Whats Poppington: Caroline Amine

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I don’t know if you all have seen the video for Caroline or have heard of musical artist Amine, but he’s pretty dope. That’s a passive description, so lets say he’s flippin awesome. The song has a very cool twist to it, instead of the typical woman bashing lyrics, Caroline talks about a female that’s very attractive who Amine want’s to have all to himself. Although the track is a bit explicit, it’s endearing at the same time and it is jammed pack with millenial swagg. Basically this is new music, by a new artist that has only put out two mix tapes in his entire music career. Don’t hate because he has the goods. Just sit back press play and enjoy

“Cause gray scenes might be gray But I love your bloopers
And perfect is for the urgent Baby I want forever” -Amine-

 

What’s Poppington: Toy Story Vans Collection With Fashion Tips

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Malibu Dollface is one of my all time favorite YouTube vloggers. Every video he does is slayed and done to perfection. While searching online for the new Toy Story Vans I ran across his Toy Story Look book that features the new Vans, Forever 21, and JoyRich pieces. If you are a sneaker head and you love unique fashion this post is for you. So, press play and enjoy.

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JoyRich Toy Story Collection

If you are interested in purchasing shoes from the Toy Story Van Collection I highly urge you to visit the Vans website. Most common sizes are sold out however, if you do a thorough search you may be able to find your size from other retailers online. If they are not available on the official Vans website try shopping on eBay for genitally used or untouched items. I ordered mine from an eBay seller. Good Luck!

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Toy Story Woody Denims Purchased from Ebay Midi Legnth Camel Brown T shirt Dress – www.bellabrownplus.com

The Poppington Life: Work Hard Play Harder: Darryl Robinson Rio 2016 Olympics

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Darryl Robinson, an Air Force veteran, a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, has a ten year stretch in real estate making dreams come true in the greater Charleston Tri County area, and now he’s a broker with a successful company called Elite Palmetto Real Estate. With all that accomplished I’m sure Mr. Robinson stays busy, but not so busy that a trip to Rio for the 2016 Olympics is out of reach. He works hard, plays harder.

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While watching the 2016 Olympic games this year and wondering if people were getting infected with the Zika virus in record breaking numbers, Darryl and his friends (the trio) were enjoying boxing and  basketball along with other sporting events live and in person.

“We saw 2 days of boxing 10 bouts each and 2 basketball games. One of the basketball games was Team USA’s blowout win vs. Venezuela.” -Darryl Robinson-

 

Darryl explains that he “stayed in Rio for six days with a childhood friend Terrell Dunmeyer and another that he met while working in Iraq.”

“We found our condo Air BnB… Stayed on Copacabana beach which was the site of beach volleyball…. Saw no mosquitoes and no criminal activity.”  -Darryl Robinson-

That goes to show that you cant believe and hold true to everything you hear on the news. Meanwhile the 2016 Rio Olympics trio enjoyed Brazil, and added another experience of a lifetime to their resumes and another stamp to their passports.
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From drinking Cachaca, sugar cane sweetened rum, locally sold on the beach, to experiencing Rio’s night life with a Sao Paulo native, the trio experienced all sides of Rio.

“Night life was lit and we went to clubs outside of the tourist areas.  Even went in the hood to the Favela.”  

“The girl that took us up there was from Sao Paulo a few hours away and spoke Portuguese, but was also fluent in English and had one rule…”On the way down don’t speak because they will know that you’re not from here.”…We caught an uber on the way up.”

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I live for the Olympics and faithfully watch the Olympics every time it airs, but to actually experience it and bask in the ambiance of it all takes things to another level. I enjoyed living vicariously through pictures and Darryl’s descriptions of Rio 2016 Olympics. Who knows, in the next four years I may be posting from Tokyo for 2020 Olympics, or next month maybe we will be posting from the beaches of Trinidad and Tobago. Stay tuned and remember to get up and get out to live the poppington life.

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What’s Poppington: Dope & Rare’s Bae Trippen

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 Dope & Rare launched there new app/game Bae Trippin earlier this month (Aug 2 2016). This is a fresh spin on a game app in my opinion and in some cases real life to those guys that have experienced having their belongings thrown outside by “bae”. Bae Trippin is a witty spin on what could be a frustrating situation. It’s a fun way to pass time while bobbing your head to a Mossberg Montana produced beat.

“When Mossberg released the ‘Chicken Chicken’ back in May, the internet went crazy. It was truly a proud moment for [Charleston],” Wages added. Moments after it was released on Soundcloud, we called ThatLevel. The [‘Chicken Chicken’] trend became the official instrumental for our game.” ~Justin Wages~

The game was developed by ThatLevel with the concept of collecting yo shit after its been thrown out. No, you don’t have to be a master mind to know how to play this game. All you have to do is jump and grab.

Jenifer Vanderhorst Plays Bae Trippin from Pretty-N-Poppington TV on Vimeo.

Along with dropping an innovative pass time, Dope & Rare’s founder Justin Wages knows the value of supporting his followers and giving back to show gratitude.

“Our followers are dope, “said Wages. “The iMac Giveaway was a way to express our gratitude, and share our very first project. Not too many people, companies or organizations would giveaway items with such high value…for free.  But we live by the motto ‘that it’s better to give than to receive’.” ~Justin Wages~

Bae Trippin is now available at the Google Play Store as well as iTunes.

 

What’s Poppington: Tawana T The Best Publicist In Charleston

 

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Last week I listed 5 ways to become a boss, well, I have another way you could explore your boss dreams and that is to be like Tawana T. A few days ago I had the pleasure of interviewing the best publicist in Charleston SC, Tawana Tolbert. As Tawana and I spoke over brunch,  we discussed her business as a publicist. She touched on how she has to exert herself as a boss in the male dominated hip hop industry, and in true boss fashion when representing others in the public eye, Tawana spoke more about her clients then herself. She is a professional, she knows her craft, and her clientele list is extremely impressive. Conducting this interview was a pleasure and I’m sure this is just the beginning of interviews to come.

PrettynPoppington Presents TawanaT from Pretty-N-Poppington TV on Vimeo.

What’s Poppington: Jenifer Vanderhorst The Blogger

 

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Hello there, I’m Jenifer Vanderhorst the blogger. Pretty-N-Poppington is an outlet for me to explore and discuss urban culture, entertainment, and lifestyle. Everything that is posted on PnP comes from that expressive space in my head that’s always itching to get out and talk about any and everything. I am from Charleston, SC born and raised, and I love to post and showcase independent artist of all genres, local events, and eatery’s, from the Charleston area. Charleston is a beautiful place to live and it was more beautiful growing up . We have a tremendous amount of black culture, success, and beautiful life here in Charleo, and It means a lot to me to showcase the black positivity that my city has to offer.

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Hannibal’s Kitchen in Downtown Charleston SC

I started PrettynPoppington back in 2010. I started it because I lost my creativity. I wasn’t working for MAC Cosmetics any longer (after a seven year tenure.) I wasn’t practicing as a licensed esthetitian (I’ve been licensed now for thirteen years) and I was no longer traveling and working in the entertainment industry as a freelance makeup artist. So, I didn’t have that much needed outlet of expression. I yearned to get back into something that revved my quirky engine, so PrettynPoppington is here and now it’s a thing.

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Every now and then you might see a beauty or fashion post from me, because those are also loves of mine. When PnP first got started we were a beauty and fashion blog and we did very well. I decided to go another route because I lost my fashion blogger and did not want to search for anyone else (he was absolutely amazing.)  Secondly my industry changed along with my life. Suddenly lifestyle and culture became more important to me, along with supporting my community. I truly hope you enjoy my website and my opinions on all things urban culture, entertainment and lifestyle with a Charleston flare. If you have any suggestions leave a comment. Thank you.

 ~Jenifer Vanderhorst~

What’s Poppington: Jessie Williams Guns Fired and Drop The Mic Amazing Speech

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Jesse Williams, man oh man, I was left speechless along with thousands of others after watching the 2016 BET Awards Humanitarian recipients’ speech. This man is more than a fictional character suited in medical scrubs and a lab coat as seen on Grey’s Anatomy. Jessie Williams is for the fight and for the uplift-meant and equal rights of black Americans. He stands on the front lines supporting, and fighting for equality that’s much needed still in 2016. Watching him speak made me feel like I was apart of something great, he spoke like a passionate activist ready to employ change by any means necessary. Click play and watch Jesse Williams in action.

Whats Poppington: “Dem Thick Up Gal” and Monif C Swimwear

 

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Summer is here, and as a Charleston SC native, I can assure you that it isn’t going to get any cooler anytime soon. For the fuller figured women or “dem thick up gal” this means less clothes and more skin. So, what do you do, or I should say what should “dem thick up gal” do?

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Swimwear for full figured women aren’t the most attractive selections seen in your local or big box retailers. I feel that all women are beautiful no matter what size, but lets be honest, retailers do not cater to fashion, and style when making plus size clothing. So again, what do you do? You go somewhere that offers what you want and need. These few words can solve all of your swimwear shopping dilemmas. shop online at Monif C.

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While surfing the web I ran across this online boutique and I was happily impressed. Monif C offers designer clothing for all occasions along with designer swimwear. If you fall in the plus size, full figure, or thick up category you need to shop Monif C. The clothing is sexy, sophisticated and fashionable. For a higher end designer boutique the pieces are moderately priced yet affordable for that chic diva that doesn’t mind spending  some coins on boutique prices. Take my word for it, every cent will be well worth your purchase.

What’s Poppington: Happy Father’s Day Top 5 Gifts For The Younger Dad

 

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Lets celebrate Father’s Day in style this year. Dads have evolved from their quintessential roles, and they do a lot when it comes to their children. So, why not splurge a little and show him exactly how much he means to you and your family. Here’s PrettynPoppington’s top 5 gifts for a younger dad. Happy Father’s Day!

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Haurex Mens Maestro Black Dial Chronograph Watch $925

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Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost Pirate Black $1499.99

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PlayStation 4 500GB Console – Call of Duty Black Ops III Bundle $350.00

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Bleu De Chanel 10oz Eau De Toilette $225.00

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Hennessy XO Cognac 700mL $225.00

What’s Poppington: Charleston’s Own “The Cocktail Bandits”

 

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Taneka Reaves and Johnny Caldwell, better known as the “Cocktail Bandits” at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Photo by K. Marie Lewis-Fox

When I look at the image above I see two pioneering beautiful black women that has invaded an industry that is predominantly ran by Caucasians, stylishly created their own lane, and has made skeptics into believers. Best of all they are from Charleston SC, the place where I was born and raise, and the place that I call home. I have encountered these two at events on the Charleston scene, but I do not know them personally, and still I am extremely proud of their accomplishments. Taneka Reaves and Johnny Caldwell has been featured on NBCNews/NBCBLK  highlighting what they know (cocktails) and what they do best (mixology).

Taneka Reaves and Johnny Caldwell are shaking up the cocktail and beverage game.

The duo, better known as the Cocktail Bandits, presented to a sold out room during this year’s Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. It was their second time at the four-day celebration of southern cuisine, which took place June 2-5.

The seminar engaged the history of beverages in South Carolina “from moonshine to craft beer to sweet tea.” The self-proclaimed Southern Libationists shared the history of select beverages while attendees had a chance to taste.

 

What’s Poppingtion: Panda Desiigner vs Karmin Who Did it Better?

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Karmin? Who’s Karmin? Karmin is only the dope ass duo that became YouTube sensations after covering Chris Brown’s look at me now featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes a few years back, April 12, 2011 to be exact. If that hasn’t refreshed your memory you need to come out from under the rock you’ve been sleeping under, but until then I’ll just tell you more. Amy Heidemann, the female half of Karmin, has amazing vocals and a natural flow when it comes to rap. Rather she’s rapping a cover or her own bars she kills it every time. Her fiance, Nick Noonan, is the talented keyboardist in the background doing his thing. The two got signed back in 2011 and now has out two singles, “Hello” and “Brokenhearted” they both have landed in Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart and reached number one on the dance chart.The two are at it again with their new remix cover of Panda, by Desiigner. And for the record, I like their version better, but don’t take my word for it, judge for yourself and tell me know what you think below.

What’s Poppington: The Revamp and ReLaunch

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Hello faithful readers, if your still there, All thirty thousand of you. I am in the process of a revamp and relaunch of PrettynPoppington. I know some of you darlings are pissed off and irritated at my inconsistency, so for that I have to apologize…Apologies. The way I look at things is, life happens, and in life you have to revamp and relaunch and that’s exactly what I have been doing so that I can be 100% committed and faithful to my passion, PrettynPoppington.

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In with the new

With that being said, expect to see new posts, videos and Interviews starting Fall 2016 with blog post topics focusing on crisp original indie talent from the Carolina’s and beyond. This coming fall will be a great start for the new PrettynPoppington. Expect to see more esthetic changes as I will enjoy the personal challenge of building my readers back up to 30k per month and more. Lego!!!

Whats Poppington: Hip Hops Female Competition

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VH1 did an article on the top 15 female rappers to look out for in 2015, The list is quite interesting. Some of the MC’s that made the list has definitely made an impact this year and will continue to make their mark into 2016, and others I haven’t heard of. That’s not to say that they’re not doing big things, I simply haven’t heard of them. I’m no rap authority, I just like what I like, which just so happens to end up very popular or mainstream. So, with that being said, I have an eye for things and people that are poppington (pun intended).The top 15 ladies that were selected by VH1 are Angel Haze; Lizzo to Jungle Pussy; Tiffany Foxx to Nyemiah Supreme. Didn’t I just say that i’m tuned in to all things/people that are and will be poppington. Tiffany Fox, yes mam. I did a post on her a few years back (I’m tooting my horn) because I knew she would certainly make a mark, Nyemiah Supreme was also featured on a PrettynPoppington post along with other female MC’s apart of The Sisterhood of Hip Hop, a reality show that show cased women and their journey to success in the hip hop industry. I feel that VH1 has a pretty accurate list. My top three female MC’s for 2015 are as followed and check out hip hops female rap competition below.

Whats Poppington: Nicki Minaj Talks About Her Break Up With Safaree

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Nicki Minaj interviews with Angie Martinez on power 105.1 in what I think is her most personal and organic interview ever. This is the first time I feel like I’ve ever related to her in an interview. She expresses her feelings about going through a tough and current break up with her long time boyfriend Safaree. Nicki shares intimate thoughts about her life in a way she never has before. I’m a Nicki Minaj fan so I enjoyed and appreciated this interview. I feel like it was also a great interview because Angie Martinez is a dope ass interviewer . I’m sold, definitely going to get the album. Check out What she has to say below.

Who’s Poppington: Azealia Banks Interview Hot 97

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This is the very controversial interview with Azealia Banks on Hot 97. I loved listening to her views and felt every emotion she felt. I love her. I’ve been listening to her since she dropped, before she became super popular. She is the truth. One of PrettynPoppingtons favorite people. She has a voice and she’s not afraid of who hears what she has to say. In my opinion she is a true definition of hip hop in an uncut and raw sense, not this watered down mainstream bullshit that gets pushed to the masses as a facade and/or stolen images and portrayals of hip hop from corporate America. Check her out. You may or may not like what shes saying, but keep in mind, Hip hop is Black American culture and no matter what mainstream hip hop says or try to erase, that’s where it began with black people in the streets of New York. Shes passionate about her views. I say rightfully so, and I’m with you.