I have had a flirtatious relationship with blogging since around 2010. I've had everything from Blogspot, Tumblr, Pinterest, to Youtube. I started to get a lot of traction on my first Tumblr account, but then ironically got a little weirded out by having committed followers which led me to delete my page. I regret it now because I can only imagine how many more followers I would have if I was "Tumblr famous" first. When Instgram came around I created a separate account solely for fashion styling, but wasn't able to fully commit due to time and resource restraints.
I have always used my artistic side as an outlet. I was an only child for ten years and spent a lot of time alone drawing and singing. I would play with my hair and practice my makeup while my mom was at work. My favorite thing to do once I was satisfied with a look was to fill disposable cameras with selfies. I was in choir all throughout high school and dabbled in acrylic painting in recent years. I have always been passionate about taking photos, making collages, and being an overall girly-girl.
In January 2015 I left my full time job to pursue my education. I had been working on my g.e. for seven years and wanted to fully emerge myself into school. Aside from balancing work and school I had a rough few years in my personal life. Because of all the pressures I felt as a young adult, I was dealing with severe anxiety and depression. I would constantly break out in hives from stress and was suffering from night sweats regularly. I was prescribed anti-depressants, but decided to not take them and to find the balance I yearned for instead. I began working part-time for the first time in four years. With the new found time I had on my hands I was soon inspired to throw myself into a new hobby.
I styled a bunch of looks from my existing closet and had various friends help me take photos on my iPhone 5s. At first I was too shy and embarrassed to add friends to my account, but since I finally had consistent content I decided it was time. Soon enough I went from having a handful of followers to a couple hundred. After a short time a boutique reached out interested in a collaboration. I was surprised how fast this happened because I didn't have a lot of followers or professional photos, but something made them believe in me and I was excited!
Since May of 2015 I have worked with more than a dozen clothing companies and photographers combined. With all of my new content I was inspired to try out for a modeling agency for the third time. I tried to get into the industry when I was younger, but I didn't have any photos which worked against me. To my surprise, several agencies liked my portfolio. I was in disbelief they wanted to meet with me and in even more shock when they asked to sign me.
There are so many reasons I love blogging. When I first started I was truly amazed at how fulfilling something so seemingly simple as taking photos could be. Once I got more into it I soon learned it is not simple or easy. It takes an incredible amount of commitment and persistence. Blogging has been an incredible outlet for me. Reflecting makes me love it even more because all my work has come from within. It has truly brought passion into my life and shown me my strength and determination.
On August 6th I finally hit 1k on Instagram, which I consider one of my biggest successes. It is a huge milestone for me because I started from scratch. I am very introverted and can be self conscious of my work so the fact that I was able to gain that many interested followers amazes me. I was convinced that the numbers would teeter back and forth for a while, but instead they have continued to grow.
Recently, several real life and social media friends have come to me inquiring about blogging and modeling. I find this very flattering considering I am still learning the ropes myself. I even inspired my best friend and boyfriend to start blogs which shows me that other people truly believe in what I do. This hobby has not only gotten me out of a depression, but has also helped me get passed some of my social anxiety. Having to meet and interact with strangers online and in person can be nerve wracking, but I quickly learned that networking is key in this industry. Instead of being stingy with advice, I decide to give my friends tips on what I've learned over the last year on how to grow. People often seem surprised that I am willing to give this kind of support, but I believe that what goes around comes around. I also encourage others because I know how much happiness and fulfillment it has brought me. I would also hope that other people in the same industry would reciprocate the same kind of support to me. Some people don't believe in giving advice because it makes the "competition" tighter by advising others on how to become successful, but instead I believe that I am making my own support group even stronger.
#1. Plaid Button Down
Plaid symbolizes Fall more than any other print, which makes it the first must have on my list. This style traditionally comes in red and black, but in recent years clothing lines have extensively expanded their flannel collections outside of the color box. If red doesn't go well with your coloring or you simply want more than one option, there are many choices for you. I easily own five different plaid tops in various combinations.
This button down is my newest and most favorite flannel yet. I have an older style bySanctuary Clothing, that is more fitted in red and navy. This year, the company created a "Boyfriend" cut and I felt the difference in shape and color were enough justification to purchase a second red plaid shirt.
#2. Fashion Forward Backpack
For many people Fall symbolizes a new school year. What better way to ring in the Academic Calendar than with a brand new backpack?
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#3. Peelable Layers
As San Francisco transitions into Fall we often experience heat waves. The weather is unpredictable day to day, hour by hour, and fluctuates by neighborhood. It is important to wear several layers that are equally cute and comfortable in case you need to peel a layer off at any given moment.
#4. Open Sweater Vest
Sweater vests are perfect for the Fall transition because they provide breathable layers. Open sweater vests go well with any sleeve length and are versatile with a large range of bottoms. Maintain cuteness and comfort throughout the day with a knit like this. As the weather continues to cool throughout the coming months you can easily layer this style under a long coat.
#5. Long Sleeve Dress
Long sleeve dresses keep your arms warm while allowing your legs to breathe. They are easy to layer with a variation of sweaters or cropped jackets. When it becomes cooler you can rock this style by adding tights or leggings.
This flirty pocket dress is by an Eco Friendly brand, Mittoshop, and is made out of a rare Bamboo Fiber! The premium fabric is soft and breathable. This dress is machine washable, which is almost a luxury, given most companies provide synthetic fabrics that are "hand wash" or "dry clean only".
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Booties are small, but mighty. Their versatility can complete a large range of styles depending on the context. They are perfect during these seasonal transitions because they will be cohesive with the various layers that are required for the unpredictable weather.
#7. Over the Knee Boots
Over the knee boots are perfect at this time of the year because they can be worn with shorts, a skirt, or a dress. These boots create a layer of coverage while your upper half is in Summer Mode. Once the Fall season has fully settled in, thigh high boots will transition nicely with leggings and denim for cozier looks.
#8. Cream Pull Over Sweater
Cream sweaters scream Fall, yet this light shade will match with many of your Summer pieces. I love that pullovers are not super bulky in case they need to be tucked away for warmer moments. These sweaters are easy to layer over thin tops now and can be layered under jackets later in the season.
I worked all of Labor Day Weekend and was excited I was able to spend Monday with Mario. On our way downtown we decided to stop for lunch in Noe Valley. We had accidental wine tasting at NoVY because I couldn't decide on a glass of wine and the server was kind enough to let me try a few before committing. I ended up choosing the Pinot Noir and it was delicious!
For lunch I layered my white bamboo dress from Classic Dailies which I featured the beginning of summer, and my new sweater dress by Lumiere Fashion. I topped off my all black look with a simple faux leather jacket by BB Dakota and my most worn Urban Expressions purse.
After Lunch we headed downtown on Muni. Neither one of us have a car at the moment and we mostly take Muni everywhere, aside from occasionally resorting to a ride share app.
We finally made it downtown and I changed into my new Very J dress. We decided to take photos at the Four Seasons balcony and I loved the serenity and view. It can be distracting to take photos with a lot of people around and especially hard to get a clear shot so I appreciated the privacy.
I kept the look very simple because I wanted to highlight the details of the dress without distraction. I absolutely love the deep-v neckline, velvet fabric, and bell skirt. The upper half of the dress is fitted and has an empire waist, while the bottom is a discreet high-low skirt that translates into a bell shape (which is all the rage right now). The velvet is very comfortable and the empire waist is flattering. You can eat all you want in this piece or wear it when you're feeling a little bloated and still feel sexy because nobody will notice your belly (most of the attention will be on your chest anyway). This dress is perfect for cocktail attire, a fancy date night, or a night out with the girls.