Visual Diary of my 22nd Birthday.
I have been through many phases in my life contemplating the thought, what do I want to be when I grow up? Admittedly, as a child I constantly followed my older sister's lead when it came to pursuing my interests. I spent my summers participating in theatre camps, and while I loved it at the time, I think if I could go back and start embracing visual art sooner I would. Once my sister and I got a bit older and we didn't participate in every activity together, I started to embrace my interest in art and fashion. I discovered the world of magazines and bloggers and became enthralled with this fabulous universe that I didn't understand but desperately wanted to be part of. I figured fashion design was it for me. I even started a little "clothing line" which was actually just little sketches and a mock-up business plan. I had big ambitions from a young age.
Fast forward through a few entrepreneurial endeavors and I was about to start high school seriously thinking about what I wanted to do with my life. That's when The Teen Vogue Handbook was published. I remember getting this book and poring over the pages. Suddenly the fashion world seemed attainable. It was like this book was written just for me to discover what I wanted to do as a career. I read the section for fashion designers, but suddenly that didn't feel right. I continued reading and reached a section about a woman who had the job title, "Creative Director." I had never heard of this! It was as if everything clicked, and I saw myself doing everything the book said: layout design, photoshoot direction, and creating the entire feel of a fashion magazine. In reading about the women who did this type of job I realized that they all had something in common. They studied Graphic Design. Everything fell into place from there. Through studying graphic design I have found so much more that I am interested in outside of the fashion world, but that just proves to me that this is my true calling. I sometimes feel like that kid who is dreaming of being a 'grown up,' but Teen Vogue is the reason I found a path to follow.
London is one of my favorites cities in the world, and I feel as though I have barely scratched the surface of what it has to offer. I spent one weekend there almost exactly a year ago during my semester abroad in the northern UK city Manchester. Although Manchester had a very different vibe than London, one thing that I noticed while living in England for 4 months was that everyone knew how to put together an outfit. Even if it wasn't my style or taste, it was completely polished. The city and its inhabitants oozed a confidence that I wanted to obtain. A year later I am still thinking about this vibrant city: the fashion, the people, the sights. I often look to London for inspiration, and now I'm offering you a little inspiration too. This Winter I'm channeling my inner London it-girl to express my sense of style.
For as long as I can remember I've poured over magazines looking at street style photos and drooling over the newest DJ with two-tone hair. (Said DJ inspired my high school look, not going to lie) London always seemed like a far away place and time, somewhere I would never be, especially not feeling like a local. But something happened when I arrived, I don't know if it was the architecture, the art, or the rush of the city that made me feel like I fit in. Fashion is the way I relate to people, and being out on my own exploring this intriguing place, rich with diverse style choices, I felt inspired and at home. Is there a place like that for you? Somewhere you didn't expect to find? I need to go back to this wonderful city, but until then, I'll always have the pages of Vogue.