Act Natural

Act Natural

In my post, “Magazine Queen,” I shared my love and addiction of fashion magazines. If you give me a magazine and let me read the entire thing, I will have taken the magazine apart “literally.” I basically dissect the magazine. I look for several things when I’m reading a magazine which include: the latest designer ads, what is trending now in fashion, pictures and information on the celebrity on the cover, what are the latest beauty trends, stories that spark my interest, and finally creative editorials that often let the clothes speak for themselves and tell a story. After I am finished picking apart a magazine, I categorize what I have cut out of the magazine, placing them in the above groups. Currently due to limited space, everything is placed in different file folders. This may sound a little OCD but I assure you I don’t have OCD. Instead I choose to view magazine dissection as research or even fashion “homework.” It always takes a few hours for me to truly “finish” a magazine ,but at the end of the day it was worth it. I’ve learned a lot from my “homework;” I stay on top of what is going on in the fashion world. Plus I can look back at my work and see if an old trend is coming back into style.

 As Heidi Klum has famously said, “One day you’re in and the next day you’re out”

Below is one editorial, featuring designer Salvatore Feragamo’s  creations

This editorial really stood out to me; I loved all the fringe. Also the colors were simple but really stood out. The picture of the girl wear the jacket and skirt was my personal favorite;  the jacket was classic and paired with the gorgeous, detailed skirt it made a statement. I also loved that the picture wasn’t perfect; the model had hair in her face. I think it would come across as relatable to other readers. 

What do you guy’s think?

What is your favorite magazine?

xoxo The Passionate Fashionista

P.S. I mentioned above that I am currently struggling with limited space; basically my office is in my bedroom so all of my fashion materials are in various tote bags. My desk is just too small and I need more storage space. I know I could turn to Pinterest for ideas on “how-to to make the most of my space” However, I thought you guys, some of you fellow bloggers, have any ideas for me. Any suggestions/ideas would be greatly appreciated!


Queen of Style

Queen of Style


My Grandmother Circa 1960’s

Mary Llewellyn Wilmer was truly a “Queen of Style.”  Everything from the Yves St Laurent pant suits that hung in her closet, to her jewelry and fabulous fur coats; she made fashion look easy. She had an amazing “dressing room” which included 2 huge walk in closets and a built in vanity on which sat her expensive perfumes.  

“Rara,” as I referred to my grandmother, was in every sense a true lady. She was poised, graceful, and dressed the part. Rara was a wonderful grandmother and an amazing mother to my mom.  My mom often recounts memories from her childhood of fabulous parties that my grandmother hosted, and glamorous trips that they would take.

But behind the glitz and glamour, there was a mother and daughter (my mom). A mother who called my mom her “rock.”

I credit my grandmother with passing on her love of fashion to my mother who in turn  passed it on to me. I truly believe she had a role in me becoming “The Passionate Fashionista.”

 You also raised a wonderful daughter who I am proud to call my mom.


This outfit reminds me of something you would wear….

Rara, you taught me to climb up the steps in one weekend, how to play gin rummy, and always had a smile on your face. I can still hear your laugh…Every time I came to see you, you would always say: goodbye darlin’, as I walked out the door. And then came the time to say goodbye darlin’ to you…

I had the honor of being your granddaughter for 16 years, and I am a better young woman for having had you in my life. I miss you.

But my mom always says that your are drinkin’ one of your “tini’s” and looking down on us.

IMG_0704You and Elizabeth Taylor could have been related.

So, I would like to raise a glass to you for being such a wonderful mother and grandmother, “Cheers

I’ll see you soon darlin’

xoxo The Passionate Fashionista

This post is dedicated to Rara who would have turned 87 on November 29th. RIP

My Passion is Fashion. What’s yours?

My Passion is Fashion.

What’s yours?

I don’t know exactly when it happened or why but one day I recognized it for what it was: passion. And my passion was for fashion. The best part of this realization was I was passionate about something; and not just any something but fashion. Romantics describe passion between lovers as a spark; I felt like my passion had lit a fire inside me. My passion for fashion has taken me to great places:  helped me get accepted into a highly competitive fashion conference with some of fashion’s greatest talents 2 years in a row, landing a job working for the amazing Michael Kors, and even has been a huge influence on creating my own blog. I feel very blessed and lucky that I discovered this passion at such a young age, I’m only 22 years old. The possibilities for my future are endless and I am excited to see where my passion will take me.  Some people go their whole lives without finding something they have passion for; what a tragedy.

Seriously, what are you passionate about?

Having something that you are passionate about your  life is important. Maybe you recognize that you also have a passion for fashion but have no idea what your next step in pursuing fashion would be.. First, I would have to tell you, congratulations! You have a passion in life!  So, if you are someone like me, who loves fashion and fashion magazines, I would recommend a great first step would be  creating an “inspiration board” (or binder in my case). If you are a very visual personal like myself, being able to see your ideas is helpful.  Maybe you are obsessed with the “Oxblood” trend; my advice would be to clip some pictures out of magazines. Grab a few fashion magazines, and start cutting. I would start by finding pictures of clothes in that color, a celebrity dressed in that color, accessories like jewelry that you could pair with it and maybe find an editorial that incorporates this trend. Then, find a board or use a binder and put all these pictures together. You will end up with one very cool look book. This may sound like a boring project that is a waste of time but trust me it isn’t. As I said in my “Queen of Magazines” post, this is something that I started doing when I was just starting out and now I have 5 categorized binders that showcase things that I like and they also give me inspiration on topics to blog about.  Pinterest would also be a great tool for you to use in creating boards of things that you like….Maybe you are a quotes fanatic (don’t worry you aren’t alone) pin some quotes you admire to your board, some words of wisdom, you will feel inspired every time you look at your board.

One of My Favorites


Marilyn Monroe

So, how are you pursuing your passion?

Updating and adding to my inspiration binder is one thing that motivates me to continue to pursue fashion; it makes me want to read about  the next great trend or the next great designer. It keeps me going. LAME I KNOW LOL.  As for my readers, my advice is to try pursuing your passion in some aspect everyday so you can ignite that spark within yourself that keeps you going. I know that most people aren’t as lucky as me to have a job that they are passionate about but I hope they find passion in another aspect of their life. Use your passion as motivation and pursue that passion with all your heart.

  ***However if there comes a time, when you have lost that passion, someone in the fashion industry said it best,

“The day you lose passion for something, stop doing it.” –Grace Coddington, Creative Director of Vogue

Grace, I hope there never comes a day when I lose my “passion for fashion”

Just watch where I go!


xoxo The Passionate Fashionista