Sunday Brunch at Soho House

This Sunday I had brunch at Soho House West Hollywood! Now Soho House might not necessarily be a familiar name to the masses, but it is one of the most exclusive members only clubs in Hollywood. 

In order to even get inside you must either be a member or know a member. Luckily I do!  So I was able to attend one of their regular Sunday brunches. The food was delicious of course, and the live music set the perfect ambiance for a wonderful Sunday afternoon. We were enjoying ourselves so much that we stayed through dinner! Every time I come to Soho House I have to get the guacamole. I’m not sure what kind of magical avocados they make theirs with but it is bomb!

As we were leaving they began to set up for Drag Bingo, one of the many exciting events on the Soho House schedule. I’m hoping to get a front row seat to the Game of Thrones viewing next Sunday. While we were there, we even got to take a peek at their new Mexican inspired restaurant, Maya!

Besides the amazing food, the coolest thing about going to Soho House is seeing the celebrities just being themselves and being comfortable among like-minded individuals. Soho House members tend to be on the innovative and creative side, so there’s never an uptight vibe. Most places celebrities go to they will be hounded with fans or paparazzi asking to take photos, but photos are strictly prohibited in all Soho House Clubs (so of course these are not my photos!)

Soho house is a hidden gem that has been around for ages and not just in West Hollywood! There are locations in Malibu, London, New York, Toronto, and even soon Hong Kong! Now obviously I can’t give much detail about who I have seen there or where it is specifically located, but what I can tell you is that Soho House is the place to be! 

Crate Diggin’ – Do You Recognize These Samples?

I’m a self proclaimed music head, I love nearly every genre and era of music! One of my favorite things to do is to figure out which songs certain musicians sampled. 

It’s always cool to hear how they flipped a classic track and put their own spin on it.

Listen to the playlist below and see if you can identity who sampled these songs!

Ron Stallworth: The Real BlacKkKlansman

In my lifetime I have met a lot of celebrities, and rarely do I ever get starstruck. However, this week I had the pleasure of meeting the legendary Ron Stallworth and his lovely wife Patsy at my job… I was completely speechless!

To many of you, the name Ron Stallworth doesn’t immediately ring a bell, but I’m sure BlacKkKlansman does. Mr. Stallworth is the BlacKkKlansman, thats right… he is the actual man who infiltrated the KKK! Now unless you live under a rock and have NOT heard this story, read more about his story and the movie here.

Now I’m not too sure why they were visiting the office, but from what I can tell, Mr. Stallworth is one of the kindest and most humble people I’ve ever met! It was truly an honor to meet such an influential figure. THESE are the people we should be learning about in school!

BILLY RAY CYRUS IS BACK: Old Town Road Remix

Now as you can probably tell from my playlists, I am not the biggest country fan. It just doesn’t do much for me, but Lil Nas X’s country-trap song Old Town Road is straight fire.

The song was dominating the Billboard country charts until they declared that it was not exactly considered country. Of course, fans did not agree and there was much discrepancy. Despite the hoopla the song is still a banger.

But then…. just then…. Lil Nas X hit us with the Old Town Remix… and added country legend Billy Ray Cyrus!!! How’s that for not country enough?

If you thought the song was a smash before, go ahead and listen to the remix while I dust off my cowboy hat! YEE-HAW!

Fashion Files: Coachella Edition

To those who are unfamiliar, Coachella is a music festival that has been around for nearly twenty years! The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival  (better known now as just “Coachella”) started off as a three day concert for indie bands and artists, but has grown to be a yearly pop culture frenzy. Sadly I have not gotten a chance to attend Coachella. My dear brother and I were supposed to go last year. He bailed and I MISSED BEYCHELLA, something I will be sure to remind him of until the end of time… 

Though I have not gotten a chance to be a part of the experience, I always enjoy looking at the fashion. It is held in Indio, CA – aka the hot a** desert, so I feel that it’s essential to wear something light, comfortable, and most importantly stylish! 

Here are a few of my favorite outfits from the past few years! 

Check Yo Health, Before You Wreck Yo Health

I consider myself a healthy person. About seven years ago I made the decision to start eating clean and exercising regularly. Since then my life hasn’t been the same! I went from eating McDonald’s and drinking sodas, to making smoothies and chopping up salads. Of course, I will treat myself to a little cheat meal here and there, but nothing too crazy. You must “treat yo’ self” occasionally!

About four years ago I felt a weird bump on hinge of my jaw underneath my skin. I thought nothing of it, at the time I was twenty-one and in perfect health. When I went in for my yearly dental exam and was told to get it checked out by an oral surgeon. I figured it would probably go away on its own and went on with my life.

Fast forward to spring of 2018. The ½ centimeter bump has now grown to be about 2 centimeters in length. At this point I still figured it was something minor like a cyst that would require a small needle to drain it. Once the dental hygienist saw how much the bump had grown she urged me to visit the oral surgeon.

I made an appointment for the oral surgeon. After taking x-rays of my jaw, I still did not get an answer as to what this bump really was. By the looks on their faces I knew it was not good. 

I grew frustrated going back and forth to the doctor and still being in the dark about what was going on with my body. However, my visit to the Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor was about to change all of that.

He calmly told me that I had a tumor. It felt like time had stopped. Why and how would someone so young and healthy get a tumor? It did not make sense and almost felt unfair.

After getting extensive MRI’s it was confirmed to be a benign tumor in my salivary gland. But it would still require an intense surgery called a “Parotidectomy”(google at your own risk), to have it removed. 

Luckily, my surgery was a success! It has been almost three months, and the only after effects I have is a loss of feeling on my ear lobe (something my doctor had warned me about anyways).

That being said… It is very important to be on top of your health! I thought just because I ate healthy and exercised six days a week I was in perfect health. I was completely wrong!

No matter how healthy you think you may be, leave it to the professionals to determine how healthy you really are!

Fashion Files

Here are a few of my favorite fashion moments from this week! 

As I said before – I live and breathe cheetah print! So you know this dress caught my eye. But I especially like the way the sneakers and jacket made for a more casual look. 

“J to the L. O. – HELLO! ” Is exactly what I think when I see the ageless Jennifer Lopez in this hot pink coat!

Miley Cyrus looking like she stepped right out of Romy and Michele’s world to come rock ours! 

If it wasn’t already clear… I also love hot pink! So when Dua Lipa is done with this dress I’d like to be buried in it. Such glamour! 

Sunita (@sunitav_) is wearing this rainbow coat magnificently!

Green is my least favorite color, besides orange, but I really like this lime green suit! The graphic t-shirt really brings the outfit together in a nice way (a way that makes me actually like green!) 

Issa went ahead and snatched my wig without ANY warning! This whole photo shoot is to die for, but this photo in particular made me want to go buy a couple of head wraps. 

Imagine hopping off of your private jet and looking this fabulous…. well Kim Kardashian can! KKW is looking ultra fierce in head-to-toe snake print.

How Drag Inspires Me

A few years back I was flipping through channels looking for something to watch, and I landed on something called Rupaul’s Drag Race. Being born in the nineties I had already heard of Rupaul because of many appearances on different TV programs and famous song “Supermodel (You Better Work)”, but I thought to myself “why the heck is Rupaul racing cars?

Once I tuned in I was obsessed! Not just because of the fashion and drama, (which is always on point let me add!), but because of what drag meant to them. On the show, we get to hear many stories about the struggles they endure in their personal lives. Many have been shunned from their families because of their sexuality and “lifestyle choices”, which is upsetting. Despite these tragedies, I feel as though the show is a great platform to boost both their careers and confidence!

While I can’t relate to losing communication with my family based on my sexuality (I am a straight black woman with a great family dynamic), I can relate to how important it is to them to form a family of their own because of it. My mother has always taught me how important it is to embrace positive people and how many yearn for a positive family dynamic. After watching dozens of episodes, I decided to inform myself on the history of drag.

For many of the queens, dressing in drag is an outlet and a way of expressing their true selves. Queens like Divine, Lady Bunny, Lavern Cummings, and of course Rupaul paved the way for future queens to live unapologetically. Because as Mama Ru always says, “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?”

I will always find myself enamored by the art of drag and will always have the utmost respect for these ladies and their talents!

Cha Cha Matcha!

Over the weekend I finally left my house and walked around lovely West Hollywood. After grabbing a bite to eat I stopped by Cha Cha Matcha. With it’s eye-catching décor, it’s impossible to just walk by without looking inside! Originally based in NYC, Cha Cha Matcha just recently opened their West Hollywood location back in December. Of course, many of the items include Matcha, so if that’s not necessarily your thing there are many other items to choose from. One item that stood out to me was the “Purple Drink”, which consisted of matcha, lavender, and CBD. Very LA! The vibe of this location is definitely Instagram worthy, so make sure to bring a camera and an appetite!