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Reviving the Lit Nerd Within

I am using my Library Thing Account again ( you can get to my profile via the widget in my blog’s side bar). I recently added books I borrowed from the San Juan Library. Don’t underestimate the public library folks. I’m trying to read more.

This time I’m sticking with West Indian authors, more specifically Trinidadian ones. A Wine of Astonishment by Earl Lovelace, and A Hot Country by Shiva Naipaul.

I’ve also discovered this BBC series which features authors selects the books they feel best reflect their countries of birth. It’s called Read My Country. I would love to see who they’d pick for Trinidad and Tobago, even if it is V.S. Naipaul.

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What I Want

It’s been a while, but good news, not only did I graduate with an MA, I got a merit too!

So I’ve decide to list some of the stuff I really, really want, or just find oh-so-cute. A girl can dream, and I really love mine. Here goes:

  • I should be shame, but I love silly slippers. Whatever you think about this reality star, these slippers rock! That’s right, I’m talking about Snooki Slippers. I linked to the purple ones on Twitter, but the turquoise are my favs.
  • I love hoody dresses to wear to and from the gym. So I found this cute one from Nike and this one from Adidas. I’ve love to wear them post-workout with my Adissage slippers.
  • For work, I’m loving dresses. They’re easier to wear than suits, and separates. I find they give me the professional look I’m after, plus I find them very flattering for curvy women.  love this Plutocracy Dress at lot. It’s simple, so the wearer can dress it up or down with the right accessories. The oversized flower gave the right amount of visual interest, without overpowering the design, and it’s a really versatile piece. I can easily wear this to a daytime event, or church.
  • I’ve also been loving the  work of several upcoming African and African inspired designers. People like Duro OlowuBoxing Kitten and Zed Eye. I discovered this amazing blog from a group of London-based fashionistas called: Shop Liquorice, who’ve introduced me to many of these up and comers. With reason, because their designs are amazing, and reflect a worldview many share, but rarely make the front page of the fashion mags.

Just a round up of some of  the lovely things I’ve been loving right now.

Why I Need a Job

I’m one of those girls who  dreams of fashion. I have the perfect outfit styled and accessorised to perfection in my head for various occasions. Unfortunately my budget, location etc sometimes conspire against me. Though it’s been a while I wanted to share my new fantasies with you.

First up is the Mama Ring by Peace Images. How could I not want this desperately? It’s practically calling my name.

Just a word of caution, homegirl is talented, so browsing her site could lead you into poverty. I also really love this blue agate ring, and could see me placing an order for both at the same time.

I was updating our blog listing at work and happened upon this quirky fashion site: Kingdom of Style. It wasn’t really my style, but the artistic vision was intriguing so I clicked through some links until I met the love of my life.

I like the idea of these in purple, as seen on “Samantha” in Sex in the City 2. The key would be to keep the rest of the outfit simple. admit it, aren’t these earrings just made to be worn with a rockin’ afro puff?

Sigh, I need a job.

Ah-Dore this Ad!

I’ve never flown with BA. But this advertisement, filmed  in T&T is gorgeous. As a Trini, I approve, I approve, I approve.

The British Airways’ Caribbean Carnivals advertisement: really lovely.

Project 2010

My lovely Twitter friend GWTO messaged me a while ago with this unique preposition: to create a post for his blog about my favourite song. That’s actually difficult for me, because if you read my blog, you know that I love all types of songs, and I have lots of favourites across genres.

I had lots of songs running through my head; Aap Jaisa Koi, which I hunted down obsessively; UpTown Top Rankin, the Tight’n Up version; and Firey by Meastro, my motto for 2010.

All great options, but then reality struck. I’m in the UK for a year doing my Post-Grad degree. This means I’ll be missing Carnival for the 4th time in my life. I love mas, even if I don’t play I must watch. I love the Kings and Queens competition, going to the tents and the fetes. Missing it is going to be hard, but not as traumatic as my first time. Again my education was to blame, on Ash Wednesday I lay on my bed in Jamaica and cried.

I’ve never played J’Ouvert though I respect the tradition tremendously. However I love J’Ouvert calypso and soca because it has an earthiness that’s missing in the typical fare. Powder by Machel, Blue by 3 Canal, and Benjai’s Tanty are my favourites in this genre (that La Douma riddim is pres-SHA!).

But I’m a sentimental fool, so I had to select the song that introduced me to this genre. When it came out, I was in Montessori (Happy Vale in Diego). We were playing sweeties in the school Carnival, my mother made this horrible brown jumper with red ruffles because I was supposed to be a toffee. Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling that portrayal, or maybe I was bewitched by Penguin because I told anyone who asked that I was “De devil dey!” True story.

Nuff said,  please enjoy my selection.

NB: This post first appeared on the blog: http://www.gamewellandtrulyover.com

To a Brand New Year

No matter what you’re doing Old Year’s Night, I want to wish you all the best for 2010 and beyond. If 2009, sucked obviously 2010 will rock.

As you well know, next year I plan to come firey, so consider yourself warned. Whatever your plans are, here’s hoping they work out for the best.

Smooches

Save Your Skin

Someone needs to warn West Indian women about winter weather. It plays havoc on your skin. One day you have soft skin,  but a few hours here could have you looking like a brown lizard. I was buying cream after cream, trying to save my skin. Nivea was too thick (my mother insists on the one in the tin), Cuticura was too weak, and Vaseline didn’t last long enough.

My friend recommended Astral Cream or baby oil (for the stripper look). I, however, think I paying too much for a degree to adopt Stripper-wear, went for the former, thank goodness. I can’t vouch for it when the weather gets warmer. I’ve heard that January/ February are brutally cold, but I think that I’m prepared.