I stumbled upon Jessy Lanza on the Facebook abyss and I'm glad I did.
I am completely obsessed. I listen to her all day long and am not sick in the least bit. She reminds me of my electro-pop dancing days had a baby with Aaliyah. The guy dancing in this video is everything. I hope you enjoy this video it is definitely one of my favorites so far!!!
Can we have real talk for a moment?? I want to share my experience with you about something that happened recently at the shop. It's something that kind of happens often and I want to just put it out in the universe because it is Korean New Year today and I don't want this to weigh me down or give me heart ache. I want to start the new year with a clean house, clean mind & clean heart.
There have been lots of writings and reflection from people that are mixed race and I know there are so many different experiences. Some feel torn between two cultures, some have no connection to neither but I think we all just figure it out and become whoever we want.
So this is the situation. The scene is always the same. Some of the things people say, "Oh did you know Halmoni means grandmother in Korean?" "Is the owner of this shop Korean?" "Why is there a Korean grandmother on these tags?" With a smile on my face I answer, "Yes I do know Halmoni means grandmother in Korean. It is MY Korean grandmother that is on the tags in the shop." Oh and by the way, "I AM THE OWNER & I AM KOREAN!"
I don't mean to complain and I don't write this for sympathy. I am not writing this to name drop or shame anyone but it is something I have to talk about because it is super hurtful. I am not going to internalize it any longer. I will stop replaying the situation over and over again in my head to the point where it brings me to tears.
We live in a world where culture get appropriated all the time but this is not the case. Sometimes I feel like I have to have a photo album handy to show people my Korean mother and/or have some Korean phrases ready for me to recite so that I can prove myself. But that is just me processing out loud. I know that would not help the situation.
I know that it will happen again and again because that is what happens when you wear something on your sleeve...especially something like culture. People are curious creatures and want to ask questions, I get that.
I know who raised me and I know where I come from.
I am totally having a moment right now!
Thriftcore is one of my favorite blogs!! I discovered her when I found one of her series "Thrifters Around the World". I said to myself I would love to be featured on this and then one day my dream came true. During the summer of 2011, I drove cross country and thrifted my heart out. I never thought that I would be featured on a blog for doing so.
Vanessa contacted me recently and wanted to know if she could feature the shop on her blog and I just about fainted. Vanessa is such an amazing person and I am so glad that she is my ally.
Please support her because she sells the best vintage toys and treasures. She is my personal unicorn dealer :) I have the loveliest unicorn lamp and clock I purchased from her that everyone always wants!! She also has the best tips on her website from being thrifty to vegan recipes, this lady is a jane of all trades.
Check out her blog post here.
This past Sunday was A Naked Lady Soiree and it was the biggest one yet!! There were over 20 women in the shop swapping their hearts out! We listened to Beyonce, had drinks and sweet little bites all while chatting the whole time. There were women of all shapes and ages sharing space and clothes and it was such a beautiful thing!
My favorite item of the evening were dinosaur earrings made by Eleanor. You all know how much I love earrings! I will be contacting her about some special order dino earrings. (let me know if you are interested, I can pass on her info to you. She has really great prices.) I love meeting new friends at ANLS, it feels like a slumber party. I walk out at the end feeling abundant with not only clothing but with connections.
Not everything at the swap gets taken, there are usually tons of clothes that are left behind. I bring all the clothes to a place in Oakland that helps women who have ptsd. When I dropped off the clothes they were so excited and grateful for everything. As we walked back and forth to the car to retrieve the bags it seemed to never end. So just know that ANLS is doing more than creating friendships and giving women the opportunity to keep their clothing out of landfills. We are continuing the good intentions and passing it forward to others. So thank you everyone who came out this past Sunday.
I appreciate you and thank you.
Next swap is on March 16th 6-8pm!
This Beyonce song is from her secret album that was just released. "Grown Woman" is my anthem right now because it empowers me and makes me wanna dance!! I think we should applaud Beyonce on her continued success. I think being in your 30's is really grounding and navigating the world is different. You do a different type if self discovery. We are coming to the end of January 2014, are you making things happen for yourself, has it been exciting?? I hope so.
Check out what I wore this week! I was inspired by a box of crayons, school teachers and my inner fierce self. Sometimes self expression is all we have so why not go all out and feel good about it.
What inspires you when you get dressed for the day?
Have a super weekend and try to step out of your comfort zone just a little :)
Missy reminds me of being in high school.
I remember bumping Missy on my walkman walking all around New York City discovering my town. I like to revisit music from my younger days pre-25 years old days because I remember feeling a difference kind of fierce in those days. I think it was more of a rebellious/I am my own person fierce...at least the first wave of it in our quest of self discovery.
This song is on the Supa Dupa Fly album which is one of my favorites and I hope you like it and my little story ;)
I've had the flu since Friday :(
I've been watching this show called Misfits on hulu while my body is trying to kick this cold. It's a British sci-fi show about these people who are doing community service and have super powers. Don't knock it til you try it!! The show has the most amazing soundtrack and this is just one of the many.
Check out the show and check out this video!