NEW YORK, NEW YORK🏙🗽🌆

It’s the city that never sleeps. From its vibrant culture and city lights to the hustle and flow mentality of every soul, New York might just be the next move.  I know I have always wanted to move out from my home state (Lowell, Massachusetts) and move to a place where I could finally plant my own roots and lay the foundation of my life. As scary and crazy as it sounds the big apple might be destined for me.

So this whole idea started when I recently went for a weekend to celebrate a friend’s birth day.   Long story short it was LIT. I am talking about from the night life to a day of sightseeing. We ended up renting an Airbnb in Manhattan for the few days we were there and commuted everywhere using subway or Uber.  Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to visit NYC several times but it was only this time round where I got to see NY for its true authentic self and I completely fell in love. They weren’t wrong when they said home is where the heart is. In the past when I visited, I only did the touristy stuff. Visiting Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and so on and so forth. But it was until I got to experience the culture is when I finally fell in love.

NY is well known for its diversity. It’s literally a melting pot of everybody from different cultures and all walks of all life. One thing for sure, you’re bound to at least meet every race and ethnicity. According to worldsrtides.com, More than 800 languages are spoken in New York City, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. 4 in 10 households speak a language other than English.

It’s crazy because everybody that I have told about the idea of moving to NY has basically looked at me crazy. They get this look on their face of ‘WTF’. The notion of NY being an expensive city and the fast paced doesn’t scare me at all. I mean it does a little bit but it’s in the sense of the fact that I am getting out of my comfort zone. But all in all the idea of proving everybody wrong and challenging myself on a different level of capacity is one of the few things that’s actually attracting me to it.

In this journey, I have made sure to check other parts of NY just in case this whole city thing doesn’t really work out for me. I had the opportunity to visit a good friend who lives in Albany, NY. Albany definitely shocked me. It wasn’t what I expected it to be. Meaning, I was expecting upstate New York vibes and a whole lot of countryside. (I apologize for my ignorance and bad geography skills.) Although being the capital for NY and way much smaller than NYC, it left a good impression on me. A city that’s way more diverse in every aspect than what I am used to still contributed to my love for the state as a whole. Let’s not forget the beauty of its architectural buildings and its rich history of the American people.

When I think of living in the big apple I picture myself like the likes of Janet mock the co-stars of the new show hustle in Brooklyn, Jessica Parker in sex and the city and some of my favorite people that I follow or look up to. From their career paths to the social lifestyle. Low-key, they have made it look easy but I am ready to hustle and grind to make it in this big city. Failure is absolutely not an option.

All in all I am not putting my eggs all in one basket. The whole point of this post is to put the idea out into the universe and let it manifest towards my end goal. Maybe New York will not work out. It might be a different city or town in Massachusetts or even a different country but am so ready to plant my seeds in a different garden. Wherever that maybe, I am ready to spread my wings and soar.

LUCY

I wouldn’t call myself a creative guru but after this photoshoot, might as well add it to my repertoire.

Since the beginning of summer, one of my best friend Lucy mentioned that she wanted to do a photo shoot for her 24th  birthday. Now I am not sure if you remember her from one of my last post, “Whitney”. she was the creative director/Make up Artist on that shoot and we created magic. Just like me, homegirl knows how to work the camera behind and in front of the lens.

I would say lucy and I are one and the same when it comes to the creative aspects. We tend to be on the same page and have the same vision. For this photoshoot, I was very eager to challenge myself on the creative director role, especially with the trust and confidence that my dear friend bestowed upon me.

We also partnered up with our other good friend Rita, owner and publisher of VisualMag who is a beast when it comes to photography. A woman who’s dedicated her career to telling stories through visuals has proven that dreams can be valid with a lot of hard work, ambition and the attitude of a “go-getter’. Make sure to check out her work and be inspired.

We woke up at 3 am and had to be at the location (Salem, MA) by 5 am in order to catch the sunrise. The whole point of the shoot was to catch that natural lighting. Believe it or not, this was the first photo shoot we ever did as friends many moons ago. Aside from the runaround, being at this location brought so many memories and added that bit of luck and charm for a successful shoot. We literally watched and experienced an idea that started out as a joke come to life.

Lucy, I hope this was everything you dreamed of. As you mark another year in the bag, I wish you more joy and happiness. Better yet, I grant you the wish of partnering with me in the many more projects to come.

Through my previous posts, I believe I have proven to Y’all my capabilities as a model and photographer. Now check me out as I dominate the role of Creative Director. Make sure to show some love, subscribe, repost if you can and comment. Enjoy the pictures.

WHITNEY

They say that in photography there is a reality so subtle, that it becomes more real than reality. It’s definitely a different perspective when you look through the lens of a camera. I bet most of my fellow photographers can relate to what I mean. When taking a picture, there is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. We all view the world and its content through the lens of the human eye. A good photographer must attain that humanity of the moment with every picture through just the lens of a camera.

I got the opportunity to shoot my old time friend Whitney with the help of one of my closest friends Lucy.  I met Whitney through a friend of a friend and it was an instant connection. Her soft spoken voice that filled the room with so much vibrance and personality which was easily recognizable. Oh and you can’t forget that touch of the ‘Lowell hood’ with a sprinkle of a southern belle which she expressed with every reference of “ooooh child” in every sentence of a story she told. She knows what I am talking about.

Whitney was the first person that I experienced the late night city lights of Boston. This was around the summer of 2012 and every other day we would drive my little hoopty hoopty, otherwise known as black cherry into Boston. We would immerse ourselves into the city’s diverse population and culture that we lacked back in our hometown. We shared our dreams and goals to each other as we made promises to our future self.  This was about 5-6 years ago. After losing touch, life as you know it had a funny way of bringing us back together.

Whitney is now about 36weeks pregnant and had asked me to do a maternity shoot of her before she gave birth. Of course I had to bring in my partner in crime Lucy, who is my creative twin that we see eye to eye when it comes to the art of fashion. Lucy helped me execute this one of a kind master piece.

 

Lucy, who’s a Picasso when it comes to make up, helped with co-directing of the shoot and setting up of the scenes. Of course her energy and positive vibes added to the ambiance of the room.

 

What was only expected to be a just a favor for an old time friend, turned out to be the best baby shower gift I could give to her. Here is to you Whitney as you begin this new chapter of your life. I know you’re going to rock being the best mom in the world.  Happy Mother’s day.

Lets Talk Style!

In the recent years I have found different ways to express myself. Through Music, the art of cooking and photography. But my newest form of expression or rather my new form of therapy has been travelling and fashion.  Initially when I started this blog, it was specifically for travelling but later on it just made sense to talk about my experiences and my journey as a whole.

For today’s post I wanted to share my interest for fashion specifically. In all honesty I don’t think I have ever had a conversation with anyone about my sense of style and how or why I can express myself through it. I have always just allowed it to speak for itself. I would never call myself a fashion expert or any type of fashion influencer but I do believe that I have a type of swag that can be well respected with those in the fashion community.

I would say my sense of style is very versatile, hence why I shop everywhere and anywhere. I don’t care about brand names (my bank account doesn’t even allow it if you know what I mean). As long as it looks good on me, I am all for it. I kind of started paying attention to the way I dressed between my later years of high school and going to college. At this point it was basically figuring out what works for me. Being on the heavier set, it’s not the same like for the average norm. Knowing what stores would carry your size yet still have a variety of styles to choose from that would also cater to your budget.

Name brand stores like forever 21, H&M which cater to the younger generation and style, sadly don’t accommodate as much to those who happen to be a little heavier. Personally I am always lucky whenever I can find something that fits, stylish and is current. I mean it’s great that right now we can have thicker models on the runway and brands that are catering to the average size woman but what about our fellow gents who are big and tall?

I don’t know about you but for me, whenever I get dressed up it has to be appreciated. Meaning the justice of the outfit needs to be served. Have you ever dressed really well and by the end of the day it feels as if your outfit just went to waste so you end up repeating the same outfit for another day/event? Well that’s exactly what it means when your outfit’s justice is not served.

When I dress good, it makes me feel good and it adds to my confidence which is portrayed by my energy and how I interact with people. It compliments my whole being and who I am as an individual. I always feel like I am telling a story and exuding a character every time I pay attention to what I wear.

It didn’t help that I went to a school in the middle of nowhere, where my environment was very country. Not that there is anything wrong with that in fact, I did walk away with a newfound taste of fashion sense for that type of environment. You see, if you really love fashion, you see beauty and style out of clothes, accessories and any fabric known to man. During this period of time while in school, I began collecting pieces and “must have fashion items “. Like I said before, being on the heavier set is a full time job when shopping for clothes. It was also at this period of time where I learnt a lot about thrifting which I must say has played a big role that’s added to my knowledge for good quality materials.

If you look at my style today, you will see that I like to incorporate a touch of different styles that contribute to an entire outfit. Currently I have been more attracted to print styles and that retro/vintage style. (my dad back in the day)

When it comes to accessories I love African pieces from the necklace to my wrist game. Finding inspiration through fashion gurus from Instagram socialites like Michael Anthony who’s based in Detroit and Julian Hernandez from Stockholm has also greatly influenced my style and confidence.

Now that you’ve gotten a glimpse of how I express myself, I want to know how you express yourself. If you can relate or just enjoyed reading this piece, make sure to leave a comment and don’t forget to share and subscribe.