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Lowell Folk Festival – Sunday

Sunday, the third and last day of the 30th Annual Lowell Folk Festival was extremely relaxing. I had feared because of the rain I wouldn’t get to do too much, but by the time I headed out the rain had stopped and the day was turning out to be just fine. We quickly stopped at Brew’d Awakening for some amazing iced coffee and then headed on a search for some yummy Folk Festival food. We chose Nigerian food, being sold by the Nigerian Association of the Merrimack Valley and it was amazing. It felt like we had stepped out of Lowell into Nigeria. ¬†Roose and I had different types of rices, stews and then the famous Nigerian “Puff Puff” my absolute favorite. A fried dough puff that is slightly sweet and will appease anyone with a sweet tooth. Arriving to the 3rd day, so excited! Jollof Rice, Plantains, & Fowl Stew White Rice, Black eyed beans, Goat Stew & Plantains Afterwards we headed over to Lowell Makes where Givewave Studios was showing off his custom …

Paint Nite-Bishop’s Legacy Restaurant

I had always heard about Paint Nite and had done something similar with painting wine glasses but this was such an amazing experience with such a great teacher that we cant wait to do it again. Anyone who knows me knows I am obsessed with owls; jewelry, clothes, pictures, actual owls ūüôā that I couldn’t help but do this particular Paint Nite¬†which had us painting a cute little owl with a moonlit background. I also loved that local businesses can host these events, and in turn the people who show up are also supporting local. We ate at 1981 Ramen Bar¬†and then headed over to Bishop’s Legacy Restaurant, both in historic Downtown Lowell on Merrimack street. We had some coffee and some treats and then the painting began. Samia my friend is a painter,so she had a leg up on me, I am not. I can eat, write and plan but art has never been my thing, but this event made me feel like an artist even if just for a night. Regardless we had …

Breakfast Gem-Connector Cafe & Grill

Connector Cafe & Grill has been in my breakfast rotation fro some time now. Roosevelt and I go quite often and I have taken friends there and I have enjoyed every single piece of food they have prepared. I have never had a bad day there, never an under cooked or overcooked item of food and never a rude waitress. It is a true gem and the owner Christina is so friendly and goes out of her way to explain things like “Bulletproof Coffee”, which is quite “Bulletproof” when you are going about to all sorts of places and need a lot of energy. When I asked Christina how the Cafe came about especially the Paleo Menu¬†she told me this great story and I wanted to include an excerpt so the rest of you can go and enjoy breakfast or lunch and be happy on any day you choose to be with great food and great people. We opened 4 years ago as just a breakfast & lunch cafe.¬† We saw a small Paleo menu …

The Ball: Hair, Nails & Makeup

This whole journey has been super fun for me. I love being pampered but then again who doesn’t? ¬†Lowell, MA has everything you need to get ready for an event like The Ball, presented by Made in Lowell. I worked with both local businesses and local consultants and wanted to highlight all of their abilities and what they offer. Businesses highlighted: Indigo Spa & Salon Elaine G. Independant Mary Kay Sales Director Eyeful Beauty Ayesha Jams Independant Consultant   Indigo Spa & Salon– They offer so much, you can go there for the day and get everything you desire to get yourself pampered and looking amazing. They are known for hair and ¬†are certified Ouidad stylists, this is for women with ethnic hair,very curly hair or wavy hair. I actually have an appointment booked for a Ouidad style and I cannot wait. They also do eyelash extensions, tanning, massages, nails and are a full service hair salon. The environment is so incredibly relaxing and inviting and its located right in historic Downtown Lowell. I got …

The Ball-Clothes & Accessories

As it gets closer to the arrival of this event presented by Made in Lowell, I am excited to write the next piece of my blogging for it. This clothing and accessories piece highlights some of the businesses in Lowell where you can get some nice style going for a night on the town, an event like The Ball, or any other time you want to add some touches to your personal style. Businesses I am highlighting in this blog post: Humanity Boutique GiveWave Studios Leocata Tailoring   Humanity Boutique, a clothing boutique in Downtown Lowell has a large selection of clothing, accessories and jewelry. You can buy fun jewelry, gorgeous purses and the clothing is always unique and beautiful. I had the opportunity to do a photo shoot and try out some of the different styles of dresses, purses and jewelry as I go on my adventure to get ready for the ball. If you haven’t already gone in recently,they have gotten in lots of new inventory in preparation for The Ball and the …

The Ball-Made in Lowell

I’ve been able to be a part of many events this year, many presented by Made in Lowell a wonderful organization whose mission statement is one I can’t but help to agree with. “To enhance the economic vitality of our community by promoting Lowell as a year-round culinary, culture and shopping destination by maximizing collaborative partnerships, efficiently transition Lowell stories into effective sales and marketing programs, and cultivating a world-class visitor experience.”   I now have the opportunity to collaborate with them for their final event this year and it is going to be another wonderful event full of all the great things we love about Lowell and why we want others to come here and see what they could and would become if they were apart of our city. This first blog post is for me to let you all know that I am apart of this event and to encourage all of you to follow my next blog post about my journey to “The Ball”. What does this mean ¬†you ask? Well I …

Totally Bazaar III @ Mill No. 5

Soaps.Rings.Popcorn.Raw Juice.Vintage Sheet Music.Honey.Sweets You see that list up there? Yeah this and more was at Mill No. 5 today in an amazing array of colors, set ups and displays. So much to choose from, so many gift ideas, it was an amazing time. I made out like a bandit and bought some really cool gifts and pieces for myself…just cause. Holiday shopping locally brings me an immense amount of joy, I love supporting my city. Lowell has become an amazing city over the years and it excites me to know it continuously grows and expands its reach. The dedicated people who have their own businesses and fight for what they want to do out of life inspire me as well. Well done Lowell yet again. Well done small business. Well done. Check out all the cool items I purchased today and check out the links to their websites to check them all out! Red Antler Apothecary This place is my go to for moisturizer, lip balm, soaps and I credit them to curing my …

Time Out Cafe & Eatery-Downtown Lowell

I had heard of this place before but never had the opportunity to eat here. Time Out Cafe & Eatery is located right on Merrimack St in Downtown Lowell like many other wonderful restaurants they have a nice chill spot to eat wonderful food and to relax. They have a variety of food and drinks but I had their wonderfully authentic Hispanic food. Everything from Mofongo to Arroz con Gandules. To give you all a little history lesson, Mofongo is a fried-plantain based dish , Afro-Puerto Rican in origin with clear roots in the West African Fufu. Typically its made of mashed fried green plantains, garlic, olive oil, chicharron, and broth. Arroz con Gandules is Rice with Pigeon peas. These have always been my preference rather than just regular green peas. I have to say that Time Out made these extremely well and the flavor of the Mofongo brought me back to my Puerto Rican roots. Their lemonade and Passion fruit juice were wonderful. I cant wait to go back and try more of their …