Sunday, March 15, 2015

Dress for Success: Red Carpet Runway

One of the main reasons I love being a blogger is that it has put me in the presence of so many wonderful people! I cant stress this enough but blogging is definitely a great way to network with folks, you just never know who you're going to meet! With that being said I'm super excited to be covering the Dress for Success: Red Carpet Runway showcase this year. This is the 3rd annual event, I had the pleasure of attending and covering the event last year, it was a great experience. I got to meet some powerful ladies from the Richmond area, including one of the owners of Rumor's Boutique which is a great vintage store in the city. I love the Dress for Success mission which is to assist disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, along with a supportive network and career development tools to make the transition back into the work place a lot smoother. If you live in or near the RVA area please come out and support this mission, the event will be held at The Canal Club, Friday April 17th at 6:30pm. Tickets are $20 and 100% of the proceeds benefit Dress for Success Central Virginia!




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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant

My girls and I were in desperate need of a ladies night, so I decided to put one together this past Saturday. I decided on Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant which is new to the Richmond area, I've heard nothing but great things about them in the 2 months that they've been open so why not give it a shot! We had a great time to say the least, we were there for at least 3 hours, we literally left as they were beginning to close up, which we really didn't notice because we were all engaged in some great convo. I swear I love surrounding myself with positive women, true go-getters, and people that inspire me! Anyway, I loved the overall feel of the space, upon entering the restaurant I noticed a nice large bar where you could do wine tasting (I'll be back soon to do an official wine tasting), they also had a little area for carry out dessert, in addition to huge I mean huge bottles of wine and wine glasses available for purchase. I'm talking the "Olivia Pope" wine glass! So, after scaling over the menu for what seemed like an eternity (I mean it makes it hard to choose one wine when there's such a large variety to choose from) I decided to go with the Flights. The Flights included 4 different wines, I believe the waitress said there was about 1.5 ounces in each glass, I'm so happy I decided to go with this because it gave me the opportunity to taste several different wines. Out of the 4, I must say my favorite was the Blanc de Blanc which was a sparkling white wine, the house wine Cooper's Hawk White wasn't bad either. The food menu was just as vast as the wine menu, there was a nice selection of appetizers and entrees to choose from, I decided to go with the tilipia sandwich which was delicious, and filling I left with a to-go box and ended up eating the rest of it for brunch the next day. I'm definitely looking forward to my next visit to Cooper's Hawk, so glad this chain decided to come to RVA! If you're a wine lover give this place a try for sure, thank me later!




Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Local Eats: Conch Republic

So, this past Sunday I was in the mood for some good food but something different then my usual salmon or pasta dishes that I seem to gravitate towards anytime I eat out. With Richmond having a ton of restaurants its never an easy choice, but after researching a few places and checking out a couple of menus I decided on Conch Republic. I noticed that their menu had a nice variety of seafood inspired dishes and a wide variety of foods, and once I saw the Shrimp Po' Boy I was basically sold. I swear I've been craving a Shrimp Po' Boy since my visit a few summers ago to New Orleans. Conch Republic did not disappoint the ambiance was super laid back and its decor will definitely put you in the mindset of Key West. The floor to ceiling windows which appear to fully open on warmer days give you the perfect view of the James River. Richmond has such a lovely water front, I love visiting little places in RVA that really make use of how beautiful and scenic this city is! Back to Conch Republic the prices were great I think my sandwich was around 13/ 14 bucks, it was super fresh, my shrimp were fried to perfection and the service was good! I'll definitely be seeing more of this place especially once the weather warms up a bit.



Shrimp Po' Boy



RVA
The cold and gloomy weather wasn't keeping me away from some good food!



Saturday, February 21, 2015

Spring Fever!

Uhhh I'm so over Winter, I cant take another day of below freezing temps, single digit weather, snow, sleet, or anything else that resembles Winter. With that being said I do realize that we're approaching the end of February, so Spring is definitely near although it doesn't seem like it. In another month or so the temperature will begin to rise, flowers will begin to bloom, and we can put away all of our Winter layers and make room for our Spring wardrobes. Spring just happens to be my favorite season, well on second thought one of my favorite seasons, I'm a Summer girl for sure but with Spring comes bright colors, my toes can finally reappear again, and lots of floral print will begin to invade my closet! Here are a few pieces on my Spring Wishlist. Until next time bundle up and stay warm my friends!





Crop Top: Mango|  Dress: AX Paris| Trench: Romwe.com| Floral Platforms: Charlotte Russe| Hat: Lindelepalais.com| Purse: Moschino| Floral Skirt: J Crew| Jeans: River Island
Sneakers: Converse| Jungle Print Skirt: Marni 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Gardein- Beefless Strips

So, I'm typically ride or die for Morning Star products, being a Pescatarian I've found ways to get really creative with my meals. I swear by Morning Star Crumbles I use them in my pastas and in tacos its a great meat substitute and basically takes on the flavor or whatever seasoning or sauces you're cooking it in. I was in the mood for stir- fry the other day, which in most cases I would've just made it with veggies (as Morning Star doesn't really offer any type of Beefless Strips), but while browsing the grocery store I decided to pick up a pack of Gardein- Beefless Strips. I've tried a few other Gardein products over the years and figured I might as well give them a try. I'm a fan already, I like the fact that there are multiple ways that you can cook the Beefless Strips either in a pan a little oil, or they can be baked in the over, also it came with a little package of a Terriyaki like sauce/ marinade to toss them in once they were done cooking. It truly made for some great stir fry, I paired it with some Mahatma yellow rice and what a delicious, quick, and healthy meal it was if I do say so myself. If you're vegan, pescatarian, or just into healthy eating definitely give the Gardein brand a try they have lots of vegan options available! If you have any great meatless recipes please feel free to leave a comment and share them with me! 



Gardein Beefless Strips
Meat Free

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Red Door Spa- Spa Day

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!


Red Door Spa


All Smiles!


The best part, that massage was everything!


"Really Red" by Essie Polish






Monday, January 5, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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!




A few of my Fav Looks from 2014!!