Men’s Fashion: Defining Your Style

I just wanted to take a moment to celebrate the man behind most of my instagram photos – my boyfriend. Thank you for doing your best to hit those angles, baby!

Now, to celebrate you, you get your very own blog post! Since the first day I met you, I’ve admired your style. Your ability to confidently define what you love in fashion is inspiring.
So here’s some inspiration for you fellas out there to help you hone in on the best style for YOU:
  • Think about what makes you feel most comfortable then wear it!
  • Define your personality. Let this reflect in your clothing choices.
  • Men can accessorize, too! Watches, hats, shoes. These can all be focal points in your daily ensembles.
  • Trial and error. It may be painful, but take some time to go to your favorite store and try on everything that catches your eye. Take photos of what you feel looks the best and keep it for future reference.
  • You can be fly on a budget, too. Did you know Five Below is a great spot for novelty tees?
  • Think outside the box. Fashion really has no rules, so do you what you want!

Keep doing you, Jamarr. Let your shoe game continue to be strong and your style choices remain fly.
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Lazy Monk Menstrual Cup Review

If you’re squeemish or a guy, let me stop you right here. This post is about menstrual cycles and lots of gross, female stuff lies ahead in the text. Ladies, if you get that annoying monthly visit from Aunt Flow, keep reading!

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I recently had the opportunity to try and review Lazy Monk Menstrual Cups and let me tell you, I was super excited to try because I’ve been looking for a good alternative to pads and tampons. I personally have a super heavy flow so it gets real messy once a month. I’m not currently on birth control and my doctor pretty much told me too bad, so sad when I asked for alternatives to help regulate it, so each month I just deal with the PMS, cramps, bloating, fatigue and the worst – leakage.

My cycles get so heavy that I often have to double up and wear a tampon and pad, so when I saw Lazy Monk came with two cup sizes – one for light days and one for heavy days, I was grateful.

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My first day, I used the smaller, light day cup. I didn’t experience any leakage! Unfortunately, my second and third day I used the bigger cup in addition to a pad to soak up access leakage. I could have potentially gotten away without having leakage on day three had I been able to empty my cup after 3-4 hours. However, life happens and you can’t always get to a safe haven aka your own bathroom.

Which leads me to my next point. These menstrual cups are made from natural materials and FDA approved so I had no qualms about literally putting it inside me. However, the first insertion is a bit awkward. But you definitely get used to it. I’m kind of a pro now! Pro tip: fold the cup as small as you can and squat for seamless insertion. Another tip, insert and remove in the shower!

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The cup collects as much blood as possible but if you think you won’t get any on you during removal, think again. Hence, my best advice is to remove it while you’re in the shower.

Overall, I’d recommend Lazy Monk Menstrual cups. While you can often times feel a tampon, the Lazy Monk cup feels invisible. I didn’t experience any discomfort or negative reaction. The only downside is that I’m basically the Hoover Dam and require a little extra help to soak it all up. So to all my fab friends with a similar heavy flow, be sure to keep pads in rotation.

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Give it a try. You can purchase your Lazy Monk here.

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Rosé All Day at Hampton Social

Hi! Thanks for stopping by! If you love good food and a fabulous atmosphere, definitely keep reading.

Do you ever go out of town and find a gem of a place? A place so good you make it a point to visit every time you’re there? Well, that place for me is Hampton Social. I discovered it about 4 years ago when a friend used to live in Chicago. We made a reservation on a whim because she had heard good things about it. When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere and service and were quickly anxious to be seated with our menus.
Looking around, there were tons of girls our age who wanted to take photos of their food and selfies in the mood lighting. That’s not why we were there but we quickly turned into “those girls”. After we were seated we looked up to find the famous Rosé All Day grass wall. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that rosé has become a staple in pop culture – the drink of choice by of age millennials. To be honest, I hate rosé. It gives me a massive headache but it’s distinct color makes for pretty pictures.
So we take a look at the what seemed to be delicious menu and debated what each of us should order. “Ok, you order the pasta and I’ll try the lobster roll and we’ll get a bottle of wine to share!” We had it all figured out and stared at every plate that came by. Finally our food arrives and just as we had hoped, the food tasted as good as the atmosphere.
Hampton Social is inspired by The Hamptons. It has a preppy, beachy vibe with seafood options at the forefront of the menu. One side of the restaurant has you feeling like you’ve stepped onto a boat where you’ll sail out in style while the other side serves great lighting and photo ops. Hampton Social also has live music from local artists. Talented guys who’s voices resemble John Meyer or Ed Sheeren, making for great background music to sip your Rosé or specialty cocktail to. And you’ll enjoy a great brunch or dinner here.
Hampton Social has multiple locations in the Illinois area and I’m hoping that one day they branch out and grace us with a location in Michigan. Wishful thinking, I know, but a girl can only dream about a market fresh lobster roll in great lighting with live music so much!
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The Beach Detroit

The Beach. It was so fun it deserved a blog post!

If you follow Fabcocktail, you’ll know I’m all about interactive art. So when I found out The Beach was coming to Detroit, I had to jump on it.

The Beach is essentially a giant ball pit that simulates a beach. It’s a refreshing “getaway” in the heart of downtown Detroit that let’s you release your inner kid all while reminiscing of sunny days on the beach.

Created by artists snarkitecture, Library Street Collective has brought this interactive work of art to the D. Swimming in a giant pit of balls is not typically something you think about doing but it’s brining in crowds from all age groups. This interactive exhibit will be here until April 14. Be sure to reserve your spot online.

Pro Tips:

  1. Be prepared to get a mini workout in. Navigating through the balls wasn’t as easy as I thought!
  2. You can bring your own floaty but there are several on hand and they make for super cute photos!
  3. The Beach is not responsible for any lost items. HOLD ON TO YOUR YOU PHONES.
  4. Want to make those photos pop? Wear lots of color! The beach is essentially a blank canvas with impeccable lighting.

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wndr Museum

I’m still on a high from this past weekend! My adventure crew and I spent a total of almost 9 hours in Chicago just so we could make it to wndr – Chicago’s new experiential museum.

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Although this was just a day trip, oh the fun we had. We learned, we laughed, we took photos, and we were able to check another artistic pop-up off our list.

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wndr is a space where beauty and imagination meet. Each room and space is filled with wonder, illusion and beauty making you challenge your thoughts. The overall theme of wndr is science through art.

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“Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.” – Albert Schweitzer

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Next on our list of experiential museums to visit:

Candytopia 

Rosé Mansion

About wndr Museum 

Step into a space that reveals the wonders of the world around us.

Featuring a Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirror Room, wndr museum invites you to explore a new genre of immersive experience.

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Thank u, Blessed

I’m blessed with everything I need. I am working hard towards everything I want. And most of all, I appreciate and Thank God for what I have. Truer words have never been written!

Some of you may know I came from a sad place a few years ago. I was in an unhealthy relationship, my workplace was toxic, and years prior I was laid off. I really had to trust in God and walk by faith to get where I am today. I’m by no means in the place I want to be, but coming from my past, it’s a true blessing to be so much happier.

My work/life balance is better, I’m in a healthy relationship and I have grown my relationship with The Lord. Sometimes I ponder what life could be like and get caught up thinking about things I don’t have yet. But I have to remember how far I’ve come and I can only go UP from here.

God has truly blessed not only me but those around me. My friends and family may have their ups and downs, too but in the end we always come out on top. Because….we are blessed!

I was so excited to see this hat by Beacon Threads, faith-based apparel, pop up on my Instagram feed. I instantly purchased so I would have a constant reminder that I am blessed. Blessed in love, health, wealth, and happiness. And I can’t wait to see what else God has in store for me and those around me.

This adjustable dad hat is perfect for bad hair days, running errands, Church, and fun weekend outings. Get yours here.

Thank u, blessed.

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Eat These Things if You Want Healthier Skin

A healthy diet is an important factor for your well being, but nit everyone realizes just how much what you eat can affect your skin. Most people know that an unhealthy diet is bad for your heart, bad for your liver and can lead to some cancers and such conditions like type 2 diabetes, but if you want your skin to stay looking good and not age so quickly, your diet is crucial for that as well.

Food for skin

There are some food and drinks that are especially good for your skin, and here are the details of just a few of them.

Tomatoes

As well as being a brilliant source of vitamin C, tomatoes also contain beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene, which have all been shown to help keep wrinkles at bay and protect your skin from too much damage from the sun.  Eat them with something fatty such as cheese, and the amount of these carotenoids that are absorbed by your body will increase, making them an excellent choice for keeping your skin healthy.

Nuts

All nuts contain the fatty acids our bodies need, but walnuts especially have more than most others. Walnuts have omega-3 and omega-, which can help to reduce inflammation in your body, including any on your skin.  Omega-6 is available in many foods of a western diet, but omega-3 is less so.

Just one ounce of walnuts contains enough zinc for your skin to act as a barrier against infections and bacteria. It will also help with the healing of any wounds you sustain. They also have smaller amounts of antioxidants and other vitamins that are good for your skin.

As well as nuts, sunflower seeds are another example of a good source of skin-boosting nutrients.

Broccoli

Broccoli is so full of vitamins and nutrients that it is good for every part of your body, including your skin, so if you want to look great load your plate up with it. It contains a substance known as Lutein, which can help to prevent your skin from becoming damaged and wrinkled. It also has sulforaphane, which it is thought has some anti-cancer benefits.

Red Wine

Red wine contains something known as resveratrol that comes from the skin of the grapes used to make it. This compound is credited with many health benefits, among them, reducing the effects of aging on your skin. Red wine is also said to boost your immune system, reduce the risk of a stroke and heart disease and help with lowering cholesterol. With all these health benefits, it is good that you can buy red wine online cheaply. Just remember that it is an alcoholic drink though; so do not drink it to excess, as then the health benefits will be canceled out.

Green Tea

Green tea has been a favorite in Asian countries for centuries, which could help to explain why the natives of these countries have such good skin. It contains powerful compounds called catechins and these are good for your skin for several reasons. They will help to protect it from the damage caused by the sun and will improve your skin’s elasticity.

There is evidence, however, that drinking it with milk reduces its impact, so enjoy it just on its own.

Dark Chocolate

If ever you needed an excuse to eat chocolate, here it is. Not the ones made with lots of milk though. You need to eat dark chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa, as it is that that has really good effects on your skin.

Cocoa powder is high in antioxidants. It will help to hydrate your skin, make it less rough and scaly and makes it less sensitive to the sun. It also creates a better blood flow, which will result in more nutrients reaching your skin. All of these things will mean your skin is less likely to wrinkle, and several studies have all come to the same conclusions.

Avocados

Avocados have so many health benefits that they are recommended for most diets. From the point of view of your skin, they contain healthy fats that help to keep it flexible and moisturized.  The healthy fats found in avocados have been found to protect your skin from wrinkles and aging and will help to fight off the effects of damage caused by the sun.

People have been saying for years that you are what you eat, and this will especially show in the condition of your skin. Make sure your diet includes vitamins, antioxidants, and essential nutrients if you want your skin to stay looking young and healthy.

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