My Juneteenth celebration yesterday. Beauty, bellies, booties, & black women. My liberation came in the form of radical honesty. I sat in that pool yesterday and shed real tears and let it wash over me.
Often times as women and/or mothers, we try to keep it all together. We’ve been conditioned to. The concept of being a “strong black woman” can be very destructive and isolating. Not to mention, it takes mental energy and resources that can be better spent. I’m pledging to let it all go, practice compassion, and ask for the help that I need.
Open. Release. Shed. Love. Grow. Thankful for my tribe.
Celebrating self love. If you’re reading this, know that you are worthy and you are loved. You are beautiful and joy is your birthright.
Atlanta. Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
Protesting police abuse and the murder of George Floyd. I’ve been to a lot of protests in the past, but this was by far the most racially inclusive and it made an impact. Racism isn’t just some problem to be solved by those that are being oppressed, it’s everyone’s problem. I’m happy that people are finally realizing that and taking accountability.
On another note, I love my people. Black people. Always have. Always will. We’ll get through this too. ❤️
I’m back with another outfit of the day, quarantine edition. My family is doing a Spirit Week at the crib, so this was “Backwards Day.” My kids loved the whole idea of wearing their clothes backwards and they did so the entire day, lol. I wore my shirt backwards and ended up really liking the look. Might have to keep that in mind for future looks.
Interesting thing is, my entire outfit is from Walmart. This whole look probably cost me $20. I say that to say, you don’t have to have a lot of money to look good or stylish. You just have to have an vision for an outfit. And an eye for quality fabrics, especially when you’re at second hand stores (which are my favorites). I was completely comfortable in this outfit while in classes remotely and while being an active mom. Walmart had more pants in this style with different designs. They cost an entire $7. I know physical distancing is in place, but if you find yourself at Walmart, peruse the clothing section for these pants. SO cute & comfortable.
And also, Walmart been the lick for statement tee’s. If you don’t know, now you know. Look in the men’s section.
Sometimes Easter goes by and I don’t really trip off it. It feels more like a general holiday. It embodies a certain time of the year where everything is coming alive and it’s warming up, so that’s cool. You get to dress up and look cute plus the food that day is usually hella delicious. But Easter felt much more personal this year. The story of Jesus: his life, his death, the resurrection. The timing is impeccable. I feel like as a collective, we’re all going through some form of death and rebirth right now. Our reality has never looked like it does right now and people are adjusting. It was the death of life as we had known it and now it’s something new. It’s interesting.
So to celebrate, I got Easter baskets for my kids, we did an Easter egg hunt inside the house, and I got my kiddos all dressed up for virtual church. I found a company called Bailey’s Blossoms that sells “mommy and me” clothes. Since my daughter is still so young, I thought it would be cute if we wore matching black and white printed dresses. Langston’s outfit is a mix of Target, Carter’s, and Osh Kosh. Since I love photography, I took pictures of us outside the house and they turned out really good. I’ve shared some of them below.
Earlier this month, I got a facial and massage at IWI Fresh. I have had a few different spa experiences in Atlanta, but this is the first time that I had been to a natural spa to this degree. They advertise themselves as farm to skin, meaning that they grow the products and create the products that they use. I’m talking about oils, face sprays, scrubs….all smelled super delicious as well. My services were really great. The music throughout the place was a whole vibe, it’s decorated cute, and it was filled with black people. Plus there is a facial/ massage combo on Groupon. Need I say more?
I know that most people are at home right now. Not only is social distancing in full effect but you damn sure aren’t about to get a massage. BUT when the time does come, check out IWI Fresh. I was really happy with my time there.
I hope yal are doing well. Stay safe & protect your energy.
I’m a child of the 90’s. Whenever I see colorful things, my brain jumps to the Popsicle commercial where the kid says “The colors Duke, the colors” to his colorblind dog. That’s the end of my story.
Enjoy these magical ass photos of me and my kids embodying joy. We discovered a trampoline park South of Atlanta and it has hella activities plus great lighting in the evening. Here we are in the ball pit. Had to jump in because the kids immediately started sinking and I wasn’t having that. It was fun.
Greetings and Happy New Year. It also happens to be Black History Month so theres that as well. Plenty to be grateful for. 2020 has been pretty illuminating already. I cleaned up my eating and I’ve been way more consistent with my spiritual practice. Meditation makes a difference, man.
My friend had a gender reveal/ birthday party at Ra Sushi. My first time there and I definitely have to go back for a full dinner. My look reflected a classy lady of the night in a Blaxploitation film. I think it’s the coat, lol. Funny enough, I found this coat while shopping at Sam’s. Some of the gems be where you least expect it.
Hey, hey! I hit up the Saint Jhn concert in Atlanta recently. I was excited for the show because Saint Jhn’s music is dope. His tone, the vibes, and the general aesthetic is fire. He has 2 compilations on Apple Music. I recommend you check them out. If you take a listen, drop me a comment about what you think.
I was overall happy with the show, but something was definitely amiss during the performance because you could see it on Jhn’s face. My guess is that something was off with the sound. After the first verse of a lot of the songs, he would cut the music to do an a cappella thing. Idk about that, but regardless, it was still a fun show because the songs go hard. Atlanta was the second stop of the tour, so if Saint Jhn is in your city, swing through. I fucks with it.
And as you can see, I switched up my look. Hey girl! The blonde is gone and these bundles have arrived, lol. I rocked long straight hair for a decent amount of my life, so I miss it sometimes. The weather was letting me live my best style life too so I was not mad. Let me know if you’re digging the look in the comments.
Angela Yee, 1/3 of the Breakfast Club, had a live show of her podcast “Lip Service” in Atlanta last Wednesday night. It was at the Buckhead Theatre. I had never actually heard Lip Service but I was excited to experience a live Podcast. The crowd was relatively small but it was still cool. The special guests were Trouble, YFN Luchi, and Tokyo Jets. I loved how candid the discussions were. They talked about sex, relationships, cheating, monogamy, and all kinds of other foolishness. It was fun, low key, and intimate. I think the overall conversation about relationships and sex and just real shit is definitely beneficial to the collective, whether people end up agreeing or not.
Now I’m thinking about seeing The Friend Zone live in Atlanta (bc that’s my show).
I’m not even exaggerating when I say that this was by far the best AFROPUNK I’ve ever been too. Atlanta clowned. The people were BEAUTIFUL. Everyone. Not just some folks, but all. Vibes everywhere. I’m honestly still on cloud 9. I’m so in awe of how AFROPUNK leveled alllllll the way the fuck up this year. So many sponsorships and cool interactive art installations. The overall scale was just grander. It was beautiful.
Lucky Daye has been one of my favorites for a while and this was my first time seeing him in concert. His live show is amazing. I would have been satisfied if I went home after his set. But then I get to see Smino, a fellow STLien. And end the night with Anderson Paak who did a tribute to Mac Miller. Shawty is mad content. I am shawty.
I’m excited for how AFROPUNK Atlanta is evolving. If you were at the festival, drop me a comment! What was your favorite experience at AFROPUNK this year?