Saturday, May 29, 2010

I just posted a blog thanking everyone for the 4,000 views my blog Sugar&Retail has gotten. 4 days later, I'm about to reach 5,000 VIEWS!!! I can't say thank you enough to all the people who take the time out to view my blog.

Thank you so much for viewing Sugar&Retail :) Keep it up and so will it!

1. Makeup Sex
Why it's monumental: You yell, you scream, you break some dishes. Then you make up and head right to the bedroom, where there's more screaming. But this time, the only thing you're both breaking is the sound barrier (and maybe the headboard). "When you fight, anger drives up testosterone in both men and women. If you go to bed with increased testosterone and agitation, the sex drive is going to be stronger," Fisher says. "And more fantasies may flood your mind, which increases stimulation."
Have it tonight: You can reenact fighting—and the emotions that go along with it—without hurting each other, Cadell says. She suggests trying anything that will create a little physical tension between the two of you. Like . . .

Miniature golf. "You can do anything that's just a little competitive," says Gloria Brame, Ph.D., a clinical sexologist and author in Atlanta. "Once you start competing, you can get physical and really work each other up."

Pillow fights. "It starts her hair flying and her breasts moving, and even gets her gasping a little for breath," Brame says. "There's something very sexual about that."

Naked wrestling. Hint: Let her win

2. Wedding Night Sex
Why it's monumental: It's her perfect day. She looks gorgeous (and she's been told that 493 times an hour). Her whole family is around her. And now she truly feels the comfort and security of having a husband.
Translation: "The reward system in her brain is going bonkers," says Helen Fisher, Ph.D., an anthropologist at Rutgers University and author of The First Sex. Physiologically, her feel-good chemicals—dopamine and epinephrine—are firing fast, meaning she's wired to feel euphoric and to give as much pleasure as she's receiving.
Have it tonight: Even if you went on your honeymoon 12 years ago, or don't plan on going on one for another 12 years, you can create the spark by triggering her reward system. Try these tricks:

In the morning, use a ballpoint pen to write a sexy note somewhere on her body. Try the top of her thigh (prime real estate, with minimum exposure to coworkers). "Women are turned on by words," Fisher says. Start with "I," end with "you," and use the verb of your choice in between. Giving her 9 or 10 hours to see, think about, and fantasize about your note starts the percolation process.

When she comes home, try this move. While facing her, hold her head with both of your hands, tilt her head back, and gently kiss the side of her neck. "If you touch a woman the way she wants to be touched, she'll be all over you," says Paget. That means staying away from your traditional "go to" spots and kissing the parts of her body you usually ignore, like the back of her hand, the inside of her elbow, or her hipbone.

Now that you're under the covers, expand your repertoire of oral sex—a nice reward in itself. Paget suggests the Kivin method: You lie perpendicular to her body, which allows you to stroke her clitoris with your tongue in a crosswise motion, rather than up and down. She'll appreciate the change in stimulation—hopefully, enough to return the reward

3. Breakup Sex
Why it's monumental: It's like the day before a diet. Tomorrow I'll start, but today I'm going to enjoy one last order of chicken wings. You've decided together that the relationship isn't working, but what the hey, one last tryst won't hurt anyone. And it winds up being better than any you've had in the past 6 months for two reasons.

One's physical: Fisher says that there's some speculation among researchers that in so-called last-chance copulation, a man may unknowingly alter the levels of certain hormones in his semen, and that may trigger his partner to ovulate spontaneously. In other words, your subconscious tries to hold on to the commitment by potentially impregnating her, even though you don't want to.

The other reason is psychological: "When you know you're never going to see someone again, you want to leave her wanting you—and you'll do anything to drive her out of her mind," says Cadell. "So you both end up concentrating on being uninhibited."
Have it tonight: To make a woman less inhibited, try to reduce her tension, says Brame. Try releasing it in her body—and in her brain.

Clean out the refrigerator (or anything that shortens her to-do list). Showing thoughtfulness and initiative will make her a more willing sex partner, says Paul Joannides, author of 
Guide to Getting It On. While researching his book, Joannides talked to a female "escort" who had a valuable insight about her customers: "She said, 'I don't get it. These guys would get a lot more sex at home if they'd spend their money on a maid or cleaning service rather than spending it on me.'"

When massaging her, focus only on her earlobes, hands, and lower back—the unsung erotic spots. Hit the lower spine not only because that's where she stores a lot of tension, but also because you'll reach her pleasure zones in a more indirect path. Brame says, "This area is a nerve center with connections all over, so rubbing her lower spine could make her feel tingly in front."

4. Honey-I'm-Home Sex
Why it's monumental: If you haven't eaten all day, you pig out at dinner. Same with sex. If you're attached, a business trip equals massive sexual deprivation. It means the closest thing you're getting to regular sex is the midnight showing of the hotel's $14.99 adult movie. (Note: Titles do not appear on your bill.) So when you reach home, the deprivation turns into sexual gorging. "You usually find that this is the most romantic sex, because it starts out with long, luscious kisses that really get the juices flowing," says Ava Cadell, Ph.D., a California sexologist and author of Stock Market Orgasm.
Have it tonight: You can simulate this kind of passion—whether you've been away for 8 days or 8 minutes—by giving her this kind of kiss, and in this order.

Kiss her face all over—lightly.

Lick the outside of her lips.

Kiss her bottom lip. "There's a correlation between a woman's bottom lip and her vagina. Sucking gently on her lip will make her vagina swell," Cadell says.

Gently suck her tongue. Cadell says, "I call kissing facial intercourse—it's really erotic."

5. Birthday Sex
Why it's monumental: It's clear who's doing the giving and who's doing the receiving—which means there's no pressure for the receiver to reciprocate, says Cadell. Because of that, there's a huge buildup of anticipation for the birthday boy. I wonder what she's going to give me this year!
Have it tonight: For the 363 days of nonbirthday sex, you need to build that same anticipation between the two of you. You do it for her = she'll do it for you next time. Try this:

Tell her you want to take her somewhere special tonight. Then ask if she'll leave her underwear at home.

Take her to a place that plays Latin music. "Latin dancing is very sexual, especially the movement of the pelvis," Cadell says.

When you're back home, you can give her your present: the ultimate mind-blowing orgasm. Have her get on top of you and tilt her hips forward a little so that her clitoris hits your pelvis. The tilting also means your penis will hit her G-spot. Those two spots will be plenty, but for extra pleasure, seek out and caress or lightly stimulate other sensitive areas—her lips, her nipples, her bottom—with your hands or fingers. The goal: sensory pleasure. Work as many angles as you can dream up; she'll let you know what's working

6. First-Time-With-Her-Sex
Why it's monumental: "It's exciting because of the discovery quotient," says Louanne Cole Weston, Ph.D., a licensed marriage and family therapist in California. "You're really tuned in to every sense, and you're feeling things for the first time." Another factor: Many men, especially those in long-term relationships, create a formula for what sex should be like. When that formula changes—as it often does with a new woman—it heightens excitement.
Have it tonight: Maybe it's not your first time with her but your 501st. The key is playing with your senses—>or at least stimulating them in a new way. "When you take away one of the senses, the others work overtime," says Cadell. Here are a few ways to change the sensory experience.

Try Cadell's honey game: You're blindfolded; she hides a dab of honey somewhere on her body. You try to find it—using only your tongue.

Take a swig of champagne, then kiss her body while it's still in your mouth. The fizz will tingle.

Tie each other's feet together with her panty hose. Mild bondage heightens sexual urgency, Paget says

7. Vacation Sex
Why it's monumental: First, you're free from all the things that stress you out—the job, the bills, another late-season Red Sox fold. But the second reason Aruba sex is hotter than subdivision sex is the change in scenery. "There's a marking-the-territory factor for most men and women," Weston says. "Sex on vacation is a virginal experience in a way."
Have it tonight: From the simple to the extravagant, you can take a vacation day any day (boss be damned!):

Turn upside down on the bed—feet at the pillow end. "Even doing something simple like hitting the bed at a different angle or sitting or standing up on the bed will add extra stimulation," Weston says.

Change the order of foreplay. "Remove the dip test from your repertoire," Paget says. "Any woman hates the kiss, kiss, kiss, tweak, tweak, tweak the nipple, dip, dip, dip to see if she's lubricated. That's a major turnoff." Instead, try kissing her neck, her inner thigh, then her pinkie finger or wherever else.

Move up and down her body like Ray Charles on ivory so she doesn't know where you're going next.

Check into an adult motel on your lunch hour. "That's a pretty short vacation," Cadell says. In Los Angeles, a hotel called Splash features Jacuzzis in themed rooms that you can rent by the hour. But you can go to any hotel, then serve her lunch. "One study showed that black licorice increases bloodflow to her genital area by 40 percent, but any food that's phallic can be an aphrodisiac for her," Cadell says. Save room for dessert.

(via Mens Health ♥)
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So far, it hasn't been bad!

I've gotten over caring that I'm taking summer classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I see my closest girls who I call my sisters allllllllll the time and am always with them so I have nothing to really complain about. Summer school is intense as hell for no reason though -______-

I've also been working and makin' that paper like there's no tomorrow. I can't even imagine NOT working at all this summer. I thank God all the time to bless me with a job that involves TWO digits in how much I get paid per hour. Some people can't find a job which sucks so bad, or some people have a job but the pay is like minimum wage. That's why I thank God for letting me have a great job with amazing pay.

I've been shopping ... shopping ... spending ... spending lmao. Well when you have "money flowin' like a slit wrist; no bandage", you can do things like that. (lmao @ me really quoting that damn song).

Monday = Seaside with my girls ♥. 87 degrees and sunny? yesssssssssssssssssssssssss. We in there.

What else should I expect from my summer? Who knows. Day by day, I'm finding that out :)
Aren't there other better ways to fundraise? Now we're taking it to the strip clubs? The sad part is that after a long days work for these strippers, giving lap dances for a cause probably had them going home feeling like that was the best thing they've done since starting that job. I guess money is money and in the end, the Haitians in Haiti won't care where or how it was made.
Psychological fact: when a person cries and the first drop of tears comes from the right eye, it's happiness. But when the first roll is from the left, it's pain.
Don't have to stay with someone that makes you cry. You'll end up killing all the love you have inside. Can't hope to see the sun if you don't open your eyes; Girl don't let real love pass you by. - Boyz II Men 
I want/need to get those highlights. Immediately.
How amazing  do they look here?
*sigh* I love her :)
This is the man who is now rumored to be Nicki Minaj's current boyfriend.
Who is this dude? There's someone out there who can handle this woman?
More info will be posted as I get it :)
This is another one of the four music videos Wayne created before going to jail that he's now dropping.
Can someone PLEASE get that gaudy piece of jewelry from Shanell's nose? -___-
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According to The Dream's interview with Ms. Drama TV, he's done with the industry. Read his following quote and be annoyed with me please:

Nope, there’s not another album, this is it. Nobody appreciates music so I’m out. I’m out. I’m good, so take that. Like Jay said, maybe y’all will remember me when I fade to black. So it’s out.

Excuse me but since when has The Dream reached that status in the industry to refuse to put anymore records out? No one appreciates you because you've brought little to no substance to our ears. 'Birthday Sex' was the only song you will be known for. Your other attempts at music have been continuous epic fails. You shouldn't have even made this announcement. You should've just faded to black without the notice because no one would've noticed.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Being a female is a matter of birth, being a woman is a matter of worth. So find a guy that will let you exhale by reassuring you that he’s a man, and not just a male.
Don’t criticize what you can’t understand.
This is exactly what I want to tell each and every person who has a problem with me, has a problem with the life I live, think they know things I've done, and those who continue to talk and spread bullshit. YOU DON'T KNOW ME, and at the rate you're going, you never will. I just let people think what they think. If you think I've done that, then woop-dee-do. Go ahead and tell everyone about it if that helps you sleep better at night. If you can get an honest night's sleep off of talking about me or telling people untrue things about me, by all means, do you pot'na. Half of the people who think they know me and my life are people I either never spoken to or haven't had a legit conversation with.

How you sound talking about a person you don't know? I'll tell you -- Ignorant.

2 Words: I'M FEIGNIN'.
I love this song yet so many people hate it for a reason I cannot fathom.
I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee this video. *sigh* Rihanna = greatness in my eyes.
Yeah, I said it.
Gary was honestly going through hell on earth regarding his abuse scandal. The tweet about was honestly the truth. Maybe now he can be at peace. RIP.

"Tell her that you love her. You’ve got nothing to lose, and you’ll always regret it if you don’t."
Got to have a daily dose of my obsession :) lmao
This man seems to get sexier ... and sexier ... and sexier each and every day.
mmmm mmmmm MMMMMM.
WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY better than Teyanna Taylor singing this song.
Keke can really sing. Why hasn't her career really taken off yet?
OMG, finally we get confirmation that Alicia Keys IS in fact pregnant, and the two will be getting married real soon. The couple's rep confirmed:

"The two are expecting a baby and are engaged to be married in a private ceremony later this year."

Even though she is a homewrecker, they make the cutest couple and will be making the cutest little baby. The baby definitely will have Swizz's tucan nose LMFAO. Without a doubt.
I definitely expected something different like this from Erykah LOL

Thursday, May 27, 2010

So we're been hearing for weeks now about Kendra's (from Playboy) sex tape. For all of those
people who are always up on every celebrity's sex tape, here's another one for ya.
I don't even know what to make of it lmfao. Shorty was doing a whole damn dance routine in the beginning of the tape LOL. I was like "wait ... what?". Look for yourself and tell me what your thoughts are.
** update **
So now Kendra's sex tape has been removed from the internet; hence why you can no longer see it above. Well it's been up since the early AM on my blog so sorry for those who can't see it anymore.
All the stars came out for the SATC2 movie premiere this past Monday. Everyone was there and everyone was looking fabulous. Here's a few pictures from the event.
Sarah Jessica Parker looked beyond amazing in this yellow gown.
Yesssssssssssss girl, work it ♥
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I adore Vanessa Williams ..... but those shoes though? She should've paired this amazing draped dress with a pair of simple Yves Saint Laurent Tribute pumps in black and she would've been good to go.
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Gabourey Sidibe (aka Precious) was looking entirely TOO regular for this event. This is a glamourous event and you're coming out in a plain black ensemble with chetah FLATS? Someone get this girl a stylist.
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My girl Wendy Williams is killin' 'em with this black dress. Her body looks goood here, her weave is looking right, and her shoes? To die for. I love it all.
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Jennifer Love Hewitt has an AMAZING body. This girl has curves for days. This bandage dress looks so good on her. And she's rockin' the Louboutin's ♥. She looks nothing less of amazing.
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Ashanti ... what is this? That is all.
Lil wayne is dropping 4 new music videos off his album Rebirth this weekend. This song is called "Knockout" featuring Nicki Minaj, who of course is still looking tacky -_____- She can never win.
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My toleration for ignorance is currently at an alltime low. No, it's not even existent at this point. I choose to not entertain any person by endulging into a conversation, arguement, etc. if I know all that comes out of their mouth is pure stupidity and ignorance. I won't do it. Instead, I choose to die laughing at the utter stupidity in people's words as well as their actions. I'd rather laugh then get annoyed. Call it what you please, I just refuse to give ignorant human beings my time or energy in carrying a conversation or an arguement.

That is all.
British DJ Semtex has recently shared his thoughts on Kanye West’s upcoming new single off his highly anticipated album "Good A** Job. According to him, this album will be nothing less of a shocker.
The album is coming in September. Okay, so I’ve heard the first Kanye West joint. I was sworn to secrecy. All I can say is it is banging. If that’s a taste of what’s coming on the album, he has smacked it. Lyrically….he is saying things like, ‘Wow, he said that?’ It is going to shock everybody, the first record.
Pharrell Williams also recently talked about Kanye's project and also agreed on the shock value:
I had the chance to listen to the new Kanye West album. I think that people are going to be shocked. His precedent was crazy, this new one goes even farther.
 I'm honestly anxious to find out exactly what all this hype is about as far as his new album goes. Kanye has been saying shocking things his entire life. What exactly is he saying on this album that is behind this talk about having tremendous shock value with his lyrics? Welp, we'll have to wait and see.
Do you guys see what I'm talking about now? Nicki Minaj is getting tackier and takier as the days pass by. I don't care if it's for a video. Since when did you have to dress tacky for a music video? Who is this girl's stylist?! Can someone get ahold of this man/woman and strip them of their license to dress another individual? Please.
Being the "dedicated actor he his" *rolls eyes*, 50 Cent went on a drastic all liquid diet and dropped 54 pounds for the role in the up and coming film titled Things Fall Apart. This film is based on a true story about a football player who gets cancer. Along with the liquid diet, he was required to go on tredmill walks for 3 hours a day. Honestly, this man looks soooooooooo SICK. Then again, that's the look he's supposed to go for. His skin is probably disgusting up close because of how big and muscular he used to be. Now, his weight is in the high 100's, which is a HUGE jump from when he was in the 200 weight range.

I also heard on the radio that this movie went straight to DVD -_______- I'm not starving myself for a movie role that won't even be in theaters. I honestly don't get why he even did what he did when movies that just go straight to DVD don't make anywhere near as much as when they hit the theaters.

Well now he's getting ready to be back on tour and working out to get back to how he used to be. Will he look the same? Time can only tell.
Who's really tryna do #'s 7 and 10 though? Both of which are doing entirely TOO much lmao

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Can someone shut this heffer up? Excuse me Solange, you're
a nobody to the business but a failed star of a sister who's doing things you wish you could do.
Who even said Keri Hilson's dreams were to wipe Beyonce out?
Your success = #fail.
I don't understand how 2 people can make dipping your toes in at the edge of the pool so sexy like this.
only the Kardashians.
This song is such a sexy song. Both Luda and Trey were looking entirely
toooooooooooooo delectable in this video. mmmm mmmmmmm MMMM.
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1. Reverse Cowgirl
When she's on top, encourage her to turn around and face away from you. This creates G-spot stimulation for her, and the change will help you hold out longer.
Switch it up: For more intense sensations, have her place her feet flat on the floor between your.
Perfect for: learning how she likes it

2. Woman Astride
From woman on-top missionary, have her draw her knees up until she's in a kneeling position, straddling your hips and sitting atop your pelvis. You get deeper penetration, a full view of the action, and can touch her clitoris and play with her breasts.
Switch it up: She can relieve some of her weight from your pelvis by leaning back and supporting herself on your thighs. 
Perfect for: letting her dominate while maximizing your pleasure

3. Cross Buttocks

She'll enjoy this because it stimulates the side of her vaginal walls, something she normally doesn't feel. Insert yourself into your partner in the missionary position, but lie across her pelvis, slightly askew, while still supporting your weight on your elbows.
Switch it up:If she wants more eye contact, transition back to missionary.
Perfect for: all-about-her sex

(via MensHealth) ♥
I've honestly been trying to work on my patience because I've accepted that fact that I have NONE. But the thing is, how can I work on my patience when people just seem to get more and more and MORE annoying? I dead wanna ask certain people: "Why the hell are you so annoying?" because I don't understand it.

I've now realized that I'll get my patience back when people stop being so goddamn annoying and ignorant. But until then, back to my old ways I go.

That is all.
"Anger is a brief madness, but it can do damage that lasts forever."
Our President and First Lady are probably the cutest couple ever.

peep him going in for ittttttttt lmfao
Thank you to everyone who has always been reading my blog faithfully and always following whenever new posts are up. 'Sugar&Retail' isn't even two months old yet has already hit 4,000 views! Thank you to everyone for always hitting me up via Facebook, Twitter, in person, and through my blog to tell me about how much they enjoy reading. Thank you also for the constant pushes to keep it up and to keep going. I know I don't always post every single day but when I do, I hope I make your visits to 'Sugar&Retail' worth coming back for more.

thank you thank you thank you thank you!

One word: feigning.
This is one of my favorite tracks off her Rated R album and finally
the music video is here! I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEE ITTTTTTTT.
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Monday, May 24, 2010

You can't even tell me this shoe isn't oragasmic to just look at. Famous designer Alice + Olivia are coming out with shoes for Payless shoe stores, and this shoe is part of the line! This shoe featues a 1.75 inch platform with a towering 5.25 inch heel. It's only $39.99! One word: PERFECTTTTTTTTTTT. Hopefully this is even still instock at your local Payless! I'm actually stopping at any Payless I see tomorrow just to find this shoe :)

That's your daily shoe-gasm for you ;)
Rihanna sat down with YOU Magazine (Britain) for an all new exclusive interview. The entire interview is posted below so enjoy! PS - I also find it funny how she denies Matt Kemp as her boyfriend yet he claimed her as his girlfriend LMAO. Damn.

It’s difficult to calculate exactly how many people there are in Rihanna’s entourage on the day we meet. Two huge grey people carriers with tinted windows have drawn up outside the location for the YOU photo shoot, and out of them a crowd of people (of varying sizes and ages) gradually emerges. Swooping into the building first come several men in dark suits, a tall, tanned, tattooed bodyguard, four or five women pulling large cases on wheels full of make-up and clothes, and a couple more carrying bags of food. After a pause of a few minutes, four more women climb out of the second car, offering protective cover to Rihanna who stands head and shoulders above them.

Five years ago when Jay-Z – then president of Def Jam Records – first auditioned 17-year-old Robyn Rihanna Fenty, he commented that he signed artists because they either had swagger or talent and that, unusually, she ‘had both’. Now 22, internationally famous and rather more worldly wise, Rihanna still possesses ‘swagger and talent’, walking tall in perilously high heels.

‘That’s funny, I never heard that quote,’ she says. ‘Back then he was a father figure to me. I was very young and I had flown in to New York from Barbados alone. But now that I have grown and we have worked together and made music together, he’s like a big brother to me. Still a good friend and definitely still a mentor – he is the first person I ask on anything,’ she adds, just a little nervously, as she sits down in a chair pulled close to a big electric heater (she hates the cold, and the unseasonably cool spring weather is the only thing she doesn’t like about London, her favourite city outside Barbados or the US) for our exclusive interview.

Rihanna’s progression from the naive young girl who had never encountered a celebrity before auditioning for Jay-Z to the confident, assured and highly individual woman she is today has not been without its difficulties. Born in Saint Michael, she is the eldest of three children of Ronald Fenty, a warehouse man, and Monica, an accountant. With a working mother and a father addicted to drugs (her parents divorced when she was in her mid-teens), Rihanna had a tough childhood, often having to care for her younger brothers Rorrey and Rajad. At 15, her potential was spotted by American producer Evan Rogers, who was introduced to her while on holiday in Barbados and who, over the next year, helped her to record the demo that gained her an audition with Def Jam Records.
Her first two albums – more reggae than R&B – were only minor successes, and it wasn’t until she made her third, Good Girl Gone Bad, that she achieved critical acclaim, worldwide fame (with the international number-one ‘Umbrella’ in 2007) and began to develop her distinctive personal style (which she says she owes to Cruella de Vil). But in February 2009 an argument with her then boyfriend Chris Brown escalated into violence that became public when police pictures of her injuries were released (Brown was subsequently sentenced to 180 days’ community service and five years’ probation for assaulting her).

One of the reasons, you sense, that Rihanna (known to her fans as ‘RiRi’) has embarked on her current promotional tour is to overcome the effects of that mortifying incident and put out the message that she has moved on. She has, she says, said everything she needs to say in the song ‘Cold Case Love’ on the new album, and although the subject is off-limits today she admits that it was a ‘very dark time for me’, and that playing out the drama in the full glare of the media made it doubly difficult.

‘Nobody wants anybody to know that is happening in a relationship, and seeing it plastered over every news channel I felt like it was a natural disaster happening. Every time I turned on the television, if it wasn’t “breaking news” it was the line at the bottom of the screen. I feel like it is behind me. I have a good balance in my life now, but it is something that people will probably ask me about for the next two years, unfortunately.’

Recent rumours suggest that the ‘balance’ in her life now is a new romance with US baseball player Matt Kemp, 25, but – perhaps because of that past experience – she is wary of confirming that they are an item. ‘Matt is not my boyfriend. He is nice. He is really nice, but we are not an official couple or anything,’ she says, in a way that suggests that might soon change (she has subsequently been reported to have met his parents).

With men out of the way, RiRi doesn’t just visibly loosen up (I suspect she is more nervous of interviews than interviewers are of her), her voice begins to change from the LA drawl when we first met to a delightful Bajan accent that is regularly punctuated by an infectious laid-back laugh. It’s women, not men, she confesses, who form the backbone of her life, particularly her mother and her best friend from school Melissa Forde, who is called her ‘personal assistant’ but is in effect her constant companion. Melissa has been a major influence in her life since she transferred to Rihanna’s school at 14 – at a time when RiRi herself was an enthusiastic member of the Barbados Cadet Corps (a quasi-military youth organisation) and something of a tomboy.

‘When Melissa arrived at school she really stood out. She was a black girl with blonde hair who wore make-up – she was the only girl in school who would wear make-up, because we weren’t allowed. We became friends and she would come over to my house with her older sister’s magazines and we would go through them and say, “Hey, we could do something like that.” That’s when I started to get into fashion and make-up. A year after I met her I dropped out of the cadets. I was like, “This is terrible! They are just screaming at me, I don’t like this!”’ she says, laughing at the memory.
Rihanna still asks Melissa’s advice on clothes (after the interview she enthusiastically introduces us, and she perfectly matches RiRi in height, humour and warmth) and the two young women live together in RiRi’s home in LA, along with Oliver, a three-year-old poodle.

‘Oh my gosh, he is adorable but he is very bad. He knows how much I love my clothes and if he is upset with me he will go and pee really close to them. The other day he was so cross that he peed right over my favourite pair of shoes,’ she says.

The singer’s flair for fashion is such that, according to her European stylists Damian and Avigail, ‘Rihanna is the magic word to designers’. At our shoot she made the beautiful ballgowns her own by adding details such as a Nora Batty hairnet – pulled down below her eyes – that somehow, bafflingly, looked fabulous and edgy. Her fashion mantra is ‘be yourself’ and the people she admires – she mentions Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, Grace Jones and British singer La Roux – she likes because they dare ‘to be different from the rest’. Her individualistic approach to clothes, her refusal to diet (although she admits to sometimes getting strict with herself if she gets ‘out of control’) and her shapely rather than skinny silhouette (she weighs nine and a half stone) make her a great role model for young girls, with a refreshing take on the insidious size zero obsession of the fashion industry.

‘You shouldn’t be pressured into trying to be thin by the fashion industry, because they only want models that are like human mannequins. They know that if we see an outfit on a mannequin in a shop window we will love it and want to buy it whatever size we are. That’s why they have size zero models – they want to sell clothes. But you have to remember that it’s not practical or possible for an everyday woman to look like that. Being size zero is a career in itself so we shouldn’t try and be like them. It’s not realistic and it’s not healthy,’ she says with real feeling.

RiRi doesn’t get home to Barbados as much as she would like – perhaps once or twice a year – but she talks to her mother (whom she calls her ‘inspiration’) at least once a day. She is also a dutiful sister to her brothers, encouraging them to get good grades (neither brother has show-business ambitions: 20-year-old Rorrey is studying to be an architect and 13-year-old Rajad is a ‘little nerd’, obsessed with computer science).

On rare days off she likes to do something ‘normal’ like watch comedy shows or movies: she has been offered acting roles herself and says she would like to start with comedy (she is naturally funny, so perhaps a ‘romcom, something that’s fun’). She has a tight social circle, just a few of whom are famous – she ‘hangs out’ with Jay-Z and Beyoncé, is close to Kanye West, Kid Cudi and Mary J Blige, and counts Katy Perry as a ‘real friend’ with whom she has vacationed and is in constant contact.
‘Russell Brand and Katy make such a perfect couple. I met him a few years ago when he interviewed me, and became friends with Katy later, and it’s so funny because I would never have put the two of them together. But then when she told me it made so much sense. I was like, “Of course you guys would be together, you are both hilarious and rude and disrespectful, it’s perfect.” You can really see that they are just so in love.’

Rihanna has no idea what the future holds (‘ten years ago I would never have thought this would be it, so I am excited to find out what’s next’), but music remains important, and, as well as acting, she likes the idea of designing and one day ‘definitely, definitely having children’. In the short term, she says with a grin, she will probably be adding to her tattoos (discreetly hidden, these include ‘Shhh…’ on the back of a finger, her star sign behind her ear, and the message ‘Never a failure always a lesson’ on her collarbone).

‘I have 13 at the moment – a music note on my ankle, a skull with a bow on its head behind my ankle, a Sanskrit prayer here [going down her hip] and ‘Freedom in Christ’ in Arabic writing here on my wrist – oh, and a gun! I will probably carry on until I run out of cool little places to put them,’ she says, laughing as she shows them to me.

Beneath the surface – under those tattoos and behind that swagger – Rihanna is a surprisingly normal, incredibly polite and engaging 22-year-old. Even that formidable entourage, it turns out, is actually a tight-knit group of people, most of whom have been with her ‘since the beginning’. ‘I don’t see them as an entourage,’ she says, as she takes me to meet Melissa and the rest of her team. ‘When you are with the same people – especially when you are on tour – it changes. It becomes like a family.’

I love Teyanna Taylor to death but she can't sing it like Alicia lol.
She has such a deeper and raspier tone. Teyanna can sing. Just maybe not this song.
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Drake covers the latest issue of Billboard Magazine. Oh, and he's also
named 'THE NEW FACE OF HIP HOP' ... 0_O I don't know if I'd really
go that far to give him that kind of title.
Chris Brown just dropped another music video on Twitter.
I love this video and I love this song. Chris Brown is on his
grind right now. I aiint mad at ya ;)
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Yeah, he got it in after the video shoot.
Alicia Keys performed this past Saturday during Day 1 of Radio One's Big Weekend. I feel like I already see that pregnant baby bump. Then again, she's always been a thick girl. I'm just going to stick to the pregnant theory.
This little girl is cussing like a hoodrat in the streets. Is she even old enough to understand
WHAT she's really talking about? I swear if this was my child, I'd wear her behind out.
After I'm through with her, she'll never cuss again.
watch and shake your heads with me.
I found this story online from this girl named Tessa. Yes, it's forreal, and YES it's quite possibly THE cutest case of love I've ever heard of :) read read readdddddddddddddddd !

Let me just share with you the story of these two little kids. This boy and this girl, are in love. As young as they are, it’s incredible how they treat each other, how much they want to be together all the time, how they never get tired of one another, it’s crazy.
My mom works at a preschool, and these two kids go there. 
William and Eva. Their about four or five I believe.
Eva goes to school everyday, but William only goes every other day. The little girl’s mom told my mom that every morning when Eva gets in the car she says, “Mommy, is today a William day?” And when it is she sighs with relief in her little car seat.

When they sit in class on the floor listening to story time, the little boy strokes her arm. He tucks her hair behind her ear and smiles at her, he helps her with her coloring. This is all during a day in preschool.

I saw him at the school picnic, and he was walking around holding her hand. She said, “I want some cake, William.” He replied, “Okay, Eva. Let’s go get some together.”
I couldn’t help but take a picture of them. I hope they get married someday. They make me so happy. Even if he’s four years old, he knows how to treat a girl better than any guy my age.  
This morning I heard on 105.1 that a person close to both Kanye and Amber Rose has confirmed that they have been broken up for about 14 weeks now. ALSO, apparently Kanye has paid Amber to keep silent about his personal life to the public. He must be paying her a hefty amount because if I was Amber, I'm sure I could write a BOOK about how crazy Kanye truly is behind closed doors. SMH.

Well, I'll keep you all updated on anything I hear about this. Kanye's money will probably never run out which means if Amber is getting paid off, she'll be silent for life -__-
I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee this. I'm definitely feelin' Tyga more and MORE these days.
& Chris Brown was just looking EXTRA fine in this video. mmmmmm.
That's all I have to say. Watch for yourselves :)
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

I didn't realize how think Amber Rose was for some reason until I saw her in this dress. She's borderline busting out of this green dress. She still looks amazing . Another thing I noticed is that I think I like Amber Rose with sunglasses ON lol.

That is all.
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