3 Items to Snag from Macy’s Fall Fashion Show + Pics with Sevyn Streeter and Carson Kressley! 

As we transition from summer to fall, we typically look to add three basic items to our wardrobe; a boot, a jacket, and a dress or pant featuring some sort of pattern. Would you agree? This past week, I attended the Macy’s Annual Fall Fashion Show and was put on to some new ways of rocking some of those same basic pieces we look into year after year. This event was hosted by Carson Kressley with a special performance by R&B singer and Song writer Sevyn Streeter!

The Perfect Bootie

If last fall was about the over-the-knee boot, then this fall will definitely be about the short bootie. On the runway at Macy’s we’ve seen this boot in a variety of patterns and embellishments.

  1. Floral Bootie- Similar here 
  2. Leopard Bootie- Similar here
  3. Patent Bootie – Similar here

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Statement Jacket

Aside from its functional purpose of keeping us warm, a jacket is a great way of making a statement during the fall and there are several ways of doing so:

  1. Bomber Jacket- Similar Here
  2. Utility Jacket- Similar Here
  3. Embroidered Jean Jacket- Similar here

Playing with Patterns

Mixing up patterns can be pretty fun no matter the season. Though plaid is a pattern typical for the season, don’t be afraid to wear two opposite patterns together!

After the fashion show concluded, recording artist Sevyn Street took to the stage for an amazing performance! She was nice enough to pose for pictures with everyone after the event!

I even managed to get one with the host, Carson Kressley! Don’t we just look fab?

What fall pieces are you looking to add to your closet?

Outfit– Jumpsuit:: Forman Mills| Sandals:: Forever 21


– A Black Girl About Town

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Restaurant Week|Summer ’17| Valanni 

What better way to celebrate the last days of summer than by dining out during Restaurant Week? Sounds like a good time to me! This go round we dined at Valanni, a Mediterranean Restaurant in Center City. Our reservations were for nine Friday evening but due to the high demand from Restaurant Week, the kitchen was backed up, which means we didn’t get seated promptly. This was no problem as it gave us an opportunity to retire to the bar and take in the lovely decor. 

Seasonal Sangria with Berries and Watermelon

Now I’m not going to lie. The presentation was beautiful but the Sangria was severely underwhelming. It was very watered down but luckily the remainder of the night didn’t follow suit. We were seated shortly after.  

Restaurant Week Menu- Valanni

For my first course I chose the Spicy Pulled Pork Empanadas. They were both sweet and spicy but very delicious. 😋

By the time the second course came out, I was ready to eat, or so I thought. I went with the Pasta of the Day which featured a pasta (whose name I can’t remember) topped with braised short rib, tomatoes, spinach and parmesan cheese. What looked like a small portion ended up being more than I could eat so I ended up taking the rest home to enjoy. 

For the third and final course, I chose the Oreo Beignet–a fried Oreo Cookie with vanilla bean ice cream topped with oreo cookie crumbs and caramel. Believe me when I say it was worth every calorie earned that night!

Another satisfied customer! 

Valanni is definitely on my list of places to return to whether Restaurant Week or not. The food was amazing and I fell in love with the chic décor!  But don’t take my word for it! Restaurant Week was just one week this time instead of two. You still have 2 days until Restaurant Week it’s over. Get out while you still can! 

What places have you been dying to try? 

– A Black Girl About Town 

Exploring Philly After Hours

When’s the last time you took the opportunity to explore the beauty in your own city? I mean really look around, not in a rush to get somewhere? Would I be jumping the gun if I said never? Why is it that we can willingly explore the depths of other lands, spending hundreds upon thousands of dollars to do so, yet decline the chance to explore our own city for free? After dining out for Restaurant Week, I took the opportunity to explore Philly after hours, taking in all of the beauty that I so casually ignore on a regular basis.

Macy’s–the old Wanamaker Building

It wasn’t until I went away to college and came back home on a trip that I truly appreciated the place that I called home. The “LOVE” statue that I scoffed at tourists for taking cheesy photos in front of, the vendor carts selling various types of dishes, heck even public transportation and the ability to move about the city without a car was so precious to me after being deprived of it!

“For Without Faith It Is Impossible to Please God…”Hebrews 11:6 — Municipal Building

It’s great to explore other places! In fact I encourage it. But let us not neglect the beauty right in our own neck of the woods. Philly may not be the best city by any means, but it is home!

City Hall

What do you like most about exploring your hometown?

– A Black Girl About Town


Outfit

2 piece matching set:: Forman Mills

Long Cardigan:: Boutique

Shoes:: Poshmark

 

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