Living My Life Like It’s Pinterest: A Fashionable New Year’s Resolution

As the new year rolls around, many people across the world are hopeful for fresh starts and the possibility of new opportunities. Gyms will be packed come January 1st for those inspired to get fit, burgers will be abandoned for salads by those trying to eat healthier, and cigarette packs will remain unsought by those determined to quit smoking. As for me, I want my life to reflect my Pinterest boards.

I’m sure my fellow Pinterest fanatics may think I’m setting myself up for instant failure with the vision board-like website hosting so many enticing images that seem nearly impossible to aspire to, but hear me out! I have a few inspiration boards that I can apply to my everyday life without breaking the bank.

Style Inspiration

Style Inspiration

While perusing through my Style Inspiration board, I noticed a lot of my pins have a common thread: skirts and dresses. From midi circle skirts to lace fit and flare dresses, my subconsciousness is telling me to bare my legs. And so in 2014 I shall! I’ve admittedly reached for jeans on so many occasions because it’s safer (and faster) than trying to coordinate an outfit out of the skirts and dresses in my closet. That’s mainly because I’m so self-conscious about falling victim to the skirt-flying-up-and-not-being-able-to-look-cute-catching-yourself-like-Marilyn-Monroe effect. I’ve created a few outfit ideas on Polyvore with skirts and dresses that are cute and comfortable AND I won’t have to worrying about skirt lengths vs wind duels.

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With burgundy being my favorite color for the winter, this dress would be perfect for those ocassionally chilly days.
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This leather skirt combo would be perfect for winter in LA, plus the pop of cobalt blue brightens the outfit.

Words of Inspiration

Words of Inspiration

While skimming my Words of Inspiration board, one particular pin jumps out at me. “You must do more than just reflect on words of inspiration you must also live by them.” Deep, right? So I vow to practice what I’m pinning and apply the lessons of positivity, courage, creativity, and happiness in light of what the upcoming year has in store for me. It may not be as simple as that, but it will take persistent practice. What’s to lose in 2014?

Visual Inspiration

Visual Inspiration

My Visual Inspiration board is for things that catch my eye and inspire my creativity. My initial intent for this board was to get enough inspiration to actually do my interpretation of these images, whether it be through photography, graphic design, or hand sketching. However, school and work took up most of my 2013. This next year, I plan on dedicating a lot more time to flex my creativity muscles and expand my portfolio on my own. I think it’s important for people in the creative industries, especially fashion, to find time outside of their paying gigs and delve into projects on the side that they enjoy doing, thus not forgetting the little things that sparked our passion to pursue our career paths in the first place. Granted, if you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work, but some of us younger folks aren’t at that point in our journeys yet. So in the meantime in between time, I shall be pulling images from my board and seeing where my creativity takes me. Who knows, maybe I’ll do a blog post series on it!

 

Happy New Year readers and cheers to a fresh start! What are your resolutions for 2014?

Intro/Back to Business

Hello readers! I’m Jasmyn and welcome to my fashion and lifestyle blog!

A little personal background about me: I’m 23, born and raised in Chicago, and currently living in LA and attending FIDM. For a more in-depth look into who I really am, check out my bio. I’ve created this blog as a creative outlet where I can explore and discuss fashion news and trends, personal style and branding, and wardrobe tips along with the everyday happenings of my life as a young adult making the workplace transition from intern to full-time employee.

School starts back up for me today, and it’ll be my last quarter (hallelujah!), so I’m all about getting out of my break laziness and back to business. Although it’s been a pretty mild two weeks, there were some highlights.

To celebrate the end of the quarter, my friends and I went to Six Flags Magic Mountain. It was exciting and interesting for me to compare Magic Mountain to the Six Flags Great America from back home. I was super pumped there was the Batman ride because it was my favorite. Unfortunately, the line was way too long and it was way too hot. But since we didn’t have enough time to ride the Batman, I got what was twice as nice: a funnel cake sundae. Yummy!

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I was also able to meet my idol David Tutera at Redbook Magazine’s Studio Red event! I am an aspiring wedding planner, and it’s truly because of watching his shows on WeTV, especially David Tutera: Unveiled. He’s very strict and professional, not to mention a creative genius, yet he still is a very tender person. And I’m definitely framing his autograph!

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I also went thrifting for the first time! I was in the Glendale area this Tuesday doing a playtest for Disney and saw a thrift store in walking distance. I found two tops and a pashmina scarf. The tops were $7.99 each and the scarf was $5.99. Talk about a steal!

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For the blue patterned top, I’d probably have to go all DIY on it because I want to get rid of the gathered bottom so that it fits looser. But let me get on to the black and white print top. I’m slightly obsessed with chevron patterned things so my eye instantly gravitated towards it. While admiring the top, the label caught my eye and they almost bulged out their sockets. Self, did that say “Missoni for Target”?!!? Why yes it did!

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Of course I snatched it up with a quickness and tried my best not to act too suspicious about finding this gem in the thrift store. I also saw another shirt from the collection, but it unfortunately wasn’t my style. I couldn’t believe how lucky I got with this find. First the Diane von Furstenberg yoga mat from the Holiday24 collection that I found in Ross, now this! I guess sometimes being a late bloomer has its perks.

I was so elated about this find that I decided to wear this for my first-day-of-school outfit. Going back-to-school shopping and the first-day-of-school outfit were a big deal for me growing up, and I still try to stay true to that and put on my best dressed early in the school year (because we all know, once finals come around, fashion goes out the window).

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Pants: Rock and Republic for Kohl’s (similar here); Earrings: Forever 21 (here); Necklace: Forever 21 (similar here)

And here’s a look I created inspired by my back-to-school outfit! Metallic is a bold trend to try out for the fall, and a bag is a great starting point to incorporate it into your wardrobe since it complements your jewelry well. And who can resist wearing some orange during pumpkin season?

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