NYE 2017

NYE has always been a big deal for our group of friends. We used to rent a hotel room every year and have a party that inevitably got shut down. Last year we went out, spent tons of money on tickets, and only ended up having an OK time. So we decided that enough is enough and we were going to "stay in" this year. But if you know us, you know we can't live without a party so we decided to have Midnight Brunch at my place and it turned out to be such a good time! We made shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, salmon croquettes, and hash brown casserole. It was so much fun that the party extended through the entire next day. We're in recovery mode to say the least. Here are some pics from before, during, and after the party! 

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Annnnnd the morning after...

Meet Lynsey Ann

I am so excited! Not only for Lynsey to perform at Outsiders Only, but to see how inspired she is to use her gift. Such an interesting and unapologetic soul. She's one of our very best friends. Many people who know us also know her, or so they think. Watch the interview below to learn a little bit more about Lynsey Ann the person, the feminist, the vocalist. To see her perform live this Saturday in Chicago, RSVP below. 

Meet The Franchiise

Brand manager by day, DJ by night. Meet Francesca, aka The Franchiise (@thefranchiise), who will be DJing at Outsiders Only next Saturday. She's truly following her passion and KILLING IT. Watch the interview below to learn more about her journey. You can also click the link to RSVP for Outsiders Only below. 

Organize.

Return of the Black Kings. This is not a clothing line, it's a movement. 

A couple weeks ago, my twin sister and I had the pleasure of participating in the look book shoot for RBK.

A couple weeks ago, my twin sister and I had the pleasure of participating in the look book shoot for RBK.

I want to start by saying that when I met Julian Gilliam (Artist and creator of the RBK Movement) in 2012, Return of the Black Kings was already an idea of his (Shoutout Marcus Graham Project c/o 2012, Think Fruition). I always thought it was a powerful concept, but must say that I'm impressed by the way it has developed over the years.

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We've been talking about the launch for a while now, but our last conversation gave me a much deeper understanding of the message these jackets represent.

Organize. - The encouragement of collaboration among individuals with different skill sets, from different communities, with diverse perspectives. This is what RBK is all about. It was obvious in the way that the look book came about, but will be even more evident in the fruits of the Organize. movement that pledges to provide exposure and education, giving members of our community a line of sight into the endless possibilities.

The Inspiration - History continues to repeat itself. We've seen it in history books and we see it in our lives today. While anger and retaliation is an understandable reaction to the oppression we're constantly faced with, it is time to take a more strategic approach. "We've got to stop looking for answers and start creating them. We need to Organize." 

Notice, the RBK panther doesn't look as fierce and angry as the original Black Panther Party logo. He’s much more calm. "It's not about being emotional, it's about being strategic."

Notice, the RBK panther doesn't look as fierce and angry as the original Black Panther Party logo. He’s much more calm. "It's not about being emotional, it's about being strategic."

So, what's next?

First, more jackets. Proceeds from the first round of sales will go toward creating more jackets. The goal is to spread the word and have as many people wearing them as possible to attract the attention of the young. We need their ears, their attention, their influence. "The revolution has always been in the hands of the young." -Huey. P. Newton

Second, and equally as important, take action. Julian's mission is to create a platform to inspire action and invite anyone who is interested to join, collaborate, educate, encourage, empower, liberate. "We can't continue to just put a bandaid on a bleeding wound."

Join the movement. For more info, updates, and to purchase the Organize. jacket, visit RBK.life

“This is not a one-off. This is life.”

 

What do you have on?

I often times get asked..."What do you have on? That smells so good!".

Well here are my three staples if you're interested in knowing. Intense by Dolce & Gabbana is my number one choice.  In my opinion, it has a subtle smell that always seem to grab at least one persons attention through out the day. It's nice, soft, and fiery sweet....if you get what I mean lol. It is probably my absolute favorite.

My next two favorites are Sexy Amber by Michael Kors and Chanel No 5. Both have somewhat of a powdery undertone to them...but each still has a distinctive scent.

I most certainly hate super strong perfume. So if you prefer something a little more soft in terms of scent that is not so harsh to the nose...check these out. I always get compliments on these gems!

-L

Thoughts?

What would you like to see more of from your favorite outsiders?

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