29 7 / 2014

{An Americanah Afternoon} Took my scarf, shades, & shoes off after escaping from the office for a true summer’s moment of literary bliss. Here I sit on the moist green grass with Chimamanda’s, Americanah. Ifemelu’s bright and sarcastic credence is a heart I know all too well: “She liked that he wore their relationship so boldly, like a brightly colored shirt. Sometimes she worried that she was too happy. She would sink into moodiness, and snap at Obinze, or be distant. And her joy would become a restless thing, flapping its wings inside her, as though looking for an opening to fly away.” #SummerReading #Americanah #Instagram #ZebraScarf #ReadingOnTheGrass #ToteBag

{An Americanah Afternoon} Took my scarf, shades, & shoes off after escaping from the office for a true summer’s moment of literary bliss. Here I sit on the moist green grass with Chimamanda’s, Americanah. Ifemelu’s bright and sarcastic credence is a heart I know all too well: “She liked that he wore their relationship so boldly, like a brightly colored shirt. Sometimes she worried that she was too happy. She would sink into moodiness, and snap at Obinze, or be distant. And her joy would become a restless thing, flapping its wings inside her, as though looking for an opening to fly away.” #SummerReading #Americanah #Instagram #ZebraScarf #ReadingOnTheGrass #ToteBag

28 7 / 2014

Looking at the evening sky looks so much more rewarding after a great workout! During cycling class, I raised my hand after the instructor asked if there were any new people joining and at some point he noted I was awesome for a first timer aloud!! My intensity was evident and his kudos kinda made me blush. See Rizzy, Mondays aren’t so bad. #IGotThroughAMonday #Health&Happiness #EveningSky #SilverSpring

Looking at the evening sky looks so much more rewarding after a great workout! During cycling class, I raised my hand after the instructor asked if there were any new people joining and at some point he noted I was awesome for a first timer aloud!! My intensity was evident and his kudos kinda made me blush. See Rizzy, Mondays aren’t so bad. #IGotThroughAMonday #Health&Happiness #EveningSky #SilverSpring

28 7 / 2014

instagram:

Breaking the Fast on Eid al-Fitr Day

For more photos and videos of Eid al-Fitr celebrations, browse the #EidalFitr, #عيدالفطر and #EidMubarak hashtags.

Eid Mubarak! The new moon was sighted on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, which indicates the end of Ramadan and the period of celebration that begins the following day. Commonly known as Eid al-Fitr (عيد الفطر) in the Arabic-speaking world, the festival also goes by other names such as Idul Fitri in Indonesia, Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Malaysia and Shemai Eid in Bangladesh.

While there are many Eid customs such as attending mass prayers, gathering for family reunions, exchanging gifts and dressing in new clothes, eating plays a crucial role as it brings an end to the month-long fast of Ramadan. Holiday dishes vary from country to country, but all are meant to make up big feasts that can easily fill up the entire family as well as guests. Families bring out traditional varieties of homemade sweets and many also make generous donations of food during the holiday, as Eid also celebrates extending good will to others.

The holiday can last up to three days depending on the country, and Instagrammers taking part in the festivities are sharing their moments filled with good food and good spirits.

What I want to know is who gets the privilege of writing Instagram’s Tumblr posts? What a spectacular way to spend your time at the office during the week! 

28 7 / 2014

secretrepublic:

nevver:

Summer over the city, George Steinmetz

#Life

Awestruck and inspiration on this Monday morning. 

(via npr)

27 7 / 2014

The weekend is nearing an end so last minute reflections are being made before I head into a new week. Since I’m studying for the GRE, here are some thoughts in concert with fancy words:

1. The death toll numbers in Gaza are beyond lugubrious, yet the scope of knowledge required to truly understand every facet of the [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict is absolutely gargantuan and can’t be summed up in a couple of paragraphs. Because this crisis is so complex and not an easily divided topic, I dare not form a solid opinion until I know my facts. For the time being, I stay away from knee-jerk emotional responses pertaining to this faction, but I do desperately pray for all the souls that are hurting and who may not know peace for a prolonged time to come. I’m fortunate to be able to enjoy quiet moments in the solitude of my brightly lit room as I read the news from afar. This, however, does not mean I’m void of responsibility. I can’t turn a cheek to what’s going on any longer and I’m determined to get a better understanding of this complicated humanitarian crisis. Here’s a good place to start: Where is Palestine?

2. In order to ameliorate the way I manage my time and energy, I have to seriously consider what the most important commitments in my life are right now. They are:

  • Studying for the GRE
  • Preparing diligently for the grad school application process
  • Launching a blog to propel my deep interests in journalism, public health, and fashion forward
  • Becoming leaner and stronger by working out at the gym every day after work
  • My Board responsibilities (NAPAWF, APHA)
  • Cultivating a deeper and lifelong relationship with God

3. Today’s sermon was on a timely and relevant topic—envy. Given that DC is made up of restless and ambitious people and I’m a restless and ambitious person, I was revitalized after hearing hopeful words. My gosh how ‘comparison kills joy’ and fixating on the lives of others is a gratuitous pursuit. We are each unique and have valuable lives, lest we forget the abundance and sufficiency we already have.

27 7 / 2014

toryburch:

F is for Finishing Touches
For Damsel in Dior’s Jacey Duprie, it’s all about the striped accessories — like Tory’s Carolyn wedges here.

F is for how Fashion is Shapes and Colors—basic building blocks of perception. From the deep coral walls, stripes down the clutch purse, to the nautical themed wedges, geometry is stillness and coolness.

toryburch:

F is for Finishing Touches

For Damsel in Dior’s Jacey Duprie, it’s all about the striped accessories — like Tory’s Carolyn wedges here.

is for how Fashion is Shapes and Colors—basic building blocks of perception. From the deep coral walls, stripes down the clutch purse, to the nautical themed wedges, geometry is stillness and coolness.

27 7 / 2014

My new sunglasses can hang well. It has a leopard print frame with some gold on the side. An ode to simple staples, retro ways, and just enough glamour to easily bring in to my daily wear—just what I like placing in my closet! #Sunglasses #Closet #TheContainerStore #FashionStaple #FrugalFashionFind

My new sunglasses can hang well. It has a leopard print frame with some gold on the side. An ode to simple staples, retro ways, and just enough glamour to easily bring in to my daily wear—just what I like placing in my closet! #Sunglasses #Closet #TheContainerStore #FashionStaple #FrugalFashionFind