Umber & Ochre Woven T in Kora, Thrifted Pants, Osborn Clarity Flat in Greyci

MY STORY: First off, I am so excited to be sharing this space with you! With the new year, I felt that it was time for me to move to a more official space where I can have my own domain. It's been a huge learning curve to put this website together and without the help of my friend Glo, I would probably still be figuring out the layout instead of showing it to you today. (If you're reading this, thank you so much Glo!) As for the blog content, I am continuing with a similar format but trying to add a bit of diversity to the photos. If there's anything specific you want to know or see from me, let me know in the comments below :)

Secondly, my life update. Towards the end of last year, I found out that in order to earn an Associate Degree in Fashion Design, I am required to take an American history class. Because of this, I have been taking a Labor in America class during this winter session which spans the entire January. Initially I was pretty beat about needing to take a history class but as the class is coming to a close, I feel that I have gained from it. I learned valuable information about workers' rights and unions that I wouldn't have known about before. Overall it was an empowering class. It's interesting how something that seems unrelated can still apply to your life.

Lastly, a personal update. I feel that I learned a wealth of valuable information on self improvement in 2017 but didn't really exercise it. So far in the month of January, I tried to put these into action. One of them is loving people regardless of how they treat me. Before, I would build up negative feelings. I would separate myself after someone hurt me because I just didn't want anything to do with them anymore. In the past year, I learned more about love and its depth in overcoming anything. After my friend hurt me, I initially wanted to do what I had always done, distance myself. This time I didn't and chose forgive and to still love my friend. I chose to stay by her side, encouraging and supporting her. I found the strength to love because of what I learned as a Christian. Even though we repeatedly hurt Jesus through our actions, He still chooses to forgive us, stay by our side, and love us. This made me want to forgive and love people regardless of what they've done. This is easier said than done, but I will continue to strive towards it.

OSBORN'S STORY: Osborn was started in 2009 as a community development project focusing on handmade, sustainable, and eco friendly shoes while ensuring the hands of the artisan are felt within the product. Osborn produces small collections throughout the year using classic shapes, minimally processed materials, and custom handmade textiles. Osborn is based in Brooklyn and works with artisans weavers to create original textiles and source leathers close to their workshop in Guatemala. Each pair of shoes are checked to ensure quality that lives up to the brand's standards.