Thursday, February 19, 2015

All in my Own Backyard (A Weekend in Review)

Honestly, how much of a backyard can I really have living in NYC? I'd just like to accept the city as my backyard. Beyond the perimeters of my house, I exit into the concrete jungle where a new species of predators approach.

Okay, maybe there are no predators, but there are a lot of strangers (aka celebrities) on my side of the neighborhood. This past weekend was filled with fashion and basketball and at times they both came together for All-Star Weekend & Fashion Week! Sadly, I could only enjoy this from behind TV & computer screens.

Saturday afternoon, I was right outside the Barclays Center taking pictures as people gave me dirty looks assuming that I was going to skip the line and I shot them a stare back. And today I stared longingly as photographers and women dressed fur waited outside a warehouse right by my school for a fashion show to start. It's as if all these events are teasing me.
Although I did not have a front row seat to these events, I'd like to share with you my favorite highlights from this past weekend:

Known as one of the most fashionable sport industries, Lebron James and the NBA put on a fashion show where eight basketball players competed strutting their stuff with IMG models such as Chanel Iman by their side. The players which included Jeff Teague, James Harden, Zach LaVine (who you will hear more about later) and JR Smith (so sad to see him leave the Knicks, please don't mention their losing streak, I will always be a loyal fan) showed off different outfits for each of the three rounds.  Kevin Hart and Shaquille O'Neal were also there hosting the show. 

I didn't even know this was a thing until I switched to TNT hoping I wouldn't miss All Star Weekend's Slam Dunk contest. I mean, basketball players strutting the runaway? That was the last thing I was expecting. I didn't tune in on time, but I loved every minute of what I did catch. 

It was even more special when a player near and dear to my heart, representing my home team, the NY Knicks won! I haven't fully accepted the Brooklyn Nets yet, sorry. Although, J.R. Smith is now a Cleveland Cavalier, I'll consider him a Knicks for now. REPRESENT.

This is what followed the All-Star All-Style fashion show this past Saturday. Although, it is a three day event, I usually always miss the celebrity basketball game (on Friday) and I don't care too much for the East v. West game (on Sunday) although I did watch it this year (the West won again sadly). But something I refuse to miss, for sure, is the Slam Dunk Contest and Three Point Contest, which for me is the most entertaining part of All-Star Weekend. If anything, that in itself encompasses what All-Star Weekend is really about, bringing together amazing players for some fun!  

Although I was very hopeful for my African friend, Victor Oladipo, Zach Lavine really grew on me. For one of his performances, in a nod to Michael Jordan's Space Jam movie he did this:

As easy as this looks, you need some serious skills to be able to do this. I mean, I can barely jump 3 inches off the group.

And Steph Curry ahhh, what can I say? I really like him and his family (his wife is Youtuber by the way). Steph Curry is amazing I mean there's a reason Drake mentioned him in his song "0 to 100." Don't believe me? Watch him in the 3-Point Contest:

  If you're not a basketball fan, you may be thinking what's the big deal? Why are the sportscasters yelling? The effect is definitely greater when you watch the whole competition from the beginning and see what each player has to offer and what makes these specific players so significant and talented. 

The half-time show was amazing too. Although I didn't expect anything from Ariana Grande for the half-time show it was good.
Other than spending my procrastination time staring at basketball players, I was also staring at photos from Fashion Week. There were so many shows and amazing looks (I see you Zac Posen) and amazing street style looks that I can share with you. But over all those shows I think Kanye West collaboration with Adidas and showcase of the Yeezy Season 1 collection is the one that I still remember the most. 

When his collection first made its debut, I didn't know how to feel about it. I was definitely confused being that the models looked barely clothed. I mean I know most runaway looks aren't made ready to wear, but this was a little off for me. Still it wasn't long before the collection grew on me, especially when I saw Kim sport items from the collection. 

Every piece of this outfit is from the Yeezy Season 1 Collection. Kanye has definitely transformed her look from her Paris Hilton wannabe days. I mean did you see her at the Grammy's? Who else can pull off a golden bathrobe like that.
Kanye has definitely brought something different to the table and it's not just in his music (which he's actually getting a best visionary award for soon from BET) but also in his style.

In the spirit of Black History Month & Fashion Week , I had to share this article I recently stumbled upon with you. The fashion industry seems to find a lot of inspiration within the African American culture ranging from music created by artists like Rihanna to even street style and urban culture. African American consumers also have a large buying power. So why is it that very few African Americans have the chance to showcase their designs down the runways of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week? This article tackles just that and it's a really interesting read about something that I would say most people don't really think about or even question, although it is nothing new. What do you think?

So like me, did you spend your weekend procrastinating and watch All-Star Weekend or did you follow Fashion Week? What was your favorite part? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below and let me how your week is going so far.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015


It's that time of the year again where everyone is posting Valentine's Day outfits and gifts ideas *rolls eyes* But hey if you're doing that I'm definitely not knocking your flow. I love what you're doing over there *avoids getting beat up by more than half of  the blogosphere and Youtubers* To be honest, I've been there done that, so don't mind me.

But, in the spirit of Valentine's Day, I just want to remind all of you whether you are single or not, it's okay to be alone. Actually, it's great to be alone! That's how you figure out who you are. You need down time to think and figure yourself out and just be you. Be your own company and walk with confidence and dignity. Show people you can be independent too and don't have to rely or depend on people all the time. And even more than that don't forget to Treat Yo' Self!

I've compiled a list of fun and creative ways that you can #treatyoself every and any day:

Duh. I mean how can you not? Especially if you want to stick to the Valentine's Day spirit, indulge! What is your sweet tooth craving? I have a thing for Oreos, so of course, I'll be making some Oreo truffles and sink my teeth into the milk chocolate exterior until I hit the right spot and feel the Oreos crunch between my teeth.

Maybe you're on a diet, so indulging won't work for you, but don't worry there are still other ways to #treatyoself. When I started college, we had an orientation where we were told to write letters to our future selves. After that they told us to write our address on the envelope and they'd mail it to us four years later (after graduation). I vaguely remember what I wrote and I'm still cringing at the chance that I may move and miss the letter to come in a few more years. But you can avoid this by writing "Open When.." letters to yourself. For example, you can write an "Open're upset" letter and write something inside that'd make you happy so when it does get to that point you can just open it and smile. There are so many letters you can create and show some appreciation for yourself.

People have a habit of listening to love songs and whining about how lonely they are. Personally, I rather not. Instead, forget the love songs (unless that's something you're into) and create a playlist of your favorite songs and dance like no ones watching, unless well someone's actually there watching (please don't embarrass yourself). Play upbeat songs that bring back happy memories for you or play your favorite childhood throwback song or that new Chris Brown song (Ayo has been on repeat for me lately).

You want to incorporate something more Valentine's Day-esque into your plans? I'd say watch movie in a different language, specifically French- ah the language of love. But watch it with subtitles of course, unless well you're fluent (I'm on my way there guys-put something french here-). Soon I will be watching Ernest & Celestine (a childhood storybook I used to read in grade school). Why haven't I watched it yet, you ask? I was supposed to watch it with my friends, but they watched it without me-so fake- but that's a story for another time.

Self- appreciation and self-love is more important than anything, but once you get to a point of self-love and appreciation, it's time to spread the love.  As you get older, sometimes its hard to make as much time as you used to for friends especially when you're all doing big (& different) things. But, it's nice to get together and plan a girls night in or slumber party and just catch up. Dorming makes it easier for me to schedule sleepovers and catch up with friends to see what they are up to. To make it even more fun, do something Secret Santa-esque. 

When single or not, people can fall into a habit of not appreciating or acknowledging the important people in their lives. Use Valentine's Day as a simple reminder to both appreciate yourself and also let others know how much they mean to you.

And let me know in the comments below, how do you #treatyoself  and loved ones?
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