Monday, September 26, 2016

The Aftermath

 DCFW! It's done! It was a stressful experience (though not as much as the fashion show I organized and I'm still not entirely sure why), but it's done. I honestly am having a hard time believing that I'm going to have some free time from now on.
 I have some mixed feelings. On one hand, no more going to bed late and waking up early and freaking out about this or that or printing business cards by the dozens or sitting in front of my machine with cramping fingers. But on the other hand, no more nerves combined with excitement and no more meeting new, cool designers and models and no more amazing backstage experience (I loved the backstage experience) and no more seeing my models in my collection and no more helpful advice from my friends and peers. No more anticipating one of the most memorable moments of my life. Mixed feelings, right?
 For those who didn't get to see my live collection, I've included some (but not all) of the pictures fro  my collection. You will have to go to this site to see all of them. Here are just a few below,
 It was really a great experience. Looking past the stress, I would do it again. And of course there were some things I would want to improve or do-over. There always are. But they're minor things. Overall, the experience will go down in history as one of the best.
 See some of my collection now:

This was actually a picture from Deux Magazine where this picture was featured. Cool, right.

Also, make sure to go to the DC Fashion Week site and check out the other collections. That was my favorite part, seeing all of the other collections! They were all amazing and beautiful. Check them out. You won't regret it.
 It was a great time for me. 
 And before I close, I want to give a great big thanks to my wonderful assistant, my lovely, beautiful mother, who stood by me (and never yelled once!) during all of my breakdowns and energy bursts. Love you. So much. 
 Also, I want to thank everyone who supported me and/or came to see me. Thanks! I really appreciate it. Seriously.
 Now, I'm going to enjoy my first early slumber in months. I know, exciting.


kamila <3

Monday, September 19, 2016

Busy bee

 Busy. That's me. This post will probably be fairly short, just some thoughts, because getting ready for DCFW and school is a lot for one person. Thankfully, I have had a lot of people to help me, and I am so grateful for that. Big hugs, big kisses. Love you all for your support.
 Now, with all of this being busy comes a bit of stress. The weird thing is, I was more stressed out for the fashion show I put on at my school than DCFW. Maybe it's because I'm not the one planning it: poor Ean Williams is in charge of that. It must be hard. It's so great to know that I'm participating, not the ringleader. In some cases, it's fun to lead, but there is definitely a fair amount of headaches and worrying, accompanied by lots of stress.
 Stress. As the last few days before the show come and go (hope to see you beautiful people there!), I have experienced my stress levels going back and forth between increasing and decreasing. I'm fine until I think about all the alterations and last-minute tweaks I have to make for the show. Then ;evels start to rise. I have a good, relaxing conversation with my mother about how DCFW will be a fun learning experience (which it will). Levels decrease. I look at the amount of time I have until everything has to be perfect and ready for the show. Increase. I cross something off of my to-do list. Decrease. I think about what will go wrong, Which I really shouldn't be doing in the first place. Increase. Decrease. Increase. It's a constant cycle of levels rising and falling. ALl I know is, at 9:00 PM on Saturday, September 24, my levels will decrease all the way to zero. Then they'll go back up a little because of school. But for the most part, it'll be a significant change.
 If you may be experiencing the same problem, behold. steps to conquer stress.
 Now, this is a fashion blog, and topics like this don't usually come up. But I thought it was worth it. No one should be riddled with too much stress. It isn't healthy. So, here are some techniques, tricks, and methods that really do work for me:

1. Make a to-do list. This is, by far, the most helpful way to conquer my stress. I feel immense levels of relief when I get all of my to-dos down onto paper. Then, they won't be swimming in my head all day and night. Thoughts in your head at night are the worst, so writing them down will help get them out of your mind. That's what really causes stress, thinking and thinking about what you have to do. If you have it all on paper, it's less thinking and more reading. It helps, I promise you. I recently discovered the art that is to-do lists several months ago, probably around January or February, when I was planning the fashion show and my mother's surprise birthday celebration. There were a lot of tasks to accomplish, and a lot of thoughts racing in my mind. One day, I decided to write them all down, and it has changed me as a person. I don't keep thoughts in my head; I write them down. So helpful.

2. Find a way to express/communicate your stress. I find that not being able to talk about what you feel or keeping stress bottled up is not only unhealthy, but even more stress-inducing. I should know, I'm the expert at keeping everything bottled up; I do it all the time. I know I shouldn't, but I can't help it. I'm trying to help you all not do it. Keeping it in with no one or nothing to help you makes the stress bigger and more unbearable. Find someone to talk to, start a blog, or write in a diary. Anything you can do to release some stress is helpful.

3. Don't procrastinate. It is essential that procrastination does not become a habit. It's okay to take breaks, but an hour is not a break. I'd say the ratio for breaks is 1 hour : 10 minutes. So to take an hour break, you better have been working for six hours. Procrastination may seem harmless, but those minutes or hours spent putting off your work are minutes or hours that you could have been accomplishing your task(s). You've essentially put time away and wasted the time you should've been taking advantage of. Procrastination will lead to more stress because that work not done will all add up and who wants that.

4. Relax and breathe. Relaxing is super helpful. It may not sound like much, but taking 5 or ten minutes every now and then to chill on the couch or read a book with some tea goes a long way. It makes your brain more focused and alert and really decreases stress. Now, back to the whole one-hour-break thing, relaxing 24/7 will not help with getting your work done. Relaxing is only for extreme times of stress, not when stress increases only a bit. Also, doing 4 or 5 deep breaths before you go to sleep helps with relaxing your mind.

5. Get lots of sleep. Getting sleep can be hard when you have a ton of work to do, but make room in your schedule for time to catch some shut-eye. When you go to sleep earlier, you are more awake and alert for the day. Pulling all-nighters, while convenient, should only be happening rarely. Gettign sleep should be a priority to help get you through the day. 10-12 hours should be what you're really pushing for, but that's kind of impossible. I would recommend 7-10 hours for all of you busy people out there. Get some sleep. It's really essential in your performance during the day.

 I know this all sounds redundant and counselor-like, but it's true, To believe it, you have to have gone through it and picked up these tips. Learning happens best and is understood more deeply when it's during your own experiences.
 Hope to see you at DCFW! Here's the flyer again:

Exciting! Also, this is the very last post before DCFW!


kamila <3

Monday, September 12, 2016

Marc Jacobs crushed it

 New York Fashion Week has been drawing to a close, and I haven't gotten to watch more than one show. This is a total disaster. I'm so busy I haven't gotten to watch the new collections! Luckily, I have something I love keeping me busy (other than school), DC Fashion Week. It's been a ride, but I know it will pay off in the end.
 The DCFW fitting was yesterday, and I feel great. It was such an amazing experience, really! The models were super awesome, most of the clothes fit with little alterations (this I am very glad about), and the environment was perfect, sunny and bright. I had a blast, and I am even more excited about DCFW now. Aren't you? Get your tickets and see my collection.
 While I was busy sewing, altering, and doing school-related stuff, I had time to squeeze in a fashion show. I saw the Marc Jacobs show and I liked what I saw. I really liked it and wanted to show you. I love the slightly futuristic feel I got from the collection. It's definitely different from last year, in the sense that both collections are amazing in different ways.
 Without further ado, let's see some of the looks:

Wrapping it up with the slaying queen of all models, Gigi Hadid!

 A number of observations caught my eye while watching this collection. I saw camo, metallic fabrics, and uber-high heels (I think everyone saw this detail!) make an appearance. I also noticed cottons, playful patterns, funky (sometimes pleated) minis, and short hemlines. It all contributed to the slightly futuristic but down-to-earth approach. Overall, this playful, girly collection could possibly be added to your work attire to brighten a Monday, bring life to a Tuesday, celebrate a Wednesday (Hump day!), beautify a Thursday, or spice up a Friday. Versatility, anyone?
 You can see the rest of the fabulous looks in this wonderful collection right here. Really, check it out. It's so worth it.


kamila <3

Monday, September 5, 2016

Got my eye on it

 I saw a couple of items on Polyvore that I was ecstatic about and wanted to share with you. Not too many sets, because I've been so busy with school and DCFW, that I've barely had time to blink. So don't consider this a Polyvore recently. It's not, or else I would have titled it that way. It's a collection of recent things I love. I can't make tons of sets because of the aforementioned busy-ness. It's crazy.
 I was going to share what I've made, but I haven't got much progress, so next post will probably have all of what I've made for DCFW. Please please buy tickets! It will be great, I promise. I'll include a flyer for the show.

I've been really into hats for some reason. Whether they're straw or felt, floppy or stiff, I love them. One exception. The brim has to be wide. I don't care what kind of hat, the wider the brim, the better for me. 

Gorgeous, right?! I fell so in love with this adorable number. Wait until you see the price. Best dress ever, anyone?

 So that's what I love now on Polyvore. Then, that's the DCFW flyer for my show. Hope to see all of you there! This is a huge deal, and I'd love for you to be there for me.


kamila <3