Sustainability at it’s Best with PrAna Clothing and Apparel

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The bLink Marketing Network and prAna. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Sustainability at it’s Best with PrAna Clothing and Apparel

Not many clothing lines offer a great look with a great price that can be worn anywhere at anytime to do anything including yoga, running or any exercise that your heart desires all while being and having a great impact on the earth like, prAna.

prAna’s ultimate goal is to make sustainable clothing accessible and important to everyone. I have heard the term, “sustainability”, but never really knew what it meant so I checked out prAna and I would like to share it with you:

Why Organic Cotton Matters | Sustainable Clothing Movement http://www.prana.com/life/2016/11/16/why-organic-cotton-matters/

I have been one to purchase clothing blindly and not think about the impact it has on the environment and to me more importantly the people who are creating it.

Here is hoping that other brands will also use more organic cotton one clothing item at a time and help seek ways to spread positivity. With prAna every purchase made makes a positive impact on the earth. prAna offers organic, sustainable and fair trade items so you as a consumer can feel good about what you wear.

 

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As I mentioned you this wonderful clothing line allows you to wear an outfit one day to work out in and then the next wear it to your place of employment and look and feel great. I personally have had several pieces of prAna clothing and they all are so soft. There is no roughness on the skin and did not cause any irritation.

After hearing and reading a bit about prAna clothing line, you too will want to take part in improving the lives of others and helping our plant, so to help you do that I have partnered with the brand to be able to offer you 15% off by using code S17BLSH at www.prana.com.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The bLink Marketing Network and prAna. The opinions and text are all mine.


Natural Girls’ Secret Weapon – Divatress

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Natural Girls’ Secret Weapon – Divatress

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. 

Awesome-style-divatressSecrets are something everyone tends to have and it is no different for me. Being a 4b naturalista for over 4 years, I have found that I had to come up with some secret weapons that help me maintain my healthy hair and I am going to share them with you.

1st Secret Weapon Tip: Regularly dust or trim the split ends

2nd Secret Weapon Tip: Keep it simple sweetie, which is using the liquid, oil and cream method that so many of us have heard about. Remember as well a lot of manipulation is not necessary.

3rd Secret Weapon Tip: Protect your ends, use protective hair styles, i.e. two strand twists or cornrolls as an example and use a wig to help bring another dynamic to your hair. Face it there are some times I do not want to wear my twists out and I use them as a means to an end. So wearing a wig can help when you have a party to go to in a hurry, or a job interview and you want to shock and awe some people as well as look hot and professional.

The beautiful wigs that I have selected below will look good on any woman. I selected these as my top 3 favorites, due to the style and different colors they come in which makes it next to impossible to just purchase just one. The ones that I have featured are all under 30.00 dollars.

 

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Have you ever worn a wig, if so how many do you have in your arsenal? Please share some of your secret weapons. 


Dazi Skinny Ties Adds That Special Touch To Your Man’s Wardrobe

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I received this product free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. 

Dazi Skinny Ties Adds That Special Touch To Your Man’s Wardrobe

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For a great man who wants nothing, but things you can find at Adventure Outdoors, it is almost impossible to surprise him with anything accept in the area of attire. Although he is one of the best dressers that I know, you would not be able to tell that shopping for clothing is one of the last things he wants to do unless he is shopping for me. Treating him is a special treat and thanks to a new brand, Dazi, I was able to do just that by adding a new tie to the mix. With a new tie you can spice up that suit that you just have no idea of how you are going to make that shirt work with it until you pair it with the perfect tie.

DAZI skinny ties is fashion-forward, affordable, and come in various unique designs, styles and colors that will perfectly match any suit or outfit. Surely one will stand out from the crowd in these ties. Check out the one we were sent for him to try below: Dazi Ventura

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I can watch him get dressed all day. He takes his time and is meticulous about his appearance and he should be. He is always out and about representing the organization where he works and is seen all the time. First impressions are everything and this Dazi tie along with his sparkling and attractive personality causes him to do nothing but win.

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This is the finished look for the day and I loved the tie on him, he loved the tie and he told me later that he had received lots of compliments which is what I was aiming for. Dazi ties are the perfect ties to upgrade the man in your life’s style:)

If you know someone that is getting married and would not mind gifting the men in the party with ties, Dazi also offers wedding discounts and for more on that visit ⇒ Wedding Attire.

About DAZI

After struggling to find great ties at low prices, DAZI founder Nate Ipsen began to design and sell skinny neckties at competitive prices. The mission of DAZI [daw-zee] is to provide customers with a line of unique ties of unbeatable quality.

How do you add that special touch to your man’s wardrobe? 


Blackberry Daze At The Horizon Theatre

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Blackberry Daze At The Horizon Theatre

After a successful world premiere at MetroStage in Washington D.C., the exciting and bluesy new musical Blackberry Daze whirls onto Horizon’s stage in Atlanta this summer beginning July 14th. Nominated for a Helen Hayes award for the most outstanding adaptation of a play or musical, Thomas W. Jones II returns for his 13th season to direct this compelling and romantic journey to the heart of the south. A whirlwind whodunit of family secrets and passions, Blackberry Daze inspires with original blues, jazz and gospel music by William Knowles.  Adapted from Ruth P. Watson’s 2012 novel Blackberry Days of Summer, don’t miss this musical mystery-romance in the key of the blues!

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It is the end of The Great War, and a small Virginia town is rocked by secrets and seduction as Herman Camm, a provocative gambler (played by TC Carson of Living Single fame), weaves his magic on the lives of three unsuspecting women, Mae Lou and her daughter Carrie, and Pearl, a blues singer at the local juke joint. Award-winning writer/director Thomas W. Jones II is back with his musical adaptation of the novel Blackberry Days of Summer in this emotionally charged stage musical with unforgettable stories of love, hope, survival, and redemption.

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This play combines mystery and romance, two of my favorite genres coming together to make what promises to be a great and unforgettable time.

Dates:  July 14-August 27, 2017

Days and Times: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 3 PM and 8:30 PM, and Sunday at 5 PM.  No Sat matinee July 15th

Prices:   Tickets start at $25. Discounts can be given for groups of 10 or more. Prices change based on availability and demand, so buy early for the best prices.  Internet convenience fee added to all online orders.  No refunds, exchanges allowed with 24 hours notice.

Tickets and info:  www.horizontheatre.com or 404-584-7450.

Press release and pictures courtesy of Horizon Theatre.

Are you ready for this bluesy mystery? 


Partying Like A Rockstar at BQE Restaurant

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Partying Like A Rockstar at BQE Restaurant

2017 was like I mentioned the year of many firsts and this year I believe hubby and I had some of the most fun. We love to shake our booties when we can and we were able to do just that this birthday with a bunch of old school songs and some new ones. Hubby surprised me with a new restaurant out of the Dining Out Atlanta Passbook, so yes ladies and gents he is handsome and knows how to have a great time at a discounted price.

As I have mentioned in my last birthday post, I had on my favorite new dress from Happy Yellow Dress and was ready for a fun night out on the town in the ATL.

About BQE:

It is not your average soul food restaurant. It’s soul food amplified! The decor and unique lighting fixtures remind you of a modern day New York speakeasy. Expect to hear cool sounds of neo soul and jazz to free your mind while you dine.

Now the day we visited, it was a Friday and there was a live band there that played for a bit that played some tunes we were able to groove and dance to and the dj was spinning some great music and as usual hubby and I were in our own world and enjoyed every minute of it.

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We had several and I mean several drinks and of course we ate good (Blackened Salmon with 2 sides), so we welcomed using the Passbook to get some money off our bills:)

So Partying Like A Rockstar at BQE Restaurant can be done at a discount (Buy 1 Get 1), as well as enjoying some other great Atlanta Area restaurants by purchasing your Dining Out Atlanta Passbook here: Click here for savings but don’t forget to use the code G4BMPass2017 to get yours for only $35!!

Tell me the way you Party like a Rockstar at a discount? 


Happy Yellow Dress Brand Sure To Turn Heads

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Post sponsored by Happy Yellow Dress and all opinions are all mine.

2017 and this is another great year and another year older. With this year, I have decided to try a lot of new things. Some of which worked out well and some not so well, but this one was one that worked out perfectly.

My birthday, is my day to do whatever I wanted and my hubby treats it like it is a holiday:) To celebrate it in perfect style and with class, I chose to wear a dress by Happy Yellow Dress  and pair it with an equally as classy brand, Liz Claiborne.

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Happy Yellow Dress Brand Sure To Turn Heads

Hubby surprised me with 4 Liz Clairborne purses and one of them, a tan crossbody satchel that has gold lettering that I paired with gold sandals.

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My dress, Lana (just so happened to be named after one of my favorite people), was the dress of choice and it was not a mistake. This beautiful vintage style dress evokes images of Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. This fabric is our very own print! So you’re sure to be the most unique gal at the party!  And I was the most unique gal in the place!!! It fit perfectly. 

Now about that Liz Clairborne purse:) I have found a similar one for you if you are interested and information is found below and it is only $30.00.

 

Do you have a favorite outfit that turns heads? If so, what is it?


Come Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day with Southern Proper Hospitality

July 6, 2017 / Foodie, Main Menu
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Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day with Southern Proper Hospitality

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WHAT:

Fried chicken lovers, rejoice! National Fried Chicken Day is July 6 and several Southern Proper Hospitality restaurants are celebrating with signature fried chicken dishes. Stop by your favorite spot for a kickin’ chicken meal or visit them all for a full day of fried deliciousness. Fried chicken dishes to gobble down include:

  • The Southern Gentleman: Fried Springer Mountain Half Chicken, baked mac-n-cheese, braised collards
  • Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails: Southern Fried Chicken Breast, buttermilk mashed potatoes, tiny green beans, Andouille red eye gravy
  • Smokebelly BBQ: Nashville Hot Chicken, boneless fried chicken breast tossed in Nashville hot sauce or simply Southern fried
  • Gypsy Kitchen: Gypsy Fried Chicken, adobo marinade, romesco, tamarind yogurt

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WHEN:

July 6, 2017
Hours vary by location.

Participating Restaurants:         

Gypsy Kitchen

3035 Peachtree Rd. NE

Atlanta, GA 30305

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Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails

800 Mayfield Rd.

Alpharetta, GA 30009

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Smokebelly BBQ

128 E. Andrews Dr. NW

Atlanta, GA 30305

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The Southern Gentleman

3035 Peachtree Rd.

Atlanta, GA 30305

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ABOUT:         

Committed to providing genuine hospitality and named by Restaurant Hospitality as one of the “25 Coolest Multi-Concept Companies in America,” Southern Proper Hospitality is a privately held collection of Atlanta restaurants that values innovation, creativity and attention to detail. For more information, visit sphospitality.com.

Press release and pictures courtesy of Melissa Libby & Associates.

How do you celebrate National Fried Chicken Day? 


2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Recap From A Newbie Foodie

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floral-displayThis post was sponsored by Atlanta Food and Wine Festival in exchange for my honest good old time and recap of the event.

The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival has been one of the most talked about foodie events every since I have been in Atlanta. I have wanted to be in the place for years and 2017 was the time. This year certainly has been the year of first and attending this event was no different. It took place from June 1st-4th and was hosted at Loews hotel in Midtown.

As media, I dearly wanted to bring my sidekick and best bud, hubby, but I could not, but next year it is on!!! I already told him, we will have to get us some tickets. Due to my work schedule, some events I was asked to attend I could not, but shhhhh, I had to take off to be there Friday and it was worth it.

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2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Recap From A Newbie Foodie

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It started off with a mini parade that stopped right across the street from the Loews hotel. I was taking pictures from the Grilling Terrace and people came over and asked what I was doing and I showed them the parade led by the creators of this great event. They were surprised.

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As media, I was allowed to attend just about any learning experience that I can squeeze into and that is just what I did. My first one was Dock to Dish (pictures) which all of the classes seemed to last an hour with 45 minute breaks in between to get you where you needed to go and have enough time for environmental breaks.

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Each day, there were different learning experiences, dinners/events as well as connoisseur events. The tasting tents are on all 3 days of the festival and the tents opened at 7:30pm which was cool and it was close to the hotel, so you could walk or even take the shuttle that was provided for guests. You talk about exciting and scared at the same time, that was me. It was such an experience, one that I would recommend everyone if you are a drinker and a foodie, then you would love it.

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I do have some suggestions/recommendations if you are attending the event that may help you.

My recommendations for the event:

  • Stay hydrated – If you are a drinker, then by all means, grab water and keep grabbing it. I did not grab enough and I regretted it in the end. I was a bit happier than I should have been if you catch my drift, but also for the fact that it is outside and you do not know what the weather will bring you need to keep water in you with all of that sun beating down on you.
  • Sanitation (Toiletries) – Due to the tasting tents being outside, unless you are real cool with the restaurants nearby and use the bathrooms there, you might need some tissue and hand sanitizer. I know I almost needed both for sure.
  • Dress to impress – Lots of people here if you want to be seen, however make sure to be flexible when it comes to shoes. I am not sure about you, but I do not like to have my heels in grass and with the Tasting Tents at Piedmont Park that is exactly what was going to happen, so I wore flats.
  • Don’t drink and drive– Go with a designated driver and/or have someone drive you home (Uber).

 

What was your best moment of the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival?


Best Way To Become An Atlanta Foodie Rockstar

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This post was sponsored by Dining Out Magazine Atlanta Edition. 

Eating out can be very expensive, but there is always a way to do it and save some money at the same time. Follow along and I will share with you how you can join me and I can show you the best way to become an Atlanta Foodie Rockstar. I have mentioned before how you can get an Atlanta Dining Out Passbook here for only $35.00 and today I want to share with you one of the awesome restaurants in the passbook.

As an ambassador for the Atlanta Dining Out Passbook, I was given an opportunity to attend an event at Anis Bistro and you talk about the perfect host, Arnaud Michel, pictured below, treated us to a rockstar experience. Chef sat down with us and talked about French food, how he chooses ingredients and brings them together to make such awesome masterpieces. I was able to capture most of the food in the pictures below, but some are missing because I was too busy eating:)

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This was a time of firsts, including first time having mussels in white wine with parsley to having lyonnaise potatoes with beef.  Whatever your heart desires from French cuisine, you will be able to get it at Anis Bistro.

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Perfect place for a date night and be able to try some firsts for yourself, but remember you can use the passbook and get the 2 for 1 deals yourself. Grab one here and use code G4BMPass2017 saving you $64.00. 

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Looking at the website for Anis Bistro, there seems to be some live entertainment on Thursdays so this might be the perfect first date restaurant. The ambiance will get your attention, however the cuisine and cocktails will keep you coming back for more. Great place to make a first impression and look like a rockstar doing it.

Buy your Dining Out Atlanta Passbook here: Click here for savings but don’t forget to use the code G4BMPass2017 to get yours for only $35!!

 I just love great food, how about you? What is your favorite type of food?


Get Lots of Samples and Coupons at the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo

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Get Lots of Samples and Coupons at the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo

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After a wonderful night before of partying like a rockstar for my birthday, I woke up early in anticipation of attending the GFAF Expo in Atlanta GA May 20 and May 21, 2017 in which I received a 2 day pass for free in exchange for  writing a post and promoting the event.

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As a blogger, I was part of the group that had a sponsored breakfast all gluten free from BFree which was great and filled with being able to talk to the representatives one on one before the large crowds of guests started coming. Lots of pictures and laughs were had between us bloggers.  gfafexpo

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If you are unsure about becoming gluten free, this is the perfect event to attend because it gives you the chance to try samples, talk to brands about their products and take home coupons.

This expo contains workshops from wonderful speakers with knowledge about gluten free living including all areas of your life. You would be surprised to find out that even some of your health and beauty products have gluten in them and I learned it from attending one of this great expos.

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Check out Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo for more information on the next expo coming to a city near you.

To learn more, click on ⇒About Us to see the upcoming schedule, GFAF Expo’s mission and more.

Have you been to a Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo?