It’s been awhile since I’ve worn this many handmade items in the same outfit!
The top was a DIY inspired by Rodarte S/S 09! Rodarte is one of my favourite NYFW shows, and I wanted to do a tribute of sorts.
I’ve seen plenty of people DIY the leggings from that season, so I decided to try something different. I thought it could be done with a simple-ish method, but I ended up just sewing the entire thing from scratch. Apparently, I fail at draping. ):
The collar was a mirror-collar-DIY I did last week, here’s the tutorial if you’re interested! :D
Skirt is a paperpatterns skirt I designed for Huishan a long time ago, thank you so much for lending it to me! :’D
How I make life Juicy
To be honest, I hesitated a lot before taking part in this competition. And when I decided to DIY the outfit as much as possible, I began to second-guess myself.
Do I attend parties? Not necessarily stylish parties, but I definitely have an amazing time.
Do I march to the beat of my own drum? Without a doubt.
Do I surround myself with positive people? I even made a guide to being happy here.
I think that I’m leading a pretty juicy life, and I enjoy every second of it. What I was worried about wasn’t losing; but winning.
I’ve been dreaming of visiting New York since I was 14. Even then, I would visit Parson’s website and read up on the entry requirement, plan an entire portfolio in my head, and look forward to the day I could realize this dream. Till this day, I religiously follow updates on New York Fashion Week, desperately trying to imagine what it would be like to experience it for myself.
While my passion for fashion never faded, the notion that I could achieve this dream of mine did. As I grew older, I started to become more “practical”. Studying in New York is too expensive. Too dangerous. Too impossible.
After my O Levels, my mother asked me if I wanted to study Fashion at a local arts school. I decided not to, because I was afraid that I would be bad at it and waste both my parents’ money and my time. So I went on to study Mass Communications. So I told myself that studying fashion could always wait.
It’s been three years since then, and I really am reaching the end of my studies. When I was looking through universities last month, I didn’t even consider pursuing an education in Fashion because the thought that “studying fashion is too time consuming and expensive” is so deeply ingrained in my mind.
Then a few weeks ago, I saw the advertisement for this contest and remembered what felt like a silly childhood dream. For the first time in years, I visited Parson’s website again.
I guess I was so scared that I could never achieve my dream, that part of me wanted to keep it tucked away in a corner of my head.
It may seem strange to some people, but I feel like taking part in this competition is like taking a step towards my dream.
Thank you Juicy Couture, for giving me hope, and the courage to believe in “impossibilities”.
Wow I think this is easily the lengthiest post I’ve ever done for Chictopia. This outfit means a lot to me, and I really hope that you’ll like it! ♥