Barton G!

It’s ladies night… and the feelings right… so we’re going to Barton G!

When I was younger I went to Barton G in Miami, but when I say younger I was about eight years old. Hence, I do not remember much! But what I do remember, was that there was excitement and cheers throughout the restaurant all night. Luckily so many years later the stars have aligned for there to be a Los Angeles Location near me. So we gave it a try!

Barton G is famous for their wonderfully over the top and “punny” dishes. Often a hot-spot to go to celebrate birthdays or just to have a fun night out with your girls! These extravagant dishes are just bound to put you in a good mood or even make you chuckle a little bit. Not only is the plating amazing, but the taste of the food is even better! 

So obviously, I’m quite a bit older than eight years old… so now I can drink! I ordered the Buddhalicious and my mom ordered the Stairway to Heaven. They were so delicious that they snuck right up on us. 

For our appetizer we ordered the Laughing Bird Popcorn Shrimp. Of course the shrimp were to die for, but even the popcorn was absolutely delicious. Before then I had never even thought of putting Old Bay on my popcorn, now, that will be the only thing I put on my popcorn. 

For Dinner, I decided to get something small. So I ordered the Filet Mignon. A few minutes later here comes my waiter with an ironically large fork for a very small piece of steak! I loved it! 

Most people that come to Barton G come for Marie Antoinette’s head (not literally, a huge cotton candy structure of her head), but we opted to get the Carnival Fun Cakes. They should rename this one to Stairway to Heaven because that first bite of funnel cake took me straight to heaven. They were so good that we couldn’t stop eating them!

I am so glad that this location opened in Los Angeles in 2014, but if you’re ever in Miami or Chicago there are locations there too! If you’re looking for good food and a fun place to go, I highly suggest making a reservation at Barton G.

Grand Central Market!

This weekend I made my way to Downtown Los Angeles to eat at the Grand Central Market! We went on a Saturday so things were hustling and bustling. It actually reminded me of being back in NYC!

I initially wanted to eat something at the very popular Eggslut, but we got there too late and it was closed. *cries* I found a cute little place called Kismet Falafel, it was so yummy! There were sooo many options that it was overwhelming, but now I know I’ll have to go back a few more times to try it all out.

After walking around a little more I kept smelling this deliciously sweet smell, we soon saw that they were making fresh waffle cones and giving away samples, lucky day!

I was in the mood for something a little fruity so I bought a smoothie from Press Brothers, and it hit the spot! It was made out of fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.

Next time I am in DTLA I will plan on going to the Grand Central Market a little earlier and maybe even checking out one of the many museums in the area!

Beyoncé: HΘMΣCΘMING

I finally got around to watch the “Beyoncé: HΘMΣCΘMING”. As I mentioned before I was supposed to go to Beychella… but my brother bailed smh. Anyway. I always admire Beyoncé’s hard work ethic, but she put in EXTRA work to pull of this historic Coachella performance.

She easily could have given us a Beyoncé show (which is always amazing) but her vision was to bring our culture to Coachella. She was originally scheduled to perform at the festival in 2017, but she got pregnant… with twins! Beyoncé knew that after having to reschedule her performance and giving birth to twins this would have to be the performance of her life. On top of all of that Beyoncé was the first black woman to headline Coachella, so there was even more pressure on her! “Ain’t that a b*tch?!”

She mentioned in her documentary that this was the hardest she has EVER pushed herself in her life. Instead of “easily put[ing] on a flower crown”, Beyoncé chose to bring Black culture to the masses. Her vision was to spread the spirit and excitement of Homecoming at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCU’s. Though she did not attend one herself, she stated that she has always admired the joy and camaraderie involved in HBCU Homecoming.

After having suffered high blood pressure, and many other complications from her pregnancy this in essence was Beyoncé’s Homecoming too. It felt like it was Homecoming for all of us. As Black women we have to put in double, sometimes even triple, the amount of work to be successful. So to see Beyoncé put her blood, sweat, and tears into preparing for this performance was beyond inspiring.

Beyoncé has always been an advocate for representation, especially for women. It was incredible to see that the women dancing with her at Coachella were all shapes, sizes, and colors. Another cool thing to see was that her band was all female! It didn’t matter what they looked like, as long as they can hit the right moves and play the right notes, they’re part of the team. She even brought her girls Destiny’s Child onstage and her sister Solange!

The behind the scenes footage showed how detail oriented and dedicated she was to this performance. Beyoncé cut out meat, fish, bread, air, water… (Kidding! But it was a lot), to get down to the size she wanted. She prepared and practiced for nearly an entire year for this, and it certainly paid off.

Of course in true Beyoncé fashion, she released a “Beyoncé: HΘMΣCΘMING” album as well. She even hosted her own viewing at Grambling State University. According to reports, she has signed on for two more Netflix specials, and I’m thrilled to watch more of Beyoncé’s hard work pay off two more times!

The Wing West Hollywood!

Since 2016 I have been following the growth of the “members-only women-focused working space”, called The Wing. From it’s inception, I knew it would be revolutionary. They just opened up their seventh location here in West Hollywood after popular demand. The first club opened up in NYC and has spread to Chicago, San Franciso, D.C., and soon there will be locations in London, Toronto, Boston and Seattle.

Co-Founders Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan got the concept from a group called The Women’s Club movement founded in the 19th and early 20th century. This club was important because it was a group where women could motivate and comfort one another in such difficult times. This movement spread across the nation and created groups that still exist today! But now in 2019, all of these aspects are what gave birth to The Wing.

Now when I say everything at The Wing is geared towards women, I mean EVERYTHING! You can drop your child off at the daycare, make a quick stop to the pumping room, do your hair and make-up, hold meetings over lunch, and take conference calls all in the same place! Often working mothers find it hard to balance everything and the women of The Wing realized this and made things so easily accessible. Even the books in the library are all either written by women or are about women. Another cool thing is that the conference rooms are all named after influential women in pop culture to keep in line with the Hollywood theme. For instance there are conference rooms named after “Princess Leia of Star Wars, C.J. Cregg of The West Wing, Lydia Deetz of Beetlejuice and Dora The Explorer”.  Even the building itself is catered toward women, according to reports, the AC and furniture are set to favor women’s body shapes and temperatures!

The Wing is also a great place for women trying to make connections in the industry. Hollywood, is extremely male dominated. As we have seen in the news, woman who are trying to make a name for themselves are constantly harassed and threatened. The West Hollywood location partnered with Time’s Up to assure that this is a safe and comfortable space for women to build their own careers on their own time. There are even several female entertainers that hold the title of Co-Founder at The Wing West Hollywood. These women include “Mindy Kaling, Jessica Alba, Katy Perry, Shonda Rhimes, Maya Rudolph, Amandla Stenberg, Busy Phillips, Laverne Cox, Sharon Stone, Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho,  Gabourey Sidibe, Hari Nef, Gia Coppola, Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy; Hollywood stylists Karla Welch and Jamie Mizrahi, 42 West publicist Leslee Dart, and ID PR’s Kelly Bush Novak.”

Even if you are settled business wise, it’s also a great place to create friendships with like-minded women! Being that Los Angeles is such wide-spanning city with so many people to meet, this is the perfect place to do so. You can even grab a bite to eat from the “women-run and women-staffed” cafe!

I hope I get to visit The Wing sometime soon, or even become a member one day! I look forward to the growth and success of The Wing. Read more about it here!

Coachella 2019: The Best Looks from Weekend One

Weekend One of Coachella just came to an end and so many fun moments came out of it! Billie Eilish finally met Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande reunited 4/5 members of *NSYNC, and so much more. But of course, my favorite part will be the fashion!

I love looks that are unique and creative. Everyone can throw on some flowy pants and a flower crown and call it a day, but that’s far too easy.  Coachella is all about fun and practicality (you are in the middle of the desert after all) and I think it’s important to show that through your fashion choices for the three day extravaganza.

Take a look below and get inspired by these Coachella babes! 

@nicolemehta // @weworewhat

@unwosu // @shaninamshaik // @jastookes

@dorothywang // @jastookes

@butwhatshouldiwear // @shaymitchell

@iamfashionlaine // @viviannn_v

@michelletakeaim // @otravezcollection

@angelcandices // @angelandren

@sosupersam // @devinbrugman

@sincerelyjules // @normani

@shaninamshaik // @brittanyxavier

Chloe Wise: Artist Extraordinaire

I’ve been a fan of Eric Wareheim for quite some time and always enjoy following his escapades on Instagram. In doing so I continued to see the same girl pop up in his videos, named Chloe Wise.

In this world of social media we see a lot of people who kind of just exist. I was over the moon to see she was nothing like that, and had both personality, and purpose! I was especially thrilled to see that she was an extremely talented and witty young female artist. 

My favorite thing about her art is that her humor comes through her pieces. According to Wikipedia “Wise often critiques consumer culture, commercialization, “ideas of ‘wellness'”, and the self-construction of identity. Wise employs comedic, satirical, and self deprecating strategies while using references to art history”. Basically, her subject matter is right up my alley! She is able to accomplish this through various mediums, but works mostly with sculpture and oil on canvas. I admire the fact that she is always herself and translates that into awesome pieces of artwork.

As someone who studied and practiced art for many years, I found it hard to constantly come up with new ideas. With each piece, Chloe hits the nail on the head. They are well understood and fascinating to look at. Though I don’t draw or sculpt much these days, I love to watch Chloe go through her creative process on Instagram. I also love to just watch her daily stories because she is really fun and f**cking hilarous! 

Chloe Wise is on the track to being a huge success, her fresh take on the culture we live in is always exciting. She is one of my favorite people to watch and I’m always to eager to see what she comes up with next! Check out all of her artwork on her website, www.chloewise.com.

Beauty & Essex – Los Angeles

I had the pleasure of having dinner at Beauty & Essex with my baby brother this weekend, and it was life changing. The occasion? Life! 

Last time I visited my hometown of New York, a friend took me to Beauty & Essex and we had so much fun. So naturally I had to give the LA location a try. 

When we pulled up to the address there was a sign that said “Please enter through the lobby”, which seems sketchy when you first read it. But then once we got to said alley it was pretty cool! 

The entrance of the restaurant is an actual working pawn shop! There are a ton of cool items for sale, such as signed guitars and lavish jewelry. But one of my favorite items is the Biggie Smalls money clip! 

Because we were celebrating life, we ordered just about everything off of the menu. Everything tasted so good we just couldn’t stop (meanwhile my bank account said: “Girl what you doin’?!”). 

Though the menu is pricey, it’s certainly worth it! Every single item we ate was phenomenal. We ordered the avocado toast and yellow tail sashimi to start. Then we ordered the BBQ fries, Banh Mi slider, Tuna Poke Wonton Tacos, and the Classic Thick Cut Filet. 

Now I’m not usually a dessert person, but I went ahead and shared the “Les, NYC Doughnuts” and boooooy were they absolute heaven. I was full from all of the food and still powered through those doughnuts!

Another aspect that made our dinner great was our overall experience! The service was great and the ambiance was lively, yet still very “chill”. If you are looking for a fun place to go to for your upcoming special occasion I highly suggest booking a table at Beauty & Essex! 

Fashion Files

Now that spring has arrived, here are a few cute trends I’ll be taking note of! Check them out below! 

  1. I love this bright yellow skirt that @dancingwithflyingcolors is wearing. You can dress it up or even dress it down! 

2. @Abbienaija looks super cute for her day in the park in these flowy striped pants!

3. Who knew Kermit could be so fashionable! @Northofmanhattan looks quite cool in this kermit tee and matching shorts. 

4. @Sara_Luxe looks rock ‘n’ roll glam in this vest and bandanna combination!

5. Kayleigh from both Ex On the Beach UK and MTV’s The Challenge looks spiffy on her night out on the town! 

6. This orange Topshop duster is a great way to add some color to your wardrobe! 

7. I think at this point 75% of my closet is band t-shirts, and I’ll be adding this one to the collection. I love the way @Sarahmian made this Nirvana graphic tee look extra chic.

8. Sami Miro is awesome and this outfit proves just why! She’s got a great sense of style, so much so that she’ll be pairing with @Andresaraviva

9. @Untiltheverytrend looks icy in this all white ensemble! 

10. @Kalynnelizabethsmith added a bit of tomboy flair to this yellow sun dress!