Thursday, January 29, 2009

"What- So You Want Everyone To Be Different?"

Yes, someone actually did ask me, "What so you want everyone to be different?" and they were quite surprised when my answer was simply, "yes, I would." How boring life would be if we were all the same! There would be no creativity, no inspiration, and no happiness! I mean, we all have that friend we adore for their unexpected style; my favorite fashion rebel is pictured on the left and will remain nameless to protect the fantastic. What is the difference between this brave soul and the rest of us?

CONFIDENCE!

Yet at simple as that sounds, that ten letter word is terrifying is it not? Tim Gunn, Stacy London, and Clinton Kelly will all tell you that proper undergarments are the ultimate foundations to great style- but as much as I worship these style gurus I beg to differ. You simply cannot have fun with fashion and find your personal style without confidence! Take my fantastic model pictured above, you can’t pair azure blue, with lime green, and hot pink unless you are confident and happy with who you are.
It's not easy to find confidence in yourself either, I'm well aware of that- I was just like you remember? It starts from the inside, cheesy I know, but only you can change yourself. At the boutique I work at I have heard hundreds of girls doubting themselves in certain outfits because, well they could never wear that to school. My reaction is always, why can't you wear that to school? You look adorable! It just takes confidence to be able to ignore what other people think of you.
I mean honestly, think of when the mean girls talk about you. They only are whispering about you because they are jealous. I know you hear that all the time but take it from me, I have been through all that before, they are simply jealous that they lack the confidence you glow with. So just ignore them, they are just jealous, and enjoy the clothing that makes you happy!

So that leads me to my challenge for you: Start doing things that make you feel confident!

Like I said, it won't be easy! so here are a few tips,
-Take a deep breath when you wake up and think of just one little thing you are excited for that day, it could be as simple as wanting to pet your dog, just something you look forward to.
-As you get ready in the morning flash yourself a big cheesy smile in the morning to make yourself laugh
-Listen to happy music whenever you can, in the car, walking to school, on the computer
-Wear something that makes you happy, like your favorite color or a special piece of jewelry.
-Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, laughter brings happiness and happiness brings confidence.

And don't be afraid to break the norm! The greater the risks you take, the bigger the rewards you'll get, so live a little! You can't get away with certain styles when you are older so take advantage of your age!
You never know, you may even start the next trend!
-Juliana

Friday, January 16, 2009

One in a Million

Hi, I'm Juliana!
I've started this Blog for all the elementary, junior high, and high school girls out there to give them a start building their fashion confidence because I've been there, and it stinks. I know you can't do this alone though, so this is for the moms too, I'll have articles with advice for women of all ages.
In 2003 I started at a public middle school, and after wearing a uniform for many years I was quite at a loss at how to dress and turned to the comfort of jeans, t-shirt, and sweat shirts throughout seventh grade. At the start of eighth grade though, I started to have some fun with fashion, and I must admit I did wear some crazy ensembles. One of my best I must say was sporting mid-wash flare jeans, with an orange diagonal striped spaghetti strap A-line dress, and my dads white button up blouse tied at the waist. Oh yes, I wore those together. And to think, I was the columnist for my junior highs fashion column. Ha!
So that leads me to my next subject: my credentials. What right do I have to give you, the young women of America, fashion advice? Well, fashion is my life. Summer before my sophomore year the most wonderful woman, Wendy Maves, allowed this 16 year old girl to be a sales girl at her boutique. I loved it. Because of Wendy I am now going to the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago for fashion marketing and management and work at yet another fashion boutique. I have dabbled in sewing, styling, and sewing but my number one credential is that I've been where you are. I dressed like everyone else, i made my way though middle school hoping to blend into everyone else. And i know it's not fun. Creative girls often try to break the mold, and they get made fun of. Girls are so cruel sometimes. And that's where i come in, I want to help you become who you are meant to be.
So, that's that. I'm Juliana and I'll be writing this fashion advice blog. I can't claim all the credit, my wonderful mom was the one to come up with the idea of writing a blog. You may not believe it, but your mom knows a lot more than you give her credit for.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy my blog, I enjoy writing. Feel free to email me any questions as well, I would love to answer them, my email is juliana.emme@gmail.com.

Don't worry, junior high doesn't last forever.
-Juliana