Wednesday, December 28, 2011

All falls down

To whom it may concern:

I'm taking a blogging/fashion hiatus for a little while. I wish I could give a detailed explanation of why and when I'll be back and what I'll be doing when I'm gone. See you on the flip side.

Best wishes,

Friday, December 23, 2011

Everything is everything

As you already know, I love to surf the internet, so a few things have been catching my eye (does Santa read blogs?). To start, these Jeffery Campbells are at the top of every list I make. Something tells me they'd solve a majority of the problems in my life. On the other hand, I've been drooling over this dress by SuperModel Gear for quite some time. I dream about these babies as I'm drifting off to sleep, by Sam Edelman on Nasty Gal. Last but not least, I want one of everything on American Apparel, namely crop tops like these to pair with high-waisted jeans on brisk winter days. If only, if only.

Speaking of Santa, It's almost Christmas! Unfortunately, I'm still in school. Though I technically shouldn't be relaxing just yet, I'm doing my fair share of it already. I want to be on Winter break so badly, but I don't know if I'm ready for 2012 just yet. By January, I will know: 1) if I got into my dream school 2) what I got for Christmas/ will buy with Christmas money 3) which scholarships I need to start focusing on 4) which subjects I need to pull my grades up in and 5) plenty, plenty more. So clearly, the new year fosters a plethora of emotions within me can be worrisome. And the award for Understatement of the Year goes to...

Pretending to be Rudolph is alleviating my stress.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Do the 'do

I've been studying like mad a lot lately, and not for any school subjects (bad senior!), as I will soon be transitioning out of the braids I've been wearing for the last 3 years/ first 13 years of my life. My prospective style is going to look something like this:

Being African-American, hair has always been a thing for me. I hated my natural hair (pictured above) for a long time, buying into that Good Hair, Bad Hair crap. Nowadays, I realize that there are so many cool styles I can try with my natural hair without using harsh chemicals or scorching heat. Before I get a chance to try them out, I want to give props to a few of the MANY people/celebrities/bloggers that have shown me the light.

Francheska of Hey Fran Hey

At a time when I was questioning my urge to wear my natural hair, I happened upon Fran's blog on tumblr. Not only does she upload pictures of her hair, but she is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to hair care and maintenance. She knows so many different products (and the results of each one) that there is no need for me to go anywhere else when I'm looking for the right products for me.

Folake Huntoon of Style Pantry

Obviously, she's got a killer sense of style, but try to ignore that for the time being. In addition to having the most fabulous (and constantly changing) wardrobe, take a look at those curls. I sincerely hope you're swooning right now.

Zoe Badley of Qqueen of Hearts

I've been following her blog for about half a year now, and I'm always incredulous of her hair. She did some tutorials on how she does certain styles, and I can't wait to try them on my hair. No, but actually. I am literally unable to wait.

Nikki of Curly Nikki

I stumbled upon her blog late one night when I should have been doing homework (like right now), and I was highly impressed. I like how she doesn't just have tips about hair care, she actually fosters discussions about natural hair that are both insightful and thought-provoking.

Erykah Badu

You might remember my posting about this woman on my old blog. Don't worry, my feelings haven't changed. (And yes, my goal is still to grow my hair to that length!) She can wear any hairstyle with a face that gorgeous.

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross was the reason I watch Girlfriends, and although the reasons have long since multiplied, my love for her hair remains unchanged. I made a post about her a few months ago, in fact. Wow, I'm obsessed.

Corinne Bailey Rae

Remember her hair on the cover of her self-titled debut album? It's gotten so much longer, and I love the length on her. I read an interview she did on Curly Nikki where she talked about her daily hair regimen, and I internalized every word.

Solange Knowles

For those of you on tumblr (ps: me included!), you know that Solange is all over any fashionista's and/or natural hair advocate's dashboard. Her style is amazing, but lately she's been turning heads because of her hair. I love curls on her!


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Wednesday, December 14, 2011


"I'm unique in the respect that I'm not you...Isn't life cruel enough without cruel words? You see, words are like shoes; they're just something to stand on. I wish you could be in my shoes, but they're probably so high you'd fall off and die. For you, words are definitely not shoes. They're weapons and tools of destruction and your time is boring unless you're putting something down. What would life be if we believed what we read and a smile is just hiding a frown? Come now, isn't life a little better with a pair of good shoes?" -Prince

(Scarf and blazer from Mom's closet. Urban Outfitters shirt. Levi's jeans. Steve Madden heels)

Signed and sealed,

Monday, December 12, 2011

Love train

People all over the world, join hands
Start a love train, love train
People all over the world, join hands
Start a love train, love train

The next stop that we make will be soon
Tell all the folks in Russia, and China, too
Don't you know that it's time to get on board
And let this train keep on riding , riding on through

People all over the world, join in
Start a love train, love train
People all over the world, join in
Start a love train, love train

All of you brothers over in Africa
Tell all the folks in Egypt, and Israel, too
Please don't miss this train at the station
'Cause if you miss it, I feel sorry, sorry for you

People all over the world, join hands
Start a love train, love train
People all over the world, join hands
Start a love train, love train.

~ The O'Jays

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Blame the mailman

The most exciting part of my life is when I discover new exercises at the gym. The last time I got extremely excited was when my parents finally bought me some dinosaur nuggets (and I finished them in 2 days). Lying on the floor in my bedroom is now considered an activity. Needless to say, my life is pretty monotone. No conflict and no excitement. No despair and no delirium. Nothing stands out anymore, and the days run together like Van Gogh's Night.
The only thing that breaks up this haze are my occasional moments of clarity. It's as if, for a few seconds, I understand what I want and where I'm going, but those moments come just as quickly as they go. Sadly, I slip back into the constants in my life: school, gym, food, sleep. Wash, rinse, repeat. Part of me is waiting for someone to wake me up and say, "Relax, it was only a dream!" And yet, the other side of me tells me that I should be grateful to experience these moments at all. Usually, I end up somewhere in between.

(American Apparel crop top. Urban Outfitters jeans. Nasty Gal leopard booties)


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Velvet rope(s)

Woman? Check. Well-behaved? Not so much.

I wish I was an asteroid

I've been getting shortchanged quite a bit lately, as in more than once or twice. A few times would be excusable, but I'm beginning to think that it's me. In my head, I'm tenacious, but it usually doesn't come across that way to other people. In fact, I'm pretty sure that a lot of people think I'm a punk. Then again, there are plenty of other people that think I'm a coldhearted witch, so how am I supposed to rectify one image without further damaging the other? So far, the only solution I have is incredibly cliche: Keep calm and carry on. I know, I'm a cheeseball.

(Victoria's Secret turtleneck and heels. Pants from Mom's closet. American Apparel pouch)

Signed & sealed,