Currently: Drowning Myself in Coffee 3:44pm

An Americano with a pump of vanilla, a good amount of soy milk, and a hell of a lot of cinnamon, to be exact. It’s raining today, to my surprise; and demise–I definitely failed to dress properly for the weather, but hey at least my outfit is cute! {I am rocking a boys button down white collared shirt, halfway tucked into a jean checkered skirt, with a long draping gray sweater, my velvet black boots with some chunky socks.} There is something about rainy days that makes me unable to focus. Do I have an essay due tonight? Yes. Have I started it? Maybe. Is my professor a tough grader? Yes. Would I rather be watching Californication? Most definitely. I have a meeting at 4:30, so I should probably get on my grind. I also need to throw some dinner into my Crock-Pot right after my meeting, so I won’t starve tonight (watch out for a recipe ;)). Anyways, that is all that is up with me, hope you are having a productive day, cause mine sure isn’t as of now. OH, and some person made me spill coffee on my white shirt and velvet boots because she just HAD to reach over and grab a stopper since she was just TOO impatient to wait for me to move, like girl ughhh. Okay byeee.

Creating Fringe Jeans

Shining by Symone Williams, January 20, 2017

I was caught in between

Curls and kinks that flowed so marvelously

A wooden brush would break because of the strength it held

The energy flowing through and within and out my body

bursting outwards magnificently and wild

I was trapped in between

Hair that was as smooth as silk

Hair that was sally and molly and samantha and brittany

Hair that made me feel, well

What did it make me feel?

It made me feel strong within my Blackness

I was indeed beautiful within their eyes…

No,

I was indeed one strand straighter to them in their eyes

I was

Confused and unhappy and scared and

Then I did feel the roots of my ancestors

twined and tied together

Digging through the earth so powerfully

They pulled on my feet and encased me in their roots

My roots

Held me closely, cradled me in their arms like a child in the womb

And i saw too that i could be

Bursting likes the trees and their leaves and the stalks

The roots that dug deep, that stood taller

And fought stronger

And I knew then better than sally and molly and samantha and brittany

I then grew into this sunflower

With petals as yellow as the sunlight gleaming through a glass of sweet tea,

shining against sugar crystals on a blazing summer day

I felt calm and natural, I felt proud that

I too could wear my crown, wear my fro, my kinks, my curls, my hair

As my ancestors do around me

Their hair branching out like the oldest oak tree

The most striking crown of all

Is the afro

 

Versatility: Scarves

I started becoming interested in scarves when I was about thirteen, and since then, I’ve gathered and collected an arrangement of them. Recently, I have noticed just how versatile scarves are; I incorporate them into my outfits in different ways, here are just a few. With this long, colorful, patterned scarf (that I borrowed from a friend and have just simply not given back–I really need to) I tie it around my neck with a simple knot that lies just below a simple gold necklace. I also use it as a cute touch to a pair of jeans, as a belt tied in a bow, but even left simply tied in a knot with the excess left long and hanging it adds quite a unique touch! I even use it as a head scarf (not pictured) quite often. When shopping, I often look for long eclectic scarves like this one to add a vibrant touch to my outfits. I’m sure in upcoming outfit posts, you’ll see some of my scarves incorporated!

As always, thanks for reading!

Freely,

S.

XO

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A Summer and Fall Denim Staple

 

I was recently sifting through a sells rack and ran across this simple jean dress priced at ten dollars. I loved it on the hanger, but in my head I was thinking I could never pull off this dress. It was not form fitting by any means, and I thought it would just look like a smock on me, until I put it on, that is. I knew then that this would become a staple piece of my wardrobe this season. It’s perfect to wear in the warmer months layered with a patterned short sleeve shirt underneath, paired with a necklace, and some sandals. In the winter I think this simple dress would look so cute with a fall colored turtle neck, some booties, and a military jacket! There are so many ways to wear this dress, and you could even just throw it on and wear it by itself! I’ve attached a few pics of me in my new found dress.

Thanks for reading!

Freely,

S.

XO

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Summer Exhaustion, let’s escape

Summer is the time of year, to be the most social; hang out with your friends, meet new ones, make connections, and put yourself out there. This summer, I started a new internship at an adult and juvenile probation office. This was a very exciting opportunity and I was eager to start and learn everything there was to know about probation. What I didn’t expect was how social of an activity my internship would be. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love socializing and talking to people, but I am quite an introverted person. For me, this means I don’t need to spend most of my energy being around and engaged with people to be fulfilled or at my happiest. But, with this internship, the social aspect was something I accepted, it was good to get out of my shell for a bit. Fast forward to today, nine weeks later, I am simply exhausted. I want to run into the wilderness for a good 14 days and stay there with a book, some nice cold water, and some fruit. I want to escape and detoxify my body mentally and physically. I don’t wish to go out, or carry on conversations with anyone, or be on social media for a good while. I just need a break for a little bit, ya know? Nothing harsh, I just think we all get to the point where we need to be by ourselves and clear our minds. Really, I only have a week to do this as I move back into college next weekend (cue the dread)! I’ll be okay though, and so will you if you find yourself needing an escape. Here are some tips if you feel stuck in this situation as well:

  1. Go on a calming adventure for a day or two by yourself. For example, go to the beach, pack a blanket, some of your favorite foods, water, a nice book, a journal, and your computer and relax your mind away.
  2. Walk around your favorite nearby city and recognize your own sonder as others pursue their daily routine. This may seem like a strange one, but it puts my mind at ease knowing that others have lives just as intricate and complex as mine, and they could be going through similar things.
  3. Take a nap–a quick escape for moments we can’t.

Thanks for reading!

Freely,

S,

XO