Friday, December 30, 2016

Musings: 12/30/16

loved 'Iris' on Netflix
this very well may be the last post of the year
I didn't start it with any plan of writing some long, drawn out recap of 2016
until I looked at the date
I still don't want to focus too much on the past year
I will say this though
this year, for me, felt like the slingshot being pulled back and stretched as far as it could go (sounds bad but I mean that in the best possible way)
to propel forward in the next.
I'm ready
( SIDE NOTE: clout. )

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Picture Mail x INSPIRE THE TRIBE Merch

the best gift that I received was knowing that my work was gifted (and loved!) by so many across the country.
<3 p="">

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

oh retrograde, we meet again.

Monday, December 19, 2016

'Marching Fist' Mugs x INSPIRE THE TRIBE

'Marching Fist' Mugs @
( SIDE NOTE: Pick up Jus' x Unconventional here, only $3! )

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Footnotes for Kanye x Jasmine Mans

type in jasmine mans on youtube.
kick up your feet,
and enjoy!
she's a beast.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016

Musings: 12/9/16

the end of 2016 is steadily approaching and I've never felt more ready for a new year to begin.
unlike many who've complained of 2016 being a horror year for them,
it has treated me extremely well!
I've made a lot of strides as an artist
gained balance in my personal life
taken chances whether they succeeded or not
and learned a ton about myself and others

I have a few art shows locked in for the beginning of the year that I'm currently creating for.
excited to see what's in store

I also have a surprise for my February show. February 23rd to be exact.
I will be selling tickets via this link, and I will offer a special discount for all who purchase through the link, as well as a special giveaway raffle. You MUST purchase through the link to be eligible. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

INSPIRE THE TRIBE x New Merch Alert!

The time has come!
I can finally reveal the project I've been working on for the past couple of months. I'm beyond excited to announce my new line of merchandise inspired by some of my favorite and most popular art pieces. The first to drop is my tote line. 'So Much Soul', 'Panthers', 'Don't Touch My Hair' and 'Marching Fists.' All can be purchased at
Act fast because the quantities are extremely limited to promote exclusivity.

More products to follow.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring."
-David Bowie, '97

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Musings: 11/17/16

debating if I should make these new products available for pre-order, or let the anticipation build?
they will be available just in time for the holidays!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Musings: 11/2/16

updating my shop,, every Sunday moving forward. excited for what's to come!

thinking about publishing a book of musings.. from 2009 when I started this blog to now.
I get so nostalgic reading them
idk if anyone else would care to (lol), but there's some gems in there
just thinking...
excited to see Love Jones The Musical this month

on a natural high as of late*
2016 has been good to me. I think I will do another year in review post. I don't think I've done one since this.
opportunity is NOW.
there is no wait
everyday offers a new chance to find a new way
learn something new NOW. make that connection NOW. share your talents NOW.
putting off until tomorrow what you can do today is waiting for a day that will never come.
Focus on the present.
Do it NOW.
you have to want it more than others want it for you.

Must Listen: Unconventional x Jus feat. Muhsinah

shooting videos with your boyfriend be like..
no, but really. I love this song. It makes me so happy and I'm so honored to bring some (awkward?) black girl magic realness to the video. What better title than Unconventional? So fitting. So awesome. Please check out the dopeness that is Jus (@Jus.Hailu) and Muhsinah (@Muhsinah) and all the love to Soulvember Records (@SoulvemberRecords) for continuing to bless us with that real, GOOD music.
when Soul Bounce, Afro Punk and Georgia Anne Muldrow endorse you; you know you're on to something.
If you want to be on to something too, click here --> Soulvember Records

A Day At the Cornmaze, As Told By Snapchat

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Musings: 10/19/16

I used to love checking the articles on for daily inspiration
I feel like it's something I will pick back up
currently developing a list of small things one can do daily to avoid feeling stagnant
the feeling has been creeping up on me and I know I'm better than that...

( SIDE NOTE: didn't take many pictures on our last visit.. but LA (and bae) treated me well, per usual )

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Solange Breaks The Internet x A Seat At The Table

... with her visuals from her HIGHLY anticipated album, A Seat At The Table.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Estee Edit x Influnester

I love Influenster. The Vox Boxes just keep getting better and better. Imagine my surprise when I received #TheEsteeEdit Vox Box full of complimentary products for me to try and give honest feedback on. Talk about an upgrade! I started with the late night eraser. I like the consistency and it was easy to rub in with the cooling tip. I struggle with puffiness under my eyes some days and this helped to lessen the severity of them. The radiance activator was another favorite because most days (Mon-Fri) my face is as bare as a baby's bottom. This serum brightened up my face and made me feel like I was glowing all day. It has now been added into my routine. I will update this post as I continue trying out the other two products, but so far so good! Try these products if you want to see an overall improvement in the brightness and radiance of your skin - and who doesn't want that?

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Musings: 9/7/16

you should be paranoid without me and with me feel a buzz

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Happy, here.

this was a good day.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

when your heart takes human form

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Inspire the TRIBE Artist page now on Facebook

I've finally created a page for my art on Facebook. Please go follow @Inspire the TRIBE for exclusive giveaways and special coupon codes in the coming weeks. Thanks again for always supporting and being a part of the movement!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Musings: 8/1/16

new month, woo hoo!
if you're in the DC area come out to Pancakes and Booze on 8/4 @ Penn Social
a guaranteed good time
my lover will be here in two days
hype is an understatement
I'm always creating like crazy down to the last minute

what means the world to you?
 I want to try acupuncture
and attempt a mussel recipe
and perfect my cilantro lime cream sauce
and to find a good reggae lounge in DC

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Obsessed: Goddess Locs

I don't experiment with my look often.
I'm a wake up and go kind of girl
when I'm wearing my hair natural (which is 97% of the time these days) I don't have to do much;
it styles itself
my makeup routine has been the same for as long as I can remember
I don't stray too often from my signature cat eye and nude, red or brown lip
and my hair has been some variation of blonde for the past 3 years (aside from the random rainbow hue for festival season)



B O R E D!

so one day while scrolling through Instagram, I saw a friend of mine knew how to achieve the goddess locs style and reached out to her immediately. We set up an appointment for the following week.

I'm very happy with the way they turned out. Initially my scalp was not feeling me.. I've never had my hair braided with extensions before, and it was a little rough to get used to at first, (with all the added weight of the hair) but after a few days I was able to fully love the style - scalp and all. Aside from how drastically different the look is for me, I especially love how easy it is to maintain. It's a style that actually looks better the longer it is in (the locs get fuzzier, giving the appearance of a more natural look). It has also helped me lean a little more toward letting my highlights grow out and embracing my roots (we'll see...).

I'm not sure how long I'm going to keep the style in - it's been about two weeks - and I'm already ready to switch it up again. But for now, I'm making the most of my new 'do.

Stylist: @Bellefonte_ on Instagram

Tell her I sent you!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Weekend Recap x TBT x Pancakes and Booze 4/14/16

 forgot to post a recap from my last Pancakes and Booze show in April. The turnout was great, and I'm hoping to see everyone again on August 4th. More info coming soon.
( SIDE NOTE: Below, another that I forgot to post from Paint the Town Redz - May 5th. )

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Don't Ever Forget It x LoveNLoops *Updated with Download Link*

(album art by yours truly)
x Love N Loops
 available digitally July 19th on Soulvember Records.
in the meantime, listen below for a preview

Friday, July 8, 2016

Musings: 7/8/16

who's policing the police?
#RIPAltonSterling #RIPPhilandoCastile
a lot on my mind, thoughts are heavy

revisiting past bucket lists.. crossed a few things off, but not enough.
this summer will fix that

art opens doors

I know who my friends are, and I know who my friends aren't.
clarity too real.

upcoming art show, August 4th, Penn Social DC - save the date

( SIDE NOTE: Should we pray for someone who understands, or for understanding of being misunderstood? )

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

late night facetime cooking shows with babe.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Weekend Recap: GluDay Festival x Inspire the TRIBE

Considering I was only asked to participate two days before the festival, I had no idea what direction I wanted to go painting-wise, and I've never actually live painted before... my first experience at the #GluDay festival was awesome. It is definitely something I can see myself doing again.
I didn't actually take time out to take in much of the festival. Once I finally got started I was in my zone. I will post better pictures of the actual pieces that I came up with in a later post. Much love to everyone who took pictures, (tag me @Shari_Renee) stopped by to chat about my work or just overall checked up on me throughout the festival. You're appreciated.
live painting 1 of 2; not too bad for my first piece. People always ask if I'm painting myself when I paint a woman with a wild natural..

live painting 2 of 2; ran out of time (more so patience) painting this one. By this time I was ready to wrap it up. I will probably add a few more touches to it and pass it off to the people in charge of the fest.

Friday, June 24, 2016

GluDay x Inspire the TRIBE

catch me live painting tomorrow @ GluDay!

3 - 11pm
Gateway DC Pavillion
1100 Alabama Ave SE


Wednesday, June 22, 2016


All Summer Sixteen: Music Festival Edition

Music Festivals Take All My Money.

Friday, June 17, 2016

I'm still here.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Musings: 5/23/2016

it's been a while
I've been living, loving
painting, singing, laughing, growing
saving, observing, writing
a happier version of me
and I'm so in love

Violets x Miles Davis feat. Robert Glasper, Phonte

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Weekend Recap: BDay*

 I'm really big on list making.
there's something so fulfilling about writing things down that you want to accomplish and crossing them off as you go
...that's the best part

these pictures are the aftermath of a successful, albeit extremely jam packed weekend with my love/ best friend

I can be really annoying with all of my outings
and over-planning
and strong sense of urgency to get it ALL done

he was a good sport about it
and the memories made will last a lifetime

so I'd say job well done.

until the next time

growing closer
the future is becoming clearer 
and nearer

just light, 
no fear


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