[Moody walk through downtown Birmingham] I lived in Alabama for about 4 years. There was much to learn about Civil Rights, lots of nature, and bits of history scattered throughout this city. Although I was raised in Virginia, Alabama still holds a place in my heart. Pictured in this photo is the Alabama Theatre, which held its grand opening in 1927.

[Moody walk through downtown Birmingham]...

My love and I have put together a travel page of our trips together. Make sure you follow @coupleofworldcitizens! We’ll be posting lots of photos and videos you won’t see on our main feeds. But about this photo — Remember that beautiful waterfall I posted back in October on the border of North and South Carolina? Well, this is a pit stop we made coming back from the waterfall at this overlook on the highway. We took a moment to get a look at a portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Fitz put the drone up for an even better aerial view (We’ll probably post that on the other page). Hope to have you all join us on our new page! 🌎

My love and I have...

Every adventure begins with something we’re searching for. We’re all seeking something, whether it be inner peace, ultimate purpose, new ideas, or expansion of thought. We all need a trigger moment — something that forces change upon us. Whether we take the leap or not is the choice that really matters. Why do you travel?

Photo: @fitztheworldcitizen

Every adventure begins with something...

Last night’s look at the @virginvoyages launch wearing vintage @muehlederlabel. #virginvoyages #seatease

Last night’s look at the...

Fall isn’t the time to be boring, layer up and slay. Full look from @officialmadeinitaly.

Photo: @underground_nyc

Fall isn’t the time to...

Black Magic & Dramatic
Dress: @muehlederlabel 
Photo: @buon_buon

Black Magic & Dramatic Dress:...

Ciao! 🥀

Ciao! 🥀

Who wants to go on an adventure? This photo was taken just after finishing a walk through the muddy jungle. I hosed off the gunk, and you can’t tell by the photo, but I had AT LEAST 50 mosquito bites and cuts all over my legs. That’s what I get for wearing shorts.

Who wants to go on...

Just keep strutting.

Just keep strutting.

Buongiorno!

Buongiorno!

Purple Rain in Lagos

         

Uplifting, calming the mind and nerves, a sense of spirituality, and encouraging creativity — these are all ways that the color Purple affects us physically. It is the color of the Crown Chakra, or Sahasrara, located at the top of the head. It is linked to the nervous system, the brain, and representative of pure thought, connecting us with infinite consciousness.

 

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Beyond physicality are other meanings with a powerful history that has evolved throughout time. The origins of the symbolism are more significant than any other color. Even going back to our pre-historic existence, purple is rarely found in nature. The earliest purple dyes date back to 1900 B.C., which took roughly 12,000 shellfish to extract 1.5 grams of the pure dye (barely enough to dye a Roman toga). Over time, creating this dye became less complex, but one thing has remained consistent: the symbolic tone of nobility and luxury. With the notion of magnificence and dignity that this color exudes, this was especially important to me considering where I was at the time. A significant part of my ancestry is from different countries within Africa, Nigeria being one of them. Whether people are aware or not, Nigeria has an immense amount of talented fashion designers and trend-setters that influence cultures beyond their country. To be in an underdeveloped country that is a part of my heritage that has been plagued with severe poverty while wearing a local designer’s wardrobe that is so illustrious in the middle of a destitute area… Well, let’s say it was something that made me feel grateful to share a space with such incredible, heartwarming people. Nigeria isn’t just space for poverty. It is loaded with cultural creatives that are more diverse than what is typically taught. The country’s history, religions, and different groups of natives play a considerable role in how their sense of fashion is portrayed. There is influence from the Colonial and Post-Colonial eras which brought more Western attire, then there are the Natives: Edo, Urhoba/Isoko, Yoruba, Igbo, Fulani/Kanuri/Hausa, Efik/Ibibio/Annang/Oron/Eket, Ijaw, and Itsekiri. While Western fashion is widely found in schools and government jobs, the dominance still lies with the many styles of the Natives, especially with Ankara fabric and vivid prints.

THE LOOK
Purple Set designed and styled by Jane Michael Ekanem, Jewelry stylist’s own

Ultra Violet is the Color of 2018

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“Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.”

                                                                       — Alice Walker

With strides of modern science, it has introduced more than our ancestors may have had the opportunity to learn. Purple is the most powerful visible wavelength of electromagnetic energy. Perhaps this has something to do with why it is so often connected with supernatural energy and the cosmos. Taking all aspects of this dynamic color’s past and present history in consideration, we are left with a myriad of meanings: magic, mystery, the sub-conscious, dignity, and even plays a role in some religions.
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Let’s not forget that each tone conveys a different meaning. Lighter hues, like Lavender, are associated with youth and vitality or romance and femininity. Most of us can attest to Lavender looking and smelling pleasing, perhaps it is because of its therapeutic aura. Darker tones are dignified and intellectual.

Food for Thought

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It is scientifically proven that the darker the food, the higher the antioxidant level. Antioxidants are what keep our bodies younger. Richly-hued foods such as eggplants, cranberries, purple onions, and red cabbage (let’s not forget red wine) have been linked to aiding with blood pressure, stroke, fighting ulcers, preventing UTIs, and obesity. Purple and blue foods are among the best foods to ingest for great skin — all in all, they have amazing healing powers!

Are purple vegetables actually healthier? Some veggies have more health benefits compared to the same foods in other colors (for some nutrients). Purple potatoes have four times as many antioxidants as Russet potatoes. Compared to orange carrots, purple carrots have two times the amount of alpha and beta-carotene (which converts to Vitamin A being excellent for immunity and good for eye health). Red cabbage contains 36 different types of antioxidants and is said to have six to eight times more Vitamin C than green cabbage.

4 More Reasons to Eat Purple Foods

Anti-infammatory

 

Heart Healthy

 

Anti-Cancer

 

Good for Your Brain

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Need somewhere to begin your new purple journey? Below are some foods to incorporate into your diet.

Fruit

  • Concord Grapes
  • Cranberries
  • Blackberries
  • Plums
  • Açai
  • Black Currants
  • Elderberries
  • Prunes
  • Dragonfruit

 

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Vegetables

  • Purple Onions
  • Eggplants
  • Red Cabbage
  • Purple Sweet Potatoes (or yams)
  • Beets
  • Purple Carrots
  • Purple Peppers
  • Kohlrabi
  • Purple Cauliflower
  • Radishes
  • Purple Asparagus

 

 

 

 

XOXO
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