Life Update #1

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It feels like it has been ages since my last blog post, because so much has changed in the past week.  I moved out of my dorm, said goodbye to my best friends, and started working my Summer job.  Before I get all mushy, I am going to turn the focus to GGS.  When I started college, I thought that I would be blogging like crazy.  I had this vision that I would be doing endless outfit shoots and talking primarily about clothes.  This would make sense, right?  Being that I am a fashion major, wouldn’t I be fashion blogging?

Here is my answer:

In high school, it felt as though the world were only that big.  There were so many parts of myself that I kept safely tucked within my shell, which I think is something that happens to a lot of us in high school.  I fell in love with fashion at SCAD in a different way than I loved it before, and my blog reflects that.  Beauty, health, and wellness is what really propels me forward to become a fashion designer.  It is what inspires me, and it is what I enjoy learning about the most which is important in terms of concept development for a collection.  Fashion is art, just like painting is art; and a piece of clothing can be inspired or built around anything (which is why I love it so much).  A professor this past quarter shared this quote with me, “Inspiration is for amateurs, professionals go to work.”  While I understand the context of this quote and what he was trying to get across to me (which is that we cannot wait to be inspired to create), I still have to disagree.  For me, inspiration is a way to continuously be curious about the world.  It is about being interested in the art and culture of others, as well as the ways the people around us choose to live their lives; and inspiration can come from the littlest of things.  I love learning from the people around me (for example, coming home for the Summer has only made me realize how inspired I am by my peers at SCAD).  Inspiration is an adventure, like taking a long walk without a map or destination and being tuned into everything around us.  This Summer, I am going to really try and explore the area that I grew up in, because I know now that it is much bigger than I once thought it was.

Thank you so much for reading!

Much love,

Carly xx

P.S. Expect more Brigitte Bardot inspiration here soon 🙂 I love this photo and what it represents!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vulnerable Adventures

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I love this adventurous, dream-inspiring photo by Ohh Couture.

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If I ever feel particularly unsettled at the end of day, I will often times make a to-do-list for the remainder of the week.  It makes me feel more in control of my life, which is strange because it is just a silly little list, after all!

I think that more than anything, I feel more vulnerable when I allow events to unfold right in front of me.  As much as I can overcomplicate situations, there is simplicity in remembering that there is so much beauty in this world, and in my life, to be grateful for.  Expectations sort of melt away when I remember that my life is complete and whole as it is, right in this moment.

Being vulnerable is not a strength of mine.  I am actually able to hide parts of myself very well, because sometimes I am afraid to just be myself.  It is easy to become scared of being judged or thought of as “weird.”  But, I am starting not to worry so much about that because I don’t want to live wondering what it would’ve been like if I had had the courage to speak up for the things I wanted (and I am not talking about material things).

I love the photo by Ohh Couture above because it inspires me to follow my heart, so that I can discover everything I am meant to about the world.  Anne Frank’s words remind me to simply be grateful, that my life is whole and complete in each moment, allowing me to enjoy the adventures, twists, and turns along the way.  Even in the darkest of times, there is still hope.

Never, ever give up on your dreams!

Much love,

Carly xx