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A Spring Outfit


Now that it has snowed in England and it is finally double digit weather, I think Spring is slowly but surely approaching. This is an outfit I've been wearing so many times it's actually unreal. What I think gives it that "Spring" aspect is not only the pastel blue/ mint colour of the jumper, but the airy smart black trousers. I'd wear the clothes with Converses if it's not raining and slightly warmer, and with Dr Martens if it's raining or slightly colder. This outfit (apart from the shoes) is entirely from a charity shop! It's amazing what you can find. Apparel doesn't have to be expensive for it to be good quality. Remember, an outfit doesn't have to feature floral print for it to be a spring outfit. It can be anything from the colour to the lightness/airiness of the fabric.



m o o d








kicking away all my problems




all about c o n v e r s e 


with d r   m a r t e n s


kicking away  n e g a t i v e  e n e r g y


close up of a c c e s s o r i e s 


o u t t a k e 


Jumper- Topshop (bought from charity store for £3)
Trousers-  (bought from charity store for £7)
Converse- Office
Dr Martens- Urban Outfitters 

ISAIAH 53:5
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-JVA

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Influential POC (People of Colour)


Recently, I have been even more so inspired to learn more about what it means to be a POC (Person of Colour) and not to let this limit me despite what the media says. I want to lift people of colour up and to portray that we matter. Colour shouldn't make us different. There are many inspiring men and women out there who many of you may know but some you may not. No matter how well known or not so known they are, I believe they've stood their ground in a world where many may be against them, and have made being a POC a powerful thing. 


CATHRINE Khom
i n s t a g r a m : cathrinekhom

She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Local Wolves magazine, and just an all-around brilliant person and inspiration. The magazine that she champions is beautifully curated and encourages creative minds to express themselves through different ways such as words, drawings, and photos. The magazine does not only feature seasonal creatives but also opens up the floor for people like you and me. Each issue has a different theme, and if you feel particularly compelled to express your thoughts, you can do so by sending your work in and it might get featured! I've had the privilege of seeing my work featured in one of the issues too. Cathrine has achieved so much and most definitely inspired so many people around the world too.


EDWARD Enninful 
i n s t a g r a m : edward_enninful

Last year, Edward became the editor-in-chief of British Vogue magazine and, ever since, he's truly turned the tables in the history of the magazine. Hiring the likes of Pat McGrath and Adwoa Aboah along with a few others, has given the magazine that much needed 'pop of colour'. At the age of 18, he had already been appointed the fashion director of i-D magazine and since then, he has consulted for a myriad of runway shows and advertising campaigns such as Calvin Klein, Fendi and Valentino (along with many other prominent fashion houses). He inspires me because he was already working on attaining his dream while studying at university, and he managed to juggle career commitments on top of getting a degree- which he successfully did. Honestly so inspiring!               

AMANDLA Stenberg
i n s t a g r a m : amandlastenberg

The main thing I love about Amandla is the fact that she makes sure that her opinions are heard, and she doesn't shy away from her beliefs. She speaks her mind and is not afraid of what people might say. As well as being an amazing and badass actress, she's also extremely vocal in situations such as cultural appropriation, discrimination and Black Lives Matter. She even created a video on cultural appropriation. She always uplifts me through speaking about the power in being a black woman. Its not just her voice, but also the actions. In other words, we NEED more people like her in this world!

RUPI Kaur 
i n s t a g r a m : rupikaur_

I found out about Rupi through instagram, and her short but sweet poems quickly caught my attention. In her poems, Rupi typically discusses race, violence, love and feminism along with a few other big topics. Rupi started off by sharing her poems and illustrations on tumblr and then moved onto instagram where she got most of her initial recognition. What I love about her poems is that they are so personal in every way. From the message, to her chosen use of lowercase letters and no punctuation apart from a full stop at the end. She thinks about every detail which, to me, portrays how much her poems mean to her. I think she's so brave and a true inspiration for choosing to share her life with her audience by choosing to stand up for herself, and to promote self-love which many people are struggling with today.

RENI Eddo-Lodge
i n s t a g r a m : renieddolodge 

Mainly known for her notable book Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race, Reni typically discusses structural racism. The book stems from a blog post she wrote back in 2014 and I strongly advise that you check it out. It discusses racism in Britain which is something people tend not to think about since there's so much happening in America. In the book she highlights how she's become tired of having to deal with hostility fired at her when attempting to discuss the issues of racism. The book is also full of data to back up her statements and it's such a thought-provoking book. Highly recommend giving it a read. Having studied English Literature at university, she went on to become a journalist having written for publications such as The Guardian, The New York Times, and i-D. Reni is literally doing everything I aspire to do. The fact that she's 'been there and done that' gives me hope that it's possible and rewarding. As well as all of this, she's an avid feminist having been involved in feminist activism while at university. She's also recently been photographed for British Vogue as part of 6 other influential women who Vogue calls the "new suffragettes". Vogue chose 7 women who fight to empower other women and Reni was chosen as one of them. 100 years ago, women were granted suffrage and so, this celebrates that. How amazing is that?!


YARA Shahidi
i n s t a g r a m : yarashahidi

Honestly one of the coolest people ever! Yara is not just an actress, but an activist, and an all-around lovely person (please be my friend!!). She's an outspoken advocate for diversity and constantly uses her voice to help and support others. Currently, she's on a gap year where she's taking the time to play the lead role in the new TV show Grown-ish (originally called Black-ish) but is planning on going to Harvard University later on this year. She inspires many young women to excel in life, especially academically.  Her social and cultural impact is huge, and she has inspired me to be more vocal and also to strive to empower women (which is what I'm trying to do right now). She uses any free time she has to uplift others and I find this to be something that people always forget to do. Another thing to mention, she used her role on the show to raise awareness of the need to promote diversity in Hollywood and the media in general, and she often uses her social media to address 'hard-to-speak-about' topics. A random thing I love about her is the fact that she changes her social media profile pictures to pictures of her inspirations (check out her current instagram and twitter profile pictures). Wow, just wow.

LEE Hyeon-seo
i n s t a g r a m : hyeonseolee

Well known for her book The Girl with Seven Names, she is a Korean activist and her story is quite inspiring (you'll need to read her book to find out more!). Hyeon-seo lived in North Korea and escaped to China in the midst of all the suffering that was happening. She became a refuge and lived in China without her family for many years. She eventually helped her family escape out of North Korea too. Much of her time is spent speaking for the human rights and refugee issues. Her extreme bravery and courage while fighting for survival and freedom makes her a muse.,


MAE Jemison
t w i t t e r : maejemison

She's the first African American to travel into space which was a huge moment, but there's so much more to her. From an early age, she wanted to go to space and, despite astronauts at that time mainly being white and male, she decided that she should would go too. Mae graduated from Stanford university having studied Chemical engineering and African and Afro American studies. She was selected out of 2,000 other applicants to become an astronaut (mind=blown), and in 1992 she made history when she went to space for 8 days. While in space, she conducted experiments on the crew on motion sickness and bone cells. After having fulfilled her dream of going into space, she became an Environmental studies professor at Dartmouth college. If this doesn't scream GOALS to you, I don't know what will.

MALALA Yousafzai
t w i t t e r : malala

Malala is a 20 year old Pakistani activist for female education and it's inspiring how she's fought for this from such a young age. I'm 20 right now and I wish I was brave enough to do what she has already done. Her activism led to her being shot by a man but recovering from this, it led her to fight even harder, founding the Malala Fund. In 2013, she published her book, and ever since, she's won prizes such as the Noble Peace Prize. The book is called I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban. A children's edition was also published I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World. All in all, she's a very courageous woman who I believe is a brilliant role model not only to young people but everyone else.


Who are some of your favourite POC?


PROVERBS 18:10


 -JVA

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Things We Need More Of in 2018

Happy New Year

So, it really happened, another year has officially come to an end. It feels like the years are flying by now! I don't know if its because I'm older, or I'm just a lot more aware of time now. Time is precious but it waits for no one so make the most of the time that you have. This year, I want to do more things that make me happy. I don't want to procrastinate but I want to use all the time I have in a positive way. We don't realise how lucky we are. We have a roof over our heads, food to eat, amazing family and friends, but...we take this for granted. This year, why not go out of your way to spend more time with your loved ones? Why not focus on helping others? (because someone/people have helped you). Here are a few things we need more of in 2018. Why not "be the change that you wish to see in the world"? - Mahatma Gandhi

N U M B E R  O N E 
-more people of colour in the media-

2017 saw this happen more than ever before, but it doesn't have to stop there. The media is being overpopulated by the same kind of people. We need more cultures being represented in the media! Whether it be movies, books, music, the government/people in power. We need brands to push diversity. We need to show more appreciation and love to all the beautiful cultures and races in this world.

N U M B E R  T W O
-more women in positions of power-


The Women's March was a huge highlight of 2017. Something that was long overdue. As women, we need to take a stand. We shouldn't let ourselves be walked over. When we put our mind to something without fear, nothing can hold us back. It's about taking the first step. We need to be positive role models to the girls out there who think that being a woman means less power or opportunities. 

N U M B E R  T H R E E 
-more positive thinkers-

In a world where war and injustice seem to be the norm, we need positive thinkers who will still have hope for the future. People who use the negative things that happen and are able to create something positive out of it. People who are willing to go the extra mile for others.


ISAIAH 43:18-19
-JVA

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A COSY READY home for Winter

Winter is coming. Now I don't watch Game of Thrones, but this is a phrase I always hear. Especially in my house because my sister is an avid Game of Thrones fan. But back to the post, if you're living somewhere where the temperature right now is like the UK or Switzerland (where I currently am), then you know that it is cold. Not just cold, it's actually freezing at times to say the least. But if you're currently in Asia, Africa, parts of America or wherever else it's warm then lucky you :)  For the rest of us, we need something that will keep us cosy and warm for the incoming Winter season. I guess if you're from somewhere where it's warm you may still want a few of the things I've listed below.

-Everything is from Urban Outfitters and Zara purely because I believe
they have the best homeware stuff-
C U S H I O N S
- perfect to snuggle up too, perfect to keep you warm







C A N D L E S
-make your home smell inviting 






R U G S
-an essential especially if you have a hard wood or stone floor






B L A N K E T S
- an extra layer to make you warm after a day out in the cold







L A N T E R N S
-another cool way to warm up your home







M I S C E L L A N E O U S
- a few random items






MATTHEW 17:20

-JVA


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