𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐚 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐞
I’d say my first real creation was making a journal out of a worn leather jacket and using my mother’s lace from her dresses for binding the pages together at the age of seven…while it wasn’t some extraordinary discovery like the cure to cancer, it felt pretty major to me at the time. This pastime continued and translated into different creations throughout each chapter of my life including altering almost every outfit I purchased to make it into my own style-concoction. I learned to develop my own natural ability to style and create for fashion photography through years of schooling (fashion & psychology) and industry experience, but all along it never felt like school or work to me but rather like I was just immersed in my hobby. My goal now is to reveal those chapters from my journal to you.
𝐉𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐝
She Journaled has content that reveals journaled experiences I never thought I would share with a best friend, far more for anyone else. Now, through self-searching and experiencing life as a mom, I had a revelation of paying it forward and giving my creativity a chance to blossom in someone else’s path. It also has influence from an ah-ha moment I experienced during the time of working on my dissertation. While a junior in college, I started this as a fashion website but now it’s been considerably tweaked to reflect insightful how-to’s behind creations that benefit you, the reader. I’m eager to share what readers have asked for such as: behind the scenes advice from how the design concepts are photographed, access to my own created products and personal stories that influence my style. You can also expect bonafide reviews and recommendations surrounding countless products and services. One may say it’s fashion and psychology fused together.
Meet the gal who journaled
I once wrote in my journal…❛Dear Journal, I want to create…❜ I didn’t know it back then at the budding age of nine that I would keep it to be a part of my soul. Journaling has always been a cathartic circumvention for me whether it was writing about a bad day, journaling style ideas or most recently, writing to escape postpartum depression. There was always a hunger within me to achieve success and solve a dire issue which as far as I can recall accurately, started at the age of seven; whether it was success at selling all of the items I impeccably laid out at my garage sales, or success at solving the girl-tiffs at school, or success in publishing articles in the local newspaper, or success in getting a heartbroken friend to be happy again after one of my makeovers and ‘clever’ relationship advice…in all aspects, creativity was my secret weapon and the compelling spiritual connection I felt when helping people in some need of sort became the booster.
I was born in the Caribbean and molded-in Florida as one may put it. I actually did one of those DNA tests (23&Me) to find out what my race comprises of out of curiosity. The results came back stating that I’m 75.4% Indian (East & Native) and 24.6% Italian. I was surprised because most people in my family seem to be of Caribbean-Indian descent. It turned out to be very insightful because it gave me detailed health information based on my heritage, explained the history behind my physical traits such as my olive skin and straight hair, and it even connected me to relatives that share the same DNA.
Perhaps my ancestry composition plays a factor in my love for creativity, entrepreneurial desires and perseverance to do more constantly….hmm – food for thought! Whether it has influence or not, I was always determined to explore my creativity on a deeper level. This would start shaping my goals when I enrolled in college at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Once I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising, I was eager to put my creative skills to use and opted for an internship as a fashion columnist with Enjoy Life (a life and style magazine based in Atlanta, Georgia) where I contributed a weekly fashion column for two years. I absolutely loved creative writing and giving readers useful tips, but you’re limited in an internship when it comes to speaking candidly about countless, pressing topics. This experience took me to my next gig as chief website-designer of a worldwide-championship, pro-golf girls’ clothing company (Kissi Couture) based in Boca Raton, Florida. While working full-time and trying to develop my own online website, I signed up for another degree to add to my resume; a master’s in applied psychology at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.
After attaining my master’s degree, I continued to work on my website named SHACE (the marriage of some letters in both my first and last names) back then, and wanted my next job to be one that would allow me to explore more and discover far beyond Florida, so I took a contracted job in the private aviation industry as a corporate hostess traveling the world one jet at a time which was a unique opportunity as I had never travelled privately. All the while my focus was on SHACE and curious style-enthusiasts (as I dubbed them) would influence me to create consignment sites. My shopping sprees took international and domestic flights and these enthusiasts didn’t care if the items were gently or overtly worn; they just wanted to know how fast I could ship it to them. At first, I was reluctant to sell anything pre-owned due to my perfectionism but I had quickly come to learn the lucrative benefits of the consignment business. So on my travels, I’d grab any opportunity to do what I love anyways, fashion photography. While most pictures were of me I thoroughly enjoyed styling family members, friends, and total strangers to photograph the items for purchases. In a nutshell, it was fun work! I didn’t have all the presets I do today so angles were key as well as good lighting and the limited photo-editing tools which I perfected over time. Sales were wild and there was unexpected site traffic on my page consistently within a short period of time. It was then I knew expansion needed to happen. I took a sabbatical to do more research and the compulsive need to do several projects simultaneously kept lurking so I signed up for a doctorate degree in clinical psychology at California Southern University in Irvine, California which I had the flexibility of doing online.
A small family European trip would influence the next chapter of my journal experiences the most; Musee Du Louvre, France in particular where the invention of a shoe idea began. Then, after a holiday cruise I found out I was pregnant and that put some things on standby. Now, as I go through the experience of being a first-time mom I continue to journal incorporating it all with the help of lots of coffee and an occasional, well-made margarita…okay maybe a fewツ I hope every time you visit, you take a page from a chapter you feel inspired by. Expect earnest journaled experiences and join me as I create new chapters…
𝚂𝚝𝚊𝚢 𝚒𝚗 𝚃𝚘𝚞𝚌𝚑
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