New Video: Ester Dean, “Baby Making Love”

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Singer/songwriter Ester Dean takes us back to the Bulls Jersey Wearing, Door Knocker Earrings, Crowded Around The TV Watching Martin era with her video, “Baby Making Love.”

Dean boo-loves over the phone while having a good time with the girls. I miss my homegirls!!! I need a night like this.

Be Extraordinary- Alyssa Peacock

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Peacock Under Pressure’s 2012 Year-in review

I am so humbled and thankful for all of you that have taken the time to read my blog!!! In the last two months, I have given my all to provide fun, fashionable, & uplifting information to you. It means so much that anyone is interested in what I have to say. Only move amazing things to come!!!!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Azealia Banks: “I think that too much fashion attention…can actually smother you”

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Azealia Banks may be beloved by fashion’s elite, but the feeling may not be completely mutual.

In an interview with HYPETRAK, the Rapunzel raptress sees all of the fashionable focus she’s received as detrimental to the longevity of her hip hop career.

“I think that too much fashion attention as an artist can actually smother you, and it can actually really, really distract form your music. I almost got there with it where…I was this fashion darling. And I was putting out records and the only record anyone would listen to was ’212,’ that was the only Azealia Banks record people would listen to.”

Since I have never been a rapper or singer with the fashion world breathing down my neck, I am not capable of providing an informed opinion. However, if outside forces make it difficult to see the path to your goals or the things you love most, then perhaps Banks is onto something. I would love to know you thoughts.

Watch the interview in its entirety below:

Be Extraordinary- Alyssa Peacock

For Auld Lang Syne: Alyssa Peacock’s Resolved Resolutions

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Perhaps it is because I have an undying love of snarky sarcasm and unapologetic cynicism.

Perhaps this sarcasm and cynicism has molded me into a bit optimistic pessimist hiding under the guise of realism that believes if you want to do something, you will do it regardless of any impending change in dates or times.

Whatever the case may be, I have always looked down upon people that set these ridiculous goals to be the super human versions of themselves in the New Year. Why wait?

It wasn’t until I thought about “New Year’s Resolutions” that I was forced to take a cold, hard look at myself and question my outlook on the tradition. Extraordinary things have happened to me over the past year that I set into motion at the end of 2011. I moved into my own apartment, earned my Zumba certification (finally lol), developed the most amazing friendships, mended my relationship with my ex-boyfriend/best friend, launched my amazing blog that has almost 3,000 views in 2 months (thank you all so very much), laughed more, cried last, and stopped caring about what others thought of me & allowed my true self to shine. I saw my friends get married, have children, and even pass away. My, what the difference 12 months can make.

All of this came to pass because I “resolved” them to do so. I am a creature of change. I believe in it, I believe in its power, and I know, if you anticipate it, you can wield it to your will.

So how can I have so much animosity towards Resolutioners when I find myself apart of its clan? I may not have a list to check twice, but I do have goals in mind for the year to come.

In the literal sense, New Year’s represents an exit of one space of life and the entrance into another. It is a transition that transpires without any motivating act. You can do nothing to deter it besides die, and even then, time will go on. I suppose this is why so many people opt to do and be better. It’s like the hourglass has turned over and your time has been reset. Another chance in another time.

As an act of contrition, I have pooled just a few of my New Year’s Resolutions that I am steadfast and head strung on completing. It may be impossible to complete them all in 365 days, but I have to start somewhere.

Emotional Resolutions

Speak Less, Say More

Minimize drawn out statements. Make my words count.

Forgive Those Who Never Ask For Forgiveness

Waiting for an apology doesn’t hurt anyone but me. I don’t hold onto grudges, but I do hope that my offenders will realize the error of their ways and say I’m sorry. That may never happen. I will forgive them in advance for my own peace of mind.

Expect To Accept The Unexpected

Avail myself to opportunities I never imagined could occur. Expect the Unexpected.

Not Every Battle Is A War

This one will be the hardest for me. I should have been casted for The Great Debaters. Not every argument is worth my energy or concern.

Physical Resolutions (Judge Me Not)

Learn To Ride A Bicycle

Speak Portuguese

Learn To Roller Skate

Begin Scrap Booking

CONTINUE TO GIVE YOU EVERYTHING I HAVE RIGHT HERE AT PEACOCKUNDERPRESSURE.COM!!!

See you in 2013!!!

Be Extraordinary- Alyssa Peacock

New Music: May, “Mr. Incredible”

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Oh Mya. Where the hell have you been?

I was big on Mya’s music back in the day and from periodically cannot resist the urge to belt out “Fallen” or shake my booty to “Whatever B*!ch.” I gave her last 2011 album, “K.I.S.S.” a sincere try, but it made my eardrums miserable.

But somehow, some way, I let this pearl slip the cracks. To thank her fans for supporting said album, Ms. Harrison has released the video for “Mr. Incredible.” The retro, 1970s soul-sista visuals give all of her male (and some of her female) stans a little taste of skin ala Foxy Brown.

I hope she brings it in 2013. She’s always been so raw and real in her musical content.

Take a glimpse. What do you think? Yay or Nay?

Be Extraordinary- Alyssa Peacock

A Place For Every Feather: Organized Chaos

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Merry Belated Christmas Everybody!!!! How was your holiday? Mine was jam packed with love, laughs, and food!!! The thought of comida makes me nauseous!!

I am the sort of the person that sees time and change as an opportunity to begin anew. I graduated from cosmetology school in October 2011, and before the month was over, I chopped off all of my hair. I became the proud renter of my current apartment in June, and decided it was the perfect time to rid myself of the old and start life fresh. I said goodbye to hundreds of pairs of shoes, bags of jewelry, and mountains of clothes. In order to avail yourself to the new, you must make space for it. Both physical and metaphysically speaking.

I felt like a new woman. I expected bigger and better.

What I did not expect is to have so many issues being freshly organized.

 I don’t want to throw any ole thing together in my place just for the hell of it. I want my apartment to be much like my style: every piece sings in harmony to create Peacock Perfection. I have been struggling to keep my OCD in check.

However, now that 2012 is drawing to a close, it’s time to kick Mission Organized Chaos, into hyperdrive.  This is as good a time as any to stop living my accessory life out of a suitcase, and really set up home.

I have scoured high and low hoping to find some variation of organization that would throw open the gates of my heart and beg me to allow it to reside in my bosom. It’s safe to say I have failed miserably.

The closest I have come was this Little Black Dress Hanging Jewelry Organizer by Umbra:

Cute, right? I love the fun shape of it and, since I don’t have much space, this would really optimize what I’ve been given. Unfortunately, form beats function.  I kinda, sorta, really hate door hangers. I feel like my shoes and accessories are being held hostage when I hide them behind that God awful plastic.

But I could not stand another day of this:

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My beautiful jewelry all in mangled disarray? No sir!!!

Just as I did before I moved into my apartment, I separated my jewelry and decided what could stay, and what needed to go.

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Shoutout to my favorite lady in the world (my Ma) making a minor cameo in the top left corner of this photo as she helps me take accessory inventory.

I then stopped by my neighborhood Family Dollar and picked up these really great storage containers for $3 & $4 each. (shallow and deep containers, respectively) They come with clip-on durable tops and are stackable.

Note: These pictures were taken prior to organization completeness.

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I also found this coat hanger-turned-necklace displayer at Family Dollar for $5. Now I know you’re probably thinking, “How can she hate hanging organizers and not this?” It’s elementary, my Dear Watson. Necklaces and coats don’t look oppressed and confined. They are free to shine in all of their excellence. It looks like artwork if you ask me. What did you expect? I am a Peacock after all.

Can you spot all of the Peacock-themed accessories in my possession? Judge Me Not!!!

Can you spot all of the Peacock-themed accessories in my possession? Judge Me Not!!!

And for pieces near & dear to me, I stored them in this antique jewelry box my best friend purchased for me.

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Anything that is broken, but I have opted to keep, has been zipped up and is ready to be taken to the jewelry maker. Pray it all comes back to me.

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Admittedly, I’m not too thrilled with this organization, but it’s a tolerable compared to what it was.

Moral Of The Story: I’m not where I want to be, but I’m not where I used to be. Setting begin dates and deadlines offers you a path to your greater self. For me, whether it was my big leap into adulthood or saying goodbye to 2012 (and my 24th year of existence), change has to occur. You can either be haplessly chaotic or an organized chaos. The choice is yours.

Stay tuned as I tackle my next step in Peacock-trifying my apartment: Artwork!!!

Be Extraordinary- Alyssa Peacock

Morning Motivation: December 26, 2012

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“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”

– Audrey Hepburn