Jean Envy

Rock and Republic

Ok Crablings,  everyone knows how seriously I take my jeans collection. I will skimp everywhere else, refuse to buy typical designer bags, and wear costume jewelry – but I will NOT skimp on jeans.

They are art.

That said, I’m equally picky about cleaning them. They do not go in washing machines. Ever. Unless they are stretch skinny. But for the top dogs it’s always a challenge to find ways to keep them clean. Even dry cleaning can fade them.

Thankfully, there are people crazier than me, and Apartment Therapy posted a vid about how to freeze them and keep them clean. As in store them in your freezer. Yes.

Sounds crazy, but they measured bacteria, cleanliness, and effectiveness. I’m willing to try it…

Click here for video instructions

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Cuz it’s not all sunshine n’ roses

OK, someone please establish the YouTube awards and nominate this video of female R&B singers paying respect to Beyonce…perhaps

Voiceovers reveal their true feelings about Bey : Oprah, Kelly, Michelle, Keri Hilson, Janet, Mariah, Rih Rih and Ciara. Oh, and Precious. Hystericallllllllllllllllll

Instructions:
1. No eating or drinking…
2. Thank me later..

Whose choice is it anyway?

~CC dedicates this post to her good friend Savi, the sillier to my silly~

Traditional Indian Wedding Ceremony

So CC has been intimately involved in Savi’s drama over the past few weeks. It kind of matches my own and probably so many others….

Do you marry for true love, for convenience, for yourself, for others?

Arranged marriages come in all forms. In India, it’s your parents actively picking  for mates for you. In America, it’s your family telling you to settle down with your ex/nice doctor/engineer/whats-his-name because he has a good job, nice house, great family, and all marriages “take hard work, require sacrifice, and you don’t want to get old alone”. Oh, and they want tons of grandddddbabies.

It’s hard to argue? They know you. Know what’s best.  And the other party is a good person generally. You wouldn’t be with them otherwise.. and who wants to be alone?.. till the day you find you prefer picking belly button lint, find yourself on a leash you don’t want to be on, live life through the kids, and who knows what else.

CC doesn’t care about the method, I care about the motive. As long as there is authentic happiness, that’s fine. The rest can be murky and sometimes manipulative. And frankly, CC wants no one in her baby business, except hubby.

I’ve had friends who have gone in either direction. And I understand each.  I don’t judge, just focus on my own limits.

In Savi’s case, she was involved in a serious love affair in the US (Luvvah) while her parents were pushing an ultimatum on a nice enough groom (NoBueno)  in India. They did not know about Luvvah and she could not tell them,or he would be confronted with an ultimatum within 5 minutes. NoBueno was no bueno. They had all the right checks on the list together, he did everything right, but passion that would never last.

That type of arranged courtship process to us Americans is odd,  but should it really be?  The dates, the dance around delicate questions, and then a decision based on practical, and maybe physical qualities . Alliances and appearances ~ but not that indescribable compatibility ~ chemistry, lust, trust, love, goals and raw honesty~ The one that makes relationships “not hard, not about sacrifice, and  may one day naturally lead to babies because it is right”

That’s the love I opt for. Because more than anything else, I want to love my husband more than my children and I want them to witness that. I don’t want to wake up one day and lose emotional connection. Or abuse. Or be married ‘friends’.  Or worse – arguing or drama (not the good kind anyway!!). I don’t want any type of perfection.  Just that man I love and all his dirty.  Love + Freedom.

Plus I could not emotionally weather a divorce….. I couldn’t.

In the end, Savi declined the marriage with NoBueno. In the end, she did what CC did and listened to her heart. And for that, I am so happy. Even if she doesn’t end up with Luvvah, at least she knows the love that is possible. Cheers to the future.

Product Luv – Bella Terra 9-Stacks

CC doesn’t OD on eye makeup, but these are stargazable.  Check out Bella Terra’s 9-stacks. Each stack has 9 shades with beautiful pigments. The shimmers can be worn 8 different ways:

  • Creamy Shadow
    Moisten the brush to create richer, more intense eye color that doesn’t crease.
  • Matte Shadow
    Mix the Shimmer with Bella Terra’s Eye Primer for a matte shadow look.
  • Eyeliner
    Wet the tip of an eyeliner brush and apply around the lash line for high-intensity eye definition.

    Demo available at Roosevelt Field - opposite Victoria's Secret.

  • Lip Color
    Mix any Shimmer with lip balm or lip gloss to create intense lip color.
  • Nail Polish
    Add to clear nail polish for a unique nail color that matches your eye shadow.
  • Body Glitter
    Mix with body lotion to create an all-over body shimmer.
  • Mascara
    Dip clear-color mascara or Bella Terra’s Mascara Primer brush into the Shimmer for amazing lash colors.
  • Hair Color – um, for those bolder than CC

I stopped the saleswoman’s demo at Nail Polish..yeah, a bit too much for the mall, but suffice to say it was a good buy. The products are all mineral and have no expiration date.

CrabShell DIY of the day

So happy with today’s framing project!

I got this painting years ago from a street artist in San Fran.
So imagine my heartbreak when the original fell and cracked to pieces. And any paint luvah knows how much the frame means!

So after searching high and low with some pretty steep prices, my eyes lit when this just turned up, on a random trip to Michael’s.
So perfect. With bamboo carvings etched in to bring out the watercolor.

And the cost? $11.99. Kismet.

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CrabbyTravelChic

Today’s treasure: Chi Chi beauty products that are usually hard to find in mini’s AND on sale. $10 for $20 worth of products. Click photo for link.

3floz.com

3floz.com makes it possible to carry your favorite high-end beauty products on every flight you take. Each item the site offers is a TSA-approved three ounces or less.

Foul

CC doesn’t hate the Lakers.  Or love the Lakers. I am actually kind of indifferent to them.

It’s always been hard to say why I’m such a hater without it coming across as.. “hate”. Then the heavens opened up and gave us Game 4. Life lesson for all? It’s one thing when you’re hot and on top. But the true measure of a person is how they lose.  If they lose. And what they do with that (Knicks 2012!! Yay. I’m calling it).

Do I think this is all doom and gloom for the Lakers? Changes, yes.  Doom and Gloom, no.   Can people get over themselves with that mess?

NBA

Bynum v Barea

But I would pay money to hear Phil’s words in the locker room – especially to Bynum. I wonder if he said anything that influences a change within. Why? Because:

☚  ☚ ☚ ☚ That was some hood stuff right there.

But the others aren’t innocent – whether it’s physical or mental. Tragic how dysfunction, mistrust, and a splash of overblown ego can overshadow talent – repeatedly. Will they elevate? And not with cars, diamonds, and endorsements either…or a ring.

“What Kobe could be” knocks “What Kobe is”  out of the park.  And “What Kobe is”  is pretty impressive.
I trust he will check for that.

And the rest of the team too. ✌

Precious Little Fokkers

I have always worried how good I would be with my own CrabbyDumplings one day. Because heaven knows MamaCrab will need her sleep as will Papa….

I’m so glad someone has addressed this.

Here we have the first bedtime story for adults. How can anyone not appreciate gems like this?:

Adam Mansbach

Bedtime Reading?

“The eagles who soar through the sky are at rest

And the creatures who crawl, run,and creep

I know you’re not thirsty. That’s bull$h*t. Stop lying.

Lie the f*ck down, my darling, and sleep”

Mansbach’s other books include:
The End of the Jews and Angry Black White Boy

I see I have competition for that Pulitzer.

Black Cinema Shines

Esai Morales and Judy Reyes

Sundance Selection 2011 - Gun Hill Road

Black Movie. Urban Movie. “Ethnic” Movie. The thought, let alone the actual words, stirs up so much drama and controversy. CC doesn’t necessarily care about “mainstream”. No, I am more interested in a steady stream…

So the success of movements like ImageNation and Affrm are,  well,  moving.
They prove that while Tyler Perry performs a very useful function in black cinema (longggggggg sip),  he in no way represents mainstream. There are a million stories waiting to be told in Hi-quality, Hi-emotion…Hi-Def.

CC adores it all and had the honor of being part of the Greeting/Welcoming team for the advanced screening of “Gun Hill Road”. It stars Esai Morales and Judy Reyes – yes, the nurse from SCRUBS who EVERYONE should know. Or leave this blog now. Kidding.
Not only does Ms. Reyes star in it – she is the producer and one of my new She-roes. Read on for why….

First, the event:
The screening was held at Lincoln Center’s  Walter Reade Theatre. Where Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Gates, founders and HNIC’s of Imagenation, packed the house.

The crowd was diverse, open,and excited about the film.

Judy and several other executives Skype’d in to talk to the audience.

Finally, a live panel engaged in a great Q&A session with the audience, followed by a small reception sponsored by Whole Foods.

Now, the movie:

OMG. That’s all. Just OMG.

The promo gives you an idea of the plot…

Esai Morales

Gun Hill Road (courtesy of ImageNation)... click for info

Esai plays a husband, father, man returning home from prison to a life he doesn’t recognize, an indifferent wife, and a son he can’t understand.

However ~ writer that I fancy myself to be ~ no words can do justice to the power of this film. I can tell you that this film will move you. I won’t give it away but it touched on so many life issues that we all deal with. Don’t care who you are…

Things like:

  • What defines manhood?
  • Why does society have this jones to always test the masculinity of men of color?
  • When loyalty to another person overrules compatibility and loyalty to yourself, what do you do?
  • Then is that worth it – for either party? Are you a “bad person” for looking out for yourself first?
  • How do you gain the maturity to accept things you can’t control?
  • How do you master your own demons?
  • Is that ever even possible?

This was slick, smart, and unforgiving. The plot twists and shock ending will own you.

See a clip here

See Director Interview here

Go see it when it’s released.

I Heart Mamacitas

Mother’s day is coming up, and here is an approved (by me) gift available through Gilt. You can either purchase a bouquet similar to the one below (flowers of your choice) -OR- sign up for a lifetime of smothering hugs by taking a floral arrangement class with her.

CC herself  will be attempting to create a similar bouquet..light a candle and stay tuned for details, mishaps, and results.

Besitos to all the Mamacitas!!

Buy one or learn to make one

Flowers of the World Offer (click here for full details on GiltCity)

Stereo Love

Available on SkullCandy

RocNation Aviator Headphones (Click Pic for direct link)

Oh. Oh. Oh.
Headphones are art…
Crack to CC’s ears….
A good pair makes music so crystal clear you may actually think Fergie is vocally equivalent to Gwen Stefani.

Here is RocNation’s aviator turn on a classic…
“SkullCandy and Roc Nation have formed a coalition and invented the Aviator headphones,  designed to “offer the best way for people to experience the soundtrack of their lives”, says Jay-Z”

The style definitely trumps Dre’s .. CC hopes to soon vouch for the sound.
But oh. So pretty.

Random Product Love

Sampled these nail polish toppers the other day at one of the super improved
(read: overpriced) Duane Reade stores in NYC.
They are gorgeous in person giving all mani-divas the opportunity to mix and match base colors and toppers.
Gorgeous. Flawless. Masks the mid-week chip.. and worth the pricetag.
(Seen below in “Chilled” special-effect top coat. A satiny matte finish with a hint of shimmer.)
Visit Tinibeauty.com

Delicious!

I hear you Mr. Food Truck Vendor

…everyday we hustlin’…  My poor rap skills notwithstanding,  it’s not just a song. The owner of this truck happens to live on CC’s block. So naturally, I snapped a pic and then checked their site.
According to Grubstreet.com:
“A closer inspection revealed that this was not gangsta posturing: The truck is a mobile version of Cambodian Cuisine, the longtime Fort Greene Asian restaurant that floundered in 2009 after a move to the Upper East Side. According to the saga you can read on Cambodian Cuisine’s website (short version: Owner Jerry Ley was ousted from his original location because of Nets-stadium construction, then ran into landlord troubles in his new location that eventually forced him to close), the “looking to survive” part is no joke.”
Not mad at him at all…

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When you’re able do what you love ~ with the one you love

CC wonders…what happens when you can mix love and work effortlessly?

First, love these 2. I have had this video on repeat for awhile after a friend posted it on FB. Over 5 Million hits in one week ***100 of them probably mine*** featuring a sick imitation of Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, Nikki M, and Weezy F Baby.

This is something people either love or hate, all or nothing, no in between
although if you hate it, leave this blog now (j.k!!) because Amy totally rips it at 1:15.

But after ODing on the video, CC looked up their story, saw a few interviews and what an inspirational love story.
They studied music at the same prestigious arts school, were classically trained in different skills, did their own thing solo and built separate careers, then joined forces and are now on a quick rise…personally and professionally.
Similar interests, equal values, and attraction…Great recipe for luv, life, and happiness, no?

Enjoy (or else)!

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