Best VMA Performances

The VMAs (Video Music Awards) were this past weekend and I’ve been watching these award shows since I was a little girl (since the TRL days). You know, back when people actually watched music videos. lol

Back in the old days, if I ever knew ‘Nsync or Britney Spears was performing, I’d record those performances (on a VHS tape) and later learn ALL of the choreography. I still know all of their choreography to THIS DAY. #NoShame

I haven’t been keeping up with the more recent VMAs since I’m not crazy about a lot of the mainstream artists of today. The only times my ears would perk up was if MJ, Beyonce, Kanye or Lady Gaga were performing. After I heard that Beyonce was performing this year I decided I had to tune in. #QueenBey

So here are some of my favorite VMA performances over the last few years. Apologies in advance if you see some of the same artists (sorry, not sorry).

 

1. Michael Jackson Medley (1995)

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We all miss this man’s artistry, music and performances. This medley was one of the MANY performances that proved he was an ICON. And the VMAs was lucky enough to have the presence of such a legend.

 

2. Britney Spears & ‘Nsync – Baby One More Time/Tearin’ Up My Heart (1999)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh1pIJSPffo

Britney & ‘Nsync’s FIRST VMA performance…and the beginning of many. And how far have they come (well…at least, Britney and Justin Timberlake). Remember when I said I made sure to learn all of the choreography…well I still know this ‘Nsync routine. Please, no judgement. I was 11 years old and clearly had a lot of time on my hands.

 

3. Beyonce – Love on Top (2011)

The BEST pregnancy announcement, EVER! She had a killer performance, per usual and then surprised the whole world by flashing that beautiful baby bump. And to top it off, watching Jay’s reaction and Kanye’s excitement just made it that much better. Definitely one of most memorable VMA performances.

 

4. Britney Spears – I’m A Slave 4 U (2001)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5Mg4l3cdcI

This was the moment that Britney Spears really grew up and (in my opinion) had her sexiest performance. Everyone loved her new sound, image, confidence and I was obsessed with her abs. And who could forget her dancing with the live snake!! This was definitely Britney at her prime.

 

5. Lady Gaga – Applause (2013)

Lady Gaga’s costumes and performances never make much sense, but that’s what makes her so unique. This performance was just that. And the more I watch her perform, the more I appreciate her as an artist.

 

6. Madonna – Vogue (1990)

Everyone always talks about Madonna’s Like a Virgin 1984 performance, which I completely understand why. It was shocking, a bit uncomfortable and definitely original. But I enjoyed Madonna’s Vogue performance because it introduced vogue dancing to the mainstream public. And it’s still a popular dance style today.

 

7. ‘Nsync & Michael Jackson – Pop (2001)

There were a ton of popular boy bands around this time. Backstreet Boys, 98º, O-Town, etc. But ‘Nsync always had a special place in my heart and this performance was unlike any other. They had the privilege of sharing the stage VMA stage with MJ, the KING of Pop! Obviously it was a huge deal, and probably every boyband’s dream!

 

8. Madonna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott – Opening Medley (2003)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTMPBeCXZeQ

This performance includes the CRAZIEST moment in VMA history. But before we get to THAT moment let’s talk about some other things. First of all we have Pop Princess, miss B. Spears entering the stage and paying tribute to Madonna’s Like a Virgin performance. Next, her “rival” Christina Aguilera joins in on the duet. Then Madonna (Queen of Pop) joins the other ladies on stage and things get weird. Out of nowhere Madonna kisses Britney Spears and everyone just loses it. Even Justin Timberlake’s reaction was priceless. Then she kisses Christina….oh yeah, and Missy Elliott also joins the stage.

 

9. Beyonce – Lemonade Medley (2016)

https://vimeo.com/180539452

Wow, just WOW!!! Last, but certainly not least was last night’s 15 minute performance from Beyonce (YEP, 15 minutes). And it was the highlight of the whole night. But are we all that surprised…? I’m certainly not. Beyonce had the vocals, choreography, high production value, and brought the house down. She brought her visual album to life! If anyone doesn’t rank this as one of THE BEST VMA performances in history….then I’m just speechless (and heartbroken). All hail Queen Bey!!!

Beyonce

 

It’s safe the say anything can happen at the VMA’s. If there aren’t any shocking moments then MTV hasn’t done their job. Even though I definitely feel older watching these award shows every year, I’m still happy that the artists I grew up listening to can still bring it and deliver amazing performances.

Throwback Summer Songs of the ’90s

It’s “TBT” (Throwback Thursday) and there’s only a few weeks of summer left! SO….in honor or TBT, I figured I’d post all the the awesome Summer hits of the ’90s. Join me as we walk down memory lane…

“Vision of Love” – Mariah Carey (1990)

I was only 2 years old at the time this song was released. But when I got older and actually remember listening to all of Mariah’s hits, I loved this track. If I’m driving (alone) in the car and this pops up on my iTunes shuffle, you bet I’ll be belting out those pipes. I miss old school Mariah…

 

“(Everything I do) I Do It For You” – Bryan Adams (1991)

https://vimeo.com/47092274

Before Stewie Griffin of “Family Guy” made his own spoof cover to this song, there was Bryan Adams. He was one of my favorite soft rock singer/songwriters from the ’80s and ’90s. He had the smoothest voice and such heartfelt ballads. So obviously this summer ballad wasn’t any different and #1 on Billboard, back in 1991. And I still love it!

Here’s a snapshot from Stewie Griffin’s music video. lol

stewie griffin

 “Baby Got Back” – Sir Mix A Lot (1992)

This song doesn’t have the most appropriate content, but hey, it was the summer hit of 1992. Sir Mix A Lot may have been a one hit wonder, but at least he released one of the biggest songs of the decade. EVERYONE knows this song (even if you don’t like it!) Even Nicki Minaj sampled this song for her “Anaconda” single.

And who could forget the FRIENDS scene where Ross and Rachel are singing this song to their baby girl, Emma! Classic.

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 “That’s The Way Love Goes” – Janet Jackson (1993)

This is one of my favorite Janet songs. It’s so fun, sexy, and cool…so I can see why this was a hit back in ’93. You’ll even find a cameo from Jennifer Lopez, back when she was a fly girl on “In Living Color.”

Another Fun fact: ‘Nsync recorded a cover of this song, which (in my opinion) is just as awesome as the original. They debuted their video during MTV’s Janet Jackson Icon Special. Enjoy 🙂

 

 “Stay (I Missed You)” – Lisa Loeb (1994)

This had that classic ’90s pop/alternative sound. It’s not the most entertaining video, since all you see is Lisa and her cat in an empty loft. But this was everyone’s guilty pleasure. As sappy as this song was, everyone secretly enjoyed it. 😉

 

 “Waterfalls” – TLC (1995)

One of TLC’s best singles and such a deep song, too! UGH, what happened to my good R&B jams?? I miss you!! Now we’re lucky if the today’s music hits have a good message. And my beautiful “Left Eye”, we miss you girl.

 

“Macarena” – Los del Rio (1996)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiBYM6g8Tck

This song was played and danced at EVERY PARTY! Birthdays, Sweet Sixteens, Weddings, you name it. No one knew what Macarena meant or what they were singing about, but who cared. “Hey Macarena. AH- AY!”

 

“MMMBop” – Hanson (1997)

Another chorus that didn’t make sense but it was such a good summer jam! I wasn’t a huge Hanson fan myself, but I loved that these brothers wrote their own music and played their own instruments. They were like the modern day Beatles (not really, but close.) And all my friends were in love with them!!

 

“The Boy Is Mine” – Brandy & Monica (1998)

R&B was HUGE in the ’90s, so whoever came up with the idea of making these two ladies collaborate with each other, was a GENIUS. My girlfriends and I were obsessed with this song. We still bust this out whenever we have a random Karaoke night. lol And you really believed that these chicks were fighting over a dude just by watching the sass in this video. I love it.

 

“Genie In A Bottle” – Christina Aguilera (1999)

Christina’s first big hit and the beginning of the Britney & Christina rivalry. I had this album on a CASSETTE TAPE before buying the CD. And now CD’s are ancient. **SIGH**

And I know I’m getting old when I’m hating on the younger generations for covering this song. But seriously, Dove Cameron & Disney really did butcher the song. But my little cousins love the remake! 🙁

Dove Cameron’s “Genie In A Bottle”

 

Now you have a ’90s Summer jam playlist!

Stylish Pregnant Celebrities, Past & Present

Being pregnant and feeling fashionable has been a real struggle for me. Not only do I not have the energy to get dolled up and put on heels on my (already) swollen feet, but I can’t be spending a ton of money on outfits that I will wear for a few weeks (since I’m constantly growing.)

Once in a while I won’t mind dressing up a bit…but it’s not going to be my everyday look. Sorry, not sorry! I’ll just dress as comfortable as possible and live vicariously through my Pinterest boards and pregnant celebs, thank you very much!

However, if I was a celeb and it was part of my job to look fab 24/7 that would be a different story. And I’d like to draw some maternity fashion inspiration from these beautiful ladies (past and present.)

1. Chrissy TiegenChrissy Teigen

First of all it’s unfair how flawless she looks. But pregnancy (and postpartum) looks great on her! If I had my own stylist, I’d definitely want Chrissy’s maternity wardrobe – And I mean EVERY outfit.

 

2. Blake Livelyblake-lively

Speaking of not fair, here’s another pregnant bombshell. If I was ever invited to attend a red carpet (or in this case, the Cannes Film Festival), please have me look like Blake Lively. Her everyday maternity wardrobe is already amazing, but her red carpet maternity wardrobe is to die for! Just beautiful!

 

3. Audrey Hepburnaudrey hepburn

“What we’re going to do right here is go back…way back. Back into time.” We can’t talk about fashion icons without mentioning (the one and only), Audrey Hepburn. Unfortunately, there aren’t many public photos of her being pregnant (since back in the day, women celebrities kept it hush, hush)…but the few pictures that were captured, she looked absolutely adorable. So if I wanted to go for a cute retro look, here we go!

 

4. Jackie Kennedy

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How about a more classic, chic look? Then Jackie Kennedy is definitely my woman. For years she inspired millions with her effortless style, and her maternity looks weren’t any different.

 

5. Mila Kunis

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I love how Mila just keeps it REAL. This would have to be my go-to celeb pregnancy style. Her boho, casual maternity style made me appreciate her even more. I’m all about the yoga pants and loose fitting, flowy clothing with some sandals or tennis shoes. Thank you for being grounded, Mila!

 

6. Kerry WashingtonKerry Washington

L-O-V-E her maternity style!! I love it so much that it’s hard for me to just show you ONE picture….so here’s another second picture. BAM!

Kerry Washington

How gorgeous is she?!? #jelly

 

7. Zoe Saldana Zoe Saldana

I admired Zoe Saldana’s versatile maternity wardrobe. She had her red carpet, business, super casual, and casual chic looks. And she was carrying twins!! She looked amazing.

 

8. Kate Middleton kate middleton

Kate Middleton is the perfect blend of classic and modern. Her pregnancy bump was almost non-existent, but her maternity style was on point. She is so lovely and humble that she recycles her looks. The Duchess would have made Diana proud.

 

So I may not have the opportunity to try all these looks, but a girl can day dream. 🙂

Awesome TV Moms From the ’90s

I’m a soon-to-be mommy and have been daydreaming on the kind of mommy I will be to my baby boy. While I daydream, I can’t help but to archive and relive all my ’90s TV mom memories. I am definitely bias when I say this, but ’90s family sitcoms were THE BEST (especially the moms!) We saw such a variety of moms (maybe good and bad). And in honor of these unforgettable matriarchal figures, I’d like to list MY all-time favorite ’90s TV moms.

1. Vivian Banks (the original), Fresh Prince of Bel-air

Vivian Banks

A strong, educated, beautiful black woman. Aunt Viv was the Claire Huxtable for a new generation (and that’s saying something.) I loved her so much that I was NOT thrilled when they replaced her with a different actress. New Viv is not the REAL Vivian Banks! I mean, who could forget that time she showed off her amazing dancing skills and shut down those haters! You go Viv!

Vivian Banks Giff

2. Amy Matthews, Boy Meets World

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She was the sweetest!! And probably my ideal stay-at-home mom. I always believed her and Allen Matthews kept it real and had a believable, loving marriage. Not only was she a great wife and mom to her husband and kids, but she was even a great mom to Shawn and Topanga! Bravo Amy, bravo.

3. Rebecca Katsopolis (a.k.a. Aunt Becky), Full House                          Aunt Becky

Can you say MILF?! That was one hot mamma! Aunt Becky had the looks, a great job (TV anchor) and a hot husband! She definitely had the whole package. And she still looks great on Netflix’s Fuller House. #BeckyWithTheGoodHair

4. Roseanne, Roseanne

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She wasn’t exactly the warmest motherly figure, but honey you had to appreciate her honesty and wit. Her sassy one-liners are what made her an iconic TV mom AND female comedian.

5. Lisa Landry, Sister Sisterlisa landry

O-M-G this woman always had me LOL’ing! I loved everything about her – personality, fashion, and (obviously) humor. It’s too bad her and Ray didn’t end up together…but let’s be honest, she was kinda out of his league. Sorry Ray!

6. Debra Barone, Everybody Loves RaymondDebra Barone

Debra probably had the most patience out of any TV mom. Anyone that can handle nagging in-laws to that degree, deserves some kind of gold medal. Seriously, I don’t know how she did it. Props, Deb!

7. Harriette Winslow, Family Matters

Harriette Winslow

This woman took RBF (Resting B**** Face) to a whole new level. Nonetheless, you couldn’t help but love and respect her. She was genuinely relatable, that I even imagined her being MY mom. She comes in second (after Debra Barone) at being extremely patient. Do I even have to say it…? Hello…Steve Urkell!!

8. Clair Huxtable, The Cosby Show

Clair Huxtable

This woman needs no introduction. But if I can sum her up in two words, then “Dream Mom” it is! The Huxtables were THE family to be and Clair was the glue holding them all together.

 

I really grew up with these wonderful TV moms and I will carry a little piece of each of them as I embark on my journey of motherhood. 😉

Remember These? Throwback School Supplies from the ’90s.

Hey everyone! This is my very first blog post and since we’re in the season of back-to-school, I figured I’d reminisce on throwback back-to-school supplies that I was totally obsessed with when I was a young girl. Till this day, I still get excited walking down the aisles of Target, Staples, The Container Store, or Jo-Ann’s, shopping for my next planner, gel pens and stickers. 🙂

Here were some of my favorite 90s throwback items:

  1. Lisa Frank Notebooks

How pretty and colorful!

2. Sanrio Pencil Cases

These were perfection. It had a special compartment for EVERYTHING.

3. Gel Pens

Colorful, glittery pens? Why not!

 

4. Disney Lunchbox (with matching thermos)

Beauty and the Beast Lunch Box Set. Umm…Yes!!

5. Five Star Binder

These were legit.

 

6. Stickers and Sticker Albums

For decoration of course!

 

7. A really good Eraser 

Morning Glory erasers were the REAL deal.

8. Push-up Pencils

 

9. And last but not least, the perfect backpack

Yep, that’s ‘Nsync! 😉