STK Steak Soiree

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Can you hear that boom, badoom, boom, boom, badoom, boom, bass? I asked myself that when pulling up to STK. It really has mastered the chic restaurant + lounge hybrid, but the music could stand to be turned down a notch or two.

My seester and I celebrated her birthday (part deux) with yummy food, delicious drinks and good vibes. Below is the list of food pictured above. Sides are served in large portions so we shared them family style.



Host

Tuna Tartare $17

Guest of Honor

60z Petite Filet Steak $27

Attendees

Asparagus $9

Mac & Cheese $9

Life of the Party

Cucumber Stiletto $15



STK Los Angeles

755 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

310.659.3535

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Delicious At First Bite: Mercado Santa Monica

IMG_6105Alambres de Camarõn $19

Birthdays are a perfect excuse to stuff our faces. What am I saying? It’s always a good time for delicious food.

On Thursday I went to a Birthday dinner at Mercado Santa Monica and my taste buds partied like it was 1999. Our party of about 10 ordered dishes in groups. My group of three went with the items pictured, we added an extra portion to the dishes that served two.

Yummy food makes me really happy. Oh! I tried flan for the first time too… it was pretty good.

*Fun Fact: The parking situation is not the best, but that’s typical Santa Monica. I lucked up on a metered spot after circling a  couple times. There are parking structures a block or two over.

Thanks for reading! xoxo

IMG_6103Guacamole $10 & Mexican Kale Salad $10
IMG_6106Tostaditas de Tinga de Pollo (appetizer-2 servings) $10

IMG_6104Sashimi Ahi Tuna Tostada (appetizer-2 servings) $16

I’m Weak! Help me work it out.

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Hi Guys!

I’m weak at consistently working out. Fitness is not my area of strength, I think that’s because my super genes allow me to look like a healthy 13 year old, without exercising.

If you follow kinkycurlsla on Instagram, you saw the video of my work kitchen. If not, imagine walking into a room filled with chips, donuts, pastries, candy bars, soda and pretty much anything else you can think of.

For the entire month of August, I have vowed not to touch the bad stuff.

Eating clean is a huge part of being fit, I hear that it’s actually more important than exercising.

In an effort to do better,  I also joined a once-a-week running club with my co-workers. Having a group to hold me accountable keeps me motivated. I’m resurrecting my ab workout dvd too. Hiking and climbing the stairs will happen when possible.

My goal is to create a realistic fitness plan and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Do you have a plan/goal? If so, what is it? We can help hold one another accountable.

Thanks for reading! xoxo

Awesome Twist Out Tutorial- Part II: Untwisting

kinkycurlsLA Celebs

We often get caught up in trivial activities of celebrities and forget to acknowledge significant accomplishments achieved by individuals we actually know.

Cue the confetti showers. Let’s take a moment to celebrate the Class of 2013. Congrats grads, you rock!!!

I’d like to shine a spotlight on a few awesome people I know. Check out a brief highlight of their achievements below.
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S. Dafney (top left)

Dafney graduates from King/Drew Medical Magnet High School in the top 25 percent of her class. Fall 2013 she will proudly sashay onto the campus of a four-year university and begin a new journey. Her major is undecided but her future is bright.

D. Gillett (top right)

Last week Gillett walked across the stage to receive her A.A. degree in child development from Los Angeles City College. The education she received there has prepared her for the Los Angeles Unified School District training she will begin in July. After completing L.A.U.S.D. training she will be able to work with children ages 2-5. Gillett plans to further her knowledge by pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

T. Gonzalez-Aird (bottom left)

Armed with a B.A. in Radio-TV-Film and minor in business administration, Gonzalez-Aird is on the hunt for a career in the entertainment industry. Once he lands, he will hit the ground running. His vision does not end there. Another stop on his path includes shooting a few amazing short films, music videos and commercials.

V. Malone (bottom right)
Ms. Malone finished her undergrad semester with a bang! She carried a 17 unit load and earned A’s in every letter grade course. Malone moves forward holding a B.A. in mass communication and journalism with an option in broadcast from Fresno State University. How will she use her degree? Oh! She plans to write and edit for a major network equivalent to CNN or ESPN.

Cheers! We wish you all continued success.

For most of you, the road wasn’t easy and the one ahead will present more challenges. When you’re faced with a bump in the road, strap on your big girl/boy boots and take it one step at a time.

xoxo

 
 

Au Naturale Anggg

[singing my rendition of  You Will Know by Black Men United]

Mmm…hmm…hmm…mmm…hmm…
Yeah, yeah

When I was a young girl
I had visions of fame
They were wild and they were free
They were blessed with my name…

I L.O.V.E. that song!

Anyway, one of my visions included attending Spelman College and stomping across campus chanting “Oo-ooop!” with the Delta’s or “Skee wee!” with the AKA’s. None of that happened. I missed the undergrad pledge opportunity, but at the end of 2011, I kind of joined a sorority called the natural hair movement.

I imagine the sisterhood, empowerment and bonding is pretty similar to a sorority. Don’t burst my bubble! (insert side eye)

Last month, my friend Angela hosted about two handfuls of her curlfriends for an au naturale girls day. It included girl talk, bonding, motivation, hair makeovers, sharing tips, a product exchange, yummy healthy food and adult refreshments.

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience (minus sitting under the dryer) and gained a few new curlfriends. Good times!

Check out the photos below.

Want to know more about Angela? Follow her on Twitter, Examiner.com and Instagram.

81bb4a3cb08911e2a67b22000a9f188a_7Angela & I gave Valeka a hair makeover using Curlformers

f0ccd932b06f11e2914322000a1f984e_7Me unhappily under the dryer with flex-rods

e9750fd6b10711e2ac8a22000a9e2947_7This is the next day. I was over sitting under the dryer, so I left w/ the rods in and allowed my hair to air dry.

cb70a1ccb07f11e28c1022000a9e08e0_7Product exchange items

E0F57D1B-5E02-4842-9453-21F9E487A3D7Everyone left with a bottle of Kinky-Curly‘s Knot Today & Curling Custard samples. Both were provided courtesy of Kinky-Curly, thanks to their PR rep Erica.
IMG_1260Yummy food & refreshments

Curly Cartel

Curly Cartel, a community created to encourage women to embrace their natural beauty, held its first event on March 3, 2013. The event, hosted by creators Miss Dunnie O and Ms. J Gray, was held at Confidential Beverly Hills and featured notable natural hair/beauty panelists, food and beauty vendors.

Overall, I’d say the event was a success. More than 100 women with different curl patterns, shapes, sizes and backgrounds were provided a positive space to experience, learn and grow.

Attendees were able to get answers to puzzling questions, while snacking on tasty treats and receiving complimentary mini makeovers.

Between stuffing my face with “Healthy Bites” and “Signature Sweets”, I had the pleasure of meeting Miss Dunnie O, Dr. Kari Williams (Mahogany Revolution), Chef Ameera (chefameera), Chef Vita Love (chefameera), Ashley Blaine Featherson (Actress), Tia Muhammad (Neon Pink Magazine), Rosalyn Lockhart (Fierce Phaces), Ferriss Mason (UrbnVntg) and a new curlfriend Corene.

Check out the photos below and feel free to ask questions. Oh! And I recommend you try the following…

1. Chef Ameera‘s kale salad and roasted herb & veggie quinoa

2. Strawberry Kouture‘s cheesecake covered strawberry

3. Creole Primas‘  chocolate cake pop

tumblr_mmdbpl3WAx1rjkbxdo10_1280Me & Corene (photo credit: Tia Muhammad)

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Miss Dunnie O (in pink top ) & Ms. J Gray(in white top) awarding raffle & door prizes

IMG_1471Attendees

IMG_1436Chef Ameera

IMG_1457Creole Primas cake pops

IMG_1440Strawberry Kouture

IMG_1449Sheeq Cosmetics mini makeover station

My First Great Twist Out

Fingers crossed, I attempted a twist out for a James Bond themed party. My goal was to resemble Naomie Harris in Skyfall. Did I achieve it? You be the judge!

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Get The Look

-Start with stretched hair (I started from an old Curlformers set)

-Finger detangle hair by section (I created 6 sections) using a small amount of water (apply water using a spray bottle) followed by Cantu Shea Butter (avoid adding moisture at the root to minimize shrinkage)

-After detangling a section, add a little more Cantu Shea Butter making sure that all strands are coated (give your ends a little extra love)

-Two-strand twist the section and continue the process until each section is twisted

-Allow twists to COMPLETELY dry

-Once twists are dry, add a small amount of light oil (I used coconut oil) to your finger tips to avoid frizz while separating twists

-Separate the twists from the root, then separate the subsequent sections (one twist becomes 4 sections)

-Use a pic at the roots of your hair to create volume

*If you are not satisfied, continue to separated sections and pic until you achieve desired volume & look