So, have you ever heard me say “FDO?” We all began saying it with our family friends. Picking out our FDO was always a big deal. What does FDO stand for? First Day Outfit.
[College Prepster Embarrassing Story: I forgot that not everyone was familiar with the acronym FDO… but in front of all the staffers on yearbook, I announced that they needed to make sure they brought their cameras on the first day of school and that “an FDO crisis was not an excuse for a forgotten camera.” Yeahhhhh, everyone stared at me like I had three heads. I said, “FDO…. First day outfit.” And they all laughed. The end.”]
Alright kiddies, I’ve gotten no less than 12 emails asking about what to wear to school. Here are some outfits I put together on Polyvore. Enjoyyyyy 🙂
I really think the gold accents on the shoe and the earrings complete the outfit. And I’m loving the tote. Although, I’ll admit. I HAVE to use a backpack. I’ve had back issues since middle school. I’ve turned Sporty Sister into my personal chiropractor as of late, much to her dismay.
I haven't known what to post, or what to say. I do have a lot to say, but I worry I'm going to say something wrong or misspeak or miss the mark and the easy thing would be to just, not say anything. Wait it out or turn my eye– but that's a luxury that I have because I'm white. I want to be an ally AND an advocate for people of color and that starts by using my voice both privately and publicly.
I know I'm not racist, but I don't think I have been as actively ANTI-RACIST as I POSSIBLY can be. I have been on phone calls with brands asking why not a single person of color has been included in the campaign. I have asked agencies for invite lists and declined invitations when not a single person of color has been invited. But I have also sat silent when friends, colleagues, family members, and strangers say or post something racist. Because uncomfortable conversations are hard. I own that I haven't been the best advocate, but I am committing to changing that and I hope my fellow white followers will too.
I shared an amazing list of resources for white people on my blog yesterday (5/29's On My Radar post). I don't believe it's the responsibility of black people to educate white people (the onus is on us), but I would like to thank @therealkamie and @badassboz for sharing so much truth over the past few days. Both are great follows– I have learned a lot from them. They have brought up points and conversations that I have had the privilege of not fully understanding and the luxury of not knowing based on my life experiences as a white woman.