Good Ol' Navy

Monday, March 21, 2016

Let's talk about faithful coats and faithful colours. I've had this coat for almost ten years now. Would you believe it was a Thrift store find?! Actually, most of my coats are thrift store purchases. This particular old friend has been good to me, helping me feel cosy yet look classy on many a dreary winter day.Which brings me to the colour. Navy blue is hands down one of my go to neutrals. It goes well with just about any other colour. Much the same as black but less stark. I think it lends a note of sophistication, making just about any look a bit more polished. Should you want to maximise the polished quotient, pair navy blue with plum or burgundy...Et voila! Très chic! With such a rich combo, a grandpa sweater and chucks look casually elegant. Wrap around an ethnic scarf for an extra layer of warmth and texture.

Coat: Vintage; Thrifted
Sweater: Zara Men's ; Thrifted
Top: Ann Taylor Loft; Thrifted
Pants:West End Mall
Bag: Dooney & Burke; Thrifted
Scarf: A gift from Ethiopia 
  Earrings: Fulani; Cultural Accents 
 Sneakers: Converse  
 Photography Credit: Kaye Mc Coy

A Simple Thanks

Friday, March 18, 2016

One way to invite blessings into our lives is to express gratitude for the things with which we have already been blessed. Praying, keeping a 'gratitude journal' and giving Thank You cards are some ways I practise gratitude. Giving Thank You cards is probably the one I enjoy most. At a time when many of our interactions are electronic and extremely fast, it feels intimate and special to give someone a hand written note. I started collecting Thank You cards several years ago and have become slightly obsessed. I continually keep them in stock among my home stationnery and in my hand-bags. In this way, they are at hand whenever I receive a gift from a loved one and wish to respond to their generousity. They come in handy for other instances too. Sometimes, I just feel a whim to remind someone dear to me about how much I cherish him or her or I feel like letting someone who serves me (mail-person; flight crew or hotel staff know that I appreciate what they do). It's so gratifying to see the smiles that light up strangers' faces or to hear from friends and family that my gesture brightened their day.Do you guys like sharing Thank You notes? What are some ways you like expressing thanks to those around you? 

My favourite sources for Thank You Cards:
Target,TJMaxx, Marshall's, Home Goods and Michael's Craft store in the US.They all have good deals but I think Michael's has the best (although not as wide a variety as Target). The plain 'Merci' & 'Thank You' cards shown here, top most and bottom most, were purchased at Michael's for a whopping $1.00 per pack of 10. I'm still looking for a good place to buy them at home in 
Trinidad & Tobago.  
For my Trini peeps, I'll share them when I do or maybe you know of some...? 

Rumpled Charlie

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Years ago, my bestie Zalika used to laugh at my very Caribbean tendency to not go out with un-ironed clothing. I used to heckle her very American tendency to leave home with obviously wrinkled clothing. Years later the situation changed, at least on my end.  I'm not sure if it's my friendship with Z or my living in the US for a long time that's to blame. At any rate, I no longer iron 'everything' before leaving home. My parents are sometimes appalled when I attempt to go out like a 'Rumpled Charlie or like 'I don't have an owner' (by the way, do these phrases exist in other countries or are  they Trini/Caribbean expressions?) In my parents' defense, I became a bit ridiculous with it...NOT Zee's fault. For example, I began to think that if it was denim, I didn't need to iron it...uhmmm! Not true! Thanks to photos capturing me in obnoxiously wrinkled denim, I realised this. Maybe I can strike a balance with the ironing thing.  I'll let you know how this goes. 

Chambray shirt:  Aéropostale; Thrifted 
Jeans: Vintage; Thrifted
Bag: Vintage Dooney & Burke; Thrifted
Boots: Steve Madden
Earrings: From Mali, bought at Cultural Accents, Atlanta 
Bangles: Collected from various places
Bandana: Thrifted

Photography Credit: Kaye Mc Coy of 7th Street Studio

Black Power

Friday, March 11, 2016

All black makes me feel like a bad@$$. When that includes a  leather jacket (vegan) and truly distressed motorcycle boots, you can't tell me that I'm not cool...With a pop of red on my lips, silver jewelry and a kilim knapsack, I'm ready to rock the casbah! 

Jacket: American Eagle Outfitters 

Dress: Thrifted
Boots:Nine West
Bag: Bought in Morocco
Cuffs & earrings: Kaartha Imports, NY
Watch: Timex ;Target

Photography: Kaye McCoy of 7th Street Studio

Wanderlust: Mexico

Thursday, March 3, 2016

      It's been about five years since my first visit to Mexico (with my best friend).
       Since my introduction vis á vis Tulum, I fell in love. Even before then
   I was enamored but that trip solidified my affection. Hands down, Mexico is one of 
 my favourite countries...such amazingly rich history and culture. Oh! and the people are so warm hearted and welcoming. There is much more of the land to explore but I'll probably end up in Tulum again. 
From top to bottom; left to right:
Frida Kahlo, iconic Mexican artist~activist; colour saturated architecture; jade Mayan artifact; boho minimalist design; Amelia Roble, an afro-latina soldier in the Mexican Revolution; Otomi textile; Mayan ruins on the Caribbean coast of Tulum.