Sophie’s Choice

Sophie in her red!

Sophie in her red!

Sophie and I just met, and I am lucky that she will be shooting the images for my blog. Sophie is a gifted photographer, a high school senior, and a blogger. And she and I share a passion for fashion, self expression, and red lipstick! Sophie shared with me her dreams for the future, why she became inspired to express herself the minute she started high school, and why red is her new favorite color 

MKG: Were you always interested in fashion and photography?

Sophie: Ever since middle school I have loved the idea of being able to dress anyway I liked. I watched my older sister get ready for high school every morning, envious of her creativity and individuality, as she put an outfit together. When I started high school, I instantly fell in love with creating an outfit, and for the first time I enjoyed going to school, because I felt good in my skin, because I had discovered my personal style. It was then that I realized how much I loved fashion and that I wanted to be involved in the industry in some way. During my sophomore year I took my first photography class, and fell in love with creating pictures and watching film slowly develop.

MKG: What inspired you to start, The Adventures of S? What is your intention for the blog and how long have you been blogging?

SophieI started my blog, The Adventures of S, in 2013, because I felt that I had something unique and inspirational to offer. Through my blog I want to show that you can dress however you like as long as you are always happy with what you do. I also stress the idea that ‘Confidence is Key, with weekly inspirational posts, illustrating that when you are confident anything is possible. Continue reading

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Teen Talk with Catie

Teen Talk with Catie

Teen Talk with Catie

I’m back with my girl Catie. It’s been a year since we sat down and much has happened in that time. Catie graduated from 8th grade and is about to complete her freshmen year of high school. We caught up and talked about fashion, friends, and self-image. Once again it was illuminating. Here is Catie …

I’ve noticed that in high school there is much more freedom to go your own way. It’s okay to be yourself. Styles are more purposeful and the girls take it more seriously …

People aren’t as interested in looking like everyone else as they were in middle school; in high school they are coming out of their shells. They are more experimental and creative in the way they dress. You can tell someone’s personality by the way s/he dresses and individuals are accessorizing in a personal and identifiable way  …

I am more experimental, too. I don’t stick to just one style. I’m less afraid to be myself now. I dress for myself, and I feel welcome to be myself.” ~ Catie

Let’s do this again soon Catie!

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PROM: Then …

The table shot from my Senior Prom - that's me in the middle

The table shot from my Senior Prom – that’s me in the middle

Everyone’s prom experience is a right of passage; a chance to step into the world of independence and young adulthood. The truth is that for a girl the preparation for her prom is just as monumental as the rest of it. Because for every generation of girls, that preparation becomes the main event as much as any dancing and dining. I’m interested in understanding how this preparation has changed since I attended my prom – all those years ago. And I will be doing my own investigative reporting in the next few weeks to understand prom as it is today.

First, I must go back. The year was 1978 (from this photo you can see there is no denying that it was the 70s!); I was a senior in high school and this was … my Senior Prom. Here is what I remember about the preparation: overall, I didn’t experience much pressure. My cousin Drew (a year younger than I) lent me the dress which I adored! It was a long, one-shoulder, soft chiffon style dress with a light peach background and pastel-colored flowers. So there was no shopping craziness or pressure to find the perfect dress – the dress came to me. I don’t remember doing my hair in any special way or what makeup I wore, although I think it was minimal, and I didn’t get a mani-pedi. At the time I didn’t know what that was. Looking at myself I see that I have a tan, which is rare for me; I’m pretty sure that I haven’t been that tan since. But the tan was natural because I knew nothing about spray-tanning. My date and I met at my house and my parents took a few snapshots, simple and easy. There was no pre-party photo-taking. And in this picture I am sitting next to my friend Karen who is still my dear friend.

In about a month, high school juniors and seniors will be attending their proms. Girls will be shopping for their dresses, and preparing for the special event in whatever way they can. I’ve heard that often means registering your dress on Facebook so that others won’t buy the same one, and not only getting your hair done in a salon, but having a mani-pedi, and perhaps getting a spray-tan as well.

to be continued

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Ashley

Ashley

Ashley

What a treat! I met with Ashley, a lovely seventeen year-old and a junior in high school. We talked about her love of fashion, how she and another classmate started a fashion club this year in school, her desire to be involved in the world of fashion when she gets older, the pressures of being a junior, and of course … prom! (Ashley is going! Much more on that conversation is coming!). Here is Ashley

The first year of upper school I joined several clubs with friends – mostly political clubs – but they weren’t really me. I was looking for something more creative and different from what was being offered. Last year, as a sophomore, the school began accepting applications for new clubs and my classmate and I applied for a fashion club. After several months of waiting, our club was approved …

I would like to leave the club as a legacy for others. I want it to keep going. Since we started, we have designed several DIY projects, including t-shirts, and held discussions on fashion. The fashion club is still evolving …

I would like to stay involved in fashion – perhaps in branding and more of the business and merchandising end. There is something about department stores that I love! …

Currently, I am taking class at FIT and I am scheduled to do an internship in pattern-making this summer at Anna Sui. I am very excited for that!” ~ Ashley

After meeting Ashley, I just know she will do whatever she wishes! And stay tuned for more on her summer experience at Anna Sui.

 

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