G h a n a S u n R a y s

And I’m back! Let me first start by saying, Happy New Year! I know….I know…it’s been awhile. My schedule has been extremely busy this past month, and I feel like I barely had time to sit down and take a breath! (It’s only going to get worse these next few weeks lol). I’ve been busy working on my new website, clothing line, music, and squeezing in a little vacation time too!

Right now I am in the beautiful Motherland, my home away from home – GHANA. Yassssssss! I have been waiting all year to come back home and I finally had the chance to revisit this wonderful place. My father is Ghanaian, and so I came out to Ghana for the first time about ten years ago. I’ve loved this place ever since! For two years I lived in Accra and worked for the United States Peace Corps. While working here and learning more about Ghanaian culture, I learned to call Ghana my real home. Its only here that I feel completely free – I have the freedom to explore more of who I am. That’s the real beauty of Africa. When you’re here you learn more about yourself than you could ever imagine.

I decided to use this trip to mainly focus on my music and my fashion line. I only have a couple weeks, so I had to make the most out of such a short trip. My amazing and talented tailor lives here in Ghana, so I made a point to work hard with him and bring my newest designs to life. I am forever a fan of edgy street fashion, so we took those ideas and incorporated them into a collection that merges street style with African print. Also, my clothing line is now open for men! I received a lot of questions from the guys, so I had to make sure I represented for the men. I’m hoping you all will enjoy wearing this collection as much I did creating it! More details to come…

Besides my job in the fashion world, I spent my down time relaxing in the gorgeous 93 degree weather! The first few days were very dusty due to the harmattan season – which is a dry and dusty wind that blows from the Sahara Desert across western Africa. Although it can be pretty to look at during sunset, it is not fun to actually be in it! The dust gave me a nasty cough which took a few days to get rid of. But once that cleared up the weather was mostly sunny and gorgeous. Here’s a few of my favorite shots of some of the beautiful places I ventured out to….

Check out my next post coming up tomorrow – covering all my amazing swimsuits and styles I rocked in Ghana. Thanks for reading!

The beach is everything….

The most amazing bar I’ve ever seen. The art and colors inspired me. The view immediately caught my eye and I absolutely loved it. Taken at La Villa Hotel in Osu, Ghana

I wasn’t even two hours in the country yet but had to rush and buy waakye! Red beans, spaghetti, fried fish, stew and a small bit of shito (pepper). It was sooooo goooood.

The most relaxing egg shell chair I’ve ever laid in at

Sippin on a delicious pineapple, banana and mango smoothie…..I could get used to this life!

Who wants to hang by the poolside? Chillin at this spot at Palm Court Apartments in Airport Residential. So pretty here!

You know that feeling when you eat so much and you just can’t move? That was me today. Welcome to a glimpse of Chez Clarisse Restaurant in Osu. Local food at its best! Dishes from all across the continent…..this is my new fave spot to grub.

Pina Colada anyone? The best one I’ve had….amazing dinner at Ibis Styles Hotel

I’ll take another Cosmo please….

Another night at Pinocchio’s…J’adore (yea I was also snapchatting a selfie as well hehe)

 

Sunset at Kokrobite Beach. One of the beautiful moments I live for…

 

Market hustle in Accra. The first time I went to the market I could barely keep up…the movement, the shouting…eventually though, I learned to deal with it..and actually like it.

Street snappin in Osu. I kinda wish the taxis here looked like these.

Heaven on earth….Kintampo Waterfalls

Schoolgirls + sun rays

Sunset at Kokrobite Beach. One of the beautiful moments I live for…

Fisherman’s boats in Cape Coast

Honestly these tro tro’s crack me up lol…the signs in Ghana are usually hilarious!

 There is so much going on in this pic…I often wonder what it would be like to be a fisherman. One day I’m going to try to catch my own fish!

 The only place I’m truly at peace – the beach…

Market hustle in Accra. The first time I went to the market I could barely keep up…the movement, the shouting…eventually though, I learned to deal with it..and actually like it.

One day I will balance a bowl of fruit on my head. I love this photo…African women are definitely the strongest!

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