Summer is here and I'm obsessing over bags. And who isn't? It seems like summer is the time to express yourself through your accessories, however odd that may sound, and I'm doing it!


I've been wanting to get a chic, stylish backpack in my post-grad life and I found this lovely yellow one from Zara. So cute! Thank goodness I finally graduated and don't have to break my back with a bag full of books and supplies. This one is small, but not too small, and my back can now rest easy.

The black and white outfit is really key in this look. Summer is usually all about color, but since I typically wear a monochromatic color palette I like to continue that through the hotter seasons. For this outfit, this is what makes the backpack POP.


What do you think of the bright backpack style? Here are some favorites for you to complete your pop of color look. 




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.



I'm very close with my dad, and I trust his opinion on most aspects of my life, but he has never had a say in what I wear, no matter how hard he tried (Sorry Papa). I decided to give him a chance at choosing my clothes and I documented the results. I go to school 4 days a week so he picked out each outfit based on my schedule. I think he was excited to be doing this, and he got pretty into his choices.


Day 1

Pink Floyd T-Shirt
Paige Skinny Jeans
Lucky Brand Sweatshirt

I have sculpture class on Monday's and Wednesday's, so I asked him to put me in something comfortable that I didn't mind getting dirty. He told me since it's Monday I should wear jeans, because that's "casual" and noncommittal. Of course he picked a Pink Floyd shirt (one of his faves). I have to say this was a very casual outfit for me, but the color was great and I received a lot of compliments on it. Day 1, I think he did well. 


Day 2

Asos Corduroy Dress
White T-Shirt
Black Tights

He dressed me much more fancy today in a corduroy dress from Asos. While picking it out he exclaimed, "You're going to look sooo cute!" It was very sweet, but I haven't worn this dress in a while and was scared about how it would fit. Turns out, tightly. It was much more constricting than I remember, and I wasn't very excited putting it on at 6 o'clock in the AM.


Day 3

Zara Sweatshirt
Topshop Cropped Turtleneck
Topshop Mom Jeans

I feel like this is something I would wear but very simplified. My dad claimed there was "a piece missing" of my crop top so he had to cover it with something. I don't think anyone would actually realize I didn't pick this out because it is a very basic look. Luckily I was comfortable all day! I just didn't feel very excited about it.


Day 4

Zara Striped T-Shirt
Zara Corduroy Pants

Ok everyone, let's talk about this outfit. I was not looking forward to this because 1. These pants are missing a button that I've been too lazy to fix, and 2. my dad paired it with a black fuzzy cardigan. I kept eyeing it throughout the week, going back and forth between fabulous or disaster. When I put on the ensemble around 5:30am, I couldn't do it. I threw off the cardigan before walking about the door. I received a lot of compliments on the pants, and now I can't help but wonder how the cardigan would have gone over.

Well, experiment over! It was a fun week at school, and I was definitely happy I didn't have to think about what I was wearing every day. I'm proud of my dad's efforts and think he did a great job. What do you think?

Paola Kassa