Friday, October 31, 2014

Chymere A. Loves in...October 2014

October has been an exceptional month, full of unforgettable moments, new adventures, and no complaints. At Page 304 of 365, I can honestly say that I've accomplished so much with still more time left to fulfill the few goals I have yet to touch.

♥ Music:

  • Songs: Fantasy x Alina Baraz & Galimatias | Talk About It x Erik Hassle [both tracks featured on The October Mixtape no. III]
  • Album(s): Anomaly x Lecrae  | Tough Love x Jessie Ware

♥ Beauty:

♥ Tech:

♥ On the WWW:

  • For someone who literally craves a physical beach all the time, even in her dreams, this article written by Zadie Smith gave me an entirely new and rather refreshing perspective, which is something I greatly appreciate when I'm reading other people's thoughts. Her explanation of "...A reality shaped around your own desires..." was award-winning, along with the writing itself. In honesty, it made me want to move to Manhattan, but then I realized I may have missed the entire point, so I read it again...and more time, then bookmarked to read later.  I believe I finally understood what she meant by Find Your Beach.
  • Reading the beautiful articles from GG's Layers to Self-Discovery Tour had me in a positive mindset all month long and I was so honored to participate and be apart of such an amazing group of writers.
  • Thanks to Urban Bush Babes for introducing The Line Up, a collection of super dope street style photos captured by Photographer: Anka Itskovich // IG: @the_line_up
  • YouTube Channel: Life with the Logans {via Vicky Logan}

♥ Miscellaneous:

  • Food: Why am I just learning that the Rice Crispy treats at Starbucks are amaze-balls? I'll take that with a Salted Caramel Mocha frappuccino, please | Desserts at Café Intermezzo in Mid-town Atlanta
  • Shows: Gotham | American Horror Story binge will commence today, for the sake of Halloween *says a prayer*
  • Candle: Pumpkin pie candle from Walmart
  • The new journal that I recently purchased from Home Goods. My current journal is coming to a close and I can't wait to begin writing in a new one
What have you been loving in the month of October?

- ♥ Chymere A.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Christmas Wish List 2014

Christmas Wish List 2014

It's no secret that my mind automatically switches to fall/winter mode as soon as fall officially hits. The excitement for Christmas time starts to boil unreasonably early for me. Maybe I love the season so much, because when Christmas Eve finally gets here, it's all over so fast...or maybe, I'm just a crazy nut who is utterly obsessed with the holiday itself. The lights. The festivities. The smells. The coziness of cold outside/warm inside. If I'm crazy, then so be it, because I absolutely love it all.

Naturally, my head is already in the clouds about the most wonderful time of year, discussing plans with my loved ones, brainstorming everything from how I'm going to decorate my living space to what I wish to do to. I also think of ways to make it a special holiday for someone else, because it ruins the purpose if I'm selfish. In the same breath, I'v always kept with the tradition of creating a Christmas wish list, just in case anyone in my life is feeling a little generous; no pressure. Even if I don't get anything on this list, a girl can dream, right?

With that being said, I now present my 2014 Christmas Wish List:
  1. Crosley X Portable Record Players: "Girl, put your records on!" It's weird that I've been collecting vinyls since the 90's and never owned my own turn table (I just used my dad's.) This has been on my radar for forever, seems like, and I believe this year will finally be the year for it to be in my possession, even if I have to treat myself. It's about that time. 
  2. Chance by Chanel: This scent is my holy grail, my signature fragrance. Such a beautiful aromatic touch for a lady like myself. My Grandma, who swears by Chanel no. 5, always used to tell me, "Ladies wear Chanel." Noted. 
  3. MARC by MARC JACOBS watch: For this particular item, any watch is welcomed. For those of you who aren't aware, I've recently began watch collecting that I hope to grow significantly over the years. 
  4. Samsung NX3000: This camera is sweet! I've been meaning to step my technology game up and this would be a step in that direction. Also, I just really miss photography and am ready to get back to it on a larger scale. 
  5. MF DOOM 'Operation Dooms Day' cassette box set: My vinyl collection continues because of this obsession with a time I didn't even exist in. However, when it comes to cassette tapes? Talk about childhood nostalgia at it's finest. Pretty soon, I'll be discussing my resurrected love for MF Doom on a Music Collective post. Wait for it. 
  6. H&M Shoulder Bag: I'm not one of those girls who owns a ton of bags nor do I feel like that many are necessary, but this would be a nice one for my day-to-day needs, especially on school days. 
  7. Zara Riding Boots: Although I am one of those girls who can never have too many shoes, I don't actually own that many shoes. A new pair of winter boots are long overdue.  
That pretty much sums it up, pretty reasonable list compared to the ones I've conjured previously. What's on your Christmas Wish List this year? 

- ♥ Chymere Anais


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Music Collective: vol. 17 {The October Mix Tape, no. III}

As the leaves begin to change and the weather stays cool throughout the day, my mood has been relaxed for the most part, therefore, my go-to musical selections for the month of October have created a pretty chill background ambiance that I absolutely love. I don't know what it is about this time of year that just completely mellows me out, but I welcome whatever it is with open arms each and every time. 

What have I been listening to non-stop as of lately, you ask? First, to set the mood, prepare a Vanilla Chai Tea Latte for yourself. This should only take about 10-15 minutes. Then, light a warmly scented candle, cuddle up on your favorite part of the sofa, and take a listen to no. III of The October Mix Tape trilogy: 

♥ Chymere A.

no. III:

  1. Fantasy x Alina Baraz & Galimatias
  2. Talk About It x Erik Hassle ft. Vic Mensa
  3. Pretty Thoughts x Alina Baraz & Galimatias
  4. Make You Feel x Alina Baraz & Galimatias
  5. I'm in Like x Raphael Saadiq
  6. Ordinary Heart x Emily King
  7. Lullaby x Chargaux ft. Soft Glas
  8. I See Fire x Ed Sheeran (Kygo rmx)
  9. Goddess x Banks
  10. Feelin the Vibe x Chaira Noriko
  11. Respect x The Decoders ft. Mara Hruby & Van Hunt
  12. City Lights x Brett Bixby
  13. Suburbs x Mr. Little Jeans
  14. Life of Eve x Babel ft. Lapsley (Tulpa rmx)
  15. Names and Races x Foreign Fields
  16. Afro Blue x Robert Glasper ft. Erykah Badu, Phonte (9th Wonder's Blue Light Basement rmx)
  17. Another Time x City of the Sun
  18. Save Yourself First x Chance the Rapper, SoX
  19. Sunset x The Internet ft. Yuna
  20. Drunk in Love (Weeknd rmx) x The Weeknd

+ For more hand-picked music selections, browse through the archives H E R E. +


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Self-Love ♡ Sundays | No Rush

Have you ever looked back in photo albums and wish you took more pictures? Sometimes, nostalgia does that to people like me. I'd smile at the memories, so clear and vivid, but still left feeling like I could have captivated more of those fleeting moments that are forgotten with age. Although it's not always as vital to be behind the camera as it is to just be, there are chances and tools [to capture more photographs] that we allow to slip away into the abyss, never to be reconciled with again.

A large percentage of our lives are spent rushing to the finish line, anxious for "the next big thing" to happen. When we're 11, we can't wait to officially be a teenager. When we're 16 we can't wait to be 18, and so forth. Instead of absorbing moments for what they really are, our minds are fixated on future (non-existent) ones. At last, we find ourselves at that golden hour we've anticipated, helplessly wondering where time went and contemplating what's next.  

Between the goal and the idea realized, there is so much substance hanging in the balance that we miss chasing the final result. Waiting is a game of opportunity; it's perfect time to grow, improve, build, but most importantly, it's a time to really be present and enjoy the process of dreams happening. I strongly believe that the individuals who learn to smile during the wait are happier and are more at peace within themselves and whatever circumstances they may face. And the chief aim of this journey of self-love is to be more at peace within /outside of myself. 

Great things come to those who work hard with good hearts, humble spirits, and who are patient enough to trust the process.”[original quote]

Pearls of the Day: Practice patience. Don't be so anxious for the end result of things. Try to remember that everything that is supposed to happen will happen and waiting period doesn't necessarily mean idle. Trust the process, learn more, keep growing, and build up to that point.

♡ // Chymere Anais

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

In Love With Your Rhythm

In Love With Your Rhythm (A Compilation of Love Haikus)

we are a garden
the green plants are more vivid
rooted in good soil

your love for me blooms
proves faint prayers matter too
it reflects God's sun

just your existence
gives me energy unmatched
perils can't touch me

strategic movements
tore down heart walls and guards for
love overflowing

with you by my side
dark clouds are replaced by days
abundant with bliss

you are where my words
feel so uninhibited
here my art is safe

my ears to your chest
thankful for stars aligning
for time spent with you

your heart's trumpets sound
the same way I imagine
heaven's orchestra

lost in the tempo
careful to not lose senses
so familiar with  you

I press in closer
silently wishing God would
make time move slower

after all these years
in love with your rhythm still
keep growing deeper

thank you for being
someone whose love anchors me
together we fly

♥ // @ChymereA


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Music Collective: vol. 16 {Tell the World}

"...Can’t quench ya’ love, they can’t separate us from the love of God, there’s no estimate
My face look the same, my frame ain’t rearranged, but I’m changed; I promise I ain’t the same
Your love’s so deep you suffered and took pain, you died on the cross to give me a new name..."

Friday, October 10, 2014

E is for Epic (Life is Meant to Be Epic, part II)

This post is part of The Layers of Self-Discovery Tour created by GG Renee of All the Many Layers.  Follow the tour through the blogs of 26 women exploring the complexities of womanhood and self-discovery from A to Z.  Click here to keep up with each post and enter to win a giveaway package full of goodies for your mind, body and soul.   

When most of us think of the word epic, there’s a part of us that are both intimidated and excited about this level we have yet to reach in our lives. I can recall a time where the word was a symbol of some grandiose reward at the end of a tunnel, after all the sweat, tears, and sacrifice of chasing dreams have finally paid off. Until that day came, I wasn’t exactly able to channel my brains to think of that word when someone asks, “How’s life?” The retort was typically automatically generated based on the level of familiarity with the person inquiring. However, when was the last time you dared to respond, “Life is epic,” and actually meant it?


Recently, I’ve challenged myself to reevaluate the topic of what it means to be epic. This 4 letter structure holds so much weight, and lately, had been dancing wildly in the fires of my mind. As the days passed by, I desired to experience this foreign concept, forbidden from everyday vernacular, on a deeper level, yet, clarity had not yet manifested. I wanted to know the word first-hand, beyond knowing it just for the sake of writing about it; to fall asleep and awake to the feel of its touch. But every night there was a void, because I still couldn’t fixate my mouth to say that life is epic and actually mean it.

…And one day, it just happened, much like love, appearing at my doorstep unexpectedly.

Now I know that to truly understand something-anything- requires a mental shift. It’s opening our hearts to the endless possibilities, rather than dwelling on circumstances and negativity, and to hold tightly to those moments that make one thankful to be alive. Living an epic life is finding purpose in each day, love in each soul, and bliss in every adventure. It’s feeling the sunrises/sunsets as they come and learning to appreciate the storms equally. Although the concept is still fairly new to me, every day I wake up with the intention to live on purpose that particular day, to maximize the 24 hours ahead of me the best way I know how, and not waste valuable time worrying about a future time that hasn’t arrived, has already passed, or the things I cannot control.

Life becomes epic when we are fully aware that every breath is a blessing, that being alive is a choice, not a coincidence, and that the universe will open doors when our minds are in the right place, and not a moment sooner. Ask yourself ‘Is my life epic?’ and if the answer is no, go out and live! The choice is yours.

-Chymere A.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday Motivation | Live Your Dream

I am convinced that my mom is like Storm and has this uncanny power to sense my emotions, or at least the shift in my normal patterns, enough to provoke some sort of change in them. Some people call it a mother's instinct, but I'd like to think of it as a super power, gifted only to the chosen few and she has it down to an Omniscience. She sent this video to me in the midst of me not feeling so confident about the goals I placed in front of myself, without me expressing those feelings to her. And I listened to it a few times and meditated on the message for a while, because it was definitely something I needed to hear, especially in that moment. 

 Many times, the journey to achieving your goals and living your dreams can seem like the hardest thing in the world. In those dark moments when your dreams seem too far away to touch, it's easy to cave in. The worst part about being in that place, I think, is attracting the negativity that's only feeding into that self-doubt. If you ever get to that point, just know that you are closer than you think you are; it's all a matter of continuing to push forward and refusing to cave in. Every now and then, you're lucky enough to stumble across things that motivate you to pull yourself out of that dark place and continue the journey with your head held high. 

- ♥ Chymere Anais

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Life is Meant to Be Epic

Lately, I've been feeling like something is missing. And without it-whatever it may be-life just seems so...lackluster. I don't think it reflects how grateful I am for the things I do have nor how happy I currently am, but it's extremely difficult to ignore the frustration of trying to figure out what I need do-in this moment- in order to make life taste better. Because of this void, it is throwing everything else off. Maybe I'm experiencing some sort of quarter-life crisis for the first time. Whether it's a subconscious trick of the mind or my life is really as dull as it seems, I know something needs to shift soon. 

Only naturally, I began to compare my journey to the highlight reel of others. Friday nights would be spent laying in bed, browsing endlessly through social media, watching all these amazing things happen for my family members, friends and associates, and sending out congratulatory wishes with "green eyes". Little by little, I drowned myself in my own misery and convinced myself that certain circumstances were holding me back, rather than me taking responsibility for limiting myself. 

Note to self: The ally to emptiness is comparison and feeds the depression, so stop.

Earlier this summer, marked the beginning of a new era in my life. The phrase has a nice ring to it, makes for a respectable tagline as well. However, I wanted it to represent a new way of thinking.  I wrote that out with the intention of making it stand for something beyond blogging; I wanted to create the life of my dreams by living something worth writing about every single day. Apparently, I have been doing something wrong or, perhaps, nothing at all. 

Although I'm still sorting through the logistics of what I'm supposed to be doing, ultimately, shift is completely dependent on the actions I'm taking to make it happen.  It takes more than a hash-tag for thoughts to manifest, for life to unfold into this a beautiful existence to be proud of. Life is meant to be EPIC; full of love, bliss, adventures, new experiences, and moments that make us feel alive and liberated. Now is the time to put all this knowledge of how it should be to practice. Now is the time to do more than write out the phrase live beautifully, accompanied by a hash-tag; it is time to live beautifully too. 

♥ Chymere A.

+ This is a (to be continued...) post. Stay tuned for details about where you will be able to find Pt. II! +


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Music Collective: vol. 15 {The October Mix Tape}

Hello, October!

I'm so excited for your arrival. You're such a calm, reassuring month. As soon summer is over, my mind automatically making plans for the two of us. Deep down in my heart, I wish I lived somewhere with a colder climate year round, because 81 degrees in October is a bit disappointing; I've become antsy waiting for your cool breeze to float by.

Your presence is the first sign of Christmas in my eyes. I know it's a tad bit early, but I'm already anxiously waiting for it. Maybe, it's because when Christmas finally gets here, it's all over so fast, therefore,  I try to enjoy the coziness of said season for as long as possible...or maybe, I'm just a crazy nut who is utterly obsessed with the holiday itself. The lights. The festivities. The smells. The climate of cold outside/warm inside. If I'm crazy, then so be it, because I absolutely love it all.

However, this is not about Christmas; this is all about you: The beginning of college homecoming season, and the prime time of a popular American sport, where Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays are dedicated to football. On the nights that I just want to cuddle up with hot tea, a blanket, and music in the background, these are the songs I'll listen to, which reminds me that tomorrow is Friday and I finally get a chance to relax.  

Can't wait to experience all the wonderful things you have in store.

♥ Chymere A.

Ps- Hope you enjoy the compilation!!

no. I: 

  1. Water Under Bridges x Gregory Porter
  2. Rescue x Yuna
  3. Depth of My Soul x Thievery Corporation ft. Shana Halligan 
  4. Like Real People Do x Hozier
  5. Hey x King
  6. Turn Your Lights Down Low x Lauryn Hill ft. Damien Marley
  7. W.A.Y.S. x Jhene Aiko
  8. One Great Mystery x Lady Antebellum
  9. Enchantment x Corinne Bailey Rae
  10. Tuxedo x Cold War Kids
  11. Two Weeks x FKA Twigs
  12. Touch x Shura
  13. Say You Love Me x Jessie Ware
  14. By Your Side x Sade
  15. Latch x Sam Smith

no. II: 

  1. Dexterity x John Coltrane
  2. Elegant Soul x Gene Harris & The Three Sounds
  3. Body and Soul x Thelonious Monk
  4. 5 am x Herb Alpert
  5. Turnaround x Charlie Haden
  6. Teach Me Tonight x Erroll Garner
  7. Silk x Rick Braun
  8. Midnight Blue x Kevin Toney
  9. If I Could Fly x Vincent Ingala

+ For more hand-picked music selections, browse through the archives H E R E. +
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