Monday, January 5, 2015

HECK YEA 2015

Stepping up my game for 2015! 

Way kidding, I just didn't have any professional shots this week so this is what we get, my fresh faced look. Behind the scenes, outtakes, if you will. 

I'm starting my year off with new projects and am in route to gaining new perspectives. I'm excited for what 2015 will bring. If you haven't seen my year-end reflection post check it out here. It's a great reflection practice that I think everyone should take part in! 

Wearing: Asos CoatNew Balance 574'sGap Cable Knit SweaterMadewell work shirtAsos High Waist Jeans. (I wouldn't recommend the workshirt. The sleeves are short, overall fit is very strange and the fabric is much more lightweight than I expected— but for whatever reason I'm layering with it anyways). 

I figured I have enough stellar outfit photography in my repertoire that this is okay. One of my 2014 goals was to amp up the quality of my blog and I think I achieved that. (Special thanks to my collaboration with ILL Gander for helping acheive that goal).  I'm very proud of what Style Interplay has turned into and I look forward to a new year of blogging and more collaborations with my peeps in Portland and beyond. This year my goals are all just about personal growth. Not taking myself too seriously and learning more about everything and anything. I'm a learner. I'm good at learning, so I hope to find new things that catch my eye that I can document and share with all of you!And no, I never seem to get tired of tooting my own horn. toot. toot.Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr  | Bloglovin' 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

50 QUESTION YEAR IN REVIEW: 2014

So I ran into a little corner on the web called Into Mind. It is by far my new favorite site, and I found a 50 question year in review. I was so intrigued by her perspective on reflection that I sat and answered every single one of these questions alone, out loud, on my bed and reflected. They aren't your typical shitty New Years successes and goal making type questions but really made me think about my year on the whole. Knowing that year 2014 has been one of my worst years personally, it helped me recognize why it was a bad year, but also helped me realize this was one of my most successful years professionally. 

I'm an internal/introverted person, so I'm constantly reflecting and thinking about my future. But this was a different take on how I reflect and I have to share. I sent these questions over to my best friends and realized that I really just want to urge everyone to go through this whether you have the best year of your life or your worst. By the end of this post, if you read through, you'll also understand why I decided to publish all of my answers to my blog. 

So, here it is. Cheers to 2015! 

1.What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about?
Interviewing at Coach, getting an award for my senior collection

2.If you had to describe your 2014 in 3 words, what would they be?

Anxious, emotional, stressful. 

3.What new things did you discover about yourself?

I have more anxiety issues than I was aware of, that I can be a hard ass and a total baby at the same time. 

4.What single achievement are you most proud of?

Getting an award called, "Best use of technique, innovation and originality." for a collection of garments I created. 

5.What was the best news you received?

That I was invited to interview at Coach in New York. 

6.What was your favourite place that you visited in 2014?

New England. 

7.Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?

Common sense, determination. 

8.Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?

Myself and my bestie Rachel. 

9.Which new skills did you learn?

Taught myself how to weave and basic html coding. 

10.What, or who, are you most thankful for?

My family and closest friends. 

11.If someone wrote a book about your life in 2014, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else?

Documentary/drama. 

12.What was the most important lesson you learnt in 2014?

To tell the people close to me that I love them and why. 

13.Which mental block(s) did you overcome?

Heartbreak (...almost). 

14.What 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with?

My family, Rachel, Laurel and Chandra. 

15.What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise?

Getting two job offers before I graduated college. 

16.How did your relationship to your family evolve?

Tremendously, for the better. 

17.What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?

Neither, an album by Penny & Sparrow

18.What was your favourite compliment that you received this year?

... I'm not quite sure, honestly. 

19.What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life?

Making breakfast and eating it. 

20.What cool things did you create this year?

I created a 5 look apparel collection that I made out of textiles that were hand-woven myself. 

21.What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)?

Anxious, heartbroken. 

22.Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year?

... It's sad I can't think of one. Oh! I got my first tattoo

23.What was your favourite moment spent with your friends?

A night full of laughter at Edgefield over the summer with old and new friends. 

24.What major goal did you lay the foundations for?

I've created a pretty strong foundation for my professional career. 

25.Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary?

I'm a stressed and anxious person. They all seemed necessary and I'm not sure I've let go enough to see that they weren't. 

26.What experience would you love to do all over again?

Probably too private to publish on le blog. 

27.What was the best gift you received?

The continuous gift of friendship and support from my best friends. 

28.How did your overall outlook on life evolve?

Overall became more confused and unsure than ever about my future. But also became more capable of focusing on my day-to-day. 

29.What was the biggest problem you solved?

... Not quite sure. Maybe something having to do with school or work that I can't remember right now. 

30.What was the funniest moment of your year, one that still makes it hard not to burst out laughing when you think about it?

In the car with Rachel, both with horrible senses of direction and getting completely lost in a different state, but then trusting our instincts and solving it without a GPS. We were tired, and it will only ever be funny to us. 

31.What purchase turned out to be the best decision ever?

My tattoo. 

32.What one thing would you do differently and why?

I always feel like I could have put in a little more effort into everything that I did/do. 

33.What do you deserve a pat on the back for?

Letting myself feel and be open about it. 

34.What activities made you lose track of time?

Being on the internet, blogging, working in the sewing lab at OSU. 

35.What did you think about more than anything else?

What was going to happen after I graduate, my ex. 

36.What topics did you most enjoy learning about?

I enjoyed learning how a marketing office works at a University. I was a writer for OSU in the Interactive Comm office and it was a cool and new environment to both work and learn in. 

37.What new habits did you cultivate?

Only bad ones...that I can think of. 

38.What advice would you give your early-2014 self if you could?

Trust your instincts. 

39.Did any parts of your self or your life do a complete 180 this year?

Yes. I'm sure it's obvious from the answers above and previous blog posts

40.What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year?
Rachel. 



YOUR 2015

41.What do you want the overarching theme for your 2015 to be?

Happiness, exploration. 

42.What do you want to see, discover, explore?

Anywhere, everywhere— I'm not picky. 

43.Who do you want to spend more time with in 2015?

In general, I just want to meet more new people I can connect with.  

44.What skills do you want to learn, improve or master?

I don't really consider painting a skill, but I'd like to do that more often. 

45.Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?

Emotional openness and communication. 

46.What do you want your everyday life to be like?

Calm yet exciting and new everyday. 

47.Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?

Checking social media is now almost an obsessive habit, and I don't want it to be anymore. 

48.What do you want to achieve career-wise?

Just to be somewhere I can connect with and support myself from. 

49.How do you want to remember the year 2015 when you look back on it 10/20/50 years from now?

That it was a year of happiness and improvement. 

50.What is your number one goal for 2015?
Allow myself to be happy and let go of anxieties.