JD Brunch Series – August

I’ve been to Elizabeth’s once before and thought it was a cute restaurant. As the curator of the brunch series, I am always on the hunt for cute and picture worthy locations. It’s located in the Marigny and Bywater area. I was a little bummed to find out they didn’t do reservations but as long as we arrived at the same time it would be all good!

Some of the ladies arrived Fashionably Late so we didn’t get to sit immediately. The restaurant was extremely busy and it was a little wait for larger parties. We headed to bar on the second floor to wait for our table. Jamming to Biggie, I sipped on my $12 Mimosa in the Signature Elizabeth’s cup. The mimosa was pretty good, but I’m warning you..don’t get the $6 mimosa it’s tiny lol. A couple of the ladies who ordered the $6 ones were a bit taken aback lol. Sidenote: The bar had really good music. Some of the ladies ordered Bloody Marys which I heard were also good.

Once we were seated, the conversation flowed as usual. We talked about everything from insomnia remedies to goals for the fall. The reason I host these monthly brunches is for creatives to connect and have genuine conversation. All of the ladies are so dope and down to earth. This series is really the highlight of my month.

The service was really great at Elizabeth’s. Our waitress was very attentive. I had a taste for catfish so I ordered the Bayou Breakfast. It wasn’t as pretty as some of the other dishes but it was really good. My catfish was fried perfectly. Elizabeth’s has a pretty unique menu with dishes like the French Toast Burrito and the Duck Waffle which is a Sweet Potato and Duck Hash on top of a Corn Bread Waffle with Pepper Jelly. I think next time I’ll be a little more adventurous and go for the waffle. Overall the group enjoyed their brunch.

My original look for brunch was totally different. Pretty Little Thing messed over me with the shipping but Raquel of SpreadLA/The Geeked Collection came through in a clutch. The brand sells sunglasses, straight sizes and plus. I saw this set and thought it was perfect. I paired it with some flat sandals and a clutch. It was very comfortable and easy to wear. Let me know what ya’ll think!

I always look forward to the group shots. The ladies always bring so much personality. Thank you to the ladies that came out Samjah of Style & Energy, Kineatra of Naturally Nex,  Tracey Wiley, Kierra of Jus Kierra, Whitney of Whitney J. DecorDerra Howard, Dev of Dev and the City, Aaronesia of REMEDY 88 and Sumya check out her style here!

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Check out some style from the other ladies!

JD BRUNCH SERIES – JULY

After last month’s brunch experience, Vessel Nola was a breath of fresh air. I stumbled upon the unique church looking building and was immediately intrigued. I called to make reservations hoping they had brunch and luckily for me they did! As soon as we walked in we were seated. The atmosphere is very chill and relaxing. If you are looking for somewhere to meet or hear what the person across from you is actually saying, it’s the perfect place.

Our waitress was very attentive and we never had to look for her. There were some interesting choices on the menu like grilled rabbit. I said I’m going to start being adventurous with my menu choices but I wasn’t ready for that extreme. I meant choosing blueberry waffles over regular waffles…and that’s exactly what I did. Look at me being all adventurous and stuff!

I ordered the Blueberry Waffles which was prepared with lemon curd, cinnamon, blackberry syrup, pistachios and honey whipped cream. Now ya’ll I’m not a fan of blackberries (well why did you get something with blackberry syrup Jazmine? …listen I told ya’ll I was being adventurous) and I didn’t like it but I ate around the syrup plus my side of Andouille Sausage made up for it. That was the best sausage I ever tasted. It was spicy and seasoned perfectly.

I kept saying how great the sausage was and everyone was like ok Jazz we get it lol. The consensus around the table was that the food was good. There were options for our Vegans and Vegetarians  and Whitney who I like to call a Shrimp & Grits Connoisseur said these were her favorite of the restaurants we have attended in the past. She just had one note…leave the shrimp tail shells off..lol. I definitely would visit Vessel again plus there is a late night Happy Hour I want to try!

For my outfit I saw this super cute dress in Ashley Stewart but decided I wanted to switch it up and take the slip from under it and wear a camisole and shorts! I paired my pearl purse that I have been having for 2 years to complete the outfit! What do ya’ll think?

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Thank you to the ladies that came out Samjah of Style & Energy, Kineatra of Naturally NexTracey Wiley, Lori of Vinti, Whitney of Whitney J. DecorDerra Howard and Kourtney!

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Check out some street style from the ladies below!

 

Elevate

“Elevate, elevate…Only obligation is to tell it straight…So much on my plate I gotta delegate. Who else is jamming to Drake’s Scorpion Album? I definitely think it’s the album of the summer.

Elevate has always been my mood but recently more so now than in the past. I recently got to work with Karleen Roy of The Vanity Group. She produced several activations for the Essence Music Festival. It’s funny because over the years I would apply and apply for the jobs with the company Essence hired to produce the festival. I would snag an interview but never land the job. This year I got to be in the room with some of the people that hired that same company. That’s even more ammunition for me to keep going.

Throughout the weekend I got to be in the presence so many movers and shakers..I’m talking millionaires. I left each day with more encouragement and more confirmation that I was on the right path.

As you elevate there are going to be people around you who don’t understand and that’s okay. Those are the people that can’t come with you on your journey. I am no longer feeling guilty about elevating. No longer wishing for support. I am no longer sparing feelings. I just don’t have it in me.

Those who are not for you will show themselves sooner than later and when they exit, count it as a blessing. There were so many jewels that were dropped during the weekend and I thought I would leave you with some:

“Eliminate Negative People…You Can Always Keep them in Prayer but not in Person”.

“Be Picky About Your Circle…Take Note of the Friends that want to Co-Sign instead of being apart of the Original Investment”.

Photo Credit: Britt Smith Photography

Cool Down

The last few days have been scorchers in Nola, so I have been trying to dress as cool as possible. Plus hot summer days are the perfect time to indulge in what some of you may refer to as a “snowcone” but here in New Orleans we call them Snowballs.

It is also important to find ways to cool down mentally. Your Mental Health is extremely important and you need to take care of your mind, body and soul. After being in a high stressed environment I like to take some time to myself. Even if its 10 minutes, you need that alone time. Cut off the tv, put the phone on silent; you have a right not to answer the phone if you know someone is about to interrupt your peace.

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Also, utilize the word “No”! Ya’ll it’s so satisfying! I used to do certain things to accommodate people or consider others feelings over mine but nah! If I don’t want to do it the answer is NO!

And third treat yourself, take a spa day, get a sno-ball, girl get that dress you been eyeing in that boutique! Some may say this is bad but I love retail therapy! Yes I know “mATeRiAL tHIngS arENt evERYthINg” *Insert Spongebob Meme* but these are my methods! What are some methods you use to de-stress?

JD BRUNCH SERIES – JUNE

I’ve heard so much about The Country’s Club Drag Brunch and Pool that it was definitely added to my list of places to visit. I was dying to see what the hype was about but chilllee the hype did not match the food or the customer service.

We arrived and were seated in our area. The waiter came by and introduced himself. It was our first time there so as you can imagine a few ladies had questions about the menu. Well chillleee our waiter Jake (name has been changed) was not for the questions and was giving extra shade and sass.

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One of the ladies asked the portion sizes for the crab cakes as there were two different prices listed  as such $12/$24. Jake (name has been changed) says “one is an appetizer and one is an entree”. She says ok how many crab cakes in each? He says “one is an appetizer and one is an entree”. She’s like well how many is it one or two? With a whole lot of attitude he says “1 crab cake for $12 and 2 for $24”. She says ok I was just asking…he says “well I was just answering”.

Next someone from the group asked if they could get a Poinsettia. He says no there’s only Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Sodas, Tea, and Water. We look over to another table and someone has what looks to be a Poinsettia. So another guy who was really nice by the way, (shoutout to Zack) was passing by our table and refilling mimosas. We asked about the Poinsettias, he says I don’t know why he told ya’ll we didn’t have it, we have a full service bar. Luckily Zack was able to take care of the drink order. Then there was a  Waffle House reference from shady Jake…chile it was just all bad.

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Now on to the food I had the Traditional Breakfast which included Two eggs, Bacon, Heirloom Grits & a Buttermilk Biscuit. I only enjoyed the grits which were really good and had a unique taste. Most of the table went with either the Crab Cakes, Fried Green Tomatoes or Traditional Breakfast. There were mixed reviews on the Crab Cakes and both ladies who ordered the Fried Green Tomatoes said they weren’t good. I will say I would have given them another try had the Customer Service been better but I won’t be back. The Country Club was a big let down!

Thank you to the ladies that came out Samjah of Style & Energy, Kineatra of Naturally Nex,  Brittany of BEE TRENDI,  Dev of Dev and the City and Kierra of Jus Kierra.

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P.S. I did call and ask to speak to the manager the next day and he had every excuse in the book for the waiter. Literally a rebuttal for everything thing I said.

For my looked I grabbed this cute little spicy jalapeno shirt from Forever 21 when I was visiting NY. It comes in straight sizes too and can be found here. I paired it with a yellow skirt and red heels. And of course my favorite summer bag. (There go that bag again)

 

Check out some street style from the ladies below!

Girl Boss Dinner Party

Jessica Robinson of Justini Cocktails hosted a “Year of the 30” Girl Boss Dinner Party in celebration of her birthday. The event consisted of cocktails, a three course meal, a performance from T-Ray the Violinist and a whole lot of Black Girl Magic.

Jessica and I went to high school together and we share a mutual friend. I have always respected her grind. She’s a go-getter and her energy is motivating. So when she posted the Save the Date I jumped at the opportunity. Plus I am always looking for a reason to dress up!

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As the drinks flowed so did the conversations. We discussed experiences and ways to keep pushing towards your goals. To me a Girl Boss isn’t about what you have, it’s a mindset. It’s about being confident in your field and empowering other women. “Motivation over Competition”  as my sis Kandice Guice would say. If you missed it don’t fret! The event will be turned into a series and held quarterly.

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My three course meal consisted of a Seasonal Salad, Roasted Lamb Chops with Wilted Spinach and Truffle Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Banana Fosters Cheesecake prepared by Chef Gabe Noel. It was delicious!

Last night Jessica said some of us thought we would have it all planned out by now, but that’s not how life works. I used to be so hard on myself and I don’t know if it has something to do with reaching your 30s but you get this go with the flow attitude. I’m just living. Now…”Let’s Be Clear”… I’m going to always stay on my grind but not only am I celebrating the wins…I am appreciating the losses.

                                                                                      Dress by Asos !

The Perfect Kimono

Kimonos are definitely a statement piece and can transform any outfit. Whether you are pairing it with a dress or t-shirt and jeans, it just works. I’ve been told they look like robes but apparently I don’t care…let me live with my robes. I am always on the hunt for ones that make a statement and this floral one immediately caught my eye in It’s Fashion. Yes It’s Fashion!

Sidenote: Ya’ll better start shopping everywhere and stop sleeping on the cheaper stores.

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I paired the floral kimono with all white because I wanted the Kimono to get all the shine. My shoes were from Burlington’s, Jeans FashionNova, $5 Tank from It’s Fashion and I got the bag off  Amazon. I paired a few inexpensive pieces and came up with this bomb look. Run to your local It’s Fashion and see if you can find this Kimono. Unfortunately, their items aren’t for sale on the website. Maybe we should write them to change that…but first write them and tell them I would be a bomb brand ambassador!

Here are some other Kimonos I am currently crushing on:

1.  Forever 21

2.   ASOS

3.  FashionNova

4.    Forever 21