5 TED Talks For Your Playlist

I’m trying to be more intentional about how I waste my time. Stick with me for a moment. While I like to spend time reading, there are too many times when I waste time trying to beat a really hard level of Cookie Jam.  I’ve decided that in those moments where I’m just wasting time I’d prefer to do something more productive. I decided to start listening to more TED Talks.

What are TED Talks?

A TED Talk is a showcase for speakers presenting great ideas. Usually, the format calls for presentations on the shorter side. Think about all of the lectures we’ve all (almost) fallen asleep listening to. The talks are thought-provoking and stimulate conversation. They can be inspirational, funny, or mind-blowing and they cover almost all topics — from science to business to global issues.

One of my favorite TED Talks even ended up in a Beyonce song: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists.

Here are a few of my favorite TED Talks that you may want to add to your playlist.

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5 TED Talks For Your Playlist

MANOUSH ZOMORODI

How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas

Description: Do you sometimes have your most creative ideas while folding laundry, washing dishes or doing nothing in particular? It’s because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new neural connections that connect ideas and solve problems. Zomorodi explains the connection between spacing out and creativity.

 

ELIZABETH GILBERT

Your Elusive Creative Genius

Description: Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius.

 

SARAH LEWIS

Embrace the near win

Description: At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives.

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#LemonPepperKickback Playlist

The Palmetto Peaches are basically Insecure’s Issa and Molly in real life, so not getting invited to the #LemonPepperKickback was very disappointing. The guest list included: Janelle Monae, Tessa Thompson, Donald Glover, Lil ‘ Rel, Luke James, Brian Tyree Henry, Mack Wilds, Samuel L. Jackson–pretty much everyone but us. What’s a kickback? A lituation with good friends where dance battles, card games and photo shoots will go down. There was a video of Issa getting her life to Project Chick, which made us think about the #throwback songs we’d want at our #lemonpepperkickback.

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#LemonPepperKickback Playlist

  • Shop Boyz – Party Like A Rockstar
  • Trey Songz – Bottoms Up
  • Drake – Fancy; HYFR; Forever
  • Sean Paul – Temperature; I’m Still In Love
  • T-Pain – Buy U a Drank
  • 702- Where My Girls At?
  • Soulja Boy – Crank That
  • Snoop Dogg – Drop It Like It’s Hot
  • Usher – Yeah
  • Kelis – Milkshake
  • Bubba Sparxxx – Ms. New Booty
  • DJ Khaled – All I Do Is Win; We Taking Over
  • Chingy – Right Thurr
  • Beyonce – Party; Crazy In Love

So our playlist ended up having like 68 songs… You’re going to need to order more wings, people!

  • T.I. – Bring Em Out
  • Lil Wayne – A Milli
  • Ludacris – Stand Up; My Chick Bad; Moneymaker
  • Kanye West – Golddigger
  • Terror Squad – Lean Back
  • Rich Boy – Throw Some D’s
  • YoungBloodz – Snap Yo Fingers
  • Young Money – BedRock, Every Girl In the World
  • Waka Flocka Flame – No Hands
  • Huey- Pop, Lock and Drop It
  • MIMS – This Is Why I’m Hot
  • Nas and Damian Marley – As We Enter
  • Jidenna – Classic Man
  • Hurricane Chris – Halle Berry; A Bay Bay
  • Kid Cudi – Day N Nite; Pursuit of Happiness
  • Mariah Carey ft. Gucci Mane – Obsessed
  • Keri Hilson – Pretty Girl Rock
  • UGK ft. Outkast – International Player’s Anthem
  • Dorrough  – Ice Cream Paint Job
  • Destiny’s Child – Lose my Breath
  • Petey Pablo – Freek-A-Leek
  • Young Dro – Shoulder Lean
  • Ciara – One, Two Step
  • Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
  • Kendrick Lamar – Loyalty
  • F.L.Y – Swag Surfin
  • Ester Dean – Drop It Low
  • G-Eazy – No Limit
  • Erykah Badu – Next Lifetime ; Didn’t Cha Know
  • Chance the Rapper – All Night ;Juke Jam
  • Crime Mob – Knuck if You Buck
  • Goodie Mob – Thry DOn’t Dance No Mo; Beautiful Skin
  • Aaliyah – I’m So Into You
  • Chris Brown – Run It; Pills & Automobiles
  • Xscape – Just Kickin In; Understanding
  • Lil’ Kim – The Jump Off
  • Wayne Wonder – No Letting Go

 

What songs would you add to our #LemonPepperKickback playlist? Let us know after you’re done dancing.

 

#Latergram: Put Your Phone Down

Whatever happened to living in the moment?

At Hangout this year, I watched a friend get super frustrated that she couldn’t get a good video of Mumford and Sons on Snapchat. To be fair, she was drunk, but her bad mood from not being able to get amazing footage killed my vibe. I just wanted to jump and dance around to “Little Lion Man”. But to be fair, I’ve be I’ve been that person too. A few weeks ago at Music Midtown, I watched a lot of Bruno Mars’ set through the iPhone screens in front of me. I was trying really hard to record “Versace on the Floor” and “When I Was Your Man”. But all I (and countless others) really got was a low quality version of a performance we could’ve been experiencing.

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Why?

Because we’ve become so obsessed with recording our lives. Too many people are too busy “doing it for the ‘Gram” (wait, do people still say that) trying to get likes and followers rather than living in the present. When I finally put my phone down, I danced and sang screeched my way through Bruno’s set.  At the end of the night my feet and back hurt. We kinda lost two of our friends who left to get us water. But I had the time of my life and I enjoyed the hell out of that concert.

Let me share another story with you:

Pulling out the parking lot at Starbucks the other day, I was the witness to a pretty remarkable scene. With the exception of one table, everyone was sitting with a group or at least one other person. However, everyone was on their phone. The next thing I saw was a young woman with a little toddler. Juice box in hand, the little girl stopped at the curb and put her hand out to be held as they walked into the parking lot area. Here’s the thing, her mom/sister/babysitter was too busy looking at her phone to notice the little girl had stopped and extended her hand. I became extremely annoyed with all of those strangers. I don’t know why it bothered me so much that particular day, but I told myself I was being a hypocrite. In that moment I vowed to step back and not partake in this madness (as much) and that I’d put my phone down more. I’m encouraging you to do the same.

You may need to put your phone down if:

  • You’ve almost injured yourself because you were walking and looking at your phone.
  • If you’re Instagramming your food and not paying attention to your date.
  • You’re too busy live-tweeting Scandal you missed most of Olivia’s monument or asterisk monologue.
  • You’re in a room full of people and not engaging in the conversation or at the very least doing some people watching.

We’re so involved in this race to capture everything that’s going on around us that we’re only getting a diluted form of the actual experience. So in the next few weeks try to:

  • Limit what makes it in your Snapchat story. You don’t need to take a snap of every song during your favorite artists show. At the next concert you attend, maybe take a quick video at the beginning and then put your phone away and enjoy the show.
  • Talk to a stranger. Now I’m not saying go find a creep, but have a little social interaction instead of resorting through scrolling through your Instagram feed.
  • Enjoy your meal, don’t Instagram it. Look some of your brunch pics are mouthwatering, but bite into that eggs benedict and get all that hollandaise sauce.  Order two baskets of duck fat fries and enjoy. No one has to know you’re on your 3rd cheat meal of the week.
  • Do it IRL. Yes, in real life. Instead of browsing through Pinterest for hours, grab a friend and hit up an antique store, craft shop, or mall and browse IRL.

Go have some experiences and if you take a picture or two make it a #latergram and keep living in the moment. Or just put your phone down and make a conscious effort to go screen free because real life is out there waiting for you to experience it.

What about you? Are you good about putting your phone down and getting the full experience? Leave a comment below!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

5 Halloween Costume Ideas For Your Girl Gang

Is it time for Halloween costume ideas already? Yes, yes it is. Other than pumpkin spice overload and cheesy scary movies, the best part of October is Halloween. Being able to dress up with your squad makes this holiday even better.

5 Halloween Costume Ideas For Your Girl Gang

Flossy Posse (Girls Trip)

The Flossy Posse is my newest, favorite girl gang. Watch the movie, and you’ll find out why.
What you need:
Airbrushed denim vests
80’s hair-do

If you’d like to recreate the dance battle scene–just grab some colorful colorful wigs and black shades.

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Mario & Wario (Super Mario Brothers)

Mario & Luigi is too easy, I guess.
What you need for Mario:
Denim overalls
Red shirt and cap
White gloves
Brown shoes
Mustache, if you want to fully commit

What you need for Wario:
Purple overalls
Yellow shirt and cap
White gloves
Green shoes
Mustache, if you want to fully commit

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The Muses (Disney’s Hercules)

Perfect excuse to walk around singing all night.
What you need:
White fabric for a toga
Gold sandals

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Meredith Grey & Cristina Yang (Grey’s Anatomy)

Show your “person” how much you love them by dressing as this complicated duo.
What you need:
Blue scrubs
Name tags (for clarification purposes)
Stethoscope
Optional: A bottle of tequila

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East Compton Clovers (Bring it On)

In a world full of Toro’s, be a Clover.
What you need:
Green Clovers uniform
Optional: orange and/or yellow bandana

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Snapchat filters

Call me basic if you want, but I think this is a great/easy idea.
What you need:
Flower crown
Brown puppy ears
Black and white puppy ears
Those are my favorite filters, but there are at least 5 more to choose from.

What Halloween costume ideas would you add to this list? What group ideas have you done in the past?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Friday Faves: Fall is Here

We’re starting to officially make the transition from summer to fall. So we’ve gathered up some of things (and people) we’re adding to our faves list as with the season change.

Friday Faves: Fall is Here

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Faves Sweet Treat

Ace: Apple Pie Vodka from Voodoo Tiki Bar (aka my job). All you need is ice cubes and a little whipped cream–your taste buds will thank me later. I can’t wait until the weather gets a few degrees colder, so I can add a little heat to that vodka, and sip on it.

Donni: Well now I want that apple pie vodka Ace is talking about. I’m going basic:  Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. 

Fave Vlogger/Blogger

Ace: I haven’t discovered any new faves just yet, but I’m still riding with Sheriden Chanel and Kiah McBride from xoNecole.com. Donni and I met them at Melanin and Mimosas a few years ago, and now they’re doing big things with another one of my favorites: Necole Kane.

Donni:  I recently stumbled on DaNi B. Jade’s YouTube channel and love her DIY tutorials. Also, I’m loving Chelsea Williams, from That’s Chelsea. She’s a 4c naturalista (like me) that blogs about all things health and wellness including green beauty and her plant-based lifestyle.

Favorite TV Moment

Donni: Blackish isn’t just a TV show. It’s a socially conscious experience. I love how the show tackles “uncomfortable” topics that people would prefer not to talk about. It’s not that they tackle it, but they still get you to laugh while doing so. Wednesday’s premiere episode: Juneteenth –  celebrated on June 19, which marks the day in 1865 that the last slaves were freed in the United States – provided a powerful history lesson on an overlooked holiday.

Ace: I know there’s a lot new fall TV shows out, but I just finished Freeform’s The Bold Type and it stole my heart. The show follows 3 best friends, in NYC, working for a women-based magazine. I like to think that Kat (a fierce social media director with slight emotional issues) is what I would’ve been like if I took on a big city after college. I was slightly embarrassed while crying at the end of the first episode. The magazine’s HBIC gave a speech about feminism, sisterhood and taking chances–and it hit me straight in the feels.

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As fall rolls in what things are on your own Friday faves list? 

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Fallin’ into Health and Fitness

While the first day of fall was last month, fall is finally beginning to creep into Atlanta. I do, however, mean creep. The mornings are cool, but by lunchtime it’s back 80°. Leaves are starting to change and fall. Pumpkins are popping up everywhere and football rules the weekends.

The shorter days and longer nights are on the way. Typically fall is the time of year I exercise less. I tend to hibernate all fall and winter, perfectly comfortable spending my time on the couch. Whether watching football or TGIT. However, when I think about it fall is really the perfect excuse to slow down and take extra time to really look after yourself. Below are four tips to fit in health and fitness this fall. 

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Fallin’ into Health and Fitness

Savor seasonal produce.  

Nourish your body this season with seasonal foods. Shopping for seasonal produce will also save you some precious coins. Apples, cabbage, cranberries,  eggplant, kale, pears, persimmons (hey, Charleston folks), pomegranates, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. Basically think fall colors when you’re cruising by the produce: deep greens, dark yellow and oranges.  Fall is the perfect time to crank out some hearty and healthy soups and stews. Remember the crock-pot is your friend.

Work out at home.

I get it the days feel shorter and maybe fitting a workout into your routine feels a little harder. I try to tell myself that even 15 or 20 minutes is enough time to get in a quick workout. I use walking my dog around my complex as my warm up and am not above a living room workout. I bought a set of resistance bands I could set up on my door for full body workouts turning my living room into my own personal home gym. However, figure out what works best for you:  fitness DVDs, Youtube videos, Nike Training Club, or the Tone It Up program.

Protect ya neck!

Well literally, but also just layer up. I started sniffling last night and realized I probably should have thrown on another layer to walk my pup. The change in season brings about a change in climate. I know some people are already feeling the change in weather and in some places it’s basically 90° everyday. No matter where you live, be prepared when the temperatures do start to dip and keep this in mind as you plan outdoor activities.

Indulge

As much as I support eating healthy and finding times to fit in fitness. I think you should also make time for yourself and indulge. Whatever that looks like to you. Spend time relaxing at home, wrap up in your favorite blanket, wear your favorite hoodie and enjoy some early nights in. Binge watch Stranger Things and drink a spiked cider. Go and get the PSL with the whole milk and extra syrup. Now I’m not saying drink three a day, but bat an eye at the mention of calories and savor that latte.  

Do you plan on fitting in more health and fitness into your fall? Leave a comment below and tell me how. 

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches