Atlanta is notorious for HOT + HUMID summers and after experiencing 24 summers here you would think I’m used to it. Not the case. Since I can’t walk around sans clothing, I have to settle for finding cute pieces to keep me cool during the sweltering summer months (tough life, I know). Enter this perfect romper to beat the heat in style. (more…)
I’m in a slump and I haven’t wanted to admit it out loud. The past couple of weeks I have been feeling incredibly “off”. Things are shifting and I’m trying to find my place, my solid ground, my launching pad to keep growing. I’m in this space of feeling like I’m continuously falling short in multiple areas of my life. I’m trying so hard to reach this abstract place of being on and poppin’ 24/7/365 in my professional and personal life, although I don’t know that that’s humanly possible. In short, I’m feeling defeated and that I’m not good enough, which is tough to admit.
I know in my heart of hearts that I am good enough. I know this won’t last and the space I’m in is temporary. God designed me with the mind and heart to win and I will. Life exists in a series of peaks and valleys and I’m in the midst of a valley right now. I’m only truly defeated if I stay here. And I won’t.
I already feel better by being able to get those thoughts out of my head and “talking” it out. Clearing the bad thoughts to make room for the good ones.
“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”
Anyone who follows me on Snapchat (@amazonprincesa) has witnessed me obsessing over this mix the past few days. I have no idea who Peder is or where he came from but I do know this mix by Lido, based off of Kanye West’s ‘Life of Pablo’, is the tits. I encourage you to listen (preferably in your car with the bass on 10) and enjoy.
At the top of 2016 I made a promise to myself that I would begin traveling solo. It was all part of this journey I embarked on my sophomore year of undergrad to become completely comfortable with being and acting alone — read more about that in my previous post, #Goals.
My plan was to start with trips close to home and expand from there. Per usual, my plan was not THE plan because I’ve officially completed my first solo trip abroad. Yea, that escalated quickly. (more…)
I’m sure you’ve been there. You have an idea in your head of why you choose to do or believe certain things but can never quite piece together the abstract thoughts into a nice and cohesive package to present to the public. It’s even more difficult when it’s not a mainstream thought, so when you do take a stab at explaining…no one seems to understand you — partly because you don’t have the nice presentable package of thoughts. And by you, I mean me. Well, I’ve found someone who gets me and she is a middle-aged white woman, Dr. Meg Jay.
My incredibly dope friend, Etinosa (HEY EJ!) put me on to Anderson .Paak sometime last summer and I was instantly a fan/wondering how no one had put me on before. .Paak dropped his most recent project, ‘Malibu’, back in January and between the trippy yet super soulful beats and .Paak’s melodic voice, it’s become a staple. Not to play the comparison game, but if The Foreign Exchange, The Robert Glasper Experiment and K. Dot collaborated, it would be ‘Malibu’.
This song floated across my Twitter timeline earlier this week and has been in heavy rotation since. Noname Gypsy and SPZRKT are two artists I really enjoy so having them on a track together is love. Noname’s distinct voice flows over the bright beat while SPZRKT slides in with his soulful crooning. The song is the official single for Gypsy’s upcoming project Telefone and if this is any predictor for the album, we definitely have something to look forward to.
We are already at the halfway point of January, which is insane and basically means 2016 is pretty much over. Awesome! Jokes aside, my 2016 is off to a fantastic start. I was promoted at work, have some exciting trips to look forward to, already set some 2017 goals, and I discovered DJ Khaled on Snapchat (obviously the most exciting).
A question was posed to me about a week ago: What are the three things you are working on to kick 2016’s ass? Great question, right? Well I figured I’d share my answers. Partly because this blog is all about sharing and also studies show that it’s a great idea to write these things down somewhere for accountability and to help with manifestation.
Jacket: London Street Market | Dress: H&M | Boots: ASOS | Scarf: ASOS | Red Lip: Sephora
Finally a style post! I’ve been dragging my feet on sharing these because I kept wanting everything to be “just right” (read: perfect, which we all know isn’t real). I had a good hard look at myself and said “Cut it out and just DO IT!” so I did it.
This look brings some of my favorite style elements into one outfit. Black, red lips, and thigh highs. These ASOS thigh highs have been my fall/winter highlight for a few reasons:
1.They actually hit me mid-thigh which is never an easy feat at 5’9″.
2. They’re affordable (~$100).
3. They’re comfortable.
4. They’re black.
I haven’t been able to get as much wear out of them as I had hoped, due to Mother Nature delaying her winter wrath, but there’s still time for her to show up. Either way, I fully intend to keep these boots in my arsenal for quite some time.