You were right there all along.

 

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Fathers day is always hard for me. Not, because my father passed, not because he’s away doing something noble like fighting for our country. My father lives in close proximity and I haven’t talked to him in years. In fact the last time I saw him, he was in a T.G.I Fridays and I was with my mother. She said ” Is that your father” and whispered his name.  His bionic ear heard her way across the loud bar. He slowly walked over to us with a look of confusion and fear. My wig might have thrown him off, who knows.  He hadn’t seen my mother in other 10 years, and the last time I saw him before this current encounter was when my aunt passed away in 2007. I promise this story gets better and it doesn’t bash him too much.

I grew up without my father being a strong fixture in my life. Like a lot of young girls in my area, we were fatherless. We grew up to be strong ladies I must say, through the “fatherless jokes” from peers, to assumptions by others that I must be broken because I didn’t have a dad. I lived and survived the wishy washy behavior of this man. My mom was sure to make sure I knew I was loved by her and my family, and provided me with countless male role models, but nothing could mirror the love I wanted from my father, my own flesh. I’d soon learn that life has a way of making you see that you can make a compromise and see the blessings right in front of you.

 

Fast forward to 2007, my father showed me another side of him. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did. I felt hopeless when it came to him, and one day I prayed to God to help me not let this turn me into a bitter woman. My grandfather called me the next day. He said he had a dream that I needed him. I instantly started crying, freaking my roommate out. I excused myself to the hallway and down to the lobby. “What’s on your mind, funny” he would echo into the phone. I poured it all out, it was a few days after my birthday and a few days after talking to my dad who called once a year to wish me a happy birthday. I spent about 3 hours on the phone with him. I knew that my prayers had be answered.

It’s now 2015, and my grandfather has been there for me in more ways that one can imagine. He’s always there to take my calls, always asking “How are your pockets” …code for “do you need cash”. I always sayI’m fine, but he slips me 20 anyway when I’m not looking. He lugs his barely touched laptop over so I can give him unwanted computer lessons, which usually turns into us talking and never getting the lesson done. We shoot the shit, drink beers together and take the best naps.  He’s always assuming I’m “at some dudes house” and swears all of my friends “want him”. He makes me laugh daily, and while I cried for my dad as a child, my grandfather was always there, silently standing in as I grew up, I was too blind to see it. Showing up for grandparents day, fathers day, birthday parties, taking me away on trips that are too blurry to remember. Everyone at his jobs knows about his baby Michelle, it’s crazy when I call, these people are asking me questions about school, work and anything else he’s sharing. I get super emotional when he’s sleeping on the couch and then it’s broken by him waking up and asking “Who let gas?, Was it you Michelle?”

 

Even though my papa calls is “boogle” and I know he’ll never see this.  I just wanted to share my story of how much I love this man and to let folks know to love those who love you unconditionally.

 

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Jaleo

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I have to give it up to Jessica of The Dining Travel, she put another great travel blogger event together a few weeks ago. This round we headed to Crystal City to taste the menu at Jaleo. After I zoomed through the cherry blossom traffic I arrived to the gorgeous restaurant and was greeted with a glass of champagne. I spotted the Executive Chef Domenick Torlucci bringing out food as a group began to grow in size. We finally sat down to cured meats, and liquid olives. Sounds weird right? They were indeed weird, but tasty and surprising for someone like me who is weird about liquid textures. They start off by pureeing olives and there is a bit of chemistry involved to take that puree mixture and form it into a dollop or liquid goodness. We got to make some as well as part of the Chef Demo.

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The food started rolling out as we all mingled talked, and took pictures with Morgans selfie stick. I had no shame in taking that thing around the dining room. We had Pan de crystal con tomate, which I didn’t get a picture of but it was amazing, a bread with tomato on it. I’ll definitely go back for some of that.

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Pan de cristal con salmón ahumado y huevo duro shown above didn’t photograph very well. It was a play on a lox bagel in my opinion, it was really good and the cream goat cheese complimented the smoked salmon really well. That bread is as airy and crusty in the best way.

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Camarones de Cádiz con huevo frito, this one was interesting for me. It was deep fried baby shrimp, with an egg on top, so delicious, and when I say baby shrimp I mean those critters still had their heads attacked. I looked them in the eyes and ate them, and got over my fear that quick. It ended up being really good once the yolk was mixed in. Totally delicious, and you see a little clip of us cracking that egg open here.

 

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Everything was delicious and worth going back for.

Some of the dishes show are not listed not he website. For more information visit Jaleo’s website here.

 

Maketto

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Sunday was full of fun for me. As I mentioned in my previous post I went to see Avengers right after I headed back across town to meet Brea and Dana to try out Maketto a newish coffee house. Well it was new to me, H Street continues to surprise me. Machete is unique because it is a Retail Space, Coffee House, and serves delicious Cambodian and Tai food.

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They have a cool set up inside, with outdoor seating upstairs and downstairs. When I looked at the menu, I figured they were crazy to think people want to eat ramen in the hot sun, but I was one of those people to get that Ramen and it was delicious. When you walk in there are cool brands to shop, cool shoes too. I’m actually going back for a fun pair of Nikes. Upstairs is a cool open concept with tables with plugs. There were lots of people with their laptops sipping on coffee and things. When we walked outside there was a patio and detached open kitchen.

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Hey Boo. So this was the Noodle Bowl, it had Pork Belly in there I believe, and a full chicken wing. I guess for flavor, I wasn’t too fond of the chicken wing in there, but the broth was delicious it was seasoned well and I highly suggest it. I also had the pork buns and let me tell you the actual bun was so soft and just…I can’t even describe it. So good. We ended with the Chines Doughnuts with Soy Milk. It was like a hybrid of a funnel cake, churro, and actual donut.

 

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Yes I’m handy with a pair of chopsticks! LOL, you never know where you might end up. All I know is I will be able to eat in a fork isn’t present haha.

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 I highly suggest stopping through on a lazy Sunday to grab a bit. I’m going back to Maketto soon,  because their dinner menu features whole fried fish and I think me and grandpa are going to love that! It’s our thing.

Avenging

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I tell ya, I love the Spring. I love warm weather big time and I feel so alive plus my mood is way better. I’ve been getting out more which was one of my goals for this year. So far so good, and since it’s warmer out I’m totally about it. This morning I stumbled in around 2 am, and quickly got to bed for an early morning view of  The Avengers. First off, that movie was sick! I loved every bit of it! I went with my friend Rosa another fellow “nerdy gal”. We had a great time, and I did get the memo that lovers of comics and all things nerdy can be Nerd Chic. Which is why most people are always shocked that I’m into all these movies, and everything.

I wore my favorite H&M tulle skirt that’s been long sold out. A plain striped Old Navy tee, and these fun New Look Leather Gladiator Sandals.   I have a few pairs of New Look shoes and find them to be the sort of project where you have to keep your fingers crossed when you get them. Sometimes they are a perfect fit and sometimes they aren’t. Either way, this is uch a comfortable outfit for me, a little girl called me a princess, and hey I’m totally fine with that.

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I don’t care about my toes not being done.

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Pineapple Express

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I’ve been obsessed with pineapples lately. I got this cute pineapple romper at Hey Gorgeous. It’s safe to say I love this boutique and plan on buying more from them in the future. This romper gives the illusion of a dress but it’s actually shorts.  I love the longer shorts because I don’t have to worry about them riding up when I walk. I might have smaller legs but there is no #teamthighgap over here…they certainly rub together on a daily basis. When I shared this on Instagram I got a load of questions regarding my shoes. My shoes were a random find at a local shoe store called Shoe City. It’s so off the radar for some folks, but this store has been a staple in DC for sneakers and apparel for long time. I love them and had them for about a year and they sat under my bed. I love them because they cover some of the issues with my toes.

 

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This outfit makes me so happy to wear it and walk down the street in it. I don’t have to worry about feeling like it’s gonna bunch up or look a certain way. i’m certainly not tugging and pulling on it a lot either. This is truly a comfortable  pineapple romper and can be dress up or down, you can add a leather jacket for an edgy look, wear it to a music festival with a floral crown and leather sandals too. So versatile, just don’t be shocked it you always see me in it this summer.

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Spring is finally showing herself and I’m still obsessed with these Mom Jeans from Asos. I found this cheapie “Celfie” shirt at Forever21. The jeans, they are so comfortable, especially for the food filled day I had yesterday. I will say this, it was fun to leave the house for one thing, do that and go around the city without a plan. Thanks for Morgan I went out to a couple of places and this outfit was just right for all that exploring.

 

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For a lot of folks, mom jeans aren’t flattering on a body like mine, but honestly. I don’t mind my belly showing in the manner. I’ve learned one thing these past years, I kick my own butt in the gym 3 times a week, and my midsection is what it is. I can either love it and still wear what I want while my body changes, or freak out about to hide it and be paranoid. I really hate looking back and missing out because I was being weird about my body. I didn’t wear my jacket for most of the day and I saw some staring but I was too busy inhaling tacos and margs to care. As long as I feel great wearing it no amount of staring matters.

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Can we talk about these shades from Hey Gorgeous, it’s a brand called Quay Australia these came from their collaboration with Shay Mitchell. I really love them and the detail. Check out their other designs below.


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I love finding a new brand to share with anybody who will listen on this blog. I’ve been following and interacting with Hey Gorgeous for a few months.  Whoever runs their social media loves to interact with us who support them and drool over their new arrivals. I’ve actually fell in love with the brand, it’s a little on the high end side, but I’ve found really great items that are affordable and not available on other online stores. Buying online can be tricky, but in all honestly, a good knowledge  of materials, and a great knowledge of you own body goes a long way. Get to love it, and know what you love to put on it. I just purchased this top and wore it to the Vince Camuto Event I just hosted. I got a lot of compliments about it. To be honest the shirt wasn’t my style, but I thought, you know what let me give it a try. It’s cute, easy to throw on and super light for those HOT sweaty summers I have to look forward to as a DC resident.

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I found a few more items like the blue Kimono, and the Pineapple Romper that I shared above, they have really great shipping as well. When I ordered my shirt it came so fast, that I could have sworn I ordered it at night and it arrived so fast in maybe two days. Check me out in my shirt below, and follow me on Instagram if you aren’t already. I can’t wait for my two pieces to arrive, I have great plans for them over the summer. Any faves that i’ve shared? How would you style it?

 

Michsi XOXO

 

 

Rocking @heygorgeousny while I host at @vincecamuto at Pentagon City.

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Five Last Minute Easter Treats

I’m such a bad Christian. To be honest, i’m really spiritual with a belief in a higher power, but I forgot that Easter was this Sunday. I’ve been this way probably since I got kicked out of the Mormon Church for arguing religion with those cute missionaries. Word got out that “Michelle, is a rebel” and the next thing I know I’m agreeing to have my name striped from their records. Tis, all good though, I respect all religions at the end of the day. I’ve always grown up putting on my Sundays best, and hearing a good word and ending with lunch at church. My old paster would roast an entire pig break it down and we had so many treats to choose from. Cakes, Pies, Cookies…ALL of it. Now we don’t celebrate as much, but ff we’re lucky we’ll go to someones house for dinner. Now it’s all about a quiet light dinner, maybe desert and classic movies.

I’m still drawn in to the hundreds of creatives who make easter fun, those who bake cakes, make centerpieces, and create fun baskets for the kiddies. I wanted to share a few cool recipes that would be amazing if you’re attending any easter brunches or breakfast’s at a friend or families house. I’m not sure if the mimosa bar would fit in, maybe if you’re a little bit of a rebel it would be a great idea. Me, I’ll be roasting a nice plump chicken for my family, whipped potato/cauliflower, and asparagus. I plan on renting a few classics for us to watch. What are you plans for Easter? Anything fun planned? I hope you enjoy a few of these last minute easter recipes.

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Honorable Mention

Bunny Pancakes 

Egg Puzzle Cookies

Easter Egg Truffles

Cheese Filled Hot Buns

Caprese Florentine Quiche

Queen

 

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I used to love tees, and somewhere along the line they kinda got lost, and I never rebuilt my collection. I’ve starting to buy more tees here and there and I love them when they have fun sayings, but I also love getting a little serious and showing a bit of my pride on my chest so to speak. I usually lurk on my favorite brands sites like TeesInTheTrap and Dopeciety. Two brands that I made purchases with recently. I really try to support small women owned businesses especially when they are original and their tees are catchy and cute. I purchased this Queens Tee at Dopeciety and I’ve been obsessed since and plan on getting more tops.

 

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I had a little fun and paired it with a pair of Vince Camuto sneakers that I picked up while hosting my second event as a blogger. My long time home slizzle  slice Dana asked me to come out and host their friends and family private party. It was really fun and I met a  lot of new faces, gave a bit of advice for the shoes that guest tried on, and met a few bloggers who came out to support. I think my effective speech classes are paying off too, because I always get nervous in front of a large group but I think I faired out well. A little more about my outfit, old Navy Jeans, H&M tote bag, Vintage and Charmed fur collar coat. I also tried a new cat eye if you can tell, i ran it across my eyelid and my crease as well.


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-Michsi XOXO

White House

1500 applicants, 30 chosen, your was one of them. I was so happy to find out that I would be part of the White House’s first Instameet. After waking up excited for the day I pushed out a great workout at the gym at 7:00 and then went home to prep. After finally choosing this white eyelet dress from the Gap and cute Rollie “Derby Oxfords” I was headed downtown on a weekend. So not like me as a DC native, tourist zone for sure. I headed over and the group got bigger and bigger. I met Sarah and Chasity who live in DC, RJ from LA who actually will be in San Diego with me for Comic Con, I met some amazing folks from Dallas and Austin and even a guy who drive in through the crazy storm from New Hampshire. It was so nice meeting all of these folks, we were about to experience something totally awesome a rare experience to talk with the Offical White House Photographer Pete Souza, and a private tour of areas that are otherwise cut off to the public. I seriously have to thank Dee Dee who ironically is in Atlanta for linking me up to this and urging me to apply.

I loved every inch of that house, we got to hear fun facts about the paintings, and artwork. Pete Souza was nice enough to let us bother him with questions. He was super humble and gave us tips on taking photos with our phones as well. Before we knew it he had taken the entire tour with us. The entire experience was great and fun. I’ve lived here my entire life and I’ve never been inside. I used to come to the Easter Egg Rolls when I was wee baby but nothing that I remembered long term, and I lost all the eggs I collected too. Anyway it was an amazing experience.

 

 

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