Roma, Again!


So we had one more day in Rome and boy did it deliver! we pretty much spent the whole day in Vatican city, because history. It was pretty wonderful. I will never not be stunned at the overwhelming feeling looking at the sistine chapel. So much of the things I’ve learned in all of my art history classes, just right in front of my eyes. Real. It’s incredible. Truly. And there’s St. Peters Basilica. Holy. Sh*t. Emphasis on the holy, I guess? was that blasphemous? Ugh. Sorry. I just can’t. So many feels. The power of architecture is real, my friends. Just so powerful. It’s one of the most overwhelming spaces I’ve ever found myself (and i’ve been in my fair share of cathedrals.) We climbed up to the top of the Basilica during golden hour, it was absolutely breathtaking. Then we went inside. I mean. wow. just WOOOOOOOWWWW. Bummed, […]

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Hey there! Blaine and i are in Rome for a few days to celebrate his work designing for the Roma Jazz Festival! It’s his first time in Europe so we’re having a lot of fun wandering around. I had a good two days of traveling to get here thanks to long layovers and my body is still adjusting to the time difference. that didn’t stop us from walking 14 miles today! I could say a lot more about this incredible city but i’m in desperate need of sleep, so I will let the photos do the talking.

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Another day.


If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor I’m forcing myself to write again because I have felt the cathartic nature if it in the past, and Lord knows I need it now. I know there are many who can articulate their feelings better than me but my feelings are my own, and so my articulation of them must also be my own. I still ache. I am still mourning. I’m sure I’m not ready to discuss at length the depth of what I feel in my soul today. If we’re being honest, it’s because I’m fairly certain my feelings, thoughts and experiences will be dismissed or negated. I need time to gather strength. I tried to disengage myself with a hateful discussion today and I was called a bigot. I feel like I’m tip toeing a strange line between feeling incredibly […]

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My thoughts, like my heart, are a mess right now. I have been battling with a lot of hard realities in my life lately. I have been fumbling around in the dark trying to understand what it is i believe in. I am tired. I am tired down to my bones. I am tired of this feeling of being a second-class citizen repeatedly reinforced. I am tired of watching evil triumph when I am told to have faith in the good. I am tired of the patriarchy grabbing me by the pussy and telling me to sit down and shut up. Does it get better? Does it get easier? Do we ever find solace? When my candidate lost in 2012, I did not feel broken. I accepted defeat and trusted that the winner was a good man and would run things in a good direction. I even grow to admire […]

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Blemma Engagement Photos


Last December, we got our engagements done by Miesh Photography and I look at them so often. I am so thrilled to have these, taken on film. Miesh is the greatest human and effortlessly cool. I’m excited to show you more of the session! and get one step closer to showing you our wedding stuff!! Stalk on, my friends. Stalk on. A year ago today, we got engaged. I have never regretted it and i never will. You are my everything, Husblaine.

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#tbt to when Blaine Proposed

Central Park November

SO eventually I’m going to share my wedding photos (because India is a goddess). I promise. Before I do I wanted to document on my blog  another important part of Blaine’s and my relationship, like when he got down on one knee and popped the question. It was hella cute. I wrote about it in a book I gave to him for our one year, So I thought I’d just provide you the entry I wrote after it happened. So lets travel on back too November 7, 2015: There was 90% of me that was sure Blaine wasn’t gonna propose this weekend. He hadn’t seemed especially rushed to get the ring made, and we didn’t really talk about the actual ring that much. I just assumed he would propose over Thanksgiving Break. The 10% of me thought he might just propose in those rowboats at Central Park, so there was a tiny bit of me looking […]

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Kolohe James


As a child I was terrified of dogs. I was the kid who asked people to put their dog in another room while i was over. I was sure they were going to hurt me. I wasn’t around them enough to know if they were truly that scary and i wasn’t interested in finding out. My brothers, however, loved dogs, and when we moved to Washington from California my dad promised we could get a dog. That was 1996. Spoiler: We never got one. Now when my dad makes a promise, i like to tease him and ask if it a real promise, or a “dog-promise.” Fast forward 20 years, and I’ve over come my fear and all but one of us siblings owns a dog. Which leads me to the purpose of this post; to introduce you to this ball of cute, and warn you of the bombardment of photos this […]

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Soho Sass

There is a certain distrust in the unknown, as if we do not trust our own ability to adapt.  For some, it is something that brings excitement. For those of us in which this unkown bewitches, we are always willing to persuade others to dive in. Jumping and in hand, the drop is exhilarating and the potential for greatness is infinite. Sure there’s a possibility it may end in misery but the what if it ends in inexplicable joy? I have learned to not fear the unknown, rather understand that the inability to see ahead means you can’t expect more out of what it than it is. It can present itself as itself. It forces you to be completely present. Let it exist, you must coexist. Let it pass through you without presumption

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Here’s to Love.

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At least once in your life, I hope you fall in love. Deeply, and unapologetically so. I hope you have someone who will carry you up the stairs in the aftermath of a treacherous 20 mile hike. Someone who cooks a mean omelette and knows just how you like your bacon. A partner who will car dance with you and serenade you with pop songs with your name inserted in. One who will frolic through national parks and celestial beaches with you. I pray that you will have someone to hold you in the safety of their embrace as you weep when life overwhelms you. Someone who refuses to get in the way of your big dreams and ambitions, who pushes you to achieve and to create. I hope you find someone who you love to listen to, whose mind you want to watch, absorb, and digest in all it’s […]

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Emma’s Life Update. (ft. Martha Stewart)

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I’m currently sitting in my building’s laundromat, thankful for a moment with my thoughts to be still and to write some things down. my life has been moving at such a rapid pace, and therefore hard to keep track of and difficult to find the time to share. But I want to share, I want to be able to look back at this time of my life! Somehow I keep getting in my own way. I keep making rules for myself about my blog. Like “you can’t share about New York until you’re done updating about Europe! It needs to be chronological! At that rate, I’d never catch up. So instead i’m just gonna keep moving forward, and get o the rest of the Europe posts when i can. So, update time. I am in love with a boy named Blaine. Still. We’ve been dating 8 months as of Friday. […]

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