Friday, July 22, 2016

IS TEXTING KILLING YOUR FASHION GAME?


Living in a digital age, it is nearly impossible to find our hands bare, and our eyes free from the hypnotic pull of our smart phones . Very much the third hand of our lives, the majority of our attention is spent in the social media world. 
People everywhere, are found with their heads tilting 30 degrees down, and oblivious to their surroundings.  Hunching over, with their shoulders curled, vigorously thumbing their way through the worldwide web.
The problem is, we live in the "real" world, and not the digital world. Even though your mind is not living in "real" time,  it does not make you invisible to your reality. 
Fashion is an image you create in its entirety. This includes: charisma, your posture, eye contact, facial gestures, and overall body language. 
No matter how on point your outfit maybe, if you are consistently in "texting position", you are killing your fashion game. Just think about the positions of your hands themselves. You are basically covering 30% of your body with your phone and arms. Not to mention your head is always at a downward  angle, cutting off any visibility to your face, and eliminating any possibility for eye contact. Your back hunches, and any sense of charisma lost. 

So why does any of this matter?
Fashion is all about living and exploring the moments that open new doors of opportunity. If you embrace it entirely, doors to new relationships open up to you. 
Your style is like your business card, and it is a valid tool to connect you with the people you are meant to meet. To do this successfully,  you need to be present mentally and emotionally in "real" time. 

What's the cure?
 Learn to be a lone with your thoughts and put importance on those moments when you have an "empty" moment with your mind. Walk from place to place, or sit waiting for a bus or a friend, completely phone free. Not only is it good for your mind and soul, but it is also projecting an image that represents your fashion style, and personal charisma. 

Good Luck!

xo,
Maya


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

FASHION AND SOUL?



SOUL
-The spiritual part of a person that is believed to give life to the body and in many religions is believed to live forever.
-a person's deeply felt moral and emotional nature. 

-Merriam-Webster Dictionary


We all struggle with emptiness. The unknown is dark, and scary, and often leaves us feeling lost and without purpose. Rather than facing these questions, we distract ourselves by looking to others for answers, and mimicking habits that are proven to be socially successful. 

 How we dress is no different. We treat what we wear as a costly game of cat and mouse. We chase, we catch, and repeat. Fashion ideas, with very little personal attention leaves the soul forgotten and lost. 
 Believe it or not, there is so much LIFE in deciding what you wear. What you wear is a daily question of personalization, and problem solving on the unknown variables that make you unique.
However, this is a skill. It is only as powerful as your emotional abilities to feel, create, and produce ideas into your reality.  To be able to express, and share bits of your identity requires an internal understanding of what that self identity is. Such knowledge of who you are, can only be obtained through daily practice of challenging your own internal thoughts. 

A life well lived, is one that thinks, questions, and finds its own answers.

xo,
Maya




Sunday, July 17, 2016

SUMMER FASHION LOOKBOOK (2016): "Fly Away With Me"

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We all have hope that one day we will find the "one" and fly away together. Join me as I explore 3 Summer looks inspired by love, dreams, and hope.
All looks are light, whimsical and airy, creating an uplifting sense of style. Let your clothes catch the air, and your heart set free.

xo,
Maya

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Friday, July 15, 2016

SUMMER FASHION LOOKBOOK (2016): DANDELION STYLE

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SUMMER LOOKBOOK SERIES: 

DANDELION STYLE 
Inspired by William Shakespeare; Sonnet 18

SONNET XVIII

"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And Summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course, untrimm'd;
By thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou grow'st;
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee."


xo,
Maya (Summer Dandelion)


Sunday, July 10, 2016

FASHION and COURAGE?


"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." 
E.E Cummings

Everyone talks about having individual style, and expressing one's self through fashion, but they miss to mention one key element on achieving it.

COURAGE.

One of the biggest road blocks to finding your personal fashion aesthetic, is having to go against what everyone else is doing. We learn very early on, that being "different" is a negative thing, with embarrassing consequences.
 Fashion trends guarantee you a level of security that people will accept you and admire you. 
It makes obtaining success easier, and gives you a barrier of ultimate safety. You have the majority backing a singular idea, and anyone who defies it, is in the minority.
Why in the world would you ever risk failure by pursuing your own ideas?!


"Courage is the main quality of leadership, in my opinion, no matter where it is exercised. Usually it implies some risk- especially in new undertakings." 
-Walt Disney


Pursue your own fashion identity, even if it terrifies you, because it is your personal responsibility to yourself. Yes, it creates huge risks, and people will most likely mock you, but the rewards will be immense. Why?When you create your own sense of style, you take the power back. What others are doing or thinking  won't matter.You will define yourself based on what you believe, feel, and desire. 
This life is yours, explore it free from manipulation. 


"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma- which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other people's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." 
-Steve Jobs

Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Power of Shoes?




"Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically, and emotionally." 
- Christian Louboutin


Have you ever thought about the power of your shoes? 
Yes, we all know they can be hypnotically beautiful, and nail bitingly sexy, but have you ever thought about how they are effecting your life?
Easily the most important fashion accessory, it holds many jobs. 

On the most basic level, shoes need to support you. They are the entire support system that balance your body to the ground and maneuver you from place to place. They effect your body movement, balance, posture, demeanor, and shape. It does not matter how gorgeous a shoe is, if it is physically painful, or hard to maneuver, it is most likely making you look silly.
I  have had my fair share of experiences with shoes I forced my feet into, only to be faced with the reality that I looked ridiculous walking in them. Yes, you can endure the pain, but most likely your face is cringing, your feet are awkwardly balancing themselves, and all you are thinking about is sitting down. 

"Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world." 
-Marilyn Monroe

Shoes are a persuasive creature. Innocent in demeanor, and seductive in appeal, it is easy to lose oneself in the endless variety of shapes and designs. They have the power of transformation, as they can elongate the leg, align body posture, and slenderize your form. 
Shoes can also be used as the secret ingredient of a bland fashion recipe. They add the perfect spice to harmonize, counteract, or elevate a fashion idea. 


"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. 
-Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird)

Shoes tell stories?
The reason you should buy and wear shoes that you love in every shape and form is simply in the story. Every wrinkle, and dirt laced to the soles of your shoes, are creating memory codes that shape your existence. It is in this reason alone, I love quality vintage shoes. 
Not only is the craftsmanship impeccable,  you physically get to walk into the life of someone else. I always wonder of its previous life and where they have been?


What's your shoe story?

xo,
Maya



Tuesday, July 5, 2016

PART 3: "The Necklace" Guy de Maupassant (2016 Silent Film)

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PART 3: The Awakening!

Scene 1:
Rushing back to her apartment, she sits down in front of her vanity, for one last glance at her impeccable reflection. She begins removing her scarf around her neck, and remembering her magical night. The moment is bitter sweet, because she knows everything has come to a dreadful end, and the moment of her life is behind her.
When she finally glances up to her mirror, expecting to see her face lit up by her diamond necklace, she is faced with a completely bare neck! Completely shocked and seeing black, blood rushes to her brain, and her heart starts pumping erratically.

Scene 2:
Ten years pass, and having aged immensely from the stress and hard labor, she is unrecognizable. Spending most depressing days stressed by debt, she has glimpses of that magical night of perfection.

Then, one rainy day, she bumps into her old friend who had lent her the diamond necklace. Having changed so much, she no longer recognized her. She then decides to tell her the entire truth, and admits to losing the diamond necklace and then replacing it with a similar one. The debt from that purchase took her 10 years to pay off, and resulted in the destruction of her life.
Astonished by this news, her friend abruptly stops her and explains the necklace was a FAKE!

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PART 2: Going to the Ball

Like a dream, she cannot believe her eyes!
Feeling like a princess, she managed to collect everything she needed: a beautiful dress and the most decadent diamond necklace!
She is a complete success, and every man in the room is squirming to meet her and steal a dance.

Overjoyed, she dances till 4 am hoping the night would never end.
When she is finally ready to leave, she is filled with feelings of panic and shame. She sees all the other ladies in their luxurious furs, and feels ridiculous in her jean jacket.
Feeling completely exposed and judged, she rushes home.

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PART 1: The Invitation!

Unhappy with her life, she dreams of the day she can be part of the glamorous world of decadence. One day, she gets her chance, and is invited to a Royal Ball. Although she is initially elated, she is quickly filled with feelings of inadequacy and shame.
What would she wear? Nothing she owned would be good enough, and everyone would laugh at her.
Her husband then agrees to buying her a new dress, but is confronted with a new problem regarding jewelry. How could she possibly go to a formal event without jewelry?
She then remembers a dear friend who owns a large collection of elaborate jewels and decides to borrow one from her.

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Cinderella with a French Twist?


"For you know that I myself am a labyrinth, where one easily gets lost"
-Charles Perrault

The story of Cinderella, or Cendrillon was first published by Charles Perrault in 1697, in the Histoires ou contes du temps passé.  As an iconic children's classic, it has cemented its place in the hearts of little children everywhere.  (Obviously, such a fashionable fairytale would have French origins!)

Why is this particular story line,  so timeless, and relatable to the hearts of all? Do we all share feelings of inadequacy and unjust oppression, that never seems rewarded?
 Do we hope for that magic moment, when someone will come to the rescue, and bare gifts of beautiful clothes, furniture, a castle, and love? 
Now imagine its happy ending was twisted, resulting in regretful consequences caused by disillusionment. What would you do?

Cinderella, is a magical story of self adoration, but lacking in any real life lessons. If you were to take this classic, give it a cheeky french twist, you would have short story,
"The Necklace" (La Parure), by Guy de Maupassant.

"The Necklace", published nearly 200 years after Cinderella, in 1884, was written by French writer, Guy de Maupassant. Famous for his twist endings, and use of irony, he took general themes of Cinderella, and questioned the concept of "happily ever after".

Inspired by this very fashionable story, I have created my very first Silent Film.
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Click here if you would like to read the English translation of  the original short story, "The Necklace" Guy de Maupassant .

xo,
Maya