Must Love Shoes

“As I age, I have come to value my relationships with the women in my life even more. Men may come and go. Children grow up and leave the nest, but your girlfriends are with you forever. I am convinced that we need to do a better job staying connected with other women-women who inspire, challenge, understand, care about, and more importantly, love us for who we are. And so, I’m recruiting you, my dear readers, to be one of my girls. The criteria for this job are quite simple. You must love life. You must love to laugh. You must not take yourself too seriously. And….you must love shoes! Welcome to my sisterhood”!

-Julie Gaver

Hey readers!!! That was an excerpt from a book called  Must Love Shoes by Julie Gaver. Earlier last week Mrs. Gaver contacted me and asked if I was interested in reading her book and do a blog post about it afterward. Well of course I said YES! I LOVE reading books!!

Before I discuss the book I would like to share with you all who Mrs. Julie Gaver is. Mrs. Gaver has been a professional speaker for the past seventeen years. She travels to commutes to different cities to speak and promote her book. She speaks publicly about professional fields which include: human services, sales and marketing, public relations, and training. Gaver is a member of the National Speakers Association and the American Society of Training & Development, just to name a few.

The book focuses on different experiences in Julie Gaver’s life as well as other women that she has come in contact with throughout the years. It is a book that makes you laugh and reminds you to enjoy the life that you live.

Here are a  couple of key points from the book:

  • Stay focused on your goals
  • Value those around you who provide you with viable information that will keep you on the road to success
  • Keep friends around you who are doing things with their lives because that will continue to motivate you to do better as well
  • Pray
  • Laugh and enjoy life 🙂

To learn more about Mrs. Julie Gaver click on the picture below! She has her book for sale on the website as well as her contact information for Facebook, Twitter, and Email. Volume 2 of Must Love Shoes comes out December 2011!!!

I hope you all enjoyed my review and also purchase the book. It is a great read! Enjoy your Tuesday!!!

xoxo,

Ashley

Let me UPDATE you

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After

Hey everyone!! I haven’t really done blog posts in a while except for my giveaway. I decided to share with you all what I have been up to. So a few weeks ago my friends and I went to Happy Hour at Benihana (My Favorite restaurant). Its the BEST place to get incredible and quality Sushi at reasonable prices. The sushi rolls are originally priced at $8 but since it is happy hour, Sunday through Thursday, select sushi rolls are half-off!! You still get 8 rolls just for a cheaper price. I LOVE IT! Well this time when we went we decided to do Saki bombs. That went great at first except for the fact that the beer went everywhere lol. Since we had Saki left over we decided to take Saki shots…If you look at the pics above you can see how that went!

My sis and I at the Family Reunion Banquet

A few weeks ago my family had our annual family reunion! We try and do reunions every 2 years. This year was a BLAST! We had a cookout on a Friday night, BBQ/Game day at a park on Saturday and a banquet later on that night. It was great seeing my family, especially those who I only get to see every couple of years. Each time we have a reunion it is in a different city or state. Our next family reunion will be in Tennessee 2013.

My cousin Antonia and I. Check out Passionsontopofpassions.blogspot.com

Demetria @ Essence Festival

My friend is the FIRST one in line to get her book signed 🙂

Last month I did a post about Demetria Lucas‘ first book called A Belle in Brooklyn! Well I finished it a few weeks ago and I have to say that it was a good read. I’d give it an 8 out of 10. I love the fact that she gave real life stories and great advice that many women need to read and put to use…including myself! Never stop learning. Lucas was at the Essence Festival two weeks ago and my friend actually had the pleasure of meeting her and getting her book signed. I am hoping that she comes to the South Florida area so I can have that same experience lol. We’ll see what happens. If you haven’t already purchased your book then I suggest you look into it. Borders, Amazon and Barnes and Noble always have sales so check your nearest bookstore to see who has the best deal.

Tyrese has a new book that has been out for a couple of months now. I heard great things about this book from others that were reading it but I hadn’t gotten around to purchasing it. After watching him speak on the Monique Show two weeks ago I was Sold! The next day I went and bought the book. I started the book but I haven’t been reading it like I should be so I can’t tell you what I think so far lol. I’ll keep you posted though. Check your local bookstores for his book.

Speaking of books. At the beginning of the June I entered a contest on my friend’s blog—> Racquelshenry.blogspot.com. Her blog’s main focus is on books and writing! She picked two winners, I was one of them and my prize was a book. Recently I decided on which book I wanted to read and once I receive it I will let you know more about it. Thanks again Racquel!!!

Next order of business! Who run’s the world…BEYONCE!

Beyonce has been ghost for a while but now she is BACK! Her new cd titled 4 is in stores now. If you haven’t purchased it yet then you are missing OUT!! OMG! Every song is awesome. My top 5 songs on the CD would have to be End of Time (the beat is catchy), I care, 1+1, Best thing I never hadand I miss you. Those songs are in heavy rotation.

I can’t wait until she goes on tour again. I am such a huge fan of Beyonce. I’ve seen her 5 times…YES! 5 times! I first saw her in 2001 when she was with Destiny’s Child and they headlined the TRL tour which featured Nelly and the St.Lunatics, Eve, City High, 3LWand a few others that I forgot lol. It was my very first concert and I had a blast. The second time I saw her was in 2004 where she did a tour with Missy Elliot, Tamia and Alicia Keys. This was basically her first concert where she was solo. The best part was that she kicked off the concert in Miami and Jay-z was her special guest. That was the first time I saw him in concert (I saw him later that year when he went on tour). He came out at the VERY end and I remember screaming because we thought the concert was over because she said bye lol. I will never forget that. The next time I saw her was in 2005 when she reunited with Destiny’s Child to do their last group tour. The 4th time was in 2007 in Tampa for the B-day tour or whatever it was called lol. My sis flew down from Boston and my mom came up from Miami to see Beyonce perform. Robin Thicke was there as well. Which made it an incredible concert! B-day was such a great album! The 5th time I saw her was in 2009 in Miami for the I AM tour! That concert was very futuristic and you can tell she put in a lot of work and time into making this tour great. If you have never seen Beyonce in concert I suggest you get your ticket when they go on sale. You will not regret it 🙂

The last thing I want to talk about it is the giveaway that my friend Linique (Diary of A Random Girl) and I are doing right now with Queen B’s Accessories!!! Click on the picture above and it will take you to the giveaway post. The last day to enter is this FRIDAY! I hope you all have a great night and thanks for reading!

xoxo,

Ashley

A Belle in Brooklyn


Good morning my lovely readers! Happy Wednesday to all. I hope you all have been doing well. I am currently on summer break and loving it. The only problem is that I wake up EARLY..Like around 7 lol. My body is still used to me waking up really early so hopefully by next week I will start sleeping in more.

Ok now let’s talk about the good stuff. I enjoy reading and I love finding new interesting novels to read throughout the year but I usually have the most time to read during the summer time because my schedule is a lot less hectic.I went to Barnes and Nobles yesterday and purchased a book by wonderful journalist/author, by the name of Demetria Lucas called A Belle in Brooklyn. I do realize that some of you all do not know who she is, so I am going to share with you a little piece of her background. Demetria Lucas, resides in the beautiful city of New York and is a writer for Essence. She discusses issues on relationships, dating and pop culture! She is known also for hosting her peachy “Cocktails with Belle” and “Brunch with Belle”. From the looks of the pictures and the feedback from individuals who attend, her events are always a success. She started a blog about 4 years ago that focused on being happy while single. It is mostly geared toward’s black women because we are looked at as the highest rate of women who aren’t married yet and have to raise children alone and single! It is very upsetting but it is reality. Since, she has received such an enormous amount of feedback from her blog she was encouraged to write a book about her life, living your best single life and enjoying Mr. Right Now!

A Belle in Brooklyn Book signing June 13, 2011

A Belle in Brooklyn Book signing June 13, 2011

I feel as though women in general get sucked up in the normality of life (Husband, kids and a dog). Sometimes we tend to think that if we are single then something must be wrong with us. There are a million + women who are single and it is not because something is wrong with them, it could be a number of reasons such as, “I don’t want to settle”, “I am focusing on my career right now”, “Bad break up”, etc. Everyone women wants to fall in love and the biggest thing that we want is for someone to love us back! Love is beautiful but I’ve learned that love is a commitment. There are several couples who have been married 20 to 30 to 40 to 50 years because they are committed to one another. I look at that and I would love to have that one day and I know that in due time I will. But until that day comes along, as women we have to put ourselves first and focus on OUR goals. God put each and everyone of us on this earth for a reason and it is important that we take advantage of our talents before it is too late.

I encourage you all to purchase Demetria’sbook because her stories are real and they test your knowledge on how to handle or could have handled certain situations. Hopefully I will be done with the book by the end of this week but I am kind of busy because my family reunion is this weekend plus fathers day on Sunday so I am swamped. Oh and one more thing even if you are in a relationship or married the book is still a good read! It is always great to support our black authors. I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday and thanks for reading! Feel free to share with me your thoughts on today’s post.

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xoxo,

Ashley