▲ July 26, 2015
3 Stripes: For the Love of Chanel
▲ July 23, 2015
Guess who finally found her Chanel chain purse?! This happy camper. I've been wanting to mix my separate Adidas pieces for a while now, the thought struck me after winter, and was waiting for just the right cool day! This day wasn't it but I recently got this men's hat from Forever21 and merged them together ~ y'know how my brain works. I've also wanted to experiment with editorial style editing for a while now, I just think the visual perspective is completely eye-catching and all around appealing. I've shied away from it because of my fear of its time consumption - I was right by the way but it was totally worth it. More practice is sure to help!
Labels: adidas, adidas track pants, boyfriend tee, chanel, college fashion, colorful panel hat, fashion blogger, Fashion Bomb Daily, forever 21, missusmonroe, Soul of a Lion, thrift, vintage chanel
SOAL Speaks: Queen Sandra, I'm sorry
▲ July 18, 2015
You know when your emotions are so strong, you can't even pinpoint what they are? When you're so enraged your body's only reactions are bone-numbing tremors or hot, angry, streaming tears, eventually reduced to quivering sobs? I want to scream at the top of my lungs, I want everyone to hear how much sorrow I'm feeling, but most importantly I want for everyone to remember the name of this woman who had her entire life ahead of her. Before I get into yet another injustice, I want to address my black people:
I am disgusted. I've been following this story for a little bit now, as soon as I'd caught sight of it, I knew it was important and that it was my responsibility to know all the details and how to DO something. Recently, I am just seeing many people begin to discuss the tragedy and as grateful as I am that it wasn't ignored completely, why did it take so long to catch your attention? Because everybody else on your TL was suddenly talking about it? To keep up with your 'socially aware' camouflage? What exactly was occupying your time, Meek's album, Future's release or the Meek beef with Drake? Or would the correct answer be D, all of the above? DO SOMETHING about a world that won't rest until we are either extinct or too vacuous to distinguish them from actual shit, but before anything WAKE THEM UP. Educate yourself on these issues so you actually sound like you have some intelligence when you speak on it. During the Civil Rights era blacks fought relentlessly: they got up, marched, went as far as moving to worse areas to be apart of the CHANGE. They died for their beliefs. All of that resilience got them and subsequently us somewhere. Some white people are laughing at us, they're saying the police is in the right; realize anything that occurs and does not affect them, they will always find a way to defend it. The cop pulled her from the car but yet he was only doing his job, if she had only complied.. and with all of our abundant precedents you truly believe she would have walked away? NO forget all of that utter and complete nonsense. There is always something we did wrong. There is never justice for us. Justice for white people is seen as justice for everyone.
#Sayhername: I just know Sandra Bland did not commit suicide. She might have deserved a ticket for failing to signal even though the police care purposely made a U-turn then came barreling down the street towards her, but because she did not feel as though she deserved a ticket does not mean the subsequent events were justified, lawful, and freaking humane. I cannot sit here and watch these killing sprees, then hashtag Black Lives Matter! on IG or retweet an article post, sit back and be satisfied with all of my efforts and hard work, and then go back to slaving over the brainwashing media we are being fed. Another girl was found in her jail cell "hung" with bedsheets after being booked for stealing a cell phone. #Sayhername: Kindra Darnell. This is what I call mass murder. What I have to say is they killed this woman. They took "mug shots" of a woman who was deceased. They carelessly threw her to the ground. This is deeply rooted, don't tell me racism died out. It has taken on different forms and by taking no action, we are accepting of it.
I refuse to sit and wait. I want to know what really happened. Who changed the paper work? Who gave them the right to empower themselves this way, by taking away someone else's? Click here if you want real answers, if you're tired of sitting around waiting for justice. Rest in Power, as they're saying, to a lost but never forgotten BLACK queen who deserved not a damn thing she was dealt.
Labels: change, injustice, Kindra Darnell, missusmonroe, racism, Sandra Bland, say her name, SOAL Speaks, texas
How can you tell me?
▲ July 16, 2015
|Ankara co-ord designed by me|
As I seem to continue to hear crazy and crazier news almost daily now, I've been brought back to a conversation my mother and I had many moons ago. Well, it wasn't really too much of a conversation as much as it was a demand. There was a time where I was constantly upset and generally sad, some of you faithful readers may know of it because honestly it wasn't too long ago. My mom would ask me why I'm not smiling as much as I used to and I'd respond "why should I be smiling? Why should I smile when I have nothing to be smiling about?"
I just specifically remember her telling me to be happy. How can one just be happy, I'd think incredulously. You either were happy or not, no? Muddled up in more commands was her saying no, there is a choice. It has recently become clearer what she meant. Yes, happiness can come upon you but you also can choose. It may be hard to imagine from post after post and the stories I tell but there was a time where I wouldn't be very sad at all. I naturally always have a smile on my face and I never really had anything I thought was worth wasting that much energy worrying about and being upset over. Things changed very quickly, clearly, but as I attempt to ease back into the mindset of my earlier years, I've come to realize a lot. I've never enjoyed moping, I actually hate complaining, I like trying to fix things on my own, I naturally don't dwell on anything even if it made me furious two minutes ago, I love being happy and receiving love, but most importantly there's always a choice.
Labels: ALDO, ALDO accessories, co ordinate, college fashion, fashion blogger, happiness, how to find happiness, missusmonroe, SOAL, SOAL Speaks, Soul of a Lion, twosie
▲ July 14, 2015
|H&M top (from Sade!), Missguided pants, can't remember where I got my shoes but they're from the UK|
And no I don't mean a recent Drake song, I mean the real shit. Y'all know I've been going through some meaningful lows and trying to keep my head up, but it seemed as though every time I had enough room to breathe another current would swoop me back down... I know life is filled with disappointments I'm just really tired of them. A close friend told me today of a verse she read discussing how this is all apart of the perfect plan God has for me. A little unimaginable that all the hardships I'm withstanding is apart of something perfect. Not just anything really, my life. I know everything happens for a certain reason, nothing just randomly occurs even though it seems that way. While it's happening though, what a hard concept that is to grasp. All you can think about are the negatives, the disappointments, the lows, and especially the woes. I'm opening my eyes to the otherwise. I've always been really good at moving on and here is where I use it to fuel me. I'm already on to new adventures, I should celebrate my achievements, no matter how minuscule they may seem.
In other news, I'm doing a lot more things that are making me happy. Genuinely. I'm also filming more and finding new outlets of expression. Reflecting. Loving. A change is way overdue.
"Take me deeper than my feet could wander."
Labels: a new leaf, Drake, fashion blogger, Fashion Bomb Daily, H and M, lola, missguided, missusmonroe, SOAL, SOAL Speaks, Soul of a Lion, woes
Work You Hard
|Thrifted everything, ALDO necklace|
It's always been instilled in me that hard work is the only way to succeed, coupled with intellect and you're set. What I've come to realize is how untrue that is. You can work yourself to the grave and get nothing that you supposedly deserved; you can be the laziest, unmotivated person in the world and get whatever your heart desires. The world is not fair, it's all about opportunity... I would always question people who did not put forth any effort, why do you think you deserve it all then? What makes you think you're just so much better than others who work themselves into the ground, jumping through hoops for what they want? I've never gotten an answer so I suppose I'll just remain curious.
Sometimes I wish I could just take all the knowledge I now know and start my life all over again. The other day a good friend said I look really happy in these pictures.. I know I should be but my reality is almost the stark opposite. Trying to find the good in an overwhelming amount of bad is tiring and feels really lonely. I know I'm not doing the greatest job of not worrying about what lies ahead of me but I cannot lie about how I feel.. Apprehensive about a future full of mistakes. Here's the verse that's gotten me through so far, maybe you'll do a better job of gripping to it.
Labels: ALDO, bob braids, box braids, faith, fashion blogger, Fashion Bomb Daily, H and M, Matthew 6, missusmonroe, SOAL, Soul of a Lion, thrifted