ASIYAMI GOLD is a freelance multi-faceted curator and creator. Blending a passion for design, photography, and travel, Gold fuses these creative leanings with an effortless élan that is democratic yet defies mimicry.
Life in Havana felt like I traveled back in time. Although a vast majority of the buildings seem to be decaying, there’s always something beautiful to acknowledge. From bright hues and pastels, to textured walls, and colorful handmade hydraulic tiles, old Havana overflows with breathtaking and vibrant palettes worthy of inspiration. Despite the conditions of the buildings, I was enamored of Havana’s charming cinematic character that made every sight and setting feel like a frame from a film.
Also, because of its insular nature and limited exposure to the outside world, its inhabitants have an untainted sense of self. These young women aren't spending their time on Instagram comparing themselves to images of Kylie Jenner. They go to school, after school they come out and play, flirt with boys here and there, and head in when it gets dark. Time stands still in Cuba.
As beautiful as life in Cuba may be, it is certainly not without its downsides. The centralized system of living has resulted in severe shortages of key infrastructure. READ HERE
Although insularity enhances the sense of self, it does so at the expense of exposure. The limited access to information and exposure to the outside world stunts the growth of the Cuban people. They invariably become unable to compete with their counterparts from other countries. Truly an island of its own.
Life on the island of Cuba, like most communist economies has its upsides. Its citizens are guaranteed the necessities of life such as affordable housing, free healthcare, and basic education (with a relatively low student to teacher ratio). Society is classless. The absence of privately-controlled factors of production eliminates the use of classifications typical of capitalism. People are treated equally by government regardless of academic achievement, financial standing, and similar indices determined by private fiscal strength. Life is made simple, and lived simply.
TO EAT + SMOKE CIGARS : LA GUARIDA
TO DRINK + EAT: LA CONCORDIA (mojito Frappe on point)
TO PARTY: FÁBRICA DE ARTE
TO STAY: AIRBNB ( Casa Miriam Hostal Colonial
THINGS I WISH I KNEW AS A US CITIZEN TRAVELING TO CUBA
There are two different currencies being used on the island. One for locals and one for tourists.
There's a limited access to ATM's that accept American Visa cards. Go with cash and change your dollars to Euros/Pounds before getting to cuba.
For internet access, residents have to join queues at specific parts of the cities, queues that stretched out of the door and round the block. Even so, access was subject to the purchase of login cards, and only accessible at public parks.
You are better off saying that you are Nigerian than American.
For the past four years New Orleans has always been my favorite city to run off to when I need a break from Atlanta (without having to leave the country). I was told that I would fall in love with Charleston but, truth be told I was a non-believer.
I had always thought to myself, what is in South Carolina?
The answer to that question is..... EVERYTHING!!!
There's a reason why this quaint town has been voted America's number one small city for the past five years. Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, dynamic food culture, and mannerly people Charleston is worthy of being on anyone's bucket list.
After spending my entire week obsessing over all the amazing restaurants I saw on Pinterest, a day wasn't enough. One of the spaces I was instantly blown away by was 492
One of the spaces I was instantly blown away by was 492. Nestled on King Street this chic restaurant is to die for. The first thing I noticed was the modern light fixtures and furniture. What made this space so alluring to me was the dazzling pastel wall upstairs (i'm obsessed with walls that have character). Although 492 has a modern feel to it, the building itself has been preserved from the 1700's. A quick glance at the walls and you are instantly reminded that you're in a space that has a story to tell. To make this experience even more remarkable everything we tried on the menu was exceptional.
Beauty in correlation to art can't be expressed with words due to a seeming lack of accurate language. Art has always been fascinating to me because it's subjective. There are no rules, No right or wrong on how one should express their self through this medium. However, what I believe art should always do is evoke an emotional response within us. Aesthetic/Art must be processed on an intuitive level.
WHAT MAKES ART BEAUTIFUL?
The communication between different shapes, sizes, tones, textures, lines, motion, and sounds are the different ways of making art pleasing to our senses. If I had a dollar for every time I used the word texture I would be filthy rich. The use of texture is one of my favorite methods of communicating my art. Texture gives life to an image, it makes an image more interactive. It creates a story without one being told.
I often get a lot of questions on how to acquire knowledge for understanding aesthetics. I had always questioned if such things could be taught and I believe it can. Through studying what you love and practicing, then developing a style that is unique to who you are. It's imperative to share your interpretation of how you see beauty in the world through your eyes.
I found out about Lamu for the first time on my instagram explore page. A fellow I discovered had documented an image he took at THE MAJLIS RESORT and I fell in love. i looked up the destination on pinterest and i couldn't help but want to explore every nook andcranny of this city.
I had the chance to escape the bipolar weather in ATL earlier this year for a certainly warmer climate in Lamu. When going on my adventures I try to stay away from as much to do/ to see lists as possible to allow myself discover things that I like to enjoy--never hurts to leave room for surprises. When I saw images of the majlis resort I imagined Lamu being more developed, you know.... cars, uber (if possible)...oh boy was I in for an experience of a lifetime. When I landed in Nairobi I was told how beautiful Lamu was but my excitement died when I was informed that there were no cars to get around. Pause... What?
The best means of transportation in this little town was either by foot, speedboats and you guessed it... A DONKEY!!! Donkey's are mainly used here for transporting goods from place to place. You won't see too many people riding on one. Initially I was quite frantic about not having access to a car but hey, burning a few calories from walking around doesn't hurt after all. I was excited to explore the city and take in its beautiful hues, facades and textures.
Karibu Sana - YouTube
The people I was privileged to meet made this experience worth it for me. They welcomed me with so much warmth and love. Often times the language barrier makes it difficult to connect with people but in LAMU the heart speaks louder than words. I never felt out of place.
They called me Sana (a friend) They taught me how to take life pole pole (slowly slowly) Most importantly they made me fell like I belonged.
I spent the past few days people watching, but specifically observing the women I saw in the streets of Paris. How they dressed, how they styled their hair, their body language. Parisian women exude a level of self-asuredness that is quite liberating. It’s an inevitable fact that Parisian style exudes an air of freedom. That undeniable cool that initially seems so elusive, but simultaneously appears simple, unpretentious, and perhaps effortless.
I finally cracked the code to achieving the day to day Parisian Chic Look.
(it's quite simple)
Clean lines + Beautiful textures + Comfort
A Mixture of worn out clothing with new pieces, perfect balance between luxury and inexpensive vintage finds. Sounds like I’ve been Parisian all along.
You can look Parisian for under $100 and here’s how:
Get a nice vintage trench coat from the thrift store for $14
A pair of vintage levi’s for $7 thrifted
A crisp white tee shirt from ZARA $8
A nice pair of ballerina flats or sneakers (I noticed most parisian women wear adidas, Pumas, Reeboks, keds...comfy type sneakers) mine were $20 from a vendor on the street.
I stopped by the L & J store on Prince street not too long ago and instantly fell in love with the minimal ambience of the brand.
i'm a sucker for Design and great Aesthetic, Larsson and Jennings just happens to get it.
Birth from two cities, Stockholm and London, L&J unifies minimal Swedish Design with British Aesthetic. Creating modern timepieces for style-savvy individuals like myself.
Making a decision on what timepiece I wanted to incorporate in my day to day was quite difficult as you saw on my snapchat. There was a plethora of timeless choices to select from.
When picking out a watch I tend to lean towards something with a masculine appeal but this time I wanted something more sleek and feminine. The older I get the more feminine i'm becoming... i don't know what's happening to me but i'm embracing it.
This 33mm 18k GOLD Lugano watch is what dreams are made of.
- Did I Mention that it coated in GOLD?
- It comes with a built-in adjuster on the straps to adjust as you grow.
Finding a well made camera bag that suites my day to day lifestyle has been a longtime struggle. One of the problems I faced as someone who enjoyed documenting her day to day activities and constantly on the go; camera bags were not stylish enough to match my aesthetic. They were to bulky to carry around and screamed "photographer" which attracted attention while on my solo travels. It Made it known to the natives that I was a tourist and also made me a target, which isn't always the safest for someone traveling solo. I used to be the ultimate bag lady during my ventures. It also wasn't the best for someone who is as scatterbrained as I am. Trust me when I say carrying multiple items on the run is never a good idea. With multiple compartments, and versatility, this cognac leather piece from Lo & Sons has saved my life. Now i can travel Light.
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For those of you following me on snapchat you know I had a rough week last week.
I've never been a beauty "guru" because I try my best to keep my maintenance level at the bare minimum. I grew up with boys which required me to act like one therefore keeping up with beauty tricks wasn't something that triggered excitement in my adolescent years.
I remember my best friend Lauren would try to teach me how to wear make up and put on eyeliner I got so overwhelmed and annoyed--
1) because i'm a perfectionist and my lines weren't precise enough. 2) I didn't understand it.
Although I admired makeup tricks I couldn't wrap my head around how certain things worked to enhance a woman's beauty. I spent most of my highschool career on the basketball and volleyball court, there was no time to waste on beauty but I still loved the art of femininity. I'ld always play around with lipstick here and there but still never got the hang of make up entirely.
So sad to say that it took me 24 years to actually master how to do something with my face. Thanks to hours spent on youtube videos and taking notes from friends who are gurus themselves.
Now you see ladies... I love make up. I love getting dolled up and looking glamorous but what I've never been a fan of was feeling like I needed makeup to cover up what was underneath. I want my skin to be flawless with/without make up. When i went on my rant on snapchat last week I was overwhelmed because I had an important shoot coming up that required me to look beautiful and flawless but in order for me to exude beauty I have to feel beautiful (internally).
This year has taken a toll on me emotionally. My hormones have gone bananas and all that toxicity going on within is currently being eliminated out from my skin. Initially I felt insecure about what was going on with my skin because I wasn't used to having skin issues. I would always boast about my ridiculous intake of soda and carbs and how it didn't effect my skin, but that has changed.
As you get older your body changes, which is why it's important to form those healthy habits in your early 20's. If you are between the ages of 18-28 reading this please start nurturing those healthy habits now because the bad habits will eventually catch up with you later.
As I take the necessary steps to getting my skin and body back to healthier state, I will be documenting parts of my journey in hopes to help someone out there who might be dealing with the same issue. Adult acne is not cute and you don't have to settle for things that don't make you feel good about yourself.
Some things are beyond our control--like having a oily/combination skin type. However there are things we can actively be doing to change our circumstances.
If you have the power to fix the things you don't like about yourself take the necessary steps towards making those changes. It's okay to complain about it but what are you doing to change it? In order to see those changes we also need to make those lifestyles changes ourselves.
Love yourself from the inside out (sanctimonious perhaps?)
Water should be the first thing you drink when you wake up. It's even better with lemons.
Workout!!! it decreases your stress levels.
Take your daily multivitamins.
Wash your face twice daily.
Exfoliate once-twice a week.
Keep your bed sheets clean.
Make healthier food choices.
Know your skin type and treat it accordingly.
Keep yourself in environments that allow you to flourish and be your best. (Happiness is a choice) #nostresszone
What are some tips and tricks you have for keeping your skin on "fleek"?
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Many thanks to 54 THRONES for showing compassion and empathizing with how I felt.
I'm so excited to add these products to my daily regimen, and hoping to see results.