Dashiki & Thigh High Boots

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Happy Monday!! I woke up Saturday morning to more Twitter notifications than usual. To my surprise people were sharing ‘what does hard work look like, anyway?’ and sending me really encouraging messages. I wrote that piece in such a sad and discouraged moment.

It was incredible to see that I was not alone. That was the entire purpose of that post, to let other creatives know they are not alone. The creative struggle gets ugly, but hang in there. It good to know my hard work looks a lot like other people’s hard work.

Today, I’m wearing the controversial Dashiki. There has been a debate floating around social media in recent weeks about the appropriation of African culture by black Americans. I’m not African and I’m not a black American, so I’ve refrained from the debate. I do know that it’s complex and nuanced. Two things social media doesn’t know how to do. It’s also very clear that the black Diaspora borrows and share culture. It’s one of the things that make us unique.

I identify as black. For me indulging in the cultures of the Diaspora is about my pure unadulterated love for blackness. Not an othering love, but a love that helps me breathe. A love that helps me BE. A love that helps me connect.

Would you wear the Dashiki? Why or why not?

Dashiki: Street Vendor
Boots: H&M s/o (similar)

Black Pants x Tunic

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Happy Friday! Question time!! Are you willing to risk it all for what you believe in? By risk it all, I mean give up all the comforts and security you have to go after something you believe in. For example, moving across the country for that job or for love. To leave the comfort of supportive family and friends to go where you are completely uncomfortable.

I believe there are moments in all of our lives that require us to choose between the comfortable and the uncomfortable. To do the thing that most of the people around us would support and cheer on or do the thing that would cause you to be the gossip of the moment for most people in your circle.

It’s easy when you are not in someone else’s shoes to say what you would or wouldn’t do but life has taught me that you never know what decisions you will be forced to make and under what circumstances.

It’s much harder to go against the grain.

I’m so inspired by anyone who says this is great, but I want something more or I want something different. Yes, things might go completely wrong but in those moments you become a better you.

Of course, it may not be that simple. If and when things go wrong all the people that really love and support will be there to catch you without judgment and shame.

Cheers to the believers!

Let’s talk about the fact that I’m not smiling in any of these pictures!! That’s what happens when your best friend is shooting you and encouraging you to serve face. I love this tunic! It was great for the summer but just as chic for fall.

One of the things I enjoy most about style blogging is the fact that it makes me look much cooler than I actually am. I probably shouldn’t be saying that, but it’s the truth. I’m cool but my style is way cooler.

Have a great weekend!!

Tunic: Forever21
Pants: H&M
Jacket:Borrowed from bae. (H&M)

The #creativesmartgirl

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A large portion of my childhood was spent being creative. This was partly because my family didn’t have money but mostly because growing up on a tiny island on a hill surrounded by mostly family provided me with the safety to explore and create.

My mother reminded me of a time when I pretended to teach my most recent school lessons to empty veranda chairs like they had students in them. There were many adventures with my cousin and best friend putting on performances with original choreographed dances. There were gallant adventures in trees, sword fights with sticks, wrestling matches that resulted in a broken finger, and, of course, telling made up stories when current was gone (no electricity).

There was a pageant, the annual queen show, that we an epic event with all of the neighborhood girls. The neighborhood dance offs were legendary. Of course, there was carnival, the major event of every summer vacation. While carnival is known for the costumes, and dancing, it’s really a comprehensive creative event.

Once summer ended, it was back to school. School was less about the creative and more about the smarts. Unlike the American school grading system, you’re not graded by class but by position. The only position acceptable to my mother and myself was first.

A Caribbean education is rigorous and academic. I don’t really recall ever having an art class. There was one teacher that tried to teach us an instrument. I don’t remember anyone ever saying they wanted to be a writer, an artist, a musician, a fashion designer, or an actress. We were focused on the sciences.

Thinking back to those formative years, that’s where it all started. It started with the balancing of my creative identity with what was required of me in the classroom. What seemed like a poor experience or lack of opportunity really helped shape me into the Creative Smart Girl that I am today.

Do I wish that I had had more of an opportunity to explore my creativity? Sure. I’m also sure that a nice mix of creativity and smarts creates opportunities for me that I couldn’t have even imagined as a child.

I created this space because I was tired of people telling me I couldn’t care about fashion and politics at the same time. I was tired of being pressured into a respectable career as a lawyer and not one that followed my true passions. Girls aren’t allowed to be creative and smart. We have to be one or the other.

But not anymore.

This is the space where we explore both together. I wish someone had done that for me, so I want to do it for you. I want to use my story to help you create the career, life, and style of your dreams.

The Creative Smart Girl explores her creativity while making savvy moves to create the life she dreams of and not the life anyone else sees for her. When she is told “no” she creates a way. She breaks down doors and changes the game in her respective field. She definitely doesn’t play it safe.

The Creative Smart Girl doesn’t knock her struggle. The creative struggle is so real. It’s enough to make you live the 9 to 5 life forever. There is very little safety and stability in choosing a creative career but the creative smart girl knows that the struggle is really a part of her art and a part of her story. She uses it as fuel to drive her and take her work to the next level.

The Creative Smart Girl changes the world. With some creativity and smarts we are often crazy enough to believe we can change the world and we do.

Are you a creative smart girl? Join the movement.

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Happy Tuesday!!

It’s been a long road but I finally settled on the perfect tagline/focus for the GlamSavvy Life. Allow me to re-introduce myself…welcome to the GlamSavvy Life…the place to be for the Creative Smart Girl.

It took me a very long time to get here. In the beginning it was Be Glamorous Be Savvy, then we moved away from a tagline all together, then it was the Inspiration Hub for Stylish and Smart Millennials, most recently it was the Inspiration Hub for Stylish and Smart Millennials seeking Creative Careers. They were unclear and too wordy. I needed to narrow things down.

I just had to get really clear about who I am and who are you trying to reach. Ultimately, I’m a creative smart girl and I want to reach other creative smart girls. It’s short, sweet and to the point. I really hope I don’t hate it in a few weeks, pray for me.

Trying to build a brand from the ground up is tough. I definitely don’t have it all figured out. I’m also committed to sharing the struggles with other #creativesmartgirls. If just one girl can come to this space and it helps her live a creative and smart life, my work is done. As my favorite t-shirt says, ‘the Best is yet to come.’

Fall is here, that means its time to breakout the thigh high boots of course. It is that interesting time of year when you can rock your summer pieces with some of your fall/winter favs and not look completely out of your mind.

Layering is one of the keys to transitioning from summer to fall in style. I live for it! It’s going to be a fun fall fashion season.

What do you think for the new tagline and what are you most looking forward to for fall fashion?

Shorts: Forever21 s/o (similar)
Boots: H&M s/o (similar)
Graphic Tee: Forever21 s/o (similar)
Plaid Shirt: Walmart

8 Habits to Help Sharpen Your Creativity

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8 Habits to help sharpen your creativity

I haven’t always thought of myself as a creative. My mother didn’t leave her children behind to seek a better life here in the United States for me to run around and be a creative. Creatives were weird and, more importantly, broke.

Even though I attended a high school with many opportunities to pursue a creative path, I refused. Photography class? No. Audition for the school plays? No. Sing? No. Write for the school newspaper? No. Looking back, I definitely should have done every single one of those things, especially since my high school was award winning for many of those programs.

Instead, I decided the only way to change the world was to be a lawyer. To be a successful lawyer I had to take all the hardest classes and get involved in all of the “responsible” extracurriculars.

I tried to take the safe route. After all, playing it safe was supposed to help me live a life I loved, with the career I loved while making my mother proud.

Things didn’t go as plan.

Today, I consider myself a creative. I’ve always had ideas I wanted to pursue, stories I wanted to tell and a message I wanted people to hear. Unfortunately, innovative ideas don’t just fall from the sky. Thinking creatively requires connecting to another side of yourself. Even though I’m new this these creative journey, I’ve picked up on a few habits that have helped me sharpen my creativity.

Here are nine Practices to help you sharpen your creativity, too:

1. Journal
Creativity is a very personal journey. Your deepest thoughts have power. Getting them out on paper can help you gain clarity. Keeping a journal has helped me refine what exactly I want to say to the world. While some of it may make you cringe, some of it will inspire you to keep going. It’ll help you maintaining a healthy level of naiveté and drive to continue to be that person who has something to say that had something to say to change the world.

2. Develop a creative routine
You can trick your mind into getting work done. For example, I have specific things that I do when I’m writing like lighting a candle, drinking some tea, and listening to music. When I do those things, my mind knows it’s time for me to write. It’s my routine, now, but I’m still new to this, so my routine is constantly evolving.

3. Meditation
As a child, we were required to take a midday nap. If you couldn’t nap, your teacher would tell you to just enjoy some quiet time. While we may have dreaded it as children, quiet time is one of the most valuable things a creative can have. It’s your time to imagine, to envision, and to purify. There are many health benefits to meditation, including increasing blood flow and calming your the heart rate. Additionally, meditation gives quietness, calm, clarity and insight for free. As a creative, you can’t take that lightly.

4. Read
It doesn’t matter what form you choose to express your creativity, reading is the foundation of creative expression. Reading stimulates the mind and mental stimulation is what you need as a creative to take your ideas to the next level. Books open your imagination, creating entirely new worlds for us. The possibilities are endless and indulging in someone else’s creative work serves as inspiration for your own.

5. Practice
Regardless of what creative path you choose, working and improving on you craft should always be a priority. Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest basketball players of all time but his reputation for putting in the work on and off the court is impeccable. It’s the work that happens when no one is watching and cheering you on that separates the greats from everyone else. The same is true for well-respected writers, musicians, dancers, continue to practice daily to improve their craft.

6. Write it down
When you’re feeling inspired and the ideas are flowing, write them down in notebook. If you don’t, you’ll forget. Try to maintain no more than one notebook at a time. Using too many notebooks at once will only create more chaos. I can’t tell you how many notebooks I’ve started and only used a few pages before moving on to the next.

7. Appreciate your surroundings
When you grow up in “the hood” everything you read or hear about your neighborhood and surroundings is negative. The beauty of the hood is completely devalued and stripped from the people who live there. As a creative, you have the responsibility to find the beauty in your surroundings and use it as inspiration to add to your repertoire. Don’t wait for the local newspaper or hipsters to tell you that your culture and your neighborhood are valuable. They’ve always been.

8. Share Your Creations

It’s difficult to put your work out there to be critiqued by the world. But those critiques that can not only help you get better but, more importantly, they could also than be an opening for the love and support you will also receive. Sharing your work is how your group of supporters, critics, family and friends will become your tribe and help you build a brand. So dust off all of those creations living on your computer or your portfolio and start sharing it with the world.

What habits do you use to sharpen your creativity?