Friday, November 26, 2010

Verne' Couture Fall / Winter 2010 preview

preview to my newest collection that can be found at:

Monday, November 22, 2010

Diva Spotlight of the MONTH: Ms. Treneice "Barbie Diva" Whitehead

I came across this young lady's work a few years ago online. I was so intrigued by her artistry and confidence that I had to get in contact with her and when i did [via MYSPACE] low and behold she was one of the nicest people I've ever met. So don't believe what you hear when you see the word 'DIVA'!

So when I decided to do this interview series, she was the first person that came to mind and was more than happy to oblige!

Now allow me to present to some and introduce to others, Ms. Barbie Diva!

Can you tell a little bit about yourself? [Your name? Where you're from? What field you're in and experience? How long have you been in it?]

My name is Treneice "Barbie Diva" Whitehead, 25, from the Washington, DC area, now relocated to Baltimore, MD. I have been a Plus Size Model/Makeup Artist for 8yrs now while maintaining my Design Company, Cande Paintz Artistry and my plus size support group, P.L.U.M.P. Productions. I am what you call the Diva Mogul "Jack of All Trades".

How did you get your start?

I always wanted to make a difference in my Community. My creative skills come naturally. I was always interested in art and willing to explore new things. Makeup stood out to me the most, modeling boosts my confidence, and reaching out to others has always been a goal of mine.

Did you always know you wanted to do makeup AND modeling?

No, I actually always knew I wanted to be an Elementary School teacher. Modeling came from seeing my bestfriend, Ebony and my mom on the Runway doing shows. Makeup came from playing in my mom's makeup! She got me hooked to MAC.

Who/what motivates you to keep going?

I have this drive and determination to become known for what I do and help people along the way. I told my mom that one day I was going to become famous, so I am pushing myself to FAME.

Can you recall BEST makeup job you've ever done?

The best makeup job was done on myself a few years ago... I had just got a colorful wig made and I did my makeup to match!

What's your favorite modeling genre?

Fashion and Commercial modeling...I can also do a little Alternative with my tattoos and my colorful makeup to match my colorful hair.

What's the best advice you've been given?

Don't take "no" for an answer..Keep pushing until you make something happen.

Who would you like to work with/for?

I would like to do work with my mentors Alicia Mitchell, Ms. Jackee, Lauren (Queen of Blending), and Eily... I love their work and their creativity is impeccable.

Name 5 makeup items you own that are MUST-HAVES for your clients.

Primer, concealer, eyebrow pencil, blush, loose powder (I have Eyelashes/Eyeliner.

What else do you like to do outside of modeling and makeup artistry?

I like is in my blood..I come from a musically inclined family.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Hopefully, finishing up at Empire Beauty School and heading to NY to work for Broadway.

If someone wants to work with you, how can they contact you?

My email.. or book me through my website

Where can we find you on the web? [FB Fanpage: Barbie Diva of Cande Paintz Artistry] [My official Website] [Modeling page] [MUA page]

Thanks so much, Ms Barbie Diva, for allowing me to share your gifts with others. I'm sure that people are inspired by reading this as I was doing this interview with you. It definitely lifted my spirits! Blessings to you on your endeavors. I can't WAIT to see what you do next!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Do you believe GOOD MARRIAGES still exist?

With all of the negativity around sometimes it's hard to believe that good, long lasting, meaningful relationships exist and that can dampen your spirits when praying for that special someone. So, I recently asked this question to my FB buddies and #Twitfam, and and many replied with YES's unanimously. Then I asked for some to elaborate and these are some answers i've gotten:

--I believe GOOD MARRIAGES still exist on the SURFACE! but the culture as a whole has become so self-absorbed, it seems hard to keep REAL connections, and make REAL commitments to what it takes to have a honestly GOOD MARRIAGE. [Female/late 20's/AR]

--I absolutely think it's possible,. My parents have been married 25 yrs, my grandparents 60 yrs, my aunts and uncles like 30 years n such. I believe it's possible, ppl just have to be willing to work at it. [Female/early 20's/FL]

--I believe good marriages still exist. a good marriage to me is trying to make things work through hard times,and succeeding, work actually coming from both ends. I know there are ppl out there, it may be rare but its there. [Male/early 20's/TX]

--Good marriages? Yes! I know of plenty. Actually, I think that today's marriages are doing better than those from years past. Granted, far fewer people actually get married now-a-days but it seems that the marriages that do exist are far more healthy. No facts, just my opinion/observation. [Female/22/NY]

--Yep! Cause I have one!!! :) God blessed us to find each other!! [ Female/29/MI]

alright fam. i'm going to get on more questions soon. even revise or add a part two for this. i need more responses! if you want to leave on in the comments, please do so, by all means. bless and THANK YOU to those that participated!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Coming soon: Divas and Gents.

I'm in the process of collecting fly ppl for interviews for my blog with the following giftings: fashion, photography, modeling, makeup artistry, etc.

so if you would like to get a lil spotlight i would be more than happy to post your info here so others can get to know you better.

please email me at with 'Ladies and Gents' in the SUBJECT LINE.

thanks :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

state of marriage..

'I hope one day we get married just to say we F###### did it!' - Drake 'Miss Me'

so this is what ppl are bumpin these days, huh? and this guy is supposed to be the new IT guy in the rap game...smh..WOMP WOMP!!!

has marriage lost its importance?

why do you want to get married?

if you feel marriage is not for you, please explain..

more elaboration on this soon [yall know how i], but i just wanted this to marinate a lil.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Closing thoughts on The Lil Black Book post..

this kept goin on and on so i decided to divide this up! lol i can GO honey! lol


closing thoughts on The Lil Black Book...

not saying women dont do the same thing, this is just what came to mind at the time and i started to write on it. one day i'll get on the sistas about something that's on my mind right now but at the moment i'm dealin with the brothas.

we are so alike in so many ways yet it's so very difficult for some of use to communicate effectively. why is that? why are we so afraid to share our emotions? i know we're different in ways as well. there's always a saying that men dont show emotions and you're taught to be tough, but to me there's NOTHING stronger and sexier than a man that is able to show those emotions! and i know that if he's in-tune with his own feelings, he'll be respectful to mine. and YES we women are more emotional unless we have totally shut down..but that's another topic!

do we know, or take the time to see, deep down within that the people we're dealing with are not really for us to begin with? being the reason we hide behind alot of things:::: ex: THE EGO? do we care when that ego monster is on a rampage? but when the REAL thing comes along we think something is wrong with them if they show genuine interest! we feel threatened by their purity because sooner or later they'll find out who we really are! NOT PERFECT!

and ESPECIALLY if they dont have EVERYTHING on our LIST [being the need for the BLACK BOOK], we're bruised and our thoughts are so scattered, that no longer relate to what REAL is! we're so comfortable with getting the PIECES of someone that we even forget what it feels like to be whole...because we resort to using pieces of ourselves to try to patch them up and make them 'right'. so now a part of us belongs to everyone else!

[even with the ones in your lil BLACK BOOK, they're pieces of what you like and even lust after at the time because they feed your EGO MONSTER. and their insecurities, you somehow magically ignore because they're not THE ONE, but you want THE ONE to not have ANY insecurities, while others can smell yours from miles away. now you have to transform yourself into something they're needing as an even exchange to keep them entertained so they wont leave because you HATE rejection. then you lose another part of yourself in this process as well: YOUR IDENTITY. it's so automatic how you switch on and off that you dont even notice it. now i see how it can be understood why some dont really know what they truly want and play the lil EGO GAME. they also have this IMPOSSIBLE LIST as a guard to protect themselves from being hurt. and even protecting others from them sometimes unknowingly.]

but it'll NEVER be right no matter how you try to work on it and dress it up and groom it. puttin on a song and dance for the masses [shuckin and], but behind everything [the women, stats, ego, women, women, women, money, job,] you're dying! the relationship is falling apart and you hate each other..but you're stroking each other's egos and whatever else..[just being real] to keep it together as long as you can stand it. out of OBLIGATION! nothing sux as bad as that! you start keeping points and when you even the score, you'll call it quits, but they ONE-UP you. now you're STUCK!

now you have these attachments to all of these people! no wonder you're so tired and frustrated! you're being stretched thin and that has to be EXHAUSTING! stop playing yourself! this is just a big waste of time and energy you could spend on something useful! like building character!

bottom line:: stop watering artificial flowers..

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Little BLACK BOOK!

before cellphones THIS [in the pic up] used to be the most sacred thing to a man...nowadays he may even have a separate set of numbers stored on his phone in a folder with this title or codenames stored on his phone. for example::: Tony would be for Tonya or Shane for Shaneequa [you know i had to throw that name out]...hmmm..iono..wut do you think?

would a brotha would be willing to 'burn' his lil black book? or is he afraid? afraid of letting his guard down? giving everything to this ONE woman, instead of being a lil of this and that to EVERY woman he finds an attraction to?

giving up all of that power could be frightening, huh? the feeling of giving your all to this one individual that could crush you under her pinky finger if she wanted to, depending on what chick you're dealing with. not knowing what the future holds. not having a padded landing in-case things fall apart and you're left all alone.

but what if things work and you're dragging around this book? this lil badge of honor, this protection to show that you 'still got it'. many failed relationships has caused guys to carry this around like a security blanket.

*but do you REALLY love her if you keep this around?

*do you REALLY know what you want?

*what type of chicks are you dealing with that you don't want to let this go?

*what type of issues are hiding behind this lil black book?

*are you ready to remove this from in front of your heart?

*are you willing to let go of what all of your SINGLE/unfaithful friends have to say about your relationship?

you're not whipped if you're in love!! and i would GREATLY applaud a man who would be willing to erase all numbers, to burn this dreadful book, that keeps magically appearing when problems occur in relationships. and instead of running to, texting, or calling your BACK-UP, go to your WOMAN and talk it out with her. communicate with her. tell her how you feel, no matter how difficult it may seem sometime. a real woman will listen to what you have to say, ESPECIALLY if she loves you. your feelings and heart mean the world to her and she wouldn't do anything to cause a threat to your emotions and growth as a man.


fellas i could be TOTALLY off on this and i dont wanna be misreading yall. so please let me know why you [those that do] still hold on to the 'BOOK'?

[originally written 9/29/10. edited 11/11/10]

Sunday, November 7, 2010

My Future Husband PT 2

This next part is kind of broken into sections. just some thoughts i jotted down the same night i was writing part ONE. i also have some stuff i've written on my phone a good while back, i may put that up later. so there just may be a part 3 really soon. who knows?


Dear Future Husband,

Please know that nights when i'm alone i think about you. when i could make that late night call, and have someone feed me lies, i wait on your truth. i look at the stars and wonder if you see those same stars. if the moon looks as round and bright as it does where you are. thinking of how it would be to hold your hand under these same stars and this big bright moon. the light scent of your cologne, perfectly blended with the night air...i'm waiting..

find me soon My Love,

Your Future Wife.


i pray for you everytime you cross my mind, and though i dont know you now, the very THOUGHT of you makes me blush as i think of our possible first encounter..

as i grin from ear to ear. feeling my face FLUSH, i bite my lower lip, eyes trying hard to release their gaze from yours.

let me fix my hair, my dress..anything to distract me from those eyes and that smile...that skin..those dimples..ahhh..DIMPLES..

ok let me fix my hem and go through my bag, knowing what i want is not there but across the room. but i have to make my self look busy..ok GLOSS...PERFECT. HAIR? PERFECT!

you got me..

somehow i want to make my exit. dont want to be disappointed, but still intrigued, wanting you near. to hear your voice, your laugh..wondering if you smell as good as you look.

OK CALM DOWN GURL..maybe if i look away he'll go the other way..look away QUICK..

maybe he didnt notice..

he's coming this way..stay calm..OK..

what do i say?

what will he say?

hopefully nothing corny..

well i cant talk, i'm CORRRRRNEYYYY!

ok....just dont be lame...

OK, Future Husband.

[originally written 10-22-10]


ok some of this stuff is just me thinking as i write. i can see scenes playing out in my head alot and though it's not structurally correct by any means, i do find it almost poetic! mostly the second part..

sometimes this is how some people think. not at all saying the next guy i see standing across the room is THE ONE but WHO KNOWS?! we just have to learn how to keep our eyes, ears, and our hearts open.

***this is NOT directed towards ANYONE in particular so dont get it twisted! ha! i was just inspired! just had to put that out there!***

My Future Husband PT 1

once again! twitter has some interesting topics. i so happened to find this guy who was tweeting about his future wife and there were some really awesome things he was saying. good to know a guy was thoughtful and not vain. instead of saying his future wife had to have a body like THIS, hair like THAT, face like HERS.. he was more concentrated on her inner beauty and what he would do for her to please her. also how he's preparing himself for her and even praying for her tho he's never met her. [i do the same thing for my future husband, so thank GOD i'm not crazy! lol] THANKS! and NO, this is not directed to him or anyone for that matter, except MY FUTURE HUSBAND.

now for MY version...


-will know what it's like to be treated like the KING he is.

-will get surprises as well. tickets to see his favorite teams or artists. dinners at his favorite spots. trips to special places. even giving him charge over the remote for a day! lol. let him lounge in his big chair, wrapped up in that nice fluffy robe i bought him..

-will not have to doubt my love and fidelity.

-can be confident i will protect his heart, being his rib.

-is also CONFIDENT in who he is in God and as a man. not arrogant or cocky.

- can trust me with his secrets, passions, even his struggles. and i vow to not use any weakness against him during a disagreement.

-can be free with me to laugh, be goofy, even cry..

-will get the alone time he needs to pray, plan, create, also be able to socialize with friends. and will NOT abuse that freedom. he'll know and respect the time that belongs to US.

-will have the leadership role as HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD.

-will realize me as THE Proverbs 31: 10-31 woman!

- will love and respect God, himself, me and others around him.

-will be a peacemaker, not full of drama!

-will stand for what's right even when it's not popular to do so.

-will have the gift of wisdom beyond his years and a motivator or many.

-will be a meek and humble spirit, who knows these two characteristics doesn't mean you're a pushover!

-is a leader, sets trends, and is ahead of his time.

-will be a great father, and will have wisdom from God on how to raise his future kings and queens.

-will never take NO for answer if what he wants is what's been promised. he's willing to roll up his sleeves, work, and FIGHT FOR IT!

-is very protective, but not jealous or controlling.

-has book smarts and street smarts. so he KNOWS not to get into any foolery 'out there'...

-will not have to wonder IF i love him!

- will be FOREVER! we are meant to be and will work out every issue that we may have.

-will not let me have a bad day. nor will i allow him to have one.

- is laying the foundation for our future. preparing himself to be the rest of his life with me.

[originally written 10-22-10]


this writing here really made me do some thinking! it makes me want to work even HARDER to be the WOMAN OF GOD that has been promised! i'm still on this journey working on ME and i'm far from perfect! i have quite a be to work on but i believe that GOD is opening my eyes. even when i started to retype this from the papers i had, HE started to convict me about somethings. so trust me, i wouldnt be typing all of this for nothing! this is all from my heart and if i'm not there already in some areas, TRUST ME, i WILL GET THERE! and THAT'S A PROMISE!

***ONCE AGAIN! this is NOT directed towards ANYONE in particular so dont get it twisted! ha! i was just inspired! just had to put that out there!***