When I was in London I met so many cool people. With cool I don’t mean the way society looks at the word, I mean cool as in free spirits, warm-hearted kind and open people. Hey come sit with us people! One of those, a favorite was Terri!
So who is she?!
Terri is a Irish savy lady who’s energy is energizing and aura speaks volumes without her saying a word!
I’m amazed by her history of struggles turnt into strength and wisdom and I’m hoping she writes a book one day so you all can get to know her too! But until then do follow her on Instagram and enjoy these shots we spontaneously took at my favorite restaurant, McDonald’s. Yes, it’s a restaurant and the photos are as fab as a Big Mac with extra cheese!
I’m asking because on my recent trip to London in line for a show talking to what then was total strangers that’s the one thing we instantly built a bond on. Guilt! It seems as if regardless of how much you do or give your kids, as a mother you will ALWAYS feel like you could have done or given more. Better. It’s exhausting and frankly quite depressing! No wonder why women have a hard time being mothers and not loosing their own dreams and ambitions for themselves.
And yes boo I’m very aware of father’s being able to feel the same or both being able to not loose themselves and so on. But let’s be honest for a minute, how many do you know they don’t feel like crappy parents even though they’re the best parents they can be.
Why do we feel like this?! I think it’s because society tells us when one has a child ones should be consumed by them and devote their entire being to that child. And yes having a child is a beautiful thing but must it be everything *insert thinking emoji*!
For me I’ve noticed that this infamous guilt trip has held me back as a person and that unknowingly resulted in me being bitter and unhappy with myself, my situation and life. I’m learning day by day to say fvuxk it and accepting as well as acknowledging my need to have my own life. Apart from these wonderful monsters of that I love with all my soul. To quote a woman I met when out with Joanne
I might be off with this one but I think not. What you think? Do take my poll in my stories on Instagram.
Ps. All photos except the video on top is from when my kids were itsy bitsy babies!
Fashions finest was started in 2010 by Deborah St Luis and is an leading event production company for fashion and entertainment in London. If you ask me it’s also a projectile for increasing diversity and launching new creative souls to the market, something they’ve mastered well throughout their years of establishment. I’ve been in contact with Deborah for many years always hoping to attend but unfortunately something always comes up if not my own fears as I’ve written about in a previous post readable by clicking here.
The fashion week shows took place in central London’s trendy Holborn area and offered both good and not so good showcasing designers. I’ll focus on the good because the world needs more of that!
My two favorite showcasing designers of Fashions finest shows SS19. However there were others with awesome designs as well, hopefully I can borrow photos from the organizer soon because it was hard to get good shots since the place was so full and no named seating arrangement.
Those of you who has followed me since way back aka my day ones, knows that I used to live in London for a short while in 2004. I went there straight from collage thinking I’d become the next Naomi, as did all skinny and somewhat tall black girls at that time. I became no Naomi and not even a Tyra, however I did fall in love with London and it was a bittersweet love indeed. I went home, pregnant and stopped modeling as such. Instead I had a wonderful baby boy (he’s not so wonderful now however being the tiny teenage monster he’s!) and became who I was supposed to be. Me. In all my glory. But I’ve always wanted a way back to London’s fashion scene and God all mighty gave me plenty of them but scared as I was I always found a way to hold myself back. This summer has been all about facing inner demons and taking a good look at myself to find some type of reconciliation with myself, people of my past and present. So that I, we may welcome the beauty of the future in peace, self control, self confidence and most importantly self love.
I thank my dear friend Samira and my stronghold Ous for pushing me to go. And most of all I thank my new manager and confident qween Yasmina for making it all happen for me, listening to my fears and then ignoring them completely in full faith of my inner strength that I myself forgot I had. Without you I wouldn’t have made this personal milestone a reality and I’m so happy to have you in my ring corner!
Here’s some photos of myself because I know what y’all really wanna see and read about is the shows, the glory and the glam. Which I’ll give y’all in tomorrow’s post but if you can’t wait til then go to my Instagram where I’ll post few glimpses on my stories. Find me on @iamayshajones as per usual babes!
By the way. Do something crazy today and then tell me all about it, let’s be savage together!
Ps. My jacket is from Zara, bought on sale 1 1/2yr ago I think #gotitforcheap cos we ain’t flexing like that!
It’s been a hectic time, feels like I say this ALOT, but really it has. I’ve been working on a huge event for Vänsterpartiet (the left party), recruiting a new team and finding structures to apply in my work days as well as having a son who just started trying a new medicine and got braces. I’m exhausted and even though I don’t feel it in my body my brain is a mess. Poor Samira who has to talk to me each day and listen to me making no sense and trying to catch up in our conversations.
Well the event last Saturday went great, as you can tell in my below photos!
I’m looking forward to learning more about politics because it really does shape everything in society.
I had the honor of attending the annual Skin & cosmetic fair (Hud & kosmetik mässan) this year that was held in Kista and it was incredibly fun!
I was informed by the beautiful beauty maven Elin Fagerberg about the fair and she was also the media host of the event. She gave us a tour of the fair and then helped us in the press and influencer lounge. In case I forgot to tell you Elin, you were awesome and thank you for telling me to attend!
I’m so eager to try some of the products that we got testers of but since the fair was last week I’ve all ready managed to try some…
Click on the photos if you want more info about any product or brand.
These soaps from Grevinnans rum are true artwork! I have one on my desk just to feel a bit artsy when I work.
Hey recognize us?! Will tell you more about this book soon.
I’m entering a new way of living life. I call it do whatever you like and everything that scares you type of living! It’s really refreshing and most of all freeing, highly recommended.
One of my do whatever you like shenanigans is my birthday trip to Malta that’s coming up pretty soon. I don’t think I’ve spend a single birthday away from my kids ever. And definitely not in the past 7 or so years as my youngest also has his birthday the day after me and up to now I could never imagine not being here for his birthday! Or any of my other kids birthdays either. But I’ve gone through so much this summer and my whole body and soul needed a reason to get away for a while on something that won’t be just work. So I forced my friends to join me on some shenanigans in one of my favorite places, Malta!
Well look at this fancy hotel (yet so affordable!) we found on bookings.com who also owns the photos!
Have you ever been to Malta? If not I recommend you go at least once! Should you be there during the time I’m there then do slide in my dm to get invited to our birthday fun, I’d love to meet as much cool people as possible. That’s when I’m not chilling by that fancy pansy pool or drinking bubbles on our balcony!
Ok so I asked my followers on Instagram if I should post shorter post but more regularly and they said yes. Are you one of them? If not fix it by clicking here!
I’m I the only one with a love for Snapchat filters?!
My fave filter atm, see more on my Snapchat @aysha.jones
Anyways, these past few days has been so intense with fashion week and then a unexpected huge job opportunity for me as well as my oldest trying out a new medicine. However I’m alive and well, so excited for Saturday’s event that I’ve been honored to arrange with and for Vänsterpartiet Botkyrka. Not to mention the crazy work flöw (no typo, I’m being cool!) I got right now!
This week my goal is to get shit done, with that I mean everything that I’ve been running from fixing for so long. I’m just gonna do it and I sure will look fly doing so. Why? Well the below photo explains it all! Thank you darling Rebecka for sassing up my brows like this, I’m beyond happy with the result and looking forward to getting my makeup done by you soon!
I’ve tried to write this post for days without success because I want to describe my feelings and thoughts which I can’t. I simply can’t say how happy I’m to have swallowed my pride and ignored my fears when entering the competition by Blogozine and Nya trafikskolan in Sunne. A competition I won and which led to me writing this post as well as the one you’re reading now.
I guess I’ll just say it. I’m now a part of the Blogozine crew of amazing bloggers and you can find my blog on their network!
The seconds before I’m surprised with winning, that’s Lisa sneaking up on me thinking I’m just posing for my sister!
Blogozine was started in 2013 by Lisa Sjödahl and is both a network and a online magazine. It focuses on storytelling and the people in each story, may it be within sustainable fashion, beauty or lifestyle. Therefore it’s extra fun to also get to write for the magazine as it’s fashion and interior editor!
This year I made myself a promise which I don’t think I’ve shared with anyone(?). The promise was to say no to more things I’d normally say yes to and say yes to few things I’ve said no to in the past. Just a few. I wanted to see where it would take me and I’m so happy I’ve done so because even though I might have lost some people and things I’ve gained so much more. Self worth and understanding of it. It’s really a magical thing, kinda like peanut butter and jam. The fact that I’m allergic to nuts have no relevance in this resemblance!
Well I’m looking forward to this fall and hopefully soon I’ll have more news to share but for now let’s prepare for fashion week and long for the weekend.
All photos are taken by my sister Awa who organized the whole surprise revelation together with my friend Samira and Blogozine.
Ps. This post was supposed to be posted last week but due to various reasons I never managed to publish it.
End of august means a lot of things. End of a month, beginning of my birthday month (could be the most important meaning if you ask me!) but also the return of routines that comes with school and work. I love those routines, they’re much needed for a family like mine.
Another thing it means in my home is back to school and work shopping, for clothes, calendars and everything else!
Therefore I was so happy when my kids got to chose a pair of shoes each from one of our favorite shops Deichmann to wear for their first day of school. And they looked fab! I’m guessing I don’t need to tell you which shoes are now their favorite ones to wear for this fall right? Go to my Instagram to see some more photos of the shoes they picked out and which ones I got for myself!
Need some new shoes for school or work? Do have a look at Deichmann, they really do have a broad selection of high quality shoes including lots of known brands. I love the fact that my boys found several pairs which didn’t need tying, perfect for them as they struggle with tying laces!