My Official Music Video – GOOD KISSER + THANK YOU’S!

The hard work has paid off! Finally, after the shooting, the editing, getting a new computer to create the promo images in CS5 (I was having major issues w/ my old laptop), my video is finally complete!! I am so excited, over joyed, exhausted- yet energized (how does that happen)! It was a great and important journey from start to finish and I am proud of it, myself and my friend, director and singer – Lenny Harold.

Lenny Harold is a close and very creative and talented friend of mine who directed, produced and edited this sexy music video. Together with his vision and mine, we were able to come up with a simple, yet clean video concept to my latest cover GOOD KISSER.

We wanted to focus on beauty shots, lighting, performance and different looks. It was such an enjoyable experience and a pretty detailed one at that. Since we are both conscious about self-branding, we had been faced with the task of making sure the video was sexy, yet tasteful. And, because the video is to a cover song, we were particular about how we wanted the vision comes across.

We wanted to give you a full length visual which wasn’t over the top (we want to save that for my original music!), but, we wanted to give you something to vibe off of and connect with. A lot of us know and like Usher’s version, but there is something about the female voice on this particular song that makes it even more sexier (so I’ve been told!)

You’d also be surprised to know everything you see –  from the lights to the make-up and video was not a huge production. It was 1 man with lights and a camera, me, our friend James who helped assist and of course my sexy co-star Irvin. We shot in 1 room in front of a black screen and that was it. (That was the easy part).

I found different make-up looks online and on Pinterest (I told you I use this **** for everything! – Thanks Red Hot for that tag line). I went out and bought the supplies I needed and practiced lip art and nice eye shadowing that I felt would translate well on camera. Lo and behold it did! Praise the heavens! I even shot a make-up tutorial for one of my favorite looks in the video. I’ll be posting that soon so stay tuned!!

Being creatively independent, we have to find ways to accomplish our goals and dreams on little to no budget at all. But don’t be discouraged. It allows you to get those juices flowing – thinking outside the box and learning new skills on your own to do some awesome and amazing things yourself.

I didn’t have $ in my budget for a make-up artist so, I learned and did it myself. I also chose not to pay $ for a graphics artist so, over the years, I learned and did that myself too.
See my pic below:

Photography: Lenny Harold Hair and Make-up:  Toi Stori
Photography: Lenny Harold
Hair and Make-up: Toi Stori
Graphics/ Image Editing: Toi Stori


It helps to be self-sufficient. It relieves the stress of having no budget and gives you full creative control over your project – but I must say, you will need a creative eye to know what looks good and what doesn’t.

My biggest pet-peeve is my music, images and videos MUST look  and sound professional. If you aren’t sure if your product can hold a flame next to your favorite artist, place them side by side. If if doesn’t look or sound  just as good or even better, don’t release it. Either go back to the drawing board or know your limitations and pass the work on to someone who can help. It’s ok to sit this part of the creative process out. Take notes and come back on the next release and show off what you’ve learned!

Thank you!

With that said, I want to thank Lenny Harold for being so amazing in directing, shooting and editing this video. For his inspiration, guidance, feedback and love he put into this project – he holds a special place in my heart (among other reasons lol).

To James “A-Natural” Foster for pushing me to do this song, arranging vocals and helping to produce and grow the sound that  is Toi Stori, thank you. You know my limitations and you push me past them. The final product is always amazing and i’m always left speechless.

I want to also thank Irvin, my love, for playing an authentic part in this video – giving me the chemistry and confidence I needed in order to perform the true emotions and feelings behind this song. Although you’re not a person who likes to be in front of the camera, you put those feelings to the side, humbled yourself and joined me in the creation of Good Kisser. Your support is overwhelming, amazing and everything – all in one. Thank you for putting yourself out there so I can follow my dreams. I couldn’t have done it with anyone else (wink)!

Last but not least, I’d like to thank my family, fans and friends who have shared, posted, re-posted, commented and liked the song and the video! You guys have given me life! Just seeing and hearing the feedback and support has been extremely humbling and overwhelming, This is why I do it! For you, for me, for all of us that struggle to reach a dream that is within our grasps. You also give me confidence and the will to keep going and never give up. Who needs a major deal in order to reach the people you love. You’re already here!

Love you all!

Take On Innovation



What’s In The POT?! – Recipe for Chunky Garden Pasta w/ Turkey Sausage

Let me start off by saying I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE to cook! It’s one of my most favorite things to do. I’ve been cooking since I was old of enough to know what being nosy meant. You know, when you just sit there staring and salivating over juicy, succulent goodness and the cook (momma, granma, auntie or some other woman in the family) says, “Why are you so nosy?” They think you’re trying to listen to their conversation, but really, you want to know… WHAT’S IN THE POT?!

Welcome to my life. I always wanted to know, what was in the pot. What are you seasoning it with? How long do you leave it on for and most importantly, what does it taste like?

Over the years, I’ve experimented with different flavors, textures and temperatures. I am proud to say that I left the “I want my food burnt to a crisp” club years ago and am able to enjoy a nice medium-rare to medium steak. My family (excluding my little sister – I turned her on to it) are still running in that club hard and strong…smh. But I digress. Can’t save the world.

Recently, I’ve been blessed to be busy and put into motion the things I love to do. Unfortunately, it just made me too tired to cook like I used to. I missed it. The food I was scarfing down, wasn’t nearly as nutritious, yummy or inexpensive. Last night, I’d had enough. I was going to make the most delicious vegetable chunky garden  pasta with fresh veggies I’d picked up from my local Farmer’s Market (the veggies there are sooooo much cheaper and even fresher than your favorite grocery store). I like my pasta with a protein so I bought some turkey Italian style sausage. I like sweet Italian pork sausage best but substituted so that I could share with a friend who is not pork friendly. Bless his heart.

My measurements are based off of years of experience pinching and sprinkling, handfuls and a half of this and half of that’s. I’ll try my best to give you the proportions I used but this made quite enough to eat for lunch and dinner for 2 days.

Anyway, for about $10,  I gathered these ingredients:

Chunky Garden Pasta w/ Turkey Sausage

Prep Time: 5 min.  Active Time: 20 min. Total Time: 25 min. Serves: 4

3 cloves of fresh garlic
3 plum tomatoes
1 white onion (chopped)
Half a bunch of asparagus (chopped)
1 sprig of basil (about 2 1/2 leaves)
1 whole portabella mushroom (chopped)
1 pack of Sweet Italian Sausage (Turkey or Pork) – sliced in half inch circles
2 handfuls of fresh spinach
1 box of thin spaghetti or angel hair pasta
1 jar of your favorite tomato sauce
Scallions for garnish

Garlic salt and pepper
Cayenne pepper or chili pepper
Olive oil (OO)
1 tablespoon of sugar

Veggie Pasta w/Turkey Sausage Ingredients. Photography Credit: Toi Stori  For
Veggie Pasta w/Turkey Sausage Ingredients.
Photography Credit: Toi Stori
Recipe by: Toi Stori

1. Cook pasta in a large pot  of boiling water until al dente (this means not boiled to death). Drain pasta.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drizzle enough OO until it coats the pan. Add in your sliced sausage; season with salt and pepper to taste; cook until both sides have browned about 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally; remove from heat and place in a bowl to rest.

3. Drizzle a teaspoon more OO into the pan and add in your chopped asparagus; stir for 3 minutes until its coated with the fat and OO mixture until bright green; add a pinch of salt; remove from heat and place in a separate bowl. Asparagus should be crunchy.

4. Add in your onions, garlic and 1 teaspoon of OO; bring flame down to medium-low heat; cook until translucent scraping the bottom to join seasoning and onions; as the onions sweat, add in chopped portabella mushrooms; cook until tender; stir in chopped plum tomatoes; after 5-7 minutes; add sausage and sauce. Sprinkle in cayenne or chili powder, sugar and chopped basil; Simmer for 5 minutes; turn off the flame and add spinach, folding sauce over leaves.

5. Plate your pasta; add chunky garden sauce with sausage on top of pasta; toss asparagus over it along with chopped scallions for garnish.

Eat and Enjoy~

Mine turned out like this and it was amazing! A glass of Merlot would compliment this just fine. Try it and tell me how you enjoyed my recipe!

Veggie Pasta w/Turkey Sausage Ingredients. Photography Credit: Toi Stori  For
Veggie Pasta w/Turkey Sausage Ingredients.
Photography Credit: Toi Stori

(OME) Oh My Eyebrows!

Have you ever had such a bad eyebrow grooming experience  and thought to yourself, why can’t I ever just find someone who is  AMAZING?! Do they even exist?! And then, when it seems the heavens just opened up and granted you the greatest blessing on earth to finally bestow upon you a woman who is the eyebrow queen, why is she not CONSISTENT?! 1 week you have eyebrows snatched to Jesus and 3 weeks later you go back and they give you pencil thin flapper girl brows? What is with that?!

At times it gets disappointing and because I don’t feel like hunting for yet, another one, I tend to give the offenders a 2nd chance. (SMH) This only gives them the opportunity to become repeat offenders, and no one likes a repeat offender. Now it’s off to another salon or better yet, staring into the face of every woman I come across. When you find the perfect brow on a strange face, that’s your chance to speak up! (Sound as distressed as possible – she’ll feel more obligated to tell you her secret) Ms. Where did you get your eye brows done?! If she looks at you crazy, give her a brief summary of your horror story. Skip the prologue and get right to the tragedy.  Hopefully, she’ll have pity on your soul and tell you where to go to get a decent brow lift.

Here are some tips on what to “do” or “say” to the brow technician when getting them done  or if you do happen to have a not so good experience, how you can fix it.

1. Getting Them Done:

So you’re in the chair and she asks you, “What do you want done?” This is a what any decent tech start off with. Sometimes you may get one that may not ask you and get straight to work. STOP HER or Him! (How you doin!) You need to give clear concise directions!


~ Thick Brows:
If you want to keep your brows thick, tell them,
“Just clean it up and keep them thick.”
If your brows are thin and you’re trying to grow them back say,
“I’m growing my brows in. Please just clean them up.

This is an example of a nice thick brow.

thick brow











~ Medium Brows:
If you want your brows thinner than thick but not “thin”, tell them,
“I would like medium brows. Not too thick but not too thin.”
(This may seem like common sense but you’ll be surprised at how many people don’t know the difference between thick and thin.)

Here is a nice medium brow.


~ Thin Brows:
If you want your brows thin merely tell them,
“I’d like them thin please. But please keep them shapely.”

What you don’t want is flapper girl brows. Flapper  girl brows are those pencil thin brows that are shaped like a rainbow with no depth, definition or character. It literally looks like someone took a sharpie and attacked you in your sleep.  Unless you are trying to create this look on purpose for a period shoot , try to stay away from it. That is so 90’s or better yet 20’s.

Although, this is an amazing pencil drawing, this is not how I want my brows to look.

Joan Crawford Pencil Drawing Fine Art Portrait Classic Hollywood Vintage Glamour Flapper Girl 1920s Art Deco
Joan Crawford Pencil Drawing Fine Art Portrait Classic Hollywood Vintage Glamour Flapper Girl 1920s Art Deco







Nor like this.









Try this!









1. Fixing Them Once They’re Messed Up:

I feel like a professional at fixing messed up eye brows because I’ve had so much practice…sad, but true. My three favorite  products and tools to use is: (Feel free to use your favorite brands.)

Concealer: (MAC) -Match your complexion.
Brown matte shadow: (MAC- Embark Matte)
Angle Brow Brush: This is a slanted detailed brush

First, I take my middle finger and dab concealer over my entire eyebrow. Make sure you get above and below the brow. This allows the pigment of the shadow to stick longer and come on deeper and smoother.

Second, I take my Angle Brow Brush and fill it with the brown matte shadow. I follow these steps below:

Before you know it, you have perfect brows. You can also use this in between waxing or threading visits. The concealer helps to “conceal” the new hairs.

Remember, your eyebrows frame your beautiful face. Make sure they are trimmed, groomed and filled in. Now you know  what to do and say the next time you go to your favorite or not so favorite salon. Fill in and fake it til you make it.

I don’t start my day until my eyebrows are filled in, because, if my eyes are indeed the windows to my soul, I want to make sure my curtains look fabulous honey!