This is the side that even expats tuck away into the deepest, darkerst corners of our minds. Can you guess where I'm going with this?Read More
Despite what we often hear, our pigment is not a crime and this melanin of ours does not warrant suspicion. Black people are loved and adored around the world. To some we’re the curious unknown, the first person of color that they’ve ever seen in person, so, yeah, we get stares or picture requests or the occasional head rub. Dear Black men, here's why you should travel.Read More
I have a lot of goals and philosophies that guide the way I lead my life, but they can all be basically summed up by my desire to live life to its fullest and have no regrets. At times this can be a tough order to fill, especially when I reflect on past mistakes. Hindsight vision really is 20/20, but I try to look at these mistakes as an opportunity to learn something and better myself. As the saying goes, experience is life’s greatest teacher… or something like that.Read More
Out of the various lessons I have learned, and continue to learn, long after my first round as a Morena en España, none resonates more deeply, or presents as frequently as doing less will get you more.Read More
Coming home after a period of time living abroad isn’t always easy. Things aren’t the same as you remember. You aren’t even the same. Finding your place again when everyone and everything has moved on can make readjusting to your new old life seem a little bit like learning to walk again. Plus there’s the emotional toll of leaving behind new friends and abandoning what had become your new normal. Here's how to deal with repatriation and all that it comes with.Read More
Hace poco tiempo, Buzzfeed empezó a publicar unos vídeos muy interesantes que se llaman "I'm X, but I'm not X." La idea es enfrentar los estereotipos, y eliminarlos. Por ejemplo, hay un vídeo sobre los musulmanes, los bisexuales, las mujeres, los asexuales y los cristianos. Un detalle bastante importante: las personas afectadas por estas ideas equivocadas pueden hablar por si mismos y cambiar su propia narrativa. Es nuestro turno: somos estadounidenses, pero. . .Read More
Linda, the face behind Looks Like Berlin, a fashion blog based out of Germany, tells LMDES all about her experience as a blogger, and lover of all things style, in Berlin. Not only does she know where to shop, and which stores to check out, she also shares a few tips on how bloggers can grow their networks.
Las Morenas de España recently just turned one and we wanted to celebrate. There's something beautiful about bringing an online community together in real life to congregate, meet new friends and catch up with old. The evening brought in women who have been living all over the country for over 10 years, to those who just moved earlier in the week to ladies who were just in town visiting for the weekend but knew that they needed to be in the space. The room was filled with great vibes, meaningful conversation and women slaying in all white. Needless to say, everyone left feeling inspired and a bit more at home.Read More
When I tell you I never thought I’d see the day that I left the center of Madrid, please trust and believe I meant never, ever, ever. But... I’m happy that I left the center, but every situation has its pros and cons. To be honest, I asked myself what I needed, what I wanted, and what I just wanted to have because, because.
I’m a chronic traveler. I’ve said “hello” and “good-bye” more times than I can count. The issue lies in the fact that I spent so many years holding onto my “home”, Chicago, because I was afraid that if I loosened my grip even in the slightest, I’d lose it forever. My advice: Support one another, and build something great. To all the nomads, travelers, self-proclaimed wanderlust-havers: we are stronger together than we could ever be apart. Build. Create. Unite.Read More
This is my fifth year living in Madrid, and I was looking at a few photos from when I first arrived. My, how things have changed! As a woman of color with a body type that’s not as common here, finding positive representations of myself in the fashion world and the day-to-day was difficult, and still is challenging. Luckily, not only do I have my confidence back (I really want to say swag), but I also know where to look for inspiration.Read More
Paseítos is the newest LMDES video series where we bring you stories, advice and inspiration from the expat community that has been living in Spain for quite some time. Chatting with entrepreneurs, yoga instructors, foodies and more you’ll get to hear what life is like from our diverse group of expats. Meet Majida.Read More