Friday, December 19, 2014

Haute Friday: Holiday Party Planning!




I know I've been a little MIA lately but, it's for a good reason....my holiday party is tomorrow and I couldn't be more excited! I've been so busy planning with my friends and making sure everything is perfect that I have little time for myself. Tomorrow is the BIG day and I can't wait. A few weeks ago I tried on these beautiful dresses (L:Marchesa, R: Christian Siriano) and was in complete awe of them, although I won't be wearing them for my holiday I couldn't resist a photo op lol! Aren't they beautiful? I was swooning for days! This year I'm bringing out the inner goddess in me and trying a different look for the evening..OMG so excited to show you guys! I hope everyone has a great weekend, talk to you guys next week!! Happy Holidays!! �� 



Friday, December 5, 2014

Haute Friday: Peace x Unity!


WHAT I WORE: Denim shirt (old) by H&M/ Faux fur vest(old) by H&M/ Leather pants by H&M/ Gucci bag/ Christian Louboutin heels/


With all that's going on in the world, I'm hoping for a peaceful weekend. This week has been a ball of emotions and I'm trying to understand it all. I try to keep my blog strictly fashion, beauty and occasionally lifestyle topics so I will keep my opinions to myself about a lot of things happening in the justice system but I am praying and hoping for peace and unity for the USA.

My weekend seems to be pretty low key so far as I prep for my holiday party in the upcoming weeks but I still plan on spending some time with my loved ones. As I've been told several times, love people while they are here because you never know the day God will need them back.

*bows out gracefully*  




Wednesday, December 3, 2014

DC Event Alert: 5th Annual New Friends Holiday Party



You're cordially invited to the 5th Annual New Friends Holiday Party on December 20th, 2014 and the exclusive After party we are hosting with DT Nation! Last year, was a holiday party for the record books and this year will be no different!  




If you've been to our  holiday parties in the past, you know the crowd is always filled with DC's most fabulous socialites and young professionals in one room dancing the night away to their favorite tunes while sipping our signature cocktails and making some new friends. We promise to bring a mistletoe for you lovebirds too! Will you be there?    
 
Your ticket purchase includes a 2hour open bar (10pm-12amfree entry to the after party

*A portion of the proceeds for this year's holiday party will go to Covenant House.

Venue: Silo Restaurant 

Music by DJ Mim 
 
Semi Formal attire is so necessary. 
 
We expect tickets to sell out early so we strongly encourage you to buy your tickets now! As we get closer to the event ticket prices will increase.
 
FYI-You do not have to print your tickets but please be ready to show CONFIRMATION of ticket purchase via phone. 


Buy your tickets HERE! or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-new-friends-holiday-party-tickets-14147665047 

Our Hashtag for social media: #NFHolidayParty
 


Can't wait to see everyone! I can't believe we are only a few weeks away ��

Friday, November 28, 2014

HAUTE FRIDAY: Thanksgiving Bliss!

13th Annual Trot for Hunger Thanksgiving 5K

This thanksgiving was truly memorable, I had the opportunity and great pleasure to start my holiday off running a 5K in support of S.O.M.E.'s Trot for hunger with my family and friends. I was so happy that my nephews got the chance to experience this very special moment and run their first 5K with me. My team raised over $600 in less than a month and I couldn't be more thankful for people's donations, kind words of encouragement and just being selfless. 



L to R: Brittany with Brewster in hand lol, Lance. John, Erinn Ebony, Joe-Joe, Justin, Melissa, Derrick and I better known as the SCHMONEY TEAM!


I'm really proud of the SCHMONEY team, we did it (freezing COLD and all)! I can't wait to do this again next year, it truly puts you in the best mood ever! Post 5K I headed over to my sisters house to assist with prepping for dinner with the family. Since I'm trying to perfect my wifey skills (lol), I was in the kitchen whipping up my signature Mac n cheese (which turned out better than I expected....I tried a new recipe) and made candied yams for the first time! I also dabbled in other signature dishes for thanksgiving like turkey basing, prepping the greens, and making sure the appetizers were ready when my family arrived. With lots of laboring in the kitchen the food turned out AMAZING!  





I'm getting hungry all over again looking at food pics lol! I devoured 1 1/2 plates and sipped on some tequila cocktails made by my little sister. With so much going on these days I can honestly say I'm thankful for my backbone of a family, incredible friends, selfless love shown to me daily and health and strength. I become speechless when people ask me what I'm thankful for because I have so much that it's hard to just pick one thing. Now that is truly a blessing to have so much to be thankful for! 



My super fabulous sister, Simmone. She was the best hostess ever!

After lots of eating, laughing, impromptu dance party and sipping cocktails with the family I can honestly say I'm thankful for everything happening in my life right now, the good and the bad because it has taught me so much about myself. I seem to experience so much in such a quick time that sometimes I have to sit back and truly reflect on my life because that is the only way I know in order to grow. Learning is key and I can say that I'm thankful for all the special people in my life, you've molded me into the woman I aspire to be and for that I couldn't thank you enough.



Chef Swangin' on the low! #IWearWhiteWhenImCookin


I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving and that your weekend is equally as great. I have a bit of running around to do this weekend among celebrating my friend's birthday so it will be a busy one for me. Can you guys believe it's almost December? Where does the time go! Anyway, Happy Friday! 




*bows out gracefully*

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

DC Gems: Skin Beauty Lounge



My week began at the beautiful and super intimate Skin Beauty bar located in Eastern Market. This was my second time visiting the Skin Beauty Bar but my first time at the new location. The Skin Beauty bar is known for impeccable service, eyelash extensions, brow tinting among a host of other services. I was able to get a appointment on my off day for a soothing facial (which I desperately needed). The facial was AMAZING and it had my skin glowing all day. If your looking for a DC gem, be sure to check out the Skin Beauty Bar on 8th & Pennsylvania Ave Southwest...tell them I sent you! 




Thanks again to the staff at Skin Beauty Bar for everything, especially my facial! I came away with helpful beauty tips for dealing with my dark circles/bags under my eyes and skin care regimens needed for sensitive skin. Book your appointment today: www.skinbeautybardc.com

Friday, November 21, 2014

HAUTE FRIDAY: Happy Birthday Mom!



To the most selfless, beautiful woman I know…today is the day I’ve prayed for, the day you’ve prayed for---another fabulous year in the books! You were and still are my 1stbest friend, 1st supporter and 1st role model that has made me see the world so differently. Every day and especially today I thank God for your incredible heart and your presence in my life! You’ve taught me how to be graceful and more importantly how to be a woman, all that I am and aspire to be is because of you. I just hope one day to be the magnificent wife, “go above and beyond” mom and super woman that you are. Your strength amazes me, your positive energy is riveting, and your by far my biggest inspiration to date. I’m forever grateful for your unconditional love. May today and all of your days be as special as you are to me.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! 


I hope everyone has an amazing weekend! Peace x Love! 


*bows out gracefully*

Monday, November 17, 2014

Wedding Bliss: Solange & Alan Tie The Knot NOLA Style



You guessed it....you was right! Solange and her fiancé Alan Ferguson tied the knot Sunday in New Orleans with close family and friends. As soon as pictures started infiltrating my timeline from the rehearsal dinner Saturday night, I made sure to stay glued to Instagram for the pics. Check out the all white wedding below featuring Beyonce, Jay, Blue, Mama Tina & more ( I'm swooning x100 on all of Solo's beautiful looks).
 



























Congrats to Solo!!! Did y'all see Mama Tina slaying it? She looks sooo good! I'm so obsessed with this wedding especially the "ride the bike" down the street idea and group pic. Check out the super cute Mommy & Son dance below!