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Style Feature: Glamourina

I got a chance to catch up with the amazing Glamourina duo and get you all some insiders on their brand and new collection that is blowing up!

DJ: What is Glamourina? Where did the name come from?
Glamourina: Glamourina is an athleisure apparel brand catered solely to women and girls. The term Glamourina first became popular in 2009 during Paris Fashion Week. The phrase is used to describe a hard-working woman who strives diligently to reach her goals in life while taking pride in her image.

DJ: Why did Glamourina choose fitness wear over any other type of clothing?
Glamourina: Athleisure is definitely a big deal! Now more then ever people are choosing to wear active pieces not only to work out but also to the office, brunch with friends, and just hang around the house. Athleisure is fun and comfortable, and for busy mothers like ourselves, athleisure is practical.

DJ: How did the Kente collection become a collection, what was the thought process behind it?
Glamourina: It’s no secret that there are limited options for women of color to purchase athletic wear that represents our unique heritage and culture. We wanted to offer this diverse group of women a unique fashion that delivers confidence, style, and comfort.

DJ: If anyone was looking to get into the athleisure world of clothing, what advice would you give them?
Glamourina: Like all start up businesses we have experienced several challenges in launching our brand. Our first manufacturer shipped out our samples several months after the expected delivery date.  People that we would reach out to would initially respond then disappear after while. The list goes on. But through all of our challenges we have learned so many lessons about starting a business and creating a brand. So it still reigns true, you can never give up!

DJ: Are there any upcoming events that we should look out for to catch the Kente collection up close and personal?
Glamourina:
1) Glamourina Pop Shop at LA Fitness
Thursday April 27th 5:30pm-7:30pm
327 Montrose Avenue, Laurel MD 20707

2) Glamourina Pop Up Shop in Baltimore
Saturday May 6th at Dovecote Café 5pm-7:30pm
2501 Madison Ave #1f, Baltimore, MD 21217

3) Mother’s Day Bootcamp on The National Mall!!
Show your mom that you really care by bringing her out to a 1 hour fun free workout before Mother’s Day. This event will celebrate our mothers as well as motivate each of us to live healthy and active lifestyles by taking care of ourselves inside and out!!
Saturday May 13th at The National Mall 10am-11am.

4) Glamourina Pop Up Shop at Moms & Mimosas
Sunday May 14th 3pm-6pm
1331 4th Street SE, Washington DC 2003

How can our readers stay connected with Glamourina?
Shop our collection at www.Glamourina.com and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter: @shopGlamourina

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Made in DC: 5 Local Food Brands To Support

DC is a constantly growing city of culture, people, and most important, FOOD! As a Foodie, I love this area because I can pretty much walk to any street and take my pick of several types of cuisine.

While chains are great, local restaurants truly capture the essence of the area, so be sure to check out five of my favorite local food brands ASAP!

NuVegan Cafe 
2928 Georgia Ave NW

This spot started during a time when being a vegan or vegetarian wasn’t so big in DC. Although they have gone through a few names, they have stayed true to their vision and constantly put out great meat-free salads, sandwiches, and entrees. They also makes great fresh juices and smoothies. You won’t be disappointed because the portions are a nice size. Come hungry and ready to enjoy some healthy dishes.

Soupergirl
314 Carroll Street NW

I remember when this place first opened with the Soupergirl logo. I was drawn to it and the wonderful smells coming out the kitchen. At the time, they didn’t have a actual sit down shop and once that opened, I went in to try my first cup of soup. The kind slips my mind, but it was filled with so much flavor. I love that this is a locally owned shop. Her story of a comedian turned Soupergirl is pretty cool. Check it out!

Timber Pizza Co  
809 Upshur Street NW

I actually went to junior high with one of the owners so I’m very excited to support this brand. DC stand up! Okay, anyway this spot was started because these guys hated their jobs, but  loved lunch. Both co-owners were working at a local tech company and became buddies. They both shared a passion in pizza and basketball and pretty knew they would never be pro-basketball players and from that love the pizza brand was built. Their menu changes seasonally. A fan favorite seems to be the Green Monster which contains pesto, fresh mozzarella, festa cheese, zucchini, and kale. Yum!

Broodjies Bier

This is a Dutch-inspired sandwich and salad company based in DC. The ideas sparked when Sarah Frimpong travelled to Amsterdam for a year to study abroad and had her first bite of a Dutch broodjie. She tried as many as she could to really get the ingredients and taste down. Once she got back to DC after a corporate job, quit, registered her LLC, and started a kickstarter and it far exceeded the amount she asked for. That’s when it all started. They make fresh salads and sandwiches everyday to deliver to various places in her D.C. And VA area.

Turning Natural
2025 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Annette Turner was the founder of Turning Natural. She came up with an idea of living holistically in your everyday life. She, unfortunately, passed away in 2010 due to breast cancer. Her daughter, Jeri Evans, decided not to let the dream fade but rather evolve by continuing her vision. They make all types of smoothies, have natural juices, and make some pretty delicious food. They have a black bean burger that I am personally curious about trying.
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4 DC Running Groups To Check Out

The time to flex what’s under that bulky winter sweater is right around the corner. What better way to start training for that summer body than by running?! Although running is the least favorite cardio exercise for many, the health benefits are AMAZING! Adding consistent runs to your fitness routine is easy if you join a running club; fortunately DC is home to some great ones. Below are some of my favorites. Check them out and be sure to let me know what group you ended up joining!

 

District Running Collective – www.districtrunningcollective.com

I have personally ran with DRC for years now despite my extremely busy schedule; it’s a very motivating group!

Founded by a group of DC, North Carolina A&T alumni, District Running Collective showcases diversity in the running world. DRC is a multi level running group, making it a great organization for those trying to find their stride and pace in the pack. Membership is not a requirement, but it is encouraged (check the website for more details). This group meets every Wednesday at the Colony Club on Georgia Ave at 6:30pm (unless otherwise noted), and Saturdays for long runs (various locations).

 

DC Road Runners – www.dcroadrunners.com

Catering to multi levels, the benefits of running with this group sound amazing! Membership is $20 for students, $25 individuals, or 35$ for families gives access to:

  1. Weekly trainings.
  2.  Free 10m, half-marathon and marathon training programs.
  3. 19 free races each year.
  4.  Monthly social events.
  5. Discounts for many stores and online shopping.
  6. Access to EAC sponsored teams seminar.

If you’re not sure of investing your money or time in this group, they have trial offers runners can do before joining.

DC Road Runners has runs all over the city so check their website and possibly their newsletter for locations.

 

DC Front Runners – www.dcfrontrunners.org

Founded in 1981, DC Front Runners caters to the LGBTQ community with running, walking, and social events. They are diverse with respect to speed, distance, and intensity, and they encourage all that participate making this an awesome running group to join.  Membership is open to all and  encouraged, but you can always test out the group before committing. They meet at 23rd and P street NW. Check the website for dates and times of runs.

 

DC Pacers – www.runpacers.com

DC Pacers has free community runs in DC (14th Street, Navy Yard) and Virginia (Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax) almost everyday of the week at their stores. Offering day and night, short and long runs makes this group accessible to individuals with busy schedules. They even do fun runs (14th Street does a Shake Shack Run) for people who don’t take their runs too seriously. Be sure to check their website for exact locations.  

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4 Late Night Happy Hours To Keep The Party Going

We all have those nights where wish the happiest hour went a little later and just a tad bit longer. I know I’ve had nights where a $13 drink would have been so much more satisfying if it was a little less expensive. I’m here to let the cat out of the bag by helping you all catch some of those amazing and magical late night happy hours.

 

Fare Well – 406 H Street NE

This new veggie centric comfort food spot offers a great happy hour Thursday to Saturday from 9pm to 1am. They offer $5 beer, wine, and cocktails. The fact that you can pair an inexpensive drink with a healthy dish is a good trade off. This place will be a good addition to your palette.

Fare Well Bar [Image credit www.eatfarewell.com]

The Royal – 501 Florida Ave. NW

The Royal, that got its name from The Royal Liquor Store that previously occupied the same space, is a true hidden gem. They have a happy hour every night of the week from 10pm to close! The Royal has different closing times throughout the week so check their website before venturing out.

 

 

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El Chucho – 3313 11th Street NW

This small Mexican themed spot might look like a hole in the wall upon passing, but when you go inside, you will be pleasantly surprised! On Mondays, El Chucho hosts an All-Night Happy Hour beginning at 4pm. On Tequila Tuesdays they offer 20% off Tequila and Mezcal all night long. Last but not least, they offer nightly beer and shoot specials Sunday through Thursday from 10pm to close. This sounds like a place that you could get into a lot of trouble, so tread lightly.

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Eighteenth Street Lounge – 1212 18th Street NW

Many clubs don’t know what a happy hour is, but Eighteenth Street Lounge gets it and keeps the party going! They have a happy hour from 5:30pm to 9pm from Tuesday to Friday and Sunday. If this is not on your list of places to party, it should be.

[Image: http://www.eighteenthstreetlounge.com]

**Pricing listed in this article are subject to change without notice from venues. Please check directly with restaurants listed for updates about happy hours and promotional beverage pricing.

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Mumbo Sauce: What Is It and Where to Get it

To those that have tried it, Mumbo Sauce is the secret ingredient that will change your taste-buds life forever. Well, for me at least. As a junior high school kid in the city of D.C I had my very first chicken and​ french fries topped with mumbo sauce (and salt and pepper)​ experience. After that, I was hooked for life. That unforgettable experience is something that I can’t quite compare to anything else.

Some say the taste reminds them of barbecue or plum sauce. For me, it’s a combination of flavors creating the unique mumbo sauce. It is said to have started in Chicago and somehow transitioned into Chinese carryouts across the D.C and Maryland area. I suppose I’ll have to give the Chicago version a shot to see if the rumors are true.

Now, I wouldn’t say all of that just to leave you drooling. Here are a few of my personal favorite mumbo sauce hangout spots.

Jerry’s ​2016 Georgia Ave NW

For many, Jerry’s has served as the after party food spot. They are extremely quick and efficient. Back in the day it was an adventure walking inside but with the recent gentrification, it’s empty of extra stragglers outside of those actually placing orders.

Mayflower Chinese Food 4427 Wisconsin Ave NW​

Mayflower has managed to last in a neighborhood that’s perceived as uppity; bougie if you will. Let’s just say this place has been here since I was in junior high school, and I’ve been out of high school for over 10 years, yikes! Mayflower is a definite staple that will not leave you disappointed. Be cautious of the time you decide to drop in, as it’s surrounded by a few schools so there’s the possibility of an after school crowd.

Twin Dragon Carry Out 5504 3rd Street NW

If you’re looking for an out of this world egg roll, Twin Dragon is your spot. I know we aren’t discussing egg rolls here but I had to throw that in there. However, I highly suggest their chicken wings and mumbo sauce!

Let’s all agree to throw out those New Year resolutions just this once! I would love to hear which, if any, of these place you tried and loved, or any suggestions that aren’t listed here. Be sure to tag @DCWKLY

(#DCWKLY) in your mumbo sauce posts!

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3 Holiday Cocktails To Try

It’s that time of year again, so soon! The time where we come together with family and friends to celebrate the year and what’s to come. Most of us would prefer to add a few holiday themed cocktails in the mix; so for those of ‘us’, I’m here to tell you where to go for a few of my favorite festive drinks! The season is almost over so get to it!

Service Bar: Baked Apple & Pear Gin & Tonic; made up of equally great ingredients that create an even balance and mix well together. The recipe includes Gin, apple/pear tonic, clear lime, and soda. For only $10, I promise you won’t be disappointed! 928 U Street NW

Miracle on 7th Street: This place is amazing! It’s definitely a must-see! There’s a possibility that the line will be trailing down the street so I’d suggest a mid-week rendezvous. I recommend their rum ham, made with a Christmas Rum blend, pineapple Bud Light syrup, and lime. For $13 you can enjoy great drinks and an enjoyable experience. 1843 7th Street NW

The Gibson: Let me begin by saying that this place is a hidden gem. Any drink from The Gibson will have you blown away, however, I’d recommend starting with the Cat’s Meow. The name alone tickles me; made up of red wine, Cruzan Black Strap Rum, vanilla, lime, and champagne. (You might only need one of these ;)) 2009 14th Street NW

 

Although it’s slowly coming to an end, I hope everyone has an enjoyable holiday season with your loved ones! Drink up, be merry, and tell them Dana sent you!

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Service Bar : The New Gem on U Street

Gather ‘round, gather ‘round, I have exciting news! As we prepare ourselves for the gut wrenching DC winter, we’re welcomed with a little warmth in the form of the all new Service Bar! Located on U St, this little gem was created with the concept of a service bar; in which bartenders prepare an assortment of well-made drinks for patrons of the restaurant.

When I tell you these bartenders were creating magic, they really knew what they were doing! On top of the amazing cocktails, Service Bar has the most phenomenal mushrooms I’ve ever had in my life! No exaggeration. The two-piece chicken meal with fries wasn’t too bad either. The meal was well seasoned and was just enough food for a quick stop for drinks with friends or a cute little date (hint, hint).

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One thing that really caught my eye was the cocktail menu. With the amount of choices, as well as a full page dedicated to $7 all day drink options, and a buy one get one shot, I’d say this place is pretty genius. Service Bar has the potential to be my new pre-game spot!

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Owned by the co-owner of Jin, once one of my favorite ‘just stop by and see what happens’ spots, I’m super excited to see another black owned restaurant in DC! As the newest go-to bar, ran by someone who really understands the industry as well as the culture of our city, I’m anxious to see the great things that are guaranteed to come!

Be sure to check out Service Bar, and tell them Dana sent you!

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Athleisure Wear: Fall’s Comfy Fashion Trend

The fashion world is constantly changing before our eyes; sometimes for the better. We’re always witnessing the rise of new trends, and the resurface of some of our favorite oldies. What I will say, is I’ve come a long way from the continuous partying in club dresses, to wearing more jeans, cute tops with a chunky heel, or even a great pair of sneakers! For men, it could be a trendy sweat pant with a basic top and a cool sneaker. Fashion for the Everyday Jane like myself has transitioned to being a little more functional.

This brings me to introduce you all to the world of Athleisure Wear. Have you heard? It’s somewhat the new wave. It takes typical athletic wear and turns it into an actual outfit. The real kind, not our usual Adidas or Puma track suits. This new realm allows you to express yourself while still being comfortable. Rather than working out (which many of us should be, but I’ll save that for another day), we’re now able to maintain our comfort without sacrificing our personal style.

Check out these Athleisure looks below!

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Best Places to Meet Singles in DC

We live in a city that has an abundance of singles, yet we can’t seem to find the perfect match; or any potential for that matter. I can attest to it. I’m not here to play matchmaker, but hopefully some of these suggestions will have you guys set for cuffing season (which is tapping us on the shoulder by the way).

First stop, your local grocery store. Always leave the house dressed as if you could very well run into your husband. This is a neutral place, and I’ve heard it to be a good spot to meet someone. Go in open minded, be sure to look decent, and from there, you just have to see what happens.

Nellie’s Sports Bar Nellie’s caters to the LGBT community and is such a cool bar! I’ve been here on numerous occasions and can easily see why the community loves it. Tons of single, beautiful men, strong drinks, and amazing food. Yes, the food is phenomenal! Nellie’s is the perfect spot for single gay men in particular, to possibly meet their match. On the corner of 9th & U Street NW

Red Derby Before I get to the good part, this is a cash only bar; but with the inexpensive menu, you should be fine. This spot features board games, pool tables and a roof-deck. This is far from a pretentious bar so you can be versatile as it pertains to your wardrobe. Many of the activities are potential conversation starters; perfect opportunity to meet someone new! Grab a $6 Bud and shot combo and let the mingling commence. 3718 14th Street NW

Biergarten Haus The set up at Biergarten Haus forces you to meet people you wouldn’t have otherwise. This involves beer and random seating at picnic tables; if you’re open to that, you have to go and check out this spot. Grab a seat next to your possible future soulmate and stay cool with a glass of chilled beer. You can’t beat this! 1355 H Street NE

Marvin’s I can actually attest to Marvin’s. You can go here any day of the week and potentially meet your next love situation. This is the best melting pot for the more eclectic singles in the area. Marvin’s is a laid back atmosphere with great music, great drinks, and possibly great sites. Happy hunting! 2007 14th Street NW

Now, I’ve given you the map of gold, it’s up to you to find it. Use this list and find your next potential bae, netflix-and-chill partner, or whatever your heart desires. Summer isn’t quite over yet, but Fall is right around the corner. The time for mixing and mingling is now; don’t miss your opportunity!

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Guys and Dolls Vintage Pop-Up Shop

Written By Dana J.

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If you’re a vintage junkie, or have been on the hunt for a few unique pieces, I hope you attended the Guys and Dolls Vintage Pop-Up shop this past Saturday, July 23rd. With sounds provided by DJ Amen Ra, the event featured over 10 vendors, all who set up shop in the basement of the popular venue Penn Social in downtown DC. The hosts of the event were Instant Vintage 78 owners, Samantha Simms and Stacie Washington. Together they run the DC based online boutique providing carefully curated, high fashion pieces, to include men’s and women’s apparel, shoes, jewelry, and accessories.

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Instant Vintage 78 specializes in vintage fashion from the 1940’s and as recent as the 1990’s. The women handpick timeless gems whose style carries through the decades. Classic pieces from some of the most prominent fashion houses in the world such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Armani, and Gucci, among others.

The event featured vendors like local designer Kenny Kas, Kouture Lippie’s, 3 Shades Chic, Revolution Vintage, and Terminology. Each brand had a variety of distinctive pieces, turning up the artsy energy in the room, and adding a bit of edge to an already phenomenal event.

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As an added bonus, not only did the best dressed guests win a prize, but guests were also able to participate in the raffle giveaway where they had an opportunity to win a genuine fur piece!

Keep up with new vintage pieces and future events by following @InstantVintage78 on Instagram!

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