If you have Faith, all adverse and bad situations are temporary. If you preserve, it always gets better!
If you don’t know, Krog Street Market has become one of Atlanta’s premier shopping and dining venues in the city. One great aspect of Krog Street Market are the many restaurants and bars. Last week I had the pleasure of tasting the new menu at The Cockentrice.
The Cockentrice has been in Krog Street market for a year and the menu previously was more meat focused featuring succulent meats such as pork, beef and lamb. Now the menu has expanded a bit and features more seafood, poultry and vegetarian options.
Some of the menu highlights include:
Shishito Peppers & Duck Egg
Cauliflower Thai Beef Salad
Short Rib Melt
Peach, Arugula, Gruyere and Coppa Flatbread
Toulouse Stuffed Roasted Hen
The new menu is simply delicious and has something for everyone. Love it!
Another cool aspect of The Cockentrice is the cocktail menu. The Cockentrice has experienced mixologists that create the most delicious and creative libations.
One of my favorites is this Peach Sprtiz cocktail. It is made with proseco, fresh Georgia peach juice and cappaletti. It is cool and super refreshing. Yum!
Check out some cool pics from the tasting. So luxe!
The Cockentrice’s hours are:
Tuesday – Thursday: 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Sunday: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm
Be sure to check them out!
Life is what you make it. Make it great!
Last week I had the amazing opportunity to race the new Ford GT350 at Atlanta’s premier Formula 1 track, Atlanta Motorsports Park.
Ford Motor Company’s, Ford Performance division, introduced the new Ford GT350 in a big way via the 2016 Shelby GT350 Consumer Track Event Tour. This event came to Atlanta and featured in-depth educational sessions, technological demonstrations, and of course fast and powerful driving!
When we arrived at Atlanta Motorsports Park we were greeted with breakfast and much needed water. It was a hot day!
We then had the pleasure of listening to an amazing presentation by the President of Ford Performance’s division who gave us in-depth information on the history of the Shelby GT350. Carroll Shelby, car designer and racer, designed the Mustang Shelby GT350 in 1965. Since it’s inception, the Shelby Mustang GT350 has become a premier racing and consumer performance vehicle. The car has been off the market for the past 50 years, but now it is back bigger and better!
The vehicle’s features are:
500 Horsepower, wowza!
400 lb-ft of torque
Six Speed Manual.
After our presentation, we had safety training by professional experienced drivers. They instructed us on how to drive the vehicle at top speed, how to take corners on the track and of course to remain safe. More importantly, we were instructed to always listen to our instructors, who would ride with us while on the track. After our safety training, I was so read to go!
Driving the Shelby Mustang GT350 on the Atlanta Motorsports Park was an experience to remember! First the sound of the engine is simply sick!!…but in a good way. It just growls and growls and can be heard miles away. Love it! After a couple of laps around at our top speed of 100 miles per hour, I relaxed and started taking the sharp turns on the track at top speed. The great thing about the GT350 is that it take sharp turns like a champ! The car hugs the curves and there is no need to worry about toppling over. It was simply the most exhilarating experience I have ever had.
The new Shelby Mustang GT350 may be the best street legal racing car ever produced. If you love racing and power, be sure to visit a Ford dealership to take a test drive.
It retails at $55,595.00
You can always kill negativity with positivity!
Calling all lipstick lovers! Next Friday is National Lipstick Day! Whoohoo!
If you love lipstick like me, then you will surely rock your best lipstick and upload selfies across various social media platforms. Fun!
In celebration of National Lipstick Day, I would like to highlight some of my favorite lipsticks. These are my everyday go to lippies that I can’t live without!
NARS Cosmetics matte lip pencil.
I absolutely adore this mattle lip pencil. It goes on creamy and stays soft and luscious all day while maintaining a gorgeous matte finish. Retail price is $28.
Kat Von D liquid lipstick.
I never knew I would love a liquid matte lippie so much until I tried Kat Von D’s liquid matte lipstick. It goes on like a lip gloss and then instantly dries into a great matte finish. Also this matte is almost waterproof. It stays on all day with no issues. I can work out, eat and drink and it still looks good as new. Love it! Retail price is $20.00
Black Up Lipstick.
Black Up is a brand that is made specifically for women of color. The brand is based in Paris, France and I purchased the absolute best red lipstick ever from Black Up. It is perfect for my skin tone. The brand’s other lip colors are gorgeous as well and they last forever! Retail price is $23.
What are your favorite lipsticks? Will you celebrate National Lipstick Day on July 29th?
Don’t ever ever give up.
I am still reminiscing about my luxe vacay sailing the Greek Isles with Mediterranean Fitness Delights Fitness Voyage.
One of the great aspects of the yacht cruise with MDFVoyage2016 was the intense hikes with breathtaking views and guests access to their very own fitness trainer. The luxe life at its best.
For every yacht cruise, MDFVoyage employs a highly skilled fitness instructor to offer morning and evening fitness classes. For our voyage from Santorini to Kos our fitness instructor, Forrest of Forrest Fitness located in Providence, RI, instructed us in stretching, strength and cardio exercises.
In the am before morning breakfast, we engaged in stretching exercises with some yoga elements. These exercises got our blood flowing and prepared us for our daily excursions, especially the hikes.
In the evenings our fitness classes lasted between 1-1.5 hours and included lots of strength exercises and some cardio depending on how intense our daily hikes were. These evening fitness classes were quite lovely. Just imagine engaging in results driven fitness classes, bonding with other guests while the gorgeous Sun is setting over the Mediterranean. And the cool breeze from the sea wasn’t bad either! Love.
Towards the end of our voyage, we visited the beautiful island of Kalymnos. This island was a favorite because of its stunning architecture and colors.
See this island has heavy Italian influence as it was occupied by the Italians during World War II. The Italians influence can be seen through religion, architecture and culture.
The most difficult and challenging hike during our voyage was on Kalymnos. We hiked the 5 mile Italian Rd. This Italian path was built to connect the village of Pothia with Vathi. Before the road was built, the Italians had to travel a long way around the mountain to get to Pothia to Vathi and vice versa. With the Italian road, the Italians had a shorter route, but up the steep mountain and then down.
This hike was the most challenging and intense exercise activity I have ever done. The Italian Road is paved with very hard stone and is a straight steep climb up the mountain. There are no trees and little vegetation on the mountain and the Sun was super hot. I struggled during the climb up and had to stop a few times. But I did have plenty of water and support from my fellow hikers.
Halfway through, I told my fiancé and our fitness instructor Forrest, I wanted to go back, but I could not. I had to push on. But once at the peak of the mountain, all of the pain and fatigue was worth it. Look at the view!
Once we descended down the super steep mountain, we took a fun truck ride to town to have a calamari and beer party. It was much needed and such a treat! Yum!
The island of Kalymnos taught me so many things. It taught me how strong I was; how to keep going and to never give up when I want to give up the most; and sometimes you have to travel difficult roads to get to beautiful places.
Traveling with MDFVoyage is the best life adventure ever! Be sure to check out their schedule for the rest of 2016 and look out for voyages for Summer 2017 coming soon!
Disclaimer: MDFVoyage provided complimentary accommodations for this trip. However, I did pay for my travel expenses. All opinions are mine and 100% honest.
Never settle for less than you deserve.
It is almost time for the Annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares fashion show, Atlanta’s most most philanthropic fashionable event. This fundraiser and fashion show raises money for the Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta and the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF). The event will once again be hosted at Phipps Plaza on Monday, August 29th. Last year Phipps was the perfect location and it was so fab! Love it!
Recently, a private Jeffrey Fashion Cares Patron Party kicked off the event on the ultra exclusive rooftop at SPANX headquarters in Buckhead. Guests sipped on a speciality hibiscus lemonade signature cocktail, sparking rosé and more as they noshed on petite turkey sliders, chilled vichyssoise, steak frites, and macaroons from Dennis Dean – A Catering Company.
Guests were decked out in their finest! I especially love the shoes, statement jewelry pieces and handbags of the guests. They were the perfect accessories for the beautiful attire and the photographer captured them perfectly.
Check it out!
Utterly luxe and fab!
Founded by arbiter of style and acclaimed retailer Jeffrey Kalinsky, Jeffrey Fashion Cares has grown into one of the largest combined AIDS and breast cancer benefits in the country. For more information, visit www.jeffreyfashioncares.com.
You only have one life to live. Live the life you want!
After spending the day and night in the harbor in Santorini with MDFVoyage, we embarked on our next adventure to the beautiful and peaceful island of Patmos.
Patmos is historically significant as it is the place where John of Patmos received the vision from God to write the Book of Revelations. As you can imagine, this is a significant pilgrimage destination for Christians and a fortresslike, 11th-century monastery dedicated to the saint overlooks the whitewashed houses of the hilltop capital, Hora (also known as Chora).
Our day started off with a hike to the sacred monastery. This monastery is located at the highest point of Patmos and the hike was a challenge! The only thing that kept me going was the absolute stunning views of Patmos.
Once we reached the monastery there were no pictures allowed! LOL! But the monastery is absolutely beautiful and serene and has many beautiful paintings and alters dedicated to St. John.
Once we viewed the monastery and visited the museum, we had a roof top refreshments with the most amazing view. Fab!
Once we made it back down the mountain, we ventured back to the yacht for swimming and a cooking class.
We made stuffed green peppers or Dolma for our dinner that night. The green peppers were so green and crisp! We stuffed the peppers with savory rice and fresh tomatoes. So yum!
More importantly we ate a very healthy and organic Mediterranean diet that included lots of fresh vegetables, delicious cheese, freshly caught fish, homemade breads, lentils and various proteins. Divas, believe me when I tell you this diet is the truth! It is delicious refreshing and good for the body. And yes my body noticed. I lost weight with this diet and my body felt lighter and I had more energy!
Check out some of our delicious meals!
After our cooking class, we swame in Paradisi Cove located on Patmos. This cove is simply stunning. The water is turquoise and a beautiful sea green. We all swam from the yacht to the cove to just sit, hear the ocean and take in the beauty of our surroundings. Heaven.
Afterwards we ventured back to the boat to have dinner, engage in evening fitness and relax.
Check back to read about our next adventure on the island of Leros and our fitness program!
Life is beautiful! Enjoy it!
And speaking of how beautiful life truly is, I had the amazing opportunity to sail the Greek Isles once again with Mediterranean Delights Fitness Voyage. Last year I went on an eight day yacht cruise with MDFVoyage and we visited several Greek Isles and the gorgeous port city of Datca, Turkey. This year the voyage included an eight day voyage from the STUNNING Santorini to the bustling isle of Kos.
This trip truly delighted all the senses: the scenery was gorgeous, the food was delectable, the sound of the sea was calming, the smell of fresh flowers and herbs on the islands was the best aromatherapy and the Mediterranean Sea feels simply luxurious! This voyage is living the luxe life at its best!
Our first day of our journey started on the beautiful island of Santorini. I have always wanted to visit Santorni and Santorini is a popular tourist destination. Why? Because of this:
Santorini has black beaches and red beaches plus the most beautiful architecture you will ever see. The most popular area of Santorini is Oia. Oia has pristine white cave houses that are built into the mountains and super fab resorts with infinity pools. Of course the views from Oia are simply breathtaking.
We met the passengers and staff from the MDFVoyage at Ammoudi Fish Tavern. This restaurant is located in the harbor overlooking the blue green sea.
The MDFVoyage staff treated us to a delicious lunch of fresh fish, fresh greek salad and homemade bread. Yum!
After our lunch, we visited our gorgeous yacht to settle in and receive orientation and our itinerary for our 8 day voyage. We checked out our accommodations which included a large nicely decorated cabin and bathroom. We also toured the yacht and all of its amenities. The yacht has an upper sunning deck, den area, large dining table on the deck, comfy deck sofa that can fit an army of 15 people and front deck for fitness. It also includes a full kitchen, staff quarters and can accommodate up to 16 passengers. So Fab!
We then relaxed a bit before the staff took us back to the harbor to begin our 2 mile hike in Santorini.
Our hike taking in the gorgeous beauty of Santorini was amazing. We hiked to the town of Oia to see the most beautiful sunset ever. Check us out!
After watching the sunset, the MDFVoyage staff had a surprise for us. All guest were invited to take a donkey ride down the mountainside on Oia’s famed wide stone steps. In all there were 237 super steep stone steps to go down. The steps ended at the harbor where we would take our dingy to our yacht. Yikes! LOL!
Of course the donkey trek was optional, like all MDFVoyage activities and adventures, and I hesitated awhile before I agreed to do it. I was scared! And the donkey ride was one of the most terrifying things I have ever done. But there was no need to fear because the donkeys have been taking this trek down the Santorini mountainside for hundred of years and they did it with pizazz and ease. Once I was at the bottom, I was thanking God we made it alive, but it was the most thrilling thing I have ever done. I felt like I could do anything! Yeah me!
Our first day in Santorini was filled with beauty, amazing food and adventure. Afterwards we had dinner and crashed. We needed our rest because the next day was more adventurous and full of fun surprises.
Be sure to check back tomorrow to hear about the rest of my journey with MDFVoyage sailing the Greek Isles.
Disclaimer: MDFVoyage provided complimentary accommodations for this trip. However, I did pay for my travel expenses. All opinions are mine and 100% honest.
It is so important to take time for yourself. Everyone needs time to think, reflect, rest and enjoy life.
I love Lexus vehicles. They are super luxurious, have superior performance and full of great technology.
Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to test drive the all new 2016 Lexus LX 570. The Lexus LX 570 is Lexus’s top of the line SUV. This vehicle is the ultimate luxury SUV and is very competitive in its classs.
Style and Design
The outside design of the Lexus LX 570 is gorgeous! The design of the chrome grille is stunning. It certainly turns heads.
The vehicle also comes standard with 21 inch chrome rims. Love it!
The leather in the Lexus LX 570 is the best leather I have ever experienced in a luxury vehicle. Your body simply melts into the leather seats. So luxe! This extremely soft leather is dyed all the way through, unlike leathers with conventional surface dyes.
The Lexus LX 570 comfortably fits 7 and includes ample storage. For the ultimate in versatility, you’ll find power-sliding, 60/40-split middle-row seat with a 40/20/40-split seatback, plus a power-folding, 50/50-split third-row seat. All six of us was able to fit in the Lexus comfortably with ample room for growing kids. Awesome!
In addition, the Lexus LX 570 has the most luxe and beautiful wood grain accents. The stunning design of the available Linear Dark Mocha and Linear Espresso steering wheel and matching trim combines the organic feel of natural wood with a layered look that evokes modern art.
The Lexus LX 570 takes technology to another level with the Lexus Enform system. This system is the brain of the vehicle. Lexus Enform Destinations offers convenient 24-hour, en-route navigation assistance from a live response center agent who can help you find locations and automatically upload the destinations to your Navigation System. In addition, Lexus Enform offers an app suite that offers access to your favorite mobile applications through your vehicle’s center-console display.
Lexus Enform also includes other convenient perks! Check them out:
-Fuel Guide, where you can search for stations by price, brand, distance or grade.
-450-watt Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound Audio System features 19 speakers and 7.1-channel architecture and provides enough clarity for listeners to identify the spatial position of each instrument at play.
-bluetooth technology offers the convenience of accessing and controlling your compatible device’s entire music library and even streaming audio from websites
-dual screen rear entertainment system. One of my favorite features of the Lexus LX 570 is the dual rear entertainment system. This system provided plenty of entertainment for my family of 6. Using a single remote control, one can be used as a DVD/CD player, for instance, and the other as a game console or audio player via HDMI input. For your convenience, a wireless remote, wireless headphones and a two-prong AC power outlet are also included. The kids loved this feature! They could watch their favorite movies, listen to their favorite music and play video games. So fab!
The Lexus LX 570 comes with a 5.7-liter V8 with enhanced acceleration. I can attest this vehicle has so much power. Although it is a powerful SUV, the LX 570 drives as smooth as a car. The vehicle also has off road capabilities, full time four wheel drive, and Adaptive Variable Suspension. This system monitors and adjusts the electronically controlled shock absorber settings at each wheel, depending on road surface, vehicle speed and your driving style.
I had so much fun testing the new Lexus LX 570. While driving the Lexus LX 570, I definitely got the VIP treatment. I kept getting so many compliments on the car and valet was a breeze. LOL! More importantly, my family loved the vehicle. It kept the kids entertained and it was a joy to drive.
The Lexus LX 570 starting retail price is $88,000. You can find more information at Lexus.com.
Life is beautiful! Enjoy it!
Summer is here and its time to hit the pools and beaches for fun in the Sun.
And of course that means us Divas have to find the most perfect bathing suit to look fab while lounging.
Lucky for us we have the fashion bible, Vogue, to break down the absolute most perfect bathing suit styles for every body type. How fab!
Vogue has selected a great variety of swimsuits for athletic, hour glass, long and lean, petite and even for moms.
Check it out!
Hour glass! That is my body type and I am loving this white bikini.
Long and lean.
Moms! So sexy!
For a full slideshow of swimsuits for every body type, visit Vogue.com.