Taking it All In

Happy Monday Peeps!

August is upon us, only 5 more months until 2015 is over! So cray!  I feel like 2015 just began! It has been a great 2015 so far: scored my first Vogue placement in April, had a rad vacation, got a few personal projects off the ground, challenging myself taking on new projects outside of my arena, and completed my first year of grad school.

Yesterday I was invited to my lovely friend Karina’s home; Karina is such a talented knitwear designer and illustrator. It was such a privilege working with her and I always admired how patient and kind she is.  Karina showed me her rad as f*c@k rooftop, so beautiful!! I am a sucker for an amazing view: rooftop, water, garden you name it. 

Looking out into the city, I really took in where I am in my life right now; it’s a great feeling to not feel so pressured and to really give yourself that pat on the back. Haha, great job Kos!

I had to take in a few shots, it is PATHETIC I have not done an outfit post since my birthday in May lol. This dress is one of my personal favs that I purchased at a trade show close to 5 years ago; the chevron multi colored design makes the dress so versatile.  The dress can be pair with flats or pumps.  The blue pumps I’m wearing, was one of those once in a lifetime finds at Beacons Closet.  So glad I found them before someone else snatched them up. It is downright shameful for the lack of outfit posts haha, I am going to do better, I promise. Enjoy! 

 

Photography by Karina Mazzilli

xo

Kosi

Yves Saint Laurent returns to Couture!

Major news for the fashion industry: Yves Saint Laurent is returning to couture. Repeat this is MAJOR! 

Yves Saint Laurent, hasn't made a couture collection since YSL himself produced his 200th and final show in 2002.  The French fashion house confirmed that it will start to produce couture pieces, under the direction of current creative director, Hedi Slimane. How exciting is this, there will be no show either. I love a brand that is so cool they don't need a show. It shows they are more devoted to investing the time to design and construction then a show.  I mean basically design and construction is what couture is all about in the first place. Well played!

To celebrate I found the best YSL moments to share with you lovely people, I can't wait to see who will be wearing the couture line:

It's nice to see a fashion brand actually be devoted to the art of it all! Bravo!

xo

Kosi

Perceptions

Hello peeps been a while hasn’t it?! Be on the look out for a Cosplay post later today!  I rarely post twice in one day but figured one post should be light since I haven’t been on the blog in a very long time!

Strong quote isn’t it? I found that quote a day before a weird incident that happened to me that I thought I should share with my readers. I already shared it on my personal FB page and it turned into “The View” by accident.

I have an awesome coffee shop near me.  It was like any other day: I go in, speak with the barista.  We chat about things going on, I get my cappuccino then start to leave.  Well “Gypsy” by Fleetwood Mac happened to be on and then it went straight to “The world is Yours” by Nas. Very different (haha) but that is what I and a lot of people like about the coffee shop.  Music is Music. The barista joked it was on shuffle and we start to chat again.   I bring up Nas’ iconic “Illmatic” Album and Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors” album.  A man he behind me happens to say “You know a lot of music… for a black girl.” 

I flashed a big smile and said “I’m a black woman, what’s so wrong with liking different music”.  The guy did try to clean it up realizing he said something that was very irrelevant to say.  I finished by saying “You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover ace”. He got his coffee and left, I got my coffee and did the same.  At that point, I just had to post it on FB and didn’t realize I started a conversation, a conversation that ties into judgments and perceptions.

“For a black girl” it’s something I heard before in college, internships, etc. that tied into being intelligent, my appearance and even the way I talk. According to society women of color are not suppose to be well rounded but more set in the urban culture that is seen in the media.  I’m grateful I had parents and siblings that made me the well-rounded person I am today.  

I know a lot of black women that are just if not more well-rounded than me.   Sadly though even within the black culture there were times I was called “white” or an “Oreo” cause of what I said, my music taste, and how I conducted myself.

It made me think about perceptions that we have of one another that also include gender, subculture, and sexual orientation.  At some point we all have been guilty of it; maybe not as open as the man in the coffee shop ( lol )  but we all have been guilty of it, me included. I work hard not to be and make an effort to get to know anyone I come in contact with and not judge them by their skin color, job, article of clothing, whatever. 

With social media, Google Glass, IPhone’s, and Apple Watches we are connected but then again, are we? We still deal with the same old school stereotypes and it’s a shame since we have more resources that make us more connected and thus should teach us we are not so different after all.  Hopefully this post will make some rethink before they judge that would be a rad start for change.

xo

Kosi