Loves, I have been freaking out all day and it’s been hard to blog. But instead of just announcing on Instagram, I wanted to formally announce that my book, Woman Of Color is now available for pre-order!! It’s part memoir, part- lifestyle guide. It has been such a long process, that I wouldn’t change for anything. Every photograph, every essay, every hand that was part of it, was done with intention and care, and I hope it shows. The book is being published by Abrams, and I couldn’t be happier. I was a bit reserved, and scared that my voice or my vision would be altered, but they heard and supported and championed this project from day one. They understood my words, and pushed me to be a better writer. While this space has always been an honest one, this memoir and lifestyle guide, is quite different. It is fully me. I am a writer in it. I am LaTonya, and the essays I share are at my core. Some of you may or may not know, but pre-orders are A BIG DEAL in the publishing world. And because this book has found itself wedged in a new kind of space (par memoir / part lifestyle guide written by a WOC) it is important that it gets some eyes and support behind it. I really hope it opens the door for others like me, and I hope it inspires you, too. If you’re interested in the book, you can order it right here. I am SO VERY thankful for your support over the last 7 years! I know I wouldn’t have this opportunity without many of you. We’ll be celebrating all spring, and I would LOVE to celebrate with you and meet you in the flesh and give you a hug. You can sign-up for my newsletter to stay up to date.
Here’s the official description of the book…
“LaTonya Yvette, the blogger and stylist behind the eponymous site, is unapologetically candid about life’s trials, including motherhood, love, death, and racism. Her first book, Woman of Color, is part memoir, part lifestyle guide—packed with moving essays, gorgeous original and archival photographs, and practical style and beauty advice. At the very heart, though, it’s about LaTonya’s experience growing up as a woman of color in Brooklyn.
Each beautifully designed chapter a different topic—the meaning behind her name, how vitiligo has shaped her definition of beauty, her childhood hairstyles, raising her children as a 20-something mom—and ends with thoughtful advice and lifestyle takeaways like how to tie a headwrap or incorporate new, bold colors into your wardrobe. Woman of Color is real life, real style for women from all walks of life. In it, LaTonya has written a love letter to women, filling this book with vulnerable, imperfect truths from a black woman blogger, a voice not often seen on bookstore shelves.”