LIFESTYLE + TRAVEL
Beauty in correlation to art can't be expressed with words due to a seeming lack of accurate language. Art has always been fascinating to me because it's subjective. There are no rules, No right or wrong on how one should express their self through this medium. However, what I believe art should always do is evoke an emotional response within us. Aesthetic/Art must be processed on an intuitive level.
WHAT MAKES ART BEAUTIFUL?
The communication between different shapes, sizes, tones, textures, lines, motion, and sounds are the different ways of making art pleasing to our senses. If I had a dollar for every time I used the word texture I would be filthy rich. The use of texture is one of my favorite methods of communicating my art. Texture gives life to an image, it makes an image more interactive. It creates a story without one being told.
I often get a lot of questions on how to acquire knowledge for understanding aesthetics. I had always questioned if such things could be taught and I believe it can. Through studying what you love and practicing, then developing a style that is unique to who you are. It's imperative to share your interpretation of how you see beauty in the world through your eyes.
I found out about Lamu for the first time on my instagram explore page. A fellow I discovered had documented an image he took at THE MAJLIS RESORT and I fell in love. i looked up the destination on pinterest and i couldn't help but want to explore every nook andcranny of this city.
I had the chance to escape the bipolar weather in ATL earlier this year for a certainly warmer climate in Lamu. When going on my adventures I try to stay away from as much to do/ to see lists as possible to allow myself discover things that I like to enjoy--never hurts to leave room for surprises. When I saw images of the majlis resort I imagined Lamu being more developed, you know.... cars, uber (if possible)...oh boy was I in for an experience of a lifetime. When I landed in Nairobi I was told how beautiful Lamu was but my excitement died when I was informed that there were no cars to get around. Pause... What?
The best means of transportation in this little town was either by foot, speedboats and you guessed it... A DONKEY!!! Donkey's are mainly used here for transporting goods from place to place. You won't see too many people riding on one. Initially I was quite frantic about not having access to a car but hey, burning a few calories from walking around doesn't hurt after all. I was excited to explore the city and take in its beautiful hues, facades and textures.
The people I was privileged to meet made this experience worth it for me. They welcomed me with so much warmth and love. Often times the language barrier makes it difficult to connect with people but in LAMU the heart speaks louder than words. I never felt out of place.
They called me Sana (a friend) They taught me how to take life pole pole (slowly slowly) Most importantly they made me fell like I belonged.
I spent the past few days people watching, but specifically observing the women I saw in the streets of Paris. How they dressed, how they styled their hair, their body language. Parisian women exude a level of self-asuredness that is quite liberating. It’s an inevitable fact that Parisian style exudes an air of freedom. That undeniable cool that initially seems so elusive, but simultaneously appears simple, unpretentious, and perhaps effortless.
I finally cracked the code to achieving the day to day Parisian Chic Look.
(it's quite simple)
Clean lines + Beautiful textures + Comfort
A Mixture of worn out clothing with new pieces, perfect balance between luxury and inexpensive vintage finds. Sounds like I’ve been Parisian all along.
You can look Parisian for under $100 and here’s how:
- Get a nice vintage trench coat from the thrift store for $14
- A pair of vintage levi’s for $7 thrifted
- A crisp white tee shirt from ZARA $8
- A nice pair of ballerina flats or sneakers (I noticed most parisian women wear adidas, Pumas, Reeboks, keds...comfy type sneakers) mine were $20 from a vendor on the street.
- A chic cross Body Bag from forever XXi $25
Love From Paris.
PHOTOS BY SABRI BENY
LARSSON & JENNINGS
WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE???
I stopped by the L & J store on Prince street not too long ago and instantly fell in love with the minimal ambience of the brand.
i'm a sucker for Design and great Aesthetic, Larsson and Jennings just happens to get it.
Birth from two cities, Stockholm and London, L&J unifies minimal Swedish Design with British Aesthetic. Creating modern timepieces for style-savvy individuals like myself.
Making a decision on what timepiece I wanted to incorporate in my day to day was quite difficult as you saw on my snapchat. There was a plethora of timeless choices to select from.
When picking out a watch I tend to lean towards something with a masculine appeal but this time I wanted something more sleek and feminine. The older I get the more feminine i'm becoming... i don't know what's happening to me but i'm embracing it.
This 33mm 18k GOLD Lugano watch is what dreams are made of.
- Did I Mention that it coated in GOLD?
- It comes with a built-in adjuster on the straps to adjust as you grow.
-Design is A1
More choices available HERE
I turned my grandma shoes from zara into mules because they were killing the back of my feet.
Are there any well made shoe brands out there that cater to women with wide feet? :(