Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Musings: 7/30/2014

today I leave for LA
six days away
surrounded by new vibes + no worries
the need to escape is real
and so is my desire to start anew in an unexplored location
nothing holds me here but family/ friends
associates I rarely see
and nostalgia
and while I love them more than life itself
it's time to spread my wings
I want to meet more people like me
I want to be around the real
love that gives no reason to question, ever
because it exists,
organically grown friendships
nice weather
kind souls
and high windows,
candy colored buildings 
art on the sidewalks
a career that allows me to sit on the airport floor, 
indian style, 
huddled next to an outlet blogging from my laptop 
as I am now.
somewhere just outside of a big city
my own little personal eat pray love

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

And, as always...

( SIDE NOTE: "Go where you're celebrated." )

Monday, July 28, 2014

Nothing But Trouble x Phantogram

Untitled, Charcoal Print

A few posts back I mentioned that I wanted to devote more time to painting/ drawing, and I was given the opportunity to do just that when a musician friend asked me to come up with something that they could use as album art for one of their singles. That was completely my intention when I began, but it turned into something else. Charcoal is one of my favorite mediums to play around with. I love the idea of filling the paper with darkness and using an eraser to "draw" the light. Watching a piece come to life right before my eyes is the best part.  

never been more ready.

( SIDE NOTE: metanoia (n.) the journey of changing one's mind, heart, self, or way of life )

Weekend Recap: Pink Ambition, And the "Under the Influence" Tour

...And what a weekend it was!
This week I found myself in Norfolk, Va to support my friend/sorority sister/radio personality extraordinaire Dominique for the launch of her website! I sat in on an interview with Young Jeezy, attended the "Under The Influence Tour," (Wiz is a rockstar) and rounded out the weekend with the launch brunch/day party. I had a great time. Girl's nights/ weekends are so necessary. I'm looking forward to this (Cali) and next week (The B-Word screening). Four weeks of summer left. What will you do with yours?
 ( SIDE NOTE: "And in finding our freedom, we find ourselves." - Shari Renee )

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hustle Harder x Common

"she hustle harder than a..."

Self Awareness Challenge: How In Tune Are You With Your Present Self?

when it's all said and done, will you have said more than you've done?

how would you describe the past year of your life in one sentence?
what is the most defining moment of your life thus far?
in the haste of your life, what are you not seeing?
what has life taught you recently?
If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow this person to be your friend?
are you holding onto something that you need to let go of?
why do we think of others most when they're gone?
If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
what is the simplest truth you can express in words?
what is your number one goal for the next six months?

If you left this life tomorrow, how would you be remembered?

( SIDE NOTE: My hair care regimen has changed, tremendously, since my last post. I actually only use one of the six products posted. Be on the look out for my Youtube debut soon. )

Thursday, July 24, 2014

one step closer.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Weekend Recap: DC Loves Dilla

DC Loves Dilla is an event I've been wanting to attend for a while now - from the first time I saw someone in a 'DC Loves Dilla' t-shirt at a concert years ago, and inquired about it I knew I had to go. I had no knowledge of J Dilla until I met my ex who is a musician/ hip hop junkie and major fan of the producer (and has a super dope tattoo from the visual of one of his works to prove it). In years past, I'd always hear about the concert after it already took place - like last year for instance when De La Soul performed, (so sad I missed that) so this year I made it a point to be there. The cover band 'The Players' were awesome. They captured the essence of Dilla's beats with such style and ease that you couldn't help but to be hypnotized by them. I have to remember to look them up on Youtube. A few standout performances for me were Ra the MC, Kokayi (his "Trucks" rendition was crazy good!) and Hezekiah. However, it was the headliners Pharoahe Monch and Phife Dawg that stole the show. I wish I had more footage. I really need to start carrying my camera with me and stop relying on my phone.
Until next time!
(SIDE NOTE: Obsessed with my Africana hat from Nubian Hueman. If I could, I'd wear it everyday. )

Monday, July 21, 2014

Behold A Lady x Outkast

"Candy-coated unicorns are quite hard to find
The classic lady,
a rare breed indeed
Is that make and model discontinued?"
people love to say that they want to be happy,
but fail to realize that it really is that easy to just 'be.'
the choice is yours
and if you choose to focus on and let circumstances determine your happiness
than you're ultimately choosing to be unhappy.
focus your energy on the light

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Happy Birthday 'Chelli x 7/17/2014

We them boyz.

( SIDE NOTE: Straight hair is no fun.. I forgot. Curls coming soon. :/ )

Friday, July 18, 2014

This Week Has Been Crazy Busy

picture heavy posts coming soon.

I don't have anything to say today... and often times when I'm short on words/ musings it's because everything is going right.
Invite change into your life in an area that scares you,
or is no longer fulfilling/ making you happy
and watch how good life becomes.
Happy Friday ya'll!


( SIDE NOTE: "The next chapter will be the best chapter." )

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Links We Love: Life Reset x Kimberly Luxe

I just really like making lists and self help/ actualization challenges. Sue me.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bitch Stole My Look! Gwen Stefani TRIBE Look x We The TRIBE

Well look at that.
Gwen Stefani spotted out in ALC's $297 TRIBE logo crewneck sweater when she could've come over to We the TRIBE and gotten one for wayyy less lol... not to mention way sooner. (I've been doing this for over a year now.)

Sweatshirts are Unisex.
All orders arrive within two- business days.
Support the Movement, and order yours here: We The TRIBE.

Currentlies: 7/15/2014

anticipating: getting all dolled up for dinner tomorrow with my favorite girls, DC Loves Dilla and the end of summer/ beginning of fall not-too-hot-not-too-cold weather. 
obsessing over: the dopeness that will be my end of summer/ fall look book for We the TRIBE to be shot end of July/ early August in LA.
theme song: "We Dem Boyz" - Wiz Khalifa. yeah.
working on: unapologetically propelling myself forward and leaving anything that doesn't serve me behind
wanting: to dedicate more time to creating/ painting/ sketches
excited for: everything! every day we open and close so many doors that could lead us on completely different journeys without even realizing. every day is a chance.
thinking about: untapped potential and how I don't want to be 'that' person who doesn't live up to it.
loving: any and everyone who frequents my blog! :)
thankful for: a big heart, open mind and all of the great people behind me that make this ride worthwhile. oh, and the new opportunity that showed up in my inbox this morning. major.
listening to:
"Mister Chameleon" x KING, on repeat.
drinking: raspberry wine the gallon. (kidding..)
wishing: to have those stay-up-all-night-and-not-mind-being-tired-in-the-morning-because-it's-totally-worth-it-phone-conversations again.

The Paper Bag Series x Beth Consetta Rubel

Thought provoking.


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