8.20.2017

Creative Block

10 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NP, UK

The Lightbulb Moment...

As of late, on the occasions where I'm lucky enough to work from my postcard and candle covered desk, my morning routine usually goes as follows: wake up around 7:30am and try to remember to read my devotionals in bed. 8:00am shower, brush teeth and find clean loungewear to throw on. 8:45am eat porridge and drink coffee at desk. 9:15am stare blankly into space, idly flicking between answering e-mails, looking at meme's on Facebook and wondering why on earth I simply cannot just do one thing at a time and stick to it. You see, I am a woman who thrives on structure, and as much as I hate to admit it, I do my best work under strict routine, I am truly a 9-5 (or 8 - wheneverigettheworkouttotheclientoclock in the architecture world) person. I like being able to plan around deadlines, specific timings and deliverables, and having to manage that on one's own is not easy - I salute all you freelancers! So with no strict routine for me on the horizon as such, and well - effectively being my own boss (it's not as fun as I thought it would be I'll tell you that!) I have my dear friends.... run out of steam. A creative block I guess. 
The distant chill in the air tells me that summer is winding down. People have pulled out their Autumn appropriate trench coats and have banished their flip flops to the back of their wardrobes until warmer weather appears the following year. Summer is a sequentially busy series of months, with most people jetting off to sunny shores, planning events, sorting out work related issues and there is a general sense of slow moving buzz all around, but as August slowly inches towards September, things feel like they're calming down. September feels like a new start, a fresh page in a new book. Not quite as extreme as January, but more of a 'oh the year is coming to a close in the next few months.. what did I want to achieve?' kind of way. So in realising that September is on it's way, I'm trying to find new ways to keep inspired during this period of lull, and for me I've found that through reading, journalling, listening and documenting, I've found my creativity slowly reigniting. Maybe I'll put together a brief detailed list of the podcasts and music I listen to whilst working, or the books that have kept me on the positive path as of late. Anyway - How have you all been? How has your summer panned out?

What I Wore...



DUSTER JACKET - asos | TEE - h&m | JEANS - c/o boden | BLOCK HEEL (similar) - primark | GLASSES - london retro | LIPSTICK - colourpop





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8.08.2017

"Specs Appeal".

Mayfair, London, UK

#ClulowCares


My glasses have very much become a part of my identity now, and I don't mind one little bit. People often ask me why I don't just wear contact lenses, and I reply along the lines of me actually loving the look of glasses on myself and others. A lot of the time I don't feel *complete* without a pair of specs gracefully resting upon my nose, so you can imagine the horror I felt when I realised that my eyesight had worsened quite dramatically and I couldn't wear my old glasses as my prescription was way outdated. When David Clulow got in contact with me, asking if I'd like to come and get my eyes re-tested and pick out a new pair of prescription frames - well, it was my lucky day as I'd been putting it off for a whole YEAR.

8.06.2017

Carpe Diem.

Elstree, UK

Seize The Day.

So, what happens when things don't quite go to plan? Well, as human beings, naturally we panic, we overthink, we worry, we get agitated - angry even and we freeze. June, July, and a few days into August have been mostly be a mixture of myself feeling frozen with fear, not quite sure what I'm supposed to be doing or where I should be, but waking up daily, sitting at my desk reading a few scattered, "unfortunately you've been unsuccessful this time" e-mails and constantly refining my cv and portfolio, occasionally wondering "hmmm, what's going on with me?", and then filling myself with bad thoughts and labels such as "maybe my work is crap" or "maybe I'm just not cut out for it". 
I went to Hillsong London's annual conference on Thursday and Craig Groschel gave an awesome and very relevant word on comparison. He mentioned comparison being the thief of joy and our human obsession with being bigger, stronger, better and smarter than others. He himself said that he struggles with with wanting people to think he's doing well, and thinking he's important. But the key was to staying focused on your own race and not comparing yourself to others. Essentially - Your time will come if you just keep running your race, and running it well. It's something I most definitely needed to hear and it came at a perfect time, right when I felt like giving up. I gotta tell you, after seven years of working and studying when you get to the finish line and things don't work out like you had envisioned it kinda feels like heartbreak. So having to manage what two heartbreaks in quick succession of each other has left me feeling blue. Internet folk have been super kind this week, with people kindly reminding me of all I've achieved so far and I'm trying to remind myself of such each passing day, with every application I send off with fingers crossed and prayers attached. Our worth is not attributed to titles, or what people see or think of us, our worth quite literally rests in what we think of ourselves and nothing else to be quite honest. So as a collective, let's start being nicer to ourselves, big up yourself for all your achievements, it could be something as small as getting out of bed in the morning (which I actually think is quite an achievement particularly on days where you feel your worst), to smashing your goals, left, right and centre. Let's keep running that good race, keeping in mind how far we've come so far.

What I Wore...

DRESS - Boden | SHOES - Boden | BOOK - Alexa Chung 'It' 

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8.01.2017

COPENHAGEN : A Budget Friendly City Guide.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Smørrebrød, Endless Flowers & Damn Good Beer. Velkommen til København!


Hej! You may have gathered from my small Insta-Spam last week that I've recently returned from a very short but sweet trip to Denmark's capital, Copenhagen. Myself and Kristabel were challenged by Hoppa to find the crème de la crème of the city on a tight budget, now it's no secret that most of the Scandinavian countries are a little more on the expensive side when it comes to travelling in Europe, but that shouldn't deter you from booking a quick trip to this little treasure trove of delicious food, bicycles and incredible design. In our three days, we budgeted the following: 

Accommodation - Airbnb = £35 / 291 DKK per person (a night). Food & Drink = £30 / 250 DKK per person per day. Bike Hire = £10 / 84 DKK per day. Entertainment = FREE! 
I've broken down my tip's and tricks to getting the best of Copenhagen on a budget into FIVE things that I found to be of importance or a great help in regards to Penny Pinching or  'Krone Pinching'...


1.) RIDE A BIKE!
So I'll be straight up and say that if you (like myself) cannot ride a bike, you may find it difficult to navigate the city and you could miss out on some absolute gems! There are plenty of bike rental services dotted across the city, with the most popular being the Bycyklen or the Donkey Bike rentals as they are quite literally on every other street - Both of which I have the scars to show I could not ride (learning how to ride a bike last minute at the age of 25 is not recommended). If like myself you can't cycle, or simply would prefer another alternative, the local bus service is brilliant, easy to navigate and fairly reasonably priced. What I will say is that choosing to walk everywhere which is what we did for the most part until we gave up and hopped on the bus, is not advisable (even for Londoners!), I ended up with horrifically swollen and bleeding feet after three days of aggressively walking everywhere to avoid bikes and save money! (40,000 steps in one day anyone...)


2.) BE A TOURIST.
Embrace your tourist status and do ALL the free things you can! The Visit Copenhagen website is chock-a-block with things that will satisfy all tastes and ages, so I'd recommend making a brief list of all the places you'd like to visit, map where they are in relation to each other and make a day out of visiting a few places a day. We booked onto a free Sandeman'swalking tour, which run in both English and in Spanish. Sandeman’s also run other (paid) tours for food, drink and other parts of the capital too! Other places to visit / things to do are;
  • Freetown Christiania, which is an autonomous neighbourhood in Christanshavn, filled with colourful people, delicious veggie fare and some other uh.. ‘Green’ delights if you’re that way inclined.
  • The Botanical Gardens, which is home to the famous 1874 Old Palm House and over 13,000 different species of plants! Entrance is free which is a plus too!
  • Snap colourful houses in one of Copenhagen’s most picturesque neighbourhoods, Nyboder
  • Spot the changing of the guards in Amalienborg where the Danish Royal Family resides.
  • Do a spot of Window Shopping - or actual shopping if you’re not on a budget and want to soak up all the Scandi fashion on Strøget, Copenhagen’s main shopping district.
  • Chill out and grab a coffee in quiet Jaegersborggade, which is filled with cute and kitsch indie stores and hipster central coffee joints. (Pop along to Palermo Hollywood for cute and kitsch things, or Knast for incredible homeware)
  • Soak up Touristy vibes and get a photo of the colourful houses of Nyhavn.

3.) AIRBNB IT.
Consider an alternative to a traditional hotel in order to save a few pennies for more smorrebrod (can you tell I’m missing it?). We stayed in an incredibly beautiful and spacious apartment in the Norrebro district, which was quiet and filled with very kind and friendly locals for around 291 DKK a night. We stayed here, Uffe was a wonderful host and the flat was beautifully furnished.


4.) EAH (EAT AT HOME!).
To save money, I’d recommend eating at least one meal a day in your Accomodation. We opted to have breakfast in the flat we were renting as our host provided us with lot’s of coffee and tea options, so we went to Netto and picked up Milk, Bread, Cereal, Fruit etc to start the day right. It saved time, and it also saved money. But if you are wanting to eat or drink out, check out: Taxa (Try the Fries with Basil Mayo and their Smorrebrod), Meyers Bageri (Their cinnamon rolls are second to none!), Original Coffee (These were dotted around the city, and they do a mean cold brew if you’re coffee inclined like myself), Paper Island (For an absolute spread of varying food and drinks trucks, and a beautiful view over the Copenhagen Harbour), or if you’re already going to the Design Musuem consider stopping for a Carlsberg, or a Cake in their Kaffe.


5). THE GREAT OUTDOORS.
Danes are serious about their Hygge, as you should be too! So consider spending some time outside, particularly in the warmer months as the city is brimming with beautiful outdoor spaces such as, Fælledparken, Superkilen Park, The Kings Garden Playground, or even Assistens Cemetary, which holds the remains of philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, Storyteller Hans Christien Andersen. Danes are incredibly friendly, as I found it was easy to strike up conversation with people even simply in passing, or mostly in my case, falling from my bike…

All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Copenhagen, and I’m already planning a return in Spring with my sister. As always when travelling, it was a pleasure to be able to engage with another culture and way of life, and after visiting I can honestly say I finally get why the Danes are the happiest in the world, with so many clean, kid friendly open spaces, bike lanes, great beers and such a relaxed culture, it has been a pleasure for two headless chicken Londoners to reduce the pace of life a little.

If you're wanting a taste of Scandinavia, without the flights and bikes, how does a competition to have a Scandinavian 5 Course lunch with wine and champagne on arrival sound? All you need to do is post / comment your favourite holiday hack on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Entries must include the @arrive_happy (Twitter) or @arrivehappy (Instagram) handles and the hashtag #HoppaHacks to be counted! (Check out the hashtag to see a few of mine and Kristabel's Hoppa Hacks!). The competition ends 10th August and the winner will be announced on the 11th of August. Check out the competition link here for more details and to see Kristabel's vlog of the trip!

Have you ever been to Copenhagen? If so, what did you do whilst you were there!

This post was in collaboration with Hoppa, all words and photography are my own*

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7.26.2017

Masculin et Féminin.

Architecture, Being A Woman & Blackness.

With very little sleep under my belt as I'd just landed from Copenhagen, last week Friday I went to a meeting I'd been bubbling with excitement over. Not only because of the content and topic of the meeting, but rather because I was about to meet with an Architect. But not just any architect, a black woman Architect. If you know anything about the Architecture world in the United Kingdom you'll know that the profession is far from diverse, with men making up to 94% of the profession here. So meeting another woman in the industry who looks like me, who will have had a similar past, upbringing, social and cultural values like me was so pleasant. I graduated with a Masters in Architecture this month and I was the sole black female to graduate on the MArch course of 2017. As much as people like to say, 'don't put labels on yourself', I carry the label of being a black woman in a profession that is very much white male with utmost pride.

7.18.2017

Summer In The City. (Plus a Giveaway!)

Mayfair, London, UK

The World Is Your Oyster (Card).

There is an unbearable humidity in the air, iced coffee's are everywhere and trying to navigate through Oxford street at any given time of day is quite literally impossible. This can mean only one thing. Summer In The City. I sat down and realised a few days ago, that gone are the days of having a good solid three to four weeks off at summer to enjoy oneself. This will be the last ever summer I'll probably ever have where I'm *free*, and have quite a good amount of free time to well.. do stuff, and instead of just sitting at my laptop for hours on end, robotically applying for every architectural role that I may find, something is tugging at me to do and be more...

7.10.2017

Internet Inti-Mates.

Marylebone, London, UK

"Appreciation & Admiration"

I’ve been blogging for almost seven years now and I will maintain that the best thing to come out of me over sharing on the Internet for strangers to read is friendship. From my tumblr days back in 2008 up until my lazy blogging days of late, the friendships I’ve made along the way have had a remarkable impact on my life and indeed my blogging journey. Without some of the pals I’ve made over the years on the Internet, I’d be quite lost, particularly when it comes to the in’s and out’s of the more monetary side of it all. So this post is all about internet pals and how incredible the blogging community can be. Read Supal's post all about friendship and her move to the UK from the US.

7.02.2017

New Beginnings…

Life Comes At You Fast.


When life gives you lemons you make lemonade as the famous saying goes, and whether it’s because graduation is looming and my best friend of life is flying in all the way from Chicago just to see me collect my degree, but I am feeling optimistic and full of life. Things have worked out very much differently to how I would have imagined it to be sixth months ago, and things on the Architecture job front have fallen through in Liverpool, but surprisingly, I’m not sad (well anymore that is) because something in my heart is telling me it may be for the best. So I’m moving back to London.

6.27.2017

On: Disposability.

"Disposable, incidental, wasteful, throwaway."


[dih-spoh-zuh-buh l] 

adjective
1. Designed for or capable of being thrown away after being used orused up:
Disposable plastic spoons; a disposable cigarette lighter.

2. Free for use; available:
Every disposable vehicle was sent.

noun
3. Something disposable after a single use, as a paper cup, plate, or napkin.


My posts as of late have been quite wordy, partly because I don’t have anything better to do until I get a new job, and partly because life has been... tumultuous, and writing my thoughts out feels much healthier than keeping it in. Ironically my last post was on hope and hopelessness and today my friends I am really struggling with the whole hopeful thing. I dislike when the week starts off on a bad note because it makes me feel like the rest of the week will follow the same pattern... But onwards and upwards eh? It gets worse before it gets better as they say. Life is a strange thing and I usually try not to question things in the world, one of the things that grounds me is that there are lots of good things happening in the world as well as the bad, one of my favourite sources for small joys is this place, sounds strange but after being constantly pummelled by bad news, sometimes it's nice to see that there are nice things happening across the globe too. One thing i've wondered on a daily basis, is that does there come a time in adult life where everything just sort of smooth's out into soft curves as opposed to the jagged cracks of uncertainty that are rippling through my young adult years. Since January everything has felt heightened and it feels like i'm toeing the line as it were and having to be so careful with e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. Cryptic, yes.

6.18.2017

On: Hope & Hopelessness.

Marylebone, London, UK

"I see the world in light, I see the world in wonder"

Hello! And welcome to In My Sunday best 4.0! I hope you like the new design and I hope it feels a little more simple and a bit more accesible. I'll be talking about the design in a more detailed post, but for now, let's talk about hope (and the occasional lack of it), it is a Sunday after all.

6.05.2017

Pause.

sometimes, just take a break.
Long time no blog ey. I'll save you the details and I'll just exhale and try not to scream (well caps locks) that I am officially DONE with university. I have FINISHED! I'll be penning a bumper post on well.. how it feels to have finished seven years of architorture, I mean architecture. What have I been doing with my few days of freedom? Absolutely nothing my friends. I have slept, I have eaten, I have checked my professional e-mail for potential architecture jobs and I've just enjoyed not *having* to do anything.

4.30.2017

In Defence Of The Mundane.

Boring is Interesting.

I received an e-mail from a blog reader thanking me for sharing haphazard snippets of my life on the blog, and it made my heart sing a little bit. For me, blogging has been a personal and fairly intimate hobby of mine. Very rarely are my blog posts super planned out (unless I’m working with brands), and most of my posts are done sporadically (usually as a form of procrastination), I simply type until I cannot type anymore, so, in essence In My Sunday Best is years upon years of word vomit and photography. 
When I first started blogging around six years ago (yes six years! – feels like a lifetime), there was a robust sense of intimacy and privacy (I realise that anything posted on the web is contradictory of privacy but you get what I mean) and whilst I’m glad to see how blogging has progressed in such a short amount of time and how well respected bloggers are now, I cant help but feel like some of the humdrum fragments of life that was so treasured in the blogging community are being buried amidst a jungle of super polished professional outfit posts (not that there's anything wrong with the latter). Because of how much of a booming business the blogging industry has become, it’s obvious that things would (and should) change. Change is good.  I myself have changed with the times, for example I used to be A LOT more personal on the blog but it's not as feasible now with so many visitors and not knowing who is reading. I still try to somewhat instill a sense of personality in my posts without being overly intimate, in a sense sharing things that weigh on my mind without putting the entirety of my private life all over the web.
The aspirational versus relatable argument will go on forever and in my opinion, what is relatable for others may be aspirational for some and vice versa, some people can easily afford multiple holidays a year and for some readers that may be relatable, but for others it may be aspirational. For me, most of the bloggers I love are both relatable and aspirational, but for me, I don’t mean aspirational in terms of how desirable of a life someone lives, but rather the content of their blog, the quality of their photography and writing, how they balance full time working with a blog and what they do in their day to day life, that is what interests me. This may not interest others and that is a-ok! I have seen a lot of people express doubts in regards to publishing their blog posts / videos / etc. due to them being boring and in defence of the mundane, I think regularity is interesting, there is a rousing sense of relevancy and almost shared camaraderie within them, no battling for who will become the biggest, or who will have the most followers but simply, here is my life etcetera, etcetera. Some bloggers who have incredibly relatable and aspirational content are: Supal, Michelle, Lauren, Lucy, Karina, Ghenet, and Yasumi (I basically want to be them because they are SO cool! and they give me a solid reminder that yes, there is a life outside of social media, numbers and curating the perfect Instagram).

Who are your favourite aspirational and relatable bloggers and why?

Sade 

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4.12.2017

Efflorescence.

Liverpool, UK

SPRING SUPPLIES

Revisiting items in your wardrobe to style with new pieces is honestly DA BEST. So often I strike gold with an old tee or an old pair of jeans and it gets me super excited to well.. get dressed. More often than not, you can spy me in a loose vintage dress with a pair of leggings and some worn out boots, much like this,  occasionally, when i *actually* wake up before the seventh alarm on my phone goes ding-a-ling, or when i'm feeling somewhat fresh, i make an effort to raid my wardrobe for pieces i love but haven't worn much. This post is the result of said rummaging! I found this very instagram friendly H&M ruffle sleeve top i wore for my 25th last year, and my old trustworthy American Apparel jeans which are now quite literally bursting at the seams due to far too many trips to Nabzy's (sob sob - but bonjour bigger boobies and a squishier butt) and put them together with a new pair of delightful shoes from Ted Baker, and hey presto - A very spring-y outfit, complete with floral embellishment and a pink coat appears.

3.12.2017

Cosy Cartharsis.

Word Vomit...

This blog post was supposed to be about my love for vintage clothing but i'll be honest and admit my brain feels a little fried this Sunday morning, and the thought of having to think and type intelligently is giving me a migraine. Instead i'm going to just type and I apologise for the word vomit in advance but sometimes a girl's gotta just type right? (see what i did thurr hehe). This week has been figuring out and finalising the teeny details on floor plans in Revit, constant scribbling in my sketchbook, mild stress, crying with laughter over whatsapp video calls with friends, eating hella dairy knowing full well i'm lactose intolerant and subsequently dry sobbing over the cramps and uh other side effects (TMI - soz), and doing this face to quite a few things. I've got about 2.5 months left of postgrad and all I can say is HALLELUJAH, THANK GOD! I have never wanted to finish something so much in my life, I have nothing left to give y'all (slightly overdramatic) but i-am-exhausted and getting irritated at seeing my own work aha! Another thing that has been on my mind is the struggle that i'm finding in writing blog posts nowadays. Give me the works of Bachelard to write an essay on and I could probably write a fairly compelling piece, but being able to write about myself in clothes, i simply don't know how to anymore, i'm not sure if it's because my outfits are based around comfort, practicality, longevity and things i can wear cross legged in studio, or that i'm just not that into fashion anymore? (probably the latter given the cosy outfit I'm wearing in this - deff not on trend heh!) The joys of being a broke student eh.

3.09.2017

The Barbican Conservatory & An Ode to Exploration.

A Green Getaway.

Whilst the idea of a bikini clad, coconut wielding me on holiday somewhere warm, digging my toes in the sand and splashing about in azure waters is something that i dream of on an almost daily basis, it's not something my bank balance will allow for unfortunately *sobs in exhibition and printing money*. What I like to do, (usually with my sister in tow) is find places somewhat locally that i've yet to explore, it could range from a new coffee shop to a museum i've yet to visit. Over summer we did a lot of these 'mini trips' and it made us really fall in love with London again. I'd been seeing a lot of images from The Barbican Conservatory floating around social media and I actually hadn't a clue that The Barbican even had a conservatory but after seeing how beautiful the staircases and plants were, i knew i had to see for myself and scratch that botanical itch.
The conservatory itself is absolutely idyllic if I may say so myself, a quick walk from Barbican station and you're transported to an exotic oasis in London filled with over 2000 species of plants and trees. The second I stepped into the conservatory i felt a twinge of excitement in my chest like i'd come across a pot of gold at the end of a very green and lush rainbow. There's something about exploring places you've never been to that just makes ones heart sing and puts a spring in your step, particularly when you discover places with a loved one. I'm planning on putting on my travelling hat and hoping to explore Oxford, The Lake District, Chester and maybe even York after easter.

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