Month: March 2017

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“Tris” Sweatshirt

Laughing. Reminiscing. Jumping. Climbing. Remember whens. This is what happened when I was taking pictures of my friend Amaria for this post. We’ve been friends since the 1st grade, but after 8th grade we ended up going to different high schools. For Amaria I put together a look inspired by Tris from Divergent (the series) by Veronica Roth. Divergent is similar to the Hunger Games series since both are set in dystopian worlds. In Divergent people are split into factions and when they get older they can choose a new faction or stay in the one they were born into. But people who are special and carry different abilities are considered “Divergent.” If I had to chose a faction for Amaria I’d say she was “Divergent” like Tris. Tris was born into Abnegation (kind and giving people)–and Amaria is one of the most caring and selfless people I know. And when Tris has to choose a new faction, she chooses Dauntless. And like Tris, Amaria is strong, adventurous, and not afraid to try new things. I mean, Amaria is a level 9 gymnast! Making the sweatshirt: This quilted sweatshirt is made with the pattern Sewaholic 1507 and fabrics from Stone …

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“Eleanor” Turtle Neck

  “She looked liked art, and art was not supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.” This is a quote that Park, a high school sophomore, says about his friend/classmate Eleanor, in Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. He obviously likes her and she likes him too. This was one of my favorite quotes in the book because I liked how Park didn’t like Eleanor simply for looks but for who she is and how she made him feel. I read this book back in the sixth grade. I first saw it on the “New Best Sellers” for teens table at Barnes & Noble. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I got it because of the cute illustration on the cover! It was cool how every chapter switches from Eleanor to Park so you could see each person’s perspective and feelings on whatever was happening. One thing I didn’t like was how it ended. I WANTED TO KNOW MORE (UGH). Eleanor is a redhead with beautiful curly hair and Park is biracial, half white and Korean. …

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“Ashley” Windbreaker

The 80s and 90s, what a time to be alive. That’s what I always say to my mom now and she says, Yeah I know. My parents raised me on rap and r&b from that time. (I am named after Lauryn Hill.) I didn’t really like any of their “jams” at first, but starting in the 7th grade I became more inspired by the music. Maybe it was because my gym teacher Mr. Dunbar would always play “Just a Friend” by Biz Markie while we were running laps in the gym or because my English teacher Ms. Treva would play A Tribe Called Quest and The Fugees in class. These days I’m into both the music and the style from the 80s and 90s. Last month, I was shopping in the men’s section at Urban Outfitters (lol) when I saw a retro 90s color blocked windbreaker. When I asked my mom if I could buy it, but she said no (she does that a lot). Too expensive. I was bummed, but a week later I had a bright idea…”Why not just make it?” …

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“Rachel” Plaid Pants

I binged-watched all 10 seasons of Friends on Netflix within 2 months (last summer, not during the school year). It is hands down one of my top 3 favorite shows. My mom and I enjoy watching it together. She was in high school and college in the 90s and this was one of her favorite shows. Apparently she and her friends even had “The Rachel” haircut. If you haven’t seen Friends, it’s a must watch!! I loved the humor, style, and personalities, but I wish there were more POC. While Phoebe was my favorite character on the show, I liked Rachel’s outfits. She wore a lot of plaid pants and skirts and I’ve wanted a pair of plaid pants for a long time (a whole 2 months!). Making the pants: This week’s sewing project is inspired by Rachel. The outfit is paired with Stan Smiths (Adidas), a plaid jacket (Crossroads, Berkeley) and a quilted crop top (Nordstrom Rack). I made these pants with plaid polyester fabric from Stone Mountain & Daughter and used Burda pattern 6770. The pattern’s smallest size was a 10, which was way …

A Day In LA

My family and I were in Southern California for a three day weekend, but we only had one day in LA. So we tried to squeeze as much as we could, except pretty much everyone else had the same plan. We wanted to go to the Broad Museum, but the wait was over 2 hours to get in. We skipped it and ended up at Melrose. Melrose wasn’t exactly the best shopping (for me), but it was good for inspiration. There were yeezy-dressed up people in oversized clothing and sneakers. Girls layered up in paper bag dresses with cute berets. (Not sure I could pull off that look.) People were taking outfit pictures against street art or the florals at Joyrich or inside the Palihotel (including me). For lunch we had Taiwanese food at Pine & Crane in Silverlake (very cute with hipster Asians working there). We tried the beef roll, zha jiang noodles, pea sprouts, beef noodle soup, and twice cooked pork. It’s not the type of place where you can have lunch for 2 hours, it is eat and go…which is …