Tuesday, May 22, 2012
It's something you're able to bond over. It helps us push through when we want to give up on our dreams or just don't feel like you're good enough. Those friends are the one's I can really thank for helping me push through the writer's block and keep dreaming big. This post is dedicated to you!
While in college her passion began to grow. She took a fashion merchandising class while getting her BFA Graphic Design degree and never looked back. "Through out my entire college education my inspiration for design was the fashion world, the way articles of clothing worked together to tell a story was much like the design process of a graphic project. Now in my fashion career, graphic design oddly enough has become an inspirational passion for my styling and visual design work."
Her inspiration comes from pretty much anything and everything. When she sees something, she files it in her memory (or computer). "I collectively pull inspiration from a multitude of sources... From there I will edit through the images I have saved or seen, to find the common aspect to which is evoking the connection. And in that moment, that is what is inspiring me." Jes is currently finding a lot of inspiration in European street style (a great area to look into for inspiration) but that's not the only place she looks. "I also draw heavily from uniquely crafted store interior design as well as graphic design work from designers I admire. I also work closely with other stylists, visual designers and a relay of idea's."
Jes definitely has a knack for fashion, and she keeps making new goals, encouraging her to keep going after her passion. "As a designer I recognize the need for artistic visions to come alive. I also have always been fascinated by creating and reinforcing character through wardrobe. With things in the world every few moments, it challenges me, pushes me to new levels of fashion and design exploration. In hopes to one day pair the two so well together I create the ultimate experience."
Advice is essential when it comes to going after your dreams. Jes has always believed in keeping up with the ever evolving fashion industry so you know how to mold your dream into reality. "It's so important once you start your career to pay attention to how it is evolving, how you, your likes, what you find is inspirational is evolving and create your career that way. Edit the people you allow to give you advice on what to do with your life, especially when it comes to achieving your dreams. No one knows better than your intuition and the people that have made it. Do things that will only manifest into something greater."
Last but CERTAINLY not least is love bug.
Meet Allison: A fashion junkie at heart, we made a lasting bond working at Express. Over the last four years we've shared all aspects of our lives: dreams, heartache and happiness. She is one of the people that keeps me going when I want to quit. We share dreams of moving to LA or Miami and making it big. We share in each other's dreams, that's what's so special about having best friends, whether they share in your passion or not, they believe in you.
She has always been a stylish girl in my eyes, but she swears her "lack of style" in middle school haunts her to this day. That "lack" has now turned into an underlying passion for fashion that continues to grow each and every day. "I think everyone has to go through those moments in life, because they are the backbone of what makes you, YOU! I began to spend at least 30 minutes every night trying on clothes, finding the best suitable outfit to showcase my fashion at school the next day."
Express was the last piece of the puzzle for her. " I felt like I was home. That store was unlike all of the other stores and it gave me a sense of independence and freedom to dress the way that would fit me best. Ever since then, my passion for fashion has turned into a huge part of my life. It consumes me and I wouldn't have it any other way."
I've been very blessed to have so much support and so many people believe in me. Just remember, DON'T EVER GIVE UP!! You have to believe in YOU and stay positive, like my dad always says, ABR BABY! (ask believe and receive)
We all need a little boost now and then, and just know people out there are rooting for you to succeed!