crush of the week: afia and jay

simply calling jasmine my style crush isn’t sufficient. her wardrobe is beyond.  she’s more than epic style though — her blog, afia and jay, bridges the gap between fashion and career advice for millennials. check her out and fall in love.



local love: spice suite


i’m 19 days into my whole 30 cleanse (but who’s counting), and food has never tasted this good. eating only protein, fruit and vegetables has called for creative recipes — so i was beyond excited when mariama of brownbelle recommended we meet up at the spice suite in takoma park.

DSC_6616nestled on a short strip of local businesses, the spice suite is owned and operated by chef angel anderson. glass jars of internationally-sourced spices line the wall, boasting unique flavors like mesquite salt and raspberry sugar.

aside from selling spices and soups, the ambiance is delightful. it’s the kind of place that makes you want to post up with a good book, sip angel’s strawberry basil lemonade and chill on a quiet saturday afternoon. it’s like a black-owned cheers with a cozy, bohemian vibe. DSC_6622

not only is my pantry grateful for some new flavors, but i’m ecstatic to have finally met my blogger boo mariama! her lifestyle blog is a must read for food, interior design and style inspiration. she’s even lovelier in person, and i can’t wait to create magic together.

if you’re like me and think you’re doing something fancy by using trader joe’s sea salt, then it’s time you stopped by spice suite to get your life. nervous about delving into spices like saffron without a tutorial? no worries, angel’s hosting a sip ‘n spice on november 22nd to sip, chat and learn all about introducing new flavors into your cooking routine.


go big girl what you gon’ do?

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i’m not the only woman with a small frame and large chest, but for most of my adolescence and early adulthood, you would have thought i was sent from mars. when was the last time you saw one of those cute $19.99 two-piece bikinis at target with a 34ddd top and size small bottom? you said never? i know. thankfully, bathing suit shopping was sooooo much easier this year when i discovered that asos has an entire line of swimwear for the dd+ crowd.

my new white swimsuit snaps snugly in the back and the three straps on each side really help to ease the weight of my chest around my neck. this was just a test run, i can’t wait to try more.

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weekend wear 6.22.15

ww3 DSC_0076ww7DSC_0108shirt, nomad yard collectiv | shorts, target | shoes, nine west | handbag, vintage (last seen here) | necklace, market vendor | lipstick, kat von d (l.u.v) | watch, kate spade | link bracelet, david yurman

it’s soooooo hot on the east coast! i won’t complain — i’m a florida girl, so warm temperatures are my jam. i fell in love with this bright top at nomad yard this weekend. if you haven’t stopped by the recently voted best vintage store of 2015, do yourself a favor and make your way to 411 new york avenue ne stat. aside from the beautiful one-of-a kind pieces, the store is curated like a museum with clothing, accessories, art and interior decor to boot.

at 93, iris apfel is styled for the gawds

“you will never be pretty, but you have something much more important. style.”

revolutionary style icon and interior designer iris apfel remembers these words from a friend in the documentary iris, coming to dc this friday. at 93, she’s remarkable and irreverent, a true artist who uses accessories as her medium.  just catching a sneak peek of her style in the trailer below made me sick with anticipation!