Knowing me is knowing that I'm an old soul. Often times, I feel like I'm the "70s free spirited hippie who loves a good Chaka Khan record AND trapped in an 80s baby body dying to let loose. I have regular jam sessions in my living room with some of the best vinyls ever released and imagine how I would boogie all night in some disco nightclub. I scored a couple of records while crate digging in some vintage record shops the past few weeks and was super inspired by album covers. I decided to make a little blouse and style a look referencing how I was feeling----SOUL TRAPPED.
Spring's coming! Now it may mean different things for different people. For me, spring is a season for new growth and blossoming. The beginning of the year, I started a little experiment, and didn't tell a single soul about it. I wanted to see if taking things a little slower would allow me to push back from the burden of going,going,going to seeing the beauty in life's simple pleasures. While driving, I literally slowed down to take pictures in front of this gorgeous Spanish style home with the most beautiful color way I've seen. I was inspired to share with you all four simple ways to slow your life down to well enjoy it.
You would think it's a no brainer but so many of us are stuck inside of buildings with artificial air circulating, sitting in cubicles, typing away. Taking the time to step outside and smell the fresh air and connect with nature will totally refresh and revitalize you. There is a reason why you hear so many successful people speak about going on retreats and in seclusion to be one with nature. Nature and all of her beautiful friends have a miraculous way of recharging you.
PULL THE PLUG
Disconnect for a little while. I promise, you will not miss a thing. Let go of the constant feeling of being on. Listen to nature's music, pull color inspiration from flowers, and nature's natural gradients. Open your eyes and your heart will in turn. Every single day of the week for an alloted amount of time, I step away from the cellular device and all electronics. Do you know how good it feels?!
Did you set any New Year's Resolutions? If so, spring is the season to make sure you are moving forward with creating a better person. Resolved to start a small garden, cook more, get healthier---take the time to slow your life down and make very small steps toward your goals. Turn your record player on and learn how to make a healthy dinner for two. Slowing down to do things that will create experiences eventually make longer lasting lifestyle changes in the end.
TAKE YOURSELF ON A DATE AND DON'T SHARE
One constant factor in my experiment this year that has shown proven results is an artist's date with myself. Find a different place to go or something to do every week this season and take yourself on a date. Don't be compelled to share! I think not sharing is the most romantic thing you can do for yourself. You aren't rushing to post on social media...you've slowed down a bit to savor memories with yourself.
It's pretty cool to see the fruits of your labor harvest. Last year, I had the honor of showing a mini collection, Concrete Rose, for Memphis Fashion Week. It was such an adrenaline pumping and eye opening experience to visualize, conceptualize and then execute a collection. The end goal of all of your hard work as a designer is one to have women to actually purchase your clothes or two for magazines or brands to actually want to pull your clothes to shoot editorials or ad campaigns. Thankfully, connecting with a platform like Memphis Fashion Week, I have had both. Praises to the design Gods above. I share Behind the Seams of Andrea Fenise featured in an ad campaign for Memphis Fashion Week 2017 Ad Campaign.
Pretty cool that my good friend Kim Thomas of KP Fusion shot the ad campaign. Talk about your tribe working!!! The Concrete Rose Peplum Jumpsuit was pulled on the gorgeous Grace Lee from Meka Model Management. I love the styling and absolutely swooned over the jewelry by Brave Design. It's so cool to see how others style your pieces and the endless looks that are created from your vision.
While reading RSVP magazine, I flipped a page and in sheer excitement randomly saw the ad. WOW! It will never get old seeing your work published..never or your name in credits for wardrobe.
In order to renew ourselves and breathe life into every aspect of it, we must let go of things that are not serving a greater purpose to make room for more. Spring is symbolic for renewal and rebirth and ultimately becoming refreshed. This season is the perfect time to get yourself and your home organized from the inside out. I needed a fresh source of inspiration to declutter and organize my house especially as I adapt a more minimalist--or--essentialist lifestyle. Over dinner for my birthday, my friend Kris Keys suggested reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo because it changed her perspective from the inside out.
Marie Kondo, author and Japanese cleaning consultant, takes tidying to a whole new level, promising a total life transform and shift all from tidying up. In the book, she introduces readers to her KonMari Method, a concept of category-by-category of decluttering and organizing that claims to lead to everlasting results. For many many years, I have been fascinated by the culture and lifestyle of Japanese. I have longed to adopt the attention to detail and meticulous way of live of in many facets of my own. What I realized in reading the book, is the Japanese philosophy of Ying and Yang and the popular Feng Shui---everything has it's place-- is embedded like their DNA.
Kondo first introduces us to the art of DECLUTTERING. She says, To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose. ORGANIZING for her is definitely an art form and a very detail oriented magical experience. The book promises to reset your life, allow you to speak gratitude in everything---I mean everything in your life, get your house in order that will in turn begin restoration from the inside out.
HAVE YOU READ THE BOOK? THOUGHTS? WHAT DO YOU USE FOR SPRING RENEWAL INSPIRATION?
As we move forward this rest of this month with the philosophy of directing our focus to making room for the things we love, essentialism and it's complimenting sister, minimalism emerges. Minimalism is not new, however what some people first perceived as a trend, has now become a lifestyle concept. Decluttering, living with less, and freedom from overconsumption. Essentialism is the new minimalism. It is not about scaling back and selling everything you own--- but about the pursuit of less and simplicity and being disciplined in curating experiences in your home and life. I intentionally made essentialism a way of life before I knew that it had become this fascinating lifestyle. Every aspect of my day to day life is fabricated by this concept, even my wardrobe. I share with you all how one essential wardrobe piece, the blazer, can be worn 3 different ways and you can intentionally make time for authentic experiences.
NIGHT AT THE ART GALLERY
blazer AF shirt Forever 21 skirt thrifted AmVets MEM
DATE NIGHT LOOK
blazer made by AF dress ASOS accessories Style Junkie shoes Sugar Plum
GAME NIGHT LOOK
blazer AF sweatshirt Kris Keys x Style Junkie jeans H&M earrings C&P Beauty Supply shoes ROSS