Artscape 2014

High Zero

High Zero

Baltimore is my hometown and there are a few things that have firmly assisted with  placing  the “charm” in Charm City. Artscape, touted as one of the largest art festivals on the East Coast is one of those things. The festival takes place in Baltimore’s Arts District and offers a range of activities from zumba for kids to Grammy nominated artist like Anthony Hamilton who is set to hit the stage on Sunday, July 20th. The people watching is an added bonus to the great art, crafts, performances and culinary delights which make Artscape a cant miss Baltimore event. In addition to the list of official food vendors- there will be a food truck rally near Preston St.

So don your best festival chic ensemble, put on some comfortable shoes and be prepared to by dazzled by the charm that is Artscape.

For more details on performances and activities log into www.artscape.org or consider downloading the app from the Google market place or I—phone app store in order to stay up to date on all the festival happenings.

 

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Big Easy Style Lounge: Design Essentials

 

Photo credit: Exclusiveaccess.net

Photo credit: Exclusiveaccess.net

The sound of jazz can be heard on almost every block once you hit the Quarter in N’awlins; during the 20th anniversary of the Essence Musical Festival that music was rounded out with the soulful or funkdafied sounds of just about every other genre of music that speaks to your soul.

The Superdome was the place to be in the evenings and during the day I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with a few brands that I’ve come to know and love. Design Essentials hosted an event featuring the Grammy nominated Ledisi who played host to their inaugural Big Easy Style Lounge. Guests were treated to massages, makeup application and had the opportunity to chat with professionals about the range of products and which specific combination worked best for individual needs.

Because I’m a naturalista currently wearing a weave (with some leave out) the sleek edge control was recommended as well as the hydrience which serves as both heat protectant and moisturizer.

For more details on the Design Essentials line please visit www.designessentials.com

Miami Layover- Curls and Coils!

This past weekend found me traveling back from a long overdue vacation in St. Martin and the  threat of Hurricane Debby turned a brief stop into a seven hour layover in Miami.

 

The power of social media is not to be underestimated;  one tweet about looking for something to do led to an influx of responses that the African-American Black Film Festival (ABFF) was in full swing and a list of potential events made there way to my twitter mentions.  I opted for the Curls and Coils event hosted by the dynamic ladies of Social Esquire.

 

The event was held at the Sagamore; hands down one of my favorite Miami hotels and the focus of the event was a celebration of natural hair. The champagne flowed, faces were beat and I had a great time networking with some of Miami’s loveliest naturalistas.

Fashion Week from an Uptown Perspective

 

I swear my heart beats to the rhythm of the streets of Harlem. Nothing compares to the magnificence of walking down 125th Street. Between the street musicians drumming to a beat that I am sure echoes the music of our heritage, to the well-dressed old men who can tell you stories of “I remember when” the greatness of Harlem is something that definitely needs to be experienced firsthand.

This year for New York Fashion Week, I decided to get an uptown perspective on the city, so I checked into the Aloft Hotel and was determined to see as much as I possibly could during my stay.

Let me first start with the Aloft Hotel- from the moment I walked in the door, I was greeted by the infectious smile of the gorgeous Rachel who checked me with graciousness and awesome customer service.   Let me say if you have grown accustomed to the micro-sized rooms that are prevalent across NYC, the Aloft hotel will be a welcome change. The rooms are well appointed with free wireless and much to my delight- Bliss products in the bathroom!

 

 

 

Pool table, Aloft hotel

 

 

Aloft hotel stairwell

 

I didn’t get too much retail therapy in while in Harlem, though there’s plenty of large retailers located right on 125th street- MAC cosmetics, H&M are just a few of the shopping choices Uptown. In spite of the major retailers, the real Uptown experience comes through the vendors that are prevalent- you can buy everything from batteries (no, seriously) to the most gorgeous jewelry on 125th street.

 

vendor 125th St.

In spite of not getting too much shopping done, I truly entertained my inner foodie by dining at multiple locations during my stay.  Nectar Bar offered vibrant nightlife and my photographer and I scored an open mike and the most amazing cocktails the evening we visited.  I also fell madly, deeply in love with Billie’s Black! The menu offered an eclectic mix of everything from seafood to some soul food favorites like -black-eyed peas, collard greens, mac and cheese.  The owner Adrienne Ferguson and her catering manager Alyce Emory were absolutely amazing.  They were warm, welcoming and did I mention how awesome the food is? This is a great venue for dinner with friends or even a small special event.  This is a must for any trip to NYC.

Adrienne Ferguson, owner Billie’s Black

I had an opportunity to see several collections during fashion week, here’s a look at one of my favorite designers  Korto Momolu of Project Runway fame.

 

 

 

 

photo credit: Sherrie Wood, @Glamcollective

 

Baltimore LIVE

by Lisa

You may know that the GF is a Baltimore girl, true and through and though I have lived and loved other places, my hometown is near and dear to my heart. This morning as I was tuned into the Today show, I nearly choked on my coffee when I heard that the cast of the infamous “Jersey Shore” commands 10,000 per episode with two of the most ridiculous cast members- “The Situation” and Snooki commanding a rumored $45K.

While there are SO many things wrong with the cast of the Jersey Shore garnering that much money, I started to consider what would a show about my fair city look like? Who would round out the cast of characters to create buzz, and allow them to demand ridiculously high salaries? Would we dedicate an entire episode to who has the best crabs, best chicken boxes, best Lake Trout? What would the content look like- and more importantly would it be real?

So many reality shows are scripted and cast within an inch of their lives; I would want a show about my hometown to be authentic with real people, real issues and in the words of my baby brother- showcasing the gift and the curse that is Baltimore.

All That Glitters- SATC2 Party 5/22/2010

If you cannot already tell, I am a HUGE Sex and the City Fan. I’ve been thinking about what ensemble I will wear to the movie premiere, and I have been waiting with bated breath for the fashionable eye-candy that the actual movie promises to deliver. Some of the preliminary photos from the film feature designs from Patricia Field which I am certain will be on trend for many months to come.

This weekend, if you’re in the DC, Maryland or Virginia area, come celebrate the release of Sex and the City with the ALL THAT GLITTERS Soiree. In addition to the opportunity to win a GLAMOROUS photo shoot with celebrity photog Roy Cox, Catandaa J will be beautifying you from the inside out with a make-over for the shoot!

Come dressed as your inner Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, or Miranda for the chance to win fabulous prizes.

The GLAM’d bar also offers up the opportunity to get your *Face Beat* by some of the area’s most renowned makeup artist.

ALL THAT GLITTERS promises to offer up premiere networking with DC’s fashionistas, Makeup artists and image makers!!

Here are the details:

All that Glitters 6-10 pm

Recess Lounge

727 15th St. NW (G & H Sts. NW)

Washington, DC 20005. Phone: 202-637-7667

Email:ghetto.fashion.ista@hotmail.com OR

Call: Cataanda J 269-217-7973

DC Shopping Event! Monif C.

by Lisa

Okay ladies, if you have been seriously wanting to try curvy fashionista designer Monif C’s gorgeous designs, but you’re reluctant to order from the web site, or you haven’t been able to make it to NYC, here’s your opportunity to check out the designer in DC!

Monif C will be hosting a shopping event on Saturday, May 22nd. You MUST RSVP to monif@monifc.com for location details.

Until then, check out the video of the Marilyn convertible dress.

The Sweeter the Juice

by Lisa

I know many people who feel very strongly about white or red wines. I am a certified wine snob (at least in my mind) and as such, my preference runs to GOOD wine, versus a particular type of libation. In spite of my openness to either red, or white, I do tend to prefer sweeter wines.

One of my dear friends just introduced me to Muscadine, a wine that can be found in North Carolina, or your local wine store.

Here’s a review:

“Duplin’s famous red muscadine wine smells of sugar, berries and dry clay, while not overly complex, the sugar and alcohol are balanced well on the nose. In the mouth the wine has good weight and an intense flavor of Cherry Kool-aid with a heavy amount of sugar, without being syrupy. The fruit flavors of this wine are strong but do seem slightly artificial. This wine is a crowd pleaser, and would be well received by anyone who is a fan of sweet or muscadine wines. This wine has just enough tannins to balance the sugar and make it easy drinking. This muscadine wine is also a solid value at its price point.”

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Enjoy!!


Glam Libation Thursday- Take Flight


Glam Libation Thursday- Take Flight
by Lisa

Are you interested in sampling a wide variety of wines? Then a wine flight is the ultimate way to experience a range of varietals or wines from a specific region. Wine flights offer a range wines and can include anywhere from 4 to 50 wines for sampling.

You can find a wine tasting/flight at many restaurants, vineyards, or tasting bars, and a good flight should include some educational component.

Restaurant flights usually offer 3 wines to sample to accompany your appetizer, main entrée, and then conclude with a dessert wine.

Here’s   a sample wine tasting menu.

Bon Appétit!


Georgetown Cupcakes

by Lisa
I fell in love over the weekend. I mean truly, madly and deeply in LOVE. This past Saturday the temperatures in the DMV ( DC, MD, VA) hit 76 degrees, a temperature that makes it near impossible to sit in the house especially given our harsh winter where we saw somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 plus inches of snow… Anyway, I digress, my romance began with a trip to Georgetown to enjoy the people, sites, and of course get a little high-end retail therapy.  It was a day for walking and as the official first day of spring, the perfect back-drop to begin this love affair.

I was deterred by my new lover at first, because there were many people who had been there before me, and I was demure about being added to a long list of former lovers. When I arrived at the doorstep, the line was almost around the block! I would not be deterred, I had come this far (I drove from Baltimore!) and I refused to turn back. I waited patiently, growing more excited the closer I got to meeting my new love. Georgetown cupcakes- is my new lover, and my affair began with salted caramel, chocolate ganache, and berry lemon cupcakes. I am planning a trip again for Thursday- because that’s when they feature Key Lime.


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