Fashion Fridays: A Few Fashionable Finds

A graphic tee is a great way to make a statement without actually having to utter a single word. It speaks for itself. It expresses your mood, sense of humor, cultural pride, and political views. A graphic tee can also be a bit of an esteem booster like the one I recently purchased.

This criss cross cutout features the word Slayoncé (Slay+Beyoncé) across the front. I purchased it from Forman Mills for only $5! It would be wrong not to get it! What do you think? 

If you know me, then you know I love Forman Mills, so of course I didn’t walk out with just one item. While I was at it, I also purchased a pair of black, chunky heels because every girl should have a sturdy heel in their collection. I ultimately decided not to keep them and they are available to purchase on my Poshmark closet if you are interested!

What are your latest fashion finds? Do share!


– A Black Girl About Town

Weave it or Leave it? Havana Twist Lace Wig by Zury~ Review

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these but here we are with a second edition of Weave it or Leave it! This time, I’m here to talk about the Synthetic Lace Havana Braid Wig by Zury in the color 1B.

This wig was actually given to me by my mother who after spending $50 on this unit, cutting off the lace, undoing some of the twists, and trying it on maybe twice, decided she was going to get rid of it. Skirrrttt. Hol’ up. Wayment. Pause. Throw away a perfectly good wig? Not on my watch! So, she gave it to me.

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Package/model

Application and Styling

Underneath the wig, my hair is braided. You don’t have to do this but I tried to keep a stocking cap over my real hair to protect it. Of course you want to make sure your hair is properly moisturized before you complete this step. Next, I lay my edges using gel and edge control so it can hold a little better. The wig has some added “baby hair” that you can also style for a more natural look.

To secure it, there are several comb clips on the inside as well as a strap that I hardly ever use on any wig because it can get pretty tight. In order to make this wig look as natural as possible, I applied concealer to the parted sections. I also added some gold hair accessories purchased from the beauty supply for added flair.

What Wig???

Pros:

Perfect for protective styles

Twists are neatly done

Very natural looking

Cons:

I saw a YouTube tutorial which suggested you should undo some of the twists and re-twist them for a more natural look. I would just warn you that once you redo a twist, it’s very hard for it to stay in place. It is easy for it to come undone again, not to mention when you do your own twist, it may come out looking very different from the other twists.

I also saw a YouTube video of a woman who complained about her twists unraveling on their own after not much wear, which is rather unfortunate. After all, it is a $50 wig! I have not experienced this problem and have been wearing it for about two weeks. Overall, I am pleased with how it looks and have gotten lots of compliments.

Recommendation

If you’re looking for a nice protective style then look no further, however, if you’re looking for something less expensive I would recommend trying some other unit, (here or here) possibly even crochet braids.

Would you ever rock a braided or twisted wig? #WeaveIt or #LeaveIt ? Comment below! More pics to come!


– A Black Girl About Town

Miami|Summer ’17 Lookbook!!!

One of my favorite things about traveling, other than exploring new places, is deciding what outfits I’m going to wear while exploring those places! When I think about Miami, there are a few things that come to mind like, bright colors and fun patterns, which I definitely tried to incorporate into my wardrobe. In addition, the heat and doing a lot of walking inspired me to opt for more comfortable pieces, while still managing to be trendy at the same time!

1. Off-the-Shoulder Top w/ Crochet Knit Shorts

Top:: Forman Mills|Bottoms:: Forman Mills| Bag:: Forman Mills |Sunnies:: Forever 21

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2. Printed Kimono

Top:: Forman Mills| Bag::Forman Mills

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3. Pink Bodysuit w/ High-wasted Jeans

Top:: Forman Mills |Bottoms:: H&M | Shoes:: AMI Clubwear

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4. Deep Plunge Romper

Romper:: Boohoo |Bag:: Macy’s |Shoes:: Poshmark

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Which outfit is your favorite? Also, if you haven’t done so, please check out all of the fun things I did while in Miami!


– A Black Girl About Town

The Coolest Place in Miami!

Aside from dipping into a pool or heading to the beach, the Drinkhouse Fire and Ice Bar is another way to keep cool in Miami. Just how cool, you may be wondering? 23 degrees cool, my friends! Now, this was not my first experience visiting this type of establishment. About a year ago, we visited the ice bar in New York City, so we knew a little what to expect.

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Upon check-in, we were given jackets, gloves, and warm Ugg boots. The boots were a nice addition that wasn’t provided in our package in NYC. Also, unlike New York, we were able to bring our phones inside of the ice bar to take photos. With all of the ice sculptures and carvings, there were plenty of photo-ops for the blog and the ‘gram. Take a look!

Ice, Ice Baby 

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I Scream. You Scream. We all Scream for Ice cream! 

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Everything is made of ice… Even the glasses! 

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After visiting the Ice Bar, guests are welcome to warm up in the Fire Lounge for some lively libations or just stepping back outside into the Miami heat will work just as fine! The Ice Bar is rather small and can fill up rather quickly, however, it is one of those once in a lifetime (twice in a lifetime for me, lol) places that you have to experience!

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Have you ever been to an ice bar? Would you go to one?


– A Black Girl About Town

Vacation Vibes: South Beach, Miami Pt. 3~ Catamaran Cruise

Immediately following our Cultural Walking and Food Tour in Little Havana, we had to jet to our next activity: a three-hour Catamaran Cruise. After walking most of the morning, it was nice to sit on a boat and feel the breeze.

The Tranquility sailed past notable landmarks like star island, where we were able to see the fabulous homes of the rich and famous, including Will Smith, Gloria Estefan, and Vince Mcmahon of the WWE, to name a few. Our guides (David and Tanner) also pointed out homes where some of the most iconic movies have been filmed, like Bad Boys 2 and Scarface. Say hello to my little friend! Get a look a these views!

Monument Island

Star Island

After a few minutes of cruising on the water, we reached our destination which was a small beach with kayaks, paddleboards, snorkel gear, water trampoline and other activities for us to enjoy.  After trying my hand at kayaking, I felt much safer splashing in the water. 

Those who didn’t wish to participate in the avtivities (the beach was rocky!) were free to stay on the boat. Wine and beer were available for purchase as well as complimentary peanuts and pretzels. Guest were also welcome to bring their own snacks in a reasonable sized cooler. 

Overall, I enjoyed this cruise and would recommend it to anyone looking to see a different view of Miami. The staff was great and were very knowledgeable! 

What are some amazing cruises that you guys have been on? Stayed tuned to see what other cool places we visited in Miami!

– A Black Girl About Town

Vacation Vibes: South Beach, Miami Pt. 2: Cultural Food and Walking Tour (Little Havana)

 

There was no way that I could go to Miami for a second time and not visit the historical town of Little Havana. It is named after Havana, the capitol of Cuba and is the place where many Cuban exiles (and others) have called home. I’ve always wanted to learn more about the Cuban culture and ever since I watched ‘Celia,’ a mini-series documenting the life of La Reina de la Sala (The Queen of Salsa), Celia Cruz, I’ve become even more intrigued. Check out the series if you get a chance. It’s on Neflix. Anyway, the closest I’ll probably get to Cuba is by visiting Little Havana, so I booked a cultural walking and food tour through Viator.

We met our tour guide Annalise at 10am at the Bay of Pigs Memorial in Little Havana. On this 3 hour tour, we strolled down calle ocho (8th Street) taking in the sights, sounds and tasty dishes. Surprisingly enough, we learned that only about 30% of Little Havana is actually Cuban. The remainder of its inhabitants are from Central American nations like Venezuela.

Bay of Pigs Memorial

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Sugarcane Water from Los Pinarenos Fruteria

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Calle Ocho Walk of Fame

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Domino Park~ Some serious game playing goes on here in Domino Park!

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Tower Theater~ Spanish films and English films (with Spanish subtitles) are shown here.

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Azucar! If you are familiar with Celia Cruz’s music, then you’d know this is her signature phrase she would scream out while performing– Azucar!!! (Sugar) A painting of the singer is located on the inside.

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Ball & Chain~ Est. 1930 One of the only places in Miami where white and black musicians were allowed to play together.

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Trying some Cuban coffee! Strong is an understatement!

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Comida Cubana

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We broke around 1pm for lunch! Our guide Annalise ordered Tostones (Fried Plantains), Medianoche (Cuban ham Sandwich) w/ fries, masitas (pork topped with onions), and rice and beans. This food was amazing! I was grateful to have a tour guide because the only things I’d be able to order would be a glass of water! Ha!

Do we have on the same outfit?? #bishstolemylook #whoworeitbetter lol

20170719_132853But seriously, if you are considering doing a tour of Little Havana, I would suggest booking with an actual tour guide. I initially wanted to do a self-guided tour, but the bonus of having a tour guide is having someone break down the history, has knowledge of the neighborhood and also knows the language. It was well worth the money and as a first-time customer on Viator, I was given a 10% discount.

Just a heads up… our tour was cancelled and had to be re-scheduled for another day. This happens when not enough people are booked for that particular day. Luckily, we were able to push it up to another day but we had something already scheduled for that afternoon, so needless to say, we were short on time. In the future, I would try to make this the only thing I have lined up so that I have more time to explore other places and purchase souvenirs. Also, wear comfy shoes and keep an umbrella handy. This tour takes place rain or shine and we were lucky enough to have both.

This tour was a success! There was soo much that we saw that didn’t make it to this post but I hope you enjoyed! Have you ever done a walking tour with a tour guide? Self-guided more your thing? How was that?


– A Black Girl About Town

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Vacation Vibes: South Beach, Miami Pt. 1

South Beach. Miami. The Magic City. A place so beautiful, it’s a no brainer as to why it has served as the backdrop for countless movies, TV shows and music videos. In celebration of my 27th birthday, I spent four fun-filled days wandering the streets, indulging (more like over indulging) in the cuisine, and enjoying the nightlife that is Miami.

Day 1:

We departed from Philadelphia International Airport at 8:15 am. While some of you were still hitting the snooze button, I was somewhere flying in the friendly skies.

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(This li’l cookie was bangin’ lol)

Sometime after 11am, we were cruisin’ the streets of South Beach!

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(Collins Avenue)

Check-in was a breeze. We stayed at the Essex House, located on 10th and Collins, owned by the legendary Clevelander Hotel.

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After getting settled in, it was time to get something to eat! Those two little biscotti cookies could only hold a girl over for so long! We originally decided to go to the Sugar Factory, however, when you’re walking down the strip, waitresses from various eateries can easily persuade you to go elsewhere. And guess who fell for the trap?

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Lucky for us, the food was actually good! But do you see the size of that drink? I don’t know if you can tell by the picture, but it was huge! Any drink you of your choice in that big, ole glass, $35 a pop! There was no way I was going to drink that by myself.

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In my 27 years, I don’t think I’ve ever tasted food so fresh!

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(Randomly posing in front of a fountain)

That pretty much wraps up the first part of this recap but stay tuned for part two where I’ll be exploring the culture and cuisine of Little Havana!

– A Black Girl About Town


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Outfit- Forman Mills