I Am Beautiful - Brenda

 1. What is your Name?  
Brenda G Chuinkam

2. What is your Nationality and Where do you currently live? 
I am a Cameroonian living in Canada

3. Which age group do you belong to? 0-17, 18-25, 26-40, 40 and above. 
I'm in the 18-25 age group (YAYY!)

4. Describe your personal style. 
My style is color meets print meets curves! Haha I like to show my curves off without being overly sexual. I also love trendy pieces that are versatile.
5. What makes you feel beautiful? 
To be honest, lots of things make me feel beautiful-a well-fitted dress, a certain "look" from a guy that instantly lets you know they're interested, an honest complement, a good workout...those are the ones that come to mind immediately.

6. What do you think of the current issues concerning body image and race?  
I think our society has turned into a "bashing" and "who can bring you down the most" fest. People have found courage behind anonymity behind their keyboards and focus too much on what they think are other people's flaws. People are so narrow-minded when it comes to images of beauty and what they think is beautiful to the point where a girl like Jennifer Lawrence is considered thick and Mindy Kaling is considered plus sized? I can relate to so many young women out there when it comes to body image  issues-having been made fun of because of my thick legs and thicker frame. When it comes to race, that's a whole other  story but what I will say is this- as a black person in North America, you CANNOT do mediocre and expect anything PERIOD. You have to work 10 times as hard to get 1/10th the recognition others may get.
  7. Do you think the media has had a negative or positive influence on these issues? Why? 
Media has had both a negative and positive influence but the negative has overcome the positive influences. The constant shoving down our throats of "beautiful" celebs and lack of coverage on curvier/more normal celebs as well as the free bashing of everyone on sites like TMZ are just examples, in my opinion, of the negative influence.

 8. What do you think of the current fashion industry and trends?
I think the fashion industry gets confused at times and no one should follow trends to the T because you're going to wake up one day thinking that it's okay to wear a hat with a shoe in it to a job interview for  a law firm, haha. Trends should be worn according to how they simulate with your personal style (in my humble opinion).

9. What advice would you like to give? 
All I will say is: life is short, try new foods, try new styles of clothes, travel when and where you can and save a little. Also, listen to your parents' advise, bearing in mind that they have lived their lives, now you go live yours!

10. Share a fun fact about you.
 I could probably fix your TV for you if it's currently not working, Lol.    XOXO
Well spoken Brenda. I couldn't agree with you more! One thing I like that you mentioned is following trends religiously. It's important to consider your personal style and body type first before diving in. 

 I'm sure many of you recognize Brenda of Can Never Be a Skinny Bish. Thank you Brenda for taking the time out to answer these questions. Check out Brenda's Fashion Blog HERE.

Chip in your views. Until next time, remain blessed!




Casual Friday: Yellow And Blue

Aaahhhh! Guess who's back?! Me! Duh! Haha. How have you been? I missed all of you oh so very much! School is over... Finals are done... So I'm back! It was so difficult for me to stay away from the blog. I kept checking back every single day. Actually, I was quite surprised that my page views didn't drastically go down the drain. Thank you for standing by and waiting for my return. And thanks to those of you who joined #KalackNation during our break. I see you. :) I have so much to tell you so keep scrolling for more. ^_^

Even though my blog was on break, I was still relatively active in building my YouTube channel. Over the years I have received many requests to start a YouTube channel. I finally gave it some thought and decided to begin my YouTube journey. So far, I must say it's been quite interesting. Filming the videos is always fun; although there are stressful times like when, unknown to me, my camera suddenly goes off while I'm recording. Fun times. Have you visited my channel? You should. :D I'm still experimenting right now with it. As you may have noticed, I have used different editing styles, locations (all in my room), lighting and stuff like that. I am trying all these things to find the best setting for filming. Speaking about filming, I am currently working on 3 video projects for you guys: Spring look-book (even though it's still cold here), 50 Random Facts, and my Shoe collection! You should subscribe HERE to be a part of my journey. :)

 Top: Suzy Shier | Shorts: DIY | Shoes: UrbanOg | Poncho/Kimono: Ardene | Clutch: Itunu

Now, unto today's outfit. One thing you should know is I never wear short shorts. NEVER. So now you're wondering, what exactly are you wearing in these pics then? Well, I'm wearing short shorts. The thing is my legs are one of the parts of my body that I'm very conscious about. However, I have become more confident in my body. I mean these are MY legs. I can't hate my legs. They are part of my body. These are the legs God has given to me and they are 'stuck' with me, so to speak. Too many times, we waste time wishing we could change things about us that are really perfect just the way they are. There's this saying that 'life changes when your mind changes' and that is the reason for me wearing these shorts today.

Lately, I've been feeling like I need a splash of color all over me. I was initially going to pair a White tee with this outfit, but I decided to go for this bright Yellow top (last worn HERE) to satisfy my color hunger. I wore this during my visit to Itunu's home with a fresh face. When I walked into her room, I saw this pretty coral crossbody bag. I never wear them, but I loved it so much and I told her: Yo, I'm stealing this bag. It worked perfectly with the look. A big fat thank you to Itunu for taking these lovely pics. :D

What is one body image issue you have been able to overcome? Let me know. I'll see you in my next post. Till then, remain blessed and safe. :)




NEW VIDEO: Cotton Ball Challenge With ITUNU

Hello lovely people,

Meet one of my closest friends, Itunu. We recorded this really fun cotton ball challenge that's been going around on YouTube. I hope you enjoy! Can you guess who won the challenge? Don't forget to watch in HD! 

Some videos I'm working on now include my shoe collection, 2013 Spring look-book, 50 Random Facts about me. If you have any videos you want me to do, leave them in the comments. Please, subscribe to my channel to support me! See you in my next video. :)