Sunday, September 24, 2017

Shenanigans, Shit, & Frustrations! Oh My!



Another month already under our stilettos, over our shoulders, or however you’d like to say that! When that 10th month approaches, I can imagine myself sitting back in a chair with my feet up, with a nice glass of something, wiping my brow, and saying “Maaannn! What a year!” I know I’m not by myself! I had to adjust my blogging schedule from every 3 weeks to just one a month!  Thankfully to you lovely and faithful readers, there’s some anticipation for Tamu Talks blog posts. So, to know that, frustration set in because consistency is the main thing for business and life!  
Speaking of frustration, 2017 has brought me some interesting situations. Frustration can turn into daggers of negativity that can make everything seem heavy. I started asking myself, “Why did I even start this?” Why can’t shit just go smoothly?” “Maybe my timing is just off” “If it’s this hard, should I really be doing this?” I didn’t even realize I was entertaining those thoughts. That frustration was starting to put a damper on my spirit, my creativity, my vision. I had to take a step back, look at those questions not to entertain them, but to put them in a chokehold. Now doing that didn’t change the fact that the shenanigans were still present, but it became clear the shenanigans were lessons: business and life lessons. Not only were they lessons, but I had to remind myself that just because the road is difficult, doesn’t mean the road shouldn’t be traveled.  
Recently I listened to someone convince themselves that the difficulty they were experiencing, to fulfill something they wanted, was a sign they should not be doing it. Listen. I was in no condition to give a speech at that time! But today I can say that some of us have given up on great things because we convinced ourselves that difficulty is a sign of what must not be. “Oh well, I guess if it’s this hard, it must not be right” or “I guess it’s not meant to be.”  Tamu is in the right condition to tell you it MUST be done. Recognize the lesson in the difficulty. Difficulty means YES. So, the next time you ask yourself, “Should I really be pursuing this?” Answer with YES.YES.YES!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

She's Booked!



Active, fully scheduled, booked lives call for a fast and simple makeup application, right? Right! Especially if you’ve only slept for 5 hours or if you are sitting in an airport waiting on an early morning flight, wondering why you booked an early assed flight to begin with?! Here’s an easy 5-minute look: Start with an eye shadow stick-no blending necessary. The one I use is the massive midnight chubby stick by Clinique. I chose to cover my eye lid, but you can take the application easy and use the stick as eye liner that will create a thick line for top lash line. For the cheeks, go with an actual bronzer or a gold cheek color.  My go to is Makeup Forever’s gold dual cheek and eye color. If you go with a dark color like I did, keep the lips subtle with a nude gloss: I used bamboo pink long wear lipstick by Clinique.
 Side note: Yes, it’s still Summer and I’m showing you a dark eye color. Don’t get caught up in the “Summer colors versus Winter vs Spring colors”! Keep it simple…color is color is color! Wear all of them all year! Another side note: Wear all the colors that match your skin tone, okay?! A look like this is easy to make packing, for a busy day or vacation, easier. A makeup look like this can take you from day into evening. So, instead of packing every lipstick, eyeshadow, and blush we have, we can narrow our makeup bag to a “few” items. I know your schedule is crowded, but your makeup bag doesn’t have to be!



Do you want to pack a makeup bag that looks like this...
Or....this?



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

It’s Officially Summer; Let’s Officially Drink To That!



Summer is officially here! Every year, my excitement for this season remains: a tank top and shorts is always better than a coat and gloves! Some of us are excited for the extra vacations, some us are excited for the chance to be out doors more, some of us may be firing up the grill more often. Summer puts some of us into party mode. I’ve hosted a few summer parties of my own. No, I was not the cook because I believe in caterers, but I did not have a problem mixing up a few adult beverages.  Do you have a summer party to host? Outfit~Check! Food (to be catered in of course!)~Check! Music~Check! Drinks~Well..Don’t fret. I have a few drink menus to share with you. Since you don’t have time to search for drink recipes, both menus are post below..just for you!
Tell me about your Summer plans in the comments section.  Let’s connect on Instagram (tamuinc) so that I can see your version of these drinks!

*Salty Dalmatian*
½ tsp sea salt flakes 
½ tsp coarsely ground black pepper 
1 recipe Salted Simple Syrup (To make this Syrup, do this: Mix 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 4 tsp gray sea salt and boil for 1 minute. Pour into a jar. The syrup is good for one month.) 
3 0z fresh grapefruit juice 
2 oz vodka 
1 recipe B&W Ice Cubes (To get these fancy ice cubes, do this: Mix 1 cup crushed ice with 1 tsp each of cracked black and white peppercorn. Divide mixture among ice trays and fill with cold water then freeze.)

Mix salt and black pepper on a plate
Moisten the rim of a glass with the Salted Syrup, then roll the glass in the salt mixture 
Mix 1 tbsp of the Salted Syrup, grapefruit juice, and vodka in a shaker with plain ice. Pour into a glass then add B&W Ice cubes (makes 1 serving)

*Hibiscus Mimosas* (A good mimosa never gets old!)
2 cups water
¾ cup dried hibiscus flowers (aka flor de Jamaica)
½ cup sugar
1 lime cut into wedges
1 bottle of chilled sparkling wine

To get the tea, boil water then add ½ cup of hibiscus flower; reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes. Let flowers sit in water for 10 minutes (steep the flowers like you would do with a tea bag!) Strain to get the tea and discard the flowers
Using a grinder, grind the rest of the hibiscus flowers, then mix with ¼ cup of sugar; leave mixture on a plate.
Place tea in a saucepan and add the rest of the sugar; cook mixture over medium heat until it’s reduced to ½ cup; This will take 15 minutes. Be sure this “tea” is cooled before serving.
To serve: Moisten rim of glass with a lime wedge, wiggle rim in hibiscus sugar mixture to coat completely. Pour cooled “tea” into a glass and top with the sparkling wine.
This should give you 6 servings!

CHEERS TO THE SUMMER!

Source:2017, May. Food Recipes. Better Homes & Gardens, 144 & 150.