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Friday Favorites: New Year, New Faves

Friday Favorites: New Year, New Faves - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comFriday Favorites: New Year, New Faves


Ace: There were plenty of emotional moments during President Obama’s farewell speech, but when he gave a shoutout to his bae, “Michelle LaVaughn Robinson”, I lost it. Not to knock any of his achievements, but to see them in love, while leading our country, and looking sharp while doing so, are #RealLifeGoals. I’m so grateful that I spent the last 8 years with such an amazing President and First Lady. P.S. You can grab my shirt here. 

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Donni: Hmm, Can I pick one for each year President Obama was in office? Please note: I cried some real tears making that sentence past tense.  Actually, I don’t think I’m ready to let them go as the first family so here’s a placeholder:Friday Favorites: New Year, New Faves - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.com

Fave Mantra/inspiration

Donni:  This year I began writing daily affirmations in my journal and while I’m only 20 days in I already feel like I’m in a more positive space.

#Affirmations – Day 1 of 365.

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 “The magic begins in you. Feel your own energy, and realize that similar energy exists within the earth, stones, plants, water, wind, fire, colors and animals.” – S. Cunningham

This quote came with the crystals and sage wands I ordered from The Hoodwitch. The raw rose quartz is for self-love, and the chunky pyrite is for focus and confidence. I can use a little more of all 3 in 2017.


Fave 2017 Release

Ace: Moonlight (Rereleased after the Golden Globes) Moonlight blessed my soul with the best of both worlds: the hood and the arts.

Donni: I’m going to have to go with Ed Sheeran’s new music: Shape of You and Castle on the Hill. Let me set the stage: December 2015, Ed decides he’s going to take a break from music so he could do an Eat Pray Love or “travel the world and see everything [he] missed.” Then a year later, he just up and changes his Twitter profile background to a pretty shade of blue. C’mon Ed, drop a single. And it’s nothing but silence until the New Year when he finally tells us new music is coming. He’s been on a media tour since the release of the new singles and he gave us this little gem:

Bless your sweet,Ginger soul, Ed!!!

Favorite Netflix Show/Movie

Donni: Chewing Gum. My friend Lindsey suggested that I watch it and I instantly loved it. It’s certainly not for everyone, but I found  it hilarious. The second season is airing in the UK and I’m trying to figure out how I can watch it now.

Ace: Blue Jay. I’ve already confessed my love for Sarah Paulson to y’all, but that’s not why Blue Jay made the list. It’s one of the movies that made me laugh and smile for the entire time, until the last 5 minutes. Also on my list? Crazyhead. Usually, I don’t willingly watch shows about zombies, but this writing for this one wheeled me in. Friday Favorites: New Year, New Faves -- The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.com

Chime in! What are some of your favorites so far this year?

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Happy Holidays!!


Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of our readers!

Sometimes the holidays can be stressful so our wish for all of our readers is that you all have an amazing, enjoyable and wonderful holiday. Sip on holiday cocktails and munch on some yummy treats.

We’re going to take a few days off, spend time with family and friends and recharge our creativity. We’ll be back in 2017 with new content and hope to connect to more of you.

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Peace out 2016! You’ve been…interesting.

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Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? (2016 Edition) - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comWe’re grateful to be able to share another Thanksgiving holiday with our readers! As usual, we’re still grateful for family, friends and wine. Last year, we made a list of people, dead or alive, who we wanted to invite to Thanksgiving dinner. This year, we’re keeping it more on the alive side.

First and foremost, we have to invite President Barack Obama and our slayful First Lady, Michelle Obama. It’s  our last Thanksgiving with them, and we’re in our feelings about it.


Solange. I’m gladly giving Solange a seat at the table. While I’m not opposed to Beyoncé being her +1, I just have to talk the woman behind one of my newest, favorite albums. We’re all “adults” here, so I’m going to admit to being jealous of Solange when growing up. She was the star I thought I would be, which is one reason why admire the hard work and soul she put into A Seat at the Table.

Sarah Paulson. Yes, there are American Horror Story questions for her to answer. However, I need to hear her cover Salt & Pepa’s “Shoop”.
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Luvvie Ayaji. Her writing style, technology skills and philanthropy accomplishments are #RealLifeGoals. Confession: a few years ago I emailed Luvvie about being her assistant. We set up an interview and then life happened. I didn’t try too hard to chase the opportunity, and allowed personal issues to get in my way. Our paths will cross soon, but until then, I’ll continue to cackle at her commentary on current events and television shows.


Donni’s Dinner Guests

Along with the POTUS and FLOTUS, I really would love to share dinner with the Joe and Jill Biden. I’m unashamed about the following fact: I love Joe Biden. I’ve had a “Cup of Joe” mug with his face on it since 2008. Before everyone was going crazy over sexy young Joe Biden and sharing the Biden memes I’ve had a slightly unhealthy  obsession with him and Dr. Jill. They are my favorites!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – I don’t think they’ve been officially seen them together, but their relationship was confirmed earlier this month by when Prince Harry issued an official statement blasting all the social media trolls harassing his girlfriend with racist comments.  Meghan is an actress on Suits, but is also an activist and lifestyle blogger. Markle was spotted going in and out of Harry’s place at the back of Kensington Palace wearing his baseball cap and carrying groceries from Whole Foods. You know just casually bringing in groceries into the palace. Love her. Here’s a excerpt from an essay she just penned:

“With fame comes opportunity, but it also includes responsibility — to advocate and share, to focus less on glass slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings. And, if I’m lucky enough, to inspire”.

So I want to hear their story and any wedding plans already in the works. Move over Princess Kate! (although, I love her too.)

Ava Duvernay – I love this everything about this woman and if she wants to bring Oprah as a plus one – I’m completely okay with that. Ava killed it this year with Queen Sugar and her documentary 13th. She’s currently in production on Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” that has made her the first black woman to direct a movie with a budget of more than $100 million. Yass queen. I just want to sip a holiday cocktail with her and pick her brain.

Val Chmerkovskiy – Why do I want to share a meal with Val….

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Plus, he’s basically a sweet teddy bear. I love him on Dancing With the Stars, but this season with Laurie – who is the most precious thing ever- has been awesome to watch.


Who would you invite to your holiday dinner?


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5 Blogger Myths and Stereotypes

Blogger Myths and Stereotypes - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comThe life of a blogger isn’t perfect. However, sometimes a blogger’s social media presence will give off an illusion that it’s all amazing outfits, exclusive events, free products, latte art, perfect twist-outs and/or model-like messy buns. No. Just no. Don’t let some of these Instagram feeds fool you and don’t make those assumptions about the Palmetto Peaches.

Camera rolls will prove that what ends up on Instagram was likely take 12 of 15. Staged. We’re not all cranking out posts on Macs and making money off our E-books. Although, some bloggers are and we can’t knock their hustle. So here’s some thoughts on common blogger myths and stereotypes – Palmetto Peaches’ style.

Blogger Myths and Stereotypes

“People become bloggers because they want to be famous.”

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Oh okay…We’re still waiting for our E! reality show offers to come in and our sponsorship from SheaMoisture. This blog began as a creative outlet and a way to start an online conversation with girls like us: supporters of coffee, liquor, laughter and sweatpants.

“Every blogger I see has an obsession with Starbucks, planners, and labels.”

We both have Gold Starbucks Rewards cards, but we also rack up bonus stars during challenges and hoard those bad boys for free coffees when out bank accounts aren’t looking too good. Yes, Donni has a planner obsession, but it’s because she’s on the spectrum for Type A aka Type Awesome. She’s been carrying around a planner since 5th grade so it’s not a “blogger thing”.

“Blogging can’t be that hard.”

Well let’s see. First we have to brainstorm about new content, write the content, create graphics, confirm that our SEO is on point, promote the posts, and respond to comments. Don’t forget that we’re also balancing work and social lives. Blogging, when done correctly, takes a lot of energy and a huge time commitment. It is fun, but it’s also hard work.

“You’rE a reporter…like a journalist. You have to  write about whatever Is trending.”

While both of the Palmetto Peaches have degrees in journalism, that ain’t us. One of the first things we set straight before creating this blog was to avoid becoming entertainment or gossip bloggers. Nothing against bloggers who take that route (they’re actually some of favorites), but we knew early-on that our posts would be more about our lives and not other people’s.

“Bloggers are self-involved.”

Not going to lie, there are some situations where we’d rather be locked away with our computers and cameras than deal with the real world–but we aren’t self-involved. Bloggers usually try to use their personal experiences to help readers solve a problem or discover a new passion. Yes, we occasionally rant and rave, but who doesn’t?

If you know us personally, what did you think when we told you we were starting a blog? Bloggers, what are some myths and stereotypes you hear?

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Manespiration:Natural Hair Bloggers & Vloggers

Manespiration: Natural Hair Bloggers and Vloggers - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comNatural Hair Mag’s Natural Health & Hair Summit is around the corner. This event will boast some of America’s best health and hair professionals who are experts in their respective fields. They will cover topics such as nutrition, mental health, personal development, fitness, hair care and more. Come join the summit in Atlanta on October 1,2016.  You can find more information about the event at www.nhmsummit.com.

In the spirit of all things natural, we’re sharing some of our natural hair manespiration! Below you can find some of our favorite natural hair bloggers and vloggers.

Manespiration: Natural Hair Bloggers and Vloggers

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Jasmine Rose @msjasminerose

Jasmine Rose is goals!!!  Seriously she’s one of our favorite natural hair bloggers and vloggers. You can find the best makeup tutorials on her YouTube channel and she lives the healthy life as a plant based vegan.


Whitney or Naptural85 on Youtube is a graphic designer, vlogger, blogger, and natural hair enthusiast we can’t live without! She also made the cover of the very first edition of .  P.S. If you’re looking for a bomb flower crown tutorial, she’s got your back.

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Franchesca Ramsey @chescaleigh

You may know her from Youtube, MTV and The Nightly Show. This a writer, actor and comedian entertain and inspires us and is also manespiration.

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One half of the duo from Natural Hair Does Care, Shalleen-Kaye helps her followers with natural hair care, styling ideas, nutrition, and emotional wellness!

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Jocelyn Reneé @curlynugrowth

Jocelyn works to educate people about the science of textured hair and the versatility of locs and Ace stands by her advice.

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Natural Health & Hair Summit

We still have tickets to giveaway for the summit. Enter below for your chance to win tickets for the event!

Curlfriends, share your favorite manespiration with us!

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Friday Faves: Olympics Edition

Friday Faves: Olympics Edition- The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comThis past weekend your Palmetto Peaches were reunited in ATL. As always shenanigans ensued. From a disastrous attempt to complete Buzzfeed’s Olympics Opening Ceremony Drinking Game to an attempt at Sunday brunch, the weekend was full of adventures.  So in honor of us dancing ing Virginia Highlands like we were trying to win a gold medal, we’re recapping some of our favorite things in this Olympics Edition of Friday Faves.

Fave Cocktail

  • Gold: We give the gold to the Moscow Mule. After an adventure to Target for copper mugs, we made our own version of Moscow Mules. We skipped the limes and just bought lime-flavored vodka, but they were delicious.

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  • Silver:  Although, one of us was too hungover/weak/dehydrated to fully enjoy them, mimosas at Henry’s deserves second place.
  • Bronze: Water belong on our podium because at our age, we know how essential it is.

Fave Snack

  • Gold: On Sunday, we ventured to the Farmer’s market for a few items so Donni could meal prep and ended up with an assortment of cheeses.  We bought Gorgonzola Dolce, aged goat Gouda, and Asiago Fresco. How classy of us, right? I guess after taking shots
  • Silver: On Friday night we opted for a white pizza, with spinach, chicken and feta. Who says pizza can’t be a snack? 
  • Bronze:  The Parmesan Truffle Fries at Henry’s were so delicious.

Fave Song

  • Gold: Okay, so while not technically a song. All weekend we were jamming to the Sirius XM Fly station that plays hip hop and R&B from the 90s and 2000s. Yasss for all the jams!
  • Silver: So every time the Olympics theme song  played we had to do a waterfall in that Olympics opening ceremony drinking game. The thing is we were never quite clear if we heard it,so we would just do the waterfall anyway. Bad decision.
  • Bronze: “Wipe Me Down” – If only we could have captured the epic dance party that went down in Virginia Highlands. It was definitely a throwback to a night in 5 Points during our undergrad days.


Fave Olympic Sport

  • Gold: Women’s gymnastics runs away with the competition. Simone Biles is just amazing to watch. Aly Raisman’s parents are just as entertaining to watch as the gymnast herself, and we simply love Gabby Douglas and the rest of the team.
  • Silver: Three names: Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, and Simone Manuel. They alone make swimming interesting, but add in Ryan Lochte’s hair and swimming easily comes in second.  
  • Bronze: This is hard. You can’t go wrong with basketball. However, how bomb has Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross been dominating beach volleyball? We can’t decide on a winner for this one.

Are you watching the Olympics? Let us know what you’ve loved so far in the comments below!

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