Francis + Benedict exists to empower and equip skilled Togolese seamstresses by providing them with dignified and sustainable employment. Skirts made for others. Enjoyed by us. For the good of many. I mean if you aren’t in love with what they are doing, wait until you see their skirts, I’m sure you’ll change your mind!
Man, long time no talk! I’m going to get straight to the point. This year for Charleston Fashion Week, I am showing love to my favorite local boutiques by wearing some of my favorite pieces from them to fashion week. I hope you all enjoy this new spin on my blog!
Tuesday night, Ibu presented their pieces and I was speechless. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
These are only a few of course. Head over to Ibu Movement’s website to see all of the photos!
OOTD : Ibu
Until Next Time
The weight of the world is real. You can’t smile all the time, or be happy for everyone. Sometimes you just want someone to be happy for you like you are for them. EQUAL. That doesn’t exist. I want the same recognition as the blonde sitting next to me. . . That doesn’t exist.. In the eyes of society, I am black first, a woman second, a black woman with natural hair third, and last but not least, I am Venita Aspen.
I can write for years how hard it is to be black in America but we will take baby steps. I’ll give you time to understand, something they won’t do for me.
It’s hard. You constantly feel defeated. You want people to understand that you don’t see race first but the majority of society does, so you do too. Then when you try not to see it, they say you are disowning your race. I hate having to constantly explain myself. Always feeling that if I write more post similar to this one I will lose my credibility. YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. I shouldn’t be afraid to speak my mind or voice my opinion but society will deem me an “angry black woman who don’t need no man” if I do…… I will no longer be quiet
Venita Aspen, the girl who is always smiling.
The way society sees me isn’t pretty, so why do I constantly have to be? It ain’t always got to be pretty to be “G O O D”. . . . . . . Welcome to the world Venita Aspen, it’s so nice of you to finally join us.
Until Next Time
Over the past week technology hasn’t been my friend, AT ALL. I had to get my computer wiped and I went about a week without a phone.. Some of you may be thinking, “OMG, she went a week without a phone, how did she do it?” The same way I did it when I was nine years old, feel me?
Not having a phone was the best thing that has happened to me this month by far. It allowed me to reconnect with myself. Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter wasn’t holding me back. I wasn’t concerned about what the next person was doing because I could no longer judge myself based off of their actions. It allowed me to remember,that even though it is something we use to judge the next person, social media isn’t real.
Disconnecting allowed me to see how connected the world really is. Walking down the street no one holds their head up to see where they are going because they’re to connected to their phones. What’s on there that can’t wait, besides the obvious things like, maps and a phone call to your mother?
You don’t realize how connected you are to things until you have to go without. We are a spoiled generation. To cry when we crack our phone screens that will only cost us $100 to fix, while there is an area in Africa where women sell their children to workers for $50. Perspective
It’s great to be connected, but don’t become so connected that you forget how to connect with the real world..put it down.
Until Next Time
I’ve done it. I have let the corporate world go for good. If you know me personally you know that the last job I had put into perspective for me how horrible corporate can be. Long story short, if you are a creative don’t go down the corporate path, its strong enough to break you. It almost broke me, but luckily, I got out. I am a part of the IBU movement now, and I couldn’t be happier.
Where do I begin? Being a part of this team is a blessing. I am surrounded by creatives on all spectrums of the creativity forum. I work in an environment so relaxed that your 8 hour work day only feels like 5 minutes, and NO, I am not in the honey moon phase. Here it isn’t a phase but a lifestyle. I’ve been in and out of this place since June doing various jobs for them and even with a title it still feels like I’m living la vida loca.
There really isn’t any other way you should feel when you are working. No need to feel like you have to put on a show when you get to work and pretend to be someone you’re not CORPORATE. If you’ve been with me for a while then you know that I am a big advocate of quitting something that doesn’t feel right. If you can, just do it. Don’t waste your energy or time.You won’t ever get that back. Who knows, one day I may have to buckle down and go back to corporate but I don’t think that’ll ever happen. For now, IBU is where I belong.
HONEY I’M HOME
Until Next Time