What's up, Queens?! Welcome to Story Behind the Look! I hope you all are well and taking good care of yourselves. Today has been pretty good to me! It has been raining here in South Florida for two days now but life is good! I am so grateful for my life and the many ways God continues to bless me. I want you all to know, as long as you have faith and believe in the things that he can do for you, it will come true. I love y'all and I hope you enjoy this read by an amazing, talented woman! Check out Dani's "Story Behind the Look"!
Tell us more about your thrifting journey.
My thrifting journey started the moment that I was born. I grew up in a single-parent home and my mother is single-handedly responsible for this thrift lifestyle. My mother grew up under rough circumstances and she has always thrifted as a means of survival. I use to despise thrifting when I was younger because I was notoriously known as the girl with the hand-me-downs. When I was coming up, this lifestyle was not cool and I had plenty of bullies. When I hit the age of 24, I finally developed a love and appreciation for putting something together that was uniquely my style.
Tell us the Story Behind your Look!
I got this gorgeous top while thrifting with my mother when she was visiting me. I am obsessed with Asian-inspired garments. I saw the print first and then when I picked it up, it wowed me with that collar and puffy sleeves. I knew that I had to have it and my mother instantly approved as well. It's been in my closet for 3 whole years. I never saw anything to pair it with that would do it justice..... That is of course, not until you and Brittany opened up another champer of style in my mind with your mixed print challenge. It was a couple of weeks after the challenge that I saw that gorgeous snake print skirt and a light bulb went off. It took 3 years and a fashion challenge for me to find the perfect match to wear with this top. Because I had so much fun on the mixed print challenge, I did another week ( 7 days ) of more mixed prints and viola.... That's the story behind this look. You ( Erica ) were a vital part of this story!!! That's why I reached out and informed you that I wanted to link up.
What piece of advice would you give to another?
Never be afraid to show up as your authentic self. You may be the key to helping someone else unlock a part of their creativity in their personal style and business. Your unique and specific gifts are literally giving life and inspiring others to show up and show out for themselves. No matter what it is that you do, just show up as your best self at that moment. God will place the right people at the perfect time to line up with the vision the He has given you.
There you have it folks, Story Behind the Look! It was a pleasure interviewing Dani! She is such a breath of fresh air! I was so humbled to know that our mixed print challenge inspired this beautiful look! If you are not following her on Instagram, you should! Her content is A1!! She's a whole superstar and a child of God! She will give you fashion one day and a WORD the next! Thank you so much Dani for being a part of the SBL family and sharing your story! Until next time fam, continue to lean on God with all of your heart and lean on him for your understanding, not your own!
-Vintage Black Girl