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Learning how to be unapologetic

As I mentioned in my last post, moving to a new city, especially one like NYC, has been pretty hard on me. But, it has also forced me to grow in ways I never could have imagined.

One of those areas of growth revolves around self love, and that includes self appreciation, self understanding, and self awareness..because to put it simply, I have been spending a lot of time by myself. And slowly but surely, I have begun to understand that there are certain things about me that are just part of my personality and they probably aren’t going to change….and I shouldn’t have to apologize for it.

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Sew What

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Learning how to sew has proven to be a long, grueling process for me, partly because I made the mistake of leaving my sewing machine in Cali upon moving to NY. Over winter break I tried my best to get some pieces done. I had all the ideas in my head, fabrics picked, designs sketched out and planned. But of course, the task proved harder than I thought. I had to re-do patterns, learn how to hem with the right stitching, and re-do my zippers a zillion times. Finally, I realized the best way to learn how to sew well is to practice practice practice. And the only way I could do that is if I stopped rushing and started planning realistically.  I decided to sacrifice some of the little space I have in my NY apartment to make room for my sewing machine. And I’m actually ecstatic about this decision.

Even though I’m way behind on my sewing goals, I’m not gonna let it get me down. Sew what if I haven’t been able to flawlessly make a structure, fashion forward dress by now! Everyone works at their own pace, and has their own journey and I’ve made peace with mine. I’m still hopeful and still optimistic. What you see before you are two works in progress. They are unfinished and may turn into completely different pieces than the ones you see before you but this is my unapologetic progress post. This is me. =] Read More

iPhone-ography Essentials

Being back in NY is great (despite the cold weather, although I am getting used to it!) But there’s just one problem. I still haven’t been able to find a steady photographer! I know there are plenty out there, so if you know one please, please holla at ya girl! =]

Now that I have gotten that outta the way… due to the unfortunate decrease in SLR photos lined up for my blog, my iPhone photography or “iPhoneography”  has gone way up (mirror selfies are reigning on my IG.) So, I thought it would be cool to share some of my fave photography apps that I use for photos posted to my Instagram page and for my own personal use.

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WCW: I go by Frankie

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Today’s WCW goes to Frankie of I Go By Frankie!

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Frankie is a Paris born, London based stylist at ASOS! She somehow always manages to perfectly juxtapose interesting, colorful, sporty, funky and vintage pieces together, creating a flawless unique look while still keeping it minimal. Her makeup is always on point and compliments whatever she is wearing. And of course, gotta love the fro.

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For more Frankie, check out her blog or her Instagram!

9 life lessons I’ve learned at 25

As I mentioned in the last post, I have learned many life lessons the past 25 years I’ve been on this earth. Some of them the easy way and a lot of em the hard way. I wanted to share some of ones I felt were most important and close to my heart.

1. Fall in love with yourself – this one is the most important and if you can’t do this, you cannot move forward in life, nor can you allow someone else to love you. Take pride in your uniqueness. Celebrate your nuances and quirky parts of yourself that make you you. I think it’s important to learn about yourself as individual rather than who you might be in a group of friends or in a relationship. Find out what hobbies you like to engage in when no one is around. Take yourself to the movies or to a happy hour. There is no one in this whole entire world who is exactly like you and if you can’t love yourself and be confident in yourself, you can’t and won’t expect others to either.
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