Wednesday, August 20, 2014

YALI 2014

  
Over half of Africa's population is under 35 year's old; President Obama is targeting this group in an effort to "strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa." The Young African Leader's Initiative (YALI) was created by the President in 2010 to nurture leadership and entrepreneurialism in Africans, focusing on young people ages 25-35.
 
Annually 500 YALI fellow travel to America, for many their first time in this country, to participate in a program that involves 6 weeks of mentoring and leadership training. Held at colleges like Dartmouth and GW, there are three distinct tracks - business and entrepreneurship, civic engagement and public administration. The program culminates with a 3-day Presidential Summit in Washington, DC where I invited to attend a reception for the 2014 YALI fellows.
 

(l to r) Reception sponsor Rahama Wright, CEO (Shea Yaleen)
Reception host Maeda Saggau-Sackey, Editor (The Glamazon Diaries)
 

 WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

 jacket | dress | bag | shoes

Monday, August 11, 2014

Zumba at the National Harbor

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

tee | tanksports bra | leggings | shoes

 
I couldn't wait to wear these new arrivals from Zumba; this collection is my favorite so far. My outfit was so cute that I wore it to brunch at The Commissary (yum!) and to run errands (hunting for a shoe cabinet at Miss Pixies and grocery shopping at the new Trader Joe's on 14th St). 

 
Its been a bit overcast in DC lately so when the sky showed a hint of brightness I grabbed a banana and bottle of water, put on my new duds from Zumba's clothing line and headed to the National Harbor in Maryland (a 15 minute drive from DC's Capitol Hill). 

Every Wednesday from 7-8pm this summer you can take a FREE Zumba class at the National HarborEven if you can't make the class National Harbor has some fun green spaces for working out and I found running up and down the stairs or climbing on the Awakening Statue were excellent ways to work up a sweat. Not to mention circling the stores a few times doing some window shopping!

 

I've been getting alot of questions about Zumba footwear...first question is usually: Zumba makes shoes? Second question is always: are Zumba shoes comfortable? The answer is a resounding YES Zumba shoes are super comfortable and here's why...Z-Slide technology is incorporated to increase mobility and allow the freedom to slide on any floor surface (including carpet), Ball Pivot Point technology eases movement and provides security while turning or spinning during dance movements, Z-Arch technology maximizes arch support and flexibility. Whether I'm doing jumping jacks in my backyard or taking a Zumba class at the National Harbor, Zumba footwear is so flexible, it moves with my foot and provides plenty of support.

 

Have you been taking advantage of this mild summer and getting fit? Let me know in the comments or leave me a message on INSTAGRAM or FACEBOOK.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Red Pencil Skirt

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

skirt | top | sandals | bag | watch

Friday after work I met up with blogger and stylist Dionna of Made me Pretty and Body Conscious Beauty at Hank's in Capitol Hill for raw oysters and peel-n-eat shrimp... perfect snacks on a sweltering summer day in DC.

Afterwards we snapped photos of the outfits we'd worn to work that day. I love the statement this bright red pencil skirt makes. I'll confess I had to restrain myself because I wanted to pair this top with something white on the bottom. I would seriously wear white tip to toe the entire summer if I could, you instantly feel ten degrees cooler in an all white outfit. Sporting my white linen shift dress last week was like having my own personal a/c system. And anything that keeps me cool in this heat... well I'll take it!