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

Swoon ...Papa Wemba:

Today's crush is none other than the king of rumba and godfather of sokous, Papa Wemba!

This Congolese music maverick passed away earlier this year, and the world lost of its most creative and talented individuals. His rhythms were a mainstay in my childhoods and adolescence and I am so grateful for the gift of his music. A legend has now become an ancestor. 

Image c/o Google

mandag 4. juli 2016

100 Days Of Positive Thinking: Day 61 (The Legacy of Bill Cunningham)

June 25th, the great photographer, Bill Cunningham passed away. Cunningham started his career as a hatmaker. As fashion trends began to shift and hats ceased to be a wardrobe staple, he began to photograph the diverse style expressions in the city he had come to call home, New York.

He spent over 40 years cycling through the Big Apple (in his trademark blue coat, simple trousers, and black trainers), documenting the sartorial sensibilities of New Yorkers of all walks of life.

While the style expressions of New Yorkers were Cunningham's focus, in the words of Quartz, he was so much more than a fashion photographer. As As Amelia Diamond of Man Repeller said, Cunningham's photography "democratized fashion". He pushed beyond perceptions of what high or low fashion, who is an insider or who is on the margins. Any stylish New Yorkers could be beautiful and interesting enough to be captured by his lens.

Cunningham shied away from public attention or renown. He was committed to his craft above all else. He was also a progressive soul, who encouraged the fashion world not to complain about the rise of so-called "fast fashion", but rather to strive better understand millenials and their new aesthetic sensibilities, " Their educating the insides of their heads, as they should do! Not the outside, with a fancy hat or a dress. Simple clothes... That's the key. I think that's what the fashion world should really think about." 

Mr. Cunningham was truly one of a kind. So grateful for the ample inspiration for his amazing work ethic, the simplicity of his lifestyle, and for the sheer quality and stunning diversity of the images he shot. Thank you for sharing your beautiful eye with us. 

Images c/o Google