Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite
Bonne Fete du Drapeau ! It’s May 18th, one of my favorite days of the year. The Haitian flag has long been a symbol of pride for Haiti. Haitian Flag Day on Monday, May 18, is all about celebrating the culture and heritage of the Haitian flag, which is emblazoned with the country’s coat of arms and the colors red and blue, adopted from the French flag. Haiti gained its independence from colonial rule in 1804, making it the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to do so, and the second republic to defeat a European colonial power in the Americas (ibtimes).
Being the first Black nation to receive its freedom in 1804, Haitians have always been full of pride. Unfortunately, Haiti has always been painted in the struggle. I’m not going to sit here and lie like we aren’t stricken by poverty, corrupt government practices (but who isn’t) and disease, but Haiti is one of the most resilient countries. My parents came to the U.S. in the late 70’s to ensure they could give a better life to their children.
From Sousou’s to 20+ years of private schooling, I believe my parents succeeded in providing the best life for me and my siblings. Even though life in America is much different from Haiti, my parents never allowed us to lose our Haitian culture. My post can continue to elaborate on our amazing dishes, the single stare a seemingly frail Haitian Grunny can give you (and you will still piss yourself), or how all Haitian parents tie religion into their conversations, but I just wanted to share my Haitian inspired outfit with you all! Also, please check out my two HAITIAN blogging sisters, Sandee of Curve Envy and Raina of M_ade_moiselle PR for their looks. If there’s anything I would like to encourage, it’s collaboration. I know you will love these ladies looks as much as I do!!
One day while browsing on Eloquii, I came across a dress that spelled out Haiti. This dress was so reflective of Haiti, the only thing it was missing was the coat of arms. When I showed it to my mom she asked me if I was heading to Haitian Flag Day Celebration. The Studio Embroidered Dress is an amazing day to night dress. I paired it with Eloquii’s Lizzy Block Heel Sandal, which is by far the most comfortable heel I own (style note, size down for a better fit). Paired with a few accessories from Avenue, my outfit was complete.
So what did you think? See some Haitian Inspiration in this? Make sure you check out the rest of Eloquii ‘s collection! Both my dress and shoes are from there!
Also, a blogger is nothing without a really dope photographer! Thank you to Brittanny Taylor for the sick images!!
Until next time,
HAPPY HAITIAN FLAG DAY!!