DIY Distressed Denim Patch Jacket

I’ve been on the hunt for an oversized denim jacket for a while and thanks to Goodwill I snagged one for five bucks. After wearing it a few times I felt like something was missing, so I decided to turn it into DIY project.  I knew two things for sure, I wanted to distress it and add patches. The final detail I wanted came from the iconic Nina Simone. Something she said that has always stuck with me was:

“I’ll tell you what freedom means to me, no fear.”

 When I heard her say those words they resonated with me so much that I got stuck in a trance of how amazing that feeling would actually be. I can’t begin to tell you how many things I didn’t do and still haven’t done, simply out of fear.  Tackling fears has made it to the top of my “to do” list the older I get. That’s why I decided to paint “Freedom = Fearless” on that back of the jacket. Whether I show it in the things I wear, do, or say; I want to start living life fearlessly.  

Though a bit out of my comfort zone (I like to keep it simple), I'm pretty happy with the results. I'm thinking of pairing it with an oversized white t-shirt and a pair of mules. Crossing my fingers that the look comes out how I envision it. 

                                                                                Patches: Amazon & Beyonce.com

                                                                                Patches: Amazon & Beyonce.com

Have you tried any cool DIY Projects lately? I’ve been getting bored with my apartment so I might have more coming to the blog. 

Dodging Curveballs In The Comfiest Dress I Own

Life throws some mean curve balls. Sometimes, you see them coming and can brace yourself for the catch. Other times, or I should say, most of the time they catch you off guard.

When I think back at the “by the time I’m 25” goals I set for myself as a young girl, I chuckle a little inside. Oprah isn’t worried about me dethroning her any time soon and those eight kids I wanted have trickled down to two, maybe one.  It has taken me awhile to learn that no matter how much you think you can prep yourself for your next move, life isn’t on your timeline. You are where you are because that is where you’re meant to be at that moment. That can be a hard pill to swallow when you see someone further along on their journey. Which is why It’s so important to understand that your journey is yours. Your story is yours. Slip on some nice comparison blinders and stay focused on the most important thing- where you’re trying to go.

My “by the time I’m 30” goals are structured a lot different. Oprah can release the clutch on her pearls because she didn’t make the list and kids are no longer a “goal”. Now, do I know what the next three years will bring? You guessed it, nope. But this time around, I’ll have my helmet on tight, footing in the right position and bat marked with every goal I’ve ever housed in my heart ready to hit a home run. 

                                                              DRESS| ASOS- SHOES| Adidas- PURSE|(similar) H&M 

                                                              DRESS| ASOS- SHOES| Adidas- PURSE|(similar) H&M 

Jamming To Major: Why I Love You

From as far back as I can remember, music has always been my solace. I can probably attribute that to my dad singing Stevie Wonder's Isn't She Lovely when I entered the world. These days, it's rare that I hear a song that stops me in my tracks and really makes me listen. That was until I heard Why I Love You by Major. 95 percent of the time I drive in silence. It gives me some time to flush through my thoughts and clear my mind. The other 5 percent of the time I'm listening to the oldies channel that plays classic R&B hits because a girl can only stomach so much "turn up" music. Is "turn up" still a thing or it just "lit" now? Anyway, on the rare occasion that I turn on the radio, I heard a sultry voice professing his love. A recipe I'm always a sucker for. Caught off guard, I put the car back in park, swayed in my seat and made a stink face when his falsetto gave me a slight chill. From then on the song has been in heavy rotation. Get ready to catch the feels. 

Any new artists you're loving right now?

This is late twenties

Life is beautiful. Life is unpredictable. Love is beautiful. Love is hard work. Friendships are beautiful. Friendships end.

Twenty six was a year filled with me learning to accept those things. I’m only a few weeks into twenty seven and more lessons are already rolling in. My goal this year is to dig deeper into who I am and what I am capable of being. I want to silence the lazy introvert inside me and try things I never have. I want to be more consistent in the goals I set for myself. I want to be great and something tells me that 27 will be just that!

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                                                                          Jumper+Accesories| H&M   Shoes| Asos

                                                                          Jumper+Accesories| H&M   Shoes| Asos

Obessing Over Fringe

I can't help but feel like life is closing in on me when I start to quote things I've heard my parents say, but "life can and will creep up on you." My last post was nearly a year ago and it's crazy to look back on what a world wind 2015 was. Though filled with a lot of great moments, it was also one of the toughest years I've had. I'll be 27 this year and just typing that creeps me the hell out. Don't get me wrong, I embrace getting older fully but it calls for a lot of questions concerning your future to be answered.

In the beginning of this year one vital question I had, finally got the answer I needed. After the stress of looking for new work last year, I finally embarked on a new and exciting career. The road to success is definitely filled with unexpected twists, turns and dreadful traffic stops. What have I learned? Embrace those moments, they help shape you. Cliche but so true. I'm excited to finally have the mental energy to be creative again, explore new things, express myself like I haven't before. I'm sure 2016 will bring its trials but this time I'll be ready because I know in the end, it will be another lesson learned and another longing question answered. 

Side note in case you didn't come here for the dramatics: I'm still in the process of reworking my wardrobe, so T-shirts,jeans and my current obsession with gym shoes are my new uniform. I've also developed a love for fringe, hence the inspiration for this outfit post. 

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                                                                        Jacket|Asos T-Shirt|Gap Outlet  Jeans|H&M  Shoes|Adidas

                                                                        Jacket|Asos T-Shirt|Gap Outlet  Jeans|H&M  Shoes|Adidas