I had the luxury of visiting Red Door Spa yesterday, for a much needed spa day. I must say I had an absolutely amazing experience from the time I walked in until the time I left! The staff was so warm and welcoming they truly took care of me throughout my entire visit! The ambiance of the spa was wonderful, my massage was probably the best one I've had in all my 30 years, and my manicure didn't disappoint. I decided to go with the Open Door Package which was $99 it included a Time Saver Massage and Warm Cream Manicure. My Massage Therapist Elizabeth was amazing, she really made sure to focus on my areas of concern, she also did a little aroma therapy with me; I definitely left feeling stress free. I seriously need to get rich sooner than later I could definitely use a spa day once a week. If you live in the RVA area and are looking for a great spa give Red Door Spa a try!
Happy New Year, I so cant believe its 2015 already! I must say I had an amazing 2014 I turned 30, my nephew was born (who is the absolute love of my life), I did a soft launch for the Barclay Boutique along with so many exciting milestones. Creative juices were definitely flowing in 2014 and its only getting better, I'll be making a few changes to the blog this year so bare with me over the next few months while I freshen things up a bit. I plan on covering a lot more music showcases this year, in addition to giving you guys more insight into my personal wardrobe and style by doing a lot more OOTD post, shopping hauls etc. As I mentioned a few post ago I'm also a Pescatarian, so I'll be sharing some of my favorite spots to eat at in RVA, and some of my personal recipes! Thank you guys so much for being faithful readers, wishing you a wonderful New Year!
So, as some of you know I attended Raw:natural born artist / Current 2014 showcase last Thursday at The Hippodrome right here in RVA. It was a great event, I got a chance to meet some super dope artist, listened to some live entertainment (which was very eccentric to say the least), enjoyed a few cocktails and got a chance to catch up with a good friend of mine who was also in attendance! I know you all get sick of me saying this but I cant stress enough how important it is to support local events like this, by attending you not only support the artist but the venue as well, which we definitely need to see more of in Richmond! I truly was blown away by some of the pieces that were showcased during Current 2014, most of the artist were from RVA, they were young and full of creativity which was easily displayed through their pieces. I talked to several artist who blew me away when they informed me that they had only been painting for a few years! One of my favorite artist of the evening was Addie Rawr of Art and Ambition, her pieces caught my eye the second I walked into the venue! Her paintings were so colorful, bright, and full of life as you can see from the pics I captured below which truly do her pieces no justice! Hoping they bring Current back to Richmond next year and the event continues to grow!
Paintings by: Addie Rawr of Art and Ambition
Paintings by: Brandon Mabry of BlockzsArt
An artist named Yemi did this piece she's orginally from Chicago, her paintings were amazing and she was super sweet!
RAW:natural born artistCurrent 2014 showcase is coming to Richmond. I cant wait to attend this event tomorrow night at The Hipp, the event will be hosted by local Comedian Micah White, and will feature artwork from local artist such as Malik Banks, Addie Rawr, Blockzart and so many others. Fashion Designers, Make- Up Artist, and photographers will also be featuring their work. If you're a lover of art in any form, come out and support our local RVA artist. If you're not already familiar with RAW, they're an independent international art organization that hand selects artist to showcase their craft whether it be through visual arts, film, fashion, music, photography, hair and make-up along with other artistic avenues. I'm so excited that Current 2014 will be making a stop in my city, if you don't live in Richmond make sure to check out rawartist.org for more tour dates they will be stopping in ATL, Perth, London, NY and lots of other cities, please make sure you support this movement if they happen to stop in your city. Cant wait to see some of my RVA art lovers tomorrow night!
I want to make sure I start sharing some of my Pescatarian dishes with you guys, just so you can get a glimpse into the variety of delicious meals that are out there, if you're currently or considering transitioning into a Pescatarian diet. I know over the past few years its popularity has really been on the rise with so many people starting to eat healthy, and becoming aware of the foods they put in their bodies, and since I've been one for so long I decided I might as well start incorporating a bit of my diet regimen into the blog. So a few nights ago, I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to eat for dinner I typically eat lots of salmon, and pasta throughout the week but had a taste for something different. Of course my babe being the great chef that he is, threw shrimp kabobs out there immediately I was thinking great choice, its something that I never really think to make especially during the cooler months when I don't have access to a grill. Of course I have my little George Foreman, but I hate the way that thing cooks food, I could never get it to cook anything evenly. Anyway we used one red, green, and yellow pepper, along with a red onion and about a half of pound of medium sized shrimp, sliced up all the veggies and placed everything on the skewers. We both love Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce, so of course we poured a dash on top, and stuck them in the oven on 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes. They were delish I made a little wild rice to go with it, it turned out to be a great healthy meal. I'm a huge fan of colorful foods and my plate was full of color that night with the variety of veggies we used. We ended up making more shrimp kabobs a few days later and cut up some fresh pineapple slices to add into the mix, this is a meal that doesn't take longer than 30 minutes to make with minimal clean-up, perfect for busy week days and healthy! #cleaneating #pescatarian
Many moons ago I decided to stop eating meat, it truly was a combination of things including the horrible stomach pains I would get after consuming certain meats, the knowledge I gained from taking a Health and Nutrition class, the in depth look Food INC gave me as too what process most animals go through before making it to the dinner table. No one thing is to attribute with the decision for me to stop eating meat, my diet now consist of veggies, fruits, and various types of seafood. The saying you are what you eat couldn't be more fitting, after ridding my diet of toxic low vibration foods I began to feel more energized, my hair starting growing like a weed, stomach cramping and pain after eating stopped, and that heavy feeling most of us know as the "itis" is none existent. When you tell people you don't eat meat, one of two things comes to mind the first is they think you don't eat anything, the second is they think you don't eat good, or that you're always hungry, neither of which is true. The Pescatarian diet leaves you open to a wide variety of meals/ recipes I mean who wouldn't want to eat salmon, lobster, and shrimp all week, honestly I feel bad for folks who don't eat like that on a regular basis. I wouldn't know what to do without my weekly dosage of Omega 3 that I get from my salmon dishes, or all the protein my body gets from the different variations of seafood I consume throughout the week. Now I wont lie this diet is not cheap but well worth it, if you spend money on anything it might as well be on the food you put in your body. I've seen people wear the most expensive clothes but yet eat the cheapest unhealthiest food out there, when it should really be the other way around, don't cheat your body, besides you only get one. There's so many bonuses to the Pescatarian diet one being that hair is made of protein so of course following a Pescatarian diet will help to ensure that your hair and nails get what they need to continue to grow and be healthy. Also, lets not forget all the Omega 3 fats that are found in oily fish like salmon, Omega 3 provides oils that keep your hair and scalp hydrated. Cutting meat out of my diet was the best thing I could've done for my body, I don't miss it at all, even if you have no intentions of becoming a Pescatarian I challenge you to reduce your meat intake throughout the week, incorporate more seafood and veggies and after a few weeks your body will feel different, it takes time to rid all the toxins out of your body but believe me you will begin to feel more energized and "light" in a sense. Everyone seems to be on a healthy kick lately, I mean seriously I cant even scroll through my IG timeline without seeing #cleaneating, #teamhealthy,or some other hashtag in reference to healthy living. Which is great I just hope its not a fad, and that people are really taking the necessary steps to live a healthy lifestyle and not just doing it for the gram!
Be good to your body, we only get one. You can eat healthy without depriving yourself of tasty food!
To all my RVA folks, RVA Fashion Week is hosting its Fall Fashion Weekend this Friday and Saturday at Haxall Point! Things kick off Friday night at 7pm with an Art and JewelryShowcase featuring pieces from local artist/ designers. Saturday nights Designer Fashion Show begins at 8pm and will feature Fall Collections from 6 local designers. I cant stress this enough but please come out and support all of our local artist and designers here in RVA, Friday nights showcase is free people! So you dont have to spend a dime, come out support and network, its truly a great way to start your weekend!
I'll most likely be in attendance at Friday nights show, if you see me please come chat with me for a few! I love meeting my readers, I'm sure I'll be walking around enjoying a cocktail or two, hope to see you there!