Thursday, April 10, 2014

Insta-Life Takeover



My Instagram these days seem to be a pretty accurate reflection of my life right now. Art, reading the occasional inspirational quote, more art, binging on unhealthy foods to deal with the stress, and drawing/writing in my sketchbook to make more art. I feel like it would be easy to complain right now (trust me, I've done that enough already) but, someone said the most simple and honest thing I've heard this entire week -- "You signed up for this; therefore, you can't complain." Simple. As. That. BOOM. So from then on, I stopped. I signed up for this. I chose to go to college and really get something from it. Complaining only diminishes the experience. 

Also, I'm moving tomorrow! The crazy thing is that life has been so insane that I've only managed to pack two boxes. TWO. BOXES. In the morning, a good friend of mine is bringing her dad's truck to my apartment so we can load up all of my furniture and take it to my new residence. Let's all cross our fingers that I can actually get a good bit of my stuff packed by 8 A.M.

For all of you pulling all nighters, I've added a couple of awesome playlists from my Spotify account. Definitely oldies, but goodies. Dance and enjoy! xx




Friday, April 4, 2014

365 | Love, Heartbreak, and The Art of Moving On

"Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have—life itself."
- Walter Anderson


It's been almost 365 days since my first heartbreak. It's taken me almost that long to fully come to terms with it, to accept it, and even now I still wonder if those residual feelings are completely gone. Like any hurt, it's been a process - one that I have avoided sharing with most people in my life. It's mostly been because of embarrassment, shame, and little bit of guilt. I've been feeling the need to share with you for a while knowing that there are probably some of you who have or currently are dealing with similar issues, but my own personal battles with this have hindered me from doing that. Now that it's been almost a year, I feel like I've finally come out of that foggy place in my life and into a fresher, clearer perspective.

In nearly 365 days, I've realized that the concept of time is just as interesting as the people who impact our lives. It goes by so fast, yet so slow and we all spend our time wishing for more or less. I used to regret time- past mistakes, heartaches, and all of the time that I felt I had wasted. But I don't anymore. The universe is so vast and I'm just a speck on the radar, yet at the same time, if God thought enough to create me, then that must count for something, right? A person can learn so much in a year. I've learned my strengths, my weaknesses, and most importantly my self-worth. I've begun learning what it means to truly love someone as well as what it means to truly and openly receive it.

To be honest, the person I was a year ago isn't someone I would necessarily be proud of today. I was selfish, naive, and for some reason always feeling the need for approval from others.  The hardest and most difficult times in my life so far have proven to be the most beneficial. I've begun to think of it as a form of purification and refining - purifying me of all of my immaturity and refining me into a strong woman. Though it sucks to go through it and I oftentimes wondered why it all happened to me, I honestly couldn't imagine my life without the experience.

And while I may not have everything figured out in my life about my past, present, and future (nor do I expect to), I've figured out that building a strong foundation on love and forgiveness is a good place to start.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ikea Craze

“Home is the nicest word there is.” 
-Laura Ingalls Wilder


Ikea Craze



When it comes to home decor, my all time favorite store is Ikea. There's always a wide variety of items that are great for updating and refreshing any home or apartment. Over the course of a year, I've purchased all of the furniture that I think I'll be needing for a while so whatever I purchase for now will be little accessories. These are a few that I've had my eye on. 

LINK LOVE --

1// Ikea.com is one of the greatest home decor sites you'll ever visit. The closest store that they have near me is in Atlanta, GA which is two hours away. I plan to visit soon when I also make a trip to the High Museum of Art

2// Having spent almost an entire year in my small studio apartment, I found it somewhat difficult to decorate. That was around the time that I ran across ApartmentTherapy.com and everything changed. They have great interior decorating ideas and advice for just about any apartment situation and I feel that it can definitely used for those who live in houses as well.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Life Update | 21

Life is about trusting your feelings and taking chances, losing and finding happiness, 
appreciating the memories, learning from the past, and realizing people change.
Atul Purohit



Well it appears that turning 21 has arrived much faster than I could have ever realized. I can't help, but think of how much has changed in a year. People have come in and out of my life. My beliefs and ideals have shifted. The things that I thought mattered the most to me have seemed to dwindle down my priority list.

I'm learning quickly that our 20's can be a pretty confusing, even tumultuous time because we're all trying to figure out just the basics of life like college, career, relationships. We're given these bits and pieces of advice from older people and expected to be able to piece everything together in order to know what to do with our lives. For those of us who still hold close to our religions, we search for answers from God, the Bible, the Koran, etc.. and even then, we're still left wondering whether the "answers" we've come received are truly God's or if their our own.

Clearly I'm still attempting to figure it all out, but just not all at the same time. As far as my life is concerned, I thought that I'd update you guyssss. 

APARTMENT - I'll be moving out of my first apartment in less than a month. After all of the issues that I had with it in the beginning, I've truly grown to love it. This move is really great for me though. I'll be saving money and living in a better part of the city. The only unfortunate thing about

WORK & SCHOOL - School has been absolutely amazing - tough, but still incredibly wonderful. I never thought that I could enjoy what I do everyday, but I'm so thankful that my dreams seem to be falling into place. And while I may not know exactly where I'll end up living and starting my career when I'm done with school, it's nice to see that something is finally beginning to show from all of my hard work. 

PERSONAL LIFE - My personal life is a bit of a mess at the moment. Nothing really feels constant at the moment, but I'm beginning to believe that's the way life is meant to be. Ever changing - ever evolving. I've made it a point to spend a few nights a week with friends just hanging out and spending quality time together. It's been really refreshing and I've noticed that it's made me feel much more connected to the world than when I was submersed in social media. 

Speaking of social media, you may have noticed that I haven't been updating as much as I used to. This year, I've made it a point to actually live life rather than experiencing it through a laptop or cellphone. Now when I attempt to update my S.M., I find myself wondering whether it even matters letting everyone know that I did XYZ. While I may not update my Twitter, Instagram, and definitely Facebook as much, I can assure you guys that when I post it'll actually be something that is meaningful and not just posted for the sake of posting.

I wish you all a WONDERFUL weekend. Go out and do something meaningful and worthwhile! xx

Monday, March 3, 2014

Josephine Akioyamen | Fenix Couture

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I discovered this beautiful 2013 collection a few days ago while searching for African and African American created art/fashion. I found SO many amazing and talented people including Josephine Akioyamen. Her 2013 collection is really eye-catching and the prints are stunning. Her line Fenix Couture has a website, but unfortunately the link isn't working for some reason. I plan to keep looking around for more of her stuff so I'll update you guys if I find anything else. :)

By the way, we are SO close to Spring! Yay! Bring on warmer weather and dresses! 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

INSPIRATION | Turbans

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Recently, I've acquired this crazy obsession with turbans. I love that they come in lots of amazing colors and patterns,  but I find beauty in the many, varied ways to tie them. Simplicity and minimalism has become more important to me this year. Maybe because of a growing maturity. I'm not exactly sure. My personal style, ideas, and beliefs are slowly shifting and changing. The one thing I've learned though above all else is that everything doesn't have to be figured out all at once. 

In case you didn't know, the name of the person featured in the image above is Yuna. She's a wonderful singer-songwriter that I've recently discovered within the last few months. Her style is impeccable.
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