Travel & Design Blog - BY YASMIN METZ-JOHNSON

Monday, 21 March 2016

Look Down Sometimes

Regardez vers le bas parfois -  qui savez ce que vous pourriez trouver!

A few pics of some cool tile patterns I saw and liked - ne me dérange pas mes piers laids.






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Saturday, 19 March 2016

I WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN.






Everyone has that staple item that sees you through in the end. Just when you think you have nothing to wear you remember the one garment that saves you every time. This is mine! A red simple cut dress out of some remaining fabric my mother had. Both the fabric and dress were made and tailored in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

I prefer to wear dresses or anything that is one outfit (jumpsuits and playsuits included). They just make life a lot easier you don’t have to think what bottoms you are to going to wear or what top goes with your bottoms.  They are usually what I result in because of this very matter! I was hesitant to do fashion/ style part to my blog because there are already plenty out there. But I guess everyone’s style is different and I thought why not especially share what clothes I have had tailored as for myself I am one who is searching for design ideas for new outfits to get made. Hopefully showcasing my own will give someone else ideas for their own trip to the tailor.


Let me know what you thought of my first style post.

Yasmin x





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Monday, 14 March 2016

Pimp My Ride - West Africa #1


If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen what I captioned over the weekend on one of my posts. I mentioned how the taxi experience in Dakar is that extra bit more fun, by the quirky and contrasting interiors each taxi has, all of which are customized by the taxi drivers themselves. Like any owned interior, it’s informative and enlightens the passenger about the driver in the slightest way. Regardless of language barriers, the different interiors I find them to be useful props for starting/ continuing conversations with your chauffeur of approximately 10 to 15 minutes.  Especially if you can converse with the driver, if the conversation gets flowing you can discover more of the back story, the reason behind their chosen design/interior. Where they bought the materials etc. Like I said I find this aspect of the journey interesting, I don’t have to necessarily like or agree with their choice of style but if I do that’s a bonus! It a different approach and experience of travelling from one place to another to a new level.


1. Red Hot

2. Vintage cool

3. Creased Indigo




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Friday, 11 March 2016

Ça va venir..

At least we understand each other.


I have lost count of the amount of times my colleagues have said this to me, “ça va venir Yasmin.” I really hope it does come eventually because I’m getting pretty frustrated about speaking baby French if I can even call it that. In order for this to work (learning a new language) you need to first and foremost be consistent.  So I am very much to blame if I am not seeing results as quickly as I would like as I supposedly know what I am doing wrong.  Either that or I’m just impatient…or maybe a bit of both? That sounds more like me.  The older I have become and the more experiences I have had I realise this awful trait I seem to have is only going to hinder me in everything I do.  I’m no psychologist and I guess it is common sense but patience is key for succeeding in most tasks. So how do I go about this? I’ve decided I’m not going to be so hard on myself as long as I am being consistent with learning new content and expect it will take some time. As for now I guess I will have to trust the saying 'ça va venir.'

I think I just answered my own question.


“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy. “- Saadi



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Sunday, 6 March 2016

Happy Mother's Day



My mother and I have not lived together in the same country for a while, nearly 10 years now. People always used to ask me,"Do you hard not find it difficult not living with your mum anymore?" I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t hard, I’m very close with my mother and I’m also extremely close with both of my grandmothers so I was in good hands whilst she relocated. It takes a lot more than distance to break the bond between a mother and daughter. When I used to get asked these questions I had reflect and think I have my mother she is alive, healthy and serving her life purposes.

Wishing my wonderful mother, friend, mentor, role model a wonderful mother’s day. I thank God everyday I have such a caring and encouraging support from the lady I am lucky enough to call my mother. Words do not describe how much I appreciate you in my life.  Love you Mum.


To all the Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunties and Carers....Happy Mother’s Day! Where would we be without you?


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