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It's been reported that Lupita's pearl covered Calvin Klein gown was stolen from her hotel room and apparently someone, without a nomination, has walked away with an Oscar.

Nappy Models rule out rapper Lil Wayne because his radiant smile is reportedly a result of $150K in diamonds and a pearl just couldn't replace one of those and have the same effect.  We also rule out Bruce Jenner, because it's just not his size and a tailor would have to triple the amount of material and pearls.

So, unless 6,000 live oysters made their way into her room to retrieve their crystalline covered foreign objects, the most likely culprit is a jeweler.  "Duh!"

 
 
Out with the negative connotations of the word "black", such as blackballed, black hole, or even black sheep: the family outcast.  Nappy Models have thrifted black pieces that are welcomed additions to our styles of blackness and the "black sheep", a thrifted lamb leather jacket from Neiman Marcus is now the family favorite!

Check 'em out!
 
 
I called a thrifting challenge a few weeks ago, Nappy Model versus Nappy Model, to see who could get the best buys on a $50.00 dollar budget.  I've bought so much for myself, Loris, and my daughter Danyelle, that it was rather difficult to keep up with what was spent.  With tax included, I probably went over $5.00, but who's counting? Well, we were both suppose to be, but in a thrifting frenzy, it's all about getting the deals while they're hot.
Since I did rather poorly in keeping up with my inventory, Loris went ahead and declared herself the winner.  And, with everything else going on in my life right now, I'm not putting up an argument.  So, the winner of the thrifting challenge is none other than my sidekick, Loris. Congrats daughter, now bring the items that you purchased for me.  :-) 

Here are just a few of Loris' thrifted buys!

 
 
I was out doing my usual thrifting, when I spotted a yellow sticker under my shoe.  It's true that I purchase many of my shoes at second hand stores, but not this particular pair.  In fact, I bought my black/gray suede Nine West mary jane style heels at a Belk clearance sale maybe two years ago and to my knowledge, Belk doesn't place stickers underneath their shoes. 
It's not unusual to find price tags on the floor throughout the thrift store, accidentally or purposely removed, but it was unusual to see row 2 of the ladies shoe section covered in stickers.  Hmmh?   Why row 2?  Okay, row 1 is next to the window and row 3 is next to the men's shirts.  So, if someone needed to do a little price changing, then row 2 would be the perfect place for sticky fingers to do their dirty work and from the looks of it, a lot of cleaning up had been done there.

"Security scan row 2 please!"

Nappy Model P.I.  : "Getting to the bottom of it, wearing high heels."
 
 
It's been a while since I've worn my thrifted penthouse stiletto Steve Madden ankle booties.  As I stood up and began to walk carefully, I slowly regained consciousness of my former self.  The old me, loves high heels but with the luck I've been having lately, one wrong move could mean a broken heel or even a broken limb.  Once "One Hot Mama" kicked in, I was all about town in my thrifted gray MK stretch pants and dusty rose ankle booties, struttin' like I bought them retail.  I have no problem with used, quality items, but a brand new apartment in Pell City's, Clarion Cove, in a very used condition is a very BIG problem!

Stay tuned, you ain't seen or heard nothin' yet!


 
 
I'm not talking about rappers Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, or 50 Cent, but the g-unit I'm referring to now is a Goodman heating/cooling unit.  I've been doing a little investigation of why my apartment stays cold yet my power bill is high.  After a visit to City Hall and another trip to Al. Power, I, Nappy Model P.I., found the source of my frigidness, a Goodman heating/cooling unit which according to the US Government Energy Guide, falls within the low efficiency range for both Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (see images below).  With the least efficient for heating performance being 7.1 and the Goodman rating 7.7, it's no wonder that this Nappy Model is cold as ice.  
This brand received very poor reviews on furnacecompare.com.  From failed coil condensers to blown end caps and faulty compressors (all within a few months of installation); read more here and always check the heating/cooling unit before renting or buying an apartment or home.  It could save you a lot of $$$ and headaches down the road.
https://www.furnacecompare.com/air-conditioners/goodman/reviews/
 
 
I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.  When Susan Mann, assistant director of the Pell City Public Library, starts to set up the table with food and drinks, you can best believe that a party will be going on. That's exactly what I needed to help with my "Clarion Cove" blues; some hand clapping, foot stomping music to help me forget the misery that this "new' apartment has brought me.  I took a front seat, you know, just in case Earl "Guitar" Williams, guitarist and blues singer from Bessemer needed a female vocalist from the audience. See, I got blues in my blood, even though it's a bit slushy from that cold, cold apartment!

Hit it "Guitar" Williams!

Nappy Model blues:

I woke up this morning
With frozen tears in my eyes
Heating unit so cheap
I may as well sleep outside...

I got the Clarion Cove blues....Yeh baby!  I got them "new' apartment blues!

Turn the lever to the cold side
But the water was scorching hot
By the time it reached the hot side
I was too hot to trot!

I got the Clarion Cove blues...Yeh baby!  I got them "new" apartment blues.....





 
 
I have decided to sell many of the items in my storage unit.  It was a nightmare wondering from day to day if my unit would be broken into again and I found myself becoming somewhat of a night watchman, riding through several nights a week to see if the electronic gate was closed.  So, for those of you who would like a "steal", here's the deal:  I will be posting items here on nappymodelinc.com frequently.  Leave a message if you're interested in adding the posted piece to your wardrobe collection.

For sale:  Ladies size large, a.n.a. faux leather biker jacket from JC Penney to wear with mini flirty skirts, ripped jeans, or maxi dresses.  New with $150.00 tag.  Selling for $50.00 or best offer!

 
 
Storage unit break-ins have been on the rise recently from Moody, Pell City, Piedmont, and all the way to the Georgia line.  My own unit was unlawfully entered not once, but twice which left me wondering, "How safe is my stuff?
Are surveillance cameras in place?  Are electronic gates in working condition?  Are units individually alarmed? Is there a manager on site 7 days a week?  These are questions that must be asked before renting a storage accompanied by a visual inspection of the unit which could expose leaking roofs and other structural damages which could ruin your valuables.  Valuables?  Yes, valuables.  If you thought they had no value, they would have been discarded instead of stored under lock and key.
Nappy Models suggest that you check your unit often.  Thieves are often smart enough to remove your personal locks and replace it with one of their own until they have emptied your unit.  Check with the storage facility owner and ask "How safe is my stuff?"
 
 
Dear Harriet,

Though it may be too late, I’m writing this letter to apologize and offer some clarity on why I chose not to follow you.  I loved you Harriet, but fear had a greater control of my mental faculties.  Though you worked in the fields and suffered brutal beatings, your spirit soared to a greater height with dreams of being free.  I being a free man, should have helped you to gain your freedom.  As your husband and leader, the idea of the Underground Railroad should have originated with me, yet I lived in constant fear. My life was not my own.  I had relinquished my manhood to another, and my thoughts had aligned with his.  As your spouse, I should have been your best friend, your greatest ally, yet I was reduced to the level of a traitor and therefore you could not trust me.  I did not want to see you hurt.  I did not want to see you hunted down and killed.  I did not want to lose you.  I wanted you to stay here with me, here in this cabin that we once called home.  I now realize that this was not your home.  You could never be content here living under these conditions so you took flight.

I thought of you each day.  I wondered if you were cold, hungry, or even worse, if you had been captured and hung.  Days turned into weeks, then into months, and years and I feared the worst had happened.  I took another wife for companionship to help fill the void of your absence.  Then one day, you came back for me.  You came and offered me wings to escape.  I thought about the perils that you faced, how deep your love was for me, and how I could never repay or return the depth of love and friendship that you had given me.  So, again I chose to stay.  The first time I stayed out of fear, the second time out of regret. I regret that I never thought as you thought, that I didn’t make your journey a little less difficult, that I didn’t protect you.  I had surrendered my manhood a second time, this time to my wife.  I could never live with you again knowing that I had failed you in so many ways.

I still think about you Harriet and so proud of your heroic acts and how you have helped hundreds of slaves to freedom.  When you came back, I knew how much you loved me and how much you needed someone who was your equal.  I am not and could never be that man.  Though you may not understand it, I do love you.  But a phenomenal woman like you deserves so much more.  I will never forget you.

Love always,

John