, you're looking at $300 per night to stay there. It is luxurious! Gorgeous weddings. Meeting spaces. Domenica's and The Sazerac Bar is located in The Roosevelt. I've stayed at The Ritz Carlton New Orleans (here and here). It's around the corner from the Orpheum and Roosevelt.

Below are pictures of the inside of The Orpheum. They serve cocktails before the performance. I love the beautiful marble floors, tassels on the doors and balcony. Seating is very close. If you are tall, I would suggest sitting on the back row. I giggled when I read a couple of reviews about this and it is true. I'm 6' and so glad I purchased seats in the back.

Hi! That's me (and part of my mom hahaha) sitting below for the pre-concert lecture (the pre-concert lecture started for 6:30pm, the concert began at 7:30pm). The conductor talked about the story of Scheherazade (One Thousand And One Nights) and Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Just to give you a little background. Sheku was born in 1999. He's from Nottingham, England. He was born to Stuart Mason, a business manager from Antigua, and Dr. Kadiatu Kanneh, a former university lecturer from Sierra Leone (source). He is the third of seven children. His siblings also play music! Their twitter handle is @thekannehmasons All study at either Trinity School, Nottingham and/or Royal Academy of Music, London. Sheku's twitter handle is @ShekuKM Sheku is a full-time ABRSM Scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He was the winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician Competition. His debut recording for Decca Classics, Inspiration, was released in January 2018. He's also received Male Artist of the Year, Critics Choice Classic BRIT Awards and became the first recipient of the BRIT Certified Breakthrough Award.

We then moved to our official seats (I took my jacket off), for the concert. Remember the back has more leg room. You don't feel far away at all. It's very intimate. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra warmed up and was ready to begin.

Sheku's performance (Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op 85) was absolutely brilliant. I'm not over-exaggerating. He's a musical genius. Some people play music & that's it. Sheku plays with such feeling & depth. It was as if the cello wanted to sing & talk. You could feel each note. He draws you into the music. I got goosebumps and almost cried (I was holding it back). His performance was that beautiful. If you have a chance to see him in concert, do not hesitate. On Twitter, he mentioned that he will be in Atlanta at Symphony Hall in April 25-27 (2019). Tickets on his website! I'm so glad I got to see him & hear him play. This was definitely a dream come true for me. It was a highlight for 2019.

His performance at The Royal Wedding.
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