Monday, January 20, 2014

The Kinky Chic Experience


For the better part of my adult life, I adopted Korean culture. I attended a Korean church during high school and through college, and I felt like I was Korean. I watched Korean dramas, listened to Korean pop, spoke Korean, cooked and ate Korean food and most of my close friends are Korean.

Lately, what seemed so natural to me has become more mainstream (yay Hallyu), and honestly, I'm not as interested in Korean pop as I used to be. Don't get me wrong; I am a Shawol for life and Hangeng is my husband (he just doesn't know it yet), but I spend more of my time learning about the place I was born (Nigeria), expressing myself artistically through fashion and my hair (currently sporting a fro, moving to locs in two weeks), taking care of my skin with natural products, and generally, enjoying living a kinky chic lifestyle.

I decided late last year that I want to spend 2014 learning how to be my best and most authentic self: I want to cook more, learn more Yoruba traditions and live a simpler/cleaner life both inside (food and spirit) and outside (makeup free skin and natural hair). I'd like to document this journey on my blog.

Anime, manga, and Asian drama and pop are still a part of my life and I'll still talk about it here, but my primary focus has shifted from something outside of myself (Korean culture) to something within myself (kinky chic culture).

Here's what you can expect from the Kinky Chic Experience: K-Chic was Korean Chic, but it now stands for Kinky Chic. My blog will document my ever-changing and evolving hair styles and hair product collection, Nigerian cooking and exploring African and Asian restaurants in Manhattan, African clothes and styles, African (and maybe Asian) traditions, events related to Nigerian music in and around Manhattan, and my workout routines. I'm on a journey to discover and live as my most authentic self, and I believe kinky chic describes that "self" perfectly.

I think the elements (attributes, cultures and viewpoints) that you believe to be parts of you, will be the parts that create the sum that is you. This life equation will change during your life, and some parts will become important and others less so. I've spent a good amount of time documenting a very important part of my identity (Korean culture) and now I want to spend some time documenting another part of myself.

I hope you enjoy the Kinky Chic Experience, and that you stick around as we discover ourselves together. (I also have two kittens, so I'm bound to spend some time writing about my furbabies!)


3 comments:

  1. Looking forward to reading more! :-)

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  2. Hey Jay! This is great! You should have visited me when I was in Korea. I spent two years there;)

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