March 31, 2011

Concrete Jungle Here I Come!

I feel like there is so much to discuss!  First things first.  The past 6 months have been a grueling, strenuous search for a job.  Not just for any job, but a job in my desired career field.  I was so close to an opportunity that I would have dreamed to receive, but it didn't work out.  I've learned that if an opportunity doesn't work out, it's only because there is another opportunity that eventually will.  I've also been contemplating over whether to make the move to NYC or LA by the end of the summer, and I've decided... New York it is!

NYC will be the most sensible and less expensive move.  I won't have to pay to ship my furniture (I live close to the city), and I won't have to buy a car to get around (plus car expenses, such as gas, car note, insurance, etc).  I love LA, and I feel that it is in my future, but for now, NYC will be my present.  I love the city, and am excited to start my career there.  Now all I have to do is land a job as quickly as possible!

My life this past week:

The besties and I went bar hopping then ended at a friend's apt to chill :)

With our friend Rachel

Sorry Lei for putting you on blast, but your facial expressions are beating mine by far this time!

(To compensate for the crazy-faced photos :p)  Isn't she gorg?
We discovered that the bff's were wearing the same exact outfit, only in opposite ways.  How weird haha?!

I also made dinner for the rents this week... Pizza!

I tried making guacamole, but realized (in process) that I didn't have the ingredients necessary, so I freestyled, but it was a #FAIL

At least the pizzas turned out to be delicious!!

New jewelry pieces + Akbar + New hair style I tried out 

It looks stuffy and old, but I forgot to pick it out with my fingers before I took the pic... It looks more 70's glam when I do... I'm kind of feeling it...

I need your opinion on two things: 

1.  Should I change my banner?  I've been thinking about it for a little while, have consulted with a few blog buddies, and want to know your opinion.  Is it too busy?  Should I simplify it, or do you like it the way it is?  I would appreciate the feedback!

2.  Facebook "Like" Page?  I think I'm ready to make one.  I'm finding that it is a little much posting all of my blog biz (blogger + tumblr + twitter) on my Facebook wall, and I'm tired of posting my statuses "check out my new post."  I've recently connected with bloggers through their Facebook fan pages, and I think it would be an easier way to consolidate and interact with fellow bloggers/blog readers.  It's easier to keep up with everyone's posts that way as well.  What do you guys think?  Yay or nay?  Do you have a Facebook page for your blog (if so PLEASE leave me the link so I can be apart of it)?


******P.S.  Banner is a temp until I can figure something out!  Bare with me :) ******

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March 25, 2011

Homage to Malik Sidibe

Inspiration can be derived from anything and everything.  One can be inspired by the light that comes through their window each morning, the color blue, their family, the trees... I find myself always looking for inspirational things to keep me going, especially when I'm feeling "stuck." Not knowing where I'll be living by the end of summer, or if I'll be hired by a prospective employer can be pretty darn stressful, but I always cope with these emotions by finding outlets to keep my spirit alive and happy!

This shoot was inspired by Malik Sidibe.  Sasha introduced me to this amazing photographer who is most known for his black and white captures of the 1960's pop culture scene in Bamako, Mali.  I read in an article that he was the "Cobrasnake of Bamako" haha!  Nonetheless, I will share with you the photos we derived inspiration from, then show you our translation of that.

Wearing vintage pieces from my mother's personal collection.

I started this blog 4 months ago, and just by having it has exposed me to so many inspirational images, like-minded individuals, people that I never thought I would connect with, beautiful ideas, and more... A community of young adult women and men that are searching for the inspiration that will carry them through the rest of their lives.

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. "  -Helen Keller

Be inspired!  Think about what inspires you :)


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March 21, 2011

Rollin' in the club with some scrubs.

Friday night was VERY festive.  I ended up going out with Sasha, then meeting up with a couple friends at a local bar.  Now, this bar is known to be on the "sketchy" side.  Not sketchy in a dangerous way, but sketchy as in the people that frequent there.  It's a weird mix of 45+ year olds, college kids, 21-30 somethings like myself, and the occasional 60+ year old individuals whom have no business being out at a bar at midnight.

My friends and I roll up to this place, nothing's going on, but the dj is pretty good, so we start dancing.  I also told the dj that he MUST play some Nate Dogg in honor of his recent departure from this earth (R.I.P. Nate Dogg).  Of course it only takes a few people to start dancing (aka us), then everyone else joins in.  Everything was going smoothly until the first creepster enters the picture:

Subject 1: Short man in scrubs.  Yes, scrubs, like a nurse's scrubs.  As if he got off work from the hospital and went straight to the bar to get his groove on.  My girls and I were the only ones really dancing, so he and his two female friends start dancing, but then he starts dancing with us.  At first it was "Cute, haha, you're older, and tryna get down with some youngsters, get it!"  But then it was like, "Dude, chill, relax, please leave my personal space, thanks."

And he wasn't even into us like that *flips hand into limp position* but it was still a lot.  We literally had to run from him at one point!

Subject 2: Random grimey dude that hit on me, then hit on my friend right next to me, then hit on me again, ending with him literally chasing us down the street asking for our numbers.  I wasn't drinking that night (thank goodness), there was so much going on.

Welcome to my life in the suburbs.

After that we headed to a friends apartment and had a post-bar dance party, which was hilariously funny.  We had such a fun night, one for the books!
Another look from the "Backdrop Series."  Wearing F21 top, vintage jewelry + gold chain belt (worn as a necklace) Blazer from Soho boutique for $10, Gap jeans + belt,  and Dolce Vita boots

I was rapping Nicki's verse from "Monster" in this shot haha.  I really need to monitor the stank faces in my posts.  It can be a lot, I know...

My legs look stumpy in this pic... *Kanye shrug*

This past week I've also come to the conclusion that thrifting isn't for me.  I've tried a handful of times, and it's always a fail.  I have no patience for that kind of thing.  That is why online shopping works.  I know what I want, I search for it, and I find it.  Of course the occasional mall visit is enjoyable as well ;)

Besides that, I've been on the job hunt.  I can say that I'm getting closer, but not quite there.  Hopefully I'll be able to share some exciting news with you soon... (hopefully)!


P.S. Today is the second day of Spring, and I woke up to an inch of snow  -__-

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March 14, 2011

I'll Do Anything For Ya...

Yes I'm still here!  I know, it's been awhile since I last posted (almost two weeks).  I've been busy ya'll, I promise!  Don't hold it against me!

What have I been up to lately you ask?  Well, even if you didn't ask... Work!  The truth is, I've been working a lot lately, and haven't had much time for blogging.  But I'm making a vow to stay on track with posting regularly!

What's been up with you all?

Wearing: American Apparel sheer black blouse, Express trousers, Rachel Roy pumps

I've been sticking with going to the gym, and the weather is increasing its temperature each week as well!  That really keeps me motivated because summer is vastly approaching!  Gotta get it right, get it tight!

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These pics were shot in my home with a backdrop.  The bff and I had a grand ole' time shooting while listening to Kanye :)

I've also been listening to Bruno Mars's album (I'm late, but I just downloaded it a couple days ago).  I really like it!  What are you guys listening to these days?  I could use some suggestions!


P.S. Congratulations to Kat for winning my first ever giveaway!

There will be another one coming soon so stay tuned! ;)

Japan will remain in my thoughts and my prayers.
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March 2, 2011

So Gif-able.

I don't have an outfit post today.  I looked through some random pics last night, and saw some that I thought were so "gif-able," and wanted to share.

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I thought the Oscars this year was lovely.  Anne Hathaway & James Franco were definitely drinking during commercial breaks lol.  I don't think James's eyes were all the way open once the whole entire night haha!

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My favorite dress was Givenchy Haute Couture on Cate Blanchett. You can view it here.

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On this day my mom informed me that I looked like Boy George.

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I like to chill w my kitty Antoinette and take pics of us whilst still in my rollers.

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New discoveries:
-Kickboxing class at the gym
-Chobani Greek Yogurt
-Twitter makes the world really small

Let's make it even smaller.


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