“Oh my God, I love your hair! It’s so cool, can I touch it?”
How many of you natural haired sistahs have gotten these comments while traveling? Or maybe I should ask if you’ve lost count of how many times you’ve heard this? And I’m guessing that by now, like me, you’re probably used to it, and know that it comes with the territory of world travel!
There are some cities that just linger on my mind. They float around my thoughts (and sometimes my Instagram feed), and peak my interest to the point where they eventually make it to the top of my “travel wishlist”.
Berlin had been one of those cities for a few years, and I’d just let my mind run wild with thoughts of being there.
I’ll probably take back all of what I’m about to say in a few weeks (Like the time I questioned if I was tired of solo travel). But these are my current thoughts, I've decided to share...
Some of you may recognize the title of this post as the lyrics to a Didio album (shoutout to all the Dido fans). "Life for Rent" may be an old record but it continues to be one ever so relevant in my life- especially at this very moment.
Since the beginning of time, and I’m referring to BagLady Basics time, my friends and fellow designers have been advising and encouraging me to be the face of my brand. They suggested that I model my own clothes, and share more of my life, and myself in order to form a better connection with my followers and clients.
Since the beginning of time, I’ve ignored most of their advice. Not because I didn’t agree with them or thought that their advice wasn’t valid, but just because I love being the “girl in the background”. I absolutely enjoy working behind the scenes.
I am about to embark on another transition in my life, and lets just say that without constant rumination on life’s lessons, I’d probably be stressed the fuck out. But life has taught me to chill…
Name: Hélène Yon
Current City: Seoul, South Korea
Occupation: Industrial Product Development Manager at a top Cosmetics Company
How would you describe your style?
Casual, feminine and elegant.
You live and you learn, that’s how the saying goes, and I am sure that you can somehow attest to the truth of that statement. It’s simple, and indeed true! I truly believe that sometimes life happens to us to help us become better people.
Life has “happened” to me a couple times, and I have grown in unimaginable ways because of these “happenings”.
My mom always referred to them as “muscles”. She’d tell me that the challenges I faced were helping me to build mental muscles, and that I would in turn become stronger.
Name: Anya Ayoung Chee
Current City: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
Occupation: Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur, Activist
I had a great time in HCMC, and would love for you to have a greater time than I did (if you plan on visiting). I hope that these tips and tricks would help you do so!
ok so let's get right to it...
“I love it here!” I exclaimed. And with a big grin on my face, I literally jumped in the air (I do that a lot).
I felt like a kid in a candy store. Saigon was my candy store, and there were endless surprises in this city; yummy, beautiful, artistic, and kindhearted surprises waited for me down every alley and around every corner.
What made my experience in Saigon even more delightful was the fact that I didn’t have any expectations for the trip. Ho Chi Minh hadn’t been a city I’d wanted to visit and only booked a ticket there because it was cheap and sunny. It came as a great surprise how amazing of a city Ho Chi Minh is.