Self-Expression through Personal Style, a fight against "Normcore" Fashion

A run-of-the-mill look for me: a giant faux-fur jacket, blue velvet leggings and studded fingerless gloves, taken in November of last year.

It's been all over the internet, in various newspapers and flooding through campuses of some of the country's most style-savvy universities. It's "Normcore" fashion, a quickly rising trend that combines elements reminiscent of early 90s Seinfeld-esque casual-wear with an attitude that projects a statement that says something like "I just threw on whatever was on the floor" and "I couldn't care less about my appearance".

The NY Post dubs "Normcore" as a fashion statement "for those who realize they're one in 7 billion", or in other words, would just rather blend in than stand out from a crowd. Though I understand the appeal of wearing shoes that are actually supremely comfortable over those that may give you blisters and mishapen toes down the line, watering down one's individuality so much on purpose for the sake of rebellion seems like an odd idea considering that this would cause the person rebelling not to be noticed.

Having had the experience of growing up in a small town where sweatshirts, jeans and flip flops were the unspoken uniform of everyone ages eight to eighty-five, it seemed somehow necessary for survival to break the mold with bright vibrant colors and unique style choices. One of my most memorable fashion moments was finding a pair of pink and white python-printed pleather pants at the age of twelve, falling in love with them wholeheartedly, and insisting on wearing them through the grey and blue flocked hallways of my middle-school. I relished in the attention- a mixture of compliments and odd looks I would receive every time I wore these pants, even when my legs would find themselves sweaty and stuck to the inside of the cheap plastic.

Although I realize that it is not everyone's goal to be noticed, I wonder that if a widely accepted style based on the idea of sameness might have a deeper effect on the middle-schoolers of the present, who might then apply this principle of beigeness to other aspects of their life in terms of individuality and creativity?

What do you think? When it comes to fashion, do you prefer to be comfy and blend in or stand out and be bold?

I guess I will just always be a flamingo.



Weekend Away

Pike Place Market. (photo by Emily Kelley)

Do you ever get the feeling that you just need to get on a plane and go somewhere? For me, if happens nearly every other day! But... luckily a fun trip thrown in the mix helps keep the travel bug at bay!

This weekend I am visiting my little sister Emily in Seattle, and plan to enjoy my time away with as much gusto as possible on this little excursion! If you know of any "must do" places to visit and see in Seattle let me know- and hopefully I'll have lots of lovely photos to share by the time I leave!




One of my favorite pictures from a showroom photo-shoot I did with a co-worker a few months back.

Hello again- it's been a while! It's been a rough road, but it's good to be back.

As you may know, the fashion showroom that I was working for (in my ultimate dream job!) closed down last month, and suddenly I was left, hanging- feeling like I was about to careen off the edge of a cliff and  tumble downward into the abyss of indefinite joblessness. But now, after about a month of the soul-searching, constant ups and downs and other struggles of being on my own, I feel like I can look back on my time at the showroom with a feelings of confidence rather than panic, knowing that the experience that I gained working directly with designers and buyers and understanding the market will help me move forward toward something else equally exciting, and possibly even better!

However, creating this shift in attitude hasn't been easy! Because of this setback, the last month has really felt like a difficult time for getting things on track , and sometimes this insecurity paired with my deep-seeded desire for perfection prevents me from actually making any posts at all! But, of course, the only way to actually keep updating is to go with the attitude, "okay, this is good enough, I'm just going to post it anyway!" and take it from there.

And so again, I remind myself:


Think about it, mull it over in your head, let the meaning wash over you, and now...GO CREATE SOMETHING!

I am happy to say that even in my lack up blog updates, I have been drawing a lot more recently! I think I may soon be integrating some artwork into my posts. We will see!

Moving forward toward better things,


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