Monthly Archives: February 2014

I Choose to Follow My Dreams


Happy Friday! Today seemed like a good opportunity to remind myself and my readers of the real TenaciousM!

Egos & Buffaloes

In most cases, I would confirm that I am definitely not a follower.  However, I recently found myself in the midst of some serious self-evaluation.  I wondered: “Am I really following my dreams or am I chasing them.”

As I look at the difference, to follow means that the dream is real and I own it.  But to chase a dream says that on some level I’m not really convinced that it’s obtainable.  As I follow dreams/goals that are decades or days old, I feel empowered to know that there is already a connection to that dream. For instance, I shared with a friend recently that I am going to Paris in April. There, the goal has been verbalized and now I follow my path to fulfilling that dream.  Although I have been to Paris several times, each time I visit increases the value of the first dream I had many years…

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Stop Waiting For Friday



I love this quote. It is a reminder that you can wait your life away… waiting for the stars to align, the perfect moment, better weather, a better someone or a life event to propel you forward. I say just jump! Waiting is for losers. Take that leap of faith and you will eventually find yourself in a better place and somewhere closer to your dreams.

Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches


There’s always room for dessert, especially for this sweet treat; it’s delicious and takes almost no time to prepare.

Grilled Cocolate Sandwiches



2 large eggs
2 tablespoons milk
4 large slices challah or Italian Bread, (cut 3/4 inch thick)
4 ounces thin semisweet chocolate bar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting


In a large, shallow dish, whisk together eggs and milk; set aside.
Form two sandwiches with the bread and chocolate (break chocolate as necessary to cover bread without extending over edges); dip both sides of sandwiches in egg mixture to coat.
Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat; transfer sandwiches to skillet. Cook, pressing occasionally with a spatula, until golden, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Cut in half, and dust with confectioners’; sugar before serving.

Over The Hump Old School Soundcheck – The Jackson 5


I think we can all agree, the Jackson Five deserve a double play! Happy Thursday #musicfriendsofTenaciousM!

Duro Olowu Fall 2014 RTW Collection


Duro Olowu will hit the 10 year mark for his brand later this year. In that 10 years he has carved out a very distinct identity, one that is easily recognizable as unique to him season in and out. This Fall, Olowu presented a collection that was comfortable in it’s own skin. Every piece within was in some way a representative signature of the brand, from his bright prints to some sweeping mermaid skirts.

Fall 2014 was inspired by deco era furniture designer Elizabeth Eyre de Lanux and the Dada set—Man Ray, and Elsa Schiaparelli, who’s avante garde surrealist experimentation in the early 20th century have been widely emulated. Olowu’s own signature stamp lends itself perfectly to this inspiration. Enjoy!!


Credit: Style Pantry



Most writers will relate to the compulsion that can occur when you are writing. It can be ceaseless, day or night, you think of a line and have to write it down before the idea escapes you. It’s our addiction of sorts…

Word Jones

Nose open inhaling time
Your head and hands make contact and
Ignite the smoking mind
With a need
You deal a line to whomever wants a hit

Waking words inject rhyme
Trip in waiting rooms where
Junkies have no sleep lines to trace
Thoughts will always find you-
They clasp creative veins and constrict
Normal flow outside the high place

5 Times Tina covered The Beatles


I will always love Tina Turner! #musicfriendsofTenaciousM enjoy!

5 Times Tina covered The Beatles.

Project Runway’s Dom Streater Designs


Dom Streater may have just presented her first collection at New York Fashion Week, but the Philadelphia native is definitely used to having her designs sized up by the fashion elite.

She’s the reigning winner of “Project Runway” and has proven herself worthy of the spotlight. But now the 25-year-old designer, who is the show’s first-ever African-American winner, is looking to secure her place amongst the biggest designers in the industry — and if her Fall/Winter 2014 collection is any indication of that campaign then she’s on the right track.

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Credit: Huff Post Black Voices/Project Runway

Tadashi Shoji Fall 2014 Collection


Amazing dresses from Tadashi Shoji’s fall 2014 collection. The colors, silhouettes and fluidity are perfect. Enjoy!New York designer Tadashi Shoji fall winter 2014 collection shown at NYFW.New York designer Tadashi Shoji fall winter 2014 collection shown at NYFW.New York designer Tadashi Shoji fall winter 2014 collection shown at NYFW.New York designer Tadashi Shoji fall winter 2014 collection shown at NYFW.New York designer Tadashi Shoji fall winter 2014 collection shown at NYFW.New York designer Tadashi Shoji fall winter 2014 collection shown at NYFW.

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No Bake Oreo Ice Cream Cake


My weekend/Sunday has been extra crazy! So how does TenaciousM give stress an uppercut? You guessed it! Chocolate! Here’s an all-time favorite. #chocolatefriendsofTenaciousM enjoy!


1/2cup hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
16 OREO Cookies, chopped (about 2 cups), divided
12 vanilla ice cream sandwiches

WHISK fudge topping and 1 cup COOL WHIP in medium bowl until blended. Add dry pudding mix; stir 2 min. Stir in 1 cup cookies.

ARRANGE 4 ice cream sandwiches, side-by-side, on 24-inch-long piece of foil; cover with half the COOL WHIP mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining sandwiches. Frost with remaining COOL WHIP; press remaining cookies into top and sides of dessert. Wrap loosely with foil.

FREEZE 4 hours.