It was freezing cold this morning, to the point where there was frost on my car’s windows! So I figured it was time to pull out my fall staple-the leather jacket. But then of course this is Columbus, and the weather has to change every five minutes so the day ended with blazing 80 degree temps and the jacket had to be quietly tucked back into my closet again… : (
Shoes: GoJane, Skirt & Belt: F21, Shirt: GoJane, Glasses: Firmoo, Earrings: Yadumu, Bracelets: Gifts
Today, I was not feelin’ it. You know those days where you wake up and feel some shade of gray (and no this is not some perverse reference to a certain book). This was one of those days, and while most people would reach for that favorite pair of jeans and t-shirt combination, I reach for my standard uniform. One cut off shirt and one maxi skirt for me please! If all else fails and the world were to end tomorrow, this would be my uniform till the very end. It’s comfortable, versatile, and I can play it up multiple ways. Perfect!
I do have to add though that today did end on a high note though. Meine vater took me out for a quality abendessen! Good luck translating that ; )
Hope you guys had a happy hump day and peace ; D
Let me start off by saying that today has been a crazy productive day. I’m quite proud of myself, if I do say so myself. What i’m most proud, excited, geeked about is Yadumu Jewelry’s FIRST DAY OF SUMMER SALE!!! Check it out below!
Welcome to the Halik Circus. Home of every oddity that could ever be imagined to fit into tiny glass vials. So come one, come all to enjoy the show.
Yadumu Jewelry is running a 2 for the price of 1 deal. So you get 2 Halik Necklaces for $25
Buuut, if you like our FB page, you get an extra discount: 2 for just $20! We wanted to show our FB fam a little love. : D
Here’s a little sample of the goodies. I just can’t help but love these little kisses. They’re so cute, we had to bring them back for another season.
P.S. The word Halik is the Tagalog word for Kiss.
Hope you enjoyed! And don’t forget to check out the Sale here.
Oh and before I forget, we also made a little video vlog about these special cuties. Will post it as soon as we finish editing. Stay tuned!
Today has been wholly eventful and craaaaazy busy. Yadumu Jewelry attended The Women’s Book Launch Event. Now let me tell you somethin’ somethin’ about the Women’s Book. It is an annually printed directory connecting all of the women-owned and operated businesses in the Columbus and Cincinnati metro area. Seasonally, they print a magazine highlighting some of the most powerful women in and around the Columbus area. Now that you have a little background, I can get into the dirty details and y’all will understand why I’m practically drooling right now!
Tonight was ridiculous! There were so many powerful women at the event tonight and my position as a volunteer had me smack dab in the middle (rubbin’ elbows even) with them. I met the founder of Cheryl & Co. Cookies (her company is single handed-ly responsible for my freshmen 15). Doneri met the CEO of Bob Evans’ wife! I met the VP of the Executive Board for Limited Brands.
And most importantly of all, the 2 ladies who pulled the whole event together and made magic tonight. Drum roll please!
Brilliant and Beautiful woman! She coordinated the event while still staying fly and looking as beautiful as ever!
And the woman of the hour: Takeysha Cheney
This is the woman, who 4 years ago had a vision of bringing professional women together. Fast forward to today and she has created a network of women that spans all of the previously mentioned ladies and more. This women is puttin’ in werrrrk!!! And she has further inspired me to keep up the hard work on this crazy idea called Yadumu Jewelry, because a few years ago the Women’s Book was just a crazy idea, but now it is a full fledged empire. I’m so proud of her! And I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be involved with an organization such as hers! : D
So all gushing aside (I really do have girl crushes on all of these women though, lol), here’s a quick picture of what Doneri and I wore. It was a Little Black Dress Night.
Taylor : D
So let me start off by saying that 10 days without the internet really forced me to become a lot more efficient with my life and time. It was kind of refreshing actually! But now it’s back to the world of technology, which is both a curse and a blessing. It had to happen sometime though, and what better time than the day before classes start, blah….
So here’s what’s been going on with my life since I’ve been M.I.A.
I moved into a new apartment with Doneri, so now Yadumu Jewelry has an official work space. We no longer have to lug 30 pounds of supplies across campus between our 2 apartments just to get work done. It’s all in one!! Which is supremely convenient but that means twice the mess, so y’all won’t be seeing any pictures of the apartment until we get everything straightened up. ; )
Buuut… we had a photo shoot!!! It was amazing. We got to work with a lot of talented and crazy creative people.
The beautiful ladies of Strand Cafe put in werk and created some beautiful hairstyles, nails, and makeup for the shoot. Thank you to Raven for some bad ass nails, Kelly for the most glamourous makeup around, and most of all the owner of Strand Cafe and the flyest chica of them all Chris for making this (as well as the slammin’ hairstyles) all happen. We love each and everyone of y’all.
Shout out to the beautiful Abby Walters for these pictures. You were a joy to work with and we absolutely love ALL of your body of work. check it out by clicking on her name.
Look at those sexy lips!! Werk it Kourtney!
Monet, our little sun baby, you shown girl!
Also, shout out to Rashida for doing the videography and taking some awesome behind the scenes videos. And thank you thank you to our resident Ms. Jay, Brandon, for your invaluable aid as our creative director.
Also, (shh, it’s a secret) we have some potential new interns, Elizabeth and Nadiyah!!! Free Labour!!! Check ’em out.
Dude throwin up the deuces is Michael. He’s a crazy talented artist who we will have the pleasure of working with in the future.
What else is going on in this crazy life of mine is that I’m planning a fashion show! It’s a fundraiser for a retreat for black women and I’m really excited about bringing together a fabulous group of females for the cause.
This past week has been a crazy one, but not as crazy as the upcoming week will be, but I promise to keep posting regularly because I have a lot of exciting news to share! : D
Okay, so here’s the rest of the goods.
This is Kim, the owner. I’ve mentioned her in a previous post because she’s from Chicago!!! She graduated from Columbia College and everything too, so I had a feeling from the start that this would be a wonderful match and so far it is!!
These are some of the candies I hand delivered to la boutique. They were all made with crazy amounts of love, and I can’t wait for each and every one of them to go home with new adoring owners. Cause I know I adore them and just want to spread the joy of some good old fashioned jewel candies.
p.s. Did I mention that I’m stoopid tired, so excuse any of the soppy writing or poor grammar…
g’night chickadees ; D
A lot has been going on these past few days, that’s why I’ve been a little mia, but I’m back now to share the goodies.
It’s a photo shoot!! I took these shots yesterday for the American Apparel Contest I told y’all about earlier. Now that the bodysuit arrived in the mail, the shots are in, and I’m all registered, I’m feeling a lot more confident about my crazy jump into this competition. (Yes, the $50 isn’t looking so bad, sorta, maybe, ish…)
So check it out at the link below and please vote!! I’d really appreciate it : D
p.s. I’m not done yet chickadees. I have to run, but imma share more goodness later on this evening. : D
…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
It’s about now, that I’ve realized that I forgot to take a picture of my outfit. Sad, really because it was a great outfit, lots of cheetah print and high waisted skirts, oh my! : (
It looked kinda like a a cross between this skirt…
And this shirt
And this ass, cause I’ve got a whole lot more curves than this chica above me and possibly this chica below me too ; )
So what my outfit looked like aside, today was actually a pretty productive day. I visited a potential stockist and met it’s lovely owner Kim She’s from Chicago y’all!! I swear it was meant to be!! I’ll fill y’all in on the boutique a little more later on ; ). Filling orders took up another good chunk of my day and the icing to top off this day was letting my permit toting brother scratch my car… ; ( I really should have been paying better attention, but hey, what’s done is done….
So in the spirit of trying not to dwell on bad things, let’s focus on these lovely neck candies. This is a little sneak peak of what’s to come in our Fall/Winter lineup. I’m really excited for these little guys. They’re so much fun to make!
These vials come in all shapes and sizes!
Interested? Message us at email@example.com. These candies are fully customizable and the perfect accessory for fall. : D