When I realized that we would still be in quarantine during my birthday this year I decided that I would not make any formal plans; but have a really low-key birthday at home with my family. Usually I celebrate my birthday for the entire month of May. To start, I received a mystery box of gifts from May 1st to the 24th from an anonymous source I was pleasantly surprised with. The instructions in the box were clear: open a gift each day and indulge. My birthday was already off to an amazing start!
With each passing day and with each gift opened, I began to become excited for May 24th which would be the culmination of my celebration. I must admit, having a gift to open each day really elevated my mood during this quarantine. It lifted my spirits and gave me something to look forward to.
In previous years on the weekend of my birthday, my family and friends typically have a celebratory lunch together and shares birthday wishes and blessings. We still went ahead with that , albeit on a much smaller scale but #boothang rounded off the speeches with a beautiful video with well wishes from friends and family from all around the world. I was absolutely blown away! It allowed me to realize that I am loved and care for more than I know. I ended my birthday eve with a night of music and games. Little did I know what was in store for me on my actual birthday.....
On my big day, I woke up and had some quiet reflection time to pray and thank God for bringing me into a new year. Glad I had a bit of precious time, because my daughter's came bursting into my room pulling me to come outside. When I stepped outside, my heart melted! My daughters decorated the lawn with birthday garland. I went for a bike ride and came back to balloons sent from San Francisco.
Next, the hubby told me we were going to the Mariana since it was finally open since the lockdown was implemented. We skipped rocks in the water and enjoyed time together. Driving home, I thought about how perfect, yet different this birthday was. Little did I know more was in store. I just believed my video messages was the big birthday surprise and I was perfectly content. As I pulled into my driveway I was gobsmacked. There in the center of the lawn was a table of treats and a very beautiful backdrop. My family walked up with signs and the music started to play.
As I danced around the lawn, I heard the faint honking of horns getting louder and closer. Turning around, I saw too many cars to count spreading love, gifts and birthday wishes. As each car pulled up the were handed a water bottle, popcorn, skittles and a dumpling, ackee, plantain bite. This drive-by was nothing like I’ve ever seen. It was also totally unexpected as a few days prior, I was in a drive-by for a friend and did not think it would be done again so close together. This drive-by was next level! An experience that all who attended and I would remember.
I was overwhelmed with gratitude and amazed at how my tribe showed up and showed out for me. During the very peculiar time where we have not been able to socially gather, the drive-by has given me the push I need to remain positive and hopeful during this pandemic. What special element would you add to your drive-by celebration?
Lowkey, we are kinda obsessed with graphic tees! Honestly what’s not to love about them? They’re cute. Functional. 100% comfortable. And are like a silent billboard for your feelings. For those reasons and more, you will frequently see our Styles by Knight fam rocking these t-shirts. It just makes sense that the graphic tee would be our key piece for our first instalment of Day to Night.
B: When I first saw my shirt in the Hudson’s Bay over a year ago, it screamed my name. I love the saying on it ( who doesn’t want to have a superpower?) and love the minimalism of the black-and-white. To say this shirt gets a lot of wear is an understatement. I decided to pair the shirt with some classic denim mom shorts from the Gap. These shorts are super-comfy and the medium deconstructed shade of denim really goes with anything. Personally I think it’s always good to give an outfit a little edge. I did that by finishing off the outfit with a vintage unisex leather belt from Roots; and a pair of faux-leather studded boots that I got on sale at Zara.
TK: This graphic tee from deeplydopetees had my name written all over it. As a fan of Issa Rae, her unforgettable quote is a conversation starter whenever I go out. For the day look, I went with a distressed black denim mini skirt from Topshop and a pair of fire-engine red Adidas runners. I picked up both items from one of my favourite thrift stores, Plato’s Closet. Since the chill was still in the air, layering with my army fatigue jacket from Ali Express was the perfect choice. To finish the look, I added a thin H&M belt.
B: Taking this shirt from day-to-night is pretty simple. I absolutely ADORE accordion skirts, so my Forever 21 charcoal grey shimmer skirt was my go-to option(similar option here). The awesome thing about this kind of skirt is that it is timeless so its longevity in your wardrobe will be lasting. To give the outfit an extra wow factor, I added some Steve Madden tri-colour, open-toed heels. The snake pattern is on trend for 2020 and provides some additional texture.
TK: What better way to transition a graphic tee into the night then pairing it with tuxedo black. Truly, I think there is nothing more dramatic than being donned in black from head-to-toe. With that in mind I opted to pair my tee with a pair of slim fit Abercrombie denim jeans. The ripped-knee detail can add a bit of sass; and makes the jeans that much more versatile as they can easily be used for a more casual look. In terms of accessories, the Stetson hat (Aldo) and mosaic purse (Plato’s Closet) pushed the outfit to the next level. While I love the black-on-black look, black shoes just look passé in my opinion. I felt a pop of colour would be a dazzling compliment and used red satin Aldo shoes that I picked up in a past thrift haul.
You can easily use these looks as inspiration to create your own fashionable look with your graphic tees. Which look is your favourite? Let us know in the comments.
TK & B.
As we start to near the halfway mark in the year, we were talking about how the motivation to complete those January resolutions can tend to wane. For some who didn’t make objectives at the top of the year, the impetus might be heightening given the current state we’re in. So we thought it would be a good idea to create a visual reminder by making a why board.
Similar to a vision board, a why board is a physical or digital representation used to provide continued motivation towards manifesting goals. Unlike a vision board a why board consists of images that push you to excel. When we discussed what pushes us to be better, it was a no-brainer: our family is our why!
The end result? A beautiful digital collage of the people we love that we are using as a screensaver on our devices. If you are making a physical one, be sure to get an elegant or minimal frame ( the dollar store has some inexpensive ones) to put your why board into. Then place it on a wall in your office or on your desk.
Benefits of a why board:
What is your why? And what does it push you to achieve?
Mother’s Day is right around the corner. And while Covid lockdown has us inside, and many retail stores are closed, it doesn’t mean that mom can’t get her props with some awesome last-minute gifts.
How will you be surprising mom this Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments!