food \ shopping

Self-Care: Family Dinner and Thrift Store Shopping

Bought a bag of silk #ties from the thrift store in Woodstock, Georgia last weekend. I got all of these for $1.25. Going to use
I practiced self-care by spending the weekend with my family in Decatur last weekend.  I went to the Park Ave Thrift Store in Woodstock with my mom and got lots of stuff for only $26. The cool thing is that I got a bag of silk ties that I using as headbands. I am hard pressed to pay retail after that shopping trip.

I advised my sister to not binge-watch ‘Orange is the New Black” but since I set up the Chromecast in her bedroom, she couldn’t help herself.
fried chicken

My Dad made fried chicken and I helped.  In addition, he made candied yams, fried okra, collard greens, cornbread, macaroni and cheese and quick-pickled tomatoes. It was the perfect comfort soul food Sunday family dinner.

Anyway, I just put up an episode of “It’s Nichelle With An N“.  Listen to it when you get a chance.

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Shop Around

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Me at GenArt, originally uploaded by nichellest.

Wednesday evening, I went to GenArt Shop NYC. There were so much beautiful clothes and jewelry, I was overwhelmed. A lot of the jewelry had a Neo-Victorian Steampunk kinda feel with lace, chains, and pearls.

Metromix took pictures of the shoppers.

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Lazy Lover

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Lazy Gladiator Sandals, originally uploaded by nichellest.

With no ankle strap, these lazy gladiator sandals are not for the arena. I’m more of a lover than a fighter anyway, so they’re cool with me.

music \ new york city \ shopping

Walk Of Shame Shopping

A few years ago, my friend Erin Hall of Erin and The Cello wrote a fun song called “Walk Of Fame”. Some of the lyrics go like this:

It’s not the walk of shame.
No! No! No!
It’s called the walk of fame.
Yo! Ho! Ho!

Summer’s here and people tend to get a bit frisky with the more sunlight and warmer weather. Hooking up on a school night can be fun; that’s totally cool. However, it can be a pain in the ass (no pun intended) clothing-wise the next day especially for a chick. Women CANNOT wear the same outfit to work two days in a row. Therefore, “walk of shame” Shopping is the only solution. Here are a few recommendations.

  1. If you hook-up downtown, you best bet is to go to Century 21 (22 Cortlandt Street). It opens at the crack of dawn at 7:45 AM, Monday Through Friday.
  2. Most Gaps/Old Navys open at 10AM, except for the ones near Times Square which may open at 9AM and the one at 6th Ave around 46th Street opens at 8 AM
  3. K-Mart on Astor Place (yes it may come to this) opens early. I think as early as 8AM, but I have to confirm.
  4. Chinatown is usually a no- go because all you will find of knock-off of Louie Vuitton bags and I LOVE NY T-shirts. This would be good only if your “walk of shame” morning coincides with Halloween and you could say that you are in costume as a tourist.
  5. For the fast-fashion cheap fashionistas, there’s Strawberry. The one at Grand Central opens at 8AM.
  6. Here a proactive option: If after a few drinks during happy hour, you are 99.9% that you going home with the musician/writer/vegan that you are talking to, stop by the American Apparel store on the Lower East Side (183 East Houston St) which stays open to 10PM on weeknights. An outfit may only set you back $50. It’s worth it; besides, the guy is gonna pay for the taxi  Uber to Astoria or East Bushwick.  Right?!