Kimono Over

The moment, I mean the very moment, the earth began to warm I took a cue from the little chirping birdies that it was now spring and I began shedding a few layers of clothes. From a wardrobe and personal style perspective, well a lot of other perspectives, spring is my favorite season. Spring is refreshing, she's energizing, everything in her presence is beautiful and blooming. Kimono Over.... spring we've been waiting for you!!!!!!!!!!!

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger styles a kimono and denim look with a crop top 
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger styles a kimono and denim look with a crop top
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger styles a kimono and denim look with a crop top
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger styles a kimono outfit 
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Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger styles a kimono and cropped top 

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Beauty & The Food : Mediterranean Lunch at Casablanca's

Let's take a trip to the Mediterranean via your palette by visiting Casablanca. The option to stay within in the I-240 loop is conveniently yours though. In the latest series of Beauty & The Food series, I traveled literally 3 minutes from home to enjoy lunch at Casablanca to experience Mediterranean/Middle Eastern cuisine. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion and Food Blogger reviews Casablanca Restaurant
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion and Food Blogger reviews Casablanca Restaurant
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion and Food Blogger reviews Casablanca Restaurant
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion and Food Blogger reviews Casablanca Restaurant

The beauty in dining in Memphis, while working on this series, is the true diversity of food. The day before I took a trip to Columbia and now I'm on a patio on the streets of Casablanca, in my imagination. The decor of Casablanca is captivating. The light fixtures, the vases, even the drapery treatment makes you feel like you are sitting in your Middle Eastern grandmother's formal dining room. It's not your Savta. However, the owner, Aimer Shtaya, a Jerusalem native, is very personal and always in one of the restaurants. So you still  feel comforted. Food does that right, makes you comfortable. Speaking of comfort, the infamous Casablanca tea makes you feel so loved and warm and happy because it's that good. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion and Food Blogger reviews Casablanca Restaurant
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion and Food Blogger reviews Casablanca Restaurant
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion and Food Blogger reviews Casablanca Restaurant
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion and Food Blogger reviews Casablanca Restaurant

So what was for lunch?! I ordered the Greek salad. I love everything about a greek salad but there is something magical,I think it's in their dressing, about Casablanca's Greek Salad. It's lettuce, tomato, onion, banana pepper, black olive, feta cheese, cucumber & croutons. I also ordered the Chicken Shawerma. I know I keep saying everything is magical but it is lol. Every time I have ordered the Shawerma, the pita is toasted perfectly, the chicken is cooked and seasoned to perfection. It's always consistently wonderful.

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion and Food Blogger reviews Casablanca Restaurant
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion and Food Blogger reviews Casablanca Restaurant

Ever in Midtown or the Poplar area and open to trying Mediterranean/Middle Eastern Cuisine, please please do yourself a favor and try Casablanca. 

CASABLANCA RESTAURANT

1707 Madison Ave | 5030 Poplar Ave. Suite 7

Time Marches On

As time moves on so quickly, without giving any of us notice or consideration. I am always reminded of many proverbial phrases and poems, one of my favorites--"Time and Tide Waits for no man". No one is so powerful that they can stop the march of time. NO ONE!

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 I blinked it and it is now the end of March. This time of the year is always a sweet moment in my life. The celebration of my daughter's birthday and the life and transition of my father, both on MARCH 22nd. Indeed a personal rebirth and renewal. Over the past few years, I have felt an insurmountable amount of pressure to balance my feelings. Like how do I keep those scales with equal amount of weight.  How do I bask in the joy of celebrating my daughters life and my father's death? What I found is that as time keeps marching on, I don't have to "forcefully" try. I have to just BE. Be content with allowing time to pass and give myself the freedom to feel however I want, when I want. Photographing myself in this easy denim shirt dress that was just easy, no fuss, no over the top styling served as a reminder of the philosophy of how I wanted to live my life. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger styles a denim shirt dress
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger styles a denim shirt dress
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger styles a denim shirt dress
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger styles a denim shirt dress
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Andrea-Fenise-Denim-Shirt-Dress

Time and tide waits for none...
Make most from your life before it's gone.
Tides can be high or low...
Life also goes on it's own flow.
Neither you can stop time ,nor tide...
Take care of your life's ride before you slide.
Time is precious don't waste it...
If you have some dream, go chase it.
Do not wait for so called right time...
Sitting idle with this thought is biggest crime.
The right time begins once you start...
And you can hit the bull's eye in the dart.

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Beauty & The Food : Cuban Lunch at Havana's Pilon

You see CUBA everywhere now! How to travel to Cuba, 10 Things to Do While in Cuba, Bloggers posting photos in Cuba, Cuban Singing Sensation Celia Cruz on Netflix, one can't not ignore Cuba is mucho caliente' ahora. Well, I can't get to Cuba just right now but I definitely could take a trip via my palette. Here is the latest Beauty & The Food series, Cuban  Lunch at Havana's Pilon.....

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion and Food blogger features Havana Pilon's Cuban Food in Memphis 
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion and Food blogger features Havana Pilon's Cuban Food in Memphis

This was not my first time visiting Havana's Pilon. It is one of my favorite little restaurants in Memphis. I love Cuban food. I think it has become one of my favorite cuisines. It's simple not a lot of fuss but super packed with a lot of flavor and a whole lot of Cuban Love. The dish I tried this time was ROPA VIEJA. It was a little treat I don't eat beef often at all but hey I figured why not. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion and Food blogger features Havana Pilon's Cuban Food in Memphis
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Ropa Veija is simply shredded beef in tomato sauce, garlic herbs and vegetables. The meat ALONE is worthy of its' praise. It is so full of flavor. The Congri Rice is what I normally order. Many summer days I would walk to Havana's Pilon from my studio to just eat black beans and rice. I also tried their amarillos which are just ripe plantains. D E L I C I O U S! 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion and Food blogger features Havana Pilon's Cuban Food in Memphis
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion and Food blogger features Havana Pilon's Cuban Food in Memphis

If you are ever in the Downtown Memphis area or Bartlett, please please try Havana's Pilon. I promise you there is something on the menu for you. 

HAVANA'S PILON 

DOWNTOWN                                                                                BARTLETT
143 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38103                                      3135 Kirby Whitten Rd Suite 108
Phone: (901) 527-2878                                                                 Phone: (901) 512-6359
 

 

 

 

Decorating with House Plants

It's been an entire year and a couple of months and I have yet to fully decorate my house. I've prioritized making sure I saved money to fund house decor projects first before I went out on a whim and spent tons of money.  While saving, I used ole faithful Pinterest to help inspire, plan, and get ideas for how I wanted to decorate. Additionally, I studied numerology and the vibration of my house number, the sum of the numbers, to get an idea of how to decorate based on the energy of my house. My house is a number 9 house! According to Feng Shui and numerology, a number 9 house needs many indoor house plants and fresh flowers to circulate energy. Here I share a few ideas of house plants I think I may bring home with me in the very near future to invoke great energy in my home. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares inspiration to decorate with house plants
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares inspiration to decorate with house plants

Adding indoor house plants are essential to creating the energy I need in this home. If you didn't already know the benefits of having indoor house plants, here's a big one. House plants area  powerhouse of wellness and energy in any home. They purify the air and make sure you get quality circulation of air in your home. There are so many beautiful and hearty plants you could use that are natural decor statement pieces. When I started researching house plants, I wanted to make sure I picked some that would thrive under my less than green thumb. I fell over the moon and back in love with house orchids, rubber plants, aloe vera, succulents, and indoor elephant ears.  I want to add them to my little English Ivy. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares inspiration to decorate with house plants
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares inspiration to decorate with house plants
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares inspiration to decorate with house plants
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares inspiration to decorate with house plants

Do you all have indoor house plants? Any tips of making sure they thrive?