To tell you the truth I have no idea what I am doing. I am a eighth grade student in New Jersey. One of the big eighth grade projects is a four day internship. My name is Ariadna or Ari for short and this is my take on the world. To tell you little about me you first need to know about my family who have helped shape me into the person I am today. My mom and dad, Judit and Eduard, both grew up in Spain but when they met in New York they decided to move to New Jersey and start a family. Which led to me and my younger brother, Eric, being born. We also have a dog named Chili who is two years old.
Growing up I always loved art. There was something so beautiful and calming about it but mysterious and exciting too. At the age of three I preformed in my first play, at the age of six I painted my first masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, no just kidding! I just copied it to the best of my ability. At the age of 10 I performed a duet in a New York cabaret. We sang “Broadway Baby.” The point is I have, and continually will, love the arts which is what lead me to this internship.
My principal (a friend of Carly’s) was helping me look for an internship. My passion has always been fashion, which I expressed to him. As we brainstormed internship ideas he mentioned friends connected to the fashion industry. He connected me with Carly and it clicked for me right away. She was very kind through the process of figuring everything out and made me feel comfortable going into it. So for that I would like to thank her for an amazing internship so far and being an amazing role model.
Apart from the internship, my eighth grade year has been crazy with applying to high schools, preparing for the graduation festivities, and life in general. It has all been amazing yet overwhelming. Apart from that I am also a competitive snowboarder who injured her shoulder and couldn’t do anything with it for four months. The injury limited me from my last season competing. Luckily for me my mom had already purchased flights and booked hotel rooms in Copper Colorado, so even though I can’t compete, I still get to go and see my snowboarder friends! This mountain is where snowboarders and skiers from all over the country come to compete with each other in Slalom, Giant Slalom, Boardercross, Skier Cross, Slopestyle, and Rail Gam. (These are the events that the competitors race.)
As Carly and I discussed in a cab returning to Hoboken, finding your personal style can be hard. New trends, styles, and clothes come as often as the sunrise and sunset. It’s easy to get lost in the craziness of it all! The journey of finding your personal style is also the same one as discovering who you are and what you want to give to the world. You, yourself, are a walking display of art that shows people who you are. So, of course it’s hard to know what you want. Style is also for you so don’t get caught up in what Instagram models are wearing. They’re always are going to look good of it because of their amazing editors. At the same time if you want to try new things go for it! No one is stoping you and sometimes you’re going to think, “What was I thinking!” but other times you are going to find a piece you will wear so much that the seams will fall apart! Wear what you wear for you so you can feel good about showing who you are to the world.
Carly and I shot this outfit in the West Village. The night before I was looking through my closet for what to wear. The more I looked the more I was drawn to this dress. It is comfy yet cute! The periwinkle blue screamed spring to me and it also matched my nails. After choosing the dress I started looking for other parts that would make it a complete outfit. The black leggings and booties added to the look but didn’t overpower the dress. They also gave an allusion of a longer leg.
The two bracelets and the rainbow pompom keychain added a little surprise as you looked closer. The denim bag was an easy match because it was so simple. The black jacket was to keep warm but because of its simplicity, I was able to put it with the outfit. I chose a loud piece (the dress) but by accessorizing with simple pieces I was able to make a cohesive outfit that was fun and fresh.
Anyways thank you for reading this little tidbit of my life and I hope you enjoy it. If you want to see more of it you can go follow me on Instagram @arillanas123. And for all those older sisters out there, it does get better, kind of.
Signing off, Ari 😛