its been a minute

Sooooooo I know its been a minute.

My goal for 2018 was to put in so much energy into my DIYs and my blog.. and I did.. until it was time for graduation and time to figure out my life. I really wanted a corporate job with Disney. How cool would it be to design Disney’s merchandise?

Yeah that’s a dream! I was so motivated and determined to make that happen. I applied to so many different Disney jobs for monthsssss. Then I applied to a store at Downtown Disney that wasn’t owned by Disney. It was just another retail job. But in my mind, I thought that if I at least worked there, I would be closer to a Disney job. So I graduated college, I had some fun, celebrated my birthday then started working at that store the day after. Keep in mind, I live an hour away from Disney. A few months in, I became a merchandiser for the store.. and finally got a Disney job, but it was a park job! I was fine with that because again, you have to work from the bottom. So at this point, I was basically working both jobs full time. I was working the store in the morning, Disney at night and also doing my long commute in the mornings and night time. You may be asking, “Bella, why the heck did you do that to yourself?” I am asking myself that now too but at the time, I thought that this was what I needed to do.

I didn’t have time for a social life or my personal work life anymore. In the middle of September, aka Disney’s slow season, I planned a trip to Paris for 5 days. That was definitely a very, very much needed break.

See, look how happy we were!

 

Fast forward to the beginning of November, I had worked the longest, most tiring shift of my life that I literally couldn’t wake up the next morning (hello I’m dramatic). My mom had gotten a call the next morning from my aunt… my mom yelled to me “Bella, you’re moving to New York!” that’s all I heard before I fell back asleep. Then when I finally woke up for real this time, she explained to me that my cousin was moving out of her apartment and if I wanted to, I could finish up her lease. As we may know, I love living in new places and I have always wanted to live in New York. So my mood for the next month, completely changed and I couldn’t wait until it was time to move!

Basically, long story short… I learned a few lessons from this experience and wanted to share it with you all.

  • You don’t have to have everything all figured out by the time you graduate college. You are allowed to take time to discover who you are and what you want to do.
  • You don’t have to only have one interest and find a job in that… Experiment in a ton a different jobs and careers.
  • You’re allowed to feel sad and lost… just don’t let the feelings take over.
  • Once you hit your lowest low, you will hit your highest high.

I believe in positivity and manifesting how you want to live your life. I felt lost for the past 7 months but the one thing I was constantly saying was that by January, I will be in New York/ have things figured out more than I do now. And look where I am!

DIY: sun bathing suit

I am calling this a sun bathing suit because technically that is what it is. I don’t go in the water at the beach or the pool so I wanted to make a cute bathing suit to tan in!

Materials:

  1. Polyester fabric
  2. 100% Polyester thread
  3. Bathing suits or bralette that you own to use as a pattern

I couldn’t decide on the style of top I wanted so I decided to make two different styles.

Top Style #1

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The first thing I did was stretch my fabric in both directions to see which side was stretchier. With the stretchier side, fold it in half so that when you pull the bathing suit on, it would stretch. (If that makes sense?)

Next, I laid out a Calvin Klein bra to be the pattern for top #1. I then traced it out on the fabric. At this point, the fabric is folded in half so when cut the pattern out, you will have two tops. This is correct. But then do it again, so you have four in total.

You will put the two sides together, right sides touching each other. Then sew along the edges, keeping a small section unsewed so you can flip the top outside in.

Do this again with the other two sets. Once you know have two tops, sew them together, right sides touching to make your complete top!

Top Style #2

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For this style, I grabbed a bralette that I already owned and used the width to create the pattern.

Instead of creating two of each side, I created the pattern closed to the folded side. As you can see in the photo below, the top is folded over and the bottom will be sewn.

After sewing the bottoms of the top, I sewed the two tops together with the sides, having right sides facing each other.

After that, I took leftover fabric and created straps. I kind of cheated on the straps because I do not like making straps; so I took the left over fabric and just pulled it until they looked like straps, as you can see in the photo below. Once I finished that, I sewed the straps on.

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Bottoms

I’m really into the high-leg bottoms right now so that is what I wanted to create! I have a one piece suit that has a high leg so I used that as the pattern to create my bottoms.

I made the bottoms similar to the first top. I created two patterns for the front, and two for the back. I sewed the two front together, leaving a little space to flip outside in. then did the same for the back. Once finished, I sewed the sides and bottom together, right sides touching.

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And taaa-daaa, here is the finished product!

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Disclaimer: I am self-taught. I look at pieces and get ideas on things to create then I basically create from how I think it should be done. So I am sure there are much easier or different ways to sew and do what I do, but this is how I do it πŸ™‚

DIY: overall suspender bottoms

I am LOVING the suspender look. A few months ago, I fell in love with a overall suspender skirt and didn’t get it and now its gone… which means, time for me to DIY it. I am going to show you how to DIY suspender cropped pants & a suspender skirt from pieces I owned, that didn’t wear and needed to upcycle!

(So this one, you do need to sew but it is so easy, that you could sew by hand!)


So lets start with the pants.

I took a maxi dress that I didn’t care about anymore.

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Step 1: Cut off the top so you’re only working with the bottom of the dress.

– I liked this dress because there was already elastic in it, so when I was cutting off the tube top part, I kept some elastic so I didn’t have to worry about that. So I recommend using a dress with elastic in it already! Or you’ll need to put your own elastic or zipper in!

– The other nice thing about this dress, is now I have a separate tube top as well!

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Step 2: If you skirt doesn’t already have slits, then cut some slits on the side.

I lucked out because mine already had slits, so I folded the dress in a way that created two legs then I just sewed up the slits!

Step 3: I cut off some of the bottom to 1. make it shorter and 2. to have fabric for the straps.

Once I did that, I created two straps. Then I sewed the straps into the correct place and there you have it!

To create a strap, cut enough fabric where if you folded it in half, it would be the thickness you want! Once you have it cut, fold in half with the printed sides touching, then sew along the edge, then flip the straps inside out! (This is the most tedious part)

(I didn’t hem the bottom but you can to make a cleaner and more finished look!)

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Now for the skirt!

It is the exact same process! Except I turned my high-low skirt into a flowy, one length skirt. You can pick your length.

With the excess, create straps then sew the straps on!

And you’ll probably have more excess – with that excess, I love to make headbands, scarves, chokers, whatever you think would be cute!

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how to have a good Instagram

Everything you need to know to create an Instagram that you love.

At lot of people don’t care or understand the point of putting the extra effort into Instagram. But growing up with a fascination for all of this “stuff,” I see the importance and the fun to it, so keep reading if you’re the same way πŸ™‚

Here is a little table of contents/overview of what I am going to talk about:

  • Poses/Angles
  • Planning
  • Theme
  • How I Edit My Photos
  • Apps I Use

Poses/Angles

This one is mainly for fashion Instagrams so skip ahead if this doesn’t interest you. But this can also help those who want to learn their angles.

It’s all about becoming comfortable in front of the camera, and not worrying what others think. Because yes people are staring, but is it worth losing the photo op, worrying, if you KNOW its going to be good. The ones staring are going to be the ones staring on social media as well, so you just gotta do it.

I would start by dancing in front of the camera to get comfortable. Then from there, do poses that feel right to you. Sometimes, dancing is all you need.

 

Try playing with your hair or your clothing pieces.

 

Be silly. That makes the photo more authentic.

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Use a prop.Β 

 

My go-to pose is looking down and putting one foot in front of the other… this makes you look taller.

 

As for angles, when you’re first figuring out what angle you like: tell whoever is taking the photo to try couching down, putting the phone above their head, or come from different sides so then you can figure out where you look best.

Planning

My favorite app to plan with is UNUM.. just don’t ask me to pronounce it.

This app is so convenient because it helps you plan what looks good next to each other on you feed.

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I think Instagrams look best when the photos are categorized by “thing,” “close up,” and “far away.”

“Thing” can be anything from a prop, flat lay, photo of something w/o you in it, etc… just a thing.

“Close up” is simply just a photo that is focused on a person or person(s). So if you have a photo of you and a friend and you two are the main focus, or it is hips and up – that is a close up. Or if it is a selfie where you are the focus.

 

“Far away” is a photo of you with or without friends but you are far away, there is more going on behind you… it is a full body.

 

Once you have the photos categorized, sort them out and move them around to see what looks good next to each other. You don’t want to have too many of one next to each other.

This is personally what I do and think looks good in my mind, but it is Instagram and there are no rules – post what makes you happy at the end of the day. Having an organized feed with content I am proud and passionate of, makes me happy.

Planning your photos on UNUM is just like playing Tetris lol.

Theme

Once you have your planning done and photos organized, having a feed (one filter or style you use on every photo) this brings the whole look together.

Your theme doesn’t have to be a filter, if you can make it work where all your unedited photos match… but from personal experience I cannot achieve that and I like playing with filters!

Picking the perfect feed, involves playing around on whatever editing app you like and finding a filter that speaks to you, then altering the settings to make all the photos match.

I just think a theme makes everything look a lot cleaner and organized.

How I Edit My Photos

I love a good vintage and retro pink. So I would take photos of me in pastel colors (my brand color basically) and add S1 on VSCO, play around with it.. I would usually bring saturation down, temperature down, and add a pink tint to reach my desired look.

Recently, aka a couple days ago, I wanted to change it up and I was leaning more a blueish/brownish feed. So I started using A5 on VSCO, bringing it down to the 7s, adding blue temp or orange temp depending on what the photo needed more of and that’s pretty much it.

(If you don’t use VSCO, this might not make sense but play around with it and you’ll get it).

 

Apps I Use

  • VSCO (to edit)
  • Lightroom (I mess around with it but I’m not a pro – but that never stopped me)
  • UNUM (to plan)
  • FaceTune (to make things more white or add “detail” to certain things)
  • Rhonna Designs (for fonts and to make templates/fliers/etc)

 


These are just my thoughts and opinions. There is no right away to do Instagram. But I started using it since the beginning in 2011 and have been watching what people do throughout the years and on my own, this is what I discovered as the best practices. This was geared more towards a fashion lifestyle type of Instagram but you can make it your own with whatever photos you like to take!!!!

 

 

diner girl

This week I wanted to try something new with photography. I have always had a fascination with editorial fashion photography. I love how unique and glamorous it is… so I wanted to try it on my own!

I photographed and styled my friend Leah. I absolutely love 50s style, and I thought photographing Leah in a 50’s inspired look at a diner would be so fun! So thats what we did.

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where i get my fashion inspiration

I love fashion more than anything. From the moment a child can formulate sentences and have an understanding of what it means to love something, that’s when I knew I wanted to be in this industry. I have a project from years ago, I was in first grade maybe, and it said, “When I grow up I want to be a vashion designer.” I knew I wanted to be that before I even know how to spell it. Up until 16, I told people, “when I’m older, I am going to be a fashion designer.” At 16, I realized what that meant and what more to the industry there was. Then from that moment it was, “I want to be in the fashion industry… a stylist… a model… a fashion photographer…” Anything you could think of. I love it. All of it. I love the way one can put an outfit together and they don’t even need to speak and you know what they are trying to convey about themselves, and who they are, and what their style is.

My style has always been unique. I’ve never known what to call my style or how to explain it. I just wear what I want with what I have. I mix and match colors, patterns and styles because I think it looks cool. I realized recently that my style is inspired by both the 50s but also by a glam, Parisian and faux fur look.

Some fictional characters I am inspired by are: Blair Waldorf, (young) Carrie Bradshaw, Massie Block, Veronica Lodge, Cher… you probably see a trend here.

Real people who I am inspired by: Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe.

Here are some looks from Pinterest that inspire me and my style.

 

The fashion industry has changed and grown so much with the media today. I love fashion bloggers and Instagrammers but part of me wishes we could go back to a time of Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn.