Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Me this Summer.

( SIDE NOTE: Been studying Frida Kahlo… )

Musings x 4/30/2014

I've never truly put myself first.
currently: unlearning
Social media is losing it's appeal to me
it's always the people that you least expect that support you the most
Just fell in love with Shameless Maya
so many books have been recommended to me lately.. excited to dive in
new piercing this weekend
My biggest regrets usually involve believing in people
"naturally and genuinely curious"
trying not to fall into routines
God's love is manifold
having something to look forward to
you have to sacrifice in order to gain
stop talking.
being around positive people
no expectations,
the universe will bless you.. your good deeds won't go unnoticed
starting to get into travel shows.. nice reminder of how big the world is
too many live their lives in fear and don't even know it
play with color
Don't take me for granted
phenomenal woman

TBT x (Self) Length Envy

Jan 2012.
(I look so young here.) 
I was scrolling through old pictures on my macbook today and these pictures caught my eye. I'm so anxious to get my length back.. I still have a long way to go, but I'm getting there. Since I started wearing my hair natural ninety-percent of the time, along with lightening it to a blonder shade, I am very cognizant of the products that I use. When I was straightening it constantly products weren't even a passing thought. I've had to throw out so many that contain alcohol and other harsh ingredients because of the damaging effects that they were unknowingly causing, and because of this I feel that my hair is actually healthier. 

( SIDE NOTE: When my hair was this length I never really embraced my curls so I'm excited to see how the length and my 'fro will play out as well. )

Links We Love:

Diana Ross x Andy Warhol's Private Polaroid Collection

Polaroid of Diana Ross from Andy Warhol's private collection.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Spring Bucket List 2014

  1. "Win" something
  2. Have a picnic at the park - checkered blanket, picnic basket and all
  3. Go to a carnival and get every color cotton candy
  4. Scrapbook everything
  5. Recreate a childhood photo
  6. Visit Baltimore aquarium
  7. Wine Festival
  8. Print all pictures on memory card, and thereafter
  9. Third tattoo
  10. Order dessert first
  11. Romantic carriage ride
  12. Drive-in movie
  13. Hot air balloon
  14. Multiple dinner cruises
  15. National Harbor Ferris Wheel at sunset
  16. Road trip to Philly to go thrifting
  17. Become a vegan for a week
  18. Go to a cool indie festival - complete with face paint
  19. Take picture with a "character"
  20. Befriend a photographer and become his "muse"
  21. Sleep under the stars
  22. Visit a botanical garden
  23. Throw a theme party
  24. Ship TRIBE shirts to three new states
  25. Paintballing!
  26. Jump out of a plane
  27. Take a chance on love
  28. Road trip!
  29. Governors Ball/ Tupac Broadway play
  30. Start drum lessons
  31. Learn salsa/ tango
  32. Carry sidewalk chalk around for a whole day and channel my inner Banksy
  33. Sell one of my paintings
  34. Feature on a fashion/ hair blog
  35. Get my fortune read
  36. Save $1,000
  37. Weekend beach getaways
  38. Become a gym rat
  39. Trace ancestry
(to be continued...)

TRIBE takes Miami!
My sis Kim looking super cute in her classic TRIBE tee, cut offs and hot pink lips.

( SIDE NOTE: All of my friends with like interests live thousands of miles away....  looks like I'll be solo a lot this summer. :/ )

The Foreign Exchange x The Howard Theatre

Meet me here.
It's been four years since I first saw the Foreign Exchange perform in Richmond. It was a great show... perfect atmosphere for date night or anyone who just enjoys a good live show. I'll be in there, bright and early. Doors open at 6.

"Dreams Are Made For Two," one of my favorite songs off the latest album.

Monday, April 28, 2014

It Takes More Than Water To Grow A Garden

it takes more than water to grow a garden
there's a difference between maintaining one, and actually putting love and care into it
why plant the seeds

( SIDE NOTE: "Do a little more each day then you think you can." - Lowell Thomas )
open mic this week is so necessary
I need to be surrounded by passionate people
good vibes
ill word play
I need to feel that
been a while since I've had something mind blowing.

The Bizarre Weekend: 4/26/2014


We gave a new meaning to fashionably late...

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Flirtation with Vulnerability

The flirtation with vulnerability
the wanton need to
delve deeper into self
and feel something...
starts with a conscious decision to allow oneself to go there
knowing that the outcome of such action
could prove
beneficial or detrimental
but also embracing that the lingering space in between
is filled with the beauty of adrenaline and hope
terror and anticipation,
falling or flying?
into the deep abyss or a field of daisies
defenses disabled,
you're out there
possibilities unknown
but the desire to find out
overcomes the fear
knowing that there's no other way to get to this place
than to jump

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Recap: Birthday Weekend 2014

The Tasting Room
National Harbor
Oxon Hill, MD

Links We Love:

Daily Motivation: The Mantra

this was fun.
In case you forgot

Musings x 4/23/2014

lost all the pictures on my phone... feels like a new start
I've been smiling a lot more lately
please don't shoot me down,
kill my vibe
or any other variation of attempting to break my spirit.
the foreign exchange - May 2, The Howard Theatre
just want to watch 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids' and relive my childhood
 all tie dye everything
set a strong foundation
...looking forward to it
when men refer to their significant other as their 'rib' >
doubt your doubts until they no longer exist
reciprocation is a rare, beautiful bird.
my mindset is evolving... shifting
realized that I have found something that scares me... reminded me that I am alive
the alchemist
If I can't have you the way I want you, I don't want you
thrive baby.
all we have is right now
new shipment is in!
my love for peaches is too real
"appear as you may wish to be" - Machiavelli
love to see loved ones progressing
positivity wins.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Look Up

There's beauty there.

Early Morning Discussion: What Does Love Feel Like?

A close friend of mine broke the ice in our group chat this morning with a simple, albeit completely random, question that sparked a dialogue that stretched well into the workday. The almost childlike innocence of it was so sweet and unexpected. She asked, "What does love feel like?" The question was coming from a genuine place of wanting to know what it felt like to be in love... a feeling that she herself wasn't sure if she ever experienced. Although this isn't normally something that can easily be put into words, the responses started pouring in - each beautifully different from the other. It was endearing to read some of the responses. It was also eye-opening to see what response the question triggered from myself. Read some of the responses below, followed by my answer.
Yeah, it's like that.


Pink and Purple Sunsets

The view from the restaurant where I had my birthday dinner was absolutely beautiful. As I captured this photo I couldn't help but to imagine how breathtaking it would be to witness the sunset while atop of the ferris wheel in the distance. I'm adding this to my bucket list for the summer.

Monday, April 21, 2014

love is so crazy/ beautiful

Thursday, April 17, 2014

captured a little glimpse of spring on my lunch break

Musings x 4/17/14

"the truth remains under the bridge of lies it takes a lifetime to construct.."
shari renee
- a note from my journal that dates back to high school, but still proves relevant. There are times that I feel I knew so much more about life and what it truly meant to live when I was younger... before the textbooks and media began to cloud the mind.
It is up to us to unlearn and reeducate ourselves. Question everything... research, and seek out the answers for ourselves. Don't become a slave to the machine.

The Unmasked Effect: Legacies Unveiled


This is powerful. Watch.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Saturday is MY day.
Just so you know...
in case you forgot.

I Stand Alone x Robert Glasper x Common

The interlude at the end, greater than.
"The irresistible appeal of Black individuality - where has all of that gone?"
"The trends of the times be damned...
"We should all be unsatisfied with mimicking the popular, rather than mining the fertile veins of creativity that God placed deep inside each of us."

Recap: The B- Word Screening

1. Celeste and the "Creole Sour Patch Kid" aka moi. Her words, not mine.
2, 3. Wanted to take this bucket hat home. I didn't.. I should have.
4, 5. The best sushi and tacos are on the West Coast.
6 - 12. Amoeba Music with my cousin and West Coast transplant Stee,
my new favorite hoodie and Grey Ant.
13. When in LA I drink Thai iced tea at least once a day. So good. My addiction.
14. Coachellaaaaa..
15 - 18. Pre- "The B-Word" screening selfies.
16. The B-Word played on six screens in RAIN nightclub in Studio City, CA. There was a good turnout and everyone seemed to enjoy the three films that were played.
17 - 18. The producing duo behind "The B-Word," The Celistan twins!
19 - 21. Post- screening fun. This wasn't the dress that I originally planned to wear.. but it was the first I tried on and I fell in love with the simplicity of it. It gave me a Carrie vibe. My sister Tamika was my date and she proved to be a true team player when the party moved from the screening to Sardo's karaoke bar! There's footage, but it will never get out.. lol. We performed Outkast "Ms. Jackson" in honor of their Coachella performance and Brandy "I Wanna Be Down."
( SIDE NOTE: The B- Word screening was so nice! From the film to the venue - I am so proud of my cousins for pulling off such a major feat. I can't wait for it to come to DC and to see what else these amazing girls have in store. Congrats ladies! )


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