Around-the-way girl who found herself living in London. Trying to find my chi and be fly without f*cking up the planet or those in it... 🇬🇧🇺🇸 🔲🖤🔳
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#OOTD... Well kinda... Ok, not really... I just wanted to show off this dope t-shirt I got from the Khalid (@thegr8khalid) gig in London last week. I wasn’t that familiar with his music before the show, but I really dug his music and his vibe was incredibly refreshing... I bought this shirt because I loved the design and because I legit feel like an existential teenager... @Pharrell is my spirit animal.
"Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word "love" here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace - not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth." ~ #JamesBaldwin
I was scrolling through my photo albums and found this selfie from my friends' wedding... I feel bogus since this is the only pic from the wedding I've posted, but I really wanted to show you this gorgeous pendant they gifted me at their pre-wedding henna party (although I'm wearing it in the wrong spot, lol). It was suuuuch a beautiful wedding. I was honoured to participate in it... Makes me wanna divorce my husband just so I can marry him again...
After my mother asked me to speak at Papa's home-going, I sat down several times to try and figure out something to write to honour the life and memory of Papa. And every time, I stared at a blank page at a loss of what words I could chose that could come even remotely close to expressing the profound impact that my great grandfather had on me… And every time, I walked away from the page feeling slightly defeated… I felt that either I was losing my juice as a writer or there just isn’t a true combination of words that could capture what this man meant to me and so many others.
“Words can’t express…” I have heard these three words so many times in so many instances that their true meaning has become lost in translation to me, until now. I realised that I had such a hard time preparing something to say today because words will never be able to truly express what this man has given to me and what he means to me and so many of you here today.
So, instead I will share some thoughts in the hopes that they illustrate his character…
When he was a deacon at Trinity… The attention to detail he put into getting dressed in his Sunday suits, with his polished Stacy Adams and shinning cuff links with F and M… The way he stood tall with a sense of dignity and sang his hymns with his brothers for the congregation… That was a testament to his pride, his integrity, and his faith.
After I moved away to Florida with my parents he would fly me back to Oxnard every summer to spend time with him and the rest of my family so I wouldn’t lose a connection to my foundation…. That was a testament to the way in which he valued family.
The fact that no matter what happened I knew I could count on him, that he was just a phone call away and that home was just a flight away. That stability he offered me, that safety net provided me with the courage I needed to take chances in life, and I can’t say I would be the woman I am today without that… That’s a testament to his steadfastness, commitment and devotion.
And for all of this and much, much more he has given me, he has never asked for anything in return other than my time and attention, which I was more than... cont'd
And this my friends is what they call a Full English or a Fry-up... the #vegan version of course... Baked beans on toast, hash browns, bubble and squeak, roasted mushrooms, veggie sausages... The only thing I'm missing is bacon rashers and roasted tomatoes. And before you ask, yes this is the vegan remix of an actual traditional English breakfast...
Had suuuuuch a great time at D&AD's #NewBloodAwards last night. The D&AD represents global creative, design and advertising communities and celebrates brilliance in commercial creativity. Their New Blood Awards recognises the next generation of creatives. Because of my background in digital media, I was invited to judge the awards. I was soooooo impressed and inspired by the innovative projects of the entrants. I was honoured to witness this magic, and can't wait to see what they do next...
I sometimes think back about my life as a kid... How I wanted to escape, runaway and see the world... How I yearned for the freedom to just be myself... When I think about what I've been through and how far I've come I can't help but feel pure #gratitude. -Sterling, Scotland 2017