Interview With M

Thursday, July 31, 2014


A while ago, I must have had the genius idea to interview M with some questions about girl stuff and about me. I'm pretty sure that at one point, this was a blog post link up but since the email I sent to him was forever caught in my drafts folder, I have no idea what link up it was for. Advanced apologies for missing whatever link up it was. :)

Anywho, I simply sent these questions to M and asked him to respond. Below is what ensued. My comments are in italics.

What's the name of my blog?
The Striped Flamingo
Bravo. I've trained him well.
What do I blog about?
Everything
Well, I guess I am pretty random...
Do you know where I'm from?
Columbia, SC
Another truthful answer.
Where is a girl going if she is going to the OBGYN?
I'm a guy, I don't need to know.
Good call. I mean, I'm sure he KNOWS what it is...but how awkward is this question? Maybe this is why I didn't ever send the email initially?
 
What is a current fashion trend?
Chevron pattern anything
Bless. Yes, it was a current fashion trend in 2012. Bless. But props to knowing what "chevron" even is!
 
What would a girl use a Biore strip for?
Zits
Orrrr blackheads. But I can't use that stuff. It causes a reaction with my sensitive skin. So he knew this without any first hand knowledge.
Am I a good enough cook?
Absolutely
I mean, is there any other possible answer? Not if he wants dinner tonight... :)
 
What kind of products does Chi make?
Make up?
Nope. Hair styling products. But props for knowing it was beauty related, right? I mean, he could have said they made karate belts or yoga pants.
 
What are bobby pins?
Holds your hair up or to the side
YES!
 
Can you name a brand of tampon?
Great Value
Bless. If this ain't telling...I don't know what is.
 
If you just can't get enough of M's humor, here are a few other posts that I did with M concerning me, women's fashion and other funny things. Here and here.





Ladies, Let's Stop...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


 
Rosie, above, knew what was up back in the day. She recognizes the power of a woman that is both confortable with her femininity AND is ready to WORK for what she wants.
 
Ladies, please let's stop...
 
...calling each other b*tch and wh*res as cutesy nicknames. These are not cute nor are they nicknames. They are degenerative and insulting. Unless someone is actually a lady of the night and takes money for it, do not call your friends these things. The end.
 
...using feminism as a negative term. Look it up. It doesn't mean you burn bras and grow out your armpit hair...it means you are for equality of genders. Duh.
 
...allowing gender pay gap to continue to exist. Along the same lines as the above.
 
...being afraid to talk sports, tech, fitness, etc. (or other traditionally male-dominated topics) in the presence of other men. If this is an area that interests you, rock it!
 
...using our gender/hair color/ethnicity/upbringing/socio-economic status as an excuse to act stupidly.
 
...suppressing our emotions to "appeal" more to others.
 
...completely disregarding your intuition because of logic or science. The female intuition is no joke. It could save your life some day.
 
This is not intended to be a rant..it's just meant to open your eyes to the ways that we (women) often intentionally or unintentionally perpetuate the stereotypes placed on our gender by society. Women Power Wednesday! :)
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Thoughts on 30

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 

In less than 6 months, I will be turning 30

I want to do something fun and different to commemorate entering into my third decade of life. I'm not a huge birthdaypalooza person. Meaning, I celebrate my birthday with maybe a nice dinner out or my fave homecooked dinner and cake. I'm not really a huge "go out and celebrate" person.

With that said, I do want to "go out and celebrate" this special birthday. I feel like doing something out of the norm and a kind of special. With my birthday being in January, I have to start planning things early because there is no time to plan after Christmas is over ANNNNDDD because I'm a planner and can't stand to do things last minute.

Here are some ideas I've been toying with.

1. Glamour City
Some friends and fam get dressed up and go into uptown Charlotte for drinks, appetizers and maybe fondue...one of my absolute favorites.

2. Petting Zoo
This has been a lifelong dream ever since I saw it on Mrs. Doubtfire. I want to have a petting zoo at my birthday party...however...having a birthday in January usually poses a problem.

3. Creative
I envision this to be something along the lines of pottery painting, jewelry making or maybe a cooking/pastry class session. IDK. Something fun and out of the ordinary.

4. Show/Party
Something along the lines of a jewelry, clothing or makeup party that is hosted by a particular company (like Mary Kay, Stella and Dot, Pampered Chef, etc.). Do this up with apps and drinks but keep it at the house.

5. Trip
Somewhere I've not been like Vegas, NYC or maybe out west somewhere. Cali?? Seattle? Explore more places in TX? There are so many options! This is obviously the most expensive route.

Those of you that have already had a 30th birthday, did you do anything special to celebrate it? Or did you just do a normal birthday thing? Please share...I'd love to know! :)




Let's Talk About Shoes

Thursday, July 24, 2014


From a very young age, I've been hard on shoes. I was never the kid who could keep shoes for years and years because by the end of the summer (usually) they had holes in them or the soles were coming off.

This is still the same as an adult. I am extraordinary hard on shoes. I'm not quite sure why...because I don't consider myself to be a heavy walker and I don't drag my feet or anything...but it seems like every other week I'm having to throw away a pair of shoes that have already been superglued at least once and are falling apart.

The other caveat to my shoe woes is that I have A LOT of shoes. Like...perhaps around 70 pairs. Lots of my shoes are not worn very frequently because they may be...oh...sequined gold 4 inch pumps...or peach jelly ballet flats with appliques on them. (i.e. they don't go with most outfits and/or occasions) Lately, I've been trying to buy more shoes that are either neutral in color or will go with lots of outfits, like black, nude, etc. However, because I wear these shoes the most, they often fall apart quicker and have to be replaced more often.

I know what y'all are going to say. April, spend a little more money on nicer shoes that you don't have to replace all the time. And my reply to that is my little bargain-loving heart might stop if I pay more than $40 for a pair of shoes. Literally, it might. I can't fathom it. But I'm also growing tired of my shoes and feel that there are a lot of my own that should be tossed. Maybe if I toss out the ones that are worn and give away the ones that I don't wear, I'll have a better idea of what I need to replace or purchase??

I used to be known as the girl who always had the cutest shoes. They may have been insanely uncomfortable, but they were dang cute! The older I get, I'm more likely to substitute comfort for style, but I still want to be the girl with cute shoes! However, the shoes I mainly wear now (for the most part) are frumpy shoes. It doesn't make my heart happy to wear ugly or boring shoes.

This post doesn't really have a resolution...I'm just sharing what's on my mind. What are your shoe woes? Do you have any tips for transitioning your shoe-drobe (wardrobe of shoes) from quantity focused to quality focused?





Social Media Tips

Monday, July 21, 2014

I mentioned I was in Orlando last week for a work conference. The conference was all-thing social media. At my job (IRL...not blog-life) I manage our company's social media and email platforms. This conference was more like continuing education for my current job...but I learned quite a lot that I can use in my other job...aka...my blog. :) If I can benefit from some of the tips I learned, maybe you can too! You, social media mavens, you. :) Below are some of the interesting points I gleaned from my conference. Oh, if I say "brand" below, just substitute that for your blog, etc.



1. Develop a clear "voice" for your brand. Determine how you want to come across to your community or fans. Are you witty and creative? Informational and reliable? Smart? Sarcastic? (okay, I put that last one in there...)

2. Prior to a brainstorming session, it is important to preface your meeting with actual idea generation. Don't wait until the session to start thinking...think beforehand and come to the session with some ideas to explore.

3. Standardize your terminology. This is especially important if you have multiple social media vehicles like a blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. Learn to use words like "audience"  instead of followers on Twitter and likes on FB. This makes it easier to see the big picture of how your voice is heard by your audience.

4. Contests (giveaways) are king! They are great way to gather reader/audience information and build brand loyalty. They are gift that keeps on giving.

5. People want a relationship with your brand. They are tired of advertising and people are looking to cultivate more a personal relationship with your brand than what was possible before social media.

6. Engage your readers as storytellers.

7. Good conversation skills are essential.

8. A visual makes for a better, longer overall impression than just plain text. (this one is a DUH!)

9. The infographic is not dead!

10. The visual that accompanies your content is worth 80% of the "money" or "effort" spent on the entire piece. Meaning, your visual is more important than your content when it comes to getting the attention of your audience.

What other social media tips have helped you?






Hello Orlando

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sorry for the silence here on the blog these last two days. I've been in Orlando for a work conference and have been soaking in all sorts of info on social media, content, and all things digital and I'm loving it! But conference days and catching up on emails/work at night hasn't left a lot of time for blogging, unfortunately. So, instead of boring you with more words, I'll leave you with some photos from my trip. It's my very first trip to Florida and I definitely want to come back!








Wedding Wednesday: Family Photos

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Well, I thought I was done with all of my wedding photo posts, but I realized that I never shared our family shots. Now, I will say that I wasn't as pleased with these photos as I was with the others. I'd hoped they would have turned out a little better...but what can you do? This is the only documentation I have of them actually being there. :)

Wedding Party, Parents and Grandparents of All
 
 
I'd wanted this to be similar to this pin on Pinterest. Not exactly...but it does make me smile. We have this one framed. :)
 
My Family

 
My brother in law, older sister, younger sister, me, my mom and my dad.


Sisters, parents and M.
 
 
Grandparents and us

 
Other grandparents and us

 
This is my mom's side of the family. My father's side is not as local and had to leave before pictures. Overall, from both my mom's and dad's side of the family, included extended family and 2nd/3rd cousins, there are about 60 additional people. There's no WAY we would have all fit in the photo! :)
 
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