Atlanta Fashion Series VII
Model: Keshia White, The Queen Life
Keshia is the founder of the fashion and lifestyle blog, The Queen Life. On her blog, she encourages and inspires women everywhere to be confident and self-assured in all aspects of life. I met with her recently to discuss Atlanta, fashion, blogging, and more.
TR: Are you originally from Atlanta? If not, where are you from?
I’m from Columbus, Georgia, but I’ve been living in Atlanta for about five years now.
TR: What do you love most about Atlanta?
I love the variety of things to do and places to go in Atlanta, and I love the creative scene. I come from a relatively small town where the options for fun things to do in your free time are pretty limited, so it’s great to have tons of options to choose from for music, art, food, coffee shops, workout classes, anything!
TR: What is your favorite part of town or attraction?
My favorite area is the BeltLine area near Ponce City Market, Krog Street Market, and Piedmont Park. I LOVE Piedmont Park and I love having great local food selections to choose from. This area seems to combine both of those, and you can even get some physical activity in with a relaxing bike ride or walk along the BeltLine.
TR: What are your thoughts on the fashion scene in Atlanta?
The fashion scene in Atlanta seems to be thriving with the many different bloggers who reside here. It’s cool to see the growth and to even draw inspiration from others, even if it’s just virtually through Instagram.
TR: What is the most memorable city you’ve visited?
I know this may sound basic for those who have traveled internationally, but I love New Orleans. I love the jazz music culture, the fun and relaxed environment, the super cute cafes and restaurants, and the historic architecture. This city combines many of my unique interests all in one place. For some reason, it feels like a second home to me when I visit.
TR: When did you start blogging?
I started blogging in January 2014, after getting official notice that the sales department that I was working for at the time was being laid off. We literally were told to continue coming to work, but to use our working hours to job search because we didn’t know how much time we’d have left there. So of course it’s a little hard to truly apply to jobs for an entire 8 hours, so I decided to use some of that time to start this blog. Many don’t know this, but “The Queen Life” is actually my third blog, but it’s the only one I’ve been consistent with.
TR: What is the inspiration behind "The Queen Life" and how long have you been blogging?
The inspiration behind “The Queen Life” is to inspire all young women to live their best lives. It’s for women who are not waiting for life to happen to them, but who are stepping out and taking life by the reigns by expressing their best personal style, enjoying trips, indulging in delicious food, and challenging themselves to grow. I wanted to create a space primarily for young professional single women with this mindset to commune and to find resources to benefit them. I also included the tech posts to show people that technology isn’t as intimidating as some make it out to be and it’s possible for them to leverage it to have a successful business or blog. I’ve been blogging for two years and eight months now.
TR: How would you describe your personal style?
I would describe my personal style as edgy chic. I enjoying dressing up in my own non-traditional way, but I also love rocking a pair of sneakers and a graphic tee, with some bold lipstick. I definitely do my own thing when it comes to my personal style.
TR: What is a personal truth or rule you hold when it comes to fashion?
If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it, but balance that with not being afraid to use your creativity when pairing pieces together. I follow my intuition a lot when it comes to fashion and the pieces I gravitate towards. By getting creative, I love how I can have a variety of looks with only a few staple pieces.
TR: Is there a person who is a fashion inspiration to you?
I don’t really have a specific person who is a fashion inspiration for me. Basically anyone I’ve pinned on my Pinterest board could be considered a fashion inspiration to me, I suppose.
TR: Do you have a favorite clothing item or accessory?
My favorite accessories are my basic gold hoops. They’re so timeless and they look great when I wear my hair up or down and I can wear them with almost anything. With natural hair, it’s easy for small earrings to get lost in the mix, so my hoops always manage to stand out amidst the fro.
TR: Favorite book?
I don't really have a favorite book, but if you consider the fact that I often start books, but don't finish them, then a favorite would be a book I've actually finished. LOL. That was "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert.
TR: Favorite musical artist?
I have several. I love old school hip hop, so I'd say my favorites are A Tribe Called Quest and The Roots. My favorite current artist is The Internet. I'm always listening to both of their albums multiple times a week.
TR: Favorite film?
My favorite film is "Eat, Pray, Love." (I see I have an Elizabeth Gilbert theme going here. lol) I love this movie because of all of the life lessons that it shows and the journey of self discovery that Liz went on throughout the movie. I am always looking for ways to get more in touch with myself and to learn lessons throughout my life, so this movie resonates with me a lot. I also love "The Great Debaters." I love the intelligence and resilience that was portrayed in that film. So often, black history films focus on slavery or have blacks in service roles, like maids, so a film that shows the determination and intellectual achievement of blacks during the 1930s is something I loved watching.
TR: Favorite quote?
"No one is going to do it for you." I'm sure this quote is pretty universal, but I like it because it forces you to take responsibility for what you want in life. You can't wait for someone else to bring the results you want, you have drop the excuses and make it happen yourself, while having faith that it will all work out.
TR: What does "purpose" mean to you and what would you say is your purpose?
Purpose means finding fulfillment in what you do and using your gifts to do things that matter and to serve others. I would say my purpose is to show young black women that you CAN think outside the box and find success doing it. I want to show them that you can carve out a path for yourself, despite the obstacles or limited opportunities that you may find yourself with. I didn’t see any examples of young blacks in creative, well-paying careers growing up and I used to wish that there was so much more I’d been exposed to. My purpose is to use my platform to show them that they can do anything they set their minds to, no matter what those around them are doing and no matter their background. All the knowledge they need is attainable. They just have to seek it and stay consistent in their efforts.
Faux Leather Jacket: Forever 21
Striped Tank: Express
Boyfriend Jeans: H&M
Mint Sneakers: Converse
Black & White Purse: Michael Kors
Images provided by Benjamin A. Pete for BE Atlanta. All rights reserved.