Brunch Style for Fall

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Over the years, I have met some pretty awesome people through various food events and gatherings. If you follow me on Instagram (where I got my humble beginnings) you have probably noticed my right hand woman, Bari, in a few of my photos

Bari and I started on the food and Instagram scene around the same time and became quick friends. Nearly four years later, we are a bit of a dynamic duo pretty hard. She is a fantastic food photographer and influencer covering food from “street to elite” in Philadelphia and beyond. You can follow her adventures via her instagram: @baris_belly

Growing out of our mutual love for food, fashion and photography, we organically formed our own past-time we call Sunday Funday. A form of soul therapy, the recipe for Sunday Funday is simple. We plan brunch in an area of the city we would like to explore, don our Sunday’s best (or whatever fashion mood strikes us) and spend the day together eating, partaking in libations and snapping photos of street art (and of each other). 

For our first Sunday Funday of the Fall season, we coincidentally arrived at brunch twinning in oversized scarves and capes.

A timeless trend that is probably my favorite staple of fall fashion is the art of layering. Bari has always been the Queen of Layers and showing up in an off the shoulder sweater, black skinny jeans and an over-sized scarf. This year, I’ve been particularly inspired by turtlenecks and capes, which have been making a strong appearance in my favorite stores this season. My favorite combination of the moment is pairing turtlenecks with a button-up shirt and slacks.  We both completed our looks with Chelsea boots and hats.


We dined at W.M. Muhlherin’s Sons a former whiskey blending and bottling company turned modern Italian Restaurant and Boutique Hotel, which is always a stellar dining experience. Following we explored some of the great murals along Front Street including a few the Honeygrow headquarters completed as part of their Front Street Walls project. As an added bonus, it’s Mural Arts Month here in Philadelphia, so be sure to learn more about some of the artists and the abundance of murals we have in the city.

Artists featured in this post:

Molly Crabapple

Lemon Sparkle Fantasy

Amberella

Mural Arts - Philadelphia

Summer Style with Dapper Black Box™ - August Edition

At Geo's Table we believe in the uplifting and supporting those changing the game in our community. This month's feature is the third and final of the Geo’s Table “Summer Style”  collaboration  with the trailblazing, Black-owned subscription service Dapper Black Box.

Each month subscribers receive a carefully curated selection of men's accessories, grooming products and other tokens designed for the style conscious gentleman. The best part, every month the products featured are made with love by black entrepreneurs and businesses.

This month's box included a deliciously bold Knit Ties and Patterned Socks from TYED by Dede, Magnetic Collar Stays by OSK Styles and Fresh Meat Wipes from Scotch Porter . This month's box was made in honor of Bayard Rustin, a civil rights activist who was instrumental in several major historical events that shaped the civil rights movement. 

A little known fact here on my blog is that I am a member of Delta Phi Upsilon Fraternity, Incorporated. Delta Phi Upsilon is the nation's first fraternity for gay men of color. We believe in uplifting the LGBT community and communities of color through unwavering service without expectations. With this being said, our first honorary member was the late Bayard Rustin.

In the 1950's, Rustin became an organizer, strategist and trusted friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a major force behind the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom as well as the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. Throughout his life he was also an avid activist and support of economic equality, and LGBT rights. In honor of Mr. Rustin and his legacy, I also dedicate this blog post to him. 

Summer Style Inspiration for August & September

#BlackBoyJoy is a hashtag I follow on instagram, it is also the perfect descriptor for how I felt when I opened this month's Dapper Black Box. With red being my FAVORITE color (and coincidentally one of my fraternity's official colors) I was elated to see a very bold red knit tie included in this month's package. As an added bonus, a pair of red patterned socks also graced me with their presence. 

It can be difficult to match a color this vibrant, but I was determined to let this tie have its moment. Pairing the tie with a quirky "tiny zebra" print shirt by Bar III and a taupe pinstripe suit from Express, I was able to capture the essence of proper summer suiting, while still allowing the tie to shine.  And for some flare, I added a gold tie-bar also by TYED by Dede (included in the Amos Dapper Black Box™).

Check out my photoshoot below!

It has been an absolute pleasure doing this series! A special thanks to Aaron Barnes, the found and owner of Dapper Black Box™ for allowing me to showcase these products!

If your interested in subscribing visit dapperblackbox.com !

Dîner en Blanc 2018

Photo by   Joe McFetridge at  Joe Mac Creative

Photo by Joe McFetridge at Joe Mac Creative

Thursday, August 16th, Philadelphia’s 7th Dîner en Blanc commenced with fashion and flare. This year’s surprise location Dilworth Park, created a vibrant and chic scene as over 5000 guests donned in their white outfits to dine in the heart of the city.

This being my second time in attendance I became more enthralled as the evening unraveled. Boasting an international theme, the event featured a variety of world's fare and decor and offered performances from over 75 entertainers, truly showcasing the diversity of talent our city offers.

Some of my top moments included dancing to throwback tunes  and salsa music, partaking in macaroons and champagne courtesy of Delice et Chocolat and witnessing the artistic talents of Alloyius Mcilwaine, who painted a mural that will be displayed at Broad Street Ministry!

Although the night flew by, I am happy to have another year of this amazing event under my belt and look forward to attending another in the future. Check out some of my favorite moments from Dîner en Blanc below!

Special thanks to Philly PR Girl for having me!

Dîner en Blanc 2018 - Philadelphia



Summer Style with Dapper Black Box™

At Geo's Table we believe in the uplifting and supporting those changing the game in our community. With that, I am excited to announce an exclusive collaboration with the trailblazing, black-owned subscription service, Dapper Black Box.

Each month subscribers receive a carefully curated selection of men's accessories, grooming products and other tokens designed for the style conscious gentleman. The best part, every month the products featured are made with love by black entrepreneurs and businesses.

Over the course of the summer, I will be collaborating with Dapper Black Box™ to present you with some tips and fashion inspiration to keep you "dapper" all summer long.    First up, is the June's Dapper Black Box™, made in honor of a former member of the Texas Legislature, Al Edwards. This month's box included a Blue Gingham Check Neck-Tie and matching Pocket Square by Jay Kirby Ties, Summer Socks by Harrison Blake  and a Chimere Bump Control Cleansing Bar.

Style Inspiration for June

There's a certain finesse needed to pull-off a tie in the summer, but after falling love with in the Blue Gingham Check Neck-Tie and matching Pocket Square by Jay Kirby, I was up for the challenge.  Pulling some more formal summer staples from my closet, and being willing to get a little adventurous with patterns, I was able to pull off not just one but two outfits! These ensembles are perfect for a weekend brunch, day party or a more casual summer wedding.

All photos were taken by my good friend, Stacey. Check out some of her awesome photography on her instagram: @phillystory .

Check out the photos below!

Head over to the Dapper Black Box website today to subscribe, and begin your summer style journey!

GT Getaways: St. Louis

On my latest getaway, I took a weekend trip to St. Louis, MO. While I have been to St. Louis several times before for work, this time was a completely different experience. My favorite way to experience a city is through the eyes of a dear friend who lives or was raised there. It dives a little deeper than the notion of “seeing it like a local,” and instead gives you a little context on how food and culture shape the personality of some of the people you love the most.

In a city known for its unmatched hospitality and charm, I was able to eat, drink, and bask in all the wonders of this amazing city. The warm embraced I received from the people of St. Louis will never be forgotten and there are now pieces of my heart scattered all over city. Here’s some flicks and just a few of my faves from the weekend.

My Top Picks

1. Uncle Bill's Pancakes and Dinner House

A St. Louis breakfast spot that locals swear by! With menu options galore and an empty tummy in tote - you will leave with a full belly and a warm heart.

My pick: The Crepes Paree

2. Snarf's Sandwiches

A local sandwich chain with a limited number of locations in Missouri, Illinois, Colorado and Texas. With fresh and filing sandwiches, my inaugural visit to Snarf left me begging for more.

My pick: The Turkey & Swiss Cheese

3. Rosalitas Cantina

Located in Downtown St. Louis, Rosalitas Cantina is vibrant and festive offering a menu of amazing St. Louis style Tex-Mex. As an added bonus the Margaritas are extra strong margaritas, and the chips and salsa are endless.

My picks: The Shrimp Tacos and Fried Cheesecake

4. The Grove Neighborhood

A progressive neighborhood with buzz-worthy nightlife and an eclectic crowd, you are sure to have a blast dancing the night away at Rehab or having some late night Ice Cream Martini at The Fountain on Locust.  For boozier drinks of the frozen variety take a trip to Tropical Liqueurs and be sure to grab some authentic "street meat" at their indoor food truck Guerrilla Streetfood .

My Picks: The Tiger Paw Slushee (Tropical Liqueurs) and The Bagnet Kare Kare Po' Boy (Guerrilla St. Louis)

5. Gourmet Soul There is nothing like a home cooked meal that touches the soul and Gourmet Soul has this down to a science. Enjoy a solid selection of soul food that is fresh, fried and will leave you satisfied!

My picks: Fried Fish and Sweet Potatoes