Chicken Salad Recipe

Traditional Chicken Salad is not something I usually have. Most recipes are cold and creamy, which I’m trying to stay away from, but I was determined to find and easy chicken recipe since I’m also not a huge fan of cooking chicken unless it’s stewed down or curry. I digress. I don’t roast chicken, so I bought some roasted chicken from the grocery store and had plans to just put it on top of some salad and call it a day. But that just seemed so uninspiring I did a quick browse of what was in my pantry and whipped up an amazing recipe that will probably be my new “go-to” for an easy chicken salad.

Ingredients:

Roasted Chicken Breast (skin off and cubed)

Handful of Cilantro

Canned Corn

Canned Black Beans

Half a small onion chopped

1 clove of garlic

1/3 cup of olive oil

Juice of 2 lemons

Salt

Pepper

Directions

1.) Combine cubed chicken, corn, black beans and onions in a bowl

Chicken Salad 1

2.) Rough chop cilantro and place in a bowl (I used a measuring cup for no particular reason

3.) Fine chop garlic, add to cilantro

4.) Add Salt and pepper to cilantro and garlic, then squeeze lemon juice on top

5.) Wisk in olive oil, continuously stir for a few minutesphoto 2

6.) Pour cilantro Vinaigrette over chicken and mix with a spoon. (I added a little pepper to the mixture) photo 3

You can actually stop here and eat as is, but I wanted to add a little greens to my salad. I wasn’t planning to do a meal prep, but I had mad so much I decided to put in a these mason jars. Then put whole baby spinach leafs and topped with a plum tomato slice. This was a great for lunch, it made 4 servings.

 

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Chicken Salad Final

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Buy Black Owned on Black Friday

This Black Friday shopping for many are out of the question. In the wake of the disappointing turn of events due to the Mike Brown’s killer, officer Darren Wilson not being indicted, many have opted to not buy anything on Black Friday. Rather than boycott completely consider buying from black owned businesses not just this holiday, but regularly. Boycotting Black Friday will defeat the purpose showing our economical power if we end up buying next week anyway. Supporting big businesses are important too, many minorities work at these companies in order to really promote positive cultural change that needs to happen in and outside of our community. Diversity is what makes this country great, so let’s continue to support each other as much as possible. Here are some of my favorite Black and Caribbean brands with great gifts for your love ones this holiday. Shop small black owned businesses!

Cocotique is a monthly beauty box subscription for only $20 a month you get a variety of samples and full sized items curated for women of color. I look forward to my box every month! If you purchase after Dec. 1  Get 10% off your first deluxe beauty box subscription from COCOTIQUE.com! Use code BOX10.

Jolie-Bloom-Bath-Tea

Jolie Bloom is a skin healthy product line with a variety of bath bars, bath teas, lotions and candles all made from natural ingredients. The line of eco-friendly products created by fellow Jamaican blogger Jhéanell AdamsJolie Bloom is running a Black Friday Special at 30% off using the code black30 at checkout. You’ll also get a free soap sample on purchases over $25.

Scotty Beama

Scotty Beama is an eclectic line of graphic printed apparel created by Tisha Innis. She’s an amazing designer who’s worked with a number of designers and recently ventured off to create her own line. Scotty Beama is running a Cyber Monday Sale at 30% off at check out.

Sukari Gift Set

Su-Kari’s line of products includes brown sugar scrubs, foot scrubs, body butters, and body oils. The Su-Kari line is carefully formulated to exfoliate and moisturize your skin, leaving it silkier than before. Combining exfoliants derived from nature including raw sugar, coffee beans and the Israeli Dead Sea with essential and aromatic oils to leave skin soft, smooth and rejuvenated without chemicals, parabens, or artificial preservatives. Su-Kari also has great gift baskets for the holidays, their body butters are my favorite!

MORUKA HOLIDAY SALE

Moruka Designs is a handbag accessories line inspired by Guyana, home to the company’s founder Julian Gravesande. Moruka Designs clutches are bold statement pieces perfect for a night on the town, holiday party or gift for a girlfriend.

The Pink Locket

Handmade jewelry always makes a great gift! The Pink Locket has a number of pieces, many that can be customized! Created by hand with love by Kamilah Campbell, owner of  The Pink Locket, she makes bracelets, earring, cuff links and even wine charms for your next dinner party.

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Chef Chris De La Rosa’s Caribbean Pot Youtube channel has been a staple of mine. The Trinidadian born chef, now based in Canada shares how to make Caribbean dishes on Caribbean Pot. Chris’ latest cookbook The Vibrant Caribbean Pot Vol. 2 is a great go-to-recipe guide for 100 traditional and Caribbean fusion dishes.

The Global Woman Collection Taj Waite

Taj Hunter Waite is an interior designer and blogger of All Things Taj with a line a decorative throw pillows called The Global Woman Collection using Ankara cloth from West Africa. Handmade in America, part of the proceeds go to various global charitable organizations.

Marley Headphones

While everyone is trying to get a good deal in a pair if Beats headphones, why not be original and get a pair of Marley headphones? House of Marley is having an amazing sale with up to 80% off their headphones!

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Aye’ Shanti pieces are handcrafted and designed by Brooklyn-based artist, Shanti Vincent. “I love to produce striking designs with elements of culture, fantasy, and unique conversation piece” An ode to her Caribbean background, she’s inspired by the vibrant colors, rhythms, and breath taking natural scenery of her years visiting the Spice Isle, Grenada with a mix of her urban upbringing here in Brooklyn, New York.

TabiiJust Tobago Scarf

Tabii Just launched a new line of scarves inspired by the Caribbean island of Tobago. The beauty of this island served as the inspiration for vibrant, breezy prints that make a statement while maintaining a wearability that is a signature of Tabii Just. These scarves maintain Tabii Just’s Zero Waste ideals and are manufactured in New York’s Garment District. The Tobago scarves are dual purpose. For breast-feeding moms, these scarves can be used as nursing covers. Don’t be deterred, though, guys! These are also a hit among stylish men.

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Beautiful Fun

New Years is around the corner and truth be told, if you haven’t started planning your goals for 2015, you’re already behind! We all need a little inspiration and motivation going into the new year. If you’re looking to find focus on what makes you happy and how  you can channel that into 2015 personally and/or professionally going into the new year, fellow BLM Girl Beatrice Clay is hosting a creative workshop called Beautiful Fun in New York City on Saturday, December 6  that I think many of you would appreciate.

Why Attend Beautiful Fun?

Have you ever asked yourself this question? Did your response feel natural and authentic? Or did your response feel forced and like something you should want? [click to continue…]

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Casa Latina Business Blogger Bootcamp

Casa Latina & Blogher’s Business Blogger Bootcamp was great! I like attending a variety of conferences, you can receive great information from bloggers outside of your niche. Being so closely related to the Latino market, with regards to cultural similarities and having a multi-cultural demographic; I found it reinvigorating getting to know new bloggers, brands and learning the Latino perspective (multi language, various niches etc.) The Casa Latina Business Blogger Bootcamp had four panels related to content, sponsorship and branding from a blog entrepreneur perspective. The panelist varied across industries and niches within that Latino lifestyle realm, the conference focused how bloggers can continue to elevate their business, even in a crowded space. The running theme was finding your voice and being consistent, which is how most great bloggers seem grow their business and influence. I have the voice down, it’s the consistency that I lack, but I’m hoping to get better over the next few weeks. Here were some key ideas the made me continue to think about how I want to grow in the future. [click to continue…]

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Style & Vibes Turns 7!

by Miss Mikelah on November 12, 2014

 

Style and vibes Turns 7

 

Although I have been blogging for 7 years, I’ve never celebrated my blogiversary. Until this year, I’ve always felt inclined not to celebrate due to my lack of consistency. I would always say “there’s not much to celebrate.” Blogging consistently is my toughest hurdle. There have been times I thought of walking away, but I really love blogging for the sake of blogging. It’s never been about being a full time well known blogger (don’t get me wrong, that would be nice!), but it’s more about sharing what I’m passionate about in my own voice and on my own terms.

Balancing a my career, a family I love. dabbling the the freelance life  with a vision growing this blog is a lot of work.  While my mind is mentally up for the task, the reality is sometimes I’m unable to give 100% on all fronts, due to time constraints (it’s 6am as I write this post.) My life is full, but I’m not complaining. I’ve had abundant blessings from interviewing amazing people, building relationships with brands and attending variety of events while continuing to share my Caribbean-American culture to the world. I’m inspired everyday to keep going and keep doing more.

I can’t ignore the fact that regardless of my stats there’s a genuine interest in what I’m sharing and when I write truly original content my stats soar. I receive a lot of encouragement to continue writing and have a passion for sharing Caribbean-American lifestyle content. I live and breathe this life daily, and I’m not the only one. While I have plans to do more, I prefer to just show you, rather than talk about what “I’m going to do.” But I must look back and be grateful for everything that I have been able to accomplish and be even more grateful that you all keep coming back to read it.

Celebrating my blog this year is important because it solidifies my plans in continue with my vision. I humbly thank you for your support and hope you look forward to more from the life of the “Fly-Caribbean-Chic” through my eyes.

Mikelah Style and Vibes

 

 

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Elise Neal for Triple The Rocus Magazine

Actress and Hollywood Diva Elise Neal covers the November issue of Triple the Focus Magazine. This has to be one of my favorite covers that I’ve designed for the magazine. Elise even called our EIC Stacey to say how happy she was with the feature and cover. It feels great to contribute to a great publication.

On to what’s in this issue! Lifetime holiday specials including details on what to expect from the controversial Aaliyah movie debuting this month. Speaking of holiday, we have some great gift ideas for fellow beauty lovers. The Seychelles Island feature make you want to explore the island ASAP. Looking for the perfect pair of thigh high boots? we’ve got you covered with that and more!

 

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Top 5 Caribbean Comedians on Youtube

Comedy is one of the top reasons to watch Youtube — it’s the perfect place to check out new comedic talents. Here are my favorite Caribbean comedians to watch. From cultural skits to opinionated rants, these Youtube comedians make being Caribbean interesting and culturally in tuned with one another through comedy. [click to continue…]

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Simply Stylist New York

by Miss Mikelah on October 27, 2014

Simply Stylist New York

Simply Stylist New York took place over the weekend (thanks to fellow BLMGirl Leah for sharing info on the event a few months ago). I took stylist and a fellow CT based blogger Ves of Ves Canvas with me It was my first time attending the event mixed with stylist, bloggers and brands learning from current industry innovators and entrepreneurs. There was a full conference, but I just attended the mixer and breakout sessions, which was still pretty insightful with reminders of all the great things I should be doing with my blog (brand). The sessions made me really think about focusing on my vision as a niche blogger, specifically in the last breakout session with Beca Alexander and Danial Saynt. It helped me look the perspective of becoming a brand with specific goals. Instead of sharing my vision, I’ve decided that I just want to show and prove in the next few weeks. [click to continue…]

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Triple the Focus Oct 2014 Peter Thomas

Triple the Focus Magazine celebrates its 3 year anniversary with the most opinionated husband on reality television, Peter Thomas of the Real House Wives of Atlanta. Peter’s candid personality is quite frankly my favorite on the show, he’s also a serial entrepreneur with experience across industries including fashion, music and owning restaurants with his eyes set on the coffee business, he had a lot to share about his business ventures, being a reality show husband and keeping his lovely wife Cynthia Bailey at the center of it all. We also feature fashions from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and more.

On another note… I can’t believe it’s been 3 years since our first issue! Congrats to the team and our EIC, Stacey for creating a great platform.

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LadiesWhoBrunch

Triple the Focus’ Ladies Who Brunch is always a great time. Networking in person is very important, but these days I have been selective with the events I attend just due re-evaluating how I spend my time (more on that in future post.) The brunch was sponsored by COCOTIQUE, SoCo Brooklyn Restaurant and Voga Italia wine and jewelry vendor Pieces NY. Creator of COCOTIQUE Dana Hill shared her story about her career path, passion for beauty and starting her business. Dana wasn’t the only one dropping jewels of knowledge, the ladies in attendance all shared a great deal. We all took away so much wisdom from each other. Here are my top five quotes that stuck with me. [click to continue…]

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