Southern weather always seems to surprise and confuse me. This week was a little cold and slightly rainy with temps dropping into the low 30s at night. Ironically enough, today was a sunny 63 degrees. Doesn’t feel like the first day of winter.
I originally wore this outfit in New York. We spent most of the day in Union Square Market. It was already freezing cold (to me) lol. I was really like 45 degrees but being from the South it felt like 30. I was excited because I prepared myself for the cold and it gave me a reason to shop for cute winter coats. I got this one from Fashion Nova along with this gray one. They had a sale, of course, and it was perfect timing. It was love at first sight. My favorite colors in one piece!
I’ve been wanting to bring it out again but days like this I’m like, “glad I didn’t wear that today.” Anyway, happy first day of winter! #CapricornSeason starts tomorrow. I’m hype, my birthday is right around the corner.
Hey guys. So today, I thought I would give a few tips for people interested in moving to a new city. I’ve had some experiences moving to Atlanta, so these are suggestions from my own experience. I feel like there’s a whole list of things I could give you but I tried to narrow them down so it wasn’t too long. So here’s 6 tips for moving to a new city.
This should be common sense but I’ll say it anyway. Research different neighborhoods and visit your city of interest (if possible) a few times. Look up who’s hiring and start applying for jobs. Search different apartments in your target area and give them a call to find out there leasing requirements and prices
2. Go to city & community websites.
Most cities, states, and even neighborhoods have websites for visitors & new residents. They have important numbers, calendars of events, and lists of places to shop, eat, or have fun.
The best way to get to know your new city is to get out the house and go outside. Walk around your neighborhood. Take a ride through different neighborhoods. Get curious but be careful and cautious. Pay close attention to your surroundings.
4. Google is your best friend.
Like seriously, I can not stress this enough. USE GOOGLE. Google will have information on traffic, where you parked, history of your town, and places close to you with reviews. If you have to use public transportation, you can find the schedules of the buses or trains in most major cities as well as the time to leave to catch your bus on time.
5. Move with a friend.
If you know someone that lives in the city you want to live or if you know someone who is interested in moving to the same city, see if they would be interested in being roommates. It’s always nice to have a familiar face around or someone to be in your corner if you have an emergency. Just remember the 3 C’s of Cohabitation: 1. Communication 2. Consideration & 3. Changing the empty tissue roll
4. Use Foursquare.
I love Foursquare. I use it to find everything from restaurants and coffee shops, parks and libraries, even clubs and bars. You can rate the places so the app can recommend new places for you to try, write reviews, and leave tips for people like your favorite drink at a bar or the best mountain to watch the sunset.
Most importantly, be careful and have fun. Moving to a new place can be exciting but you have to be aware of surroundings, find landmarks and get to know where you are, and pay attention. It’s a big world out there and things may not be the same in your new city as they were in your old city.
The one thing that I absolutely wanted to do while in New York was visit the Egyptian art in the Met Museum. I have always been fascinated by Egyptian culture, even as a kid, and began to really study it about 2 years ago. I’m just amazed by how advanced they were. Being a black woman, “AFRICAN American”, in America, I’ve always wondered about my own history and cultural ancestry.
Although we did visit other exhibits, most of my time was spent with the Egyptians.
This is the point where I couldn’t take walking around in heels all day. After meeting Jordyn Woods, we had some free time before the museum and dinner, so we went to Times Squares. All I could think about was visiting the 3 story H&M I’d always here about in school, and finding some $20 sneakers that I could walk in. Luckily, I found these Keds on sale at Macy’s (similar here)!
While I was in New York, I was excited to find out that Boohoo.com was having a meet & greet with model Jordyn Woods. She’s a curvy supermodel making changes in the modeling industry. I didn’t make it in time to actually talk to her and gain some knowledge but she was there long enough to snap a few pics, so that was cool too.
The second day of our New York trip was all about exploring. So we went to the bodega across the street to get coffee and bagels while we explored downtown DUMBO and the Brooklyn Bridge. 🌉 DUMBO stands for District Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass, which is a mouthful so I’m glad there’s an acronym. 😩 Like literally when we walked outside, the bridge was only a couple of blocks away.
The view was AMAZING! And to think that people have the opportunity to wake up to that view everyday has me thinking of living the New York dream. I’m just not sure if I can deal with the cold weather and all those people. There’s a lot of people in Atlanta but it’s no comparison to New York. Just being able to walk outside and have something to do right around the corner is my type of living.
We explored Brooklyn Bridge Park before heading up to the bridge for pictures. I was just excited that it was going to be warmer that day so I could wear this awesome dress I got on sale! We took the water taxi across to Manhattan, which was so fun. I was upset because my phone battery died and I couldn’t snap. 😣 I also learned that walking around in heels in New York is not ideal if you will be walking around all day. Lesson learned.
While in Manhattan, we had lunch at this Irish Pub not far from Broadway. We had to walk down Wall St, which I didn’t like. With all the buildings, there was hardly no sunlight and it was much more chilly than Brooklyn. I did, however, find this beautiful chocolate and macaroon store. It was so fancy and everything looked so yummy! I grabbed a couple of macaroons to eat after lunch and get rid of my gloom of Wall St.
Dinner was at this Persian/Egyptian hookah restaurant called HORUS on A. We met with a couple of my boyfriend’s high school friends. There was hookah, Sangria and middle eastern comfort food. There was also a belly dancer(which I didn’t get, again because my battery died)! 😣 It was so live and the energy in the place was awesome. Everybody was taking turns dancing with the belly dancer as she tried to teach people her moves. It was more of an experience than I could ask for.
So last week the boyfriend and I took a trip to his hometown, Brooklyn, New York. We went for personal reasons but being that this was my first time really exploring the city, I took the opportunity to play tourist.
I’d been to New York a couple of times, one when I was a baby. My mom took me on my first plane ride to the Big Apple. My grandmother and other family had been living there for a while, so she was very familiar with traveling there. I wanted to drive of course, but my S/O insisted on a plane. After finding out we would be in NY before 12pm, I was all for it. Mind you, this is my first plane ride as an adult. My nerves didn’t kick in until we got ready to board the plane.
The other time was when I was about 13 years old, I stayed a summer with my sister that had been living in the Bronx and was pretty much confined to that one borough (back then the other boroughs were less gentrified and a lot more dangerous).
Anyway, while we were there, we stayed with my boyfriend’s high school friend in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn. Much different from what I remember (we weren’t allowed as kids to go into Brooklyn alone).
It was a cool 54 degrees when we landed which was much different from the warm temperature in Atlanta so I had to make sure I was ready. FashionNova was having an amazing sale on coats so I ordered two faux fur jackets. I was so excited to wear them.
I love exploring my new city. One of my favorite neighborhoods in Atlanta has to be Little 5 Points. All the shops and cafes are all so unique and different. It has a very creative vibe with all the graffiti walls or the occasional musician on the street.
The boyfriend and I had some time and I was craving pizza 🍕. He introduced me to a pizza shop called Little 5 Pizza.
They have New York style pizza, salads, and beer! 🍻 Good call babe. 🙄
The weather was kind of cool but with the sun out I knew wherever we went, I wanted to sit outside (which I usually want to anyway), so I made sure to layer up! 🍁🍃
(Sweater: Forever 21, Jacket: Love Culture, Bodysuit: Forever 21, Shoes: Converse)
Photography by: Seventh Division
One thing I’ve learned since living in Atlanta, these Atliens love their brunch. I mean it is definitely a major thing here. With so many restaurants doing brunch, I decided to do an Atlanta Loves ❤ Brunch series. And because Saturday/Sunday mornings are best spent eating chicken 🍗 and waffles while sipping a much needed Mimosa.
First on the list, Boogalou Restaurant, located on popular Ponce de Leon in Atlanta. Boogalou is an urban chic restaurant and bar with beautiful chandeliers, plush seating, and swings at the bar. 😍 Yes, swings! It’s so cute and fun, sitting at those bar swings. (Especially after your 5th Mimosa 😁)
And the food! OMG…. ☝ give me second………
…..OK, so for $25 you get an all you can eat buffet with bottomless mimosas and your choice of a made-to-order omelet, French toast, or a red velvet waffle. I choose the red velvet waffle, which was so fluffy you could’ve eaten it with syrup.
The buffet was a food lover’s dream; grits, bacon, turkey bacon & sausage (I no longer eat pork or red meat), potatoes, French toast casserole, fried chicken, pork chops, ribs, crab legs, macaroni & cheese, collard greens, roasted Turkey, cornbread, biscuits, salads, fruits and desserts including banana pudding. And I probably didn’t even get to name everything, it was so much food. And it was all so delicious! Plus bottomless mimosas with your choice of pineapple juice, cranberry juice, or the classic OJ. I tried one of each then started to mix them lol. It was definitely well worth the money. I mean really guys, if you are ever in Atlanta, you have to check this place out. 👌
So what’s the final verdict?
Currently #1 on my favorite Brunch list.
Wow, it’s almost 2017! Like seriously WTF! And as I’m writing this, I’m realizing that I haven’t made a single since the the beginning of the year. 😩 Please forgive me. This year has been so tremendous for me. I’ve gone through so many life changing experiences, full of up and downs but life lessons nonetheless.
Just to catch you up on things, I just recently moved to Atlanta, Georgia with my best friend. We are finally kind of settled into our apartment, jobs and new life. It’s definitely been a transition, to say the least. But with things getting back on track, I can focus on getting back into my grove. I’m still happily in a relationship, I got published in two magazines and I haven’t been on a runway since last year. You’ll have to stay tuned for the details.
I have some new adventures for you and I can kind of fill you in on some things in between. Enjoy! 🙂