inhale. exhale. cleanse.
november 21 // 9:30 am // 1847 7th street nw, wdc // $10
pic via black girl in om
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.
nestled 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.
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.
dc’s sister’s circle is a space for black women to meet monthly and receive love, affirmation and support. with both structural and interpersonal attacks on our well-being, building positive relationships with one another is an act of resistance. as poet lucille clifton said, “come celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed.”
all black women are welcome to join! please note our space is queer and trans* affirming. visit us on facebook for upcoming details on october’s meet up.
“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!
hope you’re having a good weekend!
much love to carlisha shanae photography for capturing these dope shots! i promise i wasn’t the only one dancing at the jefferson memorial this weekend. a dj and an acrobat were posted near the steps, and i thought it was a great opportunity to boogie.
hope you had a good weekend!
shirt, h&m | jeans, target | shoes, nordstrom rack (similar here) | necklaces, vendors at eastern market | square silver bangle, nubian hueman | vintage clutch, gifted from kdj | sunglasses, prada from nordstrom rack (similar here) | lipstick, volt by milani
p.s. in honor of the warm weather, i cut my hair super short last week and love that it takes even less effort to maintain.
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