On a Personal Note…

You missed me? I know I’ve been gone for a minute.. life comes at you fast and sometimes the fun things fall to the wayside while you deal with more serious matters. Life happens to all of us and you never know how you are going to react to certain situations until you’re in the mist of the storm and you wonder how to get out of it in one piece. My storm came as an emotional one coupled with an existential crisis that has been going on for the last couple of years now. I used to think that those issues only happened to ‘other’ people ( shallow, I know) who were lost in their own world until i woke up one day and wondered how my life had turned upside down. The dreams that I had thought I would have accomplished by now were still far away and I was just overall unhappy with my life. I felt, and if I’m honest with myself, I still feel at times like my life is not my own; that the opinions of others and the pressures of society and family to conform to a certain way of life are stronger than my own voice struggling to be heard.

I live in the shadows of the expectations of others instead of standing strong in my own convictions. It took me a long time to get to that realization and even longer to feel that truth in my being. They say that the truth will set you free; I’m ready to test that theory. Others may give up on you in the long haul but it is essential that you do not give up on yourself. Take care of yourself first. You are no good to anybody else if you’re no good to yourself. People who talk about you and criticize you for your actions, let them talk while you listen with one ear and let it go out of the other. Protect your heart from these people and seek advise from those whose ideals align with yours they will help you learn how to fly. And if you already have these wonderful people in your life cherish them and let them know they’re the bees to your honey.

I just had to get that off my chest. It’s a little different from the fashion posts that I’ve done thus far but sometimes you gotta get real, u know! I hope some of y’all are still rocking with me. I promise I won’t be leaving you high and dry like this again. Have a wonderful Holiday, be thankful for people who bring you joy and most importantly be thankful for yourself you’ve made it this far, you’re not doing so bad 😉

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Nubian Queen

Hi loves, Happy Saturday! I wrote a bit of a sensitive post the other day. I hope you don’t mind me sharing with you all my views on events happening around us and the things we all go through trying to figure out our place in this big wide world. That’s what my blog is about; the good, the bad, and the beauty of it all! I appreciate all your support, the comments, the discussions; keep ’em coming! 

Now let’s get to the point of this post â˜ș. Makeup is another one of my passions. You can literally create magic using makeup. Your imagination and the amount of highlight you’re willing to use are your only limitations (shine bright I say!). 




I created this golden Nubian Queen look inspired by this gorgeous gold choker piece by the Rwandan jewelry brand named Inzuki Designs. 

Products used: 


Have a lovely rest of the weekend xx

The Flower Blooming in the Concrete 

 

Hello there.. Have you been well? Do you ever have those days where nothing makes sense and you question everything around you and even yourself. Your steps feel heavy like you’re wading through swamp water. Another day another brown life taken too soon and his name made into a trending hashtag. It’s exhausting. I might have been born in Africa but living in America and having brothers the same age as Jordan Edwards, I have no delusions that they could very well be in the same situation. Our brown and black skintones are a death sentence in America and the fear can be overwhelming. But every time I want to give up and bury my head in the sand as a form of survival, these words flood my mind: 

 Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?

  
You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

 
Maya Angelou’s powerful words of defiance and resilience are like a soothing balm on a fresh burn. Reminding us to keep hope alive because that’s the only thing that matters.  So I keep rising, like my grandparents and ancestors before them, I keep rising with the hope to live and thrive and honor all that I am. Joy in a world that is hell bent on holding you down is a revolutionary act so I choose joy and hope every chance I get. If you are a brown or black skinned king or queen choosing joy and hope over fear every morning, I salute you! To those who have been lost to senseless violence I honor you. The revolution lives on.

Outfit details:

Bodysuit: Charming Charlie 

Skirt: Custom made by me 

Woven neck piece: Inzuki Designs

Wooden bracelet: Rwandan shop 

Shoes: online store (sorry I don’t remember the name)


Until nex time, Be well xx

Tuesday Trend Alert: the African fabric

I’m starting a new segment on the blog. I’m calling it Tuesday Trend Alert (#TTA)! First featured trend: the African Fabric.

Whether you call it Ankara, Gitenge, or simply the African fabric, this clothing style typically associated with African culture has seen an explosion in popularity in the last couple of years. Once worn predomenently in villages or as traditional attire only, the African fabric has been given a modern twist as young fashionistas and fashionistos have incorporated the vibrant fabric into their wardrobes. High fashion brands like Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Eley Kishimoto, Jean Paul Gaultier, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dries van Noten, and Kenzo to name a few have also taken notice, creating high fashion looks with the price tag to match. 

   

Celebrities are also getting into the trend. From BeyoncĂ© to Gwen Stefani, plenty of entertainers have been spotted in their colorful African inspired threads. 

     

I believe the African fabric or Ankara has grown in popularity because of the vibrancy of colors, prints and versatility of the fabric. I of course love this trend. I grew up seeing it worn by my mother, aunties and grandmothers. I don’t believe you can have enough African prints in your wardrobe! This is a trend that is here to stay

Do you own any clothing made with African fabrics, and why do you think it has become so popular? Comment below.

Mirror mirror on the wall 


As I was getting ready to go to the gym this morning (operation summer body is in full effect!), I was searching for my favorite pair of yoga pants that gives me the perfect ass ( ladies am I the only one? Comment below your favorite brand of workout clothes). Checking my outfit in the mirror, I had a flash back to a time when just the thought of the gym made me anxious and wearing a tank top was out of the question. I didn’t love my body, I didn’t value it for more than what it looked like. I could not appreciate this body because the cultural and social messages that I was constantly bombarded with had taught me not to. The more I thrived to lose weight, the more it consumed me to the point where the number on the scale dictated my mood. It became a vicious cycle that I couldn’t break for many years. 


It took me a while to realize that the only thing stopping me from doing the things I enjoyed to do was my own incomplete perception of beauty. I was convinced that the perfect body would give me the happiness that I was searching for. But in reality, the only thing that was stopping me from being happy was fear. 


I started rediscovering beauty in the things that made me feel alive. I found joy in accomplishing my goals, and expressing myself in different ways. Now I not only love myself on the inside, I love these curves too. 


So as I rush out the door on my way to a Saturday morning yoga session, I am at peace with the woman in the mirror and there’s no greater feeling.


And in the spirit of fearlessness, I entered my second model search competition. I’m auditioning to be the next AdditionElle model and I would love your support! Click this link and vote for me: http://bit.ly/2mi6IUy

A bit of an emotional morning, I hope you don’t mind my sharing with you, loves. 

Outfit details:

  • Bra and pants: Torrid
  • Jacket and kicks: Fabletics 

And if you’re still reading you get a gift ( jk I can’t afford gifts) 
Have an amazing weekend dolls and gents 😘

Flash of Red 

Hi y’all! Remember me? I know it’s been a while đŸ˜„ but this Maryland weather was playing with me. Today was unusually warm so I took the opportunity to shoot an OOTD! So here it goes! 

Black and red is one of my favorite combinations. I added a camel coat to tie the look together 




Outfit details:

  • Jumpsuit: Forever21
  • Coat: Torrid
  • Shoes: Charlotte Russe
  • Choker: gifted 
  • Purse: gifted  


Let me get off this blog and catch this All-Star 🏀 game! I hope you all had an amazing weekend. 💋

Weekend De-stressing 

My love of fashion can be traced back as far as I can remember. I always saw clothes not only as a necessity but also as a tool to express my personality, my mood at the moment and most of all my individuality. It’s also a great stress reliever for me. Shopping therapy is a real thing y’all! So what’s my favorite outfit to date? I once wore a beach coverup that my dad got me from Mauritius Island to school..in the 9th grade. Ya I was feeling myself lol. What are some of your favorite fashion moments? 
So in my first post I decided to go with one of my favorite weekend looks featuring distressed jeans. Hope it gives you a little inspo for a stress free chill Sunday.

Outfit details:

Coat: asos

Bodysuit: gojane 

Jeans: torrid 

Shoes: LA boutique

Bangles: Charming Charlie






Happy Sunday 💋