April 30, 2019

Something In The Water

I am still riding the wave from the historical Something In The Water Festival which took place this past weekend. I will admit that I'm not really a music festival type of girl, I LOVE music, just not crowds and I prefer a smaller venue. However, in comparison to Coachella this festival actually fit me.

Unfortunately day one was a bust, the weather let us know who was really in charge and all of the musical acts were canceled. I was BLOWN!!! I was really excited to hear Lil Uzi Vert, Janelle Monae and Migos. However, Pharrell totally redeemed himself. He updated us every step of the way and offered us a 33% refund. Honestly, the the cancellation was really in our best interest regarding safety. Although the events were cancelled, my friend and I enjoyed the day drinking. We started out with a Virginia Beach favorite, the orange crush and cheered to the weekend.

Saturday started out with a bang. We arrived to the park and ride location and was bussed off to the festival. Now this part was a bit nostalgic because  we were bussed it was in actual school busses. Albeit funny, I really have to commend Pharrell and his team. From that moment you could tell that they developed a very strong relationship with the city of Virginia Beach. It seemed like the entire city stepped up and helped support this festival. Aside from the relationship with the city, there were other brands big brands on site that showed their support such as: Sony, Akoo, Adidas, Timberland, Uber Eats, Walmart, and American Express, to name a few. There was also something for everyone, music, conversation, and activities. Like I wish that I could have been in more than one place at a time to take advantage of it all. I wanted to see the art walk, attend trap karaoke and see the dance show down. However, I was able to take advantage of the Adidas Creator park. Initially, they were allowing festival goers the opportunity to customize Adidas slides and make a custom Adidas tote. I made the tote but arrived a little too late for the sides and you know ya girl LOVE slides. Saturday was the main festival day for us and we totally enjoyed Travis Scott but when Pharrell and his friends came out we lost it!!! The biggest surprise of the night way Jay Z. It was rumored all week that Jay and BeyoncĂ© were in town but you know how the rumor mill is, but when he came out everyone was up and singing along. Even the people in the adjacent hotels were out on their balcony partying along. Saturday was literally an all day event that ended on a musical high which called for Waffle House. Northern Virginia literally has one Waffle House so whenever I get the chance to get a Waffle I take it.

Sunday started out promising, we thought, I repeat, thought... that we'd get up early and head down to the pop up church. See, there was literally something for everyone... When we arrived to the beach it was beautiful. I was able to fully see the huge balloon that was set up providing that Coachella-like vibe. The line for the pop up church was sooo long and Alisha and I may or may not have cut lol, but we needed a lil Jesus. Pop up church was packed, there were people of all ages, all ethnicities and possibly denominations worshipping together. As much as I wanted to enjoy the pop up church, I couldn't it was hot as ever (I ended up with a sunburn right in the middle of my forehead lol) and the headliners seemed to be coming on later. I had no idea that the service was going to 8PM, after hear at least 3 groups give an a and b selection and listening to one full sermon it was time to go. Unfortunately, weren't able to enjoy any more of the music festival because someone got a new job that started the next day. That literally meant that I missed Chris Brown and I LOVE Chris Brown. Because we were unable to finish the festival we decided that we'd end out road trip by visiting out FAV restaurant in Williamsburg.

If  I had to choose one word to describe the festival, it would be AMAZING!!! I'm not sure if Pharrell had any experience planning a festival, logistics and overall entertainment but he did a hell of a job for his first time I am look forward to supporting him gain next year and please believe, I will be on point to see EVERY SINGLE act that I'm interested in, and I'd like to participate in the festival in some capacity other than an attendee (putting it in the atmosphere).

You have to check out Amber Ox if you're in Williamsburg, VA.

And because I'm still on a high... I'll leave you all with a cute lil Something In The Water playlist.

February 1, 2018

Black History Month...

Aside from June, February is one of my FAV months. I love that this month is the month dedicated to my people and my culture. This month I plan to ask in everything that is blackness and melanated. Early on I was taught about greats throughout history that fought for my rights as well as positively impacted society. Instead of just being lit... I plan on being a light all Black History Month and doing so with my ancestors in mind.

October 9, 2017

J.A.M Gr8test Hits

This weekend was nothing short of amazing. I did it, my first performance in D.C... in front of a fairly big crowd... and it was great. I didn't use the 'N' word and just continued to think to myself... you got this!!! To say that I'm proud of myself is definitely an understatement. There is definitely something special about being around a bunch of creatives; they definitely push you to be better, do more, and give more. Although the practices were crucial in regard to time management, I truly enjoyed the entire process.  I was also happy that I didn't get sick and my voice held up for 4 shows singing around 8 songs. This experience has me thinking about the next performance, maybe even voice lessons, and getting back in to writing.

Although, I was totally in the moment and enjoyed every bit of it, I was happy that 18 friends/family came out to support your girl and that meant the world to me. Take a look below to see just  to see a snippet of this weekend.

Yonce scene...

My innanet friend Tameka

The amazing Jeremy

My castmate Chelsea and I

Thanks Kim for getting me into the JAM Fam

Don't worry if you missed it this year, the show will run again in the Spring; and I hear it may be a 90's show. I'll let you all know well in advance so you can come out and support us.

September 30, 2017

Buying Black Monthly- September Edition


This month of 'Buying Black', was super dope. As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm a huge fan of enamel pins, and many of you also know I'm a huge fan of Hello Kitty. Well ya'll, after just following links on Instagram I was able to find Hello Kitty's cousin, Hello Kiesha and I had to have her. I. Got. My. Entire. Life with this particular pin and had to tell every one close to me of my find. When I tell you I ordered immediately, I did lol. Since Hello Kiesha's arrival, I gave her prime placement on my denim jacket. Be sure to check out The Pin Twins for usual dopeness.

This is sooo me

The next company that I shopped with I also found on Instagram, Instagram be letting you know lol. I saw this t-shirt and it was a direct representation of me, so I had to cop it. I also LOVE the name of Lee Luh's site and she's a fellow blogger as well. Also, her shipping was super quick and the shirt is sooo soft.

Be prepared to see both of the items above in HEAVY rotation because they're just that dope!!! Did you 'buy black' this month, if not you still have a little time left!!!

September 29, 2017

Eliminating the 'N' Word...

Use JamwithKristin for a discount!!!

I know what you're thinking... 'Kristin, you still use the 'N' word' don't judge me but I'm not speaking of that 'N' word. I'm speaking of the word 'Nervous'. As many of you know, I'm in an upcoming show next week; singing. Yes, singing. Now I know and you know that singing is actually a talent of mine. But 9 times out of 10, I'd let that 'N' word get the best of me. This time around, I told myself that I wasn't going to use it... at all. Words become you, and often times, what you speak is what you project. Sooo many times I've been asked to sing in public and my response is usually 'you know I'm nervous', and that's exactly what I projected... nerves.

I totally BOMBED this Summer at my Family Reunion because of that pesky word. The song I chose to sing, I could pretty much sing backwards but I totally F'D it up... bad. Singers are already SUPER critical of ourselves, so I beat myself up bad. Afterwards, I prayed for God to allow me to use ALL of the talents that He's given me boldly and fearlessly. It seemed like right after that prayer, an old co-worker/friend reached out with this particular opportunity.

*Side Note- this is exactly why you have to be careful what you pray for and ready to receive just that.*

Honestly, I'm not sure where this overwhelming sense of 'N' word actually came from. I've song countless times in church, in high school/college, and in several weddings. I actually did the Sweet Auburn festival (twice) in Atlanta. I know that I have issues with being put on the spot to sing but that's primarily it.

I end this post by saying... whatever talent that's bestowed upon you, it's given to you for a reason; to share with the world and not to keep to yourself. It's okay to feel the initial vibrations of the 'N' word, but its not okay for it to rob and take over your greatness. Lastly, remember to speak life to every situation as well as words of encouragement over yourself; for you are what you say you are.

September 7, 2017

Influenster- Oasis Voxbox

Super excited when I received the Oasis Voxbox in July latepost,  this was the perfect Summer box. I mean this box contained everything, something to make you look, smell, and feel good.

Here's what I got in my Oasis Box...
Evolution Fresh Coupon
Eva NYC Mane 10-in-1 Primer
Vera Wang Embrace Fragrance
Aloha Protein Bar in Peanut Butter & Jelly
CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixer Foundation in #765 Tawny
Welch's Fruit Rolls

This drink was right on time for my walk

I can't really say my favorite thing because they all are. I will say that the foundation really surprised me. I hadn't used CoverGirl foundation since high school, yep you read that right. Aside from the makeup the juice was the BOMB!!! The workout bar was something that I could not get into at all, it was like an instant stomach ache. If you all received the Oasis Voxbox, which item was your favorite?