To Make Assata Proud

Thursday, July 16, 2015

~ Assata Shakur 

I'm commemorating the birthday of one of my sheroes, Assata Shakur, by reflecting on the life she has lived, namely the sacrifices she has made for her people. As I consider the example Mama Assata has set, I ask myself "what I'm doing to advance the cause of upliftment for black people and for all people?" Invariably, I feel like I can do so much more, that I can devote more thought, time and energy to helping realise a more equitable world. I realise that this doesn't have to entail some grandiose act. Even the smallest or most simple gestures can be a significant contribution. I can spend 15 minutes each day in meditation focused on specific issues or four hours each week mentoring youth. There are also my talents, writing and designing can be channelled towards empowerment. In short, there are so many ways in which I...WE...can make a positive difference. 

Photo from Getty Images

Black {& White} Roses In My Garden

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It's been HOT here in Atlanta so light, breezy clothing is a must. This cotton romper is a great alternative to a dress.  A white paisley print breaks up the black and white sandals lighten the look. Per usual, brass/gold jewellery was my accent of choice.
I hope that you are enjoying the summer (for those in the Tropics, I hope that you're enjoying the rainy season!)

Jumper: Ann Taylor Loft
Shoes: Forever 21
Bag: Dooney & Burke
Earrings:Beauty Supply Store
Bangles:Indian & African
Rings: Baba & Ann Taylor Loft

Photo Credit: Paul Athol

Army Green Goes Sexy

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Recently I made a resolution to dress less conservatively. I've been introducing pieces to my wardrobe that hug my body more closely or reveal a bit more skin. I've long prided myself on my modest dress code. It felt good to know that my mother  & Rastafarian brother would not cringe if they saw me leaving the house. With this said, I began to think that I could amp things up some. It seems possible to celebrate my feminine sensuality while leaving a detail or two to the imagination. It's been fun to experiment with such a balance.This body conscious dress is sultry but the green shade manages to temper the steaminess. I had big plans to wear it with heels but I could not be bothered....went for my current favourite sandals instead.

Dress: Banana Republic
Belt: Thrifted
Sandals : Banana Republic
Earrings: Cultural Accents
Bag: Dooney & Burke, Thrifted

Photo Credit: Jarrod Roberts

Patron Saint

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

One of my favourite artists was born today. Her life was such a gift, particularly to an artist like myself. Frida Kahlo created incredible art not merely with her celebrated self portraits but also with the manner in which she walked this earth. She designed her life on her terms. Through her now famous bohemian style as well as activism, she honored her indigenous country folk. She overcame physical conditions that suggested she would be barren and birthed an amazing legacy. She embraced colour and creativity as means towards healing. She loved passionately. In so many ways Frida Kahlo has been an inspiration to me.

The Golden Hour

Friday, July 3, 2015

There  are some pieces that capture one's personal style to a 't'.  For  me those pieces are invariably vintage.  Case in point,  this gold jacket/ tunic/dress. It epitomizes my ideal garment: colourful , non chalantly elegant and unapologetically bohemian. Oh! It also has a pretty paisley print, possibly my favourite print ever!

Tunic/Jacket -Vintage,  Thrifted
Pants - thrifted
Tank top - Target
Bag - Thrifted
Sandals - Banana Republic
Bangles- Some made in India & some made in Atlanta
Earrings - Beauty Supply store

Travel Diary : Jardim Botanico, Rio de Janeiro

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


On my second and last day in Rio de Janeiro, I ventured to the  Jardim Botanico (Botanic Gardens). As soon as I arrived I was enthralled by the sense of calm that emanated from the premises. Teeming with greenery, it soothed whatever angst I had been feeling up until that point. Since I arrived near to closing hours, there weren't many other visitors present. For most of my visit it was just me and the trees/plants. I relished the chance to be alone with nature. As I strolled through the lush surroundings, I came upon an old church. The weathered structure seemed to me a sanctuary within a sanctuary. I'm not sure if the environment had rubbed off on the diminutive worship place or if the sanctity of the building had influenced the man made paradise. I suppose it's also possible that the two came to be in tandem, complementary manifestations of what's sacred. Eventually, I parted ways with the chapel and approached another gorgeous building in the garden, one larger but no less charming. There I was blessed with one more precious view... Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf mountain). As dusk fell upon Rio, I felt touched by beauty and harmony.

Skirt: Vintage, Thrifted
Blazer: JCrew
Tank: Forever 21
Bag: Thrifted
Sandals:Banana Republic