Marley Twists from Hell...

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I took a few weeks to calm down and find my way out of the deep emo hole I live in so I could give an honest review of my experience with Marley Twists... or at least what the shop out here was trying to pass off as Marley Twists.  ** Super Pause **

Okay, so a few weeks back I was beyond excited to give Marley Twists a try, but after getting them installed and coming home in tears, I realized that I wasn't about that life and took them down. A quick-ish vlog sharing my experience with what I've deemed the "Marley Twists from Hell."


Island Thick Necks... the prototype

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A while back I posted about no longer being moved by Thick Necks and making the transition to beard season... well, that's not entirely the case anymore.

Yes, I still go hard for beards and #BeardSeason, but I'll go ahead and blame @SexyAndTheChi for reigniting my love affair with Thick Necks - - primarily island thick necks!

My God. They make me salivate. I was listening to Drake, googling pictures, fucking LOST in my feelings. I'll venture to say island men (primarily Samoan looking dudes) are the freaking prototype for thick necks everywhere.

Of course Samoan men don't come in size small or medium... they're damn near all XL at the very least. It can, however, be rolling dice as to whether or not they'll ride the fine line between being good thick or break the scale at obese / large and in charge. Either way, I probably wouldn't kick a Samoan dream boat out of my bed. I'm keeping it 100... the bigger the better, as long as his heart isn't about to stop. I mean, let's be able to do adventurous things.

Anyways, I've been updating my Pinterest Thick Neck Board with island eye candy and wanted to share a pics of the men sending me into a tizzy!


Lesson 13: We all have "off days"

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I'm an outgoing, charismatic person... full of personality and spunk! I love having a good time and radiating good vibes, but I too, am capable of having an "off day." Over the weekend I had a moment where I took every last fuck I could find and threw them all into the air. Yeah, it happens lol...


Island Soul, Improv & a 6 hour Brunch

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Back in the day when I took up residence in and throughout the streets of Chicago, I used to blog recaps of how amazing my weekends were. As I got older and shed my club rat ways, I stopped blogging about my weekends... mainly due to the fact that I could only say so many wonderful things about watching TV, going to the dog park, or attempting (and failing) to finish laundry.

This past weekend I was once again out and about and decided it'd be fitting to blow the dust off my "weekend reviews" and share the shenanigans!


Dinner @ Island Soul Caribbean Cuisine
We started our night with dinner reservations for 12 at this quaint Columbia City eatery. In hindsight this probably wasn't the best choice for 12 people, as the restaurant is small and difficult to accommodate large parties, but the food was pretty good. I ordered the tapas size pork ribs, side of collard greens and hush puppies. The ribs were great! So tender and delicious. The greens were pretty good, but I didn't care for the hush puppies.

Tip: Not the best place for parties larger that 4-6. Service is on the slower side, so give yourself a buffer if you have plans afterwards. Food is pretty good.

In front of Seattle's infamous Gum Wall

Improv show @ Unexpected Productions Improv Comedy Show
After dinner we headed over to the Market Theater to catch the Unexpected Productions comedy show. This improv show featured 2 teams battling it out to be crowned winner for the week. The returning champs were His and Hernia, while "Nerds in Costumes" were the challengers. Tickets to the show were $15 and I actually won "runner up" for best audience contribution of the night (I suggested "Mister Rogers" when asked for a childhood show). My prize: VIP tickets for 2 to another show! Can't wait to head back there with my boyfriend and see how he likes it.

The good? The show is actually pretty entertaining and a nice way to spend your night. The drinks are also super cheap and they had Strongbow cider (one of my favs) for $4/bottle so I was a happy camper.

The bad?
The cast isn't that diverse, which makes for limited diversity in jokes and material. Not just that, but with the audience contributing to the show, if you have a wack audience the show has the potential to fall flat. There were a few contributions from the crowd that were very boring when I was there. Luckily the teams were pretty good and did the best to roll with it.


Brunch @ Toulouse Petit
The only thing I love more than a good brunch is a brunch with bottomless drinks. Unfortunately Toulouse Petit doesn't offer a "drunk brunch," but they DO have a happy hour brunch from 8a - 11a, with happy hour pricing ... a considerable savings from their regular pricing. Because of this their brunch is a hot commodity and usually packed.

Yay for Spring and spring clothes!!
Lucky for us, one of our girlfriends made her way to the restaurant before everyone else and camped out to secure us a table in the bar. We were able to fit our group of 12-14 and proceeded to down amazing food and drinks for roughly 5-6 hours. Yeah, shit got real! I actually had an amazing time and would suggest everyone give this place a try.

I've been here for brunch, dinner, and their late night happy hour. I'd suggest going for happy hour first because the price point is awesome and the selection is vast. A great way to try out numerous items on the menu and see what's worth paying full price for... granted I've never had anything I didn't like.

Tip: Go for Happy Hour and order the Catfish Bites, Fried Okra, and Fried Green Tomatoes.


Grilled Lamb with Brown Sugar Glaze Recipe

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Working for the #1 food website in the world has its perks... namely being exposed to countless yumtastic recipes that inspire me to throw on my "chef hat" and whip up some work in the kitchen. I absolutely love eating lamb and was excited to find frenched rack of lamb on sale when I was at the store. I knew I wanted to try a new recipe and ended up using the Grilled Lamb with Brown Sugar Glaze recipe on Allrecipes.com.

You can visit the site for the full recipe and video by clicking here.

I created the brown sugar glaze dry rub, coated the lamb and let it marinate (covered) in the fridge for an hour. Then I placed on the grilled and cooked each side for about 5-10 mins (depending on thickness of cut). This yielded medium rare lamb. I don't have a cooking thermometer for precise heating, but you can do a little trial and error on your first piece of meat.

The brown sugar dry rub was amazeballs! It allowed the meat to be sweet, but not overly sweet. I paired the lamb with sweet potatoes (cut in 1-inch cubes, covered with sea salt, course ground black pepper, brown sugar and maple syrup, placed in the oven on 400 degrees for 60 mins), and a fresh salad.

Also, don't feel intimidated if you don't own a grill. Our apt only has an electric range and we don't own a grill for our patio. Instead I used a cast iron skillet grill and was able to get great results.


After the lamb marinated for 1 hour

Cooking lamb in skillet grill

Finished lamb

I was able to snag lamb on sale at my local grocer, but you can always order on Amazon.com or using Amazon Fresh if that's available in your city.

If only smell-o-vision was a real thing!!


How to Create a Top Knot/Ninja Bun with Braids & Twists

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Everyone loves a top knot, and whenever I'm rocking Senegalese Twists it's one of my favorite go-to styles. I created a quick "How To" tutorial which shows how I create my ninja bun. Keep in mind you can use the same method for creating your top knot even if you aren't rocking braids or twists.



Fashion Fix: H&M Bikini for Large Breasts under $30

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My boobs are a 34DDD and it's rare I can find a cute bikini top in regular stores (i.e. Forever21, H&M, Target, etc...). It's even rarer that I find a top for under $50, let alone $20 which makes my heart swoon. When I was in H&M earlier today I snagged this super cute bikini and was floored that it actually fit me! If you're repping for the Big Titty Committee and looking for a sexy, yet affordable bikini to rock this spring/summer, head to your nearest H&M and cop this one. The top costs $17.95 with the bottoms ring in at $9.95. A true deal to snag a hot suit for under $30!

I opted to get the size 12 top (tops go up to a size 14) and the size 12 bottoms (fits like a large, also goes up to a size 14). Keep in mind that the bikini bottoms have a traditional bikini cut, almost Brazilian style, so you'll definitely have your cheeks coming out to play. The fit is flattering, but the bottoms won't offer any additional coverage on your stomach (they're low rise). Basically you'll get a supportive top that can handle larger busts, but the bottoms require you to be "summer ready" lol. Also note that the band around your torso is not adjustable, but the straps do adjust. There is also a side wire on the bikini top, and the thickness of the band helps support your breasts, but there is not an underwire.

H&M Bikini - Top $17.95, Bottom $9.95

Fashion Fix: Leopard Print Gold Toe Flats

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When I think of cute shoes Ivanka Trump isn't the first (or second, third, or 100th) person that comes to mind. So, imagine my surprise when I was in Nordstrom Rack the other day and came across these leopard printed little gems! Turns out Ivanka Trump has an entire line of shoes, bags, etc... and I was more than happy to toss a few coins her way.

My friends know that I'm a sucker for anything gold, but I also rock pretty hard for prints. Safe to say you can find me rocking black, gold, or prints. I probably wear too much black, but what better way than to add a pop of something awesome -- enter the leopard print gold toe flats!

I got them on clearance at Nordstrom Rack for under $40 which is great. Feel free to check out your nearest Rack store if you wanna snag a pair.

Ivanka Trump "Carla" Flats


'The Tequila Tales' heads to ATL 3/20 #T3Quotes

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I've previously blogged about my fondness of The Tequila Tales monthly event in Chicago, and they're taking the show on the road! First up is a stop in Atlanta. Join the T3 crew as they bring their relationship chat to Venue Restaurant & Tapas Bar tomorrow night, 3/20. The chat begins @ 6p and you can RSVP by clicking here.

A taste of what to expect...


Turn Down for What?

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Y'all... this weekend I finally got out of the house and into a club, something I hadn't done since moving to Seattle last June, and when I say I blew the cobwebs off my dancing force - - I let it GO and left everything on the dance floor.

Now, I had more drinks than I can actually remember... I legitimately lost count. Just for fun let me try and remember: 1) Greyhound 2) Shot of tequila... 3, 4, 5 and possibly 6 were a bit of a blur. In short I had vodka, tequila, and whiskey. Oh, and 2 glasses of red wine earlier in the night. Sheesh. Sounds like one hell of a night lol.

My boyfriend opted to stay in, so I was flying solo. The only problem with that was the fact I rolled out with mainly all couples. Not the biggest deal, but whenever I was lost in my zone dancing, every once in a while I'd have to do a quick check and make sure I wasn't dancing around anyone's man. The last thing I needed was to be the new girl to the group getting a bit too loose. Plus women don't want anyone dancing in the vicinity of their man and I don't have time for those types of struggles. Anyways, fun was had by all... even if everyone didn't wake up remembering anything lol. Everyone needs nights like that at least 1-2 times a month! Turn down for what?

Check out more pics on my IG.

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