The Best Is Yet To Come

Happy New Year!

2013…WOW

A decade ago, I was an awkward 7th grader adjusting to so many changes like boys, cliques and mean girls, my body, etc. I had no idea who I was as a person; I had no sense of fashion. Well 10 years later, I can happily say that I know who I am (for the most part). I am a 22 year old young woman who is: funny, outgoing, smart, caring, and confident. I’ve endured some really hard things but I wouldn’t take them back because I am wiser and stronger for having overcome them. AND I have one heck of a sense of style! If you had asked me 10 years ago where I saw myself in the year 2013, I would have probably said that I have graduated from an ivy league school and am in my first semester of law school. BTW I was obsessed with the movie “Legally Blonde” when I was 13 and wanted to be a lawyer like Elle Woods. That movie made being a lawyer look like fun and Elle, Reese Witherspoon‘s character was quite fashionable.

If someone would have told me when I was 13 that in 10 years, I would not only be working in fashion at Michael Kors, but have my OWN fashion blog and be “The Passionate Fashionista,” I would have said “Yeah right.”

FAST FORWARD 10 YEARS

1. I have my first “Big Girl” job working as a sales associate at Michael Kors

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2.  I was accepted into Teen Vogue Fashion University for the 2nd year in a row, where a woman named Grace Coddington aka Creative Director of Vogue magazine (NBD) ignited a spark in me to become more involved in Fashion.

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Me, and 2 other attendees all sporting a “top-knot” at Teen Vogue Fashion U 2012

Photo was featured and is courtesy of NY Magazine

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3.  Finally that new flame lead me to create my own blog, “The Passionate Fashionista”

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**Starting this blog has made me remember how much I enjoy writing and has allowed me to think outside the box on what to write about next; my creativity side has been rediscovered.**

2012 was the year I grew up. I went from being a girl who loved fashion to a young woman who pursued her interest in fashion and is going to make it a career. I tried new things; stepped out of my comfort zone which was terrifying but now I am glad I did. The chances and risks I took lead to bigger and better things. In 2012, I feel like I proved a lot to myself, but  2012 was just my beginning.

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2013, what’s next?

I did not get to this point in my life without a lot of hard work because like most jobs, in the fashion industry, you have to start at the bottom and work your way up the ladder. I am on the ladder but I want to climb even higher. Currently, I have a few career related ideas in the works but my lips are sealed or now. I will also continue to blog. Having a blog and keeping up with it may be stressful to some people but not for me. Blogging is an outlet for me. It allows me to write and share my passion for fashion with you. Honestly if I got paid to blog, that would be a dream job. I like interacting with you guys and love new comments or suggestions of what you want me to blog about. I was even thinking of having some sort of “Ask the Passionate Fashionista” series where you guys could send me your questions and I would respond to a few once a week.

WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK OF HAVING AN “ASK THE PASSIONATE FASHIONISTA” SERIES?

I would also like to let you guys know that I have 2 pages filled with topics I want to blog about, so keep on reading because:

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I think I can say that when it comes to a lot of aspects of my life. I can’t wait to enjoy the ride.

XOXO

The Passionate Fashionista

Honored For Being A Beautiful Blogger

The Beautiful Blogger Award

Dear P&F,

Thank you so much for nominating me for this special award! I started my blog about 7 weeks ago, and am overwhelmed with the great feedback I’ve been getting from my readers. Although this is my second “Beautiful Blogger” award, I am so incredibly thankful for being honored  a second time. I hope you have a fabulous New Year’s Eve! 2013 is going to be a good year, I can feel it!

For those who are not familiar with this award, the rules are simple:

1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you

2. Post the award on your blog

3. Share seven facts about yourself

4. Nominate seven bloggers and tell them you nominated them.

7 Facts About Me

1. I love dark chocolate

2. I love rings and have too many to count! I wear at least 1 or 2 every day

3. I am dying to see “The Silver Linings Playbook”

4. I love reading. I am currently in the middle of 2 books: “Grace: A Memoir” by Grace Coddington (the creative director of Vogue) and “Tough Customer” by Sandra Brown

5. If I wasn’t “The Passionate Fashionista”, I would have pursued a career as a criminal psychologist

6. I’m really sad that Gossip Girl is over; that show taught me a lot about styling and accessorizing. However I love the fashion on “Pretty Little Liars, and am excited for the season premiere on January 8th

7. Topshop and H&M are my favorite stores but I also love shopping at local boutiques

The 7 Blogs That I Nominate Are

1. http://boldmode.wordpress.com/

2. http://thecitizensoffashion.com/

3. http://closetstrategy.wordpress.com/

4. http://fashionforlunch.wordpress.com/

5. http://chiclycute.com/

6. http://girlintheyellowdress.com/

7. http://pearlsandparis.wordpress.com/

XOXO

The Passionate Fashionista

From Fashionista to Stylista

Evolution of the “Stylist”

“There was no such thing as a stylist when Grace Coddington got her start: The girls all carried their own wigs, makeup, and jewelry, transforming themselves to suit the job. Grace seemed to have a particular knack for this, always pulling just the right piece out of her bag. As the decade came to a close, she turned that talent into a career as a fashion editor. At British Vogue, she began making the fantasy travelogues that would become her signature. ” (Source: Voguepedia.com)

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A Young Grace Coddington

 However, today, it seems like Rachel Zoe is a household name. Rachel Zoe is a “famous” celebrity stylist who works with celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson, and Anne Hathaway. Although she does not have any formal fashion training, she has her own recognizable style. Zoe went freelance, in the beginning giving her the opportunity to meet and work with some high-profile clients.  She also has written a book called, “Style: From A to Zoe.”  ****(I highly recommend her book)

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Those are the stories of 2 amazing but completely different stylists, then there’s mine.

Here’s the story of a girl who fell in love with fashion at age 12. Her style icon was her mom, and she learned everything she knows from her. She loved reading about fashion in magazines or fashion books but struggled with her own personal style. Another one of her favorite things to do was people watch; she loved seeing what people were wearing and often critiqued them in her head. Actually that’s a lie; she would tell her mom or whoever she was with about the lady with the ugly sweater, or the woman who was wearing baggy clothes yet you could tell that she had a good body, she just didn’t know how to dress for her body type.  She would have given anything to help that woman find a new wardrobe.

When it came time for her to choose a college, she wanted to major in fashion. Her style was a little more evolved at this time but still wasn’t “her own.” She attended a small school in North Carolina that had a great fashion program; however she was homesick and hated having to dress “business casual” for class everyday because the school was in the heart of a city and wanted their students to look “professional.” Retailing 101 was the only fashion class she ever attended but learned a lot from her professor. Her professor provided her students, with their first opportunity to learn about styling. On a Saturday in November, at a local Dillard’s store, a workshop on fashion was put on by a professional stylist and a woman who worked “behind the scenes” at fashion shows, making sure everything went smoothly. The students were also give a fun challenge: they were assigned a model, and had to style her from head to toe using Dillard’s resources. They also had to choose a hair and makeup look and then their models were photographed by a Vogue photographer.

The Final Product: An edgy, sophisticated  look with  feminine details

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She fell in love.

She only attended that school for one semester; as much as she loved the school’s fashion program, she wanted to be closer to home. After a brief stint at a local college, she told her parent’s she wanted to follow her dreams and work in fashion. However, in fashion, like most professions, you have to start at the bottom and work your way up. She started by working at the Gap. Being a quick learner, was a great advantage and in no time her superiors recognized her talent. She utilized her fashion knowledge, and quickly became one of the top sales associates; not only could she sell but she took her time with each customer, helping them with their specific needs. It felt good to help a customer find a perfect pair of jeans, not only satisfying the customer, but herself. If the customer was happy, she was happy.

That summer, she was told about a fashion program in NYC, put on by Teen Vogue magazine, where you attended seminars put on by some of the biggest names in fashion; plus the key-note speaker was Michael Kors. She wanted to showcase her talent as a stylist in her application for the seminar. Luckily, she didn’t have to look far to find a model; her gorgeous sister would be the perfect model. Like, Grace Coddington, the creative director of Vogue who comes up with storylines for her editorials, this girl wanted to not only showcase a few of the latest trends but tell a story with her photographs.

Story 1- Bohemian Chic with a focus on the “Maxi-dress”

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Dress- Old Navy

Sandals- Circa Joan & David

Necklace- Rodrigo Otazu

Bracelets- Random

Sunhat- Mom’s

Look 2- Bright Colors/Color Blocking

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Tee, Shorts, and Headband- J. Crew

Bracelet- Rodrigo Otazu (same bracelet worn by SJP in “Sex & The City 2)

Gold Hoops- Mom’s

Final Look- Inspired by Gossip Girl

***My sister has been told she looks like Leighton Meester AKA Blair Waldorf***

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Seersucker Blazer- BCBG

Dress- Model’s Own

Belt- Banana Republic

Handbag- Macy’s

Pearl Necklace- Vintage from my Grandmother

Shoes (not shown)- Isaac Mizrahi

Her photography skills came in handy when she took these photographs. Later on, she would be told they look professional. She sent her application in with her photographs and waited. One September day, while trying on clothes in a J. Crew fitting room, she got an email that changed her life; she had been accepted into the Teen Vogue Fashion University Class of 2011. There was screaming, cursing, jumping up and down and tears shed. She was proud of herself for the first time in a long time. Later, while attending the seminar, she would find out that over 2500 people from 20 countries had applied, and she was one of the lucky 500 accepted. All along, she had known that she was good at styling but the fact that other higher up industry professionals thought that she was good.

The seminar gave her just what she needed; it ignited that spark, that fire of passion for fashion that she never knew she needed.

What is our aspiring stylist up to now?

She is a Michael Kors’ girl by day/Fashion Blogger by night and up and coming Stylist

That girl is me.

And I am The Passionate Fashionista.

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My beautiful model/lovely sister and Me

If you have a dream or a passion, my advice to you is to follow your heart and go for your dream; yes you may never become famous (like Rachel Zoe) and you will face challenges along the way, but if you don’t pursue it, do you want to wake up one day and regret that you didn’t chase your dreams?

So reach for the stars, and follow your dreams with all your heart.

xoxo The Passionate Fashionista

(sorry for writing such a long post)

State of Grace

This is going to be my first simple, to the point post….

I Love Fashion. I Love Reading.

Enter Grace Coddington; the creative director of Vogue who has just released her memoir, “Grace”

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Grace Coddington.  Maybe you have heard of her or seen her inThe September Issue“; maybe you haven’t heard of her at all. I fell into the latter category until I attended the Teen Vogue Fashion University in October, where she was the key-note speaker. To my readers who do not know who Grace Coddington is, please watchThe September Issueor buy her memoir.

I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

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Grace Coddington

On Grace,

“Beautiful. Willful. Charming. Blunt.”

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ON THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: “Don’t expect me to be in it.” I said, sensing Anna’s eyes glaze over as she looked past me out the window. She has a way of blanking people out when they are saying something she doesn’t care to here.

ON MODELING: My nickname of “The Cod” had caught on. “Cold as a codfish but hot as a four-bar fire,” trilled the headline of a personal profile…which I must say I kind of loved as it made me out to be sizzling and sexy.

ON VOGUE: It was pointless complaining to Anna….because the reply would simply be “This is not a girls’ boarding school. Deal with it yourself.” However, despite outsiders’ elevated view of Vogue as a temple of cool and sophistication, a girls’ boarding school with its sulky outbursts, tears, and schoolgirlish tantrums was exactly what it occasionally resembled.

ON FASHION: Is fashion art? I think it’s sometimes very creative, but I’m not sure I would call it art: that’s pushing it a bit…In fashion photography, rule number one is to make the picture beautiful and lyrical or provocative and intellectual but you still have to see the dress

(source, back cover of “Grace: A Memoir“)

That’s all for me; I’m about to climb into bed with a good book.

Can you guess which one?

xoxo The Passionate Fashionista

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

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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!

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xoxo The Passionate Fashionista

Magazine Queen

“Hi, my name is Hayley, and I’m addicted to fashion magazines.”  -Me

“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.

Currently Reading….

Magazines, magazines, and more magazines…

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***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.

Hope everyone has a great start to the week!

xoxo The Passionate Fashionista

About Me

 

Fashion runs in my blood; my mom has worked in the fashion industry for over 30 years. She has been a buyer for a department store, manager and buyer of a high end boutique, and is now a personal fashion consultant. When I was 12 years old I started helping her at the boutique where she worked and that’s where my love of fashion began. For the last 10 years, I have lived and breathed fashion, and have loved every minute of it.

Last fall I was accepted to Teen Vogue Fashion U, where Michael Kors was the keynote speaker. Listening to Michael regale the audience with the story of how his company came to be, was inspiring and I knew I wanted to be a part of the company that he had worked so hard to build. I applied and was hired to work as a sales associate at one of Michael Kors’ lifestyle stores. Michael Kors is a company that I am proud to be a part of; I stand behind their products 150 %. I bring enthusiasm, product knowledge, and passion to the sales floor every day. Paying attention to a customer’s wants and needs allows me to provide them with their own personalized shopping experience.

My ultimate goal is to work as a stylist in the fashion industry; I feel I could apply my styling talent to a multitude of jobs such as visual merchandising and personal shopping. I would love to start my own personal fashion consulting business, working one on one with a client; doing everything from identifying their individual clothing needs, organizing their closets, taking them shopping, etc. I would also love to pursue fashion photography,

BUT right now I am trying my hand at fashion blogging. I have spent the last decade of my life learning about fashion from books, magazines, but my true knowledge of fashion has come from work experiences, both good and bad. I started this blog because I want to share my knowledge of fashion with the world. Think about it, fashion is everywhere; movies, TV, celebrity magazines, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, etc., on the streets, and so much more. I may not write specifically about fashion everyday, but I promise to give my readers something to talk about and hope that they can take away something from my blog.

Michael Kors girl by day/Fashion Blogger by night

I am the Passionate Fashionista