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this is what i learned from a year in fashion school:
a garment is a lot more than just an object on a hanger. it’s more like months of sketches, drafts, cost spreadsheets and math. there are needle wounds, steam burns, 12 hours attached to a sewing machine, or multiple sewing machines, depending on how many you break in the process. it is not glamorous when you haven’t slept in 30 hours and are eating dry cereal out of the box at 4 in the morning, trying to stay awake, or chasing a model around backstage, trying to get her in and out of her looks when all she wants to do is take Instagram photos. sometimes people misconceive fashion students as trend-robots that only read magazines and go shopping a lot, but the truth is dressing well very rarely translates to industry knowledge or success. you have to work really hard. in a world that revolves entirely around image, you can meet people dressed in the plainest of clothes that will fly under your radar and then turn out to be some kind of genius. likewise, there will be aesthetically perfect people who are too blinded by themselves to actually make a meaningful contribution to the world. the people who run the industry and make actual innovations are the intelligent ones that know how to work hard. success in the fashion world fundamentally thrives on endless cycles of consumption. it seems that once you know that, you start to want things less. 

that said, after everything that happened last year, and fighting tooth and nail to stay afloat, i told myself I’d never want to go back by the end of the summer. 4 months of freedom lay stretched out on the horizon, glimmering and beckoning. and now that those months are finally drawing to a close, i surprised myself by looking forward to second year. even though hell sucked us in and spat us back out, we’re somehow still thrilled to go back for more. 



Left to right, top to bottom:

1. CAROB BANANA ICE CREAM: frozen bananas blended with carob powder and nut milk, topped with frozen raspberries

2. BANANA ICE CREAM WITH ORANGE ‘SAUCE’: frozen bananas blended with water, drizzled with fresh orange juice, and topped with cinnamon 

3. CAROB BANANA ICE CREAM WITH CHEWY CARAMEL PIECES: frozen bananas blended with carob powder and water, with chopped medjool dates stirred in

4. GINGER BANANA ICE CREAM: frozen bananas blended with water, and topped with ground ginger

5. MANGO ICE CREAM: equal parts frozen mango and frozen banana blended with water 

6. BLUEBERRY BANANA ICE CREAM: frozen blueberries and frozen bananas blended with water, topped with fresh blueberries and fresh banana

7. CAROB BANANA KALE ICE CREAM: frozen bananas, carob powder and kale blended with water, and topped with mixed frozen berries

8. BANANA ICE CREAM TOPPED WITH AWESOMENESS: (hehe) frozen bananas blended with water, topped with mixed seeds and dried fruit, and sprinkled with cinnamon

9. RASPBERRY BANANA ICE CREAM: frozen bananas and frozen raspberries blended with water, topped with more frozen raspberries (Next time I make this one I’ll definitely add some crystallized coconut nectar too)

(via rawliciousbeauty)

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Henry David Thoreau
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The bad news is, your choices and intentions, some people and places, those nights spent awake and all you’ve done, can lead you to the bottom of the pit. The good news is, this wouldn’t be the first time someone’s crawled, tooth and nail, out of hell.