I missed yesterday’s Independent Fashion Bloggers conference for the first time since gorgeous blogger Jennine of The Coveted launched it in September 2009. Luckily, I was able to follow the action on Twitter for a while, and I noticed a lot of people were tweeting this advice from the speakers: “Be authentic.” Sigh. “Authenticity” has become THE buzzword in both the blog and fashion worlds — and probably many other worlds that I don’t visit — so I tweeted, “The word ‘authentic’ is used so often it sounds fake to me.”
Gorgeous Vahni of Grit & Glamour agreed, but wondered, “What else can we say? BE YO SELF?” Yes! I love it. Conveniently, the hashtag is already in use: #BeYoSelf. And it’s really a shorter version of my “Wear What You Want” blog motto. Hmmm … it might look nice in my header.
Anyway, if you’re ever tempted to tell me to be authentic, don’t. Say something like: “Don’t swagger jack, bitch; be yo self!” I’ll be much more responsive.
While you’re working on ways to #BeYoSelf, you should also #BuyYoSelf (or buy the hoe in your life) a set of the Yea Hoe rings I originally made for gorgeous rapper Lola “Gangsta Boo” Mitchell. The ring set is my pick for Day 9 of my Valentine’s Day Countdown.
I did the first “Yea Hoe” rings as a custom job for Boo. “Yea Hoe” is her signature rap thang. You can hear it in “Throw It Up,” her song with Yelawolf and Eminem. I’m addicted to this song. I’m always singing Boo’s part to myself: “I see you bitches talkin’ loud, but you ain’t sayin’ shit/ Get the fuck from round’ here, you don’t rep my shit/ You ain’t from my city, you don’t know about this/ You don’t want that drama, you ain’t ready for it, bitch!”
Boo’s rings were made in sterling silver, but now I’m doing them in brass to make them more affordable for her fans. (It’s my first costume jewelry.) All six rings, in brass, will sell for $115. If you read my Huffington Post piece on manufacturing, you’ll know that I’m placing a large order so that I can produce the rings overseas where production is less expensive. As a result, I’m going to be drowning in brass rings, but I couldn’t disappoint Boo’s fans. Or Boo herself. You know how the (non-Yelawolf) song goes: “Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets.” So join Boo’s #YeaHoe team. Pre-order the Yea Hoe rings now and save me from being up to my ass in brass.