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Is Confidence Cultural?

A few months ago, I was invited to be a part of Lark Skin Co.’s Campaign for Confidence. It was a really cool experience that allowed me to connect with women from all walks of life and hear their...

Authentic African Beadwork

Africa is a continent known for its beautiful, elaborate beadwork, particularly in jewelry, but the intricate practice also is put to use in creating home decor and tools. The Maasai Tribe for exa...

Where She Creates: Shell Enste

To Shell Enste, who has built a newborn and family photography business bearing her name, there’s nothing more satisfying than creating the perfect image of a newborn. “I really take the time to ...

Where She Creates: Raquita Henderson

Walking into Pinxit, the South City St. Louis lifestyle, wedding and portrait photography studio of Raquita Henderson, one might first be enveloped by the scent. Whether she is burning oil, candles...

Tribal Markings, a Dying African Art Form

“Scarification.” If I’m being honest, I’ve always hated that word. To me, it’s a bad and almost disrespectful way to describe the beautiful and ancient ritual of tribal markings. These markings ar...

A Brief History of African Mud Cloth Fabric

We get a lot of questions about the African textiles that are used for our goods. In Africa, the cloths and woven fabrics used for living are as traditional as basket weaving and are ingrained in ...