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Teen Wellness Workshop at Ballou High School

Posted on February 22, 2014

This week I served as a guest speaker for the female teen wellness two day workshop at Ballou High School!  I was contacted by health educator Charlotte Hager of Unity Health Care to speak  with the girls from 9th to 12th grade.  She facilitates a comprehensive health and wellness workshop aimed specifically at the needs and interests of the teenagers.  I went during my lunch break to meet with Charlotte and talk to the girls.  During my presentation, I addressed a range of topics fromRead More

Be Yours!

Posted on February 14, 2014

Location: Highland Park All the single ladies (All the single ladies) All the single ladies (All the single ladies) Now put your hands up! Ok Ok I’m putting my hands down…. I believe Valentine’s Day is just like any other day.  The only difference is you wait longer for a table at a restaurant and you may feel a little down if you are dateless.  But don’t fret!  Here are five ways to beat your Valentine’s Day blues: 1.  Treat yourself toRead More

Chrisette Michele talks music and natural hair

Posted on January 30, 2014

Dark and Lovely invited me to stop by their booth at the 1st annual Bennett Career Institute  & C. Allan Systems First Annual Celebrity Beauty Weekend with guest artist Chrisette Michele and it went a little something like this… No shrinkage makes us HAPPY! The End Special Thanks to: AriJazmin (video and photos)  Check out Dark and Lovely on Facebook and Instagram Abrazos, Mel

In Black y Blanco

Posted on January 25, 2014

Location:  Highland Park My favorite thing to wear this winter is a crisp suit. I normally wear them to work but I decided to switch it up and rock it with comfy sneakers in my fav color combo, black y blanco. Photos by: Maleznaz Blazer: Koton Shirt:  Forever21 Pants:  Zara Sunglasses: Chanel Sneakers:  Converse Jack Purcell

It’s Brick outside! As a New Yorker would say

Posted on December 15, 2013

With the temperature rapidly dropping and already experiencing our first winter storm, I was filled with nostalgia for this beautiful fall day.   I met up with my friend Ari in DC (13th and U St. NW to be exact) and we took advantage of an unseasonable warm afternoon to take some pics.  She scoped out this spot and just started snapping away….  Ya’ll know I love a jumping picture!  Photos: Ari Jazmin Hugs, Mel

Featured: Refinery 29!

Posted on November 27, 2013

Ok so I’m going to cut to the chase and say that I was SUPER elated when I received an email requesting to be featured on Refinery 29– one of my absolute favorite sites.  I experienced a lot of different emotions that day because to think the night before I was surfing the site searching for a new handbag and the perfect party look for an upcoming event and now I’m one of the editor’s picks!  A huge Thank You to editor Holly E. Thomas and photographer KateRead More

Luv & Learn Your Hair Tour Hosted by Taren Guy – DC visit

Posted on October 31, 2013

I attended the Luv & Learn Your Hair event held at the Midtown Partyplex.  It was founded and hosted by the one and only natural hair vlogger Taren Guy!  It started off with raffle prizes and awesome gift bags by Motions, to a hair style demonstration, and concluded with a panel discussion with Yolanda Renee of Etc Blog Mag, hair care expert Jennifer Rose, and vlogger Kirsten Walker.  Everyone spoke candidly about their personal hair journey including the triumphs and struggles.  The discussion was anRead More

Fashion Facebook Contest featuring ME!

Posted on September 24, 2013

It’s DC Fashion Week!  In celebration, I was given an assignment: Create a chic outfit only using the Louis at 14th theme colors: Pink, Green, Purple, Black and White (all colors did not have to be used). So, who wore it best? “LIKE” the picture to vote –  http://bit.ly/LouisFashion You can vote for as many people as you’d like! The person with the most “Likes” by Monday, October 7 wins a $350 Four Seasons Gift Card.  A special Thanks to the folks at DesignRead More

DC Family Weekend – More like #TBT

Posted on September 12, 2013

Sometimes Skype and FaceTime are not enough when you miss little sister and nieces – so I convinced her to come visit! We couldn’t have planned it better.  The weather was absolutely beautiful so we headed out and enjoyed every bit of it….. Meet Zoë Meet Sanai We had a picnic by the Jefferson Memorial  Zoë was up to something..  Uncle Sheldon came and Zoë started a handstand contest!  Sanai was showing her skills…    and Uncle Sheldon got a “A”Read More

YES Zara YES!!!!

Posted on August 12, 2013

So I probably shouldn’t have been shopping this weekend but I can NEVER resist the urge to just “walk” into Zara.  It is one of my favorite stores because you are bound to find something super cute and inexpensive.  While “walking” around Zara (with a pair of new pants in my hand) I saw this t-shirt and literally said YEEEES out loud.  She is definitely rockin’ her rizos!!! This t-shirt definitely made me proud.  Looks like I will stopping byRead More