Lucy’s travels: Dallas, TX

Everyone keeps asking me if I’m moving to Dallas. At first I was like dang, I can’t take a vacation? Lol. Then I realized, oh, I’ve been saying for years that I would move to Texas (when I never even visited the place). Now that I have visited, I’ve decided that I could live in Texas temporarily, but not forever.

I’m not sure why I thought I could live in Houston. Maybe because of their Nigerian population and because Queen B is from there but uh, no. When I touched down at William Hobby airport, I rented a car and headed out for some sight-seeing while waiting on a friend. While I was driving on the highway, I saw palm trees…in Texas. The whole area reminded me of Orlando. Being that I’ve spent the first 14 years of my life in South Florida, I don’t want to move to a place that reminds me of it. Been there, done that. Overall, it just wasn’t a place I could really see myself enjoying.

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Weekend at a glance: green thumb #62

In another life, I was a 1950s housewife. One who loved slim waist cut floral print dresses, had pumpkin pie scented hair and just a tiny bit of dirt under her nails from playing in the garden. I’ve lived this life for a long time in my head.

As part of my pledge to do 28 acts of random kindness, I found a community garden for weekend volunteer work.

Saturday

I volunteered at the Edgewood Community Garden with a group of high school students from a gifted program. One of the first youths I spoke with was Tasha. She attends the Carver School of the Arts and will be attending Spelman college after graduation. I was really impressed with her as well as the other students and what they were doing for the community.

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Beauty in the face of destruction

I decided that I wanted to be a photographer in high school. I loved working with film, spending countless hours developing images in the dark room, playing with lighting and just being a general observer of people. When I was in college, I got the lofty idea that I could be the next Gordon Parks. I just knew that I’d become an amazing photojournalist one day. Until I realized that that really wasn’t my dream, lol. My love of photography still remains but I’d much rather appreciate the art as an observer.

I’ve been a fan of Ross Oscar Knight’s work for many many years. Any chance I can get to show my support of his endeavors, I will. In 2010, he attended his first trip to Haiti. I was so very impressed by the images at his opening exhibition then. This time, I was able to hear the story behind his first (and recent trip) to Haiti.

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When it’s cold outside

Have I told you how much I really don’t care for smiling? Also, I don’t care for posed pictures. They seem so unnatural.

The other day, I met up with a friend to take a few shots for his portfolio. And by few, I mean like ten, maybe. It was way too cold for me not to have a coat on. And no, my hands weren’t in my pockets to look cool. I actually couldn’t feel my fingers after a few minutes.

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F21 necklace, corduroys (LOYAL); Target sweater; Zara boots

Moral of the story: perhaps try scheduling a mini shoot BEFORE the sun sets. Just, maybe.

Cheers to the weekend! :D

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Cinco de mayo

I connected with a good friend, Bettina Denis and The Artistry Firm for the Cinco De Mayo Snaps event. Food, alcohol, candid shots and amazing people. Special thanks to Bettina for her talent. Please like The Artistry Firm on Facebook and check them out.

Thanks, Bettina! I had a blast.

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Two weekends ago I took a trip to DC. I’m looking for a new place to call home and DC is a possibility. If you love or hate DC, tell me why!

Here are a few shots from my iphone to you.

finally met "Koos" of The Feisty House blog in real life! :D

simply the BEST Levi's jeans EVER! I can't stop wearing them.

Art surrounds us

Washington Monument

cherry blossoms

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Sometimes I forget that I used to want to be a photojournalist in college. Now, I can’t imagine being a photographer. But if you are one or aspire to be one, check out one of my favorite bloggers tips on taking amazing shots. Read them here and here.

 

Weekend at a glance: the arts #41

It used to be that every day of the weekend had to be chuck filled with activities. Now I’m simply too tired, and over, all of that. The highlight of my Friday nights have been a mindless number of Say Yes to the Dress episodes. Oh, and a pizza. Mmmm!

Saturday, I felt like staying indoors again and work on my visionboard. I realized I only cut out fashion pictures. I didn’t mean to! It just happened…

Sunday was very very long. I woke up early to do a shoot with my friend Viergie. When she first told me that she wanted to do it at a cemetery, I wasn’t really scared. I was a little confused but I was down. As long as we didn’t have to do it at night. We met in the morning and boy oh boy was it cold. I mean downright frigid. Besides that, the Decatur Cemetery has got to be the most beautiful one I’ve ever seen. People were jogging and walking their dogs as if it were a park. There was even a large pond with ducks paddling through. I almost forgot that I was in a cemetery.

Here’s a snap shot taken on my iphone from the shoot. Can’t wait to see the rest.

Later that evening, I went to the Robert Glasper concert. Ah-Maz-Zing. His band  wasBEYOND dope. I also loved that each musician had their turn to shine.

There were special appearances and musical selections by Chrisette Michele, Bilal and Musiq Soulchild.

The show went on well into my bedtime but I didn’t care. I was in musical wonderland. LOL.

After the show is the…after party.

I really should’ve headed home but I didn’t want to miss out on a possible jam session. I headed over to Cafe Circa with a few friends and we had a blast. Met some…interesting people as well. Shout out to my friends Mishael, Kelsey and ReShanda. And my new friend Janeen.

Big ups to Casey Bejamin (middle)!! Dude played every freakin instrument. And he’s also the lead on the vocorder aka autotune, lol. Truly blew my mind. Also pictured: Bilal and Angie Stone.

Check them out:

An overall smashing good time. Glad I went.

January gratitude photo challenge

I’ve finished with the photo challenge! Whew! Here it is, as promised. 

And I did get my Iphone. :-) Check me out on Instagram: miss_lucy26.

Not your average wedding bells

I’m 100% down for people being creative and steering away from the regular. I’m even more down for people who can really pull it off and stay true to themselves. With that said, I saw two weddings that were absolutely stunning to me. But first, here’s a random observation. Is it me or is this generations young people not getting married in churches anymore? Does anyone else notice that? I’ve seen countless beach, hotel, gazebo, backyard and wherever else but the church. Not that it bothers me. Not much you can do in a church anyway.

So these two weddings really touched me 1) for creativity, and 2) for style.

I’ve been a HUGE fan of Ross Oscar Knight’s Photography for a few years now and he never disappoints. He posted photos from this wedding and I nearly said “that’s so me!” at my desk. Love love love the use of subtle color the groom chose with his tie AND the fact that his suit was super casual, as if he were attending someone else’s wedding. And the bride…um yea. Gimme that outfit, THANKS. LOVE the lace and hat. The whole ensemble gave me a vintage vibe.

I was visiting another favorite blogger’s page and saw this couple and nearly fainted. This is probably the best wedding I’ve seen after Elsie’s. How ironic that today I had lunch at the food truck only to find a blog post about a food truck wedding?! This is EXCELLENT! And I bet it didn’t cost them an arm and a leg either. Oh and please watch the video. Presh.

To view more photos from this genius wedding, click here.

Weekend at a glance pt 2 (#15)

Sunday

Another friend of mine wanted to take some photos of me. I really admire this lady. She has an AMAZING story of survival and triumph and she is an amazing fine artist. Her name is Tamara Natalie Madden. PLEASE check out her website for more information about her and what she does. She’s truly what I’d like to call a unique!

  

Here’s a sneak peak of her awesome paintings

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I supported a friend’s charity fundraiser for the education of children in Ethiopia. I love to see young people doing good. He partnered up with A Glimmer of Hope and has a goal to raise $5,000 by May 2011. Please check out Kelsey Maynor’s Fundaraiser page for more details.
  
 
Monday
I took Valentine’s Day off from work. Corny, I know. But I had a horrible previous work week and I deserved the time off. It was well spent with my girls. Love them! Of course food was heavily involved. You’d think I’d be the size of a house by now. Check out J Christopher’s and Lime Taqueria and Tequila Bar.
 
 
OH! I brought my Heart of Haiti pendant necklace from Macy’s! Continue to support Haitian artisans help themselves.
Happy post Valentine’s Day :)
 
 
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