Saturday, September 17, 2016

Project Runway Review Season 15, Episode 1

Hey Everyone!
I'm back with my Season 15, Episode 1 Review on Project Runway!!
Right off the bat I knew I was going to Love this season. Everyone is soo talented and has alot of personality.

Let's Begin!!
First, we see all 16 designers gather at a party welcoming them to Project Runway. So, they talk amongst themselves and try to enjoy each others company, that's when Heidi and Tim walks in.
Hello Everyone, Welcoming  the to Project Runway.

Right then and there the first challenge is given and it's an Unconventional Challenge.
They had to use the items at the party to make a garment. The designers couldn't believe that right off the bat it was a unconventional challenge but we all know project runway will throw us a curve ball really quick.

And they're off!!!
Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1

After all the party decoration were gathered, everyone heads to Parson's.

Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1

 Well in the sewing room alot of designers are a little confused, scared and intimidated being that this is one of the hardest challenges but they get on with it. Tim then comes in and tells the designers that this is a 1 day challenge and how be back to talk to each designer.

Let the Review Begin.. 

His creation really fit the bill the way he explained it. I understood exactly where he was coming from and really loved the way he used the accessories. He said he was into tribal, all types and the model looked exactly as if she was going to a "Native American Sweet 16 Party" were it was really cold. Before Tim's critique, I thought he was going no where fast by using the pillow and umbrella but he got his mind right and was in the top.

Top 3
Dexter Simmons' Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

I was a little scared for Tasha because of her fear and not having enough material, in the critique Tim really directed her the right way to being in the top. I love her urban edge and bad girl chic style.

Top 3
Tasha Henderson's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

Her design was cute and simple, to me it looked the most wearable.

Linda Marcus' Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

I thought the this design was great, he actually crumble magazine paper to make this sensational design. He's someone we really need to watch..

This should have been on the top.

Mah-Jing Wong's Project Runway, Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

I thought her jacket was outstanding, I wasn't too enthusiastic about the short a pencil ankle pant would have been much better.

Nathalia JMag's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

I love this young man design aesthetic and his back story have me rooting for him. I thought the dress had alot of movement and all of the lanterns intertwining with each other was poetic..

Roberi Parra's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

I soo liked this design soo much, this design was edgy and sexy. I kept looking a the models haircut, but I digress.

Rik Villa's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

What can I say but it was OK..

Sarah Donofrio's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

I really thought this dress was going to be in the bottom.
When I saw her beautiful leather designs, I knew she would knock this challenge out of the park.
She Didn't!!

Laurence Basse's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

I kinda like the shape of this dress, but that's it..

Kimber Richardson's Project Runway Seaosn 15, Episode 1 Final Look

At first, the top and shorts looked a little junior until Tim spoke to her and made a jacket.

Jenni Riccetti's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

I liked it but for an unconventional challenge, I think not.
I can understand you believing in yourself and standing by your work but this wasn't even close to the challenge. I was glad to see him gone..
Arrogant Ass!!

Ian Hargrove's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

At first I knew she wasn't going to finish, she was soo calm, cool and collected.
Everyone was worried about her, even Tim!! Her design was simple and sophisticated..

Erin Robertson's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

This was soo inspirational, he used plates and flowers, it thought it was romantic and sweet..

Cornelius Ortiz's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

Just like the judges said, it was confusing. The pant was done well and the way he took the hat bills and put them on the shoulders was innovative . He just should have used one style and went all the way with it..

Brik Allen's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

I will be watching out for this designer as well. I love his spirit and positivity and it showed in his dress.. Lovely! He should have been in the top..

Alex Snyder's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

The first episode was a hit for me..
I'm really enjoying everyone's individuality and creativity. We will see in the upcoming season who are your and my favorites. So, Far Mah-Jing and Alex are my standouts. Comment and tell me who did designs did you love or hate.

Until Next Time...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

What's Going On!!!!

Hey Everyone!
I know what your thinking, "What the Hell Has Happened to You?"
I know, I know! It's this job and I'm happy to announce that I'm pregnant, yes pregnant again and I just don't have the energy like I use to. I'm 42 years old, 4 1/2 months pregnant and tired as hell. LOL!

This pregnancy was so unexpected that it really blew my mind. As you all know, last year I had a miscarriage so I thought that my baby having days were over. Well to my surprise, it wasn't.
I just went to my doctor and she says that everything looks and sound great. No restrictions, just don't over do anything. My poor hubby nerves are shot, I can't do anything without him, so overprotective but I love him anyway, lol.. Ladies, what in the hell do I look like having a baby at 43 years old. I have a 24 year old, who's married a 15 year old that's in high school and a almost 9 year old. Mind you they're all girls...

As you all know Project Runway 15th Season is airing tonight.
So ladies, be ready for my rundown on all of the designers and the fashion that they create.
Let's hope season is sure to be and exciting one..

Also from time to time, I'll be creating maternity outfits since Fall is right around the corner.
I promise to be a little more consistent, it's just I couldn't wrap my mind around this situation until now. In parting, I want to leave you with this.

Yes Another One!!!!

Until Next Time.....

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Poor Man's Stew... Hearty Meal for the Family on a Busy Work Week..

Hey Everyone!!
I'm back with a simply and tasty recipe..
It's called Poor Man's Stew, will more like a Deconstructed Meatloaf. 
I also made cheesy garlic biscuits..
This is something you can do right after work and the cooking time is about 45 minutes to an hour, minus the biscuits. You can pop open a can of biscuits, melt some butter, add garlic and herbs, put over the biscuits and pop them in the oven for 15 minutes. While you're preparing the ground meat, boil some potatoes or make rice.


Ground Meats
Tomato Paste
Chicken Broth or Cube
1/4 Cup Flour
1 Cup Water

Garlic Pepper
Dried Parsley
Worcestershire Sauce
Steak Seasoning
Dried Parsley
Brown Seasoning

I got a great price on the ground meat.. 

All the veggies sliced and diced.

Used frozen peas

Brown, drain ground meat and put in separate bowl.

In the same pot add carrots, onions, celery, parsley, and garlic.
Cook until tender.

Add broth or cube 

Let it saute' for about 2-3 my minutes.

Add flour 

Then add about 1 cup of water.

Add about a 1/2 Tablespoon of Kitchen Bouquet.
Let simmer for 5 minutes

Add browned ground meat.

Add 1/4 cup of Tomato Paste

Looking Good..

Add peas

Let simmer for another 5 minutes.

 We love it over potatoes and I also made homemade garlic biscuits.  

Until Next Time....

Monday, July 18, 2016

Family Time At The Dallas Musuem Of Art...

Hey Everyone!
It's family day again with The Atallah's!
Sunday was a day of culture and sharing new experiences at the Dallas Museum Of Art..

I had to put that in there.
If you could have seen there faces.
They were so over the walking.  
I myself, live and breath art. As you all know I fashion, DIY and gardening, painting with my daughter and cooking and baking with my daughter. Being creative is my way of life. So I really understood what some of these talented beings was feeling or not when creating. I was happy to experience these beautiful paintings, sculptures, and artifacts. I was in an whole new world in each collection we visited.

Most of the art was beautiful and exciting to look at but others left my empty and confused.
Maybe that was the point, I know this for sure Art is Rebecca Warren

Fernand Léger, The Divers (Red and Black), 1942, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of the James H. and Lillian Clark Foundation, (c) Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Hans Hofmann (1880-1966) is one of the most important figures of postwar American art.
I think it's called, "Yellow Table on Green".

The Colors of Mondrian (Painting by Piet Mondrian)

Barbara Hepworth

Works by Constantin Brancusi

Beautiful Indo-Muslim Jewelry.
I went crazy over all of these sensational pieces..

Mo looking at the Indo-Muslim Artifacts.

They started coming around when we got to The Arts of Africa.
My Laila...

Nile has to show off her map skills.

I saved the beat for last..

The most beautiful artifacts I've ever seen in my life.
I was in awe of all of the intricate details that were put into making these items. 

 Breathtakingly Beautiful Beaded Crown


Royal crown (ade)
A beaded crown with frontal faces, birds, and a beaded fringe veil is a Yoruba king's most important regalia. It is simultaneously a symbol of the king's semi-divine status and the mythic origins of Yoruba royalty. According to oral tradition, Oduduwa was the founder and first king (oba) of the Yoruba peoples. He wore the first crown, which was created by Olokun, the god of the sea and inventor and "owner" of the beads. When Oduduwa became old, he sent his sixteen sons out into the world to found their own kingdoms. Only those rulers who can trace their ancestry to Oduduwa are privileged to wear the beaded crown.

They too great pride in making these head-dresses.

Helmet mask (mukenga)
Among the Kuba peoples, as among most traditional African societies, the scale and duration of a funeral-from short and simple to days long and complex-is commensurate with the prominence of the deceased person during life. Masks with elephantine features appear at funerals of elders who were high-ranking members of a men's secret initiation society

Egungun Costume was magnificent..  
During the annual Egungun festival, Yoruba ancestors come home. Through masked dancers, the ancestors spin and twirl around, causing the colorful panels of their costumes to fly out in all directions, giving “breezes of blessings.”

Even the Comb (duafe) held a special place in my heart.

Elephant mask (mbap mteng) was a little scary but I had to respect it.
The Bamileke peoples believe the king (fon) is the representative of the Supreme Being and the ancestors and has supernatural as well as religious and political powers. The fon, however, does not control human behavior. Secret associations acting on behalf of the king establish and enforce social order. One such association is the Kuosi (or Kwosi), which began as a warrior's or regulatory society and evolved into one composed of wealthy titled men. Kuosi members serve not only as the fon's emissaries, but as the protectors of kingship and as such remind the fon that he is not above reproach.

It really felt like I step back into time..

Thanks for taking the journey with my family and I..

Until Next Time..