Thursday, December 31, 2009

"there'd be no distance that could hold us this is the new year"

Thursday, December 31, 2009

  1. Priority: RELAXATION
  2. be more relaxed and more  connected to God
  3. connect to the nature and spirits around me like the Na'vi (meditation)
  4. explore different beliefs as well as my own
  5. toned six(ish) I put on my resolution list every year
  6. eat more like a rabbit...more fruits and veggies
  7. let the "winds" guide me ---STOP trying to control and plan everything... Just let it happen on it's own--Think Pocahontas or Na'vi
  8. be more social and take risks
  9. date.............
  10. stay on top of all my assignments and do not procrastinate
  11. keep on blogging and keep on writing my thoughts in my diary
  12. NEVER give up on my love for performing
  13. don't settle
  14. but don't be so picky
  15. be more helpful to others
  16. nail my upcoming auditions and land the roles I want
  17. Ignore horoscopes.
  18. Be the best friend, daughter, and sister I can be.

Most importantly: Remember everything happens for a reason.
*In reality, this is not a list of resolutions because I try to fulfill these wishes every day of every year.  My list for 2010 does not look much different from my lists in 2009, 2008, 2007 and so on.  My resolutions in 2011 will most likely follow the pattern.  My point? We should constantly reach for our goals and how we want to live our lives.  Making a list is a great way to remind ourselves of how we are evolving and how we are growing to get closer to reaching our goals.
Cheers to everyone for a very successful and bright new year!

With love,
Jules, Fashion Awakening Blog

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Project Rockwell

Thursday, December 24, 2009

So here it is - My design for the "Project Rockwell" fashion show.  The objective was to purchase a garment from Goodwill or from another second-hand store for under $10 and create a beautiful wardrobe out of it.  We needed to completely transform it from it's original look.

Original only cost $5.50

What do you think? 
I am happy to say that I was recognized as one of the top 10 designers out of approximately 120 others!  Not bad for my first fashion show.

i feel a change a comin'

My dear old blog has undergone a much needed makeover.  Now that I've mastered the art of html, I can change it up more frequently.  I was growing rather bored of the same old classic blogger so it was time to spice up the pages.

It is Christmas Eve and I am home for the next three weeks.  What shall I do with this alloted amount of time?  I plan to see old friends, go to the movies, see musicals, ice skate, and practice for my auditions coming up.  I hope everyone is enjoying the winter weather and going to fabulous parties in fabulous wardrobes.

Merry Christmas! 

SONG OF THE DAY: "Santa Bring My Soldier Home" by The Stunners

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Lady Gaga Medley

Sunday, December 20, 2009

This is Sam. Let me tell you about him.....he is extremely talented. I have watched several of his videos and I am so impressed. One of his most popular videos is where he sings all parts of the Glee cover "Don't Stop Believing". There are five of him on one stage and it looks like a band but it is Sam and only Sam.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Happy Holidays Blog Readers!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I am bitten.....I mean SMITTEN.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I know I'm a little late since this show has been out for quite some time .....BUT, I finally got the chance to watch it last night and I am HOOKED.  I watched the complete season 1 and stayed up until the wee hours of the morning just in awe of how addicting vampires truly are.  I love how this show sticks true to the old vampire legends.  How the blood-suckers will burn if they are out in the sun--not sparkle, how they cannot enter a house unless they are invited in, and how they must be staked through the heart in order to become a corpse.  Not only do I love the action and deathly battles, but I am also in love the cast.  First of all, every one is super attractive.  I mean, what can you expect?  Vamps are supposedly beautiful and seductive creatures.  Check and check.  Damon (Ian Somerhalder), who is the cocky and evil older brother of Stefan (Paul Wesley) may just happen to be one of the most attractive men I have ever seen.  I am not exaggerating. 

You can catch reruns of Vampire Diaries this entire week starting at 8 p.m. on the CW or head over to to watch the rest of the season.  Be sure to check out season 2 beginning in January!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Recession Shopping

Sunday, December 6, 2009
Don't let the economy get you down.  Who says you have to give up being stylish just because we are crunched on cash?  There are so many ways to save and still get the look you want and deserve.

BCBGeneration Knit Legging - $88  VS.  Max and Miley Knit Legging - $20

Let me tell you first hand, both of these pants are wonderful.  I had my eye on the BCBGeneration ones for quite some time but when I stumbled up on the Max and Miley pants, I gasped.  THEY ARE SO SIMILAR.  In fact, I've forgotten the differences and now wear my just-as-stylish $20 Max and Miley leggings.  Psssst---for you people who dislike passing off leggings as pants, well, these particular styles look just like black pants. They come equipped with bum pockets, zipper, and belt loops just like any pair of pants......only these are better because they give you the comfort of leggings but the appearance of pants!

BCBG Over-The-Knee Boots - $495 (On Sale for $346.50VS. Chinese Laundry Over-the Knee Boots - $119


I have to admit, I am a sucker for the BCBG boots and they are definitely worth the price.  HOWEVER, Chinese Laundry is a very good substitute if you are on a budget.  Both boots are over-the-knee but allow you the option of rolling it down to be at the knee.  Boots are a very important accessory to my wardrobe and I tend to splurge because I know I will wear them until their death.  On the other hand, the less you pay for boots, the more new pairs you can buy in the future with the money you didn't spend!  

Free People Lace Mini Dress - $108  VS.  Forever 21 Sweetheart Lace Dress - $22.80

Lace is extremely popular right now so no matter which style you choose, it will be a hit!  You really can't go wrong in this situation.  No matter where you choose to purchase a lace dress, you will find stunning ones under $100 so keep an eye out!

Alice and Olivia Shrunken Military Jacket - $550  VS.  Forever 21 Sgt. Runway Jacket - $39.80

The good thing about the F21 jacket, is it comes in black as well.  There are a million options when it comes to finding a military-style blazer.  Forever 21 has a lot of affordable options.

Be & D Studded Garbo Convertible Clutch - $695  VS.  Express Studded Flap Cluth On Sale for $27.65


Bottom line:  You CAN shop during a recession.  It just takes finding the right piece for the right price.  Happy Shopping. :D

Friday, December 4, 2009

Rodarte for Target

Friday, December 4, 2009
I am so excited for Rodarte x Target!  Rodarte creates some of the most beautiful and interesting garments I have ever seen.  Many celebs use Rodarte as a go-to designer to look absolutely fabulous on the Red Carpet.  Actresses such as Natalie Portman and Reese Witherspoon have been most famously seen wearing Rodarte, which is a smart move on account it always lands them on the "best dressed" list!

Natalie Portman looked absolutely stunning at the Academy Awards 2009.
She was quite the hot commodity on all of the gossip sites gushing about her elegant princess look.

Many of you have seen this dress worn by Reese Witherspoon from Rodarte's fall 2009 RTW show.  Gorgeous!

Here is a sneak preview at the Rodarte x Target line in stores December 20th!  Check your local Target to see if you will be getting it!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

KarlBob ChanelPants

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Spongebob must be pretty thrilled to have been given a new makeover.  Covered in gold pleather and completed with his very own pair of Chanel shades, the new Spongebob sure raked in the dough.  Designed to be auctioned off to support the World Wildlife Fund, he has been sold for 1,500 dollars.  Good job, Spongebob.  Karl, you rock.

P.S. Speaking of makeovers---like the new blog layout?  It needed a spice of color.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

victoria beckham knows fashion

Saturday, November 28, 2009

I can't wait to see what her next collection will be!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Thursday, November 26, 2009

I am thankful for:
I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people.  I am really lucky to have them.  I am also thankful to be where I am in life.  I am thankful for my home and having a nice, quiet place to come back to on holidays such as this one.  I am thankful for being able to attend college in this economy and especially thankful for being a fashion design major.  Nothing is perfect but I feel very content with where I am and where I am heading.  Most of all, I am thankful for God and how I always turn to Him and He is always listening.
Thank You for giving me life.....and not just any life----MY life.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone,
Love from the blogger---Jules

Monday, November 23, 2009

Playlist #3: HOLIDAY MUZICS!

Monday, November 23, 2009

My favorite holiday tunes.....and yes, I'm one of those people who crank it out before Thanksgiving.  This is my favorite time of year, so I drag it out as long as I possibly can.

1.  "Silent Night" - Priscilla Ahn
2.  "Frosty the Snowman" - Fiona Apple
3.  "Baby It's Cold Outside" - Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel
4.  "This Christmas" - Christina Aguilera
5.  "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" - Mariah Carey
6.  "All I Want For Christmas Is You" - Mariah Carey *classic*
7.  "Sleigh Ride" - Ella Fitzgerald & Frank Devol Orchestra
8.  "My Only Wish (This Year)" - Britney Spears
9.  "Wonderful Christmastime" - Paul McCartney
10. "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" - Michael Buble
11. "Merry Christmas Darling" - The Carpenters
12. "Blue Christmas" - Andrea Bocelli
13. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" - Josh Groban *Buy his entire "Noel" album--It is beautiful*
14. "Christmas/Sarajevo 12/24 (Instrumental)" - Transiberian Orchestra
15. "Lost Christmas Eve" - Transiberian Orchestra
16. "Sing" - Kristen Chenoweth
17. "Thank God It's Christmas" - Queen
18. "Last Christmas" - Taylor Swift
19. "Why Couldn't It Be Christmas Everyday" - Biana Ryan
20. "Feels Like Christmas" - Cyndi Lauper
21. "Do You Hear What I Hear" - Whitney Houston
22. "Magic of Christmas Day (God Bless Us Everyone)" - Celine Dion

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Playlist #2: The Break Up (etc. and beyond)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I know studies show that listening to depressing music while you are feeling bad only makes it worse and that you should listen to happy music to lift your spirits.......but quite frankly, when I'm down, let me be down.  I'll eventually bring myself to my senses but let me have my break down.  With that said, if you are dealing with a breakup or any other kind of complicated situation involving a significant other who has added more unnecessary stress to your already crazy life...........(deep breath), here are some songs that are fit the occasion.

1.  "24 Hours" - The Noisettes
2.  "Tymps" - Fiona Apple
3.  "Won't Go Home Without You" - Maroon 5
4.  "Didn't I See This Movie" - Next to Normal
5.  "This Is Such a Pity" - Weezer
6.  "You Can't Break a Broken Heart" - Kate Voegele
7.  "Still Hurting" - Last Five Years 
8.  "Hero" - Regina Spektor
9.  "Come Round Soon" - Sara Bareilles
10. "Without You" - Rent
**Bonus** : "7 Things" -  Miley Cyrus (just kidding.....kind of)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Spring RTW 2010

Thursday, November 19, 2009
Have you seen Balmain's 2010 Spring RTW?  It is what I call "distressed glamour".  Chic and Sassy and altogether beautiful fabrics and colors.

To see the rest of the collection: Balmain Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear

I am using these 3 specific dresses as inspiration for my garment that will be on the runway for "Project Rockwell" at the end of the semester.  I am very excited!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

November 20th: The Day We've All Been Waiting For

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Yes, I am another one of those "Twilight Nerds".  I began reading the series my junior year of high school and danced with pure and utter happiness when I discovered a movie was in-the-making.  I already knew it would be a huge hit among the teens and up but who knew even the moms and pops would love it too!  I was first introduced to the series by my neighbor who is in her forties.  Enthralled by the dangerously romantic story along with Edward's bad boy vibe, she highly highly recommended it.  There is something about Stephanie Meyer's whimsical story-telling that attracts readers in hopes of scoring their very own Edward Cullen.  I am quite guilty of it myself.

Now, the moment we "Twi-hards" have all been waiting for---the release of the second installment to the Twilight Saga: New Moon.  I can hardly believe the time has already come and I am glad it is finally here.  Not only is New Moon my favorite book out of the series, but I am also curious to see the talented Dakota Fanning take on the role of the dangerous, Jane, ranked high of the Volturi.  New Moon, with all its hype, seems to carry the potential to top Twilight.  With even more romance, action, and let's face it....eight packs, it is bound to woo the adoring fans and their expectations.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Playlist #1: Driving to [insert fun place].

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Need some fun tunes to set the party mood? I've compiled a list of some of my faves to get the adrenaline pumping!

1.  "Hair" - Hair (The New Broadway Cast Recording)
2.  "Wild Young Hearts" - The Noisettes
3.  "Don't Stop Me Now" - Queen
4.  "Please Don't Stop the Music" - Rihanna
5.  "Crocodile Rock" - Elton John
6.  "Grace Kelly" - Mika
7.  "Party In the USA" - Miley Cyrus
8.  "Uprising" - Muse
9.  "The Girl Got Hot" - Weezer
10.  "Halo/Walking On Sunshine" - Glee Cast

More playlists on the way!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

make me an angel

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Who else is excited for the Victoria's Secret runway show?!  I get fired up every year to watch the gorgeous girls and the b-e-a-utiful wings that I wish I could purchase and prance around in for fun.  I'm lame, I know.  The lingerie is so pretty and it is very entertaining to watch.  Okay, so we obviously envy the super long, lean, and immaculate Angels.  Even though I start analyzing my own body and ask myself "Why can't I be tall like a VS model and get all the boys?", I still can't help but watch it!  I even record it and watch it over and over again.  Confession: After watching last year's show 3 times, my good friend and I strapped on some heels and pranced around her house in our not-so-cool undergarments pretending to be VS runway models.  Now that I'm embarrassed by that last statement, I am leaving. Adieu.

Save Luella and the rest of the world

The quirky British fashion label, Luella, ceased trading after the producer, Carla Carini, unexpectedly closed last month and the ss10 line could not fulfill its orders.  Luella Bartley won British Fashion Awards' Designer of the Year last year and has been worn by several celebrities such as Kate Moss and Alexa Chung.  Luella is a a British fashion favorite, which is why it saddens me to see such a unique line fall.  This recession is the most horrible thing to happen to our generation.  Families losing their jobs and houses, students dropping out of college due to not being able to afford it, scholarships not being given out as frequently, and dreams are being crushed due to lack of money to support them.  I can't even explain how much it saddens me we must witness this.  I want to save Luella as much as the next fashionable fan, but I also want to save the rest of this world.  Not only is Luella hurting, but  many other designers as well.  If Luella is one of the first to go, well, it won't stop there.  Next it will be an even bigger label like Dior (I have no sources on that, I'm just using an example).    I mean, Conde Nast just closed numerous magazines--Elle Girl--being one of them. I just hope and pray that we will pull ourselves out of this recession and things will soon start looking up.  *Finger crossed*

God Bless,
xoxo Gossip Girl JULES

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I've got a date with the rad Dr. Marten.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

These shoes are bomb.  Wishlist?  Oh yessss.  

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

One Flight Down Cover - Julia Hunt

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

This isn't fashion related but this is a huge part of who I am other than fashion. I absolutely adore this song and it happens to be the first non-musical theatre/classical piece I've recorded for youtube.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

"dressed up like a million dollar trouper, trying hard to look like gary cooper"

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I am SO happy to welcome back the sophisticated trend form the 1980s!  For the past several months I have been noticing numerous designers extremely accentuating the shoulders in their latest fashion lines and it is beautiful.  Rather than using shoulder pads to solely broaden the shoulders,  these pads are giving women a hand with the hourglass shape--without adding bulk and creating a look of classic Hollywood glamour.  Being such a huge fan of taking a classic look and reinventing it, I, myself, am taking the liberty in using shoulder pads in my personal designs and creations.  I can not wait to see how this trend will blossom and I do hope it sticks around for quite a long time!

These four lovely ladies are looking more glamorous than ever
with these classic but modern dresses.

Other 1980s trends that are popular now:

Doc Martens :)

[textured, coloured, destroyed, etc.]

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

my creations

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Here is the t-shirt project fully completed! I am very happy with the way they turned out.  The red one is being sold at a store near my school.  The purple/gray dress is for me to keep!

The arm has black, metal chains hanging down as well.

You can't really see from this picture,
but there are sequins lining the pockets
and the bow has sequins.


To read my article explaining the project click here.
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