Exploring style with Parsons and Teen Vogue

Oct. 15 was my first day of school. Fashion school.

In September I  was accepted into the Parsons School of Design x Teen Vogue fashion program: 10 weeks and five courses on fashion production, media,  PR, and more. At the end of the program, on Christmas Day, I’ll have earned a Certificate in Fashion Industry Essentials. So far it’s been a great learning experience!

In the first course, Parsons faculty and magazine experts teach how to unlock visual style, how different elements join up to create a certain look, and how to tell a story with clothing. One assignment asks students to visit Pinterest and pin to a mood board several looks they love. So I did. And it didn’t take long to notice the similarities. All of my pins were sweaters, all were neutral colors, and most were loose fitting. Then I added some shoe options and some other accessories.

From there I build an outfit that told the story within my mood board. My ensemble included a soft knit sweater, a sheer blouse, and black boots to anchor it all. Delicate flowers sweeten the look that’s overall loose and flowing, kind of fun and relaxed — and exactly what I’d like to wear as I explore fashion (and downtown) in this new way.



For another assignment I created a board describing “My Story.” Pinning the pretty things around me — things I like and things that describe me — actually taught me more about myself. It helped me see what’s most important to me, and that will be important moving forward with Painted Ashley. Here are a couple photos I snapped of things around the house.



Thursday marks the start of course No. 2: “Thinking Like a Designer.” Stay tuned and have a good week!


Fashion, Style

America’s birthday


Happy Birthday, America! You look pretty great to be 239, but don’t worry —
even better days await you.

We need only be patient.



I turned a Forever 21 skirt into a tube top and paired it with high waisted pants — J.C. Penney‘s She Said brand, bought from Goodwill. These Worthington shoes came from my publisher, who was cleaning out her closet a couple weeks ago (thanks!). My purse is old Lulu Guinness, my red bangle is from the Seventeen intern freebie table (those were the days), and my other bracelet is from Charlotte Russe.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!