Entries by Shikiri Hightower-Gaskin

Lake Anza—The Escape

Have you ever wanted to just escape from it all? Nostalgic serenity is what comes to mind when I think about Lake Anza, nestled in the Berkeley Hills. I spent many summers swimming in the lake, racing my sister, brother, and cousins to the raft in the middle, hanging out with friends on the sand, […]

I’m a Rent the Runway Ambassador!

I’m a Rent the Runway Ambassador! This outfit is thanks to Rent the Runway! The Hervé Léger Crop Top, Mini Skirt (retail $1,200), and Alexis Bittar Bamboo Earrings (retail $250) are all from Rent the Runway! I own the silk China Royal cape and Chanel shoes. When I first heard of Rent the Runway, I […]


“I grew up a little girl with dreams,” Solange sings in her song “Dreams,” from the “When I Get Home,” album.   When I began buying for this launch, I came across this stylish, lightweight intarsia, wool, and cashmere-blend sweater by Chinti & Parker. I had to get it and share it with all you […]

Fog Crest Vineyard

Living just outside of Napa has real life perks! Although I’m not a big drinker, when I do drink, my preference is a glass of Pinot Noir. So, when I was perusing Black Vines, my high school hommie’s dope space for all thing Black and wine, she shared a Black-owned winery list. When I read […]

Berkeley’s Best Latte

I am a bonafede espresso junkie. I like strong, well roasted, sweet beans. I don’t like a lot of milk, and a warm 6 or 8 oz. size cappuccino or latte is usually my choice. Rasa Caffe, Berkeley, CA I vividly remember the first time I had a latte. It was late 2000. I was […]