Presenting My Non-Profit, Style Lottery

Check out my nonprofit, Style Lottery! Style Lottery combines my love of fashion with the desire to uplift young women in the community. Style Lottery, through nominations from community members, selects hardworking young women from low-income communities and surprises them with the gift of a free shopping spree.

Click the picture below to visit the site:

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Website Designed by Timi Komonibo & Featured Picture by Bunmi Ishola

Style Lottery wins a Fast Forward award!

http://youtu.be/-3qQjhjQwqY?t=23m1s Here’s a little about the award:

Thirteen entrants—both individuals and teams—have been selected as winners in the Fast Forward competition, in which the University will fund student projects that demonstrate how Syracuse University and its students can have a positive impact on the world. The winners presented their ideas for the Chancellor, Board of Trustee members and fellow students at the Fast Forward event as part of the Chancellor’s Inauguration. The student projects will be awarded grants of as much as $1,500 to fund the completion of their projects.

This award has been just the time of encouragement Style Lottery needs. I have been hosting closet swaps for quite a few years now. It’s been a lot of work to coordinate, but they’re always worth the “trouble.” Cheers to bigger and better swaps in the future! Following the presentation, I ended up in the Daily Orange newspaper: Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 10.13.03 AM

Sunday Best: Bold Blazer and Polka Dot Blouse

Brands With A Conscience: Warby Parker

Ever since I started my nonprofit organization, Style Lottery, I have been thinking about the role of fashion/apparel brands play in philanthropy. To be honest, when the marketing team at Warby Parker approached me about doing a post about their new sunglasses my first thought was to decline. Yea, they are a super chic glasses company but what made them different than the other brands?

I headed over to their site to check out their merchandise. Their website is a beautifully designed blog. I kept scrolling down their page, looking at their gorgeous layout and design. I stumbled on their new sunglasses line called the SPECTRUM Sun Collection:

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I love the look of the frames from Warby Parker. I can spot them from a mile away. They’re so unique and have a classic retro feel to them. My current prescription glasses fit into this style of frames. I especially like the DEAN English Oak and the DOWNING Striped Sassafras.

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Warby Parker has a Try-On methods. A guy I met last week told me he’s taken advantage of the Home Try-On option and had worn different frames for every day of class. I would love this option. I like changing things up. But it wasn’t even these hipsteresque frames or even the Try-on options that sold me on this company. It was their Do Good efforts. For as many times as I’ve seen these glasses and admired them, I never realized how much philanthropy Warby Parker was doing for people around the world.

Warby Parker has a “buy a pair, give a pair” system, much like that of TOMs shoes:

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I have started realizing that impacting the world through fashion may require me to buy more expensive items in order to do more good. I have bought two pairs of TOMs shoes, not just because of the aesthetic but because of the heart behind it. Some may criticize brands with this “buy one, give one” model but I would argue that these companies are addressing issues that would otherwise go unnoticed. At the very least, they are raising awareness. A few months ago, my church did a donation drive of old glasses to send to widows and orphans overseas. Prior to that moment, that issue wasn’t even on my radar. I’m attracted to the look of this brand and the heart behind it. I look forward to seeing more brands take up philanthropic causes.

Happy National Orange Day!

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Today is National Orange Day– Syracuse University’s 144th Birthday. #GoOrange

Wanderlust: 15 Life Lessons (and pictures) from Puerto Rico

On a whim, I decided to join a group of classmates going to Puerto Rico on vacation. As I mentioned, this would be my first legit Spring Break vacation. This post will be a teaser of some of my photos from the trip. Between my friends and I, there should be over 1000 pictures! We were only there for 5 glorious days but we made some great memories. This was, hands down, my favorite Spring Break holiday.

As I’m reflecting from my trip, I thought I’d share some lessons I learned while I was away:

#1. Be open to new experiences.

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#2. Be comfortable with silence.

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#3. Face your fears.

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#5. Make time for yourself.

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#6. Strive to put your mark on the world.

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#7. Surround yourself with good company.

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#8. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
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#9. Face your tomorrows with optimism and courage.
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#10. Take one step at a time and don’t get ahead of yourself.

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#11. “Be yourself. Everybody else is taken.” -Oscar Wilde

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#13. You may bend, but you won’t break.

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#14. Don’t be afraid of where your ambition will take you.

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This vacation showed me how much I’ve been missing out by not traveling. I shudder to think that I almost didn’t go on the trip, but decided to jump in last minute. It was worth every penny! I have been bitten by the proverbial travel bug and I can’t wait for my next trip (where/whenever it will be). In Part 2 of this post, I will share more pictures and info about my trip.

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Oh, The Places We’ll Go: New Orleans

In 2014, I Will…” New Years resolution post, I mentioned that I wanted to travel and make more memories with my friends. I’m excited at the progress I’m making already. In January, I went on a family cruise to Cozumel. At the beginning of February, I went to New Orleans to celebrate my friend Vanessa’s 25th birthday.

I’ve been friends with Vanessa since my freshman year in undergrad. When she randomly told me about her birthday celebration, I immediately said yes. I didn’t even stop to think of the cost or if my schedule would permit me to come. All I knew was that this was an opportunity to celebrate my friend and make memories. I’ve learned to stop overthinking and waiting for happiness to come to me. In life you have to be intentional and purposeful. I know the kind of life I want to have– one filled with love, adventure, and laughter.

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Being at school for the past few months, I haven’t seen my college friends in a long time. In our time apart, I’d forgotten how much I like them and enjoy their company. These people knew me when I was Timi the awkward freshman, Timi the teacher, and they love me just the same as Timi the friend in grad school miles away. I have grown with these beautiful people and I am excited to stay in touch and grow old together.

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My trip to New Orleans was only a weekend, but it was enough for me. For this one time, I was content to just be with them again. We honestly didn’t have a extensive itinerary: we ate, we went downtown to Bourbon, we went to brunch, tried some beignets for the first time, had a masquerade dinner, and went home.
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But the weekend reminded me that sometimes it only takes a couple days of fun to remind you to live more fully.
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Special thanks to Vanessa, who orchestrated this whole birthday shindig. It was great and it gives me something to think about for my 25th birthday in May.

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The birthday girl and I

Look out for my next trip post. I’m going to somewhere nice and warm for Spring Break!

WAYW: Flowers for Springtime

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WAYW

Purple sweater

Peter pan lace collar

Beige floral skirt

Braided tan belt

Lemon tights

Beige and grey fuzzy socks

Tan ankle boots

This outfit was for me. I had nowhere special to go and no one particularly important to see. I dressed like this to reflect how happy and content I am. I’m in a good place despite it being less than 20 degrees outside. My skirt has flowers on it to remind me that one day soon the flowers will bloom again. All things that were once dead will come back to life.

 

 

I Was Featured on College Fashionista!

I was featured on College Fashionista last week. I got to know the photographer, Melissa Martinez (photographer who took Ashley’s street style pictures) and was impressed with how easy she was to work with.

Here is a snippet of the feature:
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The entire the photoshoot was a lot of fun. My attire was for the slightly breezy day, which is a rarity in the Syracuse Springtime. Below are some of my favorite photos from the shoot:

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I’ve started playing around with mixing prints and patterns, so this outfit was a fun way for me integrate both into a grad school-appropriate outfit.

Sunday Best: Plum and Praise

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Sunday Best

Shirt- swapped

Sweater- Target

Pants- Target

Shoes- thrifted

I’m grateful for the great God moments I’ve been having lately. He’s doing something great and I can’t wait to see it all unfold. #365grateful

Pinterest Inspired: (Skinny) Spinach and Asparagus Dip

I bought too much spinach and asparagus at the farmers’ market, so I decided to make a spinach & asparagus dip. 

Ingredients

2 cups of spinach

10 stalks of asparagus

2 cups of plain greek yogurt

1/2 tsp of onion salt

1/2 tsp of garlic salt

2 tbsp of parmesan cheese

 

 

This was a relatively easy recipe. I’m not a great cook and I was able to make this for my dinner guests. It tasted pretty good. I’d recommend it.

Here’s the recipe: Skinny Spinach and Asparagus Dip

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