lørdag 21. mars 2015

Song of the Day: 'Classic Man' by Jidenna

Cannot get enough of Jidenna and his debut banger 'Classic Man'. Jidenna is trying to redefine swag, and is a member of a dapper clan of gentlemen who are bringing back the suit as a form of everyday dress. He is part of Janelle Monae's new record label, Wondaland. Wondaland is such an exciting development, and I cannot wait to see the amazing and innovative artists, like Jidenna, that it will produce. Definitely something to keep an eye on.

This song has been giving me life.  I put it on when I am walking to class, and it makes me feel like I can take on the world. I am a big fan of the use of the term 'mammafuckah' in the lyrics. And the video is amazing! So many beautiful, well-dressed brown people in one space, having an amazing time. What's not to love? *End of gushing rant*

Give Jidenna a listen and spread the word about this dapper gent's music!

fredag 20. mars 2015

Interior Inspiration: Rustic Minimalism Meets Vibrant Colour

The past few days, I have found myself catching up on my blog reading, particularly The Clothes Horse. Rebecca is one of my favourite style bloggers. There is an authenticity to her voice, and a sense of relatability about her introverted personality, her love of books, walks in the wild, photography, and vintage films. Over the past 6 years that I have been following her blog, she has managed to maintain a consistency in her style, all while evolving to become more confident and bold in her sartorial choices. She will definitely be the subject of a Style Goals post very soon.

While going through her blog, I came across these images of a small apartment space that I cannot stop looking at. From the periwinkle blue door to the clementine orange accents against the bright white walls and wooden floors, this space achieves the perfect the balance between the simplicity of minimalism and the vibrancy of embracing colour.

I often find that with my personal style, it is difficult to combine my love for minimal aesthetics and a black and white colour palette, and my love for bright and rich pops of colour. The decor of this space shows that these aesthetic sensibilities are not mutually exclusive and makes me incredibly excited to decorate my very own apartment. 

Images c/o of Home Edit via The Clothes Horse

torsdag 19. mars 2015

100 Days Of Positive Thinking: Day 48 (Spring Break!)

What's good, people of the blogosphere? It is officially Spring Break on this end, and I am extremely excited about that.  I have a ton of school work to do, but no classes and very few extracurricular activities to counter that workload, so it feel really good to be able to do them at a more leisurely pace. I spent this past weekend with my sister, her roommate and one of my best friends. Friday night, we went to a Caribbean barbeque with some good friends and had the best time laughing, trying to learn the secrets of Dancehall music, and eating spicy chicken. On Saturday, we lounged about watching movies, eating Tostitos with salsa, then got our butts of the couch, and headed to mall to do some shopping and people-watching. On Sunday, we went to church, had a brunch turn-up afterwards, and then drove across our city in search of dessert. It was the perfect weekend of indulgence post midterms. The week has been a mix of trying to be productive with school work, watching copious amount of Gossip Girl (I know, don't judge me), and cooking up a storm with friends.

Dinner with los homies on Tuesday night.

I am excited to see what this weekend will hold. Hopefully a lot more rest, more food shenanigans, more friend shenanigans, and hopefully in between all of that get a whole of work done. For more images of my Spring Break, you can stop by my Instagram.

Goals: Styleinspo a la Mia of La Vita Mia

Recently I have been struggling with feeling comfortable in my skin and as a result with my style as well. Those days when nothing seems to fit right and I just want to crawl under the covers and binge-watch Gossip Girl on Netflix with a Ben and Jerry's Salted Caramel Core pint in hand. However, I am realizing that it is in these moments that I need to put myself together and face the world proudly. So I turned to the style blogosphere for inspiration and came across this beautiful photo series of Mia of the blog La Vita Mia. And it is definitely style inspiration to the max.

Doesn't this just make you want to jet off to Italy, and ride a Vespa while wearing the a peep-toe pumps and a beautiful 50 style dress, wind in hair? After viewing this, I am feeling incredibly inspired to own my body, own my style, and stop waiting for tomorrow to present myself in a way that is fulfilling and empowering to me, and less concerned about what people think.

Images c/o of La Vita Mia

lørdag 14. mars 2015

GoodReads: Secrets of The Bending Grove by N. Maria Kwami

When I heard that my N. Maria Kwami (my mother's bestie) had published a novel in the early part of fall 2014, I was filled with anticipation. I received a review from my mother, who gushed about the book, further whetting my literary appetite. When I arrived home in Norway after study abroad, one of the first things I did (after getting copious amounts of sleep, hugs from my parents/sister, and my papa and mama's cooking) was to disappear into the literary mind of N. Maria Kwami. And boy, oh boy, was it good!

Secrets of The Bending Grove introduces the reader to guarded and lovable protagonist Shika Amenyo who is burdened with the weight of several undisclosed and unaddressed issues when her cousin-brother Sefa returns from a professional sojourn in Europe saddled with a mystery illness that is draining the life from his frail body. Sefa enlists Shika's help to tie up loose ends. Through this process, their friends and family, from Sefa's committed mother, Tassie and to Shika's best friends Miyo and Sweetie. is forced to deal with some secrets they have kept under wraps, to let the pain and trauma of those secrets float to the surface, and to deal with them once and for all.

I don't want to give any aspects of the plot away, because I want you all to go and purchase and read this page-turner. However, I will give some insight into my visceral responses to this novel. When I read Secrets of The Bending Grove, I was at that point in return culture-shock of feeling Ghana-sick, and replaying a montage of memories in my mind. N. Maria Kwami creates a most vivid and lush imagery of Ghana, and of Ghanaian culture. I could see the colours and warm sights she described, smell the scents that make up the unique olfactory personality of Ghana's urban spaces, taste the flavours of Ghanaian cuisine, as they intersected with moments of friendship, of romance, of loss and pain. The characters are authentic, multifaceted, flawed, and oh-so relatable. Sefa's integrity, fierce loyalty to Shika and Tassie, and the pure tragedy of his life. Shika's odd combination of self-assuredness and insecurity, her ease with providing help, love, support, her discomfort with receiving it, and her ability to grow. You'll feel a tug of melancholy all the way through this novel, and an ache of pain as you close the book upon reaching the end, wishing you could read it all over again, with fresh eyes and a fresh mind.

The book is available on Amazon. Buy a copy for your mama, buy a copy for your daddy, buy a copy for great aunt's cousin. You won't regret it!