R and R Travel Guide to Charleston: Southern Charm in the Low Country

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Guide to Charleston

Southern Charm in the Low Country

I recently had to do some traveling for work, and was sent off to the lovely Charleston, South Carolina. My cousin got married in Charleston when I was in college. I hadn’t been back since; so, I’m so glad that I got this opportunity. I was there for three weeks (God, I missed Pepper), so, I tried to make the very best of it. Since my employer provided meals, I only really dined out on the weekends. I have no idea how I was able to complete everything on this list but I did. Charleston is not only gorgeous, but it is a food haven. If you’re watching your weight or dieting, this is not the place for you. As a daughter of a Georgia born and Florida raised man, I’m pretty accustomed to coastal seafood and soul food recipes. What makes Charleston so great and different from all of the rest, is truly its charm. It may sound cliché, but you’re immersed in it.

What fascinates me about the city is their dedication to preserving as much architecture and aesthetic of the pre-Civil War era as possible. When I walked the streets of downtown, I was in awe of the different architectural styles of the homes, dependent upon the year it was built. Walking down King Street, south of Broad Street, you’re surrounded by single family “carriage houses,” where the double porches were designed to face the side of the house to allow more airflow from the winds blowing from the harbor. Even when I would enter some restaurants, the interior designer would make it a point to incorporate traditional style with coastal elements, paying homage to Charleston’s harbor and the history of shipping merchants.

Here is a full list of where I stayed, ate and found things to do during my three week work trip.

Where to Stay

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French Quarter

I loved staying at the Elliott House Inn. Built in 1861 as a private residence, this charming bed and breakfast has 26 hotel rooms, fully renovated. The gorgeous coral B&B is located at 78 Queen Street, next door to the treasured 82 Queen Street, which offers room service. The inn sits at the intersection of Queen Street and King Street, near dozens of antique shops. Full disclosure: the antique stores in Charleston are significantly expensive.

Where to Eat

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Downtown Charleston

The Palmetto Cafe was by far the best meal I had in all of Charleston. Located in the Belmond Hotel at Charleston Place, the cafe offers a delicious brunch on the weekends. The brunch buffet is $31 each, with traditional menu items. I opted for the Seafood Club, which consisted of lobster, shrimp, applewood bacon, smoked salmon and tomato. The bread was perfectly toasted and buttered, probably with one of their house made butters. I paired this amazing sandwich with a mimosa and found my happy place. The lover of home design was also obsessed with architectural design, with plantation shutters all around and a gorgeous mirror wall. The menu is pricey but the food and experience were worth every penny. If you’re going to have lunch anywhere, have it here.

 
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Historic French Quarter

Poogan’s Porch is a true Charleston style restaurant, offering everyone’s favorite brunch option, shrimp ‘n grits. The restaurant is located in a Queen Anne style single family home, initially built in 1891. The home was converted to a restaurant in 1976. According to their website, the restaurant was named after the neighborhood dog, Poogan, who previously belonged to the last residential owners, who chose to leave him behind. Although he roamed up and down Queen Street, this porch was his favorite place to lay his head. The owner of the new restaurant named the establishment after him. I love their story! In terms of the shrimp n grits, I gave it a B+, as I tasted a few other Charleston style shrimp ‘n grits, and Poogan’s seemed a little runny that morning, and wasn’t as flavorful as expected.

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Historic French Quarter

82 Queen, located right next door to The Elliott House Inn, is your go-to Lowcountry bistro. I had initially planned on dining at another restaurant, but the weather had other plans, with a torrential hurricane like downpour. So, I opted to stay close and dine next door. So glad that I did! I ordered the Crispy Roasted Duck over toasted pecan rice pilaf in a raspberry orange glaze. It paired very well with their Muddled Creek cocktail item, which consisted of bourbon, orange slices, orange liquer and a splash of ginger ale.

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Downtown

Prohibition is one of those places, that if you ever come back to a city, you’d make it a point to visit there each time. Quite honestly, I need a Prohibition in Baltimore, D.C. or Orlando, because it was the ultimate food, drink and cool jazz combination. I went to the restaurant on a late afternoon, enjoying tapas until the jazz band came out later that evening. Reasonably priced, you can enjoy several shareables with friends, with live jazz in the background.

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Folly Beach

Gillie’s Seafood and Soul Food is your mom and pop shop, that no one tells you about unless you’re a local and true foodie. My brother found this place and couldn’t stop bragging about his locating skills. LOL. It was delicious! I got the catfish and shrimp over grits, with their special sauce that has a little kick to it — but not too spicey. If you go on a Sunday, just know it does get a little crowded with the after church crowd. The menu prices are very reasonable and the food is truly flavorful.

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The Battery

Pearlz Oyster Bar is near the Battery district. Known for their raw oysters and cocktails, this place is typically crowded during their daily 4-7pm happy hour. The Charleston location is very small, considering it is located on the first floor of a former Charleston carriage house. Thus, seating is tight and you will likely have a wait. I tried the fried oyster slider, which was amazing.

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Park Circle

Park Circle Creamery is an adorable ice cream parlor in a small suburb of Charleston. Park Circle has a little downtown area with eateries, a wine bar and a yoga studio. After you’re done having a yummy flatbread pizza at EVO Pizzeria, walk across the street to the creamery and order one of their homemade items. I’m slightly obsessed with their banana pudding, peach pie (cobbler) and Mexican vanilla flavors.

 

What To Do

Shopping

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Historic French Quarter

The Historic Charleston City Market first opened in 1804. The marketplace offers numerous vendors with a variety of crafts and goods. Most tourists check out the market in search of souvenirs, usually after sweetgrass baskets, where a basket the size of your palm will set you back $100.00. Since I had visited the Gibbs Museum and fell in love with Jonathan Greene’s Corene, I opted to purchase a framed giclee print of this painting, which was also signed by the local Charleston artist. #SCORE.

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King Street Antiquing

Historic French Quarter

If you’re like me and love antiques, and your options of gorgeous chinoiserie ginger jars, then walking up King Street is the place you’ll want to be. There were several antique shops on King. Full disclosure: antique stores in Charleston are immensely overpriced comparatively to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Shop at your own risk.

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Historic French Quarter

Book lovers should be sure to stop by Buxton Books, an independently owned bookstore on King Street. This adorable spot features tons of local authors and books on the low country.

 

Architectural Walking Tour

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South of Broad Homes

South of Broad

When you’re done shopping on King Street, continue on King, walking south of Broad Street, towards the Charleston harbor. While walking on King, south of Broad, you’ll find your variety of Charleston homes in all architectural designs beginning from Georgian homes built in the 1700s, to single family “carriage houses,” with piazzas or porches on the side of the homes. Enjoy the many pastel homes covered in ivy, with amazing front door envy. Best part: this costs nothing except the camera in your hand! For more information on the many historical architectural styles in Charleston, click here.

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Rainbow Row

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When I got to Rainbow Row, it seemed like every one had a professional photographer in hand and was having a photoshoot in front of the pastel homes. It’s a very popular location to check out homes. Street parking is available.

 

Museums and Other Must See’s

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Anson Borough Homes

During my stay, the city hosted their annual First Day Festival, where they encourage families to come together to receive school supplies, find school support resources, and enjoy live entertainment. On the day of the festival, held every year in August, admission to the South Carolina Aquarium is free. I’m not one for crowded places with hundreds of children (my inner introverted self was screaming), but it was free so I definitely was not going to pass up the offer. The aquarium is nice place, if you’re traveling with small children, as they have dozens of animals and exhibits. Nonetheless, keep in mind that the aquarium is not that large and will cost adults $30 each.

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Historic French Quarter

You cannot leave Charleston without visiting one of their many art museums. Charleston is an artsy city with almost as many art galleries as they have churches. With that being said, check out Gibbs Museum of Art, a short distance from the Elliott House Inn. It’s only $12 to get in; and if you’re frugal and remember to buy your ticket online before you get there (unlike myself), you can get up to $2 off your ticket purchase price. I recently was able to catch their exhibit, Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem. Gibbs Museum received various artworks from African American artists, on loan from the Studio Museum in Harlem, with art as far back as 1930 to present.

Charleston has several house museums, where descendants of former slave owners have maintained and retained their family properties. The Edmonston - Alston home, which overlooks the Charleston Harbor, was originally built in 1825 for shipping merchant Charles Edmondston and his large family. The home has both features of the “carriage house,” with three piazzas appropriately located on the side of the home to allow airflow; but, was built to reflect English regency style architectural design with influences from Greece and Rome. Edmondston eventually filed bankruptcy and sold the property to Charles Alston. The property was maintained by their two house slaves, George and Warley. When the Alston family returned to their home after the Civil War, the house was occupied by members of the Freedmen’s Bureau. Charles Alston had to request (and receive) a pardon from President Andrew Johnson to obtain the return of his property. Since then, the home is one of many family properties of former slaveowners in Charleston, where the homes are passed down via family wills, to the oldest family heir (the homes are not left to widows or widowers as the Alston-Middleton-Smith families only pass down the properties to descendants to keep the properties in the family names).

There were two amazing things about this property: the slaveowners kept a log of slaves and have actual diaries of the slaves’ names, years they were born and years they were baptized. However, the books are badly worn due to their age. Secondly, I couldn’t believe the craftsmanship by slaves that built the property’s library, fireplace mantles and door frames. Since Edmonston was a shipping merchant, it is believed that he had the slaves carve roping like features into the wood to replicate boat rope.

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Northwest Charleston

Magnolia Plantation was established in 1676 by Thomas and Ann Drayton, two English colonizers who resettled in the lowcountry swampland along the Ashley River. The Draytons cultivated the land for rice and purchased slaves from Charleston’s “Old Slave Mart,” the oldest slave port in America, to grow the plantation. The Drayton family continued to pass the plantation down to male descendants over the years, including Thomas’ great great grandson, John Drayton, who owned and maintained the property during the Civil War. The Draytons had 41 slaves at one time, cultivating the rice fields. According to the tour guides on the property, only 45% of Black males were expected to reach the age of 20 years old, due to the strenuous and life threatening conditions working as a slave on a rice field. After the South lost the Civil War, Drayton offered the now freed slaves paid work to assist him in the planting and maintenance of his garden. Many slaves stayed and agreed to work, and Magnolia Gardens opened for public viewing in 1870. The property, now reduced to approximately 500 acres due to previous sales, offers $20 general admissions, and additional $8 tours for their gardens, antebellum home, slave quarters, rice fields, swamp garden and nature tram.

I only participated in viewing the main gardens (general admission), the mansion and slave quarters, costing approximately $36. I arrived early (8:30 am), did the house tour and slave quarters tour immediately (finished by 11:30 a.m.), and then toured all of the gardens until 2:00 p.m. I highly recommend wearing sneakers, hat, sunglasses, and BUG SPRAY. I didn’t realize that the actual property was in the swamp. I swatted mosquito, that had clung to me so well, that when I finally realized I was being bitten and killed him, I was covered in blood all over my hand. (GROSS!) If you remember anything, remember bug spray.

 
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Saint Phillip’s Cemetery

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The historic cemetery sits across the street from Saint Phillip’s Episcopal Church. The cemetery has graves dating back pre-Civil War, including the seventh president, John C. Calhoun, a South Carolina native.

 

Parks and Beaches

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Joe Riley Waterfront Park

Historic French Quarter

This gorgeous park has views of the Charleston harbor and a nearby dog park area for your fur babies.

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White Point Garden

South of Broad - Charleston Harbor

White Point Garden is South of Broad along the harbor. There is plenty of street parking at this park and is well shaded during the hot and humid summer.

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Sullivan’s Island

Sullivan’s Island was my favorite beach because it was the least crowded. I parked near the Sullivan’s Island lighthouse, where there was free street parking. Sullivan’s Island is surrounded by beach houses and feels very private. There were dogs allowed on the beach; however, pay close attention to beach rules which address months and times dogs are permitted.

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Isle de Palms

Isle de Palms is a gorgeous beach and quite popular, as it was more crowded than Sullivan’s Island. There are beach resorts available for lodging, as well as local restaurants.

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Folly Beach

Folly Beach was the most crowded out of all three beaches that I visited. Folly Beach also features a large fisherman’s pier, and has signs on the types of fish often caught along Charleston’s beaches. I hung out on the pier one evening and was able to catch glimpses of a dolphin, but forgot to bring my zoom lens for some awesome shots (*sigh*).

 

I hope you enjoyed this ultimate travel guide to Charleston. I found myself dreaming of living there, but then came hurricane Dorian, which is hitting Florida as of the date of this post. I left Charleston with Dorian’s not-so-friendly reminder that the area is called low country for a reason. Hoping that the hurricane doesn’t put the entire city under water, as the place truly is beautiful.

On that note, prayers to all those affected by this massive storm. May you all be safe!

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Dog Days of Summer: Dog Beach Safety Tips for Your Pup

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Dog Days of Summer

Safety Tips for Taking Your Furry Friend to the Beach

 

I recently took Miss Pepper Mint to Downs Dog Park and Beach and we had such a blast! It was both our first times at the dog beach and this will definitely become a frequent summer outing for us. I don’t take Pepper to the dog park very often, so she seems to suffer from “Napoleon Syndrome” and shows aggression towards larger dogs that walk just a little too close to us. I suppose that’s my fault, thinking trips to the dog park weren’t necessary since we have a pretty nice size backyard. Not to mention the fact that she’s very sociable and friendly with her fur cousins in Florida.

In prepping for our picnic at the dog beach, I made sure that she had a separate beach bag of all of her necessities:

Dog Beach Essentials

  • Leash and collar

  • Food and water

  • Dog bowls

  • Towel

  • Sunscreen

  • Beach umbrella (if no shade)

  • ID on collar

  • Poop bags

  • Chew toys

  • Garbage bags

 
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Dog Beach Etiquette

Downs Dog Park is right along the Chesapeake Bay in Anne Arundel County. There is a large lawn that overlooks the bay, with large trees providing substantial shade. Thus, we found some shade, laid out our picnic blanket, and watched the waves (well I watched the waves) as we snacked on goodies. I made sure that Pepper and I practiced some beach safety and etiquette tips, not to disturb other dog owners and obviously to make sure Pepper didn’t get overheated from being in the sun too long.

Keep Your Dog on a Leash

Per dog beach rules, all dogs must be on a leash so that all dogs can enjoy the beach while in the control of their owners. I brought Pepper’s woven Vineyard Vines for Target leash, and a retractable 10 ft. leash, just in case the beach wasn’t too crowded and she seemingly enjoyed the water.

Pick Up After Your Dog

Don’t be that person that takes their dog to the dog park and beach and doesn’t clean up after themselves. If you don’t clean up after Fido, then you run the risk of local councilmen justifying the closure of dog beaches. Keep it clean for other pups.

Keep Your Dog Away from Other People

Granted Down’s Dog Park and Beach is a place for dog owners and their pups to enjoy outdoor activities, it is still open to the community. It’s important that you maintain control of your dog. Don’t allow Fido to interfere in other patron’s space, while they’re picnicking, beaching, etc. Pepper is a little 10 lb Pomeranian, who definitely suffers from Napoleon syndrome. She doesn’t like strangers, particularly if they get too close to her or I. The good news is, she won’t just run over to a random person and /or their dog. But, it’s still important that she understands basic commands and stays in her place. But I definitely allowed her to sniff fellow noses and greet other pups on the beach, when we had put our food and picnic away.

Don’t Mess with the Wildlife

Fortunately, there wasn’t too much wildlife on the dog beach. However, if you’re at a beach that has wildlife, such as seagulls, seals, etc., don’t allow your dog to chase after them. That’s another reason why local laws require leashing; it’s their habitat. We’re just visiting.

 
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Dog Safety Tips

Beware of Hot Sand

Hot sand can burn your pup’s little paws.  If the sand is hot, you may want to purchase a set of paw boots for Fido.  Pepper has some, which I did pack just in case; but the sand wasn’t hot in the beach area and we also picnicked in the morning, before it got excruciatingly hot.

Provide Shade and Water

I knew that there were shaded areas at the dog park, and beach areas.  Since I wanted to picnic first, we sat under a tree the entire time, to prevent overheating.  When it was time to pack up the picnic and head down to the beach area, there were lots of trees close by, for when Pepper was done playing in the water.  If there is little to know shade at your local dog beach, you should bring an umbrella or beach tent to prevent your dog from getting heat exhaustion.  

I also packed a cold large bottle of fresh water for Pepper.  I kept the bowl of cold water out for her the entire time we picnicked. 

 
 

Use Sunscreen

Both you AND your dog need sunscreen to prevent skin cancer. Yes, dogs can also develop skin cancer (I had no idea either).  My local pet store did not have dog sunscreen.  However, according to PetMD (https://www.petmd.com/dog/seasonal/can-dogs-wear-sunscreen), I can use sunscreen for adults or children; BUT, only sunscreens that do NOT have zinc oxide and para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA).  I use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen (SPF 55).  According to the back label and their website, it is PABA free!  And, there was no indication of zinc oxide.  So, I rubbed sunblock on Pepper’s ears and underbelly.  She has a pretty thick coat, so I didn’t put any on her full body or legs.  I could have put some on her nose, but I didn’t want to chance it since she likes to lick her nose.

If your dog goes swimming, you should reapply the sunscreen after they get out of the water.

Beware of Loose Dogs

At our dog beach, pups must be leashes at all times. However, you will come across an owner or two, that think their dog is the most highly trained and won’t bother other dogs. Whether your dog is well trained or not, dogs are curious creatures. Even though Pepper was leashed at all times, there were moments where I had to keep an eye on her as another owner’s dog would attempt to straggle over and say hi. Not knowing whether someone else’s dog is aggressive or not, be aware of you and your dog’s surroundings, in the even that someone’s pup isn’t leashed.

I hope all of you and your fur babes are having an amazing summer so far! If you have additional tips, leave a comment below!

 
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My First Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

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It’s Clicquot season!

I finally attended my first ever Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park in New Jersey this past weekend! I have seen this event posted all over social media for a few years now, so, I appropriately placed it on my bucket list of things to do in NYC. The champagne dynasty did NOT disappoint! Each year, Veuve Clicquot hosts a polo match for the kick off of summer on the East Coast. Since this was my first appearance — and decidedly will not be my last — I wanted to provide you all with a quick guide and answer all of your questions in the event that some of you’d would want to attend next year’s event, or maybe even check out the West Coast end-of-summer Polo Classic in Los Angeles.

 
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Don’t get left behind!

This year, the polo match took place on Saturday, June 1st from 11:00 a.m. (EST) to 6:00 p.m. (EST). It appears from their website that the event usually takes place on the first Saturday of June. Veuve Clicquot releases tickets every April. If you are an American Express cardmember, you could purchase early bird tickets before general release to the public, for $150 (NYC departure only). For General Admission tickets, there were three price points with the first release at $90; the second release at $110; and, the third release at $130.

For general admission, ticket holders receive:

  • Transportation to and from either Manhattan or Jersey City to the Liberty State Park.

  • Access to champagne bars, merchandise tents, lawn games and food trucks.

  • First come, first serve open lawn seating.

Veuve Clicquot also offers VIP access known as the Rosé Garden for $475. Rosé Garden ticket holders receive:

  • Transportation to and from either Manhattan or Jersey City to the Liberty State Park.

  • Priority boarding lane for transportation shuttle (Jersey City) or ferry (Manhattan).

  • One bottle of Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé.

  • Individual gourmet lunch.

  • Dedicated entry and photo moments.

  • Access to champagne bars, merchandise tents, lawn games and food trucks.

I bought a general admission ticket.

Granted, I greatly enjoyed my day at the polo match, in the future, I will be purchasing a Rosé Garden ticket. Why? Because although the general admission ticket was much cheaper, the lines to take photos at large photo props were an hour or more long, with little help from the staff in monitoring photo shoot times (and also people cutting the lines). In the Rosé Garden, it was less crowded (with much more gorgeous props) and you essentially avoid photography lines.

 
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Be Picnic Ready

Another reason why I’ll be purchasing Rosé Garden tickets next year? So I can travel light! Don’t get me wrong, my little picnic basket from Amazon is absolutely adorable. And, there are available food trucks on site, in case you don’t feel like packing snacks. Since it was my first attendance, I didn’t want to chance it and depend on the food trucks, so I packed a bunch of fruits, cheeses, salami and a small veggie platter. We also made sure that we had a heavy breakfast in the morning, since we knew we would only be snacking during the polo match and likely be there until dinner.

If you purchase the Rosé Garden, this is something you need not to worry about as you would receive an individual catered lunch. Almost no one ever posts pics of the catering in the Rosé Garden, but Gayle King came through on her Instagram and the food looks amazing!

 
 
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Game Time!

The polo match starts at 2:00 p.m. (EST) and the awards ceremony starts at approximately 3:30 p.m. (EST). If you paid for general admission, then it is open seating on the lawn (first come, first serve). It is possible to get to the event early enough to set up your picnic blanket as close to the polo match as possible. However, there is a fence that encloses the match to prevent attendees from walking onto the field. During the match, many people gathered around the fence, so if you were seated on the lawn, your view was likely obstructed.

Rosé Garden ticket holders had a view of the field that was not fenced off and allowed ticket holders to be close enough to even greet the players and horses.

Even though my brother and I were on the lawn, we still were able to get these awesome shots!

 
 

The Most Important Part — Pop Champagne!

When you purchase a General Admission ticket, you are provided a wristband with two (2) glass ticket stubs and one (1) bottle ticket stub. This year, Veuve Clicquot offered a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne Yellow Label for $105; the Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé for $125; and, the Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame for $275. If you purchase the VIP Rosé Garden ticket, a bottle of Brut Rosé is included. I really wanted a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rich Rosé, however, it was only available by the glass ($28). One bottle of the yellow label was definitely sufficient for two people.

Each bottle purchase includes a Veuve Clicquot Ice Jacket ($127 value).

 
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The Fashion

Think southern flair, Kentucky Derby. Everyone looked absolutely gorgeous. Men looked dapper in bright colored suits and button down shirts. The women put on the ultimate summer fashion show with bright dresses, what you would assuredly find at the Kentucky Derby or Preakness here in Baltimore.

We got lucky this past weekend, and there was a thick haze that created an overcast over the NYC skyline. So, the heat was not excruciating and i barely worked a sweat. My maxi skirt from ASOS is very long and the field was muddy from a downpour two days prior. So, most of the time I was lifting my skirt as I walked to avoid the dirt and mud. Now, shoes…I only saw a very small handful of women who wore stiletto heels and instantly regretted it before they even checked into the park. DO NOT WEAR STILETTO HEELS. If you must wear heels, where a block heel or wedge shoes. There is no sidewalk to walk on around the park, since the entire event is gated off from the rest of Liberty State park. I didn’t want to take a chance with any kind of heel so I wore Zara flats and it was absolutely fine.

Another must — wear a hat and bring an umbrella. While the Rosé Garden is adequately tented for shade, the main lawn is not! Even with my sun hat, I needed my umbrella. Again, it wasn’t too hot but the umbrella still helped with keeping us cool as we picnicked on the lawn.

 
 

I can’t wait to go again next year! It was the just the jumpstart I needed to start my summer!

 

Shop My Outfit:

Bodysuit: AFRM Nora Bodysuit | Tiered Pleated Maxi Skirt: ASOS, similar here | Tassel Earrings: BaubleBar (sold out), similar here | Shoes: ZARA (old) | Boater Hat: Evrfelans | Handbag: Rue La La Fallon & Royce Pom Pom Straw Tote.

 

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Picnic Basket: Amazon SatisInside 4 Person Insulated Basket | Picnic Blanket: Amazon California Picnic Waterproof Picnic Blanket | Umbrella: Veuve Clicquot, also available here.

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8 Tips on Keeping Your Dog Healthy this Spring

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8 Tips on Keeping Your Dog Healthy this Spring

From Allergies to Bees, Know How to Protect Your Pet

Spring time is so much fun because Pepper and I hang out in the backyard.  I’m usually gardening, tending to my roses.  Pepper is usually running up and down the yard with her ball or barking at the neighbor’s cat.  As dog parents, it’s important that we pay attention to our four legged friend when she or he is outside during this weather change.  For instance, dogs can have seasonal allergies, just like us humans.  I wanted to share some tips on how to care for our furry loved ones as we start a new season filled with fresh cut grass, new blooms, and buzzing insects.

Protect Your Dog from the Critters

Keeping your dog up to date with his or her flea, tick and heart-worm prevention is very important.  Spring and Summer, those little critters are out and about just waiting to feast on our paw friends.  Protect your pet’s health!  I visit Pepper’s vet for X flea and tick medication, where I drop the solution on her neck or base of spine (start of tail).

 

It’s Easter Time, So Keep Your Chocolates to Yourself.

For some of you, the Easter Bunny will visit your household and bring chocolate sweets to your family. Please remember to keep your pups away from chocolate, as the acid in sugary treats like chocolate can be deadly.  If your dog consumes chocolate, please consult your veterinarian immediately for assistance.

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Chomping on Greens

It’s okay if your dog eats grass. However, you should take note that if your dog is eating grass, it usually means that he or she has an upset stomach.  Grass soothes their stomach and helps with the nausea, sometimes naturally inducing vomiting.    Now, if your dog is eating grass, and the grass is treated with chemicals (e.g., TrueGreen, etc.), do NOT allow your dog to eat the chemically treated grass!  Again, if this happens, contact your veterinarian immediately.  Always read labels, when conducting or treating lawn care, and determine if it’s safe for your pet.  If not, keep your dog clear of those outside areas.

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Got the Itch?

My cousin previously had a Yorkshire Terrier who developed a skin disease where he was constantly itching and irritated.  Poor thang.  It was finally determined by his veterinarian that the little guy was actually allergic to grass.  I’ve also had dogs that get watery eyes and sneezing when they’re outside for too long, thanks to the pollen in the air.  My vet allows my dog to have half a Benadryl (it is dependent on weight size); however, this makes her sleepy).  If your dog is suffering from seasonal allergies, speak to your veterinarian about allowing your dog to take Antihistamines.

 

No Chasing the Bees, Please.

My cousin previously had a Yorkshire Terrier who developed a skin disease where he was constantly itching and irritated.  Poor thang.  It was finally determined by his veterinarian that the little guy was actually allergic to grass.  I’ve also had dogs that get watery eyes and sneezing when they’re outside for too long, thanks to the pollen in the air.  My vet allows my dog to have half a Benadryl (it is dependent on weight size); however, this makes her sleepy).  If your dog is suffering from seasonal allergies, speak to your veterinarian about allowing your dog to take Antihistamines.

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All the Pretty Flowers.

I have my outdoor rose garden, but I also have an indoor plant that I keep in the living room.  It’s very important that you monitor your pups, making sure that they do not eat your plants and/or flowers, as they may be toxic to our furry friends. 

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Tag, You’re It.

Keep collar tags up to date in case your loved one breaks free and makes a run for it.

Your neighbors’ furry friends are also out to play.  If your pup is a little advantageous, he or she may try to go say hi.  Unless your dog is well trained or in an enclosed space, keep him or her on a leash and make sure his or her tag is up to date with an updated address or phone number.

 

Don’t Overdue It.

Some people think that since their dog was inactive all Winter, that they should go jog a mile at a local park.  Whatever you do, don’t over exert your dog as you don’t want them to become overheated or exhausted.  Just as you would build up yourself to be a runner, the same goes for your pet.  Maybe do light strolls, when you’re first getting back outside, and increase over time, monitoring your dog’s energy levels.

 

Are there any additional preventive measures that you dog moms and dads use, that aren’t listed above? If so, don’t forget to comment so we can use those tips as well!

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Happy Mother's Day! Our Day at Sherwood Gardens

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Feminine Ruffles and Jewel Tones

Mother’s Day at Sherwood Gardens

I hope that all of you wonderful moms enjoyed your Mother’s Day weekend! My mom and I did a mini photoshoot at Sherwood Gardens here in Baltimore. It was my first time visiting the gardens and I’m so glad that I did. The garden is currently filled with azalea blooms EVERYWHERE. It was the perfect backdrop for a mother-daughter photoshoot.

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I opted to wear this ruffle sleeve dress from the Rachel Parcell Collection at Nordstrom. This is my first piece from blogger turned designer, Rachel Parcell. Prior to her exclusivity contract at Nordstrom, this dress collection only went up to a size 8/10 and was dubbed a “large.” I knew that the collection probably ran small due to it’s size chart. Now that the dress collection is available at Nordstrom, the sizes go up to an XXL (est. size 18).

I LOVE this dress. The fabric is lightweight and perfect for Spring and Summer. I normally wear a size 14 dress size, so I ordered an XL (14W). The fabric on this dress does NOT stretch. It’s also properly lined so you don’t have to worry about any seeing through.

One of the things that I always admired about Parcell’s Dress collections are that they are so feminine. She always presents different shades of pastels, especially pink, in different fabric options. Her Fall and Winter collections are a little bolder - but still classic - with hues of navy, crimson and oxblood.

Rachel Parcell dresses can be a little pricey. Also, keep in mind that during the first release in April, not all Nordstrom department stores carried the collection in store (or only had select styles). I recommend sizing since it may be difficult finding the same style in store, hoping to try on.

And the May Rachel Parcell Collection released today! If you’re a Nordy Club member, you can shop first, now. If you’re not a Nordy Club member, don’t worry, you can shop tomorrow.

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I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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Shop My Outfit:

Dress: Rachel Parcell Collection Ruffle Sleeve Dress | Shoes: Aldo (old), similar here | Earrings: Amazon Fashion.

Pepper’s Dress: Fitwarm

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Mother's Day 2019 Gift Ideas: Buy Black Guide

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This Mother’s Day, I decided to gift my Mom some of her favorite products available by minority and women owned companies. Here are some of our favorite items, from skin care to coffee and tea houses, that I’m sure your mom will love as well!

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D.C. in Bloom! Top 6 Things to do in D.C. This Spring

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It’s Springtime in the DMV! This is only my third Spring in the Baltimore - D.C. area. Springtime is always pleasant in the Northeast because it’s not too hot and not too cold. The mild temps allow us gardening enthusiasts to get the most out of our plants since extreme temperatures in either direction can inhibit plant growth.

Since I have a slightly green thumb, and love to travel, I thought I’d share some of my favorite things to do in the D.C. area this Spring.

 

Have a Cocktail at the Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Pub

This year marks the Drink Company’s third annual Cherry Blossom Pop-Up bar. The pub consists of three main bar rooms. After passing the first bar, the two remaining bar rooms are covered in over-the-top floral decor. The fourth room is a ramen room where I had the best creamy miso pork ramen. So good! The cocktails were also light and delicious, embodying Japanese culture with flavorful sakes, and cocktail recipes with hints of honey.

This place was pretty cool. I made the mistake of going Saint Patrick’s Day weekend, so it was extremely crowded. When I went to eat in the ramen room, there was zero seating. Also, keep in mind that because it’s a pop-up bar and seems to be very popular on the weekends, there may be a wait to get into the pub. My friends and I waited on line for 20 minutes (totally worth it) but it was cold that weekend. Nonetheless, there is NO COVER charge to enter the bar. They also have the cutest little photo booth with - of course - more cherry blossom floral arrangements and decor.

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Take a Stroll Under Cheery Blossoms Along the Tidal Basin

If you’re in the DMV this Spring, you definitely have to take a walk along the Tidal Basin at the National Mall leading to the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial to view the cherry blossom trees. These hundreds of trees, donated to the U.S. by Japan, are dubbed as “floral fireworks,” displaying different arrays of pinks and whites across the Capital. To visit the local sights is free; however, there are guided tours that charge up to $100. For a map of the cherry blossom trees along the Potomac, click here. And if you want to enjoy the Cherry Blossom festivities, they are happening along the National Harbor until April 14th.

 

Explore Indoor Gardening at the U.S. Botanic Gardens

I love botanical gardens like the Howard Peters Rawlings Botanic Conservatory in Baltimore and the U.S. Botanic Gardens. Nothing like taking in a new season of growth and opportunity than visiting an indoor garden and checking out new exhibits. This Spring, U.S. Botanic Gardens is showcasing their annual and gorgeous orchid exhibit. This is the one flower I probably have the most difficulty in retaining as a thriving house plant. Sigh.

 

Go Shopping at D.C. City Center

Food and shopping. What other reasons do you need to go?

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Sip Vino at the Mount Vernon Wine Festival

Enjoy wine tasting of numerous Virginia wineries all in one place. The annual festival takes place at George Washington’s mansion in Mount Vernon. In addition to checking out the mansion and garden, there is also a slave memorial dedicated to Washington’s former slaves that lived on the plantation. The Spring 2019 Mount Vernon Wine and Sunset Tour has tickets available now!

 

Dine at La Vie

One of my new favorite D.C. restaurants, La Vie, serves Mediterranean cuisine at The Wharf. This place is so dreamy in decor, I’m not sure if I’m just obsessed with the interior decoration or the food.

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La Vie also turned their Lavana Penthouse rooftop bar into a Cherry Blossom Terrace at The Wharf. The pop up bar is open now through April 20th. Checking out this space is not free! You must register online and buy an entry ticket (approx. $15.00).

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Who’s coming to D.C. this Spring? Hopefully, you make it in time before the cherry blossoms are all gone!

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31 Self-Care Habits for Successful Women

Happy Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day! After refreshing my main bathroom, and giving the one room I hated the most a spa like feel, I’ve been focusing a lot on self-care habits. My daily commute into D.C. is approximately two hours each day. In addition, I work nine hours a day, Monday through Friday. When I get home, I am T-I-R-E-D. Thus, since moving to Baltimore and working in D.C., I’ve made it a point to maintain my life-work balance, keeping my home peaceful and developing self-care habits that reduce my stress levels.

Each day this month, I’m sharing 31 Self-Care Habits for Successful Women on my social media accounts. Here is the full list of all things self-care that we women can do to feel less overwhelmed and maintain our sanity.

 
  1. Schedule Your Appointment for Self Care

You should be scheduling self-care just as you would any other appointment.  I used to get a full body massage once a month, and would keep a recurring schedule with my masseuse.  Since moving to Baltimore, I haven’t been getting my massages as regularly as I used to.  However, I make it a point to schedule self-care.  Whether it’s a pedicure, waxing or hair appointment, PENCIL IT IN!  Otherwise, you’ll be so bogged down by life and interruptions, that you’ll completely forget to make that time for yourself.

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2. Meditate

I’ve been trying to get better at meditating.  I know that due to my work schedule and commute, it would be really difficult to do it every day.  So, I’ve been getting into the habit of meditating every Sunday morning.  Health experts insist that meditation reduces stress levels and controls anxiety.  It also promotes emotional health and self-awareness.  When I meditate, I clear my mind, as it’s constantly running over my to do list for work and personal.  I focus on my breathing, and often use meditation music to create my calming atmosphere.

 

3. Write in Journal


Who’s bad at keeping up with their journal?  *Raises hand*  When I read Becoming by Michelle Obama, I giggled at the parts where she talked about attempting to journal, then falling off, then picking back up only to fall off again.  I’m terrible at journaling!  I suppose this blog has become my new journal, and I’ve been pretty consistent.  But I also do some creative writing during my free time – which some would say is a form of journaling.  Writing truly helps me decompress from the day and organize my thoughts.

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4. Create a Peaceful Home

If your home is in complete disarray then guess what, so will your stress levels!  I get it.  Many of my readers have children, spouses, etc.  So, it may not be as tidy as my pictures (believe me, when Friday rolls around, it’s not at all “tidy.”).  Creating a weekend cleaning schedule keeps my space decluttered and organized.  I knock out all of my weekly cleaning Saturday morning, allowing me to spend the rest of the weekend and early work week in and orderly home, creating peace of mind.

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5. Put that Lipstick On!

I read somewhere once that if you dress up for work, dates, dinner parties, etc., it completely changes and lifts your mood.  So true.  When I dress up for work, or going out with friends or dates, I feel beautiful and confident.  There is something about slipping on a favorite dress or pair of shoes and walking into a room.

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6. Stretch it Out

I don’t like to go to the gym.  That’s just me.  It’s not necessarily 100% laziness.  I’m truly paranoid about my ankle, thanks to my previous injury.  But, the one thing that has helped me with both my physical and emotional health is yoga.  Ideally, I’ve set a goal this year to be consistent with my yoga and stretching it out every Saturday morning.  I’m really excited to see how this benefits me a year from now, health wise.

 

7. Your Planner is Your Friend

My friends and work colleagues tease me because I always invest in a new beautiful planner every year.  I have a work planner, which keeps me on task.  But, I also have a personal planner, especially now that I’m blogging part-time.  When you don’t use a planner, you are susceptible to losing your ideas and missing deadlines.  Planners are your friend.  Invest in a good one and use it.

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8. Listen to a Positive Thinking Podcast

When I’m not listening to a true crime podcast, like Serial, I’m listening to a positive thinking podcast.  Whether I’m at work, or in the car, these podcasts get my mind right and help me think about certain life choices:

 Therapy for Black Girls

Therapy for Black Girls is written by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, Ph.D. a licensed psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia. This podcast is so deep and amazing. When my mind is racing about issues that plague me as a 35-year-old single Black female, this is my go to podcast. Dr. Bradford talks about everything from toxic masculinity, to being an entrepreneur and managing your mental health. I really love this podcast and I’m so glad I found it. I also follow her on Instagram to keep up with her latest posts.

Design You by Tobi Fairley

Another one of my favorites is Design You by Tobi Fairley. Tobi Fairley is one of my favorite interior designers, and her podcast is brand spanking new, launching in 2018. I like hearing what Tobi has to say, particularly about self-care necessities like setting boundaries with others, controlling your mindset, and even recognizing whether or not your home is supporting your goals and dreams! I love it because she’s an interior designer and brings a unique perspective as an entrepreneur attempting to maintain her life-work balance like the rest of us!

The Power Seat

The Power Seat is all about teaching you how to win at your career and personal life, taking control of your destiny and making the best decisions that are right for you. This new podcast is hosted by Tanesha McCauley aka “Coach T” and attorney Nicole Rachelle aka “The Proper Diva.” The duo talks about intimate relationships, how social media postings can affect employment prospects, and how to navigate your career.

Red Table Talk

Although Red Table Talk is not a podcast, and more like a vlog or daytime talk show, it is my “chicken soup for the soul (remember that book?).” Red Table Talk is hosted by actress Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter and singer Willow Smith, and her mother, Adrienne. I recently watched the episode, “What Men Really Think About Love” with rapper Wale and Jane the Virgin actor, Justin Baldoni. It spoke volumes, particularly to my generation and the current dating world (e.g., online dating apps) and the difficulty in actually meeting someone who is ready for commitment thanks to social media, the deterioration of communication skills and the need for “instant gratification.”

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9. Eat Nourishing Foods

At the start of the year, I reduced my processed sugar intake.  I’m slowly weaning off sodas and cereals, but it has really helped my digestive system.  And, I lost weight!  Instead of eating ice cream every night (which I shouldn’t anyway because I’m really not supposed to have dairy), I’ve been eating sweet fruits like pineapples and grapes.  Eating nourishing fruits and vegetables really does affect your chemical balance – not just your weight.  It affects your mood and concentration levels as well.  Eat healthier for a healthier mindset.

 

10. Find Time for Your Spirituality

Part of my meditation process is centering my spirit by reading a Scripture from the Bible.  I meditate on the Scripture that I’ve just read and focus on its message.  What am I supposed to learn?  Maybe you are not religious.  That’s ok.  But you should still make time to find your center, meditating on what makes you happy.  Family.  Friends.  Pets.  Center your chakra alignments to reset your spiritual mood.

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11. Add One Thing to Your Resume

This has been my motto for several years now.  Each year, I add one new thing to my resume.  This doesn’t necessarily need to be a new job.  Maybe you can write a scholarly article in your academic field.  Maybe you can take an accredited workshop or lecture.  Maybe you can enroll in a new certificate program, expanding your expertise.  Add something new once a year, to keep your resume fresh and competitive.

 

12. Challenge Yourself

Are you challenging yourself?  I recently transferred to another department within my federal agency.  I found myself frustrated in my previous unit, not just because it was a very toxic work environment, but also because the work itself was not challenging.  I quickly realized, after moving to the DMV and joining my previous unit, that I had come from previous sectors of my agency that offered much for challenging and strenuous work.  So, once I got to D.C., the work was almost TOO easy.  I felt very unfulfilled and unsatisfied.  Now, I’m in a department that provides very challenging work on a daily basis.  I’m never bored and I’m back to feeling like I’m actually making a difference in the immigration world again.  What I realized about myself is that I’m not afraid of challenges.  I strive for them. Even when I was a student, I remember always purposely taking difficult classes in high school and college, selecting complex writing and research topics.  Harvard Medical School insists that challenging yourself sharpens your thinking skills and increasing brain activities.  I couldn’t agree more.

 

13. Educate Yourself

For my March book list, I read a few books on feminism and what the movement means to some of the most influential writers. I also read #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. The book is not about feminism but is about empowering women on how to be successful entrepreneurs. I have the entrepreneurial spirit, but ever since I started to tap into my creative and innovative side, I didn’t really know where to start in terms “getting started.” I found #Girlboss to be really helpful in terms of providing advice on not only to be successful in your current career — or applying for a new job — but also holding on to your dreams and doing the proper research on how to bring them into fruition. I have always been resourceful when it comes to researching, so this book was exactly what I needed to kind of give me that boost to get started. It was also a very fast read, and I highlighted and wrote throughout the book.

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14. Have a Life Outside of Work

What do you do for fun? Play golf? Take salsa lessons? Are you a foodie that likes to wine and dine at new restaurants? Whatever it is that you enjoy doing, make the time to go do it. Get out in the fresh air and go for walks, take a yoga class. Do not spend all of your days cooped up in a cubicle and then in the house.

 

15. Set Intermittent and End Goals

Another habit of successful women is establishing both short-term and long-term goals.  What is the point of setting long-term goals, if you don’t know the steps in how to get there?  Whenever I set a new goal for myself, I do the research. Who did this before me? You’re not reinventing the wheel.  What did they do to get there?  For example, I get asked very frequently how I published my previous law review articles.  I did the research and set intermittent goals, since my long-term goal was to have a law review publication.  I researched the topic I wanted to write about and whether it was a current “hot topic” in the legal field.  I then researched the thousands of law review journals that would accept the type of publication I was seeking to write.  Next, I set a timeline for writing my rough draft.  Once I completed my rough draft, I would then send the manuscript to the various law firms I selected for submission.  Somehow, each law review article I’ve ever written has found its way to its new home with a law review journal.  If I hadn’t set the intermittent goals in doing the proper research on how to get there, I wouldn’t have my publications.

 
It takes discipline to do the things that are good for us instead of what feels good in the moment. It’s takes even more discipline to refuse to take responsibility for other people’s emotional well-being. And it takes discipline to take full and complete responsibility for our own well-being.
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16. Be Financially Savvy

I’m terrible at saving.  I blame my father, who is an impulsive shopper – quite opposite from my thrifty mother.  I think it’s because whenever my father wanted something, he’d just go out and buy it.  That’s what I saw growing up.  Whether it was a new big screen television or a brand new car, my father just went out and bought it.  I don’t have that luxury thanks to law school, student loan debt and working as a government employee.  Thus, I started reading Smart Women Finish Rich:  9 Steps to Achieving Financial Security and Funding Your Dreams by David Bach.  My goal is to be better at saving, especially since I’m a new homeowner and need to maintain an emergency fund.

 

I also met one of my 2019 goals and created an investment account with Fidelity Investments.  It’s been a goal of mine for many years now to start investing and I finally did it.  Managing my Fidelity account is so easy!  It took me literally five minutes, and I was purchasing stock the same day!  Now, I research potential companies for stock purchases and beginning to develop my financial portfolio.

 

17. Have a Thankful Heart

Always say thank you.  Maintain a heart of gratitude and it will get you a long way.

 

18. Find Your Creative Outlet

Since purchasing my home, I paid more attention to my creative side.  Decorating my new home allows my creative juices to flow.  I’m constantly on visual social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, researching decorating ideas for my home.  Putting a room together allows me to use my thinking skills and my hands.  Once the room is complete, I feel accomplished, just as I would at work, adjudicating a case.  When I’m not decorating or doing something for the blog, I’m doing some creative writing.   If you like to sew, sew.  If you like to draw, draw.  If you like to write, write.  Schedule time for your creative outlet.

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19. Decompress

Sometimes, I don’t feel like reading a book or watching television but still want something creative to do.  Adult coloring is my new decompression outlet when I want to be creative but don’t feel like putting in a lot of effort.  Naturally, I found an adult coloring book that focuses on interior decorating.

 

20. Read at Least One Inspirational Book

If you’ve been following the blog or social media, you know that I LOVE psychological thrillers.  But sometimes, it’s a little exhausting, constantly reading about stalkers and serial killers.  Every once in a while, I’ll search for a non-fiction book that provides inspiration.  I recently finished reading The Source of Self Regard by Toni Morrison.  First, let me say, this was my first Toni Morrison experience.  I know.  Shame on me, an avid reader and had never read any of her fiction or non-fiction pieces.  Nonetheless, I’m so glad that this was my first Toni Morrison experience.  She talks about everything from current events and immigration to the root of racism in America.  She also included several essays about literature as an art form, what it means to write profound pieces that address race and class, and the state of art itself.  Those pieces were just as important to me, given that I am a writer by nature.  My favorite essay is “Cinderella’s Stepsisters,” which focuses on feminism and ending women to women violence, particularly in the workplace.

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21. Create a Music Playlist

I haven’t danced like no one is watching in a really long time.  However, I will sing like no one is listening on a weekly basis.  Music is the universal language.  Belt it out like Beyonce.

 

22. Develop a Nighttime Routine — And Stick to It!

I previously posted “Spa Day Funday” on the blog, and provided my nighttime routine.  Developing a nighttime routine, and sticking to it, is important in maintaining good sleeping habits.  When I have a good night’s sleep, I am energized and refreshed in the morning.  I’m not a morning person, so my sleep is very important to me.  I also think that when you have children, it’s important to develop a nighttime routine for you and your kids. For example, growing up, I remember my mother set a bed time.  There was no leeway in maneuvering that bed time and it only increased with age.  Now as an adult, I keep the same habit of having a bed time for myself, making sure I’ve turned the diffuser on and phone off.

 

23. Clear Out Junk and Clutter

Have you watched Marie Kondo’s Tiding Up on Netflix?  I greatly enjoyed it, as it encouraged me to start decluttering certain areas of my home.  My main task for decluttering the home this year are tackling my closet space and my basement.  There are so many clothing items that I haven’t worn or probably seen in forever.  Clearly by Marie’s standards, they are no longer bringing me joy and need to go.

 

24. Disconnect from Technology

Turn the Netflix off; put your phone on silent and read a book. Read on the train. Read in the bathtub. Go for a run in the park. Do something where you can turn the power button off and relax without interruption.

 

25. Go to Your Local Museum

Last summer, I took my mother to the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art.  It was absolutely breathtaking.  Support your local art museums.

 

26. Use Aromatherapy and Candles

When I’m home, I always have candles burning.  I love aromatherapy and how it relaxes me.  I recently attended a candle making workshop, hosted by 228 Grant Street Candle Co. in Baltimore.  It was so much fun!  I got to learn about how soy wax candles are made and how to care for the candles to increase longevity.  I will definitely attempt to make my own candle and mix fragrances.

 
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27. Apologize and Forgive

My father always says that he doesn’t believe in apologies because most times, the individual intended to perform the act that was committed, and disregarded it’s potential offense to others.  Whether it’s true or not, apologizing is often just as important as forgiving.  I am a firm believer in being responsible for myself and my actions.  Even when I don’t agree with the other person – and agree to disagree – an apology may be needed in an effort to move forward amicably and getting to forgiveness.

 

28. Rid Your Aura of Toxic People

I can’t stress this enough.  If someone is not bringing value to your life, bringing more negative rather than positive energy, let them go.  If that person is costing you time and / or money, let them go.  Not everyone values you the way you deserve.  Using your power of goodbye and removing toxic people from your life will save your energy for those who genuinely appreciate you.

 

29. Make Time for Family and Friends

My family has all moved to Florida.  So, in between traveling south and visiting my parents, I also try to visit close friends.  I meet my girlfriends once a month for dinner and drinks.  I reach out to long-distance girlfriends via FaceTime.  We are all very busy with our work, spouses and children.  Schedule time for your family and separate time for your friends, to maintain a healthy balance outside of your work schedule.

 

30. Keep Smiling

I smile a lot.  But when I’m in the worst mood, or some random anxiety is kicking in, I don’t want to smile. I’m stressed.  Just remember, the storm doesn’t last forever. Smile.

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31. Make Time for Yourself

Even if it’s just one or two hours a week, make time for yourself.  Soak in the bathtub.  Read a book.  Go get that pedicure and massage.  Make time for yourself.  You’ll drive yourself crazy if you don’t.  Self-care is so important for our mental, emotional and physical health.  How can you truly maintain a healthy lifestyle if you’re constantly stressed, overworked and overwhelmed?  Make that necessary time for yourself and then start the reset button. I recently read “Self-Care is Not An Indulgence. It’s a Discipline,” and the entire article emphasizes that although self-care can be rather boring, it is necessary and takes discipline. Self-care makes you mentally and emotionally stronger, a better spouse, parent and employee. Start disciplining yourself now and make time for yourself.

 
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