Camel and Camo

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Its hard to believe that its the last week of January already. I start my second semester at Parsons today, and managing everything else that comes with life! Its always nice to step away from routine and have some fun! On Sunday morning as I was making my green smoothie before heading to the gym I overheard an interview with the head chef at Agua 301 at the Washington Waterfront. It was pretty warm out, so I thought it’d be a great day for brunch (actually, what day isn’t!?) lol.

I hadn’t yet visited the newly developed area near the Navy Yard, so I was pretty excited to see what it had in store. Its such a beautiful area, my artsy senses were just going through the roof, and I had some time to shoot before I ate. I appreciate the cross between old and new, and the beautiful view. I can’t wait to visit again when it really warms up.

I had the steak and eggs and Sangria! Definitely worth the trip, and I plan to visit again.

What Im Wearing:

1. Coat -ZARA 2. Camo Flannel – Moms 3. Jeans- Lucy Brand (DIY rips) 4. Boots-H&M 5. Purse- Thrifted 6. Hat-H&M

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Your Choice

Monday, January 5th, 2015

“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. ”  Luke 10:19

Happy New Year, from me to you!! I hope you all have had safe holidays, filled with fun, laughter, fellowship, and gratitude. 2015 is here, and without sounding too cliché…its time to get up, and make some changes. Though the mark of a new year, is just an agreed upon date…I know that people love the concept of fresh beginnings. My beliefs are more along the lines of, ‘there is no time more perfect than now.’ This moment is the only guarantee. What is behind us, is no more…it is gone, and it can not be changed. Be thankful for the lessons, acknowledge the hurts, accept your wrongs, forgive yourself, forgive others, and GET UP! We cant sit down too long, we cant replay events any longer…the sun is shining outside, and the world is waiting on us.

I don’t want you to think I don’t understand the struggle, because, boyyy, do I!? This is my 25th year of life, and things don’t always make sense. I’m trying to make calculated decisions, without doing too much calculating. I want to make the best decisions I can, and treat people well…and sometimes that’s hard too. But this is life. You aren’t in this alone…our vacation here on Earth, is quite short, compared to the lifetime in Heaven. Don’t beat yourself up, don’t hold on to your plans too tight…crap happens, ships sink, flowers grow…others die, and the world keeps spinning!

One of my main goals this year is to really try to relax about things. I’m trying not be so Type A, refusing to let mistakes, errors, or things that ‘don’t work out’ to knock me off of my saddle. When I start to get overwhelmed, I often recall my 9th grade advisor explaining the concept of entropy… defined as, ‘the tendency toward disorder.’ The basis of this concept, is that things are meant to change. Nothing ever stays the same…things fall apart. Accepting this fact, and keeping close to my heart that God has every intent to work out everything in my life according to His will, is what keeps me grounded. He can open and close any door. He knows better than we, what we actually NEED, and what is good for us. Having the faith and resting assured that he is working in every situation to cleanse, mend, and restore is what I am now focusing on. I learned a lot in 2014…but I think the one note I really ended on, was the prayer: ‘God, your will. Not mine.”

To start creating new and better habits, Ive started a ‘Happy Moments Jar.’ One of my biggest supporters, and one of the first people who supported #BlackGirlsWhoBlog, Chymere always leaves me encouraging comments and words of affirmation. I came across her ‘Happy Jar’ and I thought, what an excellent idea.

Focus more on the good, and the happy times; don’t ignore your sad moments, cry when you must…but wipe those eyes, because, baby, its our time! You choose, what do you want to do with the limited time you are given? How do you want to be remembered? You can climb any mountain, and overcome any trial.

Lets go!

Heres my ‘Happy Jar,’ Ive labeled mine, ‘God’s Gifts’

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Winter Wonderland

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Babbbyy, Its colllld outside!

And just like that, we are in the Final 50 meters, winter has hit, and the year is coming to an end. With the laughs, the cries, the joys, and the sorrows, Im here and so blessed to be ALIVE! Frosted windows, and tons of hot chocolate, winter is upon us. Tights, layers, and wool coats are in full effect! Im excited that this year is coming to an end. Though these are just dates on a man made calendar, I am embracing the goodness, glory, and favor of 2015. With time, comes wisdom, with wisdom, there is maturity, and with maturity comes magnificence! During this Holiday season, I wish you all the happiest of days, with joy and gratitude. If anyone is alone or gets sad or discouraged…just know this too will pass. Let go of what is gone, and open your heart, minds, and spirit to all the new that God has for you. Though it may be difficult, its possible…and if you ever need an ear, Im here! Shoot me an email, and we can chat!

Winter time is the perfect opportunity for turtlenecks and boots! I am completely obsessed with this faux fur hat I snagged  from ASOS last year! Its so chic, and actually really work! Embracing my inner June Ambrose with the STEAL of a cape from H&M for just $29! #Obessed

As a bonus, Im attaching some recent illustrations as well!

xoxo

What Im Wearing:

1. Hat- ASOS (similar) 2. Turtleneck-H&M (other) 3. Cape-H&M (other) 4. Skirt- American Apparel 5. Boots-Macys 5.Bag-ASOS

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Color Pop

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Happy December everyone! This year and truly come and gone…I am looking forward to finishing the year strong, and taking on 2015 with a joyful heart, open mind, and spirit of gratitude. Ive been out of commission for a while due to a pretty bad fall right after Thanksgiving. I ended up with a concussion and bit bruised up, but Im still here…and ready to keep moving! On Saturday I was finally able to get out of the house! I headed uptown with my family to a Holiday Shop!

Im so COMPLETELY obsessed with this camel coat. I know Ive said that before, but its so true! Can you say, staple? Either way, I paired a United Colors of Benetton sweater with some orange culotte shorts and booties! The chunky turtleneck is definitely end this fall / and winter, and I managed to snag it from the Thrift for $6! I loved the orange shorts for added pop of color, and by the way, if you wondering…Yes, I was wearing stockings

What Im Wearing:

1. Sweater- United Colors of Benetton (Thrift) 2. Shorts- ASOS 3. Booties-Neccesary Clothing 4. Bag- LV 5. Coat- ZARA 6. Sunnies- Marc Jacobs

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BOOM!

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

I am so so so obsessed with this Camel coat I snagged from Zara. As long as I stay a size 4, I will wear it forever! I feel as though it can give any outfit pop, and make it look a hundred thousand times better.

Last Fall, I snagged this sweatshirt from the Phillip Lim x Target collab. Ive worn it sooo many times, but usually loungy, and just one other time on the blog. I had an idea to dress it up a bit, without having to wear a skirt, and thats what I did! BOOM!

What Im Wearing:

1.Sweatshirt- Phillip Lim x Target 2. Pants- ASOS 3. Sandals-ZARA 4. Coat-ZARA

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