2017Faces of Black Fashion: 2017

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

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Gabrielle Union for New York & Company: My Favorites from the Collection

Gabrielle Union has joined forced with New York & Company to bring us office chic style. I could not wait to view the collection, because as a working professional, I'm always looking for ways to add variety and flair to express my personal style. Plus, I've admired Mary Jane's work style since the first season of Being Mary Jane. Now that I've seen the collection, below I'm sharing a few of my top picks. 

 1. Pants available here - I love a pair of whit tailored pants in the warmer months. It's a sharp classic look. 


2. Blouse available here. This is a pretty and feminine blouse. I would pair this with a pencil skirt. 



3. Dress available here  - This is a very Mary Janesque dress and it's my top favorite piece of the collection. I would pair it with a cropped bolero blazer for work and wear it without the blazer for after work events. 





4. Blouse available here -  Such a pretty blouse for layering under suits.  




5. Skirt - available here. I like the fishtail cut, this skirt is the perfect transition day-to-night transition piece.


Have you seen the collection, what are some of your favorite pieces?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

My Fitness Journey: From Thin to Fit

I've shared my fitness journey in the past on the blog and want to provide an update about where I am in my journey. I created two videos on my Youtube channel sharing why I started a fitness journey, what I've acheived on my journey and a few of my future fitness goals. Below I'm posting the first video about my journey. After watching the first video, you can watch part two here.


 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

100 Years of Black Fashion

This amazing Buzzfeed video shows the progression of black fashion over the past 100 years!!! 




photo via Buzzfeed





Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Nude Shoes to Match Your Skin-tone: Nubian Skin Launches Shoe Collection



In 2014, the lingerie brand, Nubian Skin launched a collection of nude bras, underwear, and hosiery for women of color to much acclaim. I remember being really excited about thier launch, because as a black woman the nude lingerie and hosiery available in stores often did not match my particular shade of brown, something many black and brown women understood.

I'm excited to learn that Nubian Skin is now expanding to shoes. Women of color can now find a great pair of nude pumps and ballet flats to match our beaiutiful range of skin tones. Founder Ade Hassan notes,  " This is something I've wanted to do for a long time, and I'm so happy to see it come to fruition. I chose styles that I  would love to wear, and having a nude that matches my skin-tone is really amazing." 

The entire collection is now available for purchase at nubianskin.com. I will defintely be purchasing those pumps!

Cheers,
~Nika



Monday, March 6, 2017

Fashion Designer, Carly Cushnie, Ties the Knot in Mexico City

Carly Cushnie has been a long time favorite on Faces of Black Fashion. We love her hair, her fierce style  and that she is a badass Fashion Designer who co-founded the label Cushnie et Ochs. I also love that she is a fellow Jamaican sistrin'.  Last week, the British-Jamaican Fashion Designer tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony in Mexico City. Enjoy the photos below: 

I love that the Jamaican Flag is a part of this photo. 













Monday, February 20, 2017

NYFW: Black Models' Instagram Edition

I enjoy my instagram feed during fashion week, because while I appreciate photos from the runways, I LOVE seeing photos from the perspective of some of my favorite models.


Jordan Dunn and Adriana Lima

Ysaunny Brito


Joan Smalls at Rag and Bone

Leila Nda

Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine's Day/Date Night Lookbook

I created a Valentine's Day/Date Night Lookbook on my Youtube channel. Please watch and subscribe, and let me know if you have a favorite outfit!







Thursday, February 9, 2017

Brown Girl Beauty: Three Makeup Looks For Valentine's Day

Whether you're celebrating with your significant other, your friends or yourself, here are three makeup tutorials to ensure that you'll SLAY on Valentine's Day. Enjoy!



 











Sunday, January 29, 2017

Chimamanda Adichie: Updos, Femininity and Feminism


I am in awe of Chimamanda Adichie's updos, regal and beautiful, it's as if they crown the queen who wears them. I have long admired Chimamanda's work (Half of a Yellow Sun is one of my favorite books); her intelligence and stance for women's equality; and her style. Chimamanda shows us that yes, you can be an award winning author, a voice for women worldwide and the face of beauty brand , all at the same time. This post is not only a celebration of Chimamanda's updos, it's also a celebration of the women she is and represents. 

Chimamanda embodies a modern day woman who shows us that there are many possibilities available in being a woman.  She rejects the idea of placing women in boxes, and in a recent interview, she told the world that women can me feminine  and be feminists simultaneously. As a women who loves fashion and beauty, and a woman who believes in the equality of all women, I appreciate that she encourages the multiplicity that women can bring to the world.  We are multifaceted and well-rounded and any message that seeks to put women in a box diminishes