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Home is Where the Modern Map Art is…

Home is Where the Modern Map Art is…

Home is where the Modern Map Art is… Isn’t that how the saying goes? Because I could’ve sworn I’ve seen it quoted somewhere …hmmm… Oh, I know!!! I must’ve seen it on Modern Map Art‘s website right before they gifted me this awesome artwork! For […]

♥ Shimmy’s Life Updates ♥

♥ Shimmy’s Life Updates ♥

So you thought Waldo and ole Carmen Sandiego did it best? Well, from the looks of things, no one disappears better than Shimmy Sistah! And to think, I just pinky promised all of you that going ghost was a thing of the past. 😛 For […]

Shimmy Sistah’s Playlist Vol. 3 – Ladies Edition

Shimmy Sistah’s Playlist Vol. 3 – Ladies Edition

Kreuger’s dead, killings at Camp Crystal Lake will forever go unsolved, and I’m pretty convinced that purchasing any red-headed, overall wearing doll promising to befriend you or your loved one is anything but mere child’s play.

Best Ladies Playlist 2016

Honestly, I’m much more of a Christmas fanatic, but sometimes I can’t help my insatiable desire for all things eerie! Thankfully, I’ve decided to step away from the gore and give y’all some festive fall features you can be sure to listen to during your next hay ride! Hope y’all enjoy!

1. Izzy Bizu – White Tiger

I once admired my little brother for his intellect, ambition, and quirky mindset, but now it looks like I can add ‘taste in music’ to the list as well!!!

He introduced me to Izzy around 2 weeks ago thinking I’d like her genre, style, and vocals. He’s usually never wrong, but he kinda missed the mark on this one – as i actually ended up LOVING her!

Her sound is as pure as it is melodic. It takes you to a foreign abyss of euphoric undertones and rich inflections that will leave you wanting more…much more. Plus, she’s wearing tulle with sneakers on her album cover! It doesn’t get much better than that!

Check out more of her retro-chic style with these hits!

Mad Behavior

Someone that Loves You

2. Lianne La Havas – Say a Little Prayer

My little brother led me to the water and since I took a drink, I happened to stumble upon Lianne after checking out Izzy.

Lianne, British singer/songwriter, has a story that inspires and really showcases the power of social media. She was raised by her grandparents after the unfortunate split of her parents. Not letting that hinder her and realizing her musical strengths she received from her parents, she began singing and playing instruments at a young age.

Taking advantage of Myspace and other social media platforms by showcasing her urban appeal, afforded her the spotlight! Let’s not dim her shine and put these records on repeat!

What You Don’t Do


3. Solange – Cranes in the Sky

I can’t cook which is probably why Solange is letting us have a seat at her table instead!

My favorite song, Cranes in the Sky, is the epitome of beauty. In fact, her entire album is. Not being afraid to touch on the inequities experienced by African Americans in the most harmonious of ways is truly a testament to her growth…and mine.

Grab your barrettes, pull up a chair, and get comfortable. I can’t wait to see what she’s serving us for dessert! Check out her menu below!



Best Playlist 2016

4. Emily King – Distance

We drove ALL the way to Little 5 Points, parked our car in the sketchiest of parking lots, waited in line, but missed her show (she was the opening act to Emeli Sandé).

Our Mommy and Me date wasn’t all a blunder, however. We got the chance to see Emeli Sandé and because Emily King’s posters were plastered everywhere, we got the chance to look her up and see how much of a star she really is!

Echoing a similar urban appeal like Lianne, Emily is one for the books! Her lyrics either tell a story, make you fall in love, or BOTH! I mean, I’ve gone plenty of cuffing seasons without a significant other, but this year, I just may have to find me an inmate!

Listen to the rest of these as you join me on my cuffing quest!

Off Center

U & I

Ordinary ♥

At Night He Plays

5. Emeli Sandé – Hurts

The only thing that hurts is that even in the shower, I’m STILL unable to belt like this one!

Now while we weren’t able to secure our spots for Emily King’s show, my mommy and I did get a chance to see Emeli Sandé in concert. To say we enjoyed her presence, humbleness, talents, and overall ambiance she created at the Variety Playhouse would be an utter understatement. Even her hairdo captivated us!

I believe she’s coming out with another album soon, so stay ahead of the curve by tuning in below!



Next to Me

My Kind of Love


If y’all liked this list of lovelies and would like to listen to the beats of my eardrum, feel free to follow me on Spotify! Here’s my username: spotify:user:12171081787. I look forward to following back!

Remember to Live Life, Beautifully 

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Tinder Put Me In JAIL!!!

Tinder Put Me In JAIL!!!

TBH with y’all, I didn’t even wanna download the darn thing. I mean, meeting cute strangers, getting free meals while exploring the city – who wants THAT? Certainly not me! 😛 Why? Well, cuz being Stubborn Single Susan is SO much better and way more […]

⇒ Natural Hair Magazine’s 2016 Hair Summit Giveaway ⇐

⇒ Natural Hair Magazine’s 2016 Hair Summit Giveaway ⇐

Can we just be like P. Diddy on a yacht somewhere poppin’ Ciroc with tattered fedoras on our wig wearing noggins? Or is emulating Mr. Worldwide much better? Either way, we really need to pick one or the other so we can get to CELEBRATING […]

»My Way or the Highway«

»My Way or the Highway«

Have you ever met someone and it just seemed right? You know, the feeling you get when the stars align and serendipitous occurrences happen by chance? Well, until recently I haven’t been able to attest to such pleasantries, but now that I FINALLY have, I couldn’t help but celebrate and share it with you all! 🙂

Atlanta Food Truck Park

As you Shimmies already know, I spent the holidays at home – enjoying the cedar scents of my beloved city, begging my parents for their checkbooks and debit cards, and basking in the fact that my academic pursuits were finally coming to a much deserved end. These activities, as adventurous and delightful as they seem, were not my only ventures, however…

(Yes, it’s story time! 😉 )

Gloomy days can be the worst, can’t they? 🙁 If we’re not careful, they can even get the best of us and leave us somber and just downright drab. Adamant about not letting this particular gray-day drag us down, my mommy and I decided to have a mommy-daughter-date (Hooray for those, right?)! In a jiffy, we hopped into our matching OOTD’s (which weren’t planned by the way), and we headed on up to ATL’s Food Truck Park – because there’s nothing like stuffing your face when gray clouds settle in ! 😛

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After getting a tad-bit lost (thank my poor sense of direction), we finally found the place! Taking in the scene and foodie scents, we prepared our palates and opted for some good ole BBQ! Blindsided with unbeknownst mindsets of what all there was in store, we made our way to My Way Café.

For starters, the menu looked delectable: ribs, mac-n-cheese combos, all the pulled pork your ♥ can stand with the best baked beans and coleslaw to top it all off!!! Fixated on the menu, we didn’t even notice Wayne Echols practically force feeding us samples! We had everything from their chicken tortilla soup to their chili bowls and every appetizing thing in-between! Salivating and overwhelmed by the succulent samples, my mommy decided to order ribs, mac-n-cheese, and coleslaw while I opted for the yummy tortilla soup.

My Way Café ribs mac n cheese baked beans

My Way Café chicken tortilla soup Atlanta Food Truck Park Best food truck in Atlanta

Now any Southern Belle knows that you can’t have good eats without great convo to accompany and Caroline and Wayne Echols (owners of My Way Café) certainly did not disappoint. 🙂

Touching on topics ranging from the weather and politics, to family, food and loads of fun, the connections and spiritual chemistry never ceased. Not only did we find out how Crusader Caroline survived Breast Cancer, but also how grateful they were to the Heavens above for their countless blessings and plentiful pardons. Needless to say, their charisma and charm captivated me and my mother as we left forcing back our tears. Despite it being a gloomy day, conversing with the Echols while savoring their tastiest treats seemed to make it all the better. 🙂

My Way Café Atlanta Food Truck Park Best food truck park in Atlanta

My Way Café Atlanta Food Truck Park Best food truck park in Atlanta

Quite content, we drove back home recanting our encounter realizing that making new friends are moments that should be cherished, adored, and appreciated exorbitantly. If y’all would like to experience this joy as well and have any similar stories to tell, be sure to not only share them below but also visit My Way Café on Howell Mill Road right off I-75. Tell em Shimmy sent ya! 😉

Remember to Live Life, Beautifully ♥

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*** P.S. Memorial Day is RIGHT around the corner! Contact the Echols here ⇒ info@themywaycafe.com for catering options and much more! 😀 ***


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