Friday, August 31, 2007

Annabelle Blue's FYI

FYI: Apparently a side effect from mixing Vicodin with alcohol is death. Last week I wrote about my favorite prescription painkiller being Vicodin and how I took it with margaritas, wine and Yager bombs last month. I don't recommend doing this AT ALL. Just thought I'd pass along this info. I almost DID die, so just know that it's VERY dangerous and you should NEVER do this. Okay, now my heart can rest because I know most of you are psychotic druggies and would totally think mixing alcohol with Vicodin was okay if I didn't say otherwise.

On a much lighter note, my friend and officemate Katie sent me the cutest article about orphaned hedgehogs who are using a cleaning brush as their mother. Aw, I'd be their mother!!!

That's it for now, y'all. Enjoy your Friday! :)

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Trés Belle Girl of the Week

This week's "Trés Belle" is someone I am completely biased towards. I've known/adored this chick since second flippin' grade. I love her for so many reasons including (but definitely not limited to) her humor, her loyalty, and awesome taste in music. You know how you have some friends that you just kind of "get" each other? She's that girl to me. She made high school fun. Okay, enough of the mushy stuff!

Let's meet Bahar . . .

After a day outside in 100+ degree weather with thousands of other people.

Name: Bahar A

Age: 23 :(

Where's your favorite place to be? somewhere not cold and not humid with any of my friends

What do you think is beautiful? as cheesy as this sounds, when people actually give a shit and make an effort to help others. i think its also beautiful to see little children learning and playing lol :)

Are you living your dream? If so, how? If not, what are you doing to reach it? no im not yet, and i may never but i will try to reach, the day that i learn to THINK AND FOCUS.

If money weren't an issue, how would you live your life? i would travel 6 months out of the year, and the rest of the time work for others for free to help them. (no im not being cheesy)

Describe your favorite outfit? black black and more black.

What's your favorite word? phenomenal. im sure i spelled it wrong. (Editor's note: She didn't.)

What makes you unique? my dna?

What's your drink of choice? alc bev- vodka tonic with lots of lemon, non alc bev- perrier with lots of lemon....hmmmm they taste pretty similar.

What are your three favorite albums? ahhh, umm wu-tang forever because its fucking wu tang clan, placebo - "without you im nothing" because it is PHENOMINAL. and the crystal method- "vegas" cause it is my very first electronic music album age the tender age of 12.

If you could give the 13-year-old you any advice whatsoever, what would it be? Its not that serious, its never that serious, and it will never be that serious. also-- DONT BE MEAN. :) ohhh pubertyyyyy

You're beautiful. ♥

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Annabelle Blue's WTF?!

In honor of Michael Jackson's 49th birthday today . . .


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Annabelle Blue's Faves

Fave Way to Buy Books: I love to buy books. The only thing I love more than buying books is buying them for cheap. I accomplish this by buying most of my books on (by Ebay). Definitely treat yourself to a book or two . . .or three.

Fave Summer Drink at Starbucks: So, summer is winding down. Labor day weekend is this weekend which unofficially officially ends summer. There's lots of things I want to do before summer is officially over (which is depressing as hell) . . .one of which is drink some Shaken Passion Iced Tea Lemonade at Starbucks. (Wow, I love how all Starbucks products are like 20 words long.) I usually try to get the unsweetened version and put a little Splenda in it, but if I'm having a good day I splurge and get it sweetened. Definitely the best summer drink to get at Starbucks. (Of course the frapps are good, but I don't think it's worth all the calories.) I don't even know if it's offered on during fall and winter, but it tastes better with plenty of sunshine, a tank top and flip flops.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Letter from the Editor

Hi y'all!

So another week is finished. This week went a lot smoother for me because I had a better idea of what to expect with "Annabelle Blue." I hope all of you guys are enjoying reading! Don't forget to leave me a comment if you have any suggestions.

I'm definitely getting rid of the review section. Wednesday is now "Annabelle Blue's WTF?!" and I'm just going to bring you something totally random to laugh or cringe at for the day. I like that idea A LOT better.

On a personal note, I went to yoga yesterday after not going for nearly two months. I didn't know how much I missed it until I did it again. I'm no yogi BY FAR, but I just love how my body and mind feel afterwards. I'm tooooooootally zen. So, my yoga instructor (who has the cutest Persian accent ever) comes in and she has this huge belly! She's pregnant! How cute is that? I did notice she was a little chubbier in yoga class back in June, but I didn't think much of it. Women's bodies change so fast during pregnancy! After class she told me her baby is due in December and it's her first. I congratulated her and she said, "Hopefully you will be too one day!" Ah. I lovelovelove children, but I don't want any for at least five years. But I was very, very happy for her. Yay! That just made me happy for some reason.

My supervisor at work's grandmother just passed away. It's always a tough situation to deal with someone's loss. It's usually the ones left behind here who have the real problem, so I just told her if she needed anything to let me know. I'm not good at dealing with loss. It's still, at age 23, a very bizarre concept for me.

The past few days have been about life and death, it seems. It's made me start thinking about mine. Particularly, about how lame I think my life is right now and that I'm not happy, don't know what I"m doing and how I'm in dire need of direction. I've also been having whacked out dreams that are kind of disturbing . . .hair falling out, end of the world, things getting stolen . . .what gives?

Well, I'm off to finish making my new workout mix on iTunes featuring some M.I.A. stuff I just downloaded. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! See you Tuesday!


Friday, August 24, 2007

Annabelle Blue's FYI

Dude, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, otherwise known as PMDD, is real. Most women experience a little PMS before they start their period, but few experience dehabilitating pain and severe mood changes. I am one of those people. I have had this “issue” for a while, but when I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a few years back, my intense PMS was thought to have been a side effect of that. However now, over two years later, I’m much healthier as far as my thyroid is concerned, but I still experience the PMDD. In fact, I believe it has gotten worse. I gain up to 2-3lbs before my period. I usually feel depressed. I have mood swings. My breasts become sore. I have cramping. I could go on and on. It seems unfair, but at the same time, it seems like it’s a part of my life. I just kind of . . . deal with it.

I am the type of girl who (generally) hates even taking Advil. Yeah, I admitted to a mild and short-lived Vicodin addiction, but in all seriousness, I’m pretty much an au-naturale gal. So, for that reason, I will not take antidepressants (which can even make it worse!), nor will I take birth control. I don’t like to eff with my body too much. Now that I’m older, my periods come regularly (like clockwork), so I believe my periods aren’t the problem, per se. I believe what I’m putting in my body and how I’m treating it is a whole is where the problem lies.

When I’m very active and have a good work out regime going on, eat lots of complex carbs and load up on calcium, I am usually okay. It’s harder said than done, of course, but it works. I believe that yes, my hormones are out of whack, but it’s from all the synthetic hormones, pesticides and unknown chemicals that are in the food I eat, the drinks I guzzle down, the air I breathe, etc. It makes me crazy that I can’t control everything that goes into my body, but I do the best I can . . . and is that not all we human beings can do in life?

Last week when I wrote my rant about the woman at work who said I “don’t act black” or whatever, I was experiencing PMDD. I realize now that her words and feelings towards me have NOTHING to do with me. It more has to do with the way she was raised and her own personal feelings about herself. In all honesty, I don’t care what she thinks. Go ahead, think I act white. Just don’t say anything about my character or how I treat people, because that’s when it hurts. That’s when I take it seriously. I can say this now with less estrogen running through my body and with a week’s time to realize it doesn’t matter.

PMDD is REAL, folks. I do believe it’s treatable, but don’t think it’s some lame excuse for women (or something we make up in our heads) because it isn’t. You’ll know it’s true if you hang out with me around the 13th-22nd of next month.

If you’d like to learn more about PMDD, please visit the following website:

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Trés Belle Girl of the Week

This week I'm going to introduce you to my dear friend Fio. I adore this chick's passion for life, travel and humanity as a whole. She just came back from a two-month trip to South America, where she spent time in her native Peru. She visited beautiful Incan ruins, amazing beaches and, of course, her family. She's also one of the only people I know who has been on the Amazon.

Meet Fiorella . . .

Name: Fiorella Quiroz

Age: 22

Where's your favorite place to be? My bed

What do you think is beautiful? Babies and Children

Are you living your dream? If so, how? If not, what are you doing to reach it?
I'm looking for a job to reach my dream to travel more!

If money weren't an issue, how would you live your life? I would be surrounded by friends and family at all times.

Describe your favorite outfit? Comfortable jeans and a nice white fitted t-shirt.

What's your favorite word?
thank you

What makes you unique? Everything about me is unique, but people say it is my accent.

What's your drink of choice? Water

If you could give the 13-year-old you any advice whatsoever, what would it be?
Enjoy your childhood, don't let the world corrupt you so fast.

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You're beautiful.♥

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Annabelle Blue's WTF?

So, I find a lot of interesting stuff on the Web from friends, family, other websites, etc. Whenever I find something worthy, I'm going to put it up. Maybe I'll do this on Wednesdays since, to be perfectly honest, I'm not feeling these reviews.

Here's a clip that will make you say "WTF????"

Oh, Elijah. You will always be Frodo Baggins to me. Or maybe "The Good Son."

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Annabelle Blue's Reviews

I’m keeping it short and sweet, as promised. ☺

Superbad (2007) Starring: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader and Seth Rogen

Synopsis from IMDB: “Two co-dependent high school seniors (Hill and Cera) are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry.”

This movie was hilarious AND really smart. At times I found it unnecessarily and unrealistically vulgar . . .but at the same time it was oddly REAL. I know most of you will be seeing this soon, so I am going to be sure not to spoil anything for you. Lots of awkward sexual situations and what not. Duh.

All of the characters are entertaining. At times, I forgot I was watching a movie and not just watching some nerds in my high school. BY FAR, my favorite character would have to be Fogell, who is so endearingly hopeless that I wished he were real and I could be friends with him . . .or at least have had him in a class in high school so I could laugh at him.

I’d say “Superbad” ranked somewhere between “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (LOVED it) and “Knocked Up" (LIKED it a lot). Definitely worth seeing.

Annabelle Blue’s Verdict: Movie theater it!

Annabelle Blue's Faves

Fave Hair Product: Seriously, I can't live without my Phyto Phytodefrisant Anti-Frizz Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm . It makes my hair NOTICEABLY shinier, more manageable and kills my frizz. I had been using it for so long that I forgot how my hair functioned without it . . . until recently when I went a few weeks without it. My hair is SUPER curly and WAY frizzy and even hair stylists complain about blow-drying it out (not to mention they routinely charge me extra, which is another story altogether!), but when I use Phytodefrisant as a part of my normal blow-dry routine, no one would know.

Here's how I straighten my hair with Phytodefrisant:

1.) Wash your hair with a creamy, hydrating shampoo. (I switch shampoos all the time, so I can't really recommend one right now. But, as a general rule, if you have ultra dry hair like me, you should stick to creamy shampoo rather than a gel-based one.)
2.) Towel dry hair. (No need for conditioner with this stuff, but sometimes I will use a deep, nutrient-rich conditioner. Again, I switch all the time, so I'm hesitant to recommend one.)
3.) Apply a quarter size of Phytodefrisant throughout hair and then comb through.
4.) Separate hair into four sections.
5.) Blow dry my hair with a comb attachment. (This cuts the drying time in half.)
6.) Use a flat iron to make is nice and smoooooooooth.

I can't stress enough how amazing this product is. I buy mine at Sephora, as it's the only retail place that sells the stuff around here. It's a little pricey ($32 for 5.9 fl.oz.), but oh so worth it, I promise.

Fave Prescription Painkiller: I really can't stand Tylenol because it makes me nauseous. I don't like codeine. Ibuprofen is for punks. I've never had morphine. I fell in love with vicodin . . .until last month.

I was prescribed vicodin after some oral surgery at the beginning of June. It made me relaxed, calm and . . . painless. It was a God-send, really. No side effects, which I routinely encounter with other medicine. I could feel my heart rate slow, which might be a little freaky, but I liked it. By my birthday in mid-June, I was almost a full-fledged addict, singing the praises about the drug to everyone I encountered, resorting to taking only half a pill every couple of nights, when the mood was right, just because I couldn't bare the thought of one day running out of my prescription.

The love affair ended this time last month when I was, like today, suffering from hideous menstrual cramps. I drunkenly mixed vicodin with ample red wine, vegetarian Mexican cuisine and asprin. Needless to say, I nearly died. I was convinced I was going to die of heart failure (or have to get my right leg amputated, at the very least), but alas, I survived with a minor hangover and a craving for cinnamon toast bagels the next morning. I bartered the remaining pills with a co-worker in exchange for lunch at my favorite Thai restaurant a few days later and thus ended my vicodin affair.

So as I sit here in front of this computer, whining and crying about how it sucks to be a woman, I am nostalgic for my ex-lover who is no good for me, but damn, it was so good while it lasted.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Letter from the Editor

Hey you,

Hope you're enjoying reading Annabelle Blue! My first week writing this blog has been a great release, but it isn't as easy as anticipated. It's quite difficult finding time for blogging, writing, working for the man, and living. That being said, I'm still trying to figure out how this is going to work.

I know I have a long way to go. This is like a trial run for me to find out what works and what doesn't. This isn't New York Times quality editorial. Go read the New York Times for that. My goal is to write this just like I'd talk to a friend. My reviews are anything but scientific and if you're hoping for nothing less, again, please feel free to stop checking out my blog.

Here are some things I'm going to work on for next week:

- I'm going to work on the wordiness of my blog entries. I'm a talker and I usually have a lot to say, but I will definitely work on making it short and sweet.

- The fictional stuff is really going to take more work than I anticipated. I'm going to hold off on that for awhile.

- Write one post per day, no matter how tired I am or horrible I think the writing is. But I still will need to . . .

- Proofread, edit, etc. If I can't read it, what makes me think you will be able to?

Below is the new schedule:

Monday: The Adventures of Annabelle Blue (Coming soon!)
Tuesday: Faves
Wednesday: - Annabelle Blue's Reviews
Thursday: - Trés Belle
Friday: - Annabelle Blue's FYI (Editorial stuff)
Weekend: - Letter from the Editor

That's it for now. I'd like to give a special thanks to all the positive feedback I've been getting from my friends. I was definitely not expecting it, but it's greatly appreciated. MUWAH!

Peace and Love,

Friday, August 17, 2007

Annabelle Blue's FYI

NOTE: So, I had a health article almost finished for today about thyroid problems, but I felt compelled to share something that happened to me today at work. This is a race issue so be forewarned that this might offend.

Not Black Enough

Sooooooooo, I've graduated college. I'm 23. I'm in the "real world." I used to be teased for not being "black" enough in elementary, middle and early high school, but I thought I was over that accusation. In college I managed to avoid it. But does it ever go away?

One of my white co-workers told me another black co-worker said, in my office once I left the room, that (in reference to me) "She don't act black." Mind you, this black co-worker rubbed me the wrong way from day one because she was always gossiping, so I've purposely distanced myself away from her. She was also the same woman who kept asking me what else was I besides black. I have learned over the years not to trust people who are overly concerned with my race or ethnic background, particularly if they're black themselves.

My dislike for her has nothing to do with her being black. One of my first friends at my job was black, but she left the company. I would never distance myself from fellow black officemates simply because of the color of their skin . . .but I also won't just be someone's friend because of the color of their skin either.

This is making me angry, even though I thought I was over people trying to tell me who I am and who I'm not bullshit. It's bringing up old emotions that I forgot I could feel. I am black. Maybe I don't talk like you. Maybe I don't act like you. Maybe I don't look like you, but I am black, too. And if I claim to not care about race or admit my non-black heritage, then it further proves their point that I'm "not black enough." What gives.

Why do black girls do this to each other?

Perhaps it's because of their own insecurities. It's not my ultimate goal, not would it serve any personal purpose for me at this point in my life, to figure out WHY they say such things without reverence to someone of their OWN color or regard as to WHAT they're insinuating. HOW DOES A BLACK PERSON HAVE TO TALK? HOW DO THEY HAVE TO ACT? WHAT MUSIC ARE THEY SUPPOSED TO LISTEN TO? Sorry, but I must have missed that day of school where we were taught all of these essential guidelines for being born with brown skin. Please enlighten me.

And FYI- black does not equal ghetto/ebonics/the 'hood. Seriously. That is so disrespectful. Way to perpetuate stereotypes.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Trés Belle Girl of the Week

In French, "trés belle" means "very beautiful" and I think this applies to Rose, who's the first feature in the section "Trés Belle".

I want to share with all of my readers just how special this girl is and in turn, inspire them to embrace their uniqueness as well. We're all different and that's why we're all beautiful.

So, let's meet Rose . . .

Name: Roseline Marshell Hooks

Age: 23 (turning 24 on November 27th, yikes!!!)

Where’s your favorite place to be? The beach.

What do you think is beautiful? Love (especially when you love yourself).

Are you living your dream? I'm working towards reaching my dream. I don't think I'll have a clear definition of what my ultimate dream is until I expierence more out of life. I don't think I'll get there until I'm in my 30's. So for right now, I'm reaching towards being successful and happiness.

If money wasn’t an issue, how would you live your life? I would live in different countries every couple of months. Angelina Jolie once said "If you don't get outside of the box you've been raised in. You'll never understand how big the world really is". I truly believe that and I hope to travel as much as I can to understand how massive this world is and how many other important things are going on (it's not just about me!). And of course, I ain't gonna lie...I would shop like crazy and by a hot house :)

Describe your favorite outfit? A little black dress is all a girl needs.

What’s your favorite word? "Hello" . . .a great way to start a conversation.

What makes you unique? What doesn't? I don't fit a stereotype and I thrive on that. I like music that isn't mainstream in my culture, and I don't care. I"m perky one minute and a bitch the next. I'm not bipolar but I just like to adjust my moods accordingly. I always try to find the good in people. I can throw a mean jump kick in my combat exercise class. I believe in working hard and not having things served to you on a silver platter (unfortunately, VH1 and MTV has ruined that idea for a lot of people in our generation). I'm obsessed with the color pink. This list goes on and on...

What's your drink of choice? Strawberry Daiquiri.

If you could give the 13-year-old you any advice whatsoever, what would it be? Hold on to the good friends no matter what and drop the friends who aren't that good to you. 10 years down the road, you'll wish you had if you keep the bad friends around. Don't sweat the small stuff. Focus on school and not on who you're first kiss or boyfriend will be. Everything takes time so have some patience. Don't rush to grow up too fast. You won't really enjoy being a grown up until you graduate college anyways. Oh yea, put down the junk food and find something active to do! :)

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Thanks for being you, Rose!

If you'd like to nominate someone you know who is "Trés Belle" , please e-mail Annabelle Blue with their info and why you believe they are beautiful at

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Annabelle Blue's Reviews

So, considering I don't have any regular readers yet, I have no poor people e-mailing me frantically because they need advice. As such, I think I'm going to do away with "Ask Annabelle" for now. Instead, I'm going to review movies, music, television, books and whatever else I deem worth reviewing today.


Stardust (2007) Starring: Charlie Cox, Ian McKellen (narrator),Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sienna Miller, Mark Strong

Disclaimer: I'm not familiar with much of Neil Gaiman's work (feel free to shoot down this twenty-something with an English Lit. degree right now), so I'd like to think I came into this unbiased. I realize this movie is based on a novel, but since I haven't read it, I cannot compare the two. I am just going to comment on the movie itself, which I think lends to a much more fair critique.

All that being said, I enjoyed this movie. It was a little slow at the beginning, but the end more than makes up for it. It is a clever and witty take on a fairy tale with messages of individuality and acceptance sprinkled throughout. Did I mention it's clever? Michelle Pfeiffer is superb as the evil witch Lamia. Claire Danes will always be Angela Chase from "My So-Called Life" to me, but she did a great job at being the whiny, yet charming, Yvaine. Charlie Cox as the awkward prince charming Tristran is ADORABLE. (I dare you not to melt when he smiles.) Mark Strong as Septimus was chilling and yet captivating . . .couldn't keep my eyes off of him.

Robert DeNiro as Captain Shakespeare definitely felt a little odd. I don't know if it's because he's the only character with an American accent or what, but I just didn't get into him. Seems like he and his character were just thrown in the movie.

Annabelle Blue's verdict: Movie theater it. BUT, I will admit this movie isn't for everyone, so some people might want to just DVD it if they are having reservations about seeing it.


Virgin Festival
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Baltimore, MD

Starring: Fountains of Wayne, Cheap Trick, The Fratellis, Amy Winehouse, INCUBUS, Ben Harper, Beastie Boys and The Police

Overall, I'd say this was definitely what we made of it. It was hot as hell (100 degrees), there wasn't much to do besides watch the musical acts, food and drinks were pricey, the tickets themselves were outrageous. One word: Port-a-Pottys. We still had a great time, but that's because we pushed and shoved our way to the front row of the main stage.

Fountains of Wayne: Boring as hell.

Cheap Trick: Way too loud. Saw them at WHFStival back in high school and thought they were good . . .this time around I just covered my ears, sought shade and a strawberry smoothie.

The Fratellis: They sound just like they do on the radio. We left though because it was hot as hell.

Amy Winehouse: Great voice. Her backup singers (dancers?) stole the show. They were amazing. Get the poor girl a burger, please. Figures she went into rehab a few days later.

Incubus: Amazing as always. It was surreal being up so close. We wished we could see them all night (way too short) and now Incubus concerts aren't going to be the same without being front row. I'm spoiled.

Ben Harper: Very good. The crowd loves him.

Beastie Boys: Surprisingly awesome. Not into them, but they put on a great live show. They definitely killed it.

The Police: Sting looks awesome. Amazingamazingamazing. We left though because we were way too tired.

That's Brandon Boyd, the lead singer of Incubus. I'm not a photographer, so excuse how crappy it turned out. We were much closer than it seems in this picture. I wasn't concerned with taking awesome pictures . . .I just wanted to rock. And not die of heat exhaustion.

Annabelle Blue's verdict: Eh, I don't think I'd do it again unless one of my favorite bands were playing. But this concert was totally worth it, if only because I made eye contact with Brandon Boyd.

Annabelle Blue's Faves

I'm going to save you all the trouble of searching high and low for literature, websites to distract you at work, face moisturizer and lots of other random, yet essential, stuff. Here are my fave things at the moment:

Fave Celebrity Blog: Definitely "Oh No They Didn't". What I love about this website is it's updated all the time by LiveJournal users who get their info from other websites, magazines, newspapers, and other press. In addition, they get anonymous tips and exclusives that are very delicious. Also, it's unbiased (unlike Perez) and usually fair. Half the fun is reading the user comments and getting familiar with the acronyms ("BB", "IAWTC" and "FTW" to name a few) and slang they use. It's definitely the most democratic of all the celebrity blogs. It's also less about the blogger (definitely unlike Perez) because there is no ONE blogger. I dare you to go to this site and not love it. Oprah goes all the time and recently some anonymous person purchased the url permanently and guess who everyone thinks did it? No joke.

Fave Face Moisturizer: Definitely, definitely, definitely Clean & Clear Morning Glow™ Moisturizer. Your skin will GLOW. It's not heavy and leaves your skin not only LOOKING amazing, but FEELING amazing. I've been using it for years and people are always asking me what moisturizer I use. It's available at Target or any other drug store.

Fave Book of the Moment: Remember those "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-Books" from childhood? Well, what if you could read an adult one that let you CHOOSE what you do upon high school graduation until your death? Would you rather die by contracting a deadly STD from a chimp or you would you rather get hit by a bus tomorrow? This book is disturbing and will make you question every decision you'll ever make. It's that serious. The book is called "Pretty Little Mistakes" by Heather McElhatton and you should definitely pick up a copy. My friend still has mine that I loaned her and she simply can't put it down.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Labels are limiting.

"Annabelle Blue" is part blog, part e-zine, part chick lit, part diary and all of this equals an interesting concept that will either be really cool or really confusing.

I don't like to label myself and this "blogzine" is for women (young and old) who don’t label themselves as well. Be who you are and learn that there’s nothing more beautiful than embracing your uniqueness and sharing it with others. I don't have the right to tell you who you are. Chances are if you don't know who you are, you will figure it out on your own without some stupid personality quiz that I make up. And FYI, unlike those OTHER magazines for women in their 20s, I'm going to focus on the fact that there’s more to life than “How to Move Up in Your Career!” or “Pleasing Your Man in Bed!” or even “How to Lose 10 pounds!”

"Annabelle Blue" is about nourishing and enriching your soul, your mind, your being . . .and how to have fun while doing it.

It'll be broken up into 6 sections and depending on the day, the entry will be about said topic. Here's a breakdown:

Monday: The Adventures of Annabelle Blue (A "fictional" account of Annabelle Blue's adventures in love, relationships and life. There will be a chapter a week.)

Tuesday: Faves (This will include Annabelle Blue's fave books, movies, music, food, hair product, make-up, websites, whatever.)

Wednesday: Advice (Ask Annabelle Blue anything. She'll answer your question from personal experience, whether it be first hand or second hand, or she will go to great lengths to find the right answer because she's naturally inquisitive and resourceful.)

Thursday: Trés Belle (I am going to feature someone I admire or a reader in this section because I want your passion and uniqueness to shine.)

Friday: Features (Includes health, beauty, lifestyle, spiritual, and editorial goodies)

Saturday: Letter From the Editor (An account on the editor's life, opinions, or what have you. Sort of like a diary entry.)

Sound confusing? It might be, but I promise it'll make sense after we all get the hang of this.

Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at if you have any questions or need advice about anything at all.