July 21 : EVV @ 6am > 7 hour layover in CHI (because I am an idiot and misread layover time) > LAX @5:30 pm
July 22: Leave LAX @ 10:00 pm > arrive JFK 6:00 am > arrive STT 12 noon
I went home for a week in Indiana for my last trip home for the summer. I was so excited to reconnect with friends I had not seen in so long at a wedding and indulge in fried chicken 🍗
As soon as I returned back to LA on July 21st, I was on a red eye July 22nd to St. Thomas for work!
One of my favorite destinations I recently ventured to was St. Thomas British Virgin Islands. My company was invited to showcase a production show for the fashion event called Mastermind Fashionista. My job going down was to help assist my boss, but I ended by being a stylist for one of the designers we brought with us. I have always felt a sense of pride when my friends would come to me for fashion advice. It made me feel joy when they reached out to me for advice on something I am passionate about. I find styling to be rewarding because not only am I finding the right fit for a body type, but I am hoping to boost the confidence of who is wearing the garment.
St. Thomas was a three day event consisting of VIP parties of meet and greets; A comedy show featuring the hilarious Rodney Perry; Bernae’s glam hair and fashion show; And the Fashionista show to wrap up the event on the final night. I was lucky to get to stay five nights and meet some incredible people. I was acquainted with the Orange Country network, HauteOC, where they captured breathtaking footage for Fashionista Now Boarding airing only in Los Angeles.
As the final fashion event date approached, I was confident I was going to send the models out on the runway looking sassy in Fota’s collection. His collection is very sexy/street edge, so the models who were chosen were based on the criteria if they could fit Fota’s collection appeal. The event was sold out with standing room VIP. I assisted by assigning each model to a specific attire and it was my job to accessorize what deemed appropriate for the clothing piece. The models had to be top-notch from the jewelry, to the hand-held embellishments, to rocking sunglasses and hair pieces, and strutting in fabulous stiletto pumps. It was rewarding that I became close to some of the most nice and humbled women. I was so very inspired by their bold, fierce, and confident personalities that I was absolutely loving the atmosphere of women strength and empowerment.
St. Thomas was definitely a learning experience by getting to be exposed to the business side of production. I misconceptualized everything that went into production and what needed to be done beforehand to get the models ready for the runway. I found that I really enjoy styling and I hope to find a career that will allow me to use those skills. I also gained a perspective on Caribbean culture, which I hope my future allows me to travel back to the islands one day…..but hopefully for vacation!
Fashionista Mastermind : July 23-27
I decided to terminate my internship with the company I worked for this summer. I found the company was not a right fit for me, so now I am on the hunt for new career opportunities.