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10 Things To Do This Fall

Bear with me guys. For the next couple of days I will be going Fall crazy. So that means I will be talking about Fall, Autumn, crispy brown and golden leaves, sweater weather, pumpkin everything, Halloween, and many more fall related paraphernalia, none stop. I really hope you guys enjoy Fall as much as I do! It is the perfect wardrobe weather where you can layer up on the clothes without having to cover your styles with a stuffy winter coat and you can find the perfect pile of leaf to take a running dive into and just relive your childhood. For some reason, this season brings out the inner kid in me and I have no problem letting her out.

So to celebrate the season and much thanks to Cupcakes and Cashmere for the idea, here is my bucket list for this fall:

2. Go to a Haunted House, preferably The Haunted Hoochie. Can’t wait!

3. See Hotel Transylvania in theaters

4. Two words: Pumpkin Picking!!!

5. Throw a pumpkin carving party

6. Find the perfect Afro for my cat so that he can be his namesake for Halloween (Smokey Robinson)

7. Go to a major city-Chicago or Atlanta- for Halloween

8. Trick or Treating: preferably as part of a community service project. Don’t want to be that creepy 20-somethin’ yr old who just can’t give up the tradition right ; )

9. Have at least 2 editorial photo shoots. It’s too beautiful out not to take advantage of the weather.

10. Host a Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner

11. And lastly, get a job so that I can afford all of the above, lol ; )

What are some of the items on your Fall Bucket List?

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Back to School Ramblings

‘Tis the season to dust off that old book bag, scramble to find enough cash for textbooks, and pray to the Uni gods that your professors don’t take attendance.

Uh, well… that time actually came and went for me a few weeks ago but I just found this video buried in the inter web of my Youtube where I had had every intention of posting it, but you know… school happened.

The good thing about school happening though is that Yadumu dropped our Back to School Line! Check it out here!

Anyways, I hope y’all have been having a wonderful back to school season. Imma get back to procrastinating on my homework now…

Peace ; D


The 5 Best Things About This Week

I like to think of myself as a generally optimistic person so to celebrate this beautiful summer weather I wanted to start up this weekly roundup of the amazing people/opportunities/events/things that make me happy. When I was more active with my journaling, I used to write out this list every week, but I like the idea of blogging it better. I can put up pictures ; D! Anyway, here are the best things about my first week of summer.

  1. I GOT A KITTY!!!! His name is Smokey Robinson and all of us in the Yadumu Lair are already hopelessly in love with him.

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2.     I made and sold my first dress design! It took nearly 30 hours but it was definitely a labour of love and I am so excited to know that my friend has been strutting her stuff in my dress all around Spain, (she’s studying abroad there this summer-so geeked for her!) If you’re interested in getting a dress of your own or want any item of clothes designed, message me up on the Yadumu FB page or at yadumu@gmail.com.

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3. I got the opportunity to assist an amazing local photographer and gained a new mentor. Her name is Ashley Ervin and she has become my #1 resource and connection into the Columbus’ fashion photography world. She started out in the industry as a plus-size model and made the transition to photography a few years ago. Please check out her work here, she’s amazing! Check out some behind the scenes pics. We had such a blast. and the couple she shot were beautiful together.

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4.  GIRLS NIGHT IN becomes GIRLS NIGHT OUT! Made some new friends and chilled out at a house party. It was a pretty good night ; )

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5. And finally, this last one is really random and silly, but it makes me happy. My business partner now gets 15% off at Michael’s because she’s a teaching intern for Freedom School. Hell yes! We’re in Michael’s all the time because of our jewelry business so this bit of news is epic! …for us at least, haha.

What are some things that made your week the best week ever?


Hi My Name is…

Whenever I find a new blog, I always bounce straight to their About Me section. I don’t know what it is (my mother says I’m too nosy), but I like getting a sense of the person behind the blog. Maybe it’s because I’m reading into their personal lives so I want a first date before we begin our official social media relationship. Who knows? All I know is that after reviewing my current About Me page, I realized it:

A)     came off sounding a little lackluster, and;

B)     I sound like some pretentious philosophical hipster (not that there’s anything wrong with being a hipster, mind you);

C)      And finally, it tells you nothing about me…

So on that note, I decided to let you guys in on five fun/random/interesting facts about myself.

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First of all: Hi, My name is Taylor but I much rather prefer to go by Kalhu (shhh, she’s my femme-bitch online alter ego, lol)

And here are 5 fun facts about me….

1) I’ m a Uni student, currently studying Africana Studies and International Relations and Diplomacy. So far from the arts right? (But back in the day, I used to be an art major though).

2) I spent the majority of my childhood in Germany but I’ve lived everywhere from Florida to Oregon. 15ish different moves to over 12 states and countries and I’m only 20. I feel so blessed!

* fun fact, I grew up in a town called Angerbenden. It literally translates to angry elbow : D

3)  I LOOOOVE JEWELRY! I don’t know if that conveys the depths of my adoration, but I cannot go without jewelry. If I ever leave my house without, at least, a pair of earrings on all of my friends will give me the side eye and put a wide berth around me. They already know I’m having a crappy day. But never mind that, I think that’s only happened maybe 3 times in my *kidult life. I don’t play when it comes to my jewelry. Obviously so, as evidenced by my jewelry line Yadumu Jewelry.

 *I refuse to call myself an adult yet. Sometimes I feel like Peter Pan and “never wanna grow up!”

               4) Hmm, this is getting harder and harder but I guess I’ll let you in on a little not-so-secret secret. I am a die-hard foodie! I love food, especially cooking; so you’ll probably see a lot of good eats on this blog. I also have a passion for Slow Food; taking the time to appreciate real food through luscious home-cooked meals. It’s the exact opposite of Fast Food. Y’all should definitely look into it. It puts a whole different perspective on your relationship with food.

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This is what I had for breakfast this morning. Homemade yogurt topped with organic honey and fresh pomegranate-yum!

5) So this is my free for all clownin’ around answer but I’m ambidextrous. I am dominant in both my hands equally. Nifty little trick, right? It especially came in handy in high school with all those long ass hand written essays teachers used to push on us. Y’all remember those, right? What a pain.

Tada! This is me in a nutshell.

Now I want to learn more about you guys. Leave a comment and tell me 5 interesting things that describe who you are!

Peace ; )


Are You Afraid of Being Lonely?

Two weeks can change the course of everything. Things can fall apart come back together again-to subsequently fall back apart again. Sometimes it is temporary and sometimes it is irreparable. You never know which one it’ll be until you emerge on the other side. In my case, the past two weeks have been liberating and I would not necessarily say that things fell apart in a bad way in my life- things just fell apart and dropped off out of my life because they needed to. Some people, events, status’, things in your life are only ever meant to be temporary and while they are great while they last, they do come with an expiration date.

This point hit home today when I was invited to go to this Senior Thesis Art Showcase by all of my friends from way back when I used to be an art major. I had modeled for one of the pieces so of course I was excited to go. Trouble was- none of my friends were available to go with me. Bummer right? So I moped around my apartment hitting up everyone in my contacts list. Please, please let someone be available because this would be such a dope event to go to, was my personal mantra as I blew through my contacts. No one was available. It is finals season after all. Somehow in my mind no one being available prompted me to decide not to go.

Thirty minutes later, I’m sprawled across my couch with a jar of homemade caramel and apples perusing the internet. In this semi-hazed pathetic state I see that (I am going to tell you this in all honesty, please don’t judge. We all have our weaknesses after all) the Art Showcase comes included with complimentary drinks and dessert. I am up off that couch and in a flurry of getting ready before I even finish the sentence.  I think I may have shocked all of my flat mates with my sudden spastic mission to get ready to go out.

Long story short; I waited too long to go to the Showcase because by the time I got there, a full 15 minutes before the show was supposed to end mind you, the gallery was dark and the doors locked. Damn. I stood at the door pawing at it like when a house pet accidentally gets locked outside. Please let me in. But it didn’t make a difference. Everyone was gone and I was on my own. So of course what do I do? I call one more friend on my contact list who I had forgotten to hit up before.

Me: “Hey Girl! Whatchu up to right now?”

Her: “Hey, I’m at the library tryin’ to write this paper. You?”

Me: Damn “Oh nothing, just wanted to see if you were down to go to this art thing downtown.” (Woops, forgot to mention there was a part two to the Art Showcase. It was located at a different venue though).

Her: “Man, I wish but I gotta get this paper done. Hit me up next time though.”

Me: “Okay cool. See you later!” Smile and figure out a new plan.

This new plan entailed me spending 10 minutes at an intersection debating between turning left (to go home) or right (to go to the Art Show). Shout out to all the people stuck behind me on the corner of 12th and High at around 6:15 this past evening. I truly apologize for my indecisiveness. But why was making this decision so hard? I really wanted to go, see some cool art, and hang out with friends I hadn’t seen in a long while. Oh right- it’s because I don’t have my entourage to support me. It was at that moment when I realized my priorities needed to shift. I spend my life perpetually surrounding myself with people. When I’m alone I either call someone or go out and find someone to hang out with. It’s as if I’m afraid to be alone with myself. Honestly, this makes no sense. I don’t bite…right?

I spend the next hour in my car circling the gallery trying to find a parking spot. No success. But it gave me time to consider myself and my priorities. I need to learn how to have fun with myself. I don’t always need people around to have a good time. That safety net has reached its usefulness and now needs to be retired. I should have realized this especially given the events of the past 2 weeks (maybe I’ll tell y’all that story later). It’s not to say that I don’t love my friends. I absolutely adore them I just need to grow up and get a life and realize that I don’t need to be surrounded by them at all times. So I have this entire summer to work on essentially ‘dating myself.’ This is somewhat of a summer project.

Now I want to pose the question to you; have you ever found yourself afraid to spend time with yourself, by yourself?

            Hit me up below with your thoughts!


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Farewell to Picnik

Smile Avant Le Pic

Learning to take photos of myself. I’m always the one behind the camera so sometimes it nice to see life from the other perspective ; )

And then sometimes, I just wanna be a cartoon character… ; D


I’m Not Dead, Just Insane

Let me just start out by saying that yes, I know I am the world’s worst blogger. I hadn’t realized that I’ve been neglecting this blog for well over 5 months. That’s almost half a year-Yikes! Buuuut, I haven’t been completely idle in the blogging world. Yadumu’s blog has officially been up and running now for over a month. Check it out here! And, in more personal news I’ve decided to get healthy. A combination of 2011 and just college in general had me wreaking havoc on my body and it was getting pretty bad so I decided to make a change. Check it out below.

As embarrassed as I am to post these pictures, I’m just as proud. The pictures above are from 1 week of flushing out my system with no carbs and no sugar and then followed by 2 weeks of Insanity. If you don’t know what Insanity is, it’s insane and insane-er than any other workout I’ve ever tried before. If you’re ready to take the plunge and get your ass kicked, I suggest you go for it.

If you need anymore encouragement, here is what I look like now at Week 5!

I’ve lost over 5 inches from around my waist, 4 inches from my hips, a couple inches off my thighs and sadly a couple of inches off my bust…. All in all, I feel a lot stronger, healthier, happier, and more energetic though. I’m sleeping a lot better, my skin is looking a lot happier and I don’t get that midday sluggish feeling that I used to be plagued with. It’s fantastic!

This all leads me to my next point. I’m about to become a hippie. Straight up-no deodorant wearing, long hair don’t care, communing with nature hippie. Since the beginning of the year I have been weening myself off all chemicals, preservatives, and other ick items that tend to crop up in our daily lives. This means, all natural shampoo, homemade yogurt and mayo, and homemade face wash. Going off this, I decided to use this blog to record the process and share my knowledge. A lot of people have been asking about mine and my roommate’s routines so why not share it somewhere for the general public to see.

Anyways, to kick it off, in the next post I’m going to share a recipe for the World’s Easiest Face Wash. A lot of my friends have been asking me about what I use to wash my face-apparently my skin’s been glowing lately, can you imagine- so I decided to put together a tutorial. Check it out in the next post.

Finally, if Insanity weren’t enough for y’all. I’m training for Tough Mudder. It’s Insanity on crack set to a 12 mile obstacle course. Crazy right!?! But, watch the video below, it always gets me so hyped!


B-Day/ Labour Day BBQ

Yeah, I’m about to turn 20 and I’m celebrating it with my family. Don’t judge. ; )

Especially when I get to spend it with this little cutie.

This little bugger never stays still long enough for me to get a clear pic of him!

And these little snots! : D Honestly, I’m not really a kid person, but if we share blood, or you just happen to have to wormed your way into my heart (i.e. Justin) then I looovvvee spending the day playing around with you and am more than happy to spend my birthday party doing so. I’m just a big kid at heart afterall. ; D

Just a quick outfit post taken in my backyard. Taken by the 9 yr. old, talented Ms. Sass herself  ; D! I ended up taking the skirt off right after this pic so that I could eat dessert and have more room to expand (if you know what I mean ; ) 

And P.S. Yes, I will be having a grown up version of this party next week when I’m back on campus. Whoop whoop! Get ready for it!! ; D

Frieden,

Taylor


The Unveiling

Today I’m doing something a little different. I think I’m going to start doing more videos!


When you got a Passion…

…you damn sure better work your ass off for it.

Yes, I’m going to waive my pride and admit that I watched the Video Music Awards tonight. Yup Yup, I tuned in and it actually was not too bad. From Adele nearly bringing me (as well as most of the crowd) to tears, to Beyonce making the big announcement about her pregnancy it was a pretty decent night.

Performances and celebrities aside, what was on my mind was that through all of the glitz and glam, all those people on the screen were just that-people. Now more than ever; because of my jewelry business; I am realizing that all (most) of those people got to where they were because

1. They had the balls to commit to their dream and go through the grind without knowing the eventual outcome. This                                           means a lot of sleepless nights, a lot of Rice-A-Roni dinners, and a lot of loses and disappointment.

2. They had the right combination of perseverance, willingness to get down and dirty, and, of course, luck. For all those                               people we saw on the Awards tonight, there are about a million more who never will get that opportunity. But the key is,                                 even though they may never get the chance at an opportunity such as the band Young the Giant got in performing live                                     at the VMA’s, they still hustle on because it’s what they love. And as a side note, I had to mention Young the Giant                                             because you could see the absolute triumph all over the lead singers face and you could most definitely hear it in his                                       voice. That excites me to see people who love what they do and also get the opportunity to make it big in what they                                       do.

I guess in all of this, this post really has become more of an open letter to myself. I hope that in a few years, I can look back on this and smile because I never gave up on what I loved, especially since right now there is a lot of pressure on me to choose between what is the ‘right’ thing to do vs. following my passion.

The VMA’s had me reflecting back on my conversation with my Dad, wherein he told me that people stupidly hold on to things, even when it is taking them nowhere. That people need to learn to cut their loses and pursue careers that will actually bring home an income. I told him, that was ridiculous. If you love something enough, you’ll have the perseverance to ride the highs and the lows of it. He proceeded to tell me that I sounded just like he did when he was younger-an idealist. And that…

“When you grow up and have to put a roof over your head and feed yourself and maybe a family too, you’ll learn quickly that you’ll have to sacrifice some things and give up on things that aren’t working for you to make ends meet.”

Maybe I’m too young and not mature enough yet to really get the point of what he said, but what I read from his statement was that growing up is about  not pursuing dreams with full abandon. Maybe that sounds a little drastic and a lot more severe than what he was actually saying, but why would I give up on something I love. I believe that if you want something, you have to go for it and suffer the consequences. I have never understood when people commit to a goal or ‘say’ they want something really  bad, but then they either never take steps towards achieving their goal or give up at the first sign of resistance.

Life is hard. Life is miserable. And life will break you down if you let it.

But life is also beautiful, inspiring, and breathtaking and I refuse to let that slip by me.

So, here I am 650 words later feeling like another young yuppie going on about all my ideals in life. I am only 19. I know this and own this. But I’ve been alive long enough to know that I have to figure my shit out if I want to live my life, instead of just existing in it. And I have to believe, that if the likes of MLK can change the state of a nation based on ideals, I can do it too. He, along with countless others risked/lost their lives and fought the odds so that the realization of “I have a Dream” could one day come to be.  I always feel obligated to take full advantages of the life I have been granted. Especially with being a young black woman in college. Not so long  ago, that sentence would not have even been feasible.

And for that, I am grateful. : D

Thank you!