Guyyyyyssss!!!! Exciting shit is happening in my little Hippiechiklifestyle world!!! I got to style and do make up for an artist who inspires me sooooo much so yall should already know how fulfilling this was for me. The DAY N VEGAS Festival wassssss Lit AF and my girl was out there lookin like a wholeeee snack!!! Her vibe and beauty is so effortless because she is a beautiful soul and absolutely stunning in real life… inside and out. You should be able to listen to her music and tell what type of Healer/ Revolutionary she is by her art. Our whole lil tribe is so special and it’s always a good time when we link up! Shout out to my friends Sam and Chris aka Hella Strings for holding the Queen Mereba downnnnn during her set as well! They was all fly as hell! I’d like to think of them as my Soul Tribe so its always an honor for us all to be working together.
Mereba has been a long time friend and client of mine but more recently we have began exploring styling her from my online store Shop Hippie Chik! Most of my friends who are artists come by the house and shop with me on a regular basis, but I never thought to take it a step further to start actually styling them for their events and shows.
I guess my own doubts and insecurities have been holding me back. I’m already so self conscious about all my “slashes” I’m a Professional Celebrity Make Up Artist, and that is the primary box I have been keeping myself in for years…. I’m also a brilliant live event curator, an owner of an online Boho Boutique, a Cultural Organizer for We Love Leimert and LA Commons, a low key photographer sometimes, and a bonafide Southern Soul Food Cook with a podcast in the works called Cookin Wit Mel lol …. see even telling yall all that shit just stressed me out…. so how I’m sposed to feel comfortable owning up to and adding more. Granted…. I have ALWAYS had a passion for fashion…. I think somewhere along the line I just told myself to stick to make up and I let go of my styling and fashion designing dreams…. I ended up telling myself that wasn’t my lane…. and because it was the lane of so many of my friends and people I was working with through make up… I’ve always felt like I would be stepping on toes if I showed up tryna do the styling too lol. These of course are some of my own projections because I have friends who wouldn’t give a rats ass… but I’ve also had people express to me like damnnnnnn why you just cant do make up and stay in yo lane… why you gotta be tryna take the pictures, do the hair, ANDDDDD the styling too. And those would be the things said that I would harp on and allow to keep me from exploring my creativity in all the ways my brilliant mind and heart desired…. shit like that is what kept me dimming my light to ensure I didn’t make those around me and working with me uncomfortable.
Today tho… I’m creating my own world with Hippiechiklifestyle and I doing whatever TF I want to do in it. In my shoots for Hippie Chik I’m doing the make up, styling, doing the hair, taking the pictures, hell I’m even Krafty if time permits lol … and I hope to keep getting amazing opportunities with other creatives who literally push me to keep exploring more and more.
I know I kinda went off on a lil rant that had nothing to do with me styling Mereba for that damn festival lol… #trauma …. lol but I’m healing and working on it every day… and I’m allowing mself to write and talk about the things that have scarred me and kept me from being my true and full self. Shout out to my amazing Black therapist Meisha…. cuz she be having me leaninggggg INNNNNN okkkkkrrttt!!! Which leads me to this…. I’ll be utilizing my blog more because I’ll be writing and processing my own emotions and trauma more and more as I heal…. and in that process I will also be coming out of hiding and sharing more. Probably more so on my blog than on the damn gram so we’ll see what type of safe and honest community I end up building over here…. only the real ones gone leave the gram to come commune over here so we shall see.
Leave some comments… let me know some real people out here reading my blog and not the bots whose comments I keep having to delete lol!!!
I love yall!!! Be on the lookout for more HOT FIREEEEEE from me styling Mereba and hopefully many more of my friends in SHOP HIPPIE CHIK!!!!! Ya girl got a whole lil showroom/boutique situation goin on in Hollywood so hit me if you need some styling for anythinggggg Hippie Chiksssss and Revolutionary Hippiessss!!!!
Thank you for reading my rants and staying true!! I hope to get to know you guys better and build a beautiful community online the way I have in person through my music events and my activism in Leimert Park!
Enjoy these pics of Mereba Slaying the Day N Vegas Festival taken by Anisha Patil.
ENJOY MEREBA’S LATEST EP AZEB !!!! (AYE IS MY DAILY MANTRA) lol