09 October 2017

Beautiful You | Naimah.A.

Hello Dolls

                    I hope all is well wherever your beautiful souls are at. I recently came across a wonderful video posted by Trace Ellis Ross who to me is one of the many incredible women I look up to. The short clip that I watch has moved me beyond measures reminding me how far we've came with self acceptance. Growing up I remember seeing advertisements and looking up to women with different complexion and features then me. I never understood how misleading it could be to my young mind until I became a teen and my insecurities heightened. I call this my awkward teen faze where my hair was a frizz ball I had a huge overbite, and an odd body shape that didn't resemble any of the high school musical characters I liked. Now that I am a lot older I am happy to see so many of the beauty standards being challenged instead of blindly followed. I'm here to encourage you to start your self love journey if you already haven't and, embrace your individuality that sets you apart from the rest. I hope you guys enjoyed this post till next time XOXO.

25 September 2017

Identity crisis | Naimah.A.

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              A lot of times I hear the term "America is a melting pot" usually used to describe the amount of  diversity here in the United States. Many of us being born here or living here for over 20 years have an underlined American culture no matter where you'r ethnically from. We have Chinese Americans, Mexican American, and many more ethnicities who share an underlined American culture. The reality is if any of us actually go back to our homelands we feel a bit of a disconnect with the culture because we didn't go to the local schools or listen to most of the local music.

             I as an ethnically half Somali and half African American found the mix of both cultures made my life a bit unique. Growing up I was raised by a single Somali mother and a lot of people would question if I was even her child. I had features a lot like my dad same with my brother so I would constantly get reminded how my nose was rounder than most Somalis. When I went to school I got a rude awaking reminding me how I wasn't Somali/African American enough. Most times there would be that one ignorant person who would laugh at me for even claiming that to be a mix. Race can be one of the most defining sociodemographic characteristic of a person so when your from two different ethnic groups you feel like you have to pick a side just to fit in.

            The term mixed- race can also be so vague because to many this implies your mostly of the common mix of Caucasian and some sort of African. There is no fluidity when it comes to race or any other social category we tend to make everything a binary either you're one thing or another. A further example would be Barack Obama who is considered to be the first black president and not the first biracial president of the united states. Basically people don't ask mix race kids about their history and perspective on a lot of things. It's either you fit into a category that speaks for you or you simply aren't spoken for. Mixed- race people is the fastest growing demographic in the world and I feel we each have a unique story to tell. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and took something meaningful away from it. Till next time XOXOXO

Outfit Details 
Dress : Forever21
Jacket : forever21 Men
Shoes : Rue21

12 September 2017

why so serious | Naimah.A.

Hello Dolls 

                      As a young girl I remember all the time I would waste day dreaming about being an adult. I loved the idea of having pizza for breakfast and snacking on cookies late at night. I also like the idea of  being responsible and not being told what to do so being an adult was merely a dream. When I finally hit 18 years of age I told myself I have to wear my big girl panties and figure this whole adulting thing out. I wish adulting was a slice of cheese pizza for breakfast because it sure wasn't. I noticed how many expectations I put on adulting along with the ones thrown at me by others which left me in a constant worry. My day dreams slowly shifted to me running around barefoot and carefree as a child. I didn't know what I signed up for and I don't think any teenager hitting adulthood does. I took life way too serious as an adult and put a brick loud of expectations on the smallest of problems I had. 
                          I then found what I call an "ADULT CHILDHOOD" that keeps me from going insane in my realm of thoughts. It consist of a whole lot of coloring and pizza for breakfast I tell you that. I sometimes catch myself racing a child to the last swing just so I can swing on it. I have some of the parents give me that look and little do they now I am a child at heart and there is nothing they can do to stop my joy. I genuinely find my happiness in little things like that and so can all of you. As you can tell in this outfit I hunted down a colorful wall that spoke to my "Adult childhood" and also gives this look a lot of life. I went for my classic mom jeans that I clearly have over worn and simple black pumps. I also pared this look with my favorite cropped hoodie and an over sized pare of glasses to give it a nerdy flare. I hope you guys enjoy this post and find balance somewhere along you adult lives. Till next time XOXOXO 

Outfit Details 
Crop Hoodie : Vans 
Jeans : Levis 
Heels : H&M

29 August 2017

All about the highlight | Naimah.A.

Hello Dolls

           Lets talk about the make-up trend that hasn't seem to fade over the years which is highlighting. I myself am very grateful for the time that it's been around and it is the part of my make-up routine that I look forward too ever time. I get supper anxious and excited right before putting it on, along with butterflies in my stomach. I guess this feeling is similar to a giddy teenage girl getting a note from her crush. Yup! I said it and all of you readings this have had a similar feeling to what iv'e just described. Highlighting is just the gift that keeps on giving and if you can't relate this post is going to annoy you. I stick to my holy grail item the Carli Bybel 14 eye shadow and highlighter palette which is my fist and only highlighter palette. This palette was the gate way to a different world for me and I don't think I'll ever look back. When I was new to this whole make-up thing I wanted affordable products that weren't over priced. I didn't get the logic of paying 40 dollars for a products I barely knew how to use so the Carli Bybel palette was so convenient for me. A lot of folks ask me what highlighter I wear and I hope that answered your question. I am going to take my time in the next couple of months experimenting with different highlights liquid and powder so I'll be sure to share my feed back. I hope you guys enjoyed my long over do post and make sure you share this with your friends. Till next time XOXO

Outfit Details 
Romper : Charlette russe 
Heels : H&M

12 June 2017

This one is for you | Naimah.A.

Hello Dolls 
       I hope all is well where ever your beautiful souls are at. Today I wanted to celebrate all the beautiful souls out there fighting internal battles every single day with out having anyone to turn too. It's such a strange shift is this world where now empathy is hard to receive without being attached to judgment. I remember growing up and seeing my mother have strangers she barely knew live with us because they were homeless. I also grow up seeing people helping each other without expecting any favor in return. I just missed such little acts that turned strangers to family and long lasting bonds were created. Now that I am an adult such acts are hard to come by and it leaves a lot of us to battle things alone. My way of overcoming these battles is doing things different and putting myself out there. I create connections with strangers that are now some of the closest friends of mine. I choose a smile over frown when I wake up in hopes of making another person smile. I practice generosity through out my day so no matter what the circumstance are for me I know I can make another person circumstance a bit better. These are ways I developed contentment within myself and I hope you find little things that work for you. So cheers to everyone who is choosing to fight every day in their lives to reach contentment this one is for you. Till next time loves XOXOXO

Outfit Details 
Overall's : Levis 
Bralette : Charlotte Russe