Today is International Women’s Day and we celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of all women. As I think about what it truly means to be a woman these words automatically come to mind:
Not sure why these were the first words that came to mind, but I think it comes from my upbringing from childhood into womanhood. I remember as a young child, maybe around 4, there was this hot pink tie that I just had to wear everywhere and oh let’s not forget the silver bangles that jingle. Those were two things as I child that I wore to state my girl style. Even my sense of music as a young child was probably much different from other 4 year olds. I mean how many four year olds liked Boy George & Culture Club, Grace Jones, Prince, Cyndi Lauper and Michael Jackson and even had to play Mutabaruka’s “Everytime I hear the Sound” over and over? These are the memories I have as a young girl. Other memories I had as child that followed me right into womanhood, were the impact of women in my life. Here are some women that I personally look up to and who I honor today and every day.
Another distinct factor about my childhood and that has shaped me into the woman I am today is the fact that I come from a lineage of very strong women. My grandmother came to the U.S. in the 1970s as an immigrant from Jamaica. I remember her working so hard in the 1980s, going to work every day to clean hotel rooms at the Marriot. The funny thing is I never heard her complain. She would come home and cook like it was nothing too. I use to tease her asking her did she ever sleep, honestly a child going to visit her I can’t remember her ever sleeping or resting. Talk about independent woman, she was definitely the epitome of that. She made sure that she provided for her family and never once complained about it. As a matter of fact, if I wasn’t so observant of her actions I would have probably grown up without an inkling or clue as to how she did all that she did. Grandma Rose taught me the meaning of hard-working.
When I think of this word, the first person that comes to mind is my mom. As a single mom raising two children in the 1980s it wasn’t easy, especially in New York City. Despite the odds, my mom was very much goal-oriented. You know the story of David and Goliath. Well let’s just say my mom was very much like David, knocking her Goliaths out of the way. Single mom, working full time plus going to school to achieve her educational goals might be more common now, but back then it wasn’t the “thing.” The definition of perseverance is steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. My mom is a woman of zero excuses and she’s proven that time and time again. Even up until today she’s back in school working towards her MBA while working full time. She’s living proof that the playing field doesn’t have to be level for you to win. From my mom I’ve learned the true mean perseverance.
When I think of a unique woman my Grandma Violet (Vi or Jugney as others may know her by). She possessed a flair and aura about her that’s indescribable. She’s someone with a loving heart, but didn’t hesitate to tell you what’s on her mind. Just picture a 4’11”, stylishly dressed Indian lady cursing you out one day then making roti and dal for you the next. Not only was her personality just unique, but so was her sense of style. She was definitely a stylish grandma. The one thing I learned from her is as a woman we should celebrate our uniqueness and never hide it. It’s what makes us who we are.
Ever come across a woman who has about 10 solutions to one problem? If not, then you haven’t met Mama D, my stepmother. I like to think of her as a creative solutions expert. As women, we tend to let things sly and not say anything. Well I must say she definitely taught me to speak up and not feel apologetic about it either. As women, the words I’m sorry gets uttered way too much, what exactly are we “sorry” about. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t own up to our wrongdoings, but we also need to stick up for ourselves and find solutions to achieve our goals. A true problem solver is Mama D.
As we commemorate women across all cultures today, let’s remember to celebrate the women within our own families that are our true SHEroes. In the next coming weeks I’ll be launching a new collection called Epitome of a Woman. Pre-sale kicks off this Friday, so be sure to sign up to our list. I thought it was only fitting to launch it during Women’s History Month. It’s time for us to #BEBOLDFORCHANGE
The new year is in full swing and it’s already starting out with a bang. This weekend is the Golden Globes Awards show and I’m excited for two reasons, one is the red carpet and two is my jewelry will be making an appearance in swag bags at a luxury gift lounge honoring the event. 2017 has kicked off with much excitement. Check out more details below :
The Pink Locket, in association with The Artisan Group, will participate in an invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted by GBK Productions on January 6-7, 2017 at an exclusive location in Beverly Hills, California in honor of the Golden Globes nominees and presenters.
Select press and media attendees will receive our Blake Dangle Gold Drop Earrings , a jewelry piece from our Signature collection, in their swag bags.
Founder and Designer, Kamilah Campbell of The Pink Locket, thrives on creating jewelry that helps women feel great about themselves. Each jewelry piece from The Pink Locket’s collection is named after a woman or an expressive phrase that captures a woman’s fashion statement. As a self-taught jewelry designer who started The Pink Locket after relocating to Douglasville, GA 9 years ago from Stamford, CT, equipped with a BA in International Trade and MBA in Media Studies, she’s an entrepreneur who describes her jewelry as Modern Minimalist style, pulling inspiration from art, shapes, city landscapes and even customers themselves. Each jewelry piece that is designed has the goal of “allowing women to exude their inner beauty and confidence.”
ABOUT THE PINK LOCKET
The Pink Locket was established in 2008 and is based out of Douglasville, Georgia. All designs are created by hand. The modern minimalist jewelry designs are created from metals such as brass, copper, sterling silver, gold-filled and titanium. For more information about and to view other media and press outlets that have featured The Pink Locket and its jewelry please visit www.thepinklocket.com or view their About video. Kamilah Campbell is a member of the exclusive organization, The Artisan Group.
ABOUT THE ARTISAN GROUP
The Artisan Group® (http://www.theartisangroup.org) is a premier entertainment marketing group dedicated to representing small business artisans at the best celebrity gift lounges and press events. The organization provides a collective sampling of handcrafted products to celebrities and members of the press at top luxury gift lounges such as those leading up to The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes, and The MTV Movie Awards.
The Artisan Group also coordinates product placement for its member’s handcrafted products on such hit television shows as Empire, Scandal, The Voice, How To Get Away With Murder, The Vampire Diaries, Days of Our Lives, The Young & The Restless, Modern Family, Jane The Virgin and Law & Order: SVU, among others. Membership in The Artisan Group is juried and by invitation only.
* Neither The Pink Locket, nor The Artisan Group are officially affiliated with the Golden Globes or The Hollywood Foreign Press Association.