WHAT I WORE: What is Cinco de Mayo

Monday, May 08, 2017

Cinco de Mayo has always been an interesting holiday to me.  A lot of Americans celebrate the holiday, but I often wonder if they understand the actual meaning of the day.  Cinco de Mayo is the day in which Mexico's army, while greatly outnumbered by the French army, managed to pull out a W during the Battle of Puebla in 1862. And while this would seem like something to celebrate, Cinco de Mayo is only a minor holiday in Mexico. Major celebrations for the holiday mostly occur in the United States among large Mexican Americans communities and at bars by non-Mexican Americans. The holiday, like St. Patrick's Day has become another excuse for Americans of all ethnic backgrounds to indulge in alcoholic beverages and consume copious amounts of food!

Romper: Palais Royal // Shoes: Franco Sarto (similar) // Necklace: The Cottage Shop // Sunglasses: Nordstrom // Watch: Michael Kors
Having that said, those are not my main goals for going out and celebrating these holidays. I'm not a big drinker and to be honest, I don't really care for Mexican food (at least not Tex Mex). But I won't act like I'm better than the average American by saying I don't go out for these festivities. Like every body else I enjoy a good party! I also love learning about other cultures. To me, diversity is something that should be embraced and celebrated. We SHOULD recognize people's differences and instead of being afraid and spewing hate, we should be encouraged to learn.  I love the diverse array of friends that I have in my life. I think my life would be pretty boring if I only hung out with other African-Americans. I feel going out for Cinco de Mayo is my way of showing that I care about the Mexican-Americans in this country. I feel they need to know that America cares about them more than ever right now during this tumultuous political climate. 

So how do I know about Cinco de Mayo? I'm a crazy history buff. History was one of my favorite courses in high school and I've been a fan ever since. I watch a lot of shows on the history channel, I own books that cover some cool historical moments in History and I also signed up for the daily "Day in History" newsletter from The History Channel. I love learning about things that occurred in the past. I believe that the age old saying "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" is very true.

So onto my Cinco de Mayo outfit. When I think of celebrating Mexican culture, I immediately channel the word fiesta. I think of bright colors, sombreros and beautiful dresses worn by Mexican women. I don't own any of the aforementioned items, so I channeled my "fiesta" look with this new romper that I picked up from Palais Royal that has colorful tassels.  I added a colorful necklace and paired the entire look with my favorite perforated Franco Sarto shoes. EVERYONE needs a pair of perforated shoes for Summer. Not only do they allow your feet to breath during those hot, sweaty months, but they're just darn cute! 

I had a pretty busy Cinco de Mayo.  Cinco de Mayo fell on a Friday this year, and it happened to be on my Friday off from work. I spent the better part of the day running around doing errands, and then I stopped by Mari Ari to pick up a new hairstyle (In case you didn't know, I wear wigs as a protective style for my natural hair and while the gray has been fun, I'm always looking to change it up). So I picked up this new wavy, chestnut color style. Do you guys like it? After changing, I got ready for Leena's Creatives Meetup at Kaboom Bookstore.  I can't tell you the last time I've been to a bookstore that wasn't Barnes & Nobles. The place was freaking awesome. Do you remember that scene in Beauty and the Beast where the Beast shows Belle his library in the castle? That's what I felt like walking into Kaboom. It's a cute boutique-esque store sort of in the heights area and it's filled with shelves and shelves of books! I also love the smell of books, so it was a great experience. 

The meetup itself was held out back behind the bookstore. This is where Leena took these amazing photos of me.  I met so many cool creatives that night. I definitely love making new connections. You never know when a chance meeting can lead to an opportunity. After the meetup I met up with my coworkers at a bar in Montrose called Doc's and then we navigated to Bovine & Barley downtown. I love going out downtown because the crowd is more mixed with people my age!  After that, I headed home, because I was EXHAUSTED.  So much for having a relaxing Friday off...lol! 

If you want to learn more about Cinco de Mayo, check out what The History Channel has to say about the holiday here.


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  1. Fun summer look! Great way to kick it off the summer. I especially like the poms on the top.

  2. Kaboom sounds like a store I need to go to...my book reserves are running low! I fell crazy in love with your outfit on Instagram too...so cute!

  3. Cinco de Mayo is always a fun holiday. Ever since college I have celebrated it and it alway seems to be different everyday. I am loving your cute little festive look by the way. Oh and those shoes are perfect for spring, summer, and fall.

  4. Perfect Cinco outfit. Love the colorful tassels. I'm glad you not only made this an OOTD post, but also included the actual history of Cinco de Mayo. It's rather shameful that Americans turn days that actually have meaning, into a day of drunken debauchery, so to speak.

  5. I love your outfit for Cinco De Mayo! Plus you can't go wrong with a romper. I think it's good to understand a culture's background on holidays like this and why it is celebrated. I remember in grade school learning the why of these holidays and I think as adults we need to further understand that history.

  6. Love this outfit - so cute and festive (and those tassels are such a fun touch)!!


  7. Love the colorful details, it adds just the right amount of fun to this outfit! Looks like your events were great and I always love learning about new cultures and meeting new people!

  8. Shas, totally agreed, we have to embrace and learn about different cultures and history to understand and have the humility in all of us. Great read and you look totally fab in these photos, thanks for the shout out! XOXO


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