Posts Categorized: Inspired By…

August 23, 2013

Hello, Weekend!


This week I realized that this here space has been lacking in a few things; #1 being an update to my current natural hair faves list, which has seen it’s cycle of rotations this summer, & will most likely be shifting once more in the coming weeks. And another is simply more good vibes like those of Nigerian born singer Temi Dollface.  There really is so much to appreciate in this; the visuals + fashion + pop culture references….all love.

& on another note – Brooklyn welcomes back to several stages this weekend the Afro Punk Festival. A must visit because, well…it’s free (with RSVP), and the collective is simply there to celebrate music, art & community (oh….and FOOD!!).

sigh…summer’s almost over ain’t it? Make it count, lovelies!

August 21, 2013

You Should Meet: Studio Africa + Faarrow


Meet sisters Siham & Iman, the newest addition to Studio Africa’s recent campaign collaboration with Deisel+EDUN. Somalian born, these two singer-songwriters also make up the awesome group Faarrow and are currently striving to empower women in their communities.

Studio Africa is a virtual loudspeaker for a new generation of creative talents from across the continent. The campaign features nine artists in fashion, film, music, literature, and photography; individuals with both talent and a deep commitment to their respective countries and people: Meet the catwalk model running a foundation for the education of orphaned girls in Tanzania; the actor creating opportunities for Senegal’s talibé beggar children; the fashion designer building an industry in Côte d’Ivoire one skilled worker at a time; the musician drawing on Belgian and Congolese roots to challenge what it means to make African music today; the writer from Morocco breaking taboos as the first openly gay author in the Arab world; and the photography collective showing their home-town of Soweto, South Africa in a whole new light. – via studioafrica.tumblr


Definitely check out the remaining cast behind Studio Africa by clicking here. All have beautiful vignette videos sharing their thoughts on the campaign +  the importance of sharing the creative talents of those across the continent.

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I now have complete NEW hair crushes! Please check out their dope videos, “Say My Name,” + “Rule The World,” – both bounce worthy; and follow them over at their official website.

August 19, 2013

on a positive note


8 Ways to Declutter Your Mind

Accept What Is

Be Kind to Yourself

Release Your Guilt & Fear

Let Go of Control

Visualize What’s Important to You

Focus on your Life-Force Energy

Allow Yourself to be Vulnerable

Find What Doesn’t Serve or Interest You and Let It Go

-via The Light

How was your weekend? I spent mine taking invariably long walks, running errands, buying an animal dress (impulse buys for the win!), finally did laundry (yay!) & realized the awesome ways to to enjoy an arepa.

Cheers, to a new start every day – not just this one!

August 16, 2013

Hello, Weekend!


Friday’s are usually my chance to share with you guys all the cool, fun links and time wasters that I come across on the daily – but this week, a beautiful short film produced by director & writer Ava Duvernay stole my heart & thoughts. Ava’s work definitely has an ethereal spark to it that takes your breath away. Remember The Door?Simply stunning. Art like this keeps me encouraged.

Starring Kali Hawk, Lance (yummmmmmy) Gross, & a brief cameo by Issa Rae, this here is worth more than one look: “SAY YES explores the power of the affirmative, and the beauty that blossoms from embracing life. Inspired by the Fashion Fair lip color, Say Yes, Sundance award-winning filmmaker, Ava DuVernay created this vision of what happens when you welcome the unexpected.”


August 2, 2013

Hello, Weekend!


There really was something distinct in the air yesterday as the calendar ticked to another first of the month, & the collective soon realized; that while summer is thankfully still here – it will not last forever. Well dang. “How can it be August 1st already?!” Can we all just agree not to waste much more time thinking about how quickly these months will soon past, but rather live the days that are left – fill them with light, love and of course, pudding (seriously, this exists)! So this weekend I’m making a deal with the self to head back to the water,  read up on my latest book pick, wind down with a few friends, and clean a much too neglected BK nook called my apartment. Tons to read through before we let on…!

Great info for my soul stirrers Accidental Creative

Quite possibly the best idea for campers. or renters…you choose!

For my Lady Hustlers 10 Ways to get out of your freelance rut. Favorite Tip!

5. Email your friends and family. No one will know to recommend you if they don’t know what you’re looking and/or available for. (You know how your mom just assumes you know exactly what she wants all the time, but she gives you no verbal indication? Ya, you are doing the exact same thing if you don’t TELL PEOPLE what you do and what you are looking for.) Email your family and friends simply letting them know the services you offer and what type of clients they can recommend to you. Also, provide them a link to your website. They love you, they want to help you.

This Avocado Alfredo Pasta | These Raw Almond Butter Cups are incredibly easy to make

Sseko shoes are cutesies!

I have been coveting this bag for weeks!! Seriously the softest leather bag you will find. & oh! the colors

Your guide to interacting with an introvert

: New Music love:  Emily King – The Seven

Cute & easy DIY project – Wooden Beaded Tassle Necklace | Can we even call this a DIY? Too awesome. - How to fold a shirt in 2 seconds.

I’m currently still torn between how much of our lives should be displayed in the social sphere, but this caught my eye. Write in Private.

Still looking for alternatives to the now defunct Google Reader? Pocket this

The most interesting links are found on the Twitter. Like The Period Store

the PJ in me is currently stalking: Rosemary & Cedearwood Hair Treatment + an easy natural hair up-do that’s way too cute

You’re invited! Monday 8/5 Krystal from blog, The Feisty House will be hosting a “Wear Your Hair in Style Event,” that sounds pretty awesome. Will I see you there?


Have a great weekend…!!

July 30, 2013

You Should Meet: Designer Sofia Berger


I was completely blow away by the redesign efforts of Sofia Berger’s DIY home. Recently featured as a home tour on Apartment Therapy, Sofia’s digs are in the spacious dwellings of Bed Stuy Brooklyn.  Her style? “Traditional meets classic modern with vintage and rustic elements.”   There’s so much more to oggle and fawn over by clicking here. & to witness the before pics, click on over to her Facebook Page.