Running around with my head chop off since last night. No matter how many times you travel, there’s still so much to prepare.
And how come packing seems to get harder every time? I’ve made a list, checked it twice, thrice… put stuff in, pulled stuff out, debated on questionable items, posed what ifs…I need this?, if I bring more, I spend less, but I’m travelling so why am I trying to stay so frugal… ahhhh!
The pre-travelling jitters begins.
Time seems to be ticking faster lately. All these
lineup of events are just being crossed off one by one.
What happened to my slow and steady semi retirement life?!
I still have so much to do before I go!
Interviewed for NBC’s Rock Center, photographer Rick Guidotti said:
Its artists like this who invest their talent in others and non-mainstream ways that inspire me.
I feel like I’ve been keeping this on the down low for a while now. One reason being, I wasn’t sure about it from the start, another reason being, things came up and I actually thought I would have to give it up and reroute plans, and excuses became reasons, and now there is no reason not to go.
It seems like every time I felt like I took a step back, God seemed to show His providence and would send me two-three steps forward. So what’s the secret you may ask?
In a month’s time, I will be in the heart of NYC as a production intern for Yoana Baraschi in Manhattan. Its quite unexpected how all this turned out since first applying back in November, as a part of me didn’t actually think this would happen. There are a still concerns I have, and even some areas where I feel I am lacking in, but I anticipate all there is for me to grow and learn as a professional in one of the fashion hubs of the world during the six weeks I will be interning as a production intern.
Downside is, I won’t be getting paid, but with most opportunities in the fashion world, you can’t equate a wage to experience. So here’s to another memorable summer ahead!
After what seemed like a never ending shift these past two days, I’ve reorganized, cleaned, and revamped my closet! What I realize is how much clothes, bags, and accessories I’ve rediscovered that it makes me guilty for going on shopping trips lately. It doesn’t mean I’ve been purchasing plentiful, but it really makes me rethink what, how, and why I purchase.
I’ve also come to acknowledge how some clothing styles seem outdated to me because I’ve outgrown them. As much as I feel like I’ve wasted money on particular items, I ended up having a garbage bag full of items to donate. Evaluating what I’m donating, it seems that most items are impulse buys (some from Asia land), a few gifted that I never really liked, a handful that don’t fit well anymore, but I chose to keep from my last closet clean up due to “sentimental value” (good grief I’m done with that now justification now) and a couple that would be simpler to donate than to remake into something new.
It’s unfortunate how I bought some items where the cost/wear was definitely lacking. It makes me think if my recent purchases will be off to to donation a a year to two down the road. I’m also aware that I’m transitioning from a young student to that of a growing professional, so hopefully the pieces I have, as well as newer additions to my wardrobe will stay classique!
On the upside, more clothing to recycle, refashion, and reuse for a fresh purpose! Just waiting for that creativity to kick in any time now.
I encourage you to shop your own closet, if not to clean or save some money, I guarantee you will be surprise at the items you find!
This is another piece of clothing from the land of Asia, this time, I don’t even recall purchasing it. Somehow, its just been collecting no purpose in my closet so I finally decided to transform it into something purposeful!
This skirt was pretty simple to make, I decided to go with an A-line silhouette as its original piece had seams down the front and back that would make it easier for me to use as guidelines. I decided to cut off the straps and make it into a drawstring waistband and it turned out pretty well if I do say so myself.
One thing I love about refashioning is how easy it can be. Depending on what you make, you can already use existing hems like I did for the bottom of this skirt-saves you time and trouble!
In less than 12 hours, you will be on your first flight heading to a place you know very little about for the very first time. At this moment, you are probably checking over your packing list, pondering over the itty bitty things, and nervous about what to expect, and asking yourself “is this is really happening?”.
Remember that He is with you at all times, calming your heart, guiding your path, and showering His blessings on you every step of the way. You are in good hands and I know you will be challenged, stretched, molded, transformed, and possibly tanned by this mission trip.
I thought I be cheesy and send with you a message each day you are gone-until the day of your return. You can only read one a day, so these letters will serve as a calendar as well as a reminder of your support back home.
Before you know it, you will be back!
P.S. Don’t cheat and read ahead!
Dress to Skirt to Shirt
I got this dress on impulse when shopping the streets of Taiwan almost three summers ago (the unique print attracted me). As with some impulse purchases from Asia, I never wear it other than trying it on for fun in the privacy of my room because,
1. it doesn’t fit right
2. it doesn’t ook good on me
3. it was cheap so I could justify it being hidden in my closet
However, I’ve always wanted to do something with this piece, but was lacking the ideas to make it into something wearable or style able, well, until recently.
When I was researching DIY ideas for Eco Style, I stumbled upon this blog and her brilliant DIY talent. I didn’t get to play with her skirt to dress idea then, but rather than just cutting off from the empire waistline and having this piece just be a skirt (I was also considering making a scallop hem, but that was too difficult), I turned it into a top since the length was too short to refashion it into a dress again.
I had to tweak her instructions here and there since it was for a top, but I also added my own flair to it with extra lace fabric I had. If you haven’t noticed, I think I’m developing a knack for collars.
I’m enjoying this premature retirement phase!
Following my last post about my abundance of time, I’ve been trying to not only use my time effectively, but also creatively as well. Here’s a project I’ve been wanting to do for a while now.
Materials you will need:
-1 piece of construction paper
-1 piece of felt
-pack of beads/pearls/sequins (enough to cover your collar)
-small paint brush
-tacky glue (I used the brand Aleene’s from Michaels)
Time taken: 2 hours give or take
(most of the time was touching up the beads that were loose since I initially sprinkled them on)