Jun 21, 2016

Fab Eats: Char Bar . Kansas City

Hey Beauties,

I hope all is well. I've been a traveling road warrior lately. I had the opportunity to make a stop through Kansas City and decided to try a little KC Bar-B-Que. I'm funny about my Bar-B-Que so I initially went into the experience with some bias. LOL. Needless to say----I loved this spot so much, I visited twice during my trip. Okay----so where do I begin? Let's start with the rosemary-infused lemonade. Again----I was a little suspect. But to my surprise this unique and refreshing beverage was pretty good. If you're not the carbonated drink kinda person then this may not be your cup of lemonade. So let's move on to the food. OMG---the chicken wings. The damn wings. I'd like to say that they were the absolute best that I've every had. And I mean it. 

Baked to perfection with a bit of a crisp---then drizzled with a touch of their signature bbq sauce, then served with a side of buttlemilk-chive dressing. All they had to say was chive and I was sold. I love all things chive. The standard meat servings were exceptional as well. From burnt ends (flavorful pieces of meat cut from the point half of a smoked brisket) to ribs...yum! Then there were the cornbread muffins. Lawd! Served with chive butter, jalapeƱo jam and Tabasco honey. Killer! 
Photo Credit | Char Bar
You simply can't go wrong with anything on the menu especially if you have adventurous taste buds. It's been quite a while since I've visited a restaurant that delivered pure culinary excellence in practically every single way. Char Bar is a winner.  

Jun 16, 2016

TBT: Naomi Campbell for Vogue Brazil

We are throwing it back today with this fabulous fashion spread for Vogue Brazil----May 2016 featuring the iconic model Naomi Campbell. This is one of my favorite covers of the British bombshell.

Jun 10, 2016

Strawberry Shortcake

Hey Beauties----It's been a minute or two. I've been doing a lot of traveling lately and it's been a tough couple of weeks. Traveling is wonderful but life at home still goes on when you return and sometimes the catch-up required can be real. That's been my life as of late (including all of the stress eating...lol)---I hope you've been up to some amazing things. Can you believe that we only have six months left in the year already? Geesh. As I've been saying for some time now---Life Waits for No One! If you're not spending the time with or doing the things that matters to you most, what's the point? Life is short. Life is sweet.
Outfit Details: Top: Fashion Fab Boutique | Skirt: Fashion Fab Boutique | Pumps: Casadei | Clutch: LV | Necklace: Gifted | Watch: Michael Kors

Jun 6, 2016

5 Fabulous & Affordable Shoe Brands

Some of the most fabulous and fashionable shoe brands are big name luxury labels like Christian Louboutin, Aquazzura and Gianvito Rossi to name a few. But over the years---emerging designers changed the game by introducing equally fabulous and fashion-forward alternatives for many of us budget fashionistas. I've outlined 5 amazing budget-friendly shoe brands that will be easy on your wallet and also fashionable on your feet.
1. Carlos Santana | You probably recognize this name as the Grammy award-winning musician. Yup....he's also a shoe designer. You'll also be glad to know that a portion of sales benefit the Milagro Foundation----a charitable organization that makes grants to community based organizations around the world working with children in the areas of the arts, education and health. I've been a huge fan of the brand for years---he makes some amazing pumps (my favorite type of shoe). 
2. Boutique 9 | Their shoes are made of exceptional quality and of modern craftsmanship. Part of the Nine West brand, you can expect sleek, fashion-forward and sophisticated styles all at an exceptional steal. You just gotta love a fabulous pair of shoes that doesn't require you to break the bank.
3. Dolce Vita | You can likely find a pair of high quality shoes under $200 from this brand. From booties to flats----you'll get much bang for your buck. Now owned by Steve Madden, you can expect nothing less than fabulous. 
4. Jessica Simpson | I've gotta be honest; when Jessica Simpson launch her shoe line in 2006 as a collaborative effort with Nine West--- I really didn't expect the line to morph into such an amazing brand. I mean...we've seen so many celebrity fashion brands come and go and I simply thought that this could seemingly be just another one of them. The brand makes amazing pumps (and others) in many vibrant colors and textures. Kudos to Jessica Simpson for creating such a chic, versatile, comfortable and affordable line of shoes. I'm a fan.
5. L.A.M.B | Another celebrity-owned brand; sleek and modern with hints of Asian inspiration---Gwen Stefani created a luxury and fashion-forward line moderately priced below competitors. From bold wedges to color-block sandals, the brand never disappoints and if you can folk out $300 on average, you'll certainly be sure to turn a couple heads. 

May 30, 2016

5 Reasons to Love Polka Dots

By now you've discovered my affinity for bold colors and prints. Polka dot happens to be a favorite. Black and white polka that is. There is something seemingly special about the perfectly-filled circles whose origination traces back to the UK in the late nineteenth century Fast forward to today and the print is just as popular as ever. Here are five reasons to love all things polka dots.
1. Effortless | It's an effortless and chic print. You really don't have to put in much effort when styling the print. It kinda does all the work for you. Whether you decide to go black-on-white or white-on-black---you can certainly pull off most looks with ease. 

2. Perfect Mix | It provides a perfect contrast for mixing prints.  Have fun mixing two different variety of dots or mixing it with floral print or stripes. Oh, yes you can! Enjoy the endless possibilities. 
3. It Makes for a Perfect Bikini | Hands down, the most classic and feminine bikini was made out of this classic print. Marilyn Monroe was a huge fan and rightfully so. 
4. It Says Vintage Chic | I've always appreciated vintage fashion and nothings says vintage chic than polka dots. From a classic full length tea skirt, cat eye frames or the aforementioned bikini. You'll be making a fab and retrospective fashion statement.  
5. Minnie Knows Best | Hey, if Minnie Mouse gave it her stamp of approval---what's more to love?