Can I be Titania, the fairy queen, so that I can return to midsummer? I do not want this summer to end, nor do I want to say goodbye to my amazing friends. But I suppose I must go back to school to see all of my other friends.

I received an old white lacy gown(see pictured below) from my friend, Kara. Since I cannot easily pull off a white gown in my everyday wardrobe, so I deconstructed it to fashion a new off the shoulder white lace crop top. I used the original bodice, but the skirt of the dress was turned into bell sleeves. I had a chance to use elastic effectively for the first time. I love that I can wear something completely unique that happens to be trendy as well. I have seen so many girls walking around in an array of off the shoulder crop tops. I love looking at them as they really flatter the neck, shoulders and collarbones. there is something very romantic about bare shoulders. After a while though, all of the tops that other girls wear start to blend together and become repetitive. Most of the blouses I see also share the same problem of falling or slipping up or down the shoulders and not staying in place. There is restricted mobility in the arms as well. But with designing my own off the shoulder blouse and controlling the elastic sizing. I love how it turned out! It is the perfect summer crop top!

So to encapsulate this bohemian perfection, Kara, Nick and I went out into a horse field in Catonsville, MD to photograph on these rolling fields. Aside from the dead deer on the edge of the field, the light was so perfect and there were too many beautiful shots to single out the images we ended up using. Please enjoy our summer moments!



Nick had a problem staying grounded during this shoot!
With the help of friends, you can really soar!!!


Long shot of our field of dreams
This is the dress I started with!
That’s a wrap on this post, now I walk into the sunset!


Today’s top is so in stijl! I will always love the works of┬áPiet Mondrian. Not to sound shallow about some of the greatest masterpieces, but I always thought that if a piece could look amazing on a tee-shirt of bedroom poster, that just makes the artwork even more compelling and dynamic. As far as colors go, you have to go back to your primary roots every now and then.





I am home from Canada now but I still would like to share my trip. School will be starting up again quite soon and so I must mentally prepare for the next four months. Honestly, I would not mind going back to Toronto. I am still not in a school mindset yet; I simply do not miss Richmond or fashion school. It has been nice doing my own thing! But alas, I will be packing once again soon. In the meantime, here is the rest of my time in Canada.

I wanted to start off with my hotel because it was lovely, first of all, also, the hallways gave me so much inspiration for photoshoots! We stayed at the Grand Hotel. I highly recommend if you are visiting Toronto; my family and I had a wonderful experience from the beautiful, outdoor breakfast area to the rooftop hot tubs. Oh, and did I mention the hallways?


Next, because of course I have to go to at least one museum, is the AGO(Art Gallery of Ontario). This museum was unique in it’s architecture as it had an entire wing devoted to resembling a viking boat!



I did not get too many pictures, but we visited Casa Loma. Casa Loma, above all else, had the most beautiful interior decor. It must be that wealthy flair I suppose!


My family and I went to the Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto simply because we has city passes that included them. As tourists from Baltimore, home of the exceptionally overpriced National Aquarium, we decided to take advantage of this deal. It was actually so fun because there was this one petting station where you put your hand into the tank and little shrimp come up to your hand and clean it. They were the same kind of shrimp as Jacques from Finding Nemo. I guess the storytellers at disney did their research because those shrimp really do have that same need to clean. So they were just tickling our hands trying to get all of the dirt out from under our fingernails!


We were on the hunt to find Kensington Market. It is everything one could ever hope for in a bohemian wonderland! And then, it is right next to Chinatown, where we got some amazing dumplings for dinner.




I thought I would also include some pics of the food we enjoyed. I was determined to find Uncle Tetsu’s shop that serves the most amazing Japanese cheesecake. It was so light and fluffy and how cheesecake should always be. Honestly now cheesecake is ruined for me because I reached the pinnacle of cheesecake and I can never go back!




To continue showing off my trip to Canada, we finally made it to Toronto! Being the ultra tourists we are, we had to do everything that Toronto could offer. This includes, Casa Loma, Kensington Market, St. Lawrence Market, Eaton Center, the Toronto islands, the AGO, the ROM, and of course, the Canadian National(CN) Tower! We did a lot while in Toronto, and I have too many pictures for one post! So here is something for you to be CN now!DSC_0010IMG_7616

When Cal looks so dramatic!


They had these cute designs on the floor in the lobby, thought I would share:)


Toronto is about two hours away from Niagara which was convenient because we were able to stop by Niagara on the lake on the way there.

I loved the look of the water, it was so blue and the sky was so clear! The indigo in my denim culottes also looked great against the blue of the water. It had such a vintage summer vibe to me.IMG_7628DSC_0260


Well I suppose by now I may have outgrown my tees, that is to say that I am a lazy slob in the summer. It is like my work ethic hibernates for the…summer. But do not fear, for my shirt feels your pain. Therefore it delivers the appropriate message, “Pass the tissues, we all got issues” written in dainty embroidered cursive and surrounded by fluffy, pink velveteen.

Can anyone tell me why velvet is back and also, will it stay? I want so much to get into this trend but I just do not trust it! I bought this tee but I was so close to buying a giant, oversized, pink, velveteen hoodie just for the statement and novelty. I thought a tee was a little easier to style that a giant hoodie so I did not go for it. But it is weird to me that summer is upon us and yet, velvet has not left the fashion scene.



I have often made fun of myself and been made fun of for my mild narcissism. I blame it on many things. I think it is hard to not become narcissistic when you are a portrait artist. I have to know every detail of a person’s face when I draw them. And when there is no one to draw, the only available model is myself. I am convinced that I am the only person able to draw myself. I have had everything from carnival portraits to fellow artist classmates sketchbook entries drawn of my face, and maybe I am slightly biased, but no one has truly captured my elusive essence. And if that is not one of the most narcissistic phrases, I do not know what is. But really, only I know my face from every bone in my skull, to every crevice in my skin to every hair on my head.

It does not matter if no one knows how to draw me; what is important is that they never forget this face. And now, this is exactly what will happen. The compulsive narcissist in me is beaming from ear to ear with pride and joy to know that my face is now forever stained on the city of Richmond. I am the best stain! I got the opportunity to recreate my selfie coroquis from my fall semester drawing final. I went back to Richmond for three days to paint this mural with two of my fellow fashion classmates. The purpose of the mural is to serve as an artistic view from the ICA museum that is coming to campus soon. This mural is right on campus, next to a residence hall for VCU, so hopefully all of my friends will get the chance to see it eventually.

My classmates and I knew we wanted to do a mural depicting three fashion figures. We decided on the theme of black, white, and denim. Richmond and VCU are quite obsessed with denim so we thought it was appropriate. I would like to clarify that I was, in fact, asked to use the drawing of myself. I would have been happy to create a new drawing, but the one of myself seemed to fit the best. Just so no one truly believes I am that obsessed with myself.

I think the mural turned out so well given that it was completed in such a short timespan. My friends and I are now among the ranks of the other talented muralists within Richmond. And I can confidently say that I never would have believed that learning how to operate a hydraulic lift would become a part of my fashion education!:P

Here is an article written about our experience on the mural, please enjoy:)