Photos by Lennox Reid.
As we all know, there has been a lot going on in society and in the world. I won’t go into detail since the media has done enough of that, but I will speak on the inspiration and motivation that it has not only given me, but my wardrobe as well.
Everyday, I am learning to take more pride in myself as a young black woman and staples such as this skirt from Laviye, is the epitome of #BlackGirlMagic.
Recently, African prints and pieces have been at the top of the trending charts. I personally have been wanting some for myself for quite some time but I still have to stay true to my personal style and not go for the most common pieces. I had seen a lot of dashikis especially and no matter how bad I wanted some ankara, I knew that is not what I wanted my first piece to be.
After searching near and far, high and low, and everywhere in between, I finally found the perfect maxi skirt all the way across the world, literally. Laviye, based in the UK has it all. Custom shoes, jewelry, all types of clothing, and of course this skirt just for me. They’ve been featured in huge publications such as Elle, and I knew I had come to the right place. The print was one I had never seen, and the colors were outside of my norm which made me love it even more. Once it arrived and I put it on, I literally felt like African royalty…
Even before everything that is happening began, I not only knew I wanted to own African prints, but also I wanted to be more in touch with myself. I was never not proud or anything like that, but I do know there were times I underestimated my own potential, my own power.
Being a blogger, we are automatically considered media influencers but for me it’s deeper than that. The key word is influencer and media easily crosses over to real life. This means you really don’t know who is watching and who can pattern after you. There is no way for me to personally know each and every one of my followers but whether I know them or not, they know of me and they are watching. A couple times I actually have had people come up to me that follow me on social media and tell me how I have inspired and influenced them. I want to continue to be a positive figure, for anyone who watches me. Even if you only look at my photo for a split second, you will see confidence and a strong black woman.
Don’t get it twisted. It definitely took more than this gorgeous skirt to wake me up to my own spiritual sense of self and no, it wasn’t just because of the recent violent incidences. As we grow older, naturally we know more, see more, and realize more. In 3 months I will hit the pinnacle age of 25 and quickly, I am noticing more within myself that I want to change.
Now style wise, I am pretty content right now. I love being able to embrace my femininity, curves, and being a black woman and I want to continue to embody that now more than ever. Now I won’t be wearing Laviye everyday to prove a point but you will see their pieces again on the blog. In the meantime, make sure you follow them on Instagram @laviye and visit their site http://laviye.myshopify.com/ to shop. Also, be sure to follow me @thechloebrand for more photos and insight on upcoming features and posts. Until next time guys!
Other Outfit Details:
- Top : Vivi Boutique
- Bag : Vintage Nine West
- Jewelry : Charlotte Russe
- Shoes : ShoeDazzle