Last year (which was technically only 10 days ago) – I had the great pleasure of teaming up with Verizon Wireless for their #My2012Moment celebration campaign. I had the opportunity to meet and interact with many visitors from around the world – all with one goal in mind – to ring in the new year with over a million friends, family and more in what many call the crossroads of the world – Times Square.
We chatted about everything from accomplishments to milestones and everything in between that made many #My2012Moment for everyone. Some of #My2012Moment (s) definitely included: (Click here for the entire #My2012Moment list…)
- Attending the 2012 London Olympics
- My first ever Parisian escape to Paris, France
- Being Named “Best In The Blogasphere 2012” by Black Enterprise
…and even becoming the host for Verizon’s New Year’s Eve celebration video on New Year’s Eve was beyond a doubt one of my favorite moments of 2012 and it closed out the year with a bang!
Want to check out the #My2012Moment experience from Times Square? Check out the video in it’s entirety below…
What were some of your favorite moments of 2012? What are you looking forward to the most in 2013? Share below…
It’s true! This year has had truly been an amazing year of highs (and even higher highs) for DivasandDorks.com. From going to 2012 London Olympics to speaking at the National Black MBA Conference and everything in between. While looking forward to a better year than ever before – 2013, we can’t help but to look back at our favorite moments of 2012. Check out below to discover why this has been an unbelievably phenomenal for DivasandDorks.com.
Black Women in Music / Black Women in Hollywood
Thanks to Lincoln & Essence Magazine, we had the chance to rub elbows, talk tech and mingle with some of your favorite starlets, musicians and Hollywood celebrities. Kelly Rowland, Nene Leakes and more checked out the new 2014 Lincoln MKZ during Essence’s Black Women in Music, Grammy weekend in California. Just a week later, Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes, Tracee Ellis Ross supported and uplifted fellow thespian sisters during the Black Women in Hollywood event during Oscar weekend in L.A.
In The Press – Essence.com, RollingOut.com, BlackEnterprise.com, TheRoot.com, Pose Magazine
This was an incredible year for DivasandDorks.com in the press. As a contributor for Essence.com, I was featured in RollingOut & Pose Magazine highlighting the business behind the blog. BlackEnterprise.com even interviewed an unconventional mentor, (my mother) to reveal the secrets behind successful mentor/mentee relationships. Before the summer was complete, TheRoot.com listed DivasandDorks.com as one of the best blogs of 2012.
Induction in Black Enterprise Magazine’s Top Of The Blogosphere’s Best
One of my favorite moments by far included kicking off this year’s Black Bloggers Month as being revealed as the first inductee in the 2012 Blogosphere’s Best for BlackEnterprise.com.
Kayaking in the Pacific Ocean
During an exciting west coast excursion with Toyota, I had the best time camping and even kayaking, (yes, I really kayaked) in the Pacific Ocean all by myself.
Diva, Dork and Actress?
This year marked a year of firsts in front the camera, as I starred in Ford’s Escape To New Orleans web series and Samsung’s SmartTV informercial series.
Panelist, Host & Keynote Speaker
“When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.” – Michelle Obama
This year has been filled with a lot of hard work, blessings beyond belief, and I was more than excited to share my experiences as a speaker/host/keynote speaker at the Financial (App)titude seminar, Style Bloggers of Color Conference, National Association of Black MBA, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Tom Joyner Family Reunion.
Mentorship & Inspiring Young Lives
As an active mentor for The Young Women’s Leadership Schools in NYC and host of D&D’s first “Social Girls Night” – we at Diva And Dorks believe in investing & encouraging young women to pursue their dreams, passions and more (and because of those beliefs, the Divas and Dorks Foundation was officially formed.)
Global Ambassador at the 2012 London Olympics
As Samsung’s official ‘Global Ambassador’ – I was privileged to represent Team USA at the 2012 London Olympics. I got the chance to meet Olympians, take in a few of the Olympic games and experience all the unique sights of London, England.
Last Train To Paris…
For the first time ever, I experienced a dream getaway to Paris, France from the United Kingdom (during the Olympics). The Effel Tower, The Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysée all were seen and conquered by the diva!
Divas Love To Travel & Love Their Cars!
This has been an amazing year of travel and automotive adoration on DivasandDorks.com. So much so, that our sister sites DivasOnDestinations.com and DivasDriveInHeels.com were born and slated to launch January 2013!
Here’s to a wonderful 2012 and an even better 2013!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Everyone knows that New Years Eve is the one night of the year, besides Halloween, when letting go of inhibitions is not optional, but in fact mandatory. If you are like most of us, still pondering on what you want to do to bring in the New Year with loved ones, search no more. We have found the best of the best and combined them all into one place.
Here are the top five things you can do in the top five cities across the nation on December 31st to welcome 2013!
1710 N. Las Palmas Blvd, Hollywood CA 90068
3 of LA’s Hottest Clubs: Premiere Supper Club, Angels and Kings, and Las Palmas, unite to bring you Hollywood’s BIGGEST New Years Eve Party! With discounts offered to groups of 5 and 10 or more… you may want to gather up some friends, pick out your outfit and hit the town. There’s still time to get discounted tickets but they are sure to sell out soon!
2. Greystone Manor NYE Party– “The Grand Ball | A Black Tie Affair”
643 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90069
“THE GRAND BALL – A Black Tie Affair” is paying homage to the nostalgic era of old Hollywood Glamour and Decadence. Toast your champagne glasses at the stroke of midnight and dance all night to the eclectic music of Los Angeles’ Best Open Format DJ and Greystone Resident Devin Lucien!
3. Together as One Shrine Expo Hall,
649 West Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Together as one is an 18-and-over event that will be back in LA this year at the Shrine Expo Hall. They’re also throwing a pre-NYE party the night before with a 2-night party option.
3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
This event promotes itself as the most romantic New Year’s party in the OC. The event features three party rooms and an open bar.
5. OC Fair NYE Block Party OC Fair & Event Center,
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Held at the Orange County Fair Grounds, this event does not require any black ties and will feature a stage for every decade from the 60’s to the 90’s with tribute bands and DJs. There will also be a Demolition Derby in the arena, a gaming room with chips for prizes, rides and gourmet food trucks on hand to feed the masses.
96 Lafayette St., New York NY 10013
Designed as a concert hall, dance club and lounge, this triple threat venue has proven over and over again that it is the place to be. The focus at Santos Party House this New Years Eve is only on one idea: for people of all dances to revel in his house. Hipsters, funkers, beat-rockers, suits, dresses, skinnies and mini’s are all welcome to join in on the festivities. Celebrating New Years 2013 at Santos Party House is about letting go, starting fresh and indulging in the 5-hour premium open bar.
312 W. 34th St., New York NY 10001
Partying isn’t the only thing New Yorkers can do on NYE. For those looking to welcome 2013 with a good laugh, the 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Festival at AMC 34th Street is the place to be! Featuring favorite comedians and up and coming jokesters, you’ll howl into the new year with joy, and make merry with a 7-hour premium open bar.
West 40th – 53rd Streets, New York, NY
Times Square is the epicenter of the largest, most highly anticipated New Year’s Eve celebration on the planet! 1904 marked the first New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square saluting the opening of the New York Times headquarters located at One Times Square. Over a century later, be part of 2013 history. Join Christen & Verizon Wireless as we celebrate top memorable moments of 2012! Tag your photos, tweets and more with #My2012Moment and you could appear on MTV’s Video Billboard in Times Square during our NYE celebration!
312 W. 34th St. New York NY 10001
This is another alternative night to celebrate a new year. Film enthusiasts can celebrate New Year’s Eve in the company of Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck and plenty more of the world’s most timeless movie stars as we present the 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Silver Screen Festival at AMC 34th Street. Favorite classic films will play through the night, and guests can indulge in a 5-hour premium open bar, featuring unlimited wine and champagne.
I’m sure you’ve heard about Jay-Z and Cold Play performing at the Barclays… and unless you want to pay thousands of dollars for a ticket on StubHub, you’d probably be better off checking out some other options to see live performances in NYC this December 31st. Here’s a few you may want to check out:
Venue: Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn, NY)
Concert: Nas with Elle Varner
Venue: Radio City Music Hall (NYC)
Venue: Gramercy Theatre (NYC)
1421 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33130
Segafredo Brickell is offering a special! Cirque de New Year’s Eve show. It features a 3-Course dinner, glass of champagne upon arrival, New Year’s countdown, Lounge Music by Resident DJ Diego Harispe, and entertainment by Tony’s Circus.
301 N. Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33131
Bayfront Park is the place to be for the largest FREE party in South Florida! A Dance Party with Tony the Hitman and count down to midnight with Miami’s own, “La Gran Naranja” (formerly The Big Orange)! At the south end of the park, this New Year’s Eve icon will slowly ascend the side of the InterContinental Hotel, reaching the top at midnight in conjunction with a grand display of fireworks shot over beautiful Biscayne Bay, and is also named One of the Top 10 Places in the World to Ring in the New Year by USA Today and MSN.
1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach FL 33139
Cameo has one of Miami biggest New Years Eve celebrations as we ring in 2013 in true South Beach style. Featuring multiple levels and a glamorous interior, Cameo brings you NYE 2013 with a live performance by FUTURE and 3-hour Open Bar.
1203 Washington Ave., Miami Beach FL 33139
SoBe Live is voted #1 Hip Hop Venue by the Miami New Times in 2012 and voted #1 Hip Hop venue in the nation by VH-1 two years in a row. With a choice of a Regular open bar or Premium open bar ALL NIGHT LONG, a gourmet cuisine buffet, a $5,000 Balloon Drop and music by BET DJ Q45, SoBe Live is a great place to be on NYE.
This is not exactly Miami, but it is an alternative option for folks that plan to be in Florida and may want to steer away from the night life to something more family oriented. Celebrate New Year’s Eve fun-filled evening includes access to all DisneyQuest attractions and video games, including CyberSpace Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold and the Fix-It Felix console games from the Disney film Wreck-It Ralph, available for a limited time only, meet-and-greets with some of your favorite Disney Characters, 2 DJ dance parties, complete with party favors, a New Year’s Eve countdown and a confetti drop at midnight, and a meal.
1. PURE Nightclub – New Year’s Eve Hosted by Nicki Minaj
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas NV 89101
PURE Nightclub inside Caesars Palace welcomes club goers to ring in the New Year with multi-platinum recording artist Nicki Minaj as she hosts an unforgettable affair. The rapper, songwriter and television personality will throw a boisterous party as she leads the countdown to midnight and celebrates with partygoers at Las Vegas’ top mega-club.
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas NV 89101
The ultra-exclusive HYDE BELLAGIO is located on the water with unparalleled strip views and under the glow of the fireworks at midnight. Expect a night filled with celebrity surprises and performances. Open format and eclectic sounds provided by NYC’s own Mick Boogie. Open bar selection till 12 a.m. and a champagne toast at midnight. Also, the very handsome Common will be in the house with a live performance.
3. Fireworks on the Strip
No admission cost is required for this one. Just take up some space on the strip and you’re set. The sky over the Las Vegas Strip explodes in an extravagant show of sound and light with fireworks coordinated from the rooftops of the MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood, the Flamingo, the Venetian, Treasure Island, Circus Circus and Stratosphere.
Vegas’ latest “it” club provides a packed house every night and more celebrity appearances than a Hollywood red carpet event. On NYE, DJ Vice will be providing hip-hop and rock mash ups for partygoers. J. Cole will also be hosting so it is sure to be a good time!
Moon is a nightclub that will make you feel like you are dancing in the stars. Located in Palms Casino Resort, the music in the club is a mix of hip-hop, mash-ups, and rock. Stylish nightlife attire is required. Wynter Gordon; DJ Jazzy Jeff and Wynter Gordon with Mikeattack and Exodus will be holding down the venue.
4355 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, Georgia 30346
RAAP Network Atlanta is hosting NYE in ATL, a four day-long event for young professionals in Atlanta, which ends with a celebration of the new year. The event includes a Meet and Greet on Friday, Vegas Night on Saturday, concert and after party on Sunday leading up to the bash to bring in 2013.
50 Upper Alabama St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
The 24th annual Peach Drop is a full day of family fun and an evening of top-notch entertainment! As 2013 nears, the main stage will light up with live performances and the 800 pound Peach will begin its descent just before the clock strikes midnight. Packed full of excitement, the Peach Drop is Atlanta’s favorite way of ringing in the New Year! Over 100,000 visitors are expected to ring in the New Year at Peach Drop 2013.
5851 Buffington Rd Atlanta, GA 30349
Experience a Legendary NYE Bash with sounds by DJ Nabs spinning the best in hip-hop, R&B, Top 40 and more. All guests in attendance will receive a complimentary champagne toast at midnight as well as light hors d’oeuvres and hookahs available. Complimentary car service will also be provided.
1820 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309
A very chill way to spend the evening. Chef Joe Truex is preparing a four-course meal with a champagne toast for a very affordable price. This is the perfect solution for those avoiding clubs and big crowds.
2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339
Since its start in 2010, the All Star Comedy Jam has been touring around the country and making people laugh and chuckle. This year, the comedians on tour will be closing out the tour by performing in Atlanta. The lineup includes Gary Owen, Capone, Finesse Mitchell, and Tony Roberts. Bring in the New Year in Atlanta laughing till you can’t take it. This is going be a night to remember. These guys are the truth in comedy! DJ Spinderella will be providing music for the evening.
Whatever you choose to do this New Years Eve, Divas and Dorks wants you to be safe while bringing in the new year with fabulousity!
Happy Holidays and Have a Happy New Year!!
Now that you’ve survived the hustle and bustle of buying and sifting through presents, spending time with family, and devouring Christmas dinner, it’s time to make plans to ring in the New Year! There are many ways to celebrate, from being with family to hittin’ the Wobble alongside other party-goers to staying in and having a quiet toast at home. No matter your choice for the night, these apps will definitely boost your celebration.
Want to watch what happens live in Times Square without leaving home? Try Times Square Official New Year’s Eve Ball 2013 App (Free). No matter where you are, you can join the biggest U.S. celebration of New Year’s Eve with this app. Watch the show, countdown to the midnight ball drop, enter photos for possible selection to be shown on screen and learn about the history of the Times Square NYE Celebration.
Create memorable stories using Backspaces (Free). Similar to Storify, Backspaces is a mobile storytelling app that incorporates multiple photos, geo-tags, text and other captions into a short story that can be shared via web link on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere.
Curious about NYE festivities across the US or around the world in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Sao Paulo, Montreal, and Tokyo? Check out the New Year’s Live 2013 Earth Cam ($2.99). Using popular tourist cameras throughout the world, EarthCam live streams footage of crowds cheering and celebrating the coming of 2013. You can take virtual photos in costumes from around the world, and send party favors and special sound effects to help friends and family ring in the New Year.
Send a Happy New Year’s Eve eCard with Appygraph Greeting eCards (Free). Choose from hundreds of designs that can be customized by adding your own photo. Just like sending a text message, share your eCard through iMessage, Facebook, or as an image. Cards can be printed and mailed for $1.99 (US) & $2.99 (International).
Heading out for a night of partying and want to be safe? Try the Circle of 6 App (Free). Circle of 6 lets you program your top six friends or family that can come to your rescue in an instant. They can send you an “emergency” text to help you get out of a sketchy situation or you can send a drop-pin text with your exact location to be picked up. This app can also be used to keep track of friends when you’re out partying in a group and get lost. In urgent situations, Circle of 6 can dial a national rape or domestic violence hotline for you.
Another quick way to get home is Taxi Magic (Free). Use this online taxi booking service to find and pay for a taxi ride home. This app allows map view to help track the arrival of your ride and sends an eReceipt for your records.
Need answers about what the New Year will bring? Consult the New Year’s Oracle 2013 (Free). This app lets you virtually melt a piece of lead, originally shaped as symbols of luck, into a random shape. Use the accompanying list of meanings to help you interpret what you see. Share this app at parties, save the image in your photo stream, or share them on your favorite social networking sites.
Many believe that however you bring in NYE will be a reflection of what’s to come throughout the year. Start by avoiding the NYE hangover, then follow-up with a hearty meal that will ensure good health (rice), wealth (greens & cornbread), progress (ham), and good luck (black-eyed peas). If you happen to find love, online or in-person, be sure to check them out against these five red flags. Between the apps above and the tips linked in these articles, every Diva should have a fun, festive and happy New Year!
What creative way will you be bringing in the New Year?
What’s the funniest thing that happened to you in 2012? What 2012 moment are you most proud of? What 2012 moment do you wish you could relive forever? Join us this Thursday as we kick off My2012Moment and relive the events that shaped our year!
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With a little over 2 weeks left until the ball drops on 2013 its time to start scouring the racks for the perfect New Years Eve outfit!!
And with holiday spending still on your heels and your credit cards, you’ll want to be pretty conservative in your spending, but still be fabulous. That’s why we’re here to help!
Time Out New York shared a list of 100 party dresses under $100 and here are my New Years Eve choices from that list plus a few more!
Sit back and relax, we’ve got you covered here at Divas & Dorks there’s bound to be one you love for less than you think!
Rihanna’s strapless black asymmetrical dress during her performance of “Diamonds” during the Victoria Secret fashion show is perfect for a formal NYE’s event and you can have a similar look for only $78 on karmaloop.com. It’s called The Danielle from NYC Boutique.
Like the look but don’t want to wear all black? Try this strapless black and cream assymetricla dress also on karmaloop.com from Plastic Island for $96
H&M has two striking choices, one in bright pink with a sweetheart neck and empire waist for only $50.
The second dress from H&M is also $50 and features a black faux leather bodice with a layered skirt in black and white with a sheer bib and hemline.
Next we have a one shoulder fitted printed dress in black white indigo and teal from Marshalls, it comes in at $40.
Looking for a brighter print? BBDakota has a magenta, purple, black and grey printed dress with a sheath like top with an A-line pleated skirt $89.
Want to be on trend this New Years Eve? How about a formal number in the color of the season, oxblood. This one shoulder cape dress from Leaves of Sass is found on LULUS.com and is only $59
Also if you are a little more full figured and don’t want anything too clingy this black and white dress with chiffon overlay from The Avenue is only $80
See the full list of 100 dresses here –> (http://www.timeout.com/
Do you have big plans for New Year’s Eve? Let us know what you’re wearing! Planning on going with something off our list?