I don’t know about you guys, but this St. Louis weather has been both bipolar and a big tease all in one week. Some days it feels like spring is approaching and other days it seems like winter wants to stick around for longer than we desire. Well, since many are on the “New Year, New Me” kick, I chose to throw all caution to the wind and flaunt my smoked out perplexed heels I purchased from EGO Official last year.
I decided to pair these puppies with some simple, dark, denim, high-waisted jeans from Forever 21 and my rosey pink duster from Boo Hoo (my first time wearing this piece as well). I think my choker necklace from A’gaci was also just enough bling to bring this look to life, without being overbearing. My deep burgundy Kate Spade purse from Marshall’s was also a nice complement to the softer color of my duster but bold enough to match the darker purple eye look I decided to sport for the day. Needles to say, I feeling myself (in my Queen Bey Voice)!
This all happened when I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather the weekend had to offer, and enjoy some alone time with the hubby (all photo credits go to him y’all-Thanks Babe!). To celebrate Black History month, we took a stroll through Down Town St Louis. We visited the Old Court House where, most you may already know, the famous cases of Dread Scott vs. Sanford and William’s vs. Bellefontaine Railway Company both took place.
We also wandered around on the Riverfront, near the Gateway Arch, where all the beautiful graffiti is shown behind me in some of my pics. This brought back many memories for me, seeing that the Arch was where I got my very first job! The Riverfront is also rich in the history African Americans due to the fact that the Mississippi River was not only the “Gateway to the West” but also the “Escape for the Enslaved.” The Riverfront was a place where many abolitionist and other freed African Americans would help slaves cross the same river I gazed over, to the free state of Illinois.
I know that was a tad bit off topic, but I had to pay some respect to my ancestors that helped African Americans get to where we are now. Because of them, I am able to “strut my stuff” down those very streets where they fought long and hard for respect, rights and freedom.
This was actually a liberating experience for me. This was the first time I decided to wear something because I chose to break free from the fear that people would look at me crazy, or laugh at me for wearing things that most find weird or “not in style.” Well, guess what, I AM FREE!!! I can wear what I want, when I want, and how I want. While, this is no where near as big as what my ancestors conquered, its still me standing for something- standing for myself. I have seen so many “memes” about these darn clear shoes!!! About how they make your feet look like chicken wrapped tight inside the saran wrap at the grocery store (I do admit it was slightly humorous), how they look like “hooker heels,” and the list goes on. Well, on this day I tossed aside my fears like I tossed the tail of my duster jacket around and I decided to express myself as clearly and transparently as the shoes I was rocking on my feet 😜!
Happy Black History Month to you all!! Regardless of your race, equality is important for the HUMAN RACE. Embrace who you are, where you come from and what you stand for!!
Tell me, what did you do to celebrate this month? Where are you from and what traditions did you (or do you pass) along to your children? Have you ever been afraid to do something? What is stopping you from setting yourself free? Of course I’d love to hear from you all!!
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