Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Ultimate Road Ready Guide: What Every Carnival Veteran Knows And Carnival Virgins Must: The 25 Things You Must Know About Trinidad Carnival

The Ultimate Road Ready Guide: What Every Carnival Veteran Knows And Carnival Virgins Must: The 25 Things You Must Know About Trinidad Carnival
The ebook is available for FREE for the next 72 hours on Amazon. www.TheUltimateRoadReadyGuide.com

I have a lot of people ask to join me on my carnival adventures. Usually my response to them is: (1) Trinidad NEVER, that’s a $3K trip that I just can’t let anyone f*ck up for me; (2) All other carnivals… sure, but do some smaller carnivals first. There is a lot of ish to know about carnivalian'ism that I cannot explain to each and every person that wants to join me. Forgive me if I sound like a smart azz or know it all cause I don’t know it all. This book is a good read for the newbies or those ready to Step Up to “The Greatest Show on Earth.”  So I share this with you so that if you are a newbie, you can find out everything you need to know.  If you are an expert, you can save yourself some time & grief and share with your newbie friends. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

DIY Panama Flag Bra


As I said before, necessity is the mother of invention.  I wanted bikini tops with my country flags for my upcoming carnivals, but that is easier said than done.  Of course Jamaica is the only flag I could find and the site I found had rinky dinky looking bras for $80+.  Panama and Costa Rica flags, forget about it! I’m still searching for the Costa Rica crest so I can make that bra, but until then here you have the Panama flag.  I couldn’t figure out which design to make so I asked my Instagram friends and we couldn’t decide either so I made both.  (to be completely honest I like the bra that l did the photo shoot in).
I glued bling on a roll to the bra and then cut it flush to the end of the bra after it was attached. 
 
 I used the bling on a roll to make the stars 
 
 
 
 Of course I had to do a photo shoot & it got a lil outta hand cause I tend to have a lil too much fun when I’m by myself.
  I felt like Apollo Creed in Rocky II when he came out all draped in America flags.

Chronixx Live in Atlanta


I had the pleasure of catching the Chronixx & Zinc Fence Redemption perform in Atlanta.  If you don’t know about Chronixx music then its time you learned.  He has an amazingly angelic voice, his music gives you the same good vibrations that you get when you are listening to Bob Marley. When jamming to Chronixx chunes you find yourself putting your head down & one hand in the air like you are giving praise.  I left that show just feeling really good about life J


 
 




Shout out to my homie Michelle Micheboo for buying my Chronixx ticket for my birthday


 
If you missed the US leg of the tour, hop a flight & catch the Euro tour.
 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

DIY Carnival Feather Collar


Keep in mind that I have no idea how these carnival feather collars are actually made.  If my design seems a little bootleg forgive me because Necessity is the Mother of Invention. Below is my costume for Cropover.  I am playing mas with Krave the Band in the Rude Boy section #BulletBullet So I decided that I wanted to make a feather collar for my costume.  I wanted it to be similar to a small collar in another section in our band. I also needed it to be small so that it will fit in my luggage. 
My costume on the left, my collar inspiration on the right

Started off with a cardboard box, wire, and 300 feathers in Rude Boy colors
#BulletBullet

I cut the box in a half an oval shape, this will go around my neck.  I glued the wire to the cardboard.  The wire is needed to hold the shape of the collar (as you will want it to bend a little around your shoulders). 
I then upholstered the cardboard and wire with left over fabric from my last DIY.
Found in the "Framing" aisle of home depot

I then started gluing Rude Boy feathers #BulletBullet to the upholstered half oval



I then clued a ribbon over the feathers.  I glued it over the entire thing for 2 reasons (1) to secure the feathers even more (2)  If I just glued the ribbon just at the bottom of the collar it is weaker & more likely to break when I doing the 6:30. 

I then made another half oval (minus the wire) to glue over the feathers & ribbon

I went over the fabric with red Bling on a Roll. 


I glued a gold, floral trim to the stop on the Bling on a Roll.  I didn’t glue it on the bottom cause I didn’t want it scraping my neck all day.  While it does gives the collar a slightly unfinished look, I rather be comfortable.  I will however keep my eye open for a soft material that could be placed on the bottom and won’t irritate me.

And there you have it.  My interpretation of a small Feather Carnival Collar.  #BulletBullet 


PS:  I've perfected the collar making process, here are two easier and quicker versions



4th of July - Atlanta style

 
AJC Peachtree Road Race
Being that it was a holiday weekend, the girls hit the town Thursday nite.  We were supposed to keep it lite, but ended up bar hoping to 4 different spots until 2am.  YIKES, I had to be up at 7am to run a 10K race, but I had a good time none the less.


The Peachtree Road Race was an amazing experience.  The fact that it was 6.1 miles had me slightly apprehensive at first.  What if I was one of those people that got picked up on the back of a pick-up truck for being too slow?  I almost sold my race # , but I did some research and found that there are plenty of people who walk the entire race, so I got the guts to go through with it.  From my weekly miles around Stone Mtn, I knew that it would take me about 1 ½ hours to finish the race.  I ran the race by myself, but I was far from alone.  The entire route of the race is like a parade route.  Tons of bystanders cheering on the runners, offering them water, beer, snacks, and high fives.  I even got blessed by holy water twice.  I stopped a million times and somehow managed to still complete the race in 1 ½ hours.  GO ME!!!

http://www.peachtreeroadrace.org/
60,000 participants
Price: $38
Registration: If you are not a member of the Atlanta Track Club, you must enter a registration lottery held in mid-March.
 




Since I didn’t get much sleep Thursday night I went straight to bed after the race and took the nap of my life.  When I woke up it was time to decide on a place to watch fireworks.  I just adore fireworks, they make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. 

We ended up at Olympic Centennial Park, YIKES it was a logistical nightmare this year.  They had a line around the block so that they could search your bags to make sure you didn’t bring any food or drinks into the park. Then they only had like 4 food vendors with lines even longer then the entry line.  I miss the days of breezing inside the park.

We heard via social media that the parking lots at Stone Mountain Park were at capacity at 5pm. Probably about 25 years ago, me & my parents took a trip to Atlanta for the 4th of July & we spent the entire day at Stone Mountain & ended it with the awesome laser & fireworks show.  The family decided that we would go to Stone Mountain next year, but very early in the day.

Some other places to catch the fireworks would be at  Turner Field during the Atlanta Braves baseball game, Lenox Square Mall, Downtown Decatur, Marietta Square
 

 
After the fireworks it was time to get sexy and celebrate the 4th with the big kids and drink lots of grown up juice at Party Animalz.  They even flew in DJ Crown Prince for the weekend. 

DJ Crown Prince
Saturday was all about maxin & relaxin at the Wetbar pool at the W hotel downtown with my homies.  I love this pool because it has such amazing views of the city.  You are just chillaxin on top of the world.


 
I really really wanted to go see DJ Crown Prince again Saturday night at Thrive, then hit up another party called PXP that my friend was hosting, but I totally overslept and only woke up in enough time to do one.  Le Sigh!!  Oh well, I made the most of it and got my party on for a couple hours Saturday night. 
 
Sunday was spent by the pool with my friends as they decided to have an impromptu pool party.  Of course I’m always down to party by the pool!  Grabbed a bottle of Bacardi and Mr. Bose and we lounged by the pool for about 5 hours.  Shout out to Chef Javier for the deeelish BBQ.
There was a brief discussion about going out Sunday night, but I was in bed by 11:30 and slept like a champ.  Thanks for the kick azz weekend with nonstop fun Atlanta.