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Classic: Black and White

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This winter I have been living in my Doc Martins. Today I was feeling like something classic, an old school look with a new school twist. Photo cred: Richard T. Fields. See the look below: 






Justice For All March. Washington DC

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Yesterday thousands of people gathered in Washington D.C and marched down Pennsylvania Avenue. To hear the families of the victims of police brutality speak out, and share their stories was difficult to do without shedding a tear. Yestrday was a powerful day in Washington. 





Boston for Book Lovers

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I am a self-professed book worm. I can spend hours in used bookstores collecting even more books to put on my already overstocked shelves. My love of books made Boston the perfect city to nurture my addiction! I must also mention that the food was amazing. I had clam chowder at America's oldest restaurant, Union House and delicious lobster rolls at Row 34, and fresh muffins and chocolate filled croissants from The Thinking Cup in Boston Commons.  It was so beautiful to walk around the North End open market and hear that famous Boston accent being thrown around. I had the perfect friend and tour guide Monica, to show me around Boston.

Cambridge, where I spent a few hours, is full of bookstores. More than I can count. I got my hands on a couple of good reads. The true nerd in me shrieked when I saw Alice Walker's first novel, The Third Life of Grange Copeland on the shelf at Harvard Bookstore for $3. I also can't fail to mention that I was able to take a look at the Brattle …

Into the Fall

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Last week, I had the pleasure of shooting in Adams Morgan, D.C with my good friend, blogger and photographer Steven Baboun of http://www.stevenbaboun.com. I love Steven's work, and his dedication to capturing amazing images on the daily (you can stalk his photography work by clicking here) He captured some of the things I enjoy most about fall: the deep color palates, knee highs, lace up boots, bowler hats, turtle necks and blazers....and really random, and not in any of these photos: apple cider donuts. Am I the only one who craves these things? Fall is about the only time that you can find them, and Milburn Orchards in Maryland has some really really good ones. Note to self: Put in plans for next weekend. Anyway- details on the blazer: $12 one of my favorite places Cross Roads Trading Co on 14th & U Street! Photos below: 









The Habit of Self-Care

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Things have been getting busy for me lately. Really, really busy. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and my brain fires off a thousand and one things that I need to do in the day that lies before me. That is never a good way to start the day. But, I've started doing things differently in the past couple of weeks. I've decided to combat those overwhelming feelings, and take about five minutes to just lay in bed before I start the day. The night before, I will set my alarm for whatever time I want to wake up, and then set another alarm for five minutes so that I can just lay in silence, and think about something calming, or that brings me feelings of joy before getting out of bed. The results have been that I not only feel calmer, but I feel more balanced, and in control at the start of my day. It has become a habit for me now, and I tend to feel out of whack if I do not start my day this way. I've realized that when you get in the habit of self care- all else around you fa…

Peek into Cuba

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It seems that every day lately, I've been uncovering "new" photographs from my travels this summer. It could be that these photos are'nt really new; maybe the eyes that view them are. Photos that I may have scrolled through quickly, or skipped over have so much more meaning to me now. They provide such a different perspective.  They've become like a time machine for me,  taking me right back into the moment when I took them. I've posted a few new Cuba photos in the Travel section. View them my clicking here

Journeys Through Peru

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My dad just returned from an amazing trip in Peru. I am trilled to share some of his photography work and experiences while traveling through Peru. His travels remind me that not even the sky is the limit. We can reach even beyond the stars. Read the interview questions below. 





What were you doing in Peru?  I was hired by a Peruvian based travel company to photograph some of the people and places of that magnificent country.
Where in Peru did you travel?  We started in Lima, the western part of Peru,  it is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. From Lima we journeyed through the Andes Mountains and into Cusco. Along the way we stopped at some 20 different villages. This was a pretty physical trip, for at times it required quite a bit of hiking. The geographic range covered mountains, jungle and desert. I think the total distance on this trip amounted to 2800 km or roughly 1700 miles. With the Andes Mountains and the Amazons, I don't think there is any country more beautiful!
What …

" Because You Are Beautiful, and Black Like Me" - Reflections on Cuba, Race and Adolescence

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Memory may omit things people say to you, but emotions tied to words spoken are hardly ever forgotten. For weeks I have been searching for a piece of paper with the name of a little girl who I cannot get out of my mind. If I could stretch my memory to recall the name she revealed to me, then I would feel so much closer to this little girl—a little girl who changed the entire direction of my research in Cuba.  To continue reading the article, please click here


Sunflowers and Rain-showers

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I made no major plans for Labor Day weekend. Well, just one really. Reading.
It rained last night, giving me an even better excuse to stay indoors and read. I have always been a book worm, but this summer I have been breezing through one or two books a week (most of which is done on my daily commute in and out of Washington DC.)
Yesterday, I finished The Stranger by Albert Camus, and I am currently absorbing Demian by Herman Hesse. I am following several lists on www.goodreads.com, and I recently downloaded the app on my phone. James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time is next for me. Today, before the rain picked up, I took a few photos in a sun hat I discovered for $2.95 at Georgia Ave Thrift Store. I dyed my hair back to black a few months ago, and I am really happy with the way that the color has been keeping up. More outfit details below. Photos by Richard T. Fields. 




Hat: Georgia Ave Thrift Store Top: Forever 21 Jeans: Vintage Levi Strauss, Buffalo Exchange

The Readjustment Factor

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Summer is ending, and I can barely wrap my mind around it. After a summer of intense traveling in Cuba, Haiti and Dominican Republic, I have found myself out of sorts in terms of how to get back into the fast paced world as I  knew it. Without access to constant internet connections, I am really struggling to get accustomed to having SO much technology to respond to at one time. Now I confess, this may have been a problem for me before this summer, but admittedly in the past few months, there has been an undeniable growth in my inability to respond to people as fast as they would like me to.

The past couple of months while traveling, I made a real effort to submerge myself in the moment of whatever was around me. That meant ignoring the impulse to grab my phone to make sure I was still "connected" to the world. The other part of this phone checking impulse is my panic when I realize how long I've gone without responding back to someone, or sending the message that I shou…

Haiti and Dominican Republic Travels

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It is hard to believe that I am preparing for an arrival in Havana, Cuba tomorrow morning. I'm assuming that when the plane touches down, it will all sink in. About a week ago I returned from Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  I spent two weeks working on two separate documentaries and a photography project.
In Haiti, I filmed a young aspiring Haitian photographer, Steven Baboun, in an attempt to bring light to some of the amazing work that he and his friends are creating. Steven Baboun and his friends have started a Humans of Haiti project in Port Au Prince, after being inspired by the blog Humans of New York. The courage and passion Steven has for Haiti is monumental. Steven spends most of his time taking photographs that tell the story of a Haiti renewed, removed from the common misconceptions and inaccurate representations of Haitian people. To learn more about Humans of Haiti, visit their Facebook page here. https://www.facebook.com/HumansOfHaiti1

The second film was a perso…