mandag 14. november 2016

Goals: Styleinspo a la Kai Avent-deleon

When it comes to style, I have a strong preference for boxy, loose fits. I enjoy playing with different styles and silhouettes, but I love the moments in which I am able to combine comfort and class. Every now and then, I come across someone who embodies a similar aesthetic and I can't but think that maybe we belong to the same tribe. Kai Avent-deleon, owner of the Brooklyn concept boutique, Sincerely, Tommy is one such individual.

This winter, I really would like to invest in more roll-neck sweaters. I love how Kai pairs of this one with asymmetrical skirt and Adidas sneakers and boxy bag. And the colours? So good.

More amazingness in the form of roll-neck sweaters. But it is the mix of colours and textures that makes these two looks so good. From the thick woolliness of the coat to shininess of the shoe, it just works.

She is master of making mesh/see-through look classy and cool. Also those Nike Air Max Liquid Golds? I die. 

The next time I visit New York, I need to make my way to Sincerely Tommy and buy one of these gorgeous purses. I love how its structured form contrasts gorgeously with with more flowy fits.

I love that the past of couple of seasons, we have seen more unconventional trouser silhouettes gain popularity. Personally, I have been on the wide-leg/high-waisted pant train for quite some time. I adore how Kai embraces unconventional shapes and transition these pieces between the seasons. 

I have talked about the unique quality of women who are able to merge coolness with elegance. Kai is one of these women. And I am grateful that she blesses the world not only through her own style, but also through the her dope concept store. If you want to see more of Kai's awesomeness, you can visit her Instagram page or her store.

Images c/o Google

mandag 7. november 2016

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 67 (The Art of Being Yourself)

What is more beautiful than being fully yourself? In her Ted Talk, Caroline McHugh unpacks her philosophy of radical self-love and acceptance. She contrasts inferiority and superiority as two negative extremes. The former requires that you perceive  yourself as less than others, the latter that you see yourself above others. McHugh suggests that interiority, focusing on the gifts you have to offer and putting your time, effort, and passion in service of these gifts, can be a way to live your very best life. For not only are you not working towards and living your purpose, but you are also able to celebrate the gifts others have to offer, to celebrate and learn from them.

"There are very few things that I think are gender-specific, but one of them is something I call “approval addiction.” The need to be liked, the need for approbation, or recognition, or for somebody to tell you it’s okay. I find more woman suffer from that affliction than men, and I think it’s one of the most debilitating things. When it comes to being yourself needing other people’s approval, loving somebody else’s opinion, and mistaking it for your own is one of the most debilitating things you’ll do on the road to being yourself. You will never, ever be perceptionless, but it’s important to be perception free."

I will be returning to and unpacking this talk for quite some time. Every now and then, you need a reminder of what matters. This talk came along at just the right time and I am grateful for its lessons.

mandag 31. oktober 2016

Interior Inspiration: Tavi Gevinson's New York Apartment

I've recently become quite addicted to the Nowness' apartment tour series, a partnership with Apartamento magazine. I have been a fan of Tavi's for quite some time. Growing up my little Norwegian village, she inspired me to dress boldly. Though I definitely was not as fashion forward as she was, I always felt her a kindred spirit. I should have know that her apartment would be the stuff dreams are made of. 

You can see the whole space, and learn more Tavi and her creative process in this video:

Her space has me inspired to finally get it together and really decorate the apartment I share with my sister and close friend. I've been meaning to find a shelf and record-player for quite some time. I've also been meaning to deck out for our walls, get some good lighting and prepare the flat for indoor season, so our dwelling can have a cozy vibe.

Images and video c/o Nowness via Google

søndag 30. oktober 2016

Bidding Adieu to Autumn

This evening my sister mentioned that it seems fall is heaving its last breaths in our city. The last few leaves are clinging to their branches for dear life. Looking out of my window, it seems a particularly strong gust of wind might leave all the trees in my neighbourhood naked and defenseless against the cold.  And the winter season where I live is no joke!

Realizing that fall is in its final throes, I started to feel anxious. I wondered if I have been taking enough time to soak up my favourite season. To walk outside when the air is refreshingly crisp, but still warm to make long strolls enjoyable. To take in the gorgeous colours of the leaves as they acquired rich tones of yellow, red, and brown. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, have I forgotten to enjoy autumn?

The transition out of college has been a bit of a challenge for me (a post on this is coming up). I have never been fond of change. It tends sadden my already melancholy soul. When my sister drew my attention to impending passing of the season, it was much-needed jolt out of my nostalgic haze. A reminder that I need make time to look around and notice the beauty in transition. Like the trees during autumn and winter, change can leave us feeling exposed and vulnerable. But the gorgeous colours and brisk air of fall, it call also be great source of inspiration and revival. Here's to embracing the growth that comes with transitions, and making the most the remaining bits of autumn.

Photo of me in Paris from 2010, taken by a friend  

mandag 10. oktober 2016

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 66 (The Power of Words)

It's a new week and I am excited for what I will bring. I am really enjoying keeping positive affirmations around me as much as I can. Recently I have been thinking a lot about the power of words, and how the way we speak to ourselves and those around us can have a huge impact on our lives and the things we manifest. 

Image via Natural Belle

Proverbs 18:21 encapsulates this: "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." This scripture is speaking, among other things, to the ability of the language we use to powerfully alter our sense of self, our relationships, and the trajectory of our lives. I am trying to be more mindful about the words I say, particularly practicing positive and uplifting self-talk.

How are you going into the week?

søndag 25. september 2016

Goals: Styleinspo a la Andrea Bomo

It's getting darker earlier and there is a chill in the air, which makes me very happy! I can't wait for the leaves to begin to switch up their colours and for it to be socially acceptable for me to play Christmas music. Yes, I am that person who would start listening to Christmas songs in August if the world would not chastise me for it. But in the mean time, I am excited to listen to veer toward a more melancholy soundtrack and list of films and cozy up on the couch. 

In this transitional time, I'm also drawing inspiration for my autumn outfits. I am excited to bring out the sweaters and duster coats for the fall season and to wear more layers. Andrea Bomo is style baddie and featuring heavily on my autumn fashion moodboard. She used live in Paris and ran a blog called Paris Most Wanted. She has since relocated to Cameroon and now runs the blog

These are great looks for that awkward space of time when it's too chilly to not wear a sweater, but still not cold enough to properly bundle up. I am loving the rule-breaking of pairing black and different shades of brown together. Gorge. 

The unconventional colour-combinations here are everything. Who knew red, turqouise, and hot pink could go together so well. Ms. Bomo did and she is gracious enough to share this with the rest of us. Also loving the oversize sweater with the peak-a-boo skirt. Going to be living in looks like this one this autumn, to be quite honest.

In addition to being a colour palette connoisseur, Andrea is master of combining textures. Here she brings together cozy knits, smooth leather, and crisp linen to make an amazing fall/winter transitional outfit.

How perfect is this suede-shearling coat? I've been searching for one like this for quite some and this look is making me think that I need to amp my search. Open-toed shoes with sandals is the future, y'all. We can thank Andrea Bomo for teaching us the way forward. Make sure to stop by her blog and show her some love.

Who's inspiring your fall moodboard?

Images c/o Google

Song Of The Day: "They Can't Take That Away From Me" by Ella and Louis

I really can't think of musical duo whose harmonies move me quite like Ella and Louis. Individually, they are already vocal and emotive forces to be reckoned with. Together, they achieve a musical connection that is purely transcendent. And we the listeners have the great privilege of eavesdropping on the magic they produce together.

This song in particular has a special place in my heart. I sang it during my speech at my high school graduation and it will always remind of that time in my life, evoking a combination of joy and aching nostalgia. Those moments were truly precious. 

What are you listening to today?

lørdag 24. september 2016

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 65 (The Art and Power of Self-Definition)

Recently I've been spending quite a bit of time contemplating the art and power of self-definition. I think it's really important to make time and find spaces in which we are able to mould ourselves and growi into the versions of ourselves we have always dreamt of being. 

I find such great joy in focusing on the things that I do have the ability to change and make better. Our world is constantly wrought with ugliness, and it is essential to think of ways that we can be instrumental in improving it condition. But in order to do that, we have to make sure we taking good care of ourselves. I recently had the great honour of attending a screening of one my favourite films ever, "Sankofa" by Ethiopian-American director, Haile Gerima. Mr. Gerima has been one of my heroes for a long time, thanks to an introduction by my mama as a child. He spoke about the importance of self-analysis and self-change, and cited this as the foundation for sustainable community change. This is beautiful philosophy, but can be difficult to apply as humans are not always the most adept at being self-reflexive. But as Mr. Gerima suggest, the key is start with the self. And that's my current mission ....

Image c/o Google

Swoon ...: Colin Firth

 I just saw Bridget Jones Baby with my sisters this week, and Colin Firth is as bae-ish as ever. Still as charming as in this photo of him as a 21 year old, early in his acting career.

I am also drawing inspiration from his outfit here - I love the combination of the distressed pullover with the neatness of the trouser, shirt, and blazer combination. Beautifully done. Playing it up with some Doc Martens would be fun for a homage to the rude boy aesthetic. Oh Colin, always offering ample wardrobe and swoon inspiration!

Photo c/o Google

fredag 2. september 2016

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 64 (Parisian Positivity)

These past few days I have been struggling to stay positive. However, looking through my photos of reminded me of this beautiful day in Paris. I was sixteen and on my first trip with friends and no parents. My friends and danced outside Notre Dame, ate baguettes, and had the time of our lives.  

Happy Labour Day Weekend!

tirsdag 2. august 2016

Song Of The Day: "DYWM" by Nao

British singer, Nao's much-anticipated debut album, "For All We Know" is out and I am stoked! I have been working my way through the album and relishing each track. The songs on the album achieves that gorgeous, but rare quality of being deliciously distinct, but perfectly tied together.

The song above, DYWM, is currently my favourite on this album. Give it and the rest of the album a listen. You will not be disappointed. In other music news, my unrequited love, Frank Ocean is supposed to be releasing his album, "Boy's Don't Cry" on Friday. I am containing my excitement till I hear it. Frank is not stranger to toying with his own music deadlines. 
And the emotions of his fans, ha ha! 

What are you listening to today? Are you a Frank Ocean fan?

lørdag 30. juli 2016

100 Days Of Positive Thinking: Day 63 (Thinking of Berekuso)

Lately I have been missing Ghana quite a bit. It's now a bit a over a year since my last visit, and I am already hankering for another. When the Ghana-nostalgia kicks in, I tend to pull up my photos for my time spent there in 2014 and last year. 

This shot is from the road in the town of Berekuso, where I spent a semester studying two years ago. The lush, greenness of the flora contrasted so beautifully with the brown of the sand and the blue of the heavens. Absolutely gorgeous and always puts a smile on my face.

What's putting a smile on your face today?

fredag 29. juli 2016

Interior Inspiration: Semi-Maximalism in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

This gorgeous Fort Greene, Brooklyn apartment owned by a creative couple named Joan and Matt Lemay. The LeMay's are renters and show how you put a personal, cosy touch on a rented space. I am drawing many ideas from this to decorate this space.

Inspiration I am drawing from their space: Leafy green plants in white pots, bold and colourful paintings, and mismatched furniture make for an ace combination!

Images c/o Apartment Therapy

lørdag 16. juli 2016

Goals: Styleinspo a la Eva Geraldine Fontanelli

Eva Geraldine Fontanelli has been one of my main modern style inspirations for quite some time. I first came across her on The Sartorialist a few years ago, I immediately fell in love with the playfulness of her fashion sense and her infectiously joyous demeanour.

Prints and patterns are a staple in Eva's wardrobe. Leafy, striped, or floral, she does not shy away from them. She'll play them up with a variety of accessories, like pastel heels, Stan Smiths, or a fun fur hat.

Thanks to Eva, I know that I need a fluffy skirt in my life. Possibly one in every colour. She shows how this skirt can be softened with a light sweater and low block heel.Or jazzed up with an embossed leather jacket.

I adore her pairings of long coats with different textures and colours.
Look how lush the fringe coat and hi top Nike Air Prestos combination is.

Not just long coats, but also long skirts and dresses. 

And when I am looking for hat inspiration, I always make sure to stop by Eva's 
Instagram or blog for some ideas. It just always seems like she is being herself, that she is comfortable and having fun. If you are a fan of quirky and playful fashion, check out more of Eva of style. You won't be disappointed. 

Images c/o Google Images

Song of The Day: "Midnight in Paris" by Jordan Mackampa

I recently started listening to this gentleman and I am completely smitten. The acoustic sound of Jordan Mackampa is absolutely gorgeous. His lyrics are thoughtful and witty, melodies intricate and soothing all at once. His EP "Physics"is coming in September, so keep an eye (or rather an ear) out for this incredible up and comer, and support his music. 

 "Midnight in Paris" is my favourite Mackampa track so far. Have a listen!

What are you listening to today?

fredag 8. juli 2016

100 Days Of Positive Thinking: Day 62 (For Alton and Philando)

It's been an exhausting 48 hours. First the murder of Alton Sterling. Then the very next day right in my backyard, the murder of Philando Castile. And then yesterday, the death of four cops who were protecting Black Lives Matter protestors in Dallas. I echo Marvin Gaye, "What's Going On?"

Please, hold your loved ones dear. Let's find productive and love-motivated ways to dismantle the systems and norms that allow for hate and violence to thrive, particularly against black and brown bodies. Rest in peace, Alton Sterling. Rest in peace, Philando Castile. Rest in peace, to the four Dallas officers. Thank you for your service. My thoughts are with their families. 
 Black Lives Matter. Say it. Repeat it. Until you believe it.

Take care good people.

Image c/o Google.

tirsdag 5. juli 2016

Goals: Styleinspo a la BET Awards

Though it's been a couple weeks since the 2016 BET Awards, the world is still abuzz with the words of Jesse Williams, whose amazing speech stole the show. Another thing that captured my attention was the fashion on the pre-show white carpet.

Alicia Keys rocked a gorgeous, flowy silk jumpsuit with strappy heels.

Raven Goodwin with a fresh take on the wrap dress, gorgeously matched with a headwrap.

Bilal showing that formal attires can come in different  cultural expressions.

Gabrielle Union rocking some burgundy West African lace and classy beaded braids.

Chloe and Halle are not only an incredibly talented sister musical, but are ridiculously stylish to boot. Excited to see where their sartorial journey will take them.

Ingrid serving texture and effortless cool in this look.

And Janelle continues to be creative and on point with new, inspiring iterations of 
her tuxedo/suit uniform #sheslays.

Did you watch the BET White Carpet? What were some of your favourite looks?

Images c/o Google