" Little Girls With Big Dreams Become Women With Vision "
April 16th, 1998.
A fashionista was born.
Joining Girl Scouts at an early age gave me a head start to learn new skills, experience adventure, and plant the seed to later become my own boss. The Cookie Program (which I loved) introduced me to different levels of entrepreneurship by encouraging me to set and reach goals, pitch with confidence, and build and maintain lasting relationships with others that is stilled accomplished today.
Bodies In Motion Performing Arts and Dance School
The art of dance pushed me to go beyond my limits. I learned that mental strength is just as important as physical. It turned out to be a great experience for me to express myself, and understand that with practice, there is improvement.
High School Art Class
The foundation to my interest and education with fashion. I learned the basics of developing a mood board, drawing the fashion figure (croquis) and flats, selecting color and fabrics, and putting all of my ideas into a cohesive, illustrative collection.
My interest in fashion continued into the youth program at Moore College of Art & Design. In addition to attending fashion design and illustration class, I began learning how to sew, and constructed my first T-shirt. Taking classes in a college setting during middle school prepared me for the next big step in my journey on a professional, academic, and creative scale.
This "that's so ressa" image represents a project that my high school teacher assigned. The objective was to re-create any logo using our name. I chose to use "that's so raven" because it was my favorite childhood show that inspired me to unlock my creativity with the use of outfits.
Now an official Fashion Institute of Technology Alumna. This school opened many paths to my career and surrounded me with nothing but creative energy. I am proud to be a graduate. Thank you FIT for forming me into a businesswoman. The team projects and more paid off. If you know, then you know.
New York Fashion Week
During freshman year, attending NYFW (at the time) was like an invitation to the Met Gala in my eyes. I was blessed to volunteer at the LanYu and LaQuan Smith shows thanks to my connections at FIT.
A day for the books.
As an ex- Project Runway fan and animal lover living in New York City, I had to visit Swatch the dog. Swatch is the staple for Mood Fabrics, a store where the Project Runway contestants shopped for materials for each design competition.
SMF Global Internship
It's so funny how I became an intern at SMF Global. Prior to this opportunity, I was hired at a nearby restaurant in New York City. The same day of accepting my offer for the job, it was rescinded. I used that loss to fuel my newfound passion for fashion styling. All in the same day, I emailed a number of stylists in the city. Sean Frazier was one who peaked my interest, and responded back by inviting me into his office for an interview. Since then, Sean and Lucky became family who taught me the hands on business of fashion styling.
Three months into my internship, I had the honor to assist Sean and Lucky with styling their client Wu-Tang Clan for their film "An America Saga" on Hulu. Aside from on set styling, I managed merchandise and compiled visual research for project ideas. Talk about divine misdirection.
Boss Babe Link Up
A lot of my girl boss inspiration emerged from my friend and big sister Dejah. I met Dejah in Girl Scouts (see lasting connections) She formed an event called "Boss Babe Link Up" to connect, celebrate, and empower women entrepreneurs everywhere. We continuously support each others business and personal endeavors. I'm still connected to those to attended this event.
VX Apparel Fashion Show
I cannot stress enough how important it is to stay connected to people. I was one out of two stylists for the VX Apparel Fashion Show. I met Tirsa, the Founder of VX Apparel at Boss Babe Link Up. You see what happens when you maintain relationships. Opportunities arise.
Travel as much as you can. Your mindset expands when you see and experience new things.
The first photoshoot for Stylemergency. Growth is inevitable. Keep going.
Stylemergency Studio Experience
Friends turned clients were the first to experience my home based studio, and preview the fun and customer service driven side to having a Stylemergency. These practices translated into the services being done in clients homes.
An actual visual of being in the field.
Sweet Tooth Hotel
To be continued.