The most important thing to know about love is that it exists and can be celebrated in many different ways. There is no copy and paste function when it comes to matters of the heart, so love will almost never look the same across different relationships. The possibilities are endless, so the last thing I want you doing in 2019 is buying into one antiquated narrative of how to celebrate love this Valentine’s Day.
One of the things that blew my mind when I moved to DC back in 2016 was how impressive the restaurant scene is. Over the last two years I’ve made substantial culinary strides in the district, so today I’ll be sharing a guide to my favorite restaurants in our nation’s capital. Better grab a fork and knife!
Located on Florida Ave and 14th Street, Ivy Wild is a new beauty boutique that curates non-toxic skincare and makeup products that fuse style with a bit of edge. I kicked off my visit by sharing my skincare priorities with Ivy Wild founder Rachel Mulcahy, who walked me through a bunch of different products to fit my needs.
I’m not shy when it comes to talking about my love life. It’s also no secret that I’m a social butterfly. So last week, when my co-workers asked me why I was excited to be attending a few Congressional Black Caucus events, I answered honestly; “because my husband might be there.” Just as I was patting myself on the back for garnering some laughs with my cheeky response, one of my co-workers muttered, “I’m pretty sure I swiped left on my husband already!” The room erupted with laughter, but I couldn’t help but wonder, “Did I swipe left on my husband?” Cue mini panic attack.
Nestled in the rolling hills and meadows a few miles north of San Francisco is where you can find one of the world's premier wine regions. If fine wine, breathtaking views, and unforgettable dining experiences peaks your interest, look no further than Napa Valley. With over 400 wineries, 150 restaurants and endless outdoor activities to take advantage of, it's nearly impossible not to have a wonderful vacation! I've been to Napa many times and my love for the gorgeous wine country grows exponentially each time, so you can trust me on this one.
Where the heck has summer gone? It feels like just yesterday I was sippin' rosé by the pool to ring in the fourth of July! I guess what they say is true - time waits for no one. Before we blink, it will be fall - so I ask you fashion friends - are you ready?
I love adventures that take me to the west coast - especially San Francisco. I've been to the Golden City many times, and each time I visit, there seems to be like more places to explore. One thing that I love about San Francisco are the stunning views each park has to offer. I never leave SF without making my way to the most popular park of them all - Dolores. Grabbing treats beforehand is a must, so today I'm going to show you how I prep for the perfect picnic in any park.
One day, while walking through Target after making a return, I noticed this dress hanging on a rack. In that moment a voice in my head said, "Charmaine, you just made a return and you have to get back to work... just leave girl"… but just as I turned to exit, an even bigger voice in my head cried, "Charmaine, that dress was made for you... please try it on". I'm not one to ignore a cry for help, so here we are.