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Saturday, February 27

Goddess Inspiration: Robert Louis Stevenson

Monday, February 22

Goddess Zuri: 20% OFF SALE!

Yell it from the rooftops!!! Goddess Zuri is having a sale. Get 20% off of orders $20 and over thru the end of February.

Use coupon code FEB20PRCT

Simply visit and start shopping!!!!

**Sale ends February 28th.

Monday, February 15

I just Think She's Fly: Vivian Green

Love her!

Brief background: Vivian Green grew up in Philadelphia, where she started singing at an early age. She began playing the piano at age eight and writing songs when she was 11. At 13, she joined a girl group called Younique. Her break came when she was hired as a backup singer for Jill Scott, who took her on tour internationally. That connection eventually led to record company interest, and Green signed to Columbia Records in November 2001. Her debut album, A Love Story, was released one year later. Vivian followed in 2005. Both albums went Gold.

I had the privilege of seeing Vivian live in concert a few years ago in Chicago, and the girl is bad! What makes her different is that she sings about side effects of love without the anger and hate that you may hear from other artists. She's more of a "hey, this one just didn't work out but I'm going to learn from it" type of artist. This makes her so fly! Simply accepting what is....

In her new song, Beautiful (new album coming this Spring), she sings about a dude that she loved but the dude was too scared to love her back. So, Vivian is like, "ok, cool. But when you do find that lady that you're ready to take the risk with, here's what you need to know."

Take a listen, great song!

Sunday, February 14

Goddess Zuri: We're Back In Business!

Yay! Our site is back up with a new look. It's a work in progress, but we're happy to get it running again!

With this site, we'll be able to make changes a lot quicker and offer our customers coupons!

Check it out at And please let us know what you think about the new and coming changes.

Friday, February 12

Bead Me: Earring Making Class

Today, I decided to take a basic earring wire wrapping class--because I'm trying to diversify the types of earrings I offer on

I executed a google search and found a close-by bead store that offered classes; I emailed the owner a few times and talked to her on the phone to schedule my class. "Yes, today at 4 pm sounds great," I told her. So it was set.

I pulled up to the store, located in historic Southend (in Charlotte, NC) and walked inside. The store was very cute and trendy. I looked around for a second, and then the owner approached me and said, "Candace?"

"Yes, that's me," I responded with the biggest smile on my face. Why was my smile so big?? Because the owner was a Black women. Now, I shouldn't have been surprised, but I was--slightly. Ok, a little more than slightly because all of the other bead stores that I had visited in Charlotte were owned by sweet little white ladies.

I was the only person in the shop, so Linda, the store owner, and I had a nice conversation about how she started her business. In fact, we talked for about an hour before we even started the class.

Linda started making jewelry by accident. She was at a family member's home and somehow got involved in making a bracelet. She got several compliments on the bracelet from other family members, and soon they started requesting her bracelets to give away as Christmas presents. Linda gradually graduated to making necklaces and earrings and started wearing her creations to church. Then she started getting all kinds of compliments from church members. Needless to say, demand for her jewelry increased.

You can pretty much imagine where the story goes from there. She started doing shows, opened up her own shop, and now works full time for herself managing a store and teaching classes. Linda explained that she didn't know that she would one day be in the jewelry-making business. She had a very corporate background, working for companies such as Nestle Purina and IBM. But God ordered her steps, leading her from IBM to Belk as a jewelry buyer to her own business.

When the class was over, I walked away with a new wire technique and a nice reminder that you don't have to know exactly where you're going to get to where you need to be.

I'll be scheduling my next class soon!

If you're in the Charlotte, NC area and you're interested in taking a jewelry making class, check out Linda at

Sunday, February 7

Goddess Inspiration: Zsa Zsa Gabor

Saturday, February 6

Crown Royal On Ice

Have you ever had Crown Royal on ice? Not the drink, the experience. Throw your head back, listen to the song, and allow your mind to drift :-)

Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

For the past week, I’ve been reading, Committed, Elizabeth Gilbert’s follow up memoir to her best seller Eat, Pray, Love. I read Eat, Pray, Love in 2008, and it inspired me to take a trip by myself halfway across the world to Indonesia. (One of the best decisions I’ve ever made). So, I was excited and anxious to read her next book to see what kind of travel inspiration I would draw from it.

As it turned out, none. But the book was no less amazing!

In Eat, Pray, Love, the author decided to travel internationally for a year in an effort to “find herself” after a horrible divorce. She visited Italy (Eat), India (Pray), and Indonesia (Love). Yep, she found love again in Indonesia with a Brazilian-born, Australian citizen temporarily living in Bali for business.

Over the next three years, the two had a slow courtship and eventually pledged themselves to each other…but not immediately through conventional marriage. Both the author and her new beau had been through excruciatingly painful divorces which burdened them financially, emotionally and physically, so they were equally skeptical about the institution and had no desire to make their union “legal”—until the United States Government stepped in.

In order for Felipe, Gilbert’s new lover, to visit (and stay in) the US freely without the frequency of his trips raising suspicion with the border patrol, the two would need to be legally married…the couple had been sentenced to wed.

So, Committed is entirely about Gilbert’s attempt to make peace with the age-old, stubborn institution of marriage. She explores the history of marriage (which didn’t start off as a religious sacrament. It was once a secular institution monitored by families and civil courts. In fact, the church held celibacy in higher regard than marriage in the beginning); she interviews women from different cultures to get their perspectives on marriage; (what she finds is that arranged, or pragmatic, marriages—marriages based on the interest of the larger community rather than the two individuals involved—are more likely to stand the test of time). She also investigates the difference between infatuation and love. She notes that it is usually infatuation that gets people in the trouble of marrying or procreating too soon. Gilbert describes infatuation as, “the most perilous aspect of human desire….infatuation is not the quite same thing as love; it’s more like love’s shady second cousin who’s always borrowing money and can’t hold down a job.”

Gilbert also reveals from research that women who marry later in life and have fewer kids (among other factors) are more likely to stay married in this day. The whole book challenges the reader to think about marriage outside of convention because the reality is the institution changes as history changes and evolves. My marriage won’t look identical to my mom’s and will only vaguely resemble my grandmother’s.

I’ll stop here and conclude with simply calling the book “eye-opening.” If you’re looking for a good, non-fiction read, check out Committed.

Tuesday, February 2

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