Straight Out Of New York Fashion Week

Straight Out Of New York Fashion Week

Can you pin point a moment in your life where you felt your dreams actually coming true? Last week, that was me.

Can you pin point a moment in your life where you felt your dreams actually coming true? Has there been a time where you look up and around and think that everything you have been working for is being paid off? Last week, I had that moment.

This past summer, I had an internship with a pencil skirt company. This company, WRITTEN Apparel, encourages their customers to live out their dreams and aspirations and make it, #ToTheTop. As women in the working world, it can be hard to balance a crazy work schedule, trying to constantly be bad a$$ in our careers and look stellar. WRITTEN Apparel has found a way to accomplish them all. So, when I found out I had the opportunity to work with them at New York Fashion Week, there was no way I could pass up this incredible opportunity.

During my time in NYC with WRITTEN, I was apart of trunk shows and photo shoots. I learned how the pencil skirts were made from the Garment District. I worked with several creative minds and learned the ins and outs of the fashion industry in New York.

But what did I truly learn from this experience?

1. I could live in NYC

Previously, going to New York City for vacations and fun had actually scared me away from the thought of ever living in NYC. As a tourist, the city is large, heavily populated by very different people and has an overall very crazy atmosphere. During this trip and experience, I was able to see what it would be like to live in NYC and be apart of the fashion industry, not just as a tourist. Seeing how others in the industry communicate was brilliant and learning the true NY hustle and bustle was needed. From traveling, I know that I want to be indulged in the busy city life. I feel like in that lifestyle, I would be able to help others and conquer as an independent woman.

2. New Yorkers in business are willing to help each other

I had always heard that in big cities, people are so focused on getting their brand to the top...after this week I learned that is not always true. The people I worked with were willing to help WRITTEN in ways I had never seen before. Helping others in this industry comes full circle to getting more and new connections and can also get your name out in ways you didn't think was possible.

3. I love being around other creative minds

Sometimes it can be hard being in a place where people don't always see my vision or my creative way. In NYC I was able to learn from the most creative people I had ever met. I felt like my creative being was welcomed and wanted. I felt comfortable, pushed, desired and inspired!

4. Dressing for YOU is OK

None of this, "What will others think?" or "How can I fit in?" crap. People in the city and in this industry push to color outside the lines. No matter if you are head to toe in high-end brands or making vlogs in vintage stores, your fashion is personal and is loved and admired by many. I have never been so inspired and comfortable to be truly 100% who I am as a woman. My style was able to be heard and I was able to learn from others.

5. Networking is everything

It is time to say goodbye to doing everything on your own, it's about who you know. Being with WRITTEN Apparel, I learned the significance and the importance of knowing people who can help you grow. I also was able to see that having a wide variety of mentors who can connect you to others will only do you good in this world while trying to get your name out there.

NYCFW... we will meet again.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6. Greek symbol of Inguz: Where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love, and creativity or to put yourself into whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit." It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength and stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyph means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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The Faces And Future Of Sustainability In The Fashion Industry

The science is unanimous: climate change is real, and it's only getting worse.


While the conversation surrounding climate change is often plagued by alarmist statements and perilous precautions, there is a practical and hopeful narrative that can be found in its solutions. As much finger pointing as society likes to do, the causes of climate change would take all ten fingers and more to point out the root issues. One of the culprits that hit closest to home is the fashion industry. As an aspiring design major, I've been directly faced with the reality of the industry's harmful habits. Quick turnaround, high demand, and evolving expectations make the production environment very complex to navigate at the least.

Although the fashion industry caters to just about 7 billion people, it doesn't excuse companies, brands, and labels from producing at the expense of our world. Despite the long-held attitude of indifference towards its side-effects; as of late, climate science has left no choice for the industry but to change course. The science has made it evident that we've run out of time to be apathetic; action must be taken, and it must be taken now.

Enter the side of the climate change conversation that's introduced a variety of initiatives to promote change. Whether it's recycling ocean plastic into tennis shoes like Adidas, using up waste fabrics from larger companies like Zero Waste Daniel, or Kate Hudson's Happy x Nature, which has been developed from sustainable materials, the fashion industry is venturing into a greener future.

Adidas first announced its plans to create a sneaker from recycled ocean plastic in 2015, "Parley for the Oceans." Since the release of their first tennis shoe four years ago, they sold 5 million pairs in 2018, and they're aiming to turn out 11 million pairs in 2019. Ocean plastic is a huge threat to marine life, and it's not enough to just stockpile it in a landfill. Adidas's product development team cleverly provided a solution for at least some of that plastic. What's great about the shoe, too, is that it retails right around the price point of most of their other styles at around $130.

Alongside Adidas's recycling, Zero Waste Daniel, a designer based in Brooklyn, NY, has made it his mission to use excess fabric scraps from the industry in his own designs. Using a number of techniques, Daniel combines these remnants into new fabrics, fashions them into appliqués or mosaics, or creates whole garments. Alarmingly enough, it's reported that about 21 billion pounds of waste textiles are going to the dump from the US alone. By gathering up the leftovers from other companies, his products are helping to prevent the wastes from continuing to end up in landfills.

Although not made from reused fabrics, Kate Hudson's latest fashion venture, Happy x Nature, is produced solely from sustainable materials. The fibers of the fabrics are made from recyclables like plastic bottles, and the packaging is stated to be biodegradable. Not only is the new line eco-friendly, but it's also relatively affordable with prices ranging from $45 to $150. Let me tell you, Hudson really knocked it out of the park with this concept. I've browsed through the pieces and have fallen in love with the majority. The pieces are seriously adorable and so trendy, but the biggest seller is that I can feel good about purchasing them.

While recycling ocean plastic and sourcing waste fabrics are important strides in the right direction, consumers play an enormous role in this issue. For any of these initiatives to work, there must be consumer demand at the other end of the product. Companies and brands need to see potential consumers for greener products in order to place such products on the market. As such, as consumers, we should reevaluate our own shopping habits in regards to the apparel industry. We must take accountability for how much we purchase, how often we purchase, and how we manage the clothes after we've bought them. Our demands as customers must also align with the push for greener production and shopping patterns.


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