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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Occasionally Easter weekend falls very close to my birthday and it is one of my favorite holidays because of childhood memories.
- 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.
- I used to have a curly faux-hawk. The haircut was inspired by Anya Ayoung-Chee after watching her win Project Runway.
- 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.
- I’ve worn glasses since I was 8 and contacts since I was 14.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- I am a huge fan of Asian cuisine. I can’t get enough of pho, banh mis, or gourmet ramen.
- Lately, I’ve been on a ceviche kick.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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.
- 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.
- 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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- 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.
- 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.
- By ASD offers both illustrated coffee cups and custom fashion illustrations which I would have a hard time choosing from for myself.