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Why Every Millennials Needs This App

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In New York, the perfect "Sunday Funday' is finding an awesome spot that serves unlimited boozy drinks, plays great music, and still allows you to get home in time for some light adulting. Now that's what you call winning. I love a great brunch there's nothing like chilling back on a Sunday just enjoying the moment. To my surprise, during a networking event, I met the CEO & Founder a new app, "CityBrunch App".

The City Brunch app allows you to find unlimited brunches within your area at the tip of your fingertips. 

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How cool!? I got the chance to talk to founder, Bryan Braswell on creating the app, what's it like being an entrepreneur, and his greatest words of advice.

WELCOME, BRYAN! SO, TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF WHERE ARE YOU FROM? 

I'M FROM BUFFALO, NEW YORK BUT I GREW UP IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA. 

WHERE DID THE IDEA BEGIN TO CREATE THE CITY BRUNCH APP? 

Well living in New York you know that the brunch scene is pretty big. One day I was on the train and noticed an ad about a restaurant. Instantly, I thought to myself, "Why hasn't anyone created an app for brunches?" At that moment, I knew I was on to something.

WHEN DID THE APP LAUNCH? 

So, the idea came about in 2015 and in June of 2017 I launched the app.

HOW WERE THE BEGINNING STAGES OF BUILDING THE APP?

Very very hard! My background is in non-profits so taking on a new role and transitioning into a world I wasn't used to meant stepping outside of my comfort zone. I couldn't be happier taking that leap of faith because within the first year I met a developer and things took off ever since! 

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SO, EXPLAIN HOW THE APP WORKS? 

Of course, so the app is based on your location. Once you open the app you'll see two different icons. The icons look like champagne glasses of course for mimosa's... lol. So, the champagne glass without the mimosa inside indicates a restaurant that provides bottomless brunch. The glass with the mimosa indicates bottomless as well plus special promotions. 

WHOA! GET OUT! I TAKE IT PROVIDING BOTTOMLESS BRUNCHES WAS YOUR PRIMARY FOCUS? 

Yes! Millennials love a great boozy brunch. That was the main goal when searching for restaurants, to make sure every venue provided bottomless drinks. 

WHAT WAS THE PROCESS OF SCOUTING RESTAURANTS FOR THE APP? 

Wow, surprisingly it was 50/50 Some owners felt what I was doing was completely insane! They weren't supportive of what I was doing which was eye-opening because I knew I had something great. Then there were owners that loved the idea! So, with the naysayers, it hasn't bothered me at all. 

HOW MANY RESTAURANTS DO YOU HAVE ON BOARD TODAY? 

Right now we're at 120 restaurants- and still counting. 

WHAT KIND OF RESTAURANTS CAN PEOPLE FIND ON THE APP? 

Literally, a little bit of everything! Mexican, Soul food, I want everyone to be able to enjoy the app and even experience new restaurants they may never have been too. 

IS THE APP FOR IOS AND ANDROID?

iOS for now by 2018 we will be available in the android market.

Can we find the app in other cities?

Not at the moment, currently we are only NYC based but great things are sure to come in 2018.

What advice would you give to people seeking to become an entrepreneur? 

If this begins as a part-time hustle for you as it began for me I would say stick to it. After my 9-5, I go straight home to work on the app. You have to treat your projects like a second job. It's super important to be around people that inspire you and the most important thing is to get things on paper! This is all a learning process but one that is well worth the ride. 

Yes, Dreams Do Come True: Google X Udacity

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If there’s one thing I believe in is speaking all you want to existence. 

If you've been following my journey then you know I don't have a tech educational background. In May of 2017, I decided to leave the freelance lifestyle and work full-time. The opportunity for an executive assistant at a tech startup opened and that's where it all changed for me. The world of tech opened my eyes to coding, website design and so much more. Oddly, enough you never know how involved you are with technology until certain aspects are in front of your face.

Like, wait? This is coding? I've created Myspace pages before, I can do this! (haha, my thoughts exactly!) 

Since then, I've been on the hunt to find a school that would allow me to gain knowledge on coding at an affordable rate. (hence affordable)

Now, you must know, it looks amazing to learn code, get the dream job and make a great salary. But, do you know what it takes to actually get there? There are plenty of ways you can learn how to code, two major options are self-teaching and attending a coding boot camp. 

 I chose the self-teaching route but still, there were many programs out there that were expensive. Things were just not aligning for me to make this happen! I wanted nothing more but to learn how to code. Last year, I learned about Udacity through my job and became super excited about learning with the school had to offer. 

After being very familiar with the school I then learned about the Google X Udacity Scholarship program. (Um, hellllooo say what now?The program provided people from all over the world an opportunity to learn further on Front End Development. (FOR FREE) Immediately, I applied for the position. (Because it never hurts to try!)

If there's one thing I believe in is speaking all you want to existence. After applying for the scholarship, I chose my words wisely and said out loud, "Please Lord, (that's my universe) I would love the opportunity to get accepted for this grand opportunity." 

It is now 2018 and I am writing this post to let you know (well all of you) that I've been accepted to the Udacity & Google Scholarship program. (whoo hooooo) I mean really what a great way to start the year! 

Since then, I've started my journey to becoming a web developer. Am I nervous? Heck yes! But anything worth challenging is worth doing! (Only makes you stronger) So I say that to say this, dreams certainly come true continue putting what you want out there and don't stop. 

The key is being consistent and allowing beautiful things to manifest from that. 

TIme to go code, until next time beauties!

-K

Mix It Up: How To Stay Vibrant In A Dull Environment

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Hey Beauties!

How are you? Hope you are doing well! The power of remaining true to yourself is important. As a blogger (I still can't come to terms with this lol) I realize that I never want to indicate a topic or present a look that isn't realistic or doesn't represent who I am as a person. 

My thought process is literally, how can I inspire? What can I do to reach the women in the tech industry? (An even women that don't work in tech) My inspiration comes from my real life experiences within the work field. I've worked for a variety of startups and as we know they provide the best comfort zones in town.

Show personality through your own personal style and make yourself feel great. 

 

It's a matter of understanding that you can't dress for anyone other than yourself. Yes, the office life can get boring but how can you mix things up? How can you remain vibrant in a dull environment? 

Top: Vintage// Skirt: H&M// Booties: Shoe Dazzle 

Top: Vintage// Skirt: H&M// Booties: Shoe Dazzle 

It's simple. Mix things up! Show personality through your own personal style and make yourself feel great. Well, Kiara how can I do that? (See I can read your mind hehe) Check out my three steps below for brightening your dull environment:

1.) Keep It Clean: I know your going to smell great (Lol) BUT keeping it clean is in-reference to paying attention to detail. For example, the white classic top I chose, it's simple and fresh. I mixed up the look by showing my love for color and of course spazz with my boots! It all comes together great! Yes, I can still code and look flawless at the same time. (hehe)

2.) Bright Colors: Oddly enough, on rainy days I find myself wearing bright colors. (shrugs) Not only do colors add flare they express how you feel! Allow nothing to stop you from feeling freaking awesome. I LOVE this skirt from H&M it's fun, vibrant and still conservative. 

3.) No One Can Do It Like YOU: Because your the bomb of course! haha. No really, this post is dedicated to the girl that feels lost, confused and not quite feeling 100%. (I've been there!) You have a gift and you are placed where you are for a reason. Even if you are not where you want to be take a look at your surroundings and mix things up your own way!

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Let's Chat: How are you mixing things up in the office? 

 

P.S. I LOVE Shoe Dazzle! Maybe I'll be a brand ambassador one day? (hehe)