Atlanta ❤s Brunch: Boogalou 

 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? 

Food                   🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Service              🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Atmosphere    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Overall              🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Currently #1 on my favorite Brunch list. 

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Playing Catch Up

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! 🙂

Dealing with PCOS and Extreme Menstrual Pain

So I came across this post from xoNecole on how to know when your menstrual cramps are abnormal. It was something I’d been all too familiar with being that I’ve dealt with it since puberty. I have had the worst cramps that I could ever imagine. I mean nearly every month since getting my period, I’ve had to deal with excruciating pain in my lower abdomen and back. Sometimes it’s so bad I can barely stand up or walk. Extreme fatigue, diarrhea (I know, TMI), feeling nausea, losing my appetite or even getting sick and vomiting are all symptoms of my cycle. My only solution would be to crawl into a ball on the nearest floor, crying my eyes out and calling for my mother. (I’m such a baby when it comes to these things). Even hearing me describe it is like describing death.

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(Photo: A Special Needs Media)

Finally, I had to go to the doctor because the pain was so unbearable. I’d literally miss days of school because I couldn’t get out of bed. Not to mention, I had a spell of week long periods, but only every 3 months. I was diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 16, which stands for PolyCystic Ovary Syndrome. What happens is, there is a problem in which a woman’s hormones are out of balance (over production of the male hormone, androgen). It can cause problems with your periods (irregular periods) and make it difficult to get pregnant (infertility). Other symptoms include, but aren’t limited to, weight gain (difficulty losing weight), excess facial hair growth, and cysts on your ovaries (hence the name).

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Treatment is available for those with this diagnosis but I’m not here to talk about that just yet. I want to focus more on easing the pain of PCOS related menstrual cramps. Believe me, cramping is bad and annoying on any level, but abnormal cramps are that much worst. I am not a medical professional, but here are some things that I do to help lighten the blow.

  1. Drink water. I know, it’s the clichest thing to say but it’s so true. Not only is water a contributor to all things beauty, it does wonders for your health. (Duh!)
  2. Exercise and diet. I honestly didn’t believe everyone saying exercise helps with cramping until I tried it. Best decision of my life. Your diet can help ease the symptoms of PCOS which in turn relieve some of the pain of your cycle.
  3. Hot bath. Submerging your whole body in a bath of warm liquid and it stops your flow for a while. Double score!
  4.  Heating pad and hot tea. Literally anything hot in, on, or around the body is good!
  5. An orgasm. Now I can’t say that intercourse is my first choice during my menstruation (although it works for some), a good orgasm can ease the pain. No intercourse needed.
  6. Having a glass (not a bottle) of wine. I find that having a glass of wine during my cycle not only eases the pain of my cramps but also leads to shorter periods. Thank me later.
  7. Period tracker and meds. Although my periods are irregular, they still have I slight pattern. I use a period tracker app to help me figure around the time I can expect Mother Nature, then I start an ibuprofen regimen a couple of days before my expected start date. Of course, there are times when Mother Nature wins and pulls a fast one, but I’m always prepared with Tylenol. I’ll start my regimen at the first sign of my cycle.

As some things can’t be avoided, we can only conspire to make them more tolerable.

Disclaimer: I am in no way, shape, or form a professional in the medical field or have ability to diagnose or treat anyone else’s condition. I can only provide helpful tips and advice through research and experience. Find more information at WebMd, The PCOS Foundation, Mayo Clinic, Homorne Health Network, or talking to your OB/GYN.

 

 

Lifestyle Link Party

Signature Walk

fb_img_1452048268484.jpgEarlier this year, I was invited to talk to young aspiring models here in the Carolinas! (I totally forgot to post before the event, so forgive me). Signature Walk took place in Sumter, SC on January 16, 2016. It was such a great experience. I love sharing my experiences and stories to people with the same dream as me. They understand the struggle and scarifies that have to be made in order to get where you want to be. There will be more classes to attend and I will be there to be a model coach.

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Me with Signature Walk Founder, LaTonya Franklin of Mood Swing Photography

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All of  the models did such an amazing job! They taught me so much. It was  such a success that I’ve decided to be a model coach. It was never something I’d thought about early on, but that class made me realize I could do it.

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Here are the details on my makeup look that day.

(Face – Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream in Sienna, Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder in Lucy; Brows – NYX Brow Pencil in Dark Brown, LA Girl PRO Concealer in Toffee; Eyes – Bare Minerals Eye Shadow in Thank You, Maybelline Expert Wear Eye Shadow in Forest Green, NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Brunette (used as shadow), NYX Liquid Eyeliner in Black, Kiss NY i-Envy Mascara; Lips – NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam over Black Radiance Lipstick in 5016)

Happy Birthday Domino J!

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A quarter of a century! Yep, I had my 25th birthday! Not today, but my birthday was January 7th, 2016. I’ve always wanted to do an extravagant party like a Sweet Sixteen or something but I never had the chance. This year, I decided to change that by having a Harlem Nights themed birthday party.

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The venue was so perfect. It was a 1920’s themed lounge in Columbia! How cool is that?! It’s called Empire Supper Club. They always have something new going on too. From burlesque shows and fire breathers to international food and music nights. It was an amazing night to say the least.

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I had two dresses and this one (above) has to be my favorite dress! I walked into this vintage store in Columbia, called Hip*Wa*Zee, and it was in front on  a mannequin waiting for me to make it my own. I heard the voice of angels with light shining down it. *queues ahhh* I got this beautiful headpiece from there too. And I was so excited to find my shoes at Charlotte Russe for $10!! You guys know how much I love a good sale, especially a shoe sale.

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(Dress, Headpiece, Cigarette holder – Hip*Wa*Zee; Shoes & Earrings – Charlotte Russe; Bracelet/Ring set – RUE 21)

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My cake and cupcakes were done by no one other than my good friend, Chef Pebbles. When I tell you her cakes are crack, they are addictive. And in honor of Sugar Ray’s, I had my very own candy bar set up. We had jelly beans, rock candy, sixlets, and some pretty silver gumballs. The funny thing is that I didn’t know the coloration between the candy and the movie (being that I watched it for the first time 2 days before my party), until after I watched it. I’d wanted the candy bar from the start and when I figured it out, I really thought of myself as a genius lol! (A girl can dream, right?)

I also had a photo booth with 1920’s themed photo props! (more party pics coming soon) And yes, I planned this whole shindig myself! I mean, I am an event planner ;-)!

All in all, I HAD SO MUCH DAMN FUN! I’m grateful that I was able to celebrate another year with people in my life that support, love, and care for you. And, of course, I feel that way about you guys so I had to share! I hope you enjoy!

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A Mini Vacation in Athens, GA

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of traveling for something other than work… a much needed break and some QT time with my new beau. I may let you in on those details a little later, but for now we’ll focus of the trip.

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One of the days we went to Atlanta. I love to visit Little 5 Points when in Atlanta. They have so many local shops that have the cutest stuff. My favorite store is this amazing consignment shop, Rag-o-Rama.  I always find crazy deals on shoes.

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We had lunch at Ru-Sans. Then  we went to see The Martian, which was really good. I love the movie theaters in Atlanta, the one we went to had a full bar!

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Before leaving for SC, we explored the quaint town of Madison, GA. It was a gloomy day but the town was beautiful. Plenty of small shops and restaurants, and most are locally owned. My favorite is this little ice cream parlor & candy store, Scoops.  If only they could ship ice cream.

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Working As A Promotional Model & BA

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Most of you all know that I do various types of modeling, one being a promo model or BA. What’s a BA, you ask? Well a BA is short for brand ambassador and as a BA, it’s my job to help promote and get the word out about a particular brand. It could be from a social media standpoint, where brands send me items or merchandise to review and rep on Facebook or Instagram. Or, like most of my BA work, a promotional event held at a convention, sporting event, festival, or even bars. You know that person at the festival that has some cool free items for you as long as you signup for an email list or something, well that’s me lol. It’s my duty to educate you about the brand I’m working for and excite you about what they can offer you. I’ve worked with such brands as SVEDKA Vodka, Sports Illustrated, Hennessy, Bosch, Aleve, Delta, 5 Hr Energy Drinks, Allstate, Geico and even on a food truck with WingStop just to name a few.

It’s super fun, meeting new people, and the best part is that I get to travel anywhere! So far I’ve had the chance to travel all over the southeast doing promos. There is always an event somewhere and a lot of BA’s do it full time. And as much as I am an introvert, being in this field where I’m meeting and interacting with new people is pretty cool. Maybe you’ll catch me in your city one day! Until then, see you next blog post.

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#WhoIsDominoJ Website Launch Recap

Yes yes yes!!! I know I’m super late but let’s go back to my website launch for a second. It was absolutely amazing! I definitely suffered from my anxiety, wanting everything to be perfect, but I was so grateful. I really appreciate and is thankful for everybody invovled. And I definiitly wouldn’t have been able to pull this off without all of my supporters. I really can’t explain the many emotions I felt.. ok…enough of my feelings and on to the good stuff.

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First off, the event was held at one of my favorite place in Columbia, Rue 77 on September 26 2015 at 6pm. We had a photo backdrop, chocolate covered strawberries, complimentary wine, giveaways and of course swag bags! The event was put together by my agency, I AM ME Consulting. I couldn’t have possibly done this without my sponsors Rue 77, Chris E. Productions, Wanda’s Health Massage Therapy, Aaron D Smalls Photography, Seventh Division, Beauty Amour Eyebrow Bar, Chef Pebbles, Pif Boyz Ent, Careese Digital Photography.

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Special thank you to my models Chris Crosby, Michaeyla Adrienna, J. Young aka Fro, La’Shawn Rembert, Mekaela B., and Brandon St Cloud. OMG, they were the cool kids of the night and did an awesome job.

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Special thank you to good friend and host, Mani Millss and music was provided by the infamous DJ Loui Vee of 100.1 The Beat.

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All the glory be to my styling team and the gods of slaying lol. I am in love with this dress from Page XVII by Jasmyne S. My makeup artist, Shaunell Davis of Beauty Amour Eyebrow Bar is always on point and was also apart of my hair team alongside Morcia Bradley. And I have to love my styling team, LaKera Woodberry and Vanessa The Designer always keep me looking amazing!

You can find more photos on the Domino J Facebook Page and from Careese Digital Photography here.

Again, none of this would’ve been possible if I didn’t have you guys supporting me! Seriously, THANK YOU!!!

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