Karibbean Kitchen

After the 2015 closing of a DC Caribbean Food Favorite, Sweet Mango Cafe, we have been super pressed to find a great neighborhood Caribbean Food spot. But no more because Karibbean Kitchen have answered our Jerk and Curry Prayers. I was surprised and overjoyed when the hubster came home with a sample of their food; a chicken patty, a vegetable patty and some Coco bread and it was SOOO GOOD! I just love coco bread! So when a friend called on me to handle some business and catch up for a drink, I had to share with her this new find. So we went and were extremely satisfied with the selection and the great service.

Karibbean Kitchen is conveniently located at 1400 Meridian Place NW, Washington, DC 20010.
They are just 3-4 blocks from the Columbia Heights Metro Station.

Frugal Friday FAB Finds Under $50

I love finding deals online and Frugal Friday Under $50 is my favorite! Check out these finds I found online at Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx. Get them while they last!

1. Top – Cupio $17
2. Jeans – BeBe $30
3. Clutch – Urban Expression $30

Direct Gems do not guarantee the prices listed or the availability of any product posted. These items were on sale on these sites at the time of this post. Prices are subject to change.

Show NO HATE!

Show NO HATE towards ANY RACE because it’s ALL of us that makes AMERICA GREAT!!! 

With this upcoming march this weekend in Washington DC by a HATE group, I will be protesting HATE! And… I will be promoting LOVE! I’m so annoyed, afraid and upset about the current climate with are living in today. But like my Mommy, Auntie and other ancestors (especially my Great Uncle Americus Neely who was killed while fighting for equality in the Forrest City Riot of 1889 in Arkansas) fought before me, I’m here to fight oppression & hate and to find the goodness in others of every race. 

I don’t remember ever feeling the bigotry and racism that I’ve experienced in these most recent times. Of course there have been a few exceptions. One specific experience comes to mind when I wore my hair in its natural state after my big chop in 2012 and a Caucasian senior officer made a comment using the word “nappy” in my presence to undoubtedly make me feel inferior abut my natural hair. But here lately, it’s been just an awful and a blatant racist parade of ugly behavior by so many.

I’m a woman that leans on my faith and compassion for others to ensure I treat everyone with kindness. It seems that for many ignorance is bliss and we have forgotten that we are all HUMAN BEINGS first. So let’s stop this made up notion of superiority and come together! 

Are you ready for the fight for love, justice and equality?

XoXo,
KK

Thrifty in the City – Designer Jeans

I love designer labels (hence the former name of my blog “Designer Deal Diva”) but I also really love unique items too. I love to mix high/low fashion. This is what happens when you find all your favorite jeans brands at your little neighborhood minority-owned consignment store in unique patterns 3 for $10! The jeans brands I scored are normally found in high end retail stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Macys (and many more) for over $150 a pair! That’s why this particular find is so exciting. 

The jeans pictured above from bottom to top are as follows:
1. J Brand
2. J Brand
3. True Religion

I frequent this little store because it’s literally around the corner from where I live in Mount Pleasant DC and it’s been on my Favorite Places to Shop list for quite a while. Check out the list in the right hand column for more information.

Happy Frugal Shopping!

XoXo,
KK

Thrifty in the City – Manolo Blahnik

Manolo Blahnik with Swarovski Crystals! Aren’t they just darling?
Happy Thrifty Thursday! 
When I’m not shopping from the sales rack at the department stores, you can find me in a discount store or my favorite thrift stores. I’ve always been drawn to designer labels but never paid designer prices. One of my favorite shoe designers is Manolo Blahnik (after my birthday twin, Salvatore Ferragamo of course). I have owned a few pair of Manolos and honestly, they are one of the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned. As I grow older, it is all about comfort for me. This is one of the reasons I’m not that big into Christian Louboutin. Louboutins are NOT comfortable! 
These beauties were found at a local thrift store for under $15! As you can see from the bottom, they are brand new. They only flaw is the missing stone on the right shoe. But that’s nothing a trip to Michaels can’t fix. Since I am at Michaels all the time buying items for DIY projects and designing jewelry. It’s no big deal for me to find the perfect Swarovski crystal gem to replace the missing stone. 
If these weren’t my size I would definitely sell them in the POSHMARK store for a profit. But luckily for me that fit perfectly! And I cannot wait to wear them!
As for comparison, the retail value of these shoes lies some place between $700 – $1,000. This particular style isn’t being manufactured this year. However, here a pair closest to the design at a whopping $1,095!
Here’s a list of my favorite thrift and secondhand stores in the DC area.
– Fia’s Fabulous Finds: 806 Upshur St. NW, WDC 
– Frugalista: 3069 Mt. Pleasant St NW, WDC
– Rosario: 3616 14th St NW, WDC
– Georgia Avenue Thrift Store: 6101 Georgia Ave NW, WDC 
– Second Story Boutique: 3903 Georgia Ave NW, WDC
– The Goodwill Store: 2200 South Dakota Ave NE, WDC 
– Mike Thrift Store: 3842 34th St, Mount Rainier MD
– Salvation Army 7505 New Hampshire Ave, Takoma Park, MD
– Value Thrift: 22277 University Blvd, Lewisdale, MD
Happy Thrifting!
KK

Eating Healthy at Home

Happy Sunday I’m Eating Healthier! 

As I grow older and older, I realize that it’s what I put into my body to give it longevity and vitality that becoming more important to me. So today, and hopefully this day forward, I committing to a better and more healthy lifestyle. This oatmeal with bananas and granny smith apples is delicious and will hopefully give me the energy I need to get my Sunday errands done. 

Cheers to healthy living and lots of love! 

Speaking of love, the moments I share with loved ones feeds my spirit & brings joy to my heart. I’m thankful for those times. Just a friendly reminder to love hard on your loved ones, tomorrow is never promised.

RIP Kate Spade

Just like many other fashionistas all over the world, I’ve been a longtime fan of the brand you created. I have so many Kate Spade items from jewelry to handbags, books to homegoods. I always felt the brand reminded me of Tiffany Golightly from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s (one of my favorite movies!) and defined my vintage, girly, classic style. 

Yesterday was my birthday and as I celebrated my life my life, it’s so heartbreaking to know that she had taken her own. Mental Illness is a real serious issue; not just here in America but all over the world. I always say that my favorite quote is “Be Kind. Everyone is fighting an internal battle you know nothing about”. Words can kill or cure a person, you never know. If you know someone that’s depressed, sad or having a really tough time thru lives obstacles, reach out to them, check up on them and ask them to talk to a professional if/when needed. If you are having feelings of self harm, please seek help. 

National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255.

Rest in peace Katherine Noel Brosnahan.

XoXo, KK

Astor Burger & Fries

Astor Mediterranean of Adams Morgan is one of our favorite neighborhood places to eat. It has great food and it’s inexpensive. It’s definitely in my top 5 spots for neighborhood cheap eats. And although I don’t eat red meat, Bae does and absolutely loves the Astor Burger! I usually eat half of his fries because they are so light and crispy. There is so much on their menu to enjoy. I recommend the Eggplant Parmesan Panini, it’s sooo delicious. Also the Veggie Pizza and the White Pizza are some of my favorites. 

Check out their menu here:  Astor Mediterranean