Summer Fest & Birthday Milestones...

# warning picture and color overload #

Zi'Joy is 5 monts old already.

My favorite time of the year of the four seasons has to be the fall the hot chocolate the Autumn Leaves and just warm sweaters and Boots. Summer in Chicago is just as vividly beautiful with its colors. One of the things that I've mentioned many times is that I love seeing things from my 5 month old Daughter's Eyes. Things that kind of have dimmed with time and age worry and life give a vivid new meaning to color and joy.

This weekend with the unofficial end to Summer here in Chicago. Kids starting school, Summerfest ending weather turning Crisp and cool. Saturday had Zi'Joy joy and I realizing that it was her birthday well her 5-month birthday and so we decided to celebrate. All weekend.

It's funny what babies can do she's at the point of scoot crawling rolling and just wanting to be more mobile. So. In honor of all of these milestones I decided to purchase her a walker and an ExerSaucer thst she can run around in a circle on.think hamster wheel. We also purchased two lovely costumes for Halloween from Once Upon a Child. Once Upon a Child Gently Loved items for babies, children and young teens. They have everything it's really amazing where at some stores you by all the stuff new they have it on sale at a fraction of the price. Now Zion is walking backwards I'm sure she'll get the hang of walking it's like she wants to walk before she even starts to crawl.

For that trip all got were selfies. I've gotta learn how to take better selfies or get my selfie stick.

On Sunday was just a church day and an art festival we really wanted to go to but sometimes days seem to go by so quickly. This is a three-day weekend so we had Monday that we could attend the festival and that's what we did.

This Festival is called the African Arts Festival and this is the 28th year for the festival. It is a 4 Day event held in Chicago. It is one of the most colorful experiences I have ever been to. This was my first time going so we got to experience this for the first time together. It is my first time but I think it will be a family tradition from now on. It's where my Vivid colors that I love to wear finally made sense. It was very hot this past weekend and so I tried to dress up accordingly cool temperatures too hot back to cool.

My friend gifted me with a long t-shirt that came to about mid-thigh I decided to try my own upcycling technique and cut the side of the shirt and tie them making fringes on each side and then on the shoulder arm part. I decided to just cut them and pull them so they could hang like a loose string hanging effect I think it came out well. I find that I don't have any shorts. So I had a pair of denim leggings that were very thick material and I rolled them up to just underneath my knees. I think it turned out well. My boots are by Toms and they were very very comfortable for walking the grounds because I think we covered about two miles of Art and artwork. And my hat was a custom made hat. I just love hats this one is a denim mesh mix and I got to pick out my afr and the Fro got to stand out. For Zi'Joy the day started off cool so I put her in a denim jacket with kind of artsy flare colorful mix on the trim of the pockets and the Cuffs. I put her in a dress onesie and the print was so pretty I thought it fit in well for the flavor of the Fest. Is he also have some cute little booty she was gifted a headband she was gifted and I always believed form follows fashion and or function and so she had a cute little son had we purchased $4 and then the headband we just put over the top later on I put her in a light terry cloth jacket that was perfect for the wind that was sweeping around.

The sites in the sounds of a colors at the Fest were just amazing they had different staging areas they had a drum circle stage they had a soul music stays they had a African dance stage the beautiful beautiful time to include all of the art and the artist and just everything from people saw that and they heard her name and our last name which is an African origin from the tribe of Nubia she was gifted a lot of things from aunties.

As usual I hope you enjoy the pictures the sites and hopefully we can show you some of the sounds later thank you for once again looking commenting or just viewing the pictures. As always be well on your fashion Journey

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8 Comments

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Zi'Joy looks amazing in her red cloche! That photo of the two of your smiling (38) is a real keeper! But 28 and 36 are equally fab. She looks so alert and curious. In 27 she seems to be clapping along to some music or drumming. 

    Your outfit is creative and unique and you fit right into the atmosphere of the festival. What a fun outing. 

    Love #10 where you have matching headgear, too!

  • rachylou replied 1 month ago

    My fave: red, white and black!

    Boy. Chicago is happening. Y'all always got plenty to do!

  • Sterling replied 1 month ago

    Absolutely adorable.  Numbers 27 and 28 are my favorite.    

  • Angie replied 1 month ago

    OH MY GOSH. Soooo much to love here. Zion'Joy's adorable chubby little arms need a regular squeeze. I adore them. 

    Matching headgear, outfits, and smiles. KILLER ALL ROUND. 

  • Lucy replied 1 month ago

    Oh what a fabulous collection of photos! Thank you so much for sharing them. 
    Baby Zion'Joy is such a delight - I adore her in all her precious little outfits, especially that red hat. She is adorable in red! She will get so much pleasure from her walker. 
    And you look amazing. I love your yellow/lime tunic dress in particular - and who could go past the matching headgear. Such fun.  

  • Sara L. replied 1 month ago

    Great photos!  Thanks for sharing your experience at the art fest.  I love your matching headgear and both the hats you two wore to the festival. I think babies in hats are the cutest but my kids hated hats when they were babies.  I like how your shirt came out.

  • Kate replied 1 month ago

    I just love #38! All your outfits are fab, Ledonna, but my absolute fav is that very artful tee shirt and shorts outfit. Looks super comfy too, and A+ on the denim hat & 'fro. I've got to give a shout out to the little drummer in #25. As my mother would say, he's as cute as a bug's ear. Apparently that is VERY cute!

  • Joy replied 1 month ago

    You and Zi'Joy are so special. I love reading about your adventures and enjoying your colorful outfits. Little ones are such a delight. Our grandson was delighting us with a list of "poop" that we did not want in our car...dinosaur poop, rhino poop, train poop...can you tell that we are in the midst of potty training?

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