Monday, June 24, 2024

Tokyo Outfit Day 2

For my second day on my solo trip to Japan, I got more experimental with my outfit. I wore a shirt dress by a new designer I really like, Julia Allert. Because the silhouette is so oversized and unique, I chose to wear it open like a coat, with a white lace top under it and black pants. I also carried my Park Tote from The Row for the second day, which was spent at museums and high tea in Azabudai Hills.

Top: Julia Allert Tank: Urband Outfitters Pants: Uniqlo
Bag: The Row
Sunglasses: Prada Shoes: Madewell

Friday, June 14, 2024

Brewing Adventures in The Gambia: How I Took My Coffee Obsession on the Road

As someone who has developed a genuine obsession with coffee, the prospect of a work trip to The Gambia posed an interesting challenge. A quick pre-trip investigation revealed a surprising fact – there were no coffee shops in the region. Determined not to compromise my daily caffeine fix, I took matters into my own hands, packing a coffee arsenal that allowed me to brew coffee wherever I went.

The Essentials: My preparation involved careful consideration of the essentials. Here's what made it into my coffee-centric travel kit:

  1. Ground Coffee from a Las Vegas Roaster
  2. Bialetti Coffee Maker
  3. Camping Mug
  4. Hot Plate (Plugs in Anywhere)

To complement my stash, I made a strategic purchase upon arrival – whole milk from the local store. With my supplies in tow, I was ready to turn any corner of The Gambia into my personal coffee haven.

Desperate times call for desperate measures

One of the most liberating aspects of my coffee expedition was the flexibility to brew wherever I pleased. My hotel room became a makeshift coffee haven, and I found myself setting up shop in unexpected places – a school, a conference room, and even on the side of the road. The only prerequisites were an electrical outlet and a precious supply of electricity, a rarity in certain locations.

By taking control of my coffee destiny, I spared myself the challenge of navigating a coffee-less landscape. My do-it-yourself approach ensured a daily dose of delicious coffee without inconveniencing anyone or compromising on taste.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Tokyo Outfit Day 1

My first day of my solo trip to Tokyo this year was spent shopping at Harajuku, Shibuya, Aoyama, Daikanyama, and Omotesando. I specifically chose to do this on the first day because: 1) it was a Thursday, and I knew those areas would be less crowded than on the weekend, and 2) I had no lunch or dinner plans with any of my friends, so I had the maximum amount of time to myself.

I really picked the perfect outfit in my opinion. I was excited to debut this Clare V dress I bought from a thrift store, as well as my Barbie tights from Sheertex. It was also my first time taking out my large Park Tote from The Row. It was humid and cool spring weather, and this dress was the perfect balance of style and comfort.

Dress: Clare V Bag: The Row Tights: Sheertex Sunglasses: Prada Shoes: Madewell

What Did I Buy in The Gambia

I bought a lot in The Gambia. I honestly did not expect I would buy so much. On my last work trip to Ethiopia, I had no time for shopping, b...