Saints vs Sinners

Typically I don’t make a big deal about my birthday but I am always looking for reasons to dress up! I decided to do a Saints vs Sinners themed dinner party. Not sure why but the idea just came to me. I wanted the dinner to be a little fancy so I ordered chargers, designed place cards and ordered custom saints and sinners tags from Etsy! I initially booked a reservation at the Saints & Sinners restaurant on Bourbon. I visited the restaurant a month before, it looked nice on the inside but I couldn’t stomach walking on Bourbon in my beautiful birthday dress and heels. Now I don’t want ya’ll thinking I am bougie but Bourbon literally makes me nauseous. I have a weak stomach and the smell along with the filthy ground doesn’t help. No shade to anyone who still fancies Bourbon but I am just a long way from my college days. I use to be strapped with my sunflower seeds though.

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My next option was The Saint Hotel. I remembered they had a restaurant and knew it would be the perfect place. The hotel is gorgeous and there were so many photo opportunities. The restaurant is quite small though, nice but small. I had all of my guests rsvp as a Saint or Sinner. I told them they had to draw inspiration from their favorite saint or sinner and serve A LOOK! I gave each Saint a white rose and each Sinner a red rose. I also lined the table with red roses for some extra drama. Although the restaurant’s decor was to die for the food wasn’t. I ordered the beef wellington which was decent but a few of my guests didn’t enjoy their meals.

For my look I knew I wanted to be a Saint! I drew my inspiration from Archangel Michael who is a Leader, Protector, and Champion. I remember seeing this white sequin dress with feathers when I was on the hunt for a look for The Glitz Mix from Pretty Little Thing. I went to the site hoping I would be lucky enough to purchase the dress. It was there but my size was sold out! I think I had a mini panic attack. I wanted the dress so bad that I ordered a larger size and got it altered. I’m ashamed to say how much I paid for alterations but it was worth it. To complete my look I needed a halo! I purchased a gold spiked crown inspired by Queen Bey from Etsy.

I want to thank my friends and cousin for always participating in and supporting all of my crazy ideas. You all definitely granted my request and served looks! Check out more scenes from my birthday below and let me know what you think!

Photo Credit: Britt Smith Photography and Charles Creative Company Photography

JD BRUNCH SERIES – FEBRUARY (KINGFISH)

Due to technical difficulties I didn’t get many quality photos and I considered not posting but I just had to share my best JD Series Brunch experience thus far! Kingfish which is named after the late Huey P. Long is located in the French Quarters. The restaurant came up as a suggestion to me twice so I did a little research to see if it had at least 3 Things on my Must Have List when Brunchin with a crew. They actually had 4:

  1. Photo worthy area
  2. Food looks good
  3. Bottomless Mimosas
  4. Split Checks

The hostess was very pleasant and we were seated at the time of our reservation. We had the pleasure of being served by the dynamic duo Karl and Kelsey (spellcheck). Ya’ll they were like special agents when it came to refilling the mimosa glasses. It was like they read my mind! It has been my experience in the past that I would have to look for the waiter when it was time for a BOTTOMLESS refill…not at Kingfish. We have a mommy-to-be in the crew as well and she was especially pleased with her Mocktail! David the manager on duty was super helpful and checked in to see how our experience was going.

I had the Crispy Fried Boneless Chicken with Bacon-Braised Collard Greens, and Butter Fermented Hot Sauce with a side of Creamy Stone Ground Grits. The chicken was fried perfectly and the greens were delicious. If you’re not really into spicy food, you can do like I did and get the hot sauce on the side. It had a kick to it but it actually wasn’t that spicy. The grits were nice and creamy as well. Definitely a meal I would order again!

Overall everyone enjoyed their meals. See other dishes below:

I was especially looking forward to brunch because I had a rough weekend. The conversations and laughs didn’t disappoint! This month is my BRUNCHaversary! I have officially been hosting the JD Brunch Series for a year! What started out as a little idea has blossomed into an amazing haven for influencers to meet, network, and share their stories in a noncompetitive and judgement free zone! Thank you to those who have supported me from day one and my new supporters. This series couldn’t be possible without you gals!

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For my look, I picked up this super cute tweed blazer off the clearance rack in JCPennys. It was originally $130 but I got it for $40! I paired it with a simple black cami and my oldie but goodie sequin shorts. Added my black thigh high boots to set the look off! I forgot to mention Kingfish also had to go cups for your mimosa!

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Check out some street style from the other ladies below!

JD Brunch Series – Nanny Baby

So I’ve been dying to get to Apolline for the JD Brunch Series, however they are unable to accommodate large groups such as the JD Series Brunch Group. So when I decided to take Miley Pie to brunch for her bday I knew it would be the perfect spot. It’s located on Magazine Street so it definitely gets a check for photo worthy area! There’s also a cute seating area outside in the front of the restaurant if you’re up for catching some sun and people watching!

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Side note: I definitely need to bring Miley Pie out to eat with me more often. We received VIP treatment! From the moment we walked in all eyes were on her! Even Chef Michael Shelton came out out to greet her with a free dessert! See video here.

 

See what I mean!

 

but hey…can you blame them?! She’s the cutest!

Now back to my review! The restaurant does have Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys but I didn’t indulge because I was on nanny duty! We both decided to order the Country Fried Chicken Thigh & Waffle. It was really delicious! The waffle was nice and fluffy and the chicken was fried perfectly!

 

The service was really great. The hostess and waiter were really pleasant and nice as well. I will definitely be returning back to Apolline to try more menu options and enjoy the bottomless mimosas!

I wanted to do a photoshoot to celebrate her birthday as well and she was such a natural in front of the camera! Her mommy did a great job selecting her outfit. Let me know below what you think of Miley’s style!

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Jacket | Marshalls

Shirt | Walmart

Skirt | H&m

Shoes | Old Navy

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Beret | Fashion Nova

Blazer | JCPenny

Shirt | Forever 21

Skirt | Loft

Shoes | Ego Official

 

JD BRUNCH SERIES – JANUARY (DTB)

Happy New Year everyone! One of my goals this year is to be more consistent. I created my JD Brunch Series last year and it was a big hit! The JD Brunch is a monthly series that I host for female bloggers, vloggers and social influencers. The brunch is invite only. I go off of vibes and interactions when I am selecting attendees. We speak freely about the industry, fashion, being a mother, dating, there’s no telling where the conversation may go. This series has allowed me to build relationships and collaborate with some really dope people and I am so excited to see what this year holds!

We kicked off the series at DTB on Oak Street! When I pick a location, I usually go for food presentation, restaurant location, cute or unique, and of course bottomless mimosas is always a plus!

The location was great and in a super photo worthy area. There are a bunch of cute shops on Oak Street. The atmosphere in the restaurant was pretty nice. It felt nice and airy. There are big windows so the natural sunlight shined through. The hostesses were really pleasant and our waitress was sweet, however I think she was a bit overwhelmed with the size of the group.

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The food was really good however you definitely need to ask questions. I had no idea that Poutine was a french fries dish. So when my Cajun Poutine arrived I was a little confused. Especially because fries wasn’t listed on the physical menu and the waitress told me the dish is like an appetizer and I may want to order an “extra side like fries”… lol. Also the menu stated it was hook’s cheddar, LA blue crab, collard greens, and a sunny side egg. The collard greens and blue crab are cooked down into the gravy that’s poured over the fries. I got to taste Sumya stuffed beignets and those were delicious!

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Cajun Poutine

 

Check out some of the other dishes from the other ladies; and yes Whit said these were the best Shrimp & Grits of the brunch series thus far.

For my look I wore my Tupac Makaveli shirt (similar) that I purchased out of the Guys Section in Rue 21 and my gold maxi skirt that I’ve had for about two years. Threw on my leather jacket and I wanted to wear these cute pearl socks (similar) that I got from Target to complete the look. Let me know your thoughts on the look!

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Check out some Brunch Style from the other ladies below!

 

Special shoutout to my loves for attending! Be sure to follow them and keep up with their blogs/vlogs! 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, Felicia T. Simpson, Yadie of IV Grey, Chaila of Baeology, Ashlee of Ashlee Rene Hair, and Sumya check out her style here!

 

The Glitz Mix 2

This year’s Glitz Mix was held at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. It was the perfect venue for the event. The Louisiana Children’s Museum will be moving to City Park soon so it was fun to relive our childhood on some of the signature exhibits such as Little Winn Dixie and the Bubble!

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It’s always a pleasure to host this event with my girl boss PnC Jessica of Justini Cocktails. The event consisted of two floors of vendors, horderves by Chef Shaka Rogers, cocktails by Justini of course, a fashion show produced by my lovey Janae which featured a Glitz Collection by L’Jai Amor, Liquor Infused desserts by Jazzy Infusions and music by DJ Sugar Cookie! Guests also had the chance of winning $705 worth of jewelry from our sponsor Mignon Faget! This was the second year for the event and it was really successful.

I’m always here for a themed event so we encouraged our guests to don their “Glitziest Threads” and boy did they show out! I went for a Green Sequin Blazer Dress (similar) from Pretty Little Thing and completed the look with some rhinestone heels from Macy’s.

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Check out some photos below from the event!

Special thank you to our sponsors Mignon Faget, Chef Shaka Rogers, Jazzy Infusions and Balloons New Orleans and a special thanks to everyone who supported and continue support me and all of my events.

Creatives Link Up – November

I had such a great turnout and response from the first Creatives Link Up that I decided to host a second one this month. I first found out about the Catahoula Boutique Hotel in February when I did my Birthday shoot. I immediately fell in love with the courtyard. From the furniture to the floors it’s really a dope space. I knew I wanted the event to be outside but I was torn between the Pisco Bar Courtyard and Rooftop. With New Orleans crazy weather I was really taking a chance with an outside event. I decided on the Rooftop and I am so glad I did.

We tried the Smashed Mala Cukes from Midnight Noodle. I’m starting to live a little when it comes to eating different dishes. It’s not something I would typically go for but it was pretty good. It was sort of like a spicy cucumber stir-fry. The drinks were pretty unique and delicious as well. My favorite is the Incan 75, it’s their take on the French 75.

I want to shoutout everyone who came out to the meet-up. It was a really good group. We had people from all career paths..bloggers, marketing execs, engineers, hospitality professionals, etc. You don’t have to be a blogger to come to this meet up. All creatives are welcome! I just ask that you come with an open mind and a willingness to mingle with some dope people.

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Jacket | Fashionnova

Dress | Forever 21 (similar)

Boots | ShoeNami (similar)

 Big thanks to the Catahoula for letting me host the event there. The space would be perfect for any event and ya’ll should definitely check it out. I haven’t decided how often I will host these or where I want to see this event go but I’m just going with the flow and I like it. Check out more scenes below.

JD BRUNCH SERIES – OCTOBER

Typically when I pick a brunch spot, it’s based on the look of the venue. I go for cute, unique and picturesque restaurants and hope the food is good. So it was no surprise to my guests when Jack Rose was next on the list. After seeing the restaurant posted several times on social media, I was dying to go. There were so many photo worthy moments but we decided to capture a photo in front of the signature Lil Wayne painting.

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Now if you’re attending Jack Rose be prepared to spend a little more than you typically would at other restaurants. This is a fine dining establishment and the menu is definitely that. I ordered the Steak + Eggs with Crispy Potatoes and opted for the bottomless Veuve Clicquot for $25. It was really delicious. The steak was cooked perfectly and the potatoes were seasoned just right. Whitney who I like the call the Shrimp & Grits connoisseur had absolutely nothing bad to say about Jack Rose’s. She only wished that her portion was larger. I also thought it was neat that the Caesar Salad was prepared table side.

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Steak & Scrambled Eggs with Crispy Potatoes

Check out some of the other dishes below.

 

 

 

 

The conversations were really good for this month’s brunch. We discussed an array of topics from engagement groups to mental health. We learned a lot more about each other’s platforms and future plans. I was joined by Samjah of Style & Energy, Whitney of Whitney J. Decor, Dev of Dev and the City, Shavoi’ of High on Beignets, and Chaila of Baeology.

 

 

 

 

This was also a special brunch because it was my first sponsored one! I was able to gift the ladies some jewelry from Mignon Faget.

 

 

 

 

When you think of Jewelry in New Orleans, Mignon Faget comes to mind. It has been a staple jewelry brand since 1969. My assumption was that it was always pricey but there are some nice affordable pieces! Check out the Delta Dangles,  Double Strut Studs Earrings and Tri Strut Necklace!

For my look I picked up the cutest Faux Leather Wrap Skirt from the Loft Plus Launch Party at the Lakeside Shopping Center to go with my Leopard Print Shirt (similar) from Pretty Little Thing. I added my Black Ankle Boots from Asos to complete my look. The weather was perfect and it was the first hint of fall!

 

 

 

Check out the other ladies looks below: