Lifestyle

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

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

#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

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

BRIDGING THE GAP: THE BLACK OUTDOORS STRIVES TO BRING AWARENESS AND EXPOSURE OF PEOPLE OF COLOR IN NATURE

Two visionaries have come together to create a social media brand that highlights adventurers and explorers of color all across the world. The Black Outdoors, created by Tramond Baisden and Ezedube Eze in August 2016, helps increase awareness and exposure of people participating in outdoor recreational activities. This brand seeks to mend the gap between like-minded individuals in the outdoors and to show what possibilities are out there.

BRIDGING THE GAP: THE BLACK OUTDOORS STRIVES TO BRING AWARENESS AND EXPOSURE OF PEOPLE OF COLOR IN NATURE

#SELFCARESERIES: 7 KEYS TO SERENITY BY SERGE MAZERAND

In a world of massive disruption and distraction, of obsessive connection to the internet and to our devices, ironically, we have come to lose the most important connection: the relationship with our essential self. In subtle and less subtle ways, this disconnect creates significant stress and anxiety that often lead to illness.

So, how do we reconnect?

#SELFCARESERIES: 7 KEYS TO SERENITY BY SERGE MAZERAND

#SELFCARESERIES PART 3: DARLA + FRIENDS SELF-CARE ROUTINES

Still stuck on what types of self-care routines you can practice? Don’t worry, a few DARLA contributors + creative friends are willing to share some insight to their self-care routines for part three of our series. All practices vary from physical, mental/emotional, spiritual and social. Check them out below and join in on the conversation this week via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram @DARLAmedia!

#SELFCARESERIES PART 3: DARLA + FRIENDS SELF-CARE ROUTINES

#SELFCARESERIES PART 2: DIFFERENT TYPES OF SELF-CARE

In part one, we discussed what self-care is, its importance, how it can differ for people and situations, and the four categories (physical, mental/emotional, spiritual, and social). Now, it’s time to explore those categories, and what we can actually do to practice self-care.

#SELFCARESERIES PART 2: DIFFERENT TYPES OF SELF-CARE

CHANGE STARTS WITHIN YOU BY CORTNEY MCDERMOTT

Reading Change Starts Within You by Cortney McDermott was an eye-opening experience for me; the book was exactly what I needed for where I am in my life. In addition to basic positive psychological principles, Cortney provides fun, simple exercises that you can utilize to change your life and reach an accomplished place of Timbuktu (wherever that might be for you). Here, along with some of my favorite parts from reading, are some of my personal reflections inspired by the book.

CHANGE STARTS WITHIN YOU BY CORTNEY MCDERMOTT

#SELFCARESERIES PART 1: WHAT IS SELF-CARE?

When many people think of self-care they may think of face masks, meditation, pedicures, or even #WineWednesdays. While those all can be valid ways to practice self-care, do we really know what it means?

DARLA has decided to tackle the topic of self-care to give you all the ins and outs in a four part series for November:

#SELFCARESERIES PART 1: WHAT IS SELF-CARE?

ATTRACT LOVE, FEED YOUR SPIRIT, AND MANIFEST YOUR DREAMS WITH CRYSTAL BLISS BY DEVI BROWN

A copy of Devi Brown's new book, Crystal Bliss was delivered to me about two weeks ago and it was exactly what I needed in preparation to make some major lifestyle changes. For what seemed like an extremely long time, I was feeling worn out, uninspired, and unmotivated; finding it hard to keep pushing in just about every area of my life. Devi Brown's words and guidance in Crystal Bliss truly resonated with me, inspiring me to find clarity and healing through what I was experiencing.

ATTRACT LOVE, FEED YOUR SPIRIT, AND MANIFEST YOUR DREAMS WITH CRYSTAL BLISS BY DEVI BROWN

KEEP A BREAST FOUNDATION X DR. DABBER PREMIUM VAPORIZER PEN COLLABORATION

In support of preventive education and raising awareness during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Dabber has teamed up for a special collaboration with the Keep A Breast Foundation. Rapidly emerging as a national leader in quality vaporizer pens and accessories, Dr. Dabber's new Aurora bundle is a limited-edition package that includes a bright pink vape pen, custom charging dock, bandana, cosmetic storage container, and patches.

KEEP A BREAST FOUNDATION X DR. DABBER PREMIUM VAPORIZER PEN COLLABORATION

CRUISING IN PHILLY WITH PENNY SKATEBOARDS

During the Agenda Trade Show in Long Beach this summer, DARLA was introduced to a brand that showed us a new way to cruise around the city — Penny Skateboards. We met with Global Brand Manager, Jeff Goforth, who informed us all about the vision behind Penny Skateboards and how the brand is encouraging a healthy skate culture all over the world. Jeff explained to us how Penny Skateboards are for the everyday skater who needs a good quality, reliable board to get around on. They're ideal for both adult and youth skaters who use skateboarding as a means of transportation to get from point A to B.

CRUISING IN PHILLY WITH PENNY SKATEBOARDS

INTERVIEW: HOW TO BE EVERYTHING WITH AUTHOR + MULTIPOTENTIALITE, EMILIE WAPNICK

Across the U.S. Canadian border, DARLA was able to connect with Emilie Wapnick — Author and Career Coach who introduced us to the lifestyle of being a multipotenialite with her new book, How To Be Everything. Emilie is the Creator of, Puttylike, an online community that provides creatives with networking opportunities, real insight, and resources for pursuing multifaceted careers. In 2015, Emilie presented a popular Ted Talk piece about the concept of multipotenitalites and why it's important to acknowledge them as individuals who can contribute great things to the world.

INTERVIEW: HOW TO BE EVERYTHING WITH AUTHOR + MULTIPOTENTIALITE, EMILIE WAPNICK

#THC: A HIGHER PERSPECTIVE

Marijuana is considered to be the divine feminine energy; a source that connects us to love and creation. This powerful female plant naturally heals, enlightens, and elevates. Marijuana has worked wonders for "incurable" cancer patients and people suffering from other serious/chronic illnesses. It has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, relieve symptoms of depression, and to be an effective treatment for veterans suffering from PTSD.

#THC: A HIGHER PERSPECTIVE

FOOD TOUR: PINK ICE CAFE

First up is Pink Ice Café, a dessert shop located at 5512 Lancaster Ave. in West Philadelphia. If you love cold treats like water ice and milkshakes, you won’t be disappointed with Pink Ice’s menu... Especially on a hot summer day. Pink Ice’s 22 year-old owner, Desimber, wanted to create a safe haven for youth and adults to relax and enjoy sweet treats. While starting out, Desimber knew one thing — “Good food will always bring a group of people to one place," which is exactly what she intended to accomplish with Pink Ice Café.

FOOD TOUR: PINK ICE CAFE

READING IS THE NEW BLACK: VOLUME TWENTY BY DIAMONDE WILSON + ADRIENNE COLMAN

Living in such a social media driven world now, people tend to forget about the simple things in life. With so many distractions and demands, it can be quite overwhelming to find the balance of your passion and purpose in life. However, this new digital age does allow for new opportunities and concepts... And two female millennials took advantage of this journey and decided to take a less conventional approach to interacting through social media. Meet Diamonde Williamson and Adrienne Colman — the Founders of Volume Twenty.

READING IS THE NEW BLACK: VOLUME TWENTY BY DIAMONDE WILSON + ADRIENNE COLMAN