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Lately I’ve been questioning my purpose. When I started blogging and documenting my life in 2010, I wanted to capture my evolution as an individual. It was suggested by someone on Facebook, who thought my pictures were cool, and that I’d do well in this field. I enjoyed the process of exploring & documenting my life and the lives of those around me. It was all about capturing moments, exploring the depths of my creativity, and sharing online. When I was starting out, I was inspired by women like the Glamourai, Jamie Beck, Karla’s Closet, GarryPepperGirl, Ulyana Sergeenko, and Hanelli. 

    

Although there was something incredible about the way they visually represented themselves, none of them were women of color. I yearned for examples of women that not only represented me as a woman of color, but who also had mastered the art of visual storytelling. Although there were many gorgeous women of color who had built an online presence, few of them consciously and deliberately shared their unique story in a compelling manner. It was more than just about sharing your story. It was about being seen and represented, and giving aspiring young women a point of reference.

   

Nowadays there’s a strong and thriving presence of lifestyle bloggers who are women of color and, in my pursuit of creative direction, it has left me questioning what really sets me apart from the crowd. A part of me feels that I have served my purpose in this space and it’s time to build, create and serve through other creative ventures, while another part believes that people are able find their creative core through my work, and therefore I’m inspiring creative change. 

     

So, currently I’m in a place of exploration, and therefore searching for what’s next and how I can fulfil a greater purpose. Documenting through my work has always brought me joy, and I doubt the pursuit of my creative vision will ever die. Even through the process of discussing fashion, it was always about finding my own lane, and challenging myself to find new ways of exploring fashion. For me, it’s about telling my story and the stories of those around me through experiences, lifestyle and fashion. It wasn’t just about the clothes, but the experiences of the people wearing them. That to me was far more perpetual than showcasing different ways to wear a striped shirt.

 
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 Feeling like Kanye in Welcome To Heartbreak when he said,

"My friend showed me pictures of his kids,
And all I could show him was pictures of my cribs,
He said his daughter got a brand new report card,
And all I got was a brand new sports car."     When all your friends are getting engaged, married, and becoming mothers while all you have to show for your life are your experiences and the places you've been (trust me, I'm not complaining).     If you can relate to this just simply remember that the experiences you are having right now and where you currently are in your life is exactly where you need to be. Be present and Enjoy it. Your turn go reach! 
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  We all speak about being the best version of ourselves/ living "my best life" but what does that really look like?      The best version of ourselves cannot be obtained without introspection. Living one's best life is not about being ostentatious 24/7. In order to live our best lives, one has to be profoundly self aware, and that knowledge of self enables them to choose experiences that nurture and foster "their best self".      When we are honest with ourselves, stay true to our instincts, embrace and celebrate our flaws and what makes us different, we are able to live a life that is uniquely tailored to us. By striving to become self actualized, we set out to live our best life.  
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 Although we may all walk the same road, our individual journeys are vastly different. Traveling teaches me to embrace those differences that allow me to retell narratives by channeling their experiences, environment, culture, and creativity.     It’s easy to get stuck in our own viewpoints, so much so that we lose sight of the beauty in seeing the world through other people’s lens. Find proper clarity and the right perspective on your journey because it’ll better help you embrace the journey
of others.   FRAME YOUR JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE'S EXPERIENCE WITH KATE SPADE NY  SHOP THIS LOOK
Alexus Sunglasses
Parke Blazer
Sub Jersey T-Shirt
Zara Straight White
Striped Crisscross Slides
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My body when I was in my early 20s vs my body in my later 20s. I was an athlete in high school. I played basketball, volleyball and ran track. That helped me cultivate the tolerance I needed to stay fit and motivated. As I’ve grown older I have become “hella lazy”. 

   

I’m not as motivated to stay fit as I once was. Something that once came so naturally to me has become a mental exercise and a daily practice that I find rather difficult to keep up. In the meantime, I’ve chosen to indulge in all the shit that makes me feel good and accept that I won’t stay as I once was forever. I’m accepting all the curves and stretch marks that come with this new territory, and the heartbreaking fact that my booty and boobs are gradually forging allegiance with gravity.

   

PS: I accept my muliebrity and enjoy basking in all aspects of being a woman. As women, we have to be kind to ourselves and accept all the changes that come with our physical, emotional & mental growth. We have to fiercely love ourselves, even when the world and systematic structures don’t. This is just a post to remind us that as we get older we will have to be diligent in achieving our personal goals.

Loving my swimwear from @Lahanaswim, helps accentuate my curves and have me feeling “hella sexy”. 

  
Get Ready With Me (Isla Verde, PR) - YouTube
  SHOP THIS LOOK
Lahana Chenzo
Preston & Olivia THE TATE  
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Most people love fall because it represents change/ I never knew what it was about summer but it turns out to be that this is when most of my transition nascent. 

   

My mood and attitude towards life changes completely during the summer. My level of productivity increases. You might catch me saying hello to my next door neighbor and baking them a pie... #jokes

It is very interesting how the weather can bring a different side of us altogether. Having the sun shine on my face evokes feelings of ‘nothing is impossible’ and what perfect way for a sun child to bring in the summer than in a beautiful summer
dress from

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Intermix Nikki Collage Maxi Dress
Jimmy Choo ERIN 60  
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We're often stuck in the day-to-day grind of trying to accomplish more, that we forget to make time for the things and people who matter most. I tend to be very reclusive and extremely mindful of how much of my time and self I give to others, that I fail to make time for those that matter.

   

 I try to convince myself that it’s okay to not make time, because I’m working towards something greater than myself. But a wise man once said “having more money only makes you more of what you are”. Finding that balance before accomplishing the ultimate is imperative.

   

As you climb up you also want to elevate with those who helped you become aware of your gifts.  Those who are there while you grow will be there when you fall— never forget! 

   SHOP THE LOOK 
Reformation Geneva Dress
H&M Slides
Straw Flat Top Hat
Chloe NILE MINAUDIÈRE
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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.
  • Stay away from a man named Mr. Angel
  • CUBA IS NOT CHEAP FOR TOURISTS!!!
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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.
  • Stay away from a man named Mr. Angel
  • CUBA IS NOT CHEAP FOR TOURISTS!!!
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A Day Trip To Charleston, SC

I underestimated you Charleston...

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 492Nestled 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.

SHOT WITH IPHONE

Until Next Time Charles...

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