Posts tagged Birthday
Photo Diary: It's a Celebration!
Every Thursday night, a group of my friends get together for "family dinners."  We rotate houses, and each bring an item of food, based on what theme the host chooses.  This past week, the theme was "baked," so we had baked chicken, baked mac & cheese, baked tilapia, etc... The food is always delicious, and we all have a great evening, which usually ends in drinks and games!

Yesterday afternoon I went to brunch with the boo, and ordered eggs benedict.  Doesn't my food look like Oscar from Sesame Street? lol

Later that evening, I went out to celebrate my best friend Leilani's birthday.  We went to dinner at an Italian spot called Mama Nina.  I've blogged about this restaurant once before HERE.  Their food is definitely delicious, but not so much nutritious!
I spotted this beautiful dress in the window of a boutique on my short walk from my car to the restaurant.  I may have to go back and try it on!

The beautiful birthday girl!  Happy birthday Lei!

Say it with me: Yuuuuuummm!
After dinner, Lei and I went to meet up with some of our friends for her birthday party at a karaoke bar!  

We had such a blast!  We sang everything from En Vogue to Britney Spears!  We jammed to Boyz II Men, Alanis Morissette, sang some MJ, grooved to Stevie Wonder, and more!  We did it all!  And of course we were dancing our behinds off too!  

It was honestly the most fun I've had in a good while!  

Happy Monday!


Wearing a dress from H&M, leopard belt and wallet from Target, earrings from f21, and Circa Joan and David leather heeled sandals.

Last Thursday I went on a mini vacation to Annapolis, MD with my mom, Sasha, her mom, our family friend Valerie, and me.  It was a girl's weekend/my mother's birthday celebration and we had A LOT of fun!  But unlike most vacations, we stayed at Valerie's son's condo instead of a hotel... Aka took over his condo/made him chauffeur us around for the entire weekend LOL.

If you don't know, Annapolis is a historic Navy town, and Valerie's son (Jujuan) is also in the Navy.  He took us around town and gave us a tour of the Naval Academy too!  It was Plebe Parents Weekend (Plebe's are the freshman class at the academy) and there were men/women in uniform everywhere!

I didn't know much about the Navy, or how they differed from the Army or Marines, so it was great having a personal tour guide who knew basically everything lol.  Sasha and I drilled Jujuan with questions the whole trip!  

Did you know that they issue everything at the academy?  Regulated glasses, socks, shorts, pants, tops... They even cut your hair to your ears when you first enter the academy!!  My sense of fashionable expression would suffer GREATLY!  But as you get older, you get more privileges... Like wearing "civilian" clothing on the weekends.  I would work as hard as I could to get that one LOL!  "I want to do extra pushups, sir yes sir!"
Sasha chillin at the Kunta Kinte-Alex Hailey Memorial
Mommy :)
But honestly, I have so much more respect for the Navy and for all men/women in the service.  At the end of the trip, I seriously wanted to sign up for the Naval Academy!  I was so inspired!  Unfortunately,  you can't enter if you already have a bachelor's degree so my dream ended then lol.

Sunrise :)

Another day we went to the Plebe parade.  It was so intense.  The formations, the hits, the stances.  I LOVED IT ALL!  Sasha and I kept stating that we were waiting for Beyonce to appear from the sky and start performing in the middle of the Plebe's haha!  

We were also looking for Tyrese the whole trip, since he was in that silly movie "Annapolis" (which I've actually never seen).  Yes, we have issues.
The band was killin.  Straight up.
The parade was a lot of fun, but it ended up raining on our parade, no pun intended!  So we sought cover until it calmed down a little (I got stuck walking in the pouring rain twice in one day, but Jujuan wasn't phased. He's such a Navy guy haha)!

Sasha and I ended up cracking his shell by the end of the trip.  Our craziness rubbed off on him (in a good way of course hehe).
Here's my lovely mother on her bday.  We ate dinner at Ruth Chris's Steakhouse.  It was delicious.  I went in and got a bone in rib eye.  It was delish!  I also had bread pudding with a scoop of ice cream on top for dessert.  It was SO good!
Don't we look alike? :)

The last night in town, Sasha and I met up with my friend Katrina and she took us to D.C. to a house party.  Sasha and I both forgot to take our cameras!  Katrina was looking so fly!  And so was everyone at this party!  It was great being surounded by artistic/fly/natural haired/cool peeps!  We had a good time, and it was so good to see you Kbello!

The whole trip was a blast and I could have honestly stayed a couple more days, not gonna lie.  I actually took a boat load of pics, but since I didn't upload them all on this post, I uploaded the whole album onto my Facebook Page.  Check it out!


23, free to be.
I had the pleasure of celebrating my birthday this past weekend.  My birthday was May 1st, but I celebrated (for the most part) on Saturday night.  The besties Sasha and Leilani took me out to a lovely restaurant, and afterwards met up with some of our girlfriends to do some bar hopping!

Leilani picked me up, and my mom took pictures of us before dinner.
I called this outfit "Latin Heat" lol

My mom bought me this awesome jacket for my bday :)

I'm basically about to bomb you guys with a slew of pics, but give me a pass cuz it was my bday, k? 

I've realized that I love big hair.  I used to live in Texas, so that may have been an influence hehe

Leilani was shutting it down as usual...
Before Leilani picked me up I...

1. Got lash glue in my left eye which resulted in instant swelling and a bloodshot eye

2. Spilled a bottle of nail polish all over my bathroom floor (and partially on my carpet) because I was rushing to paint my nails

3.  Decided I will never try to apply my own falsies ever again.  #traumatizing 

We met up with Sasha and the restaurant, and I totally forgot to not only take pictures of her (she looked great!!!) but a picture of all three of us!  What the heck was I thinking?  But I also accidentally left my iPhone at home, so I was kind of a hott mess the whole day haha.  Next time we go out, I'm taking pictures of the trio!!

Leilani won't know this until she reads this, but Sasha and I have renamed her "Emolani."  

My lovely friend Tatiana met us for dinner too!

It's time for the food pics!

I didn't have my phone, so I took over Tati's to tweet occasionally lol.  Thanks Tati!

After dinner we went bar hopping.  There were 7 of us girls, we always have a great time together, so it was effortless fun!

Club Stories:

1. I was known that night in all the bars as "The girl in the hot pink pants" haha.  They're RED (but in the club, you couldn't really see that).

2.  There was this random 45+ year old "Rasta Man" whipping his dreads in the middle of the dance floor, in house slippers, at the club all night, who unfortunately kept hitting on me.

3. My hair was a big hit, no pun intended, as many men randomly came up to me to comment on my hair.  The bigger the better!

Yesterday,  (my actually bday), was VERY relaxing.  I just chilled, watched movies with Mom.  Sasha came over for a bit,  I watched my Celtics play in Game 1 against Miami (although we lost... Not sweatin it), and had dinner + dessert with my parents at the crib.  

I am blessed.