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!
This year had a very different start to it! It felt new because I was so accustomed to spending my New Years with family but for a change I spent it with friends. It was the most amazing thing but it felt unusual and caused a slight imbalance because just like many, I don’t always accept change. It made me do a deep cleanse of my life that involved a lot of reflection and questions which made me a little nervous yet very excited about this year. It made me look back on all my weak moments of 2017 and after allowing my self a fleeting moment of guilt, I decided that it was time I let all that go and focus on the present. January was amazing, filled with anxiety because I’ve packed so much into this semester and I’m worried about how this will all go. On the bright side… spring is almost here; it will come faster if you believe, also if you fill your dark winter days with a million activities which is what I choose to do.
With all that said about my new year it’s time I shared the few things that are keeping me sane this month starting with the vogue cover of Lupita Nyong’o that I won’t stop flipping just yet. The fashion industry lacks representation and while we’re improving on it, just having two models of color on the runway won’t cut it in the next couple of years. I was ecstatic to see Lupita, a Kenyan melanin goddess, on the cover of Vogue. What makes this whole situation even better is that the February cover was graced by another Melanin queen, Serena Williams! Seriously making 2018 look less grim for me. Okay enough about melanin, my second monthly favorite this month is the Tarte dark berry matte lipstick which matches this winter darkness(and my soul) and it looks so gorgeous in this season. I typically go for brown lipsticks or very dark ones and nothing else, and yes you can call me basic but I have very strong preferences when it comes to lip colors.
Another favorite of mine is the new Ralph Lauren scent Woman which is a fairly strong and distinct scent that I fell in love with! I love strong scents because they make me feel powerful and can make a world of a difference in my day! Which is why I love the C.O Bigelow too which is a strong but sweet vanilla concentrated scent which I made my signature scent because its the best. Another January fave that was also a December fave is Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey which I bought because I needed some inspiration in my life! Its a beautiful work of art and Im in love especially with the third part of the book since its so uplifting. Something about me is that winter tends to bring me down, and I guess this happens to a lot of people too and I will never get used to this weather, but I’m trying to find ways to stay happy during this season. I wear bright colors, try to listen to more upbeat music and read uplifting books/articles which helps a little otherwise id just b down and lacking energy half the time. This explains why the Masaai basket is included, because its so bright and brings so much liveliness to a room!. Indoor plants make a huge difference as well! And my last favorite is the mini elf palette and I love this mostly because its super convenient and the colors in it are neutral and amazing! Plus elf is life, I mean pocket friendly products!!Sign me up. If you haven’t tried them you need to now! I hope January’s was kind to you and if not, make February and the rest of this year count!
Happy Friday y’all! this one’s going to be a short one and it’s from my adventure to the Round Barn yesterday. It’s a cute little store in Andover with furniture and a couple of other amazing household goods. If you know me you know I love a charming little store and even better when it has such unique furniture and plays some 70’s hits. I can’t wait to own my own home someday and I know I’ll go a little home decor/ furniture crazy because I have a million ideas! Therefore, being in such stores just sends me into my creative mode and I get lost in it plotting and dreaming. What I loved more about this place was it’s charm off course and how gorgeous it was inside out! It would be a great place to visit in the spring or summer as a photo destination( will definitely go back for spring photos) and to shop off course… Was overall an amazing shopping experience 10/10 would recommend! Here are a couple of shots I got. Have an amazing weekend y’all!
Happy New Year y’all! I know I’m coming in a little late but it’s still the new year and my resolutions are still fresh in my brain and I can’t wait to see what this year holds for me. One thing the I have decided will be a big part of my year is self love and self care because I’d love to see my self grow in every dimension. I crave stability, earth shattering confidence, independence and strength. I want to be the best version of my self and I’m choosing this year to be the year where i become that. Last year for me was great year, a tough self defining year with so many trials and life changing moments and I loved all that but I’m so happy for this fresh start. Some things I hope to accomplish this year include expanding my platform and my presence on this blog and social media. I would love to bring new ideas to the table and be my best creative self, I’d love this to be a beautiful journey of self discovery and one where I accept my self for who I am. I’d love to actually stick to that fitness routine all year and go back to my yoga loving self. I’d also love this to be my year of professional development and success in defining what I’d love to be and what I’d love to do with my life. I’d love to travel more, see and appreciate all the beauty around me. I feel like this year will be a great year and i cant wait to explore it. Have you taken the time to reflect and see what you want this year to be? Here are some photos from my mini snow shoot!
Okay yes I’ve been gone for a very long time but first of all I’d love to blame school and life. This semester has actually been a journey. It felt so long and I think its because so much happened within this semester including adjusting to a new environment, taking on harder classes, trying to figure out where my life is heading, what to do with my life now and where I see my self in the future. That’s just the start because with every problem, there was a list of frustrations, realizations, breakthroughs I mean it was a great and tough semester simultaneously. I even got to go to New York for my internship process and I didn’t share much about my trip cause it was very short and I didn’t get to explore much when I was there.
Lessons from this year? Life doesn’t always go the way you want it to and the sooner you realize this the sooner you can live life freely. I haven’t fully realized this because I’m a planner and I always want to do things my way, I love things to go my way. However, I’ve been so thrown off by circumstances along the way as I try executing my own plans, I’ve had to let go sometimes and just gone with the flow cause things change so much. I had that as my theme this year cause so much has changed around me and within me and it keeps changing. The way I approach life now is different, how I see the people around me has changed, my style has somewhat evolved, my social connections and how I communicate with the people around me has changed. I’m finishing off this year as a new version of my self and I’m not mad about it at all. I’m not a person who loves change, I love habits and I love a sense of familiarity but once I see the change and live within it I always end up loving it and accepting it. I hope that in the next year I’m more active with my blogging and I’m able to publish some amazing and fresh content in the mean time here are some fall photos!! Happy holidays y’all!
Happy Women’s month y’all! I am so excited for this month you guys, it’s getting warmer, and that to me means I can actually start living life. Have I previously emphasized how much I hate winter? If you follow me you know I have mentioned this, more than enough in all honesty. In my defense, you can’t move a girl from the equator bring her to Antarctica and expect her to thrive. Why do people even live here?(I realize this should be a separate blog post seeing that I’m so passionate about the winter)
Okay so March it’s happening! I feel empowered this month, mostly because it’s women’s month and… Spring break is coming up. I also had an epiphany this week (if you know me, you know I have the most random epiphanies and last week I had one where I thought I was dying so I drew up funeral plans and everything). The plans may or may not have included a Fashion week dedicated to me( Another Raf Simmons floral explosion…in my honor). Okay so maybe a little dramatic but it was a dark time people. This to me was the awakening of a bad bitch because I was in the hugest slump last moth, unmotivated lost my enthusiasm then I had a “wake up!!” moment this week and it was the most beautiful thing. One thing that pulled me back to present is looking the part, I stopped showing up unprepared and looked the part more often to class and life and I was back, and thats what makes me want to get s**t done. So if you ever feel uninspired and unmotivated wake up, do what makes you feel empowered and go kick ass.
Onto my series this month. I am here to celebrate all things women seeing that we do rule the world. All the strong beautiful and amazing women that surround me and that inspire me each day will be featured and I am super pumped for this you guys. I hope you March is kind to you.
Happy New month everyone! February had it’s ups and downs (mostly downs tbh)…….but here’s to a new month full of amazing possibilities. Who’s with me? Now I really don’t expect March to slow down but it’s a new start and I’m up for it. A couple of favorites in this past month have been….(drumroll please) and yes some are a little unconventional monthly faves but just roll with it.
1. Matcha( who knew?)
I feel like matcha will always stay on the top of this list because I don’t know where I’d be without matcha. Okay maybe I’m being a little dramatic but try it sometime! It’s the most calming, it’s healthier than coffee and recently I’ve experimented with adding some extra ingredients to my matcha like adaptogens and coconut butter which just makes it a million times better. Coconut butter makes it frothy and an adaptogen that I incorporated into my morning matcha routine is Ashwagandha which has a lot of benefits like hormone balance( this should be another post) but check that out!
Okay guys I’m a little red obsessed and I can’t/won’t stop. Actually it’s more than red, I think I’m finally appreciating color( Djalina be proud). When I started this blog all I had in my closet was black and don’t get me wrong I still love black and will pull out all black outfits for low energy/lazy days, but there’s so much color in my closet now. I can see the world in color now which was actually one of my huge changes last year. Style and fashion in my eyes now involves a lot of print, color textures, and eclectic tastes, its such an amazing view of the fashion industry.
( a snap of my morning coffee in Andover)
3. Coffee, coffee and more coffee.
Okay so I ran out of match and didn’t get a new can until about last week and I went coffee crazy for like two weeks. I’d have like three coffees a day, in my defense I needed to stay energized. The downside to coffee is the crashing and burning out at some point in the week, usually Friday for me. My boss never fails to remind me how exhausted I look every Friday morning and I’m working on this and my health in general guys. I’m trying to find ways to regulate my coffee(down to one a day and none on low workload days). And now that I have matcha I can easily substitute it with my coffee.
My afternoon Almond coconut latte with some cinnamon (This was my first time making this and I was actually impressed)
I miss the old days when I was so health conscious, had my food right, worked out regularly and was super energized. Now I just eat whenever, eat whatever I want and it’s taken the hugest toll on my body. I believe that you are what you eat, and used to be a huge health/inner peace advocate, I still am though but won’t practice it even though I should. My experience with health last month was realizing that mine was lacking a lot and I guess my challenge this month would be to be mindful and take care of me…self care 2k18 all the way. If it doesn’t serve a purpose in your life cut that off. Im gong to try go back to my yoga mornings and at least two work out days a week and you should join me. The peace and energy that comes out of taking care of you is just the best so just go for it.
5. Women’s history month playlist
In honor of women’s month here is an amazing playlist curated just for all you! I discovered it this morning cause it just popped up on my feed and I have it on repeat! I am also doing a March series on all the strong women in my life and I am way excited and you should be too!
Here is the playlist y’all (you welcome):
6. The foundry home goods.
Okay so this was in last moths faves but they moved their store and Doreen, Hellen and I visited for their opening and their new space is just the most beautiful thing. It’s a very open corner store with such amazing lighting and I’m not mad about it at all! I think some photos will help with demonstrating! Check out the difference between my old posts photos and this one!
Happy Thursday y’all! I literally do not know where this month went, it flew by and now I’m anxious because it feels like this year is about to fly by too. I probably won’t be uploading blog posts as much anymore for the rest of the semester cause life! …January was full of blessings though tbh! I am one of the content creators for Fashion Week Minnesota and I’m super excited for this year’s show. You all need to start buying your tickets!! I’m already planning outfits and love that I have this opportunity to see what happens behind the scenes with the producers and designers. I also got the chance to be an editor for NABA on campus and that’s been amazing. Wont lie, I was super nervous for this semester and didn’t know how it was going to go, but so far so good! I’m getting in my groove, eating right, studying, working out enough, going to Church and it feels amazing. I feel calm and I wanna be this for the rest of 2018!
Some of my goals this year are to stay positive, do amazing things, travel, meet amazing people , I’m ready to have fun this year. My monthly faves are a little unconventional since they aren’t all things but here goes:
My first monthly fave is Moose and Sadie’s, a cute little coffee/ brunch place in North loop that I always end up at after Church. It’s mostly always empty(ish) on Sundays and has such gorgeous tiling and an amazing interior and amazing vibes as well! Another fave is a little home goods store in North loop called The Foundry and I always end up going in there and not buying anything, but I love to go there for inspiration. I also started going to Church a little more constantly, which I always found hard cause I never knew where to go when on campus, but I found River Valley and I love it and have decided to stick with it! If you’re in Minneapolis and looking for a new Church I recommend this one. Another monthly fave is an artist who I just started listening to: Michael Kiwanuka. Y’all need to have a listen! Okay I had my doubts at first, but I stuck around and he’s amazing, he gives me Daniel Caesar X Leon Bridges vibes! His music is very soothing with an acoustic blues vibe to it, and I’m in love. One of my fave activities this month is making my own brunch mostly because I don’t have time to go out for brunch all the time like I used to, and I’m on that college student budget. It’s a self appreciation move, since 2018 is the year to take care of my self. I hope you all have an amazing month filled with love(cause valentines you know…) and blessings!
Happy Friday y’all! Here’s another blog post and this one’s an updated matcha recipe because it slightly changed since the last time I posted one. If you know me or even follow me on social media you now that I absolutely love my matcha and it’s my pick me up drink especially in this negative degree weather. In addition to making me feel better in this cold weather, it also makes me feel better about myself because of it’s amazing benefits! I started drinking matcha due to inspiration from all the beauty/fitness gurus. It’s a trend that I couldn’t pass up and I’ve kept it in my routine for about two years now. So follow along to make your next cup of matcha!
What you need:
Matcha powder. Could be found on amazon and the one I use is called Pure matcha (Link at the end of post). The best matcha is ceremonial blend and bright green in color.
A matcha whisk or a blender
Almond Milk( optional) or water. I personally prefer just water since I like it strong and I feel like adding milk reduces the flavor .
Coconut butter/oil. This makes it frothy and provides some added benefits.
Collagen peptides( optional).This is also an addition with benefits that include stronger bones, hair and good skin.
Bring some water or your almond milk to a low boil then add into blender( you can whisk it instead but I prefer blending mine). Add a teaspoon of matcha, collagen, coconut butter and sweetener if needed and blend till frothy. Serve hot or chilled and enjoy!
Happy Sunday Ya’ll! This one’s going to be short and sweet but it’s on some of my new reads and my current faves. I used to be a very avid reader and part of my resolution this year is to read as much as I used to. I find reading to be a great way to disconnect and experience a few hours in a different person’s life, it’s also a great stress relief and I want to use it more this year. I started this year reading Rupi Kaur and it was such an amazing motivation and a great way to decide what direction to steer year in. It was a wake up call that showed me where I need to focus my energy on in the next couple of months and I fell in love with the poetry, as a matter fact I’m a little obsessed. Pictured below is a Khalid Hosseini book that has always been one of my favorites, he’s definitely one of my favorite authors and I’ve read all his books and keep re-reading them because they are that amazing. As for Born a Crime and Wonder, I thought they’d be an amazing addition to my collection since they are so different from what I’d typically read and I haven’t read them yet since I just got them, but I’m very excited to read them. Another book not pictured here that I’m always reading is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and it’s one of my all time favorites, I remember doing a whole article on her in my first blog.(I was obsessed guys, still am a little) And as you can see my library isn’t full and thats because I created room for all the books I’m about to get this year. It’s not only going to be a year of self love, but also one of literary growth! What are your current fave reads?
Hey y’all so I had an issue with my blog uploads and thats part of the reason why its been harder for me to blog .That means that I have tons of content that I’ve wanted to share that I actually haven’t been able to. This post is from this weekend at Nightingale where my friends and I had brunch and yes I’d definitely go back. This brunch was a collaboration with my amazing friends Doreen and Hellen who are food bloggers and Doreen is a makeup artists well y’all need to check out heir page: https://www.instagram.com/brunchbydh/
Just like all the places I tend to fall in love with, Nightingale had an amazing, youngish vibe. The interior was gorgeous, great music, low but vibrant conversations floating around, millennials catching up over mid morning mimosas, friendly and very helpful staff and the food was amazing as well! I had the corned beef hash which was the best, 10/10 would recommend and the mimosas didn’t disappoint either. I had such an amazing time and here are a couple of photos to prove that!