søndag 30. april 2017

Dubie's Book List: "Year of Yes" by Shonda Rhimes

Over the weekend, I started reading Shonda Rhimes' "Year of Yes". The book has had me chuckling, nodding aggresively, and suspiciously glancing sideways to see if anyone has noticed how exposed a paragraph has me feeling. If you are in a moment of transition and/or transformation, I highly recommend this read. I think we can all benefit from not allowing fear to rule and daring to say "yes" to new experiences and opportunities. Rhimes opens up about the woman behind the shows and words we all love so much. The result is this witty, entertaining, and downright profound book.

Below are a couple of my favourite quotes:
“Who you are today . . . that’s who you are. Be brave. Be amazing. Be worthy. And every single time you get the chance? Stand up in front of people. Let them see you. Speak. Be heard. Go ahead and have the dry mouth. Let your heart beat so, so fast. Watch everything move in slow motion. So what. You what? You pass out, you die, you poop? No. (And this is really the only lesson you’ll ever need to know.)” 

“They tell you: Follow your dreams. Listen to your spirit. Change the world. Make your mark. Find your inner voice and make it sing. Embrace failure. Dream. Dream and dream big. As a matter of fact, dream and don’t stop dreaming until your dream comes true.

I think that’s crap.
I think a lot of people dream. And while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really interesting, powerful, engaged people? Are busy doing.” 

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 97

1. This poem by Cleo Wade
2. Laura Mvula made a really informative documentary about anxiety
3. All about flatform sandals for the summer (and for life. tbh)
4. Black men who love, support and protect black women
5. This vine (it's make me laugh so hard!)

fredag 28. april 2017

Styleinspo a la Jenn and Vicky

I have not been following twin sisters Jenn and Vicky on Instagram for very long, but they have already become major sources of style inspiration. And I love to see sisters who are close and sartorially slay together in the process. Check out some of their dope outfits below.

Love this illustration Ben Biayenda made of them.

Images from here

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 96 (Formation Scholarships, Michael Scott, and A Long Lost Bollywood Track)

1. Throwback to this gorgeous Chicago view from two summers ago
2. Beyonce is offering Formation scholarships
3. I would have loved to see this happen #MichaelScottTedTalk
4. Oprah' hand placement brings me so much joy
5. This Bollywood song I have been looking for for years

torsdag 27. april 2017

Song of the Day: "Nine Out Of Ten" by Caetano Veloso

I'm on major Brazilian, particularly Bahian, music tip at the moment and cannot stop listening to Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil. The last few days I have not been able to get this song out of my head and it's been on repeat (maybe that has something to do with why I can't get it out my head?). I watched an interview with Veloso and Gil where they talked about being exiled from their homeland and having to relocate to England. This song, I imagine, was written as they dealt with this transition. It's definitely speaking to me and reminding me of moments of change in my own life. 

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 95 (Frida Kahlo, African Fairies, and Jeff Goldblum)

1. I'm ready to get some travelling in this summer. Throwback to road-tripping to Devil's Tower with my sister and two friends three years ago.
2. Frida Kahlo's incredible wardrobe
3. These African fairies (yes, they exist all around you)
4. Jeff Goldblum working in a food truck
5. Never not listening to A Seat A The Table

onsdag 26. april 2017

Swoon: Issa Amb

I have often come across photos of Senegalese artist, curator, and visionary, Issa Amb taken by street style photographers, but I had honestly never taken the time to learn more about who he was. I learnt of his passing today and the name of this amazing artist who image had repeatedly caught my interest with his incredible style and dignified air. Samb was one of the founding members of the Laboratoire Agit'Art in 1973 and an internationally recognized artist known for a ground-breaking approach that incorporated sculpture, painting, and performance. He has brought so much to Senegal, Africa, and the world as an artist and a human being. I am sad that I did not know more about him while he was alive. I am grateful for his contributions and look forward to learning more about his work. 

Image c/o Christa Holka

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 94 (Octavia Butler, Group Chats and Victorian Collars)

Today's list of cool things:
1. Loving this manifestation by the legendary writer, Octavia Butler and how true these came! Going to print this and frame it. I also want to work on writing out my own  manifestations.
2. Group chats where you feel understood, loved, and get all the lols (you know who you are)
3. I'm all about Victorian collar shirts for the summer, taking inspiration from Jenn and Vicky
4. This photo shoot with my Fellow Ghanaian fave, Stephanie Afrifa is so dope
5. 7 Africa-focused documentaries on Netflix right now (though I wish more of them were produced by black/African people)

tirsdag 25. april 2017

Styelinspo a la Nikisha Brunson

If you are ever looking for motivating words or health inspiration, Nikisha Brunson's Instagram is the place to go. She is beacon of positivity, consciousness, and holistic living. And her wardrobe is on point too. Brunson beautifully combines cool comfort and style. This spring, I am looking to switch things up, and the outfits below are serving as great inspiration.

For more of Brunson's amazing style, check out this feature Man Repeller did on her, as well as her own blog.

Image c/o Nikisha Brunson's Instagram

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 93 (Jumping For Joy)

The joy and abandon in this photo? This is the kind of energy I want to manifest today and every day, if possible. I want to jump and dance so high that my phone jumps out of my pocket.

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."

- Maya Angelou

mandag 24. april 2017

Song of the Day: "Alien" by Jojo Abot

I've been a big fan of Jojo Abot's for quite some time. A few months ago I stumbled across this song and I've had it on repeat since. Love the juxtaposition of the gently throbbing Ghanaian dondo drum against the Danish landscape in the music video.

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 92 (Sister Chats, Berekuso, and Summer Sandals)

1. My sister's incredibly kind and inspiring words
2.This stunning photo (above) of Berekuso, where I spent a semester studying (c/o Kwame Pocho)
3. This classic track (cannot stop listening to it)
4. The perfect sandals for summer
5. This trailer has me in my feels, really looking forward to this film

søndag 23. april 2017

Swoon: Prince Rogers Nelson

Because honestly, no man holds a torch to the artist formerly known as .... Truly one a kind and a very, very sexy gentleman. We are blessed that he graced with his raw magnetism and otherworldly talent. Remembering him and celebrating him, always. 

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 91 (Self-Care)

A reminder that it is important to prioritize self-care and self-love:

Image c/o Be Beautiful La's Instagram

lørdag 22. april 2017

Styleinspo a la SZA

Lately I have been feeling very inspired by SZA's style. I really enjoy the way the way she combines tomboy and feminine pieces to create a unique aesthetic. 

An excerpt from an interview with Teen Vogue:
 "I feel like every outfit I have ever planned ahead is trash. I had nothing to wear and this whole time. I tried to go to Percell before I left New York and I was like, damn, I'm not going to make it. I’m like, “I have nothing to wear.” My team is all guys so they're just like, I” don't know what that means, but okay.” On the day of I'm just like, whatever, I just want to be comfortable."

Images c/o SZA's Instagram

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 90 (Sister Time, Prince, and Girlboss)

Things that have brought me joy over the last two days:
1. Sharing a creme brulee with my sister at Fogo De Chao for her birthday.
2. Nordstrom ads (1 & 2) featuring LaTonya Yvette and her little boy.
3. This article by Dodai Stewart on "Prince, Blackness, and Sexuality"
4. The new Girlboss series on Netflix - annoying and good, all at once.
5. This photo of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

fredag 21. april 2017

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 89 (Viola Davis, April Moodboards, Personal Beauty)

1. Viola is one of Time Magazine's most influential people. Her cover is amazing! What a beautiful woman.
2. Loving this April moodboard by Rebecaa of A Clothes Horse
3. Naomi's styling of these J. Crew culottes is superb. Wondering is I should get a pair?
4. This important reminder from Ijeoma Umebinyuo
5. Chloe and Halle's gorgeous rendition of Kendrick Lamar's "Humble"

torsdag 20. april 2017

Song of the Day: "Golden Brown" by the Stranglers

Not sure why, but spring and summer have always been a cue to crank up the 1960s - 1980s music. "Golden Brown" by the Stranglers in particular is a track that I always turn to as spring brings the first days of substantial warmth. If I had to choose, the song is a top contender for my favourite song. It's been a mainstay in my home since I was a little girl, I have never tired of it. In fact, as I have grown older, my love for it has simply grown. I am a fan of the Stranglers' music in general, but "Golden Brown" holds a special place in my heart. 

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 88

I have often been the person who scoffs at inspirational or motivational sentences, thinking myself too serious to be positively impacted by them. However, recently I have found that cynic in me making room for things I would once have called cliche. If something is able to uplift and inspire, can it be so bad? And who I am to be snobbish about it? 

I saw the quote above on Gina aka The Wig Witch's Instagram page and thought to myself, "That is so true!" I am increasingly drawn to the idea of treating each and every day like a fresh beginning. As I am getting older, I am beginning to wonder if this is not one of the keys to a joyful life. I think my dad quite wonderfully embodies this. He is a beacon of positivity and treats each day and week, each month and year as brand new beginnings. He said something to me recently that I have not been able to stop thinking about - "Life is about hope." It jolted me out of a monotonous negativity I had been dwelling in and brought back an optimism I have not felt for quite some time. So grateful for my dad and his beautiful spirit.

onsdag 19. april 2017

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 87 (Moses Sumney, Natural Hair Chats, and James Baldwin's Archives)

Cool things:
1. The above photo of Moses Sumney looking amazing and serene in neutrals
2. Also this pic of Solange from Moses' Instagram page
3. Amy Sall's interview with Nordstrom
4. This candid and relatable video by Kristabel Plummer about her hair journey
5. James Baldwin's hidden archives - this is exciting!

Dubie's Book List: "The Book Of Night Women" by Marlon James

"Every negro walk in a circle. Take that and make of it what you will. A circle like the sun, a circle like the moon, a circle like bad tidings that seem gone but always, always come back.”
- Marlon James, The Book of Night Women

The first book I read this year was The Book of Night Women by Marlon James. Fun fact: Marlon James teaches at my alma mater, and I used to see him around campus and at black functions. I would marvel at his effortless style swag, but never mustered the courage to actually speak to him. I have had all James' published books on my to-read list, but had not actually gotten around to reading one yet. So I decided to pick up a copy of The Book of Night Women from the library, and I am really happy that I did.

The book follows Lillith, an enslaved woman born at the turn of the 18th century on Jamaican plantation. Her mother dies in childbirth and the white overseer who raped her mother places her in the care of another slave woman. The book follows Lillith as she grows into adolescence and then into the womanhood, and the complications she and the people around encounter within the brutal institution of slavery. 

The book is beautifully written, incredibly well-researched, and painfully violent. Despite being quite squeamish, I struggled to put the book down and swallowed it one or two sittings.  It is one of the most creative and compelling fictional documents on slavery. Highly recommended!

Image c/o Google

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 86 (Nina Simone, "Midnight", and New Orleans Footwork)

1. This photo of Nina Simone. Need to get rhinestones for my brows!
2.  This interview with Chidera Eggerue aka the Slumflower in OkayAfrica.
3. Lianne La Havas singing "Midnight" live.
4. Serena Williams and her fiance, Alexis Ohanian are the cutest.
5. The master of New Orleans footwork.

tirsdag 18. april 2017

Styleinspo a la Yaminah Mayo

Yaminah Mayo is one of my favourite Instagram fashionistas. Her style and demeanour just give off the vibe of someone who has a strong sense of themselves. Mayo is a master of colour and texture, and is probably one of the greatest thrift shoppers that has ever lived. These are some of my favourite ensembles from both her blog, Spicy Mayo and her Instagram page. 

Mayo also shares advice and affirmations from her mother on her blog. Here is one of my favourites:
"You can't operate from a place of lack. You have to let life meet you where you are."