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!
Yassss layering season is here, although Summer is my favorite season, I cant help but love the Fall/ Winter due to the fact that I love layering my clothing. Summer clothes are cute and simple but I really feel like you can create amazing looks during the colder months when layering, boots, and accessories come into play. As you all know a few weekends ago I attended VA Fashion Week, and wanted to share my looks with you. After 12 years of owning my Guess by Marciano bustier I finally got a chance to wear it, and I'm absolutely in love with it, why am I just now wearing this piece! I wore it under my Forever 21 blazer and over the knee Colin Stuart boots that I ordered from Victoria Secret a few years ago. My favorite Moto Jacket and black Fedora were also in rotation that weekend, here are a few pics of my looks! Ladies what are your favorite winter accessories I must say mine is hats, but I also have a new found addiction to leather gloves!
Forever 21 Blazer, Guess by Marciano Bustier, H&M Black Skinny Jeans, H&M White Belt
Love this Bustier!!
Wearing my ASOS Black Turtleneck dress, its a go to when I'm clueless as to what I'm going to wear! I'm a firm believer that every woman should own at least one Little Black Dress!
November 6th cant get here soon enough, I've been waiting on this collaboration since the Spring when I first got wind that the legendary Alexander Wang would be creating a line for H&M, he's one of my favorite designers, I've always been a huge fan of Wang and this line doesn't disappoint. The scuba inspired highly textured collection is perfect for the Fall, I love the muted color pallet that Wang chose to go with consisting primarily of white, black, and various shades of gray. The simplicity of this collection is what I truly love, the line features leggings, crop tops, and sweatshirts, essentials every women should have in her closet. Yall already know I will be on online at midnight filling my shopping cart on November 6th, reminder is already set in my phone! The sweatshirt and two-piece crop top and legging set are a must for my fall wardrobe!
So, last month I celebrated my 30th Birthday, I honestly cant believe I'm already 30 seriously where has the time gone. Anyone who recently turn 30 understands what I'm talking about, seems like just yesterday I was filling out my college class schedule and now all of a sudden I'm the big 3-0, geesh time truly waits for no one! I had a wonderful b-day my babe surprised me with a lovely dinner, all my close friends and family were there, it was a really special night for me. Anyway there are so many things that I want to do this year, and so many places I want to explore, so I promised myself that I would do 30 things I've never done before. I kicked off my 30 for 30 plan with a Pole Dancing class during my birthday weekend, a few of my close friends and I attended a 2 hour intense if I might add Pole Dancing class at Dance Studio X here in RVA, our instructor was great and it truly was a amazing workout. I swear for about 3 days my body was super sore, I could barely lift my arms but I love feeling the burn after a good workout, so I really want to incorporate a Pole Dancing class into my workout regimen even if its just once or twice a month. Here's a few pics from the class, for my first time on the pole I didn't do bad I was even was able to pull myself all the way up to the top of the pole, I did that about 3 or 4 times just because I was so shocked that I could actually do it. Your looking at a girl who couldn't do a pull up in school so the fact that I pulled myself up the pole was a small defeat in my eyes. I'll be taking you guys on the journey with me so stay turned to BarclayINC to keep up with my 30 for 30 plans, next up on the list is Salsa Dancing! If any of my readers have been Salsa Dancing please leave me a comment with any tips or pointers, I cant wait to share my experiences with you all!
In my head I was a pro, in reality I need a little more practice!
Finally got to wear my pink platforms for the first time, perfect shoes for Pole Dancing glad I found some use for them!