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The Icon Collection

If you follow me on Instagram (@

TheMonaLisaa

), then you've seen that I've recently changed my gallery wall from the layout above (blog post coming soon about that), and although I LOVE my new wall, it was very hard for me to part with some of the images I used in the gallery! 

You'll notice the not so common wall art such as photos of

Dorothy Dandridge

,

Eartha Kitt

, and

Diahann Carroll

on this wall, and those images mean so much to me. This is why I decided to incorporate them in my entryway as a "hall of fame"...

You wont find these faces in your local TJmaxx or HomeGoods on a beautiful canvas like you would find an image of Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn, and its very unfortunate. These are the women that I look up to and admire. These are my Icons.

I recently came across a post on my sweet blogger friend Lauren's Instagram (@

ChicUrbanMom

) and she was rocking a shirt that caught my eye! Lauren has the cutest shop with what I would call "wearable art". 

Its called "

The Icon Collection

"...and when I read up on the meaning behind her shop I felt as though she was reading my mind! 

 Here's a little blurb from the site (http://myiconictee.com

) about "The Icon Collection":

"

As a young girl I grew tired of trying to find trendy items that featured beautiful brown girls like me. When I had my daughter the longing to have images that look like her became even stronger and that is how The Icon Collection was born. On a daily basis I see t-shirts, artwork, home decor etc. highlighting the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and others. It is very rare and almost impossible to find things that showcase women of color who are trendsetters in their industries. The Icon Collection’s goal is to change that, to make it a normal experience to see beautiful, trendsetting women of color on artwork, t-shirts, and home décor as role models for our girls!"

I was SO excited when Lauren sent me a shirt I couldn't help but put it on and twirl around proudly! There are so many Icons that go unrecognized, whether its in fashion or home decor, I believe creating things that represent what/who you love is so very important! 

Im no model, so I cropped out my face, but its about the shirt..not me haha!

Hats off to you Lauren for creating this beautiful wearable art!

If you're interested in

"The Icon Collection"

check out the site

here

and grab a few t-shirts for you and your friends!! 

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ChicUrbanMom

on IG and subscribe to her Lifestyle blog:

http://chicurbanmom.com/

Back to my roots

In honor of Black History Month, I've decided to take it back to my African roots and share with you my new favorite home decor accent!

My mother was digging through some old fabric for me, and ran across this beautiful African cloth.

I instantly fell in love with the colors and pattern and decided to do a little research to find out the exact type of cloth it was. I found a really

informative

article

explaining the differences between kente, kuba, and mud cloths.

After examining my cloth I learned that it best resembles a traditional mud cloth. The article states:

"

The process of creating mud cloth also called "bogolanfini" artwork requires both patience and skill. Long cloth strips,

 finimugu

, about six inches wide are woven by men a

nd sold in rolls at the market

." 

They explained how actual mud is left to ferment for a year and the cloth is then dipped in it for its color. 

"

Mordanting the cloth then painting it with 

mud rich in 

iron oxide produces the black or dark brown color for which bogolanfini is most recognized."

There was so much information about mud cloth and its patterns. If you're interested in more check it out

here

!

After my educational lesson, I began to wonder how I could possibly incorporate it into my home decor. I definitely think since the cloth I have is so large it could be used as a table cloth or used to recover a cushion such as the seat on my entryway chair! 

I found an

etsy shop

that had a similar idea: 

I love how the cloth looks as a table cloth! I think it would be great to pull out for special occasions or to impress some home guest! 

Next up are these gorgeous pillows! If you know me, you know that I'm a pillow hoarder. Im obsessed with the rich colors and geometric patters. 1.

Top left pillow

 2. 

Middle pillow

 3. 

Bottom right pillow

This Etsy shop

 created some beautiful wall art that is simple and clean, yet still an eye catcher. I think this is a great neutral that can be used in any space!

These photos have really inspired me to try new things with my decor! What's your favorite use & how would you incorporate African cloth into your home? 

-Lisa