This Is Me

Li-yen-ess

The summer of 2013 I met an endearing spirit who quickly left his mark on my life.  His attitude on life is something I’d promise to adapt when he passed on the Halloween of 2015. During our very brief time together a bond was created that I simply cannot forget. To keep his memory living on, I created a name I use on social media platforms that can represent me and my brand. Li comes from the nickname my dear friend derived from my name, Kymberli. I altered the spelling from the original way he initially spelled it which is Lee. Changing the spelling was a MUST in my opinion because I felt it was inappropriate and disrespectful for others to use a name someone else gave me.

For a great portion of my life, I was mildly teased about having “chinky” eyes and resembling people from Asia. To my knowledge, I am 100% Black, but it’d be pretty cool to learn if I have ancestors from somewhere besides the West Indies. Japanese culture has always been an interest of mine, from their food to their fashion. Especially their fashion. With my last name being “Mills”, I gave it an alternate meaning to represent me as a person which is millions. As in I hope to one day acquire millions of dollars of course. Money and Japan collided to help me choose the “Yen” aspect which is the Japanese currency.

“Ess” comes from the original word I played on which is lioness because I am a female and rather than being a shark or snake in this cruel world, I plan to become a lion.

Lion’s Den

To continue the theme of lions, their den is their home. Liyeness.com is my home and I hope this will become a home to you too. A place to read and become captured by words and stories. Images that you know you can only find here. Fashion inspo that’ll influence you to switch it up once in a while just for fun. Music you didn’t even think you’d like because it’s not apart of your “norm”. And a place where your questions will be answered, advice will be heard and somewhere where you can just be you!

Enter the void

The internet is a huge blackhole that is easy to get lost into. Get lost into creativity. Through death one experiences life. Enter the void with US. Too many things are emitting bad energy, promoting hate and influencing people in the wrong ways. With this blog, I promise to send out positive vibes with a positive mind.

 

Vaporwaving

Okay this was by far the most tedious task we’ve done in class but it was indeed fun af! I have some minor mistakes that I’ll probably fix later on but here’s , my vaporwave.  In this image I tried to capture who I am in a more artistic eye. The colors have been my favorite colors for my entire life. The sad face is for my ongoing battle with mental health. The explicit content is because I am a very vulgar person and if most parents knew the real me, I doubt they would have me anywhere near their kids (who cares though). I am the last of the 90’s baby generation because I was born in ’99. Most don’t consider me a 90’s baby but I could care less about anyone’s opinion once again. The palm trees represent my cultural background and every country I have ever visited which is 10+ are homes to palm trees. The skull looked cool to me and at a point in time I was really into the whole grunge/emo/hipster thing. That was also my favorite “phase”.

My Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2018 my best friends and I took a trip to Aruba. This was the view from our hotel room’s balcony. My most favorite things about nature are palm trees and sunsets. I was surprisingly underwhelmed by the country because in my opinion there is no culture there. Everything was so Americanized. All the music that was played was American and all the food I ate too. Not just on the resort either. I mean everywhere. The country has a profound background and is made up of a couple of different kinds of people so it is rather shocking that they didn’t have much to show for themselves except the few different languages some of the natives spoke.

However, the country is beautiful. Nighttime at the beach you can see the stars moving as the world rotates. Unlike New York, the skies are so blue and clear, no smog to pollute the scenery. I swear Aruba is on a point of the Earth that shows the roundness. I can’t even describe it, it was just amazing. The water (is clear of course) showed the most prettiest shade of blue, kind of resembling the pool water in the above image.

If scenery, fresh air and warm weather is what you seek, I’d say take a trip to Aruba. If you want to experience another country’s culture, I’d highly suggest this isn’t the place for that.

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Lion’s Den is currently STILL under construction. Being a perfectionist kills my joy sometimes, because a task is no longer fun, but just work that I must finish. It’s cool though because practice makes perfect!

I’ve slowly been deciding the path I want to take for this blog and here’s my about:

There’s nothing scarier than having your dreams come true. Fashion, photography, music… the arts. We live in a time where everything is constantly changing without a real focus. Lion’s Den is going to make a focal point. NYC we’re LIVE BABY!

Sound like your thing? Check it out soon.. http://liyeness.com