Monday, April 20, 2015

Petits Fours // volume 1

a space for the week's sweet little finds, thoughts, and savory moments.  not quite enough for a full post, just a little appetizer...petits fours

Petits Fours // volume 1

1 // The brightest, most impractically colored spring sneakers that I'm wearing on repeat.  Less than $40 and perfect for brightening up a neutral wardrobe with a bit of cheer. 

2 // Target sales that totally justify trying new flavors.  These bags will be right at home in this sweet little dish, a must have for all my tea drinking friends.  

3 // A long awaited yet disappointing Ipsy bag.  I wanted some "happy mail," a nice little surprise each month in the middle of studying.  A way to branch out from my very basic beauty routine, but I was a bit disappointed.  Ninety percent of my beauty products come from Walgreens, so I'm not "bougie" in the least; however, what I got was a bunch of small products from companies I've never heard of, three of which I would never put on my skin.  The nail polish and pouch are the only things I'd actually use, and I wouldn't pay $10 for them.  That's not to say that I'm discouraging anyone from trying an Ipsy subscription.  Many people like Kelli have had a much more positive experience with the company so do consider other reviews.  If the products actually work for you, it's not bad for the $10; you can at build up quite the cosmetic bag collection in the process.  In the meantime, I'm hoping for better luck with Birchbox.

4 // The happiest, prettiest nail polish I ever did see.  I picked this up on a whim last weekend, and I'm so glad I did.  I don't wear nail polish very often, but this Revlon color (Provocative) has totally made me a believer.  I only used two coats + one clear top coat, and the polish has lasted since Wednesday with no chipping.  Since it's on sale for less than $3 I may even try another color or two.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Great Outdoors

This past weekend gave me a great deal of hope that winter is officially behind us, and true spring weather is here to stay.  With a rare Friday exam, giving me the weekend off, and J in town, let's just say I was spoiled.  The beautiful weather was just the icing on the cake and the perfect excuse to just wander around the city and enjoy the great outdoors.

Downtown Field Jacket // J.Crew
Skinny Ponte Knit Pants // Celebrity Pink Jeans
Floral Gauze Scarf // Old Navy
Ballet Flats // Gap (same style)
Nylon Tote // C. Wonder (on eBay)

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven..." 
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Linking up with the Cappuccino and Fashion, Tucker Up, and Classy Yet Trendy.  

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

This is not the face of fine art.  Or is it?  In his latest exhibition, "A New Republic," Kehinde Wiley challenges this notion, creating a space where people not traditionally represented can see themselves in fine art.  Casting urban dwellers and ethnic minorities, Wiley brings color and new life to portraits and classical forms.  No, not kings and queens but in everyday people, he conveys their humanity in a way that is almost tangible.  No, not threatening or menacing, his subjects are dignified.  They are bright.  They are strong.  They are graceful.  If ever before they've been unseen, ignored, unrepresented, misrepresented Wiley addresses the art world and brings it to their attention.  

The art of a culture should be a reflection of the time, of the people.  And that's what Kehinde Wiley does.  If you look into their eyes, even the subjects of his work carry a peaceful confrontation.  He brings them into a space where they too belong, and puts representation back in their hands.  Not because of their nobility or who they are but because they are, and it's elevating.  That's my best description of his collection.  Elevating.  In a world where the great works of the past tend to dominate our attention, Wiley portrays the present and redefines tradition.  Creating a space where power rests in the citizen and not in position, to beauty he brings a new definition.  Indeed, a  new republic. 

Yes, this is Michael Jackson himself, the "King of Pop."  This piece was completed after his death, but I like to think this is what he would have wanted. 

My favorite of the bunch.  He captures the humanity in the subject so well that you would never guess the photo's origin.  For a second the subject isn't menacing, he's just another person searching for his place in life.

Kehinde Wiley's exhibit, A New Republic will be on display at the Brooklyn Museum until May 24, 2015.  If you are in the New York area at all or can get to it before then, I cannot recommend this exhibit enough.  Learn more about Wiley and his other work here.

To learn more about the collection in the artist's own words watch here:

Have a great week! 


Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Weekending

Some lovely deals at Bath and Body Works.

Anyone else find it hard to resist all the sales lately?  Taking a little note from a friend and unless it's something I really want or need, learning to say no.  I don't really get out much, but online shopping (and the returns that follow) can be a beast.

Returned all the things then ordered this super practical spring jacket.  I'm a quick learner. It's a little expensive, but it fills a void and I know I'll wear it more than all the other things combined.

Great Sunday message and family meal with some of my favorite people.

The most delicious looking sweet potato pie that I didn't get to taste.  I studied in Granny's room while the family talked, and by the end of the night was too exhausted for leftovers or dessert :-(

Not nearly enough studying.

Let's do this Monday.

In case I don't finish my drafts before Friday's exam (I have 4 days to become an expert cardiologist), follow me here for the latest!

Have a rockin' week people!  I'm certainly choosing to have one.  
(Inserts peace sign and smiley face with shades).  

Linking up with Biana :-)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Fresh Start

I've been away from this little space for far too long, but what better way to get back into the swing of things than to share some of my March favorites?  March started off with a much needed spring break from school.  While it feels like it went by way too fast, I enjoyed every bit of it spending time with family and getting lots of rest.  Checking out some amazing art in Brooklyn and being spoiled with some gorgeous blooms from the Philly Flower Show were definitely highlights.  Undoubtedly inspired by the changes in nature, I swapped out some of my heavy winter neutrals for some bright spring accessories and did way too much online shopping at Loft and Old Navy.  More importantly my last term of my first year of medical school is off to a great start, and despite two more exams this month, the next two weekends will be spent with those I love.  Even as I whip this little post up right now, I can't help but feel inspired and hopeful.  The ending of something always brings about the beginning of something else, so if you experienced some troubles last month be encouraged and know that everyday marks a fresh start!

Thank you to everyone who's read, followed along, and shared with me in this little space.  
I'm grateful for you all, and I'm looking forward to sharing much more with you over the coming months :-)  

P.S. Most of the above pictures are from my Instagram, so be sure to follow me there too for bits of life and style in between blog posts! 

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