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Ashanti Is a Woman in Charge

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Just as R&B makes a strong mainstream comeback with artists like SZA, Khalid and Daniel Caesar all making waves (and getting Grammy noms) in the genre this year, Ashanti — the OG 2000s Princess of R&B — is sending new music back out into the world. The confident single “Say Less” featuring Ty Dolla $ign is the singer’s first new music since 2014’s Braveheart and features collaborations from Metro Boomin, Tory Lanez, Jeremih, DJ Mustard and more.

The album also marks a milestone for the New York native, as it will be released on her own label, Written Entertainment, after spending years at major record labels since her 2002 hit “Foolish” first catapulted her to fame. We caught up with the singer about being in control of her own image, touring with Ja Rule this past year and how being an industry veteran has its own advantages:

It’s been a a few years since your last album was released. What’s in been like being back in the studio?

I’ve always been in the studio, but now it’s more focused on the actual body of work and putting the album out. But I’m always creating.

Has your process changed much over the years?

Now I’m kind of more open-minded working with other people and just getting newer sounds. Music is changing so fast now. Something that sounds great one month might not sound great in the next three or four months.

You’ve obviously been in the game for a while and are an R&B legend. What’s it like to be an artist in that space, watching the landscape of the genre change?

Honestly it’s a gift and a curse, because sometimes you love being evolved, being grown, being seen and being developed. There was a time where R&B was at a demand high, and then there was a time where techno music kind of took over. Now I feel like there’s a void in records that have merit, soul and feel genuine. I feel like there’s a space for that to come back.

What’s it been like to reconnect with Ja Rule and go on tour with him?

It’s been a lot of fun. We’ve been touring all over the world. I don’t know if it was three years ago, we did our first run in Australia and that turned into an everlasting tour. We we’re supposed to do five weeks together and that turned into two years. We’ve literally been all over the world together.

You had to stop a show recently because people were throwing money on the stage. What happened?

I have no idea! I just think the guy thought he was at the strip club or forgot where he was. I know we were there to put on a show and we had a blast. There’s a section in my show that we call ‘grown and sexy.’ It’s grown and sexy. Yeah we do cool scenes, we keep it sensual and sexual, but the whole act with the money —we’re not here for that. I just felt like it was distracting, because he was throwing money through a couple of records and I was just like, ‘Okay you need to stop.’ I’m actually not a stripper, so. I have love for the strippers, don’t get it twisted. I have a blast in AOD.

It must be such a fine balance as far as feeling objectified as a woman in music versus creating your own image.

There is a line. I think that when you’re an artist, you’re creating art, you’re doing theatrics for your show, that’s what it is. If he wants to go and throw money, then he’s more than welcome to go to the strip club. I throw money in the strip club. No problem. I think that for us with our shows and the theatrics of it, that’s not what it was. We may give you that vibe, but it’s part of an act for a show which is very different than going to the strip club and making it rain.

Talking about your Ciroc campaign, you recently said you liked it because it’s sexy but you felt you were totally in control.

Absolutely. I think I always try to just give the message of being an empowered woman and being able to empower women. If I’m working out in the gym, I’m doing crunches or on the treadmill and I want to put on a sparkly bikini, I’m going to do it. Women should just be proud without having to feel any pressure.

 

You’re also an actress. Your new film (and musical), Stuck, isn’t even out yet and is already getting great reception.

It’s supposed to be coming out the middle of next year; it’s a really cool concept. It’s about seven different people from seven different walks of life with different nationalities. They get stuck on a subway in New York City in the summer time. You would imagine a lot of different frustrations coming out, stereotypes, and name-calling. What’s crazy is that we shot the film two years ago and at that moment I was thinking, ‘This is a message that needs to be seen now.’ We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go.

 

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Choosing the Right Michael Kors Handbag

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Handbags for women are one of the most important fashion accessories for ladies. Handbags without a doubt are a complete necessity for any girl who goes to college, outings, office, mall, etc. It becomes tough to carry belongings without a bag. We have magnified the importance of handbags in our life that they have become an addiction!

During the earlier times, when handbags gained popularity among women as a fashion accessory, then it wasn’t a fashion statement but a necessity to carry stuff. However, it didn’t last for long, the ladies started to get obsessed with handbags to match every outfit they carried. A ladies bag is the most popular fashion accessory worn by women and is, extremely noticeable.

Here are some different kinds of handbags for women-

  1. The Shoulder Strap Bag- is the most common style carried by many women. This style comes with one or two straps as demanded by the stylist. These bags are hanged by the wearer on their shoulder. The shoulder bag comes in various designs, styles and sizes.
  1. The Hand Bag- these bags are meant to be carried rather than being hanged on the shoulder. These bags go well with both semi-formal and formals. It isn’t ladies favorite as it occupies your one hand, however for parties and other social events, it’s a style statement! Must try Michael Kors Bags!
  1. The Hobo Bag- is a typical half moon shaped with a medium length strap. These bags go well with the outfit that describes the bohemian culture. They are mostly used by the college goers as the bag is made up of soft material and light in weight. It’s spacious too.

 

  1. The clutch- they are the best when you want to carry limited stuff to a party or an event. The clutch bag isn’t spacious, but is attractive. Strongly jeweled and embellished, this style should be complemented with a traditional outfit or an evening gown. They are clutched in your hands and give you a look that is accentuated.

The bag collection features handbags in varied styles from totes and satchels to clutches and more. All available in a range of finishes from highly detailed heritage print, bright bold colours from the Jet Set collection to chic everyday bags. Step out in style with MK footwear, this season showcases trainers with heart embellishments, sandals perfect for the summer and plenty more to suit every occasion.

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14 Lovely Rose Gold Rings To Buy For Yourself

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Who says you have to wait for an S.O. to buy you a little something sparkly and pretty? Because rose gold everything is here to stay, we’re bypassing the boo and eyeing these rose gold rings we’d gift as treats to ourselves.

Whether you’re celebrating an occasion or not, don’t wait for someone else to get you one of these blushing rings. Below are 14 rose gold rings to buy for yourself:

    • 1 Rose Gold Ring With Facetted Rose Quartz Drop
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    • 2 Pear Cut 14K Rose Gold Ring
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    • 3 Choupette Ring
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    • 4 Rose Gold Morganite Ring
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    • 5 Riva Wave Diamond Triple Ring
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    • 6 Tomboy Ring
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    • 7 14K Gold Dainty Rose Gold Ring
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  • 8 Orion White Diamond Ring
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  • 9 14K Solid Rose Gold Solitaire Ring
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  • 10 Classic Hammered Ring
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  • 11 Rosé Gold Ring With Facetted Rock-Crystal
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  • 12 Rosé Gold Ring With Aqua Chalcedony
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  • 13 Herkimer Diamond Rose Gold Ring
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  • 14 Wide Rose Gold Band
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3 Things to think about Before Going To Furniture Stores

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If you’re trying to find new furniture for your home, how do you know where to begin? With numerous furniture shops and kinds of furniture, the choices may appear frustrating. Narrow down what type of furniture you’d like, choose if you’re interested in shopping at a smaller sized, local store or a big chain and if you’re looking for customized furniture or something that’s already been made.

 

Standard Vs Contemporary Furniture Stores

Choose what style furniture you’d choose. It’s a smart idea to choose if you’re intending on renovating a whole room or if you’re simply upgrading the look of a couple of pieces. Look at the rest of your home – you may not want to design a bedroom utilizing heavy, dark, standard furniture if the rest of your home is done in a contemporary style.

If you’re uncertain what kind of furniture you like, planning to interior decoration publications for motivation. You can eliminate images of rooms and furniture sets to generate to the furniture shops. By doing this you’ll have the ability to show the sales representative what you like and they can direct you to a starting point when trying to find new furniture. With a little guidance, you’ll have the ability to create a beautiful room, even if you have no idea a lot about the distinctions in between conventional and modern furniture designs. You can read more to know more about furniture designs.

 

Local Vs Chain Furniture Stores.

If you reside in a bigger town or city, opportunities are you’ll have many furniture shops to select from. Many cities have both locally-owned, smaller sized shops and big national or local chains to pick from.

Both local and chain furniture shops have their favorable and negative points. A local store may utilize furniture designers, instead of merely hiring salesmen. Because local, small shops typically concentrate on personal customer service, the workers may have greater knowledge about furniture designs and patterns. On the other side, a local store may not have as big of a choice – they may just have a couple of couches to pick from.

Big store typically have a big choice and many designs of furniture. They’re generally available for ‘one stop shopping,’ implying you might equip your whole home with a check out to one store. The issues with these shops are that their size can make them impersonal, workers may not be current with the current designs and patterns and they may not have any furniture design experience.

 

Customized Vs Ready Made Furniture.

Furniture can also be custom-made or prepared made. If you’ve been taking a look around furniture shops and simply cannot find what you’re searching for, think about having a custom-made furniture designer produce something distinctive simply for you. You’ll have the ability to select every element of the furniture, from the fabrics, wood type and stain and the style. Customized furniture can take a very long time from design to conclusion, however it will deserve the wait if you choose to go that path.

 

All set made furniture is something that’s already created and made. It’ll be prepared for pick up or delivery rapidly after buying and you’ll know precisely what it will look like when it’s brought into your home. A disadvantage can be that everybody else may have comparable pieces.

You can also typically find furniture that’s semi-customizable. Normally this is one design that can be personalized utilizing different materials, leathers or wood types. The furniture can take longer to get than an all set made piece, however will be available faster than a custom-made piece.

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