21 PLANT-BASED RECIPES FOR ELEVATING YOUR DIET

DARLA Media’s new e-book, heal-thy [me]als vol. 1 is designed to provide simple plant-based meals that anyone can love regardless of current dietary choices or age. It includes 7 breakfast, 7 lunch, and 7 dinner plant-based recipes that will help you elevate your diet with a holistic approach. Every recipe is meatless, dairy free, soy free, sugar free, and can easily be made to be gluten free.

21 PLANT-BASED RECIPES FOR ELEVATING YOUR DIET

THE 411 ON CELERY JUICE

Happy Sunday + Happy New Year, too! I know it’s been a while since a new DARLA post has been published. As EIC, I’ve been real focused on my health and nurturing my wealth of knowledge. During this time of thorough self-care and a lil grind, I’ve published a poetry book, joined a dance class that focuses on balancing energy flow, worked with some inspiring creators, created an E-book of 21 plant-based recipes, curated some playlists, and read lots of books (naturally) — all of which I’ll be sharing details on, later… But what I’m thrilled to tell you about today is how I’ve been drinking HELLA celery juice.

THE 411 ON CELERY JUICE

ALL THE WOMEN IN MY FAMILY SING: A CONVERSATION WITH EDITOR + ACTIVIST, DEBORAH SANTANA

DARLA recently had the opportunity to speak with Deborah Santana, a transformative leader with decades of social activism work aimed to provide opportunities and access for people of color, women and girls. For one of her most recent artistic projects, she took on the role as Editor/Co-Publisher for the book, All The Women In My Family Sing: Women Write the World: Essays on Equality, Justice, and Freedom.

ALL THE WOMEN IN MY FAMILY SING: A CONVERSATION WITH EDITOR + ACTIVIST, DEBORAH SANTANA

AN INSIDE LOOK AT BROOKLYN'S 1st ENVSN FESTIVAL

On October 20th, the first ever ENVSN Festival took place in Brooklyn, NY at Industry City. Founded by Sharifa Murdock + Laura Stylez, #ENVSNfest is designed to provide an interactive learning, networking, shopping, and entertainment experience for a multi-generational group of creative female hustlers — the dreamers, go-getters, and future leaders.

AN INSIDE LOOK AT BROOKLYN'S 1st ENVSN FESTIVAL

TO LIVE + S.L.A.Y. (SELF-LOVE AND YOGA) WITH TEACHER, ADRIANA ADELE

It was an overcast afternoon, yet still one to appreciate during this new transition into fall, when I went to meet Adriana Adelé for tea and a conversation about her experiences as a yoga instructor. I first came across Adriana’s work on Instagram during a search to find a yoga studio and instructor to begin practicing with. As a black woman myself, Adriana’s account was one that instantly stood out to me for connection.

TO LIVE + S.L.A.Y. (SELF-LOVE AND YOGA) WITH TEACHER, ADRIANA ADELE

7 ESSENTIAL LAWS TO QUANTUM SUCCESS WITH AUTHOR, CHRISTY WHITMAN

If you’re in a transitional place within your career life, aiming to align the work you do with your divine purpose, we’ve found a book that may be right on target for you this week — Quantum Success: 7 Essential Laws for a Thriving, Joyful, and Prosperous Relationship with Work and Money.

Author, Christy Whitman, is a New York Times Bestseller and Life Coach who has designed a platform to teach people how to make positive career and life transformations with the law of attraction.In Quantum Success, Whitman shares the fundamental principles that she’s discovered after more than twenty years of studying universal forces such as polarity, alignment, resonance, momentum and magnetism… And she explains how to harness these forces to optimize our wealth and career.

7 ESSENTIAL LAWS TO QUANTUM SUCCESS WITH AUTHOR, CHRISTY WHITMAN

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: YEAR 4

I woke up around 5:50am this morning. I meditated for about 20 minutes, listened to Bob Marley (“Three Little Birds” has been the morning theme song this week), and had a cup of tea with my aunt… We talked about our dreams and synchronicities and what it all means. Today is my mother’s birthday, so it’s one of my favorite days of the year… And it’s also the day I launched the DARLA website, 4 years ago.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: YEAR 4

A HEALING TRIP WITH JHENE AIKO'S M.A.P. PROJECT

It’s been one year since singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko released a three part project, or M.A.P. (movie, album, and poetry book), that was created to guide her back to her purest, most authentic form. In a mission statement for the project, Jhené discussed how when she lost her brother, Miyagi Chilombo, to an inoperable brain tumor in 2012, she also lost herself… And that over the years, she has used writing and creating music as therapy while taking, both physical and drug-induced, trips to escape anything too familiar that could remind her of her brother’s absence.

A HEALING TRIP WITH JHENE AIKO'S M.A.P. PROJECT

BRINGING HAPPINESS BACK TO MUSIC WITH IMANí SCOTT

The philosophy behind DARLA is that we can all make our “Dreams And Real Life Align” by following our hearts, working hard, and taking care of ourselves in the process. We love having conversations about what triggers inspiration and drives us to push through to achieve our goals. We recently had the opportunity to connect with Imani Scott — a singer/songwriter from Houston, Texas. Imani started her own record label upcon graduating from college and combined her knowledge of business fundamentals with her art + creativity. Check out our interview below for Imani’s insight on music, developing healthy eating habits, and more.

BRINGING HAPPINESS BACK TO MUSIC WITH IMANí SCOTT

#DARLA TALKS: INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY

As creatives, everyone seems to experience that horrible thing called procrastination. It stops us from reaching our potential and getting things done, and ending it can seem impossible sometimes. On Twitter, we discussed with how we identify what triggers our procrastination and best practices to increase our productivity.

#DARLA TALKS: INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY

FROM ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL TO BUILDING STATUS APPAREL DC, WITH GABE MASSALLEY

In city to city, across the world, creatives with healthy entrepreneurial spirits are shifting societal constructs. During this pivotal time, the options are seemingly endless and if opportunities aren't there, new ones are being created by people who are willing to take ownership of their career lives. Among these young innovators is Gabriel Massalley — a Northeast D.C. native who graduated from Temple University with a degree in Architecture, currently holds a full-time job in the field, but spends his time outside of the 9 to 5 window building on his own business.

FROM ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL TO BUILDING STATUS APPAREL DC, WITH GABE MASSALLEY

CREATIVE TIPS: 20 SECRETS FOR WRITING CONTENT THAT ATTRACTS AND ENGAGES

In this contributed article, author and marketing expert, Justin Champion shares insight to the importance of producing well-written content to market your brand. Simple, clear, and compelling writing can make a major impact in attracting the right people to your brand and turning them into customers. Review these 20 creative tips below, along with more information about Champion and his latest book, Inbound Content: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing Content Marketing the Inbound Way.

CREATIVE TIPS: 20 SECRETS FOR WRITING CONTENT THAT ATTRACTS AND ENGAGES

TRAPXART PHILLY 2018

trap x art is a movement created by Jesse and Amina Brooks that fuses art, hip-hop, and the spirit of being your own boss. The traveling art exhibition was established in the Bay Area of California and has appeared in cities across the nation. All trap x art events feature a curated group of artists and vendors showcasing their work with opportunities for networking, exposure, and profiting from sales.

TRAPXART PHILLY 2018

AN INTERVIEW WITH RADIO HOST + AUTHOR MARIA WILLS

In our world today, empowerment can be a great tool for achieving generational wellness and success. When we grow to become stronger and more confident in our abilities, we share stories of our process and pass down the values we've developed, and then the cycle of empowerment continues on with time. One multi-talented woman contributing this movement is Maria Wills.

AN INTERVIEW WITH RADIO HOST + AUTHOR MARIA WILLS

THE COLOURED TOUR WITH PRISCILLA RENEA

“You give me something real to believe in; it’s magical, powerful, natural — this love is heavenly,” are words by, singer-songwriter, Priscilla Renea that fit the same description the voice singing them. On her very first tour, she made a stop in Philly for a show at Bourbon & Branch on 2nd street, where she shared a live preview of her upcoming album, Coloured.

THE COLOURED TOUR WITH PRISCILLA RENEA

SINGER/SONGWRITER + ACTRESS CRISTINA LIZZUL TALKS ABOUT GETTING BACK TO MUSIC WITH HER NEW SINGLE, "APOLOGIES"

When we first spoke to Cristina Lizzul almost two years ago, she had just put out her debut EP, Percipience and gave us some insight to her life as a Singer/Actress living between Los Angeles and Italy. She's proven herself to be an artist who's dedicated to the grind of making her dreams a reality as well as one who's passionate about sharing her raw experiences; channeling her thoughts and feelings through the art creative expression. Whether it's through an acting role, or writing a song, one of her main goals is to create something that people can feel; something they can relate to.

SINGER/SONGWRITER + ACTRESS CRISTINA LIZZUL TALKS ABOUT GETTING BACK TO MUSIC WITH HER NEW SINGLE, "APOLOGIES"

HIGH, HEALTHY SKIN WITH KUSH & CUTE — A CANNABIS-INFUSED SKINCARE LINE

Kush & Cute is a handmade cannabis skincare line produced with natural hemp and CBD (the non-psychoactive, fully legal component of cannabis). With her brand, Iyana is determined to tackle all areas of the cannabis business by educating and informing people on the benefits of cannabis, helping treat symptoms that can be alleviated with cannabis products, and pushing for a healthier representation of black women in this newly legal industry. With the hashtag, #PlantsNotPills in her bio Instagram bio, Iyana is both a patient + an advocate of cannabis, making strides with one CBD-infused bath bomb at a time.

HIGH, HEALTHY SKIN WITH KUSH & CUTE — A CANNABIS-INFUSED SKINCARE LINE

20/20 VISION WITH DARLA X ELEPHANT EYES

Created by Kaylyn Hildreth in 2016, Elephant Eyes is an exclusive fashion and accessories brand that caters to the unique individual. The boutique specializes in connecting trendy products to their fashion-forward clients at affordable prices. What sets this brand apart from other trendy accessories boutiques is that they are passionate about marketing and providing exceptional customer service.

20/20 VISION WITH DARLA X ELEPHANT EYES

SINGER/SONGWRITER KAYLA BRIANNA SHOWS US WHY YOU CAN'T CHEAT THE GRIND

In a world so heavily influenced by the media and strategized content, it's easy to mistake something faux for what's real. When it comes to becoming "famous," it seems to only take some good selfie angles and a high social media following to make it happen... But when it comes to achieving longevity and making a solid impact, "You can't cheat the grind..." And that's word to Kayla Brianna — a girl who knows, firsthand, what it's like working in Hollywood.

SINGER/SONGWRITER KAYLA BRIANNA SHOWS US WHY YOU CAN'T CHEAT THE GRIND

SINGER/SONGWRITER ALEX VAUGHN'S AV + FRIENDS SEND OFF PARTY

When working towards making Dreams And Real Life Align, every move (major and minor) is a part of discovering and building on the bigger purpose. We don't always notice as it's happening and we may go through rough patches of situations that make us doubt the process, but like R&B Singer/Songwriter Alex Vaughn says in her song, "Blessings": Anything you want is waiting all for you, but you just gotta breathe to receive all the blessings.

SINGER/SONGWRITER ALEX VAUGHN'S AV + FRIENDS SEND OFF PARTY

TAKE THE JOURNEY WITH MONEY HONEY, A FINANCIALLY SWEET BLOG FOR THE FIRST GEN SUCCESS STORY

It’s all about the money, honey! Khadija Bingham, creator of Money Honey — a financially sweet blog for young adults, takes you through her money journey. Bingham, who does accounting work for a financial services firm, wants to use her experiences to help younger people of color with similar backgrounds learn about financial literacy and gain an understanding of what that looks like.

TAKE THE JOURNEY WITH MONEY HONEY, A FINANCIALLY SWEET BLOG FOR THE FIRST GEN SUCCESS STORY

MDMFLOW LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR FLAWLESS BASE FOUNDATION

Our favorite cosmetic scientist, Florence Adepoju, Creator of MDMflow, has mixed up a new formula in her lab, creating the MDMflow Flawless Base Foundation. The MDMflow Flawless Base Foundation works on all skin types, for all skin tones. A serum based formula that gives light yet build-able coverage, so you can go for a "no make-up" look all the way to a full face. 

MDMFLOW LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR FLAWLESS BASE FOUNDATION

PHOTOGRAPHER, A.O. GIVES INSIGHT TO NATURALLY DISCOVERING YOUR PURPOSE AND CREATING A MORE POSITIVE FUTURE

"Through my work, I hope that in the future, no little girl will be able to look on TV or in a magazine and not see herself represented and reflected. I hope that I can remind people that they are important and their stories matter. I hope to lift the esteem of the people I work with and shine my light in their lives by impacting them in a positive way." — Ashley Osborne

PHOTOGRAPHER, A.O. GIVES INSIGHT TO NATURALLY DISCOVERING YOUR PURPOSE AND CREATING A MORE POSITIVE FUTURE

THE #14DAYSOFLOVE PROJECT

A major key in keeping our dreams alive is love. Once we learn to lead with love + passion in everything we do and for everything we do, we are able to grow into our true purpose. As creatives, love is the way we express ourselves; it's what inspires us to keep going and create positive change in the world. 

DARLA's #14DaysofLOVE project features different creatives, their work + insight to how love drives them to make their Dreams And Real Life Align. 

THE #14DAYSOFLOVE PROJECT