Dear 2016, You are MY Year.

Happy Friday:

*I know it’s been a while since I’ve last posted anything, but I do have honest reasons for my absence. I mentioned this leave of absence in my last video, Break From YouTube?, but didn’t think to mention it on my blog. Since this post isn’t a life update, I will address my leave of absence at the end.*

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Courtesy of the Self-Help/Motivational Section at Barnes & Nobles.

Dear 2016, you are MY year. 

Though there are people who think setting goals in the beginning of the year is a bit cliche – let’s be real, they aren’t wrong about that,  it is a cliche – they forget to realize that setting goals is the first step to getting anything accomplished. That’s why having New Years Resolution’s is important: we’re officially standing on a clean slate and can build anything we want on top of it. 

This year, I am setting goals that will help me grow and prosper in every aspect of my life; it’s basically what I wanted & accomplished in 2015, but this year, I plan to continuously grow in areas I never thought I’d find myself. Here are a few specific things I will accomplish in 2016:
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1. Work-out more/Start a toning work-out routine. I know this is another cliche, but since having my daughter, back in August of 2014, I’ve managed to loose most of my baby weight. I’m definitely not as small as I was pre-pregnancy, but I am completely in love with how womanly I feel in my current body. My goal is to find a routine that will focus more on toning instead of weight loss.

2. Drink more water. Drinking water is a necessity for the body, you can never drink to much of it. You actually can, but hydration is the key to success. #djkhaledinspo

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Sunflower State of Mind.

3. Meditate more. By the end of 2016, I would like to have a daily mediation routine. I was introduced to the world of mediation in early 2015, but I started committing towards the end of the year. As of late, I have been doing it more frequently and I have noticed an immediate difference in my overall well being. I want to continue to give me this time to balance out all of my life stresses.

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Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm & harmony.

4. Work on time management. I’m no expert when it comes to keeping my life organized, but in 2015, I was also introduced to the power of making lists, setting goals, & planning my life; & I have officially become addicted! I want to work harder on staying focused on what’s really important in accomplishing any goals or tasks I have set for myself, it being a blog post, play date, or homework assignment.

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Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

5. Read more. I love writing, it’s why I’ve taken blogging up as a side hobby. The best way to keep my writing up to par, besides writing more, is to read more. I also enjoy diving into different worlds when I need an escape from my reality. I want to read a few books this year, no specific amount.

6. Write more. As I said in the previous listing, writing frequently helps a ton if you’re a blogger. It’ll also be beneficial for me since I am still a college student. I want to write as often as I can, it being ideas, thoughts, free-writes or even journal entries.

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That’s my girl.

7. Pick up my Uke and Guitar more. I love both instruments and can play a few chords on ’em, but I really want to be able to write my own music and get lost in that world. Hopefully with bettering my time management, I might be able to learn a thing or two this year.

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Many thanks to The Bald Movement for introducing me to a world of real bald beauty.

8. Monthly mood boards. I created a mood board at a recent event I went to, and had so much fun in doing so. Monthly mood boards came into my life during a free blogging class I took last June. SheisMelrose, who is a fellow fashion blogger, taught the class and talked about it’s benefits. With the amount of magazines I have pilled-up under my bed – and in my moms house – mood boards are the perfect creative outlet to put those magazines to good use. I plan on sharing my mood boards monthly on my blog, along side monthly wishlists.

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DIY is a way of life. *My latest project ; Patched-up Denim Vest.

9. DIY more. In 2015, I had a decent amount of DIY projects I wanted to get my hands on, but never got around to doing. I have a bin in my back studio filled with clothes that need bleaching, distressing, patch-work and simple stitching. I hope, again, with my improvements on time management, I can get a few projects done this year – expect those to be shared both on my blog & YouTube!

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OBSESSED with my thrifted faux-fur coat.

10. Thrift more. Fashion is my biggest passion, and nothing makes me happier than buying amazing pieces for super cheap. Thrifting really helps me in finding my individual style because I can buy pieces that no one else has; it’s perfect. I do plan on picking up a few quality pieces from name brand stores, but for the majority of my shopping trips this year, I want to buy used clothing. Not only is it budget friendly, but it’s also good for the environment. That’s what I call a win-win!

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11. Expand DeadGypsy & Co & launch an official site. If you did not know, I am also a jewelry designer. My shop, DeadGypsy & Co., is currently on Etsy and I have plans to legitimize my shop by launching an official site which I’m stoked to announce is currently in the works. As far as goodies go, I plan on expanding my inventory with tie-dyed tote bags [which I will be tie-dying myself], handmade candles and re-introduce my handmade soaps.

12. Start brainstorming & planning future projects. I have a few other side projects I’d like to plan out further this year – those plans include creating a zine [I will be selling my zines on the  DeadGypsy site], write, act & directed a web series & starting a podcast, where I will be interviewing artists from all over. I have plans, y’all.

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To be beautiful means to be yourself.

13. Be more positive. This has been on my New Year’s Resolutions list for the past few years, and thankfully, every year I find that I am a lot more positive and content with myself than I was the year before. Loving myself has allowed me to love those nearest and dearest to me in ways I never thought possible, and I am blessed to have been able to find a decent amount of self-love last year. In 2016, I want to continue deepening my connection with my inner self to really share my love with others – it’s amazing what loving yourself can accomplish.

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read my list of goals for this coming year. I hope January has been treating you well & that the rest of 2016 brings you nothing but experiences, love and positivity. What are some of your goals for 2016? Please leave them in the comments below, I’d love to know!

**Explanation for my absence:

If you are subscribed to my YouTube channel, you would have saw that my last video was all about me taking a break from YouTube & there were a few reasons as to why:

  • I wanted to really enjoy my winter break with my family with no worries about posting on my blog or on YouTube.
  • Being a full time student, I also lost a bit of time with my daughter the later half of 2015 so I wanted to give her a few weeks of my undivided attention.
  • Plus, always having my blog & YouTube on my mind, I just mentally and physically needed the break. Blogging & YouTube does take a lot of energy from me and I wanted to really relax during this break. I needed it to really enjoy my present life.
  • Another reason for my absence is that I wanted to spend more quality time with myself – shaving bald is definitely a drastic change and I’m still trying to properly adjust to it. Overall, I am beyond happy that I shaved,  but I still do get a bit nervous removing my beanie in public.
  • My final reason for taking this break is because,  as much as I hate to admit it, I failed Geology, again. At times I noticed that I would put a bit more energy into my blog and YouTube over school, which is a complete no-no. I took these past few weeks to pre-filmed, pre-edited and pre-planned videos and posts for this coming semester. I cannot afford to fail classes, but I still want to be consistent with my content. I have faith that this break was exactly what I needed to balance my blog/YT, school and my home life.

To be honest, I loved this break so much that I think I might make January my designated ‘vacation’ month from my Internet life. It’s refreshing to spend time off of the web, and find inspiration in other places while experiencing different things. I feel like I am recharged and ready to take the rest of the year by storm! [There is a chance I might take a few weeks off in the summer to prep for my fall semester, but that’s still up in the air.] I hope this explains my absence better, and gives y’all a better understanding of where I am coming from. I got mad love for you, and cannot wait to grow together this coming year!

Don’t forget to either follow or leave you e-mail to be notified whenever I upload a new blog post. Again, thank you so much for stopping by!

Cheers to the weekend!

‘Till Monday,

GC xo

 

Life Update: School, Shaving Bald, Exciting News; & Giveaway Winners! | Video

Happy Friday:

Am I the only one who thinks 2015 just came, and went?

It’s amazing to think about all of the changes I’ve experienced in my life in that past year: I’m officially raising a toddler, am a full time student and full time entrepreneur. If you have a small business of any kind, you know how hard it is to maintain it. I am beyond blessed for all of the progress I’ve made this year – in all aspects of my life. I’ve learned so much about myself and my capabilities that I honestly can’t wait for the new year.

I can’t wait to see all that awaits me in 2016. 

School has officially become my main focus – I explain that further in detail in my video, located at the end of this post. I want to thank everyone who has supported me thus far both on YouTube and here, on WordPress. Though my blog is relatively new – I’ve only been doing this since May – I have gained a few friends in the time I’ve been blogging. My life has been significantly happier since.

I’m also stoked to announce that I have been accepted into the Teen Vogue x Parsons: The New School’s new fashion certificate program. I explain what it’s all about in my video – I can’t wait to embark on this new journey.

I also briefly touch on my feelings on shaving bald – let’s just say that it’s definitely going to be happening sooner than later.

Here’s my video:

Thank you so much for reading & watching.

Have an amazing weekend!

GC xo

NYFW Recap: FIT Showcase & Badiel’s Charity Show for Rising Stars | Fall 2015

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Collection by designer Anthony Eastwick.

Happy Monday:

I can’t believe New York Fashion Week is officially over. This was the first year where I actually got the opportunity to attend a fashion show – two fashion shows, as a matter-of-fact. Both shows were a bit surreal; my love & passion for fashion was on maximum and I swear, I was in Utopia. I want to give a huge thank you to one of my good friends, and fellow fashion blogger, Melrose, for inviting me to one of the events. She introduced me to a world that I cannot wait to experience again next year!

Georgie Badiel’s Charity Fashion Show for Rising Stars:

This was Badiel’s 5th annual charity fashion show, and it’s inspired by the conditions of her home town in Burkina Faso, West Africa. The proceeds for this event goes straight into her foundation, which helps provide fresh, clean water to those who don’t have access to it back in Africa. Her cause is amazing – I love & respect Ms. Badiel for bringing change into the world through representing & showcasing up-and-coming designers. She radiated love while speaking, and I wish her many, many more successful shows in the years to come.

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Georgie Badiel speaking about her foundation.

There were 4 collections showcased: a couture collection by NYC based designer Kevin Shahroozi, dresses by Michelle Blanchard design, chic handbags by AB&B, and finally, elegant dresses designed by Anthony Eastwick.

Kevin Shahroozi, who I had the honor of meeting, is a born & raised New Yorker. His collection was very clean-cut, fresh, and definitely had European accents with his play on structure. He mostly designed pieces for men, but there were a few structured pieces for the ladies, which was a nice, added surprise. I’m very excited to see where Mr. Shahroozi heads next – his classic, yet super-structured vibe is impeccable.

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The AB&B handbag collection was super funky – I would have never thought that rocking a vintage record, as a handbag, could be so chic. The handbags are completely innovative, and can be worn in a variety of ways. I can imagine myself rocking this bag with a whimsical, bold look. Or if I’m feeling a bit casual, I could rock a basic look, making this bag the statement piece.

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The dresses designed by Michelle Blanchard were beautifully put together.  The collection varied from everyday looks, office attire, and nightlife fashion. This collection had a great mix of classic fits mingled with lively prints & colors.

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There was a brief intermission, where artist Peace Simon came on stage and did a live art show…upside-down. Everyone was a bit confused at first, but once the painting was done, and the canvas was turned over, we saw a clear painting of the one and only Bob Marley. Very impresssive, Mr. Simon.

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Though the show had a beautiful mix of fashion pieces & artists, the last collection was by far my favorite: Anthony Eastwick. His collection had a variety of vibes – it ranged from modern elegance to hints of renaissance and romance, and as a theater major, I seriously appreciated the elements he added into this collection. The collection flowed beautifully, with no dress going unnoticed.

One of the models killed one of his gowns: the beautiful Jayka. She’s 6’1, french, and has the aura of a queen.

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I am so glad I got the opportunity to experience this show – thank you again, Melrose, for inviting me. It was definitely a night to remember.

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Fashion Institute of Technology: Proffesor’s Runway Escape Fashion Show

This fashion show was held at the Empire Hotel, 63rd St and 7th Ave, on its rooftop. There was a spectacular view of the city, which added a true NYFW vibe to this event. The Fashion Institute of Technology showcased 3 collections, all inspired by the psychology program they offer at the school.

This was an interesting take on fashion design, and one I was totally excited to take a peek at. Here are a few pieces I really loved:
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I actually found the FIT event through Eventbrite, which is both a website and an app that I totally recommend you all checking out. They have a variety of events, both free and payed, that are great for individuals who want to network with other creators in any field. I have attended a variety of events through this app: parties, fashion shows, even workshops about marketing & personal branding. This app has completely changed my life.
The world offers opportunities for everyone to go out and experience a new part of their city – you just have to be willing to put yourself out there. 

The experiences of attending these fashion shows is definitely something I can see myself doing for seasons to come. I love how both of these shows were cheap and free to attend, making it accessible to everyone who enjoys fashion.

With that, see you next year NYFW.

Thank you so much for reading.

‘Till Wednesday:

GC xo