What I'm Wearing: Jacket: Alfani, T-shirt: Apt 9, Hat: Forever 21, Pants: H&M, Shoes: Apt 9, Socks: Happy Socks
"The Beat Goes On"
Hello everyone! Happy weekend! I hope your week has been great! I've been trying my best to keep myself composed and sane. Before all the events of my first post from earlier this week, I was approached by the amazing folks at Happy Socks to collaborate on 5 new outfits featuring their socks! This is the first of the 5 that will be releasing from now until late May. So you'll be seeing a Happy Socks collab every other week. I'm honored that such a fun company asked me to partner with them to showcase some of my personal faves from their collection. My life has not exactly been in a happy mood lately, but I could not be more happier to showcase these awesome socks! Sometimes your in the middle of so many different things in your life, and you have no choice but to find a way to juggle it all. As they say in show business, the show must go on. As they say in literature, the story continues. As they say in life, life goes on. As they say in music, the beat goes on.
I put together a streetwear outfit before I ended up with that nasty flu going around. I wasn't asked to collab with Happy Socks at the time. When the collab came to life I saw these socks on their website and thought they would look awesome with the outfit I already had planned out. I'm wearing a jacket from Alfani. Fun fact, I was in Macy's shopping for my JORD collab in Feb and stumbled upon this dope jacket on the clearance rack. This badass find was 90% off. I got the Alfani jacket for $12. What a steal! I've been obsessing over so many dope streetwear outfits and I thought this jacket would be perfect for one! I wanted to go the simple and classic route by wearing a white t-shirt from APT 9. When I think streetwear, I think comfort and there's something so comfortable about wearing a simple white t-shirt. Up next are these dark blue pants from H&M. What I love about these pants is I can wear them dressed up or dressed down, like this right here. I wanted something dark so that the socks can have a way to shine. To cover up the socks and give me comfort while I walk, I'm wearing some kicks from APT 9. I thought the settle black and white would be a perfect way to come full circle with the top half of the outfit. Lastly, the shining star of this look, the socks from Happy Socks. I had to find some sort of place in my mind to think clearly about what I wanted to say about these socks. I looked closely at the design and for some reason saw the zig zag up's and downs of my life within these socks. Every piece of clothing that you wear should somehow describe how your feeling inside. These socks are my mind right now. I'm up and down and in and out, and like the socks, I'm just trying to find a way to connect back to the first thread that put it together in the first place. It's interesting that this collab came to me at this point in my life. Happy Socks may be happy, but there is so much more to them within the designs that they have on their socks. What I love about Happy Socks is they have a design for every emotion you may be feeling. Right now my emotions are all over the place, but like this comfortable pair of socks, I always find a way to get back to the first thread of my heart and save it before a hole comes to rip a piece out.
I titled this post "The Beat Goes On". As a songwriter I run into songwriters block so often. As a matter of fact, I have songwriters block right now. But I always think to myself, although it may seem like I'm stuck in this moment like a song on repeat, the beat does go on. Every song has to start with a note and end with a note. When the song ends that note it ends with can be the start of another song. It may take some time to figure out what that song may be, but the beat always finds a way to continue and go on. My life right now has hit a version of songwriters block, more like a road block. You see, all I'm trying to do is move forward. But somehow every time I'm in the middle of starting over something bad seems to happen. I'm to the point in my head asking myself, when does this cycle end? Honestly, I don't know when it will. My mom always raised me to never question god and ask why these things happen. You must take what your given and make the best out of it. For the past 3 years now I've been given broken pieces of a beautiful picture. In my head I see the bigger prettier picture. Much like the design of these socks, that picture has up's and downs, and splattered paint in the form of blood, sweat, and tears. But somehow there's this corner of the picture at the very top that has this little bit of light. There's pieces missing still. It's up to me to complete the puzzle and find the pieces longing to be reunited with the little piece of light it's been wanting to re connect with for so long. I don't know why life has up's and downs. But somehow we must keep moving. We can put a song on repeat, we can relive the moments, we can get stuck at road block, and most importantly we can use our minds, hearts, and souls to find a way to write a new song. Just because you are stuck and bad things keep happening doesn't mean it should be like this forever. Somehow someway, the repeat cycle will find a way to end. Somehow the puzzle will once again be a beautiful masterpiece, a broken beautiful masterpiece. So put your happy socks on, look at the design, tie your shoe laces, keep on looking around for the pieces, find a detour away from the road block, because the beat goes on, and one day you'll back and say, How Great Thou Art.
Have a great week everyone! Thank you for being here for me. See you next Saturday.
Photographer: Joanna Wheeler
Every other post I will include a song or playlist that's inspiring me and guiding me on my journey. Here's this week's. Hope you press play.
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