8.08.2016

I'm Almost Over Social Media

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Just kidding, but there's definitely some truth to that thought. Three weeks ago I took a big step back from Facebook and deactivated my account. I've loved Facebook from the day I first logged in forever ago. I loved that it provided the opportunity to connect with people from childhood, high school, and college in bite sized doses. However, the treatment of black people by police, the ambushing of police by citizens, the insanity of our current political climate, the sensational coverage of it all by the media, and how it all shows up on Facebook have soured the experience for me. Over the last few months I've seen empathy, apathy, anger, racism, and hate on my timeline and on the timelines of my friends and loved ones. 

What was once a pleasant place to visit has now become adulterated and mired in muck. The daily reminders also point out how powerless I am to protect my sons, my husband, my brothers, my father, my friends from unjustified treatment & brutalization (in some cases). That feeling is simply overwhelming. So for my benefit, I've chosen to engage differently. I've stayed on Instagram (and I'm loving the new "story" aspect that's a dupe of Snapchat) because I enjoy the pictures and Twitter because I can write it in 140 characters (bite-size). Besides which Twitter is straight comedy! 

While looking for a constructive way to make a difference, I decided to limit my exposure to the forms of social media that weren't making me happy. I wanted a different result so I decided to do something different...I decided. 

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Top: J.Crew | Skirt: Corilynn | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Specs: Dita | Jewelry: Michelle/J.Crew

Photography by Sweeta 

Can you believe I had this skirt in the pile of clothes set for donations? Well the pile is sitting in my closet so I see it everyday. One night I thought, hmmm let's give this skirt another whirl. I did. It was lovely. And I'm keeping it! The silhouette reminds me of a 1950's house wife. Sooo far from what or who I am but the look works for me and the chevron pattern modernizes it. Instead of a white top I chose a blush pink button down to make it more interesting and layered it with my favorite pearl necklace. I'm a pearl girl;-) Pearls are classic and timeless. When in doubt go for pearls.



4 comments:

  1. I love this skirt. I feel the same way about these times we're living in, now that I have a grandson! I feel you!

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    1. Thanks Mia...yes it's not easy raising black boys. Not sure it's ever been.

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  2. Sheila, I couldn't agree with you more. I can't scroll down my Facebook timeline without reading something that depresses me for the whole day. My fave social media right now is Snapchat.

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    1. Robyn, I set up a Snapchat account but with the advent of Insta stories I don't know that I'll pursue Snap.

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