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Intro­duce your­self!
B: Hi guys! I’m Blake. A 26-year-old, full-time law stu­dent and style blog­ger. I’ve been blog­ging for a lit­tle over 4 years now. I like pup­pies, ice cream and long walks on the beach. lol.

What is your style phi­los­o­phy?
B: “Don’t try too hard.” I per­son­al­ly can always tell when a per­son is try­ing to hard to be “fash­ion­able” or to put on a per­sona. I think it’s impor­tant to do what comes nat­u­ral­ly to you. You can always revamp your style or incor­po­rate new things into what you do, but I don’t think it’s nec­es­sary to try too hard to keep up with what every­one else is doing or to try and always steal the scene every­where you go. Some­times jeans, a cute top and an aura that radi­ates con­fi­dence is all you need to turn heads.

How would you describe your sense of style?
B: This ques­tion is always tough for me. I hon­est­ly don’t know how to describe it. I try to reflect my per­son­al­i­ty in the way that I dress. I’m girly but I hate to feel super fem­i­nine. I don’t like things like lace and frills. And the col­or pink makes me CRAZY! lol. I prefer pieces that have a fem­i­nine voice with­out the over­dose of soft­ness. I love to incor­po­rate things like leather, metallics and studs/spikes into my wardrobe. And I’m almost always wear­ing a heavy dose of black.
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What is your process of decid­ing what to wear in the morn­ing?
B: I’m not real­ly a morn­ing per­son so the process usu­al­ly hap­pens with my eyes bare­ly open while I’m still in bed or while I’m in the show­er. I usu­al­ly decide first what shoes I want to wear that day and then go from there. I just sort of men­tal­ly sur­vey my clos­et and come up with a rough idea of what I want to wear. And once I fin­ish all my oth­er morn­ing prep–makeup, pack­ing my bag for class, etc.–I get dressed and then make last min­ute edits to what I had come up with in my head. It usu­al­ly goes well. Although, some morn­ings I end up scrap­ping it all and start­ing from scratch.

What are the three favorite things in your clos­et?
B: 1. My black Brekelle san­dal heels
2. My high­waist­ed dis­tressed den­im jeans
3. My khaki but­ton­less blaz­er from H&M

What are some of your favorite shops/websites for clothes, shoes and acces­sories?
B: Being a full-time law stu­dent means that I’ve got­ten pret­ty good at find­ing things I love on a bud­get. I love sites like ASOS, Nasty­Gal, and Bib+Tuck (a buy & trade site). For shoes, I shop almost exclu­sive­ly at Shoedaz­zle. They always take such good care of me. I love com­ing home to the pack­ages and hand­writ­ten let­ters from their team. I also real­ly like Lola Shoe­tique.
How long have you been nat­u­ral?
B: I stopped get­ting perms about 6 or 7 years ago. But I’ve only been tru­ly nat­u­ral for about 4 years.

How and why did you tran­si­tion into nat­u­ral hair?
B: I start­ed try­ing to tran­si­tion dur­ing my sopho­more year of col­lege. I ini­tial­ly wasn’t com­fort­able doing a big chop so I opt­ed to wear sew-ins while I grew out the per­med por­tions of my hair. After I grad­u­at­ed from col­lege and after com­ing to terms with the poor con­di­tion of my hair, I decid­ed a big chop was a must. (For the record, I’m not a fan of the slow transition…for many rea­sons.) But beyond the fact that tran­si­tion­ing proved to be more trou­ble than it was worth, I real­ized that my rea­son for want­i­ng to tran­si­tion slow­ly was because I was afraid of what oth­er peo­ple would think. I was afraid of not fit­ting the “Long hair is pret­ty.” mold. I was afraid that I’d be dis­missed and over­looked. Once I real­ized that and dealt with the “why” behind those feel­ings, I decid­ed that not only was a big chop the right choice for me…it was the ONLY choice for me.
I hear a lot of wom­en of col­or say that they are “not their hair” and I total­ly get where they are com­ing from with that mes­sage. But for me, it’s the exact oppo­site. I absolute­ly am my hair! My hair rep­re­sents the very essence of who I am both as an indi­vid­u­al and a mem­ber of the dias­po­ra. It’s played a major role in my jour­ney to self-accep­tance. Pri­or to return­ing to nat­u­ral, I felt that I was hid­ing behind things like weaves (I know that’s not the case for every­one, but it was for me) and I felt that peo­ple nev­er real­ly got to see ME. Under­neath all the faux con­fi­dence was the deep seat­ed fear that peo­ple wouldn’t like what was under­neath. Now, I’ve sort of backed peo­ple into a cor­ner and forced them to accept–or not accept. Their choice.–that what they see is exact­ly what they get. Now the con­fi­dence is real and it’s been amaz­ing to see how people–men and women–have respond­ed to that. That said, I can’t help but be (and love) my hair!

What is your sig­na­ture hair­style?
B: I’m pret­ty well known for my short–and now blonde–close cut. (4 years short, 1 year blonde). I get tagged in tons of pic­tures on IG of oth­er girls with the same hair­style. I think my fol­low­ers see it and auto­mat­i­cal­ly think “Blake Von D!”

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
B: There sure is! blakevond.com. I’m also on tum­blr at blakevond.tumblr.com.

Rinny

Tex­an by birth, Los Ange­leno by sit­u­a­tion. Lover of Tame Impala and Shoegaze music. Come­di­an by trade. Mac­a­roni and Cheese con­nois­seur by appetite.

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SamtheDiva

Ok, so some peo­ple were clear­ly offend­ed or felt some sort of way, but luck­i­ly I wasn’t one of them! I love your style and want you to adopt me as your lit­tle sis­ter and give me your hand-me-downs. Also, thank you for break­ing the mold as to what a future Black female lawyer can look like. I love this inter­view; thank you for shar­ing!

Random Trini Chick

YOU ARE BREATHTAKING!!! Like wow Blake. Your name is uncom­mon, your beau­ty is uncom­mon, that hair style n col­or is amaz­ing on you AND I am just under 6 feet tall and know long limbs when I see them!!! So how tall are you?!?

alt-K

I was too dis­tract­ed by the per­fect shape and long legs to notice much of any­thing else. LOL. This site nev­er ceas­es to amaze me with the nat­u­ral beau­ty that every day sis­ters (like myself) pos­sess. We are tru­ly beau­ti­ful wom­en. Love your look, Sis!

Channing

Love that you fea­tured Blake! I fol­low her on IG and she is such a won­der­ful engag­ing per­son­al­i­ty. On top of that she’s gor­geous and has killer style. Awe­some choice!!

cacey

such style! i’m lov­in it

Hann

Off top­ic but… Do you have a fitness/workout regime, because your body is AAAHHH MAZING

BoogieLurv
I loved how read­ing through your post I felt such a strong rela­tion to your philoso­phies, even when my point of view slight­ly veers in some areas I still was able to respect that and see that I con­nect­ed with. The telling when some­one is try­ing too hard made me a lit­tle uneasy, but your right in that when it comes nat­u­ral­ly, it sim­ply radi­ates from a per­son, whether male or female. I love my hair but at the same time I would hope that if I lost it all tomor­row, I would be able to still know who I… Read more »
Blake Von D

Thanks so much guys for all the pos­i­tive com­ments. <3

Caramelcurls

Brains and beau­ty, get it girl!! You’re fierce!

gigi

Stun­ner.… I swear, NY must have some mega-chic chick secret fac­to­ry or some­thing! too much gor­geous­ness! lol

Amma Mama

I agree! New York­ers have so much swag and the nat­u­rals there have crazy style! She is real­ly pret­ty!

LOVES it <3
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Nnenna

She sounds like me…HATE pink, leather gives me life, when I do laun­dry I’m in awe of how many black out­fits I have, I’m girly but hate to look super sweet and I’m gonna a lawyer too :)

I’m get­ting goose­bumps going thru yr blog…Stunning!

Jachile

yaas guu­url! You are giv­ing me so much life in those pics ! Look­in real nice! love your sense of style ! Ur thing sell off *pow*

LuLu

Absolute­ly LOVE your sense of style. I usu­al­ly try to stay away from black. But I am start­ing to recon­sid­er. Love the blonde too.. my sis­ter has been con­sid­er­ing it..might show her this page

merry

“Don’t try too hard.” 

sor­ry but hav­ing hav­ing blond hair is try­ing hard.

hav­ing said that, she’s pret­ty and has a nice sense of style.

TINA SMITH

I AGREE

cacey

hav­ing blond hair is not try­ing hard. may­be to you, but did you ever con­sid­er that may­be she just likes the col­or? want­ed to try smtg new? i’ve had blond hair, and i didn’t dye it that way for atten­tion, but rather because i just like the way the col­or looked on me. some­times it’s just as sim­ple as that.

leah

That actu­al­ly makes no sense.

Jessica
For ME per­son­al­ly it was­nt the blonde hair while say­ing “dont try so hard” that was the turn off…it is just that “try­ing too hard” when it comes to fash­ion is so sub­jec­tive. To me, if i saw some­one walk­ing down the street, espe­cial­ly in the mid­dle of the day, with a t shirt and a sheer tutu, i would think “she is doing the most right now”- but to HER it just comes nat­u­ral­ly. For her to say “i can just tell” is kind of con­de­scend­ing. On anoth­er note, she is a beau­ti­ful wom­an and i love the blonde… Read more »
Blake Von D
The tutu out­fit was not an every­day out­fit, but rather a shoot for the t-shirt that I’m wear­ing in the pho­to. A friend of mine designed the shirt and asked that I wear it in a shoot for her to place on her web­site. Also, it wasn’t my inten­tion to be con­de­scend­ing when I said that I can tell, but rather my way of say­ing that when a per­son is doing some­thing that isn’t nat­u­ral to them (and we’ve all done it) I think MOST peo­ple can tell. But per­haps I could have con­veyed that dif­fer­ent­ly. But thanks so much… Read more »
BeUtifully Human

“Don’t try too hard” means don’t push to be some­thing you are NOT. If it is in her to be FAB enough to not only have, but rock the heck out of blond hair, then so be it. Take a step from behind your gavel long enough to see the “awe­some­ness” in things and peo­ple. Sheesh…

LuLu

Try­ing too hard would be if she had mul­ti coloured hair. Just say­in =)

Poster Girl

And you are the exact oppo­site of “mer­ry”, you are neg­a­tive, a hater, and you should real­ly fig­ure out why you spew hate to some­one you do not know as if you know them. She has a short cut, the epit­o­me of not doing the most, so get your life! 

Blake, I love your style! Do you girl ;)

merry

oh girl please. i am not a hater.

i just found it iron­ic that she has blond hair and says you shouldn’t try hard to be styl­ish or what­ev­er.

lol.

see, nor­mal­ly i don’t even read the copy. i have no idea what pos­sessed me to look at it this time. 

i said she had nice style and was pret­ty.

Cinnamondiva

I believe in this case, the blond hair is just a fash­ion state­ment, noth­ing more. She can always switch up her look if she wants to.

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