This year on Thanksgiving I felt as if I had a lot more to be thankful for than usual. A lot of milestones and life changing events have happened in the last year. Between graduating college, getting an amazing job, and moving out to Colorado with my other half, this year has tested me and brought me so much joy in ways that I never thought possible. The biggest life change that has happened this year was me moving away from everything I have known. Though I have been extremely busy and barely have time to stop and think about how much I miss home, I am always thinking about how much more aware I am that I am one lucky girl to have such amazing family and friends. When you are constantly around the ones you love, you sometimes lose sight of how thankful you are to have them around. You just kind of assume that they will always be there. No matter what.
Our best friends are the clothes that always stay with us. They are the ones that are there when we need them most – whatever the situation may be. Our bodies may develop and change, fashion may shift and evolve, and our confidence may waiver, but we can always count on those articles of clothing that make us feel like we are on top of the world.
When it comes to best friends, some have more and some have less. I tend to be one of those girls who prefers quality over quantity, and the same goes for the best friends that I have in my wardrobe. These are the pieces that I always turn to in any time of doubt. They always look flawless, the always make a statement, they reflect who I am, and they make me feel like a million bucks. Some may have been around for years, while others were just recently added, but one thing is for sure – they all hold a special place in my heart.
Like most people, when it comes to clothes, I am on a bit of a budget. Ever since I jumped in to the real world of having to pay for bills, gas, and my own phone, I can no longer freely spend all of my money on fabulous clothes and makeup. I actually have to start saving for big kid stuff now…boo. With that said, I now try to look for pieces that I know will have a lot of versatility. I want to be able to spend money on articles of clothing the I can incorporate in to my existing wardrobe and the wardrobe I hope to have someday. A recent piece I purchased that has EXTREME versatility is this amazing moss green sweater. I was immediately drawn to it because of the unique faded color, but then it sealed the deal when I felt how amazingly soft and light it was. A piece like this is so versatile because it can be layered in almost every way possible – above other layers, below other layers, or even tied around your waist. In order to get your creative juices flowing, I created a little look book on how to wear this one sweater, four ways.
I know that this may be hard to believe, but I didn’t always have a passion for fashion. Growing up, I was a huge tomboy. I didn’t like to wear pretty dresses, I enjoyed getting dirty, and I would scream whenever my Mom tried to comb my hair. My first love in life was definitely art. From an early age I was drawn to anything that had to do with sketching, painting, drawing, or molding things out of clay. I always had a lot of built up creative energy, and I was constantly looking for new ways to express it. It wasn’t until middle school that I started to see that fashion could be used as another outlet for my creative ideas.
I slowly started to realize that clothing and accessories could be used as another medium in my art. My body was my canvas, and with different materials, I could create and express whatever I wanted. Eventually, fashion took the top spot in my pool of interests. It excited to me to know that I could create walking art that would not only be seen by me, but by everyone that I came in contact with. It filled my heart with happiness to not only be able to express who I was, but to help inspire the ones around me.