It’s 2019 and I am starting the year off by sharing 19 facts you may not have known about me! I started writing more personal posts within the last year and this one may be one of the most personal yet.

  1. I am the youngest of 4 children. I have two sisters and a brother and the closest is more than 5 years older than me.
  2. I have a Master of Architecture. I knew I would have to get a masters degree before I even started college because both of my sisters had set the bar high with theirs.
  3. I couldn’t make my mind up about going to school for architecture, interior design, or fashion. I decided to go to school for architecture because it was explained to me that I would be better able to switch design disciplines once I graduated had I done architecture but I couldn’t practice architecture without the architecture degree.
  4. I went to Catholic school for 11 years. Today, I consider myself an atheist and go to church once a year – on Christmas eve – for the family tradition.
  5. Occasionally Easter weekend falls very close to my birthday and it is one of my favorite holidays because of childhood memories.
  6. I have a (somewhat irrational) fear of fire. When I was a toddler in NYC with my mom we saw a high rise on fire and people who were on fire were jumping out of the building. I have never lit a flame myself.
  7. I used to have a curly faux-hawk. The haircut was inspired by Anya Ayoung-Chee after watching her win Project Runway.
  8. I bit my fingernails as a child. As an adult I would be able to stop for months on end until I got anxious and would gnaw my fingernails off again. Now that I’ve found a nail tech that I like I’ve been able to “cure” myself.
  9. I’ve worn glasses since I was 8 and contacts since I was 14.
  10. I feel very strongly about abortion. I think that abortions should not be governed by law and feel that women should have the right to choose.  However, I do not think abortions should be used as a form of contraception.
  11. I have seen every episode of Friends at least four times, Sex and the City at least three times, and Gossip Girl at least twice.
  12. I started taking better care of my skin about two years ago with the idea that the less blemishes I had then the less corrective work/effort I had to make while doing my make-up in the mornings. A lot of people say that facial mappings do not work but it seems to have worked for me – for example, whenever I eat cheese I break out in between my eyebrows.
  13. I am highly irritated by people who have the idea that all women are supposed to have kids. I wish that people would get out of these antiquated ideas now that we are in the 21st century. I think people (women especially) should stop asking women when they’ll have kids or telling them that children are god’s blessings or some other equally ridiculous response to guilt trip them.
  14. I am a huge fan of Asian cuisine. I can’t get enough of pho, banh mis, or gourmet ramen.
  15. Lately, I’ve been on a ceviche kick.
  16. I didn’t like to eat rice and bread as a child. Now I am not a fan of meat – I don’t like the texture and occasionally the smell. I was vegetarian for about two years but pork is my weakness.
  17. I told myself that if I didn’t go to school for design then I would have flown airplanes but I get nauseous in little planes and think it would be quite impossible to fly and vomit at the same time.
  18. I broke my toe in the middle of the night and went back to sleep in pain only to wake up to a huge, dark purple toe the next morning.
  19. My dentist calls me a hypochondriac because I will go to her for the slightest toothache. She even stopped charging me a consultation fee because she would see me an often.

2018…

Depending on how long you’ve been around here, you’d have noticed that things have gotten a bit lime-y. Cushnie, a Jamaican born designer, had a shade of lime/chartreuse on her SS19 catwalk and I fell in love. It was the jumpsuit, which I originally thought was a dress, on the left that stole my heart. I couldn’t figure out if it was the silhouette or the color that captivated me and I am still not sure. I was so taken that I’ve bought fabric and had my fingernails painted in shades very similar.

Last year I wrote that 2017 was a doozy. 2018 just dragged on. There were certain things that didn’t necessarily get any better but there were small wins through out the year that kept me moving.

I started this blog back in 2012 for my parents and family to keep up with my journey through architecture school. As time passed it has evolved into what it is today and at some point I realized I wanted to use it as a platform to showcase Caribbean designers. I’ve networked and created some connections that I think could benefit designers and creatives, and 2018 saw me attempting to put them to use. I tried working with a local designer to get her work into a regional magazine and it was a disaster. In the first quarter of the year I was already disenchanted with the type of customer service I got out of Guyanese and Caribbean designers that I was trying to give my money to. I was frustrated  to the point of me questioning why I even thought this collaboration would be a good idea. She had a bad attitude and I felt “some type of way” introducing her to whoever would be reading the magazine if this was an inkling of how she would behave and deal with new clients. It fell through and the fashion editor suggested writing a piece about me, this blog, and the dresses I’d been making. That is actually how I scored the feature in the 2018 issue of The Moda Mag. If you haven’t read it as yet, you can check it out here.

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Sewcialize, the highs and the lows

When I initially started this hobby, I had big grand dreams and within a month I felt like the money I’d spent on fabric, supplies, and a sewing machine were all a waste. Just to get a simple shift dress done took me in excess of 7 days of sewing, ripping, and fitting. And darts, how exactly do I sew these to fit my flat chest?Garment construction, despite wearing lots (and I mean lots) of clothes was completely lost on me. What the heck is facing?

Then I got the hang of a shift dress. I made a miniskirt and I felt like I had the hang of sewing down because it was a breeze. So I made the jump to a pair of shorts and for the life of me, no matter what I did, it just wasn’t right. Now, being in Florida and so far away from my mom (who has sewing experience) trying to get her to explain what it was I should be doing via Facetime was no easy task. I even took off the shorts I was wearing and examined them trying to figure out how exactly the crotch went together. I promised her that I had brains and the degree she paid for was legit but I just couldn’t get the hang of these shorts. Again, why did I waste all of this money?  Read More

Caribbean Made Christmas Presents

In trying to keep it local (aka regional – buying from the Caribbean), here are a few Caribbean brands that you can support this holiday season. Of course, these are brands that I approve of and would definitely want for myself.

  1. Immortelle Beauty – do I need to say more? I’ve written about this skincare brand multiple times (here and here) and of course I will recommend it time and time again.
  2. Lotus Box Tattoo – from the time I discovered Ami Aqui I have wanted her to ink me. I am especially taken by her watercolor work and she shared some gift certificates on IG so this would definitely be a good idea for a Christmas present.

     

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  3. ShopShari always blows my mind with her use of bright colors and prints. In her addition to her apparel she has also created a merchandise line and I am particularly fond of these bottles. They are the perfect gift, especially if your new years resolution is to hit the gym or be more active.
  4. The Verdigris and Botanical collections from We Dream in Colour are my favorite from the brand. However, the brand carries a wide variety and there is a lot for you to choose from.
  5. By ASD offers both illustrated coffee cups and custom fashion illustrations which I would have a hard time choosing from for myself.