MY STORY: Within the time I've been writing my Slow Series, I've been trying to go deeper and learn more about myself. On one day, I felt completely overwhelmed. I broke down and regressed to a part of me I never thought I would see again. Since living in LA, my mood has been lifted from no longer being restricted to the same area, no longer studying something I didn't enjoy, and taking a new perspective on life. Prior to my move, I constantly felt down regardless of where I was in life. This is not to say that I didn't enjoy any of my time because I did, especially when I was with my family and friends. Feeling down was just something that constantly reoccured and didn't leave my mind. The day I broke down, I felt these feelings that I haven't experienced in a year. The ugly feelings of being unwanted and worthless took over me. It was such a strange and uncomfortable feeling that I had forgotten. The next day, I was able to pick myself back up and reestablish my sense of self. As I reflect on this, I realize that I am blessed to no longer experience these feelings constantly. I honestly have never been so happy constantly in my life than I have within the last year. I can see that God has put me where I am in life for reasons I am still discovering today.
LOIS HAZEL'S STORY: Lois McGruer-Fraser launched Lois Hazel, a sustainable and ethical womenswear label, in 2015. Lois graduated from RMIT and felt the desire to delve into the fashion industry. Her main goal was to be honest and 100% transparent in each element of creating her garment. She even offers a list of everyone she works with here. Lois often incorporates dead stock textiles to minimize waste while making sure they are luxurious and comfortable. Her designs are created to last through seasons, climates, and trends.