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Out and About: Private Tasting at Brown Estate

April 9, 2018

“Fun” doesn’t even begin to describe my time at Brown Estate winery in Napa Valley. It’s the subject of my last Photo of the Week, by the way. Click through the slideshow to see the sights from the day. This visit was part of a girls trip with a few of my faves from the Bay Area. It doesn’t take much for me to have a blast with these gals, but the fact that we had the whole place to ourselves was an added bonus. We got to learn about the owners, Dr. and Mrs. Brown, the history of the black-owned winery and the grapes used to create their wines. And we even got to go into the wine cellar and see the barrels on barrels on barrels of the wine varieties. Sky, the family’s trusty poodle, also added to the charm of being on the pristine grounds. The Brown Estate staff went above and beyond with the pairings. They were smackin! I fell in love with the Betelgeuse White and the Westside Zinfandel. This amazing day was all made possible by Veronica (so grateful for the invite!), who is a member of the winery. And a big thank you to David, the winegrower, and Sean, the tasting room associate, for making our visit extra special and super memorable. I can’t wait to return!

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Photo of the Week No. 14: “Fun Awaits at Brown Estate”

April 2, 2018

This Photo of the Week was taken at Brown Estate winery in Napa Valley, California, this past weekend. I call it “Fun Awaits at Brown Estate” because I visited this beautiful, black-owned winery with a group of some of my favorite girls. There’s never a dull moment when we get together! This building was built in the 1850s and remains intact — just as it was built all those years ago. That was just one of many fun facts our tour guide for the day, Sean, shared with us. There was something magical about this stately, brown building and the dangling tree leaves swaying effortlessly in the gentle breeze. To me, this image signals that whimsy and merrymaking are in store. Spoiler alert: They were. Stay tuned for more about our adventure in an upcoming “Out and About” post!

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Fancy Things Friday

November 27, 2015

As James Wright Chanel reminded us in his review of the Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pie, we gotta support Black businesses. Thanks to the good people over at Blavity, there’s a great selection of a few Black-owned companies to shop. These are just five of my favorites from that list. Get your Black Friday on, folks (pun intended!).

1. Yo! “House Party” has to be one of my top five favorite movies of all time. The epic dance battle scene. Kid’s iconic high-top fade. A young Martin Lawrence spinning records. “Switch!” Countless quotables like “‘Peanut! Fix us a couple glasses of Kool-Aid.’ … ‘Grape or red?'” That’s why I was so juiced to discover The Party Clutch by Kashmir VIII. It’s bright and fun, and will definitely be a conversation-starter. Wearable art! I live! (kashmirviii.com)

2. We are who we are today because of the sacrifices of those who came before us. We stand on their shoulders. Now it’s time for us to carry them on our shoulders. Look no further than this Because of Them We Can Signature Backpack, which bears the names of greats like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Marcus Garvey and others. I’m a huge fan of the black-and-white patterns on the sides. I’m patiently waiting for this sold-out piece to get restocked, but way to fuse empowerment with functionality and style! (becauseofthemwecan.com)

3. You can’t tell from this angle, but this Stay Woke Crewneck in Heather Grey is “emblazoned with the Adinkra symbol, Epa, which symbolizes law, justice, slavery and captivity,” Glossrags says. The sentiment behind the symbol is captured on the back, which encourages people to “Stay Woke,” as in keep informed of all the craziness, injustices and strife going on in the world around us. (glossrags.com)

4. This “Wynn” Print from DorcasCreates is simply darling. The pop of red with the glasses is a pleasant surprise, and the subject’s beautiful natural hair is enchanting. Yay, Team Natural! (etsy.com/shop/dorcascreates)

5. Tees in the Trap is speaking truth with its The Brunch Life Chose Me Tee. Nothing brings a sister joy quite like the promise of a bottomless mimosa-laden brunch with friends over the weekend. What can I say? I didn’t choose the brunch life — the brunch life chose me. Find me at The Pink Elephant in San Francisco with this one on. (teesinthetrap.com)

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