Secure the Bag

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Secure the Bag

Hey Dev’s Doeeeees!

I wanted to do a quick lul post about my outfit on Saturday! So I was invited to a birthday brunch (Hey Liv!) and the color scheme was all black. Lol my friends love the tell us what to wear for events. This was very difficult for me because I stopped wearing black in like 2014, so needless to say this look took work!

Cape - ASOS, Bag - ASOS, Pants - Thrifted, Shoes - Forever 21

Cape - ASOS, Bag - ASOS, Pants - Thrifted, Shoes - Forever 21

I’m honestly obsessed with what I created! I found these high-waisted women’s (oops) slacks from Value Village! Fun fact: I wear what I want regardless of what gender it’s marketed to. I wanted to make a statement so I threw on my cape from ASOS and some patent leather boots from Forever 21. Next thing you know, I am serving a look.

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What do you think? Are you here for my AHS Coven vibezzzz?

Xoxo,

DOEEEEEEEE

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Lessons from the Plane (Taking Risks!)

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Lessons from the Plane (Taking Risks!)

One of my favorite feelings in the world is that moment when you’re taking off on a flight and the wheels are no longer touching the ground. For a split second, I feel this panic like “what if the plane just hits the ground and explodes?” But there’s also this calming feeling where I’ve accepted the risk of flying and I’m sticking to it.

I think I can really learn a lot from this idea. I spend much of my time dreaming (and pretty big I might add). I constantly am thinking about where I could be and what’s holding me back, but I think as much as I love the idea of taking risks I’m scared of it. The idea of something not going the right way can be crippling at times and it is really hard to take a risk and fully commit to it. When I’m flying I think about the chance that this could all crash and burn but once I’ve made that decision to fly I can’t really go back. I have to stick with it and so far, it’s been working for me (knocks on wood).

I want to encourage myself (and maybe you too) to take more risks, acknowledge that you’re partaking in some risky business, but stand behind it. If you’re planning to drop everything and move away, don’t be apologetic about it. Own it. Don’t allow those seeds of doubt to creep in. I don’t want to tie this post up in a neat little bow like I typically do. I just wanted to let you know where my head is at and hopefully provoke a little thought for you.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it 

Dev Doe

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Unsatisfied with Life?

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Unsatisfied with Life?

Hey Friends!

So I’ve really been slacking on the blog front! I started my YouTube channel and tried to focus on that, but now I’m back (and I’m better!).

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Today I wanted to talk about the idea of feeling stagnant in your life. The feeling of progression is something that I constantly chase after. If you could tell, I’m always changing something, creating something, or finding a new goal to achieve. Honestly it can be quite exhausting. I’m starting to get to a point in my own life where I feel like I’m not where I want to be. I know I’m only 23 years old, but there is so much more that I want to achieve and often times I feel like what I am doing is getting me nowhere.

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Do you ever look back at you 10 year old self and remember all of your dreams and aspirations? I do it every day lol and let’s just say I’m not the teen star that I desired to be so strongly. I’m my sixth grade yearbook I said that my secret ambition was to be a teen star on Nickelodeon. I decided against Disney because those kids tend to go crazy and can’t shake the Disney image (I know that’s irrelevant lol). Let's just say that goal never happened. 

Regardless, in my current situation I just feel like I want more out of life. I keep creating new things and seeking out new opportunities, but I’m not really satisfied with where I am. One of my professors told me in that past that I need to be comfortable with being in the present and I truly agree with that idea. However, I cannot shake my desire to progress and improve and fight for the future I deserve.

I know this sounds like a sad post, but it really isn’t. I want to remind everyone that it is okay to not be satisfied with your life. It is okay to want more for yourself. Yes I have a job, degrees, and multiple support systems. I am so grateful for all of my blessings, but I still want more. I deserve more. We all have the capacity to achieve our dreams and goals and we should not feel bad for it. Let’s all keep doing the work. Keep searching and growing.

XOXO

DEV

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2017 - A Year of Reconciliation, A Year to Choose Love

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2017 - A Year of Reconciliation, A Year to Choose Love

Before I get into this deeply personal (and introspective) post, I want to promote my new YouTube series that will be out starting Friday! It’s really fun and I filmed it with one of my best friends, so check it out and share your thoughts on the topics: Cinco de Mayo, Cultural Appropriate, Great Music, and SOUP!

ANYWAYS:

I am currently 20,000 ft. in the air flying to Chicago for work despite missing my initial flight and waiting at the airport for 5ish hours. I am exhausted, but I can’t sleep. I’ve had something on my mind that I really need to get out. RECONCILIATION.

Lately, I’ve really been wanting to create lasting and real relationships with people. Some people may read this and know that I am referring to them, but I really want them to know that my intentions are true. I really want to be cool with everyone.

Over the past few months and even years to a degree, there have been a number of people who I felt have hurt me. Whether they meant to or not, I found myself resenting them and not wishing the best for them. I’ve honestly wished the opposite at some points. But this post isn’t about how much I’ve hated others or held grudges, it’s about fixing it. Recently, I had an in depth conversation with an old friend and I saw in their eyes that they really did care for me and wished the best for me. How can I harbor hate towards someone who wants me to be happy? Easy. Their actions for one reason or another caused the opposite. But in that moment when I was vulnerable and sharing my feelings of hurt and confusion, I realized that they had felt the exact same way. I saw that neither one of us wanted this negativity in our lives. After that honest moment I found clarity and the beginning of a new/old friendship.

We all talk about (or at least I have) the ability to cut people out of our lives, but do you really have that power? I know I don’t. I try to act like other’s action don’t hurt me and everyone is just replaceable, but it’s quite the opposite. Now I choose to focus on something else. The memories, the love, the moments of honesty have become what I try to cling on to. We all make mistakes, we all have hurt someone, and we are not perfect. BUT what we can do is make amends. I don’t have to be best friends with everyone or the people who I’ve grown a part from, but I REFUSE to be filled with hatred.

This is so sappy, but in 2017 (wow, we’re almost halfway through the year) let’s choose to love. Let’s choose to support. Let’s choose to forgive. Let’s give everyone the benefit of the doubt because we don’t know what anyone is going through behind closed doors. Think all of the serious things that you’ve gone through. Have you never acted out or done things you aren’t proud of as a result? I would hate for my misplaced emotions to end a relationship forever.

To those of you that I have ever hurt (maybe even unknowingly): I’m truly sorry. I don’t want to live my life hating anyone or rolling my eyes every time someone says your name. Let’s hang out. Let’s get to know each other. Let’s meet in the middle. We’ve all got a story to tell and lessons to share and no matter what we’ve gone through, I want to hear it. SOOOOO long story short: Let’s all love each other because President Tiny hands is spewing out enough hate for all of us.

 

With the deepest level of sincerity,

Devin (DevDoe if ya nasty)

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6 Reasons Why You Should Be More Like Prince

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6 Reasons Why You Should Be More Like Prince

1. THE SHADE

Prince is easily the shadiest performer/artists/person on the planet. With just a look he will have you drowning in the shadows and I live for it. I hope to one day be as shady as this legend:

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One does not play Prince, one plays themselves. #YouTriedIt 

Remember that time he shaded a tribute performance to himself. Prince does not care if you're performing for him...you can still catch the shade! 

*Sips tea*

2. He does not allow societal norms to dictate his style, art, or swaggggggg

One of my favorite aspects about Prince is that he is such a weirdo and makes no apologies. From a young age I was inspired by a black male who wore what he wanted, said what he wanted, and dressed how he wanted. Prince serves looks!

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But sadly could never hold a candle to Prince. 

3. He knew to collab with the future QWEEN OF THE WORLD, Beyoncé

Prince knows what's up. 

He knew my girl was poppin before she was even poppin! 

4. He was WOKE

(but honestly when I saw this speech, I was SHOOK)

Prince was a true activist who fought for political stances, challenged record label execs and focused on empowering African-Americans. Remember after the death of Freddie Gray when Prince performed a tribute concert for the people and explicitly addressed Freddie Gray and Michael Brown. Bruh was a true political artist.

5. He was an unconventional and unapologetic sex symbol

I know we kind of covered this, but what other 5’3 man in a purple suit had the ability to steal your girl while also wearing your girl’s heels? PRINCE DAS WHO!

Or get into these lyrics #MrStealYoGirl

Prince really just does not care what anyone thinks. 

Work on that zipper...baby. 

6. He was truly a musical genius and visionary ahead of his time!

Before your fav was being different and making a statement, my fav was putting them to shame.

So on the day of his passing, I really wanted to pay tribute to one of the artists who influences every outfit that I wear and every dance that I choreograph. Celebrate with me and blast his music all weekend long!

XOXO,

Dev.

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AnimaBellaInc - The Woman Behind the Camera

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AnimaBellaInc - The Woman Behind the Camera

So you may have noticed that I participated in a photoshoot a few weeks ago because I’ve been posting photos from it at least once a week at this point! Well this photoshoot all came as a result of Aurelia Michael’s program, the Daniel Planner’s Experience, where you start your year off right and focus on evolving in quite a few ways. This was my second time participating in this program and I was fortunate to have Gabrielle Goodman as my accountability partner. This meant that at least once a week we would facetime and talk about our goals, our failures, and just anything else. Little did I know I had found a new friend and talented photographer. Gabrielle is such an amazing photographer because she is such a great person. She is able to make you feel so comfortable and empowered in front of her camera that you literally won’t want to stop. I decided to interview her because you all need to know how great she is both as a person, dancer, and photographer! Enjoy!!

Tell us a little about yourself! 

My name is Gabrielle. I am 20 years old living in the DMV area. I come from an extremely large family whom I love SO much. I am passion driven and love centered. My passions are dance (first love), photography and film. Lastly, I am the founder of Anima Bella INC 

How did you get started in photography?

Photography is something that is so valuable to everyone and such a great gift. I actually got interested in photography when I was about 14 years old. My grandfather was turning 60 and my family had planned a HUGE party for him. I wanted to give him something special along with something he could keep until the end of time. So I had this Cool idea to take photos and videos at his party which I later turned into a DVD. I remember using this little, extremely low quality Kodak camera and windows photo editor (the very basic version). What really got me hooked was sharing those images and videos with my loved ones. Seeing their face light up and seeing them happy meant everything to me. Those photos and videos got people talking and then reminiscing. Exchanging memories and stories. It instantly became my second love (dance being my first) and I haven't stopped since.

What inspires you as an artist? 

Feeling inspires me. Energy inspires me. Every idea starts with an energy and a feeling. Whether it comes from within or from someone else. It all stems from an energy or a feeling, sometimes even both. 

How can people contact you for photoshoots? 

DM me on Instagram @missanimabella or @animabellainc

Email me! Animabellainc@gmail.com

Anything else you want to tell us? 

Spend time alone. Get to know you. Be your own best friend. Be truly and unapologetically you... a part of this world is set up for us to fail. And parts of it gleams from us not being ourselves and working so hard to be something/somebody that we are not. This world can trick us into thinking that our true being isn't good enough for the universe & believe me it's so damn easy to get stuck in that part of the world. But truth is…there is greatness instilled within each and every single one of us. It's what you choose to do with that greatness that determines your destiny and most importantly your true happiness. It starts with love...Not one single soul on this earth can love you the way YOU can. Nurture your body mind and soul with greatness from those who inspire you. Read books. Be selfish. Research. Explore the world. Find your likes and your dislikes. Find strength within yourself. Make mistakes. Truly LIVE. The sooner in your life that you realize that this life is YOURS, the closer you will be to achieving Anima Bella...your Beautiful Soul... 


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I MEAN COME ON! Is she not the most amazing person ever? Reach out to her and shoot with her because she’s the best. Follow her here and here!

Lots of love,

Devvvvy

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Club Funk x Capital Funk takes ElementsXVII

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Club Funk x Capital Funk takes ElementsXVII

Have you ever been in a room looking around and everyone and just thought, “Wow. This is where I belong.”  Neither have I. Just kidding. That is the exact feeling  I felt on the last day of Hell Week with Capital Funk as we prepared for what would be one of my most rewarding performances to date.  This past weekend, my second family embarked on a trip to Boston to compete at ElementsXVII and we won! #1stPlace

Now I know people always say this, but I really did not care if we won because performing on that stage and overcoming all of the obstacles to get to that point was more than enough. Yes, it would be great to take home a win, but I think all of us felt such a sense of pride in our work that no trophy could change that. I don’t want to rant on and on, but I just want to say how grateful I am to be on a team that truly cares about one another and puts such a level of dedication  and creativity into what they do. From the costumes to building (all 2947 times) the staircase, none of this could happen without the level of trust our captains has in the team and we (the team) have in our captains. Auditioning for this family has been one of the best decisions that I have ever made because each practice, performance, party, and conversation (I couldn’t think of another “P” word…sue me) has allowed me to learn and grow as more than just a dancer. Thanks CFUNK! Can’t wait to perform this set one last time at showcase (BTW: Come to Showcase)!

With all da luv,

Devvvvvvvy

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I need your help!

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I need your help!

Hey guys! This next week is going to be uberrrrr busy so I just wanted to write a quick post about where I’m at and where I’m going! So the last few weeks I’ve been dancing my life away (what else is new). Currently it's my dance team’s hell (or spirit) week, which means I have rehearsal every evening until our big competition on Saturday. If you want to learn more about the magic of a Capital Funk Hell week, check out my post about it. You will catch all the feels! I secretly love hell weeks 

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ANYWAYS. I am really trying to work on expanding my presence even further through the creation of a YouTube channel and I need your help! I love to blog and I love kind of writing about whatever comes to mind, but I think I’d like to have a more focused YouTube presence. What do you want to see? What is missing on YouTube and what is something that you would consciously watch? Also should I even do it! I don’t know! Let me know. (Honestly going to do it regardless because I’m a BAUCE and I do what I want!)

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Can’t wait to hear from you!

While we're at it subscribe to my Youtube

Xoxo,

DevDoe.

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The Time is Now

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The Time is Now

Happy Lent, everyone! During this time, I go through phases where I feel like I can take over the world and moments of intense struggle and weakness. I’ve given up many things this year and weirdly enough it has allowed me to focus on my faith and finding myself. As I tried to think of what to talk about, the message became clear: The time is now.  

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I swear 90% of our lives is spent waiting for someone to permit us to do what we want. Waiting for someone to promote you at work. Waiting for someone to give ask you on a date. Waiting for someone to validate our abilities. Waiting for the perfect sign to make that big move. Well the truth is we know what we want. The truth is that when we really recognize our worth and our capabilities, we are unstoppable.

I have so many conversations with people who spend more time policing their own dreams than they do living them. Next time you have a conversation with someone about your aspirations, I want you to be very conscious of how you speak about those goals. Are you embarrassed about your dreams? Do you write them off as something that will never happen? What I really want all of my loved ones and readers to do is to recognize your greatness. We can do anything we put our minds and our hearts to. Give yourself a chance to shine instead of hiding in the background waiting for your big break. Take a leap of faith because you know you’re great.

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I’ve had times where I’ve been scared or ashamed to say what I want and where I want to be, but it is important to put those dreams out there. Let others hear it. Let yourself hear it. Let’s speak up and speak out this month and every month moving forward!

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Devin (Yes, I’m talking to myself lol), you are exceptional. Stop feeling like an underdog because you are in competition with no one. You are capable of so much more than you even know and you need to start acting like it. Don’t settle. Don’t get complacent. You will be a star because you were born a star. You will be a household name and you will figure out how to create the perfect brand which encompasses your many passions. Be the visionary you know you can be!

Your best friend,

Dev.

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