We live in a world where a woman must be independent, yet appear needy. Strong, yet compliant. Sexy with a six-pack, yet work a 9 -10p. We are conditioned to accept these anomalies; not necessarily because we’re in competition with each other, but because these check lists of characteristics are important to attract the opposite sex. They’re important so that we don’t seem bitter or bitchy. Honest moment. The general consensus about me – unless someone has read my writing or knows me personally – is that I am cold, stuck-up and bougie. Of course this is the opinion of…

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Yaaas. I am all the way here for this merge of cultural whimsy. It’s about time that Erykah Badu is some fashion designer’s muse. Ricardo Ticsi has chosen the singer who arguably popularized neo-soul as the face of his 2014 campaign.  “Tisci had known Badu slightly but had never worked with her. Still, he said, he’d had her image in the back of his mind when he was designing the Spring 2014 collection, a mash-up of African and Japanese influences. “She’s one of the most stylish women I’ve met in my life,” he said. “She’s got such a good sense…

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So yeah, this place is on my travel bucket list. It looks like the literal embodiment of my vacation dreams. Garden of Eden. Heaven. You get the picture. Nestled in Indonesia’s island of Bali is the Hanging Gardens Ubud. A gorgeous 38 suite/villa hotel inset on Bali’s flora covered hills and cliffs. Let the photos speak for themselves. Give me three months, I’m there.   – Angel Want to get away? Subscribe to Travel on TheAngelEra.com!Enter your email address here:

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Shepherd, boxer, political prisoner and Genesis of South African Democracy. Former South African President Nelson Mandela passed yesterday at the age 95.   

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Longing to get back to this peace and solitude as soon as possible. It’s like, once you escape back to nature, get in touch with the surroundings as organic as our bodies, to come back to the bleak smog and overdevelopment of the city is an instant downer. Makes me want to get my Chris McCandless (sans absurd lack of gear) on and escape to the wild for a couple months. A documented, bucolic, journalistic journey? Sounds like heaven. – Angel  Subscribe to TheAngelEra.com! Enter your email address here:

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