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1. When do you feel at your most attractive?
When my face isn't super round, but my breasts are round & full (usually right before my period). It is then that I can wear my more tailored clothing, accentuating the waist and the cleavage bounces around a bit more.
I also feel attractive in rich, flowing fabric with feminine-form-- like a wrapped skirt with a mermaid cut to it.
2. Do you notice women on the street? If so, what sort of women do you tend to notice or admire?
Of course! I tend to notice them all, lol. However, I admire the ones who look the most put-together with an effort that seems minimal. Tailored, lines, simple jewelry, everything in it's proper place.
3. What are some things you admire about how other women present themselves?
Simplicity that still ends up drawing attention in a classy manner... my outfits are always way too involved. I NEVER think jeans and a t-shirt.
4. Was there a moment in your life when something “clicked” for you about fashion or dressing or make-up or hair? What? Why did it happen then, do you think?
Probably in college... I began to pay more attention to the full length (head to toe) of how an outfit in perceived-- it was then that I realized that campus was a tiny community and people can spot you from afar not only by your gait & your signature "style of dress", but more importantly, why not give them something to brighten their day or inspire them through your outfits.
5. What are some shopping rules you wouldn’t necessarily recommend to others but which you follow?
I you love it so much that you want to keep it forever and ever Amen-- buy at least two (if your wallet permits).
6. What are some rules about dressing you follow, but you wouldn't necessarily recommend to others?
No white pants after Labor Day; ALWAYS look in a full length mirror before you leave the house (proportions are critical; the heel may be too high for that dress, etc); always consider the lines (i.e. make your transitions smooth-- thx God for Spanx)
10. Have you ever successfully given someone a present of jewelry or clothing that you continue to feel good about?
Yes, often. I gave my mother an emerald green jacket from which she constantly receives compliments. In college, I sent my cousin a jazzy shirt in her favorite color. She loved it, especially because she didn't have to wear a bra with it.
11. Is there any fashion trend you’ve refused to participate in and why?
Uhh... heck yea! I have s severe disdain for the dresses that are long in the back and short in the front, french manicures that use opaque colors, dark nail polish on toes (shortens the foot & makes it appear diseased), etc.
12. Can you say a bit about how your mother’s body and style has been passed down to you, or not?
My mother and I both sew, so we both have an appreciation for quality fabrics. Walking into a fabric store is like a kid in a candy store. However, what garments we'd each made differs-- she prefers boxy lines, while I like Va-Va-Va-Voom-curvaceous-female-tailored lines.
I have her body for the most part-- I have more butt than her (in protrusion, not width)-- and I expect to have more breasts when I have a child (like what happened to her).
13. Have you stolen, borrowed or adapted any dressing ideas or actual items from friends or family?
I probably got the need to wear a waist-defining-belt with almost everything from my older cousin.
14. Was there a point in your life when your style changed dramatically? What happened?
Yea... back to college.. I payed attention to lines and silhouettes more, since people would be able to recognize me from afar on campus. If I had feminine lines from afar, they'd know I was a girly-girl & that I cared about my appearance, unlike a lot of students who just wear sweats and PJs all the time.
Before college my wardrobe was mostly a result of what my mom put in my closet-- boxy, long blazers; quality fabrics that didn't fit me well, etc. At college I got to edit my wardrobe-- I began to wear shorter, fitted blazers and discard the things that didn't fit me well.
15. Is there anything political about the way you dress?
No. Not really... I dress African, I dress American, I dress Mexican... I really luv it all. I guess I'm liberal in my dress, lol.
16. Please describe your body.
Long legs, petite torso, strong and well defined shoulders / collar bone area (genetics); stomach rarely ever flat (it's usu somewhere on the continuum between happy-to-have-a-'skinny day' and 'almost look pregnant'), narrow foot, kinda long fingers and toes, HAIRY (which grows so fast, it keeps me from wearing swimming suits and short-cut dresses, skirts, shorts)
17. Please describe your mind.
OVERLY analytical, loves colors & design; always down to do arts and crafts, competitive
18. Please describe your emotions.
What are these? lol... no really, I'm not very in touch with my emotions-- too overly analytical for that. I'm sensitive to the needs of children and those who cannot defend themselves. I'm emotional-- I just maybe don't know what name to label my emotions when I feel them.
19. What are you wearing on your body and face, and how is your hair done, right at this moment?
Today (after LABOR DAY) I wore white pants-- and I feel somekindaway about it! It was advised by my mother to wear light colored clothing to court so you appear innocent. I also donned a giraffe motif skirt (white and tanish-gray) worn as a sleeveless top, belted at the waist with a tanish-gray metallic skinny belt, and a tanish-gray draped sweater. I kept jewelry minimal-- one tiny stainless steel 16" necklace-- as not to appear rich so my court fines would be dropped. My hair is cornrowed backward, with huge pin curls covering most of the cornrows-- which creates a nice updo.
I put on mascara, a powder foundation on my neck & jaw lines (to conceal blemishes), and contoured my face with a lighter foundation under my eyes and cheekbones. The aim was to appear more youthful for beauty AND to once again not to seem older with lots of money.
20. In what way is this stuff important, if at all?
The psychology of clothing is very important-- it speaks volumes to the world around you while your vocal-voice remains quiet. I always want to say "Hello! I'm a creative, analytical, girly-girl... Nice to meet you!"
21. With whom do you talk about clothes?
My mom & my best friends
22. How do institutions affect the way you dress?
I don't get to wear dresses and skirts on the days I have technique labs at school (I'm in Chiropractic school). We're always laying on a table and our partner has to be able to easily access the skin on our back. So it's a challenge on those days to think of outfits that are permissible.
23. Do you think you have taste or style? Which one is more important? What do these words mean to you?
I have both. Taste is more important. Taste means respect for yourself and respect for others around you. A mini-skirt where your coochie is constantly falling out the bottom is dis-tasteful to wear publicly-- it's a false-sense of self confidence.
Style is a unique manner of expressing oneself through clothing, attitude, accessories, etc.
24. Do you remember the biggest waste of money you ever made on an item of clothing?
Yeah... it's hanging in my closet right now. Ordered it from China-- didn't get to try it on before I purchased it. Shoulders are too broad-- makes me look like a linebacker :(
25. Are there any dressing tricks you’ve invented or learned that make you feel like you’re getting away with something?
Skirts, belted -- as tops
26. Do you have style in any areas of your life aside from fashion?
Yep, I have a background in home staging
27. Can you recall some times when you have dressed a particular way to calm yourself or gain a sense of control over a situation that scared you?
Yeah... layer upon layer, upon complicated layer before heading over to my date's house-- to deter him from wanting to sleep with me too soon-- a clothing chastity belt, if you will.
29. Did your parents teach you things about clothing, care for your clothing, dressing or style? What lessons do you remember? Or did you just pick things up?
My neighbor taught me about ironing and the importance of keeping my white shoes WHITE. Everything else, I think I learned on my own.
What’s your birth date? Where were you born and where do you live now?
2/6/82, Boston, MA: Born ; Atlanta, GA: Now
What kind of work do you do?
Full time doctoral student
Are you single, married, do you have kids, etc.?
Single, no children, never been married