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The Chicest Oscar Viewing Party on your Campus

8 Mar

Twitter was alive last night with so many of my friends having a blast commenting on outfits of the nominated guests. They had a lot to say. And it was quite comical to say the least. But imagine how much fun it would be if you had your closest friends, your next door neighbors in your dorm, and resident fashionistas all together in the same room, giving their commentary – instead of a virtual room online. It would be psychedelic! So below I’ve given a few personal tips on having a chic viewing party on your campus.

[1] NOMINATIONS. For an award show like the Oscars, nominations are announced well before hand. This year, they were announced on Tuesday, february 2nd. About one month and a half in advance of the awards show you anticipate, be on the look out for the nominees announcement.

[2] INVITES. Once you’ve got the coveted list, send out a fun invitation via fbook or Paperlesspost.com (Which is my favorite way to send an invite! See my sample from Paperless.com below and click on it to check out the beta site!) and link your friends to a Google poll you’ve created on nominees for each category. Then, ask them to cast their vote for who they think will be taking the cake for the night! [you can either create your own poll/ballot via Google or download Oscar ballots here]

Invite sample from Paperlesspost.com

[3] SPECIAL BALLOTS. If inviting your entire floor or just a handful of close friends – people who know each other – keep them in mind when creating “special categories” to add to your poll. For example, “Best Party Pooper” aka your friend that never goes out, or “Most Indecisive” for your best girl friend who can’t make up her mind about a few love interests in the life (cough, cough, yeah, you!)

[4] TWITTER. You should know that I’m definitely fan of promoting events on twitter – no matter how small or big. A couple days before your event send a note out to the fashionista friends you’ve invited and ask them if they’d like to give their take on the best outfits and styling of the night. More than likely, they would love to and would be doing so whether or not you asked. The night of your event, ask that they arrive on time (because they will be late, of course) to preview the red carpet looks with the your other guests – and tweet about it!

For example, you will tweet as host (bien sΓ»r!), but also have your fashionista soiree tweeters add the hash tag #HUOscarViewing or #HUOscarParty to their tweets (or if your keen on claiming party rights, use something like #NicholesOscarSoiree). If you’re the first to do it in this style, most likely more will follow and add the same hash tags on twitter if they attend your university. The best laughs will happen after the event when you and your friends can search the hash tag on twitter and see the witty commentary of other viewing parties on your campus that chimed in on the Awards show or in response to your fashionista tweeters.

(ALSO, twitpic the winners of your “special ballots”)

[5] FOOD. What’s any get together without food? Get finger appetizers that your friends would love and be sure to have small paper plates to serve all. But if you’ve spent your last dime on shoes, books, or otherwise? Simply, ask everyone to bring their own plates. Why? Because your providing the food on a student bank account, that’s why! After a recklessly fun night during Howard University’s homecoming, I made pancakes for my entire party crew the next morning. The only requirement in the text I sent out? “BRING YOUR OWN PLATE”. You can even add, “THIS IS STRONGLY ADVISED…or you will not eat”. Just kidding!

But of course this depends on your venue! For your dorm this is fine. For your apartment? Asking your guests to carry a plate in a backpack or purse would be hilarious, but not nice or good-hostess like!

With the above tips your viewing party will be a smaash. But always remember to add a little flavor to all your soirees that’s completely and uniquely you! Like adding velvet red ribbon around your champaign bottles for that red carpet glamour vibe, or simply putting flashy hollywood gift wrapping paper on your door for the night so your guests can immediately spot the party room!

Viewing parties are my favorite types of get-togethers to attend! Invite me to your next one and I’ll be sure to contribute for the occasion!

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“Don’t call it a come back”

6 Mar

So I’ve been having the time of my life on Study Abroad in France. But there are somedays when you want to have some since of home, some sense of the things you used to do, some sense of the things you left behind. I’ve been on cloud 9 for more than 2 months – that’s a long time to be so high. I’ve been needing a way to ground my excitement and finally found the remedy after having an epiphany.

I love writing about the things that bring me inspiration and make me happy. It was the entire reason I started “Pursuit of Paris”. So I’m back…

What’s new besides me exploring Europe? [1] I’ve finally completed the “About” section, (yaay!) [2] I’ve added a new section to the blog entitled “!nspirat!on” that links to everything I come across that has my senses spinning. Click the photo below to be transported to that side of my cranium πŸ˜‰

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A legitmate explanation ;-)

27 Sep

This is first Sunday I’ve woken up at 9am with no alarm clock and sipped on some Lipton team…on my on accord. No meeting. No obligations either. A Sunday morning to myself…

Nonetheless, I owe some people who read my blog a serious explanation as to why an enormous gaps exists btwn my posts; yeah I know, it’s been one whole month plus!

I got back to school mid September and hit the ground running; mind and body doing the same running motion, together at least. To be honest, this post does not certify my halt license, believe me Finance Principles and Quantitative Business Analysis will not allow me to take a break. However, I am enjoying a few classes that are challenging me in unexpected ways such as Principles of International Business and Principles of Marketing (of which by the way, I received a stellar ‘A’ on our first exam :-). These classes have already added many components to my ongoing project this semester – Project DC. Yes, it’s still alive, breathing, and turning into one extremely large BHAG – and I’m so excited! I met with my good friend and business/fashion partner Gabby last weekend to discuss Project DC and was reminded to continue doing research and being inspired by the many things that inspire me daily. So, I will. Thanks Gabby! (By the way, you need to check out my singing song bird friend: myspace.com/gabology and her single “Dangerous”)

Thus, although, I’m in a most peculiar place of unbalance with classes, work, and a myriad of other things. I’m thankful for their relevancy to the moves I’m making.

My most important commitment, besides Project DC, is my official capacity as part of the Gbomai Bestman Foundation. After 3 years of planning in my mother’s cul-de-sac of brilliant ideas, the Gbomai Bestman Foundation was birthed as a 501 c3 non-profit organization that is now in the works of changing healthcare in Liberia. So, do you believe me now? As you can see, this is going to be the year for me so forgive me if my posts lapses after a week or two. However, I found out last night – or rather early this morning – around 3:30am is that I think much clearer in the 30 minutes right before I hit the sack. During the week that’s usually the time I take to plan for the next day and cross of items on my to-do list. On the weekend, however, it can be prime time for blogging. So there we go!

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“If you don’t know, now you know”

5 Aug
After dining and dancing with the family this weekend, I was extremely inspired. I guess that’s what happens when you laugh, cry, and remember with family members as lovely as the ones I’m blessed to have. After a somewhat profound conversation with my cousins about our crazy Bassa aunts and uncles, we agreed on what a loss it would be to have the our family’s accents and Liberian culture fade into oblivion a la the tales of Blacks in America. Nostalgic memories of “African” moments in middle school and instances on Flatbush in Brooklyn and Howard University in DC that could only purely be African-American (or just plain American as a matter of fact) remind me of how my life has been shaped by two separate but similiarly nuanced cultures. I have come to realize the two striking continents – via all-around Liberian parents and the American soil I was born and raised – that have made me the “Afropolitan” that I am. I held the puzzle piece to this realization that solemn day in 11th grade I figured out that saying “Na-mah” (equivelant to “It’s OK”) to a melancholy friend was heavy Liberian slang; but I didn’t see the full picture until this past weekend hitting the dance floor with Liberians in Boston.

(Liberian flag…strikingly similar to the American flag right? Get some history!)
“You should never forget the roots from which you came or you’ll never figure out where your trying to go. The road would be fuzzy, and you extremely lost!” – my mother would be estactic to know that I’m qouting her rendition of that time-old piece of wisdom!.
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