I am super-honoured to be blessed with a very special islandista for this latest edition of ‘I Am An Islandista’. It is none other than the proudly Caribbean, “Trini to de bone” beauty blogger, Patrice Grell Yursik.
Patrice is the kind of blogger I want to be when I grow up – in fact, she was just named in Ebony Magazine’s ‘Power 100′ for their December/January double issue (so run out and get that!)
That’s not impressive enough for you – de lady have her own lipstick from MAC!
So yes, she is kind of a big deal oui? And we are thrilled to feature her for I Am An Islandista.
Islandista: …Is Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik?
Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik: I am a Trinidadian born and raised woman who now lives in Chicago. I am the creator of a beauty, fashion and culture blog called Afrobella.com and I work from my home as a full time blogger and writer for a variety of online publications.
Is:… Has most influenced what you’re doing now?
P.Y.: I can definitely say my family has had the most influence on what I’m doing now. My sister Petal instilled a love of reading in me when I was just a baby — I was such a big reader all through my childhood and high school, some of my fondest memories are of going to the library or the bookstore with my sister. My mom has always been a great beauty who values high quality products and I started going to fashion shows in Trinidad with her when I was very young. I learned to love makeup, fashion and beauty directly from watching my mom.
Is: …Is an islandista to you?
P.Y. : an islandista represents her country beautifully, with elegance and class. She is glamorous in a real and accessible way. She is comfortable in her own skin, and shares her culture with the world.
Is:… Do you love/miss most about your island?
P.Y. : I miss the food, the music, and the diversity of Trini culture. I miss the melting pot. I miss standing with a bake and shark in my hand at that big table of condiments, while hearing the crash of the waves off Maracas Bay. I miss Trini Christmas and my family’s Old Year’s Night party. I miss Sunday lunch and the rituals of home.
Is: …Do you see yourself in five years? In ten years?
P.Y. : In five years, I hope to be much more well-traveled, I hope to be a published author, and I hope to be a mom! My husband and I are at that point where we talk about creating a family, so by the ten year mark I’m sure we’ll have some news in that department.
Is: …Is your ‘happy place’?
P.Y. : I am happiest at home, with my husband and our cat Max.
Is: …Do you call home?
P.Y. : Currently, downtown Chicago. But if we decided to move somewhere warmer, I wouldn’t be mad about that. I have a lot of love for southern California, so who knows what the future will bring?
Is: …You worry, what do you worry about?
P.Y. : I worry about my health and the health of my loved ones. I worry about not spending enough time at home with my family. I worry about finding ways to increase my income, but still maintaining my integrity at all times because that comes first.
Is: …Are you happiest?
P.Y. : I’m happiest on a Saturday morning, when I wake up with my husband knowing we both don’t have work obligations calling us and we can just enjoy the day together and make the weekend whatever we want it to be!
Is:…Do you love what you do?
P.Y. : I was blessed enough to be able to create my own career path. Every day I wake up and I write about hair and makeup and clothes and things that make women feel beautiful. I inspire others to celebrate their own beauty and very often I hear from women who tell me they were inspired to love their hair, their features, their skin color, and their bodies because of me. That’s more than I ever could have dreamed of and I’m so proud to share that with the world.
Is: …Would you like to be remembered?
P.Y. : I’d like to be remembered as someone who did good work, did her part to help others, and who shared her gifts with the world.
Is: …Do you unwind?
P.Y. : By spending time with my husband and my friends. By playing with my cat. By having a fabulous cocktail – I’m a Trini to the bone and I love a good drink! Nothing wrong with that!