Friday Faves: 2.26.16


As I continue what has so far been a futile attempt at a semblance of work-life balance, a few good reads..

(yes, I will update)

Table for One: Pulling Up a Chair for Solo Diners

Why hasn’t this been done before? Why is this new? In my head restaurants have been accommodating traveling businessmen for decades, right? Perhaps this is more a nod to the casual solo diner, with more time on their hands and whose reason for eating is pure enjoyment. It still strikes me as odd that this took so long to happen, but I’m certainly taking advantage of it!

Single women are now the most potent political force in America

Ok, so I’ll warn you now… if you’ve read the last few of my #FridayFaves women-centered links and then read this…you may stay single for a while. I take nooooo responsibility 🙂

A Composer and His Wife: Creativity Through Kink

But wait! There’s hope! Yet another sweet look at how great life can be when you have the audacity to define it for yourself. Look what Love did.


#FridayFaves 1.29.16

A bit of life has happened since my last post, but this weeks “general cool shit” has knocked it out the park, so here’s a few!

Ask Polly on “How Do I Express My Feelings Like A Human?

Probably my second favorite of the series (next to the incomparable “Why Don’t the Men I date Ever Love Me“) . A great reminder that in the world of non-stop self-improvement, it’s best to remember we’re all human. And, in “unconventional advice” news…

Modern Love’s “To Text or Not To Text-A Dating Conundrum”

..which I plan on bookmarking and pulling out every time someone scolds me for not deleting all the flakes in my phone.

A Great Review for “Why We Write About Ourselves”

After all… “if people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”

And Finally, If You’re Feeling Down…

Just watch it, trust me 🙂

#FridayFaves: 1.8.16

In today’s “This is for Those Who Say ‘It’s Just Twitter'” News…


GOOP’s Annual Detox 

I at least attempt to start the year with good intentions. This year’s detox has some rather tasty recipes (please understand I’ve been following the GOOP detox since its meager beginning of broths and pureed kale) that I can’t wait to incorporate! Maybe one of these years I’ll be able to afford an infrared sauna treatment…

The New York Time’s Bachelors Profile

Okay, please don’t think I hate men after I linked both this article and Matter’s Men Issue in a 30-day span. It’s just nice to see men have feelings in public.

The Black Women of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List


#FridayFaves 1.1.16

I can’t believe it’s 2016. I’m still trying to function on this last long weekend for a good while. Anyway, here’s a few things that were super-cool.

The Desire Map Audiobook

I am normally not a “listener”, as my memory leans toward the visual. But the book did not emotionally connect to me until I listened to it, which has made me reconsider the entire medium. I’m looking at my book pile now to decide what I can switch over to audio!

The latest entry in Modern Love

I have no idea why I love it so much. It’s a fun look at giving it a go when you’re tired of trying. Maybe I needed to read it since I’m already so tired of trying.

The Time’s 52 Places to Go

I’m aware the new list comes out in a few weeks. But it is so lovely to look at. And a great springboard to plan for my next trip abroad.

My Bucket List

I’ve been so preoccupied with bearing down and enduring the year that I didn’t notice I quietly checked off some boxes in my bucket list column. I attended not one, but two “‘I gotta see them sing before they quit this thing” concerts, went to my first live UFC bout, left the country alone and enjoyed my first tasting menu at a restaurant for my birthday! My goal this year is to definitely add some more big ones on there…but also, to notice when they happen this time. Where was I? Goodness.

#FridayFaves 12.18.15

Everything I loved about this week had to do with Black Women being generally awesome (click through for article links).

Like Uzo and this joy.

Photo Credit: Mark Mann for Modern Luxury Manhattan Mag
Photo Credit: Mark Mann for Modern Luxury Manhattan Mag

Or Ashley and this magic.

Photo Credit: Eric Ryan Anderson for The Great Discontent
Photo Credit: Eric Ryan Anderson for The Great Discontent

Or Serena and her demand that you stay mad, hater. *squeals*

Photography by Yu Tsai for Sports Illustrated
Photo Credit: Yu Tsai for Sports Illustrated

I’m just gonna soak in all this awesomeness for a bit, brb!

#FridayFaves: 12.11.15

Two weeks till Christmas and I’m still recovering from Thanksgiving. Thankfully I got one gift for the year…

The Daniel Holtzclaw Verdict.

This case caused many a sleepless night, as my past holds an abuser who would specifically say “I told you no one would help you“. While that’s a story left to be told, this verdict brings me hope that we can begin to unravel the myth of the “unrapeable woman” and the “perfect victim”

If not, here’s a handy guide to let you know why you are part of the problem.

The “Men Issue” on Medium’s Matter 

If you do nothing else this weekend take some time with this. Honest introspection and critique without mudslinging.

Aloe Blacc

Because I needed an entire damn moment.

#FridayFaves: 12.4.15

This is just a little new thing I wanted to start because I draw inspiration from many sources (and also, I happen to come across dope shit every now and again). Rather than try to curate and translate what I think you should take from said dope shit, I thought it would be nice for a change to remember you guys are smart and let you draw your own conclusions. So, a weekly list of things that made me smile, think or move was born. Enjoy!

Tracy Anderson on Preventing Holiday Weight Creep

Every year I start a fitness challenge around Thanksgiving, and you already know I’m a devotee to the Method. Here, Anderson shares her tips for keeping stress and the holiday bulge at bay on GOOP. Oh! And while I’m at it, Tracy has a cool thing on her site where she highlights fellow TAM enthusiasts-and I was pleasantly surprised that one of her first features was a Woman of Color.

Dressed for the occasion. Here I'm sporting some non-matching prints and . #resort #style #sunsetsail

A photo posted by Sheba Wilson (@shebatime) on

12 Things You Should Start Making Time for Again

I love Marc and Angel, and somehow their posts find me when I need them. This one reminded me I forgot to start my December social media break. Well, not all media…

My Instagram!

While I started the social media for this blog rather quietly, I’m finally carving out a space I actually like. So if you don’t see me here, I’m likely whipping some recipe up or collecting some writing material in the form of life experience over there.

Hot #coffee on a warm day? Don't mind if I do. #tableforone #foodpics

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