But kind of, really.
I have made the decision to finally pivot my business “baby” and sweep up the momentum from this media age. I am slowing down the writing portion for my blog, and upping the talking portion for my vlog (Ooo, look at that rhyming). I want to concentrate more on connecting with the audience with my Youtube channel. I want to engage, I want to speak to them, and I want to make them laugh. Below you can find the pivotal steps I have gone through thus far in getting to this very Oscar-worthy realization.
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing in this world is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.” – Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States.
Stella McCartney Foldover Triple-Chain Tote in Gray next to Christian Louboutin Patent Leather Pumps. Disclosure: all pictures taken AFTER the mess!
Well, at least I thought mine did. And no, not talking about the actual person – thank God, and sorry if I gave you a scare. I’m talking about my actual bag. She was the second love of my designer bag life after my first Louis Vuitton Alma PM (which I had bought secondhand – I’m also selling this on Poshmark and you can buy new HERE). I have dreamed about her for years – my Stella was my first new designer bag that I had purchased with my own hard-earned money. I remember I would ask a salesperson at every luxury department store to show me where the Stella McCartney bags were, just so I could stand there fawning over them. When my Stella Falabella triple-chain bag was finally in my possession, I was overcome with both excitement and gratitude.
The Art Institutes, Eva Michelle, OBDEC…this was the trio that concluded February New York Fashion Week.
Zenia De Sousa
David Marquise Seward
With a full-time desk job that wouldn’t free me till 7pm, attending shows had been extremely exhausting. I would come home past 11pm, eat dinner that consisted of some sort of fried food like chicken fingers and burgers, and wake up at 6am with a tummy ache full of indigestion. With four to five cups of coffee, I powered through my day job for 11 hours, then Uber’d my way to more shows. Rinse, cycle, repeat. You may think being a fashion blogger is solely glamorous based on the moments we capture; however, with all that glamour comes the sacrifice of sleep, health, and time.
Thank God for the above-average makeup skills that shielded my zombie face from the flashes of the cameras. Eyeliner, mascara, and powdered brows were the only things that were propping my eyelids open. And thanks to HD makeup and my Beauty Blender sponge, I could cover all my blemishes and veiny skin that were a result of dehydration and lack of sleep.
Fashion Week in February is no joke. Shit is mad cold! 5 degree weather Saturday got my fingers barely living on my hands and my piggy toes hardly maintaining a healthy color. The only reason I didn’t lose them was because my shoes were doing a phenomenal job keeping them together. Kudos to that. Arctic weather strong.
Thank God what also was strong were the collections I had witnessed strutting down the runway. If it weren’t for these beautiful models and their clothes, I definitely would have found myself running away from the wind in an Uber instead.
Thanks to Couture Fashion Week and their 23rd season, I saw lines of designers from all over the world: The U.S., Romania, India, Indonesia, Brazil, and the Netherlands.
For centuries, the utilization of fashion and its ultimate purpose has changed over time. Believe it or not – the beautiful “peacocks” were once the men. Dressed with prestige, men used to dress elaborately to demonstrate their wealth, and it was the women who were more obscure in taste.
With the rise of the Industrial Revolution during the 18th century came the work-wear of the man. Blue-collar work was at an all-time high, and it became impractical for the male to wear ornate clothing. The man’s garb became simpler and reversed in eloquence, whereas the woman’s hour-glass figure started to become more prominent. For the woman, sleeves shortened in length and the bodice was cut extremely low with exposed shoulders. Gradually, the woman’s body was becoming unveiled for everyone to see, stitch by stitch.
1:2 – the ratio that represents that there is 1 for every 2 of something. See examples below:
- One shirt, two skirts – the concept in which there are multiple ways to “jazzy-up” a single item. It is the utilization of a staple item such as a t-shirt and creating two looks simply by interchanging other aspects of the outfit, such as pants, skirts, shoes, etc. I.E. My blog pictures today with my white tee and my two skirts.
- One celebration, two life events – how I have felt my birthday and Christmas were celebrated together every year. They happen to be six days apart from each other (My birthday is on the 19th of December). My birthday at times feels forgotten because of this worldwide holiday. These two life events were melded into one get-together for years with my family and friends, just like my presents were.
- One present, two events. Self-explanatory. Le sigh.
Stuck on what to get for the holidays with only 3 days on the calendar left? I know I’ve done my fair share of gifting myself for my birthday and Christmas with lots of David Yurman and Chanel shoes (will show you soon). But now, it’s other people’s turns. Family, friends, loved ones – those are the people who have been with you since day one and it is time to show them some love. Here are some of my last-minute gifting ideas (Click on pics to shop!)
For the One Who Likes to Relax (Or Needs To):
Lush Bath Bombs
Nested Fragrances Holiday Classic Scented Candle & Diffuser Set
For the One Who Is a Homebody:
UGG Australia Scuff Slippers
Clearwater Beach, Florida
Weekend getaway to Longboat Key and Clearwater Beach
This weekend, I told myself to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Away from the stresses of work, the crowded subways, pollution, noisy cars, and expensive lattes.
On Thursday and Friday night, I stayed at the Longboat Key Resort, wining and dining along the gulf of a serene Floridian island. I ended my nights in a beautiful two-bedroom apartment with an extended balcony that led straight to a private pool, hot tub, and of course the beach. It was perfect.
Longboat Key Resort
My favorite designer? Hands down, Chanel. It was in the 1930s that Gabrielle first produced and popularized the famous tweed jacket (which I need to get my hands on one, pronto!) This past Saturday, I had a fashion event to go to last Saturday, and the dress code was “Express your inner self. You are your own artist.”
So, what do I do? I decide to finally wear a 1930’s Millard Fillmore suit vest passed down to me by my lovely voice teacher from years ago. I kept trying on different outfits until I had the perfect mix of vintage and contemporary.
“Even Einstein was having a great time shooting with me!”