Shot by @underground_nyc

Shot by @underground_nyc

When you first hear the word “curry”, I bet the lyrics ““I been Steph Curry with the shot, Been cookin’ with the sauce, chef, curry with the pot, boy” , from Drake’s  o to 100 song , pops in your head. Along with thinking about Steph Curry, I also think about curry goat or curry chicken. As a Jamerican, curry based foods are a part of my life diet. Curry doesn’t just taste good, but it looks good. The gorgeous yellow and golden colors of curry stand out on any dish.

I recently went from eating curry to wearing curry. This fabulous color has been plastered all over Zara stores in New York City. My mother bought me a ruffled, 70’s styled curry colored dress and I fell in love. For me, yellow is just a little too bright for me, but curry is just right. It’s still a bright color without being phosphorescent. The color also evokes the emotions of hope and happiness. Since curry is in the same color family as yellow, the colors are a representation of enthusiasm for life, confidence, and inspiration. Curry and yellow are highly visible colors, which can boost ones ego and emphasize how we perceive ourselves and how others perceive us.

Spring is right around the corner and I believe curry is the new black of the season. This is a color that knows how to make a statement. It looks great on every skin tone and has the ability to make you look good and feel good. Pop your head into your nearest Zara, Mango, or Banana Republic, just to see what type of curry they are stirring up in their spring collections.

Peace and Love,

Ivy Coco

Photos photographed by @1lensporter

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I recently took a weekend trip to Washington D.C. and I made it imperative to do some sight seeing. Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States but I didn’t know it also a capital for impeccable art. Growing up in a european and caribbean household I’ve always had a deep fascination with art. My mother and father collected different works of arts when I was a child and it was a trait I picked up. When I travel I enjoy going to museums and monuments. I have been blessed to travel both domestic and international. Having a French father, ever since I was a little girl I fell in love with Paris. I love the fashion, architecture, food, and one of the most famous attractions, The Louvre Museum. The Louvre is a big “must see” when in Paris because of the Louvre pyramid, but the museum contains amazing pieces of artwork. At night, the pyramid lights up and has a red light that beams down the center, total Harry Potter vibes. If you’re ever in the D.C. area, I highly suggest visiting the reflective pyramid that is located right across the street from the National Mall Art Museum (east building). The pyramid is so beautiful that it allows you to feel like you are in Paris for a few moments, for me it was a few hours (haha!). It isn’t as grand and big as The Louvre Pyramid but it is definitely a site to see.

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Photographed by Anne Kim

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Shirt, Shorts & Jacket: Thrifted

Bandana: My local dollar store

Boots: Top Shop

Whether you believe it or not, we all have our own signature statement. Some have signature hair, a signature smell, or a signature look. These are all things that make a statement about who we are. Our signatures makes us standout and show that we are unique in our own way. Your signature statement doesn’t have to stay the same throughout your entire life. As humans, we are always evolving. We aren’t expected to stay the same, so embrace your change. Whenever I have an urge to try or do something new, I make sure I write it down! I guess you can say that I am starting my bucket list early, lol. Before I start checking things off my big bucket list, I am doing small things that can make a statement during my every day life. For example, a simple smile can actually make a HUGE statement. I’ve been seeing the whole “resting B*t$& face” craze on social media, and I definitely don’t want to have that facial expression. It’s really unattractive when you are attracted to someone that has a bad attitude or facial expression. I have to catch myself here and there, because sometimes my face looks like I’ve smelled some terrible cheese, but I’m actually perfectly fine. How you express your emotions make a statement about who you are.

When I am not trying to improve on myself, I am usually trying to figure out how I can make a statement within my wardrobe. Usually when it comes to outfits, you can make a statement with jewelry or other accessories, but I have never been a big jewelry person. A trending look that I have been loving, that is great on both men and women, is wearing a bandana. A bandana is fun to wear in place of a necklace. It is easy and simple to wear during the spring and summer time. Also, bandanas come in a variety of colors and are very inexpensive. They can be bought at your local thrift store or dollar store (that’s where I bought mine). It can be worn so many way and it allows you to spice up your wardrobe. You don’t have to do too much to make a statement. Sometimes the little things can have the greatest impact.

Different ways to rock a bandana: 

From: SHUT UP I LOVE THAT SHIRT ON YOU

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Peace,

Ivy Coco

Photographer : Rikki Wright ( Instagram: @foreverrikk )

Rikki is an amazing photographer than knows how to capture emotion. I love her way of direction and styling. She has such a blithe spirit and she made me feel very comfortable when shooting.

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Sunglasses: Dior

Shirt: H&M

Backpack: Zara

Belt: Vintage

Jeans: Asos.com

Boots: Topshop.com

   Lately, I feel it’s the Baby Boom all over again. Meaning, so many of my friends and family members are having babies. I love babies, they are so beautiful that they have the magic ability to change peoples perspective on life. They grow unseen and already you are deeply in love with them! And when they are born, you’d die for them.  That’s magic.

  I remember when my youngest cousin was born and in a blink of an eye he was walking, talking, growing teeth yelling “NOOOO!!!!”. His growth has been so rapid but an amazing journey for me to watch. I pay close attention to how he responds to people, how he talks, and how he walks. Walking was my cousin’s first step into independence, he might not know that, but I do. He used balance, control, and strength to take his first step, which are real life skills.

    In life, we are always wanting to start something new and fresh, but sometimes taking the first step is the hardest. Sometimes we are afraid to fail, scared to see the challenges we might be faced with, and in the back of our head we have that little voice asking ” Is it really worth it ? “. When that little voice starts, you have to tell yourself “Hell YEAH! its worth it”. Do not be afraid of the obstacles you might face in your journey because it’s only a test. If you are starting a new business venture, setting a new goal, or just wanting to press restart on life, it’s so important to remember a few things when taking the first step:

  1. DON’T WAIT– Whatever you choose to start, make sure you are passionate about it, but do not wait until the “perfect time”. Waiting turns into procrastination and it postpones you from making things happen. Not everything is going to be perfect because you’re always thinking and changing. Your thoughts from yesterday might differ from today, so that “perfect time” can only happen when you tell yourself it will happen.

2. AGREE WITH YOURSELF– Everyone is not going to be in agreement with what you are doing. People with always disagree with your movement, but make sure you are in agreement with yourself. If you are waiting to come to a consensus with others, that means your oppositions and opposers are having control over you.

3. HAVE A GREAT ATTITUDE– Make sure whatever you are doing makes you happy. Even when hard times come your way, you have to stay positive. If you’re happy doing what you love, then it is worth fighting for. Positivity will carry you through your challenges.

Now that I have seen my baby cousin take his first step, he is in cruise control. He hops from A to B like its nothing. He can shuffle, climb, and run with ease, all because he was strong enough to take that first step. I’m pretty sure he fell a few times and will fall some more, but my little man shows me his independence by getting back up again. He has the ability to take my hand and take me on a run.

That first step followed promptly by a fall, boosted his confidence in being able to connect with people and try again. Don’t be afraid to take that 1st step, because once you actually do it, you’ll realize that the little voice in the back of your head will start to say ” You got this! That wasn’t too bad “.

Xoxo,

IvyCoco

Photos taken by Erick Robinson: IG @imerickrobinson