Three years ago I was sitting in a digital writing class staring at a computer trying to figure out what the hell I was going to do for the blogging assignment. I had always wanted to start a fashion blog but was too scared to start, but that class gave me reason — and a grade — to blog for almost 10 weeks on whatever our hearts desired. So Do You Have It In Black? was born, and now here we are three years later. From haveitinblack.blogspot.com to doyouhaveitinblack.weebly.com to now my own domain, doyouhaveitinblack.com, we're going to take a walk down memory lane of what I think are this blog's greatest hits.
Hey, What's Up, Hello | September 30, 2015
Obviously I had to start at the beginning. The purple hair was still going strong then, and I miss it a lot.
45th Annual Pilsen East Artists' Open House | October 11, 2015
The first OOTD post.
Product Review: Nyx Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick | November 5, 2015
The first time I shot with Adam Lundquist. I had so much fun doing this product review and trying out all the shades, but damn my lips were burning at the end.
2015 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation | November 9, 2015
More beautiful photography from Adam in what I think was one of my most fire outfits of 2015.
Product Review: ColourPop Fall 2015 "Throwback" Collection | November 20, 2015
Purple hair was gone and brunette was back. And I tried on a lot of lipsticks again while Adam worked his camera magic.
Product Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss | March 22, 2016
I obviously owned too many lip products in the beginning days of this blog.
New Blog, Who Dis? | August 3, 2016
The first post on the new platform: Weebly. And here we are two years later still using Weebly to power my blog... and still wearing those Rag & Bone jeans that have definitely seen better days.
Looking Fabulous | September 29, 2016
ENGLAND, BITCHES. What I love about my blog is that it became a travel diary during my study abroad experience so I had a way to save my memories beyond just taking a photo.
Broke College Student by Robert Tavory | November 3, 2016
Working with my friend, Robert Tavory, for my first brand collaboration with Broke College Student.
All About My Tattoos | April 19, 2017
Stripping down for a more personal post on the meaning of my tattoos. Since then, I've added a fourth and am trying to decide on a fifth that I'll get after #PrinceKalPal arrives.
PLAY! by Sephora April 2017 | April 14, 2017
My first YouTube video. It was painful to film and edit but I did it.
Saraghina: A Food Review | June 18, 2017
Trying my hand at being a food critic.
AMONH + MMOA + TOTR + OOTD | June 19, 2017
NEW YORK, BITCHES. The start of the best summer of my life as I lived my dream in New York.
Seeing Red | OOTD 8.2 | August 3, 2017
My obsession with red and white began that summer and lasted well throughout the fall.
The Last First Day | OOTD 9.11 | September 11, 2017
The last first day of school. It's funny to look at these photos and remember what I was hoping for at the time. Things sure did change a lot in the last year.
Blazin | OOTD 10.4 | October 5, 2017
Recognize this photo?
Graduation Day | OOTD 6.9 | June 11, 2018
Graduating and giving a shoutout to the blog while doing it.
The Met | OOTD 6.21 | June 21, 2018
NEW YORK AGAIN, BITCHES... but this time I revealed that I was pregnant. Makes walking around New York a little more tiring than normal.
Baby Cat & Jack Unboxing | August 27, 2018
My first baby post on the blog. Expect to see a lot more of #PrinceKalPal starting next month.
What have been some of your favorite posts from the last few years? Let me know in the comments! And if you've been here since September of 2015, thanks for sticking with me and being interested in whatever the hell I'm doing three years later.
In the three years since I've turned 18, I've gotten three tattoos... much to the dismay of my mother. While I respect her opinion of tattoos, I believe they're a form of expression (very permanent expression, that is) and for me, they tell a story of my life. I know this seems like a random post compared to all the other content here, but I wanted to share my story for each of my tattoos today... and maybe share some upcoming ideas (sorry, mom).
Tat No. 1
Ah, my first tattoo. I can remember the date I got this one because it was my 18th birthday. I had been waiting two years to get this tattoo after I happened upon this bible verse: "Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win." 1 Corinthians 9:24
I'm sure that this is the tattoo my mom was happiest about me getting permanently put on my body. Plus it's on my foot so it's easily hidden by a shoe if necessary.
Everybody told me beforehand that getting a tattoo on my foot was going to be incredibly painful, but honestly, it was the most painless out of the three. I actually laughed so much throughout the process that the tattoo artist had to tell me to stop or she was going to mess up. It was also my shortest tattooing session. It lasted all of 10 minutes.
The one thing with foot tattoos, though, is that they tend to fade the fastest, especially being a runner and endlessly changing shoes, socks and scrubbing the post-meet sweat off of you. I'll probably need a touch-up within the next few years.
Since seventh grade, I've been running track, and I was also a cross country runner during high school. Crazy, right? How did I ever run three miles as a race? I can't even bear to run a mile now. Track had become my whole life in high school—I even gave up two summers to compete in AAU. It was everything to me, so when I found this verse, I knew that this was going to be the one thing that I would happily have on my body for the rest of my life.
Tat No. 2
This was the beginning of the secret tattoos (AKA I didn't tell my mother I was getting them).
My second tattoo was a little more spontaneous than the first... and by a little, I mean a lot. One day I just decided to head to a local tattoo shop and get some random X's tattooed on my shoulder.
But they're actually not random at all even though plenty of people think they are. It's actually a Norwegian symbol that means "Where there's a will, there's a way." I think it's actually fitting, especially at this time of my life when I'm hustling to make my dreams come true. I have the will and I'm going to find a way.
Now this tattoo was much more painful than the first. Getting a tattoo on your bone is not at all pleasant. It actually hurts a lot, and if you look close enough, you can see a small jagged line from where I winced while getting this tattoo. This tattoo took around half an hour to do, and it was a very painful half an hour.
I managed to hide this one from my mom for a couple of months. I got in December of 2014 (I was still 18 at the time), and it wasn't revealed to her until February of 2015 at my first track meet. Seeing as it's on my shoulder and our uniforms are halter tops, there was no hiding this tattoo. It was supposed to be a (shocking) surprise once she saw me running, but my sister had to go and ruin it the day before by telling my mom I had a surprise for her. Thanks, Paige.
Tat No. 4
Grandpa, if you're reading this, I'm only a little bit sorry about revealing this to you via the Internet.
Tattoo number three was a doozy, that's for sure. This was by far my most painful of the three tattoos I have. A hour-long session of someone going over your ribs and nearing your spine with a bundle of tiny needles? Not. Fun. Did I mention I hate needles? Ironic, right?
Anyways, this tattoo was also a sudden decision, but I had the words picked out since December of 2014 when I went to France:
"There will come a time you'll see with no more tears and love will not break your heart but dismiss your fears. Get over your hill and see what you find there with grace in your heart and flowers in your hair." After the Storm, Mumford & Sons
I didn't get this tattoo until December of 2015 and didn't reveal it to my mother until April of 2016. I was able to hold out longer on that one because my sister didn't spill my secret.
Out of all my tattoos, I think this has the most meaning to me. Not to go into a sob story, but for a long time I didn't feel like anything was going right in life. I had family issues as well as problems loving myself. The lyrics, to me, meant that everything was going to be okay eventually even if it wasn't in the moment. While I love the entire song, I could only get one part tattooed on my body, so I chose the chorus. But it's still pretty long as you can see.
As for more tattoos, I'm content at the moment, although my sister (and hopefully my brother) and I have made plans to get sibling tattoos when they turn 18 in June. If I were to get a matching tattoo with anyone, it would be them. They're my only full-blood siblings out of all seven (technically) that I have. While this seems a strange reason to some, I think I'm linked to them in a way that I can't be to my other siblings. They're my two.
One other tattoo that I'm considering (after I graduate college, mom. Please calm down) is another Mumford & Sons song:
"So give me hope in the darkness that I will see the light." Ghosts That We Knew, Mumford & Sons
This is still only a thought, no concrete plans yet. But if you have ideas on placement, feel free to share!
Hopefully you enjoyed hearing the backstory on each of my tattoos, even if it was a little different. Let me know down in the comments if you have any tattoos!
Photos: Stella Fanega, www.stylewithstella.com