Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Here, Hear, Hair I am.

Since I chopped off my locs arond three months ago, I've looked in the mirror too many times and wondered what the hell I'd done. It was long. It was 'somewhat' socially acceptable and becoming mainstream. It was easy. It was safe.

In the last 2 weeks or so, I've come to terms with this hair and many other changes in my life. Now I moisturize, style, let go...do something , do nothing.

Wearing a twist out while eating a snail. Yeah a snail. See the story here.

Bantu knots- ish!

Pinned up. Eyes closed.

Newly conditioned with castor oil.

Saturday 'fro

Child's play

Janelle Monae- esque

Have you changed your hair recently. Why does length give such security?

be good. do better. look your best ( regardless!!)

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Remember my friend Synethia? See here. The one who made the clutches from Japanese obis?
Well looky here!

A 30 year old, 5' 3 inch, lock wearing English language teacher opening in Tokyo Fashion Week.

Do you have dreams? Do you believe in you? Go forth and claim your place.

My friend since undergrad, shopping partner , bridesmaid, listening ear, comforting words and road dog !!


flippin fierce!!!!

I am so proud!!! I feel like a proud mama!!

See more here

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tag! I am it.

Okay. While I've been slacking in posting here, since I spend most of my time travel blogging. I got tagged by the beauty, smart lady who is Irie Chic.

THE STORY: This past January I visited my grandfather in Jamaica, after not seeing him for nearly 10 years. This is a photo of me messing around with the contents of my grandma's kitchen. My grandma died over 10 years ago and my grandpa never re-married, dated nor changed a single thing in his wife's home. While I was joking around, I was happy to find the place I had happy childhood memories, in in tact. LIKE A MUSEUM!!

The Rules:
1) open your 1st photo folder
2) scroll down to the 10th photo
3) post the photo and the story behind it
4)Tag 5 or more people

I'm tagging

do good. be better. look your best.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hair is St. Lucia

Over at my travel blog, I shared a bit about Hair in St. Lucia. See here

Not long after that post, I found this lovely article “

“Zahara Jolie-Pitt and the Politics of Uncombed Hair”

Hair is often the first thing others notice, be it the texture, length, fullness, or shine. In the African-American community it can also tell a story. It can indicate your background, lineage, and social standing. From slavery until today, skin color and hair texture played a large part in how the overall society viewed blacks and ultimately the way African-Americans saw themselves.

……this too shall pass.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Who said bridesmaid dresses are for one time use?

A few months ago I attended a friend's wedding in Barbados. She had the novel idea of custom made silk dupioni corseted tops, pencil skirts and banded belts.

Honestly, at first I didn't get it. When I got to BIM( as Barbados is called) I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was her selection, a rich fabric in an amazing colour, but her design was carefully executed by Caribbean Icon Award Fashion Designer Pat Brathwaite. (See her work here and here and here)
Wasn't Les the most beautiful bride?
My friend Les, heard me plotting on the many ways I'd wear the outfit again...even before her wedding was over. I still havent done the crisp button down white shirt, tons of Channel-esque pearls and nude pumps just yet.

I had shown only a peek of the dress here. Here's how I've worn pieces of the bridal attire...countless times.
Above, the entire outfit, in my friend's bridal party, Barbados.
With a nude pocketed dress and gold hoops, out to drinks with friends in Kingston.

With dark denim, a metallic top and wedges, out for drink with friends in Waltham, Ma. CIMG0061
With a button down pin stripe shirt and white boot leg pants, presenting at a conference in Jamaica.
With a off white 3/4 sleeve tank , orange bib necklace and purple velvet flats, today at work in St. Lucia.

be good. do better. look your best.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Claat .....



I used to accompany my mother( a reluctant seamstress) in Kingston, Jamaica, to the fabric(claat in Jamaican creole) store. I took the opportunity to accompany an older co-worker, also a seamstress here in St. Lucia to the fabric store for the heck of it.

All the memories came rushing back, Indian silks, British cottons, post- colonial madras plaids.

I picked up a few pieces. Now I'm looking for a tailor/seamstress to make a few pieces while I'm here.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

This is how I feel....

Happy to be alive!

Striped top- The Gap, Vest- FCUK, Skirt- J-Crew ( click image for larger view)

How are you feeling?

be good. do better. look your best.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Kweyol Clutch

This month is Kweyol (Creole) Heritage month in St. Lucia. The entire country celebrates the creole ( French, English and African) heritage with traditional music, dance, food, exhibitions etc. I attended an event, October Fest en Kweyol ( a fusion of the German Beer Festival with a Kweyol Flair) These handmade straw clutches were on display and I had to take one home.

The wristlets, clutches and small shoulder bags are carefully crafted by a local St. Lucian woman, Lil, who usually sells in the City's market, using straw harvested in rural St. Lucia , scraps of fabric and used plastic for the inside lining.

Top- F-21, Shorts - French connection, Necklace - a shop in St. Lucia, Sandals- Nine West

Other pictures from the event can be found at my Travel Blog, CaribbeanConservationChic.tumblr.com.

be good. do better. look your best.