So Laci Like x Londyn Douglas

I can't believe we're almost in June. I'm at that point in the year where I'm reflecting on the last few months to see where I stand on my New Years goals. Surpisngly, other than two or three things (like budgeting and blogging lol) I've been pretty good on my word.

"Do more creative collabs" is a big goal I have on my list of things to do this year; and when you have creative friends its not hard to accomplish.  Londyn Douglas is a friend, dope stylist, and shop owner in NYC. We met while she lived in LA but didn't get a chance to work together. Fast forward Londyn had a shoot idea in mind and wanted to include my pins which birthed the Pam Grier, 70s vibes photo shoot above. I loved the photos so much I wanted to give them a little editorial feel and designed a quick spread with a few photos – enjoy! 

PS. I have a new pin and restock coming soon = )

Credits

Models: Alexis @Alexisbelon | Kandace @_kandace

Photographer: Bryan @gofresco

Styling: Londyn Douglas @LondynDouglas

Layout/Design: @YoursTruly

Clothing Credits:  Red Jumpsuit - The Club @Shoptheclub | Orange Jumpsuit - NyLaurent @Nylaurent | Earrings - H&M | Pins - So Laci Like 

   

So Laci Like x Giant Vintage: 90s playa

I can't believe its almost been a month since my last post – to be honest it feels like its been longer if I think about all the stuff I've been working on in between time. I'm planning to do a series of catch up post and also send out a few newsletters (fingers crossed).

But I am happy to share one project I'm working on. A couple of months ago I ran across a sunglass brand Giant Vintage, I immediately loved their selection of 90s vintage frames and more importantly the cheap price. I mentioned in my new year post I want to really play with style this year and that includes building an arsenal of go-to accessories. I bought the chirp shades first, the shape of the lens reminds me so much of 90s hip hop and I'm pretty sure I was suppose to be a 90s rapper. After posting the shades a million times I guess GV figured out I was obsessed and offered to send me a few more. 

I thought about taking the usual route – a brand gives you product, you take a couple of selfies, tag them and voila! you're done. Instead I decide to concept editorial shoots around each pair. I started off with the Wicklow gold/black this pair really reminds me of vintage 90s Versace and ads you saw during that time period. Peep some of my mood board pics below. 

I'm sure I've mentioned this somewhere on here but I'm all about making moves soon as I have ideas. It took me a year to finally make a pin and I always regret how much time I wasted waiting on "the right time". 2017 is all about making moves. Peep the results of the shoot below. The model is my good friend Roger Coleman and the photos were shot by another friend Travis Geter.

Photography: Travis Geter 

Model: Roger Coleman

Creative Direction: Yours Truly! 

Glasses: Wicklow x Giant Vintage

Stay tuned for more concept shoots! 

Pin Giveaway x EveMeetsWest

I think that people forget that social media is about being SOCIAL and connecting. While yes, it has different uses but that's the main one. Thank God for it because that's how I met Evelynn. After admiring her witty captions and love for sneakers I reached out to say 'ey girl you bomb over there' and we've been friends every since. Its not all the time you find kindred spirits but I'm really good at attracting the right people. 

To end black history month and kick off women's month we're partnering to giveaway one 'stay woke' pin to one lucky supporter! (and yes guys you can enter as well) Here's the guidelines:

1.) Follow both myself @solacilike and Evelynn @evemeetswest on Instagram 

2.) Tag one woke friend on each page

THAT'S IT! We'll announce a winner on March 4th 

Good luck + stay woke! 

Lyrics with Laci

If you missed the last post, for the month of February I did a black history collab with TYPICAL mag. The partnership was a 5-part series of designs based on songs of empowerment, love, and resistance. Sadly black history month and my collab is over but I want to share the entire project and give you some context behind each design. 

#1 Nina Simone: Mississippi Goddam

I already gave detail on this one here but for a quick overview:  Creatively 'Mississippi Goddam' has so many feelings, from the happy bounce of the instruments to some of the painful lyrics about what was happening in the south at that time. I wanted to create something that feels happy, but with earthly undertones. Even though this wasn't a happy time you can tell through Nina's sound that she used her music as healing to help the people. The bars represent both piano keys and the sign of equality – something my people died for in the south.

 

#2 Marvin Gaye: Inner City Blues

For this one I remember closing my eyes and thinking of the type of scene I see when this song plays. I immediately envisioned someone in their Detriot apartment reading a newspaper really frustrated with the ways of the world. When the person looks outside they see the things that are in the newspaper homeless, segregation – general pain. I wanted to capture the idea of that building and the vibe of an inner city. 

 

 

#3 The Impressions: Keep on pushing

From the title you can tell this is a song about empowerment and keeping your head up. *Fun fact, this actually started as a gospel song! Since this song is a reaction to the black struggle I wanted to create something that represents that BUT also shows that color is fun and beautiful. The beauty lies in the struggle. 

 

#4 Kendrick Lamar: Complexion (A Zulu Love)

This graphic is probably my fav! From the title you know its obviously about complexion but Kdot hits a lot of different points from embracing complexions to colorism that exists in the black community. Back in the day people would do a paper bag test which means if your skin was darker in than the bag you were not allowed in whatever space. For example certain sororities would apply that rule in their qualifications so if didn't fit that mold you were not considered. This graphic is a celebration on complexion. 

 

#5 Solange: Where do we go

Damn I love this song. Its so melodic and it can relate to so many things. I honestly think she's talking about two things: relationships and the black struggle. I see a lot of colors when I listen to Solo so I knew I wanted to something colorful and bold. When I think about the phase 'where do we go' the response it up. Of course the journey up won't be smooth but we can get there – which led to my rough line to the top. This one is my fav behind the Kendrick one. 

 

I gotta give a shoutout to TYPICAL Mag, I loved this project and hate that Black History Month is over! Each year I usually do a black history challenge when I create something each day for the culture but since the month was so busy I had NO time so instead at some point I'm going to do "30 days of blackness" I'm not sure when I'm starting but its coming! Because one month is not enough when we're relevant AF everyday. 

So Laci Like x Typical Mag

FYI I'm on a roll today with the blog posts, as you can see I'm hella behind on updating so just soak it all in... because you know I'm good for disappearing (but I'm doing better in 2017).  

I'm happy to share a new collab I have for Black History Month with TYPICAL Magazine. I've been drooling over TYPICAL for awhile. One of my fav LA photographers Emari Traffie put me on during a shoot and I fell in love. TYPICAL was birthed to embrace your typical self – slow down and appreciate what's taken for granted. A realization that regular people believe their most basic self is inevitable connected with their greatest self – we're not here to do something that hasn't been done before, we're here to reintroduce it. FYI the whole description is on their site (its bomb)

The creators of the mag  – Jessi and Ray (who are equally dope AF) reached out to do a collab related to black history and music. Come to find out we all admire each others aesthetic, love for the south, and Zaxbys. These are my people.

When you talk about Black History you can miss the musical component it. Not to be braggy but we ARE culture. Most music that you hear was brought on by the roots of black people. With that being said for black history month we're doing a 5-part series of designs based on songs of empowerment, love, and resistance. For the first we have 'Mississippi Goddam' by Nina Simone. 

This song is a fav for me. Creatively it has so many feelings, from the happy bounce of the instruments to some of the painful lyrics about what was happening in the south at that time. I wanted to create something that feels happy, but with earthly undertones. Even though this wasn't a happy time you can tell through Nina's sound that she used her music as healing to help the people. The bars represent both piano keys and the sign of equality – something my people died for in the south. Listen to the track and let me know what you think. Also, make sure you visit TYPICAL for the whole write up.

$ Dawn the Don