“Playing dress-up begins at 5 and never truly ends.”

My love for fashion began at the ripe age of 5. My mom worked for a magazine merchandising company and was able to bring home old magazines that didn’t sell. She would always grab me any fashion related magazine because she knew how much I loved them. I would cut them up and make “paper dolls” or restyle the outfits with pieces I found in other magazines. I always understood fashion more than anything else.

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At about 12 I started to sketch outfits I would dream up. I loved the amount of creative therapy it was for me. When I was stressed, heartbroken, happy, mad I would sketch. My family would often find me on my bed, or in front of the television sketching away.

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As I moved into high school my focus shifted to dance. I thought for the longest time dance would be my story. Dance would be my life, but for some reason, dance was never an opportunity I had. I injured myself, or a dance teacher made it a point to shut those dreams down. Which in turn set me on my path to fashion.

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After ending my dance journey I fell back into fashion. My school offered fashion merchandising classes and fashion design, classes. My merchandising teacher was amazing and really took me in at a rough time and really lit the fire I had for fashion. He would often find me sketching when I should have been listening to his lectures, but instead of punishing me he encouraged me to continue sketching.

Plaid Top & Delicate Skirt

My fashion design class inspired me to do more than just¬†sketch, it inspired me to style, to learn terms and to get my portfolio going. Assignments would consist of time period inspirations or movie costume ideas. I would often go above and beyond my assignments and sketch more. One assignment was to pick an era and sketch an outfit from that period. I went through and designed outfits from 1900-2000. Choosing era’s like the 1920’s, 1950’s, of course, I had to do the 60’s-70’s my favorite period of fashion. I just loved every assignment and I lived it. My teacher asked to keep my portfolio and I told her I would love to have it back, so she asked to photocopy it for material for her future classes. I remember passing by my senior year seeing my sketches up on her front chalkboard being used as inspiration for her assignments.

Plaid Top & Delicate Skirt

That is where my love for fashion came from. A little girl cutting up fashion magazines to stepping in front of the camera and showing off my style. I couldn’t have asked for a better hobby/talent.

Plaid Top & Delicate Skirt

Plaid Top & Delicate Skirt

Outfit Details

Top: Forever 21 (similar) | Skirt: Artichoke Crate c/o (similar)| Shoes: Charlotte Russe (similar)

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