Girl, Everything is Already Political

identity mindset style Nov 16, 2020

Originally written 11-8-2020

Whew, what a week? Am I right?!

The emotions of the week finally caught up to me and I passed out hard on the couch before bedtime. 

I don't know about you, but my emotions are mixed. I am 1000% overjoyed at the final result of this election, and having actual competent adults in the Office again, but the closeness of this race and the fact that the vast majority of white voters voted in 2020 exactly the way they did in 2016 is staggering. 

And please don't get me started on the 55% of white women who voted for a white supremacist agenda. Please. There is 👏🏾 work 👏🏾 to 👏🏾 do.

All that to say, if you are newer here, or if you've been hanging tough with me for a while, then you know that my identity is never divorced from my calling and my profession as a stylist and a confidence coach. 

I believe that when any of us fully step into our power, we're able to do so because of the work we put in to recognize and appreciate who we are and how amazing the gifts and talents we have to share truly are. So, if you're here, and I'm so glad that you are, you're going to get all of me. 

That includes never hearing me say something like, Let's not get political in here. 

Girl. Everything is already political. 

And to say otherwise usually upholds hushed and unspoken ideals of systemic racism and injustice. 

So we can talk about VP Elect Kamala Devi Harris' gorgeous white suit and also talk about the magnitude of her very being in this moment. 

We can talk about wanting our daughters and sons to see themselves reflected in the ideals of kindness and love and joy that was up there on stage this Saturday night, and also talk about the work it's going to take to make that a reality in this country.

But what we're not going to do is talk about skincare and makeup (it's the last day of the Sephora sale y'all 😧) and pretend there aren't other conversations we need to be a part of as well.

We're also not going to talk about how style and fashion are frivolous. They can be. Anything can be.

But who you are, how you feel about yourself, how confidently you are able to express and share with the world every damn thing you have to offer that makes you a fiercely incredible person -- we are not going to minimize that for others' comfort any more than we're going to shy away from the tough conversations that need to be had to get this country to a place where we are not both gaslighting and passing over Black women 365 days a year and then martyring them once every 4 years for saving democracy yet again. 

It's all connected.

So this week, I encourage you to stand tall, pass out on the couch when you need to, be kind to yourself, and also continue believing in your own power. 

The power and organization and heart and WORK of BIPOC won us this election. 

Whatever battles you're fighting this week, you can do it, too. 

And it likely goes without saying, but if anything above tickles your indignation button, the unsubscribe link is located at the bottom of this email. 

What will you do to stand in your power this week?

And don't think it has to be some grand gesture. It's the little actions over time that make for big and powerful intentions.

Til next time, 

Brandi

 

 

Watching: Lifetime Christmas movies. Yes. Already. They're my version of NPR. 🤣

Reading: Starting Traction and thinking of picking up The Vanishing Half or anything on Black-owned bookstore Semicolon's list. I've heard good things!

Just purchased: Ann Taylor Hot Pink overcoat, Neroli & Sea Salt candle 

In my cart: Charlotte Tilbury Setting Powder in Tan, Huda Beauty Eye Palette in Khaki Haze, Dyson Supersonic Hair dryer, Dyson Cordless Stick Vacuum 

Researching: Homeowners Insurance, engineered hardwood floor samples and other adulting fun

Delighted about: My first Beauty video is live on YouTube! It's all about bronzers which I am living for as the weather gets colder and I lose my summer color. Check me out!

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