Monday, October 27, 2014

I Love it Here.

A lot has changed since my last post! Let me give you a quick recap on my life adventures before I get to the advice and style.

I am currently and recently moved into my own studio apartment which is located right by my job. I bit the bullet and practically moved myself in. I am very proud of that. My place is almost ready for company and I will have a little house warming party in the next couple of weeks. Pictures of my place to come.

Next on the list I got a promotion at my job. I started working for Shinola in August and I have already made a switch from the leather factory to the dial printing factory. (We are literally building it from the ground up!)

I am so happy to be a part of this new team. I was very sad to leave the leather factory though. In such short time I have never bonded with as many people as I did there. Never in such short time have I connected so deeply with a person, let alone an entire factory of people. I wish we were all going to my new job. Shinola has brought together a lot of very special people and I am so proud to say I am a part of the community.

I say community with an emphasis. The next thing I will share is a story about a special photo shoot I was invited to. My fellow artisans in the leather factory are quite talented and in their free time are creative! After work on a Friday a couple of us collaborated on a photoshoot. A model, a designer, hair & makeup, and a photographer, met each other at work and created something together.

The photographs came out great. We did something together and for each other. We are going to collaborate again, soon. I have friends here and nothing made me more happy than the result of that day.

I suppose those are all of my major updates in life and it's time to get into what I have been thinking deeply about.

I never understood the phrase actions speak louder than words in a literal sense. For many reasons I completely disagree with what the phrase is trying to say but only because speaking words is an action and it is a powerful one! The action of speaking goes a long way with every situation and speaking as an action is not used as often as it needs to be.

Our ability to communicate with each other globally has become extremely easy because of technology but I fear our face to face interactions are lacking in meaningful expression because of the digital push. Words are interpreted so many different ways based on every one's individual understanding of the same words. This is why the action of speaking is perhaps the most important. Furhter more, just as artists can make people feel as they express, words have the same effect. Language ARTS, CREATIVE writing. Your voice, inflection, tone, etc., carries weight.

One thing I try to do as often as possible is tell people around me how much I care for them. We don't hear it enough. People are afraid to express themselves and let the people in their lives know how they feel.

Tell the people you love that you love them.

I dare you.

Don't get the meaning of love confused for the most common meaning.  Love is a word people don't say enough for the right reasons. It is a complicated word. It is not just a romantic word. Love is a ubiquidous word. It holds no limits. I don't love my mother the same way I love my job, or my cat, or my boyfriend but I love them all.

Choose your words wisely in oder to deliver a clear message but more importantly make sure you are actually saying something. Use your voice. Speak your mind! This is the same concept for your style. Love yourself. Wear what you want. Speak your truth!

The better people are at being themselves, the better the entire world is.

My look this week should kick us right into fall. I went with a more country look. Combining leather studded boots, mustard pants, and a wool flannel topped with a carhartt beanie. The studded boots are from NYC, the pants AE, wool flannel is from value world and the hat I got from the 2014 Detroit Design Festival opening. Accessorized by vivid green bangles with a matching necklace and tan fingerless biker gloves to give the outfit an extra punch.

This seasons colors are plum and mustard. I wear A LOT of mustard but this outfit has both colors with the leather jacket I chose for when the sun goes down. We all know, living in the midwest, once that sun goes down the temperature does too!

Photos by Melania Plasko and Megan LaCroix.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Craft Value.

I am an artist. 

I have always known this about myself.

Art is something I will never give up on because I was Born To Do It. More than ever it is important to work with your talents, to never give up on your passion because it is the reason you live and breathe. While people forget the importance of art or exploit it, do your job to get better, surpass the bullshit that attempts to shape your essence. Art is easily looked over but these are the things that document our time here and reach deep into our hearts & minds to help us think, understand, or learn something new, artists are underestimated... 

For now.

Reverse the perception. Realize the world needs artists. We are the people who shape the world, keep it colorful, keep it stylish. We are the reason people go out on weekends. We are the reason people get inspired. We inspire each other. We inspire the world. We are a community of inverted thinkers and culture shifters. While the media tries to shape the perception of the world, don't forget our counter role in their work. 

The world needs artists. 

We are important.

Never underestimate anyone, especially yourself. Keep in mind that people may be constantly underestimating you but if you use this to your advantage it can help you perfect your craft. The only person who knows your true worth is you. Push Yourself.

For so long I tried to photograph like other people because I thought that's how my work was supposed to look or wear clothes that weren't what I wanted because it was easier to fit in. Don't change your life path because it isn't playing out like the people around you. Don't change your opinions because they are different from the people arond you. Don't change your craft because it's not like what other people make. The message is still clear. Be Yourself.

People want you to stay in a box they set up for you. This is a reason being an artist is so hard! 

Life is simple but because humans are complex, we make life complicated. The box you initially play in is not your entire life or even a box at all. The important detail to remember is the box was set up by another person.. You are welcome to step out of it when you decide. This is the ground work for you to then leap! Explore, be curious, learn something new. Figure out who you are and how you work.

Art is hard but Art is the truth.

You are the truth.

And the truth is hard to hear, see and believe. 

If you know you are an artist don't veer away because it's not a popular decision. Listen to yourself. 

Everything is what you make it. Art is life. Life is art. Don't let anyone make your life but you. We are only here for so long and what you have to say, show, make, live is important if not only to you but the world.

Photos by Melania Plasko.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Never Loud Enough.

The Music, the colors, the light, the love, it's never loud enough.

 I am obsessed with all of the things I mentioned above and there never seems to be enough of any of them in life. At any given time I have at least 3 songs stuck in my head like the one below.

I have been obsessed with this song for a while. Tinashe has some powerful lyrics and a fantastic voice. This remix is near perfect. Tinashe is an artist I respect a lot for being herself in what she makes from dancing in her music videos to directing them! I would say she is a well rounded artist and this is why she inspires me so much. 

I love colors but I love weird bright colors. I love to match strange colors together like complements or ones that look inverted. This look I noticed the colors look inverted. The olive green and mustart yellow are similar to the inverse of the purple dots in my pants.

Along with funky colors I play a lot with the line between men's and women's clothing. To me the differences are huge in the eyes of our culture but I frequent the men's section at stores.  It is far to common for women's clothing to be too short and too tight. It drives me nuts some times! Don't conform to the standards set in front of you. Question everything.  I love mixing men's clothing or men's style fit clothing in with a pair of heels and makeup. That is exactly what I did with this look.

The more I am here on earth the more I realize how much people DON'T want you to be yourself. Intentional or not. If you have a distinct sense of style or way of thinking, or habit, never give up on it. People are always going to look at you funny. Don't conform to how some one else navigates through life. Until you need advice, you know what you are doing. Drown out all the thinking. outside ideas and imput so you can listen to your thoughts. You may find your path is way clearer than the one people are trying to directing you to.

Don't get me wrong. It is hard to stand out. It is hard to be yourself, especially when it feels like at any turn of the road people you love are questioning everything you stand for.

Just don't forget to pick yourself up or brush the shade off. Keep it light in your mind. Carry on while rocking your true sense of style and you will feel better. People may never catch up with who you are but you are all you need. When you know yourself and what you need nothing else matters.

The photos of this look were taken in Detroit, MI by Melania Plasko! She is amazing. look her up.

-Megan LaCroix

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Just Don't Get it Yet.

Pass me something sharp so I can tear up the mainstream seam. Open your eyes so you don't become the meme. Open your mouth to say exactly what you mean. Yours or mine, it doesn't matter because we play for the same team. I see how they systematically rip up the scene. Penetrate your mind deeper than your dreams. Quick wake up! I'll show you how to spot the scheme. 

To all the punk ass nay sayers who do nothing but try to bring down life's true players; I see how you are scared. Broken eyes, slouching posture, you can't make it up these stairs because you need mental repairs. Your fear is expressed more than you think to share. Not looking into yourself to find the gold already there. Don't mind when you stare because it means your ass is glued to the systems chair. Looking from me to you, quick to compare while feeding me some story about how life isn't fair. The imposter in you stinks in the air. 

To anyone struggling to be themselves in a world where negativity reigns, smile instead of frowning. Life is too short to worry about any one but yourself and those who support you. Life is light if you let it be. Life is happy if that is what your surround yourself with. I have found much inner peace not associating with or being a part of some kind of larger group trying to absorb me into itself. 

I am an awesome person as myself. 

So are you. 

In this look I tried something different by putting the belt over all other pieces. This look is complete by a 90s corduroy button up the back trapeze dress with an olive green buttun up dress shirt under it. A vivid blue blazer over the dress tied together with a black, rose gold studded, belt on top. I like to tie in different colors like picking out a palette for the day. Dress it warmer with leggings or long socks. Dress it up by putting on a pair of heels or anckle boots. 

There isn't enough color in the world or worn every day.  I wear colors for many reasons but my main reason is they make me feel good. If you are what you consume then you also are what you wear. 

If people question you. Remember they just don't get it yet.