Join me in my journey of self discovery as I try to figure out what to wear and who to be. But then again who isn’t? So we can be in this together! I started this blog as a creative outlet and I get newer and brighter ideas each day of the direction I’d love to see it go in. I am excited for this venture in my life and you should be too!
It’s a new week, and a beautiful morning! Morning rituals were ignored today and I went straight into some work cause I have so much to do. I wanted to hop on here for a minute and just do some connecting. I feel like there’s so much my readers don’t know about me despite me sharing bits of my life on here. I wanted to take sometime and let you know who I am, no I’m not doing surface level facts about my self let’s get deep. I also don’t want this to be me just talking about my self:
Tell me a quick random fact about yourself in the comments!
I am a junior in college and go to the University of Minnesota studying Accounting and Retail merchandising but this might change depending on a couple of factors. If I were to change my major I would do Marketing and Retail merchandising!
I am the most awkward person I know you guys. I just hide it really well sometimes, but at times it slips and shows I apologize if you have to deal with my awkward self . Seriously though a good chunk of my day is spent cringing at the things I do/have done in the past.
I’m an introvert and a shy person but with occasional extrovert tendencies. I love being alone and really enjoy my company. I am a firm believer in creating some alone time and getting to know yourself first before anything. If I am in a situation that requires me to be a little more outgoing and more vocal I will step up and do it but feel so drained after. Is there anyone else out there that’s like this?
I worry and think too much and this can be good and bad depending not the situation. I sometimes have to force my self to stop worrying about the little things and worrying about my future and just focus on my present. I do think that this is human to do, but I’m a little extra with it. A good thing with this is that I worry about the people around me, in a good way that is, I’m super nurturing and love to take care of people.
I get super scared to put my blog posts out especially if they are more personal/vulnerable. I have so many drafts of posts that I should have put out by now but I get so scared to share them. I will share them though, one at a time guys!
Okay I just shared a little of who I am, which I also did a little of on my Instagram stories last week and I’d love to know a super random fact about you in the comments below.
I had this beautiful idea of what my 20-year-old self should be. In my head she was a boss ass, she was brave, she was beautiful, smart, had her shit together, she was accomplished and always looked flawless. I swore that the world was about to hear about my greatness in 10 seconds and I waited. The 10 second countdown to greatness began and 5,4,3,2,1….crickets. I almost felt it twenty seconds in though, you know the huge, loud, heavy slap of adulthood. I just sat in the dark perplexed, a little confused, still the same dusty ass, broke, not anything close to flawless human I was at 19. Two months in I’m still in the same spot sipping my coffee, letting life happen but having no idea what to do in life. I’m supposed to have it figured out or so I think I do but most definitely DO NOT. I’m supposed to have a five-year plan to move to New York and start my career and be successful like all the amazing entrepreneurs I look up to. This world is rough. I turned twenty and instead of having a sense of direction and a pat on the back for keeping myself alive to see my twenties, I got a cold hard slap across my face “welcome to adulthood bitch!”
I feel like there’s a crazy amount of pressure for twenty year olds to make it big and ‘figure it all out’ as soon as we hit twenty. SO were all racking our brains to find next thing that will make us turn into overnight successes. DO not get me wrong, I appreciate the pressure at times because It makes some people achieve their greatest potential. On the other hand, I love a good journey and even better a good story and I appreciate growing with time. I feel like these days success is measured by how quickly we attain it but I don’t think it should be that way. I wish our culture still fully embraced the power of a journey and what journeys do to shape a young person. I wish there wasn’t so much pressure to be the next youngest promoted person, the first black person to be something big, the next person to start a product line or be the next Sophia Amoruso. Then again we live in such competitive times that this pressure is inevitable. But is it a good thing or a bad thing? Makes me wonder just how much worse it’s about to get considering I just hit twenty. All I have to say is Good luck on your twenty somethings you need it and so do I.
Happy Friday! This week has been long, a little frustrating, a little calming, a little eye opening, let’s just say that I’ve been on a wide-ranged emotional spectrum this week. We made it to Friday though and that’s all that really matters! I’m going through my morning rituals and I have a feeling that It will all be okay. I just had my morning coffee, listened to some Girlboss radio, wrote this little blog post for you all, might even sneak in a little workout later, I’m planning to have a day full of amazing and positive vibes.
Podcasts are my new favorites and an integral part of my morning and #SelfCareSunday ritual. Guys, I can’t tell you how much I’ve learnt in the past month from listening to podcasts and now I won’t stop bringing it up in all my conversations. I launched a poll on my Instagram stories and asked if anyone else listens to podcasts and a lot of people said that they didn’t but they’d love some recommendations. A lot of people also wanted me to share my responses so here we are. I went through all the podcasts recommended to me and fished out the best ones just for you so I hope this list is helpful to you all!
If you didn’t have a chance to respond to my stories tell me in the comments
below what your favorite podcasts are!
I started listening to this podcast a couple of months ago. It’s hosted by Sophia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal, GirlBoss media and the well acclaimed author behind Nasty Galaxy and #GirlBoss. Each week she brings in a powerful woman from a selected Industry and they talk about their life and career journey. I love listening to these stories because to me they are stories of hope. It’s always a good reminder that everyone starts somewhere and has a very different path. I recently started listening to this on my way to work in the mornng and it’s such a great inspiration. It pushes me to think about my life and encourages me to live more intentionally. Guys these women’s advice is waiting to be soaked in so I highly encourage you to tune into this one.
Jenna Kutcher’s goal digger podcast
I started listening to this one not too long ago as well and what truly got me was Jenna Kutcher’s confidence. She’s a badass business woman and she’s launched so many guide books to help create your own brand and to start your own business. She talks about confidence and her journey, about growing your Instagram and everything in between. I think her podcast is amazing especially for influencers! She’s just so empowering and I look up to her so I don’t miss a single episode and you shouldn’t either!
BOF (Business of Fashion)
This was the first podcast I ever listened to and I found out about it from the BOF website. I just wanted expanse knowledge in Fashion and I tapped into all the sources I could find including this one. Ran by Imran Amed, this podcasts explores a lot of different topics in the Business of Fashion and if you are a fashion lover and is interested in the industry I’d tune in! I also just created a list of some amazing fashion related podcasts for fashion lovers out there especially since I know the struggle of learning about the fashion Industry as an outsider.
That is my list of three podcasts and I listen to them religiously but I am currently testing out some new waters and I’m hoping to find some more inspiration from some new sources. So, here is an amazing list of some podcasts that I am excited to listen to and that you need to tune into.
Fashion and Beauty Editor
Creative and Brand Consultant
This woman has my heart and I’m not addicted to just her sense of style, every single thing about her is captivating! I was flipping through my InStyle about a year ago, saw her name and had to know who this writer was and so I searched her up on Instagram, learnt about her story and fell in love. Her style is sexy, eclectic, edgy, daring and I’d say classy with a twist, but her style is way more than that, Kahlana OWNS her looks.
She’s a denim girl all day every day. “I feel most comfortable in jeans and I probably wear them inappropriately on occasions when I should be more dressed up” She says. Another every day staple of hers is a red lip and with her favorites being Dragon Girl by Nars, Beso by Stila, and she’s currently using one called Bawse Lady by The Lip Bar.
Kahlana was born and raised in Seattle and graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Howard University. She tells her amazing life story post graduation on Erik Umphrey’s podcast She moved to New York right after graduation and took an Internship with Suede magazine which paid her a $15 daily lunch stipend. She worked on this for 2 months before she landed a general internship at InStyle and before she left, she passed around thank you cards to all the editors one of the editors asked her if she would move back to New York if a position ever opened up and she said that she would. She was moving back to Seattle to work at Nordstrom and even before she even started her job at Nordstrom, she received a call and an offer from InStyle and thats where her journey began.
One thing that she says that I picked up and held on to is that post-college, a lot of young people really don’t know much about love. Don’t let someone hold you back and if it’s meant to be it will be.
In her current role as InStyle’s Fashion and Beauty Editor-at-Large, Kahlana writes and edits fashion, beauty, and celebrity features while cultivating and maintaining a wide network of beauty and fashion industry contacts. Over time she’s taken on several great positions at the magazine, including Beauty Director, and fulfilled duties that have ranged from writing in-depth features to reporting live from the red carpet.
The reason why I love this woman so much goes way beyond her style and her acclaimed status within the fashion Industry. She has worked so hard to be where she is right now and makes sure that Women of color are getting represented on those glossy InStyle pages. I love her column on InStyle and one piece by her that truly caught my eye is the one on colorism found here. I love to see a woman of color use her position for good and tries to enlighten the world on issues that Women of Color face.
“Own who you are, be yourself, live your own truth. People say, “I want to be just like you” I say no, use me as inspiration, but create your own path, so that your path is uniquely yours. No one could ever be that.”
– Kahlana Barfield Brown.
If you know me you know I’m very minimalistic, I don’t wear much jewelry but I love a good watch. I also love the little moments; moments spent making memories and doing something I love with people I love. So when Jord watches reached out to collaborate with me on their beautiful and sleek, wooden watches I could not say no.
Owning my beautiful, sleek Jord takes me back to my Kenyan high school days, except all I had back then was a plastic Casio that had a mini flashlight and I loved that watch to death. A lot of people don’t know this but I was born and grew up in Kenya. I left Kenya in my third year of high school and I’d been in boarding school for four years. Boarding school was one of my best life experiences and if you went to boarding school in Kenya you know how great those moments were, they were tough too but let’s not focus on that today.
I’ll give you just a few rules that we lived by so you can get a clearer picture of it:
Every second counted so you had to be everywhere on time or you’d get into trouble
No cellphones or any electronic devices, only watches were allowed
We wore school uniforms all day everyday.
Our days stated at 5am and ended at 10:00PM
The students basically ran the school, we did the cooking the cleaning and everything in between.
We had chapel ant 6:45am every day, it was a Catholic boarding school
With this comprehensive list of rules and regulations that we lived by, now I feel like you’ll get it when I say that a watch was essential, you had to have one, you had no option and you’d basically DIE without one. We had very tight schedules and to do it all, you had to watch your time.
I relied on my watch heavily and this influenced my love for watches. It influenced my tendency to be places on time, to respect time, to be very precise with time and to cherish every single moment with the people around me. SO now if you tell me to be there at 5 you better believe that I’ll be there at 4:55. Every single minute matters to me and that’s why I take my Jord everywhere with me. In all this talk about moments that matter,
Comment below and tell me what your favorite moment has been this week!
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Welcome to another Imani blog post and I hope June is treating you well! This blog post was supposed to be out like two weeks ago and I’m working on it guys, I will do better with my posting schedule. I visited Tampa, Florida about two weeks ago and it was such a breath of fresh air especially since it was right after the Spring semester and I’d just had a crazy semester. It was my first time in Florida and it was so exciting to be out there exploring a new place. Each time I visit somewhere new I remember the importance of travel and I hope to have the chance to be out and about more this year. Tampa reminded me so much of the Kenyan coast: the palm trees, the beach, the very unpredictable weather, we visited on a very stormy weekend and that was a bummer, but we still had an amazing time.
On our first day in Florida, we went out to Clearwater beach to catch the sunset. Guys they have the prettiest sunsets down there, so breathtaking and no I could not handle it. I haven’t experienced such beautiful views in a very long time and it felt amazing to have my feet in real sand after about 8 years. The last time I was at a beach was in Mombasa, Kenya in 2010( This is insane!!) . I didn’t capture as much of it as I should have and even if I did, I doubt it would have done it any justice.
On our second day, which was a fairly beautiful day with less clouds and rain, we headed out to Universal studios and I was super excited for this. I fell in love with the different themed streets and the colors really got me, it was all so gorgeous. I’m not really a fan of theme parks and neither are my parents so we just circled Universal studio’s main grounds, took some photos of the beautiful streets, had some amazing margaritas and some donuts from Voodoo Donuts (which by the way were the greatest and won my heart, sorry Glam Doll) Other places that we could have visited were theme parks as well and we weren’t really up to it, so we actually ended up at the beach again. Something that I didn’t really love about Florida was the lack of a vast options of restaurants. I wish we did more research, and had taken the time to find the hidden gems of Tampa. Tampa gave me such strange vibes, it felt like a place with no personality and I can’t fully explain it but something about it just didn’t work for me. This is just a personal opinion and is probably a ‘me thing’. I loved the beaches though and I’d give up anything to have beautiful weather all year round but I wouldn’t move out there. Minnesota has definitely grown on me guys and I never thought this day would come.
We spent all day at the beach on the third day (yet again), had some lunch there and it saddened me to leave the beach behind but i’ll definitely be back soon (sob). If I had to do this trip all over again, I’d do better research on places to visit and places to eat and would have a more concrete plan/itinerary. I’d also check the weather just so I don’t end up there on another stormy weekend. Overall, I had a great time and appreciated the time spent away from my day to day life.
Comment below and tell me your summer plans I wanna hear them all!
This is my little cutie Amani. Look how grown she is guys!!
Don’t forget to comment below and tell me your summer plans I definitely wanna hear them!
Happy Wednesday loves! My blog turned one in March and I fully ignored the fact that it did. I dismissed it thinking to myself ‘why would I honor this?I really haven’t made that much progress, I’m too busy with finals and life anyways’ and I brushed it off. I kept feeling like I hadn’t really achieved much and I don’t need to acknowledge that it’s been one year if the year wasn’t as great as it should have been. However, thinking back I remember starting so small, I’m still small, but I’ve had considerable growth with my blog and social media but most importantly within me. I started not knowing what in the world I was dong I just wanted to share stories, and this is actually funny cause I tend to be a person who has a million thoughts and ideas but finds it so hard to share them. I keep to myself a lot and I’m slowly learning the art of expression and letting people see me and I’ve seen so much growth in the past year.
I started with a very “I’m an independent thinker with her own ideas/concepts and I really don’t care what anyone else is doing” mindset. That’s what I worked with all summer last year and I cultivated a unique sense of storytelling then eventually I felt like I started looking around to see what everyone else was doing and slowly blending in. “What’s this blogger doing? What’s a certain blogger’s theme and how do I incorporate it into my pages? What kind of stories is everyone sharing cause I don’t want to share anything too out there… ” I started feeling really insecure about anything I posted and posting was tied to a lot of anxiety and it shouldn’t be that way, it didn’t need to be that serious so I stepped away from my social media. I re-evaluated what social media meant to me and what my objectives really were as a blogger and it slowly came back to me. I originally thought about my blog as an open diary; a page of my thoughts sprawled for anyone else to read and possibly relate to. Something fun and stress-free, a creative outlet. So as I sit here and type my late night thoughts in the dark at midnight, I have regained my purpose and it feels amazing. It’s all coming back to me, the joy of blogging without all the comparison and pressure to deliver things and constantly grow stats. This is what it should have been all along and I hope not to loose sight of the things that make me happy again. I keep going back to my mantra: “Self love 2018 all the way”and I’m so happy and proud of what I have accomplished for my blog in this year and with all that said:
Happy one year to JustImani! .
..and no, it doesn’t really feel like year has passed and we are all definitely growing old so
This week’s power Women Wednesday features one of my favorite humans and a one of a kind and phenomenal woman: Shiona Turini AKA the crop top queen, because no matter the weather, she will be in a crop top. I discovered her about two years ago not sure how, but I think it was through Fashion Week street style photos or on Instagram in my quest for more color in the fashion industry and I am obsessed! She loves red as much as I do and she just oozes so much confidence and so much life. She’s seriously what I want to be in life! She has a lot of insight on how to exist in the fashion industry and one of
My biggest takeaways is that you have to know your s***t in the fashion Industry. You don’t have to know exactly what you want to do, but know the industry!
Here’s a little bit of her journey: Born and raised in Bermuda, she began her career at Yves Saint Laurent as the Public Relations Coordinator: She mentions in an interview about how she landed at YSL and says that she showed up at YSL for three days and after being rejected twice they finally gave in and let her intern. Honestly the kind of persistence I hope to have someday! Under the direction of designers Tom Ford and Stefano Pilati, Shiona handled press for both the women’s and men’s categories, as well as celebrity dressing.
After three years of working at the house, she was inspired to make the switch to editorial and accepted a position as the Accessories Editor at W Magazine. From there Shiona moved within Conde Nast to become the Accessories Director at Teen Vogue. She then accepted the a position in Corine Roitfeld’s publication as Market and beauty Director of publication. Covering all fashion and beauty markets, Shiona was responsible for all products shot for the magazine, as well as creating and overseeing original fashion content for the book and website. While in this position Shiona traveled extensively and worked on numerous projects including Love Gold’s AMFAR Fashion Show in Cannes. After three issues of CR Fashion Book, Shiona went on to become Fashion Market Director for Cosmopolitan Magazine – the largest women’s publication in the world.
Throughout her career in publishing, Shiona has solidified herself as one of the industry’s leading experts and has been commended for her personal style and editing abilities. She is currently a Creative Consultant, Freelance Fashion Editor and Stylist based in New York City with recent clients including Amazon Fashion, Salvatore Ferragamo, the Bermuda Tourism Authority and more.
Last week was a rough week; probably the roughest one I’ve had this semester. Not rough because I wasn’t on top of things or work was overwhelming, but rough because I neglected myself. I’ve tried to stay on top of things this semester and I have achieved that for most of the part but in all that, I neglected my physical and mental health and forgot to prioritize my self above all else. I gave in to negative thoughts and I felt defeated then got angry at myself. I was angry for letting the world make me feel so weak and small and so I decided to go back to my 2018 mantra: Self love 2018 all the way. I got of all my social media in an attempt to just disengage and I can’t express how helpful this has been to me. I slowly regained myself and decided to get back on my fitness and it feels great to be in control of my life. That was a brief rundown of where I’ve been in the past two weeks and since yesterday was my birthday, I decided to do a post on some of the 20 things I’ve learnt this year. I did one of these last year and it was well received so I hope someone learns from my lessons this year with this post.
Here’s some of what Year 19 taught me:
Don’t let anyone waste your time: make it a requirement that the people who show up in your life have their intentions predetermined.
Reclaim yourself, reclaim power over your life and thoughts
Set your standards high, jus because you haven’t found what you’re looking for doesn’t mean that its okay to settle, DO NOT SETTLE IT’S A TRAP!!!!
Plug in to something, anything that makes you light up, invest your time in it, dwell in it, explore it!
If it doesn’t serve you, CUT IT!! If it doesn’t add any value to you CUT IT!!
Social media breaks are everything, just disengage for a second, spend the extra time reading a book or just listening to music or doing whatever it is that makes you calm
Do things that make you uncomfortable, at this point I think I just enjoy uncomfortable situations
Find a mentor, someone who you think you want be or one that just possesses traits that you love to see in yourself
Keep your friends closer
Make you a better you: Focus on you and who you are, invest in yourself in whatever ways make you happy, for me, that new pair of ‘somethings’ makes me the happiest.
Network, network, network
Its not always work, work, work, never forget to have some fun too. Set some time apart for leisure it makes a huuuugggeeeee difference!
Surround yourself with people that challenge you
Always voice it, a concern, a worry, a compliment, anything….JUST VOICE IT!! I think I’ve come to appreciate the power of speech and expression a little more and even though I’m not the best at communication, I now fully get the value of just speaking up
Disturb yourself, I know this sounds like an African Parent expression but what this means to me is just being focused on finding what I really want to do with my life. I’ve tried, tested and learnt about a lot of careers and possible channels that I could go into and that has really helped other than waiting for answers.
Sometimes you just need to dance your worries away
That glass of wine on a Friday night is what got me through sometimes, don’t forget to sip on whatever makes that difference for you.
Love every single inch of you because if you don’t then who will?
I’m not a huge birthday fan, they feel weird to me. I feel like I’m not old enough to celebrate birthdays just yet but I still had a great one. I hope May treats you all right!!
Hello and Happy Monday! I don’t even know where to begin because I haven’t posted on here in a while. I promise I will update you all on what has been keeping me this busy! For now, I would love to introduce you all to a new segment on this blog that I am extremely excited about. I’m passionate about the Fashion Industry and when I see women of color shining in this industry, I feel a great sense of pride and I’m constantly fascinated by these women. Who are they? How did these women get here? Exactly what do they do? How can I be like them? I am here with some of these answers and will try to find as many women in this industry as I can and uncover who they are. I will be including some women from our local community and will work to meet and even interview more and more successful women of color within this industry.
Why am I doing this? As I mentioned before I am passionate about the Fashion Industry and even more than this I am passionate about women empowering Women. I just don’t want to wear clothes and style outfits, I want to inspire and to be inspired by women and make a difference in this Industry. I want young girls to have hope that they can be part of this industry and want to carve out more spaces for women of color within this industry as well. I am excited and can’t wait to see all the amazing feature stat I will be doing. You should be excited too!