I'm 32, I've travelled, I've seen, I've lived and I'm not saying I'm done with any of those. My previous job as an owner of a women's boutique, and current job being a flight attendant has taught me a whole lot about myself, sacrifice, commitment, self worth and courage just to name few. I'm truly blessed to have the job that I have, it's something that I've always dreamed of being. I can still remember dropping my mother and grandma off to the the airport for their mini vacations to San Diego at the age of 7 and I couldn't help but stare at airlines crews and wonder what their life was like working in the air. Well now I know ( that'll be another blog post in the future). Being an owner of a women's boutique? All I can say is, thank you God for that experience. That's a another blog post waiting to be posted...
So what would my 32 year old self tell my 20 year old self? Now that I'm in my 30s, I look back to my 20s and ask myself if I've everything I wanted to do in my 20s. I often have this conversation with my husband, and my answer is always a No. This is why I'm making this post. I just need to let it all out. Here's my top 5 advice to 20 year old Sarah:
1. Travel MORE. I landed the job as Flight Attendant when I turned 23, it was a highlight of my life that I landed one of my dream jobs! However, I didn't use the perks of my job as much as I would have wanted. I've travelled all around Canada, USA, Philippines and Mexico, but I should have gone to places like Brazil, Switzerland, Greece, Japan, Korea, Peru ...and the list goes on. I can't believe that I only travelled to Europe last year, when I could have gone every year since I started. Why Sarah...why.....
2. SAVE YOUR DANG MONEY. I have to admit it, I'm a spendaholic. Like most girls, I love checking out the newest restaurants, having weekly sushi dates, and love everything and anything to do with the latest fashion trends that hit the street . I currently have 3 and a half closets full of clothes, purses and accessories. Trust me, it's time to purge! I opened an RRSP account in my mid 20s, which I should have done as soon as I turned 18. I should have been more diligent in being active in putting MORE money away in a TFSA or SA bi-weekly and spending less on quantity as opposed to quality. Thank goodness for having shares in the current company I work for. That allows me to save some coin. I wouldn't tell my 20 year old self to stop spending money, but to just be careful what you spend your money on. You really didn't need those 3 pairs of $250 pair of jeans that you worked countless hours to pay for. Like, really. The Gap has some gorgeous jeans that are a 1/3 the price.
3. You should have gone or at least applied to Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in LA. You really should have applied to FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. It was something you always wanted to do, it was something that's been stuck in the back of your gosh dang mind. Now you're wondering how your life would have turned out had you gone to FIDM. When it comes to education, you really need to do what your heart desires. That is all.
4. Chill out. I was such a worry wart in my early 20s. I used to think to myself that by the time I was 23 I should have graduated from university, be married and have at least 1 child on the way. Who was I kidding?! I wasn't ready for any of those things to be done. I finished university with a Bachelor in Business Administration when I was 26 because I was flying and going to school at the same time. I wasn't engaged, and did not have a child on the way. Everything still turned out great. I definitely put a lot of pressure on myself to be the best that I can be, but what I've really come to realize is that everything happens for a reason, don't try and rush life. It's not a competition.
5. Value your time. Stop wasting time on people who aren't worth your time. Stop wasting time on those negative Nancy's. Stop wasting time filling your brain with nonsense like every article your brain could possibly process on Facebook. Stop wasting time and get that job you've always wanted. Stop wasting time and travel to that country you've always dreamed about. Stop wasting time and pick up that hobby you keep putting on the back burner. Stop wasting time and finally call that friend you've been wondering about. Stop wasting time.
I AM SO EXCITED to have been given the opportunity to do a Pre Spring 2017 partnership with COACH! This Coach Cross body 1941 Dinky bag in the color Bordeaux is perfect for women like myself who don't like fussy purses. And when I say fussy, I mean bulky, unstructured purses. This cross body bag makes the perfect shopping bag. It is the perfect size for your wallet, cellphone, keys and a few makeup essentials. With 2 pockets on the inside and a built in coin purse, and a chic turn lock closure, what more can you ask for? It also has an extra pocket in the back of the purse, that is unnoticeable, where you can slip your phone or credit card into for easy access. I also really love the two toned contrasting burgundy and red on the inside of this purse. Did you know that the Dinky bag was first introduced in 1973, and in 2016 Coach decided to bring this stunning bag back ! The effortless craftsmanship on this classic purse is pretty remarkable. Thank you Coach, you did it once again !
Photographer: @marasiganphotos , Noah Marasigan
It was truly the experience of a lifetime for anyone who appreciates anything fashion related.
Entering the Moynihan building was something I'll never forget. Respected fashion designers like Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta , Rebecca Minkoff and Raf Simons just to name a few walked through the same doors I did. It was such an overwhelming feeling that I can't quite explain but It almost felt like you were walking into the podium waiting for your name to be called to receive your University degree. You were in a room that has inspired millions of designers, bloggers, artists and companies to formulate their next design or inspiration.
I was fortunate to sit in 3 different fashion shows in the span of 4 days. The first was DENIBI 's Utopia 2017 Collection where I was fortunate to sit in the second row. DENIBI's designs were beautifully made, and every piece in that collection would have been something I would've worn. Their collect ion left their audience in awe and definitely felt like they were needing to make a few pre orders stat. It was a very intimate fashion show with an average of about 80 guests, and myself being one of them. DENIBI's designs were very structured with gorgeous pleated trousers, high collared vests, ivory body suits and a stunning mint green cape that I couldn't stop thinking about. I wasn't too sure what the etiquette was when it came to taking photos of their designs so I unfortunately don't have too many photos.
The second fashion show I attended was Johnny Dar's JEANS FOR REFUGEES Collection. This was the first time I stepped into the the captivating venue - Moynihan Station. I was extremely fortunate to have been able to sit front row at this fashion show, which was a dream come true. Johnny's Dar's collection Jeans for Refugees’ was an artistic fundraising initiative dedicated to helping refugees around the world, with all proceeds going to the International Rescue Committee. I was able to find a video dedicated his project .
Below the video wrote :
Published on Oct 16, 2016 Internationally acclaimed artist and fashion designer Johny Dar joins forces with 100 celebrities for the ‘Jeans for Refugees’ initiative, raising funds for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to support refugees worldwide. From Hollywood A-listers Ryan Gosling and Sharon Stone to British icons Victoria Beckham and Emma Watson, the 100 celebrities have each donated a pair of their jeans which are being painted by Dar, and given various artistic treatments before being auctioned online.
‘Jeans for Refugees’ began as Johny Dar’s personal quest to do something in answer to the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time. ‘The concept behind Jeans for Refugees is to spread a message through art, to create positive change and empower people to collaborate for a common goal’ he explains. With the support of international celebrities, icons and legends from the music, fashion and film industries including Karlie Kloss, Elton John, Anna Wintour, Cara Delevingne and Daniel Radcliffe, Dar’s dream has evolved into a global campaign touching the hearts and minds of people around the world.
How inspiring is that? I love the fact that celebrities use their power to help designers raise funds for those in need. His collection had some of the most intricate designs. In the video it shows exactly how he fashioned his designs with fabric paint. His pieces were bright, unique and incomparable to any designs I have ever seen. The eclectic array of colors he chose for his collection were very
I AM SO SAD --- September was the month that Snapchat changed a few of their options, and "memories" came into place. I snapped videos and photos so much during 4 days in NYC that it for some reason didn't save! There must have been a glitch in the system! All the memories are now preciously stored in my head I guess :(
The third show I attended was for The Arts Institutes Run of Show fashion show held at the Moynihan Station again. I chose to to get all dolled up for the last fashion show that I'd be attending. I chose to wear an ensemble from BCBG (black tailored moto blazer) and my favourite store of all time UNIQLO (cream pleated long skirt). The gold studded headband was from my Henri Bendel, and my purse was from River Island which I purchased in London England in May while on my honeymoon. I finished the look with a black paisley bandana tied around my neck and a high bun. It was quite hot that evening, so you can understand that as soon as the fashion show was over, I had shorts and my handy dandy Birkenstocks waiting for me in my cousin Tom's backpack.
Run of Show showcased student designers who were educated at the Art Institutes all across the U.S and Canada. There were 9 students who showed off their gorgeous designs on the runway and their names as well as their Instagram names in case you'd like to check out their work:
Bianca Zidik @biancazidik from The Illinois Institute of Art
Adrain Escoto @mr.escoto from The Art Institute of New York City
Melody Hernandez @__melody.h from The Art Institute of Dallas
Julissa Arrington @julissa_arrington from The Art Institute of California- San Francisco
Devon Pezzano @seaofmoons from The Art Institute of Philadelphia
Mimmy Begazo @mondobegazo from Miami International University of Art & Design
Rene Mejia @renemejiadesign from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Esther Ashiru @esther_ashiru from The Art Institute of Vancouver
Maria D'Ocon @mariadocon from Miami International University of Art & Design
This show was definitely my favourite show from the 3 that I've attended. It was roughly 45 minutes long and had the most beautiful introductions to each designer. Each designer picked a song from the 60s and 70s to start their show off with. The room was dark, the music played....lights, camera, action, 4 models hit the spotlight and one at at time walked down the catwalk. It was one of the most amazing experiences thus far. The collections the designers showcased were stunning. Some with flowy chiffon, lace, tulle and the list goes on. I truly felt like celebrity sitting 2nd down in that show! These talented students walked the runway with their chosen model and you can just see all the hard work, devotion and sacrifice in their face. I remember I had snapchatted the whole fashion show only to find out the next day that it didn't save on my phone. Bloody hell. I was so upset! Once again, these memories will forever be stored in my head and in my heart.
A huge thanks to my friend Ryan Massel @immrfabulous (www.immrfabulous.com) for making this dream come true. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
@immrfabulous & @paperdollsarah_ in SOHO Manhattan !
Welcome 2017 ! Feeling blessed.
New Year, New ME? NOPE. New year, better me I always say. My husband and I always ask each other what our New Years resolution is going to be and we always end up with "being a better me ".
For example, when it comes to fitness... people constantly put these huge new years resolutions on them like "losing 20 lbs by June, stop smoking as soon as the 1st of January hits or no fast food for 1 year" and before you know it, they're grabbing a McChicken from McDonalds after a night of drinking on NYE. I know this because I was definitely one of these people! I stopped making new years resolutions a long time ago beause I'd always end up breaking them in within the first month. I've learned in life that balance is key. If you want to eat that McChicken burger on Monday go ahead! Just don't eat one every day of the week? Balance it out, McChicken for lunch....salad for dinner! I'm sure you all know where I'm going with this..we've all been there!
Every new year I definitely try and reflect on how the previous year went and some changes I'd like to make with the brand new year ahead. Usually runs through my thoughts is this:
1. Be MORE grateful for my loved ones
2. Make more time for family
3. Shop less, recycle more
4. Stay healthy
....and that's it! I just want to be a better me, one day at at time.
Do you have any New Years rituals? New years resolutions? I'd love to hear them!
Photo courtesy of : Polyvore