Gahh! I seriously love this top so much, and I'm deciding which fabric to use next! This top is super simple to create and can go from day to night quickly. I created this 2 HOURS before my best friends 21st birthday, and I had a vision for the evening that needed to happen. We ended up having a great time, and this flowy (and sexy) top was perfect for dancing in!
Sorry for the Wait
I feel like a Drake album or maybe it wasLil' Wayne. Now I have to go listen to Drake's new mixtape while I write.. any who starting a business is very complicated! I knew a little coming into the field of online entrepreneurship, but I am the type of person who needs to be fully prepared for any situation. If I am traveling on vacation or for business, I will pack 8 pairs of shoes just incase. In my purse on any given day, I make sure to always I have my mac, Ipad, calendar, and sketch pad (Yes! I have a huge purse!). Sometimes, I feel the need to carry my beading carryon or makeup bag as well. Who am I kidding, I really do travel with three bags anywhere I go: to my moms, to the grocery store, etc. I just want to make sure I have whatever I need for inspiration.
For my business or anything new I do, that means I need to do my research. Studying hard, rummaging other blogs, looking at other online stores and making sure I have checklists to make it all come together. About 4 months ago, I honestly didn't know where to even start this journey and I assumed it started with a product and a need for that item. That is the truth, but there is so much more that goes into that one amazing product before it even reaches a shop.
Working with Muslin is Key!
Finally, I put together my Tribal Cloak and am so excited to share it. It is a super simple, chic design that is created from a cheap fleece blanket (in my case), which I decided to destroy before tearin' into a very expensive Pendleton Blanket. I am even more excited that this muslin came out so well! Muslin, in sewing terms basically means sewing a mock up with cheaper fabric to test a new garment. I have been thinking about this design for awhile and happy to see it coming to life! A little different than I originally seen in my head, but just as cool!
Today Was a Struggle
It has been one of the toughest days I have had in a while. I truly felt the post-college blues today. It has been 4 months since I have graduated and it has actually been pretty good since. I try not to focus on others success because it would honestly eat me alive. If I didn't have my family for reassurance it would be a rough 120 days. It can get a little complicated and hard, when you don't have the guarantee of work and money. I have been working since 12 years old and I know how to get a job, but the wait after distributing about 20 different and personalized cover letters and resume can become daunting. I don't lose hope though, I just apply again.
I Put a Spell on You!
It all started at my Nana's house, in her crowded living room filled with collector christmas villages and small vintage houses. In between the old cabbage patch dolls and bags of scattered food (she is the one you want to visit during an apocalypse). My Nana lived through hard times: war, depression, and "female domestication at it's prime", to name a few. I am so proud she is now taking back her independence!
...but now back to the 90's at her house, I would plopped down in my own little chair. Where I watched my first ever witch movie, forever blowing my mind and ultimately changing my game for life!
Faux Fur Hair Ties
The latest must have in Indian Country are Mink hair ties (sometimes Otter is also used) that flow and hang from your braids, almost touching the ground while you dance. For non-natives if you have no idea what I am talking about, these are an adornment to add a stylish element to a dancer's full regalia. Dancer's come together from all over the country and from different tribes in solidarity to pay respect, uphold traditions, honor our people, and enhance one's own and other's well-beings.
Hello, I am Miss Keweenaw (Ke·wee·naw) Bay 2008, University of Michigan Graduate in 2015, and current graduate student of NYU Tisch. I have come from a small Upper Peninsula Rez and have explored as far as Ghana, Italy, and England! My passion is creating wearables that embody my indigenous roots, contemporary vibes, and optimistic outlook on life. I write to give insight into my process, life, and my home as a modern Native with many visions. I want to share, inspire, and bring awareness to other others. Be sure to keep up to date by subscribing below!