10 October 2013

School Daze

Arianna Alexis
Schooldaze. Arianna Alexis.
Schooldaze. Arianna Alexis.
Schooldaze. Arianna Alexis.
Schooldaze. Arianna Alexis.
Schooldaze. Arianna Alexis.
Schooldaze. Arianna Alexis.
Schooldaze. Arianna Alexis.
Schooldaze. Arianna Alexis.
I honestly have never been happier in life (besides when I'm roaming the streets of Paris). School is the most exciting place to be- everyday I become more inspired, filled with more ideas, and more eager to learn. Parsons has always been my dream school- and right now I feel like I'm living the dream. 

These picture's were taken as part of my self portrait project. On Sunday morning I set up my tripod in the art studio, grabbed and easel, and painted. The city photograph is the view from the art room window- amazing!!!!! 

Ta-taa for now,
Arianna 

06 October 2013

You want weird? I'll give you weird.

ARIANNA ALEXIS. PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN
My art teachers are always telling me, give me weird, show me something strange. I never really understood the concept of "modern" art- I was always in my comfort zone when creating (and I still kind of am). For my latest project- I had to create a self portrait displaying the emotion contentment. After much research and analyzation of what contentment really means, it occurred to me that it can only be found within the person, an inner peace. 

I decided to show the emotion through a mix of photography and digital art. My arms are hugging the canvas, and three paint brushes are clasped in one hand. The canvas is ripped, with a small opening where my eye is peaking through. The eyes are the window to the soul- where the emotion lays. The reason for the ripped canvas is because beyond every piece of artwork, the creator behind it can be found. The portrait shows the artists contentment not only with the painting, but with themselves. 

I had a lot of fun making this portrait, and really happy with the results. It has that questioning factor, because of the odd proportions and surreal appearance, but also still very feminine with the color choices keeping things close to my aesthetic. 

Ta-taa for now,
Arianna



21 September 2013

Get Up. Dress Up. Show Up.

Arianna Alexis. Lookbook.
It has been a month here in New York City (time really flies?!?!). In preparation for packing to Parsons, I planned a months worth of outfits (this made packing so much easier) before I arrived. Here are the outfits I've been wearing around the city.

What you put on everyday says a lot about you. I take my clothes very seriously- especially when going to classes. Putting yourself together is a form of respect. The higher the heels, the bigger the hat, the better! This is Parsons School of Design... 

Get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.

Ta-taa for now,
Arianna

17 September 2013

Brunch

The Butchers Daughter. Soho. New York City
The Butchers Daughter. Soho. New York City
The Butchers Daughter. Soho. New York City
Bleeker Street NYC
The Butchers Daughter. Soho. New York City
Bleeker Street NYC
The Butchers Daughter. Soho. New York City
The Butchers Daughter. Soho. New York City
The Butchers Daughter. Soho. New York City
The Butchers Daughter. Soho. New York City
The Butchers Daughter. Soho. New York City
I'm really good with time management. I always do my homework the day I receive the assignment- that way when the weekend comes along I don't have a pile of work to do for monday. So, with the entire weekend to spend freely, my friends and I went for brunch in Soho. The Butcher's Daughter is one of my favorite places!!! They have healthy green juices, super gourmet dishes, and a chic but chill environment. 

My friend Nick and I were talking about how we think brunch sounds way better then let's do lunch. No, we brunch
It's just so fab. 

Ta-taa for now,
Arianna


10 September 2013

Couture Dreams Time Lapse

On the blog post below you can see the gown I designed. Here is a time lapse film of the process from start to finish draping on the dress form. This is part of my final project for my class assignment. 

07 September 2013

Canvas Couture

Arianna Alexis.Parsons School of Design
Arianna Alexis.Parsons School of Design
Arianna Alexis.Parsons School of DesignArianna Alexis.Parsons School of Design
Today I was in the art studio from twelve to six creating this gown. I have a big project due in class on Tuesday. I'm sososososo excited for this assignment, and almost going a little crazy with it. These are a few images of the foundation. The gown is made of muslin (an inexpensive fabric used for draping). I made this dress entirely with 8 yards of fabric, no sewing or cutting, just draping and pinning. 

I am working on a time lapse film of the process. So you will get to see how I constructed it. I love how the fabric almost looks like a canvas, and now I can start adding the details on top. 

Here is a little list of how I spent my day today. Life of a Parsons student shall I say?

8:45am- Woke up

9:30am- Had Breakfast 

10:00am- Took the subway to Mood Fabrics Store.

10:30am- Managed to not get lost (yay) and take the subway back to my dorm. 

11:30am- Stop at Utrecht Art Supplies Store

12:00pm- Sign into the art studio at Parsons 66 5th ave.

12:10pm-4:00pm- Design, drape, and create. 

4:00pm-4:30pm- Lunch Break

4:45-6:00pm- Back to designing, draping, and creating. 

6:15pm- Clean up. 

6:30pm- Walk back to my dorm. 

6:45-8:00pm- Work on more assignments/homework. 

8:45pm- Make this blog post. 

9:00pm- Back to more homework (aka read for art history...ew). 

10:00pm- Doze off... come back.. work some more. 

Am I done yet???? 

No. 

10:30pm- Sketch for Monday's drawing class. 

10:45pm- Make a mood board for Friday's studio class

11:00pm- Draw 3 views of a skeleton for Wednesday's class.

11:30pm- Get ready for bed. 

12:00pm- Zzzzzzzzzzzz

Phew! What a day right? It's okay though, if you love what you do, you don't mind spending all day doing it. I'm a little tired, but feeling more of a "happy/exhausted".  More of the project soon to come!

Ta-taa for now,
Arianna 

02 September 2013

66 West

Manhattan Rose
It's week two of college!!!! I'm getting into the swing of things, navigating the city, getting to classes, making new friends. 66 West 5th Avenue is my corner of the city. All my classes reside within a block of each other. Everything is such a rush. I feel like I've been here for a century already!!!

Ta-taa for now,
Arianna

26 August 2013

City Girl

City Girl. Arianna Alexis
City Girl. Arianna Alexis
City Girl. Arianna Alexis
City Girl. Arianna Alexis
City Girl. Arianna Alexis
After a few days in the city, you realize very quickly how much noise is all around you. iPod (fully charged) and some earbuds gets me through the walk to school everyday. I set my Spotify on loud, and blast my tunes. 

New York is filled with so much energy, it is incredible- literally, there is so much to do, so much to see, so many people to meet- and not a second to waste. I made it though my first Monday of the school year at Parsons!!!!!!! It couldn't have gone better, everyday is a new surprise, I'm just overwhelmed with excitement. 

Wearing my high-slit maxi skirt and a studded crop top at the windowsill, taking a quite moment to just reflect. I can't believe New York is my city, and Parsons is my school. WOW. 

Ta-taa for now,
Arianna
Crop Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Jeffery Campbell 

20 August 2013

N°1: New York City

New York City // Arianna AlexisNew York City // Arianna Alexis
New York City // Arianna Alexis
I'm officially in New York City for college now! I start Parsons School of Design Aug. 26th (and completely ecstatic). This first week is meant to explore the city, get familiar with our neighborhood, and attend Freshman Orientations. 

Right now, I am enjoying my free time until classes start. Today's look of the day is a black ruffle mini skirt paired with a Free People polka-dot blouse and cat-eye sunnies. It's a fun city look, that keeps me cool in this warm summer heat.
For night time, I'm wearing my American Apparel "Belle du Jour" dress (a favorite in my closet) with my 59fifty hat (always adds a little edge to the outfit) and ZARA heels. 

Keep an eye out next week for #coolgirlcollege. I will be updating all about my adventures at Parsons here in NYC via instagram as well as the blog. 

Ta-taa for now,
Arianna

11 August 2013

Juicy Swag

Swag. Juicy Couture. New Era Caps. Arianna Alexis
Swag. Juicy Couture. New Era Caps. Arianna Alexis
Swag. Juicy Couture. New Era Caps. Arianna Alexis
Swag. Juicy Couture. New Era Caps. Arianna Alexis
Swag. Juicy Couture. New Era Caps. Arianna Alexis
Swag. Juicy Couture. New Era Caps. Arianna Alexis
Swag. Juicy Couture. New Era Caps. Arianna Alexis
Swag. Juicy Couture. New Era Caps. Arianna Alexis
Swag. Juicy Couture. New Era Caps. Arianna Alexis
Swag. Juicy Couture. New Era Caps. Arianna Alexis
Swag. Juicy Couture. New Era Caps. Arianna Alexis
What makes a cool girl, cool? A 59fifty cap. It was one of those spontaneous buys. Upon impulse, I was like "OMG. Yes. I have to have it!" A week ago if you asked me if I would ever wear a baseball cap, I would be like "Nooooo wayyyyyy!" But, with a little advice from my mom (who's got it going on) said I needed one, I listened. 

So, Juicy Couture & New Era teamed up, designing the 59fifty cap in black leather with an embellished gold chain detail on the back. Two words... Juicy Swag. 

If you know me, you know I'm a hat lover. They give you personality, create mystery, and add drama to an outfit. I think I've found a whole new persona of cool wearing this one. 

I would say this is definitely a lucky find, a hat to be worn... A LOT.

Ta-taa for now,
Arianna
Black Shirt: American Apparel 

06 August 2013

Smoked

Smoked // Arianna Alexis
Smoked // Arianna Alexis
Smoked // Arianna AlexisSmoked // Arianna Alexis
Smoked // Arianna Alexis
Smoked // Arianna Alexis
Smoked // Arianna Alexis
Smoked // Arianna Alexis
Smoked // Arianna Alexis
Smoked // Arianna Alexis
Smoked // Arianna Alexis
I'm getting prepared for my big move to New York City in a few weeks. I start college the end of this month at Parsons The New School for Design. I'm soooooooo excited and proud to be going to such a prestigious art school.  

New York is super grunge... unless you are channeling Gossip Girl on the Upper East side. Posing next to a chain link fence I found here in Dallas, I'm wearing one of my favorite dresses from American Apparel. It's simple but the cut of the dress is stunning! I went for a dark smokey eye, and tied my hair back making it look shoulder length. It's an edgy look, but still has that feminine silhouette. 


Ta-taa for now,
Arianna
Shoes: Shutz