For the past couple of weeks I have been running around making things happen! I’ve met some cool people along those ropes and even ran into some very talented individuals on my journey traveling from to New York for AfroPunk Festival and down south in Atlanta, Georgia. I even got a chance to cover a major event right here in the DMV known as Trillectro Music Festival, but I will soon post my experience on that journey.
Both of my trips to New York and ATL were pretty much back to back (In my Drake voice), but I successfully became not so overwhelmed, but more so overjoyed by being able to just flee the state of Maryland and venture off into cities I love to revisit and adore.
My first trip started on August 22-23 for Afropunk Music Festival which took place in Brooklyn, NY. I got to go last year and had an amazing experience, but this year I went and it was an impeccable and unforgettable one this time. A group of some of my closest friends all decided to take a trip to the festival. We stayed in Brooklyn in a townhouse for the weekend under the rental housing space called Airbnb. It was my first time using Airbnb to rent a spot in NY and it definitely was an interesting one. We stayed in an antique designed house, with spacious walk-ways and enough bedrooms for all eight of us staying for the night can sleep peacefully.
If you are not familiar with Afropunk, it is a once a year event which takes place at Commodore Park. the 2-day festival is always towards the end of August where many subcultures representing their heritage, their beginnings, their roots and sense of afrocentric stylistic abilities come to life. All walks of life mainly representing the power of black culture come together to bring peace and unity while all having three things in common, art, music and fashion. Each year different artists come out to perform where there is at least three main stages with performers. This year I went because I have never seen Lauryn Hill live or Kelis. I adore them both in different ways. I was able to get a free weekend pass to go to both shows, but unfortunately did not get to attend the one on Sunday. Kelela and Jesse Boykins performed that day, but I have never seen Kelela perform live (I’m sure that will happen for me soon =) ).
All of my group of girlies were fashionably ready to take the festival by storm as we represented the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia) area. We even gained so much attention through our unique looks that a small group of us made it on Elle Magazine’s website on elle.com as having “The Best Street Style From Afropunk!” Talk about one of the best feelings ever! We almost made it on GQ magazine’s website, but I was able to get some of the edits from a great photographer from GQ name Driely (Check her out on Drielys.com)!
What am I wearing?
Checkered Pencil Skirt: I got this skirt in NY at H&M the same day as the festival (talk about last minute!)
Sneakers: from designing shoe label Gourmet
Mesh socks: Urban Outfitters
Lightweight Parka Jacket: Urban Outfitters
Crochet Color-block Halter: Urban Outfitters
Gold Choker Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Sunday’s (Aug 23) Outfit:
Black Strappy Back Midi Dress: Urban Outfitters
Leopard Print Hat: Urban Outfitters
Down in ATL
I took a brief trip with my parents to Atlanta, Georgia just to get a way and visit some family and friends of ours. The trip was nothing but a bliss and provided me with knowledge about the city that I never knew before, or at least I had some factual information on, but until you visit the city or just like any other place to learn your history you would only know what you’ve been told. I got to visit Martin Luther King Jr’s stomping grounds from where he was born, his gravesite, and the famous and most impactful Ebenezer Church. It was an eerie feeling, but a spiritual one at the same time.
On a more adventurous side, I got to party at one of the most famous strip-clubs in Atlanta called, Magic City. I went with my close friend who had just moved to Atlanta to venture off into her new beginnings. From a distance I saw CNN headquarters in which I hope to one day be a part of their team. Lastly, before we caught our plane back to Washington, D.C., my father wanted to visit a friend who he hasn’t seen since high school! We got to hang out with his friend who happens to own a couple of sports bars called Olde Towne Tavern & Grille and we surely got treated well =).
Black Open back Midi Dress: Urban Outfitters
Leopard Printed Platform Heels: Dolce Vita
Jeweled Armband: Claire’s
Light-weight Parka Jacket: Urban Outfitters
Strapless Romper: Urban Outfitters
Razor-cut Open-toe Heels: Southmoon Under
Here are some more photos that I took and found inspirational to me:
Have you’ve ever seen a Chinese Take-out Purse (Gasp)!!!
A portrait of Jada Pinkett Smith and Tupac Shakur
I constantly get from people that I resemble Jada Pinkett and to be honest, I don’t see it, but I embrace the fact the people think I do because she’s gorgeous!!