So technically I was not made in LA, but I do feel the journey to becoming who I was suppose to be started when I moved to LA for college. At the age of 17 I decided to attend UCLA. Moving away from home is a big decision for anyone but it was an especially difficult decision for me. It was not typical of a young Muslim Somali Woman to leave to go to school. Generally, girls in my community end up getting married, but I decided I wanted to pursue a different path for myself. Going to college was problem the best and most important decision I have made in my life. It was truly the beginning of a journey of discovery and finding myself. College wasn’t just getting a piece of paper at a very expensive price, it was about the experience of entering adulthood, while being surrounded by others on the same journey. So while I was not born and raised in LA, I still consider it a big part of home.
When my girl Kat wanted to take a trip to LA, I was all for it. Taking pictures and visiting places I have never seen, is literally our past time. The day was filled with exploring the city, so of course we had to start at the “Made in LA” wall on Melrose. So many hidden gems on Melrose. Love the vibe and everything about this area. I think this outfit represents my style so well. Dressy, casual, funky with mixtures of colors. I had actually bought the shirt a long time ago, and I could never figure out what to wear with it, until I thought about putting it with these pants. It kinda worked out well. I wanted these outfits to really focus on the clothing, so I kept my accessories to a minimum. For anyone that knows me knows I am all about the accessories. I love being to express myself through what I wear and challenge myself to go out of my comfort zone. I am loving all of it.
Shirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Steve Madden