If you pick up any current fashion magazine right now, you will see the same color trends carry over in each magazine. Right now it’s all about black & white (MOD), a combination of royal blue, cherry red, and bright yellow for a sporty vibe, silver, and pastel colors ranging from baby blue to mint green. However, what you don’t’ see is white. This editorial showcases how the color white is a breath of fresh air and how each of these Achromatic looks make their own individual statements.
***Pearlescent pieces light up the stark futuristic landscape***
STYLE TIP- Update all-white with extra volume and feminine detail
***Discover Spring’s new crop of knee-length dresses***
STYLE TIP- Dust up in soft ruffles and sleek suiting
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
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,
“Hi, Hayley.” Addicted to Fashion Anonymous group (AFA)
Yes, I am perfectly comfortable admitting to my addiction. ( And I’m so glad that no such self-help group exists)
However, I’ve learned so much from all those fashion magazines over the years, and don’t believe I would be where I am in my life professionally if it wasn’t for Vogue or Marie Claire, or Harper’s Bazaar, AND maybe Cosmopolitan too. In a way, I consider fashion magazines “research”; they not only provide me with the latest trends and must have items but provide beauty and hair ideas, feature current and up-in-coming designers and I get to learn what celebrity is wear what. With the knowledge that I have taken away from the last Vogue magazine, I can go into work and tell my fellow employees about it. As I have mentioned, “I am referred to as the “product knowledge” Queen at work and don’t want to give up that title anytime soon.
I also am known to tear apart magazines, literally. LOL. I first was inspired to create an Inspiration” binder after reading a book published by the 2 women who founded, Who What Wear. I would pull out ad campaigns I liked, editorials I admired, pictures of celebrities, etc. and would carefully trim them to fit inside those clear things that go in binders. My first “inspiration binder” is now full; therefore I am creating more but categorizing them. One for beauty/hair/and makeup, one for editorials I like, another for ad campaigns, a 4th for “What is Trending Now”, and a final one for celebrities.
Magazines, magazines, and more magazines…
***Currently I am working out of my bedroom with a small desk that offers minimal storage and it is driving me crazy! Thank god for pinterest so I can plan how to re-do my office space! However if you have any good organizational tips, please let me know, thanks!
Well, it’s rainy. it’s Sunday and I can’t think of nothing I would like to do more than curl up with a blanket, maybe some hot chocolate, and catch up on magazines.