Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year! Come On 2013....

Let's Go!

New Year's Eve Outfit Picks (Day/Night)

Day Outfit - Nice and Comfy for running around taking care of any last minute pre-celebration errands!

Night Outfit #1 - Black with a refreshing green/blue accent pieces.

Night Outfit #2 - Silver and Black combination that will never go out of style.

Night Outfit #3 - It's all about the Gold! What more can we say? It's NYE and this outfit is all about making a statement. We love it and hopefully you do too!

12.31.12 Note To Self

Friday, December 28, 2012

2013 Challenge To Our Readers!

As we end this year, we want to do a little something different going in to 2013. This year instead of announcing some great giveaway or freebie, we want to announce the Real. Life. Woman. Talk. "Random Acts Of Kindness" monthly blog post that will feature YOU!!!!! Yes, YOU the reader will have the opportunity to nominate yourself or someone else for their "Random Acts Of Kindness". Each month we will select a person that has gone above and beyond by helping someone else.

The person's story selected and the person that nominated them will both receive a swag bag from Real. Life. Woman. Talk. with some goodies that will come from some of our business partners and sponsors.

Please send nominations via email to:  If you or the person nominated was selected for the blog feature, then you will be contacted with the date you can expect to see your story.

We are really excited about this new feature and can't wait to hear from YOU!!!

Friday Outfit Pick!

We need a little color for this Friday! Here in Nashville it is cloudy outside with not one peek of sunshine so we decided to add some color to brighten up the day. It is all about the little things, even when it comes to fashion, do you agree?

Is Your Phone On Silent?

Picture courtesy of Verizon's Facebook page but the point is well taken.

12.28.12 Note To Self

"So many fail because they don't get started - they don't go.They don't overcome inertia. They don't begin."
- W. Clement Stone

Thursday, December 27, 2012

In Our Words....

Here is our latest new blog segment! We have several ladies that write for this blog and once a week we will post random thoughts from each of them over the past week from their facebook and twitter accounts. Why? Because the random thoughts that come out of their heads are crazy and funny!

"Man oh man almost missing a flight was NOT on my bucket list! Some of you have never seen me move as fast as I dashed through the airport this morning. Made it just in time to be the last person to run up to the post final boarding call. Whew!" - McLovin' (12.15.12)
"Even though I have only purchased one gift, I'm glad that I have finally started my Christmas shopping. #lillatethisyear!" - IvyLeague (12.17.12)
"We have this thing called e-mail. It is a wonderful communication tool to send messages. Why must people write messages on post it notes and put on my desk? You are just asking for it to get stuck to something and get lost." - Adwoa (12.18.12)
"Wrapping up my shopping and it isn't 6pm! I am ahead of schedule :) #gome" - M.C. Staten
"Please please please Christmas isn't meant for you to "try" things that you knowingly shouldn't. Secondly, please stop dropping your kids and parents off at the ER because u want to shop and/or party! Come pick em up before I drop them off (and I'm not telling u where lol). Finally, show kindness and keep CHRIST in CHRISTmas. Have A Healthy Holiday!" - Dr.Collins (12.24.12)


It's time to finalize those New Year's Eve plans!

Thursday's Outfit Pick

The weather outside is frightful! This combination is all about staying warm and comfortable. As you can tell from many of our outfit of the day selections we love to layer. This one is no exception and the scarf is perfect to add one more!
It's Not Just You!

12.27.12 Note To Self

"Thomas Edison dreamed of a lamp that could be operated by electricity, began where he stood to put his dream into action, and despite more than ten thousand failures, he stood by that dream until he made it a physical reality. Practical dreamers do not quit." - Napoleon Hill

Friday, December 21, 2012

Sandy Hook Tribute - X Factor Style

FLOTUS Open Letter To Newtown

Over the past week, we as Americans have been united in our grief as Newtown has laid to rest so many beautiful, innocent children, along with the heroic educators who worked every day to help them achieve their dreams.

As a mother of two young daughters, my heart aches for you and your families. Like so many Americans, I wish there were something — anything — I could do or say to ease your anguish.

But I know that I cannot begin to imagine the depths of your grief. I know that for many of you, the pain you are enduring right now seems unbearable; and many of you may be asking yourselves, how can we go on — as families and as a community?

But I also know that we have already begun to see the answer to that question in the countless acts of courage, kindness and love here in Newtown and across America.

Over the past week, I have been awed and inspired by Newtown's heroes: the first responders who risked their lives at a moment's notice; the educators whose devotion to their students shone brightest in one of our nation's darkest hours; the children who comforted each other despite their fear; the families coming together to support each other as they grieve.

12.21 Note To Self

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thursday Outfit Pick

It's Thursday! What's not to like about this one? Black is simple and with the top being wide at the bottom this selection is professional yet comfortable.

When In Doubt...

Need We Say More?

12.20.12 Note To Self

Yes, that's right, as we head in to 2013 you will see some changes here at Real. Life. Woman. Talk. with this being one of them. We have played around with our Quote of The Day heading many times. It was "Quote of The Day" and then we changed it to "Thoughts" however we have finally decided to go with "Note To Self"... we hope you continue to check in and catch our "Note To Self" for a little daily inspiration!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Control: Guns? Media? Ourselves?

In light of the tragedy Sandy Hook Elementary School, it has brought the gun control debate back to the forefront of everyone including the ladies of Real. Life.Women. Talk. One common theme in our discussions is how the society here in the United States has changed so dramatically in our lifetime. As soon as this tragic event happened the knee jerk reaction was "gun control"! Now please do not get me wrong, I'm all for gun control but I'm a country girl born and raised in the South so, I'm not for banning guns. The fact of the matter is that guns have been around in this country since the freaking musket in the 1700's. These mass shootings have become a problem over the past 20 years. Therefore, in my opinion the question should be, "Why in the last 20 years?" "What has changed in the last 20 years?" The answer is easy: CULTURE AND SOCIETY!!!!

The United States is a country that has created a culture that glorifies violence. I'm not saying we look for it but we have become somewhat desensitized to it. At anytime of the day or night you can find a television program or movie with violence. The video game industry is booming with people going nuts over games like Call of Duty. In addition to glorifying violence, we also have a culture that loves to point the finger at other people for everything that goes wrong in their lives. Yes, that is correct, we have lost "personal accountability" in this great country we live in. When I grew up you were rewarded for what you did and not rewarded if you chose to do nothing. These days you have youth athletics that give everyone a trophy for just showing up regardless of how well they play. Some of these leagues do not even keep score. What exactly is this teaching a whole generation? It is teaching them that just showing up is enough. As adults, we know for a fact that is not true. So why is it alright to teach it to the children? When do we as adults break the bad news to them that you actually have to do more than show up in life to be successful?

My last point may not go over well with many of you but at this point I really don't care. This country has made a point to take God out of schools. There has been more work done to take God out of the schools in this country than there has been to make sure the students are well educated. Yet as soon as a tragedy like this one happens one of the first things people want to know is "How could God let this happen?" Well, I have the answer to that question so please pass it on if you don't mind. First of all, those of us that believe in God know that there is a God (GOOD) and that there is a devil (EVIL). With all the effort that has been put in to taking God out of the school system: no prayers, no pledge of allegiance and no mention of God at all. Why would there be any surprise when the devil shows up using a mentally ill person as his vessel? So to answer the question, how could God do this? I'm sorry but God didn't have anything to do with this.

Wednesday Outfit Pick

Hump Day outfit that is perfect for work or mall hopping, which is what we are doing over here at Real. Life. Woman. Talk. Our girl IvyLeague has only bought one gift so far! Yes, you read that right!

Dear Santa...Too Funny!

12.19.12 Thought

Monday, December 17, 2012

We Will Never Forget You!

We have decided that we will not post anything today so we can honor those that lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School on this past Friday, December 14, 2012.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Beauty Tip: Nail Polish

Did you know you could add cornstarch to clear polish to get a matte finish?

Drop and Give Me 20 POTUS!

I don't think it matters who you voted for last month. This is one cool POTUS! Now if the rest of the folks on capital hill didn't mind getting on the ground and doing some grunt work we may get this fiscal cliff thing taken care of before we all feel it!

Friday Outfit Pick!

Love this Friday outfit selection! It can be business or business casual. The jacket adds a layer just in case you are like most of us and always end up in a cold meeting room.

My God...

Print Out And Keep Close As A Reminder Just In Case You Forget!

12.14.12 Thought

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday Playlist Adds!

Here are a few of our holiday playlist adds that we are recommending for our readers!

Health Tip: Flu Shots!

Tis the season for the FLU! Get a flu shot. See your doctor immediately if you have cough, fever, and body aches. If the flu is diagnosed in the first 48 hours then treatment is available to reduce the severity and duration of the symptoms. Have A Healthy Day!!!

Thursday Outfit with Tips!

Who can't work with these 3?

Thursday Humor! Can You Relate?

Shouts Out To All The Ladies Out There Who Can Relate!
Happy Thursday!!!

12.13.12 Thought

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wednesday Outfit Pick!

There is just something about the color purple! Love that we can work it all year long and pairing it with gray is perfect for winter/fall. Do you agree?

Repeat After Me...

Just repeat these words when you are feeling a little down and out and we promise you will instantly feel a little better!

12.12.12 Thought

“It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.”
–Henry Ford

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Nice Cover by Usher!

Video selection via McLovin'

Tuesday Outfit Pick!

The brown and black combination here is perfect! You can also pair with matching brown handbag as an alternative to the white one pictured here. Would you wear this?

Tuesday Laugh!

Finally! A quote that says exactly what we were thinking...LOL!

12.11.12 Thought

"Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you
have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to
drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid
of not coming back. Say no when you don't want to do
something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if
everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be
liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than
finding out what you're doing here. Believe in kissing."

- Eve Ensler

Monday, December 10, 2012

12.10.12 Thought

"Everything in life comes to you as a teacher. Pay attention. Learn quickly."
- Cherokee Saying

Friday, December 7, 2012

Weekend Outfit

Nice, Comfy and Stylish!

Usher's Bad Girl .

This is a must add to your weekend playlist! Enjoy!

December 7, 1941

On December 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor, located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu was attacked by nearly 200 Japanese warplanes. The attack resulted in the U.S. entering into World War II. America will not ever be the same. This is why we must retain the top military in the world! To all the Veterans that survived Pearl Harbor we would like to say "Thank You".

Happy Birthday To You!

Happy Birthday To One of The Greatest Ever!!!
Larry Bird

Individuality! Be You!

12.7.12 Thought

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thursday's Outfit Pick

It is something about navy, white and red that just screams "YES!"

Thursday Laugh!

12.6.12 Thought

"There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to
the same place, so it doesn't matter which path you take. The
only person wasting time is the one who runs around the
mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong."

- Hindu proverb

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Jimmy Fallon, Mariah Carey & The Roots

I had to post this just as soon as I saw it!
Jimmy Fallon, Mariah Carey & The Roots: "All I Want For Christmas Is You"

Health Tip: Tis The Season...

Do you drink? How much? How often? What's your drink of choice? Tis the season...for elevated liver enzymes, gastritis, ulcers, pancreatitis, motor vehicle accidents, accidental deaths, and upper gastrointestinal bleeding… Tis the Season to make Responsible Choices! Tis the season to have a Healthy Day!

Wednesday Outfit Pick!

Love the fact that this outfit can be easily worn with heels or flats. Anytime that I can do that it adds another option for my business to business casual wardrobe.

Happy Birthday To You!

Happy Birthday Frankie Muniz and Get Well Soon!!!

Margaret Cho

The one and only Richard Wayne Penniman
Little Richard!!!

12.5.12 Thought

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Charlie Wilson's My Love Is All I Have

We are in love with the latest from Charlie Wilson! Enjoy!

Tuesday's Outfit Pick

Classic print on this coat that can be paired with many colors to accomplish this look. This dress could easily be red, blue or yellow and it would still look great with this coat.

Happy Birthday To You!

Marisa Tomei

Tyra Banks

Shawn Corey Carter aka Jay-Z