Showing posts from October, 2012

Jump Onto a Bus!

Hello, New Yorkers! If you don't already know this, today's bus rides are free! Yes, I know this amounts to very little since certain places are still closed due to naughty Sandy's mischiefs, however, if you are not super busy, today is a great day to get to know your neighborhood. I have been hopping on a couple of buses just because I can. Well actually, I had some errands to run which I often perform on my feet but since the city is being so nice, I've been making use of buses instead. A good day to appreciate small blessings! According to the NYdaily, everything goes back to normal tomorrow so take some advantage here, mate. Until the morrow, enjoy your late afternoon and sit in a bus. Even if to read your newspaper ;)

Happy Halloween!

And life goes on; the buses are back to buzzing, soon the trains will follow; and time comes and goes, and in it's cycles, our broken wings get mended; so the day will come when we shoot back into the air to try them out again, and again, and again, until not before long we fly confidently once more.

Have a beautiful Halloween, especially to my fellow East-Coasters!

OMG Sandy Was So Mean!

If you read my post from yesterday, you know I was being obnoxious. Especially after what Sandy did later that day! Man, all I suffered was being cooped in my apartment without internet for about 24 hours. That's nothing compared to what I have been hearing on the radio, and now watching on the news. I am sincerely sorry and sympathize with all who were hurt in one way or the other by Sandy's dance.  And I really hope that she left us with a renewed insight on how much we take for granted.

This storm reminded me of who my friends were. They called to make sure I were okay. What I love about natural disasters is that they bring us closer. They show us how weak we are as individuals, though a little less weak when we stand together. Sandy was awful, but not evil. She was nature. I hope we would let her go, and restore all that she has broken. And I hope we will stay reminded that this things may happen, at anytime of any day, with very little warning, hence it's important t…

Hurricane Sandy

This is a bit criminal of me - because I have decided criminal is the prefect word which doesn't belong in the sentence! What's criminal is how much I seem to enjoy these Pre- Hurricane days!

When Irene came last year, I was so excited, of course I slept through the whole thing. But this year I wanted to pay my proper respect, so when my Mum was working on making sure that there's enough water and food for all, I was working on the list of a serious hot Chocolate/Tea party for one. I even chose the music for when things go wavy-wavy. It was hard, but I decided to go with The Beatles 'Let It Be' Album.

Now Sandy never really showed her face so much in my part of Queens, NY. And because I wasn't very smart, I didn't put on the news to follow her adventure in other places. The sugar-free Nesquik I bought tasted awfully sugary, and I had to satisfy myself by chucking soy-milk. By 3:45am, I was done and disappointed.

Oh, Sandy, Why?! I dragged my unamused-self …

Gregory Porter - Be Good

There are certain Musicians that I can listen to through all moods. Porter's one of them.

Enjoy! -J

Mawusi Featured by SparrowMadeCo

Ahhhh, I've been featured :D. I love the amazing feeling that comes out of someone creating a beautiful treasury and adding an item from Mawusi to it! Thanks so much Angel! Click on the picture below to be directed to the official treasury list and do check out out her amazing Etsy Shop SparrowMadeCo!

MGMT - Congratulations

I have been playing this all week...

enjoy your weekend! -J

Broadway Musical Review: Annie the Musical

Annie was one of my favorite movies growing up, along with Matilda, and the Sound of Music. Ah, why isn't the latter on Broadway? Matilda, I've read somewhere, was playing in London last year, and might soon be on Broadway! Perhaps the Sound of Music will follow someday. Annie the Musical has currently made the Palace Theater on Broadway, home. It is a good musical, very family oriented, and a real cute dog on stage as Sandy.

Book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and directed by James Lapine. All Tony Award winners! Also starring Lilla Crawford as Annie, Katie Finneran as Miss Hannigan, Anthony Warlow as Oliver Warbucks. There's of course more. I am not listing them, please go to Annie's Broadway page to get to know them all. By far, Katie Finneran as  Miss Hannigan gave the best performance. She's really funny.

After I saw the musical last Thursday evening, I kept going back and forth on wh…

Some Sittings Between the Standings

The plan is to not be bothered with a lot of things. This is a philosophy that doesn't seem to get me anywhere, but I believe it keeps me where I need to be.

See, I believe in Karma.  The world takes care of itself.  There's no reason to get bitter and angry all the time, trying to hold people accountable for every little thing. If we were immortal I might see the reasoning in that. I have stepped on a couple of toes, haven't you? People say you ought to stand up for yourself, I say bah! If it really hurts, try dissecting your feelings and see just how much standing-up-for-self attention it needs. Most of the time, it's not that significant. So I let it go. I let a lot go. To make room for better energy; things that will keep me laughing and stay laughing.

I am not always successful. Sometimes I do a lot of unnecessary 'standing-ups' so I can be 'respected' and definitely not 'walked all over.' Oh man, it's tough isn't it.

Well think it…

Efya - Getaway

I came across Efya's new video through Accra [dot] ALT's facebook page. It's a pretty video with pretty pictures. I enjoyed some of the Ghanaian Slangs in the lyrics; like "Charle, eno be easy-oo!" I love that phrase, it always makes me smile.

Happy First day of the Week!

John Coltrane - Everytime We Say Goodbye

To a fine week that will never again be, here's my goodbye;

Get iTune's Top Three Selling Albums for Free

Happy FrYYYday!!! Imagine this, because it's true. I'm shaking in full excitement as I try to straighten my dancing thoughts into this white, white space. You've read it here before, and I will continue to tease you with it until you get a library card, and start downloading those wonderful free albums from NYPL. See here for a clear direction on how to go about it.

The 'you' of this message apply mostly to the New Yorker. If you don't have an NYPL Library card, you should get one like seven days ago.

Gliding through iTunes this morning, I noticed that their top three new selling albums are accessible to me for free! and I thought who doesn't like free.99?!  You can get the following albums:

Night Train - Jason Aldean
Two Eleven (Deluxe Edition) - Brandy
Babel (Deluxe Edition) - Mumford & Sons

Not interested in the first two, I'm working on Babel. I have some sort of new ritual for sundays that includes albums by Mumford & Sons, so to get them …

Between the Lines : Folded Leather Basket DIY

This is one of my favorite DIY blogs! I love simple DIY projects, and if you are reading this, perhaps you do too. I have tried a few things from Between the Lines, and what's funny is I always make them as gifts. To show off a little ;). This basket is awesome, and I plan to try it using felt or something that's not leather; would you try it? What material would you use? And would you keep it or give away?

Please click on pictures to be directed to her blog for details on how to make this gorgeous basket!

Let's Whistle About Tea

My feet moves automatically to the kitchen to put the water to boil when I wake. Then a I take a shot of water; I literally like to drink a glass of water, straight, first thing after my mouth is washed. Ah, the pot's whistling! I love that music of tea-about-to-happen.  The first cup is usually green tea (loose is much more fun to make).  The second cup follows immediately: a cup of black tea with honey, and soy milk for breakfast! or just black to accompany a cereal or oatmeal. Sometimes I have it soaking with bread or biscuits and eat my tea with a spoon. Go on and judge me.

For late mornings I love blending green tea with chamomile  (about 2:1 ratio -  where green is 2) with a splash of lemon, and a dash of cayenne pepper. A nice spicy kick to welcome the afternoon.  Afternoons are kicked off with white tea, brewed till bitter because I don't mind bitter tea. I'm often too lazy to put in all the effort that white tea arrogantly demands. It's much easier to not giv…

Personal Style: Some Yellow Dress

By now you're probably aware that I am a layering ho-oh. I layer anything if I can, and even when I shouldn't, because I love to! Which way would you rock this pretty yellow dress? As I did in Pic. 1, 2, 3, 4, or FIVE?
Yellow Dress - Daffy's (So sad the place's gone) Print Dress - Forever 21 (I got this Freshman year; about 6 years ago. So good luck if you go looking) Pale Pink Sweater - Daffy's (Almost every sweater I own comes from Daffy's) Plaid Jacket - Thrift (It was new, tags attached, pocket stitched and it was $5 ) Rocket Dog Flats - Marshalls Tights - Marshalls  Belt / Necklace / Headband - Mawusi

It's Official, I'm a Writer!

No I didn't get published! There are more unpublished writers than there are published ones. I have just officially become proper ;). Ah, I was already one of them, I just wasn't officially so. The official-ness surfaced last Sunday; I couldn't tell you because I had to tell someone first. And I finally told them. Ok, to the story. (By the way, I am sort of published; couple of times by my Undergrad Literary Magazine, and two online literary 'zines. Click here and here )

The door bell rung, I was up to my ears in a huge bathrobe and my boy-friend's so-call "European- summer-pants" which I call Pjs! I can't believe he wore those out into the streets. Hobbled to the door, I did; partially because I was wearing way too much, and partially because I like to hobble.

It was a man. I've never seen him. I said Hi, wondering what he wanted. He said his name, and told me his father, Harry, the next door neighbor just died and they were trying to give away …

Mumford & Sons - Awake my Soul

Sundays are the perfect days to be goofy, to sing out loud in your overly worn-out bathrobe with it's 7000 holes, and do the things you loved to do when you weren't all grown up and fancy ;). This song is great for that. It's heavy and light! A perfect oxymoron to celebrate you!

Hands Down, My Favorite Music Video...for now

You've seen it. But have you seen it my way?!Mute itand watch ;)

Happy FrYYYday!

October's got wings. It's already the 12. Man, don't even know which direction to shake my head towards. Anyways, I've got tons of school work to do, two books to finish, and some crocheting to finish, so I'm going to be off now. Have a blast this weekend!


Be Awesome, Ordinary is Taken

India, my super awesome friend was telling me a few weeks ago about how she tries to do things for other people. As I'm often very silly, I teased her about it and forgot the whole thing.

Two weeks ago, I went volunteering with Reading Empowers; which aims to help children appreciate, and hopefully fall in love with the art of reading. On my way back home, on the stairs down into the subway, I noticed a woman struggling with a luggage, and hopped right on down, passing her. It didn't cross my mind to assist her; the last of my group of three, however, did something about it. He helped her. Why didn't I help her? I found my self thinking.

When I got to my portion of Queens, I saw the same thing and this time I was ready. I carried a whole stroller down for a woman as she carried her baby, I felt like superwoman. When I got to the top, there was another woman in the same condition, and I was on the verge of doing it all over again, but a man who had just witnessed what I di…

Good Laugh

The Fairy, 2011. It's streaming on Netflix now, mate, just you watch this. It's in French, but you don't need to even read the subtitle to laugh like a crazy person who has a laughing diseases of sorts, for at least 94 mins! Written  and produced by: Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel, and Bruno Romy ( they also make up the cast )

Personal Style: My Favorite Dress

I love layering; this dress makes me feel like a little girl, I love to layer it without killing its innocence. (I had a lot of fun shooting this series. It was a dull day, and my shutter speed had to be pretty slow, hence the blurriness.)
So how would you rock it?!

Dress - H&M
Skirt - H&M
Sweater - Daffy's
Tights - Marshalls
Multi functional Braided Yarn Necklace / Headband / Belt - Mawusi
African Print Fabric Bracelets - Mawusi

Samburu Dancers (Photo by Roderick Hyde)


How to Get Rid of Adult Acne

But really, the title ought to be how I'm getting rid of my adult acne.
I started breaking out a little over a year ago. I never had issues with acne before, but things got funny after College, and I suppose it showed on my face. At first I wasn't worried, I thought they would all disappear pretty soon. I was wrong. About six months ago, I started seriously looking for ways to get rid of my acne (the thing was upsetting my confidence, and sometimes they were painful and itchy!) and I think I'm getting there...

Pictures Taken July 25 2012

Pictures Taken October 6 2012

General Routine:

1. Paying more attention to what I eat and drink. It appears that what we ingest has a big effect on our skin. I found out that milk doesn't work out for me. I am on soy milk now, and it's pretty alright.
2. Oil Cleansing Method - I use Jojoba oil, castor oil, and Vitamin E oil on a 1:1:1 ratio. I thought cleansing my face with oil sounded ridiculous too. But it works. First you feel …

Music for Cool Evenings

Currently, I'm hooked on Cowboy Junkies' The Wilderness. I'm calling it sweet. And you can get the entire album through NYPL Freegal, as I did. Find out more here

- Have an awesome Weekend! - Jo

Late to a Book Reading

Yesterday was a lazy day. I believe I watched episodes after episodes of Mad Men; this appears to have cured me of any desire to finish the series. I think I've had it, I feel a little sick when I think about watching anymore of it. The wardrobe is exciting, but I have wasted enough of my existence catching up, thank you very much.

As usual, I'm off topic ^_^. Sometime, before it started raining, like Queens was soon to be lost in a flood, I dragged myself off to a reading at Macaulay Honors College, a few blocks from Lincoln Center (don't you feel very artsy when you find yourself staring at Juilliard? I do!) It was Susanna Moore, reading her new book, The Life of Objects. I sat next to her only because I was late, and didn't look her up before I went. I found out who I was sitting next to when her introducer beckoned her to the stage. I don't know why I don't ever get starstruck.

It was a good reading. As my friend suggested later, we ought to do it more oft…


Let's just say I have a new obsession


From ACCRA [dot] ALT


YouTube Find: Boat People

Surfing through YouTube is a favorite pastime, especially in the midst of procrastination. And that's how I came across Boat People. I have been directing people to their YouTube DIY blog for weeks now, so it's about time I share it here too.  They have an awesome DIY blog (click on image)

Here's a tutorial from their Channel that I can't wait to try

They have a super cool vintage store here, I picked these two outfits from their clearance section ;) Hope you liked this. I think they are loads of fun.

Personal Style: Lazy Days

For short and long walks, to do the groceries, to sit around and admire the ceiling, I often find myself wearing these pieces...
What do you wear?!
Dress - H&M (I cut off the sleeves)
Leggings - Marshalls
Tank Top - Marshalls
Tennis Shoes - H&M
Men Knit Sweater - Daffy's
African Print Fabric & Yarn Braided Bracelets - Mawusi
Yarn Braided Belt - Mawusi

Images From My Favorite Blog

ACCRA[dot]ALT Radio


Happy Together

I am happy. Though I lack a lot of the things that our society predicts necessary for happiness. Like;

1. Lots of money
2. Success

I like to think that things will take care of themselves when I do my part. And so far, it's always been so. Instead of stressing about things, I like to try and find a solution. Just working on finding the solution without actually solving the problem is often enough to keep me optimistic.

I am not successful, not even by my own definition, and I am working on being successful in the things that matter to me.  It's essential to have a goal in life, and it's important to know what matters to you. Not what the world says your goal should be, or should be important to you, but what makes you want to do a little skip, what makes you want to laugh like you have a bottomless bank of wealth, it's those things that one should work to hold onto.

So why am I happy? It comes down to a few things, that I can think of

1. Somehow, I am able not to stre…