I’ve been celebrating my twenty-second birthday for the past ten days; starting in Columbus, Ohio on the twenty-six of July, followed by a celebration in New York City on my actual day of birth, July twenty-ninth, ending with amazing mental memories of ‘no picture type situations’ in the ‘6’ Toronto, Ontario. All in all, the stress building up to the moment of me boarding that plane was instantly released when I realized how blessed I was. This vacation has become exactly what i needed to continue on to my other twenty-somethings lol…
It’s Thursday, so here are some of the things I loved from this past week:
successfully maneuvering between NYC taxis, Toronto metro and street cars to get from point A to B, reuniting with one of my greatest friends after eight months abroad and bringing in my birthday with her, mr.softy chocolate ice cream in the Bronx, long walks to the nail salon in the Bronx, coming back to the house i was raised in and spending time with my grandparents, Griffin on a Tuesday, Philly cheese crepes in Eaton Mall, Civic day Toronto, Tim Hortons replacing Starbucks in Ontario, Spiced alcohol at the Hazelton, Cleveland in Toronto, Intercontinental suites, Top Down with XO, Yes Julz and her energy, Maison, No picture situations, Caribana Festivities, Representing my Guyanese heritage, eating a Mc Chicken at an after party and enjoying it (side note: i haven’t had Mc Donalds since I was four). Intercontinental views of the CN tower, meeting beautiful Toronto women, lobster grilled cheese, Yorkville, Lebron James, Sacrificing a morning on vacation to Physics and ending my summer classes with a 3.6 gpa, Canadian currency, partying with some of my favorite artist, PARTYNEXTDOOR 2, hitting the schmoney dance in three different cities, UBER in toronto, New Ho King (Chinese open from 11pm-6am), Snap chats in Toronto…
The ever so outspoken man of the century has made his mark yet again. I won’t go into criticism on his recent endeavors but I will make note that I have, since the influencing of Scott D. style change from colorful memes to street-rockish apparel of rocking jordans and leather joggers, that I have not noted Kanye West on his style of choice. Personally I like my men to have a more suited, well fitting look with a hint of differentiating color contrasts, but hey I like what i like, no? Lol. Kanye has made his presence of unique choice in style yet again most apparent in next months edition of GQ Magazine, and yes I approve. His head-to-toe ensembles that riff on a single color reminds me that fall fashion is upcoming– bring out the pea coats, boots, yellow and oranges :)
Why’d you decide to get married?
Saying “Hey, I like Kim” isn’t as inspiring to people as us getting married. And anyone that’s in a relationship knows that in order to get to the point to get married and then to be married and to then carry on, it needs that work put into it. Right now, people look at it and it’s like, “Wow, that’s inspiring.” Meaning that love is infectious. You know, God is infectious—God flowing through us and us being little-baby creators and shit. But His energy and His love and what He wants us to have as people and the way He wants us to love each other, that is infectious. Like they said in Step Brothers: Never lose your dinosaur. This is the ultimate example of a person never losing his dinosaur. Meaning that even as I grew in cultural awareness and respect and was put higher in the class system in some way for being this musician, I never lost my dinosaur.
Kim is this girl who fucking turns me on. I love her. This is who I want to be next to and be around. And then people would try to say, “Well, you know, if you’re a musician, you should be with a musician, and if you want to design, you need to be with a girl from the design world.” I don’t give a fuck about people’s opinions. Because when a kid falls in love with an airplane or a bike or a dinosaur—especially if you’re an only child and it’s not because of the book that the sibling was reading—it’s like, fuck, you mean to tell me that the dinosaurs walked the earth and stuff like that?! That’s amazing! You mean to tell me that these giant multi-ton crafts can fly that fast and that loud, and they can flip, and there’s danger, the possibility of them exploding? That’s fucking cool! You mean to tell me that this girl with this fucking body and this face is also into style, and she’s a nice person, and she has her own money and is family-oriented? That’s just as cool as a fucking fighter jet or dinosaur! And just as rarely seen.
The Kanye West Guide to God-Level Fashion
“It’s not about having a lot of clothes,” West says. “It’s about a few favorites.” For more on Kanye’s current take on style…
Kanye’s Take: “Skinny pants are rock ‘n’ roll. And big coats are really hip-hop. I’m looking for 50 percent rock ‘n’ roll, 50 percent hip-hop, 50 percent genius,” West says, laughing. “Because, you know—for genius, you have to be at a hundred and fifty percent.”
Kanye’s Take: “Military green is classic, masculine, not too trendy—all the stuff men’s clothes are supposed to be.”
For more on this interview CLICK HERE
I take birthday celebrations very seriously lol. For myself, it’s like a new year– July twenty-ninth is my January first :) It’s a time to reflect, draw up plans, expectations and so on. This past year was beneficial but not as rewarding as i might’ve hoped, only because I am no where closer to my ‘big move,’ financially. ‘ I enjoyed it, and i will not focus my energy in pointing out ways in which I could’ve made it better but what I can say is, I needed this passing year, the lesson is learned and it is time to move on to the next half of what’s next. The point of this post is that you should always spend some time reflecting on what has been accomplished, what works for you and what are the things you need to improve on. This past year i did that whole, “don’t think about it too much, get it all out of your system and live in the moment,” and became a happier me, but a broker college student with a long term goal to move out west, but i needed that break. Don’t get it confused, I have a great paying job that has paid for all of my summer luxury expenses lol, but what is important is that , i haven’t saved much. Now with twenty-two nearing, my senior year beginning and my credit score building (lol) it’s time i retire those thoughts and re-focus my focus: budgeting/saving up, graduating, and so on. I no longer will dwell on the opportunities of the past that have kept me stagnant. Don’t allow your mind to stay in idle time, make a long term goal and stick to it. Mine is: saving up all I can and bring everything i have with me to California. For my fellow twenty-something year olds, this is what needs to be done, i mean who wants to look back at the age of thirty, stuck and wishing there was something else (I) could’ve done? Just something to think about :)
Its Friday and I’m finally off with no real challenging homework to do. I’ve been thinking lately, a whole year has past (almost). A whole year of twenty-one has came and went and what is there to reflect on? Everyone has been going on about how 2014 is the year of the ‘Grown Woman,’ which yes I have referred to it as such plenty of times in regards to the others who have faithfully stood by that but in my own journey, this year has been all about stepping out of my comfort zone and enjoying life as the days begin and end. Unfortunately, July 29 2013 and on did not being that way, but i shall not reflect on the negative. After the passing of a very close friend, he had inspired me through his ambition to literally stop saying what i will eventually do and just make a way and do it. Cliche i bet, but when someone like him passes, someone who had so many dreams, someone who was so deserving and selfless passes you have no choice but to live. Honestly Boycie when you passed i viewed life much differently and stopped holding myself back with my own insecurities. The biggest lesson i have learned so far is, ‘It’s all in your head.’ Your insecurities, you being uncomfortable, you settling…etc i can go on! Although i’m still working on it, i’ve built confidence and have gained such a great support system that i literally feel unstoppable lol! ! Heres a Basic Recap of My Year… Let the next be Great :)
- Cannon balled into a black river that was over 30 ft deep in the Amazon
- had flowers and edible arrangements sent to me anonymously on valentines day
- traveled back to my fathers country (Guyana, South America)
Successfully managed two fashion shows
Climed a Coconut tree to grab a coconut and failed.
Experienced love, realized a romantic relationship isn’t for me. not now at least.
Got a couple international students from france and southern africa hipped to partynextdoor
Got a meaningful tattoo, along with other meangless piercings
Went to San Francisco for the first time. Was told that my vibe and energy was destined for the Cali’s culture and ended my trip with apartment hunting (found three great locations)
- Saw Derek Jeter play his last game at Progressive Stadium (on the look out for Yankee stadium tickets in August if anyone has the plug lol)
- Took fitness seriously
- Won a 4 day 3 night cruise to the Bahamas (taking this trip next year)
- Got my heart broken, again.
- Broke someone else’s heart.
- Rekindled my relationship with my father, finally bought a ticket to visit him in September :)
- My ex sent me 100 ‘I’m sorry’ roses, we got back together, it didn’t work out
- I dated a rebound for a while, that didn’t work out either lol (lesson learned).
- Rekindled broken friendships, that worked out!
- Made more lasting friendships (future Cali movements)
- Got a job worth mentioning :) with benefits and in my field of study
- A couple spontaneous nights that i’d keep to myself
- Did the whole full time worker full-time student and still had time to have a social life, completed the semester with a 3.6
- Was the cover of a magazine, and featured in another
- Sunk my toes into the pacific ocean while smoking a cigar, picnic :)
- Signed a lease with two of my greatest college girlfriends
- Danced to soca music in the rain in south america
- Fell in love with (MY) life
Enjoyed the amazon country with absolutely no wifi
Successfully budgeted myself for the summer, DRINKS ON ME!
Got close enough (by accidentally) to a wild black panther while walking through a forest in South America
Spent an entire paycheck in one weekend, my excuse ‘i needed everything i bought.’
Had my first legal drink in South America, it was a beer and it didn’t count; their legal drinking age is 16
Did a month juicing cleanse
Cheated on that at least three times
Lost a close friend to cancer, became closer to everyone who knew him.
Popped my very first bottle of Dom Perignon (a gift for early birthday festivities)
Bought 5 new art pieces at Columbus’ art festival for my new apartment
Went zip lining and rock climbing
- Finally falling in love with myself
The 2014 ESPY Awards took place last night at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles hosted by the multi-talented Drake. See I followed Drake since his days with DeGrassi and witnessed his talents from a range of acting, comedy and music so I had little doubt that he wouldn’t preform up to expectations. He did just that, with hilarious monologues poking fun at some controversial situations amongst some of the athletes and performers from this past year, speaking on Johnny Manziel and Lebron James in regards to who now will hold the title over Cleveland in reference to sports, with a hilarious skit featuring Blake Griffin and Chris Brown. There was also a skit aimed at Lance Stephenson, where Drake gets real up close and personal with Lance and Paul George on the “Lance Cam,” aka blowing in your ear as Lance had once done during a game against Miami Heats, Lebron James. There was no surprise when Drake preformed two comedic songs, ‘Honorable Mention,” and ‘Side Pieces,” which featured Brian McKnight. Overall applauds go to Drake for his versatility! Acting, Music, Comedy!
Here is a recap in case you missed it! Along with the other ‘Honorable Mentions’ from the night.
ESPN anchor Stuart Scott received a standing ovation from the entire crowd inside the Nokia Theatre while accepting the Jimmy V Perseverance Award from Kiefer Sutherland. Scott, who has been battling cancer since 2007, delivered an eloquent, inspiring and moving speech, which left many audience members in tears.
“I just got out of the hospital,” Scott, 48, told the stunned audience. “I had four surgeries in the span of seven days. I had tubes running through every part of my body. As of Sunday, I didn’t even know if I could make it here. I couldn’t fight. But the doctors and nurses could; the people that I loved and my friends and family, they could. This whole fight, this journey thing, is not a solo venture, this is something that requires support.”
“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer,” the SportsCenter staple said. “You beat cancer by how you live, while you live and the manner in which you live.” Scott went on to say he “can’t ever give up because I can’t leave my daughters [Taelor and Sydni]… You are my heartbeat. I am standing on this stage tonight because of you.”
ESPN showed a clip of Sam’s journey as a star college football player at the Unviersity of Missouri and NFL draft hopeful, who was picked up by the St. Louis Rams in May. “This year I had a lot of experience being part of something bigger than myself,” Sam said of coming out. “At times, I felt like I’d been living in a massive storm, but the lessons I’ve learned: love, respect and being true to yourself — will never leave me.”
He went on to thank his former teammates, current teammates and coaches, family, friends, and boyfriend Vito Cammisano, who joined Sam — hand in hand — on the red carpet of the 2014 ESPYS. “I promise to spend the rest of my life trying to live up to this honor and trying to become the best football player I can,” Sam said.
Even the bottles had a shelf life! The former enemies made fun of their crazy 2012 bar incident in a video sketch. The skit included NBA star Blake Griffin, who i may add is my all time favorite NBA comedian lol and played off a memorable scene from Steve Martin‘s Little Shop of Horrors.
pictures: US weekly
I hope everyone got the chance to catch some fireworks, fortunately I did! I clocked in, clocked out headed straight home, jumped in the shower, quickly air dried, picked up a good friend who was in town from Cali and headed downtown where I over indulged in funnel cakes, fair fries and freshly squeezed ice-cold lemonade. That was on the third, Today was a fourth of july family celebration, peruano-puertorriqueno style lol. I always love the holidays for these reasons. Family tradition calls for a major difference in American traditional fourth of july dishes where we serve yellow rice with peas, my mothers ‘famous’ potato salad; I say famous only meaning within the family lol, she hasn’t chosen to release to recipe to the general public yet lol! and of course freshly made coquito. With the stress of having a packed schedule, its always great to be surrounded by family and have a couple of drinks and share a few laughs. What’s a holiday without a family celebration or someone to share it with right? Well anyways i hope everyone enjoyed their holiday, I have to clock in early in the AM :)
Yes, I have a Barnes & Nobel addiction and finishing books and moving onto another seems to be one of the least greatest habits I have recently picked up; side note: I’m still working on ‘The Power of Now, ‘Scandalous Women’, ‘Cleopatra’, and ‘Battlefield of the Mind.’ But on June 30th one of my summers most anticipated contemporary poetry books released, “Letters to the Men I Have Loved,” by Mirtha Michelle Castro Marmol. I pre-ordered it off of Amazon and it finally has arrived! From the description it expresses the authors feelings through distinct letters and poems to various men whom she considers motivated personal growth and her transition from young adult to womanhood. With words Mirtha Michelle Castro paints a vivid picture of feelings such as passion, forgiveness, lust, and hope. Gracfully playing with the universal theme of the pursuit of love and the desire for change that can resonate with woman all around the world, especially myself! I’ll update you all when i am finished reading. To order your own copy, here is her SITE
So i’m guilty. I haven’t blogged in ALMOST a month and I won’t give you the tired excuse of school and work with some attempts to squeeze in a couple girls night outs here and there, lol (guess i just did) But it’s a new month and my most favorite of them all! JULY! For obvious reasons, my birthday is in twenty-seven days. I still cannot believe that a year has passed already and then again I can. So much has been accomplished and guess what, I’ve been making moves, but i won’t get into that this time around. What i do want to congratulate myself on is the decisions that i have been making lately, the plans i have been putting in place and the mindset i have been evolving into. It may have been long overdue but as of now single life has finally come. As some of you recall me mentioning in previous post i always envisioned my twenty-somethings as single andrea, living in a city and enjoying life while maintaining a steady career in the field in which i wish to pursue, yeah yadda, yadda, yadda right? Lol, well I feel it’s only right for myself to embrace my own company, fully and i recently made the decision to do just that. I have made my game plan, I refocused my focused and realized that my priorities were a little off. With talking to one of my greatest, Jessica Payne (FYI follow her blog Jesssunshine) i realized i am not in the position to hold any commitments. In short and with getting on to the point, these years will come and go. Position yourself first for the future then attempt to settle lol :) Question is, where do you see yourself five years from now? Andrea in five years will be twenty-seven…Lol.
Wishing it into existence! Enjoy your Wednesday !