MEATBALL SHOP DC REVIEW…….

Do you love meatballs? Well you might want to stop by at the Meatball Shop in DC. It’s in a cool hip area downtown on 14th street.

 
The meatball shop back story:

Co-owners Daniel Hozman and Michael Chernow at first weren’t the best of friends but became friends because of their mothers. Over time they built a friendship as well as a partnership. After some time, they came up with an idea to have some sort of restaurant. In 2010, the meatball shop was born; from there they’ve opened other locations in NYC on the lower and upper east side, Williamsburg, and Washington D.C. As you know, meatballs are the #1 staple for American/Italian food. Daniel and Michael believe that it’s easy to make meatballs and that “anyone can make meatballs” especially in their own home. Honestly, who doesn’t like a good meatball!
Eight years later, still going strong by focusing on the core of their restaurant which is customer satisfaction they are continuing to build a culture that improves the way they do business. It’s hard to deny that The Meatball Shop has evolved as one of the NYC staples. 
The restaurant atmosphere:
 
Now, if you go into the meatball shop in DC the atmosphere is friendly and you’ll feel right at home. It’s one of the best place to hang out with your gals friends for good ole brunch or even happy hour! The hostess and waiter are fun and bubbly making your experience worthwhile. The interior is nice, clean, and all about the wood with hardwood floors and accent wood around the restaurant. The host immediately greets you right at the door and seats you in a nice sitting area. Like I said you’ll feel right at home!
The food and desserts:


Now let’s get to the nitty gritty…the food. As it was my first experience, the waiter walked me through the menu I could build my meatball bowl so there was a variety of options to choose from. The menu is broken up in a way that makes it easy for you to build your meatball. You can either choose a meatball ..it’s basically “what are you in the mood for?” You can choose from a variety of meatball dishes either a classic to pesto dish with a side of vegetable, bread or spaghetti. Whether you like your food hot or mild they can provide you with an option of a side of spicy pepper to add to your dish. For my dish, I choose a classic meatball with a tomato sauce and a side of broccoli, spaghetti, and bruschetta. The meatballs were cooked just right and had a nice texture that melts into your mouth. The taste was flavorful with enough tomato sauce on my meatballs. The presentation of the food was clean and well prepared. It was super yummie!!!



I couldn’t resist…before my meal I got an appetizer of six mozz ball (fried cheese balls) with a sweet tomato sauce it was so yummie! That sauce is really on point. Then for my drink, I decide to get a cocktail called fool-aid punch; it honestly tasted like grape juice with a splash of alcohol. My friend Toyin Harris from “the curvey cookie” ordered a slider trio with half vegetarian and half meat. The appetizer is just enough to fill you up, if you’re in the Mood for something light and small.





For dessert we had the special, hazelnut ice cream sandwiched between chocolate chip and snickerdoodle cookies which were soft and chewy. Can I tell you I was in heaven? It was the right dessert to complete my meal. The ice cream is creamy and decadent that will melt right in your mouth. It was simple but yet the best dessert I’ve had in a long time!


Photographer: Carlton Hart

 

 All-in-all I had a great time and found a new spot to share with my friends and family. I enjoyed my dish, the classic meatball! I hope to go back to the meatball shop again!


Follow the meatball shop @meatballers or check out their website by clicking here
Fashion Love,
Akinyi

NYFW RECAP: Day 2

Photographer: Kaitlyn Harris 

WHAT I WORE:
AKIRA: Skirt
H&M: Top & Mules
Sugarfix by baublebar: Earrings

Hello All,

Day 2 was epic. I really enjoyed getting into fashion shows just being around fashion-minded people. I think what I realized it’s not about how many followers I have. As an influencer whether your A to D list status, your content throughout the fashion shows is imperative. Being at a fashion show is one thing. Actually getting the coverage for the show is ideally what an influencer needs to get while at the show. I’ve seen people sitting in the front row just sitting in the front row. I’ve talked to many people who actually work during the fashion shows. They’ve all said the same thing, the attendees that sit in the front row or that are attending these fashion shows. Are not promoting the designers brand.

What do you mean? 

When you get into these fashion shows, my first thing is to find the hashtag associated with the designer. Most of the time you see attendees not using the hashtag of the designer. They are all taking selfies…hey look at me I’m at “Ruby Fang Fashion Show”. This is bad for the designer because they need all the promotion from the attendees that come to their fashion show.

How many people come to the show? 

At least 1,000 attendees are attending these shows.  Out of 1,000 attendees at least 100 attendees are actually working during the fashion show. Honestly, this is a bad disappoint for NYFW and the designer. NYFW to me is a job. I’m being a reporter for my blog and getting the content to promote the designers’ brand. I don’t go to shows to go to shows. I promote for the fashion designers, Who else will promote for the designer. During the shows, I’m getting photos and video content that I can use to post on my social media platform. After the show is over, I look back at my coverage. I see the garments and the collection for what it is. Sitting in the front row is a privilege, my sole purpose is to get the best coverage by showcasing the designer collection.

NYFW has changed? 

When I first attending NYFW back in 2014, it was so different. I could attend shows easily, sit in a seat or sit in the front row. NYFW was more organized and pr companies were searching for attendees with the best quality of work. For this year, I sent at least 100 pitch letters expressing my desire to attend any fashion shows during fashion week. Guess how many invites I receive at least 10 invites. All the work, I put in is not valued. I actually have worked hard in providing reviews from the shows. Sending my coverage links to PR companies. It honestly doesn’t even matter. Let’s say you get invited to attend Chromat Fashion show. You get to the venue get your ticket and it’s a standing ticket.

And how many people have standing tickets at least 500 attendees? 

There’s no way all those attendees standing outside are going to get into the show. And sure enough, the designer overbooked the show. Attendees storm off mad and confused, Why send an invite and tell attendees they can get into the show. It makes you not want to attend these shows. They’re not looking at what attendees who will promote their brand. Nonetheless, the designer wants to fill the venue space which is more important than attendees quality of work.

Will I attend NYFW in February? 

Yes, I’ll be ready. This is my honest opinion what I observed during fashion week. I think next year I’ll explore, shop, and go to presentations for smaller brands. I’ll enjoy fashion week instead of worrying about what fashion shows I’ll be attending.

Day 1: NYFW

Photographer: Mauricio Jorquera
What I Wore: 
Kendall & Kylie: Fanny Pack 
SugarFix baublebar: Earrings 
As you all know I love NYFW. I was missing it from last year. Day 1 was on point. I’m not going to lie. When I first arrived in New York, I was super bummed.  My Airbnb host flaked on me and honestly it’s never happened to me. The host gave me check-in instructions to get into the apartment, I tried calling the host several times and I got no response. I was so nervous. Luckily, I called Airbnb they credited me to get another place in the same area that was way better. All-in-all everything worked out! I went to my first show Indonesia Diversity the collection was unique with flowly and eccentric garments. As the name says it all it was a diverse collection. 


Then later that day, I went to do video shoot with NY videographer Mauricio Jorquera it was a really planned out video shoot. We went around NY and came across some other bloggers from Atlanta. We did a little collaboration with which was a spur of the moment kind of thing. I can’t wait till the video comes out. 


 
Second fashion show I went Athanasiou was very lively with fun patterns. In the collection there was a lot of jackets, funky prints, and separates that I love you can’t go wrong with a good ole statement pieces. That necessarily can be paired with a day or night look. I could definitely wear some pieces from the collection. Overall the first day of NYFW was epic I’m glad I came this year. 
Enjoy the photos! 

SAN FRANCISCO: DAY 1

PHOTOGRAPHY: BRYS PHOTOGRAPHY
WHAT I WORE:
WHO WHAT WEAR: Shirt & Dress 
Zara: Shoes 
Forever21: Jacket & Purse 
San Francisco is the best place to relax. On Day 1, I was able to go during memorial weekend to explore, shop, and entertain through my time at San Francisco. In May surprisingly the weather is cool. I was smart no matter where I go I’m packing to accommodate the weather. It was such a nice time with my cousins just eating, exploring, and talking about life. Can’t beat time spent with family. I went to union square to shoot with my new found friend photographer Bryanna, I was able to walk around find spots that compliment my look. I wore my shirt and dress from WHO WHAT WEAR such a matchy matchy look. The shoes from Zara that pair well to my look. Love how my shoes match my dress. Regardless it was such a good shoot!
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BIRTHDAY!!!!

Hello All!

Had the best birthday with my friends and family! We went to Firefly DC in Dupont Circle, It was the best place to have a ladies birthday brunch! I had the best food, I choose my favorite French toast topped with Blueberry and raspberries…Super Yummie!

You realize that little things by getting together with your best girl friends…is the best birthday present. Just making time is what I’m learning! I’ve known these ladies half of my life. Some I met in college, at my past and current jobs, and at fashion events! We still keep in touch and when we get together we have the best time! I still continue to learn and grow with each of these ladies. They inspire me and make me want to do more. Nonetheless, they encourage me to follow my passion and goals which really makes me want to strive to be best Akinyi. I really enjoyed my birthday and my sister, family, and friends made it special!

Fashion Love,

Akinyi

Photographer: Carlton Hart
 
WHAT I WORE:
 
Marc Fisher: Sandals
Gap: Jean Jacket
H&M: Purse
 
My Sister and Friends:
Achieng’
Norma and Norma’s Cousin
Claudia
Kemi
Amy
Toyin
Lisa
Mauricette

WINTER IS OVER…

 Photographer: Carlton Hart 

WHAT I WORE: 
Gap: Jacket 
NY & Company: Jeans & Sweater
Public Desire: Booties 
Forever21: Bag 

Hello All, 

Winter is over and summer/spring is here. I’m still sad summer/spring is in affect. here’s some photos I did with my amazing photographer back in January. I seriously love this look such a classic and comfy look. Can’t go wrong with boyfriend jeans and bomber jacket from GAP
See you next time! 
Fashion Love 
Akinyi 

LUSH FASHION LOUNGE X FITSONME….

Who doesn’t love brands you can feel comfortable in. I love lush fashion lounge an online boutique that caters to women that want affordable apparel. But yet they can look chic, cool, and sophisticated. 

I love the lush fashion lounge I’m allabout comfort finding items that I can still look comfortable and cute. During the cold weather, I don’t want to bundle to much. I found this coat that has furry material in the inside. Believe me it keeps me super warm. I decide to pair it with my Who wear boots for a pop of color. 

Photographer: Seda G 
WHAT I WORE 
Lush Fashion Lounge:Jacket 
Nordstorm Rack:Jeans 
H&M:Striped Top
WHO WHAT WEAR: Velvet Booties 
Second look from Lush Fashion Lounge was a burgundy velvet skirt. I love this skirt I feel like you can wear during the summer time with a cool flowy top. It’s such a versatile skirt that you mix and match patterns or wear it with another velvet top which will make this look so royal!!!
Photographer: Carlton Hart 
WHAT I WORE: 
Lush Fashion Lounge: Velvet Skirt 
Thirft Store: Jacket 
Steve Madden: Velvet Booties 
Third look from Lush Fashion Lounge was a tulle i picked a teal color and paired it with a velvet green dress. What’s fun about this look adding under dress over the tulle. Really gives my look a completely different look!!! I  kept everything neutral adding just a pop of color. It really spiced up my look and gives funky feel.