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Project Style 2012 National Style Off

Alright.  So, we’ve come to the final round of my Forest City Project Style competition.  It has been a blast to participate in and I’ve gotten some pretty amazing clothes out of the deal as well.  The prospect of attending NY’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and meeting these professionals within the industry is such an inspiration and honor.

This round is being judged by 3 different judges:  Jeannie Mai, she’s an incredibly talented stylist out in LA and host of “How Do I Look?”; Nick Verreos, who many of you will recognize from Season 2 of Project Runway and many of the red carpet events; and finally, Jane Lisy, who is the SVP of Marketing for all of the amazing Forest City shopping centers.

This has been an incredible opportunity to add to my portfolio in the fashion industry.  As many of you know, styling is vital to communicating the right feel for an outfit.  It can make or break your look.  Gaining the experience and knowledge that I have through this competition has been such a blessing.

There were some excellent submissions for this final round.  I was lucky enough to have my sweet husband help me coordinate the logistics for the shoot and some really wonderful friends who allowed me access to resources that are pretty unbelievable.

XJet Nick and Jess

Nick and I after the shoot.

I hope this inspires those of you out there with the same dream in your heart to get involved in events and competitions. Anything is possible if you want it badly enough.  Hope you enjoy my video!!


Adventures in Fashion

After an extended hiatus to foster clarity, I am happy to report that I have returned with a laser focus on my passion…fashion.

September 6th, 2012 marks a decisive pivot on my path in life.  This date represents the beginning of my first semester at Academy of Art University as a Fashion Design major.  This school offers a truly revolutionary and rare experience as a fashion design student.

With a travel-packed work schedule the prospect of studying Fashion Design was looking pretty bleak.  Parsons, FIT, Pratt…and pretty much every other school that offers a degree in fashion requires that you be physically present to attend classes.  AAU offers nearly every one of their degrees both at their school in San Francisco and 100% online.

Not only does AAU facilitate e-learning in a ground-breaking manner, they have employed true industry leaders to head their faculty.  I am so intensely grateful and excited to have found this school.

In addition to seeking an education in fashion design I have been participating in fashion-related competitions in an effort to become further involved in the industry.

On Fashion’s Night out I was chosen as the top regional stylist in the mid-west and am now going on to compete nationally for a chance to go to NY’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week!

Project Style Winning Outfit

Something that I’ve learned over the last few months is that the best thing that can be done when you have a dream is get involved.  No project is too big or too small, all of them have something to teach.

I’m excited to embark on this journey and will continue to share what I learn!