Black History Month 2017

For the past two years I've challenged myself to do a design based black history project. The first year I illustrated a black history fact each day and last year I created collages around an important person or event in black history. This month is already flying by so I'm starting to think about what this years project should be. Here's a few ideas, let me know what you think is best.

Option #1

Create an illustration a day that represents something or someone thats been iconic to black history. This can range from MLK to Migos. I think this one would be the most difficult but maybe the most rewarding. I love illustrating and its something I'm mad I haven't had enough time to do lately. Honestly I'm still working on the whole time management thing. I'm always working, but I need to squeeze in more time to just create to create. One of my goals for the break was to practice more so I can develop a style and due to me running around the city of Huntsville that didn't happen. 

ARTIST: SARA ANDREASSON


ARTIST: CHAE BYUNG-ROK

OPTION #2

I love the idea of doodling or adding graphics on top of photos. For some reason its something I'm really drawn to. I'm going to charge it to my love for mix media; putting two worlds together that don't necessarily seem like they mix but it works. For this option I would take a photo and either create a doodle around it or layer different graphics that changes the tone and brings the photos to life (ex. to the bottom left). 

artist: hattie stewart
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somewhere on tumblr

OPTION #3

Last but not least. Option #3 is more of a typography challenge because that's an area of design I need to grow more in. Each day I would take a quote and create a type based graphic around it. This is one I know I would want to do a lot of research on. Its been on my to-do list to head to the LA Public Library so I can research old typography and graphic styles. 

ARTIST: kambiz shafei

ARTIST: kambiz shafei

To be honest I have no idea which direction I want to go in (hence the blog post). Each option has pros and cons, and certain elements that will make them difficult. In general its hard to be consistent on these so just make sure to pray for me. Which idea do you like the best? Leave a comment, hit me up on social media, send a smoke signal... just give me some answers.

$LJ$

THE FORCE IS FEMALE + Nike

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I'm a sucker for a well-executed campaign. As I'm growing in my creative career I'm realizing that concepting/designing campaigns for brands I believe in is definitely on the top of my list as something I want to do. One of the brands on my top five is Nike. For as long as I can remember I've always been intrigued by Nike campaigns – from the photography, to the messaging and creative direction they usually nail it.  Nothing is different about their new campaign beautifully titled – THE FORCE IS FEMALE.

The Force is Female campaign focuses on strong women who are paving their own way, shaping culture, creating the future, and inspiring their communities. The campaign is dedicated to all females who live outside of the box and challenge us to push boundaries. Basically its for women who are getting shit done and not letting shit hold them back – my type of people.

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Photo cred: @evemeetswest also photographed @dianakmir

Photo cred: @evemeetswest also photographed @dianakmir

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This past Saturday Nike Los Angeles held the campaign launch party at The Springs LA. Soon as I walked in I knew it was the type of vibe that I want to be associated with on an ongoing basis. *Sidenote: I want to know where all these streetwear babes are every other day, especially the women of color because y'all were lit. 

The brunch started with a panel of boss babes in streetwear culture: Janáe RoubleauJami OrdizAlexis QuinteroZoleeCatalina Paz,  Alyssa Forever, and Ro.Lexx. Speaking of Ro.Lexx she's a dope photographer who shot the lookbook and assets for the campaign. The panel discussion reminded me of conversations that I have with friends on a daily basis. We're constantly talking about how women are depicted in streetwear and how its okay to have masculinity in your wardrobe. A lot of sites and social media platforms always depict women in streetwear in being half naked in sneakers which isn't real life – like who's really wearing that shit? I remember being young and always hearing things like "you dress like a boy" or "are you gay because you're a tomboy" (that's people in the south for you) but those comments made me self-conscious about just being me. It made me think that femininity means a dress and heels but now that I'm older (and wiser) I know that's not the case and how to properly voice my personal style. 

One of my key words for 2017 and life in general is authenticity, I really think that's a major key for success. The ladies spoke a lot about being authentic to your voice and essentially if you build it they will come, which is a favorite phrase of mine. Most of the time it takes awhile but once you learn that everything about you is what makes you, YOU (and magical) you can be unstoppable. Which is what the force is, its unstoppable.

I'm unstoppable.

That's what I took away when leaving the event. Personally it lit a fire under my ass to create more content geared towards streetwear because its something I grew up in. Also when I look at the landscape of influencers there are only a few women of color and barely any artists. I gotta change that this year. 

From the production of the event down to the curated goodie bags it was very thought out and oozed inspiration and creativity within women. I can't wait to see how this campaign flourishes and more importantly figure out how I'm working with Nike lol, but I'm serious. On that note I'm going to leave you with the campaigns manifesto 

We are a new generation.
A generation born with an realness.
A braveness.
A force.
A bond that ties us together.
But never holds us down.
It’s an undeniable boundary that defies definition.
A reminder that we are never finished.
Yet always complete.
From the courts to the streets,
We were put here to disrupt.
Made legends because we will not exist within the lines.
We prove that vulnerability is not the same as weakness.
Flawed not the same as imperfect.
It’s a power in our every step. A refusal to stop.
It’s that rule-breaking, decision-making, name taking, don’t give a damn in all of us.
It’s never one thing. It’s everything.
It’s who we are. As one. As all.
It’s the force.
THE FORCE IS FEMALE.

Shoes: Pinnacle Air Max 90 Red Stardust

Dress: Daya by Zendaya (she has some dope stuff)

– Dawn the don $ 

So Laci Like x JORD Watches

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Guess what... this is the second post this week which mean I'm already doing better for 2017, just like I said I would (keep praying for me lol). 

I've never been a watch connoisseur. Its one of those accessories I always say I'm going to invest in but for whatever reason I don't. Weird thing is watches have been on my mind heavily for the last year.  Every time I go into the mall, especially when I walk through Macy's I think "I should really find a nice watch". The urge became worse when I listened to Kevin Hart's interview on the breakfast club a few months back. He talked about how every time he finishes a big project he buys himself a timepiece. For him its justification of how important time is and how he values his time and craftsmanship. Which that's why watches are usually pricey due to the time placed into the craftsmanship. Charlamagne made a comment that essentially he's spending time on his time which is some boss shit. 

So when I was contacted by the great people at Jord to showcase one of their watches I figured this could help jumpstart my watch collection. Because similar to Kevin (without the millions) I'm really grasping how important time is and trying not to waste it. Something that I don't like about most popular watches these days is that everything is super blingy. I'm no stranger to bling bling, but I don't necessarily need cash money records on my wrist everyday. The thing that makes me like this watch is that its made almost entirely out of wood but still very lightweight (I hate heavy watches). The brown tone of the watches can be paired with just about anything! Its definitely a huge staple in the streetwear side of my wardrobe. When choosing a watch I wanted something that I can wear with multiple looks but still has a pop of color. If you didn't know green is the pantone color of the year so it felt just right. The big face of the watch gives me boss vibes but at the same time its still sleek and classic (plus the packaging is bomb which I'll post on my Instagram). Oh, and they have watches for both men and women so no excuses. 

Jord decided to be the GOAT (greatest of all time) and provided a contest link for all of my readers and subscribers! All entrants will receive an instant $25 off gift code for a watch of their choice and one lucky winner will receive $100 off a watch of their choice. The contest starts today 1/12/17 and ends 2/5/17.  If you need Valentine Day gifts, or just want to treat yoself (which is my speciality) I highly encourage taking advantage of this contest and checking out one of these timeless Jord watches.  Below is the contest link, check out the watches and let me know what you think. 

Contest link: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/lacijordan 

My watch: https://www.woodwatches.com/series/frankie/dark-sandalwood-and-emerald/#lacijordan

Photos: @evemeetswest

2017 Visions + Vibes

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Happy New Year people! I feel like every time I write a blog post I say "I know its been awhile" because I've been so inconsistent with posting so for those who are reading THANK YOU for rocking with me. If you follow me on social media you know I've been BUSY! From launching my first lapel pin to taking on a ton of freelance work (on top of my corporate job) but I promise to do better in 2017.

I'm on the "new year, new me" train this year. For some reason I truly feel that when the clock struck 12 everything just reset. I've never really felt any type of emotions during the New Year but this year is totally different, I'm inspired and empowered now more than ever! When I went home (Alabama) for the holidays it was just a different vibe, everybody that I ran in to mentioned that I have a "glow" or that "2017 is YOUR year". Now I did get a facial right before my trip so that could be it, but I want to think that I'm wearing my inspiration on me. Something just feels right about the future. So for the first time I decided to do a vision board. Before starting I did a little research to see if there were any tips and ran across a list of categories to keep in mind when creating your board. I wish I remember the site but I found it on a Pinterest binge = /

I can't lie, I'm kinda obsessed with my vision board. I love everything it stands for, the aesthetic looks cute, and I plan to put every damn thing on it in motion. Below are the list of categories and a snippet of what my goal is for each one. Some stuff would require me to write for days so I kept it short. If all goes to plan (which it will) each action point will show on the blog throughout the year. 


FAMILY + FRIENDS

This one is something I actually started over the holidays. I want to spend more time with friends and family. Life is so short and 2016 showed a lot of that. I want to take in as many moments as I can. I also want to empower my friends and family and share the inspiration. A couple of the clippings that relate to family and friends are: "trollin with the homies", "conversation", "close", "real", "love", "home-grown", and "open". 

PERSONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Some of my personal growth points blend into other categories so you'll probably hear some of these a few times. In general I want to make sure I'm increasing each portion of my life ranging from finances to recreation. A couple of things that immediately stick out are:  Reading more: I've made this goal time and time again but its seriously happening this year. Reading is one of the key ways to keep your mind sharp (as my grandma would say). Meditation: This goal is partnered with creating a pattern of waking up early and working out. My zodiac sign (yes I'm into that) is Taurus which is known for being a creature of habit. I didn't think I possessed that quality but once I'm in a schedule I keep it. I need to create a schedule based off my desired morning ritual. Another goal is to stay self aware. Every year I learn more and more about myself. 2016 taught me how to listen to my emotions and dig into them. I'm a very logical person so I don't really think with my heart all the time. I'm working on being more in tune with that.  There are a ton more ranging from self love, style goals, and activism. Clipping Reference: "serenity", "open", "free your mind", "vision", "queen", "bold", and "real"

SPIRITUALITY

Goal #1 stay connected, stay faithful. I've always felt extremely connected to God. I could give you story after story, which is why my faith in myself is so strong. I truly believe I'm here for a reason and I'm never going to fail (I know of course I'll fail but not FAIL FAIL). I said stay connected because while I'll always be faithful sometimes I'll slip into "I only pray when I need stuff" mode – not purposely but it happens. Every time I say out loud "I'm so fake" so I want to change that. Lately I've been super challenged in what my next life step is (career wise). There are days when I'm depressed and over it then the next week something good will happen. Gotta stay faithful on the tough days. Clipping References: "God Bless the child", "Glory", "Close", "feel blessed", "heaven", and "conversation". 

FINANCES

Save some money is the FIRST goal. Budgets don't exist in my world and I'm too old to continue being childish. Plus I realized if I stop eating out I can buy more sneakers. Duh. I have a few financial goals ranging from student loan bills, credit scores, to 401k crap. Clipping References: "free your mind", "independence", "business brains get thinking", and "conversation".

CAREER + BUSINESS

JESUS. I don't even know how to sum this one up. I could be here with a whole keynote presentation on this topic. Instead I'll give you some of my top goals in a nutshell and share some of my favorite clippings (and you'll totally get the point). Main goals: creative independence (this could be going fully freelance or finding a role that would let me stretch and have more freedom. Produce more products: take the shop to the next level. Design/art: create more more and MORE I need to expand on everything from illustration to photography. Collaborate: work with more people, shadow friends I admire, target/collaborate with brands I love. Clipping references: "moves", "making waves", "creative class", "vision", "move forward", "I do my own things I paved my own path", "ambition", and "independence".

ROMANCE

Towards the end of college I learned to keep my relationship/relationship status pretty discrete. When I started at my current job I found myself being more open and talkative – which in the moment was fine but there was one time where a colleague asked me about my relationship in front of another colleague whom I was friends with but didn't want them in my business. It wasn't anything bad but I couldn't blame anyone but myself for telling my personal business. I'm sticking in my plan and keeping that part of my life to myself. I think its an element of mystery – people honestly don't know if I'm in a relationship or not and I like that. Just know my goal for this is to be more open in any type of relationship. I grew up with mostly boys (expect my mama of course) and can be the complete opposite of open and affectionate. Its something Im really working on. Bigger than anything I'm falling more and more in love with myself. I know that sounds selfish but last year I realized that I really didn't love myself like I thought – definitely an eye opener. Clipping reference:  "Love", "open", "beauty", and "don’t want no scrubs”.

FUN AND RECREATION

Live a little. While I attended every damn concert last year I still don't feel like I've really embraced LA as a whole. I mentioned being a creature of habit earlier, that mixed with the fact I have to commute and be around people all damn week makes me want to hide in a shell all weekend (and not go anywhere on the weeknights). I love my shell, I really do... but I need to get out more. This week I have social obligations almost every night after work and the thought of that makes me tired but I GOTTA do it. Another huge component is traveling, even if its just a quick weekend trip. Its so much of the world I want to see. Clipping reference:  “where”, “moves”, “we out here”, and “run this town”.

GIVING

Giving back is huge for this year. Like most young girls in Huntsville, Alabama I grew up in Girls Scouts and Girls Inc. Girls Inc played a huge part in my life so I have a plan in motion to create a summer program to give back. Other than community service related topics I want to continue to give my gifts to the world and also help others who are pursuing similar fields. Clipping references: “shine a light”, "feminism", “stand for something”, “leader”, “black girl magic”, and “the girl that needs me is outspoken” quote.

HEALTH AND FITNESS

We've heard this all before but I'm going to get in shape – seriously. I lost a bunch of weight in the last year and a half but I really need to tone. Back in the day I ran track and was my own "body goals" (and didn't even know it at the moment) I don't think I'm joining anyones track team anytime soon but for my overall health (especially with a desk job) I need to be in shape.  Clipping references:  “get in shape”, Serena, “strong” and “glow”

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

This one is something that I started working on last month. I've been in my apartment for 4 years but just started decorating it. To be honest when I moved here so I was so focused on making sure I could land a job after my internship decor wasn't important. Plus I had no intention in staying in that space but 4 years later here we are. I realized that the design of a space can change everything, especially your mood. I plan to put forth of huge effort in making any spaces I occupy (home and work) the best. Clipping reference:  plant photo, “where”, free your mind”, “style”, “bloom”

In a nutshell these are some of my goals, there's a bunch of stuff I couldn't touch on and clippings that we'll be here all day for if I had to explain but you get the gist. I'm hoping that I can keep up the momentum I have now for the rest of the year. I'm telling y'all.. this shit is about to be magical. Let me know what you think about the board and some of your new year goals.

Dawn the don. (if you didn't know my first name is Dawn, middle name is Laci)

I had a baby

For the last few months I keep running into metaphors related to having babies. If you know me, you know having babies is the absolute last thing on my radar at the moment so the fact this keeps happening to me is out of control. A few months ago I called my mom complaining about feeling stuck and she told me "life is like giving birth, you usually don't just slide a baby out but you go through contractions. Each hard stage of life is a contraction to birthing something new."  That advice soothed me, it made sense. 

Fast forward and I attend an event where my fav Melina Matsoukas is speaking moderated by Issa Rae. There were a couple of questions where Melina used a metaphor related to giving birth in regardless of birthing something new in her career.

Again – that giving birth thing.

Last night I went to church and heard TD Jakes speak, guess what he said? He spoke about the exact metaphor my mom did, about birthing new lives and taking the labor that comes with it. Before hearing him speak I thought about pushing the release date because of the remaining items on my to-do list. But after hearing about pushing babies out for the third time I decided to go for it. 

So here I am, with a new born. 

I've talked about creating a pin line for at least two years now. I've drooled over countless shops and thought about all the pins I could make. I've also noticed the abundance of pins related to black pop culture but none of the shop owners look like me. One day I just said F#%* it decided to go for it. 

For the first pin I wanted something that would make a literal statement and be 100% unapologetic. Most of my friends have experienced people sticking their unwanted greasy hands in our hair – whether that be because of the natural curls, the overnight box braids, or just because its long. If you've been under a rock Solange made a whole song about it. This pin is an expression, one for my girls of color and beyond (because I can't lie, some of my white friend’s experience this too LOL)

As small as it may seem releasing this to the world is scary as hell. At this very moment I'm wondering what I forgot to do or wishing I wouldn't have stayed in bed watching bad reality shows the other day instead of working. On the flip side I'm reminded that everything is about growth and I won't have all the answers. But putting myself out there is the first step.

I also don't know what having a baby is like, but I feel like I just produced a new life. 

So shop, enjoy, tell everybody you know. I'm already creating the next pin so stay tuned!