How To Make It In America… 18/07/2011
Great question, amazing show!
I fell in absolute love with this show last summer and have been awaiting its return since. Though I almost gave up hope on its return because of how much HBO has pushed back the release date, it is finally coming back this Fall. It’s about two friends trying to ‘Make It In America’, while living the hustler’s life in New York, no matter the odds. Neither of them come from privileged backgrounds, and must do a series of hustles just for ends meet, they continue in pursuit of eventually doing that one hustle that makes them big. Or at least successful and not just living dolla to dolla. :-p
So I thought it was only appropriate that I include this in my blog, seeing as how it has to do with the focus of my blog. Just trying to ‘Make It In America’ on my own terms, doing what I love. After all is that not what we all wish for. This show is exactly what I need to keep me on track with my missions.
While we’re on the subject of trying to make it, I have just started applying for writing jobs/internships. This is a huge step for me because I have always thought that I would be working in the Medical industry because that’s what I’ve been pushed to do, all the while ignoring my true passion for writing and creativity. So long story short, I have no actual professional experience in writing, but 6 years in the medical field, a license in nursing, and way more volunteering hours than the average 21yr old. Kind of like the main character, who is an amazing artist and designer, no matter what hustle he tries to do, the artist in him just keeps resurfacing.
It’s just crazy because no matter how impossible it seems to them, they always believe that they are gonna make it somehow. Like there is no way in hell, they were made for a life of normalcy. Quite frankly, I see where they are coming from. Have you ever had that feeling in you that there is something more for you out there. That this life that you are leading now, is only temporary. Yeah, well I have that feeling. And even if I don’t become a millionaire traveling the world, being paid to write my heart’s delight, I know that this is not the end for me.
So while I continue my hustle of trying to move to New York to become a writer, I hope you continue with your dreams as well.
Stay Making It,
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Enviroment of Fashion Influences 11/07/2011
While putting together the lasts bits of my inspiration collage I could not help but think about London. All of the amazing street style that I saw. And I realized how much the actual environment itself has a lot to do with the way we dress and our style. My style is extremely eclectic because I live in Florida, but spend at least 3 Months ever year in New York, born in Jamaica, and am in love with the European sense of style. I think that pretty much sum up my style influences as for as my enviroment go. Being an Island Baby has given me my love for colors and flow outfits. New York and London has blessed me with a fearless attitude when it comes to wearing thins you normally don’t see everyone else in.
I took a few lovely snap shots of London Outdoor Markets that I visited on a daily basis while I was there. I went to a few of the big name stores and high street, but I wanted to find things that I could not get back home. So wear else to look than London’s Famous Markets. And I must say that selection of things that you can get there are amazing and like no other. I can see why London definitely says the bar as far as outdoor markets go.
In famous Portobello Market and its lovely array fo style
Just trying to show you and overview of how packed it is on a Saturday
believe it or not, but this does not even show just half of how long the street is and all of its eclectic shops ans stalls. I truly can not wait to go back next summer for Festivals and more shopping. 🙂
I can see why Londoners are so crazy about vintage wear, when such great quality timeless pieces are so easily accessible, why wouldn’t you want to.
Another side of Portobello Market. I think by now it is pretty clear to see that I had a serious love affair with this place while in London.
This was while I was at Brick Lane Market. I would consider this one the more Indie/Rocker ones of the all the Markets in London. And if you remember from the last post, this was also the one that had some of the most diverse food. Yumm!
Brick Lane had this very interesting and strange place call the Tea Room. I was not quite sure what to expect when I got in there, but it was awesome. Imagine a huge and ecltic antique shop.
The lovely fashionable masses at Brick Lane listening to some live music, while getting their make up done, and hair cut all in this very convenient area. By the look of this pick you can kinda see what I mean with how your environment influences what you wear. Almost every one is in the same color scheme, with some sort of leather on, scarf, and some sort of cross body bag.
Inside Brick Lane Market.
While at Brick Lane I met an artistic girl who designed all of these Awesome shoes by hand. This was just one of the amazing handmade things that you can find only at the Markets that you just can’t get anywhere else. I am a huge supporters of artist and people following their own paths so I had to get a pair.
These are my new babies that I had to have!
This is like the unofficial entrance to Brick Lane. Once again, the people are wearing different clothes, but all have the same vibe.
Leather, grey, and denim every where I turn on the cobbled streets of Covent Garden.
I love this photo because you have your Chelsea girl fashion on one hand, and on the other hand your kind of Laid Back Rocker like I saw all up and down in Liverpool.
My lovely European friends and I out and about on the streets of London.
Pubbing like a true Londoner with my Ladies. 😉
Well I just thought I would give you a taste of the London Street Style and Market scene to show you just how much your surroundings can affect the way you dress. Next time you’re getting ready in the mirror, ask yourself “would be wearing this if I were in a different city?”
Savvy Dressing… 10/07/2011
Its been one of those weeks that felt like it was never gonna end, but it’s finally the week-end and that means a little more me time!! With that said I finally narrowed down my choice of patterns for the Fashion Mission to three. I am ao excited about this because I have put myself on a major budget for the next 6 weeks and this is a great way to still expand my wardrobe without doing so to my purse. 🙂
So while looking for the just the right dress that would suit my personality, I began thinking, what is my personal style? And how can I create a dress that reflects my it. I found out that my style is a mixture of Eclectic, bohemian, street style, and the classics of course. A majority of that mosh pit of style being Bohemian. So I need to make a dress that can suit all of these styles and still be Boho enough for me to throw on some gladiator sandals, and my messenger bag for a festival.
This where the three patterns fall into play. Now I just need to pick one. I am trying to pick something that is versatile and can easily be layered, inter-seasonal, and flattering of course. I think I will go with simpler cuts for they would be easier for a beginner like me to make.
Finally decided to make some form of a shift dress. I am a huge fan of that cut and style and it is flattering for almost every type fo shape and frame. As well as they are one of the most versatile of dresses when it comes to styling, layer, and just wanting to look put together effortlessly. Now I just need to pick a pattern to put up for sacrifice. I do not want to waste any of the good fabric from my Mummy so I will be taking a trip to Joanne’s and see what I can scrung up
I have always been cost conscious of clothes and spending money in general because my mother was always looking for the cheapest solution. I don’t blame her, feeding my 4 athletic brothers, 24 hr working/soccer player dad, and I was no joke. Thanks to her I have learned a lot about money management. And thanks to my “you get what you pay for,” Dad, I know good quality when I see it. That being said, I have always been pretty blessed with find great bargains on purchases. Even though that is true, I still feel like if I am going to properly reinvent myself, I must also add a bit of that change to my closet. That too, and thanks to the new fitness regimen, a lot of my clothes can no longer fit me. Yaaay!! 😀
So I will be altering some of the oldies that I can’t let go, while slowly adding new pieces to it little by little. Of course whatever I am unable to find in the stores, I will be looking for a way to make myself. I’m heading to Joanne’s tomorrow and will show you what fabrics I get later. As well as, maybe show you a bit of my wardrobe in some later post. And the Inspiration Collage will be up and posted Monday.
Fashion Mission 06/07/2011
I hope you all had a lovely 4th of July weekend, because I know I sure did. As if you could not tell by my absence alone, I have been away for a week BBQing, swimming, and just enjoying some recreational fun on the beach with the friends. But now its back to business as we know it.
So I have been pondering what my next mission should be and it has taken me quite some time to pick one. You see I am always working on a series of projects and tasks, all which require a good amount of my attention. For instance, I recently signed up for Nike+ , which has been an awesome motivator for my running challenge. I have promised myself to run no less than 20 times for this month. I think that is a reasonable goal. Do you?
So my mission will be to design and sew an article of clothing. I have dabbled with sewing and I know how to make quite a few embellishments and rosettes, but I have only ever finished a few full pieces of clothing. I want to get back in the swing of sewing and create some really good pieces. One of the reasons being, that I do not really follow a lot of trends and prefer something original or timeless. My friends have always wondered where I get half of my clothes from, because they have not seen anyone else in it, or would not dare to try to pull it off themselves.
That being said, I bought a few books to help me with the basics of sewing. I mean how can you expect to get anywhere without knowing the basics and foundations of fashion. The plan is to make the basic piece and edit it from there. Like, raise the, hem, or add ruffles, rosettes, a different fabric, well you get the gist of it. I am thinking of making a dress. Lately I have been in the dress mood. Which is odd because I used to not be so crazy about skirts and dresses because that’s what I was forced to wear for a while when I was younger. Now my love for them is coming back and it’s hitting me hard. Everywhere I look I see skirts and dresses that I just have to stop and fawn over. Which is why I am on a mission to make either a skirt or just go all the way and make a dress. No worries though, I will keep you posted.
Lastly, I am almost done with my new Inspiration Collage and will be posting it shortly. Odd how creating it is helping me keep focused on my mission to finish up my BA and move to New York. The collage has helped to keep my inspiration and drive going. I’m really excited about it and how it is turning out. There are a few things that I kept from the old one, but also tons of new stuff, and it had to be bigger than the old one. Because if you’re gonna dream, than you gotta dream big, right?!! 🙂
Racing to my dreams,