OOTD: Independent Soul

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Charlotte Brontë

Hello Spiiirits! I hope you had a marvelous 4th of July/4th of July Weekend. Though I’m not big on the America-centric holiday, I know I did. Nothing like a little celebration with friends &/or family to kick off the month right? Speaking of kicking off the month can you believe we have now entered the 7th month of 2014???  Summer is in full swing and we are more than halfway through the year! Crazy. But I couldn’t be more thankful.

At any rate, I wanted to share my 4th of July outfit with you lovely spiiirits!  Triiin & I were invited by our lovely friends Ash & Kwith to enjoy some backyard chillin’ & grillin’. We had the most delicious grilled veggies and grilled seafood (salmon, lobster, & shrimp to boot!). And the night was topped with a wicked fireworks show from an amazing view. Great day 🙂

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Crotchet Top: Thrifted, Burgundy Bandeau: Shasa, Skirt: F21, Scarf (for turban): Walmart, Pinstripe Sneakers: Target, Choker: Bombay Fashions, Pyramid Studs: F21, Crossbody Bag: A street vendor we call “Rasta Man” :), Mixed Metal Bracelet: Glitter, Rings (Snake Ring, Coral “crystal ball” Ring, & Earth Tone Oil Paint Ring): Gift + Beauty Supply, Cat-Eye Sunglasses: Santee Alley

The daytime was HOTTTTTTTTT, so I aimed to wear an outfit that could handle the heat, while being stylish & comfortable. No matter how hot in the day, LA tends to cool off substantially at night, so I brought along a yellow cardigan to keep me warm when it got cool out.

As you can see by some of the pictures, Triiin’s outfit was fab & killin’ it, also! If you want details to Triiin’s outfit, just let me know in the comments below! Also…we sell cute custom crops like the one she is wearing at FreeSpiiirit. Email for inquiries.

{Photo Cred: Triiinity Tafari & Kwithy Kat}

☮XOXO A.T.☮

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Spiritual Sundays: Lucid Life

***DISCLAIMER: these are my views, gathered from extensive personal research***

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“Life is a lucid dream & when we die, we wake.” – A.T.

Have you ever been asleep…dreaming…and you suddenly realize you’re dreaming? When this happens one of two things can happen next: either A) something alarming or frightening happens & you wake up B) you stay calm, gain control over your environment & start creating.

Now a lucid dream is simply defined as any dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. In waking life, most of us reside in the 3rd dimension. This is where Earth realm exists, though Gaia is in the process of ascending. Dream space occurs in the lower levels of the 4th dimension. The 4th dimension is also the space in which the “place” that people discern as Heaven/Hell exists (on higher levels, of course that we do not usually reach until we die). The 4th dimension is a lot more fluid than the dense 3rd dimension and therefore allows for quicker creation. What you imagine literally comes to life, immediately. This is why sometimes, when you realize you are dreaming within the dream, a crashing wave (or something of that nature) will immediately appear out of nowhere and cause you to wake. This is because that split second of fear caused you to manifest something fearful, which shocked you awake. If you can remain calm in this second, you can begin to manifest wonderful things and begin exploration of the 4th dimension. (sounds flippin’ awesome, right?!)

As I said before, in waking life we generally reside in the 3rd dimension, which is a much denser, less fluid dimension. However we possess this same power of creation in the dimension as well. The process just takes place more slowly! This is why it is so important to constantly fill yourself with positive thoughts and influences, because, even in waking life, the things we think and speak, WE CREATE. What immense power lies in this knowledge!

This is why I liken life to a lucid dream. Our entire reality is subject to our perception. The more positive our outlook, the more positive our lives become. We, through our perception..thoughts &  speech…shape the very world we live in. Just as in a lucid dream, if you become fearful, negative, or disheveled these thoughts manifest in the form of seemingly unconquerable challenges. In the 4th dimension its a crashing wave. In the 3rd it may be losing your job. However, when you remain positive, open, and faithful these thoughts manifest as favorable blessings that truly open you to the beauty and positive possibilities of life. The more you practice this and take note of it, the quicker the manifestations begin to happen. God has given us the power to literally create our own heaven or hell.

“What if you slept? And what if, in your sleep, you went to heaven and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower? And what if,when you awoke,you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what then?”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Anything you imagine, you possess dear spiiirits.
Namaste.
☮ XOXO A.T. ☮

Spiritual Sundays: The Views of an Awakened Man || Russell Brand

Sunday, across the board, is a day commemorated to religious gatherings and dissemination of spiritual knowledge that is supposed to get you through the week.

Though I don’t believe in religiosity, so to speak, I do believe that it is important to consistently devote time to the growth of the your spiritual being. I try to set time aside out of everyday to do this in some regard (whether it is meditating, reading something spiritual, or doing yoga, etc.). However, I know that it is easy to fall short of this and that’s why people rely on Sunday to bring them back to the light and prepare them to deal with their next week of life.

Well, even if Sunday is the only day you get to pay attention to your Spirit Man, then I want to aid in that weekly feeding of your souls. I can’t blog about something spiritual every time I blog but I can make sure once a week, I try to bless you all with some soul growth and knowledge so that we may grow and progress, hopefully becoming a bit better with each new thing our spirits learn and explore.

And that’s why I have decided to start, Spiritual Sundays.

I was browsing through WordPress, looking for good reads from other awesome blogs, of course, and I stumbled across this video of Russell Brand on a blog called Grateful Living Now. Now if you don’t know, Russell Brand is actually quite the spiritually enlightened being. In this video he was straight preachin’!! Not in that judgmental, condemning way, no no no. But preaching pure love, light, unity, and oneness consciousness. Take a look at this video and open yourself, even if only momentarily, to Russell Brand’s perspective and inspiring light. He’s speaking real truth here!

I hope you enjoyed the video. Feel free to ask questions or share your thoughts.

Endless Love & Light to All You Lovely Beings.

Namaste.

☮ XOXO A.T. ☮

Happy New Year!! {Lessons, & Moving Forward}

Happy New Year Peeps!

2014, whoo!

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I can’t believe its the first of the year. What can I say about 2013 before I like…officially let it go.

Well, I was having some personal reflection time a couple days ago looking for the summation, in a sense, of what 2013 was all about in my life. And my spirit came to the conclusion that 2013 was all about building and patience. It was a year of a lot of blessings, but a lot of testing as well.

For instance, the beginning of 2013 started with my mom in the hospital in a fight for her life. By new years she had come out of her induced coma but her condition was still critical. She could barely speak, she couldn’t walk. Don’t wanna drone on and on about the negative though. Ultimately, by mid-to-late Jan she was out of the hospital and though she had to learn to walk and talk again, she fully regained her health by late Feb, early March. She is fine, strong, and healthy now. Praises be! I feel like it was a testing of the faith and patience of my family, to wait on Source to restore her.

The entirety of the concept for Free Spiiirit came to be November 2012 and the line was slated to drop Jan 1st of 2013, but with all the things going on in my life with my mom  and family and such, we chose to change that deadline. I’m super close to my Mom, man, she is my rock and I am hers. So the whole situation was pretty hard on me….moving on, February 13th the line was dropped and the site was opened to the public. From then we hit the ground running with promo and fashion shows and did our best to make Free Spiiirit as great as we could from the small city of Huntsville, TX (where our school is located). We laid the foundations of the business and made it our mission to grind, grind, grind to build it up from there. Building blocks, stepping stones. We planned SxSW as a business trip to get the brand name out past the boundaries of our school grounds.

After SxSW in March, is when Triiin and I formulated the plan to move to California together in August. After networking with so many like-minded people during the festival, meeting Kendrick Lamar, and seeing how much we could build the business by simply being in the right place at the right time we knew Huntsville was too small a pond to remain in for much longer. At this time, began the building pressure of school and my growing disinterest with it, as well as a decline in monetary resources. By summer, the struggle had become all too real. I was taking school and working and hating every second of it and still only had enough money to survive. How were we ever supposed to save to move to Cali in these conditions? I didn’t know. To top it all off, the summer ended with an apartment fire days before move-out (–it was caused by a faulty dryer–) that destroyed some of our merchandise and made it twice as hard to pack and move out of the unit. It was August by now and the plans seemed to be foiled but we knew in our hearts Cali was still where we were supposed to be. “Patience, Patience” was the whisper…In good fashion, the Lord provided recourse and Triiin & I went to stay with my Mom in Houston.

Houston was its own beast. The Beckster (my car…Becky was her name) started giving me issues after moving there & soon pooped out altogether. Every expected avenue for Cali money was snatched from us by one instance or another. Then not to mention once you stop living with your parents, you never wanna re-live with your parents (and siblings) again. Lets not get into the endless reasons why. (Love them, they’re great n shit…but this is just TRUE, lol). We were doing our best not to get hog-tied down to the city of Houston and trying to keep in mind that Cali was still the mission regardless of what things look like. But imagine living everyday striving so hard for what you want, what you know you are supposed to do…and feeling no closer to your goal. Every day waking up with hope and going to bed with the nagging stab of disappointment. It gets really difficult. This was a true testing of patience and finding inner peace. But we just kept working on the business (Free Spiiirit) and keeping our mind, hearts, and energies set on the path laid out before us. God kept giving us signs that we were on path and after 2 months in this purgatory we were let into the gates of Heaven, so to speak…

October. Hello L.A., city of Angels! It was such a blessing to make it here and so surreal to be here. Everything, from the drive to finding a good apartment in record time. The whole situation was in God’s hands and he worked everything out just perfectly…as one must learn to always trust Source to do. And L.A. is so beautiful! My goodness. Getting here just made it continuously clear that this is where we were supposed to be all along. The endless possibilities began to expose themselves to us. But don’t think its been all candy, cupcakes, and roses since we’ve been out here. We have had our share of struggles too since being here…mentally, physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually, etc.  But when you become in tune with God…and self…and the God in oneself these outward things start to shake you less and less as you continually see Him see you through, dropping just what you need from the heavens like manna. Allhamdulilah!

This is the work in progress that had been begun in me at the start of last year and I truly feel like I have passed the test and completed this step. Why? Because I feel like I have learned the lessons I was supposed to from 2013. The lesson of patience and knowing that things do not happen in your timing, but in God’s timing. And the plan is perfect. Energy takes care of it all. You just have to be patient, stay positive, and stay connected. Also, the lesson that there is a time for everything under the sun. A time for sickness and a time for health. A time for grief and a time for joy. A time of struggle and a time of prosperity. A time of building and a time of reaping the benefits of your labors. 2013 was the year of Building and Patience for me. And I whole-heartedly believe that 2014 is the time of Prosperity and Reward. Not just monetary richness (though, that too) but also richness in love, mind, body, spirit. I’m ready for it!

How are you guys feeling about the new year? What was 2013 like for you? What do you expect from 2014?

P.S.

Today we dropped the U.N.I.T.Y Collection on FreeSpiiirit.com!!!

(Yayyyy)

UnityCollection

The collection is centered around celebrating our oneness and our cultural differences as a global community, simultaneously.

Check it out Check out Check it out! & use code : hello2014 for 10% off your entire order!

{photo cred: Triiinity Tafari}

Peace & Blessings Loves

& again, Happy New Year. Make the best of it 🙂 .

☮ XOXO A.T ☮

Sales Sales Sales Sales, Sales I Do Adore

**Hov Voice** “Girls girls girls girls, girls I do adore. Put ya number on tha paper, I sure would love to date ya, holla at ya when I come on tour…”

AYYYEEE

The way Hova used to feel about girls is the way I feel about sales! Can I get an amen?

I pray everyone had a happy Thanksgiving among family & friends & family-like-friends. And I hope you guys n gals really got to enjoy Black Friday! I didn’t hit the shopping mayhem full of deals but I sure would have liked to. I’m sure there were some really good sales. If you got an awesome deal on something, I’d love to hear about it! I’m thrilled by the sale tales of the shopping savvy, lol.

Moving forward,  I want to let you guys know about the Black Friday sale we are having over at Free Spiiirit.

That’s right I said HAVING, not HAD.

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All weekend long we are having this sale in honor of Black Friday and the start of the holiday shopping season. Just enter code : FSBLACKFRIDAY to receive your discount! Sale ends tonight at midnight Pacific Time.

Cyber Monday holds a treat in store as well, so be on the look out for that!

Peace & Blessings.

☮ XOXO A.T. ☮

OOTD: Rebel Rasta Edition

Yesterday…

Triiinity & I both channeled a bit of rasta-style in our wardrobe

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– My Outfit –

gold studs – F21, gold chain – SB, marley shirt – Walmart/Free Spiiirit Customization, black bandeau – SB, green/gray shorts – thrifted/DIY, “love” ring- Glitter, black slave bracelet – SB, elephant ring – Beauty Supply, converse-style pinstriped shoes – Target

– Triiinity’s Outfit –

rasta beanie – Beauty Supply, earring cuff – Amazon, “tough” shirt – Walmart, cheetah scarf (as belt) – SB, skirt – F21, bracelets – gift, bicycle ring – Beauty Supply, silver heart ring – gift, rust statement ring – Amazon, socks – gift, white converse – online

Photo credit: (for my pictures) Triiinity Tafari

♥ XOXO A.T. ♥

OOTD: Wild About Nature

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Yesterday…

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ankh necklace – Beauty Supply, pyramid earrings -SB, cheetah top – SB, seahorse ring – Glitter, bicycle ring – SB, distressed bleached jeans – Free Spiiirit (customization), pinstriped “converse” style shoes – Target *SB – something borrowed*

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Ahhh yesterday…a busy day, filled with summer school, interviews (for upcoming news stories), and errands. But within all of that was a little spot of bliss. I stopped by a park, well me & my bestie…I’m rarely ever alone without her <3…and we were able to get a couple shots out in nature. The sun was high in the sky so we, hopefully, got a nice little chakra charge as well. Hard not to if you stay outside in this Texas weather long enough 🙂 …

p.s. : the jeans I’m wearing were customized by me. Triiinity & I offer customization services via Free Spiiirit, however our customization services are not limited to denim. We sew, create, and transform any piece you can give us! If you are interested in our customization services contact us at freespiiirit3@gmail.com for a consultation.

Photo Cred: Triiinity Tafari

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♥XOXO A.T.♥