School's Out!

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela

While education does not measure a person's intelligence, I still firmly believe it to be an eye opener. These past weeks have been insanely and incredibly busy in the most positive way. Between honor dinners, graduating among twenty-two hundred students (with a double major in International Business and Marketing and a minor in Multi-Media Studies) loan free and celebrating- I needed a short hiatus. However, I’m excited to be to share this amazing experience with you.

After my departmental honor's ceremony & induction (Read Here), I attended another one where I found out I made it into SEVEN honor programs! It was such an exciting and rewarding feeling to be recognized for my endurance and consistency. I graduated on May 28, 2015 as Cum Laude, Presidential Scholar, Departmental Honors, Economic and Business, Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honors Society, Sigma Beta Delta International Honors Society and Delta Psi Chapter. This day gave me an indescribable feeling of strength and security, where I felt like no one could take away the degree I earned. After the graduation ceremony, which lasted for about an hour and a half, I went home to set up a celebration with a few of my girlfriends I have met throughout my college years. I had a room filled with love, laughter, music, balloons and lots of sweets! I truly just wanted to let go and that is exactly how it went. (Thank you girls for coming!)

I chose to wear something that represented my African heritage. The fabric was purchased and imported from Africa while my crop top and pencil skirt set was designed by me and tailored through a longtime family friend and seamstress. Choosing something that was close to home and modern was always the plan for me. I wanted something chic and classy that I could be worn again but screamed my Guinean nationality. I have never felt so honored to make my mother proud because she literally gave up her career in Africa for her children’s education- for that exact moment.

Now I have heard this countless amounts of times..."Aïchatou, what's next for you now that you have completed undergraduate?" Truthfully, I want to break free from all the stress I have endured in books and grades to live life. I want to travel the world, taste different foods and establish myself in my career field. I want to do all that fearlessly.

What are some of your recent accomplishments? Whether it is graduating from school or just pursuing a challenging task, please do share because I would love to hear all about it!

Muse of The Month- Melisa Yulanda Mitchell

Hey dolls! (And gents)

With fashion week around the corner, what better way to introduce an inspiration other than interviewing a fashion designer! Things like this make me want to just keep striving even if there are unbearable challenges along the way. After all, for what would something be worth if it is easily attainable? That’s exactly why Melissa is the Muse of the Month. She seriously inspires me. I had the pleasure of interviewing her on her amazing MYM collection. Here’s what she had to say.

S&S: MYM, what does your clothing line stand for?
MYM: Melissa Yulanda Mitchell

S&S: How did you get into fashion designs? Why fashion, of all the things you thought of doing?

MYM: I started after interning for Diesel, Rag and Bone, Victoria Beckham, and Jay Mendel. But it wasn’t until after Diesel that I learned hands on experience when I helped create some of their pieces for their Spring/Summer 2012.

S&S: Did you go to design school? Was it always your dream to design or did something click one day?

MYM: No, I never went to any design schools. I taught myself how to sew. I used to take my mother’s clothing, cut them up and fit them to my size. When you’re young, you do certain things that you never notice until you’re older. Now I look back and wonder if that’s where it all started.

S&S: What inspires you? What keeps you going everyday? What do you do to refuel and gain ideas?
MYM:  Fabric shopping is one thing that inspires me. When I see a fabric that I love, a vision for what I will design automatically comes to mind. My family, friends, this little girl named Leah who designs and looks up to me as a role model, but most importantly me. I CANNOT give up! I set goals for myself, and I cannot fail.

 S&S: How do you stay so humble? Usually when people become a tab bit successful from something they have succeeded, they become cold, yet you're so heart warming.

MYM: I don’t want people to turn away from me. I don’t want them to think I have money and no longer care. I like when people like me for me. This goes back to being bullied. I have always disliked arrogance. You should always remember where you came from no matter what because you can literally have something one day and lose it in a second.

S&S: Your line seems very sensual yet classy, do you think you’ll eventually try clothes that are more “everyday sophisticated” or keep on track with your current look?

MYM: NO, I want to do everything! I want to cover every inch of a woman. Wedding dresses, gowns, club outfits.

S&S: What do you see for the future of MYM?

MYM: I see myself owning my own boutique. That’s currently my biggest goal. I eventually want to carry men and children’s clothing.

S&S: Have you had any “big names” wear your brand yet? If not, if you could have one person wear your designs, who would it be?

MYM: RIHANNA! I haven’t had any huge names yet, just many “Social Network Light” shed on my collection.

S&S: What advice would you give to anyone who’s trying to get their start in the fashion industry?

MYM: Stay true to yourself and what you believe in. It sounds cliché but if I didn’t stay true to myself, I would be lost trying to impress everyone. Pretty much, represent your brand in the best way you would like it to be.

 

                       MYM Instagram | MYM website 

Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.

This advice I saw, and I sort of kinda like it.

Muse of The Month- Tareak Black

Hey Lovebugs!

I have been thinking about this for awhile and decided to have a "Muse of the Month"! This is meant to showcase those who stand out to me or those whom I perceive to envelop some form of motivational empowerment. On occasion, I will reveal my newest muse! It can really be anyone, because I honestly believe that anybody has the power to motivate others.

Here is my first muse!

Tareak Black, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY. : Photographer.

What strikes me the most about Tareak is his sense of style and determination in his career!

Tareak is a twenty-one year old self-taught photographer mastering art through his lenses in the streets of New York. He started seven years ago as an extension of videography while recording weekly in churches. He then began to polish his work at home and eventually branched out in 2012.  Tareak independently started videos that he would direct and record. His secret is to take risks with his imagination and use public places to define and complement the subjects he shoots.

 As an editorial photographer who creates ideas and complete them accordingly, his dream is to have his own TV show where he will interview potential artists. In addition, Tareak's style is considered a twist of professionalism, quirkiness and fun! As he describes it, "It's a dapper look, mixed with textures, patterns and colors. While layering and adding funky accessories such as, crazy socks, ties, pockets squares and lapel flowers."

With his expertise and sense of style, Tareak is absolutely impressive and definitely a muse!

XO, Aïchatou