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[11] OOTD

Today I felt like being a bit dressed up, I wanted my look to be a bit flirty, fun, but also appropriate for work/school. This look is great during the summer times because of the flared light skirt and barely there cap sleeves. You can pair the dress with a sheer tight with the line running up the back, style it for fall with a burgundy (or color of your choice) tight, or even with your bare beautiful legs. These exposed laced ankle boots are a nice luxurious suede and are absolutely stunning to wear. They have been sitting in my closet for a bit now and I saw them and just knew I had to wear them again. Paired with some fun simple gold jewelry makes this look effortless and chic while not killing your budget and quick to pull together.

\\FlaredDress:OldNavy//MediumSatchel:BetseyJohnson//

\\OpenLacedAnkleBoots:SteveMadden//Sunglasses:Dior//

\\InterlockingCuff:Gorjana//LayeredNecklace:Forever21//

Please let me know what your favorite staple items are in your closet in the comment section below. Also let me know how you would style this look different?

Painted Body

Today marks the last day of my Spring semester so I thought I'd introduce you all to a quick peak at my accessories final. 

This is a Fall/Winter 2017 small collection which was inspired by a video called Make Your Maker by Lucy McRae. It's a 10 piece collection made of leather with a watercolor painted effect. They bags are all created structurally but with the use of foam to give it a softness and lightness. I really wanted to create a collection based in my contemporary field and I feel I have achieved this. I used neutral colors with a pop of teal and silver hardware for the 20s-30s age range market. 

If you would like to see the full collection please click here.

Classic Redesign -- Accessories Edition

A couple weeks ago I let you guys in on the inspiration for my accessory design collection. The assignment was to take a classic accessory company and redesign it in your vision. For my project I picked the classic company Louis Vuitton with the inspiration of Snakes and Structure, here's a sneak peak into my completed collection. To view the full collection please go to the home page and visit the design section!

Spring Accessory Favorites

Today my focus is going to be on accessories. Accessories that I'd be likely to sport out and about for various occasions and ones that can translate well from day to night depending on your requirements. A small collection I've compiled thats very versatile and feature items I create.

         \\FRENDS:LaylaRoseGoldHeadphones//JUICYCOUTURE:Wristlet;PaveEarrings;KnotNecklace//

                    \\MICHEALKORS:OversizedGoldWatch//FOREVER21:Gold&MintLayerNecklace//

               \\LITTERSF:GoldEarCuff//JESSICAMICHELLE:SilverBellDropEarrings;DoubleChainRing//

\\JESSICAMICHELLE:TriangleChainBodyHarness;RectangleChestBodyHarness//

Classic Companies Project

So for this semester, as I've told all of you, I'm in the accessory design class and our first project is to design a collection for a classic company. Now there wasn't much detailing to the assignment so I'm not sure how many pieces we are to be designing but I have found this to be a struggle. I am not a 'classic' designer, its not the category I identify with and it has been forcing me to think inside the box, to create for the masses rather than a selective niche market. While this has been an interesting and frustrating step I'm hoping that my inspiration and my controlled demeanor on this project will help me look from a new perspective. So while I'm still trying to keep true to myself I am creating a collection for Louis Vuitton. My inspiration actually is snakes, all snakes, their shapes and their scaly detailing. 

Some things I'm not giving up with myself is using my type of color palette, I'm creating a Fall/Winter collection and feel that it will make it easier for the public to accept my muted color palette in this form. I'm leaning more toward LV's structured bags and the detailed designs rather than the simpler bags. I don't want to overload the LV customer base and the trick for any good designer is marrying the company they work for with their own aesthetic. 

Accessory design is no easy task, it encompasses many different items and all the pieces in the collection have to fit together in a way thats dissimilar than regular fashion design. For example if you add one element to a bag it has to be present on every other bag in your collection. While this seems easy it's actually a very difficult task, you have to encompass your inspiration with detailing that will fit well in every piece. I tip my hat to every accessory designer, your jobs are not an easy one, you have to think of every piece that a woman or man would want in each collection.

So here's the start of my accessory adventure, with Louis Vuitton and Snakes, a weird combination I know but if I can pull it off I think it can be truly amazing.

New Beginnings

Six years ago, I was fresh out of High School, unable to decide what career path I ultimately wanted to end up in. I remember it being a weird time in my life - moving from adolescence  into the real world, trying to decide what path to take. I was sitting in my dorm one day ready to dive into a course load of work for psychology, when I realized my heart just wasn't fully in it anymore. From that tiny little dorm I made one of the biggest, hardest, and craziest changes I've ever made. Finally, after a few tear filled phone calls with my family, some very lonely nights and a lot of hard decisions I was able to change my entire life.

Although, now, sometimes I go a little crazy, want to rip my hair out, and question what I got myself into, I set myself on what has been a very long, demanding, extremely difficult, but incredibly rewarding road which has lead to me finishing my Senior year as a Fashion Design major at an art school in San Francisco. 

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I have immersed myself in a completely different lifestyle. I traded in typing papers and studying the human mind for sewing garments, accessorizing and styling my own photo shoots. I began to experience a certain sort of euphoria when I looked from concept, to sketch, to final project, and felt proud to say "I made that!" From that point on, I started to realize that a chubby girl like me, can find success in a size 2 world. 

So after running out of excuses as to why I SHOULDN'T write this blog, and talking to a dear friend named Victoria (my sarcastic genius bff), I decided that its now or never. I want to completely submerse myself into every aspect of this fashion world, and find my voice beyond designing and the craziness of design projects, coupled with sleep deprivation. 

This blog is my outlet, to share my ideas and thought processes, while keeping my sanity in check over the fast paced world I'm entering into. So as I enter my Senior year and begin to experience the real world, I decided it would be fun to start "the chic life", my personal blog about being stylish, finding inspiration, and living your life for your passion. Here we go.