January 14, 2017

The Woodshop #OOTD

There are a number of perks that come with having a sister who is a fashion designer. One being I get to see pieces before the public and another (my personal favorite) being that I get custom pieces :)
As absurd as it sounds, the weather was absolutely amazing and I didn't need a winter coat today. That being the case, of course I had to pull out my hand painted denim jacket made by none other than my best friend and sister Francess, fashion designer and owner of The Woodshop.
I paired the jacket with a mock neck long sleeve top, high waisted jeans and my Adidas Superstars. In terms of accessories, I kept it simple with a denim cap (taken from my mom's closet), hoop earrings and Tathata canvas tote/backpack.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year and a smooth transition back into school. I plan on doing a lot more outfit of the days so stay tuned. And be sure to check out The Woodshop's latest collection to get yourself something nice (;

Stay Profashional, my loves.

xoxo
Clarice

Denim Jacket - The Woodshop
Top - American Apparel
Jeans - American Eagle
Sneakers - Size?
Bag - Tathata Brand

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January 02, 2017

Life Lessons I Learned Studying Abroad (and Ultimately in 2016)

Happy New Year my loves! I hope 2016 was everything you hoped for it to be and that 2017 will be even better. To be honest, this post is long overdue. As you all know, I spent the past three and a half months studying abroad in London and had the opportunity to visit four other countries during that time. As cliche as it sounds, it was the most liberating experience I've ever had. I could not work due to the lack of a work visa and could not really join any extracurriculars due to the short amount of time I was there. All I had to focus on was school and exploration. Being so far from home and essentially on your own in a different country brings you face to face with yourself. You're alone and forced to come to terms with your failings and your strengths. I learned a lot in those three and half months and will carry these lessons with me for the rest of my life in all honesty.

1. STICK TO YOUR BUDGET
 
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Wow. Wow. Wow. I cannot stress this enough. I will be honest and tell you all that I am completely broke right now because I lost my mind in Europe and thought I was someone with a steady income. LOL. My credit card became my best friend and that was not supposed to happen. I created a budget within my first couple of weeks in London and found myself being super stingy with my funds. Instead of allowing myself a little more wiggle room, I decided to ball out. There is nothing wrong with splurging on yourself once in awhile but it has to be ONCE IN AWHILE. Looking back, I have no regrets (sorry bank account) but if I could do it again, I would definitely have stuck to my budget and spread out my purchases. Pro Tip: For all of my adventurous readers looking to study abroad, get your souvenirs throughout your stay. Do not wait until the last week. You're welcome.

2. BE OPEN TO NEW EXPERIENCES
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Although this may seem obvious, I believe that sometimes we get so wrapped up in what we know we like (or think we know) or know about ourselves (or think we know) and close our minds to trying new things. I can personally attest to this. I am so confident in who I am and the person I am becoming that I sometimes find myself closing my mind to new experiences. This can be anything from trying new foods to traveling to a new city to becoming friends with someone you usually wouldn't. Try something new. It might end up being your new favorite thing.

3. IT IS OK TO BE SELFISH
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THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. YOU ARE ALLOWED TO BE SELFISH. Selfishness has such a negative connotation but it is not always a bad thing. To be selfish means to be concerned chiefly with one's own personal profit or pleasure. THAT IS OK. Now of course, you cannot lack consideration for others but at the same time, you are allowed to put yourself first. When I was abroad, I decided to do things that would make me happy. I was determined to make the most of my experience because it was exactly that. My experience. Remember that you cannot please everyone but you sure as hell can please yourself.

4. SEIZE EVERY OPPORTUNITY
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I was bold in London. Emailing various fashion editors, reaching out to bloggers on Instagram, applying to various internships, etc. and it was not in vain. (Greatness to come in 2017). If you want something, you have to go get it and when the opportunity presents itself, you must grab hold of it immediately. That opportunity might be the one to change your entire life. 

Thank you London for the amazing memories and lessons learned. I miss you dearly and will see you in 2018. What life lessons did you learn this past year?

Stay Profashional. 

xoxo
Clarice
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