Date Night In: 10 Shows You Should Binge-Watch

There’s nothing I love more than a good binge session date night in. It doesn’t require leaving the house and its FREE. So call Ubereats or cook some Blue Apron and watch one of these ten shows during your next date night binge session:

  1. Master of None (Netflix)

This show became an unexpected favorite last year and I’ve binged watched it 3 times since them. Thankfully, the second season returns to Netflix tomorrow. Created and produced by Aziz Ansari, the show centers around an actor living in Brooklyn just trying to figure life out while eating pasta. Basically the most relatable show ever. The second season just came out so you have more episodes to watch. If you need more convincing check out my Master of None inspired post from last year.

  1. 13 Reasons Why (Netflix)

Some of you may be rolling your eyes at this suggestion and I don’t blame you. Yes, this show is controversial. Yes, the subject matter is dark and maybe not what you’d want to watch with bae or on a rainy day. However, there is something about this show that just pulls you in. Even if you hate it you have to watch it. It’s definitely a conversation starter.

  1. Married at First Sight (Lifetime)

I LOVE this show! I don’t remember how I discovered it but I’m glad I did. Two strangers get married without knowing anything about each other and leaving their lives up to some relationship “experts” and science. I’m here for it. Bonus: Watch Married at First Sight Second Chances with two previous participants whose marriages failed.

  1. Power (Starz)

*In my Joe voice* they say this is a big rich tooooown, yeaaaah, I just come from the poorest paaaart. The theme song alone is a reason to watch this show. Power has drugs, beautiful men and women, and steamy (somewhat awkward) sex scenes. Plus, you get the added bonus of 50 Cent being shady in Instagram. Issa win.

  1. Luke Cage (Netflix)

Marvel has been killing it with their Netflix programming. The show takes place in Harlem and features the Alfre Woodard, Mahershala Ali (aka bae), and Rosario Dawson. Even if you aren’t a fan of the comic book genre, you’ll like this show.

  1. House of Cards (Netflix)

This is the OG of Netflix so I don’t feel the need to try to convince you why you should watch it. The 5th season is available to stream now.

  1. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

Another Netflix OG that will return next month. The last season ended with some controversy so definitely catch up before the next season is available to stream.

  1. Insecure (HBO)

If you’ve read her book or seen her YouTube series Adventures of Awkward Black Girl you’ll enjoy this show. Check out my recap of the first season here. Second season returns July 23.

  1. Game of Thrones (HBO)

I tried to hold out, I really did, but one night PJ and I were bored and decided to give Game of Thrones a try. We haven’t looked back since. I will warn you this show can get graphic (there’s A LOT of blood) but after the first few episodes you become numb to it.

  1. Man in the High Castle (Amazon)

I have an Amazon Prime account so I can order makeup wipes for the low and get them delivered in 2 days. I didn’t realize I was missing out on some quality shows! Man in the High Castle had us hooked from the first episode. The show is based in an alternate reality where the Axis powers win World War II and the Nazi’s basically run the world. Unfortunately we watched this after the inauguration and the shows premise felt a little too real. Other than that, I think you’ll enjoy it.

What shows are you currently binge watching? What should I check out my next binge session? Share your suggestions below in the comments!

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Top 6 Date Ideas in Charlotte

Tired of the typical dinner and a movie on date night?  Let’s face it, date night can become pretty predictable. Whether it’s your first date or you just want to spice up your date night; here are 6 great date ideas to get you out and about in Charlotte.

1. Tasting and Tours

Charlotte has some of the most beautiful wineries and vineyards. There is nothing more romantic than taking a stroll in the vineyard and having a picnic. The Treehouse Vineyard is one of my favorite. They host many wine tasting events and tours. There is even a treehouse on the property that can be rented for an overnight stay.

The Treehouse Vineyard in Charlotte

2. Art Gallery Crawl

NoDa is Charlotte’s  most popular art district and eclectic area. It has an array of artists, music, independent restaurants, shops, live performances and street vendors. Take a stroll down the street of NoDa sipping wine and appreciate the abstract art exhibits.

NoDa in Charlotte

3.Eat, Drink, and Play

Show your competitive spirit at Dave and Buster’s. What better way to break the ice on a first date than a little competition. Dave and Buster’s offers food, drinks and games all in one spot.

4. Feeling Adventurous

Enjoy the outdoors at U.S. National Whitewater Center. This premier outdoor center offers whitewater rafting, biking, zip lines, live music, craft beer and much more.

U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte

5. Foodie Truck Friday

Every Friday night, Charlotte’s favorite food trucks gather on the lot at the corner of Park and Camden in the Historic South End. These definitely aren’t any old roach carts on wheels. Some of the best foods in the state can be tasted here. The atmosphere and aroma are amazing which is perfect for any date night.

6. Laugh out Loud

Enjoy a great improv comedy show at Charlotte’s Comedy Theater. What makes the comedy theater special is the fact that is located in the music factory district, which makes it easy to not only laugh til you can’t no more but also catch a live concert.

Regardless of it’s your first date or just tired of the same dinner and movie routine, there’s plenty to do in the city of Charlotte. So go out, explore and live a little, all in love.

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Nikia H. currently living in the beautiful city of Charlotte. I am a lifestyle content creator who blogs about relationships, fashion, beauty, fitness and everything in between.

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10 Awesome Birmingham Dates to Try This Summer

Inspired by Jill Scott “A Long Walk”

“You’re here, I’m pleased. I really dig your company” These 8 words that start one of my favorite songs couldn’t be more fitting. Released 16 years ago, “A Long Walk” by Jill Scott is a staple in any neo soul lover’s music collection. Jill’s mastery of wordplay is undeniable as she tells her lover just what she thinks of him while also throwing out a few date ideas. Today, I will share 10 Birmingham Summer Dates with you based on her suggestions.

1. “Let’s take a long walk around the park after dark”
Birmingham, a city that holds 99 unique neighborhoods nestled into 151 square miles, has 110 parks including Birmingham Botanical Gardens recognized and managed by Birmingham Parks & Recreation. Our parks have a connection with New York’s Central Park in that they were designed by F.L. Olmstead’s sons. Technically, all city parks close at sunset so no long walks after dark. But a sunset walk is extremely romantic.

2. “maybe we can talk about …”
      a. Surah 31:18
      b. Revelation 3:17
      c. Psalms in entirety
I never noticed that Jill Scott referenced discussing 3 different religious texts before now. One is from the Quran and the others can be found in your bible. Most people say avoid religious talks when dating but honestly discussing religion and your beliefs will lead to 3 big revelations in your relationship; where your partner is spiritually/their religious beliefs, how they handle conflict, and their argument style. I’m still a big supporter of breaking the no religion talk on dates rule. This discussion date can be held at home, in a group setting, or at your local church or mosque.

Bible

3. “maybe we can see a movie”
Birmingham has a plethora of movie options that don’t include your local theater chain or Netflix during the summer. There’s Flicks Among the Flowers at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Sidewalk Film Festival, Movies at Avondale Park, Coyote Drive-In Movie, and the Alabama Theatre has special showings of your favorite throwback movies.

Tickets on sale now. Lowest price of the season. Link in bio. #sidewalk19

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4. “maybe we can see a play on Saturday”
Although we’re not New York, Birmingham has a legit theatre scene. Birmingham Children’s Theatre is great place to take your family for a kid friendly date night while Virginia Samford Theatre provides year round classic and new, innovative plays and musicals.

Speculated by many to be the greatest of all American musicals, GYPSY tells the story of the dreams and efforts of one hungry, powerhouse of a woman to get her two daughters into show business. Loosely based on the 1957 memoir of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, the memoir and the musical focus on the story of Gypsy Rose Lee’s mother, Rose, and earned Rose a place in the theatrical and literary canon as the quintessential, archetypal “Stage Mother.” Featuring the classic “Some People,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “Rose’s Turn,” and the show-stopping, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”. Starring Kristi Tingle Higginbotham as Mama Rose. June 29 – July 16, 2017 Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $35 Center, $30 L & R, $15 Student VST Mainstage

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5. “maybe we can roll a tree and feel the breeze and listen to the symphony”
You aren’t allowed to roll a tree but you can definitely listen to the breeze rustle the leaves of the trees while listening to the symphony. The Alabama Symphony does paid performances year round but they do 3 nights of free concerts at RailRoad Park during the summer that’s amazing. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets and a picnic to cool off while the symphony takes away all the stress of your day. Don’t forget to stop by Good People Brewing Company for a couple beers before.

6. “maybe chill and just be”
You can chill and just be anywhere but my favorite chill spot is 41 Street Pub & Aircraft Sales at the bar. The bartenders are super nice and knowledgeable about the history and mixing the perfect drink. Birmingham also has a planetarium that’s an amazing place to just be.

7. “maybe we can take a cruise and listen to The Roots”
If you’re reading this Schaeffer Eye Center, please bring back CityFest and The Roots!!!! I’m begging you!!! 2 years ago, you would’ve been able to cruise the city then stop at Railroad Park and catch the Roots for free at CityFest but now you’ll definitely have to follow this dating tip literally and cruise in the car with bae while listening to your favorite Roots songs. The alternative would be to go see Nappy Roots live at Zydeco on July 8.

Nappy Roots

8. “maybe eat some passion fruit”
The best place around town to find fresh fruit is your local Farmers’ Market. There are about a dozen in Birmingham to choose from. Check out this list to plan the perfect Farmers Market date to find some passion fruit but if you’re like me, I know you’ll likely be looking for the Chilton county peaches.

Movin' to the country… 🍑 #🎵 #happySaturday #localisbetter #farmingfeedsAL

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9. “maybe cry to the blues”
If I’m being honest, Birmingham is more of a jazz than blues city. In my search for Blues dates, I came across the Bob Sykes BBQ and Blues Festival happening May 20th and the infamous Gip’s Place as the only venue that may host blues artists regularly.

10. “maybe we could just be silent”
Now this is my kind of date. I find peace in the quiet, especially if I have a good book in my hands. Plan a date night in with bae to cuddle and read together or even watch a silent film. There’s nothing like a comfortable silence between lovers who just want to spend time with each other.

In the words of Jill Scott “Come on, come on” and share your thoughts with us below in the comments!

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Why Union Market is the Perfect Casual Date Destination

Union Market
Union Market

The first time I walked through Union Market it instantly became my new favorite place in DC. It has everything I hold near and dear to my heart. Decent priced food, strong inexpensive alcoholic beverages, and free parking. Where else in DC will you find this trifecta of awesomeness? Union Market is so amazing that I came up five reasons why you have to make it the destination for you next date.

The Suburbia
Frozen Rosé and Iced Irish Coffee from The Suburbia at Union Market

Cheap Food and Drinks

When I say “cheap” keep in mind this is DC. The cheap food and drink range here is between $8-$20. You can easily find that at Union Market which has a variety of options to choose from. Whether you go for brunch or dinner you can find something to enjoy in this food hall. Cooking at home? There are vendors on site selling fresh produce, meats, and spices. There’s also a pretty dope distillery nearby. I recommend the Frozen Rosé from the Suburbia and a Hot Mess biscuit from Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.

Union Market Drive In
Union Market Drive In schedule

Drive-In Movie

Outdoor movie season is around the corner. If you’re a sucker for nostalgia like me then you will be happy to hear a drive-in exist in DC. I grew up in a small town that had a drive-in and it intrigued me how it would work in an urban area and am glad to see Union Market does not disappoint. It’s only $10 to park your car but walk-ups are free. This popular summer event runs out of spaces quick. Check out the movie schedule and reserve parking here.

Union Market

Pop Up Shops

You can’t have a market without some sort of retail. Union Market’s Lab 1270 is a spaced designed to introduce market goers to meet and support local retailers, makers, and creatives. When I went there was a West Elm pop up shop that featured mainly DC designers. Inside the market itself are kiosk filled with jewelry, clothing, spices, you name it. If you come across a vendor you like be sure to grab a business card so you know where to find them later.

Mural created by Mr. Brainwash for International Women’s Day in 2015
Mural created by Mr. Brainwash for International Women’s Day in 2015

Street Art

One thing DC doesn’t get enough credit for is its dope street art. If you are looking for a place to shoot for Instagram Union Market is provides picturesque backgrounds. This heat filled mural by LA graffiti artist Mr. Brainwash is perfect for your next photo-shoot with bae.

Free Parking (for now)

I say for now because DC is petty and its only a matter of time before they decide to charge you to enjoy the greatness that is the Frozen Rosé. But now you can park at Union Market for free. Don’t have a car? It is metro accessible from the NOMA/Gallaudet station.

Between the food, the drinks, the art, the low-cost Union Market easily gets the Priceless Dates stamp of approval. Have you been to Union Market? What are some other low-key date spots in DC we should check out? Share below in the comments!

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Minimalist Slay: “No Makeup” Date Night Look

Quick and affordable minimalist date night look

I am a minimalist when it comes to makeup. I tried to bake, beat, and slay my face and failed miserably. For me, a slay is having filled brows, full lashes, and a cute nude lip. Sometimes I’ll be adventurous and wear a bold lip. Keeping that in mind I wanted to create a low-cost everyday day/date night/daytime look for my fellow makeup minimalist.You can take away or add depending on the look you’re going for. This is the perfect look for a casual daytime date and can easily be turned into a nighttime look. I did a nude lip but you can add a pop of color if you’d like. The best part is most of the products I used are affordable. Check out how I put this minimalist slay together below!

 

Products used:

Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation in Toffee

NYX Highlight & Contour Palette

ABH Brow Wiz in Dark Brown

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Nutmeg

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Hemp

NYX Xtreme Lip Cream in Skintone

NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator

PUR Miracle Mist Hydrating Spray

Are you a makeup minimalist? What is your go to look? What are your favorite products? Share below in the comments!

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Why You Should Use Groupon for Your Next Date

The Groupon DC homepage
The Groupon DC homepage

I wanted to write about Groupon dates for a while and been putting it off because, well, I’m lazy. But today I found my motivation from where else but Twitter. Please refer to the following screen shot for reference:

 

Now, it is possible this young woman was trolling, as many do on Twitter. However, there were enough people co-signing her statement that made me think, “Wow, people really hate Groupon dates.” Times have changed, including the legitimacy of using Groupon to pay for a date. If you don’t believe me here are 5 reasons you should try a Groupon date:

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5 Must-Have Beauty Products for Date Night

(Left to Right) NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in Athens, Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD High-definition concealer, Clinique Happy Gelato Cream for body sample size, Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus Blotting Paper

I love the process of getting ready for a date. Using a couple of coats of mascara to transform from basic to baddie is fascinating. Unfortunately, my transformation doesn’t last long and I’ll need a touchup. Luckily, you won’t need to carry your entire makeup drawer to look flawless throughout the night. All you need five products! Here are 5 must haves to keep in your makeup bag on date night:

Mirror

This one seems obvious, but plenty women (and men) don’t carry a mirror with them everywhere. However If you’re like me, a mirror is a must have in your purse. You never know where you may end up so having one of these handy is helpful. Of course, if you don’t have a mirror you can always use your phone.

Blotting Papers

I didn’t know blotting papers were a thing until I was waiting to check out at Sephora. Honestly, they are one of the best investments I’ve made. Before I’d use regular tissue to remove excess oil ,but it left my skin feeling a little dry and ruined my makeup. Blotting papers remove the excess oil without sacrificing moisture and your makeup. These are a lifesaver in the warmer months. So next time you’re in line at Sephora grab some, these were only $8!

Concealer

Even with the best finishing spray your makeup will move throughout the day. Bringing concealer or foundation with you is helpful for routine touchups to keep you looking as flawless as possible. I prefer having concealer over foundation because it’s easier to apply and less bulky. L.A. Girl Pro Concealer is perfect because it provides such great coverage it I can use it like a foundation and it doesn’t take up much space in my bag. It’s also easy to apply so you don’t have to worry about bringing a brush along with you.

Lipstick

I LOVE dates that involve food but I also kinda hate them because I always sacrifice my lipstick for them. Nothing is worse than seeing your favorite lipstick on your fork after a delicious bite of food. This is why I put my lipstick in my purse as soon as I finish applying it at home. If I’m wearing a liquid lipstick I also pack the liner, but this is optional.

Lotion

This is something to bring with you on a date, to the grocery story, church, everywhere. Lotion should never leave your purse, EVER! Especially in the winter when just walking outside the door causes you to look ashy. Keep a couple travel or sample sizes on hand so you don’t end up like Ashy Larry.

Bonus Item: Mascara, because you never know!

What are your date night must have beauty products? Share below in the comments!

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7 Ways to Describe Black Love

February is my absolute favorite month. Although it’s the shortest month of the year I feel like it’s jam packed with the most celebrations. Not only is February my birthday month, but the Super Bowl, NBA All Star Game,  and Mardi Gras happens during February. February is also Black History Month and the Month of Love thanks to Valentine’s Day. For all these reasons, I love February and try to celebrate it like it should. It’s now been 1 week since Valentine’s Day and we’re 21 days into Black History so I’ve decided to celebrate it through my now annual post on Black Love. Last year, I tried to be very philosophical but this year, I’ve decided to show what I think Black Love is instead of trying to dissect it. Black Love is a lot of things to many people. Here are just few of the things Black Love is to me.

Black Love is familiar …

These two are celebrating 27 years of love and marriage today #happyanniversary #blacklove #reallifecosbyshow

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The first place you learn about Black Love is in your home. This can be your grandparents, parents, cousins, siblings, aunts and uncles. You go from saying ewww every time you see adults showing affection to wanting that love as an adult.

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Your Priceless Guide to Restaurant Week in Washington, DC

Restaurant week is almost here! The biannual promotion featuring 250 restaurants is a foodies dream. It is also great if you’re like me and balling on a budget. Restaurants offer a three course prefix menu for lunch and brunch for $22 and dinner for $35. Considering a nice dinner out in this DC can be $200, this is a steal. However, if you aren’t careful you could still end up paying $200. No worries, I got you covered.  Here are my tips to get the most out of DC Restaurant Week.

steak, steakhouse, charlie palmer, restaurant week
Grilled New York strip loin with oxtail turnover, braised swiss chard, smoked potato puree I had at Charlie Palmer Steak last year during Restaurant Week. AMAZING!
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