I Made This Summer Fashion

It’s the end of August and another school year has begun! Before I started my semester of Strategic Planning, Marketing, and Videography, I decided to take time in August to get some sewing projects done. My hard work has paid off, and now I have only two sewing projects to complete. I’m looking forward to finishing up my craft projects, but before that happens, I wanted to share some of my new fashion items to celebrate this month’s affirmations. I’m excited to include these pieces in my wardrobe and share them with my readers. It seems my favorite pair of sunglasses is missing (although I think they’re on my professor’s desk). For now, enjoy my red and white polka dot cat eye sunglasses that add some variety! Continue Reading ›

No Sew Accessories

Even though I’m encouraging everyone to learn how to sew during this month’s affirmation, I also understand that not everyone likes to sew or wants to sew. Not being able to sew doesn’t mean you can’t make your own accessories or take on projects from time to time. If you don’t sew, there are plenty of ways to make items for your wardrobe! As I found in my Pinterest searches for upcycling clothing, there are also many tutorials for how to make your own accessories without using a sewing needle. If you’re looking for a few ways to refresh your accessories, consider a few of my projects below. Continue Reading ›

Ideas to Upcycle Clothes

At the end of every semester, I take on one specific task: Go through my belongings and give away items I don’t use or wear anymore. Recently I had a few clothing items I knew I wouldn’t have the time to adjust or resize, so I decided it was time to give them away. After setting my affirmations for this month, however, I decided to pull out some items and see how I could repurpose them into something else. My Pinterest literally exploded as I searched for ways to upcycle my clothes! Here’s a short list of the projects I used to update and revitalize my wardrobe. Continue Reading ›

Luck on Chinese New Year

My grandmother is getting ready for Chinese New Year after a Denver Broncos Super Bowl victory, carefully placing red and gold envelopes on the dining room table covered with oranges, candies, Chinese sweets and a vase full of red roses. The red accoutrements adorning the table are all to bring good luck in the New Year, and I’m happy for any opportunity to rope in a little good fortune. Although I agree most people make their own luck through hard work and dedication, I decide to work on a Lucky Knot to make my own rabbit’s foot. My grandmother asks if the game is over, but for me it seems like it’s all just begun. With multiple applications for jobs and school in the balance and two possible places to land for a while, I wonder if not washing my hair and refraining from eating meat on Monday will give me a little bit of hope I’ve been looking for. Continue Reading ›

Mother Knows Best

Me and Mom (L)My mom is at it again. This time she has a set of hand tools and is ready to attack the footrest from my father’s study that’s laying upside-down. Before she gets started, she drapes a Los Angeles Dodger hoodie over the footrest and examines it. “Is it awkward to have this pocket across the top?” she asks, showing me the lower pouch pocket for someone to hold their hands in. I don’t think it’s necessary to worry about it, although sometimes I’m not sure why she asks me. It seems my mom knows a lot of things, not just about re-purposing a footrest with a Los Angeles Dodger hoodie. When it comes to just about anything I’ve done, whether it’s developing an interest in sustainable fashion or determining another travel destination or deciding on whether or not I should buy something for myself, she’s always had good ideas. Our relationship may have changed over the years, but she still remains someone I ask for advice or another opinion. Do I always take her advice? No, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t know a thing or two. In fact, here are a few wonderful things about my mom and how she’s influenced my life: Continue Reading ›