Posting these pictures in November, I see how I took for granted that bright sun. My skin was all glowing, lips gloss poppin’, and you could tell I was soaking up the rays. But, if I could flash back to that time, I would definitely just lay on the beach more and maybe even fall asleep there. It was too good and I think it’s safe to say that pink dress is going to be a summer staple. It’s easy, comfortable and will always be a great throw on for beach days and catching some sun rays. Did you see what I did there? I rhymed, haha.
Spent some time hanging out in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. There I found a really cool carousel. Luckily no kiddies were around and I figured it would be the perfect backdrop for a shoot. Do you like? Haha. Also, those braids were the longest I have ever had them. Reaching my waist, they were heavy as ever, but fun overall. I will be reinstalling some box braids, but in a different kind of style. And in case you were curious, I like to use Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey Protective Styles Calming Tension Spray (whew that was a long title) or Africa’s Best Braid Sheen Spray with Conditioner, each are clickable links if you’d like to know more. Yet, I have been known to simply use my favorite Shea Moisture deep conditioner mixed with water on my braids daily too. Gros bisous and peep the rest of my fave shots below! BTW, there’s a part 2 coming soon!
Dress – H&M
Bag – My own creation
I’m literally glowing inside. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is exploring Beyoncé and black womanhood with “Lemonade Week”. Started by English professor James Arnett, the week begins from Monday to Thursday, the university will host daily events to discuss the topics explored on the visual album, such as the “lives, loves and pain of black women.” Well okay than! Homie saw a void and a demand from interested students and supplied that desire in good form. I’m impressed and also happy that people are starting to take notice. Recognition is key, representation is key, recognition is key, and again, representation is key.
I loved the Formation video ever since it dropped. She highlighted issues I could deeply relate to and people took notice. When a celebrity uses their platform to speak on social issues and gives it a face, I always applaud it. As I said before, recognition is key, representation is key and the more we get, the better it will be. Thank you Beyonce for “Lemonade”, it touched a lot of people and came like a crashing wave onto the souls of many. Bravo!
The Season’s are changing in Paris, which means the weather is more on the wet side. To be honest, this is what most people expect the elements to be like in Europe…myself included. So, I decided to take advantage of the crazy dry moments with an impromptu photo shoot. Okay, okay, it was planned and the rain messed everything up, but I still made the best of situation once the rain subsided. Making lemonade out of lemons baby! ha.
Bracelet: TJ Maxx
Lip Pin: H&M
Seldomly do I find myself actually sitting through a complete ad. Mostly because I barely watch television, secondly in France they barely ever have ads running, so I’ve been saved. However, Desigual has always managed to create intriguing, inclusive and beautifully executed commercials. Some may remember when Winnie Harlow was chosen to front the Barcelona-based company’s fall 2014 campaign. Photo below:
Well, the good folks of the Spanish brand did it again, this time with an exceptional American ballet company which practices “hiplet” style dance. According to the website, “The Hiplet™ journey started with a ballet created in the early 90’s called “The Rap Ballet”. It was set to rap music where dancers performed the “running man” and other popular dances on point. Then in 2005, one of the dancers was booked with the UniverSoul Circus, and Artistic Director Homer Hans Bryant started to play around with different Hip-Hop moves which eventually led to the development and trademark of the Hiplet™ technique.” There you go folks, and here you go, below a video of the amazing dancers.