lørdag 19. mars 2016

Mac Weekly Style File: Part II

Sharing another piece of my Style File with my college's newspaper, The Mac Weekly. It's currently one of the most shared articles on the Weekly's website, and I am so overwhelmed (in a positive way) by the support of friends and family with this piece.

 And a quote from the article:

 " 'My mom was always one of the people pushing me to express myself. Don’t let days pass by where you aren’t fully being yourself [...]'  Over the years she’s spent here, she has learned to “let loose a little more, think about other people’s opinions a little less and [focus] a little bit more about how this feels to [her].” This stems from her belief that “when you let people express themselves the way they want to, arguably the world is a better place. I think you have a lot of people who are really hemmed in, and take that out on others, and that’s why you have all of these comments. Maybe if more people were just doing what they wanted to, we wouldn’t have as much of that.” By these comments, Toa-Kwapong is referring to negative judgements about another person’s personal sense of style. To her, style is ideally a way “to be inspired by other people, and to be able to see something and acknowledge its beauty, and to have that not be an affront to you, even if it’s different. Just being able to appreciate things that you both can relate to and can’t relate to is powerful.” To sum it all up, Toa-Kwapong quoted Lisa Simpson of The Simpsons, “Be you how you be you.”

To read the story in its entirety, click here.

Images c/o Shannon Mahedy for the Mac Weekly.

torsdag 17. mars 2016

100 Days Of Positive Thinking: Day 55 (The Joy of Home Through the Joy of Travel)

Travel always puts me in this frame of mind where I am simultaneously joyful for the experience, but also have an increased appreciation for home (or for wherever I call home at that moment). I think that is one of the most beautiful things about getting away. The freshness of a new experience is something truly beautiful. It is interesting that observing and living someone else's 'normal' can be a powerful reminder of the beauty in things, people, and places you see on a daily basis.

 Enjoying the scenery after a hike in El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico.

What's put you in a good mental space today?

Image c/o my good friend, Rachel.

Interior Inspiration: Notting Hill Minimalism

I'm back home and currently drooling over architect Johanna Molineus's Notting Hill apartment. Molineus' space is a delicious blend of egg-shell white interior, brass-coloured kitchen appliances, and gorgeous Central and East Asian textiles that adorn walls, sofas, and are draped lavishly over tables.

Are you a fan of minimalistic spaces?
You can follow this link to see more of the apartment on Remodelista.

onsdag 16. mars 2016

Song of the Day: "Dasi Ko" by Bella Bellow

I am writing this post from San Juan, Puerto Rico, where I have been for the past four days spending the first part of my Spring Break. The trip was a surprise from my parents and older sister I am overwhelmed with joy and gratitude for the experience. It is last day here. I head to the airport in a couple of hours. I plan to write to do another post on the trip, but for now I leave you with my soundtrack for the last few day.

 I came across the song 'Dasi Ko' by the late, oh-so great Togolese singer Bella Bellow a couple of days ago and have been jamming to it since. Being in Puerto Rico has been quite reminiscent of being in Ghana for me, from the climate to the food to the rhythms I have heard around me. This song tapped right into that Ghana-longing and was the perfect theme for a tropical vacation. Ms. Bellow is legend of African music (and the music industry, in general), so please, give her a listen. You won't regret it. Have a wonderful Wednesday, all!

What are you listening to today?

tirsdag 1. mars 2016

Mac Weekly Style File: Part I

I recently had the great privilege of being interviewed and photographed for my college newspaper's Style File feature. I shared a few looks and talked with my interviewer, Shannon, about my style philosophy and the many inspirations behind my aesthetic. It really pushed me beyond my comfort zone, and in a direction I think is positive. Over the next couple of weeks, among other posts, I plan to share the images she captured, along with some quotes from the story.

Vest: Inherited from my papa // Dress: Cubus // Tights: H&M // Shoes: Din Sko

And a quote from the article:

“There are so many restrictions in the world, but your body is the one thing you have that you can do whatever you want with, and you can change that as much as you want. So knowing that I have the power to change my aesthetic at any time I think is really cool.” This mentality also relates to her identity as a woman of African descent. Toa-Kwapong referenced how her racial identity, hair style and self-expression intersect when she declared, “I am clearly a black African woman, and I think my aesthetic definitely shifts a lot depending on my hair style. So right now I have braids, and that’s one kind of aesthetic, but when I have my natural hair out as an afro I feel like almost a different person.”

To read the story in its entirety, click here.

Images c/o Shannon Mahedy for the Mac Weekly.