Wednesday, December 11, 2013


She's a talented, beautiful dark-skin, actress AND she has a smile that can light up a room. Do you know who I'm talking about?  
DID YOU KNOW... Lupita was inspired to become an actress by watching the movie Color Purple! (YES THE COLOR PURPLE) Lupita said, "When I saw Whoopi Goldberg and she looked like me, I was like, 'Oh, I can do this!'" WHOOPI INSPIRED LUPITA!! It seems so rare that you ever hear anyone mention Whoopi Goldberg for inspiration BUT why not? 

Now for my Whoopi rant! Throughout my life people have said, Qi you have a big smile like Whoopi Goldberg! (Some people think this is a horrible thing and that it's not accurate.) Quite naturally I say thank you and THEN I say... I wish I had Whoopi's money! I'd really smile like WHOOPI THEN! (I am cracking up... but I am so serious)

We all know... no one is perfect but we cannot deny the many accomplishments Mz. Goldberg has achieved... to name a few... She is one of the few persons to win an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy. She has been seen in over 150 films, and she was once the highest-paid actress of all time. Her humanitarian efforts are more than a notion and she is an activist (Power to the people)

Of course we all know...she is (MY FAVORITE) a
 moderator and co-host of The View, Whoopi actually replaced Rosie O'Donnell (I totally forgot Rosie was on The View).


Whoopi Goldberg & Ben Silverman sold an Interracial Romantic Comedy to ABC called Iman and Andy! I KNOW RIGHT?! YES I AM SERIOUS!  

Here's the scoop (Courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter) "Iman & Andy is a thirty minute comedy about two 20-something interracial coworkers at an online magazine who have been secretly dating. They are forced to work on a relationship advice blog when thenew editor-in-chief exposes their relationship." ( I cannot wait to see this one) 

LONG STORY SHORT! WHOOPI is actually BEYOND inspiring!
 BUT what I LOVE the most about her is the fact that she is happy with who she is! despite what people may say. WHOOPI! YOU ARE THE BOMB!! ROCK ON!  AND LUPITA YOU HAVE IT RIGHT!! 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Who Is The Choqolate Chiq?

Who is the Choqolate Chiq? 

I am the following: 
I am a mother, wife, big sister, and a daughter. I am dark skinned, African-American woman from San Francisco, California. I have an awkward sense of fashion (I believe ugly items can be cute), I have super coily #naturalhair and I cannot live without music.

I am best known for...

My big smile, awesome sense of humor (this opinion may vary), and my red lipstick addiction. 

Why do I call myself the Choqolate (pronounced chocolate) Chiq (pronounced chick)?

I am the sweetest, dark choqolate, brown skin chiq you'll ever know!! 

Did you know... 

I grew up thinking my dark skin was deemed as ugly and undesirable (sad face).

Unfortunately, I remember what it felt like to hear someone say, "dark skin is ugly" and I remember being treated badly because of my dark skin tone. I will admit these things were very hurtful to my self-esteem. (Don't worry this did not ruin my life. This experience taught me a lesson.)  

As I grew older, I began to realize my skin was really beautiful. My dark brown skin was not a curse or some thing to hate. My complexion looked like #Choqolate. I learned to love and embrace the skin that I am in.

Random fact about me:
I love celebrating womanhood no matter the skin tone, ethnicity, size or shape. 

Random fact about the blog post called Choqolate Chiq :
This page is meant to encourage all women, while paying attention to darker skin women who need that extra encouragement. 

I want women everywhere to be proud of who they are. Whether you are white choqolate, light choqolate, milk choqolate or dark choqolate... OR no choqolate. 

It's important for you to know that true beauty comes from within and shines on the outside. 

This Choqolate Chiq is all about #InsideOutBeauty.

Thursday, October 24, 2013


SHE IS... Flashing bits of skin, rocking sexy black latex boots and sporting a hat like she runs the world! 

SHE ALSO... Never ceases to amaze the world with her sultry, stylish, sex appeal.


BEYONCE IS THE "NEW" BOSS (Diana Ross is still THEE BOSS in my book BUT Beyonce is right behind her!)! Here are a couple of my favorite shots in black and white accompanied with my thoughts if I were BEY! 


 Yeah... You love my style

 You coming over or what!?!

I am a DIVA BOSS! Now take the picture!! 

Check out the behind the scenes video below! AND I'm sure you want your own copy of Beyonce's 1st Calendar right?! Here's the link >>

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

HandiBac Anti-bacterial Moisturizing Hand-lotion I Love You!

I have a love hate relationship with Bath and Body Works

What is a love– hate relationship - It's an interpersonal relationship involving simultaneous or alternating emotions of love and hate. 

Now to explain, Bath and Body Works is known for having cute and sweet smelling  products that fit perfectly into a purse. My teenage daughter magically disappears into this store EVERY TIME we are in the mall. The fun and friendly scents accompanied with the tentative staff get the both of us every time. While my daughter runs from tester to tester... I head to the back of the store to find what new, little, budget-friendly treats are on display. Whether it’s hand soap, lip balm, lotion or fuzzy socks... I tend to always find a little something there. 

One day, (last year) I stumbled upon Bath and Body Work’s HandiBac Anti-bacterial Moisturizing Hand-lotion. This hand lotion is absolutely perfect especially due to the new season (the official welcoming of colds, flus and other viruses). Let's be honest, hand washing should be something everyone does BUT sometimes you are not near water or soap.  I find that this happens quite often and when this happens everyone runs to the nearest container of hand sanitizer! Often times the antibacterial hand sanitizer gels and constant hand washing can cause your hands to be more dry than usual. 

Hence my excitement when I realized the HandiBac Anti-bacterial was was also a Moisturizing Hand-lotion. As I applied the White Citrus - HandiBac Anti-bacterial Moisturizing Hand-lotion onto my hands, I  was greeted with a clean and fresh scent. I rubbed the anti-bacterial lotion all over my hands AND my hands felt moisturized! YES!! Germ free & moisturized!! My hands were not left dried out at all! Needless to say, I bought every scent they had. I thought these would be great for the holiday season.

Germ fighting, hand moisturizing lotion in my purse is like a loaded weapon of goodness (I know you're thinking the word weapon and goodness don't mix BUT in this case it does!).  This light and smooth hand-lotion has a special place in my heart. I adore double duty compact products. 

Here is where the dismay arrives... Quite naturally I realized I need to purchase more germ free lotions to give away as gifts! SO I hopped online to purchase more... the Bath and Body Work's website said the following:
THIS PRODUCT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE (psycho music theme is playing right now) NOW HERE COMES THE HATE!! 

NO!!!! Bath and Body Works!!!! WHY?!! I really hate the phrase NO LONGER AVAILABLE, especially when it's a product I love!! 

I took it a step further and asked the staff at Bath and Body Works if this product would return and no one had an answer. (violin is playing). With a deep breath I went back online, did a general search and found this lotion is only being sold on Ebay and In the meantime I'll hold on to my HandiBac Anti-bacterial Moisturizing Hand-lotion as if it were a precious piece of gold. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tea Time Tuesday - Peppermint Tea (Pinky Finger Up)

While I’ve learned to appreciate most herbal teas, I must admit, I absolutely live and die for the AMAZING!!! Peppermint Tea (also known as Mint Tea). If you're looking to soothe your insides, Peppermint Tea is the answer. This tea is great for digestive issues such as, Irritable Bowel Syndrome or just basic stomach aches and pains. If you suffer from nausea, headaches, menstrual cramps or muscles spasms. Peppermint Tea is a sweet way to ease your soul.  The soothing effects of this mint infused tea plus the refreshing taste, makes for a great kitchen #musthave item. Relax your mind, tame the beast within, and show your digestive tract a little TLC... by having a cup of Peppermint Tea. #PinkyFingerUp

Twinings Pure Peppermint Tea
Stash Herbal Tea, Peppermint
Celestial Seasonings Herb Tea, Peppermint

Easy Fresh Mint Tea Recipe:
Homemade Mint Infusion Tea
Ingredients: (makes 2 cups)2 cups of water1½ tbsp fresh mint leaves
Squeeze of lemon juice (optional)OR 2 cups water1 tbsp dried mint
Squeeze of lemon juice (optional)tbsp = tablespoon
Fresh: Chop the leaves and boil the water
Add them to 2 cups and pour on some just boiled waterLet steep (sit) for 5-10 minutes before serving. If you like your drinks a little citrusy add the lemon.
Dried: Add the dried mint to a teapot and boil the waterPour in the boiled water.
Let steep for a few minutes before straining and servingAdd the lemon if you like - See more at:

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Love and Marriage BUT He's Cheating On YOU...

I must admit, I watched bits and pieces of Basketball Wives (Please don't judge me LOL). I was hesitant to watch last night's episode of Basketball Wives due to the unnecessary fussing and fighting. The last couple of seasons of this show were just over the top for me. I honestly do not enjoy watching women tear each other down every chance they get. Needless to say, I did tune in for a little while (like many others) and in that short frame of  time I realized... the views on love and marriage seem sort of distorted. 

When is it ever acceptable to marry a man who happens to sleep around with other women from time to time?
WHY get married?
If you are dealing with that sort of guy... this simply means he is not ready to commit to you (I can hear the round of applause now). Now don't get me wrong, I do realize Basketball Wives is a TV show and the drama makes for "good entertainment" (or so they say). The realization that many women in our everyday livese actually find themselves in this similar situation.

Marrying a man who is not faithful to you has to be one of the craziest things a person could do... unless it's an "open marriage" (I personally don't get that situation also BUT that's another blog post. #IJS)
 I find it heartbreaking to know women will accept "knowing" about the other woman before anyone else knows. I understand things happen BUT if you know your guy is cheating on you BEFORE you walk down the aisle and say "I do", THEN WHY GET MARRIED!? Situations like the one I just described, reminds me of "self torture". No one wants a broken-heart. REMEMBER to always protect your heart ladies, you only get one. 

AND not to bring another reality show into this, BUT during an episode of R&B Divas LA, Diva - Chante Moore had the other Divas re-commit to themselves. Each lady walked down the aisle, dressed in their gowns and recited their vows to themselves in front of each other. This was a very emotional moment for these women. I instantly thought of myself. What would I say? What do I vow to myself? You should do the same.
What do you vow to yourself?
As for me I vowed to do the following:
I vow to forgive myself for my short comings. 
I vow to accept my random craziness. 
I vow to embrace my big smile. 
I vow to unconditionally love myself. 

It is my hope and prayer that if anyone is in a relationship, it's a healthy relationship. A relationship that brings you true joy. If you're not in a relationship, learn to be your own best friend (a phrase my mother uses quite often). Treat yourself right. Be good to yourself. Vow to love yourself because you are worthy. 


images courtesy of TVOne

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Did Beyonce copy Ciara?

Does Beyonce seems to be rocking everyone's hair style these days or what? 

This picture courtesy of says exactly what I thought when I saw Beyonce's pixie hair cut pics... I thought to myself is 
Beyonce is rocking a blonde Rih Rih hair-do!?!

Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the change Bey is going for. GO HEAD BEY! Do yo thang! No shade thrown here. 
(yes spelled and said just that way)

After a couple of days of the pixie cut, I suddenly saw BEY rocking a blond bob. Of course I screamed out loud... BEY!!! BEY ARE YOU REALLY ROCKING A CIARA HAIR-DO!! 

I wonder which celebrity hair style will be next?


I would love to see Bey ROCK a curly hair-do.
Often times it seems that she is forced to wear her hair blond and straight. 

Friday, August 09, 2013

Kurtis Blow!! 21 years old again!! Happy Birthday!!

Happy birthday Kurtis Blow!!
Break it up… break it up… BREAK IT UP…



George Duke Rest In Peace

I love jazz!! It saddened my heart to hear of Grammy-winning artist George Duke’s passing. George was only 67 when he passed away from chronic lymphocytic leukemia. One of George’s biggest credits in music was the work he did on the late Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall” album, as well as his collaborations with Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Frank Zappa, Al Jarreau, and even George Clinton. He was a great composer, producer and one my favorite musician. His smile, music, his life…This SF Bay Area native will be truly missed.

As you listen to one of my absolute favorite songs by him. Close your eyes and allow yourself to be swept away by the melodic tunes of the late great George Duke.

Sometimes love… Has no rhyme, and no reason. 

George Duke - Sweet Baby 

Saturday, June 29, 2013


MY SMILE!! Many of you may or may not know that this BUT the Choqolate Chiq doesn't have a perfect smile. However, I smile anyway (I have a BIG SMILE). In the past I would often cover up my smile. As I mature and get older, I tend not to care so much about covering my smile. One morning I woke up and heard J. Cole's latest song, Crooked Smile. This song had me rocking and smiling!! I LOVED IT for so many reasons!!

Smiling is good for the mind, body, heart and soul! It's really not about a crooked smile or perfect smile BUT it's all about a genuine, true, authentic SMILE!  

It is a known fact that there are many types of smiles. I tend to say we have the fake smile (I am guilty of this one in pictures) and we have the genuine smile (I am good for this one too LOL). The healthy smile is actually the true smile better known as the Duchenne smile.

French neurologist Dr. Guillaume Duchenne, investigated/studied the difference between True Smile and the False Smile.

How to recognize a genuine smile:
The genuine smile causes the Zygomatic muscles of the cheek to raise the corners of the mouth and the Orbicularis Oculi muscles of the eye (raising the cheeks and forming crow's feet around the eye). ALL of these signs indicate that the smile is genuine and that the person smiling is truly happy.           

Why do you want a genuine smile?
The true and genuine SMILE stimulates happy places in your body which cause "good" chemicals to be released, thus relieving you of stress and depression!! (I am sure when you think about it... you will agree)

I recently read an article on smiling and this description actually sums up why smiling is healthy! "On a biochemical level, smiling releases endorphins and serotonin. Endorphins are natural painkillers. The more endorphins your brain releases, the more your body can fight off symptoms of illness."

Isn't that wonderful (smile)!!

"Similarly, serotonin is a brain chemical that acts as a natural anti-depressant. Reshaping our mouth from a frown to a smile literally sparks serotonins dramatically shifting our sense of well-being from negative to positive."

(make sure it's a real smile)

Check out the link below for more information on smiling.
To purchase this song go onto Google Play

Thank you Underground Health Reporter for sharing & Celeste Yarnall, PhD
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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Eat A Mango

I love mangoes. Mangoes have so many benefits. They are filled with antioxidants and vitamins suchas, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and are a great source of Vitamin C. This fruit aids in the prevention of certain cancers due the antioxidants found in this fruit. (That's right mangoes are known to have high amounts of antioxidants.) Mangoes contain a lot of beta-carotene. The beta carotene found in the mango is converted into Vitamin A. Why do we need Vitamin A? Vitamin A is not only good for your immune health but it also assist with repairing skin tissue (Some times we over  expose our skin to the sun's rays and this can really damage our skin). WHO KNEW... Skin health and mangoes really go hand in hand. Another vitamin that is found in mangoes is Vitamin E. Vitamin E is often called an antioxidant. This antioxidant does not only help fight free radicals in your body but it also aids in reducing the appearance of age spots, freckles and wrinkles. This is another reason why you will find skin products with high levels of Vitamin E. The same goes for the Vitamin C. Normally, we take Vitamin C for our basic immune health. Additionally, Vitamin C stimulates the production of collagen in your skin. This process will assist with giving you resilient and supple skin. Of course we cannot forget about the delicious flavor of a ripe, sweet-smelling mango. Mangoes are not only a tasty sweet treat but they are great for our bodies due to the high vitamin content and antioxidants. Mangoes are defiantly this Choqolate Chiq's favorite summer time treat.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Burberry's Rosewood Lip-gloss! I LOVE YOU!!

Hello World, recently I attended the Beauty Blush Hour at Nordstrom's in my home town of San Francisco (I love my city) with Beauty Blogger extradionaire Blinging Beauty - Tracey Brown (She is the best! Check out her review of the event at the link listed below). 
The Beauty Blush Hour at Nordstrom is what I call BIG BEAUTY FUN in an intimate setting. (Blog post regarding that event is coming soon!)
While attending this event I received a Burberry Beauty Box.  YES!! A BURBERRY BEAUTY BOX!!! When given this box I looked at it as if it was eatable. Honestly, I could not wait to open it! For crying out loud it's BURBERRY!! I felt like it was Christmas all over again. After the event I rushed home to open this box of sheer delight. I removed the beautiful black ribbon and began to carefully open the box. 

Once the box was opened, my face lit up! Why you may ask? How do I say this nicely... I saw fabuluos-ness!! YES BURBERRY beauty products were at my finger tips! (I did the happy dance). I promise to review each item I received later on so stay tuned. 

First I'll start off with Burberry's Rosewood No. 1 Lip-gloss. This is a must have item for every woman. If you know anything about ME then you know this Choqolate Chiq is a red lipstick addict. I'm a  proud member of #TeamRedLipstick BUT like every SASSY girl... I need variety (nod your head yes with me)! and Burberry's Rosewood No. 1 Lip Gloss was truly a necessity. 

The texture of this gloss PERFECTO. Very smooth. This lip gloss was easy to glide on. It has a creamy feel to it. Not only did my full lips looked simply divine BUT they also felt nourished (not greasy... I hate that feeling). Long wear! YES at least 6 hours ladies! T
he soft color of this lip gloss against my brown skin was infallible! This gloss is a *Choqolate Chiqs MUST HAVE ITEM! 

If you're going for that a bold or dramatic eye, BURBERRY'S ROSEWOOD LIP-GLOSS would be great to wear. 

OR let's just say, you want to look lively and elegant BURBERRY'S ROSEWOOD LIP GLOSS is your answer. 

If you are looking for that refreshed natural look!! GUESS WHAT?! Burberry Rosewood Lip Gloss gives you that and more!

Long story short! You'll love this gloss!!! 

Details about Burberry's Lip Gloss listed below:
Formula: A creamy touch and perfectly adherent texture. Light oils and spherical powders give fluidity and comfort. 

To purchase this lip-gloss feel free to visit Nordstrom or go online to Burberry. The cost is  ONLY $27.00 (it's worth it)

Beauty Blush Hour article by Blinging Beauty listed below:

*Choqolate Chiq - pronounced Chocolate Chick is a brown skin female whose complexion mimics the color of chocolate, milk chocolate and/or dark chocolate. 


I'll cut right to the chase. As usual, I was running around like a chicken with it's head cut off. While sitting at the stop light I looked at myself in my rear view mirror and realized I forgot my mascara!! ARGH!! My lifeless lashes were in need of serious rejuvenation. Time for a  beauty mission.


As I drove through the uber busy streets of San Francisco I found the nearest Walgreens.  I jumped out of the car and shuffled quickly to the cosmetics section. DANG IT!! I forgot my debit card at home. I reached into my pocket and pulled out $25 in cash. Immediately, I began reasoning with myself silently on which mascara to purchase (beauty on a budget). In the end I realized there was no need to spend tons of money on mascara. After all my little lashes just needed a little pick me up for today.

I slowly walked to the Wet N Wild section. I quickly scanned the area where all of the Wet N Wild mascaras reside. Suddenly, a bright, canary yellow mascara tube jumped out at me. It read, Wet N Wild MegaVolume Mascara. I looked at the price and realized this mascara was only $ 2.99 (perfect for my budget). This mascara is inexpensive, provides natural-looking thicker lashes and no clumping. I grabbed the mascara and rushed over to the register to purchase it. I paid for my item and dashed out of the store.


I ran to my car, pulled the visor down, flipped the mirror cover up and began to apply this mascara.  The Wet N Wild MegaVolume mascara was easy to apply. I normally do 3-4 coats onto my lashes BUT this time I thought because this mascara was cheaper... I would need at least 10 coats. Well guess what? I was wrong. 3 coats of the MegaVolume mascara and I was a happy chiq (chick). My lashes looked naturally fuller and I had no clumps.

This product delivered its claim: Volume-building formula, natural-looking, thicker lashes, clump-free AND it only cost $ 2.99. This is a perfect beauty on a budgett mascara. Thank you Wet N Wild MegaVolume Mascara.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

S/O (Shout Out) to The Militant Baker

I can’t help but SMILE!!  and send a SUPER S/O to Jes The Militant Baker!!  

This picture of The Militant Baker is "THE BOMB DOT COM"

We all know the old saying, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. I personally agree with that saying BUT I also believe... True BEAUTY starts from within and it manifest itself onto the outward appearance which causes ONE TO SHINE!!
Basically I am all about #TeamInsideOutBeauty    

The comments Mr. Jefferies made troubled me because it had to do with our young people. The idea of “cool kids” and the “not cool kids” can be very damaging to a young person's self-esteem. 
“Coolness” does not always come in a size 4 nor does it always come in a size 22. 

Thank you Jes The Militant Baker for sharing. 

Check out the letter from The Militant Baker to Mike Jefferies by clicking the link below.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Greg Karber vs. Abercrombie & Fitch Clothing

Word on the street is that Abercrombie & Fitch would rather burn their damaged clothing then donate them.

Well Greg Karber had an idea of "rebranding" Abercrombie & Fitch by purchasing all of the Abercrombie & Fitch clothing from second-hand stores and giving the clothing away to the homeless who REALLY need clothing period.

I wonder how many people will follow in his footsteps?

At any rate, donating to a worthy cause is always a good thing. Don't worry about the brand of your clothing. Give back if you can! If you can donate to someone who is down on their luck, DO IT. Do not hold your old clothes hostage in your closet another day. Remember sharing is caring!


Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Abercrombie & Fitch's CEO Mike Jefferies views on The Plus Size Community

HELLO WORLD!! I am sure you've heard about Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jefferies statements regarding Abercrombie & Fitch views on LARGE PEOPLE right? If not, this is what Mr. Jefferies said,

NOW THE MESSAGE I WANT TO GET OUT TO ALL TEENAGERS!! Please do not fall apart because Mr. Jefferies has a certain view on how Abercrombie & Fitch's customers should look. After-all what does he know? Mr. Jefferies doesn't seem to be happy within his own skin (hence the Botox stare presented in the picture above)

My message to our blooming young adults is to Love Yourself! You are beautifully and wonderfully made!! Realize that you are an original. Whether you’re a slim size 2 or a curvy size 16; realize true BEAUTY and ATTRACTIVENESS starts from within. It's important to have a great attitude and a kind heart. These 2 traits will cause your outer appearance to shine! Thus... making you stunning!!

Be beautiful inside out! Remember CLOTHING is simply worn to keep you from being a naked BEAUTY. 

I would like ALL TEENS to STAY HEALTHY, SMILE OFTEN AND SHOP AT OTHER STORES! (Don’t support brands that do not support you)

 Audrey Hepburn said it best.
"I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls"

Kudos to those stores that carry over a size 10, like,  H&M, Old Navy, American Eagle, GAP and host of others.

pics courtesy of H&M, Old Navy, American Eagle, GAP 

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