Michela is Zooting

A beauty & lifestyle blog by creative Michela Wariebi

Month: November, 2012

Book Work – “Lady” Institute Magazine Editorial

New editorial featured in Institue Mag.  Click the photo to see the full series. Great work with Kia Chenelle as photographer Abigail McCreary as wardrobe stylist.

Rant: Your Path

It’s so easy to lose focus and become consumed by what is happening in the lives of people around you.  One can easily begin to compare your own accomplishments or lack there of, to those of others.  Thus beginning an epic pity-party where you and your feelings are the only attendants. One of the many problems here is that if you are focused on what others are doing, how can you be focused on what you need to do to improve the very situation that makes you compare your life to the lives of others?

We must remember that we are individuals who are fated to traverse a life that is and will always only be our own.  You can not walk anyone else’s path and they can not walk yours.  Celebrate the opportunity to live a life that no one else can live. 

Book Work – Re: Mag Editorial

Editorial from Re: Mag

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Zooting Defined

Zooting is a Liberian colloquial term for being stylish, well-groomed, and smartly dressed.  Back home, when someone say “you like zooting business,”  they are referencing your consistent delivery of keen ensembles accompanied by a demeanor that perfectly matches your well executed style without being contrived.

Zooting also stems from the zoot suits of the 1940’s where the broad shoulders, small waist, and ballooned pants were an out right act of rebellion from men of color who at the time were expected to be unseen and unheard.  What we wear can easily effect how we feel and zoot suits bred a sort of confidence that was invaluable to a group of people that were battling for their very existence.

And ultimately isn’t that what we battle for on a daily basis?  For our very existence?  For the opportunity to truly be ourselves?  One of the fundamental ways to express oneself is through one’s appearance.  It’s a part of your message that you constantly send to the world.

I for one, choose to send a message of my freedom to be who I am and everyday coming closer to who I want to be.  I like zooting business.