February 13, 2017

Dobry Den from Praha

February 13, 2017

Uhhh hi there! So I never mentioned it on the blog, (but If you follow me on instagram you already know this) but I'm studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic for the next four months! I've been here for about three weeks so far and it's been quite an adjustment. I've felt uncomfortable and confused and have missed home, but that's exactly why I came here. If you expect to feel comfortable and cozy while studying abroad then you probably haven't chose the right place. 

Prague is an absolutely beautiful city and I will definitely have some more posts showing the beauty of this place but it's also very easy to feel bored, which is where I'm currently at.  I feel like I have so much to say and talk about, but have no idea where to start, so I'll let the pictures do the talking for this post ;) However, if there's anything that you'd like to hear me talk about in regards to studying abroad, packing, traveling, or Prague in general please let me know!

February 1, 2017

i believe

February 1, 2017
This should really be my 10x10 winter capsule wrap up post, but it just doesn't feel like the right thing to talk about at a time like this.

i'm not good at talking about stuff like this.

the headlines from the past two weeks have been terrifying. i've been in europe since the 17th, three days before the inauguration, and while i was (am?) beyond grateful to have been out of the country when it was handed over to this monster i can not help but feel a sense of hopelessness from this side of the pond.

i will not deny the fact that i need to work on my activism. in times where women, black and brown people, muslims, lgbtq+, immigrants, the disabled, and anyone who has been labeled under the term of "other" have been under attack i have sat back. i have voiced my opinion and provided support when directly asked or confronted, i have sent texts or held friends who felt unsafe, i have retweeted and favorited tweets providing additional information or sharing words i wish i could find the strength to speak, i've posted quotes as my Facebook status as a cryptic way to express my feelings, but i have not come much farther than that. i have not directly and unabashedly claimed where i stand, and while i do not think we should pressure people into doing so, i feel like i can no longer be a silent force as my country self destructs.

as a black woman, the daughter of two nigerian immigrants who moved to the u.s twenty years ago for more opportunities for themselves and their children, i am fully aware that society has not always been kind to people like me, but i also understand that while i am not a straight white male, i do have some privilege in this world. i have two parents with good jobs that mean that i have never experienced lack in my life, i've done well in school and have the means and ability to study at a top university, i have support and know that if i ever need help, there will be at least one person there on my side. i have let this sliver of privilege protect me from feeling the impacts of a society where sexism, racism, and a plethora of un-American ideals are rapidly revealing themselves.

in times of difficulty i tend to retract, try to make any and every attempt to withdraw myself from the situation in an effort to preserve my own welfare– but now is not the time for this.

there is a man leading this country with absolutely no direction or ethical compass. he is using fear and hatred and spite for his own personal gain while millions of citizens, would-be citizens, should-be citizens suffer. he is a threat to the environment, and women's rights, and refugees, and the american people, and, and... he is not my president, and he does not represent what america is about.

being in prague at a time like this has been any eye opener and the similarities between america today and the czech republic (then czechoslovakia) under nazism, communism, and through it's various revolutions and uprisings is unsettling to say the least.

like i said, i'm not good at talking about this stuff, and i struggle to wrap my head around our current reality and form a coherent response to everything that's going on but i can say this:

i support the rights and fair treatment of human beings regardless of sex, gender, race, religion, ability, or class. i believe that science is real and that we must work on limiting our effects on the environment. i believe that women should have full and autonomous control of their bodies and that the government should play no role in dictating what women can and can't do. i believe in access to affordable healthcare and quality education for all. i believe in helping refugees and immigrants (just like my family) find a home in this country, regardless of where they come from. i believe in feminism. i believe that black and brown lives matter, and that police brutality has no place in our society. i believe that love is love is love.

i believe in the words of charlie chaplin, which after nearly 70 years still ring true:

We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

let us fight for what is right and true.

let us fight the good fight.

let us do better, friends.

January 23, 2017

Winter 10x10 | Outfit 10

January 23, 2017
Shoes: Adidas  // Pants: J.Crew // Shirt: J.Crew // Cardigan: Gap (similar

Last winter 10x10 outfit!!! I'm not sure if I will try to do another capsule challenge, but I think the reason why this one didn't work out too well is because of the weather I was dealing with and the fact that my choices were almost too neutral? Anyways, I'll talk more about that in my round up post but first I have something to say. Labeling this as outfit 10 is a total alternative fact because I actually didn't end up wearing this on the last day. I planned on doing so, but I really wasn't happy with it, and this was the day that I flew from London to Prague so comfort was the biggest thing on my mind. I wore the J.Crew pixie pants and Adidas sneakers, but instead paired them with a white Madewell sweater and my J.Crew Factory puffer vest. I was a lot happier that I wore something else, especially since I was beyond the point of missing all my other clothes. 

I'll be posting a round up post in a few days with some more insight on what I liked, didn't like, and what I would change in the future so look out for that! I also promise to have some more interesting posts up soon!

Winter 10x10 | Outfit 9

 Jeans: J.Crew // Shoes: Adidas // Shirt: Everlane // Cardigan: Gap (similar

I'm almost done posting all my winter 10x10 outfits! Honestly I think I'm ready to be done with these posts more than y'all are. I've been a bit delayed because I'm now in Prague and I'm trying to get adjusted to the cold (!!!) and getting comfortable with my new home for the next few months. 

January 20, 2017

Winter 10x10 | Outfit 8

January 20, 2017
Shirt: Uniqlo // Jeans: J.Crew | Shoes: Adidas // Cardigan: Gap (similar

Believe me when I say that I am really glad that this challenge is almost over. I haven't been dying to wear something else in my wardrobe, but I am getting tired of feeling limited with my options. So far I've been spending my days in England watching low-quality tv shows, catching up on blogs, and double checking that I've gone everything I needed to do before I head to Prague.  Overall, I really like this outfit, but it was a bit too cold for this London weather. For some reason 40F feels a lot colder here than it does in New York?


Winter 10x10 | Outfit 7

Shirt: Uniqlo // Jeans: J.Crew // Shoes: Adidas // Cardigan: Gap (similar) // Sweater: Cotton On (similar)

I have a confession to make; I did not wear this outfit on day seven. Scandalous  I know, but I didn't think that y'all wanted to see an outfit post of my pj's ;) This outfit, which I call Outfit Number Five, with Cardigan (2017, clothes on human) is incredibly warm. Like I wore this out to hunt for a milkshake, in new york, at night, without a coat, warm. I'll be doing a roundup post with more details and insight on what worked and what didn't, but I definitely regret including this cardigan in my capsule. It's generally not warm enough to wear over a shirt in this weather, but it's also a bit too thick to wear under my J.Crew Factory Coat easily. 


January 19, 2017

Winter 10x10 | Outfit 6

January 19, 2017
Vest: J.Crew Factory // Shoes: L.L Bean // Pants: J.Crew // Sweater: Cotton On (similar

This is what I ended up wearing on my seven hour flight from New York to London. I swapped out the bean boots again for my adidas sneakers so I could easily slip them off during security and on the plane. This outfit was actually the perfect thing to wear on my flight. I haven't taken a flight over three hours in about five years and this was my first international flight alone so I knew that I would have my mom there with me packing an extra jacket or pair of socks just in case. 

I wore a tank top underneath for extra warmth, but this outfit kept me nice and cozy on my flight. The vest yet again proved helpful when dealing with my phone, passport, and boarding pass. The sweater kept me warm but wasn't too tight or constricting and my J.Crew pixie pants made it possible for me to stretch any which way while flying in economy. 

At first I was sure about how I was gonna manage a seven hour flight, by myself, during the day. I left New York at 8:30am and landed in London at 8:30pm (we actually landed 40 minutes early, I think the pilot knows witchcraft) so it only made sense for me to stay wake the entire flight so I wouldn't have to deal with jet lag. With two movies, an episode of Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me!, and a few games of solitaire, I finally landed in London and made my way to my Aunt's house outside the city... but not before I went through the wrong exit and had to go through security again to go get my bags.