Parsons x Teen Vogue Fashion Essential’s Online Course Review

Happy Wednesday:

Though I’ve been pretty MIA the last few months of 2016, one thing that I was consistently posting about was my assignments from the online course I took with Parsons & Teen Vogue.

I recently completed the course – and received my certificate – and couldn’t be more happy. I thought it would be great to share both my experiences & thoughts on the course incase you had ideas on taking the course yourself.

You can check out my review below:

Have you heard of the Fashion Essential’s course with Parsons & Teen Vogue? Are you currently enrolled? Recently completed the course? I would love to read your thought!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

‘Till next week,

GC xo

My Product | Parson x Teen Vogue

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Undone Bag.

 

& we are finally here, the last Parson x Teen Vogue related blog post.

This has been such a bitter sweet experience. I am so happy with all of the knowledge I have gained since starting this course – it has showed me which areas I need to drastically improve on [This post will highlight one of those skills] but it also enlightened me with things I didn’t know at all, and even helped me gain a better understanding of other aspects of the fashion industry.

I totally recommend this course for anyone who wants a basic, overall education on what the fashion industry consists off. It has opened my eyes to a lot.

Today’s post is all about the bag I designed back in the first course. I kind of went all out and purchased real leather, in the hopes of really being able to rock this bag for years to come. After cutting out the pattern, something told me to double check if leather needed a specific needle in order to be sewn together. Turned out, I was right. Leather is a lot thicker compared to other fabrics, so a basic needle wouldn’t be able to survive the stitching. For that reason, I won’t be able to give an exact pricing for the supplies, labor, nor the entire retail cost. I simply placed the pattern together to show what it would essentially look like. With the price of the fabric alone, I wanted to deepen my understanding of how to construct a leather bag to make sure this one turned out as great as possible.

Cost of the Leather: $55

Cost of Floral Fabric: $2/Yard

 

With the coming weeks, I do plan to treat myself this Christmas season by self hosting this blog and really committing the time this blog – and my passion – deserves. I have so many ideas and themes for future posts – 2017 is going to be a big year for this blog.

I’ll catch you later in another post real soon, and as always, sending all of my love your way!

Thank you so much for stopping by.

GC xo

Parsons x Teen Vogue | Visual Merchandising

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H&M Styling.

Styling & Visual Merchandising

Happy Sunday:

Today’s post is dedicated to yet another Parsons x Teen Vogue aassigment. The focus on this one is visual merchandising and the science behind making it visually appealing for customers to shop in ‘your store.’

I had the opportunity to work as a Visual Merchandiser at Old Navy for a few months earlier this year – It was a totally new experience for me, but was one that has since stuck with my interests. There’s just something about styling that makes me happy. Though I don’t rock H&M often, every time I walk in there, I’m always impressed with how they style their merchandise. It’s why I decided to go into their store and highlight what they do to offer a better shopping experience for their customers.

This location is in Manhattan, New York. It’s a newer location – and the vibe of it rules.

As far as the actual store design goes: let’s face it, there’s just something about a white, crisp, store. Add mirrors to that, and you’d have an ‘infinite feeling’ experience while the chandeliers only add to the ‘runway-meets-streetstyle’ atmosphere. The store totally feels open and ready to take you on a fashion closet ride.

One thing that I found interesting was the placement of the sales item; they were placed where customers walked to most – the escalators and the fitting rooms. Speaking on the actual placement of the non-sale garments: I immediately noticed that they were properly styled. Dresses would be next to coats while tops and bottoms were together in color coordination. It’s an eye appealing set-up.

I still have a huge interest in Visual Styling & Merchandising, so this is definitely a field I plan to continue to expand my knowledge and experience. Especially since I plan to open up my own store – these are skills I will be using for years to come.

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Sending my love! Forever & always. ❤

GC xo

Your Audience | Parsons x Teen Vogue

Happy Wednesday:

I’m back at it again with a new Parsons x Teen Vogue assignment.

I don’t have many left to do, which is super exciting. I started this class almost a year ago! I am super close to obtaining my certificate in the Fashion Industry Essentials.

Today’s assignment is a bit different compared to the other two I recently posted up. This one focuses on playing around with your analytic information on both hootsuite.com and the built-in functions on social media websites; in my case that was WordPress & Youtube.

From the information I gathered, I learned that most of my readers are female, in between the ages of 18-24. They mostly come from the United States but I found that a few European countries [France, United Kingdom, Italy to name a few] and Brazil were other places where my content is being watched & read.

It’s really interesting learning where in the world your content is being viewed. I am definitely going to take some time to really learn how to properly use the analytical information on these tools. When examined properly, there is definitely potential of being able to use that to your advantage as far as marketing goes.

Thanks you so much for stopping by & reading.

‘Till next time,

GC xo

May’s Collage & Wishlist | 2016

Happy Monday:

And I’m back at it again with another monthly Collage & Wishlist.

This type of post is definitely becoming one of my faves – recycling old magazines in an inspirational way keeps my creative drive going. Make it a plan to invite all of your closest gal pals & have a mood board party! Worth. Your. Time. Trust me.

 

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This months collage is a hybrid between wordspiration and denim daze. Denim is my current go-to fabric and I am sensing a bit of foreshadowing action happening in this months collage. I have been denim obsessed as of late and cannot wait to share some funky denim ensembles I’ve been planning.

I’ve also been obsessed with inspirational quotes. I recently found this Instagram dedicated to quality quotes and I swear it has enhanced my daily perspective to pure positivity. Even on my off days, these quotes inspire me to be grateful and to always feel blessed regardless of my struggles. The page is called @thegoodquote and I recommend everyone give them a follow.

 

Summer Daze.

 

 

My Wishlist is relatively simple this month. The minimal vibes have been getting stronger as I’ve been getting older. It’s just a way of life, I think. I’m totally in love with this romper – it reminds me that I still need to invest in the perfect romper this summer season. To highlight the delicate black print on the romper, I decided to add black accessories. Cool summer nights need a romper like this to breeze through.

What’s been your inspiration as of late? Is there anything on your current Wishlist? Leave me a comment and let me know down below!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

‘Till Wednesday,

GC xo

Hippie Princess.

 

Happy Friday:

I am slowly, but surely making progress in my Parsons x Teen Vogue Fashion Essentials online course. Seriously, I’m SO thankful for the fact that we are given a full year to complete it.

I recently finished the last assignment of the first course – Unlocking Visual Style. I had to submit a layout similar to my first assignment: we had to upload images to a Pinterest board and create/capture a separate imagine completely inspired by them. Here’s the post of my first assignment if you’d like to check it out: Urban Queen.

This assignment, however, was dedicated to my story, who I am & how I can visually represent myself. We had to take photos of our room and create an outfit inspired by them. This one was a little bit tricker because it’s a bit of a challenge to create an outfit inspired by interior design. Maybe it’s just me but whenever I look at my room, 8 out of 10 times, it’s a complete mess & I swear that’s exactly how I feel!

Nonetheless, here’s a screenshot of my board:

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The outfit I came up with is pretty girly, with a hint of casualty. There’s an unkept vibe  oozing from the distressed jacket, which I feel represents me perfectly. I wore my Plasma tee as a dress – Plasma is  always hustlin’ hard & is a New Yorker, that’s that real inspo. HUF socks were added because they’re such a fun accessory and I threw on my JC Tardy’s because they are a huge part of my life as far as fashion blogging/vlogging goes. My favorite fashion vlogger wore these a ton when I first started watching YouTube videos, so when I found them on Poshmark, I just needed them in my life. No lie, they hold immense sentimental value to me. I added the gray beanie to go with the casual vibe & used the fake flowers as a prop to represent my love for Earth. I’m definitely a hippie princess.

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  • Beanie: H&M
  • Earrings/Necklace: DeadGypsy & Co
  • Jacket: Thrifted & DIY | Levi’s
  • Tee: PlasmaSlug
  • Shorts: American Eagle
  • Tights: H&M
  • Socks: HUF
  • Shoes: Jeffery Campbells

What do you think of my outfit? Does it represent my Pinterest board well?

Thank you so much for stopping by!

‘Till next week,

GC xo

Urban Queen.

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Happy Wednesday:

On December 15th, I started the Parsons x Teen Vogue Fashion Essentials Online course. I am seriously blessed to be able to dive into the business world of fashion through this course – I don’t really get that fix fashion gives me when I’m taking  the theater classes at my University. This online course consists of 5 different classes, and I am beyond stoked to finally be done with the first one!

It’s recommended that you take 2 weeks to complete each class, but luckily, they give students a full year to complete the entire course. With my busy, busy schedule, that’s definitley something I consider a blessing.

The first class is all about Visual Styling – expect another outfit post next week formatted very similar to this post. The assignment that inspired these series of photographs was based on a mood board I was assigned to create on Pinterest. The mood board was inspired by the aesthetics and fashion/styling images that described me. Since I am a lover of the urban, bohemian vibes, it came as no surprise that my Pinterest board screamed “Urban Queen.”

Creating the Pinterest board was the first assignment – next up, we had to create an image, or a series of images in my case, that reflect the mood board.

Here is a screen shot of my mood board:

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Urban Queen. | Mood Board. | La Mama Hada.

Since this is a fashion course, and I obviously have a fashion blog, I wanted to really showcase my inspired outfit with a full blog post – thus this post that you’re currently reading. Here are the images that were inspired by my mood board:

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I absolutely love how these photos came out! I want to give a huge thank you to my best friend, and photographer, Oscar, for capturing my vision. There’s nothing but good vibes whenever we work together.

What do you think of my outfit/aesthetic? Does it honestly reflects my mood board?

Would you be interested in me doing a full-on review on the course when I complete it? Please let me know down bellow – I would love to know!

Thank you so much for stopping by. Sending my love!

‘Till next time,

GC xo

Life Update: School, Shaving Bald, Exciting News; & Giveaway Winners! | Video

Happy Friday:

Am I the only one who thinks 2015 just came, and went?

It’s amazing to think about all of the changes I’ve experienced in my life in that past year: I’m officially raising a toddler, am a full time student and full time entrepreneur. If you have a small business of any kind, you know how hard it is to maintain it. I am beyond blessed for all of the progress I’ve made this year – in all aspects of my life. I’ve learned so much about myself and my capabilities that I honestly can’t wait for the new year.

I can’t wait to see all that awaits me in 2016. 

School has officially become my main focus – I explain that further in detail in my video, located at the end of this post. I want to thank everyone who has supported me thus far both on YouTube and here, on WordPress. Though my blog is relatively new – I’ve only been doing this since May – I have gained a few friends in the time I’ve been blogging. My life has been significantly happier since.

I’m also stoked to announce that I have been accepted into the Teen Vogue x Parsons: The New School’s new fashion certificate program. I explain what it’s all about in my video – I can’t wait to embark on this new journey.

I also briefly touch on my feelings on shaving bald – let’s just say that it’s definitely going to be happening sooner than later.

Here’s my video:

Thank you so much for reading & watching.

Have an amazing weekend!

GC xo