(This post is sponsored by Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.)
My sister and I were born in Brooklyn, just 14 months apart. Now we live within a few minutes of one another–she in Crown Heights, and I’m in Clinton Hill. While our personal style remains vastly different, there is so much that we both hold dear as individuals and as sisters, when it comes to community. In partnership with Signature by Levi Strauss & Co, I’m happy to have been able to share a little about what it means to me to keep and take care of my community in Brooklyn.
One of my very first deep young adult fears was that I wouldn’t live with my sister anymore. I think it goes back to the first time we split into separate rooms–hers, blue; mine, pink. It was only across the hall, but it was so strange to no longer be together. When she started to form her own friendships without me, I had an irrational fear of being erased or being without something that had always been mine. The fear has subsided, but I do still cling to our intimate family setting, set apart by only a few miles, just a bus ride or a phone call away. Close enough that we can help out with each others’ days off or sick kids or have an epic cousin sleepover. It’s not the same house, but the connection still runs deep. It’s such a privilege, I know.
We were practically raised as twins, wearing much of the same. Then, as we grew, she curated her own personal style– a blue jeans and kicks kind of girl, like on this day, before zooming off to work. She wore her Mid-Rise Slim Cuff Jeans with a pair of Vans, a turtleneck, and her signature nameplate necklace.
I, on the other hand, have always loved pink and all things pattered and not as easy and cool. I wore my Low Rise Jeggings with vintage sling backs, a Monica Botkier handbag, and a simple striped tank.
We both chose to stayin New York. Now, we both choose to raise our families near each other, to lean on family, and to show up. I say “choose” because, as New Yorkers, it’s easy to get stuck in the cross-fire of transient culture. When rental prices are high, and what used to look like your community seems to quickly shift away from what you remember–new buildings and new neighbors–it’s easy to imagine an easier way. A place that doesn’t require so much hustle. Except that New York hustle is engrained in our shared fiber, shared love, shared community and family. It’s a thing we have together no matter how different we are.
(This post was sponsored by Signature By Levi Strauss & Co. Photography by Heather Moore for LaTonya Yvette. A big thanks to my sister Brittany, for always being there. Thank you for supporting our sponsors.)