THE HOME GOODS

Have you been wondering where I’ve been for the last 6 months ? Wow where do I even begin ? I’ve been traveling a ton : Miami, Chicago, New Orleans, Costa Rica, New York, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Las Vegas,  Los Angeles and more! And of course spending loads of time in my local city Detroit.

I’ve been attending Art Gallery openings and new exhibits, engaging and hanging with Artists, seeing live cooking events, restaurant friends and family openings (lots of new good eats to post about), the fisher theater, film festivals, sporting events, an acupuncturist, a chiropractor and a cyro spa to name a few. Even learned how to drive a stick shift !!

I’ve been trying out new recipes which I’ll share soon on the blog and via YouTube. I’ve decorated my new home wonderfully & learned more about flower arrangements. I’m currently working with a local Detroit company to have custom frames made out of recycled wood from the D.

After being in Ann Arbor for nearly 8 years I made the move to 48009 .. Birmingham, Michigan !
I live next door to my best friend Erika in a cute townhome where I have a front and backyard !  I’m going to start planting more of my own flowers / plants and extend my knowledge beyond succulents. Did I mention I  attended a Zen Center and mediated with Monks?!

Life has continued to spark and shine … just not translated on my blog. Now that it has been 6 months I feel more settled in my new home and new life I’ll make more time to get logged on the blog!!

Peace and Love,
Lshawtay

Note the planters in the front of the house … my mom and I put that together ourselves!

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#BBOTD #NP #Tunesday New Era || VOL.2 ||10.TwentyFifteen

It’s Tunesday October Twenty Six Twenty Fifteen !  27 Minutes in your ears will be dripping with eargasms. The BUMPiNG BEAT oF THE DAY #BBOTD is BigThanks To : Deeper Beat  for new Era. 

Check a Listen …

as quoted from Soundcloud Profile 

“The mixtape is the VOL. 2 by MBP Official to anticipate the forthcoming EP New Era. It’s a mixture of emotional deep vibes to chill your minds in the summer, introducing some promos of well known producers and the new vibe of MBP. Enjoy and feel free to share

Tracklist New Era Vol.2
1. CleavageCan’t Get Enough (Original Mix)
2. PingpongThe Garden (Bassmelodie Remix)
3. DastishSensor Love (Nicolas Hannig Remix)
4. Otto KnowsNext To Me (Pingpong Remix)
5. Super FluChee Pso Ng (Original Mix)
6. Brame & HamoParish Rumors (Original Mix)
7. Vanilla AceMDF (Yves Murasca Remix)
8. KlangKuenstler feat. Linda MurielThinkin Bout You (Original Mix)
9. Josh ButlerBe True (Original Mix)
10. PittoYou (Noir Remix) (Edit)
11. Samuel Dan & German BriganteSweet Home (Original MIx)
12. Moonwalk Just You (Original Mix)
13. Groove ArmadaParis (Andhim Remix)

Follow MBP Official: @mbp-official
New Era Vol.1: Mbp-official – Mbp-official-new-era
FB: www.facebook.com/mbp.musik

Feel the vibes piping up around 23:54 +

Vibe On,

Lshawtay

Food Photography x What it is like to be an Instagram Star

People sure are eating with their eyes these days! It is like you’ve got your whole meal planned out thanks to Instagram or Yelp prior to even calling for your Uber.  Not saying I am not guilty of this first hand, because I do my fair share of Yelp scouting prior to dining in.

I do have to say that I give back to the Foodie Community by Yelp Reviews and Foodstagrammin’ ! & if the spot is truly giving me a coregasm i’ll post a Google and Facebook review too.

My fair share of taking pics of food began with Yelp – where i’ve earned the honor badge of being Elite for a number of years now. Check out my dank delights by clicking here  – gotta give good graces to my @Miami_FoodPorn pal & contributor for kicking me early on about joining in on the Yelp community.  This was WAYYYY before it became @Tr3ndey

Yelp is just the gateway to what detonated the internet  into a world of food images on Instagram. The foodstagrams can take a number of forms and specialties – relating to veganism, raw diets, burgers only, city specific, or just a simple this food is fucking great and u NEED it NOW.

People feel compelled to share their good eeeeats and let everyone know they are doing it ! But some really just do it better than others – and what makes one Insta star versus another?? The PHOTO – duh!

Here are a few things to consider while taking a stellar shot –

Lighting : To use flash ? or to not? Is your natural lighting on fleek? or does a friend need to use their flash light app?

Angle of shot : this is VERY important – make sure you get the money shot

Placement : do you get up close and personal? do you take an overhead shot? do you get the drinks in? are the drinks the focus?

Fingers : are they manicured! why are you even showing the fingers? hands? DO NOT include your face, or your friends.

Props : are you putting your favorite sunnys in cuz it plays into the vibe of the image? are your kicks in the shot because its a photo of coffee? what are you really trying to showcase here – the lifestyle or the food?

Exhibit 1 - above view, drinks in view, props on set

Exhibit 1 – above view, drinks in view, props on set

Exhibit 2 - larger zoomed out above view ( famed of @ChicksonChairs) , Yes props and yes drinks,

Exhibit 2 – larger zoomed out above view ( famed of @ChicksonChairs) , Yes Props and Yes Drinks

Exhibit 3 - a bit closer view point, more exclusive look into the food itself, minor props

Exhibit 3 – a bit closer view point, more exclusive look into the food itself, minor props, poor plating set up

Exhibit 4 - zoomed in, solo food shot of specific item

Exhibit 4 – zoomed in, solo food shot of specific item

Exhibit 5 - you get the whole view of the star of the photo

Exhibit 5 – you get the whole view of the star of the photo

THE MONEY SHOT !!!

THE MONEY SHOT !!!

Now you have an inside look on what it’s like to Live Like Lindsey and be a FoodStaGrammer. This collab went down in Wynnwood @ZakTheBaker one of my must haves and go-to ‘s while in Miami!  If you are down there you gotta check it out !

Keep on Eatin’,

Lshawtay

Michigan x Road Trip | If you ever find yourself in Bridgman Michigan

Squad !

Squad !

If for some reason you are cruising down I 94 and you suddenly you are craving the dankest cheap diner eats – you’ve got to stop off for Mikey’s Drive In.  Cruising down I94 is the city of Bridgman wedged between two state parks : Grand Mere State Park & Warren Dunes State Park.

ozie @ Mikey's Mikey’s Drive In is located at  9096 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman, MI 49106 .  You’ve got a few different options of where you could dine … A) in your car ! they’ll bring a cute tray to attach onto your window B) inside the small shop or C) at the picnic tables under a tent !  Since we were a big squad we decided to post up at a picnic table outside.

Ft. in the photo is Ozie ! Follow him on Twitter for the latest and greatest info about tech and travel.

We basically ordered the WHOLE menu as the items range from about $1.00 to 3.50.  Here’s a sneak peak into what’s available to order ! We went with a boat load of Grilled Cheeses, Chicken Fingers & Fries, Seasoned Curly Fries, Zucchini Fries, Dino Bites, Classic Burgers, Chicken Sandwiches, Root beers in cold mugs, and Homemade Chicken & Rise soup.  YOU MUST GET THE SOUP ! I would have taken home a gallon of this soup if I could have!

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Some of the spread featured in the photo ! We feasted like Kings & Queens for about $75.

  It was a lovely brunch at Mikey’s Drive In! If we are back in the area I know this spot will totally be a tradition.

It is always great to get together with your squad in a remote spot to really chat and bond.  I love supporting local spots and sharing them on my blog!

Menu Backside

Menu Backside

Menu Side 1

Menu Side 1

#BBOTD : The Weeknd Beauty Behind The Madness

Kayne West collab’d on the track embedded above.

TheBananaBoat Saturday Morning I cruised around with my squad in Stevensville, Michigan bumping The Weeknd’s new Album !  Photo’d is The Banana Boat selecting the dopest track to rock out to with the ceilings missing.  Follow on Soundcloud for the best beats to make your day.

If you are looking to really feel the deep vibes of a great track that moves not only your soul but your body – turn it up a bit louder for “The Hills”

Keep on Vibin’

Lshawtay

NextGen x Stories That Inspire x Pencils of Promise

Adam Braun & IWhat else to do on a Wednesday around 7PM but attend an event hosted by The Holocaust Memorial Center and NEXTGen Detroit  – Adam Braun says alternatively We could have been eating snacks and sitting on the couch … But those who are people of integrity have chosen to delay the couch potato time a bit to attend the First Annual Stories That Inspire event. 

Maybe you’ve heard of Scooter Braun – Adams brother who manages and discovered Justin Beiber – but let me tell you … Adam holds his own.  Inspired by a backpacking trip around third world countries, Adam founded Pencils of Promise.  He took a break from his job at Bain Management & Consulting to feel a sense of purpose in life and travel the globe. Upon interacting with a cute little beggar boy – Adam asked him if you could have anything in the world what would it be?  The boy responded  a pencil.  This struck Adam hard as he realized this boy has never had any formal education, doesn’t have a school to attend and will probably never be exposed to education in the same way he was.  Adam wanted to feel a sense of purpose in this world and found it in the answer of this one kid.

Pencils of Promise, also known as PoP for short, is a non-profit organization that builds schools and increases educational opportunities in the developing world. Pencils of Promise was founded by Adam Braun in October 2008.  PoP is guided by our revolutionary “for-purpose” approach. Blending the head of a for-profit business with the heart of a humanitarian nonprofit, we rigorously measure the return on investment of every donor dollar we spend. Joy and passion are great, but results are what we’re all about.

With over 300+ School in 4 countries – their model has proven to be a success.   If you’d like to learn more info check out the website https://pencilsofpromise.org/about/

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Adam’s mentioned a quote that resonated with me – this is a bit paraphrased but along the lines of  ” its better to listen intently rather than talk immensely ” – I am someone who typically has a lot to say and tend to blabber with details on details in my storytelling.  Some people like to hear all the details, others really prefer not to & cut me off or ask for a shortened version.

I do have a newer friend in my life who is always listening intently and its taught me that you don’t really need to share every detail or story every time you interact with someone. Sometimes living a little mystery can make the conversation more engaging.  But I do have to say when this one friend and I chat its rather fun !!

To demonstrate this Adam shared this video 

 Even I gotta say – this French Bulldog is pretty cute !

The photo on the right is with the Fabulous Host of the Evening Jacob Smith – my homie from the West Maple Elementary School Days – and Hilary “Hildawg” Gorosh !  It is the BEST to catch up with friends & be inspired all at the same time !

New on the Reading is Fundamental List :  Adam Brauns’ ” The Promise of  A Pencil ”

Ta Ta for Now,

LT Shaw

@HelloAnnArbor x Farmer’s Market Haul

UGHHHH the thing I look forward to the most on Humpdaze is going to the Kerrytown Farmer’s Market – literally whatever city I may live in next must have a legitimate Farmer’s Market with the freshest flowers and local dank goods. If you would like to follow me on SnapChat @Lshawtay you’ll get a walking tour of me at the Market. On my walk there this week I noticed this lovely Robot engraved on the sidewalk – I wish there was more casual art like this around Street Botthe town. I’d like to call him

If you happened to follow my story yesterday you would have first spotted it there – that is of course if you haven’t stumbled upon it yet in person – it is also live on my Instagram @Lshawtayy

@Argus Farm Stop

I live week to week by the scent of these incredible Oriental Lily’s – they literally will last an entire week and then some ! $3 per stem I feel like it’s a steel deal ! The scent fills my apartment and brings a smile to my fayce everytime I walk in the door. Sometimes i’ll sleep on the couch just to get a better aroma – I guess it may be easier to bring the vase into my room but I literally did not think of that until just now.

Big fan of the Roos Roast Cold Brew Coffee , a locally brewed treat that’s a pricey $4 per cup but pretty worth it. Shopping Haul

Shopping Haul ! These are the BEST items  – outside of the flowers – that I got yesterday.  These Rosemary & Sea Salt Gluten Free by the Taste like OMG you’ve never had anything so amazing with out gluten ! Today I splurged for the large box for $10 – otherwise they come in smaller sizes for $3.50 – they’re also sold at Lab Coffee & the Argus Farm Stop.

The White Lotus Farm has quickly become my go-to booth at the Kerrytown Farmer’s Market.  If there could only be one butter left on earth it should be their Herb Butter with Taragon. You know this is the purest butter that can grace your lips!

Go on & get after it !

Lshawtay

OOTD : Farmer’s Market Uniform June 10 Twenty Fifteen

Shoe Cam#1307daily features the outfit of the day

Step into the morning light ! Wednesday Mornings I’m UP & atta um’ to get to the Kerrytown Farmer’s Market in Ann Arbor. Even though the market starts at about 7 AM I don’t aim to be the first one there. Spotted here I’m rockin’ my new Aldo Flatforms which compliment the Essie Bikini So Teeny toe polish. I’m really into the hashtags #FromWhereIStand & #FromWhereIStood – look for a feature on my @Tr3ndey Instagram account.

Creepin’ in the shot the bottom of my BoyFriend Jeans by JBRAND  – this was the first time that I let the bottom go unrolled.

Full View ShotSunnies On Fleek   The most classic basic outfit for spring time is this – perfect for work or headin’ to the Farmer’s Market.  A tight black basic T Shirt is one of the most essential items you need in your closet.   I’m kinda digging the unrolled look for the Jbrand Boyfriend Jeans !  This outfit requires little thought and looks sharp.

Wouldn’t leave home with out my dope new Dior shades !  Here’s an up close and personal shot of me in the sunnies from @Lshawtayy on Instagram

Keep it Klassy Ya’ll

Lshawtay

@HelloAnnArbor x @AnnArbor_Eats x #Kerrytown

Honest Co. One of my favorite things about living in Ann Arbor, Michigan is the Historic District of Kerrytown. Kerrytown is home to Zingerman’s!  You may have heard about the famous sandwich shop/ deli  located at 422 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.  It’s about a causal 10 minute walk to Kerrytown from where I currently live. I always bring my Re-Usable Honest Co. Canvas Tote in case I want to pick up some goodies from Zingerman’s or other shops near by! I am not the most eco-friendly gal but one of my best friends works at an Organic Baby Store in NYC and always hooks it up with these awesome bags !

Check out my instagram posts of two yummy sandwiches from Zingerman’s.

Month of May Special Sandwich : Fried Chicken Breast, Lettuce, Spicy Pickles, Pimento Cheese

TNT Cowboy Ruben : Hand Pulled Bbq Brisket without the Coleslaw and melted Provolone Cheese

Here is an inside look of @AnnArbor_eats Your Source for the BEST eats in Ann Arbor !

Never Stop Eating or Exploring,

LShawtay

Not having Nostalgia

I’m just not – it’s simply been three years since I walked across the stage at the Michigan Theater for my Communication Studies graduation at the University of Michigan. As joyous as the day was, the day has come and gone.  I listen and speak with others who have been out for one year or two years and they still feel the sentiment of graduation time . Is it that I’m so far removed ( granted it really hasn’t been that long) ? Or that I’ve been living in Ann Arbor since graduation and just feels like another day in Ann Arbor to me.  Little be known but I am sitting here writing this blog post at Angelos on the Side and proudly wearing a comfy blue sweatshirt with MICHIGAN painted in Maize across my chest.  A sweatshirt that feels like a second skin.

It feels more of a check point to me – just turned 25 and it’s been 3 years since I graduated with an undergraduate degree. 

I have stories for days about what I’ve been up to and what my friends have been up to. People have traveled the globe and I’ve met people from all over the globe – even countries I’ve had to Google because I simply I have never heard of it. But they’ve all heard of Michigan, the University of Michigan and the Forever Go Blue attitude.  It is truly amaizing ! to be a part of something that is much greater than yourself and your piece of paper stating you’ve accomplished a degree.

I stress the above about receiving an undergraduate degree – because these days to me personally it just doesnt seem like much. I interact with students who are obtaining all sorts of Masters , PHD or JD degrees.  Granted I am a licensed Salesperson for the State of Michigan aka have a Real Estate License and am a Notary Public – just doesn’t seem like it holds the same merit as a graduate degree.

Blogging about lifestyle can range  near and far because it essentially encompasses et al about life. I’ve tried to focus in a few topics — my monthly trips to Detroit, Ann Arbor Eats, DIY project, Chef Lshawtay, Bumping Beats of the Day — but it seems my span stretches far.

At this check point in life – it’s okay to not know your lifes purpose – its about what you do to find out !

Keep on Vibin’

Lindsey