High School wasn't necessarily a struggle for me. I wasn't picked on, I wasn't failing any classes, and thankfully I wasn't forced to work a crazy job after school. I had a solid group of best friends who helped me grow as a person, and I became more serious with my aspiration of pursuing fashion journalism professionally. I started Breathing Fashion in high school and I also declared myself vegetarian. However, it wasn't a piece of cake either. I had tough classes, some friend drama, and most of all, I was growing, both physically and mentally, more than I ever had before. High School was awkward in the beginning but by junior year I had found myself, and my sense of style, along the way. I was ready to be shipped off to university and I was ready to share my high-fashion-death-queen style with the world.
The little lady I'm featuring on today's post, Shayla, reminds me of myself a few years ago. A little sprite of energy, Shayla is a blonde bundle of new age flapper beauty. I didn't even realize I had gone to school with her until I saw she knew a friends sister. I then realized the lovely Shayla was one of the first babes to order one of my flower crowns! When I learned that Shayla was interested in fashion, I knew I had to feature her on my site. She's navigating the same hurdles I did in high school in what seems like the same manner. She's found a name for herself through fashion, and she even shaved half of her head!
I asked Shayla what inspires her, what she would name her style, if she plans on pursuing fashion in the future and more!
"Fashion has become who I am. Ever since I fell for the spell of fabulous clothing and edgy haircuts, I have found who I want to be, who I am. Fashion allows a person to express themselves without words. Through expressing myself with fashion, I have built up my self-confidence. Oddly, it has opened my eyes and taught me to be more out spoken.
When it comes to fashion the rule should be never to doubt the different or unusual, I love to pair different styles, different patterns, different colors. I always end up buying the crazy items and friends look at me like I am out of my mind. I try to get the best of any clothing, shoes, jewelry; always finding a way to make something beautiful out of it. My fashion is inspired from the music I listen too, the fashion blogs I follow, and the wanderers, hippies, and fairies from my imagination.
Another big influence on my style is the Roaring Twenties, a time of jazz and ravishing fashion; women stepped away from the normal social status and became more independent. The "new era of woman," Flappers, wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, and flaunted their disdain. It was a time that described a young woman as a bird flapping its wings while learning to fly. Like a flapper, being unique in how I dress and appear empowers me.
My outfits depend on a vibe or era I'm looking to replicate. I would call my style boho-chic with some edgy eccentric mixed in. But one term I use tremendously to represent my style is 21st century flapper. A perfect summer outfit for me would be a skirt with a unique pattern and a loose tank top added with cute shoes, layered necklaces, and my favorite circle sunnies.
Once I get out of high school I hope to purse fashion journalism as a career. Journalism and photography are another passion of mine—fashion journalism always for the best of both worlds."
What do you think of this little sprite's style?
PS: Find Shayla on Instagram (ShayChanavier) and Tumblr (trendynothipster.tumblr.com)