name... Akasha Lawrence-Spence nickname... kasha, kash kash, osh kosh, spence (there are so many) personal motto... Everything happens for a reason. happiness is... Cuddling. most prized retail item... The lambs wool rug I lugged home in my overweight luggage from Korea. favorite journey... Friendship. favorite design trend... Reclaimed wood everything. greatest indulgence... Long vacations to far away places. portland MUST-eat... Food trucks! I NEVER ate from food trucks back home in NYC, but here they're just as good as their restaurant equivalents. dream destination... Bali, Thailand, Morocco, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, and the list goes on. most marked characteristic... My Big Fluffy Cheeks. shoulda/coulda/woulda... Uh none... re: my motto. couldn't live without this song/artist... These genres: Soul, Reggae, Soca & Jazz. I find myself in love with the voice quality of the artists who populate the former and the instrumentals that characterize the latter, the middle two are a direct link to my Caribbean upbringing. must read... Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. in my free time... I make things, art (paintings, installations) try out new recipes, whatever I'm inspired to do. lately I've been challenging myself to... Exercise, I'm actually starting to LOVE the burn, and drink a gallon of water daily. never goes out of style... black. authenticity. love.