July 27, 2020

Sunny Gingham Dress // What I Wore



Since the start of summer, I have mostly been wearing tank tops, shorts, and dresses. I’m not gonna lie, the shorts and tanks I wear around the house are not cute. Evidence of this can be seen in my latest YouTube video. Most of the time, I don’t care how I look because no one has to see me. However, when I am wanting to look cute, I usually opt for a dress (or a nicer tank and shorts). Dresses are super easy to wear, and look more polished, without having to put the effort in.


This gingham print dress brings me right back to Cape Cod, where I first wore it last summer. As much as I have been missing those seaside towns, my experience with wearing this dress has been so much better than last year. Not only did I somehow manage to stain the back of the dress the first time I wore it, but I remember it being pretty uncomfortable, and struggling with the straps. I've been enjoying it more this season, but it's not without flaws.


Despite how it looks, this dress is THICK. It consists of a woven rayon shell and a knit polyester lining. Neither are particularly heavy, but together it is too much. To be honest, this dress doesn’t need the lining. The gingham fabric is barely see-through, and the lining just adds bulk to the dress.

The shirred bodice is also really dense, but I don't mind that. It stays snug to the body without completely flattening my chest. Because of this, the tie straps are unnecessary, as the bodice does the job of keeping the dress up. The straps are a bit of a hassle to tie correctly, but they do add a cute look to the dress. They’re definitely worth having, even if only for aesthetic reasons.


Overall, this dress is super cute for summer, but it does have some issues. I probably wouldn't buy it again, as I have been trying not to buy anymore fast fashion. But I do love the gingham print and the shirred bodice. It's very "my vibe".



All together, this outfit is simple, yet chic. The high ponytail, tied up with a handmade denim scrunchie, really polishes the look off. With some coordinating hair clips, I pinned back my bangs. It's unfortunate that these photos were taken after a long, hot day because sweating made my hair separate a bit. The heat was what also kept me from adding any jewelry. I honestly put these star and moon earrings on just before these photos were taken. Finally, I opted for my go-to platform sandals.  They're super easy to walk in, and give me a bit of height, which is always appreciated.

Aside from the problems I had with the dress, I loved this look. A delicate gold necklace would look nice when I wear it again. Hopefully next time, it will be in Cape Cod.


July 4, 2020

Garden Glam- A Mini Collection

Although school has been over for almost two months now, I want to share with you my final collection. Because of corona, it ended up being different from what I had originally planned. However, I am quite proud of it, as I stuck with the same theme and worked with what I had at home. I also think it is a good segue into what I'm doing at the moment- starting up an Etsy shop where I'm going to sell handmade accessories and upcycled apparel.

For this collection, I used almost exclusively secondhand and vintage materials. In fact, most of the supplies came from a local used fabric sale that I went to at the beginning of the year. Everything else I had in my stash.










My first look was completely handmade. Using patterns I had made throughout the years, I adjusted them to fit me, and created this skirt and top. The detachable collar was made out of muslin and hand embroidered with my original design.








The second look was created using an upcycled denim dress. I transformed it from long and shapeless to short and cute. I put vintage lace around the edges, and added a bit of embroidery and beading. With this look, I also made a little crochet bag and did some surface design work on a pair of Build-a-Bear overalls.





Without this blog, I don't know if I ever would have even enrolled in college. I created this blog as a way to get myself to learn more about fashion. Reading tons of other blogs, scrolling through Vogue Runway, and learning all that I could about fashion is what prompted me to take the leap into college. Previously, I had tons of passions but no direction. Now I know that fashion is what I want to do. It is one of the greatest modes of self-expression, and it combines so much of what I love. Going forward, I'm excited to continue creating and learning. Just knowing how far I've come, I know I will succeed, as long as I push myself and remember what is important to me.


June 26, 2020

Life Update & BLM Resources


I have been struggling to get another post up on here since I posted my last one. I had all the intentions to do so, but writing has been difficult lately, so I've pretty much avoided doing it altogether.  It's been over two months since my last post, and I'm finally ready to get over the unnecessary fear of sounding stupid or saying the wrong thing. Even though right now only, like, 10 people read my blog, I do hope to one day be successful with it.



Life feels different, because it is. Living through a pandemic (which is not over, despite what the cheeto in the white house says), is a shared traumatic event. You would think because we're all going through it together, it would be easier to deal with. However, everyone is different, which means everyone is experiencing it differently. Personally, it's fucked with my mental health quite a bit. Even on my best days, my depression and anxiety are always there in the background, trying to dictate my every move. Even while writing this, every time I get stuck on a sentence my brain is trying to convince me to just lie down for a bit, come back to it later. While I have gotten a lot stronger and better at fighting it, I know it's also important to let myself take breaks. Keeping the balance is tricky, but I'm managing. And I hope you are, too.



I also want to briefly talk about the police brutality and social injustices against black people. Although media coverage of protests is dying down and people's social medias are going back to "normal", the fight against racism, on all levels, is NOT over.  Racism runs deep in this country, meaning that it's going to take a lot to undo hundreds of years of oppression. And it's going to take all of us.

As a white person, I recognize my privilege and vow to stand up against any racism I see, in my society, my peers, my family, and myself. I have been working on educating myself, signing loads of petitions, and doing what I can to help.

Resources

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There are tons of other resources, so don't stop here! I just wanted to have something on my blog that can lead people in the right direction. I may add to this list as I find new resources, or feel free to leave any in the comments.



So that's where I'm at. Fashion, art, and lifestyle posts will be coming soon. I really wanted to address the state of the country/world first, before hopping back into posting. I hope you are staying safe, healthy, and sane.

Take care of yourself,
Emerson

ps: Happy Pride month, my fellow queers! 🌈

April 16, 2020

The Start of Something New

Life has changed a lot, for everyone, since the start of the year. With COVID-19 threatening our health, we've been required to stay inside and away from people. High school me would have thrived in this. Now, however, I'm in my 4th semester of the fashion design program at my community college. I have a group of incredible friends, and I had just started a new job. I was looking forward to, although stressed from, our fashion exhibition at the end of the semester. Unfortunately, things have changed and we've all been forced to adapt to this new, strange way of life. However, as artists and fashion designers, it's important that we continue creating and sharing. 


Recently, I've been working on several projects, for school and just for fun. I'm the master at starting a million projects before I finish any of them. Drawing has always been my go-to. I try to draw/sketch/paint at least once a day. Sewing and embroidering take more time and cause more frustration, so I usually tend to do them in small increments. I'm currently almost finished with my skirt, which is part of my final collection for class. I've also taken crocheting back up. I'm working on a granny square bag to go with my final collection, as well. I even made a little weaving loom out of a picture frame and nails. The weaving shown in the photo is now finished, I just have to decide what I'm going to do with it.


As I work on these various projects, I'll be updating my progress on here. There will be a lot more art and design, but fashion will always be interwoven into them. Feel free to stick around and follow my art/fashion journey through this bizarre time that we're living in. 

August 6, 2018

The Two Fanny Packs Everyone Should Own



Personally, I’ve always been a big fan of fanny packs, despite their bad rep. Not only are they super convenient and handy, they are also a really fashionable trend this year. Fanny packs were all over the runway for spring, and I think they have a chance of sticking around. They are a practical bag that can be worn by anyone, and they are the ideal size for holding just the essentials. 

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I started a new job just over a month ago, which is why I haven’t been posting much on my blog. It’s a decent job and it makes me money, so that’s all that matters. Since I started work, I’ve been almost exclusively using my black fanny pack. It’s so easy to grab from my locker,  and sling over my shoulder, then proceed to get out of the building as fast as possible. It also adds a bit of classic style to my look.




Because of its practical, neutral look, my thrifted black East Sport fanny pack can go with just about anything. However, I decided to style it by wearing my favorite colors (green and pink), and adding accents of black from the fanny pack and shoes. For a dollar investment, this fanny pack has been more than a great addition to my wardrobe.



I then paired the outfit with my one other fanny pack, a patterned L.L. Bean bag that my mom picked up for me at a thrift store as well. It goes so nicely with my favorite green shirt, and even has a bit of black to go with the shoes. Both bags are the perfect match for this outfit, and most of my outfits, since I generally go for green, pink and black clothing.



Fanny packs are such a sensible bag, but they can also be a fun accessory and statement piece. In the junior’s section of the store I work there are small iridescent fanny packs with cat faces and ears on them. Pre-teen me definitely would have bought one. However, I am very happy with the two fanny packs that I currently own. I highly recommend that everyone own two good fanny packs- one neutral bag, and one statement bag.