Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Look Back at 2014 and Ahead at 2015

One of my resolutions for life is that it's never too late for anything! So I know that it's January 8, but hey, I just got back to the city from my vacation in Connecticut yesterday, started work today, and didn't get a chance to do this post yet. My next post will be my favorite photos from this past year!

Favorite parts of 2014:

1) Somehow in my short 2014 highlights blip on my New Years instagram photo I forgot to mention that I met and worked for two of my three favorite costume designers this year, Ann Roth (one Oscar/four nominations) and Sandy Powell (three Oscars/ten nominations). I worked with Ann on prepping for the Vogue photoshoot for the Broadway play "A Raisin in the Sun" starring Denzel Washington, and with Sandy on pre-production for "Carol" starring Cate Blachett and Rooney Mara. Regardless of the Academy honoring them, I simply adore their work, especially the period pieces they're especially known for so I am lucky to have happened to work on period projects with them. They are true storytellers which is what a Costume Designer really is, using fabric instead of words to spin tales that will be seen for generations to come. Did I tell you that I worked for them a week apart because they are friends and often use the same studio space? It was short but amazing. Now, if I could only work for Colleen Atwood over in London...

2) Visiting my sister in San Francisco, California has to be a major highlight of 2014, if not the biggest one! We did so many amazing things like wine tasting in the idyllic Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley which looked like Italy to me, going to the beautiful Sausalito, seeing several museums, touring Alcatraz, and wandering many great parts of the city such as Chinatown and some gorgeous parks. I hope and pray to be able to go back next summer! While I love having Ashley here, I do enjoy having her to visit in one of the coolest U.S. cities. San Francisco is so colorful and quirky to me with gorgeous architecture, that it seems European.

3) Going to Texas for my cousin's awesome Star Wars/Star Trek-themed wedding was a great way to see family that I hadn't seen in years! I also got to enjoy the Dallas and Fort Worth areas. While Dallas was great, Fort Worth was amazing because it was like something out of an old Western movie with cowboys galore. I saw a cattle drive and got to sit on a bull which was scary and awesome. I'm still shocked I did that. Also, the Mexican food and guacamole made right in front of us with fresh avocados that were probably straight from Mexico was to die for. 

4) Attending both NY Fashion Weeks this past year was amazing and I simply adored covering shows for my blog! Even though I am in the film industry part of the reason I blog is to be able to be a part of the fashion world and fashion week because I still love it. If you live in NYC and have a weird weekday schedule and can maybe go and cover some M-F shows that I can't attend, please contact me! 

5) Now that I've been to the Jazz Festival on Governor's Island, I have to go at least once every summer (it runs two full weekends). Dressing up and seeing others' costumes, watching the music and dancing, and sipping the best drink I have literally ever had in my life- the freshly made St. Germain cocktail mixed by a professional (it was also hot outside and this was nice and cool) were just some of the highlights. I also won a costume contest and a free St. Germain kit was mailed to me! I am counting down the days until I can go back. 

6) It was my second time at the Maryland Renaissance Faire with my boyfriend but we had even more fun this time around. It was cooler out and we stayed for less time, but this year we dressed up and it made it twice as fun! I'm so glad that I convinced him and that he seemed to get more into than me at one point. I think he is finally getting used to my costume obsession after all of these intense Halloweens and costumed or fancy dress up events. I also discovered there's an elephant ride which I plan to do next year. 

Other highlights of this year included singing at coffeehouses and writing music with my friend Christine for our new band "The Twenty-Somethings", crossing more activities off my NYC to-do list, moving from Manhattan to Queens, starting a Youtube channel, making many trips to VA/Washington DC, and many more memories!

Resolutions and goals for 2015:

1) Keep blogging and vlog even more! You may see less OOTD posts and more videos as a matter of fact but I try to do about 2 posts sometime within a week's time give or take. Videos certainly take way longer so I can't be on any kind of schedule with those. This isn't my full time job and is mostly just seen as a hobby in my eyes so I never stress about it too too much time wise but I do still take it seriously. (That being said if I ever say I cannot hang out with you and because I am working on my blog, please respect this and don't just tell me to do it later. If everyone tells me that then it will never get done and I do enjoy it and need to blog sometimes!)

2) I don't have specific health goals besides the one below except to just to be healthier in general. I definitely found health foods that I am obsessed with in the past year or two (avocados, artichokes, arugula, quinoa, edamame, and brussel sprouts) than my general Goldfish and Cheez It's and brownies but it's something anyone can work on. I seek to find even more great foods that I love! I walk a ton and carry heavy costumes but could always properly exercise more whether that meets hiking, biking, floor mat routines, or joining a gym. We'll see!

3) Use my fluoride rinse more regularly. Sorry, teeth.

4) I really want to record an EP of a few original songs with my musical companion and neighbor Christine. We performed original songs and covers at coffeehouses in Queens and Brooklyn this past year and have begun writing even more music. We just have so much fun doing it and mesh so well artistically together that I cannot wait to see what's next! The only thing holding us back is our busy work and social calendars but we will make it happen.

5) I costumed/wardrobe supervised an indie short film in 2014 and hope to do an even bigger production on the side again this year. However since I do paid network TV work during the week (which is less creative for a PA like me) I can only do extra jobs on the weekends unless I am in between shows. Let's see what I can manage for this year though!

6) My biggest fears pertaining to NYC that are possible to overcome have to do with driving and tall buildings. I conquered my fear of driving around the city and boroughs (and even through the tunnel and into NJ!) Now I know the city like the back of my hand not only in terms of subways and walking, but also driving directions! This comes in handy for cab drivers trying to cheat me or if they are new. My other fear is going to a tall building. The Empire State is too tall and scares me too much, plus I want to be able to see it from wherever I am. So I am going to try and visit the Top of the Rock at Rockafeller Center. This scares me so much that I am getting all clammy right now just thinking about it. However I have been to other rooftops like the Standard Hotel which certainly feels high, and the Met...how bad could it be? *freaks out* I will probably be holding onto a pole in the absolutely middle of the roof and not even taking any photos.

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