Thrifted Thursday: Vintage Find on Instagram

i’ve recently started to wean myself off of fast-fashion clothing brands, and have turned my focus to more ethical options when shopping. I’m hoping to slowly (note the emphasis on slowly) build my closet with sustainable pieces for a more conscious closet that i’m proud of, and will never get tired of as I wear the clothing over and over.

so besides looking into the big sustainable/ethical brands like Reformation and Everlane, i’ve started to delve into the world of thrifting for some more unique pieces. hitting up the local thrift store is a given, but i’ve recently come across thrifting on Instagram. enter the fabulous account, Sentaku. initially, i was extremely skeptical about buying from a random Instagram account that i had just stumbled across via the search page, but thankfully i had come across the right one. i took note that people were commenting on posts, and Sentaku updated daily with what pieces were sold or were still on sale. The posts constantly feature a beautiful and cool selection of vintage pieces for menswear and womenswear, that are ultimately priced fairly.

and that’s when i saw the Armani jeans post. the high waist, relaxed fit, and light wash were the perfect essential to my updated closet. the jeans are from the 90s, lightly worn, with cute detailing on the back pocket. i was so excited to get this purchase in, and to see they fit well according to Sentaku’s description was a serious relief.

social media thrifting has definitely opened up my world. I would still suggest being cautious about any purchases through social media, but there are legit accounts out there. I will keep you posted on any other thrift accounts i purchase from, but let me know if any of you stumble across other social media thrift or vintage account/sites.

Current Read: “a Head Full of Ghosts” by Paul Tremblay

over the past couple of years, i’ve gotten into the habit of buying books that i regrettably pile into some corner of my room after adding it to my never-ending reading list. with work and classes getting in the way, i started Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts to start off the Halloween season back in October…and still have yet to finish it. thankfully i ended my fall semester strong, and i’m nearing my holiday vacation from work, so i undoubtedly plan to tackle the rest of this book as soon as possible.

this is my first Tremblay novel, and i’m definitely inclined to read more from him after i (finally) finish A Head Full of Ghosts. i’m sad to say that i wasn’t familiar with him before October, but i thankfully stumbled across a subReddit of this horror podcast i occasionally listen to, and they mentioned Tremblay was a perfect read for some horror fiction. The novel follows Merry Barrett as an adult as she recounts a childhood centered around her older sister Marjorie, whose sudden strange actions eventually lead to the Barretts starring on the popular (and controversial) television show The Possession.

i’m over halfway done, and so far i’m intrigued to the point that i’m just frustrated it has taken this long to read (i hate that i’ve put this book down so much that i’m seriously considering locking myself in my room over vacation until i finish it). i’ll keep you posted when i’m finished, and do a whole lovely review on this because the book definitely deserves one.

and i’m happy to hear if anyone’s read this, or if this is on your reading list too – let me know what you think!

paper work

i’ve been working on a series since college, and it’s one of those projects that i can never seem to finish because i’m always tweaking and coming up with new concepts for it visually. maybe this is a lifelong series that i’ll never be done with, or maybe i’ll see the finish line soon, but i’ve enjoyed the journey with this series nonetheless.

(a visual for my journal to keep track of all my ideas)

initially, i had a lot of anxiety with how the process of this series had taken so long. with shooting on film, and developing, and playing with layering the images through scanning, i found that i was really taking my time exploring and learning a process. this may seem typical, but in an era where some artists seem to be constantly pumping out various works on social media, it really caused me to panic as i thought i wasn’t doing enough. it wasn’t until i had finally gone to an art talk to see one of my favorite local artists here in Dallas – who’d stressed that there is true value in taking your time (she admitted that her amazing process for a particular series often resulted in about one image being produced every couple of months) – that i finally realized that every process and series is unique, and if i needed all the time in the world to produce it, then i’d be patient enough to give myself the time for it.

(currently how the project is looking!)

so i’m still working on this paper series, and although i have no idea really when i’ll be done entirely, my excitement for this series has remained constant, and i’m truly happy with the path this series has taken.

hi.

i’ve always been extremely noncommittal about blogs. there’s already so much to keep up with (in my opinion) when dealing with social media and work – let alone life – that i always find myself constantly putting this on the back-burner for months before i eventually delete it. but i’ve come to a point where i’m trying to allow myself to really focus on things that i care about, and it turns out this is one of those things.

so i’m back (hopefully for good), and i want to share with you the things that excite me. I’m obsessed with anything to do with art, books, writing, and fashion, and i hope to just stay inspired as i continue to grow as an artist.

(no turning back!)