This dress is the first from-scratch piece I’ve attempted in a while. It was also my first time drafting my own peter pan collar and I’m not sure velvet should have been my first fabric to try this with but it matched so well I couldn’ resist! I intended on adding a velvet belt but I had enough trouble with the collar and the covered buttons that I was sick of it by the time I finished. Haha. Hair, makeup and styling are my own. Photos by Omar Oseguer

This dress is the first from-scratch piece I’ve attempted in a while. It was also my first time drafting my own peter pan collar and I’m not sure velvet should have been my first fabric to try this with but it matched so well I couldn’ resist! I intended on adding a velvet belt but I had enough trouble with the collar and the covered buttons that I was sick of it by the time I finished. Haha. Hair, makeup and styling are my own. Photos by Omar Oseguer

These shorts are just one of many high waisted pairs I’ve upcyled from previously gross, unflattering pants. Luckily all I had to do was chop and rehem. They flare out just like the classic ’50s pairs I lust after. The emerald shade has me hooked. Photos by Omar Oseguera

This is one of my favorite upcycles to date! I never seem to be working on blouses which is exactly what I need more of in my wardrobe. The print on this was too good, and I had the perfect dress to use as a pattern (The grey F21 dress pictured has a great shape but the fabric is was made with was TOTAL BS, NOT wearable at all.) So I flipped, traced, altered, and lined and here we are. :)

My life for the past year. Can't wait to be Editor in Chief next semester. (Photo credit to Omar Oseguera)

For the 2016 Pirelli Calendar, Annie Leibovitz chose to photograph women whose achievements demonstrate a different kind of beauty from what the calendar has traditionally showcased. I'm still shocked to be included among so many people who've long influenced not just my work, but how I see the world, and try to see myself. Annie photographed me one year earlier in the pink velvet dress I'd originally bought for prom, in my parents' backyard. At that time, it was still my backyard, too…

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