If you told me I’d be paying for a dress with two sets of sleeves, I’d probably point and laugh at you. I mean the idea without an image sounds ridiculous right? I was stalking around on Instagram and saw Ivory Jinelle rocking this sweater dress. I love that you can knot it right int he front without the bulk of using something like a jacket or shirt around your waist. She mentioned how it was from Nasty Gal and it was sized medium to large but it fit her well on her curvy frame. Falling in line with the #PlusSizePlease crusade she proved to us that brands like Nasty Gal could stand to make their clothes in a plus size version because we rock it well and we are willing to pay for it. I actually love a bit of Nasty Gal clothing, but it’s very rare that I can get into anything they sell on their site. I’m hoping with the new changes around there, that maybe they will consider some love to the curvy gals.
I was curious if this would look good one me, by no means do I have the envious curves like Ivory, she filled hers out well; I mean that in the least creepiest way. As I lose weight my hips quit on me, and my legs, well you all know my legs are “skinty”. My body is just doing it’s own thing these days but I’m still gonna love it and adorn it with cool finds. I just don’t have that curvy bottom that I kinda would trade in for less up top.
Long story short, I actually like the looser fit and I plan on rocking this at brunch that I’m hosting this Sunday. It’s super comfy, and I think I’ll have fun switching up my shoes, and jackets as it gets a little warmer. I paired it this Old Navy coat that I scored as a blogger sale, and New Look shoes. I found out that Nasty Gal is part of Ebates as well I provided a link below if you want to sign up.
I love color, but lately I’ve been into dark colors, all black looks as well. I don’t know, I love it, get over it. Of course on my day off, I get the energy to go outside to take a few shots before heading to lunch with my mom. Out of 120 clicks, these are the only two that came out decently. Gotta love moms who stand in one space and hold the button down. Enough shade, she cracks me up. I’m happy to share this awesome coat I got from the Gap, vintage skirt that I had altered into a much flattering look, and black turtleneck. I found these “over the knee” boots at DSW, but honestly my freak legs won’t let these boots be great. They are pretty cool though but still not the over the knee factor I really wanted, but they are still comfy and a perfect fit.
Coat – Wet Seal+ | Jeans Old Navy | Shoes – New Look
I love a good coat. Last year I thought it was a great idea to go for comfort when I purchased an army green puffer coat from Eddie Bauer. Yes, it was smart, I mean it was freezing last year, but that coat was not a good idea, hideous. I was okay with the coat until I caught a glimpse of myself in a camera at Costco’s. I looked all of 12 years old with this long coat, and crazy infinity scarf that didn’t really match. Then another picture was taken and that coat looked so awful. It was time to get another coat a mature looking coat; A bit of fur wouldn’t hurt either.
I found this coat at Wet Seal plus. I had no idea they have actual stores, but they were having a crazy sale, everything in the store was 15 bucks. I saw this coat, and it fit just right. It’s a light coat but with this crazy weather it’s perfect. It reached 63 degrees when I took this picture and that is insane for January, but I guess I’ll enjoy this while I can. I went on to find another rad coat that I’ll post soon as well. It was long overdue to find a grown up coat to wear around, and I totally get that vibe with this one. Also in love with these shoes, they give me an Alexander Wang vibe in the front.
Corn Salad is usually reserved for the summer. In fact the recipe was from a Real Simple Cookbook I picked up at whole foods two years ago. The weather has been so cray lately, one minutes I’m wearing a moto, the next minute I’m wearing shorts. Today was one of those days. I shed my jacket and craved something cold but spicy. Something that I could eat a day later and it would taste even better.
I didn’t change much of this. I added poached shrimp using a mix of water, lime juice, and a half of jalapeno.
The recipe can be found here, and you can substitute your cheeses I’m sure. I think this would be great with goat cheese as well. Since I basically copied this and only added one thing I won’t copy the recipe here.
Let me say that Eloquii has the best Social media team, no idea who’s running that account but they make me want to give them all of my money! I love this brand, and since relaunching I have supported them even more. They have a great mix of pieces for women who are in the middle when it comes to plus size fashion. A bit of edge, but still classy. I bought my first jumpsuit about a month ago from them. It’s so comfortable for me, and I love the backless detail without showing too much skin. It fits my 5’8 frame perfectly in terms of length. I love an all black outfit, so some reason I feel like such a badass!
Eloquii Short Sleeve Tie Waist Jumpsuit Found Here | Forever 21+ quilted faux leather jacket Found Here | ASOS Halloween Devil Clutch Bag Found Here
Special shoutout to Dani who posted this Halloween clutch on her blog check out the post here! So many cute options just in time for halloween, and the fall! I have no idea if I’m going out for halloween, but I kinda need to do this! I’ve been giving myself time to catch up on my comics and think I want to do a Poison Ivy or Harley Quinn costume. What do you think? Are you dressing up for Halloween?
Guess who belongs to a Foodie Club now? This girl! My friend Jessica who runs Adventures of A Repatriate invited me out to join her and few other awesome foodies for brunch. It was their second meetup and who am I to decline? I heard from at least two people that Sona Creamery was all that. I ignored the place each time I made a run for District Taco it’s neighbor. I grabbed my camera, because you know these were a special group of folks who understood, no touching until all the pictures are taken. Sona is run by a husband and wife team that’s super passionate about cheese. I love that it’s DC only on-site creamery, so they have fresh cheeses being made in-house!
(Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Scones)
I expected just about everything to be made of cheese, but I learned that they had yummy scones and other menu items like a lamb burger and fries. The peanut butter sauce was delicious on their chocolate chip scones. The owners were nice enough to serve us “family” style. The food was delicious, I even tried their version of poutine. It was nothing like what i’m used to but it kinda reminded me a child hood favorite of mine.
Each month they switch up the cheeses. They even had fresh butter with pop rocks on top. Weird right? Guess what, that butter was perfect! So smooth and creamy, and honestly the pop rocks were fun plays on texture in real time. The tray came with lots of bread, and different accompaniments like jams, pickled veggies, and mustard. They all paired well with each other. I enjoyed every cheese, even a weird Gorgonzola that was super strong.
French Toast above, it came with on a dollop of Toma Della Rocca Cheese, topped with maple syrup and bacon jam.
Farmers Breakfast, Cheese with Honey, French Bread, Sausage, and a lightly fried egg. I would totally come back for this.
Overall everything was delicious, some dishes weren’t my taste but it had nothing to do with the quality. Everything here is fresh, and well prepared. The service was great, and we received samples of their drinks. Not a big fan of Bloody Mary’s but they had a really spicy one, and I tasted it (and had the worst reaction). I suppose it was delicious because Jessica took mine. I loved the mimosa made with POM juice and Vodka as well. Overall it was a wonderful experience for a cheese lover like me. I will definitely be back and I’d suggest it if you know a serious cheese lover.
If you’re in the Eastern Market Area make sure you go and visit Sona Creamery!
Life has been a blur. Classes have started again, and I barely know what day it is anymore. One thing is for sure, I’ve been eating out way too much, and I’ve gained ten pounds of my twenty-three lost. I’ve made so many excuse for why I’m eating out. “I’ll get back on track tomorrow”, “I’m gonna get a salad” (ends up getting mac and cheese and chicken). I can honestly say that last week I managed to have mac and cheese everyday almost. It was awesome but I realize my skirt barely closed. Anyway, I lost all motivation to cook because I was so behind on my classes. I found myself wandering off to Facebook, Twitter, and Bloglovin. It was insane how much I go on these sites, knowing full well everybody else is doing their own thing. Please sign me up for FB Anonymous. I finally found a block site, and voila, a girl is all caught up.
I’ve managed to cook for the entire week, and I couldn’t go without having some sort of delicious treat. It’s so easy, and trust me easy and simple is my new motto with all of this work. I was inspired by this galette recipe from Real Simple. Galette’s are so easy if you’re okay with using store bought pie crust, which honestly, I don’t have time for fresh pie crust. It taste so delicious and so tart, I prefer granny smith apples the most, they are so sweet. Of course you can use any apple you want, but be sure to peel the skin first Check out my version down below.
1 refrigerated rolled piecrust
2 granny smith apples (peeled and thinly sliced)
4 tablespoons confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (thinly sliced)
Heat oven to 375° F with the rack in the lowest position.
Place the piecrust on a parchment-lined baking sheet of baking sheet sprayed lightly with Canola or Veggie Oil
Peel the apples, core them, and use mandolin to thinly slice your apples.
Toss is 2 tablespoons of sugar.
Leaving a 2-inch border, top with apples. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the sugar and wedge in the butter between apple slices, and on top.
Fold the edges of the dough toward the center, overlapping slightly and partially covering the fruit. Brush the dough with 2 teaspoons water and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of sugar.
Bake until the juices are bubbling and the crust is golden 35 to 40 minutes.
Dust with powered sugar and cinnamon.
Tent with foil if the crust browns too quickly.
If you make this, I really hope you enjoy it. I think a nice high quailty vanilla bean ice-cream would be amaze with this. What’s your favorite quick sweet treat?
Sometimes I get nostalgia whenever i’m in my kitchen. I’m reminded of how my grandmother did something that I was doing. After all it’s because of her that I know my way around the kitchen. Cooking is relaxing …almost like yoga, depending on who you ask. My mom will bring home something and I’m taken back to a time in childhood when she would bring food home and it was probably something that I didn’t like but was still curious about. I can’t count how many time my mom would take a heavy sigh as I asked a thousand and one questions about what she was eating, and what it taste like. Then I’d finally ask to try some being the adventurous kid that I was when it came to food. I had no issue asking and then tasting. The Turkey Club was one of those things she’s bring home and before you knew it I was trying to fit my child sized mouth over this 2 layer sandwich.
As I got older Turkey Clubs have been one of my favorite sandwiches. I loved the taste of doughy toasted bread slathered in mayo, the saltiness of crispy bacon, and cold turkey. I personally never liked turkey but on a club it tasted like heaven. In honor of International Bacon Day (August 30) I decided to share one my favorite way to enjoy a turkey club. This club is so delicious and so easy to make. The star of the sandwich is the Old Bay Mayo if offers a delicious flavor to everything.
What you will need:
3 slices of Italian bread
4 oz low sodium turkey
4 slices of Swiss cheese
Slices of Tomato
2 heaping tablespoons of mayo
1/2 teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning
Toast the slices of bread.
In a small bowl mix mayo and old bay seasoning.
Spread the Mayo on all three slices of toast.
With the slice of bread, mayo side up layer lettuce, tomato, turkey, bacon and cheese.
Top with another slice of toast mayo side up and layer again in the same order.
Top with last slice of toast mayo side down.
If you want more bacon recipes for National Bacon Day check out the links below!
I really thought my summer would be full of cute outfits and things. I have found myself wearing these denim shorts more and more. I wore them here before. To be honest they give a mom jeans vibe when I wear them. They are beyond comfortable though. They don’t slouch, they don’t ride up when my thigh meat touches. They are basic, but still my favorites. I wore them with a crop top because it’s been cooler around the city lately. My shoes are a cute and comfy and from Marshalls. I still get a lot of stares because I have no shame about wearing crop tops outside in public. They will live.
My blowout held on for awhile after going for a second time. I’m so impressed with the fact that I have a ponytail. Small but it’s there!
My July resolution was to get out more, and have fun. It’s the middle of summer right? This month I explored, ate, and traveled. I started the month off by visiting Rural Society for a Media tasting. I can say that everything there was delicious! If you can get there, please go, delicious Spanish and Italian inspired food from Argentina. I tasted a few things for the first time that night. Sweetbread, and Blood Sausage. I take pride in being adventurous enough to eat that blood sausage. One too many episode of the F-word on BBC.
My next cool event was the Yelp 10 Year anniversary. I’ve developed an unhealthy obsession with my Yelp App. So when Vivy sent me the link for their celebration I knew I had to be there. I applied and found out I was selected to go. The bonus is that it was right in my neighborhood. I have to tell you for those who don’t know, S.E. DC is divided into two. You have your section near the stadium, and the marine barracks that people flood for good food, and the flea market. Then you have home east of the river. Mostly residential a little rough in some areas but overall still rich in history. I grew up here, but I know that for many of my friends visiting me was their first time in the area ever. So when I saw that Yelp decided to host their event at the Anacostia Art Center, I was so ecstatic. I come by this place to visit Vintage and Charmed all the time. I blogged about them here.
Everything was delicious and you can see my review on yelp here. It was my first time having fresh oysters and I must say they are delicious. I’ve only had them fried before. I can’t wait to go somewhere and have them again. I also had the most delicious doughnuts from District doughnut. My favorite was the Key Lime Pie. I love Key Lime anything. We also had a paint bar which was pretty amazing. All of the deets are in my review if you’re interested in the businesses. Vivy, Kristen and I had a blast.
By the way, playing up lippies lately. After eating this one faded but I’m thinking a video of mixing lipsticks for new colors is needed after this.
Next up was getting out with my ladies. My mom and aunt Sherri. We are lazy bums to be totally honest we relax for the most part during the weekend. We cook, eat, and basically lay around with Hulu/Netflix. For the past couple of weekends we’ve been going out for a few hours to explore DC. this time we went to a few museums and we had a great time. I’m a native here, so the thought of walking around the Mall when it’s hot is still crazy to me.
Inside of the Native American History Museum. I really love coming here. My grandmother was apparently part Native American and we have family from the Shinnecock Tribe in New York so it’s always nice to see artifacts and pieces from the tribes.
Randomly feel back in love with my love for comics after a conversation with my uncle. When I was a kid i read these all the time with him, we watched cartoons, we watched star trek and star wars movies all day because we didn’t have cable. It was fun, and today I’m a proud nerd girl because of it. When I found out that Storm got her own series of comics I took my lunch to go across town to start my collection up again. It was nice to take some time to enjoy this. Life is a blur with so much information coming at us. Everything seems to be so negative, wars, fighting, violence, and politics, trust me find something that takes your mind off it.
I also pretty much stalked Ted Bulletin restaurant for the last two weeks. It all started with me and mom popping in for a quick bite. I had this Cobb salad that honestly is so good that I’ve been googling these onions. Fried chicken tenders? Sign me up please!
I ended up coming back because I wanted eggs so bad. This was the breakfast platter. Can I say that this plate tasted like home. It tasted like something my grandmother would have whipped up. Cheesy eggs, hash brown, delicious Italian sausage patties. Ugh, so amazing and good.
The very last time I went which made 3 times in 2 weeks. I got a short rib sandwich because for the next 30 days I’m going meat free. A side of Mac and Cheese and a fine waiter. I was done. I could live at this place if I didn’t think I would come out the door weighing 600 lbs. I’ve never had a bad day there.
508 8th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003 Phone: 202.544.8337
Lastly the exciting wedding that I was waiting for all year. My friend Shella of The Everyday Catwalk was set to wed the love of her life at Oheka Castle in Long Island. I knew this would be a grand affair and indeed it was. Vivy and I took a drive up there and that roadtrip alone was hilarious and music filled. She’s definitely my go to road tripper.
The wedding was amazing. I didn’t catch the bouquet but in the process of trying to catch it. I slapped someone by accident. Everything was gorgeous, the food, the fireworks, dancing, the tons of sweets and drinks. It was so overwhelming and fun at the same time. We also got to visit our boo-thang Waverly who made the big move to New York. She lives off Flatbush which is a big Caribbean community there. I loved it, and I love it every time i go to visit my family from Trinidad. We all met up Blessings Cafe and Herb Shop. It was great, the food was fresh and they seemed to use the best ingredients to make their dishes. There was a limited menu but everything was delish. Check them out here if you’re in Brooklyn. 663 Flatbush Ave. Prospect Lefferts Gardens, NY11225 (basically Brooklyn).
My latest conquest is that i’m going meat free (Pork, Chicken, Beef) …I’m edging off seafood for awhile too but I honestly find it hard to not eat anything. So I ventured out to try a vegan restaurant. Everlasting Life Cafe which is now Evolve cafe is located in Takoma Park. They use tofu and some kind of way cook it in a way that mimics meat so well. I tried the Southern Fried Chick un with Vegan mac and cheese. It was actually really delicious. I’ll be back there to try everything else there. Look them up here on Yelp.
So there’s a recap of what’s been going on in the past month. I must say I was impressed with myself, and I had a ton of fun while getting to know myself, and my friends.