Monday, December 2, 2013
I don't have any technical degree in fashion, nor any experience in the industry. I don't do reviews on collections or introduce specific new campaign releases.The closest I get to fashion is personal style, you may be wondering what's the big difference? A difference between fashion and personal style, is that fashion is the physical art produced and personal style is what people specifically do with it.Understanding the difference between them has saved me a world of anguish.
When I was much younger and first began looking into the fashion world(think me as a 13 year old with a mass of magazines and a runway show clip playing on YouTube in the background), I was amazed by it.Something was so magical about fashion, that these gorgeous pieces aren't just to look at but also to wear.Getting older I began viewing fashion as an art form, but it came with it's vices. Certain parts of the fashion industry came off quite shallow to me. Companies that target only specific kinds of demographics as far as weight,social class,race and then my knowledge of the discrimination that models of color faced gave me another eye opener about fashion that frankly turned me off. How could I support an industry that I thought was about self expression and art, but had this narrow minded,prejudice underbelly?
Don't get me wrong, not all fashion is made of elitist snobbery there's still a lot of genuine artwork being produced, but being presented with the ugly side of the industry pushed me away. After my rude awakening from fashion's negative side, I turned away from fashion blogging and focused on other aspects of this blog.My personal writing began taking more center stage even though I did miss sharing my style obsession posts.Would turning my back on fashion eliminate the flaws within the industry, no. It then hit me that the only person that can determine what I like, is me.If there were certain bits and pieces I didn't like, then it's my job to gracefully step over it and enjoy the rest.
The fashion industry's darker side won't keep me from enjoying other aspects of fashion, like seeing what the everyday person does with these beautiful pieces. Through my realization of fashion's darker side,the birth of my love for personal style was born.
Personal style is using your body as the canvas to drape it in art and then carve the art to specifically fit you.Through blogging I've witnessed so many different kinds of people who would normally go unrepresented, decide that they would be their own representation. I fell in love with these individuals who looked at the fashion giant and said, I'm going to take you, and wear you like I SPECIFICALLY WANT TO WEAR YOU. I have never fallen out of love with fashion, I just found a stronger love for personal style.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
I hope you're a lot more kind to me than November. I'm not saying November was rude or anything, but it did lack a lot of inspiration.I know comparing you to other months isn't progressive.I should be thinking of the here and now, so right now I know exactly what I want from you.
December I want to find my optimism again, some zest for life, inspiration and something to spark my imagination.December I want to make the most of you, and I want to achieve my goals so I can be fired up for the oncoming new year.I know this letter is filled with demands and is a bit rant-ish, but I figured we were pretty close by now, I mean this is my 19th year with you. Most of all December I hope you bring the world joy,love and blessings in abundance.With your holiday spirit I hope it possesses people to approach one another with kindness and understanding.Bring out the considerate and charitable parts in all of our hearts to lend a hand to one another, and hopefully this feeling can last longer than just a month.
With hope, Dinesha Johnson
Friday, November 29, 2013
I want to say thank you guys for reading my blog and staying by me through all the changes,shifts and transformations it's made. Deejay Speaks has grown, just like I have and I want every person who reads,comments or shares my blog with others to know you are so appreciated. Sharing my craft and sharing the growth of my craft with you has been a long time coming so to have you guys by me each step away is truly inspiring. Thank you.
Monday, November 25, 2013
I bought a little red bodycon dress from Forever21 that is extremely similar to the one featured above and decided to take to Polyvore to actually figure out how I'm going to wear it. I admit the purchase was a splurge buy and it was so cheap(only 9 dollars) so I figured what could it hurt. Later on that day I found myself feeling so guilty, who am I to spend this money when I should be saving it for a car or to move out altogether.After my guilt trip I tried to take some of the sting out by reminding myself I don't shop often(I really don't, which is a bit contradictory to me being a bit of a personal style blogger...) and if I can figure out a lot of ways to wear the dress, I can transition it from being a splurge purchase to a staple purchase.
- The very first look is more focused on shine and sparkle with the fake crystal earrings and metallic bag.I decided to use a lightwash denim jacket as well to give it an 80s-ish appeal.
- The 2nd look is a lot more me and a darker twist on this fun look.The motorcycle vest is a classic edgy piece but why not add some playful tights for a fun statement.
- The 3rd and final look is what I would wear to class.The cardigan is drool worthy, it's big, slouchy and super comfy.On my way to class I'd put little to no makeup which is why I only listed that gorgeous dark lipstick.
After looking at the versatility in this little red dress it does make my heart a little less heavy for buying it. Am I the only one who feels buyer's guilt and if you do leave a comment below telling me how you get over it.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Tartan pants: Forever21, Slate Grey sweater: n/a
I want to dedicate today's post to the people in my life, that I love so dearly. I hope each and everyone of my close friends and family know the impact their love has on me. I just feel so incredibly grateful for them standing by me through everything and always being there. I've never truly been alone because there's so much love consistently in my life through my family and friends. When was the last time you really let it sink in, to be grateful for the people in your life? I've spent my time doing that today and I have one little message for you, tell them you love them. Whether it's a text, a shout, an email just let the people you love know how you feel.