Saturday, February 23, 2013

inevitable pastels

Every where I turn, I see chicks strolling around in mint skinnies. I will not be a victim of fast fashion! (trying... but I just got the cutest peach Gstar (whom recently commits to detoxing their fashion!) skinnies from Show Room, can't remember the last time I splurged on clothing) 

"For too long the fashion industry has been polluting waterways around the world with hazardous chemicals used to print, dye and wash our clothes. G-Star and Levi’s have credible, ambitious and industry-leading commitments and action-plans for helping to drive the final nails in the coffin of toxic textiles. Both of these brands moved from greenwashers to potential Detox heroes thanks to the actions of hundreds of thousands of ‘fashionistas’, activists and concerned consumers around the world" -brands that will not commit includes GAP and Calvin Klein. 

Lets see what I learned in Ethics class this week... oh apple products! Did you know that all iPhones and iPods are made in Shenzen, China by a company called Foxconn. What is really sad is even though these phones are sold at such a high price, the demand for it ultimately leads to poor conditions for worker and even suicide (ie. overtime everyday, one worker worked 34 hours straight and died!) for more information check out this article.

cardi: Tristan America, top: Guess, sunglasses: Ray Bans, Purse: independent brand (Paris)


P.S. turned down FAT 2013 to go to HongKong this year!! Hopefully you'll see me in it next year:)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

What's your vocation?

Happy Hump Day once again! How beautiful are these cake? I'll never forget the beautiful cake my friend made me for my 17th birthday, trimmed with pink roses! 

I'm in the Pulling Needle through Thread Magazine!! 
Repping GBC at last years Creativ Festival Project Catwalk.
Wish I can take that yellow dress out for a spin:P
Sewing away, it's prom season! Also all the fun spring events are crawling up! 
These are two pieces I made for clients, bottom one is in muslin.

My Arts in Psychology Class posed the questions "what's you Vocation",
surprised by this life question I poured out an interesting journal entry.
I think I was born in a family artists meaning there's no escaping a creative field, yet I want something more in life, to be fulfilled with helping other, because at the end of the day, if I were to die, I want to say I've made a change in the world as oppose to... well I made a bunch of clothes. Does Career, passion, and self actualization have to be all different? They say "your career should be your second passion" because career is to make money, putting your passion to make money means sucking the life out of your passion. And if I were to devote my life to reaching out, going to Africa, volunteering at non-profit organizations, protesting for rights... I'll end up broke. Is it possible to juggle all of this?

What do you think is your life calling?

If you find yourself wasting a day, please read this story! It is so touching

An 87 Year Old College Student Named Rose
The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned round to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being. 

She said, "Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?"

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, "Of course you may!" and she gave me a giant squeeze. 

"Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?" I asked.

She jokingly replied, "I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids..."
"No seriously," I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.
"I always dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one!" she told me.
After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake.We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months, we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this "time machine" as she shared her wisdom and experience with me. 
Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up. At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I'll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium.

As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, "I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell 
you what I know."

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, "We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it!There is a huge difference between growing 
older and growing up.

If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old.
If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight. 
Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets. The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets."

She concluded her speech by courageously singing "The Rose."
She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives.
At the year's end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.
Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be .When you finish reading this, please send this peaceful word of advice to your friends and family, they'll really enjoy it!

These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.

We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give

Happy Valentines Day!

p.s. a blouse I really need to finish (sewing all the rosette on the front to block off the goods.. haha.