Natural Hair Diary: Sisterhood

"In my personal experience, there has been no year where sisterhood, brotherhood, and love have been more significant than in 2015..."

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Hi There

posted on: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Well, hi! How's your February? How was your January? Hows' 2016 in all? We've got a lot to catch up on, but first lets start with a new look!

For a while I've been trying to reconfigure this space and how I see it... how you see it too. In attempting to do so, I knew I had to tackle many things. First, I needed to take a break, a long, deserved break. Next, I needed to get some help around here. (Everyone say hello to Sarah! She's officially our editor.) And then came the design process! With the help of my friend Maia, who created my logo and helped design it with me one night when wine was a' plenty, and my best friend Lauren, who developed everything you see right now from the ground up, this site looks and feels so much better.

For the time being, we are still updating latonyayvette.com which has a more personal portfolio. And we're still adding things (like a newsletter and mobile) in a few weeks. In the meantime, take a look around and get familiar. Missed you guys, so happy you're here.

xo
LaTonya

Happy New Year!

posted on: Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year! I am so honored to have had you all here this year, it has been quite the creative year, filled with large dreams and accomplishments. It's also been colored with grief.
As we enter 2016, I am leaning on my family more than ever. I've said that before, and somewhere in the middle, where work plays in and friends congregate and creative dreams manifest, my ability to lean on my sweet family has diminished. I lost my way. I took on unnecessary weight and bottled up tension and past traumas. Unbeknownst to me,  I cut myself deeper, while living louder and freer then ever before. I read headlines and let them seep too deep in my soul. At times, I felt crippled by events. Too often; "I'm doing what I can do to help" did not suffice for my being.

I soon realized that this creative wheel I've been on needs to stop along the way on occasion. I realized that there is no sense in being anxiety ridden of tensions in a world much greater than me. I can't fight off each and every ignorant punk, but I can raise the most amazing, feminist, and sensitive little people. I'm really good at being a mother. I can release good out and really let the nature of what I am doing and who I am around, drive me. I can choose joy and keep choosing it. I can raise awareness for topics of importance and live a meaningful life, while connecting with people on things of a deeper nature....

Natural Hair Diary: Sisterhood

posted on: Wednesday, December 23, 2015

In my personal experience, there has been no year where sisterhood, brotherhood, and love have been more significant than in 2015. Yes, we have stories of the 80s; personal experiences our mothers and their mothers and aunts and friends have passed down to us—stories of riots and anger, yet love and compassion and a bond thicker than the events themselves.

Style

posted on: Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas is just a few sleeps away and I have been running around the city like a little elf, crossing things off of my list and baking like crazy in the kitchen. It's the most wonderful time of the year!

A Little Help Goes A Long Way

posted on: Friday, December 18, 2015

Of all the things I've learned in 2015, the most powerful piece was something a few dear friends told me; "Get some help around the house. You can't do it all." It was always followed by; "Even if you don't have work, you need time to have absolutely no responsibilities." This sounded like something out of a dream. Back then, I constantly felt as if having free time without kids was a sin of some sort. It somehow made me feel like I was cheating at life. "You should be doing something!" that inner voice would shout at me. Eventually, I started taking the advice of my girls. Prioritizing of course. I booked more help around the house and did only what I could fit in.