College, college, college.. Well, everything I heard about it is true. Yeah, I am growing a lot, but I find it that my growth happens more outside of the classrooms and lectures and more in the real world. I am beginning to learn how to stand on my own two feet in this world, without my family. I’m not the same girl you met a year ago or even a month ago. Always learning from my mistakes, tomorrow I will be a better me. Wanting to display a new found confidence, I dyed my hair a color that emphasizes my new attitude.
For this look I wanted to keep it subtle with the grey tank top (H&M), my striped mom jeans (Pacsun), and my black Nike Air Force Ones (StockX). The Ice Supreme Shoulder bag from the Spring Summer 2019 collection reflects my introduction to street wear and street fashion. I am beginning to love street wear as it is gaining a lot of traction and notoriety even in the upper echelons of the fashion world. I am excited to see what I can do with street wear pieces to elevate my fashion sense to the next level.
Since I was young I’ve always wanted to stand out and fashion has always been a way for me to express my individuality. Being half Japanese and half Caucasian has always put me at crossroads in terms of identity, and fashion has given me a vehicle to discover what that identity may be. Growing up in Washington state I’ve been exposed to a lot of U.S. brands throughout my life, but now I have garnered interest and been intrigued for brands who’s grassroots lie back in Japan. Learning about how Takashi Murakami made Japanese-esque culture popular through his art and now becoming a fashion icon is fascinating. He’s someone who embraces his identity and his identity happens to standout, something I’ll have constant admiration for.
Don’t be afraid. Being afraid strips you from your own potential. Erase all doubt, failure is only momentary and you’ll rarely remember it. I know through my life obstacles of parents being divorced, moving, constantly switching schools, losing and gaining new friendships, it’s hard not to lose yourself. Take it from me that life is about taking some risks and staying true to who you are.
What’s the biggest risk you took?