Thursday, December 17, 2015

Christmas Wish List II: December 2015

The Misfit's Wish List: Nov/December '15


It must have painted a pretty shallow picture of me to have created a sequel to my first extraordinarily priced wish list. To be fair, it's not my fault that I live in a consumer-driven, capitalist society that forces me to window shop my life away. It causes me to dream of having an overload of material things I can't afford at the moment, stuff that doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. I still care about nature and the overall well-being of humanity, however, that doesn't change the fact that I want what I want! Now that I'm done convincing myself and all of you that I'm aware of my short comings, I can continue to dream in peace, but I can guarantee I'm nowhere near spoiled. There are  things on my wish list from 2013 that I have yet to purchase, so there's that.

Moving right along, I've come up with part II of my wish list for this holiday season. Everything with the exception of the Apple watch and Beats Headphones are pretty reasonably priced. Here's the run down:
  1. A jean jacket is a staple in my wardrobe and somehow, I misplaced mine not too long ago. It's hard for me to find ones that fit my shoulder span, so it was a little disappointing to misplace my favorite/only vintage Levi that fit so well.  This particular denim is here for example purposes, but the price ($50) sounds about right.
  2. As previously mentioned, Beats headphones have a nice little price tag. All the ones I've seen are at least $250. If I do my research, I could probably find some at a much lower cost, but I just think it would heighten my music listening experience, so I view it as an investment. 
  3. Although I personally like the design of the Samsung G2 watches better, I'm an Apple fanatic. I converted years ago and never really looked back. I think an Apple watch would be good for working out or a really efficient device to have on the go, where things are too hectic or disorganized to keep up with. And ohmygoodness, it's Mickey Mouse
  4. Nine West Galician Women's Boots: All my fall/winter shoes are literally falling apart, so I feel no guilt when it comes to shoes. For a person who loves shoes so much {see my 'SHE LOVES SHOES' board on Pinterest for reference}, I actually don't own that many; just the essentials. As I motion further into oblivion adulthood, I want my things to last, therefore at this point, $90 boots would also be considered an investment. 
  5. Now we're down to the bottom row. It's apart of my daily routine to smell good and leave my mark, so I'm always looking to expand my fragrance collection. Happy by Clinique was recommended to me by a co-worker over a conversation about hygiene. She had it on that day and it has a really fresh, light aroma, that is still very feminine and noticeable. 
  6. What would complete my 'Sons of Anarchy' obsession/holiday binge better than this super epic SoA mug? I don't think there's a real answer to that question. The only thing I could think of would be a SAMCRO t-shirt, that is currently sitting, waiting for me to buy in my Amazon wish list.
  7. Last but not least on my wish list is an Adidas Originals Sport Backpack. I remember wanting a pair of Adidas so bad in junior high and think it's cool that the company has seemed to make an exceptional comeback in the past few years, especially now with the celebrities such as Pharrell, Kanye West, and Rihanna as faces of the brand. As much popularity Adidas has accumulated, it's still an extremely underrated brand.
What are some items you're lusting for this season?



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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Music Collective: vol. 40 {The December Mix Tape}

By nature, I'm a sensitive person who feels everything everything so very deeply, so it's very typical of me to be overly sentimental during the holiday season. I'm surrounded by things that remind me of love and family and home, which is basically everything I feel so far away from at the present moment. However, I'm learning how to embrace my emotions, rather than dismiss them, so I usher the feelings in as they come. This play list is a reflection of where my emotions and thoughts have decided to travel lately; the music just helps me process everything better. I've fallen so in love with this compilation and its probably one of my favorites thus far.

What's on your musical radar these days?


{Sidenote: If I am fortunate enough to get married/marry the man of my dreams one day, this would actually be a great starting point for a wedding reception play list.}
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Saturday, December 5, 2015

New Year's Reso: Lessons on Clarity, Peace, and Consistency

The circulation of a new year always brings about the motivation to change, to do better the next time around. Although every single day is a new beginning, it's something ultra special about a brand new cycle of 365 and turning to another January on the 12-month calendar. I'm all for it; the newness, the hope, the possibilities. However, this year has taught me certain things that spark a different perspective on how I need to challenge myself in order to make the new year exceptionally better than the ones prior to it. 

There are a few things that immediately come to mind when I think about my goals for the year. It's the standard 'go to the gym' and 'travel more'. Those are among the other list of things I can think of to improve myself, but when I took the time to dig a little deeper and reflect on what lessons I've learned in 2015, I realize it goes beyond that. The most stand out trait I seem to always be working on is consistency. It's also something I've had to evaluate within myself via other people and the mirrors they hold up for me to face. The most prominent of all is retaining peace of mind, no matter how the tides shift.

Consistency brings out clarity. It puts our actions in alignment with our thoughts and the things we claim to want out of life, as well as those expectations for other people. Last summer, I wrote an entire post on Twenties Unscripted (( read h e r e)) about consistency, yet it's one of those things that I admit to not mastering yet. And it's not just doing something consistently, but also being able to stand firm in the decisions you make, to carry out a project until completion, getting back up after failure, and the list goes on.  Being inconsistent causes a wave of mix signals to manifest to the universe, so we are ultimately in charge of everything that manifest in our reality. We welcome our own circumstances. We create our own limitations. Therefore, in the coming year I want to focus my energy on simply being and remaining consistent. 

Ultimately, peace of mind is the most important thing we can cling to; peace when unexpected tragedies occur, peace when emotions and situations change, peace when life is a beach and the same peace in the middle of a tropic storm. It's human nature to be stressed or be anxious, as long as we don't allow panic or fear guide or handle whatever it is we are stressed about. Most things are out of our control and once we begin to accept that, it's comforting to know that we don't have to control everything.  

On so many separate occasions this year alone, I've been placed in situations that were designed to make me lose my cool. Because I value my peace so much, it's just as important to protect it at all cost. Sometimes I've allowed a negative attitude to get the best of me, but I've found that the most beautiful things tend to happen while I'm in a peaceful state, despite what is happening to or around me. Times where I've doubted the power of peace, it wasn't long before I came to the conclusion that peace trumps most -if not- anything there is to possibly worry about and it's the perfect way to generate more positive energy and "good vibes".  

With that being said, my new year's resolutions are to apply what life experience has taught me about consistency, gaining clarity, and protecting my peace. I do believe these, like most things, come with practice, but as long as I'm diligent about keeping the three in tact, the quality of my life will transform who I am in the most amazing ways. 

What lessons have you learned this year that somewhat mold how you walk into 2016? 


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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Knowing

I think we know way ahead of time that certain things are going to fall apart...but we choose to go forth anyway. Why do we listen to our hearts when it comes to what we think we want, but don't listen to our gut right before we’re entering a danger zone, if those gut feelings are essentially the same thing as listening to your heart when its right? And I understand the concept of taking risk, but what about the moment you realize whatever it is you’re going after isn’t worth the risk in the first place? I’ve just been convinced that we are built with these instincts to just KNOW...and it really doesn’t get any more simple than that.

Something my ex said that I'll always remember: never tell people what can hurt you, because one day they'll use it to their advantage. It was a tid-bit I locked in the back of my mind, but I didn't always believe that people were actually like that. Now...I just wish I applied that knowledge sooner. That way I wouldn’t have to always learn the hard way...maybe. However, I appreciate the lessons.

Recently, I spent an entire year-maybe even longer than that-ignoring all the things that made me unhappy and uncomfortable, rarely speaking up for or expressing myself, especially when I allowed other people to be the root of it all. That entire time, nothing in me clicked, partially because I wasn’t ready for the truth of the matter. I wasn’t ready to take responsibility for certain things I was accepting and allowing. I wasn’t ready to face the demons I’d manifested. What a difference a year makes...but then again, sometimes a year doesn’t change a thing. Now, I’m just at a point where I have to re-adjust; really begin to listen to myself and stop choosing paths and people that don't choose me also, because everything in life boils down to choices. I have to stop believing that my heart alone can manage being a good leader (of self) and rationalize my steps more often.

Lessons.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Music Collective: vol. 39 {Eryn Allen Kane}

The popular sitcom, which is also my favorite show on television right now, Being Mary Jane, is becoming notorious for its stellar music selections. Like the last play list posted, I've found not only a new song to love via this soundtrack, but an artist to fall in love with as well. She goes by the name of Ms. Eryn Allen Kane and surprisingly, I'm the one that's been under a rock. Publications such as 'Essence' magazine and 'The Fader' have already landed interviews with this talented and absolutely beautiful young singer/song writer, so I'm sure music bloggers across the spectrum were already hip.

The scene begins, the song plays, and suddenly my attention went from watching how the rest of the show played out to researching who this girl was; it was such a breath of fresh air. Thank you Shazam, for immediate results.  It kind of reminded me of that time I fell in love with Janelle Monae back in the day or even Tori Kelly, who I absolutely adore. This time, however, it was...different, because it's a new sensation every single time something like this happens. Then, I rushed to Google to discover that she was as beautiful as her art. Naturally, it became a blog post.

All I can say is this girl has absolutely won my heart before the beat dropped. Timeless vocals. Thought-provoking lyrics. Incredible, jazz inspired instrumentals. I am personally anticipating what's in store for this young artist. 
Press play. 



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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Christmas Wish List: Nov/Dec 2015

Christmas Wish List II


When I was younger, my parents would encourage me to make a list of the things I wanted for Christmas, so around this time, I would start brainstorming of all the different items to put on my wish list. Although I didn't always receive exactly what was on the list, it gave them a general idea of what to get me. I can't begin to imagine how much they had to sacrifice to make my life better, but it makes me happy to know that they put genuine effort towards making sure we had gifts to open every time gift-giving season came around.

Now that I'm older, I do a majority of my personal shopping throughout the year on my own. I'm also realizing that the items on these lists are becoming more and more expensive each year. Fortunately, creating these lists gives me something to look forward to and some things to work for, because earning/working for everything I want in life was a standing lesson in my household growing up.

If I don't receive anything else this year material-wise, I really do appreciate all the things I've accumulated this year alone. Not to sound boastful or anything of that nature, but I bought a car this year, so I can honestly say I've been blessed beyond measure and I don't take any of it for granted. This is just a brief list of some of the things I've been coveting for quite some time now that give me a sort of shallow incentive, as well as a general idea of what I want for Christmas:
  1. MacBook Pro: Believe it or not, this is actually more of a necessity than a want. With all the work and projects coming up, I need something  it's been time for me to update my life for a while now; I just haven't had the funds to do so. 
  2. Yeezy Boost 350: I have no clue where to find these on retail. Even if I do, I doubt I buy them, but a girl can dream, right?
  3. Sony NEX-5TL Mirrorless Digital Camera: It has been my intention to get my YT channel up and running again. This year I'd like to participate in Vlogmas 2015, which is right around the corner and it's a shame that I'm ill prepared. 
  4. H&M Biker Jacket: This jacket caught my eye while window shopping recently and I remembered to make a mental note of what it looked like.  Not only have I not been able to find a replacement, but it also fits my "style" pretty well.
  5. Rampage Bondage Crossbody messenger bag: I'm not a huge fan of large totes and I don't have many bags in my wardrobe as is, but I like this one because it's something simple and versatile. 
  6. Happy x Clinique: This could possibly be considered as my signature scent, something I think every young lady should discover by the time she turns 21. The smell itself is fresh and feminine, yet subtle and flirty. Another one of my faves that I definitely need to re-up on is Chance by Chanel, which reminds me of everything my grandmother taught me about her personal favorite, Chanel no.5.  
  7. Darci Pavé Sable Watch: This Michael Kors watch is absolutely stunning-from the gorgeous sable color to the chic design. A good friend of mine who works at one of the high end stores showed it to me and I immediately fell in love.
What are some items you're lusting for this season?

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Journey

When I started The Sweetheart Chronicles in 2009, I had no clue blogging would become what it has become. Now that pretty much everything is digital and technology is constantly moving in a progressive motion, blogging has grown to be the mega focus of communications/social media culture. Because of the direction in which society is moving, there's a certain expectation and pressure to produce content that brings in numbers rather than content that matters to the blogger. 

Although I'm not exactly sure what the original significance of the name was, I started blogging with the intention to document my life, my writings, and to have a platform available to house the things I am passionate about. Choosing to resurrect The Sweetheart Chronicles for a brief period erupted out of a sort of nostalgia for what blogging used to mean to me, but it dawned on me that I'm not there anymore and it's time to let go of that period of my life. I've grown so much as a person and it was no sense in subconsciously trying to rewind time by holding on to a title that held so much weight once upon a time.

I understand that my "success" as a blogger has a lot to do with my lack of consistency, but I don't know if I care enough to make this a profitable side hustle anymore. I'm really at a place in my life where I'm more concerned about doing what's in alignment with my personal happiness. Keeping in mind that I have the freedom to change my mind when it feels necessary and doing what I want when it comes to my little corner of the internet goes back to prioritizing my happiness above anything else without feeling guilty about it.

♥ @ChymereA
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Monday, November 2, 2015

Music Collective: vol 38 {The November Mixtape}

For so many people all over the world, fall presents itself as a sentimental time of year. The holidays light up our streets and neighborhoods, the weather shifts and falls into a sort of solemn kind of beauty, and the leaves are turning beautiful despite the fact that they are actually dying.  It's a new era for some, just another season for others. Fortunately and unfortunately, this time of year tends to bring out the best and the worst in us.  

My mood has certainly shifted with the weather. As much as I love the coming of autumn, nights are spent mostly inside, seeking warmth under the covers on my bed, because it's too cold or too unpredictable to do anything else. It's the best time to unwind from a hectic week by relaxing and binge watching on my favorite shows.  Although it doesn't seem like the most fun activity for a young person to do on a Friday night, lately it's been the perfect peace and exactly what I need. And on nights when my thoughts are racing one million miles per minute, the music becomes my happy place. 

On that note, I've compiled a play list of songs that get me through the night these days/nights to help me sort out my thoughts; most of which I heard for the first time/was reminded of while watching my most recent favorite show, Being Mary Jane. Speaking of music, I really have been slacking in that department, but it's almost too many gems to keep up with this year! Some are sad, some are just mellow, but they all remind me of this time of year when sad things are most welcome and they all relate to the idea or topic of love on some level. Perhaps I'll go into detail about why that is later, but for now, here's the play list:


What have you been listening to lately?

♥ @ChymereA
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Monday, October 19, 2015

Music Collective: vol. 37 {Let's Get Away}

More and more, I grow more in love with arguably one of the most underrated groups in the music industry, The Internet, which can be said about every artist that emerges from Odd Future. An album review for their most recent project, 'Ego Death' is actually long overdue, although it has been one of my favorite albums to drop so far this year. Perhaps, when I find some down time, I'll get around to writing one. Until then, enjoy the visually dope video and if you've never listened to them, now is a great time to start. 
♥ @ChymereA
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Friday, October 9, 2015

2015 | Fourth Quarter Goals

The year of 2015 is swiftly coming to an end. The semester is winding down, the leaves/weather are changing, and holiday season is literally right around the corner. I cannot the only one who is constantly amazed by how fast time seems to fly, even though the movement of time is one of the only things that is always consistent. Nonetheless, another year has passed me by, leaving me to wonder about the infinite mysteries of time. 

This year, like many other years that came before it, God has blessed me tremendously. Some things are only appreciated in retrospect, but I think I'm doing a better job at noticing all the amazing things -big and small-happening right before my eyes and expressing gratitude for all the blessings I do have in this moment. 

Before the year is over, I had to brainstorm what I hope to accomplish in this final quarter of 2015. Unfortunately, based on previous lists of ambitions, I realized that there are quite a few goals that I have yet to fully commit to. At times, I know I can be overly ambitious. However, on several different occasions, I find ways to justify my excuses, which actually brings me directly to goal #1:
  1. Stop making excuses; pretty self-explanatory. 
  2. Finish strong. It is my hope that all my hard work pays off and I pass all my classes with flying colors. 
  3. Secure an internship for next summer. Experience is everything, according to the job market now. It's never too soon to start thinking about career moves post-grad and every stepping stone counts. 
  4. Get back in the gym. It's embarrassing to admit how long it's been, so I'll just keep those facts to myself and do better. My eating habits aren't horrible, but they aren't exactly stellar either, so I have to work on that as well. 
  5. Walk/run for a cause. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, my university is hosting a Breast Cancer Walk, which is Friday. It's in the plans to participate in a cause that means a lot to me personally. 
  6. Start blogging more consistently again. Only 3 post went up last month, 4 in August, and only 2 in July after my hiatus. There are a couple of album reviews I need to finish up for Music Collective. As a matter of fact, I didn't have anything music related for in September. Weird. Although most of my time has been insanely dedicated to other priorities and I've never been one to force content, this blog is my baby and has been for a long time, so it's just as important as anything else. 
  7. Create a new strategy for my budget plan. For the most part, I've been doing okay in this department, but there's always room for improvement. Also, there's quite a few things I'm planning for that are going to require a financial shift. 
What are some things you expect to accomplish in the final quarter of 2015? Feel free to share and help inspire others!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Look Book | Fall Essentials

The Essentials Series


Once again, I'm gravitating towards a neutral, earth-inspired palette this year. By working around colors that compliment my skin tone, I'm able to easily maintain a simple, accessible, yet classic theme for my evolving wardrobe/style.  Not only is this particular color choice a reoccurring thing, but so are the items (i.e. watches, messenger bags, denim) that are almost always a guaranteed feature on pretty much every look book I style for inspiration. Another accessory that is going to become a staple this season are bow ties. At some point in time that I can't recall exactly, I lost the confidence to just be me and wear whatever I want to wear. Now that I feel myself gaining that confidence back, I'm definitely going to invest in things that bring happiness to moi.

At the beginning of fall on the east coast, the outdoor climate tends to switch between freezing cold one day and super hot the next, so it's really important to dress according to those changes. This ensemble is perfect for going to class on a day where I want to look nice, but I'm unsure about the weather's mood.  It's that perfect blend of relaxed/casual and feminine/masculine that I love so much, which makes it a pretty versatile fit. 

What are your fall essentials? Do you have a go-to color palette? 

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Currently.

Obsessing Over: This cool little fresh food market called Deep Roots that I found in my area. I love that it's consumer cooperative, which basically means it is owned and operated by consumers of the establishment and provides benefits to the consumer, as well as the local community. Perhaps, one day I'll do a City Finds review on it [takes notes; saves to drafts]; 

♥ In Lust with: Tech goodies have been holding my attention lately-from researching the computer and the camera I want to the recent release of the new iPhone, which means the 7 is right around the corner; I'll wait. 

♥ In Love with: the tribe of people I'm surrounded by, the supportive, dope, inspiring, loving, honest kind, who keep me grounded and make me feel safe in both their presence and absence. 

Working On: Outside of general school work, I'm working on creating more content for the blog and developing a more diverse platform for art lovers and misfits; I'm also working on a few long-term art projects that I will talk more about in the coming months, assuming they'll be closer to completion by the end of the year.

Thinking about: how to execute my creative ideas into a small business venture that is somewhat relative to my major. Having employment that fits in with my school schedule is absolutely a blessing that I don't take for granted, but it's going to take a little more effort on my part to not only sustain myself while I'm in school, but to also be where I want to be financially in the next few years. As I learn more and more about financial security, it's becoming more of a priority to have a profitable side hustle/additional stream of income. 

Anticipating: more than anything, graduation...it's my motivation, no matter how far away it feels in this moment. In more immediate events, however, I'm looking forward to AfroPunk ATL (hoping I'll be able to go) and my college's homecoming a.k.a. #GHOE (Greatest Homecoming On Earth)

Reading: 'Between the World and Me' by: A-Nehisi Coates

Listening to:  Someone New x Banks // This song...gives me chills and puts me in my feelings; a semi-sad story, but such a beautiful composition nonetheless

Happy about:  summer coming to an end to welcome fall, which has absolutely become my favorite season

♥ Favorite Words: "Love is a byproduct of the positives you give in life to people, nature, the universe, etc. Love is the positives of living. So don’t focus on finding love, focus on living your life with love. The rest will come." {via xonecole.com}

Dreaming of: places I would like to travel to-domestic and international- in the future, especially Ghana!! By the way, my trip to Ghana has been pushed back to 2016 and is contingent upon how well I do in school this year, so that's really an incentive for me to stay focused, put in work this school year, and indulge in the outcome.

What are you currently loving?

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Generation Y: The Age of Creativity + Technology

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A millennial is most commonly referring to those born, somewhere between approximately 1980-early 2000's. It's an era of major shifts in the global economy and technological advancement that closely follows generation x, which is said to be the generation born post-World War II baby boom. I'm intrigued by Generation Y; not only am I'm apart of it, but I also am constantly thinking about the ways in which we will affect and transform the future. More than anything, I'm inspired by people of color and where we stand in this regard, but I'm saving that topic for another time (wait for it).

Based on what I've studied and other general observations, there has always been a cluster of people who came before another cluster of people who undermine what the new group is capable of. As the saying goes, "Old men for council, young men for war," the truth in that is being open-minded enough to learn and benefit from each other, rather than playing tug-a-war about who's right and who's wrong. With an affinity to technology, our perspectives are often challenged and/or discouraged. We're often told that we lack imagination and social skills. Although I see areas where that can be true, I also beg to differ, because we don't typically receive the credit or applause we deserve. 

Despite what picture mainstream media paints, there is something so inspiring about this generation, full of beautiful minds; optimistic about goals that our parents never thought were possible, vocal about injustices everywhere, and this unmatched willingness to create and fill the voids of society with our outlandish ideas. Everything we do-from our versatile fashion/style choices to the way we use multiple platforms to express how we view the world-is boldly refreshing. Best of all, we are crowned with an amazing ability to set this world on fire. To be around this kind of positive energy is contagious and translucent.

We are the outliers, who are not afraid to take risk, not embarrassed to stand out by simply being, and not afraid to express ourselves. We don't hesitate to break the rules, explore our own curiosities, or ask questions that were once prohibited. It's almost like we were already born well aware that we we're designed to make a difference in whatever circumstances we were brought into. Eventually, we realize that our dreams have substantial weight and full of promise; that they are worth believing in and worth pursuing. Yes, technology can sometimes be a clutch or barrier, spoiling us with this idea of instant gratification, but once we find ourselves back at that place of self-awareness to tap into our own superpowers, the possibilities are endless.

It was no accident that I was born within this new wave of influential thinkers, innovators, leaders, and creators. In a culture primarily driven by art + technology, I do believe that my career aspirations, specifically, are perfectly aligned with the pace and direction this world is moving in, as I'm sure is the same for everyone working towards their goals and dreams. We have either just arrived or just now entering the prime of our lives; what better time than now to be young and ambitious? 

Everything we are doing now, everything we're building from here on up, is a reflection of this attitude that my life goals are about something bigger than me. My pursuit of happiness on a personal level may not actually have anything to do with me; I just know something must be done during the time I've been blessed with. Even if we aren't necessarily the ones intended to prosper from our contributions to society and the world, we still have so much to offer, both individually and collectively. 

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Music Collective: vol. 36 {Human Nature}


I'm in love.

While browsing the beauty community on YT for new curly hair routines, I accidentally came across Tootsie Jackson YouTube channel, TootsieTime. Almost immediately, my attention was redirected by a video of her performing a song (that I just so happen to love) for the first time on her channel. Curious about her sound, I clicked on the video to give her a listen.

Michael Jackson songs aren't for everyone's vocal range, so it's not often a cover of one of his world renowned songs impresses me. Not only is her sultry voice absolutely breath-taking, there's something extra special about flawlessly done Michael Jackson renditions. The last time I had goosebumps like this was Tori Kelly's iconic cover of P.Y.T. back in 2012 Ironically, both Human Nature and P.Y.T. are two of my favorite from my MJ collection, so I was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful her voice was on one of the greatest Michael songs of all time.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Music Collective: vol. 35 { S U M M E R V I B E S I I }

Summer has almost run its short course and quite frankly, I'm not prepared to watch it leave. It hasn't been the worst summer ever, but it most certainly wasn't the greatest either. Perhaps, if I get the ball rolling with a beach trip soon, I may be a little more satisfied with how summer turns out for me; the season is still young. 

 Music-wise, it's been hard to keep track of what I've been listening to and loving; it just plays in the background while I'm doing other things. However, daydreaming of sun, sand, and ocean inspired the sequel to my S U M M M E R V I B E S compilation, made up of tunes - dated and recent - that remind me of living life to the fullest and all the beautiful sensations associated with summertime bliss. Press play.

♥ @ChymereA

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Art Muse | Tripoli Patterson

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It's always like American Christmas when I come across a creative I've never heard of before. My entire world lights up with the bursting hope of possibilities. I become immersed in learning more about them, wanting to study everything from their lifestyle to their inspiration. It's just the same as meeting someone for the first time and being completely intrigued by their presence to the point where you want to know everything about them as a person. 

One of the main goals of bringing The Artistic Misfit project back to life was to create a platform for individuals who move effortlessly within their unique artistic habitat. It's been on my mind to add a new on-going series to called Art Muse, dedicated to these multi-faceted artist I come across that inspire me. Being a lover of ocean and art myself, I thought it would be fitting to commence this series with highlighting world renowned surfer/art dealer, Tripoli Patterson. 

In 2009, Tripoli opened his own art gallery in the luminous city of Southampton, New York. Based on strategic demographics alone, this art gallery was destined to be a hit. After years of participating in art shows, his initial contacts were instinctively friends who were artist, as well as other local artists he met at shows and on his daily commute on the train. I thought it was admirable that even in a city saturated with old money, industry, and high profile investors, his focus has always seemed to stem from a place of authenticity and that's what made it special.  

For Mr. Patterson to be as well-known as he is in the both the art world and water sports arena, he's still very much under the radar.  In a recent interview for Ralph Lauren Magazine, he made a statement that makes sense of why that is: "I like being behind the scenes. I think I have a good eye and good taste—it isn’t confusing for me to tell what I like and don’t, and the artists that I believe in. So it was a natural role to take, being a curator and an art dealer."

That statement resonated so closely with me. As private as I can be - even as a "public" blogger - I can definitely appreciate people, especially artist, who aren't overly concerned about exposure, because it's not about that at all; they we just want to have the freedom to create and immerse ourselves, as deeply as possible, into the fullness and depth of art culture.

I'm truly inspired by people like Tripoli Patterson who make time and room in their lives to harmonize everything they love without losing passion or focus. The average person works better with laser focus, but it's not suitable for everyone to be one-dimensional, where they have to pick and choose which passions deserve attention and which ones don't. For a long time, I thought I had to (choose) in order to be successful, but what a relief it's been to learn that it is indeed attainable for a multi-dimensional creator with a variety of interest to be happy/successful.

♥ @ChymereA

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Music Collective: vol. 34 {Stella by Starlight}


Since the release of Robert Glasper's 'Covered' album, I've began my mornings with the sultry sounds and complex harmonies of Mr. Robert Glasper. It helps me invite an atmosphere of peace into my space to start the day on a positive note. Even the commentary of this record is full of positive messages that speak to my soul.

The title of this project is self-explanatory, as he creates distinct renditions of classics, such as the familiar jazz song, Stella By Starlight. As many times as I remember hearing this song growing up-from Charlie Parker, Nat King Cole, Stan Gentz, etc.-I've honestly never heard it played quite like this.  Every time Glasper touches the piano, it blows me completely away. It's admirable that even as a musician who has the ability to be innovative and pioneer something this generation will never have a chance to experience in their lifetime, he always takes advantage of every opportunity to pay homage to musicians that influence his music. At such a young age, he has touched the world with this incredible gift that transcends time and truly inspires me. 

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Create.

"Just like most things have a science to it, everything has an art to it. Art is everywhere. It’s how we communicate, move, feel, express, etc. Human beings are born with an almost supernatural inner power, I do believe, that gives us this unseen ability to manifest with our thoughts, so in essence, we are constantly in a state of creation. And what is art, other than creativity? It’s really incredible if you think about it, but I won’t go in too deep. Life is art and vise versa."  
-Chymere A.

Having the ability to create is an experience of pure freedom, especially when it's channeled appropriately. It's being able to look at our own experiences and observing what's missing and what areas need improvement in the world around us. Anything creative or innovative stems from a place of need; we naturally create what we don't already have. There's so much space in the world for more people who believed in the power of individual and collective creativity, for the common purpose of fulfilling multiple voids. It's embedded in our divine DNA!

The key to creativity is imagination.  Too often, we think of imagination as child's play; that care-free roller coaster ride through innocence and non-existent things, people, events, etc.  People tend to develop their own set of truths around a myriad of things, such as logic, science, religion, and spirituality, but refuse to give themselves permission to imagine. Because of this, people really see imagination, something that doe not exist, as this taboo concept that should be left behind, or traded rather, for realism.  Imagination carries us places we would never be able to achieve, realistically. 

As a person who strives for happiness in every facet of life, I find myself having to protect my spirit enough so that I never stop dreaming, that I never stop believing that anything I want to come true has the potential to manifest and surpass everything I hoped it could be. For a while, I doubted my own abilities.  I chose to accept the belief fear that the visions held no weight and my future would never actually be my reality.  Then I realized that it doesn't make sense to be capable of envisioning something, yet not be able to bring it to fruition and I don't believe our Creator would ever torture us that way. I want to challenge perceptions and self-inflicted limitations by investing all of my positive energy and owning my own super power to CREATE, rather than running away from the most amazing gift the universe has to offer.
  • Create happiness.
  • Create opportunities.
  • Create the world we wish to dwell in. 
In an interview dating back to May 2014 with Tyece Wilkins, author and a very dear blogger friend of mine, I discussed a new project that launched the prior month. During the conversation where I openly discussing my goals and plans for the project, I made a statement about what I believe art to be. 

The question posed was 'What role does art play in your life?' 

Clear as day, I recall how effortless the response flowed, "Just like most things have a science to it, everything has an art to it. Art is everywhere. It’s how we communicate, move, feel, express, etc. Human beings are born with an almost supernatural inner power, I do believe, that gives us this unseen ability to manifest with our thoughts, so in essence, we are constantly in a state of creation. And what is art, other than creativity? It’s really incredible if you think about it, but I won’t go in too deep. Life is art and vise versa."  

As easy as I could remember what was said, I couldn't remember when I stopped walking in that belief. Certainly, I'd like to accomplish great things in the realm of engineering, but who says I'm obligated to sacrifice one dream for the next? When did I become victim to this idea that designing the life of my dreams was impossible or out of reach?

I realized that I am the total sum of everything I believe to be true about myself; many dimensions, constantly evolving, always authentic.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Update, But Not Really...

It's been a while...and I wish I had something innovative to say here, but unfortunately, I do not. I would love to predict that a new post will be up by next week or the end of this week, but empty promises are no good. Even my regularly scheduled Music Collective post have come to a semi-halt, because I've literally only been listening to everything I mentioned H E R E in rotation. I just wanted briefly pop back in to inform the people who read this blog that I am still alive. Also, I want to convey, ever-so-vaguely, that so many wonderful things has happened/is happening in my world! It's not exactly in my realm of comfort to discuss certain aspects of my life on here...just for the sake of keeping privacy sacred, but I will say that life is pretty dope and I'm extremely thankful that God continues to bless and protect me.

Other than that, I just haven't found the time to blog. I'm super behind on my blog reading. It's been said that you make time for what you want to make time for and I'm aware of that, but sometimes, there just isn't enough time in the day to cover all bases. I do apologize for the absence.  I take full responsibility for lounging and watching mindless television on off days, instead of dedicating more time to creating content and working on the project (that I've mentioned a couple times, yet haven't spoken much about). I strongly believe in maintaining balance between work/play/chill mode, but maybe, I use term "balance" as my excuse. Moments like this, I come back to this blog-my pride and joy-realizing that now may not the most opportune time to match relaxation with work, simply because the life of my dreams hasn't fully manifested yet, but you know...charge it to my head, not my heart. 

None of this is to say that I don't put in any work; I just feel like I don't work nearly enough as I should. I'm probably just being too hard on myself, which I do from time to time. However, I stated in my own words, that's it's not enough to be sometimes ambitious. The purpose of my little SLS series was to write little keepsakes to myself that would inspire others and right now, I'm feeling like I need to do a better job at taking my own advice, especially when it comes to chasing dreams at full speed. 

Anyway, for someone who didn't have anything to say, I certainly said quite a bit with a few shameless plugs, so thumbs up for self promotion.  This is post is all over the place and clearly isn't my best writing, as it has a more conversational, relaxed tone. Honestly, I haven't really been in the mood to edit or filter what decides to spill out. Sometimes, it's better to just wing it. Sometimes, all I need is to publicly ramble to whoever is willing to pretend to care, so thanks for that.

Catch you on the B-side! 
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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Music Collective: vol. 33 {Musical Mid-Year Review 2015}

Music has been explosive in 2015, which is a statement that is certainly becoming redundant on this here blog of mine. It's honestly been like Christmas-new albums dropping every week it seems-since January that it's been nearly impossible for me to do full reviews at an equivalent rate.  I could fill up my editorial calendar for the next couple of months with album reviews if I wanted to. Briefly, I thought about putting out "late" reviews to give myself enough time to write a decent one, but I'm hesitant for a few reasons. However, I may still decide to do that. For now, I'll just share mini-reviews of the records that I've been listening to non-stop lately. I think it's safe to call this a musical mid-year in review.

Albums iLove: 




  • I'll Be Gorgeous When I Die - Carlitta Durand : Jazz vocalist, Carlitta Durand, has such an amazing, soulful sound that is so captivating. When I found out she had a new album out, I was overjoyed. She has been working very closely with some of my faves for a while, including The Foreign Exchange and 9th Wonder, but this was my first time hearing a full length solo project from her. It has such a cohesive artistic flow and I love the explanation behind the title, which I won't ruin, in the case that someone decides to listen. Love is such an understatement, but I love it. 
  • Urban Flora - Alina Baraz : Last year, Alina Baraz and Galimatias were on heavy rotation if you can recall from 2014 Musical Year in Review. From the looks of it, Ms. Alina will make the cut yet again for best albums of 2015. She has a very mellow sound that I can just drown in. 
  • At.Long.Last.A$AP - A$AP Rocky : As a hip-hop lover, I can always appreciate artist like A$AP, who have that raw, gritty element to their music that seems to be prominent in rappers from New York. This record sounds like vintage hip-hop, so in that regard, this was a pretty solid record.  Not all the collaborations were my favorite, because they didn't necessarily fit with the overall presentation, but I still liked the album as a whole.
  • Surf - Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment : This is such a feel good album with a very positive and vibrant fusion of jazz, funk, and hip-hop. Everything from the instrumentation to the lyrics from start to finish is incredible with a lot of great features. There were a few disagreeing reviews floating around and I kind of wish they did more with the horns and live drums in production, but I could definitely recognize the potential/effort. Also, it was a free release iTunes, so perhaps they knew about the shortcomings of this project.
  • Boy - BOSCO : Brittney Bosco! I can't explain my excitement for this EP. Because I've been following her career for such a long time, it just makes me extremely proud of her progression as an independent artist. To see someone grow from a local Atlanta performer and make their way to mainstream airwaves is pretty amazing, much like Janelle Monae. Back in 2009, I even communicated with her via Facebook in hopes to write lyrics for her, which unfortunately went nowhere.  Nonetheless, I knew it was only a matter of time before the world finally caught on. 
  • Bush - Snoop Dogg : As someone who has never been a huge fan of Snoop Dogg, although I listened to his music, I was surprisingly impressed with this album. It was something beyond my expectations. Stevie Wonder on the first track immediately won me over and honestly, I probably wouldn't have continued listening if it weren't for such an incredible way to introduce the album. As much as I enjoy this album, there isn't much to say about it other than it's awesome, solely because it has a really positive and upbeat dance effect. 

  • Still loving: 

    • Cherry Bomb - Tyler, the Creator : I actually meant to do a full review of this album. The creativity and composition of this record is highly impressive and exposed Tyler's talent on so many different levels, as he did write and produce entirely.  Essentially, he reminds me of a young Pharrell, as the variety of gifts he has as an artist pave a way for him musically. Anyone who wasn't a fan prior to Cherry Bomb probably wouldn't too much care for this album. There's so much sarcasm, satire, and hilarious cynicism-all of which I find to be amusing-that the average listener wouldn't immediately catch on to. 
    • B4.Da.$$ - Joey Bada$$ : {Yet another album I intended to write a full review on as I mentioned passively H E R E.} For this to be a debut record, Joey Bada$$ made really stamped his territory as a notable young MC in modern hip-hop with this one.  Prior to the release of this particular album, he was always extremely consistent, topically versatile, and forthcoming with his talent on previous mix tapes, as well as on collaborations with other hip-hop figures.  Even though the production team of this album definitely made a difference in sound quality and although his rap style is heavily influenced by old school hip-hop, he was absolutely the stand-out element; nothing outshines him on this album, which is how it should be, in my opinion.  This album was pretty epic and I believe there is still so much room for growth on the coming projects.

    Full Reviews:

    Singles:

    What music have you been loving so far this year? No such thing as too much music! I love it when you guys introduce me to songs and artist I've never heard of before, so please leave all your recommendations in the comment section. 
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    Thursday, June 4, 2015

    Summer 2015: Commitments + Wish List

    I will try not to be too chatty in the introduction, because this post is long enough without one. Summer really gives me this desire to create, an kind of energy that only comes around once a year that makes me want to breathe life into all my creative ambitions. Maybe it's because I'm so accustomed to having more time off during the summer season, leaving more space to get my hands dirty, figuratively speaking. Maybe, my birthday on the horizon inspires me. Whatever the case may be, I'm absolutely happy to be present at a time such as this. Because of that mind-state, the majority my goals for the summer and wish list items pretty much revolve around the spirit of care-free creativity.

    Summer Commitments:

    • Renew my U.S. Master's Swimming membership
    • Exercise more often; right now I'm good if I do 2 days a week, but I'm pretty sure, with regular swimming schedule, I'll be able dedicate way more time to fitness.
    • Go on a beach road trip!! Currently in the process of planning something for the birthday in July, because this is literally long overdue. My heart is craving the ocean.
    • Improve time management skills: It's so much on my palette right now that I sometimes get overwhelmed by the life I willing signed up for. Time management makes things a little less stress. 
    • Finance a vehicle, because the struggle without one (in these parts) is so real. 
    • Spend more time outdoors-tanning, exploring, and flourishing; that's what summer sun is all about! 
    • Complete the prototype and start the portfolio. This is extremely vague and I do apologize, but the details aren't necessary. However, I'll be sharing more about that in the future. Stay tuned...
    • Create more, as much as possible

    Wish List:

    ♥ Music:

    {For the record, let me just say that so many gems have dropped/will drop in 2015. My ears have been so happy and I'm already looking forward to my annual Musical Year in Review on the blog. I could probably write an entire post discussing the current state of hip-hop alone. It's been a fantastic year for music, long story short. Although I do enjoy the benefits of having the tunes I love available on my iPhone, I'm old school in a sense that I still like to buy the hard copy of albums I really like. These are the ones I plan to purchase at some point this summer.} 
    • {April 2015} Urban Flora EP - Alina Baraz
    • {May 2015} At.Long.Last.A$AP - A$AP Rocky
    • {July 2015} Boys, Don't Cry - Frank Ocean
    • {July 2015} Blood - Lianne la Havas

    ♥ Style:

    ♥ Art:

      ♥ Technology:

      ♥ Books:

      {I've been finding new books to add to my book collection, as well as some coffee table reads. I read a ton, but very rarely do I buy the book. It's been a goal of mine to build my own library of the literature I find fascinating, to have access to in the case that I want to read again later.}

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      Monday, June 1, 2015

      City Finds | Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema

      original photos

      Just to give a brief back story, I want to start this post by explaining why this place is so much more than a coffee shop for geeks. Looking at my life in retrospect, I'm always so amazed by growth and how different my life is compared to what it was a few years ago. Embracing where I am throughout the phases of my life has lead me to so many opportunities to be authentically me, design the life I was meant to live, and attract people who are beneficial to my destiny. It has also allowed me to better understand the familiar mantra 'Everything happens for a reason.'

      One of the first things I noticed about growing is seeing the change in how I chose to spend my time. Because I spent so much time trying to fit in and getting lost in the crowd, I lost myself in the process. It's been a long journey to get to a place where I am comfortable simply being me. Although the changes were sometimes difficult to adapt to, every single step was worth it. At this point, I value my time and energy way too much to be around people who drain me or to venture into places I know don't belong in. Considering what I've been through, reaching this mental space is like nirvana to me and it feels so good to be able to come out of my shell and not be ashamed of who I am.

      Over the years I've literally gone through a reverse transformation; I went from being a social butterfly to a quiet caterpillar wrapped in her cocoon; from bar hopping and entertaining pseudo friendships to finding contentment in complete isolation. As much as I enjoy my own company, it's not always fun to be alone and so trapped inside of my own little universe. It's beautiful to return back to loving and honoring myself, but I had to realize what experience I wanted to create in my relationships with others. Once I recognized what kind of souls and experiences I wanted to attract into my life, I knew I had to share my presence and connect with people face-to-face, eventually. In a strange way, losing a pet taught me that. 

      After moving back to North Carolina a couple of months ago, two of my good friends recommended Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema, a local coffeehouse in the area.  Taking their advice lightly initially, I realized more and more why I needed to be here. As I gradually began to trust my reliable sources, I decided to take myself on a date Saturday night, exploring this place I'd heard so much about.

      Upon arrival, I was immediately intrigued by the charm of the exterior, but I probably sat in the parking lot for at least 15 minutes speculating. I was so nervous to walk into a room full of strangers and debated if I should stay or leave. Ironically, a side effect of the previously mentioned transformation was a mild case of social anxiety. Once I finally mustered up the courage to walk in the door, I was greeted by someone who seemed to sense my nervousness. He kindly helped me feel more at ease and made sure I got settled in properly. I ordered a coffee and found a comfy loveseat to occupy. Something about the atmosphere put me in such peaceful state-of-mind and I felt completely safe to simply...be.

      The eclectic decor of this little hidden treasure caught my attention. The neon green walls and exposed brick were adorned with film/anime/comic/gaming posters, as well as artwork/photography from local creators. The book shelves that lined one wall were filled with everything from old school board games to figurines and souvenirs and the room was accented by fun objects like the phone booth from Dr. Who and a spaceship-like structure. This particular night, the cozy space was set up for live music and a comedy show; intimate, which is the perfect setting for my kind of fun.

      The store itself reminded me of something I'd find in Little 5 Points, one of my favorite areas to explore back home, except that it was like nothing I've ever seen before. It spoke to me on so many different levels. Anyone is welcome; whether it's to watch movies, play video games, see different performances on the weekends, or just serve as a place to escape to and unwind. It's the perfect grounds to interact with a community of positive people who all share a variety of similar interest. My inner artist, nerd, music/coffee lover, and wannabe film buff were all happy to reunite in a common vicinity. 

      The entire night was full of quirky music, lots of laughter, and all around good vibes. It felt liberating to spend time in a place where I felt accepted, where I had the freedom to be me without fear of judgement. Needless to say, I've fallen so in love with this perfect little coffee shop and adopted it as my go-to hang out spot. With all the upcoming fun things listed on the events calendar, I know exactly where I'll be spending most of my spare time this summer and the extent of my stay here in NC, however long that may be. Whether you're in town for a brief visit or currently residing anywhere in the triad area, I strongly recommend stopping by Geeksboro. It isn't just your everyday coffee spot; it's an experience.

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      Tuesday, May 26, 2015

      Look Book | Kid @ Heart

      Kid @ Heart


      The child in me will always love Disney's very own Mickey Mouse character. The Mickey Mouse theme adds a child-like innocence to this outfit that makes it more adorable than sexy. I can definitely see myself out and about on a perfect summer day, flourishing, in this outfit. I love everything about it-from the iPhone case all the way down to the shoes. Although it's hard to tell from the picture, the sunglasses are so fun and similar to the cool flip-up ones Dwayne Wade was notorious for rocking in the 90's sitcom, A Different World. I've always wanted a pair of those!

      The attitude of this outfit is so reflective of my personality in a sense that it's playful and semi-casual, yet feminine at the same time. It screams 'I'm an adult, but I'm still young, still growing', which is a fact of life I tend to forget often. There's so many varying elements to this ensemble that makes me incredibly nostalgic and happy. Because it is so easy and inexpensive to re-create, I'm in the process of making this one manifest in my wardrobe before summer hits (side note: I plan on doing more OOTD here, so stay tuned). 

      ♥ @ChymereA
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      Friday, May 22, 2015

      Music Collective: vol. 32 { S U M M E R V I B E S }

      Love is in the air and I'm flying in love with life again; my favorite season of the year is finally on the horizon. Once upon of time, summer was a break from the world and the "stress" of everyday life. As adults, we tend to allow ourselves to get so bombarded with responsibilities and forget that play is essential to establishing a healthy work-life balance. It's good to work, plan, all that jazz, but sometimes, it's better to just live in the moment...and lately I've been feeling-deep down inside-like I don't live enough. However, the 80+ degree weather inspires me to restore days of youth and experience life as much as possible, simply because Life is Meant to be EPIC.

      Today's  mix is a collection of the tunes I've been loving to welcome summertime with open arms. Although several genres and time frames are represented, I feel like each song has its own way of bringing out those happy, carefree vibes that summer ignites. It's the perfect compilation for a weekend beach adventure with friends or a Sunday drive (to nowhere in particular) on a beautiful day with the windows rolled down, which I plan to do a lot of both this summer. 

      There have been so many musical gems that were released so far in 2015, but there is nothing quite like browsing the internet to discover underground sounds. The best track I've stumbled upon recently would absolutely have to be 'Voco Loco' x KRNE, Lewis, and Brasstracks , a super dope collaborative beat with sick instrumentals and an unpredictable melody flow. If you happen to love it just as much as I do, it's available for free download H E R E.

      Listening to this play list, I hope it reminds you to take time to release all the built up stress and negativity in order to achieve balance and have fun. So lift your glass (or flask) to music and all around good vibes, press play, and enjoy.



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      Tuesday, May 19, 2015

      Sometimes, I Miss You...


      "Missing you comes in waves and tonight I'm drowning." 
      -Hannah Taylor
      It's 7 a.m. and the night never really ended, just up thinking about life and other things, which happens quite a bit.  Paying attention to one thought at a time, my mind drifted to this time last year, when I was "stranded" in Los Angeles, California. Looking back, it's hard to not wonder how life would have unfolded if I decided to face my fears and stay.  Was leaving a blessing or an excuse? Where did that road eventually lead? I guess I'll never know.

      The city of dreams and nightmares is what I re-named L.A., because that's exactly what it was in that moment. I spent my whole life daydreaming of living there only for it to not at all be what I expected it to be. Still not sure if immediately falling flat on my face was a test that I failed miserably or if my standards were a bit too high, but sometimes I wish I did trust myself a little more more, had more perseverance and faith, or better yet, trust God (enough) to carry me through it all. I remember believing it was His will for me to go in the first place, yet convinced myself it was His will for me to leave when I no longer felt safe. 

      Craving security and the comfort of a familiar habitat, I decided to run back home.  The moment after settling back into my comfort zone, I couldn't help but wonder if I had done just that: settle. This is not the first time I've been in this place of passive regret, so obviously, a part of me still feels that way. Even when I re-read something I wrote explaining what I felt upon arrival, it breaks my heart a little, because there was honestly so much positive energy surrounding that move. I vividly remember writing in my journal the first night and feeling so overwhelmed with joy.  I do not, however, remember the exact moments where the sweet turned sour...or perhaps, I forced myself to forget.

      At this point, I'm pretty content with where I am in my life. It isn't always smooth sailing, but for the most part, things are going well and there's not much to complain about. Maybe it's the rise of the summer that makes me miss being so close to the ocean, so close, I could escape there whenever I needed to spend time with God or feel one with the universe. I could go there to center myself when my sanity was compromised or when I was having a bad day. Now, I'm 2,000 + miles away from paradise, the only place that has ever felt like home, and the only sensible thing I know to do, is to write about it.

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      Wednesday, May 6, 2015

      Music Collective: vol. 31 {Rush x Kali Uchis}

      I was introduced to Kali Uchis not too long ago by a fellow music head who told me I would like her. Trusting his musical judgement, I gave her album 'Por Vida' a listen and instantly fell in love with the sound; it was like a breath of fresh air. She gave me a little Amy Winehouse, some Lana Del Ray, a taste of Erykah Badu, all mixed into this cool looking hipster songstress.  I don't know much about her as an artist, but I'll be doing research soon, which could consequently mean a full on review for her next project. 

      The visuals for Rush are such a free-spirited and fun reminiscent of summertime in the 60's (?) and made me love the song even more. While I was watching the video, I thought it would be fitting to share this it on the blog, especially considering it's almost been a month since the last Music Collective post. Just press play and I hope you enjoy!



      Side note: I've been completely swamped with life lately, so my little space on the internet has been a little neglected, but as I'm finding my groove again in a semi-new environment, I'm feeling good about content to come. 
      Thank you for being so patient. 
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      Friday, April 24, 2015

      Easy, Breezy...

      It's always an adventure when Sheriden and I link up. She's the kind of person who carries this kind of genuine energy that forces one to see life in beautiful colors and is always hopeful about what the day has in store. It's just all around good vibes with her and it's been that way since the day we met.     
      As some of you may have figured out from the hints I've thrown out into the social media abyss, I recently relocated to another state. As exciting as it was to finally move out, I honestly felt like a little kid again, because it's sad to be so far away from the people I'm used to spending so much time with, but I'm thankful for the memories. 

      While reminiscing, I found pictures from one of our many impromptu photo sessions from spring 2014 that I neglected to post on my blog. Actually, I was saving these photos for a magazine project I was working on at the time, that I never officially re-launched. I adore these photos, because not only did I love my outfit this particular day, she managed to capture moments that so effortlessly expressed simple, carefree bliss and fun times with an amazing friend, despite how awkward I tend to be in front of the camera.  And since I never shared this OOTD, figured I would pull out a wildcard, for memories sake.

      ♥ Chymere A.



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