My 6 Month Missions

Despite my blog being about design and fashion, I also try to merge in my personal life sometimes. Lately I have had a lot of things I want to get on my mental “To Do” list. But haven’t done anything concrete about it. I figure if I write about it, post it online and make myself accountable, it will happen a lot of faster. Plus, it’s always great to have goals. So, here are mine!

  • Buy a sewing machine
  • Learn how to sew a dress
  • Run the SF half Marathon – 13.2 miles
  • Focus less on freelance and more on music
  • Release my fashion app in the App Store

I used to sew a lot in high school. I would modify my clothes often and miss how relaxing it was. I think its good to have a sewing machine in general, but want to know how to use it for more complicated patterns.

I’m running the SF half marathon in July, I am so excited. Finally a big race that will be a huge check in my list.

I love freelance, I have been fortunate to have great clients. Although I think that it’s  time to focus less on working for others and get some of my own personal things accomplished. I’ll be my own client for once!

My fashion app has been in development for about 3 months now. Still a lot of UI and engineering to be done but it’s nice that it’s finally an actual usable app on a device. There is a lot more to go, but I just need to get it done.

What are your goals for the next 6 months? I think it’s great to set both short and long term goals. It keeps life interesting and makes me even more motivated.

Buying Nude | Via Spiga

Finding nude heels is a challenge. It’s not because their hard to find. It’s because their hard to find for each individual girl. Nude heels come in all types of heights and color. Buying the wrong color nude heel can either make or break your outfit. It it doesn’t fit closely with your skin color, you’ll actually look more mismatched and lose the point of wearing nude heels. The tricky part is that if you have very light pinkish skin like mine you’re going to have to go for more of a very light brown color. Wearing a more pink color nude heel will look odd and make your skin look more pink. Stay away. I found these Via Spiga heels size 8 1/2 and fell in love with them instantly.  It’s a perfect height, I love the Mary Jane type straps and the rounded toes. Via Spiga has a very classic feel to their heels with timeless shapes. Since the heels are are a bit higher the straps help to keep the foot in the shoe. It makes it feel very secure, they are extremely comfortable and so far I  haven’t felt any blisters.

When wearing nude heels, I’d suggest wearing a pair of flats to work and not wear them for commuting. They will show scuffs quickly and they are visible. Invest in a nice pair of nude heels that fit your skin color, but take care of them. These are great office and dinner shoes. But I wouldn’t suggest these on long commutes or for going out shopping in the city. Plus, like all high heels, they will become uncomfortable if you’re on your feet all day.

Every girl should own a pair of nude heels. It’s like owning that black tank top that comes to use on so many occasions. This is a classic staple in fashion and should be in every wardrobe. You’ll be surprised at what you can wear with these shoes. Basically everything goes, from little black dresses to jeans with blazers.


Inspiration in the Sky

When I fly, I get so excited because it’s a time for me that I have to unplug from the outside world. I feel for some reason that when I am in the sky I feel closer to my thoughts and that anything is possible. Maybe it’s because as humans we are not designed to fly, we were not born with wings. But we’ve been innovative to make our own. If you heard someone say that one day we’d fly in the sky in a silver tube, the person would probably just look at you odd. But because such technology now exists from such a foreign thought, I feel that when I am in the sky, I am able dream a lot clearer.

I’ve been stuck on a few projects of my own and during the flight I felt that I had ideas were a flood. A large part was just being inspired by the beauty below me and the ocean. The other side was just unplugging from my phone. Sometimes we feed off other people to be our inspiration, when really we just need to feed off our own minds. As creatives we have brilliant ideas going through each of us everyday. It just takes discipline to tap out of the digital world, unplug, and focus on what we ourselves see in our work.

One exercise that really helps when you are out of ideas, is to walk up to a white wall and just stare at it. Wait till you get extremely bored of it and have already found all the dirty spots. After awhile, imagine drawing anything on that white wall. Maybe it’s your project, design, or unicorns with sparkles. This really creates a great exercise for your brain, that allows you to pull out your creative side within yourself and not from anything or anyone else.

That’s all I have today, but even if you don’t know where to go, hop on a plane sometime.  It’s amazing to get away.