2016 has come and gone, can you believe it?! Although I was seeing a lot of memes that related to how 2016 was an awful year, I however had an amazing year. I started off 2016 with my boyfriend and best friends, even though we had a wild and eventful night it was a wonderful start to the year. In April, I randomly quit my job in Austin,TX and decided to move to Los Angeles, but not before I spent a week at my mom’s house and a week at my dad’s house.
Mid April, I traveled to LA in my car and stopped to see my soul sister, Danielle, in Arizona. I have not seen her since high school, and it was like we never left each other. I went on my first hike ever while I was in Arizona, and let’s just say when the trail says advance…they mean it! I did not realize my fear for heights until I was on top of the mountain, and hanging from the side praying for my life.
Once I arrived in LA, I stayed with my mom’s cousin Kellie, and her husband Joe. They took me in and treated me as if I was their own daughter. Kellie always spoiled me with love and experiences…including drinking with John Wayne’s grandson in Santa Monica (damnnnn daniel). Even though I was having a blast exploring the city and being a beach bum, I was also trying to snag a bomb.com job in the fashion industry. I had 3 different jobs within a 4 month timespans.
The first job I took was a “Visual Merchandising” position at a store on Melrose. I soon came to realize that it was a retail sales position, and I would be working with what you would assume to be the stereotypical LA retail snob. There was never a job I wanted to go to lunch and never come back… until then. But hey, guess what?! They fired me on my second day because my car broke down, and I refused to go in. Even though I totally could have, considering my car broke down on Melrose as I was trying to park…butttt why would I go in and torture myself?! Plus, I ended up having to junk my car anyways and there was no way I was going to pay for a $15-20 uber to get there everyday.
My second job sounded like a dream in my interview. I was going to be working for a textile company as a Sales Rep. Everything sounded amazing, and very promising. The only catch was it was completely commission based the first 3 months. 500 cold calls (not exaggerating) and 2 months later I did not make one sale. LOL. I was literally paying to work…what a joke!
In the mean time of my crazy job adventures I was falling more and more in love with my boyfriend, Jake, and we finally said “I love you” for the first time! Best.Day.Ever. From there our relationship has only grown stronger, and it has only become harder to be away from each other. LDRs (long distance relationship) are rough y’all!
I finally decided to “quit” my nonpaying job in the textile industry and interviewed at about 8 places within a 2 week timespan. I felt like I had all of the qualities these companies were looking for, but for some reason no-one would hire me. They kept telling me, “You’re so nice, congratulations on moving out here. You’re going to do great things out here.” I even got invited to a jewelry launch party for the company, but did not get the job. Are you kidding me?! I didn’t know what to think, and I was starting to think I was not meant for LA. After a few long hard cries, and nonstop complaining to my man (sorry babe), I decided to reach out to a company I had interviewed with when I first moved here. They ended up hooking me up with a Sales Assistant position in their showroom.
Working in a showroom I gained not only industry experience, but as well as real life experience. I was having to become more organized than ever, decisive, and I was learning to stand up for myself. Working with buyers can be tough sometimes, especially when there are issues you have to smooth out. I was happy working in a showroom, and it was cool. However, I was doing some soul searching one day and decided I wanted to pursue the route of styling.
I knew I was not necessarily going to meet the connections I needed working in the showroom, so I threw all my eggs in a basket and snagged a job at a high end department store in Beverly Hills. Even though it is retail (ugh), I am more hands-on with product and I am able to help style women…not to mention you never know who is going to walk through that door. Working there is easy for me, and allows me to work on other things outside of work.
This year for 2017 I have set some high goals for myself, and Fashion Avenue East. Right now, I am blogging for fun. I would love to make this a full-time career while styling various editorial and high fashion shoots…hit me up people!
Goals for Fashion Avenue East 2017:
- Consistency. Consistency. Consistency.– on my actual website and social media
- Learn photography
- Start a Youtube Channel
- Launch my new feature on FashionAvenueEast.com– Hint: It has to do with styling. So, if you have not subscribed to become a Fashion Ave Babe, do so now. You do not want to miss the launch of this!
Personal Goals 2017 are:
- Eat clean– I am really trying to get rid of my terrible sugar addiction by the end of the year.
- Workout consistently
- Stay positive and spread positivity
- Stop comparing my success to others, and congratulate other boss babes on their success.
- Call my family and friends more/ be a better texter
- Work on my clothing designs and making jewelry
and of course…
- Continue to love and build a strong relationship with my man!
Even though 2016 is over and a new year has begun, I have a feeling 2017 will be the best year yet. Not only is 17 my favorite number, but I feel when you set positive goals you will have positive life experiences. I challenge you to look past the exterior changes you would like to make this year, and set goals that require an inner change.
Some more highlights from 2016:
- I styled one of my BFFs shoots…and had a huge learning lesson from it
- Met Chad from the Bachelorette
- Got a new little half brother from my stepmom and dad
- Met new blogger babes and friends
- Attended SXSW-Style
- Got casted for a Hydroxycut commercial…then got cut from the Hydroxycut commercial
- Met Joe Zee
I find it fascinating that as your life experiences change, your style beings to change as well. Keep scrolling below to see my looks from Jan 1, 2016 to Jan 1, 2017.
2016 Fashion Avenue East Style Timeline