Experiencing Chicago

This past month I had the opportunity of visiting the notorious “Windy City”, or better known as, Chicago for the first time in part of my school’s Alternative Spring Break program. The purpose of these trips are to visit different communities within a city to promote various initiatives that counter the plagues of our inner city youth;  this year, Chicago’s initiative was combatting gun violence through creative expression and channeling energy to produce positive outputs into the world. These efforts focused on education, advocacy and the prevalent issue of deaths and homicides.

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Service There is a plethora of organizations in the Chicago area that are founded on giving back in some capacity. The city faces great strife and fortunately there are people who are devoted to restoring hope for the generations to come. The benefits of being a part or even witnessing the work done is realizing the impact you can make in someone’s life. In all honesty, it’s extremely humbling and an invaluable experience to cherish for a lifetime.  The main lesson I took take away is, not letting your circumstances define your divined outcomes.

I encourage all readers who are interested to learn more about KLEO, Cease Fire, Louder than a Bomb and Perspectives Charter School if you would like to be involved in community service.

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People Let me start off by saying, bless the hearts of the people in Chicago, because they are truly like angels walking here on Earth. Instantly, the groups of individuals and organizations, I had the pleasure of meeting and learning more about was amazing. You feel the sense of community and comradery regardless of the setting. Each person has a unique story to be told and the adversity that many of these Chicagoans had overcome is inspiring. In addition, there is so much potential and talent that these people possess that leave a reciprocal impression of being a better person after having met them.

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Downtown Whenever I go to a city, I always anticipate the moment when I’m able to view its skyline, and for Chicago, the sight was spectacular. The city’s architecture is really like no other. From a distance, the buildings appear to be modern yet futuristic at the same time—which is why I was so mesmerized. When I finally arrived in the downtown hub, there was an endless list of things to do, so I’m sharing some recommendations for your next visit,

  • Garrett’s Popcorn
  • The Skydeck Chicago
  • Magnificent Mile
  • Giodano’s Deep Dish Pizza (Perfect for all cheese lovers!)
  • Millennium Park/ Cloud Gate
  • Kuumba Lynx

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Needless to say, Chicago is a city of beauty and hope. While there may be many depictions, stereotypes or connotations of Chicago, very few encompass its totality. It’s a city to travel to, if at least several times in your life and experience for yourself- the impact the city leaves on you is priceless.

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Treat Yourself:Chocolate Espresso Mousse Shots

Chocolate-Espresso Mousse Shots

 

Ingredients

2 tsp instant espresso
1 Tbsp hot water
1 package(s) fat-free sugar-free instant chocolate pudding and pie filling mix (1.4 oz)
1 1/2 cup(s) fat free skim milk
1 1/2 cup(s) fat free whipped topping, divided
16 item(s) chocolate wafer(s), lightly broken

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine espresso and water until dissolved; let cool to room temperature.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together pudding mix and skim milk until well-combined; whisk in espresso mixture and then fold in 1/2 cup whipped topping.
  3. Line up 16 shot glasses and spoon 1 tablespoon pudding in each one; top each with 1 1/2 teaspoons cookie pieces, 1 1/2 tablespoons pudding and 1 more teaspoon cookie pieces.
  4. Garnish each with 1 tablespoon whipped topping before serving. Yields 1 shot glass per serving.

Notes

If desired, only use 1 cup skim milk and add half a cup Irish Crème liquor when you add in the espresso mixture. Garnish with chocolate-covered coffee beans

Bon Apetite!

 

Lazy Sunday Jams

Here are some songs to add to your collection for the ultimate Sunday playlist with endless vibes.

  1. Corinne Bailey Rae – Put Your Records On
  2. Sam Smith- Latch ( Acoustic version)
  3. Bob Marley & The Wailers – Jamming
  4.  Weezer- Island in the Sun
  5. MAGIC!- Rude
  6. Santana, Michelle Branch- The Game of Love
  7. Major Lazer ft. Amber of Dirty Projectors- Get Free
  8. Goapele- Closer
  9. Coldplay- The Scientist
  10. How To Dress Well- & It Was U
  11. Kilter, Youth- Hold Me

#NationalSiblingsDay Celeb Moments

An undefinable bond filled with kinship along with memories and friendship that will last a lifetime. Here’s a list of Socialite’s favorite celebrity siblings.

 

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James and Dave Franco

Beyonce and Solange

Venus and Serena Williams

 

Tia, Taj and Tamera Mowry

 

Siva and Kumar

Hilary and Haylie

 

 

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Jonas Bros

Sasha and Malia Obama

Keenan, Shawn, Marlon and Damon Wayans

Paris and Nicky Hilton

How do you plan on spending National Siblings Day today? Feel free to comment below.

 

Body Massages and What to Expect

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Ladies love to rave about indulging themselves in a nice deep tissue massage but how many ever act on it? I decided to finally walk the talk and pamper myself for a moment because why? – I deserved it. Here are some things to know if you plan on getting a massage for the first time!

 

Book an appointment: Some salons are generous enough to let patrons walk right in but for planning purposes, it’s always better to book in advance. This way you can take advantage of any deals going on at the moment but most importantly your able to secure your own spot.

Dress Code/ Attire: Wear something you feel comfortable in when going but it essentially doesn’t matter since you’ll be stripping down anyway. Depending on where you go, there may be additional under garments and a robe provided but don’t count on it (With a reserving a spot, you can also find this out too).

One Hour Minimum: Time goes by incredibly fast when getting a massage and you’ll most likely not want it to end. I recommend nothing less than an hour because if you plan to spoil yourself it’s by law to not sell yourself short. One hour is ample time to thoroughly work out all the knots and tension built up in the body muscles while relaxing yourself in such a peaceful environment.

 Speak up: Each masseuse operates differently and since it’s a service, please make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. With that being said, if you feel like the masseuse is or is not applying enough pressure, communicate that. They look for feedback and are there to please you.

Some will even allow you to play music from your own devices so have a nice soothing playlist ready.

Brace Yourself: The massage should have your body feeling as light as a feather. However,  from the different techniques, you may either squirm; become ticklish, sore or all of the above. Be aware of your reflexes and this is also a topic to be talked about beforehand.

If hot stones are used, a masseuse will ask what levels of heat you can withstand.

 

Enjoy the ambience and leave your worries behind. You’ll be so glad you finally treated yourself!