Livin’ For The city! Activities to Enjoy in the City (MGM) Spring/Summer ‘16

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Being  20-something in the city ain’t easy. Like anyone else my age, I’m always looking for a good time. If I’m able to put it on my Snapchat that’s even better. Live music, Concerts, chillin’ in the park, movie premiers, product/brand launches, and even getting something to eat at the newest eatery are all appealing. We haven’t tackled everything in the Capitol City; however, we do have a few hotspots for chic urban 20-somethings.

I excluded the typical places like the movies, bars, and clubs. No need to share what you already know. Below  is the list I curated for activities to enjoy in Montgomery, AL Spring\Summer ’16:

 

Go Karting & Laser Tag

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Go Karting Montgomery | 9033 Wares Ferry Road | Website

I discovered this gem not too long ago. The pricing is very reasonable and is sure to entertain. I wish they had a food court/truck/etcetera,  but I will give them time to grow. There was a mixed crowd here but it won’t take much creativity to take this experience to the next level.

Indoor Scuba Diving

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Adventure Sports II | 1546 East Ann Street | Website

A lot of people are unaware of this dope activity in Montgomery. You have the opportunity to learn something so cool. If you want to try scuba diving before heading on vacation and  getting into the ocean, then you definitely need to give this a try. Groupon has an amazing deal that once split with someone else is $25! You can’t beat that.

Second Saturday

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Riverfront Park | 355 Commerce Street | Website

Every second Saturday during Spring\Summer, you have the opportunity to chill on the riverfront with friends and family. As a college student I was an avid goer; however, once I got a decent job after college, I chose to hang in other cities on Saturday.

This event has so much potential. As a recent college graduate, it doesn’t really appeal to me anymore. I’m so many things this event is not.

The Trampoline Park

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Rockin’ Jump | 5544 Atlanta Highway & Launch Trampoline Park 402 Twain Curve | Rockin’ Jump  Launch Trampoline

I recently experienced the trampoline park at Rockin’ Jump. I was so tired after jumping for 30 minutes. It was worth it though.

The only drawback is that is popular among those aged 18 under. There were maybe 10 people there around my age actively participating. I think they should host college night or jump after dark for an older crowd. I felt out of place during my experience.

Nevertheless, the massage chairs were amazing. I got a massage TWICE!

Flight Lessons

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Box Aviation | 4521 Selma Highway | Website

This activity is rather pricey but it will takes things to the next level for you (pun intended). I’m not sure I can afford this right now but, I’ll just add this to my list of things to try. You don’t have to operate the plane. You can choose to enjoy the scenery from above or take control. Each experience comes with a different price. For more information please visit their website.

A Comedy Show

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Montgomery Performing Arts Center | 201 Tallapoosa Street |  Website

Looking for a laugh? MC Lightfoot will be in Montgomery, AL, June 25, 2016 at 8PM at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center. Sue me, but I haven’t heard of this comedian before that I can recall. The tickets are reasonably priced, so I may check the show out.

You can get tickets here.

Karaoke

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Do Re Mi Karaoke | 2787 Bell Road | Facebook Page

I love Karaoke and thoroughly enjoyed singing my heart out at Do Re Mi. The customer service is amazing, making my return very easy. The best part about this facility is your karaoke time is exclusive to you and your party.

In addition, this place is open late which is perfect for 20-somethings. This place gets five stars for that alone. Reservations are not required but encouraged on the weekend after 9PM.

Food Truck Pop Up

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Court Square| 1  South Court Street| Website

We all love to eat right? During the lunch hour on April 29th, you have the opportunity to enjoy a few local favorites in downtown Montgomery around the fountain. Its perfect for anyone that works downtown or is free to check it out. I enjoy eating local so this will definitely be something I check out.

VEG OUT Montgomery

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EAT South Downtown Farm (The Montgomery Advertiser Rear Parking Lot) | 485 Molton Street | Facebook Page

Every Second Tuesday of the month, EAT South host monthly plant-based potluck dinners. March-September at 7PM and October-February at 6PM, you can join EAT South for this event. It seems very interesting and worth the try.

Pub Run

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Locations Available Below |  Website

Do I drink beer? No, well this one time at a food truck festival but not on a regular. Apparently you get to run ,drink, and fall on your face for this event that occurs quite often which is presented by Fleet Feet Sports. Here are the dates:

April 28th – Blackfinn Ameripub
May 12th – Mellow Mushroom
May 26th – Mellow Mushroom
June 9th – Kudzu Noodle Bar
June 30th – Kudzu Noodle Bar

The best part is that it is free of charge and open to the public. Each run starts at 6PM at the above location. For more information call 334-356-5412.

Live Model Drawing

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The Sanctuary | 432 South Goldthwaite Street | Facebook Page

For ONLY $10, you can join other artist for live model drawing. You do have to provide your own easel; however, its a small price to pay for kicking it with people who share your interest. The following dates are for 2016:

Dates:
January 24th
February 21st
March 20th
April 17th
May 22nd
June 19th
July 24th
August 21st
September 18th
October 23rd
November 20th
December 18th

For more information, call 334-328-5171.

Gun Range

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Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex | 5765 Carmichael Parkway | Website

Need to let out some steam? Why not do it at the gun range. This activity is affordable and you don’t even need to own a gun to do it. They offer gun rental and specials on certain days as well as a Groupon. There is no excuse why you aren’t livin’ your best life people!

Stock Car Racing

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Montgomery Motorsports Speedway | 480 Booth Road | Website

This one is for my speed demons. I am certainly not one. Among my friends, I am referred to as “driving Mrs. Daisy” better put as the slow driver. I just like to be cautious that’s all.

This activity is not too bad in price; however, it can get expensive if you’re looking for a real good time. Groupon has a deal for this activity if you want to try it out. Be sure to visit their website for more information.

If you know of any dope activities not on my list, please us me know. I’m sure the people would like to know as well.

Just be sure you’re livin’ your best life people. We are not promised any day on this Earth!

Until Next Time!

 

 

 

Current Obsessions!

So, 2015 has been crazy! I’ve traveled a bit more than my usual and found a few things and people that I am obsessing over. Feel free to obsess just as much as I do daily!

1. Elaine Welteroth

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Elaine Welteroth is an Adidas wearing, beauty applier in transit, and the first African-American beauty & health director to grace Teen Vogue Magazine. I stumbled across Elaine Welteroth a few months ago and can’t seem to stop being in ah!

 

Elaine is obsessed with Snap Chat (non users she will convert you so watch out! lol) and doesn’t mind ‘scopin’ (Periscope) Lacy Redway give her the perfectly shaped lob for her face shape.

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I was also put on game to Cire Trudon’s super affordable scented matches and Korean skin care. You won’t be disappointed in following this beauty.

2. Stationary

You’ve heard it all before to be sure to send a thank you note. Well, I have become a collector of every chic piece of stationary in the store I come across. However, it wasn’t until Instyle’s oh so chic fashion and beauty editor-at-large and recent newly wed Kahlana Barfield, got me wanting personalized stationary from Minnie and Emma.

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Photo courtesy of YouTube @ InstyleDotCom

This stationary is affordable but slightly pricey for the conservative budget. Check them out!

3. Travel

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Photo courtesy of Instagram @ DawnitaDJ

If only I could bask in the sun of sandy beaches every day and attend music festivals on the regular, my life would be made. I have a slight confession though. I didn’t see a beach all summer. That’s cray! I know.

I’m headed to the beach for the Thanksgiving holiday though so, I live. I will be sure to add more travel where I relax and not have a full itinerary each day.

I’m also adding international travel to my list in 2016. Making a small step by purchasing my passport before the year is out.

Weekend get-a-ways and a random trip across the country to Vegas were my antidote for travel in 2015. I suggest planning ahead and actually  knowing how much a flight or hotel cost to some of your dream get-a-ways. After that, try to work some travel into your life. You will thank yourself.

4. Myliek Teele

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Photo courtesy of Instagram @ Myleik

The best mentor EVER (you had to know this first, lol)! She’s a Snap Chat queen, travel junkie, and book connoisseur. Myleik Teele, hails from Cali and resides in Atlanta, GA. She is the owner of Curlbox, a curly girl subscription service and a BEAST (in the best way, lol).

She gives the best advice and book recommendations via her #mytaughtyou tag and website. Don’t forget to check out those podcast! She drops major gems and secret podcast to people who shop #mytaughtyou merchandise. It’s worth every penny.

She’s even taught me a thing or two about flower arrangements and how to prepare a healthy meal.I could go on and on about Myleik, but she has been a major blessing in my life over the years.

5. My Dream Job

As a budding small business owner, I have been setting the stage for the launch of my entertainment marketing firm. Over the years, I have obtained knowledge from a plethora of sources including my internships, books, influencers from all walks of life, and of course my studies that earned me a degree in business management at Alabama State University. I would say more but you’ll just have to wait….2016 will be my year!

6. Magazines

I’m currently subscribed to ESSENCE, Vogue, Glamour, and Black Enterprise. I’m adding three more in January, maybe four. It’s a lot I know BUT I love being in the know. My bookshelf looks like the shelf of a magazine editor. They make for great time fillers during my travel and idle time at home. It also gives you topics to discuss with others that you meet for the first time.

These are just a few of things that keep me busy throughout the day. What are some of your current obsessions?

BET Centric Sip & Share ‘Single Ladies’ A Beyond Brunch Experience [RECAP]

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Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of attending an event for the television series “Single Ladies” titled Sip and Share: A Beyond Brunch Experience. The show returned on March 18th to Centric, the first network designed for black women. Spring was definitely in full effect with the decor to the attendees’ style of dress. “Single Ladies” cast member Letoya Luckett and Head Costume Designer on the show Anthony Williams were the panelist for this event and boy did they entertain the crowd. Letoya Luckett is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside and THE Anthony Williams is crazy, cool, and so over the top amazing. Their discussion included how African American women are taking Hollywood by storm in more roles, sisterhood, as well as Letoya’s initial reaction to being subjected to Anthony’s decision to keep her character in black and white until he says otherwise. Attendees were also showcased for their style choices for the event during a style segment curated by the awesome Michaela Angela Davis. Here are some photos from the event:

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Check out this video from the fabulous event:

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IMG_1832-0Be Sure to tune in on Wednesdays at 10p/9c!!!

Ledisi’s ‘The Intimate Truth Tour’ Concert [RECAP]

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Ledisi was amazing last night in Montgomery, AL at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center (MPAC). She took the stage around 7:45pm. Which was great being that the opening act,Rahzel, took the stage around 7:15pm.She cracked many jokes about the dignitaries in the front rows being all uppity and what not. Here are a few photos from the concert taken with my iPhone:
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Check out this video as well:

Here show was very personal  in that she talked about her past relationships and the music that was birthed from it. If you have ever had the pleasure of seeing her live, then you know how goofy she is during her performances. I felt like a part of her world. I mentioned to my sister that the show was short but she quickly let me know that she spent roughly an hour and a half entertaining us. Apparently I wanted more LOL.

The only thing that bothered me was the empty seats in front for dignitaries and local celebs -_- (Roughly 150!!). There were sooo many people that wanted to be there but couldn’t because they got caught up in the “system error.” I contacted WSFA, the local news station, to hopefully make mention of this on the next news cycle when this happened; however, I got this email and no mention in the news:

WSFA EmailHere is what happened!

When I tried to go pick up my tickets, I was persuaded to contact the Event staff by phone, who is VERY RUDE and who I am sure was sitting  in the chairs blocking others from not sitting in the seats in front as they were to never to be filled the duration of the show, to call and ensure that I had tickets. I called and had no tickets. It was 8:45am on March 11th and the Event staff and WSFA claimed that the City of Montgomery Event Staff to have sent out emails informing people of this “error.” I got the supposed email after contacting WSFA. Here is the email:

City of Montgomery EmailWhat they should have done!

What would have been a better approach to the situation would have been to report the error and inform everyone BEFORE they were to pickup their tickets. Mistakes happen but how you handle them are completely different. My theory as to why it wasn’t reported on WSFA was that they are friends with those people on the event team and didn’t want their friends to look bad. I get that, but down playing the error is WACK! BUT anyway the concert was great, and Ledisi, I hope you grace our city again.

Until Next Time!

-Dawnita

Top Picture Photo Credit: Ron T Young Photography

The First Family is Set to Visit Selma !!

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Following the President’s private viewing of “Selma” in the White House, he announced that he would be visiting Selma on March 7th to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.” With the announcement, came controversy, due to the scheduled march by local organizers for the following day. However, I’m ecstatic that President Obama is taking the time to come take part in such a moment as this. In addition, he announced Thursday evening that he is bringing his daughters, Malia and Sasha, along side his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama. Here is an excerpt from the statement President Obama made about his trip to Selma at the African-American History Month Reception at the White House:

“I know that when I take Malia and Sasha down with Michelle next week down to Selma, part of what I’m hoping to do is to remind them of their own obligations,” he said. “Because there are going to be marches for them to march and struggles for them to fight, and if we’ve done our job then that generation is going to be picking up the torch as well.

President Obama will be joined by former President George W. Bush in the reenactment March of “Bloody Sunday.” There will be a plethora of events to attend along with a host of celebrities that will also be in attendance. I really hope Oprah makes an appearance or I get selfie with The First Family. Heck why not both?! Lol I’m ready for a good time in my city (Montgomery) and Selma. Oh and FYI Patti LaBelle will be putting on a concert at my Alma Mater Alabama State University. Beverly Bonds of Black Girls Rock will also help host a Fashion Show and Concert titled “CONVERSE-sation on Truth and Reconciliation #TruthBeTold ” that will also have celebrity guest in attendance. Those are just a few of the many events, so get your tickets and participate people.

Event links: www.Selma50.com www.DreamMarchesOn.com

-Dawnita

June Ambrose Links Up w/ Jay-Z’s the “Life + Times” For New Show “Style Boost”

june and the intern contest winnerOur favorite fashionista who Jay-Z refers to as “the Style Architect” will grace us with a show once again titled Style Boost. Although we loved her debut to television on Styled By June, June felt as though it just wasn’t the right fit for her. In her chat with Brandice Henderson, CEO and founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row, you can get all the deets in the series titled “Conversations.” (harlemsfashionrow.com/) I’m sure all the style socials out there can’t wait to see what the show will entail. What would you like her to talk about? I would like to know the logistics into landing a spot as an intern not so much for the fashion of it all but the business side of it. I want the goods to her business development. So proud to see June blossom. She’s such an inspiration to all those woman that grind it out daily. She cooks, takes care of business, picks up the kids when she can, and even finds time to spend those precious moments with her husband and kids. She’s truly a renaissance woman. I geniuenly adore this woman. Can you tell? LOL

Check out some of June’s Style and her craziness via her YouTube Channel. She says “the only thing I’m finding at this Prada sample sale is overpriced leftovers lol! Love her.

June is definitely doing her thing and so can you. Go Get Your Dreams!!! XO

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June Ambrose Exposes the Bargainless Haute Prada Sample Sale

 

 

My Top Spring Music Picks!

In no particular order my top 5 music picks for Spring!

1. Janelle Monae Featuring Erykah Badu – Q.U.E.E.N.

2. Solange Knowles – Locked in Closets

3. Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay-Z – Suit & Tie

4. J. Cole – Power Trip

5. Tamar Braxton – Love and War

*Honorary Pick: Beyoncé – Grown Woman

What’s on your list? What song(s) do you think I should take a listen to?

Ladies and Gentleman…Kerry Washington!

uptown-kerry-washington-decjan13-4aMy post for Ms. Washington is long overdue, BUT I’m here to show my love for her. Enjoy 🙂

Lady of the moment, Kerry Washington, has everyone talking about her. To some she is a breath of fresh air and to others the greatness they knew she had the potential to be. Ms. Washington started out with very humble beginnings as a young actress in the TADA! Youth Theater program and now everyone’s favorite mistress on ABC’s hit drama “Scandal”?! Yea I said it lol.  Kerry’s acting is everything BUT to the fashionistas out there, her wardrobe is to die for and worth discussing.

According to Scandal Costume Designer , Lyn Paolo, Olivia Pope’s wardrobe  was put together to adhere to typical closet behavior. Meaning, everything Olivia Pope wears isn’t “thrown away” after each episode however, a piece of clothing is worn again with another bottom or blouse. I love this aspect because it makes Olivia Pope that much more real to us. Lyn Paolo states in the interview that they use particular color schemes that fall in sync with Olivia’s mood (genius!). I think we all agree that we want to be Olivia Pope in some way or another. She’s fierce in her work and always dresses to the nines. I’d take a substitute love life though lol Ain’t nobody got time for that!

I have provided a few of my personal favorite  looks from the show! Enjoy XO 🙂

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Kerry Washington and Lyn Paolo’s Interview about Olivia Pope’s Closet:

Video via the ABC Network’s YouTube Channel

Just for Fun! Kerry Washington dancing on Ellen 🙂

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Inspired by this article? Things you can do to be among these fabulous women!

1. First ask yourself,  “Is this what I want?”- No need to waste your time or anyone else’s if you’re not going to take it seriously. If you answer yes, then don’t hold back. Give it everything you’ve got!

2.Intern– start your career off by learning from people or organizations that may in return hire you

3. Get active– start a blog, make a video…you just need to do something. What’s the point of talent if you never showcase it?

4. Network– fear has no room in this arena. Either you want it or you don’t. You have to start the conversation about your dreams with someone if you want to get connected to the right people to make it happen. I’m not saying tell everyone your dreams because people will try and discourage you. You just have to discern those who are for you and those who are against you.

Want to keep up with Me and these ladies? Be sure to follow us…

@DawnitaDJ | @KerryWashington | @LynPaolo

Beyoncé Madness!!!

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Bey season is among us and idk if anyone was really ready (referring to the tour of course…my pockets weren’t ready) lol.

First Beyoncé announces a new Destiny Child’s album (with new music), then a tour, and I also heard that her new album is slated to be released this spring! I’m super excited for the tour because it will be my first Beyoncé Experience.

Bey held it down at the Super Bowl and has already graced the cover of our favorite magazines. We love us some Bey! HOWEVER…

My main reason for this entry was to discuss the actual tour. Pre-sale tickets have already started (Feb 6th) and are being released for pre-sale for the rest of the cities today at 10am EST.

From my understanding only certain people can purchase pre-sale. Those who are a part of the Beyhive (Me! Lol) and for the general public they go on sale Feb 16th. I’m not sure if they have tickets reserved for the general public or not, but if they don’t I have a feeling they will sell out. Beyoncé isn’t the only one offering pre-sale though. MasterCard, Live Nation, Live Nation Mobile App and the Venue (wherever you decide to go see her) are offering too, get in where you fit in BUT act fast. Either you’re VIP or GA. It ain’t that hard to figure out (money to blow or excited to be in the same room).

In my eyes this is your last chance to catch King Bey before she dedicates her time to Blue and future kids.

Don’t wish ya did…BE THERE

oh and if you feel like talk about Bey too much just refer to my Disclaimer! Thanks and good day 🙂

Here’s a peek at the rendering for her “Bey stage”

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If you haven’t already check out her halftime Super Bowl VLVII performance and the trailer to her HBO Documentary: Life is But a Dream below: