NYC weather is finally starting to come around to the idea of spring, and so am I. This spring I am feeling rejuvenated and inspired. The vintage feel of polka dots, linens, loose and feminine silhouettes... I am loving it. I am typically not-so-girly when it comes to my style, but as of late I have been gravitating towards one-piece looks like dresses and jumpsuits. These easy-breezy, lazy girl pieces are perfect for New York's unpredictable weather, and for a comfy, effortlessly put together look!
Disclaimer: I wrote the above blurb in May, but since it is now September (whoops) I thought I'd take this opportunity to look back on how I executed those spring-time feelings over the last three months. I really did love a good floral maxi dress this summer, my mom thinks its because I'm in love (barf) but I think its more so because my favorite fashionistas were rocking that very look so much, and I was inspired to do the same. I picked up a few new, higher quality pieces - along with my typical Zara staples, of course. This past spring and summer I was feeling all the feminine, effortless, natural fabric vibes.
The Round Up…
Alright, so today is the day that I dive into it: my personal style transformation... I have wanted to do a full-on Style Transformation analysis for a while now, and here we are.
I thought that, as I reach my ONE YEAR mark on living in New York City, it would be a good time to look back on the last five years and see how I've changed.
Working in fashion, and wanting to for at least a decade, means that My Style means more than just what I wear - but also how I view and express myself and my personality.
I am by no means the coolest, most fashionable person out there - something I've especially realized since moving to NY - but nevertheless, its fun to look back on these things!
I will admit a few things, before I show you the collages....
1. YES, I am aware, and have been since maybe 2012, that I draw a lot of outfit inspiration from the 1980s... Like I said before, my style is an extension of my person[ality] and personally, I friggin' love the 80s. From the music, to the movies, to the fashion. So yeah, I know.
2. I also became painfully aware of my "uniform." Anyone who knows fashion, or honestly anyone who knows another person, knows that people are creatures of habit. We find comfort in familiarity, and often times this is expressed by how we dress ourselves.
I've known that, since the high-waisted shorts/pants trend came back in about, again, 2012, I realized that this is what I liked to wear. A high-waist silhouette is the most flattering for my body shape, and now, anytime I put on anything low-waisted, or put on a long-line top... well honestly I just can't. EVEN MY LEGGINGS AND JOGGERS ARE HIGH-WAISTED. So I'm really banking on this trend to stick around.
3. People always point out things in stores, or make comments about how something is "my style" or that they knew when I would or wouldn't like something... and I always thought, How do YOU know this, yet I can't describe my own style in three words?? Well, that's changed now that I've looked at my style as a whole, rather than a day-to-day or piece-to-piece thing. I can do boho, athleisure, feminine, masculine/androgynous, streetwear, sporty, dressy, you name it. But the common thread is me, and how I actually wear each style. No matter what "trend" or "look" I'm going for, my style always finds a way to make it more me than everyone else. Which is what I think everyone should know and understand: you don't have to wear the exact same outfit that you see influencers - or whoever - wearing! Make sure you stick to your self, and incorporate new trends and styles into that.
ALRIGHT, so here we go...
2012 - 2014
We are starting in 2013 because that's when I started really using Instagram. I graduated from high school in June, 2013, and began attending a Big 10 college in September, 2013. There were days in HS when I tried to wear something cool, tried to experiment. But most of the time, I was in sweats or leggings (as was everyone else). I honestly didn't care much, by senior year I was just trying to graduate and get out of there! So, when I went to college I told myself that 1. I would never wear sweatpants to class, and 2. That I would experiment more, and wear more out-there pieces. Well, then the Polar Vortex happened and I was wearing layers leggings and sweats, and thermals and sweatshirts, and coats and scarves and hats and gloves. Then summer came & it was back to wearing cute clothes again!
Ok, so top row is when I still lived in Minnesota, and the bottom row (timeline from left to right) is when I moved to Brooklyn, New York. The image with the orange dress is the first picture I took on my new street in Bed-Stuy! It's crazy to think that this was almost one year ago (in about 6 weeks)!!
I think its pretty clear that I've both stepped my game up a bit, while continuing to maintain a sort of uniform... I will never give up my high-waisted silhouette! I think the one thing I've really learned, too, is that I need some non-jean bottoms...
Given both the fact that I wrote my original about me when I was 20 years old, and that I now live in Brooklyn -- rather than Minneapolis -- I figured it was time to update my "About Me" spiel.
So here's the rub: I am 22 (23 in December), a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota, with a degree in Communications - focusing on media and visual communications, and a minor in Fashion Studies. I moved to NYC pretty much immediately after graduating to pursue a serious career in fashion.
In my 5 short months as an NYC resident, I have spent time as a Communications Intern for a fine jewelry designer, a PR intern for a consultancy company, and as a freelance stylist [assistant/intern], in addition to working 2 fashion week shows, meeting so many amazing people within & without the industry, all while learning a heck of a lot about the real world.
A lot of people, including all of my close friends and family were surprised by the move, as was I. Not only for its suddenness, but also because I spent so much of my life talking about living in California. But there came a time, while narrowing in on my graduation, where I began to seriously think about what exactly I was going to do next. I realized that one: I could not just sit around in Minneapolis and wait for my lease to be up in September to make any moves, and two: that all of the work that I really wanted to do was here in New York City.
So, I looked into it, I found potential roommates, I began crazily applying for jobs and saving my money, and booked a weekend trip to the city for interviews and apartment hunting. Less than three weeks later I was moving into my Brooklyn apartment with a fellow Minnesotan fashionista pursuing her dreams.
To be honest, there are times where its been TOUGH, but there are also times where its been AMAZING and I just stop and think "I can't believe this is my life..." and I am excited for whats to come. I mean... it hasn't even been a year yet and I feel like I've done so much.
Anyways, welcome to my website, where I randomly decide to share my outfits and/or photos from the more eventful days of my life. You will also find a consistently updated portfolio, which is small but growing.
Thanks for visiting!
I can't believe that after only three months of living in NYC, I am able to say that I have experienced New York Fashion Week first hand. Working for a PR & consulting firm that handles planning and executing a few NYFW runway shows, I was able to work and attend two SS18 fashion shows: Vivienne Tam & Chocheng. The former occurred on Sunday, September 10th at noon, and it was amazing. Decked out with celebs and recognizable industry professionals, the VT show showcased a collection inspired by China's largest grossing, blockbuster film Monster Hunt, and served as a collaboration and promotion for the film's sequel. The collection featured landscape motifs from the film, such as waterfalls and mountainous patterns and colors. Amazing, flowing silhouettes moved down the runway, and some pieces even featured the film's little monster: Wuba. The collection was absolutely gorgeous, and I am so happy to have witnessed its debut first hand!
All that aside, I couldn't believe I was there, at a NYFW show, opening day, talking with celebs and networking with their PR & management teams. I couldn't believe I was talking with the designer herself during the week leading up to the show. I couldn't believe I was part of the team that made that show happen, and run smoothly.
Its officially September, and so its time to start looking ahead and getting excited about this year's autumnal trends. However, we're definitely still experiencing summer weather, so I've made a simple trend board to ease my mind as I wait in anticipation for the temperature to drop. This season its all about 70s silhouettes, menswear inspired looks, and a pop of red or orange!
I’ve lived in (or directly next to) a metropolitan for most of my life, but Minneapolis is no N.Y.C. *obviously*
While I am used to a few skyscrapers surrounding me, I am also used to an abundance of nature and fresh air very near by, as well as a little goddamn peace and quiet.
NYC is its own creature, and sometimes that creature needs to take a freakin’ nap and give you a little time for some R&R ~ but it won’t, so… how does one find some goddamn peace in the middle of all this noise and chaos?
Here are my tips:
- Bring a novel with you everywhere you go. Read while on the subway, or at a park for your lunch break. Focusing on a beautifully written story will allow you to forget about everything and immerse yourself in an alternate reality, even if only for 5 minutes. Plus, reading puts your brain to work, and that’s a very good thing.
- Currently reading Nausea by Jean Paul Sartre - a philosophical novel by the existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, published in 1938. The eloquently written faux-diary of a French Historian is the perfect reading piece for picking-up and putting-down constantly, but never losing the story.
- Download a peaceful / chill playlist to your Spotify Offline. Getting a signal on the subway can be tricky, and you DO NOT want to use up all of your data even if you can find it. By taking the playlist offline you can put it on anywhere you go, and drown out the noise for a bit. (Benefits of relaxing music).
- Check out my favorite chill playlist here. I prefer a mix of electric, dreamscape music paired with acoustic, folksy tunes to mellow out while at the same time changing the mood every so often ~ because sometimes chill music can be so sad…
- Take advantage of bad weather. Rainy/snowy days are the BEST for chilling out in a dim and cozy space, watching a movie, and taking a breath. While stimulating your brain with a good book is always a good thing, sometimes we need to let ourselves veg out. Also, make a to-do list and take the time that this bad weather has given you to pick-up your room, do the dishes and laundry, etc. All of those household things you'd rather not be doing on a beautiful day, do them today.
- My recommendation: Harry Potter marathon, taking breaks throughout to get those annoying chores done. Its perfect for groggy days and there are enough of them to fill the whole day!
- Listen to non-fiction audiobooks. I recommend “self-help” and memoir-type non-ficion because they kind of feel like podcasts, and listening to these types of books is an easy way to distill some education into your hustle and bustle type of days, when you just don’t have the time to sit down and read.
- Big Magic or The Art of Not Giving a Fuck are a couple of great options. The former is great for getting the creative juices flowing, or simply just for understanding your own creativity. The latter, well its in the title, is it not?
- Find time to spend with friends and family. This is vital. The busier we get, the harder and harder it becomes to find a time where everyone is free. But a lack of socialization can drive anyone crazy. Schedule in quick coffee and lunch dates, and look at local event calendars to find out when there are chill-out events going on that you can both/all make it to.
- In NYC this summer, HBO has a Movies in the Park series at Bryant Park, I recommend grabbing a bottle of wine and some snacks, throwing down a blanket, and enjoying the city from a rare grassy knoll with friends.
I’ve only lived in the Big Apple for two months, but I think that these tips are pretty solid and well rounded! Please tag me in any implementations! :)
Bodysuit: ZARA ~ Shorts: H&M ~ Purse: Urban Outfitters
Top: Calvin Klein via Urban Outfitters ~ Shorts: Forever21 ~ Shoes: H&M
As some of you may already know, last week - May 23/24 - I packed up my life and moved from Minneapolis, MN to NYC! Crazy, I know. I moved to pursue a career in the fashion industry, beginning with interning as a Communications intern for a fine jewelry designer!
Before starting work, I have taken the last week to move out/in, and get settled in my new home.
So far, I have just been exploring the city - getting to know my surroundings. This includes a trip to SoHo, window shopping in designer shops and vintage boutiques.
I am excited to start this journey in a new city, and for the new content that I have planned! Stay tuned, xx.
Outfit Details: Top: Forever21, Flannel: H&M, Skirt: BDG - UO, Sneakers: Nike, Purse: Coach, Sunnies: Amazon
Everybody knows about the more controversial outerwear piece that made its way back to the runway this season: the puffer coat. In variations of knee-length or cropped, sleek or marshmallow-like, the puffer coat (or jacket) comes in all shapes and sizes, as well as colors. As a long-time refuser of anything practical when it comes to clothing, I've always steered clear of this kind of piece.
But this year, the artstry and experimental versions of the trend caught my eye. I first became obsessed with Balenciaga's red take on the trend when scrolling though London Fashion Week street style photos on Refinery29's site, and I saw this image. I mean, how cute is she? And for some reason this totally impractical combo works for me! After this, I had to have one. Still, my impractical-fashion self couldn't bring myself to spend the money ZARA's version until it went on sale in February. Who cares, all that matters is that I have it now, and I wear it ALL THE TIME.
Here I've decided to wear it casually, with an H&M catsuit underneath, and a simple pair of white Nike sneakers.
For those of you heading out to someplace lovely and warm for the week, here's some ideas of what to pack based on the contents of my own suitcase! (I'll be in SoCal).
- Sunglasses: because, duh.
- Heeled Sandals: an easy way to dress up any outfit!
- Comfy Sneakers: I'll be doing a bit of walking around in the next few days.
- Denim: any and every kind!
- Jumpsuit: I chose a dressy number for a potential night out/fancy dinners.
- Graphic Tee: perfect for a casual coffee run or a day at the beach!
- Instax & DSLR Cameras: if you didn't get a picture, did it even really happen?!
- Travel Journal: a fun way to document the trip and get some creativity flowing!
- Laptop: because I still want to get some work done.
- Backpack: doubles as a carry-on, and a camera + supplies bag.
- Swimsuit: another duh.
These days love can be hard to muster, hard to find, hard to believe in. With a country founded on the idea that people should have the chance to make their dreams come true by coming to a land of opportunity, one that was founded on the right to free speech , the right to freely protest and to question the government, it is hard to watch what is happening in the United States and feel love and to feel loved.
But as we’ve seen in the past two weeks, LOVE REALLY CAN TRUMP HATE. Millions of people have taken it to the streets to show just how much love there really is in the world, and to show the disenfranchised that they are not alone.
This month, that is what I will be focusing on. Spreading Love & Positivity, Fighting for Love & Acceptance & Inclusion & Understanding.
Last year I spent Christmas in San Francisco, where it rained almost the whole week (not atypical of SF in the winter). So this year I intended to spend my holiday in the sun and hopefully catch a tan by going to San Clemente in Southern California. Well, a major storm came through the western half of the country, giving me another Christmas full of rain.
Nonetheless, it was a vacation -- a break from school and work in any weather is always nice. I got to spend the week relaxing with my mom and my pup. I went for several long walks on the beach (with said mom and pup). I watched the entirety of the Today show for the first time in what feels like forever, and I did that every day. I watched (xmas) movies. I explored San Diego. I took over CollegeFashionista's SnapChat for Xmas Eve. I even networked and got some work done! All in all, pretty good trip. Here's some highlights...