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3 Spots To Get Your Brunch On In The City

On the weekends breakfast is my favorite meal to indulge in; but after a night of partying, the last thing I want to do is get up at the crack of dawn to catch it being served. Thankfully living in the DC area where brunch culture is alive and poppin, I can enjoy pancakes and omelets between the hours of 11:00am and 3:00pm.  According to dc.eater.com, there are 30+ brunches in the nation’s capital. Here are 3 of my favorite from that number:


Founding Farmers
www.wearefoundingfarmers.com

Located on 1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, this elegant restaurant describes itself as a “co-op-owned American eatery dishing out market-driven comfort cuisine along with rustic-chic style”. The decor and the food here is amazing. From Uncle Buck’s Beignets to cocktails made with local distilled spirits, it’s no surprise to see Founding Farmer diners posting pictures of their delicious meals and drinks all over social media.  

Brunch is served Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday Mondays  from 9am-2pm. Both the DC and MoCo locations serve an “a la carte” style brunch.  To experience the Farmers Market Buffet Brunch,  go to the Tysons Corner location in Virginia.

 

Gryphon
www.thegryphondc.com

Nightly, Gryphon is one of the best places to party, and on Sunday afternoon it’s one of the best places to brunch! Please do not underestimate brunch being held at a “club”. The buffet is great and the bottomless mimosa option makes this brunch a winner with me. Besides the food, the energy is awesome: a stylishly dressed room enjoying themselves, dancing while the DJ does their thing in the background.  After brunch hours, the true turn up begins so feel free to stay for the after party.

The Gryphon is located at 1337 Connecticut Avenue NW IN Washington, D.C.  Brunch hours are between 11 am -4 pm. Reservations are highly recommended.

 

Mad Hatter
www.madhatterdc.com

Matter Hatter is a “lively tavern known for beer & pub fare channels Alice’s Wonderland with an upside down room & more”. The mythical atmosphere and decent prices are what make this place great.  Brunch offers standard  breakfast american fare: steak and eggs,  chicken and waffles, pancakes, or French toast.  My favorites on the menu are Mad Man’s Breakfast or the Hatter Skillet. They’re both magically delicious! (I couldn’t help myself, I had to say it lol)

Brunch hours are between 11:30 am and 2 pm. It is located at 1319 Connecticut Ave NW.

 

 

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5 Tips to Help You Keep Your 2017 Fitness Resolutions

If you are searching for some fitness resolutions for 2017 then this article is for you!

It’s the start of the new year and if you’re anything like me, then you’re eager to buckle down  about getting fit and being healthy! I don’t know how many times I’ve scrolled past an amazing body on Instagram and thought, “tomorrow is the day I start!” and never start. However, it’s something about the start of a new year that probes you to change your ways. Most believe it’s the feeling of a “fresh start”, and honestly I couldn’t agree more. What better way to start getting fit and turning over a new leaf than the beginning of a New Year?  Now, I know there are websites, commercials, and social media accounts that provide fitness tips, but I figured I’d chime in and give a few of my own since I’m on a fitness journey as well!

Commitment (1) is the most important step when making a lifestyle change. You have to stick with it! Consistency in anything breeds results. In this case consistency will be hard but just as rewarding. We don’t work hard in the gym because we like to sweat, we work hard because we want results. We want to be fit and confident in our bodies! It all starts with committing to a goal so you can work hard to achieve it. JUST DO IT! *in my best Nike ad voice*

Develop A Schedule (2) How much time can you devote to a weekly fitness regimen? 3x a week? 5? This solely depends on you. You want to be sure you create a strict (but reasonable) schedule. Scheduling will keep things organized and help you remain focused on your tasks for the week. Monitoring your tasks will help you stay on track with your workout regimen by giving you a clear idea of what you have time for. It may sound like a lot of work but it will be worth it when you see the benefits of having a schedule. Not only can it keep things together, but also help you gain full control of your life.

Set Realistic Goals (3) We all want quick results. So much so, that we find ourselves setting unrealistic goals in a time frame that simply doesn’t work. Set goals that you can’t live up to, to avoid disappointment if it isn’t met in the short time frame you hoped for in the beginning. Consider the other factors and be sure that your work ethic matches your (hopeful) end result!

Do Your Research (4) After you determine what your fitness goal is, you need to do your research and perhaps even seek professional help from trainers to be sure you’re doing the proper workouts and meal planning, because simply working out isn’t going to cut it. You have to make sure you’re eating properly and effectively whether you want to gain or lose. You’ll find yourself working hard with no results if you’re eating habits aren’t matching up. Do your research and find out what you should be doing in and out of the gym.

Last but not least…HAVE FUN (5)!

I know it seems like it’s going to be hard (and it is!) but make sure you have fun! After all, what is life without fun? If going to the gym gives you anxiety and you hate lifting weights, switch up your workout from time to time. You can take zumba, yoga, boxing, cycling, YOU NAME IT! (y’all knew that was coming!) You work hard enough at your job so why not include a few fun workouts in your fitness routines. Fun workouts are better than no workouts so get out there and make yourself proud!

 

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Family Friendly Holiday Fun in The District

With everything that has occurred over the last few of months this year (including the comedy show that was the 2016 Presidential Election), the District is in dire need of some serious holiday cheer. D.C is known for many things but the holiday events and displays are at the top of the list!

Keep reading to find out where you and your loved ones can make some of your best holiday memories during the most wonderful time of the year!

Ice Rink at the National Gallery of Art

According to nga.gov, the ice rink opened on November 14th of this year and continues through March 13th (weather permitting). It has been said to be a fun experience with the help of the grand architecture of the national museums, monuments complimented by the astonishing sculptures surrounding visitors as they ice skate through the parklike setting. Once you’re done ice skating, you’re able to  warm up and take in the beautiful scenery while enjoying a hot beverage in the Pavilion Café. Constitution Ave NW & 7th Street, Washington, DC 20408

HOURS

Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. -9 p.m.

ADMISSION

Adults: $7.00

Children/Seniors: $6.00

RENTALS: $3.00

 

Zoo Lights

People from all over the world visit D.C during holiday’s solely for the light festivals! Amongst the list of favorites is the light festival at the National Zoo. Not only will you enjoy the twinkling lights, but according to timeout.com there are also “live musical performances, nighttime carousel rides, gingerbread habit decorating competition and yummy eggnog and holiday cookies”. However, if you find yourself becoming a little tired after walking around the zoo, take a load off and go snowless tubing down 150-foot-long tracks or tour the zoo while riding the trackless train! Don’t miss out! 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, D.C (202) 633-4888

Dates

November 25 through January 1 (closed Dec 24 and 25); 5–9pm

ADMISSION

free

 

Gaylord National’s ICE!

Each year, The Gaylord hosts the Christmas on the Potomac! There are lots of family friendly activities for attendees to participate in but the actual showstopper is the 9 degree Fahrenheit ICE! ICE! is every snow princess and prince’s dream. Here, you can slide down two story frozen slides and admire the beautiful ice sculptures that celebrate various countries holiday celebrations! According to blog.trekaroo.com, “each year this colorful display carved by artisans from Harbin, China has a new theme, and the theme for 2016 at Gaylord National is Christmas Around the World.”

Other fun activities include gingerbread decorating, The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt, gourmet holiday experiences, and more. There will also be new activities like Build-A-Bear Workshop and Food & Fun with Charlie Brown and Friends. This is the perfect family friendly activity for your loved ones to enjoy!

For tickets & information

(301) 965-4000

 

The Nutcracker

Everyone has seen or heard about The Nutcracker but I bet you haven’t seen it with the unique spin added by artistic director Septime Webre. Not to ruin the show, but he has incorporated historical characters like Harriet Tubman, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson into the cast. That alone should let you know that this play will be unlike any other this Christmas! This will surely be a play you do not want to miss as it is sure to leave a lasting impression on the people of the District! The show will be performed at the iconic Warner Theatre by the Washington Ballet.

DATES

December 1-24 (except Mondays)

TIME/LOCATION

7 p.m./ 13th Street, NW

ADMISSION

$33-$133

 

Bull Run Festival of Lights

Whether you bring your significant other for a romantic night out, or you just you and your family, this event is sure to be a holiday treat for everyone! It consists of 2.5 miles of light displays and a nearby holiday village. Get the most out of your experience at the festival of lights by driving through with your lights off. After viewing the lights, enjoy refreshments and rides at the nearby holiday village and carnival.

The festival is open weekly from November 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2hSXkCD

 

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Not Another Pro Black Athlete: The Legacy of Colin Kaepernick in the BLM Movement

Can I talk my ish’ for a second?

It’s 2016, and the racial tension between people of color and the American justice system still hasn’t changed since well…forever. Police brutality is at an all-time high and it seems as if things are only getting worse. More mothers are crying over the deaths of their children by the hands of the police, and these days a hashtag represents more than just a punctuation mark. Everyone is protesting and searching for solutions, but sometimes you have to follow old practices in order to solve new problems.

In 1968, Tommie Smith and John Carlos used their platform to peacefully protest against the unfair treatment of blacks in America by raising their fist on the podium during the Summer Olympic Games. Fast forward 48 years later, San Francisco 49ers Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, kneels during the national anthem to peacefully protest against the racial injustice people of color experience in America. The Black Lives Matter Movement is born in 2013 after the death of Trayvon Martin. This movement is similar to the revolutionary organization started by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale in 1966; nationally known as the Black Panther Party. Two movements created in two different times based on one similar principle: justice for ALL.

Typically when someone does something wrong, they hate facing the consequences. They hate being reprimanded because it forces them to look in the mirror and see who they really are. Same goes for America. Every time someone stands up for their rights (that this country gave them, might I add), America labels them as ungrateful or unpatriotic. This is the case with Colin Kaepernick.

Now, this country disagrees on a lot of things but the one thing we can agree on is football. We love the game and we love the players. But, what happens when a football player disrupts the regularly scheduled programming with a reality check?

Colin Kaepernick’s recent actions have caused him a lot of strife, but has also forced this country to face the harsh realization of what occurs every day in America. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told the NFL Media. Kaepernick is holding the mirror up in front of America’s face and they don’t like what they see. However, it isn’t all bad. People all around the country are mirroring Kaepernick’s actions by kneeling or raising their fists during the national anthem. According to motherjones.com, “at least 23 athletes have sat, knelt, or raised fists during the or right after the national anthem since before Kaepernick sat before a preseason game on August 26th.” Both Garfield and Woodrow Wilson High School’s football teams participated in the ongoing support Kaepernick, as well as Howard University’s cheerleading team by sitting during the national anthem. This trend, along with the protesters in the streets, is gaining lots of attention, forcing media outlets to have the conversation. As a result, America can’t ignore this; it is everywhere. Peacefully protesting is always a great route to take when you want to clearly execute your point. It allows you to exercise your right to freedom of speech, and presents a safe environment (sometimes). Martin Luther King said it best, “darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.”

Now this country is no stranger to groups of people starting revolutionary organizations. The Black Panther Party and the Black Lives Matter movement were both created to protect the lives of blacks in America. The Black Lives Matter movement does not promote violence, that being a clear difference between the two groups. However, the media tends to leave that out when discussing BLM and the many peaceful rallies that have taken place as a result of recent events.  According to J. Richard Cohen’s article in TIME Magazine, “Black Lives Matter Is Not a Hate Group, he goes on to explain that the Southern Poverty Law Center received a number of requests to coin Black Lives Matter as such. There is even change.org petition encouraging others to jump on board with signatures to assist in turning a positive into a negative. According to the website, the BLM group has “emerged in our society creating the same threat and domestic terrorism as the KKK”.

BOY BYE! *Beyoncé voice*

*Gets back in journalist mode/formation before Queen Bey catches me out here being uncouth*

What the Black Lives Matter movement has done for our generation is remarkable. They do not condone violence, they condone equal rights and justice. The phrase “Black Lives Matter” does not mean all lives do not matter, it means Black lives ALSO matter in a country that acts as if they are less than. People of all races march with the Black Lives Matter movement, so people understand the phrase and see the bigger picture. Not only has the movement gained recognition and support from people all around the world, but it has been an essential tool in helping blacks get organized so they can work together to find a solution. The Civil Rights movement got national attention because blacks got organized and worked together. They developed plans that would shed light on inequality in the “land of the free”. That’s how schools became integrated! That’s how they put an end to the Jim Crow laws! They got organized and smart. Fighting the police wasn’t going to cause anything but more deaths so they chose to take another route. The Black Lives Matter movement is using the same approach. The principles aren’t built on hate, so in turn they do not promote violence. It is honestly a cry for help. Why should I have to convince you that my life matters, when it should matter in the first place? I guess that star spangled banner only waves for some but not for all, huh?

Thank you Colin Kaepernick.

Thank you Black Lives Matter.

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Social Media Etiquette After a Breakup

Breakups are never easy. Whether it’s one sided or mutual, it’s never fun separating from your significant other. Sometimes things can end badly, leaving both people scarred and bitter towards each other.

Now, this is completely normal when going through the different breakup stages. However, when private matters are made public through social media, things can go from bad to worse quicker than Donald Trump’s toupee in a hurricane.

Keep reading to find out how to conduct yourself on social media after a breakup!

Avoid the Sad Quotes or the Typical “I’m Just Focused on Myself” Posts

SAD QUOTES WILL NOT MAKE YOUR EX COME BACK. Understand? They won’t. Quoting Adele across your social media will not change your situation. Not only that, it invites followers into your personal business and screams “We just broke up! I’m depressed!” As far as the “I’m just focused on myself” lane, this will automatically let us know that there is trouble in paradise. It’s all about timing with these types of posts.  Just last week you had so many pictures of you and bae, and today you want to let us know that you’re focused on yourself? Hmm. It doesn’t appear genuine, and it comes across as attention seeking. If you’re focused on yourself, just post a picture of you taking up a new hobby or traveling to a new destination. You shouldn’t talk about focusing on yourself, you should actually be doing it. Prove it.

Don’t Overdo the “I’m Having Sooooo Much Fun” Thing on Social Media

What I mean by this is, don’t continuously upload pictures of yourself drinking and partying if you weren’t doing it before. It honestly looks like a cry for attention…or help; which is even worse. For example, when Miley Cyrus split from her now fiancé, Liam Hemsworth, she was acting completely erratic. She dressed extremely vulgar, her performances were oversexualized, and she appeared to be a party girl, which was a huge jump from the Party in the USA Miley we were accustomed to. It wasn’t until she recently reunited with her fiancé that she finally calmed down and went back to the normal good girl she was before. I say all this to say, be yourself on your social media. Don’t try to appear as if you’re a party animal and don’t have a care in the world just because you want your ex to think you’re having the best time without them. Instead, post one or two pictures of you having fun but also post pictures being productive and making progressing in life. Another option, is also just taking a break from social media all together. That way you will look like you’re genuinely focusing on yourself and not even concerned about using social media for attention.

Do Not Put “Single” in Your Bio or under Any of Your Pictures

This is an absolute no! By letting everyone know you’re single, you’re making yourself way too available and that is never good. Every time I see someone use “single and back on the market” anywhere on their social media, I feel like they’re kind of auctioning themselves off. It’s kind of like you’re saying “heyyy!! I’m single who wants me?” That’s extremely desperate and that’s not what we’re trying to convey. There are other ways to appear single; perhaps deleting any pictures that you may have of you and your significant other on your social media. You could also be more responsive to any followers that have captured your interest that you would’ve ignored had you been in a relationship.

 

All in all, you never want to use your social media as a way to get a message to your ex. It should never be a battle of who can look they’re having the most fun. If you have something to say to your ex, just say it. That way everyone will not be in your business and things will be handled the adult way. Now, I’m not an expert on social media  etiquette, but I’m just speaking as someone that has had several conversations with people who share the same discomfort towards people that bring their personal relationship issues, break ups, etc. to social media.

If you are at peace with the breakup, then there’s no need to use social media to prove to your ex that you have moved on. Your social media content will naturally reflect that.

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Mission Blush

A lot of people become so caught up in looking for the perfect foundation that they completely forget about the importance of picking the perfect blush. However, the right blush takes a look from “Oh” to “Wow!” within every stroke of product applied. It lightens the face and enhances the cheek bones for a more youthful glow! It provides your face with different dimensions that you possibly didn’t even know were there. Ladies and gentleman, (yes I said gentleman!) the blush provides you with the perfect pop of color that will take your already gorgeous face to the next level. Keep reading to find out which shades work best for you skin tone!

Fair Tones:

For entertainment purposes, clowns are universally known as having white painted faces with red paint on their cheeks serving as their blush. That’s fun and all but do you look to them for make-up inspiration when you’re going out with friends or on a hot date? No! With that being said, people with fair skin tones should stray away from applying dark red/pink blushes. It will appear completely unnatural and give your make up somewhat of a “clownish” finish. “If you have really fair, alabaster skin, other shades can tend to look orangey,” according to make-up artist Quinn Murphy in an Allure online article. To refrain from this, light pink blushes like Bare Minerals Warm Apricot or Peach Poppy blush will definitely give you a vibrant, younger, and fresher (with way less effort) look! However, if you want to spend less than $20, you can also purchase Elf Cosmetic’s blush in shades Tickled Pink or Twinkled Pink for $3!

MAJOR KEY: The key is for your blush to be subtle and compliment your skin tone and cheekbones in the most natural and flawless way! Also, I suggest applying your blush with an angled brush directly on the cheekbones so your face can appear sleeker instead of just on the apples of your cheeks which would give it a rounder effect. Keep that fair skin nice and bright!

Medium Tones:

Contrary to people with fair skin tones, people with medium skin tones should stay away from pale pink blushes to prevent an ashy look. Remember we want to enhance the cheekbones not take away from them. In order to do that, use rosy pink or peach blushes like Make Up For Ever’s HD Blush in Peach Pink for $26 at Sephora or Maybelline’s Dream Bouncy Blush for $5.49!

Remember to apply this blush with an angled brush working from the bottom of your cheeks to the top towards the hair line. Some people pat when applying blush and some people swipe when applying blush. It is completely up to you. However, depending on how pigmented the blush is, you want to make sure to apply the blush with a light hand to refrain from putting on too much product.

MAJOR KEY: One word….BLEND! BLEND! BLEND! You can have the absolutely perfect blush for your skin tone but if you do not blend then you can’t win chiiiile! *scarecrow from the Wiz voice*. You want to make sure you’re blending to refrain from one component of your make up sticking out like a sore thumb. Your make up is supposed to be cohesive and flow together like a river in a stream. The only way this can be achieved is if you blend honey!

Deep Tones:

I prefer to use the term deep tones because I personally do not like the term “darker” (bear with me DCWkly readers). I prefer the term deep or rich! Anyways, on a much richer and chocolatier note- where’s the illest girls around? Flawless and brown?! As model and social media heavy hitter Destiny Owusu ( Ohwawa on Instagram) would say #IsYourMelaninOnFleek. If so, you want to make sure you’re using a blush that will compliment your skin to the best of its ability. “For a warm weather vibe, play with a bold red blush, a mid-range orange, or deep pink” according to bustle.com. Some of the best blushes for the deeper skin tones are Lancôme’s Blush in Subtil in Plum Noir for $32 or Black Nyx Cosmetics Rouge Cream Blush in Red Cheeks for $6!

MAJOR KEY: Like most makeup, blush comes in two different forms- cream and powder. You want to make sure you get the perfect blush for your skin type whether it’s normal, oily, or combination. If you have normal skin, you can use cream or powder blush. However, if you have oily skin you want to prevent yourself from using cream like products so your face doesn’t appear too shiny. If you have dry skin, try using a cream brush to prevent your skin from appearing flaky. In this case-opposites attract.

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