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Monday, January 16, 2012

My Love for All Things Aesthetic

I love fashion and beauty.  Sometimes I feel guilty about it because a preoccupation with the aesthetic can be perceived as shallow. I get it - there's definitely more to life than looking good, but at the end of the day people "buy with their eyes."  People tend to be drawn to things and people who are visually appealing - but don't get me wrong, I still feel there should be substance to back up the pretty packaging, but peoples' first impressions are often built on what they see.

As a little girl, I loved to play dress up.  I look back at pictures of me with my homemade dresses - belted towels wrapped around my body, or my preoccupation with shoes...I LOVED trying on my mother's high heels, or getting into my mother's or aunt's makeup - I was a fashionista in training.  Having a mother who loved clothes and jewelry helped to feed my interest.  I used to sneak into her closet and wear her blouses. And there were many times where my mother would allow me to wear her dresses and jumpsuits so it's no surprise that I'm still enamored by all things fashion-related.

I used to think I wanted to become a model, but I never really pursued it.  At that time I thought that either being a model or fashion designer were really the only careers in fashion so I took a "more traditional" career path.  I got a job working in an office and my journey into Corporate America began.  

My style and tastes have definitely changed throughout the years, but my love of fashion has not wavered.  As soon as I get invited to an event I immediately start thinking about what I can wear.  What do I want to look like?  What emotions do I want to evoke? What style statement am I going to make?  I may not even care so much about the event itself, as long as I get an opportunity to dress up and look good. I need to start filling my social calendar so I can wear my dressy pieces...

Anyway, I think it is critical to look like you made an attempt to pull yourself together when you start your day.  That's not to say you must constantly obsess over your appearance, but people have a tendency to take you more seriously if you look put together. I know if I see someone who put in the effort they immediately get my attention.

So my interest in fashion and beauty and style is something that's totally out of my control. It's amazing that it's taken me so long to figure out I need to pursue something fashion-related in my spare time and hopefully parlay that interest into my dream career. I have plans, and I'm working on some things - so stay tuned...


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Out With the Old...

Okay, so 2012 is underway and everyone has established their resolutions for the new year.  I'm all for new beginnings, fresh starts, and trying to better yourself - and the start of a new year is a great time to begin making positive changes.  To improve your chances for success, don't put so much pressure on yourself to make massive changes all at once.  Look at your goals as more of a multi-step improvement plan.  Tackle things in small chunks and they'll seem a lot more attainable.

One of my tweaks for 2012 will be to continue upgrading my personal style and incorporating some twists and turns into my aesthetic.  They're not necessarily going to be drastic changes, but I'm thinking about changing my hair - maybe incorporating wigs into my repertoire.  I've been sporting a lot of patterned tights this season and have been receiving a lot of positive feedback.  Express (; kohl's (, nordstrom (, and macy's ( all have really nice varieties.

Color is really big right now, but if you're not quite daring enough to sport the bright colors that are really hot, you may want to consider taking advantage of the availbale patterns and textures.

I'm also going to begin using scarves.  I used to wear scarves frequently, but over the past several years, I stopped.  I was in a Coach store recently ( and the sales associate showed me some really creative ways to tie them so I bought two.

I challenge you to make a few small style changes and improve your style statement for 2012.