MONDAY MOTIVATION: It’s a Beautiful Day to Have a Beautiful Day!

It’s a beautiful day to have a beautiful day! Do you ever feel stuck with the feeling of not knowing where your life is heading? Questioning whether or not you’re making the best decisions to set yourself up for a life of fulfillment and happiness? This feeling can be overwhelming, especially in these unsettling times … Continue Reading

Allow Me to Re-Introduce Myself

Hi Gem! Yes, you, I think you’re a Gem and you should get used to this because I believe all you beautiful souls in my community are precious . Here’s a bit about me: I’m Opal and I was born in Kingston, Jamaica and moved to NYC when I was about 11 years old (so I’m … Continue Reading

Justice for George Floyd! + Resources to Petition, Donate and Act Now

I was still processing #AhmaudArbery and now it’s #GeorgeFloyd. Which black man will be next? And next after that? Is there a blueprint for the lessons you teach little black boys and girls on how to react if they are approached by a cop?! Racism in America is unfortunately very real. It takes a toll when you see … Continue Reading

Currently Reading: “A Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson

Before quarantine, I hardly had time to pick up a book . I was more interested in reading quick opinion pieces and short stories online. Now that I’m home all day, I’ve been diving deeper into reading and enjoying picking up a physical book to read. My sister Vickie, who is a more enthusiastic reader … Continue Reading

Finding Inspiration in Anything and Everything with Paul Smith Happy Monday Gems!!! I always get excited for a new week because it gives me the opportunity to start fresh and to tackle the things I neglected to do the previous week no matter how big or small. And being stuck at home is no exception! It might feel like each day has been … Continue Reading

OpalbyOpal x Jamaica Observer Feature

Here’s a little background about me. I was born in Jamaica and moved to the US in 2000. Life in Jamaica for me was simple, I was still a youngin’ then running around, climbing ackee & mango trees and chasing lizards with my sisters. Never could I have imagined living in New York City and … Continue Reading

OpalbyOpal x INSPR Interview

Hey Gems, long time no see 🙂 NYFW is now all wrapped up and I wanted to bring you some content in the meantime. I recently did an an interview with INSPR , a community-driven brand that partners with creators to design product capsules authentic to their followings and inspiring to their community, and we talked … Continue Reading

How to Slay Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2020!

It’s finally 2020 and most of us are optimistic about everything we want to achieve this year. It’s the perfect time to reflect on our previous year and wipe the slate clean for a fresh start. Unfortunately though, the stats are against us and show that most New Year’s resolutions will be broken in a … Continue Reading

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, Gems! I wanted to do a little throwback and talk about my Halloween experience growing up in New York. My sisters and I weren’t avid trick-or-treaters but when we went out to trick-or-treat in the city, we would stop by corner bodegas, pharmacies and other 1st floor businesses on the street. Duane Read … Continue Reading

Seeing Gender: An Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression

||#SeeingGender #sponsored by @ChronicleBooks ||  This book is about gender, yes. But it’s also about so much more – sexuality, age, race, religion, ability, biases, classicism, privilege, and other topics traditionally considered “taboo”, that we are just starting to discuss in the age of “Me Too”, “Black Lives Matter”, “LGBTQ+” and other social movements. And this discussion … Continue Reading