Spring Flowers

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Puppy, Lil Boo & I decided to go pay my brother’s new business a visit and enjoy spring and all it has to offer. I’m so glad I did! The flowers were so aromatic and I looked hella cute in my new sandals from Sheba and dress from Cynful.  Puppy even got into the spring spirit and played in the flowers. He came back with a new collar.  Isn’t he cuuute?

❤ Miss Kilo

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Clothing & Accessories

Body & Makeup

  • Hair: DOUX – Debevec hairstyle [B&W]
  • Hairbase: Just Magnetized – Essential Hairbase – set 01 for OMEGA
  • ☘ Eye Shadow: LIVIA // Nova Eyeshadow (former Skin Fair item)
  • ☘ Lipstick: CAZIMI: Playful Pinks Lips & Nails (former Designer Circle item)
  • ☘ Nail Polish: CAZIMI: Respond Nail Appliers for the RESPONSE event
  • All other body basics not listed can be found here.

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Stoicism

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❤ Miss Kilo

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Clothing & Accessories

  • Outfit: Scandalize. Khaila. Yellow (Group gift – L$100 group join fee)
  • Rings: Kibitz – Wonders rings – silver (former Saturday Sale item)
  • ☘ Earrings: Avada~ Verity Earrings (former Designer Showcase item)
  • ☘ Necklace: Avada~ Xs and Os Necklace (former AnyBody event item)
  • ☘ Shoes: [Sheba] Soraya Heels

Body & Makeup

  • Hair: Opale . Danna Hair [Black/White] (former Saturday Sale item)
  • Hairbase: Just Magnetized – Basic Hairbase – set 03 for CATWA
  • ☘ Eye Shadow: CAZIMI: Smoke Show Eyeshadows @ AnyBody
  • ☘ Lipstick: CAZIMI: Dark Velvet Lipstick (former Suicide Dollz event item)
  • ☘ Nails: ::SG:: Rewind Bento Mesh Nails @ The Liaison Collaborative
  • All other body basics not listed can be found here.

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  • Backdrop: MINIMAL – Underground Background *1* (former Saturday Sale item)
  • Additional Lighting: Lumipro

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A Not So Subtle Invitation…

With Valentine’s Day around the corner sometimes you have to drop hints that it’s okay to fool around.

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But when all else fails, you just have to give your person that look; a few hand signals and play the title track to Marvin Gaye’s 13th studio album. 😉

❤ Kilo

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Clothing & Accessories

  • ☘ Outfit: .Q. Reine -FATPACK- [Belleza,Hourglass,Maitreya,eBody,Katena]
  • ☘ Rings: LIVIA // Vida Bento Rings @ Designer Showcase

Body & Makeup

  • Hair: Exile – Cheri Color Naturals pack (former Fifty Linden Friday sale item)
  • Hairbase: Just Magnetized – Essential Hairbase – set 01 for OMEGA
  • ☘ Eye Shadow: *Booty’s Beauty* Omega Eyeshadow ~ Familiar
  • ☘ Lipstick: *Booty’s Beauty* Omega Lipstick ~ Jazzy
  • ☘ Nails: ::SG:: Leve Bento Mesh Nails (former Gloss Event item)
  • All other body basics not listed can be found here.

Decor & Other Information

  • Backdrop: FOXCITY. Photo Booth – Reassurance (former Sanarae & Saturday Sale item)
  • Pose: FOXCITY. Oki Doki Bento Pose Set (former Sanarae & Saturday Sale item)
  • Additional Lighting: Lumipro

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Phrases of Womanhood

Dedicated to Ntozake Shange

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Before I came to the grid, I had the opportunity to be the “Lady in Green” in a stage production of ‘For Colored Girls…’ put on by a group of my friends and I.  That book, choreopoem to be more accurate, was so revolutionary and life altering. It started to awaken part of me I didn’t even know lay dormant. In my journey of self-discovery, I had stumbled many times and tried to pick myself up.  In truth, I still struggle with many things I find wrong with myself. And I work on them slowly but surely as I am capable.  But every day I try to be a little bit more gentle with my psyche, my soul.  And handle myself with more tenderness than I used to.  I don’t always succeed, mind you. None of us really do.  But that struggle, that push…I feel like that the opening piece speaks to this in many ways in this magnificent piece of literature. This book it began to empower me in ways I didn’t know nor was I familiar with. It further helped me stay on the path to finding my voice.

Earlier this week, we lost the deliverer of this affirming message to women and it reminded me of the phases we go through as people, not just women.  But it also reminded me that I am very much a woman; a black woman who is learning to handle herself warmly…constantly working on not only writing the song of my life, but singing it every day to stay in the light.  So, I wanted to share this excerpt with you all because I love it so much.

“somebody / anybody
sing a black girl’s song
bring her out
to know herself
to know you
but sing her rhythms
carin/ struggle/ hard times
sing her song of life
she’s been dead so long
closed in silence so long
she doesn’t know the sound
of her own voice
her infinite beauty
she’s half-notes scattered
without rhythm/ no tune
sing her sighs
sing the song of her possibilities
sing a righteous gospel
let her be born
let her be born
& handled warmly.”
Ntozake Shange, an excerpt from “Dark Phrases” a poem from the book ‘for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf’
Rest in power, Queen Ntozake.

❤ Kilo

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  • Backdrop/Pose: {.:exposeur:.} Sartorialist Showcase
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Sunday Best

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I remember watching Steel Magnolias and there’s this line where Anell (played by Daryl Hannah) got a bit fussy about what she was going to wear to church and Truvie (played by the incomparable Dolly Parton, STILL one of my faves) says to her, “God don’t care what you’re wearin’ long as you show up!”  That line always tickled me because there was a truth behind it.  God (or however you choose to address your higher power/guiding force) doesn’t care as long as you worship/praise in their name.

My mom would more than likely disagree with this one.  See, when I was little, my mom would send me off to church with my neighbors.  I would always get dressed in my Sunday best and she would give me a dollar to put in the offering plate, sometimes two. As I got older, I had stopped going for a long time until my mom at one point felt that I needed to go back and I didn’t have a choice in the matter. No, I wasn’t a juvenile delinquent or anything like that. I had just committed the cardinal sin of “losing my religion” before I was bound to the person I “gave my religion” to…legally. Anyway, at that age, my wardrobe was a bit more lax; but still respectful. Even if I had tried to wear jeans, she’d tell me no and change.  For her it wasn’t about showing out; moreso showing respect to your body and the house of the Lord. After all, if you couldn’t be respectful enough to dress up for your Savior, you must not have respect for self.

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Lately, I’ve been missing my mom and little things she made me  do that I didn’t see the point of; one of which was showing up to church in your Sunday best.  So when I saw this dress, it made me think of that line and those moments when I would see all of the churchgoing ladies who get gussied up to simply go to church (or the grocery store or anywhere, really) and chuckled to myself as I put it on, getting ready for my Sunday.

It’s funny the little things are what I miss the most. Things that made no sense that , depending on the day and the level of noise in my head, make more sense now that I’m older.

❤ Miss Kilo

DEETS

Clothing & Accessories

  • Dress: Sn@tch Selena Cocktail Dress
  • Earrings & Necklace: Cae :: Odyssey :: Collection (former Collabor88 item)
  • Nose Ring: (Yummy) Cleopatra Nose Ring – Silver
  • Shoes: –KC– MALIA HEELS / MAITREYA SLINK BELLEZA TONIC

Body & Makeup

Backdrop & Other Information

  • Backdrop: RAMA – #selfie_RAMA Palm Springs RARE
  • Additional Lighting: Lumipro

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