Happy Halloween

Hope everyone is enjoying their Halloween! Unfortunately not me! For some reason I never got into this holiday. Growing up my parents didn't allowed me and my siblings to celebrate it because of religious purposes and so I never really got into it. Through out my whole life I owned one costume, which was a witch (How fitting for me) and I was 6 years old. I believe my mom only bought the costumes because she felt bad for her kids. It is really depressing seeing a 5 and 7 year old looking out the window, in silhouette, watching all the children in the neighborhood go treat or treating in their Disney outfits. While your sitting at home with NO CANDY and NO COSTUME! Can you imagine what the conversation is like the next day at elementary school?
Green-Wood Cemetery - Brooklyn NY


Hurricane Sandy Pt 2.

Hurricane Sandy

 If you live in the east coast I am sure you are pretty up-to-date with the heck is what's going on. Hurricane Sandy is shutting down New York City! I am not complaining because school is cancelled woohooo!!! LOL -- I was suppose to take a midterm which I did not yet study for. Thanks Sandy! Spared me another week *phew*.  I did a little last minute shopping for some groceries and especially chocolate. I hope it's a minor storm but it looks crazy! Pray for me...

Black & Olive Shop on Etsy

YAY! LIBERATION!! CELEBRATION! I finally opened my shop on Etsy! and posted my beaded bracelets (Well some). Here are the few that are up in the shop right now! I would like to put all up but somehow I did not realize how much work this is. I am suppose to be studying for my French midterm and I am totally blowing it over because I really wanted to post them up. All pieces are one of a kind made just for you, all natural stones from Jasper, Pyrite, Turquoise and more. They are beautiful! I love them, you'll them, let's love them together.
Thanks for reading!

(Some items in image are already sold)

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I officially have brain damage, too much going on! 

H&M Ankle Boots

 These past 2 years I have been looking for a pair of perfect ankle boots. Me being Ms. Picky, I do not like certain boots as well as my ankles are the same size as the width of a doorknob. So it is extremely hard to find a pair that looks great and fits my ankle the way I want it -- I have this problem with all boots, the width never fits my calves or ankles and I'll be damned if I am walking around with baggy boots so I always take them to the shoe repair to take them in but who wants to spend money right after spending money! Not me! --

The Monochromatic Look

I have never been the monochromatic girl. Something about sticking to one color scheme is just boring to me. Though for some reason it was featured all over the Fashion Runways this year. It's funny because I hate Black and White together - blame it on all the department stores I have worked in the past 10 years, my closet is filled with black!! - So since I am already caught up with the monochromatic fashion trend hopefully I force myself to wear it.

Black & Olive Co.

 It's official I have no life. I am in the middle of midterms and getting term/team projects together and all I can think about is when am I really going to put my handmade beaded bracelets on Etsy. This year I have been completely distracted from school. It's sort of like I am thinking ahead of school, I am over it, throw me in with the sharks because I am ready. I am ready to start my career, or start something for God sakes or I am going to pull my Fro out. It's been about 5 months since I have been ordering pieces though it feels like 5 years I still believe that I am not fully equip yet. There's so much I don't have yet -- The smallest thing like a CAMERA!!!! -- However I am making do with what I have. I really would love to just launch my own site but I know that will take some time. It's ok I am willing to wait. Until then I'll continue to make more and come up with some more creative ideas.
 I am in the process of taking photos of them though I have not posted them up yet on Etsy, I will keep you guys updated. I am really hoping I can get them up some time this week... Maybe

Vintage Land Rover

My Country-side Ride

Brooklyn, NY

Rib & Hull

I have been dying for a tote I can wear everyday and that is classic without it looking like a sleep over bag. This one from Rib & Hill is whispering my name, do I give in???! I need something I can dress down, dress up, dress around etc...
1. Heirloom Tote
2. iPad Classic Sleeve
3. Raw Wallet Tan


I finally found time between my hectic schedule to wash my hair. I finished most of my Homework throughout the week so after work yesterday I went to Ricky's to get a deep conditioner and shampoo. As I searched the curly girl aisle I remembered receiving a sample of the Miss Jessie Pillow Soft Curls. Now I've been natural for a year and 6 months so I am still trying to figure out what really works for me. As my hair gets longer I would have to move on to another product because the old just doesn't cut it anymore. -- Back to the curly girl aisle -- When I used the sample I loved how soft it left my hair and the smell... ohh the smell is oh so divine. Another great factor about this lotion, you can apply it to dry hair without it weighing your hair down.

It takes a awful long time for me to deep condition my hair if I don't have any heat. I want that conditioner to penetrate. I bought Mixed Chicks deep conditioner and was really unsure because the only deep conditioner I have ever used was Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque. I warmed it up in the microwave with extra virgin olive oil for 20secs, sectioned off my hair, slapped that bad boy in. It made it way easier to detangle and it left my hair soft (I haven't washed in 2 weeks, it wasn't pretty). My hair is weird, it struggles for moisture when and after washing but after 3 days, it looks stunning! I also bought the Hair Rules aloe grapefruit purifying shampoo. I only apply shampoo to my roots because shampoo dries my hair out to the max! no bueno! So I shampooed the roots and rinsed. -- Conditioned with Mizani Moisturefuse -- Check out Recent Post on Mizani

Nior et Olive

 As I listen to my favorite song Redemption song by Bob I think of finally understanding life. Today's world it is just so hard to become an aspiring individual, being that the media studies the negatives. On the cruise I recently took with my mother and grandmother I remember watching the ocean and realizing that I am just a molecule to what this world really is and I only know what I was taught. I get so caught up on ratchetness that I take the beauty of life for granted. At the end of the day I still take a look up and kiss the sun. Just have gratitude for what I have --


Quote The Raven

Fort Green Park, Brooklyn NY

 Everytime I see doors I think of one of my favorite poems by Edgar Allen Poe. Don't ask why...

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.'

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore -
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore -
Nameless here for evermore.

And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me - filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating
`'Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door -
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door; -
This it is, and nothing more,'