Just the other day in a mode of self reflection, I started to think about how productive and fulfilling my summer has been thus far. Through interning with renown stylist Giovanna Battaglia and her first assistant, Solange, I have met some amazing people this summer. Never would I have guessed I would have stepped foot in any Vogue recognized office at the age of twenty, but here I am this summer having worked in the Vogue Japan New York office. In addition, I have been on some of the most executed, imaginative styling sets anyone could possibly set foot on; leading me to come to terms with a future career as a fashion stylist. In addition to carving out a career in styling, I also hope become a fashion and lifestyle writer, as writing has always been on of my passions - which is why, oddly, I can’t wrap my head around why I haven’t been on this bad boy (my blog) in what will make a month today. Sure, I’ve been incredibly busy, but if writing is something I hope to get better at, I need to start doing it more frequently. So I’m challenging myself to update at least twice a week and I want you to hold me accountable. Starting tomorrow, I will have a weekly think piece on Thursday, which will consistently be titled, “Think Piece Thursday,” so check back every Thursday for that. Now to just sit back and watch the writing evolution of Shammara. I’m sure it will be an illuminating one.
Toddles, my loves!
Dress: H&M|Cardigan: Primark| Necklace: Primark| Shoes: H&M
I’m not quite sure if it is because we have been conditioned to believe Mondays are the ultimate worst days of the week, or if it is because they just are and that’s why we always feel sluggish at the beginning of a new week, but I’m here to put some kick in your step this week with my new Monday series, “Monday Inspiration.” Over the week, I do a bit of web browsing, and boy do I come out with some good finds – or what I like to call, the “gems of the world wide web.” Feeling like you need a big inspirational boost to get through the rest of the week? Well look no further. Here is a list of some great content you can peruse through, read and watch throughout the rest of the week so you never have to feel burned out. And don’t worry, you can thank me later
- Having a moment where you feel you’re not good enough. Well the folks over at Darling magazine think otherwise. (Link)
- Body Image, oh body image. I made my own video tackling the issue, but this video created by both the creators of Darling and Soulpancake is just as great of a watch. (Link) and (Link)
- Think calligraphers are out of demand? Think again. Paris based calligrapher, Nicholas Ouchenier has made invitations for some of the biggest fashion houses around, including Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Gucci, and more. I mean, who knew you could make a sound living from your handwriting? (Link)
- Something must be said for Youtubers you watch religiously. Whether she is giving out beauty related advice, or vlogging her every day experiences with her boyfriend Aslan and greyhound dog, Reggie, Estée from essiebutton and essiebuttonvlogs is by far one my favorite Youtubers to-date. Make sure to check her out on your free time. I promise you won’t regret it. (Link) and (Link).
Image courtesy of createandconnectproject.com
I know, I know, my lack of commitment to the blog is something I never thought would happen since its genesis, but what can I say? I’ve landed a wonderful opportunity to intern with an illustrious fashion stylist, plus I work part-time, so I sure am one busy bee. While not an excuse, it’s the main reason why I haven’t been feeding the blog as much as I want to. No need to worry, though; last week I luckily met up with a close friend of mine to discuss brand new content for the blog, so prepare yourself for some great outfit posts, think pieces penned my me (well, duh), interviews from fashion professionals, and much much more.
But before then, I’ll feed your eyes for now. Enjoy!
There’s something to be said about a bag whose handle turns into that of a phone. While I have had my pink cheetah print Betsey Johnson bag for years now, my love for its overall concept as a “makeshift phone” (one that unfortunately doesn’t work, but is still cute nonetheless) has grown over the years; and as it is approaching summer and the weather has been more or less lovely these past couple of weeks, I have been able to wear it more often, since I don’t have to worry quite as much about carrying a big bag for school. Matched with my blue velvet dress I have also had for years now from Urban Outfitters, the bag made the perfect accessory, along with my favorite hat of all time – well, at least for the twenty years I have been alive thus far.
Also, woah, I am twenty now, when did that happen?
Jacket: Gap|Dress: Urban Outfitters| Shoes: H&M| Bag: Betsey Johnson| Hat: H&M