Monday, 4 May 2015

music monday: unbreakable smile - tori kelly

official music video.

first off, can we take a moment to celebrate my being DONE SCHOOL FOREVERRRRRRRRR!!
let's be real - i'll sign myself back up for something at some point because i'm a masochist...
but yes, your girl wrote her final exam last friday and survived the nightmare that was 8 final exams in 9 days.
special shout out to whoever placed two finals back to back - one at 9:00 am followed by another at 11:30 am.

anywhooo, if you've been a follower of my blog, you'll know i love me some tori kelly.
(see herehere andddddddd here.)
i just find something about her so endearing and home girl can sannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng.

though she's released albums in the past, her first full fledged album drops this june.
if you've listened to the radio in the last little while, i'm sure you've heard "nobody love" by now.
it's a great song but my heart rejoiced the moment i head the first notes of the title track "unbreakable smile".

this song is basically tori's response to anyone who doubts that a wholesome girl, like herself, can hold her own in the world of half-dressed, tone deaf/auto-tuned singers with no integrity. 
the first time i listened to the track, i was getting straight lauryn hill vibes.
i also nearly dropped my phone a couple of times as some of the lines were just, simply put, fire.
example: 
"but baby who knows, maybe i can sell out shows without taking off my clothes.
God made me sexy, i don't care if only i know."

though the produced version is amazing, i'm a fan of tori when she sings her songs stripped down and unplugged (see below).


anyways, back to work i go.
don't let anyone break those smiles, y'all.

:)
vanessa

Monday, 6 April 2015

grandma's 90th birthday.

on march 30th, my beautiful grandmother  ("gunny" as she's more affectionately known) turned the big 9-0!
so, her daughters got together and threw her a wonderful surprise party.
it was so nice begin around family celebrating the woman who essentially started it all.

i didn't take my many photos as my little cousins kept me on the dance floor.
luckily my cousin, dave, came to the party with his canon camera in tow.
he managed to get some amazing shots which obviously, i stole.
surprise!

me and the photographer, himself!

stanley jumping into what was supposed to be a sibling photo.

 me and my not so little cousin.
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her prance <3

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i don't even know what song this is but what i do know is that my 
grandma has moves for days.

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grandma realizing just how much money was in those birthday cards...
her money dance is something i'll remember forever.

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loose translation: "i'm rich, i'm rich, i'm rich!"
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happy, happy birthday gunny!!!!
here's to another 90 years!

:)
vanessa

Saturday, 21 March 2015

vacation from real.


it seems like every post i write now a days starts with something to the effect of "excuse my absence, school is trying to kill me."
well, that's because it's true.
i'm in the final semester of my program and am taking 8 (count 'em) courses this time around which has proven to be potentially life-threatening.
however, much like gloria gaynor, i will survive.

in desperate need of a mental vacation before the torment that will be 8 finals, i fled to the one place always puts me at ease - california <3
i spent time some time with my sister, felt the sun on my skin for the first time in monthsssssss, ate some amazing food and got my sanity back.
as always, i'm just gonna some of my favourite pics in one mega post :)

<3
vanessa
what is the actual point of this photo?
they need to install a flash for you know, black people.

march 5th
calabassas chillin'
the face of a girl who submitted her health administration paper at 5:58pm.
it was due at 6:00pm.

march 6th  
la nights

march 7th
santa monica days
this girl stays snapchattin'...
not home but always reppin'.
oh just Jesus singing "wonderwall"...
sissies.

always talking...

ignore the belly rolls.
just know that i eat well.



march 8th
maliboooyah
lunch at moonshadows

i'll never get over pepperdine's view...
hummingbird.

different city, same pose.

spotted at the malibu country mart.

favorite hymn <3

obnoxious #1.

self-timer shoot.


 march 9th
runyon/grove/rodeo
vanna black.

pics or it didn't happen...
casual hikes through runyon with lamar odom.
my favourite kardashian making me look like a polly pocket.
obnoxious #2.

crab sushi roll and dare i say, i loved it.

march 10th 
la/hollywood
aka. the day i walked over 18,000 steps.


march 11th
la/beverly hills
what is going on, lol?

until next time, america