I want to commence my blog by sharing the start of my true passion for fashion. So it started when I was younger and my mom bought me my first sewing machine. I would get clothes in my closet and just sew random things on them and have a fashion show for my family. At such a young age, I was in love with being unique by doing something different on my own. As I grew up, I did not have as much free time as I used to so I kind of lost that spark that I had for my true passion. I used to do ballet and I had to sew my pointe shoes but that was pretty much the only sewing I did for awhile. All of this started to change when I switched to a brand new school my sophomore year of high school. I became very involved in the fashion department at my school. I was apart of this club called FCCLA, where I was given the opportunity to compete in different competitions and design my own clothes. I enjoyed this so much and made a few outfits that I am very proud of. When I was in New York, I went to MOOD Fabric Store and got fabric there to create a piece for one of my outfits. My senior year, I decided to challenge myself and took on the task of completing 3 prom dresses. I had some difficulties during this time by having to problem solve on my own and complete this task on my own. It taught me a lot about time management, self compassion and why you should never give up on your dreams. During this time, I also struggled with college and making sure I was making the right choice. Spoiler Alert: I didn’t make the right choice. Anyways we will get into that topic later. I decided to attend Texas Tech for Occupational Therapy but I soon discovered that wasn’t me at all. I discovered so much about myself during my first year that I never knew was even a part of me. I found my true love for fashion and how I can use it to help others love themselves. I will be switching schools in the fall to UNT to focus more on Fashion Merchandising and Digital Retailing, but don’t worry I will get into all of that later. However, I am glad I had the experience of coming to Tech to have time to myself and I was not held back by anyone and I was my true, genuine self. This year in college allowed me to start being, I guess you could say I was adventurous with my style. I met my best friends, Kennedy and Emma, they really brought out the side of me that was hidden for so long. I began to dress how I wanted and did not care about what people thought and this really helped me to grow in my self confidence and grow to love myself again. I love to hear people complement my outfits and that gave me an extra boost of confidence. I actually dress up for class instead of wearing a t-shirt and shorts like every other sorority girl. There would be somedays that my outfits would be “over the top” for a casual event, but I really learned to not care about people’s opinions. I remember one time I was at an obnoxious frat party (sorry not sorry to anyone reading this who actually likes frat guys) this guy told me that I was literally too tall to be wearing platforms with my outfit. So you know what I did right after that, wore platforms everyday. Sometimes people tend to think that what you wear and what you’re apart of are solely all you are. But, for someone like me I don’t let anything define me. I express myself through fashion and that is the only way that I will let anyone every judge me. It is so important to me to be free and do whatever makes YOU happy. I joined this app called 21buttons and I post on it almost everyday my outfits and it has given me the motivation to keep dressing for MYSELF everyday. Sometimes my friends get so mad at me for always making them take pictures of me but in the end they’re seriously always there for me no matter what. I know this might be insane but I feel that fashion has really saved my life and made me become a more confident version of myself who lives everyday just to make ME happy instead of trying to please everyone.