Can you believe Summer is almost over 🙁 Recently, I had the pleasure of traveling to NYC to attend the famed Afropunk musical festival and romp around the city. I hadn’t been in eight years so I was overdue for a visit! New York City has a piece of my heart: I love how this city operates on it’s own frequency. To be honest, although I’ve taken some AMAZING trips this year, my interactions with the people I’ve went haven’t been the best so I prayed for a favor-filled, soul cleansing trip and that’s exactly what I experienced.
I stayed in Brooklyn and as soon as I came into town on a red-eye flight, it was non-stop action. First,I met up with a friend in Bed-Sty where we had dinner at the yummy Saraghina Italian restaurant. Next, I got my brows tinted and threaded, roamed the city and attended a workout at the Bandier studios with the lovely Bethany Meyers. Friday evening, I had drinks with a friend I haven’t seen in almost 10 years and we nearly shut the bar down!
Before I headed to the festival, I woke up early Saturday to attend a yoga class with my ALL-TIME FAVORITE yoga instructor Tara Stiles. Tara has long been an inspiration and has completely revolutionized the way I practice yoga. When I saw that she would be in NYC teaching the whole month of August ( A rarity since she is a globe-trotting rockstar) I knew I had to make the trek to Soho and she was just as warm, funny, and kind as I expected her to be, not to mention her class kicked my ass!!!!
When I finally made it to Afropunk, it was BEYOND amazing. Not only did I get to enjoy the musical talents of: Anderson Paak, Sza, Macy Gray, Michael Kiwanku, Solange( twice in one year!!), Princess Nokia, and Raaphal Saadiq, there was something euphoric about being in the presence of so many beautiful black people. The freedom, expression, and love was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Also, I had the chance to meet some of my favorite podcasters the lovely Hey Fran Hey, Jade of All Jades, and Look at Dustin.
By Monday, I was understandably spent but pressed my way to Manhattan one last time as I scheduled an Acu-Colonic with Tracy Piper. Tracy is an internal fitness expert who cultivated the Piper Protocol, wrote a book to detail said protocol, and provides her services at two Manhattan locations. Honestly, I thought I should have went to the spa but after my services, I was so glad I went: Tracy is LEGIT: not only did she clean me out, we had a therapy session, she was hilarious and unabashedly honest.
Man my soul needed this trip!! I met so many amazing people, ate the best food, enjoyed cooler weather, and consistently experienced good breaks and preferential treatment. Please enjoy my pics below.
Where will you all be traveling to close out Summer ’17? Please share in the comments below.
Peace & Love,