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All About My JW Marriott Tampa Water Street Staycation

Staycations have been a thing for a few years now but grew in popularity last year since we really couldn’t go anywhere. I get it…the lines between work and home blurred drastically. Getting out of the house and going somewhere else to relax for a couple days works wonders for relaxation and the mental. I […]

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Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Tampa Bay

This year is really flying by; how crazy is it we’re almost halfway through the 2021? Anywho, did you realize Cinco de Mayo is coming up? That’s right…it’s next week. Don’t have any plans at the moment? Cinco de Mayo in Tampa Bay is a huge deal. Restaurants all over are bringing out all the […]

What to Know About the 2021 Florida State Fair

If you didn’t know, the Florida State Fair was postponed this year due to COVID. It’s usually in February but this year it starts April 22-May 2. The fair is always a fun time with all the rides and crazy foods we’re able to eat once a year haha. This year’s fair is full of […]

How to Wear Spring/Summer 2021 Color Trends

You know the seasons are changing when you go shopping on apps or in-person to the mall and see bolder, brighter colors. It’s almost like moods instantly changes and plans are made for when the weather changes. Spring/summer 2021 color trends are all about being bold, daring, attention-grabbing, and super colorful. When the world opens […]

spring 2021 fashion trends

5 Spring 2021 Fashion Trends to Know About

We’re still socially distancing a year later but the fashions must still happen, right? Personally, I can’t wait for spring to get here so I can break out the cute OOTD’s and show some skin. While I love wearing my coats and sweats for an easy look, I’m ready to see bright colors and skin. […]

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Hyatt Place, Hyatt House now open in Downtown Tampa

If you’ve ever been downtown, you’ve seen the transformation currently happening in the area. First with the switch of Channelside to Sparkman Wharf, now there’s the Water Street development underway that’s turned downtown into a multi-use part of Tampa. USF will have a medical office down there and, of course, there are the high-rise condos […]

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11 Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas for Any Occasion

We’re still in the house because there’s a whole panorama out there but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a cute look off for the ‘gram. We’ve been wearing sweats and wearing our hair in messy buns for the longest. There are those times where I’m craving any occasion that requires an actual outfit and […]

4 Rivers Smokehouse

4 Rivers Smokehouse debuts new BBQ-inspired “John Rivers Originals”

4 Rivers Smokehouse, deemed “The South’s Best BBQ Joint” by Southern Living magazine,  released photos today of their new “John Rivers Originals” and they don’t disappoint AT ALL. John Rivers and the Smokehouse team created three all-new BBQ-inspired dishes, available at all 14 of its Florida locations, from fan favorites: Burnt Ends Melt: Smokehouse Burnt Ends […]

10 Casual Christmas Dinner Outfit Ideas for Virtual Hangouts

This year’s holiday parties aren’t going to be as jumpin’ as last years. Zoom party and other virtual hangout invites are probably out by now and guest lists are made. I’d guess and say the silver lining is more people can be invited technically. Drinks and food can still be poppin’ but in smaller quantities.  Christmas […]

Florida Black Restaurant Week

Florida Black Restaurant Week lands in Tampa Bay, other cities later this month

I remember earlier this year when 7th and Grove owner Jamaris Glenn and I were finished with our interview for A Soulful Taste. We talked about how there aren’t too many instances where Black-owned restaurants in Tampa Bay get the same shine as everyone else and we should create an event to highlight them all. […]