A few weeks ago, I celebrated the release of my book, Woman Of Color. The party was exciting, beautiful, and full of people who have supported me during this process. Many of them have no idea how much one thing they said or did for me helped me in my life or during the process of writing.
The party was hosted at relationships, a space for art, design, and coffee, located in my neighborhood. It is actually on the corner of where I lived when I found out I was pregnant with River. It’s also owned by my best friend’s high school friend. The connection and power behind the location could not be missed.
A handful of my friends flew out to Brooklyn to support me, and it blew me away. I needed them there. It’s funny to be honest about your own desire and need when it comes to people you love.
It was a warm and rainy Brooklyn night, and the playlist Rana curated welcomed guests in. I wore the Mae silk organaza dress courtesy of Kamperett, with jeans and white boots under (per my style suggestions in my book!).
The next morning, my friends and I had a hangover brunch nearby, and I was so sad to say goodbye. We kept joking that it felt like a wedding weekend! And it’s true–it did.
We had pizza (and vegan options, too) from Two Boots; wine from Yes Way Rosé; and treats from The Good Batch. Always Poppin’ created a gorgeous balloon backdrop for photos (it’s now hanging in the kids’ room!) and Greenlight sold books.
I’m currently in Los Angeles for the West Coast part of my celebration and kick off, and I couldn’t help but feel a bit spoiled by it all. Like, for a moment, all of those negative thoughts of “Who do you think you are!” and “You’re asking for too much!” came through. It has been so good for me to get grounded again and again in what I’m celebrating and why. And of course, who I’m celebrating with and why I think this book is so important for women today.
Mama-to-be Elyse Fox on video for the night. I can’t wait to share it!
If you’ve been reading Woman Of Color, thank you! I’m sorry for the slow posting on here this week. With an event at Word Bookstore this week and traveling with kids, it has been hard to follow through with the timing of the posts. We have amazing things in the works though! I’ll share more soon.
(Photography by Seher for LaTonya Yvette)