I know this question has been burning the brains of everyone!! ok, maybe not. But I have a soul burning desire to share my adventures over the past couple of months. Well, I made a leap of faith to throw away my safety net and dive head first into my passion. When I tell you it has been a hell of a journey so far, please believe me. It seems as if when you make a huge life decision, your faith can and will be tested. I literally have 12-14 hour days with about 8 of them outside. In the sun. I walk up and down flights of stairs all day. In and out of subway stations. Jumping fences and scaling walls. Well, that last part I made up, lol. But if any of you know a New York City real estate agent, buy them a drink every time you see them (or whatever delicacy they fancy). This business is not for the faint of hearts. However, with all the handwork, patience and determination this career requires, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!!
This is me forever waiting for a client in a hot ass apartment! My hair and the humidity had a fight. I guess you can tell who won.
Other than working like crazy, I have been attempting to enjoy the summer concerts and events. I finally was able to make it to the Roots Cookout in Philly. It was a grand time! The highlight of the day was a superbly ratchet performance by ASAP Ferg, kicking off my ratchet summer soundtrack of 2104, lol. Just Blaze had a set featuring all of the hits he produced. He brought out Freeway and State Property. Jonelle Monae also performed. I have seen her perform so many times including two times just this year. Snoop was the headliner but I didn’t see his set. The low point of the day is my phone being stolen. A phone that I had purchased just a mere 3 weeks prior, so I don’t really have any pictures from that day. Yeah, I wasn’t too happy about that.
I also went to Governor’s Ball. It’s an annual 3 day summer concert that is held on Governor’s Island in New York City. It was another swell time. We had VIP tickets which I wholeheartedly believe that if VIP is the way to go if only for the clean bathrooms. There are a ton of performers there, many of which I had no clue who they were. (I guess I’m kinda aging out of these types of events, lol) My fav performances were from Damian Marley and Outkast.
There are about 8 weeks left until labor day and my goal is to take this summer out with a bang!!! I will keep you posted on all the goings on.
We ordered a pitcher of red apple Sangria that was delicious. I was also having a good hair day!!
Hello All!!!! Oh, how I’ve missed you so, lol!! I have had a major life change that has allowed me to own more of my time to dedicate to the things I love about life. So this Sunday my bff came up from Maryland to visit, it just so happened to be Mother’s Day. After making a pit stop at Prospect Park to take her daughter to visit her Grandma, we went to Habana Outpost. Habana Outpost is a very popular Mexican restaurant in Brooklyn with different types of margaritas, red apple sangria, food and outdoor seating. The perfect way to enjoy a beautiful day.
I love this picture!!!
My bestie Ayoluwa!! She is the dopest!!! Don’t you just love her panama hat?!?!
She ordered the vege taco and grilled corn.
I ordered the fish tacos.
Me and Khaliallah (Ayoluwa’s daughter).
It was an awesome day!!! How did you spend your Mother’s Day?!?!
I haven’t been in Forever 21 in years, that store makes my head spin. It’s too loud. There are too many clothes. It’s too crowded. The clothes aren’t good quality. Not to mention, I am well beyond 21, lol. But a few weeks ago another blog that I follow, Stuffshelikes, posted a pair of dope shoes on her instagram. They are super cute! So I decided to go on to their website take a gander at what Forever 21 got going on these days.
I was pleasantly surprised at the shoes in Forever 21 now. They have quite a few western style shoes and I am here for it. I love a good western look. I’m from VA so I’m not a stranger to cowboy boots (although I was well into my 20′s before I had a pair and they were Steve Madden, lol) and I love the fringe look. Any who, did you know that F21 now have genuine leather shoes??? Who knew?? They’re on the pricer side for the store but still super affordable.
Here are a few pair that I’m keeping my eye on. I may take a visit to the store to see them up close and personal.
*update: I tried on a few pair, click on the pics for a quick review*
These are super comfortable, but they run a bit small.
These are really cute, however they are not comfortable at all.
Cute but very uncomfortable.
Oh how I LOVE oxfords! These are super cute. Almost too shiny, tho. I love that they are stringless. They are relatively comfortable.
Forever 21 always stays current on the latest shoe trends. With these new shoe selections, I may put F21 back on my radar.
A few weeks ago I had a photography class in Central Park one very early and extremely cold Saturday morning. After 4 hours of taking pictures in the park in 20 degree weather, I decided to torture myself some more and walk over to Lincoln Center. It was the 3rd day of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and I wanted to test out my photography skills and get a few street style shots. After deliberating (and procrastinating) for a few weeks on which format I would post the pictures , I decided to post the pictures on my pinterest account. You can view the pics here.
My first experience with fashion week was a few years ago. The very first show I attended was Ana Sui and it was surreal. I think I laughed and smiled the entire time. Although I do like attending the shows, I’d much rather see the runway styles translated to everyday styles. Anyone can replicate what they see on stage but the real creativity is taking a runway look and making it your own. I want to dedicate a part of this blog to street style because I see so many creative and interesting and stylish people every single day.
So, anywho I hope you enjoy the pics on my pinterest page.
The best part of living in New York is that there are so many cool events that you have access to. I am by no means a football fan. Actually, I don’t understand it and it bores me to tears. But EVERYONE watches the Super Bowl, me included. This year the Super Bowl was hosted at Met Life Stadium and NYC sponsored Superbowl Boulevard in the city. So being the event junkie that I am, I went. It was TOTAL pandemonium! There were soooooo many people everywhere. I learned early on to avoid Times Square and 34th Street at all cost but this time it was unavoidable. The ‘boulevard’ spanned from 34th street to Times Square.
I look like a professional photographer with my camera, lol.
The Papa Johns Car
The Tobogan. I wanted to ride this soooo bad but you needed a ticket and all the tickets were sold out. Womp Womp :(
I had a great time this weekend even though i’m not a football fan!
I finally kinda learned how to use my camera, so to celebrate I decided to do style post. My everyday style is pretty casual and comfortable. Im all about the comfort. I love thrifting and about 50% of my clothes are from some sort of thrift store or consignment shop. My mom was a thrifter, so I like to think thrifting would have been something we would have enjoyed together.
Anyway, I wore this the other day while running errands in the city.
The hat is from Urban Outfitters. I love that store although I think the clothes are overpriced. I always wait for a sale.
(I tried to enlarge this picture but it made it too distorted)
I love this belt. I scored this at Buffalo Exchange several weeks ago.
The patch detail on this sweater is so cute.
I got these when H&M had their holiday sale. I was leery of ordering them because H&M is not known to make quality shoes. I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they were. I can wear these all day. That’s important living in NYC, the streets are no joke. It’s non stop walking.
Sweater: Ralph Lauren (thrifted), Shirt: Marshalls, Jeans and Hat: Urban Outfitters, Boots: H&M, Belt (thrifted)
I hope you all had a great 2013! I did. I don’t really make new years resolutions, I just set goals along the way. So my plans for 2014 is to continue doing all the things I started in 2013. The only thing that I won’t continue is my love affair with pumpkin sweets. Pumpkin and I had a torrid love affair that included lots of pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread, etc… You get the point. I go HARD for sweets. Like all elicit affairs, this must come to an end.
So I’ve decided to do a 14 day cleanse. This cleanse includes water, smoothies, juices, teas and fruits & vegetables. After a consultation with my good friend Na’imah Delpeche, (a Wellness Consultant & Birth Doula and owns Roots of Passage), I traded my morning oatmeal for smoothies. She encouraged me to do the fast/cleanse.
My smoothies consist of a combination of these fruits and vegetables: avocados, bananas, kale, spinach, carrots, apples, berries, pineapples, mangoes. The juices I will get from a juice bar.
If you’re in NYC, go to Watkins Health Foods or Uptown Juice Bar. Both are on 125th Street.
If you’re in the Baltimore area you should visit Grind House Juice Bar. They specialize in juicing and smoothies.
I have always LOVED LOVED LOVED Lauren’s style. I first saw her perform at my college (Morgan State STAND UP!) years ago and I’ve followed her style ever since. She has a unique way of styling pieces together. Its always eclectic, colorful and well put together. I love that she almost always incorporates vintage and bold pieces. She’s not afraid to throw on some chunky jewelry or a hat. This chile can dress her butt off! Her closet must be out of control!
So, this weekend my BFF came to visit and because she is a vegan she often drags me to various vegan/vegetarian restaurants. Most times I am less than enthused to go because I like chicken. Actually, I LOVE chicken. Chicken finds it’s way into my belly almost everyday. It’s really the only meat I eat besides fish. Anywho, every time she is here she goes to RED BAMBOO or VEGETARIAN PARADISE in West Village (both have the same owner and are located on the same street). Reluctantly, I went and I fell in LOVE!!! The food is phenomenal.
I ordered the Pulled ‘Pulled’ Pork Sandwich from RED BAMBOO. This sandwich is sooooo delicious. The sauce is sweet and spicy and the ‘pork’ is a fake meat called seitan. It has a close enough texture to pork for me. I haven’t eaten pork for over 20 years.
I’ve also eaten the Country Fried Chicken from VEGETARIAN PARADISE. It’s equally delicious. I will definitely be adding this to some waffles in the future.
Both places are great alternatives for meat eaters. I highly recommend!