April 14, 2014

Uniform: Denim on Denim

Most people have a go to outfit that they put on when they are short on time or just don’t feel like putting something together. For me it is denim on denim. I am constantly reinventing ways to wear my denim uniform and last week as I ran to dinner after work I threw this number together.

 I went back to the early 2000s with this hair. I stayed with braids in my hair and this braided bang was my go to. My hair feels "done" with this easy style with almost no effort and well... I have a big ass forehead so a bang is never a bad look for me. #fivehead 

These sunglasses are so bad ass. I bought them because they remind me of my grandma, she was fierce y'all. Can't wait to rock them with a big ass fro. Do not even try to fix your lip and tell me ANYTHING when that happens. I will be that bitch yelling "freeze sucka" and you better do what I say. I feel like I have super powers when I have them on.

Anywho, here are few pics I was able to capture before the sun went down. I know I can't be the only one who has a uniform. Do tell!

Top | Old Navy, Blazer | Zara, Jeans | Target, Shoes | BCBG, Necklace | Pixie Market, Bag | Vintage, Sun glasses | Pixie Market

April 11, 2014

In Progress…

I have a confession. I’ve been feeling really inspired to share my other passion much more than bow ties recently. Let me tell you burnout is real! I’ve been thinking about doing this long enough and I’m cracking the whip on my procrastinating ass.

Exploring ALL my passions includes homemaking, business and much more style.

This year I’ve been focusing a lot on being my most authentic self in person and online, which I struggle with more then I care to admit.

I wrote this because I’ve been feeling guilty. I feel like I’m cheating on bow tie brownbelle. Many of you know me for bow ties but there is so much more that I need to share.

This does not mean that bow ties are going away. I still love bow ties, fabric and the essence of tailored bespoke. Don’t get it twisted. But…

I HAVE to do this. The goal is to make this space more about,

More of who I am. Sharing all of the things I love. 


April 10, 2014

Creative Collective

On Sunday I took a break from binge watching Game of Thrones to take part in a graffiti artist collective project hosted by Words Beats & Life, HiArts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It was a daylong mural jam featuring the work of many artists on a 990-foot wall.

I have always been in owe of graffiti artists and their ability to create pieces on such a large scale while still paying attention to the detail that gives each work of art so much depth. I loved seeing them working and it felt like a community. I will definitely have to come back and take more pics.

The area was vivacious and I felt very awake after a lazy day. Usually social events drain me but this gave me energy, as I knew it would.  I have found the best way to stay inspired is to be around other inspired people, especially those who are creators.  I’ve been making a conscious effort be around more creative folks in all-different art forms. For me it keeps the inspiration flowing. This week I have been fuelled by this energy. As I set out to create more I will definitely take you with me. Stay tuned.

If you are in the DC area and want to check it out it is located between 514-680 Rhode Island Ave NE behind the shopping plaza.

April 9, 2014

Turkey Meatballs With Lots of Veggies

"Don't waste my food! There are starving children all over the world that would LOVE to have something to eat!" I know my mom is not the only one who said a version of this threat to her kids. If you grew up with a southern woman like I did, then you know that throwing away food is blasphemy. This is one of the lessons from my upbringing that I can't shake, not that I'm trying. The first time I made these meatballs, I had a bunch of veggies that I had to cook asap so I threw them in a bowl, seasoned them up and the results were magically delicious.

You can put whatever you want in meatballs, it's part of their charm. This might also be a great way to sneak veggies into a meal for your kids.

1pkg lean ground turkey
I-2 bunches of leeks
2 carrots
2-3 cloves minced garlic
1/4 red and yellow peppers
1/4 red onion
Lots-o-fresh basil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Big Ass Bowl

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees and put red sauce on simmer so that it can cook a bit while you prepare.
  2. Sauté onion and garlic in 2 tbsp of butter until butter is melted and garlic is fragrant (about a minute or two). The onions should be tender but still crunchy. Add them to the bowl.
  3. Cook chopped leeks in a little butter or olive oil. Keep an eye out so that they don't brown. If you don't want to add too much more oil, add chicken broth (just enough to cover the bottom of the pan) and let the leeks cook down. Add to the bowl.
  4. Shred carrots and squeeze out moisture, save the juice and drink it later. (Don't throw anything away!) 
  5. Dice peppers and add to the bowl. Chop fresh basil and add to the bowl as well.
  6. Add meat, mix well and add salt & pepper to taste.
  7. Wet hands and roll into bite size meatballs.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees until brown. Once one side browns turn so that the other side can brown.
  9. Once both sides are light brown add them to the sauce and let them cook for about 10 more minutes.

Get in my belly.

March 30, 2014

DIY Herringbone Black & White Mirror

The walls in my condo are very bare. I've been taking my time deciding what to put on the walls and admittedly a little scared to drill holes. Welp I'm over it! I am much to lazy to paint right now so I am hoping my craving for color will be satisfied with diy art, photos and prints.

I saw this Threshold Herringbone Mirror on the Target website and fell in love. I already had a mirror and sample paints from Home Depot so I figured I could pull this one off pretty easily.

What you'll need:
Two contrasting paint colors
painters tape
paint brush

1. Clean the surfaces to prep for paint.

2. Paint everything white or the lightest color. Let it dry completely.

Tip: I put tape around the mirror, but in hindsight it would've been much easier to just remove the mirror from the frame.

3. Place tape on the parts you want to stay white and paint the rest black.

4. Let dry completely and hang!

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