Today’s shirt probably has more of a spring vibe to it than anything else. But in these dark, winter days, there is nothing I need more than a sense of pastel light. I found this shirt with the goal of gifting it to my brother, because he normally likes preppy, colorful shirts like this. However, I may have to look for something else for him because I am too much about this watercolor wash look. It is just subtle enough to not be annoying. And again, I need this mood with the days getting so dark, so fast.
I am so tired of being cold already and we have barely gotten into the thick of winter. In fact, we are technically still in fall. But my lizard self needs the warmth that justifies tee-shirts again. I used to be the type of person who, while preparing my winter wardrobe and boxing up all of my summer clothes for storage, would think, “I cannot put away this tee; just throw a jacket over that and it is still a winter look!” But lately, I cannot even bring myself to peel away my jacket because that one layer is the difference between bearably warm and comfortably warm. And boy do I want comfort now more than ever. I cannot recall a period in my life where I have sacrificed fashion for comfort so often as I do now.
But that is why this tee-shirt is so important to me right now. It’s colors are dreamy and ethereal reminding me of the heaven that was warmer times. I see myself wearing this shirt in my dreams and being so warm at the same time. That is true bliss. For now, I must not expose my bare arms to the cold. And so long sleeved shirts and sweaters are my home now. But this tee-shirt is where I would rather be!
I needed an opportunity to post photos with all of the fall vibes of a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Thank goodness that Halloween has passed, and so the pumpkin craze has gone the way of actual pumpkins rotting on November 1st doorsteps.
I thrifted this sweater a week ago and I am simply in love with it. It is a men’s sweater so it is oversized on me. And to be honest, I think I need oversized everything this winter because I cannot seem to produce my own body heat. With so much extra fabric overflowing from my closet this winter, it will be hard to pack up in a suitcase when I bring it home for the summer or travel anywhere this coming winter. But I honestly feel that I need so much extra fabric. I want so much fabric in my clothes, that I want to be able to wrap it around my body at least five times! Just layers on top of layers so that I can pretend that I am still in my warm bed.
My issues with winter aside, my friend, Bailey and I, went to Cold Harbor Battlefield in Mechanicsville, Virginia. The leaves were so pretty on our hike through the fields. And the trenches were so deep that you can almost imagine the soldiers huddled under them for weeks.
Great day of adventure getting away from Richmond for at least a few hours.
Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond has many ties to several places around the world. But perhaps the biggest connection that VCU has in the world is their school in Doha Qatar. The school in Qatar is especially known for their arts school just as VCU’s School of the Arts.
So November 1st was apparently Qatar Day. Students from the various schools in Qatar came to Richmond to show off their work and talk about their home for students looking to study abroad there. My part in all of this was that my teacher roped me into walking in the fashion show because I am somewhat tall? I am of average height but at least I could fit the clothing nicely. So here are some pictures of my short self in some beautiful clothes!
I am so deep into the semester that I am growing so lazy of leisure. The things that need to get done get priority and then everything else gets chipped away at slowly. But so is the life of a fashion design student. I know that I have already shared this top that I altered from my father’s shirt, but I still really wanted to show it off!
This time however, I wanted to take my top to it’s masculine roots and give it a preppy edge. The theme of this look was French private school boy from the 30s. Then again, the top still features plenty of fraying along the raw edges so an element of grunge sneaks it’s way in. I paired my top with my mid-thigh wool shorts which definitely bring in that 30s schoolboy look. It is hard to wear these shorts however as they can so easily make me feel too masculine if I do not wear them with some type of heeled shoe. So I wore my pleather black heeled booties that elevate pretty much every outfit. And the finishing touch was using a black ribbon as my tie. I actually really love the concept of tying ribbons as ties. But I need to actually learn how to tie them and not ask my father every time. It resembled the skinny tie made famous by the Beatles. All I need to do is pull my hair back into a slick ponytail to complete the whole vision.
Unfortunately, the exhibit closed September 4 so I am sharing old photos. However, the exhibit was so beautiful that I have to document it.
All summer, I was waiting to see the Rei Kawakubo, Art of the In-Between exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of art in New York City. Finally, my family was able to indulge me with a long awaited weekend trip to the city. When you are a fashion major, exhibits like this are worth an entire mini-vacation. And boy, was it worth it!
Rei Kawakubo is first and foremost, my all-time favorite designer. She is the founder of the design house, Comme des Garçons, which means “like the boys” in French. I consider her work to be some of the most complex, meaningful, impactful, and visually stunning that I have ever come across. I believe her to be a feminist in the design world and if nothing else, a true artist. Something I hope to emulate in my designs as well as she does is her eye for detail and her storytelling. I could go on for hours about her and her legacy but I would recommend researching her further because there is so much to learn about her designs.
I decided to wear a new top that I had just altered that was my father’s work short and then I added some ruffles to it. i am quite pleased with how it turned out. I wanted to wear something with a lot of drama to attempt to match the type of drama seen in Kawakubo’s designs. I strongly emphasize the word “attempt” however, because I honestly do not know how to match the drama and boldness that is Comme des Garçons. But I was dressed slightly more eccentric than your average museum visitor, so that was nice:)
Sherwood Gardens, you will not look the same when I return home again. Taking winter’s lead, you will slowly desaturate yourself until you fade completely to greyscale.
As sound as it sounds right now, Sherwood Gardens, I think you will be right on trend.
Personally, I am already seeing my wardrobe shedding colors since this moment of peak bright colors. I wore my teal tee-shirt once again and already it seemed too bright for this moment in late summer/fall. Hopefully when I do return home again, I will come back to Sherwood Gardens and take many more pictures. The gardens and I will still be matching in our desaturated winter looks:)
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!