Saturday, May 31, 2014

Music Series - Songs of India that inspired me

India Arie is one of the most inspiring artists of this era, her productions are comforting and soothing to the soul. Her musical poetry, which is uplifting and empowering to the human mind, gives something to think about all day long. In her songs she focuses on self morale confrontations, power struggle and love that is spiritually mature. I admire her ability to stay consistent in her messages. She is one to be very committed to her music. Through her compositions, Arie strives to leave a legacy of Peace, Love and Acceptance as well as fulfilling her musical calling.

Her songs have inspired me since the age of twelve, which is the first time I heard her single “Video”. At that time, I didn’t fully understand the context of her lyrics nor was I able to live by those words. Nevertheless, they encouraged me to undergo a journey of self discovery, mindfulness and making peace with oneself. Wisdom isn’t something that can exactly be thought. In my opinion, it is the sum of life experiences which we allow to transform us into better people. However, I enjoy seeing women like India Arie, pass on their life experiences to give the process a little boost. In many songs, she makes positive statements of self affirmation that we can all relate to in one way or the other. She also awakens awareness to difficult situations happening in our surroundings that we willingly choose to ignore.

Her songs are definitely food for thought so it would be a pity not to share. Below I hand picked a few compositions that inspired me the most. Feel free to share yours.

1. Video (Acoustic Soul 2000) : About self assurance, self affirmation self acceptance (I had to pick one song but consider the whole Acoustic Soul album included)

2. Just do you (Songversation 2013) : Discovering one’s purpose. Accepting and acknowledging one's individuality. Self discovery.

3. Pearls (Testimony vol 2: Life & Politics 2006) : A healthy dose of reality on how we perceive the world differently than others. What is meaningless to you is another person’s blessing.

4. Headed in the right direction (Voyage to India 2002) : Getting grounded and learning new lessons in life despite confusement. Gaining wisdom.

5. Little things ( Voyage to India 2002 ) : Being grateful, finding joy in minor things that are constantly overlooked.

6. Private Party (Testimony vol 1: Life & Relationship 2006) : Taking a moment to reflect on growth and on current disconnections. Celebrating oneself completely and finding joy within.

7. Break the shell ( Songversation 2013) : Overcoming life experiences that can make you hard and/or can create a wall of fear within your heart. Reaching towards your full potential.

8.Beautiful surprise ( Voyage to India 2002): A love that is more than just physical, a love that is mentally and spiritually elevating.

9. I choose ( Testimony vol 1: Life and relationship 2006) : Defining yourself and letting go of the filters others use to define you.

10. Brother's keeper ( Songversation 2013) : Having a sense of commitment to one another. Reaching out to help others and give the necessary support needed.

11. Better people (Testimony vol 1: Life & Relationship 2006) : Being open to learn and interact with others, exchange ideas and develop from these interactions.

All her songs can be found on spotify, just search for India.Arie. 
Hope you enjoyed it, feel free to comment below.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday Quote - Dream Believe Achieve

If You Can Dream It, You Can Believe It, If You Can Believe It, You Will Achieve It - For As You Think Within Yourself So You Become!

Have A Nice Day
Pictures were taken by Ramses Clements
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Monday, May 26, 2014

The Thing About Natural Hair

Throughout my journey I have met many people who’d ask me if my decision to reverse my hair to its natural stage was based on some form of political ideology or a reinforcement to the symbol of radicalism. Up to this point in my life I never took the time to truly analyze what is it that my hair symbolizes to me. 

Growing up I remember admiring a portrait of my mom sporting a huge fro and wondering if my hair would look like that one day. As a child I always wore my hair in braids or twists and when I was finally allowed to make minor decisions about my appearance I begged my mom for a perm. So I never really understood the true potential of my hair in its natural stage.

As I evolved into a woman, the image of my Mom’s fro kept popping inside of my head. Still I stayed faithful to my monthly perm although I struggled many times with the thought of finally following my heart. “How was I to begin with the transformation? What would my hair look like? Besides no one wears their hair that way”. Having self identity issues was inevitable, because from where I come from, the majority of women had kinky or curly hair. Yet getting a perm around the age of 12 was an almost must. It would be a true exception to bump into someone passed their childhood years with natural hair. But my whole perception changed when I moved to the Netherlands. I saw women of all kinds and backgrounds boasting with their hair and embracing it as it is. And then, I got acquainted with “The Movement” ; the shift from relaxers to natural hair. I was stunned, I have landed in some sort of unknown world that shared the same ideas as mine. But what was it that kept me from taking the step? I guess growing up with beauty perceptions of long, uncoiled hair still had their way through my head. It took me a year and a half, a severely irritated scalp, hair breakage and irreparable damage to finally get a big chop. It was almost as if I didn’t really had another choice, I was pushed to edge. But since then I have learned to love my hair unconditionally, embrace it and accept it as an extension of me.

So if you ask me, I wasn’t exactly partaking in some sort or kind of political movement, but in a way, I was glad that the movement even existed. In this age it is great to see women acknowledge the fact that beauty comes in a variety of forms and styles. We are able to embrace diversity and discover new ways of identifying ourselves.

For me my hair is a form of self expression. It allows me to say something about my style. My natural hair is versatile, so I am able to try so many different looks and make all kinds of statements. I love variety and my hair; in its natural stage; gives me the opportunity to show that. 

In no way does it mean that I am better or less than someone who opted to relax their hair or wear a weave. In my opinion the movement was meant to emphasize that natural hair is beautiful TOO and there’s no need to manipulate hair that you were born with to get a sense of acceptance in society. Whether you wear it relaxed, natural or in any kind of protective style it is up to you. We were all born with a free will to choose and fortunately wearing your hair naturally is a great choice that has been embraced by many. Your hair will always remain your crowning glory, no matter which style you choose to wear it. It is what makes us as woman special, it is what differentiates us from each other. We are all beautiful in our own way.

I am very open to hear your thoughts and I don't mind starting a healthy discussion, comments are welcome!

Pictures were taken by Ramses Clements
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Pineapple Do

So here’s a trend that’s been surfacing everywhere these days. The Pineapple, the piña , the fresh tropical fruit. It’s weird because you would’ve thought that this trend was only seen on clothes, shoes and accessories, but no, there’s a whole new fetish going on here. This trend further extends itself to home decor and even a new breed of indoor plant called the baby pineapple. Did I forget to mention the latest hype of taking countless pictures of the fruit or using it as an accessory in photoshoots? 
I remember 2011 had a similar trend going on during summer, banana’s were seen on the cover of magazines, on jeans….. everywhere! We all became monkeys for fashion’s sake. Yellow fruits just seem to capture the eye of creative souls, I mean in a way, it does resemble the tropical sunshiny days of summer. As for myself, I have to admit falling victim to this hype (check out my instagram), but I’m honestly not a fan of pineapple prints on clothes or shoes. Personally, I think prints should be delicately chosen to avoid looking pasé, when worn in future seasons. You know me, it has to be versatile and wearable enough to be worn in 2020 (OK exaggerating a bit here, but you got my point). 
Used as props however, it takes a whole different turn. In a way it does work because of the rare intricate structure of the fruit, which adds an artistic touch when creating visuals. As long as it's creative it’s a go for me, I love rare and out of the box ideas. Just keep in mind that it is a hype, which makes it very difficult to stand out at. So keep the variety box checked.

What are your thoughts about this delicious fruit, I mean fashion trend ?
Below are some cool pictures.
Pictures via Pinterest. Check out more on this trend here.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday Quote - Celebrate Life

Rejoice and be glad in this day he has made!
Have a nice week!

Picture taken by me
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Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Leopard Bumble Bee - Fiercely Yellow

Yuhuuu….Going for a lovely walk through the city center? Lunch or coffee with the love ones? Wear a burst of sunshine, complement this sunny day . Summer is just around the corner and I am planning to live mine in full HD color. Today I am wearing yellow fiercely, releasing the feline inside of me. To give an earthy touch, I opted for some subtle brown accessories. The stylish vintage sunglasses top the look off, for a quirky twist.

Blouse: H&M, similar styles here & here 
Midi Skirt: H&M, similar one here & here, cute skort style here
Booties: Zara, similar styles here & here
Bucket bag: Primarkt, also cute is this & this
Earrings: H&M, similar styles herehere & here
Sunglasses: Zara, similar style here 

Pictures were taken by Rugeen Lodewijks.
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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sunshiny Bright - Refreshing Mojito

Some rum, lemon juice and a handful of mint leaves.
There is nothing more refreshing on a Saturday afternoon than a thirst quenching, homemade Mojito. I sipped it slowly while sitting in my balcony. 
Hope you are enjoying this beautiful sunshiny afternoon.

Pictures were taken by Ramses Clements

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

It's Mid Year - I Need to Travel

As human beings we have the burning desire to stimulate our brain and nourish our spirit altogether. It is the necessity to force ourselves into new refreshing perspectives of life. No wonder the Dalai Lama encourages us to visit someplace new every year. Travel isn’t just a luxury, it compliments the soul and allows us to become well rounded human beings. Seeing other people engage into their daily activities provides us with a healthy dose of reality. We are confronted with the fact that the way we look at the world is not the way everybody looks at it. Tasting the flavors of the world is good for the heart. We create new memories and quench our thirst for adventure. Think about accepting the challenge to jump into an unknown world and being open to unpredicted circumstances. Without knowing, we are given the opportunity to develop new skills we never knew we could excel. Getting away from our routine provides us with the much needed closure for a phase in life whilst giving us insight to welcome a new one. So what are you waiting for?! Take a chance!

Here are my top 5 destinations for summer:

1. The Maldives
Maldives is the smallest Asian country in both population and land area, yet the greatest paradise on Earth. A trip to its beaches is a healing therapy for the soul.

2. Philippines
Named after King Philip II of Spain, but officially known as the Republic of the Philippines. These islands form one of the most beautiful countries of the World. They offer breathtaking landscapes and views.

3. Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Also known as the four Kings, offers an astonishing underwater world to explore. The treasures found in its realms will leave you enchanted.

4. Mombasa, Kenya
Mombasa has the perfect climate all year around but is mostly popular for its diverse marine life and friendly atmosphere.

5. Lagos, Portugal
This historical city has the most vibrant nightlife in the Algarve region, but is also good for all age groups because of its numerous aquatic activities.

First picture taken by Me. 
Destination pictures via Pinterest.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Monday Quote - Fearless

You are blessed with a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline
Make it happen!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Lazy Sunday - Relaxed Headwrap

Everytime I see a woman of color with a headwrap I can’t help but feel a sense of pride, confidence and majesty. It’s where I find my own identity and recognition. The headwrap which is originated in Sub-Saharan Africa, comes in many bright colors to animate the face. African women would use such garments to emphasize and bring light to the facial features. The Nigerian woman uses the “Gele” which is worn as high and wide as possible to resemble a peacock displaying his tailfeathers. For many, it carries a symbolic meaning in reference to spirituality, wealth, prosperity and class. Ancient West-African queens would also display beautiful headwraps made of fine material such as damask, to enhance their elegance and femininity. Often these are used today at special occasions and weddings.
In our Antillean
Society headwraps are a cultural treasure. Till the day of today we display our culture and identity through the harvest festival where we are reminded of how our ancestors boasted their beliefs through the headwrap. With a little help online I managed to create an upward style that looks much like a crown, I wanted to leave my face completely exposed.

Pictures were taken by Ramses Clements
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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Weekend Foodie - Super Burger

This girl right here is certainly not your typical kitchen princess but these days I’m wondering who lit the Bree van de Kamp inside of me. So I decided to share my first recipe with you, a super burger with oven baked wedge fries, the ideal weekend food. It is very simple and easy to make, great for kids and meat lovers.

This is what you will need for the burger:
- 100 gr of ground beef or steak (optional)
- ½ cup of milk
- 1 slice of white bread
- 2 tbsp of Adobo
- a pinch of black pepper
- ¼ tomato
- ¼ bell pepper, minced
- 1 small (red) onion
- 2 tbsp of minced leek
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 2 Italian buns
- arugula and lettuce

For the Sauce:
- Mayonnaise
- Paprika powder
- Ketchup
- ½ Madame Jeanette pepper, minced

For the Oven baked wedge fries:
- 2 tbsp of badia all seasoning
- 3 tbsp of vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp of rosemary leaves
- Potatoes
Recipe Directions burger:
Soak the bread slice in the milk and mix well. Chop half of the red onion for the burger patty (the other half will be used in the burger sandwich). Into a bowl throw the ground beef, adobo, pepper, minced vegetables and mix well. Add the soaked bread along with the egg into the bowl, mix well. 
Tip: Make sure your hands and nails are thoroughly washed and cleansed. When it’s all mixed together, form into two burger patties. Sprinkle some breadcrumbs to keep them together.
Add the vegetable oil into the pan and fry the patties at medium heat, until medium brown. Later you are going to place them in the oven for 15 minutes to make sure the are thoroughly cooked.

Oven baked wedge fries:
Preheat the oven at 250 degrees for 5 minutes.
Cut the potatoes into medium wedges, click here for instructions on how to cut wedges.
Season them with the badia, rosemary leaves and pour the vegetable oil over them. Bake the wedges for 45 minutes at 220 degrees until golden brown. Place the fried burger patties for 15 min along with the wedges.

Sauce and serving:
Mix the ketchup, mayonnaise, paprika powder and minced pepper together. Spread it over the italian buns.Place some arugula leaves and lettuce, sliced red onions and sliced tomato on the buns and serve the burger with the wedge fries.

Enjoy your meal!
Pictures were taken by Ramses Clements
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