DREAM & DREAM – This fall and winter have been very exciting for me. I’ve worked with a couple publications and I’m getting closer to accomplishing my largest dreams. I enjoy making content for you all, and I’m so thankful for what this blog has given me the opportunity to do! Wake up everyday even hungrier for success than you were yesterday. I promise you will make steps to your dreams if you stay organized, focused, and don’t let anyone silence your voice.
Enjoy reading about some books, songs, fashion favorites, and more I’ve been loving in the fall and winter!
CFDA Fashion Fund – This is Vogue’s Annual Competition between 10 new designers in the fashion industry. It’s always great to know upcoming creatives, and the videos are so well done to show the intense and stressful moments under the scrutiny from judges. I recommend to anyone who wants to see a young Adam Selman or Area NYC transform throughout this annual YouTube series.
AREA NYC shows their collection with bubbles to complement their models.
Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race – This podcast is everything. Various speakers have tough conversations about race, privilege, identity politics, economic inequality, etc. I discovered this podcast earlier this week, unable to turn it off, and I’ve already added so many entries to my Notes app on my iPhone with quotes that struck me. If you want to learn more about race relations in our country, especially get some hopeful conclusion after the election, listen to these episodes.
Four Horsemen – I love documentaries, and this one combines injustices such as poverty and insecurity from our governing systems with hopeful solutions. Various economic and political industry leaders discuss why our economic systems were founded this way and what problems are currently aggravated by injustice. There are accurate criticisms of debt-based economy, political corruption, etc. that sparked my curiosity and inspired me to work for a more sustainable solution for every nation to engage in.
Factory Girl – This movie highlights the relationship between Andy Warhol and Edie Segwick, Warhol’s muse in the 1960’s. The movie is about his famous “Factory”, where artists, poets, singers, loners, etc. met in downtown NYC to discuss the current social climate in the city. The actors, actresses, and directors do a great job to bring the setting alive, creating a magical, creative energy throughout the film.
Babe by Petra Collins – A visual book that encompasses multiple artists, curated by Petra Collins and Tavi Gevinson, if you don’t know those two names, you’re missing out on a lot of good in the world. Babe is a collection of female artists that redefine gender norms though progressive, bold artwork that encourages an open relationship between you and your body.
(above Maisie Cousins, below Petra Collins)
The Girls by Emma Cline – I read this book over the summer, with the sun shining and a desire to read a portrait about girls. The fiction creates an innocent, yet anxious and violent environment for a young cult of girls to learn about themselves and their desires. I believe it was inspired by the Manson cult; nevertheless, Cline’s writing style compares to Eugenides’ ability in The Virgin Suicides to beautifully paint these female characters in Northern California.
You Don’t Have to Like Me by Alida Nugent – This memoir focuses on the important time for women that is growing up. Nugent describes internalized sexism, blatant gender roles, and other relevant topics that all women can relate to. She writes short essays that are perfect for the short bus or subway ride with genuine, relatable memories.
Dunes – Alabama Shakes
Viscous – Lou Reed
Weaker Girl – BANKS
Cyclone – Sticky Fingers
Season 2, Episode 3 – Glass Animals
29 #Strafford APTS – Bon Iver
Bad Girls – Blood Orange
He Turns Down – Cat Power
Chelsea Rain Boots – I’ve been wearing my Sam Edelmann Rain Boots this entire month. They pair well with both jeans and skirts, the glossy black color pulls together those outfits I create when I’m running out of the house.
Sweatshirts / Oversized Shirts – Utilizing old sweatshirts and layering athletic-looking pieces has made my outfits more comfortable this fall. I find myself wearing skirts with crewneck sweatshirts, heels with a baggy T shirt and jeans to create large silhouettes.
Men’s Loafers – Inspired by the women at Man Repeller, I’ve started to mismatch my loafers with feminine skirts and ruffled socks this fall. Loafers are typically created in those classic, rich fall colors which makes them easier to rock before it gets too cold!
Hoop Earrings – Hoops are always essential whenever I have my hair pulled back, which is quite often, and I love that they showcase the 70’s vibe. Small hoop earrings can become a part of a casual daily look of mom jeans, a graphic T shirt, and flats or more luxurious earrings can be included in a statement slip dress, fishnet tights, and heeled booties.
Berets – Pull off that Parisian vibe with a beret to fight off the cold. I rummaged and found a creme vintage beret that I pull out whenever my roots look greasy or outfit needs an edge. Gucci has completely transformed quirky accessories like berets, a trend I’ll continue wearing beyond this season.
Sweet Potatoes – Such a sustainable, easy food to buy and eat with great nutritional benefits. It’s somewhat weird I’m including this, but I’ve been eating one about every day so it felt significant to include in my blog post. Sweet potatoes are a filling, starchy grain that supports most diets (plant-based, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free).
Jenny Holzer – Jenny Holzer is a revolutionary thinker with her billboard artwork ans truisms. The iconic, political artist’s work is especially significant post-election, with poetic, intricate thoughts that are powerful. I recommend everyone to look into Holzer’s work that advanced conceptualism in America by juxtaposing her statements against consumerist, popular institutions.
Glossier – This fall, I purchased the girl-cult makeup brand. I bought Boy Brow, Priming Moisturizer, and Detoxifying Mask, and of course, got their cool stickers. This brand has changed my skin and view of makeup, becoming a staple in my daily routine. Go support a brand full of badass women and a talented Emily Weiss. Make sure you use my promo code for 20% your first purchase! bff.glossier.com/eBFjM
Thank you for reading up on my current favorites, and let me know some of your inspirations!