Long time no see! Many of you that follow me on social media probably know where I’ve been: in the deep end of finishing up my graduate degree! May 25th is the date, 8 p.m. is the time; I’ll be walking across the stage to receive my second degree, a masters in Fashion Marketing. It’s been quite a fun journey, but it has taken me away from my greatest creation for too long. In my time away, I’ve thought long and hard about the direction I would like my site to take and what this could mean for myself and you all.
I created The Runway Times in 2010 in my dorm room at Temple University. It afforded me so many amazing opportunities that I will never forget, but it’s time for a change. My focus has shifted, my vision is different, I’ve grown, and I must be intentional about what I deliver to you. While I love many aspects of the fashion industry, it all boils down to one thing for me: STYLE. When I am watching a runway show at NYFW, or walking down the streets of Philadelphia, you know what I pay the most attention to? It’s not the name strewn across the front of the shirt, or the ratio of when it was released in stores to when the person has it on; it is how they put it all together. The complete look, the artistic approach they took to getting dressed that day.
It does not matter what profession you’re in, either. The Children’s Librarian at my job has the most impeccable sense of style I have ever seen; everyday I’m drooling over her outfit styling and telling her that she just “gets it”. She will definitely be featured on The Style Degree. All in all, I just wanted to make you aware of some of the changes that will be happening over here. We will be putting The Runway Times in a beautiful time capsule, and welcoming The Style Degree to start anew.
I’m excited! I hope you are, too. If you’d like to receive updates, subscribe and posts will be delivered straight to your inbox. Can’t wait to see what’s in store.
It’s definitely been a little while since we chatted. Life happens, and before you know it a year has gone by and you’re watching the seasons change and lipstick shades go from light to dark. In one of my last posts, I shared a bit of my story by way of an emotionally charged episode of Being Mary Jane, and truth be told, the downside of that is what has kept me away for so long. You can read more of that story, but in my time away I’ve made it a point to focus on what makes my heart smile again, and this little slice of personal literary heaven encourages that. I’m SO back, because suppressing passion is like a slow leak in a tire, and I have places to be!
One step in the direction of growth and potential power moves was being accepted to LIM College in NYC! It’s the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, but I’m assuming that in their quest for a “hip”, easy-to-remember acronym, they decided on LIM. In my running away from what I KNOW I needed to pursue, I applied to a program not even remotely related to business or fashion, and I got straight DENIED… by my alma mater, at that. Low blow for sure, but it was for good reason. I am so happy that happened because it caused me to really sit back and evaluate what it was that I really wanted.
I LOVE fashion. I LOVE business. I LOVE learning. Anyone that knows me (or has only been following me on social media for like 2 hours) knows this. I needed to follow my passion, and I am so happy that I went for it! I just started my first week in the Fashion Marketing MPS graduate program, and I couldn’t feel more in my element! It seems like everything is falling back into place. All of a sudden I’m getting invites to NYFW events, feeling inspired to write again, rocking my personal, distinct style (I definitely went through a sweatpants and baseball cap phase, and that was SO not me! Ughh… bad move).
Stay tuned for my coverage of some NYFW happenings, Philadelphia Fashion Week, and whatever else comes my way.
In any event, I’m back, and better than ever! Get ready!
I want to first apologize for being gone for so long, and then I want to tell you how happy I am to be back! Writing in any capacity is such a release for me; I’ve missed this! During the time I’ve been gone, I was busy doing some work on ME, and I’m happy to say that it’s paid off. I’m all done with undergrad, and I’ve earned my bachelor’s degree in business administration (I’m planning on starting grad school in Jan.), I am working full-time at a place that brought me so much joy as a kid (and still does) — the library, and I just moved into my first apartment!! At some point, we all have to do some soul searching, and although my journey is nowhere near over, I’ve begun and It has been a beautiful experience.
With all that being said, I’m ready to get back in the trenches! I miss all the talk about fashion, beauty, life, event hopping, networking with all of you, NYC, and just the innate happiness it brings me to think about all of it. I miss my spark, my unapologetic spontaneity, and I’m so ready to get back in and make it happen! Any room for me in there? Of course I’m not really asking, just politely saying “MOVE OVER!”…ha. Happy to be back, and I sure hope you guys are still rocking with me!
I’m all grown up now (well, who ever really completely grows up?), I’m back with a new outlook, a new maturity, a new appreciation for this work and its contributors, and a new personal branding goal in mind. Bare with me, and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Looking forward to picking back up where we left off, friends!