New York State of Mind

(Jacket & Choker: Fashion Nova, Dress: Know Style,  Bag: It’s Fashion Metro,  Shoes: Shoe Porn Shoetique,  Sunglasses: Beauty Supply, Ring: Charlotte Russe

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.

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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.

Always Time For Pizza

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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.

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The boyfriend and I had some time and I was craving pizza 🍕. He introduced me to a pizza shop called Little 5 Pizza.

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They have New York style pizza, salads, and beer! 🍻 Good call babe. 🙄

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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! 🍁🍃

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 (Sweater: Forever 21, Jacket: Love Culture, Bodysuit: Forever 21, Shoes: Converse)

Photography by: Seventh Division

#HairWalk: The Movement & #Giveaway

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I am super excited about walking the runway this year’s HairWalk! HairWalk: The Movement is a tri-event charity fundraiser focused on raising funds and awareness for causes of action. The singular event comprises of the HeadHunterz Competition for student stylists; the Pink Tie Charity Sponsor and VIP Reception for men affected by cancer to support, raise funds and awareness; and the “mane” event, HairWalk: The Movement runway show. I had the awesome opportunity to partner with another model from the show for my first giveaway! The event will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport on August 15, 2015 with the reception starting at 7pm and show starting at 8pm.

I’m giving away (1) VIP Ticket to this year’s show! VIP tickets(valued at $85) include front row access to 2015 show, VIP Swag Bag, Complimentary glass of Wine upon entry, and exclusive entry to VIP reception.  Enter by doing the following:

1. Follow Real Domino J on Instagram @realdominoj

2. Follow HairWalk: The Movement on Instagram @_hairwalk

3. Repost either image on Instagram using #WhoIsDominoJ #HairWalk

Once you have entered, comment below with your email! Simple as that. You must be 21 years or older and in the Columbia, SC or surrounding areas. Contest entry ends Wednesday August 12 at 3pm EST. Good luck !

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A Day In Charleston

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With all the planning for my website launch, HairWalk rehearsals, and getting my products shipped out, my weekends have been pretty busy. So, when my friend asked if I wanted to take a ride to Charleston, I happily obliged. I was just excited to be able to take a trip that wasn’t revolving, well you know, work. My brain needed a break and this was the perfect day trip to get my gears oiled up again.

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We shopped in the Marketplace for a while before heading to lunch at Hyman’s Seafood Restaurant, a 5th generation family owned and operated restaurant. This place is pretty popular, as my friend explained to me that there is usually a line wrapped around the building. When we got seated at our table, we noticed these nameplates stated who (famous celebrity) had sat at the table. Of course, we get the table of Sex in the City star, Sarah Jessica Parker.

I ordered their pick 3 option with shrimp scampi, fried tilapia, and fried scallops. It came with a side (of course I chose mac & cheese) and salad (for an extra charge). I also ordered a Tequila Kamikaze for a cocktail. I asked for a little blue for coloring. 🙂 If you are not a heavy drinker, like myself, you should ask that they pour light on the liquor because they like their cocktails strong! I was such a great experience and the customer service was amazing. Being that it was our first time, the 4th generation owner came over, introduced himself and made sure we were exceptionally taken care of.

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Charleston, SC has also been the scene of tragedy as 9 lives were taken in the shooting of Mother Emanuel AME Church, a heinous hate crime by Dylann Roof. While I was there, I had to go visit and pay my respects.

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A poem dedicated to the Emanuel 9.

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