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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The Difference Between Good-Looking & Great-Looking

If you are keen to look your absolute best at all times – and who isn’t? – Then there are going to be a number of factors that you need to pay attention to as closely as you can manage. Looking truly great is something of an art mixed with science, and it often takes people many years indeed to be able to work out how to do it for them. Of course, everyone is different, so it is something that you are going to need to work out alone for the most part, but as long as you do you should be able to get to a point where you really are happy with how you look most of the time. In this post, we are going to look at three factors in particular which are bound to make the difference between good-looking and great-looking; be sure to focus on these if you are keen to make that kind of a change to your own look.

Attention To Detail

Although it can often seem as though the details of what you are wearing are not important, or at least not as important as the overall effect, you would be mistaken. Actually, the more that you are able to focus on the details of your outfit, the more likely it is that it will look truly sensational, so you should try to always make it a point that you do this when you are trying to look your best. If you manage to do it at all times, it will be especially effective, and you will find that you manage to look amazing much more often than you might have even thought possible. It’s all about ensuring everything works together, from your Fifth Collection Louis Vuitton bag to your shoes, so that the look as a whole is much more successful.

Hair & Skincare

You need to at least follow the very basics of looking after both your hair and skin if you are to look your absolute best at all times, and if you are lacking in either of these areas then it is bound to make a considerable difference to how you look indeed. You need to make sure you keep your hair clean at all times, and that your skin is being looked after – that means not just washing regularly, but avoiding overexposure to the sun and using a decent moisturizer daily. If you can do those basics, you will find that you are much more prone to looking truly great, so it is absolutely worth thinking about.

Smile

Finally, it is hugely important to remember the value of a genuine, full smile. If you smile while out and about, you will drastically improve the appearance you have, to a degree which might truly amaze you. You will start to receive some amazing responses from the outside world, and you will be more likely to keep it up as a result. So make sure that you smile wherever possible and consider it a part of your overall look.

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Getting Ready For Spring: 10 Clothing Trends

It will soon be time to kiss goodbye to winter! Not only does this mean we are saying adios to awful weather, but also the need to wrap up warm as well. Fashion often takes a backseat during the colder months, as our main concern is the freezing temperatures. But this is no longer the case when Spring arrives! So, you need to be prepared. Here are ten things that should be in your spring wardrobe…

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1. Wide-Leg Trousers

Skinny jeans have been in fashion for years and years now. However, wide-leg trousers offer a welcomed alternative for the months ahead. Not only do they look great, but they are extremely comfortable too. They give your legs room to breathe and their effortlessly sleek style is ideal for a cool summer look. This is a garment you will get a lot of use out of throughout spring and summer.

2. Squares

Every year we have a new pattern that comes to the fore, and this time that pattern is squares. It doesn’t matter whether you purchase clothing with a cheesecloth pattern or you opt for a grid design, if squares are incorporated in the print you should definitely be rocking it.

3. Pastels

You won’t find a trend more consistent than pastel colors. Every spring lovely lilacs, mint greens, and baby blues appear on the market. But, who’s complaining? Pastel playsuits, like Petal & Pup Playsuits, are a must for the spring months ahead.

4. Jewels

It is time to lavish in all things jewels and crystals! Look for clothing boasting stunning and sparkly embellishment. This is ideal for those warm summer nights when you are attending a special event or going out for cocktails with the girls.  

5. Full Skirts

This trend is super fun and super feminine! Full skirts bring you in at the waist and so they can be extremely flattering. Full-length skirts have been popular on the runway, but it is advisable to go for a midi skirt instead. A full midi-skirt is much more wearable – from garden parties to office attire, you can’t go wrong.

6. Pink

The color pink was actually a massive trend throughout the winter months. Light and dusty shades gave off a beautiful winter wonderland feel. However, this trend has progressed for the upcoming seasons. Fashion is embracing more vivid shades, such as fuchsia.

7. Bohemian

Bohemian styles often make an appearance during the summer period. Thankfully it is a trend that is certain to be embraced this year! The great thing about this laid-back style is the fact that you can look runway ready without having to put in much effort. Comfy and fashionable – the perfect combo!

8. Lace

Lace shirts, lace skirts, lace dresses… lace is taking the fashion industry by storm. This trend is beautiful, intricate, and elegant. Light colors, such as ivory and pale pink, are ideal for creating a pretty look. However, why not mix it up and go for a bold shade instead? A vivid color will put a quirky and summery stamp on this trend.

9. Shoulders out!

A lot of women don’t like wearing a completely strapless top or dress, as they feel uncomfortable or lacking in support. Luckily, ‘shoulders out’ can be interpreted in many different ways. Look for clothes with one-sleeve or an off the shoulder design instead.

10. White Blouse

A white blouse may seem like a boring trend to finish this post on! However, this is certainly not the case. If you look at clothing websites over the coming months you will notice that white shirts and blouses have had a makeover. From quirky patterns to stunning embellishments, white blouses definitely aren’t going to be boring this year!

So there you have it, the top ten trends in fashion for the sunnier months ahead! What one is your favorite? Are you going to embrace your girly side and be pretty in pink? Or do you prefer the laid back bohemian style? No matter what option you go for, you are guaranteed to have eyes on you for all of the right reasons when rocking one of these stunning trends!

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Sunday Funday in Detroit

We all know global warming is bad for the planet but who doesn’t love a great sunny day in the midst of winter? SUNday Funday takes on a whole new meaning when temperatures hit above 40 degrees in January!

The weather this past weekend was pretty fab so a friend and I played tourists on our home turf and hit Lumen for some lunch and libations.

In case you’re in the Detroit area during winter, make sure to stop by Lumen and experience an igloo. Igloos are first come, first serve but community seating based on the number of people in your party. Either way, it’s a fun (heated) experience. A full menu is served in the igloos which come equipped with heaters and furry blankets.

Another great thing about global warming – you get to step out of your stuffy boots and puffy coats. I’m not at all a fan of cold weather so any time I can throw on something cute, colorful and technically made for warmer temps, I’m all about it. Hence, sporting my new Adidas Falcons (thanks to bae 😉😘). BTW, these Adidas Falcon sneakers are super comfy and fun. They come in multiple color ways and are decently affordable for a specialty shoe.

Get out. Have fun. Explore your home town. And look fab while doing it!

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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Snow is falling, lights are twinkling, and Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas” is playing on every other radio station. You know what that means – Christmas is around the corner! I’m not one to fall on the Christmas bandwagon as soon as the click strikes midnight on November 1st; but now that it’s nearing mid-December, I am starting to get in the Christmas spirit.

I have become someone who believes that things will happen when they are supposed to happen. No need to rush things. It kind of goes for Christmas too. As a society we’ve started celebrating the holiday earlier and earlier each year. We all know when the ACTUAL day of Christmas will come, yet we stress and scurry to buy gifts and toys, decorate and even play Christmas tunes. We even sometimes forget that Jesus is the real reason for the season.

You ever heard the saying good things come to those who wait? Yup. Wait for things to happen, don’t rush them and good will come. Just like the joy of Christmas morning. It’s coming, it will be great, but no need to rush it.

Outfit Details: 

Overall Dress – Forever 21 

Cold Shoulder Sweater – Fashion Nova 

But in the spirit of the season, I wish you all a happy holiday – whatever you celebrate. 🙂

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Should You Ever Gift Clothing For Christmas?

So, you’ve seen the cutest dress that you think would look absolutely stunning on your best friend. However, you end up procrastinating, overthinking and leaving the store without making a purchase. Why? The chances are you worried about getting the right size, wondering about whether she would actually like it, and if then she would feel pressured to wearing something she didn’t like every time she saw you. Fashion is a huge industry, but it doesn’t tend to provide presents for us to give others. With Christmas fast approaching, take a look at these sorts of fashionista gifts you could think about giving to your nearest and dearest.

Remove The Stress

If you don’t know your sister’s size, you don’t know the trouser length for your dad, or you simply have no clue what color to purchase for your best friend, consider buying a gift voucher for a store instead. This way, the intended recipient can have their pick of pieces. At best, your sibling or pal will be ecstatic wondering the aisles, trying on attire and picking their perfect outfit. At worst, you have got it completely wrong, and they may have to think, where on Earth is there a gift card kiosk near me to swap the voucher for cash. In any case, the thought will be there, and the person with the voucher ends up with what they want.

Accessories

You don’t have to go for the big ticket items to gift some fashionable attire this festive season. Choosing clothing can be a personal thing, and some people don’t like to be given a dress, some jeans or a top as a present. However, if you go for something a little more subtle that can accessorize an outfit, then you will have more chance of success. Why not take a look at a scarf, a designer belt or eco-friendly socks. These smaller stocking fillers are less offensive and can be the most thoughtful gifts to give.

Investigate

If you are dead set on purchasing a new coat for your loved one or you know that your brother desperately needs a new suit, then you need to investigate. Drop subtle hints and ask the necessary questions so you can find out their preferred styles, the colors they love and, most importantly, their size. There’s no point going to all the effort of getting a stunning designer three piece suit if the trousers are too long and the jacket won’t do up. Heading to the high street to buy clothing for others is exciting but a tad intimidating. Remember to purchase what you think the recipient would like, not what you think they should like, and you shouldn’t go far wrong.

Fashion is a fickle creature. What is on trend this month might not be next month. As such, people’s opinions, likes and dislikes change quickly too. If you are willing to take the fashion plunge, don’t be alarmed if your gift is met with a pleasant smile and a request for the receipt. Buying clothes to gift is a risky business, but it might just be worth it.

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5 Reasons You Should Shop Online This Holiday Season

With Christmas just around the corner your mind has started to wander towards gift buying and shopping. Every single year you put on your wooly hat and head to your local town center to brave the Christmas crowds. This year you should think about embracing online shopping, because there are arguably way more advantages to this method of retail therapy. Instead of getting caught up in unnecessary sale items you can actually start shopping for the things you really need. Check out these five reasons to shop online this festive season.

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1. There is So Much More On Offer

The online world is bursting with amazing designers and independent businesses that should be supported. When you buy from an online store such as adina’s jewels, you are helping a small business meet their goals. In addition to this, there is so much more on offer online compared to your run of the mill high street stores. Find unique pieces of jewelry that will excite your friends and family, instead of the same old pieces that can be found everywhere.

2. You Don’t Have To Brave the Crowds

There is nothing worse than trying to push your way through a crowded town center to get to the shop you need, not to mention the winding queues at the checkout. Stay comfy and cozy in your own home and use your computer to get everything done this year. You’ll be grateful that you haven’t got to battle through the hustle and bustle with all of your bags!

3. It’s Cheaper

Believe it or not online shopping can be much cheaper than heading to the high street. As long as you have the right will power and are open to returning things if they’re not quite right, you will definitely be saving money. Retailers like to draw you into special offers and place clever items at the checkout to make you buy more. When you shop online you aren’t as exposed to all of this so you can stick to your list much more easily.

4. The Perfect Solution for a Busy Person

Like most people in the modern world, you don’t actually have time to head out to the shops to purchase all of your Christmas presents. The beauty of shopping online is that you can do it whenever and wherever you want! Whether you’re making a purchase on the bus to work or you’re tapping away at your phone during a lunch break, you can get everything done without having to disturb your busy schedule.

5. You Can Bulk Buy 

There is nothing worse than heading to the shops and being overloaded with shopping bags. You start to sweat and your hands feel like they are about to drop off. You can buy heavier or bulkier items online without having to stress about carrying them all the way home!

So log onto your favorite store on your phone or fire up your laptop, because online shopping is definitely the way forward this Christmas.

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