madonna featuring pharrell - give it to me

gap ad parody

me and my sister were sitting at the dining room table youtube surfing and came across this video...talk to the moose!!!

janelle does GAP

performing winter wonderland


one of the best shows ever

one day i was chilling with my homie and was rummaging thru the house's dvd collection and came across a show called "WEEDS". naturally my curiosity had me wondering what the show was about so after burrowing it, i realized i love this show. i even got my mom and sister watching the show. we all the finished the first season and now i'm up watching the second season. this show is on my must watch list with "sex and the city". if you've never seen it you should take some time out of your schedule and put netflix to use and catch up on the show. i'm not sure if the show is still airing but it comes on showtime...


shoe sex : ulona

i haven't seen a pair of heels that made me blush and check my panties in a very long time and then i stumbled across the Christian Louboutin Ulona. all i can say is that these shoes have to be in my closet by july 17, 2010.

music monday....darling nikki

last night i was sitting at home eating blue bunny ice cream when purple rain came on. i live for prince, he is the sexiest little yellow man walking this earth. ooww, anyway my favorite scene of the movie is when he gets on stage and performs this song. one of the greatest possible foreplay songs ever.


next year i'll take socks ...

yesterday was christmas(que applause). anyway every year my family gathers at my grandparents house to exchange gifts and have christmas dinner. over the years i have gotten some pretty ummm weird gifts from my family but i usually smile and say thank you and keep it moving.

my family is coming around to understanding that its just best to give the grandchildren gift cards, checks, or cash(even my grandparents gave me a gift card...big ups to the og's for that one), but my mom's youngest sister seems to have missed that memo. so when i was like ten, for some random reason i wanted a bed canopy. my parents told me no and i got over it and almost forgot about wanting one until yesterday. my aunt handed me my brightly wrapped gift and waited for me to rip through the paper. as i opened it, i'm sure i had a "what the hell" expression written all over my face....i got a bed canopy. i know its the thought that counts, but seriously this might get regifted and regifted soon. next year i'd much rather socks....

forever young - jay z feat mr hudson


Merry Christmas

from me to you...merry christmas. hopefully you've been good all year and santa won't pass your house. lol, but seriously i love christmas and its never really been about the gifts for me. i love waking up on christmas and cooking in the kitchen with my mom and sister. i probably should have asked santa for something this year but i pass on the opportunity...i just want a decent/good day at home with my lovies


music monday 12-21-09

so this morning i woke up in the need of r&g/hip hop. as i shuffled to the shower, my totally random playlist put some of my favorite songs...

"rell love"

"igotcha" perform downtown chicago

"my drive thru"

...danced the entire time in the shower. just some good morning music to start a weather vacation off right



May 2010...

YES!!!!(in my best carrie bradshaw voice) i am a die hard SEX AND THE CITY fan. o my god i died when the first movie came to theaters. now the new movie is set to come to theaters May 2010. i am uber excited for this. i find myself being the black young carrie and she is the fiercest white girl to grace the screens! now all i have to do is find the perfect person to go see this with...cause i know u.c. isn't trying to have any part in this...lol that's fine cause he knows i'm not watching the finals with him!

Corduroy Skirts...the fashion fail and sin

this is what happens when people harass others for having alternative lifestyles. i have friends and family members who are in the LGBT community and they have told me horror stories about what it feels like to be harassed and made the butt of a social joke.

this picture got me thinking about something: most people that badger them are horrifically dressed, with ugly shoes, and bad hair. ugh these people need to go sit down and stop hating their lives and revamp their closets. i'm quiet sure that this woman really hated the fact that her mission to be a douche was throttled by a quick witted,stylish gay man...


N&*%A PLEASE(insert slap sound)

2:07pm name omitted
wad up, how u been
2:08pm rachel
i'm good
2:08pm name ommitted
what u been up 2
2:09pm rachel
2:09pm name ommitted
hows that goin
2:10pm rachel
2:12pm name ommitted
u got skype?
2:13pm rachel
for what?(blank)i'm not trying to be rude but what do you want?
2:20pm name ommitted
damn ok, i was juss makin convo, but bye

now its things like this that grind my gears. last summer i was extremely single and playing the field when i met this guy who shall remain nameless. now he wasn't some big summer love to be totally honest i wasn't attracted to him in the least bit, we were only friends. he tried everything to convince me to date him. but as luck would have it, just as he started dancing on my last nerve i was informed that he had a girlfriend. now that may shatter some girls, but i was extremely relieved to find out that i wouldn't have to act like i liked him anymore. but the fates were not done with me yet. his girlfriend decided to start trying drag me through the mud. i had to kinda explain to her that her boyfriend pursued me...i guess love must be right blind because he told her that it was i on the chase. so after i cursed him and her out, i stopped talking to him.

every now and then i will get a random chat from him and most of the times i play nice and entertain his conversation for a few minutes. but as you can see from the chat, i was not in the mood today. now i don't think that i was extremely rude (i can get really mean if i want to), but am i the only woman that doesn't cozy up to liars. ugh.

stop trying to get back in homie...i'm not at all into you! N$%*A PLEASE!!!!

chat provided by facebook

Hi Fashion Snow Toys (Gift List '09)

ever heard of Cadillac, Michigan? if you not a winter games person then probably not, and that's only if you're a midwester(no its not a word but you get what i mean!). well i haven't been skiing in a long while, i spent one winter vacation there with my mom and sister. i had a lot of fun until i twisted my ankle, even then i just enjoyed hot chocolate from the lodge. now i haven't been snowboarding in a while, i would love to go sometime in the near future(this winter would be nice). in my random searching of the world wide web, i stumbled upon the most fashion foward snow board floating around. Chanel just put out the newest boards. i need one of these (preferably the all black board).

maybe there will be nicer girls?

i saw this on my friends facebook page, as his profile picture and i thought it was funny and cool!

Hi Fashion Barbie (Gift List '09)

Rei Kawabuko for Comme des Garcons is dressing for the holidays in her latest "Jingle Flower"print. i know i'm a "big" girl, but i can not tell a lie, this would be a wonderful present.


Robin Thicke "Sex Therapy"

there's not much to say about a song that makes you melt as soon as it comes on...mr thicke has put a majority of panties in bunches after this...ooww!!


dirty money posters

i'm weird, there its out in the open. i got a thing for party posters. i'm sick of pluggers that only become my book marks and i'm sick of internet party invites. sunday morning my homie Merk Murphy gave me a nice little something to add to my collection of posters.its for chicago's listening party for "Dirty Money" hosted by the one and only, Diddy. now 9 times out of 10, i'm not going, but the poster is a piece of history so i'm keeping it. kinda like how our parents used to do with posters from the 70's and 80's. who knows i might be showing this to my kids one day(now that was a good joke), but seriously you never know who this might impress down the line.

shout out to Merk Murphy for the poster....you should follow him on twitter...he's a real cool dude: @MerkMurphy

put on your long johns and bring out the boots

***my morning view***

it's december in chicago. what that means is snow, snow, snow. now if you're a native like me it doesn't really bother you, you know its time to pull out your long johns and lace up your boots.

***even in the bed i match(somehow those came off in my sleep,think i was molested by a ghost)***

so after two cups of coffee, some toast, and a bowl full of applesauce, i finally got dressed and dragged my self to start my school day...had a final...took the final...went back home..and i did it looking rather dapper if i do say so myself.

now i'm back home and hopefully sleep is in my future......later!!!

scarf and coat: the gap
thermal : hanes
jeans: levi
bag: idk?

nothing says romance like chicken tenders....

i am a huge kevin hart fan, seriously so i was super geeked(rach for "excited") to see his eBay commercials. true to form they were extremely easy to relate with and hilarious. this is my favorite though...because, well nothing says romance like chicken tenders.


i may have baggage...but its all designer

i'm a label whore...but only for certain pieces. growing up in my family, nothing fake, phony, or knock-off was allowed. i learned early in life from my grandmothers, aunts, and my mother "real women do not carry fake bags". that has always stuck in my mind.
i went to school with kids that carried fake coach wallets, wore fake louis vuitton belts, and fake gucci bucket hats. not only did i know want to be a part of this trend, i was not allowed to be a part of it. my mother would take my sister and i to the coach store and only allow us to buy the small coin wallets, belts, and gloves. she often reminded us
that the accessories in our closets should be able to be used in everyday life. the girls used to stroll in with their huge knock offs and snicker when i pulled out my small real items.

yesterday i pulled out my tiny Coach shoulder bag...its like circa 1995ish. my mom gave it to me when i first could be responsible for "real" bags. i was about 7 or 8, for a kid that age, that's a huge thing. anyway i didn't feel like carrying around a huge purse(it was just one of those days). it was perfect for my wallet, keys, phone, and lipgloss...

shout out to mom dukes for passing her bags on to me...thanks!

what mimi wore...

most younger sister love raiding their older sister's closets. not mine, she wants nothing more than to stay in an oversized tee and sweat pants. LOL, sometimes she will throw on a pair of jeans. being the loving big sister i got tired of her looking unloved. after much harassment from me she finally allowed me to dress her up(the last time i got to do this was her prom...and i loved every minute of it). with some rambling in my closet, jewelry box, and our mother's shoe rack, the final product was great(but she flatly refused any make up.."this is my face get used to it).

leather/tweed jacket - winlet
sweater dress - rampage
scarf - hand made
necklace - hand made
bracelet - tiffany & co.
earrings- i.n.c.
boots - steve madden

thanks mimi for being a great sport....big sis may not say it but i love you much!


World AIDS Day

get tested..know your status..enjoy your life

Bob By Karl Lagerfeld

music monday

i got a crazy lovejones for music, wish i could tell you when it started but i can't. since its Music Monday on Twitter, i decided to put up my playlist for the day.

1.after the love is gone - Earth, Wind, and Fire
2.you are my starship - Norman Connors
3.what's going on - Marvin Gay
4.love won't let me wait - Luther Vandross
5.let's stay together - Al Green
6.didn't i(blow your mind) - The Delfonics
7.that's the way of the world - Earth, Wind, and Fire
8.loving you - Minnie Riperton
9.gloria - Enchantment
10.betcha by golly wow - The Stylistics

i love love songs from the 70's, my mom swear i was born to late, i disagree with that but i do love the music from her highschool era...and she loves the music from mine...she is a die hard Jay Z fan...weird

***after the love is gone - earth,wind,and fire***

***let's stay together - al green***

***betcha by golly wow - the stylistics***


round midnight

i talk a lot about growing up and the music i was exposed to as a child. from hip hop, jazz, soul, funk, gospel, and even some country, my parents never half stepped with the musical selection. i woke up after not really having a peaceful sleep(which is strange because i had a wonderful day yesterday). anyway last night i left my radio on a popular jazz station and woke to,"Round Midnight" by Thelonious Monk. it reminded me of saturday morning in my family's southside home, eating dat donuts with my dad and playing with his model train sets....



scissors congress

when the wheel of love is once set in motion. there is then no Shastra and no order. -the karma sutra

once ablaze, love's fire burns without regard to any treatise or science(shastra in Sanskirt). the karma sutra only begins to identify all the possible ways to twist and writhe together in a happy tangle, and no author could hope to list them all. ---julianne balmain.
  • scissors, in which the jaghanas (area between the navel and the thighs) at the crux with legs straight and heads at opposite ends, like two slits pieces of paper joined perpendicularly to each other
i have personally never tried this but it looks like so much fun, maybe one day i can find a guy that would be willing test it out.

dear andy....

Tipsy Tuesday: the long island

the week just started and its already running my patience rather thin. so i decided i'd make myself a long island iced tea! it was so good, so i decided to share the recipe with you....

1 part Vodka
1 part Tequila
1 part Triple Sec
1 part Gin
1 part Rum
1 1/2 parts Sweet and Sour Mix
1 splash Coca Cola

Mix ingredients together over ice in a glass. Pour into a shaker and give one brisk shake. Pour back into the glass and make sure there is a touch of fizz at the top. Garnish with lemon.

so yummy and it was great! enjoy!


some stuff i listen to....gone fishing

this summer i really listened to "the cool kids" mixtape "gone fishing". i really am a fan of the music but these are a few of my faves from it.weekend girls, jumprope, and popcorn.

***weekend girl, feat. ryan leslie****

***jumprope featuring tennille***

***popcorn...if you're for chicago and you enjoy juke music you might have flipped when you heard the "hold up, wait a minute***

he can fake it too!

i have never professed to be any sort of sex guru, so you can imagine my surprise when i was informed that men are able to fake sexual pleasure. i mean i always taught that if the guy had a warm wet hole to stick their pee wee in they would be just fine. but apparently that is not the case!

as of late the hot topic of my life has been sex. my friends and i are a very open group, lately some of my male friends have been complaining about the bad sex that they have been having. naturally when they told me about it, i smacked my lips and questioned "how was it possible for a man to not enjoy sex?". quite frankly my eyes have opened to new possibilities. they have been nice enough to enlighten me on the art of "man faking".

all of my friends were able to pull off the faking by acting as if they climaxed in a condom and after they were through they got rid of the empty condom, usually by flushing them, or in one of my friends cases via the kitchen garbage disposal.

after all the conversations with them, i got to thinking "have i ever been faked out?". not that it really matters to me, but i have realized we ladies aren't the only ones that can be slick in the bedroom


what's in your duffel bag?

my pseudo godfather darrick carruth is the shit(sorry for cursing LOL) in the t shirt game. like really but this post isn't about that right now, even though he could send his favorite niece some shirts...hey i'll take a look book too. anyway i was websurfing and found some cool pics of him and had to post them.

i think i spotted the de la soul dunks in there...too bad my foot is just way to small to even try and fit that...TREATED!

you should defiantly check out his line "SneakerFiendTees". unc you could call or text me and mom dukes from time to time we still love you, LOL!

Video Phone - Beyonce feat Lady Gaga

so when i heard the song i was automatically rolling and popping my hips to the beat....bey and gaga have totally wowed me with this video


Orange Moon Evolution - Melissa Renee Jones

I am that Orange Moon.
Come taste like that Citrus Fruit.
Mr. Man on the moon.
Im refelecting the sun and its light is u.
I am that Orange Moon.
Elusive in this night.
You mark down on your calendar
quarter and half moonlights.
All whose state is
concerning you.
I am that Orange Moon.
Refelection of the Sun.
Fresh Fly and Classy as they come.
People look at Orange Moon in Awe.
Cuz its rare
in the
They say Its looks big, so full, so exotic and free.
But it never excites you
because it actually YOU that you see.
I am that orange moon.
In refelection of the sun.
Night vision to decipher
the real frrom
the fake ones.
Political Passions for my tommorrows kids.
Faded jeans and tshirt
to match the mood I'm in.
Sound familiar,
Dont it??
Melody soul in the form
of my thoughts.
Creative outlets, mind mission
to rebel what the governement taught.
Gods Soldier.
Self destiny molder.
Getting in Yet brother??
Im refelecting off of you.
I'll wait til these stars
dim down
so you can have a better veiw.
A half moon is 50%
what it takes
keep you out of the dark,
Sun thinks 50/50 is all
he needs from a partner.
A full moon shines
off only 80% of the Sun.
Which means its only 80% true to you, SUN!
and full moon is full of self
and needs
the wolves to howl at it for
Orange moon
comes around enough
to let Sun know its still there.
100% Self
100% You
100% self giver.
100% Rare.
Come enehance me, Sun!
Put the mirror down and look at your refelection.
Til the Sun is making way around the world.
Orange Moon is
putting life on mars
waiting for Sun to
into her world.

This poem was inspired by Erykah Badu's song orange Moon.
written by the homie melissa renee jones aka honeybee! follow her via twitter.... blaqhoneybee

it HURTS!!!!!

love hurts. in a perfect world those two words would never be allowed to form a sentence. too bad my world is far from perfect. what happens when you get tired of trying just for your trying to go unnoticed.

like all fairy tales it started perfect, dream like even. but what most people don't realize is that nightmares are dreams too.

for a long time, i guarded my heart. shielding it from a cruel world. i thought if i pretended i didn't have one, i could never know hurt. a while i got along just fine putting up this front but deep inside i wanted more. i had gone so long without having to use feelings that i didn't know how to use.

then the unthinkable happened, i fell and i fell hard! i didn't care though, i finally was going to have something to catch and call my own. but it seemed as fast as my joy appeared it quickly dissolved, leaving me hurt, angry, and confused.

have you ever had the dream where you're falling and as much as you try, you can never pull yourself up and land on your feet, but you just never can? well that's me falling and the one thing that i thought would catch me is GONE. i'm falling so fast that i can see the jagged rocks waiting for me on the ground.

i have no idea exactly when it happened, but a hair line fracture has turned into an all out crack. i've tried for sometime to mend this but the crack only seems to grow deeper and deeper.

i've always ran from hurt, but this time i've tried to dig in my heels and face it. but the more i try, it feels like its no point. i'm ready to pack away my stilettos and lace up my high tops and run for the hills.

sometimes i wished it never happened but i'm glad it did. this little workout has proven that my heart works but maybe its time to put it away until the big show...


Clipse “Doorman” Music Video

Clipse - Doorman Music Video - Til The Casket Drops Dec 8 from Malice of the Clipse on Vimeo.

what the rach rock....shoes...i need shoes...

so today was an interesting day to say the least but i was rummaging through my closet for something comfortable because i was going to be running around the city today and i spot yet another nike box collecting dust. opened it up and found these beauties....Nike Vandal Low, White/White/ Black.....simple and comfy

Hype Means Nothing: Warhol vs. Basquiat

hype means nothing ad
i am a lover of all things warhol and basquiat their art work speaks for a very important period in american art. but this post isn't about there art. the company HYPE MEANS NOTHING, are paying homage to the famous "warhol vs basquit" poster. the shirt will be released on the 19th exclusively at colette

the original poster


jill scott-the way x whatever

i am a huge jill scott fan. she embodies beauty, passion, soul, and a queen like essence. her music makes me honestly proud to be a woman and have an actual sexuality. i was in the car with my family today on my way to the movies today when 'the way' came on the radio, i blasted it, despite my sisters opposition, i didn't really care much because i was in the drivers seat and nobody touches my radio when i'm there. jill is the TRUTH!


what not to wear: halloween edition

i know that halloween is a time when rules can be bent a bit but somethings should never change. my cousin invited me to a party with her, i passed on the opportunity, and judging from the pictures i saw i'm glad i did.

***never do this, if you have rolls please hide them***

***if you have on a see through top put on some damn pasties***

***two for one, never buy a corset that doesn't fit, always use lotion***

***never wear these boots....o just burn those****

***buy a top that fits***

***never ever go as whoever she is supposed to be***

***this isn't even a costume***

***wear pants...men and women***

i love shiny objects

now i am usually really particular about female sneakers. i feel like if they are too girly they defeat the purpose of being sneakers. with that being said most of the sneakers in my closet are guy sneakers, a good friend of mine said " a chick with a pair of masculine sneakers like Griffey's with feminine attire and a feminine attitude is a weakness of mine!!" but nike just release the "Nike Dunk High Skinny", and i might think about investing in a pair of these.the shoe comes in gold and cherry red....very appropriate for the holiday season that is quickly approaching....the gold pair are already in stores but i am waiting on the cherry bombs to drop

last of a dying breed?

***me at the end(single), melz(complicated), yanna(relationship),cella (relationship)***

its the time of year when leaves change colors and start falling, and there is an uncomfortable chill in the air. its also the time when a lot of relationships are formed. no one seems to want to be alone during the holiday season. every female that i know is getting into some type of 'romantic affair'. i have started to sit back and wonder,'where did all the single ladies go?'.

beyonce's popular song "single ladies(put a ring on it)"had women in the spring/summer proud to say, "yes i am very single and loving it". now those same women who learned the words to the song and its dance are running to find their "loves". personally, i do not mind being single, in my book it haves its pros and cons. i like the fact that i do not have to check in with a person every fifteen to twenty minutes, if i do not feel like answering the phone i can just let it ring, and i do not have to spend funds that i do not really have on pointless gifts and outings.

there are sometimes though when i sit and think,"am i the one who is losing?". i can admit that there are times when i do get a bit lonely and wish there was a special someone to call and say "hey i miss you." sometimes i wish i could fight about stupid things so i could have a reason to makeup. maybe its me, am i insane for loving my freedom so much?

recently i have been talking to a few of my good male friends, who are all in the same age bracket as i. they have told me that they have been giving heavy thought to the idea of settling down. according to them, bed hopping is not as fun as it used to be, and the skeezers and tramps that they once chased have lost much of their appeal. they are looking for 'quality verses quantity' in there women(and sometimes men).

could it be that once a person breaks out of there teen years and into their early adulthood stages of life stability is more fulfilling than the fast lane? everyone seems to be searching for worthy relationships and finding real love. it often makes a girl like myself wonder. am i the last single lady? could i possibly be the last of a dying breed?


i'm just not that into you

3:40pm:name omitted
have a baby by me baby be a millionaire
millionaire huh?
3:42pm:name omitted
you thinking about it huh lol
no just saying if thats all i gotta do thats a pretty easy job
3:43pm:name omitted
it is aint it
yea i guess
3:45pm:name omitted
3:46pm:name omitted
u want the job or not
nah but im sure you can find someone who will happily take the job
3:49pm:name omitted
u always play me to the left rachel, were not friends anymore
you will be fine sir
--conversation provided via facebook chat

as of late i have been getting hit on a lot lately. that's nothing new to me, but it is weird that i am getting hit on by guys that a few years ago who wouldn't give me the time of the day. now they are sniffing for my panties. its funny that these men have the audacity to play hurt when i turn them down.
the conversation above was held with this guy that i used to have a huge crush on when i was younger. he found out about the crush and dragged me through the mud, embarrassing the life out of me. its been a few years and i am completely over the situation, and now the tables have turned and i can be the one to say, "hey, i would just rather be friends with you". the idea of dating this guy is totally moronic and quite simply...i am just not that into him. o well!

Limoland Monogram Tote Bag

this is supposed to be a guys tote bag, but i want this bag. the leather tote features a monogram pattern all over it, the Italian streetwear company limoland is rumored to be making a mini pouch to go with the bags. personally the tote is more than enough for me....christmas present maybe?