This post was originally published on March 28th, 2020. I wish I was writing this article under different circumstances. As the weather gets warmer , I always start to look forward to biking season – when I can jump on my trusty iron horse, load Pluto into the basket and go out there and start … Continue Reading

It’s been an enlightening yet encouraging past few weeks. Enlightening to see the responses of Brands and Personalities alike revealing their stance on the matter of injustice or lack thereof by staying silent AND encouraging to see the vast amount of people from every race under the sun showing up and standing tall against injustice … Continue Reading

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

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

Today let’s talk about creativity and different brain types. Do you ever wonder why some people are obsessed with taking notes and others operate much better in their head without putting anything on paper? Or why some people are morning people and some are night-owls (🙋🏾‍♀️)? Some people rely on constant feedback from others and … Continue Reading

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

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣How was your weekend Gems? I hope it was a relaxing one! I’ve been trying to develop a weekend ritual for myself where I detox from social media, put away my phone, and do 3 fun things. So this weekend, I went for a bike ride around Brooklyn, sketched some designs I had in my … Continue Reading

So I’ve been asked by some of you to share my typical photoshoot process – what exactly goes on behind the scenes of an OpalbyOpal photoshoot and how I go from an idea to actually taking the photos and posting them on Instagram and my blog? So today, I’m going to share with you my … Continue Reading

I think your boneswere made in an elsewhere place. How else does one explainthis inconceivable strength that makes you. The way you look into danger’s mouthAnd see no cemetery or death. Instead, carve your name intoits teeth with a switchblade, defeat it so effortlessly andthrow your head back and laugh. Paradox girl, mighty woman,you are … Continue Reading

Hey, Gems! Today I’m showing you how to style prints. Mixing and matching prints is one of those things where we either completely embrace them or stay away from them altogether. But with just a few styling techniques, you will see how easy it is to put together a printed outfit without it looking too … Continue Reading