lørdag 26. desember 2015

100 Days Of Positive Thinking: Day 52 (A Truly Joyful Christmas)

The holiday season was wonderful. My sister and I stayed in the States this year, but thanks to technology, we were able to stay connected with our parents in Norway. We are spending the break with friends who remind us constantly that chosen family is truly a beautiful thing to come by. We are grateful, and we feel infinitely blessed. I hope, if you celebrated, that your holiday season was full of joy, love, and peace. 

"Although it's been said many times, many ways: Merry Christmas to you!"

Merry Christmas! Happy Hannukah! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Life! 

How was your holiday season?

lørdag 19. desember 2015

Goals: Styleinspo a la Japanese Street Style

Japanese street style is honestly some of the best in the world, in my humble opinion. I think the sartorial sensibilities of Japanese people really embodies the distinction between the fashion and style, particularly that the latter is more about individual expression, using the body as a canvas through which to convey one's identity, whether fleeting or more permanent.

 This dude's hat-sweater-clutch game is incredible. (Also more dudes need to get into clutches).

These wedged mary janes are giving me my entire life. And their pairing with cropped flares 
and a hip snapback are perfect finishing touches.

 Traditional meets modern: The kimono with a modern twist.

 All denim goodness, with a side of effortless cool.

 When you and the homie do reverse monochrome and your pose-game is on point.

One can never go wrong with an all-black look. Effortless, but oh-so put-together.
 The pockets, the longline cut, and this fella's incredible smile, 
add a certain je ne sais quoi.

As I begin to think about where I want to take my style choices in the coming year, I will drawing plenty of inspiration from Japanese fashion. Do you follow the Japanese street? If so, what are some your favourite blogs? Do share!

Images c/o HappyTimeFunBlog and TokyoFaces.

mandag 9. november 2015

Song Of The Day:'Feel So High' by Des'ree

Currently obsessing over 1990s videos with gorgeous black ladies in desert/oasis-looking settings singing and being carefree. Des'ree's 'Feel So High' is prototype of this music video style. Her voice is so warm and genuine, her demeanour so authentic. As the semester is getting more and more challenging, songs and videos like these remind to take moments to find joy, to breathe, and to be kind to myself.

What are you listening to today?

fredag 23. oktober 2015

Goals: Epic Autumn/Winter Style

I have no idea who this woman is (or where I found this image), but this look sort of epitomizes 
just about all my goals for style this winter.

 Chunky scarf, crisp longline coat (love the floral detailing on this), thick-framed glasses, ankle-grazing jeans (with a nice sock peaking through), and some icey sneakers. And the colour palette is incredible - cool blues and soft greys - Utter perfection. I'm going to see how I can recreate this with pieces form wardrobe and share it on here. 

What are some of your favourite winter pieces?

søndag 13. september 2015

Goals: Art a la Jeff Östberg

Have you seen illustrations by Jeff Östberg? If not, it is my absolute pleasure to introduce you to him. Reader, meet Jeff's amazing artistic abilities. I came across his website, and I'm 100% obsessed.

Each of the ladies above has so much depth and character. It feel like the perfect, pastel voyeuristic experience. There's something very Scandinavian about it, which is perfect for the homesickness I'm feeling right now. And so much style inspiration to be had.

For more, you can stop by his website.

lørdag 15. august 2015

Song Of The Day:'London' by Benjamin Clementine

I have this habit of finding a song that I like, then putting that song on repeat, basically becoming completely consumed by it. There is no feeling better than listening to the same song over and over again, each time unpacking new nuances, or noticing a new chime or beat. It's been a long time since I have been deeply obsessed with a song in this manner. Last week, I stumbled across a La Blogotheque video of British, but Paris-based musician Benjamin Clementine. This led me to his amazing song 'London', and can I just say whoa! 

After hearing the video version of his song, I listened to his original acoustic rendition.
 The absence of the bass beat renders for a more subtle and delicate listen.

  I am honestly not sure which version I like better, to be honest, I am happy to switch back and forth between the two. Listen to 'London', and give your ears and mind a treat.

mandag 3. august 2015

Goals: Styleinspo a la Orla Kiely Fall 2015

Orla Kiely has the keys to my heart. Every year their amazing aesthetic has me wishing that I could fill my wardrobe with their beautiful co-ords, platform heels, and shift dresses. Their Fall/Winter 2015 lookbook brought together two of my favourite things: fashion and libraries. I have always dreamed of being a librarian, and each and every outfit in the lookbook are the sartorial stuff my librarian dreams are made of.  It's giving me plenty of inspiration as I look for style ideas for the first semester of my senior year.

What do you think of the collection?

Images c/o of The Clothes Horse

søndag 12. juli 2015

Interior Inspiration: Swedish Home Bliss

The longer I am away from home, the more intense my Nordic sensibilities seem to become, particularly when it comes to aesthetics. I literally gasped when I saw this Swedish apartment posted on blissfulbblog. I've mentioned before how I love minimalism when it is made to feel warm and cozy. This apartment achieves with subtle pops on colour that still remain on the neutral end of the spectrum. Pops on navy blue, teal-grey hues, and the soft green leafy plants counter the sterility of the stainless steel surface and white walls. The wooden kitchen furniture, the colourful library (*book nerd sigh*), and the floral wallpaper of the kitchen area also add touches of warmth to this space and have me experiencing some major interior design.

Isn't it perfect? Le sigh. It's got me all excited about decorating my apartment this fall.

Images via Bliss

fredag 10. juli 2015

Song Of The Day: 'Good Boy' by Sample Answer

God bless AFROPUNK for constantly introducing me to amazing music for noir folks across the globe! The recently featured Irish acoustic musician Sample Answer and his new single "Good Boy". The song open with an simple, but infectious whistle over a gentle strumming guitar beat a la "Sitting On the Dock of the Day", that had me bobbing my head and tapping my foot. By the time Sample Answer's soulfoul and folksy vocals began to spill over the beat, I was 100% sold.

It's been on repeat for the last few days, and probably will be for a minute. I am thinking I might do a cover if I summon up the courage. And I will definitely be checking more of this fella's tracks. 
He's got a amazing sound.

Dandy Queens

I think if I were truly uninhibited and dressing to my taste, I would be a dandy. The dandy aesthestic, with its crisp shirts, vintage blazers, bow ties, and polished brogues. As a woman with a curvy body, I enjoy the idea of playing with masculine clothing items, and the way they fall on a feminine shape. Add a red or purple lip and picked out However a fear of being overdressed often prevents me from going all in on any dandy look.

The editorial below from Black Attitude Magazine has me thinking its time ot put my fear of being overdressed aside and embrace my inner lady dandy, pull out my Goodwill acquired high-waisted trousers, and be as swaggy a these Dandy Queens.

Don't they look amazing? And those beautiful locs too ....

Images c/o of Black Attitude.

søndag 5. juli 2015

100 Days Of Positive Thinking: Day 51 (Polyglot)

I just came across this amazing new web series called "Polyglot", written and produced by Rwandese-German Amerlia Umuhire. It looks at the lives of young, multilingual creatives in the German capital. Only two episodes in, it captures both  the challenges, and the joys of being a young black, African, creative, and female individual in a European context. It brought me a lot of joy to see such a relatable experience in visual manifestation. 

The videos are intimate and candid, the acting so natural that the viewer feels like a voyeur, not watching a series, but looking through a hole in a wall at someone's life. You can find find Umuhire's YouTube channel here. Please check it out, subscribe and support this wonderful project.

Goals: Styleinspo a la Yolande (of The Language of Yolande)

I am so glad I found Yolande's blog via the one my favourite bloggers (and friends in my head) The Curvynista. Her style is so effortless, quirky, and well-executed, it's impossible not to be inspired. She has a beautiful curly mini-afro, that she switches off from time to time for loc braids, or a tapered look. Her natural, sophisticated makeup looks makes me wish I had the staying power to develop and adhere to a makeup routine. And of course, the shoe game. So. darn. strong.

A favourite for me are her more androgynous looks, across seasons. Tapered cropped trousers, paired with matching blazers, leather jackets, a wool polo neck, or a laid-back tee. Yolande often adds a deep purple lip, and pair of heeled boots or patent oxfords or loafers. This is always a hit, making for a sleek and sophisticated look.

She rocks a flared midi like no other. Sometimes it's a more minimalistic style with a simple tee, leather bomber, a pair of pointy patent oxfords shoes. In the second photo, she adds edge to a pastel,  tulle-looking midi with a graphic t-shirt, a pair of rocker lace-up booties, and a delicate silver collar. And all those gorgeous leather clutches. Le sigh ....

One of the most interesting things about style to me is playing with proportions and silhouettes. Yolande's blog always introduces me to interesting and aesthetically pleasing ways to do this. Above, she uses two  pieces that I think transcend seasons, trends, and are always chic -  the plain, structured sweatshirt, and the polo neck wool sweater. Here, Yolande pairs them with pencils skirts to create casual, minimal looks. I also adore the play with nature-toned colours in these two looks.

Now, THIS is my absolute favourite look that I've seen on her blog so far. Leather. Crisp oxford shirt. Pleated skater skirt. Black, white, and grey. What's not to love? The perfect mix of textures, colours, and shapes.  It's absolutely perfect.

If you would like to check out more of Yolande's rad style (which I think should) click here to go to her blog. You'll leave with a ton of style inspiration!

lørdag 30. mai 2015

Interior Inspiration: Classy Copenhagen Digs

Yvonne Koné is an Afro-Scandinavian accessory and footwear designer who has made a name for herself by producing high quality fine leather pieces. This post however, is going to be about her Copenhagen home, which I first encountered when it was featured in the Norwegian version of Elle Decoration in 2011. Recently, she was featured on Nikisha Brunson and Cipriana Quann's UrbanBushBabes webpage, where she spoke about the dusky pink, minimalistic boutique in Denmark's capital city where she displays and sell her products. Enamoured with her products, her stylistic sense, and kind demeanour, I took to Google in search search of all things Yvonne Koné, and stumbled upon a post about her gorgeous living space on Remodelista. It's a feast for those who adore light and airy spaces with that unique Scandinavian feel.

Some girls dream of their wedding. I dream of my future living space, and this is definitely giving me some ideas for the kind of decor I want my home to have. To learn more about Koné's aesthetic and creative process, stop by her blog or her website.

Images c/o Remodelista