Faces of Black Fashion

Sunday, May 21, 2017

This Week in Black Celebrity Style



Kerry Washington at Scandal Viewing Event at the Paley Center NYC


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Lupita Nyong'o At The Screening Of P. Diddy's Documentary Film Can't Stop, Won't Stop In London


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Rihanna at her Chopard Jewellery Line Launch in Cannes


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Beyonce and Blue stun in matching dresses


Tinashe, Cassie, Winnie Harlow, and Jourdann Dunn at the Can't Stop Won't Stop Dinner



Cheers,
~Nika

Friday, May 12, 2017

Fit Black Women: Five Black Women to Follow on Instagram for Fitness Motivation

Social Media plays an integral role in helping me stay consistent and motivated on my fitness journey. On days when I want to skip the gym or a workout, I simply scroll through my Instagram feed for motivation. Nothing gets you up faster than seeing the photos of your favorite members of he #fitfam. Below, I'm sharing five fit black women who provide both life and fitness inspiration. Enjoy!



Through Instagram, Kamila shares a message of self-love and acceptance, and encourages women to choose their health to become better versions of themselves. She also shares tons of tips on eating clean and workout tips.








I enjoy following Morgan's social media feeds. She's highly disciplined, strong, fit, and brings a lot of creativity to her routines. She's a great person to follow if you're looking to switch things up in the gym or add variety to your fitness routine. Plus, she's vegan and shares tips on eating well and staying fit as a vegan.





Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor, GetFtWithNic, advances the motto "progress not perfection." She reminds Instagram followers that getting fit takes time, but to always enjoy the journey and celebrate your progress on the road to reaching your fitness goals.  She shares detailed information about her own fitness journey, and creates videos where she shows us how we can get fit outside the gym. 




Frantzcesca gym photos and workout videos provide tons of inspiration for those of us who love (or go to) the gym.  She is a steady reminder that consistency is key in reaching our fitness or any other goal, and also encourages us to make self-care a priority.






If you need both fitness and life inspiration visit Lita Lewis' page, it's filled with motivation and reminders to remain focused, accepting yourself  and becoming the best version of yourself. 




Cheers,
~Nika

Friday, April 7, 2017

A Weekend at Mount Airy Resort


From the moment we pulled up to Mount Airy Resort, we experienced a warm and welcoming hospitality. I was enthralled by the beautiful and extravagant cascading waterfall as I entered the resort.  Once inside the stunning lobby, the staff greeted us, took our bags and seamlessly checked us in for our stay.


ACCOMODATIONS

Mount Airy Resort Casino is a family-owned property founded by the DeNaples family and located in the beautiful Poconos, PA. The resort offers 188 newly-renovated modern style rooms and houses a spa, a nightclub, restaurants and cafes, and a golf course.

I stayed in a lake view room that looked out onto the golf course, which opens in the warmer months. Both Saturday and Sunday mornings, I stood by my window with coffee in hand taking in the view of the lake and the beautiful scenery before me. When you live in the concrete jungle of New York City, views like this one come as a reprieve.





SPA

My spa visit stands as one of the many highlights of my stay. I was long overdue for a massage and looked forward to my spa visit following the end of a busy work week. It would be the first massage for my partner, and I shared in his excitement. The spa ushered us into a relaxing Oasis.  Upon walking in, you are greeted with a warm and friendly smile followed by the soothing sounds of a waterfall at the entrance of the changing rooms. The lounge area, lockers, shower, and sauna area are fully equipped with fresh linens, toiletries, and beauty products.  I indulged in an hour-long Swedish Massage  and can only describe this A+ experience as spectacular. Needless to say, my partner was so pleased with his massage that I’m sure it will be his first of many. The full-service spa offers massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and more.






DINING

I looked forward to the yummy and hearty breakfast that we ordered to our room each morning. The resort offers a number of dining options including restaurants and cafes. We enjoyed a delightful meal at Guy Fieri’s on our first night. I recommend the tasty and filling steak dinner. The following night we dined at Bistecca By IL Mulino, which was an absolute win. Since our first initial greeting with the hostess, we experienced nothing but phenomenal service and enjoyed the elegant ambience. We started our meal by ordering the mozzarella and arugula salad and Calamari.  Next, I ordered a salmon dish and my partner ordered the filet mignon. Both were delightful!




For dessert, our waiter suggested Espresso Martinis.  It did not take me long to decide to order the martinis; coffee lover that I am! At the first sip, I thanked my waiter for an excellent recommendation. Martinis in hand we shared a delectable brownie topped with strawberries.



ACTIVITIES

During our stay at the Mount Airy Resort, we did not leave once, which speaks to the variety of activities to do at the resort. Along with the casino, spa, restaurants, there’s an indoor/outdoor pool, which I sadly did not get to enjoy. Definitely on my next visit!  If you enjoy casino games, Mount Airy offers players the opportunity to earn points and move to higher tiers where they can gain a number of exclusive benefits.   We learned during our tour of the property that Mount Airy houses a number of event spaces for both business and pleasure. While we danced our Saturday night away at the on-site nightclub Gypsies, we met a group of women who spent their day celebrating a bachelorette party.
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The Indoor/Outdoor Pool at Mount Airy

WORTH IT? 

Beautiful scenic property, great food, an amazing spa and a number of fun activities, what more can we ask for? I would definitely recommend staying at the Mount Airy Resort on your next or first visit to the Poconos.  

Check out this short video of our stay at Mount Airy Resort.




Cheers,
~Nika