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It Is a Golden Age for People Who Cannot Tie Their Own Shoelaces
Author’s note: This article was originally published almost two years ago now and did not get nearly the attention it deserved. I am republishing it again today as a service to the shoelace tying ignorant and/or lazy public who no doubt make up a large portion of my readership. Enjoy!
The Emergence of Maximalism
Design trends are constantly changing. From the days of popcorn ceilings to the cultural obsession with nautical motifs around the home, there are some design choices that are better left in the past. But, just as middle parts, mom jeans, and corsets made a comeback in the fashion world, styles of the past can influence modern interior design trends.
The Love of Hats
I was a young boy when I discovered my love for hats. The different hats I put on during play time gave me permission to become a different character. A police officer, a firefighter, a boat captain, a football player, a baseball player and any other character I could dream of becoming as I played with my friends.
Sharing my passion to help another creative
Fashion design is threaded into my existence, it became my source of happiness even from a young age, it’s a passion that continues to evolve with me.
The (Small) Business of Fashion
I began thinking about making clothes in 2018, though who knows how long I’d been thinking about it or visiting it in my mind before then.
To my 9 year old self: your childhood hobby is now your career
Picture this, my Asian dad who wanted his first born to be a doctor reluctantly handing over my first sewing machine. In that moment, he probably realized that the doctor dream should be passed on to my little sister because there was no denying my love for fashion design.
She could easily have been a manifestation of the goddess so WEARING that dress as she glided with her teen son close by across the grocery store parking lot.
My Guilty Pleasure
Everyone was a child before they were a grown up. We all played toys and stuff made from our imagination. Paper into airplanes, imagined brooms as horses and even castles made from chairs and blankets . It made our childhood fun and exciting. We were creative. For some, that creativity had stopped and evolved into a more mature point of view, but for others, that creativity remained and was honed into a more advanced skill.
My Creative Refuge
Since I was a kid, I wanted to be a fashion designer. My Mom always says I had my own mind about clothes even before I could speak. When I was a toddler, my Mom and I were passing by a clothing shop and I kept reaching towards the window at this peach velour outfit. She took me into the shop and I was almost possessed by this outfit. She tried to get me to like the navy version instead but I was sure I wanted the peach. Throughout my childhood and teenage years I dreamed of becoming a fashion designer in a big city and having my own brand. After years of dreaming, I ended up getting into Parsons in New York City to study Fashion Design. I was enamoured with the fashion world and New York. While I was there I did countless internships for brands and magazines, school was fun and creative but by the end of my four years I felt a little bit burned out. I decided to move to London to try something new.
Making the Case for Dresses Over Pants
Before you click away! No, I am not referring to the poorly-styled early 2000's version of this trend... Anne Hathaway at the Ella Enchanted premiere (2004)
- Third Place in Sweet Nostalgia Challenge
Cottagecore: Reviving that Sweet 70s Nostalgia
Dressing for Happiness If the pandemic has taught me anything about fashion, it’s that we’re constantly chasing that sweet nostalgia of old trends. This past year, I’ve definitely noticed a whirlwind of fads reammerge into mainstream fashion, ranging from rad 70s tie dye, to adorable 90s butterfly hair-clips. And while the revival of past trends is by no means new, I feel like our current craving for nostalgia has been amplified in our desire to reminisce about simpler, pre-pandemic times. People are at home, they're bored and stressed, and they're experimenting with fashion as a way to embrace nostalgia and have some good, simple fun.
- First Place in Sweet Nostalgia Challenge
It’s the dusty sweet scent of childhood. Of dolls and toys left on shelves in the attic and grass stained knees. Laughing until you fart and spinning until you fall down...down...and suddenly you’re flying high in the sky.