#WeLoveATL Pop Up Gallery at Ponce City Market

Sometimes, social media can lead to more problems than necessary; other times, it is opportunity waiting to happen. What I love the most about social media is that it allows you to communicate with people who you’d probably never meet on your own. How crazy is it that a single hashtag can unite people across the world? Well my world got a little smaller when I started using #weloveatl on my Instagram posts.

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Lucy’s Pearls Travels: Lagos, Nigeria

Yesterday was my bestie boo’s two year wedding anniversary. It’s been two years since my first visit to Africa in 2012. This post is two years LATE. I kept procrastinating because I didn’t really know how to process that amazing experience. But now is a good a time as any to share with you all the beauty that I saw in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Lucy’s Pearls 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.

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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! 😀

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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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Lucy’s Pearls Travels: Washington, DC

Two weekends ago I took a trip to Washington, 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.

Definitely the highlight of this trip was FINALLY meeting “Koos”, of The Feisty House blog in real life. I came up for her birthday celebration and had a BLAST.

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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.

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An overall smashing good time. Glad I went.

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