M’bifé


Good morning creatures of the world. I was up all night working on something that I hadn’t done in a long time and I would like to share it with you.

Before I do, I’d like to tell you a little bit about the song and the original artists.

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“M’bifé” is a beautiful love song written by the talented Malian couple Amadou and Mariam. Oh, and they’re both blind, which makes this song even more heart-warming.

M’bifé in Bambara (one of the languages spoken in Mali, West Africa) means I love you. The lyrics are very simple, sung over the balafon instrument and guitar.

So yesterday, I felt inspired. After listening to Valerie June’s last album Pushin’ Against A Stone and then Amadou & Mariam’s Dimanche à Bamako, I decided to cover “M’bifé” and mix the two styles.

I hope you guys like this song as much as I do. And when you’re done, feel free to visit my music page on Facebook here for more covers and originals :)

Piña Colito Recipe


What I’m about to show you is not only the secret to happiness but super healthy for your mind, body, soul and end of vacation.

My sister Safiya and I discovered something incredible this summer: a blender.

And with this blender, and the help of a former bartender, we created the most amazing drink in the world: the Piña Colito. If you haven’t already guessed, it’s basically a mix between two of my favorite alcoholic drinks: Piña Colada and Mojito except that we replaced rum with vodka just ’cause life.

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So here’s the most guesstimated version of the Piña Colito cocktail:

Ingredients: Serves 2

-8 mint leaves
-1 ½ cups of water
-1 cup of coconut milk
-½ a pineapple (chopped in pieces)
-1 cup of pineapple juice
-1 cup of brown sugar (optional)
-½ a lime’s juice
-A pinch of cinnamon powder
-1 cup of vodka (or add another cup of water if you want a virgin cocktail)
-Ice

How-to-make-and-shake-it:

Put everything in the blender except for the ice. Press the button. Stop the blender. Pour into a chilled glass full of ice. DRANK.

Upsides: The virgin Piña Colito is super healthy. You can drink it instead of a meal because it’s pretty filling. You can add greens like spinach or kale, and it may taste better/worse.

Downsides: It’s really filling. Like really really. So have it for dessert or dinner or something.

Plans and Procrastination


So here I am, almost at the end of my 5-month-long vacation realizing that I have done absolutely nothing on my to-do list this summer. I did have the time, but I was so busy procrastinating, I now sit in my bed at 9:30 in the morning, awoken by cruel neighbors drilling holes into their walls, wondering where in the world has my summer gone?!

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Recap of my to-do list and how I managed:

I did not learn to sew/mend, instead my mother did it for me.

I did not learn to finger pick on the guitar, instead I listened to Michael do it.

I sorta did learn how to cook beef until it’s tender, not by doing it though, by googling it.

I didn’t go to a foreign country or city I’ve never been to before, because I’m so broke, I don’t even have paper towels. (Hi Mom!)

I did clean up my iTunes though. If by ‘cleaning up’ you mean reenacting middle school memories while dancing to the Gwen Stefani, then yes.

I’d like to think I repaired my hair, by cutting off the split ends, using organic masks and braiding it. Only to find out that one of my hairstylists was a total B.F.H and tore my hair apart.

I did not watch a single Olsen Twins’ movie. Instead I watched Maleficient, Hansel and Gretel, Cars Trains and Automobiles, Sanford and Son, Totally Spies, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Truth about Emanuel, the first 5 minutes of The Hobbit and Pretty Woman.

I have written one song this summer that I don’t even remember and I have a show in October.

Recap of what I did do:

-Partied with my sister like every other day.
-Ate my parents’ food.
-Hung out with THE Ali Rabie.
-Went shopping.
-Was forced to listen to this horrible song on repeat: Pegale – Emilia Cheranti ft. DJ Erise.
-Meet random people that were potential besties but never heard from them again.
-Drink mojitos.
-Move.
-Spend three weeks with three other crazy girls in my apartment.
-Try vegemite. (EWW, NEVER AGAIN!)

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© All Rights Reserved 2014

Summer 2014 Playlist :)


It’s that time of the year again! This summer, I spent three weeks in Dubai to visit my family, chilling to chill music. Now, I’m back in Lyon, with my sister and cousin, and it’s a constant party.

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So here’s a bunch of chill/party music I’ve been dancing to over the last month or so!

Budapest – George Ezra

Ordinary Love – U2

Kukere – Iyanya

99 Red Balloons – Nena

All of me – John Legend

Rude – Magic

Wiggle – Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Dogg

Am I Wrong – Nico & Vinz

Stay Alive – Jose Gonzalez

1904 – The Tallest Man on Earth

Sunday Morning – Velvet Underground

Yonkers – Tyler the Creator

Breezeblocks – Alt-J

M’bifé – Amadou & Mariam

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Enjoy !

A Response to ‘Women Against Feminism’


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Educate yourselves on Feminism for women everywhere in the world !

Originally posted on iwantedwings:

Imagine this:

The year is 2014. You are a white Western woman. You wake up in the morning in a comfortably sized house or flat. You have a full or part-time job that enables you to pay your rent or mortgage. You have been to school and maybe even college or university as well. You can read and write and count. You own a car or have a driver’s licence. You have enough money in your own bank account to feed and clothe yourself. You have access to the Internet. You can vote. You have a boyfriend or girlfriend of your choosing, who you can also marry if you want to, and raise a family with. You walk down the street wearing whatever you feel like wearing. You can go to bars and clubs and sleep with whomever you want.

Your world is full of freedom and possibility.

Then you…

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Meditation and Uncertainty


I have a handful of friends, a few best friends and a couple of favorite people who’ve inspired me.

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Have you ever met a person who makes it so easy to open yourself up to because of his/her honest personality? Just to give you an idea, one of my favorites (also one of the smartest people I know) is one of my closest friends, someone who’s known me for a few years but knows me by heart. He’s a gifted musician, who literally knows everything about everything and has an honest heart.

I’m a people person, so I enjoy meeting people who inspire me and feed my soul spiritually. And last week, I came across one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met.

When you’re a busy and organized person like myself, you tend to hurry your life up. You’re constantly running, planning, doing, writing down, talking until you’re used up at the end of the day. I’ve never really taken the time on my own to meditate and listen to my soul and mind. And spontaneity is another thing we, organized beings, have no time for. Because I don’t like uncertainty, I’m not so comfortable with being spontaneous.

But this person inspired me to meditate and breathe. To look at the beauty of nature and reflect on my life. To take a deep breath and not worry about the unknown. His way of looking at life was so peaceful, accepting that we are not in control of our destiny. I truly admire someone who takes the time to let go and be free, even just for a while. We talked about the uncertainty of the future and how spontaneity is important in a monotone life. How to truly appreciate your family and close friends because they’re the strong foundation of your mind, body and soul.

Yesterday, I sat at the beach with some friends just before dawn. As we listened to music (Kings of Convenience), each of us took our time to contemplate God’s creation and sit in awe. It was so beautiful, we lost track of time.

And that’s how life should be. A continuous contemplation of beauty, captivated in the moment so that you forget everything before and everything after. Breathing in, breathing out, meditation set to music.

You may not understand what I’m talking about or where I’m going with this, and that’s okay.

But next time you find yourself alone, go to your most favorite place in the world, or somewhere you’ve never been. Listen to nature, listen to music and meditate. And I promise the strength, peace and happiness you will find, will be worth it all.

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Letting Go


Dear family, friends, fellow bloggers and newcomers,

I haven’t written a blog post in a month because I took time off to reflect on what I was going to write next. I usually have a bunch of ideas floating in my head every Friday, but until now, I had nothing.

I knew I wanted to write something relevant to my life, a serious blog post to not only share with you, but with myself when I will need it.

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I’m the type of person who plans her life through and through and expects it to work out that way. But I should have known that things never turn out the way I plan them to. In the L-J family, we tend to take everything on a “day-to-day” basis. Not because we want to, but because we have no choice with four young adults making their own plans and two parents running a business.

For instance, I know that I will never get anywhere on time when I’m staying with my family. Don’t get me wrong, I am usually late when I live alone. It’s just that when I decide to be somewhere at say, 7pm, I end up leaving at 7:30pm and I get there around 8:15pm. During that time, many things happen: one of the four “kids” decides they’re not going out anymore, one of the parents has a phone call to make, one of the “kids” decides they’re hungry, the other parent doesn’t want to drive anywhere, one of the “kids” decides they’re tagging along and I decide that I want to change my outfit.

Living in a big household with five other personalities should have taught me how not to make plans, but I always do. I make plans because I’m scared of what will happen if I don’t.

And that’s where I went wrong this year. I planned out everything: career, university, love, friends. I achieved some of those goals like a Queen and other goals turned into crap. I got really good grades for my final exams, but I lost touch with some of the most important people in my life. (Edit: This was not I didn’t “lose” these people because of my exams, but because they weren’t worth fighting for in the end.)

Because I’m the type of person who plans her day, when it doesn’t work out, I tend to worry. I don’t just worry quietly in a corner, I panic and frantically try to find a solution to my new crisis. Every time I worry, I put myself through sadness, heartbreak and anxiety.

But as a Christian, I believe that when God shuts a door, He doesn’t just open a window, He tears off the roof and let’s the sunshine in. That’s how I end up feeling after all this worrying. I realize that the reason why things haven’t gone my way is because there’s something better in store for me.

After a difficult month of worry and sadness, I learned three important things:

1) “Sometimes you need to do the right thing, not what is good for yourself.” I got this from Rosie Falta in Devious Maids’ final episode, and I’m glad I heard it at the right time. When we make decisions, we tend to get those two things mixed up. But doing the right thing doesn’t necessarily mean what feels good for yourself.

2) “Don’t worry about a thing. Because every little thing is gonna be alright”. Bob Marley was 150% right about this, as simple as it sounds. I can spend my time feeling sick and drawing conclusions until I get the answer I need, if I want to. But that won’t change what is meant to happen anyway. And no matter what happens, it’s going to be okay.

3) You can’t plan your life the way you want it to happen, because it has six different timelines. It probably doesn’t, but I got this from Abed in Community‘s Season 3. A group of friends are throwing dice to see who has to leave the room to get pizza while the rest gets to stay. On a die, there are six numbers, meaning there are six different possibilities of what could happen to the group. In real life, you can choose any path you want, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get exactly where you want.

So I’ve decided to let go and let life take the path that it should without worrying about what’s going to happen next. Because no matter how hard I’ll try to follow my schedule, it will never go as planned and I may always be late. And that’s okay.

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