Saturday, October 12, 2019

Brunch Like a New Yorker at these 5 Restaurants

Brunch Like a New Yorker at these 5 Restaurants



Where do people put on their cute outfits, leave their house to eat breakfast foods and make a religion out of it? Do not answer that question, it was a rhetorical question. So you want to brunch like a New Yorker?  You have a cute outfit? Sunglasses if you had a long night before or not?  You are ready to brunch like a New Yorker?  Alright, let’s go to the restaurants where New Yorkers brunch!

1. Upland
Located at Park Avenue South, Upland is a New York favorite. They serve delicious food and drinks. The crowd at Upland is very New York with a few savvy tourists. 

2. Friend of a Farmer
When you walk in Friend of a Farmer it feels like you walk home when your mother is cooking a delicious meal because of the dim lights and the odor of savory goodness. I love this place. The food is delicious and tastes fresh. They also have a great selection of juices that I love. Again the crowd here is very New York with a few savvy tourists.

3. Jajajaja NYC
I am not sure how many ja-s are in jajaja but this vegan Mexican place is another New York favorite especially for vegans 🌱 . The drinks are very good as well.

4. By Chloe 
The popular vegan fast food chain has great options for a laid back vegan brunch experience. By Chloe is one of my personal favorite vegan 🌱 restaurants in NYC. I recommend the original Restaurant on Bleecker Street, the one at the Seaport District or the one in Soho on Lafayette Street. The one at 20th Street is not clean at times. The crowd at By Chloe restaurants may be more touristy than all of the other restaurants in this list, thanks to food ordering apps and Uber eats. Believe me when I tell you that most Vegan 🌱 New Yorkers eat By Chloe.

5. The Rooftop Restaurant at Restoration Hardware
The home-furnishing giant got it right with their genius marketing plight, a rooftop bar and restaurant at the top of their beautifully decorated store in the meat packing district is a win! They do not take reservations at this restaurant. The food is quite basic but go for the beautiful decor, drinks and a salad or avocado toast. Peruse the entire store for beautiful decor and design while you wait to be called or after brunch! This rooftop restaurant is absolutely stunning!

Now that you have brunche-d like a New Yorker, you are officially a New Yawkah. Congratulations!


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Friday, October 11, 2019

9 Subtle Things I Did to Become More Feminine

9 Subtle Things I Did to Become More Feminine


Bonjour, Bonsoir,


Welcome to the blog. Today I am sharing 9 subtle things I did to become more feminine.




I shared the video above on my YouTube Channel a few months ago where I shared 5 things I did to become more feminine but I wanted to update the list and share four additional things that I have been doing on my journey to honing and embracing my feminine side.



1. Stop Swearing


I used to have a potty mouth. I went through a rebellious phase because I grew up in a strict and religious household. When I was on my own I used bad language as a subconscious symbol of freedom. I used to tell myself that I am grown, I can speak how I want but I realized it is not ladylike. I gave up the swearing. There are times when using bad language is necessary and appropriate but using bad language regularly for unnecessary reason is not feminine.

2. Wear More Feminine Colors


Pastel colors, reds, pinks, whites, corals, camel are very feminine colors. Feminine colors are colors that a masculine man would not typically wear. I try to avoid wearing too much masculine colors like black, brown, or navy. I live in New York and I sometimes wear those masculine colors in the winter but when I do, I make sure to rock my red lipstick to add some femininity to the look. I used to hate pink, but I have been slowly incorporating some blush pink into my wardrobe and I absolutely love. Blush pink looks beautiful on every skin and I think every woman should incorporate some blush pink in her closet. I am not a candy pink kind of girl but no other colors make me feel more feminine and girly than pink.

3. Avoid Wearing Masculine Clothes   

I explained this in 2. I want to reiterate that when I do wear black or any masculine colored clothing. I add other feminine touches like a red lipstick. When I wear pants, I wear light and feminine colored pants.

    4. Speaking Slowly

    English is my third language and I get anxious every time I have to speak for a long time. When that happens I rush through the words and sentences to get it over with. I have been learning to take my time to speak slowly and really articulate what I want to say. Rushing is a masculine trait. If you think of any woman that you know who is very feminine, watch how they speak. You will notice that there is a calmness in their voice and the speed at which they speak is usually slow. That is so beautiful and ultra feminine.
5. Speaking Less

I can talk for days. One of my new year’s resolutions for 2019 was to speak less. A true feminine woman speaks when necessary, a lot of time her presence and body language does most of the speaking for her.

    6. Smiling More
A smile is very feminine and beautiful. It brightens up everyone’s faces. I usually smile when I am taking photos because I am usually goofing around and joking with my friends or photographers but when I am alone, commuting and there is no one to speak or engage with my resting face could be intimidating. I have been making a conscious effort to smile at strangers.


    7. Walking Slowly
If you live in a big fast paced city like New York where I live it is daunting to walk slowly in a crowd of runners and rushers. Nothing screams feminine more than a slow, sexy walk, lol… I try to do it as often as possible especially when I am wearing heels. I leave my house early so that I give myself enough time to walk slowly instead of running or rushing to my destinations.

8. Wearing Heels Everyday


I know it sounds daunting but I have been wearing heels since I was a teenager and I absolutely love the way it makes me look taller, it makes my bum and legs look nice and toned. At some point I got lazy and stopped wearing heels and I blamed it on getting older. Now I make sure I wear heels everyday even if it is just a kitten heel.
9. Looking People in the Eye

I grew up in Haiti and looking people in the eye can be considered rude as a child. I kept that same mentally as an adult. In America where I currently live, it is very important to look people in the eye, it is a sign of respect and confidence.




If you have any subtle things that you have done to become more feminine, please share in the comments below. We would love to learn from you.


Au-Revoir,
Deb


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Monday, September 16, 2019

You Can't Give Up Now | Motivation Monday

You Can't Give Up Now | Motivation Monday



Dear entrepreneurs, creatives, side hustlers,

 

Are the numbers on social media discouraging you? I wanted to share an interview that Randy Jackson did on Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu which helps to remind us why we must keep going even when the numbers are not in our favor or what we want them to be. Sometimes we get caught up with the numbers, what our peers are doing and forget that we do what we do because we are creators. The interview is packed with a lot of wisdom and knowledge but the one that stood out to me the most was when he was speaking about the difference between a star and a singer. He said something to the effect of a star doesn’t stop if people do not like his song, he just sings his song because that’s what a star does.

 

The numbers on Instagram have been very discouraging to me and every time I look at the likes and comments versus the quality of my comment, I have to remind myself that I am just singing my song and I do not stop because of instragram’s numbers.



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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

5 American Brands that Sell Feminine Work Clothes

5 American Brands that Sell Feminine Work Clothes



It can be hard finding feminine and elegant work clothes in a market of fast and trendy fashion. I created a list of my five favorite American brands that sell feminine work clothes.
1. White House Black Market

White House Black Market is one of my absolute favorite stores for classy and feminine women’s work clothes. The cut of their blazers, the silhouette in their tops and dresses are very powerful yet feminine and sophisticated. A lot of their blazers do not have a normal lapel but a neckline which resembles that of a dress. Some of their blazers have a great peplum detail at the end which adds that extra feminine touch. I love that they always stock feminine colors like a great pink, peach, red with some classic neutral colors. 99% of my suits including the one that I am wearing are from White House Black Market.
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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Loving-Kindness Meditation for Self-Love and the Love of Others

Loving-Kindness Meditation for Self-Love and the Love of Others



Meditation is a huge part of my daily routine. I meditate at least twice daily, when I wake up and when I go to bed. Some days I feel negative energy in and around me. For example when I observe myself making mean comments internally about others or when someone pisses me off. On those days I do a “loving-kindness meditation” also known as a metta bhavana meditation in addition to my regular meditations. Today, I am sharing my favorite loving kindness meditation.

 
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