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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 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.
Men's Fashion Peaked in the '80s and Here is Why
Okay, so maybe the hairstyles were a bit much and the scent of perm solution caused a significant contribution to our o-zone layer, however, I truly think men's fashion peaked in the '80s.
An ode to the baggy clothing of the 90's.
Baggy clothing has been littered through many a decade from the 70's to modern day, but none capitalised on their appeal like the nineties. From TV shows like 'Friends' and 'Buffy the vampire slayer' to bands like 'Sonic Youth' and 'Nirvana', oversized and baggy clothing was everywhere you looked.
I Bet You Know A Dandy Lady
Sex in the City dared to talk about four single women dating in New York City. There were relatable characters. Someone knew someone like Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha. I wouldn't hate the fact that they were all white women grossly misrepresenting a metropolitan city like New York or learn until my adult years that I was all four women wrapped in one. But when Sex in the City first came out, I was a sixteen-years-old and watched solely for the fashion. Compared to the onslaught of information at the fingertips of teenagers today, I was too young to understand the dating world of Sex in the City fully. What I did know was Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie Bradshaw had style.
Bring Back the Glamour
Downton Abby did more than reawaken my love for tea time. It reminded me of how much I loved the fashions of the 1920’s. We called them the roaring 20’s, but why can’t the new century have its own “roaring 20’s”? We are, after all, we are living the 20’s…..just a century later.
Your Brand is Not Inclusive: Stop Using Fat People’s Hope as a Marketing Tactic
MLMs come in waves, and the most recent craze is ZYIA, a trendy, spendy athleisure brand taking Facebook by storm. I originally got invited to a ZYIA group by a coworker's family member. I checked it out, and that's the first time I saw the claim that ZYIA has something for "everybody and everyBODY."
There's a lot of things I owe to The Little Mermaid: The singing lessons I got from Scuttle which I use to serenade my boyfriend; an unhealthy and irrational fear of sharks (like when you're getting out of a swimming pool and assume there's one behind you); recognising evil in people who look like the human version of Ursula... ...and the rewarding hobby of filling my house with random old crap.