06 November 2017

What Rupi Kaur taught me | Naimah.A.

Hello Dolls

                   I hope all is well wherever your beautiful souls are at. I recently picked up a new read form a local bookstore called The Sun and the flowers writen by Rupi Kaur. I have read her previous poetry book which has moved me beyond measures. So I figured picking up the new book will bring back the thrill of reading poems to me. After reading this masterpiece I felt that it has spoken volume to my soul. She covered so many things from having immigrant parents, being a first generation American, to self love, and healing. Here is one of many poems that resonated to me...

"How do I shake this envy 
when I see you doing so well 
sister how do I love myself enough to know
your accomplishments are not my failures"

         Growing up being raised by an immigrant mother comparison to other kids was a form of encouragement. I for one hated it growing up, but looking back I know my mother wanted nothing but the best for me. I didn't have the highest self esteem growing up either so excelling in nearly everything was so important. I was really hard on myself  and failure wasn't acceptable until it became a routine. That's where I had to learn to be okay with failing and being happy if one of my peers accomplished something I wanted to. The next poem that had also hit home for me goes a little like this.

"I made change after change
on the road to perfection
but when I finally felt beautiful enough 
their definition of beauty 
suddenly changed 

What if there is no finish line 
and in an attempt to keep up 
I lose the gift I was born with 
for a beauty so insecure 
it con't commit to itself"

         The unrealistic beauty standards that society holds for women is constantly changing and evolving. For women like me to constantly doubt ourselves and chase after the new beauty trends is for many reasons unhealthy and exhausting. I for one gave up early on beauty standards that in all reality has no substance and holds no truth to me. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and give Rupi Kaur new book a read. Down below are photo's I've collaborated on with @meeksmediaofficial on Instagram be sure to check out his amazing work. Till next time xoxoxo

Outfit Details 
Top : Forever 21
Pants : Amazon 
Heel : Cape Robbin

23 October 2017

The art of collaborating | Naimah.A

Hello Dolls

                       I hope all is well wherever your beautiful souls are at. Today I wanted to write a post that cateres to all the creatives who don't live in a large city packed with opportunities. It can get a bit frustrating for some of us with massive dreams and limited access to exposure and opportunities. I am an example of a creative who constantly had big ideas and wanted them to come to life but didn't quite have the proper tools. I always hoped for a big brand to notice me and sponsor my visions in anyway possible. That is not always ideal when you are one of many trying to be noticed. So in my quest to recognition I learned the art of collaborating with other creatives and bringing our unique skills together. You won't believe how much can be accomplished when different skills come into play. It can be a bit challenging to step out of your comfort zone at first but once you do, asking others to collaborate with you will be second nature.

              I have got such an amazing opportunity to work with an old high school friend of mine whose drive still blows me away. She has an amazing line of T-shirts that rep the city area code she's from. When I asked her what was the Inspiration behind the amazing brand this is what she said " Since I've started 7FortyGear I've always had trouble answering the question on what inspired me to make my brand. Now after almost a year I can honestly say I started 7FortyGear to give others around me hope that you can do anything you set your heart to do, no matter where you come from. I started this so my city can be a city of believers and achievers." It was really inspirational seeing someone I practically grew up with make such an impact. I myself own a pair of 7FortyGear and I had fun styling it for my look down below. If you would like to purchase any of the 7FortyGear press here and show my entrepreneur friend support. I hope you guys enjoyed this post, Till next time XoXo.

Outfit Details 
T-shirt : 7FortyGear
Overall : Levi's
Sox: Zumies
Boots : Forever21

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.

Hello dolls

              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