Architecture as Fashion

In the fashion industry designers are inspired by all different mediums in their surroundings, whether it is a painting, a song, an individual’s street style, or a building. Architecture is a prominent inspiration for different types of art because it is an art in itself. I have always had an eye for beautiful buildings, analyzing just how that artist envisioned that structure on paper or the entire process of engineering that went into creating it. It is both a science and an art form.


When I was exploring Riviera Maya, Mexico I was instantly drawn to the color and style of this church. It may have been because yellow is my favorite color and instantly pulls me back to the walls of my childhood bedroom, but there is something about it that is so visually pleasing, instantly soothing and inspiring the soul. Before I visited Mexico this was exactly what I pictured a traditional building to look like.


The vibes I got when I was around this building were the same vibes I imagine avid festival-goers feeling at Coachella. They are in the middle of the desert, surrounded by their favorite music and people with the same care-free, fun spirits as themselves. I was in a brand new country, taking in the difference of culture, surrounded by others who were also vacationing to escape the busy reality of their everyday lives.

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For this reason, I am obsessed with anything relating to music festivals. Festivals connect people in the same way vacations and culture do. I stalked every hashtag on all social media sites referencing anything Coachella-related last spring in the hopes that it would feel like I was enjoying the experience with the festival-goers. My favorite singer, Lana Del Rey, performed, so naturally I was inclined to this serious stalk session. It is hard to put my love for Lana Del Rey into words; if you are my friend, you know how much I admire and adore her and her music.

After her performance I began actively searching for the outfit she wore during her set, a 70s-inspired, tropical floral mini dress, similar to the dress she wore in her Shades of Cool music video. I was so desperate to find a dress similar to this that I made my own. I went to my local Goodwill and searched to find the perfect bright, vintage floral print. Of course the dress made out of this fabric was four sizes too big with a long boxy cut and shoulder pads. I created my own dress pattern and used the cut-up scraps of this dress to create my Lana-inspired mini dress.


Of course, fast forward a few months later, I find this dress at the Forever 21 in Soho. It is the exact same cut as the dress I fell in love with and spent so much time sewing myself. And for a small price tag of $27…The moment I bought it I knew I had to wear it to Mexico.


I paired the dress with my favorite chunky, wooden heels from Nastygal to make it seem as if I was a model stepping out of a vintage photograph. To make the look more modern, since we obviously are no longer in the 70s, I added this gold, beaded body chain. Pairing this under any shirt or dress that shows skin is instant sex appeal (1970s Fifty Shades of Grey?). There’s nothing sexier than a chain draping over an exposed slice of skin.


Let the colors of Mexico and vintage floral print inspire your next festival outfits. With whatever you wear, as long as it expresses who you are as a person and inspires you just as the music does, you can’t go wrong. I will hopefully be attending Governor’s Ball this summer in New York City, showing you more indie, bohemian fashion.


From Ancient Caves to Coatis, Come With Me to Riviera Maya

Picture yourself walking down a wooden pathway covered with iguanas and coatis just to see the clear blue waters and white sand at the end. There are few things I love more than traveling to a new place… Even if that means surviving a 3 hour flight at 6am with a crying baby and a toddler constantly kicking into the back of my seat. While these experiences are unsettling in the moment, they are a large part of the long journey you take to reach your final destination; in my case, Riviera Maya, Mexico.


This vacation was unlike my usual tropical adventure to the Bahamas with my extended family and my trusty wing women (my cousin). I used this trip as a time to wind down, tan my pasty skin, and educate myself with a few nice books. My favorite read from my time in Mexico was Dataclysm by Christian Rudder. This book analyzed the different statistics collected about the users of OkCupid, a popular dating website. If you love numbers and have a strong interest in what separates genders and races, or maybe a strong fascination with Tinder like myself (we will save those stories for another time), give this book a read. It quickly became a new favorite over the course of the vacation.


Along with books, fashion, and traveling, I have a huge love for animals (even unfamiliar ones with big bushy tails). Mexico was crawling with all sorts of creatures I had never seen before, like this adorable coati. While my mother ran the other direction from this species, I was drawn in and of course wanted to play with them. So naturally I tricked the coatis into believing I had food in my hand, which led to this picture. Who knew I could double as a wildlife tamer?


The most magical thing that I experienced in Mexico was the underground caves buried in the jungles. I was lucky enough to get the chance to explore one of these caves, swimming in and out of its different coves. It was eye-opening to see structures older than the entire human population. In some cases you could even see ancient footprints moulded onto the bedrock of the cave’s water. While there was one point where I almost drowned into the depths of a dark underwater hole, I would recommend this activity to anyone traveling to Mexico. And if you’re worried about not being able to swim, my mother survived and let me tell you, she really CAN’T swim.


As writer Pete Hoeg once said, “Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” This trip not only relaxed me and opened me up to the history of a different culture, but it inspired me. It inspired me to take the road less traveled by and push myself into new adventures, like growing this blog. Follow me on my journey not just to different countries, but in living through my 20s. Your 20s entails discovering who you want to be and what you want to do with the rest of your life. It involves the biggest transition of your life, moving from college to the real world; in my case the Big Apple. Whether it’s a Tinder date from hell or a promotion at my first real job, I hope to incorporate my life into these weekly fashion and lifestyle posts. Until the next adventure…Adios mis amigos.