Posts Categorized: Inspired By…

June 6, 2013

By Way of Brooklyn

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I fell in love with By Way of Brooklyn a ways back when I’d click on a link and jaw drop in awe at the beautiful creativity. A transplant herself, Sarah Kim & her talented team, photographer  Minnow Park and Evan Gubernick transform the stories of those who live, work and play in the borough into a work of art. Literally. From L.A. to Florida to the boogie down Bronx, click over to see more who’ve found their way.

May 31, 2013

Hello, Weekend!

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Despite this week being a day short in terms of the number of treks to the office, it still felt rounded and bursting with nothing but work, life & hustle. & if I were to be completely honest a large part of me ( the stomach mainly) is still recuperating from a weekend binging on a mix of strawberry smoothies, oxtail platters, jerk chicken, and a raw food plate concoction just for good measure. The BAM Dance Africa Festival was beyond amazing, as were the folks who showed up to merry and enjoy the fun. A special wave + thank you goes out to a reader, Cindy for making me smile with her sweet words. Brooklyn will always have my heart for housing the good kind.

Today also marks not only the end of a month, but the finish line of my Blog Every Day in the Month of May. Now, did I accomplish said challenge?  The nutshell sings yes. In the end I felt challenged to share more in this space (that’s saying a lot for an introvert), think more clearly about where I want to take this blog in the future – and  simply reconnect with the joy of sharing with you guys what I’m digging, what FRO’s been up to and maybe even my latest jaunts around town.

So in case you missed, here are a few highlights from the Month of May :

>>> Ruby Woo stole my heart

>>> I share my Top 5 Favorite Blogs

>>> A women took to the camera for a length check vid!

>>> Became GFree and loving it (post TK on my daily diet!)

>>> My First Ever Job

>>> Sunday Rituals & Weekend getaways

>>> Chai’s current Playlist

>>> The Gathering Kind

Wishing you guys a beautiful weekend! See you next week…

May 31, 2013

You Should Meet: Uzoamaka

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When the New York Times lays down an entire article pegging you as the voice of a new literary generation, folks are bound to take notice. Uzoamaka Maduka, at only 25 is a woman to watch, and I completely admire her latest endeavor as Founder & Editor in Chief of The American Reader. Serving as both a print and digital literary journal, “it is committed to inspiring literary and critical conversation among a new generation of readers, and restoring literature to its proper place in the American cultural discourse. It seeks to be principled, but not dogmatic; discerning, but not cruel; popular, but not populist. It honors the dignity of the reading public and heralds the reemergence of a thriving and serious-minded national literary culture.”

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I love everything about  this fresh face & classic approach to telling stories, that at their core, need to be told, in print – and shared. For more on Maduka, check out her spotlight in Glamour’s Glamstarter Awards as one of 7 entrepreneurs you need to know.

May 26, 2013

manger pres de l’eau

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A few weeks ago, a couple of colleagues and I gathered in a car and made an escape to a quiet town in New York, called Saugerties. The Mission? A weekend away to play tennis, munch on well prepared grub and forget about the idea of work-related events spilling over into our days away. Now, even though we were well within the confines of New York, the air and smiles on the faces of strangers made your spirit blissfully aware that you were protected.

During our time away, we followed trails that lead to lighthouses and bed & breakfast hideaways so hypnotizing your heart would’ve surely been tempted to not just linger, but stay, stay stay. We ran into welcoming families grilling on a dock by the lake, snapping pictures and living! They were irresistibly full of life.

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…and then it got me thinking. This is the kind of dinner party I’d say yes to attending. The kind where breezes flow freely, and the pace at which you eat is measured simply by when the sun comes up, not down.

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And whether it’s official or not, the mere idea of gathering together  for the sake of committing people and relationships to memory seems to be dwindling. Last Thanksgiving I hosted my first dinner & fully understood the truth behind this. A gathering of the more meaningful kind takes time.  Amidst all that life offers to us via the news, social media, the grind of a normal day to day – time seems to be lost in it’s own complicated continuum.  But this summer, we will take our troves of food &  yum across a few waterfronts to picnic in the open, under the sun, but near the water…this time we will be pres de l’eau. I’m making lists.

May 24, 2013

Hello, Weekend!

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It’s a long weekend, y’all – and if you can’t get excited over this mere fact, what are you waiting for? I’m getting a head start by finally treating the toes and digits to a much needed pamper & the brows to a well deserved shape-up. Then, we have fun! I’ve already talked enough about the BAM Dance Africa Festival, but know this – you will be missing out on the yummiest of foods (jerk chicken heeeeaven), entertainment, shopping, & just plain ‘ol enjoying the first unofficial start to the summer. So to kick things off….a few links!

In Search of the perfect Curl | An easy side swept style for natural hair

New Bag Love- (and pretty much everything in this shop)

A necessary reminder via Peace Love Free 

“Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don’t want it.  What appears bad manners, an ill temper or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen.  You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.”
-Miller Williams

She leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes

Beautifully said:

“…I’ve never been interested in the obvious. I want to be a slow-burn-sort-of-beautiful, a second-glance-kind-of-pretty. I want the kind of beauty that unravels with time and a little patience.”

& this my Introverts

Blackberry Pie Bars | Yummy Caprese Meatballs (& gluten free!) | Easy Parmassan Polenta Fries

An awesome freebie via Leo – The Little Book of Contentment 

Vids of the week – Harnessing the power to tell stories | It’s unofficially BIG CHOP season, are you game? Don’t let fear stop you. Watch Maya’s story

Oh, Kerry…you’re so very awesome & an inspiration! Gladiator Takeover continues

The 20 Most Beautiful Libraries in television & film

This makes the prospect (and hopefully inevitable) fact of turning 32 later in the year ten folds easier. Happy Birthday, Joy!

Brooklyn Bridge Park is winning this Summer with it’s lineup of activities!

Fav Blog Pick of the Week >>> One Stylish Little Lady, Chandra

I’m kicking off my own personal Summer Reading Book Club & so excited to read my first pick! Do you guys want to join? No commitment, the only rule is that you READ!! Here’s an awesome list to get you started

 

I’ll be stopping in periodically this weekend to dish on FRO’s activities, but this is me saying…wherever you are, have a gloriously beautiful weekend. 

May 20, 2013

on a positive note

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Today, I figured it would be the best idea to sneak into this Monday, instead of leaping in & causing a stir. The plate will remain full (sometimes that’s just fine), & the intent will still be to accomplish the l’il bits around the office. But because this past weekend was so great, and full of children dancing and the yearly anticipation that is the BAM Dance Africa Festival, my body is on safe mode until the weekend, where chowing down on oxtails and red beans, and buying an inordinate amount of handmade jewelry is not so unusual. It’s just the Brooklyn Way.

Last week I completed my first juice cleanse, yay! This week, however finds my body weaving in and out of cravings for the usual fixins. Have you guys ever tried a juice cleanse, or any kind of cleanse for that matter? The stories are SO real – from the withdrawal like symptoms, crankiness, headaches – tendency to want to eat anything on a plate. So glad I survived, and able to power through. Yesterday amidst a daylong river of rain, I hunkered down to wash FRO, and return back to curly. It’s so very nice to be back.

Make it a good one…