Lifestyle

My November Bucket List is LIVE!

Hello Beautiful People!

Now that November is in full swing, I thought I would create a bucket list of all the activities I would like to check off for the month. Typically I am not a bucket list kind of girl, but nevertheless I always try to have a great time & gain as many experiences as possible!

Since I live in the Washington D.C. area, there might be some items on the list that are specifically local to me!

Check out what I did last month by reading my review of October!

I hope you enjoy this read and welcome you to share what you plan to do this November!


November Bucket List:

  1. Make a garland out of  leaves
  2. Roast pumpkin seeds
  3. Finish The Circle novel and discuss with friends
  4. Attend DMV Black Restaurant Week – Nov. 4-11
  5. Have an outside photoshoot with friends
  6. Holidays at National Harbor Outdoor Vendor Market– Beginning Nov. 16
  7. Watch a New Christmas Movie
  8. ZooLights – Nov. 23 – Jan. 1, 2019
  9. Visit a new winery
  10. Go on a bike ride

 

xo,

Danielle

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Lifestyle

Is 30 the new 20? My October in Review and Turning a New Decade!

If you read my latest post How I Made an Extra $1,000 Over the Month of September by Selling Clothing Online! then you will know why October is one of my favorite months of the year! And this year brought even more reason to celebrate I turned a new decade, HELLO 30!

There are tons of articles online that highlight 30s being an age to look forward to and I am here, ready to make the most of it! Since my birthday is at the end of the month, I decided to  make my birthday into a birthMONTH and gain as many experiences as possible with friends and loved ones. They say a photo is worth a thousand words so I thought a photo gallery below would be the most appropriate way to show you all the fun I had!

 


I was invited to sponsor and promote the first Annual Adult Play Date in Crystal City, VA.  We had a good time enjoying being outside again and playing games like we did as kids! Growing up as a 90’s kid we played games like silent musical chairs, relay races and hula hooped all day long! I even had the chance to shoot paint ball guns!

 

It wouldn’t be fall if I didn’t visit a pumpkin patch and winery! My friends and I drove down to Bluemont, VA  to Cox Farms and had a great time checking out the animal farm, eating cider donuts and of course snapping some pictures! There were three birthdays to celebrate during the month (including mine) and we ended the night with cake and laughs!

 

I was given the opportunity to join the marking team as a brand ambassador with bumble to represent the Washington D.C. market! As ambassadors it is our job to tell the community about bumble and show them the amazing benefits it provides empowering women! There were a few Happy Hours I attended as well as setting up and hosting my first bumble event with a blogger and real life friend, Alana. Our event focused on the importance of self-care and relaxation. What better way to bring that into a physical form than with Yoga & Brunch? The ladies we met were so lovely and I look forward to holding more events similar next month!

 

Last but not least, MY BIRTHDAY! I started the day with my Dad & stepmom and had brunch at one of D.C’s most popular brunch spots; Farms Fishers & Bakers in Georgetown.  After brunch Chris and I went to get our nails and feet done (yes, he got them done as well. Men need self-care too!) then went to an amazing four course meal provided by a local D.C. chef at one of my favorite restaurants and cafes, Songbyrd in Adams Morgan. Dinner was complimented by a round table discussion from diners on their belief of finding love in 2018 and of course wine parings.

Chris and I also dressed up as our favorite characters, Rick & Morty for Halloween and danced the night away at a neighborhood bar!

 

xo

Danielle

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Fashion, Lifestyle

What’s Good with threadUP’s Goody Box?

Have you been curious to try threadUP’s new Goody Box? If you are not sure what a Goody Box is, please take a look at their website and peruse around a bit! It’s an awesome concept that will allow you to receive 10 items in either new or gently used condition directly to your door. All items are tailored to your style preference and size according to your responses to a survey they provide! When your Goody Box arrives, you have the chance to keep the items that are perfect for you OR return the items that you are not so thrilled about— It’s that simple!

I selected my Goody Box to be tailored to an Athleisure Lifestyle while sticking to a neutral color pallet (black, white, grey, navy) with brands like J.Crew, Lululemon, and Old Navy. Ordering the box only cost $10 upfront with free shipping and an anticipated arrival of 3-4 business days. I am really excited to see what items I get!!

A good thing to note:

  • Items that you want to keep have a starting price of $20 that you will be responsible to pay for.
  • If you wish to return an item, it MUST be in the same condition as it was when it arrived. Tags on (if applicable) no tears, or stains, etc.

I am looking forward to reviewing my items with a box opening review on my YouTube channel with initial reactions to each item as well as writing up a follow up post!

Want to try threadUP? Use this link to sign up for your own personalized Goody Box right now!

Good Luck,

xo,

Danielle

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DIY Projects, Fashion, Lifestyle

DIY Tutorial: Personalized Embroidered Sun Hat

If you thought summer was coming to an end, you might be lacking some essential Vitamin D, ’cause there is so much summer to enjoy and sun to be (safely) exposed to. OK, sure- there may be Halloween decor starting to pop up in stores (I love Halloween BTW) but that doesn’t mean you still shouldn’t plan your next beach destination!

One of my favorite summer trends for 2018 has been the embroidered straw sun hats that have cute sayings like ” Out of Office” or “Gone to the Beach”.

This DIY was inspired by my thrift buddy, Chanel Little of @mytullekit to create our own custom embroidery sun hats!  Like the sun hats stores with cute sayings along the brim, our ideas were similar, but we planned to use positive black culture colloquialisms like “Black Girl Magic”, Cute Blerd (black nerd), or “Melanin Popin” for our hats. HOW STINKING CUTE IS THIS?!

Chanel always comes up with gorgeously creative DIY projects and I highly encourage you to check out her other creations on her IG: @mytullekit for more inspo!

First task, find appropriate the sun hat. I found mine in store, but here are other similar options from Amazon.

Next, write down your ideas! What do you want your hat to say? Keep your phrase to about 2-3 words so that you have enough space to embroider on the hat and so others can read it!

 

Shots from behind the scenes of our photo shoot Chanel and I had this weekend with our hats!+6

Summer Photoshoot at The Wharf DC - August, 5 2018 - Thread Lift x My Tulle Kit - Photos by Chris Bulbulia - Models Danielle Dukes and Chanel Little

Summer Photoshoot at The Wharf DC – August, 5 2018 – Thread Lift x My Tulle Kit – Photos by Chris Bulbulia – Models Danielle Dukes and Chanel Little

Summer Photoshoot at The Wharf DC - August, 5 2018 - Thread Lift x My Tulle Kit - Photos by Chris Bulbulia - Models Danielle Dukes and Chanel Little

Summer Photoshoot at The Wharf DC – August, 5 2018 – Thread Lift x My Tulle Kit – Photos by Chris Bulbulia – Models Danielle Dukes and Chanel Little

Summer Photoshoot at The Wharf DC - August, 5 2018 - Thread Lift x My Tulle Kit - Photos by Chris Bulbulia - Models Danielle Dukes and Chanel Little

Summer Photoshoot at The Wharf DC – August, 5 2018 – Thread Lift x My Tulle Kit – Photos by Chris Bulbulia – Models Danielle Dukes and Chanel Little

 

Get to it!

  • Purchase sun hat of choice
  • Sequin Trim. Ours came from Micheal’s
  • E600 Glue. Ours came from Michael’s
  • Other accessories to decor as desired (flowers, beading)
  • Pintrest for inspiration

Instructions:

  1. Eyeball or lightly trace what you want your hat to say. Use fabric chalk or sketch with a pencil your phrase.
  2. Most wording is done in cursive so take your time when deciding what you want to say. Have a friend review your penmanship to make sure it is legible.
  3. After you have carefully placed your sequin trim and have your spell out, begin using the super glue to place your words in place. [Tip] It might be easier to use sewing needles to hold down the trim while gluing so everything stays in place. E6000 is extremely durable and dries relatively quick, so be carefully, a little goes a long way.
  4. Let your hats dry for at least 30 minutes to ensure it is complete.
  5. Enjoy

That’s it! I would say this project took all of 1 hour from start to finish!

 

Comment below what your personal embroidered sun hat would say?

Good Luck,

xo,

Danielle

 

 

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D.C.’s First Vlogger? My Take on Becoming a Youtube Creative

WE DID IT!

Our first vlog has been posted and is now live on our YouTube channel!

This has been something on my mind for a while and I have finally gained enough courage to do this. For the last two years, I have slowly stopped watching network television and have gravitated more towards online streaming and YouTube for my media entertainment. There are a couple of channels I have been watching religiously everyday for over a year, and I am consistently fascinated by their courage to share their lives online with strangers while making it look effortless. And I figured, if they can do it, why can’t I?

Then I remembered that the idea of starting my channel alone gave me serious anxiety and was causing me to never start it. It was actually my boyfriend who encouraged the process by suggesting that he be apart of it! And with that we decided to create CD’s Lives (See these Lives)! Yep, we have decided to vlog our adventures each week and share them with you all! While putting yourself out there to the world is nerve racking (internet trolls), it is nice to have home videos to look back on in the future- that will be my (our) silver lining.

From the bit of researching I was able to do online, I did not find many vloggers within the DC area or any for that matter. While there are plenty bloggers I found few that have tapped in the the video entertainment industry (YouTube)- so this could be a chance to start a new wave of creatives in the District.

I want to make a personal note to say that creating this channel isn’t for fame, for the money, but rather another outlet for expression that we both will create together. We both hold corporate jobs that are honestly not our passions, but with consistency and determination, I have no doubt we can make something out of this to free ourselves spiritually and if its right, financially!

Our first video IS PUBLIC and I encourage each of you to subscribe to our channel, CD’s Lives by clicking here. Don’t forget to hit the bell after subscribing to be notified when new videos are posted and be sure to like and comment!

xo,

Danielle

 

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