Tuesday, October 21, 2014


I was in the midst of a charity event when my insta feed informed me of the sad news. Oscar de la Renta was the first designer I ever knew of, not because of his Latin roots but because my grandmother, ever the stylish dame, schooled me proper on him.  He's the only designer she ever spoke of (aside from Carolina Herrera) and knew something then, that now every generation can appreciate.  Mr. de la Renta knew and understood the woman's body and designed as such - pure elegance.  There is such a staple in his designs i knew instantly when it was his. What a loss. Such a loss. 

On my twitter feed I shared that I have never been the type of girl/woman to dream up a wedding dress, I would sooner tell you what my dream home would be like, but I always knew that if it ever came to that, Oscar de la Renta had to be the designer. A special and timeless piece just for me. Some wishes aren't meant to be but at least we've got his legacy to hold on too.

"Fashion is about dressing according to what's fashionable. Style is more about being yourself." 

Rest In Peace Mr de la Renta.

Monday, October 20, 2014

When I Get Personal

I had a genuinely upsetting moment the other day. It was one of those were i was more hurt and disappointed than angry. A little thought into your actions goes a long way, folks.  But thats then and this is now. I don't dwell on shit for too long - i learned a long time ago that life moves on and it is what you make of it - yes, cliche and all.

I had a good chat with my cousin over brunch yesterday. It's exactly what i needed. She's quite the listener and i guess i had a lot of things bottled up that needed to be said. She knew exactly where i was coming from and helped me organize all these thoughts i've been trying to put in order. We spoke of my future endeavors and she was very supportive.  That and the fact that she confirmed that i haven't quite gone mad yet reaffirmed that i'm on the right path.

We agreed on a little exercise where i had to do some follow ups this week and report back to her to see how well i've done. Family is everything and it should never be taken for granted. I am so grateful right now. I know i am in the midst of change and nothing means more to me than family's support. I also know i am being very vague but this is to be continued. In due time all will be revealed. 

Here's to change, perseverance, hard-work, determination, family and friends!

And here's to Me. My one takeaway from my chat was that i am to take care of myself. I have this innate urge to take care for others around me (some friends even call me mama Jah) and that i also have high expectations of them, so when they disappoint me, i take it too personal. She told me to love me more.  People are who they are and some will never change.  Makes complete sense to me.

I saw this inspiring checklist of things to do via pinterest and it felt quite appropriate.  It's the little things in life that makes all the difference. 

Wishing you all a fantastic Monday and an even better week ahead!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

11 Inspiring Quotes for the #GIRLBOSS in You

I first wrote about #GIRLBOSS back in July.  It was intended as my summer read but i somehow lost track and neglected to follow through. Recently however i felt it was time to pick it up once more.  I liked the way the book encouraged me then and i needed to feel that way again. 

I needed something reassuring that let me know that i haven't completely gone mad... yet.  Ever felt that way, like maybe you are going slightly mad? Where although you are perfectly accepted everywhere and with everyone you simply just don't quite fit in? I've felt that way my entire life, but you would never know from meeting me. Sophia Amoruso has managed to captivate me in a way that i find myself completely enamored with her words. 

Never did i expect to find so much of myself in a book. I now worship its pages and encourage anyone who's ever felt a little left out to go on and read it. I know that i has solidified some of the changes i hope to be making with my life in the near future.  It is the boost i needed. 

This post is about sharing some of the quotes by Sophia Amoruso that have resonated with me and have fed me in some way or the other.  I hope they do the same for you.

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"Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back.  Learn to create your own opportunities.  Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you've always dreamed of, or still haven't had time to dream up.  And prepare to have a hell of a lot of fun along the way." - Sophina Amoruso

Each time you make a good decision or do something nice or take care of yourself; each time you show up to work and work hard and do your best at everything you can do, you’re planting seeds for a life that you can only hope will grow beyond your wildest dreams. Take care of the little things—even the little things that you hate—and treat them as promises to your own future. Soon you’ll see that fortune favors the bold who get shit done.” 

“While I truly believe that you must have intentions to fulfill your dreams, I also think you have to leave room for the universe to have its way and play around a bit. Don’t get so focused on one particular opportunity that you’re blind to other ones that come up. If you think about one thing, and talk about it all the time, you’re being too obsessive. You might ruin it. If you let yourself meander a bit, then the right things and the right people fall into place. Some things are worth fighting for—don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely a fighter—but I really think that what is right should be easy. My dad has always said that the definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, and it’s so true.” 

“It’s the age-old concept of like attracts like, or the law of attraction. You get back what you put out, so you might as well think positively, focus on visualizing what you want instead of getting distracted by what you don’t want, and send the universe your good intentions so that it can send them right back.”

When you approach everything as if it’s a big fun experiment, then it’s not a big deal if things don’t work out.”

"If you believe that what you're doing will have positive results, it will - even it it's not immediately obvious."

“The energy you’ll expend focusing on someone else’s life is better spent working on your own. Just be your own idol.” 

“Finally, though, I arrived at a point where I decided this was bullshit. I stopped feeling as if I didn’t belong anywhere, and realized that I belonged anywhere I wanted to be—whether that was a boardroom, business class, or on”

“It’s cool to be kind. It’s cool to be weird. It’s cool to be honest and to be secure with yourself.” 

“A #GIRLBOSS is someone who's in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it. As a #GIRLBOSS, you take control and accept responsibility. You're a fighter- you know when to throw punches and when to roll with them. Sometimes you break the rules, sometimes you follow them, but always on your terms. You know where you're going, but can't do it without having some fun along the way. You value honesty over perfection. You ask questions. You take your life seriously, but you don't take yourself too seriously. You're going to take over the world, and change it in the process. You're a badass.” 

“Bad bitches are taking over the world.”

Monday, October 13, 2014

Rustic Streets

The moment i saw this army green H&M jumpsuit from their Fall / Winter 2014 Collection, it took me less than a minute to press enter and complete the purchase.  I instantly knew how i was going to style it and couldn't wait to schedule the next shoot!  Normally i'm not too keen with ordering my clothes on line; i'm shapely so i have to be mindful of my hips and thighs, needless to say i was little anxious in receiving it and it being a total fail, but i did well.

The jumpsuit is such a comforting and yet sexy fit - i'm so happy with my purchase. I love the strong, and badass Top Gun inspired feel it gave me.  And thanks to the creative eye of Topher, he knew exactly what backdrop would best compliment this rustic street style look.  But this jumpsuit doesn't come without a little controversy.

H&M Jumpsuit | ZARA red cccc | Stainless Steel Love Bracelet | Marc Jacobs Men Watch | Ray Ban Aviators 

Photography by TOPHER BARNETT

(curious enough i can no longer find this collection anywhere on the site.)

Disclaimer: this post is not intended to offend anyone. this is my personal take on a particular type of style and how i would wear it. in no way is this intended to offend anyone. is simply one persons personal taste in fashion.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Dominican Sancocho Stew

I lived in the Dominican Republic for a few years before moving to the States.  My aunt is married to a wonderful Dominican man who has been like another father to me, plus my very best friend in the world is Dominican... i sit well with them.  I totally get them.  I love how prideful they are but most importantly how extremely welcoming they can be.  

Another of my favorite things of the Dominican culture is their tasty meals - they don't hold back. These are island people and so quite resourceful; many of their meals contains some of the most unimaginable types of vegetables and roots. A favorite of mine has always been the Sancocho stew or soup if you prefer.

Sancocho (in South America and the Caribbean) 
a thick soup consisting of meat and root vegetables.

With Autumn finally upon us i wanted to venture back into soup making (see my first attempt at soup making here).  I love soup and all the warmth and soothing that comes with it - comfort food at its best.  This soup making round i wanted to try my hand at the ever so popular Dominican Sancocho but instead vegan... well sort of.  You see, in order to keep the true integrity of Sancocho, it must contain meat.

At the bottom you will find my step-by-step guide to vegan (sort of) Sancocho soup making. I visited many sites in order to find the one that best suited me and i fell in love with this one from Aunt Clara's Kitchen.  I followed this recipe almost to the letter so they deserve most of the credit.

The beauty of this soup is that a pot-full can last you an entire week!

Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cooking Time: 2 hrs 30 mins (includes prep time)


  • 3 qrts of vegetable broth (i only had chicken broth so i failed here)
  • 1 cup of yellow split peas
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 of a white onion
  • 2 heads of scallion onion
  • 1 good size cassava (yuca), peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1/4 of some sort of pumpkin or squash (you really can't go wrong here)
  • 1 green plantain (platano) cut into slices
  • 1/4 of white and pink yam
  • 1 corn on the cob cut into 1/2 slices or tiny wheels
  • 1/4 of olive oil
  • Lots of cilantro and parley
  • 1 teaspoon of dry oregano leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Salt & Pepper

(straight from Aunt Clara's Kitchen recipe guide with slight edits)
  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic, sweet pepper, orégano and split peas.
  3. Cook and stir for a few seconds.
  4. Add 1 qrt of vegetable (or chicken because that's all you've got) broth. Cover and lower temperature.
  5. Simmer until the split peas are very soft. Add more broth and stir when it becomes necessary.
  6. Add the carrot, cassava, malanga, plantain, pumpkin, taro and corn... just throw in all the roots and veggies you've got.
  7. Add the remaining broth (or water if you used all the broth already) til it covers all the vegetables.
  8. Simmer covered over medium heat until all the vegetables and roots are cooked through.
  9. Chop the cilantro and parsley and add to the pot.
  10. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Come con gusto!
I really hope i have done this soup justice with the recipe.  My personal end result, i must say, i was quite impressed with. Who wants to marry me?!