mandag 30. mai 2016

Swoon ...: Jeff Goldblum

No words .... #sexyjeff

Mac Weekly Style File: Part III

It's been a few weeks since I shared from my Mac Weekly style file, so here's another excerpt featuring one of favourite pieces in my wardrobe, this striped sweater dress from Monki.

And a quote from the article:

"Toa-Kwapong’s culturally diverse background is both synergistic and at odds within the context of her style. She has created a unique dynamic for her self-expression. Throw in the hip-hop aesthetic and Minnesota winters, and you have the ultimate melting pot of stylistic inspiration. While the photographs help to convey Toa-Kwapong’s confidence and her variety of stylistic influences, I will attempt to do justice to Toa-Kwapong’s brilliant musings and advice about personal style in the following paragraphs.
When asked about the origins of her interest in fashion, Toa-Kwapong immediately points to her Ghanaian grandmother. “I have a grandma who’s really into clothes. She had a wardrobe full of high-heeled shoes and a lot of makeup.” Additionally, Toa-Kwapong credits her grandmother with teaching her that “you could be a woman who’s smart and eloquent and cares about a lot of different things, and that doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive of expressing yourself through style.” Her grandmother’s love of “bright patterns and mixed colors and textures” also fit into what Toa-Kwapong calls a “West-African aesthetic,” referring to the colors, textures and tight-fitting tendency of the clothing popular in West Africa. However, Toa-Kwapong relates more to her mother’s mantra that “comfort should be first. You can look good and feel good, and they don’t have to be at the expense of each other.” Therefore, growing up in Scandinavia was beneficial to Toa-Kwapong because of the “abundance of shape and textures” in the fashion in Norway."
To read the story in its entirety, click here.

Image c/o Shannon Mahedy for the Mac Weekly.

torsdag 26. mai 2016

100 Days Of Positive Thinking: Day 57 (Graduation Musings)

On May 14th, 2016, I graduated from college. It still seems somewhat surreal that I have a bachelor's degree. The entire process was full of a lot of love, support, and family. It was truly a time of gathering and celebration. This journey would not have been possible without my family, who have been my pillars throughout. I love you all so much. Also our commencement speakers were actress and playwright, Danai Gurira and composer Gary Hines who founded the Grammy-winning music group, Sound of Blackness. Both of these amazing individuals graduated from my alma mater. A few of my friends and I had the great privilege and pleasure of meeting and spending some time talking with Danai and her parents the night before graduation. To say we were starstruck would be an understatment. What a godess!

The crew with Danai.

With mama, papa, and big sis. I love my unit.

Jumping for joy!

Some of the most special ladies in my life. Love you guys!

Big 'ol squad pic.

Our family reps Ghana, Norway, the UK, Jamaica, and Sierra Leone. 
We are proudly culturally confused. 

My dear friend, Hanna. So much love for this woman. 

Had to rep Norway since May 17th was only three days away.

Thanks again to everyone who has supported in reaching this milestone. It truly does take a village and I am so grateful to each and everyone of you.

mandag 23. mai 2016

Interior Inspiration: Light, Airy and Bright

As a recent graduate, I am thinking about the future - job prospects, travel goals, where I will be based in the next few years. You name it, my brain is mulling over it. When I want to think less about the more stressful future issues, I imagine what my future apartment might look like. Most of the time my interior daydreams look something like this ...

Isn't it lush?

Images c/o Muses Uniform

100 Days Of Positive Thinking: Day 56 (Maya Angelou on Living Well)

It dawned on me today that it's taken me almost two years to get just to get to Day 56 of this challenge. Part of it is the business of school (which is no longer an excuse #Classof2016!). Another part is that it's been a rough year and half, and finding beauty in everyday life has not been hard. With the transition period I am about to enter, I am excited to work harder on the pursuit of joy and positivity. Life is both flowers and warts, and you can't have one without the other, but I hope to learn to glean the lessons from the hard stuff and gleefully celebrate the good. 

Maya Angelou deeply embodied this idea of living joyfully. Her life was full of ups and downs, but she rode each wave and made her existence beautiful. This quote popped on my newsfeed today and it was just what I needed:

Living well is an art that can be developed: a love of life and ability to take great pleasure from small offerings and assurance that the world owes you nothing and that every gift is exactly that, a gift. 
— Maya Angelou (Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now)

Image c/o Google

søndag 22. mai 2016

Song of the Day: "Should Have Known Better" by Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens is hands down one of the most creative musicians in the business right now. 'Should Have Known Better' is my favourite song off his album Carrie and Lowell, which is named after Sufjan's mother and stepfather. His mother, Carrie suffered from depression, schizophrenia, and substance abuse, and abandoned Sufjan when he was a year old. Sufjan wrote the album to cope with her death and to process his childhood. The album traces the broad spectrum of emotions that come with grief, and confronting the ugliness and beauty of life.

What are you listening to today?