As we find ourselves going into fall 2020, we know inevitably, the days will get shorter and shorter, the weather will chill, and we will have to fight through the season as best we can. As the world now finds itself in a climate conundrum, and while our current media seems more like a gossip channel that is hard to take serious. We find ourselves holding on for dear life to our mental health. Everyone is affected way more then anyone can say. I love to stay sober to the state of the world, but we are here and there are other ways that we can stay inspired, to keep pushing through no matter the season change.
Its the drama of the moment, the frill and excitement, just to be there, an entrance maker, that owns the room.
Don’t blend in be bold, and maybe you will see why it is a must!
There is this need to be expressive, melodramatic in tones and cuts, but real cool and level headed when it comes to making decisions, and what more do you need when you bring your style along with you. Do you have certain cuts or colors that inspire you in the fall? If so, do tell.
Well, the times are a changing that is no doubt and the theatre all around us could not be more dramatic. It’s hard to stay focused so distracted and drained. The news doesn’t get better, but we can. We can chose to think better thoughts, and do better each day, grow confidence and show our brilliance in ways that, perhaps we wouldn’t do before. Grow anew in this insanity, that’s a challenge.
We often forget where we came from and what we know for sure, we give our minds so freely, and lose ourselves in trivial matters.
My new favorite music is an old favorite Bossa Nova, it has a swing to it. Sometimes I prefer music with no lyrics, just melody and and rhythm. I encourage living the lyrics you make up, over someone else’s.
She appeared on the scene 5 years ago as a prima ballerina for the American Ballet theatre, and ever since has been taking the dance, more specifically ballet world by storm. Considred a ballet prodigy, she continues to define dance in her own right, she dances colorless roles with grace, and is not defined by anyone but her own grit and hard work. Dance is a discipline, but Misty Copeland makes it look good.
Artistic Director at the Philadelphia dance company that was founded in 1970. The company continues to tour around the world displaying fantastic works. SHOUT TO PHILLY!💞
Dance is an ever powerful form of expression that frees us from the rigid conformity of daily life. A place where one’s spirit can be free from the oppression of staying silent and still. The world around us is changing, we must stay faithful, true and authentic. To many dance is also prayer. So it may sound cliche, but keep it moving!💃🕺
Ballet is the most challenging form of dance to master. I have never taken point or a ballet specific style, however I can tell you it is not for the faint hearted. The beauty of the dance is the elegant lines and graceful movements. The skill however is a test of pain and endurance. Dance is discipline and ballet takes the cake in terms of trials and tribulations. If you do master the dance, that is something no one can take away from you. The effort it takes is very real, but as always effort reaps rewards.
Stretch, a great part of dance is the stretch routine, and that will never change. That is why dance requires discipline because when it comes to stretching it is constant and all the time. Good thing we live in era where we can learn techniques online. During this CV era, it is a great way to destress while you stay in shape.
Mood and movement, all depend on the song that you are conveying, get into the melody, feel the rhythm, then move. You won’t know where the time went.
Misty makes stretching stylish, and we can do it too. Cute and sporty are new trends. Invest in outfits for stretching and dance, and add some flare to increase your motivation.
Most of all, if you can find a partner so full of life that they will dance with you. There is nothing more sensual then two souls that can move to the beat of life together.
There is a spectrum of style, and most of it is influenced by culture. In any capacity style has a lot to say, a message in the silence which becomes the signature. In this post we are going to celebrate taste makers who have a sense of self that rocks so hard, inspite of how many times it’s duplicated, the master’s can not be replaced. Notice the West African influence with a timeless look. She is owning all of it, flawlessly.
This also is a futuristic version of a classic look. A fear e homage to time past paired with the regal foresight of what is to come.
Sade Adu, sultry in both song and style. With a constant vibe like waking up in the beauty of the Caribbean and being wonderfully inspiring just by being in the room
Elements of Hip-Hop, Wu-Tang and everything.
Classic starlets of the big screen were many things, beautiful, smart and mesmerizing to audiences. She wears it well.
Mix prints with Amandla, she knows. There is a rhyme to the reason, not just anything goes.
Chaka new all about her aboriginal roots and reflected it instead of becoming a polly doll. I am so grateful she did.
“Be cool, or whatever, but get your self together, don’t be clever, trying to talk that nonsense.” Her look says all of this.
Style can also refer to writing. Alice Walker wrote a book named Meridian, my dad gave it to me in high school. Fresh from getting my heart broke, I read a chapter “Giving him back to his own”, changed so much about my outlook at the time.
Well she is style living and breathing. She made a comment featured below where I realized that brilliant is as brilliant does
Back to Africa, places like Ghana and Senegal are innovating classic styles and breathing new life into the fashion scene. Most of us need to catch up, they are in 2055.
Hip-Hop meets sporty fashion. They were bound to meet. This style has b girl vibes.
Thrift print and wear it. A vintage button up paired with a chain and an updo. Simple but smart.
The faux color style is back and assist the striped look and circle frame glasses. A smart burst of orange next to the blue hues is tropical and that makes a chic statement in the corporate sphere.
The Indian elements that were introduced in this picture show a revolutionary spirit with an ode to freedom fighters and the picture reference of Ghandi, Carl Marx and others are located in the photo as well.
The skirt, the main of the outfit, after you find your skirt, the outfit pretty much puts together itself. I love a skirt that flows in the wind.
This is layered like a crepe, and I love all the folds. It’s a party dress I would wear for no reason.
Flora and fauna, this summer goes through glitches of heat, swim wear and sit there. Hey, why not?
Another classic, Dorothy Dandridge is still an actress with no equal. From Carmen opera to singing with her sisters, she was a triple threat, and a force to be reckoned with.
Updo and beads, stripes wrapped jewelry. Very much inspired by Western Africa, the updo is so smart in this heat, and the bead embellishments just make the whole style.
I grew up in South Minneapolis, and have always loved my city. Before I moved up North to Cloquet, MN, for a stint, my stomping ground was the Stevens Community area. It was also my Mother’s in her history, and I can understand why.
My Dad was a musician who also played his trumpet in local parks, he was a man of many talents, both of my parents were apart of this community so much so, that I often already knew my teacher’s and principal’s before I started attending a school.
It is one of the most historically known area that has always been artist and student friendly, and provides great backdrops for those who like to set up a place and practice their art, whatever type of creative expression that may be.
When I was in 4th grade we moved to this side of town. My sister worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and it had taken no time for it to become my stomping ground.
I hung out there for fun, and could be found tucked in corners looking at a art piece for longer then a while.
The museum has ancient art, and antiquity mostly. Greek and Roman art. Egyptian art, art from Meso America. It also features art from Japan and other cultures all around the world.
Do you see the Afro?
Storytelling through Art
Skectch rendering, also featured in this exhibit.
Just a few examples of the art featured on the first floor.
It was such a pretty day, so I went to b. Thrift.
You have to past Glam Doll doughnuts to get there. Good thing I am not a sweets person, but if you are..
b. Is on Eat Street in Minneapolis.
Streets where I used to catch the bus, when I went to school. 4th-most of 6th grade.
I find that the things I buy second hand, I wear more and keep for a long time. I am into fashion sustainability, there have been other post that discussed my feelings on waste, and excess. I am into taking what I can’t carry, when it comes to most things. Thrift stores show you clothing and objects have a draw, somewhere in there you can find something so unique, it has your name on it, like you, whatever it is will have lived many lives.
Thank you for joining me, on my trip through my new and old stopping grounds. More to come.
Now a days, I find it easier to inventory what I eat vs. what a let go to waste. Each week is different and I have to switch things up so I don’t get tired of eating the same taste every grocery run. This is a great opportunity to save, while you eat smart. Living foods that are alkaline is the new black. Finding new ways to prepare food with great veggie combinations are queen, and I am here for it.
I like the mixed bag salads, tortilla bits for salads, and buddha bowl type dishes. The fresher the better. Smoothies or lemon water. I snack and peanuts and dry cranberries, cereal or peanut butter and jelly or fruit. No need to mega indulge, or stress eat.
Movement, it is important to go for a walk, get up and dance, or speed walk. Roller skate, play tennis, basketball, soccer, or just clean your home, there are so many benefits that comes with movement, so don’t get lazy, move something.
Cleanliness, keep your space tidy, it can greatly reduce stress. Add aromas, make small upgrades, if money is tight, add dollar store items and glam them. Love the space you live in, make a place for yourself to stay inspired.
Get up, get cute, don’t ever stop being you, push forward, create the narrative. Decide what you want to see when you look in the mirror and honor yourself each day. The days do past, and it’s easy to lose motivation, so be your own motivation and strive to stay balanced.
Entertainment. Diet isn’t just what you eat, it is also yourself talk, the music you listen to, and the things you watch. Don’t destroy your own peace by consuming materials that will leave you drained. You have the power to live well, chose it.
Prayer, to stay grounded, keep your relationship with God, speak daily in a conversation with the Father, give some of your time thanking God for all He does, and all you have. From activity of our limbs and mind, to the shelter God provides. To be grateful, gives us a love supreme.
The one thing that everyone can agree on is that 2020 has been crazy exhausting. If we didn’t know that we are mind, body, soul and spirit, we most certainly do know. Things may not seem that they are getting any better, all that matters now is that we get better, and learn to to be better human beings.
This Month’s inspiration: The embrace
There is a freedom to self discovery, when we are introduced to the great galaxies of ourselves. When we remember the parts of us that we forgot, like being in a familiar space, once again. We can chose to self evaluate, pray, and trust the process. We can chose to take inventory of our strengths and weakness, and exercise our faith to a better life. We know it’s our own work to do.
We affect so many people around us, change takes place when we realize that we can be better people to the one’s that love us already, the one’s that really need superheroes and heroines are lot closer then we think.
Alone time, is growth time, a place where the freedom of expression is born. It is an intimate space that must be kept in the routine at all times.
Comfort is key, we all feel better in our own skin, our own style, we get to relax, and kick our feet up. Every man and woman should have that space. Personally, I pray for the black woman of the world, she has been such a target, yet gracefully stays herself to the bone💖. What courage, what strength. Standing ovation for you!
Over are the days of consuming foods that don’t love you. If after you eat you feel lethargic and slow, let it go. Try foods that emphasize the right things. We do not have to forsake flavor, we have to re examine what taste are, we may find that food can be fun, friendly and healthy. We never know unless we try..
Summer favorites, I just became hip to seafood boils. I am a super fan, that is what makes it a great summer go to, for me.
Eat fresh, its my new favorite way to eat, especially during the day, I can stay sharp and my body and I can maintain an amazing relationship.
Flora and Fauna
I am all about that plant life, I grew up with them, and having them is a family legacy. They add life to any environment. The oxygen to carbon exchange is not bad either. Now stylish pots are mood.
A splash of pink, of course, the set is even perfect for small spaces.
Interiors are something we are seeing a lot of these days, everyone stuck in the house during this second wave, plants may be a wiser choice then we think.
Luxury, some prefer drama in the details of their decor. Personality and pizazz!!
Other decor, may be more about comfort, and inviting moods. Emphasized by plush items that are ornate and decorative.
Wall color can have a powerful impact on a room, there is now peel away wall papers, ( more to come on that), painting a room proves that small changing can be dramatic.
The most embraceable aspect of black hair culture is the head wrap.
Vibin’ and such..
Cozy and close. Classic and chic.
Green spaces. The season will change, stay connected, and try bringing nature in.
Succulents gardens can also be beautiful. The trick to it, is keeping them alive.
All around the world. Find your country, I am aware that most aren’t represented. Love you anyway!
Architecture and geography go hand in hand.
Find yourself in joy, make room for the you, you want to be.
I have always been a ring wearer. I got my first ring, it was a small silver turtle ring. In my opinion, ring culture is more then a fetish for shining things, it is culture re emerging out of the commercial culture, or recently created culture. So with adornments we take ourselves back and don’t blend into clones of what or who the image all around us try to convince us to be. We define ourselves for ourselves, and what better way to show it, then with ring style.
There is the costume jewelry aspect of the dress, an over dramatic, haughty, style of rings that look good with cocktail dresses. They also can bring glamour to t-shirt and jeans, but do compliment with cute shoes. Some of us have a flair for the dramatic, if that is who you are, when your Oscar.
There are rings to express every mood, vibe, or distinction.
Moonstones and feathers are found in a lot of different cultures around the world. Those that are into stones know that they do carry a specific energy, and all of them have a historical back story. Don’t be afraid to research your stone, if you have, keep or wear them.
Owning one’s own culture and representation is very empowering. Cowrie shell in rings is not only stylish it represents value. As do other images and symbols often found in West African cultures, such as what is represented above.
Gold! There are era’s in rings, you can tell a lot about the era of a ring by its design. In every era, gold is king.
Nature leaves behind interesting patterns, behind a pattern an oxidation and geologic story awaits. Cheers to the metal smith’s that locate stones with a story to tell.
Geometric simplicity. This is chic and minimal, even 3 rings seem unimposing. They still have a stone theme. Moonstone, shell, quartz, more iridescent type of stones. Very spiritual and other wordly.
This is an old to B-girl culture. It has a personal place in my heart, though I do not rock with the music of this era, I always bump the classics, and remember the culture that inspired the style.
Kings and Queens! Jewelry that reminds us that world history carried the greatest stories, most yet to be told.
Heirloom, this jewelry travels down generations, and not often purchased straight out. I see ladies who wear these rings wear them for years, they often come from mothers or grandmothers. Or mother types.
I am a bazaar, antique shop, festival, or international market type of lady, I have always loved Navajo influenced jewelry. In fact, I mostly wear Navajo and Zuni rings. This Southwestern style pictographs is etched with symbolism, also worthy of research.
I just purchased the malachite triangle to add with my Navajo rings. I treasure hunting at thrift stores a lot, more to come on that. Thank you for joining me, until next time.