Absolutely obsessed with how beautiful our new backroom store and merchandise is! 
www.fetnehblake.com

Absolutely obsessed with how beautiful our new backroom store and merchandise is! 

www.fetnehblake.com

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When you buy clothing, what do you consider first? Second?

Doing research for a project :) thanks!

  • Trendiness
  • Brand
  • Price
  • Ethical production
  • Timelessness
  • Style
  • Need
  • Other ___________________
Spring Break

I never go on Tumblr anymore except for the occasional breather/stream of consciousness after a long period of work.

But finally. The past week has been rough, finishing things before break and working on getting everything ready for the gallery opening tonight. It took me about a year to really get a routine for openings down. 

School has been really good to me lately. Just landed an internship at Hurley for the summer :) I wasn’t even supposed to interview but everything just worked out. I also never really saw myself working there until my Comm 2 class but I’m excited!

Going home tomorrow after this workshop at Poketo. I love the OC, but I just really really love the Bay. Sucks that it’s getting super expensive to live there.

Instagram for more frequent posting

Cultural Appropriation in Fabric and Textiles

"What Fashion’s "Ethnic" Prints Are Really Called"
http://www.refinery29.com/fashion-prints-hawaiian-tribal

You’ve seen them crowding the racks at stores and draping the bodies of some of the most well-dressed ladies around… but, what do you actually call them? You know what you shouldn’t call them: the hyper-general African print, the offensive “tribal” print, the catch-all “ethnic” print…not okay.

Why the ‘Native’ Fashion Trend Is Pissing Off Real Native Americans
http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/why-the-native-fashion-trend-is-pissing-off-real-native-americans/

“The issue now is not only who gets to represent Native Americans,” Metcalfe says, “but also who gets to profit.”

MORE FUN WITH CULTURAL APPROPRIATION! THIS TIME WITH ANKARA PRINTS
http://www.xojane.com/clothes/ankara-prints-cultural-appropriation

The question I’m asked often, by other budding designers or people in creative spaces, is this: “But I can be inspired by anything! How do I avoid people saying I’m ‘appropriating’?”

The answer is simple — give credit to your inspiration. Respect it by researching it, and make others respect it by sharing with them what you’ve learned. It takes two seconds to say “I saw these fabrics in photos of a wedding celebration in Ghana.” It takes half a second to emphasize that you’re using ankara fabrics, or Indonesian batiks, or textile designs from 1960s Russia. Really, it doesn’t take that much effort to supply proper attribution (journalism 101) — which is why when designers and companies don’t do it, the end result feels so dismissive and insulting. And, often, poorly executed.


SECOND LOOK | WHEN A TREND HITS TOO CLOSE TO HOME

http://www.selectism.com/2013/08/13/second-look-when-a-trend-hits-too-close-to-home/

"…the main reason I don’t like this trend is a personal one: There was once a time when a non-African person wearing African print patterns meant they’d married into a family. There was a respect there. They’d met the aunties, they’d met the uncles. They’d sat down at a dinner and ate Egosi soup laced with enough scotch bonnet peppers to make you dive into the Thames. They’d been through some things. Now it means nothing."

Peep my Poshmark @jnecor
Purging and cleaning out my closet to own as few things as possible

Peep my Poshmark @jnecor

Purging and cleaning out my closet to own as few things as possible

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So to all the young, unmarried Christian girls out there, listen up: who you marry matters. You might think that the way he treats you isn’t so bad. It’s not going to get better after the wedding. You might think that he’ll change. It’s possible, but most don’t. You might think that you’ll be able to minister to him and help him. Possibly, but if you can’t now, you won’t then, and you will be at risk yourself. A husband should lead and cherish you, not need your counsel for basic personality or behavior issues.

Unless someone married is very frank with you, you can’t understand how much a husband will impact your entire life. Next to salvation there is no other long term event that will change so many areas of your life so deeply. Here are just some of the ways that marriage will impact every aspect of living.

1. It will impact you spiritually. If the guy is not a believer, you can stop right there. You have no business yoking a redeemed soul with an unregenerate one, even if he seems open to change. Christ has bought you with a price and it is not an option to give away that blood bought heart to someone who doesn’t know and love your Lord. It will cripple your spiritual development, open up a host of temptations, stifle your prayer life, make regular church going difficult, and cause massive parenting conflict if you have children.

If the guy is a believer, is he a strong one? Will he lead you in prayer, Bible reading, family devotions, and public worship? Or will you be on your own? Is he going to make spiritual growth a priority or do other things come first? Is he going to ask you how it’s going with your soul so he can help you grow in holiness and love for Christ, or will he leave that to your pastor? Is he going to lead the children in this, or will you have to spearhead that? In church, is he going to help the kids sit well, pray, find the hymn, or will you be the one pointing out what is happening next and helping the family keep up? Many women have married spiritually immature men, thinking that it wasn’t a big issue, or that the man would change, and they were wrong. They bear the scars.

The health of your eternity is at stake. Think carefully.

- http://thechristianpundit.org/2012/08/15/it/

Redesign of the Gelson’s brand of coffee for my Packaging 1 class.

Anatomy of a Wave

One of the lines I designed for Hurley in my Communication 1 class.

Anonymous asked: Hello! According to the one child policy - where did you get your sources? :)

Hi, a ton of places. Here are the ones I can find:

http://www.allgirlsallowed.org
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/11/15/why-chinas-one-child-policy-still-leads-to-forced-abortions-and-always-will/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/china-one-child-policy-leaves-couple-distraught-after-alleged-forced-abortion/
http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/14/opinion/china-challenges-one-child-brooks/index.html
http://www.salon.com/2013/07/27/sexual_trafficking_in_china_kidnapped_into_prostitution/
http://www.uschina.usc.edu/w_usci/showarticle.aspx?articleID=18065&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/5953508/ns/world_news/t/china-grapples-legacy-its-missing-girls/#.UqpuNpFektv

And if you heard about China “easing” it’s policy, here are sources about why it’s too late:

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-11-19/scrapping-the-one-child-policy-wont-solve-chinas-worker-shortage
http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/changes-to-chinas-one-child-policy-too-little-too-late
http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/asia/item/16988-china-s-easing-of-one-child-policy-will-not-stop-forced-abortions-gendercide

The damage to society, human life, and women in general has been done. Decades of gendercide and human rights violations have hurt families and there is a whole generation of children who are “illegal” second children and are forbidden access to health care and education. China needs to abolish the policy, not merely tweak it for economic interests down the line.

The one child policy is real, still enforced, and has been since 1979.

View my work in progress info graphic on the topic

I really need to stop buying cheap crap. 
In the past couple months I’ve purged 1/3 of my closet, mostly cheap stuff from Forever 21, Old Navy, and Target. I end up wanting to sell those clothes within months of buying it and I’m trying to be more conscious of what stores I support. Luckily, stores like Plato’s Closet and Uptown Cheapskate buy that stuff so I’ve been able to sell my trendy pieces for lifelong basics like these. Scored Superga sneakers at the Hobie warehouse sale and I literally wear them every single day, along with the amazingly simple Madewell Transport Tote.
Quality over quantity! Timelessness over trendiness.

I really need to stop buying cheap crap. 

In the past couple months I’ve purged 1/3 of my closet, mostly cheap stuff from Forever 21, Old Navy, and Target. I end up wanting to sell those clothes within months of buying it and I’m trying to be more conscious of what stores I support. Luckily, stores like Plato’s Closet and Uptown Cheapskate buy that stuff so I’ve been able to sell my trendy pieces for lifelong basics like these. Scored Superga sneakers at the Hobie warehouse sale and I literally wear them every single day, along with the amazingly simple Madewell Transport Tote.

Quality over quantity! Timelessness over trendiness.

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Photoshop mockups for a redesign of the Earth Hour website. (www.earthhour.org)

I always feel awkward when people ask me “how I do it” to manage school, get good grades, 2 jobs and sleep. Honestly, there’s not much to it other than working really freakin’ hard to make projects good and writing down everything I have to do (in my favorite Semikolon notebook). Making list after list helps me manage time efficiently for school and work and it feels good to cross things off. If I’m staying up late, I might as well put in a little extra time to push my work further, taking in account the little details. Sleep is important too, and luckily I have Fridays off, which I use to recharge, buy groceries, clean my room, take naps, and watch tv. So there’s no secret, just hard work and making time to unwind and take care of yourself.

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pinoy-culture:

To all my followers of Pinoy-Culture, my kabayans outside the Philippines and even those in the Philippines who weren’t hit as hard as in the Visayas, who are watching everything going on, hearing everything going on, whether it’s through Philippines or International media, or through our own families, with some of us still trying to get in contact with families, I ask you to help and donate in a time of calamity. 

Typhoon Yolanda, or Haiyan known internationally, has gone but the damage and causalities will still continue to rise as rain still covers the region and landslides are predicted to happen in some places. By now I am pretty sure most of you have seen images or videos of how the Visayan region has been battered and in ruin, especially in Leyte, Samar, & Panay islands where Yolanda first hit landfall and continued on from island to island on its devastating path.

Our families, friends, our kababayans, our loved ones, have died, have been injured, are in desperate need of clothing, food, clean water, and shelter. Relief efforts are currently underway with the help of the Philippine government, our allies, and the international community. With  no communication working in the region, people trying to do everything they can to continue surviving, and people trying to rebuild our communities after the storm, any donations are humbly accepted.

Right now the official death toll is 1,744 as of today, but many more have still yet to be taken into account and with the weather hampering the count and rescue efforts still underway we still don’t know how many have died, but there is an estimate of 10,000 people in Leyte alone.

If you want to help and donate and know your money is going directly to the people who are effected and need it the most, unlike organizations such as the Red Cross which though it does help, the money you donate doesn’t guarantee it will go for the reason and people you are donating but as a general donation. If you want to donate to an organization that does directly work with the people who are effected NAFCONUSA (National Allicance for Filipino Concerns) is an organization with chapters across the U.S. who work with our Filipin@ communities especially to the poorest and most vulnerable communities.

All donations through NAFCON are monetary donation which are sent directly to Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan or BALSA (People’s Cooperation for the People), a national grassroots relief and rehabilitation organization composed of broad church-based organizations, schools, disaster response NGOs, and individuals, working with victims of disasters in the Philippines.

The organization which has been hardly working with volunteers and with the well known activist youth group, Anakbayan, has raised $46,586 as of a couple of hours ago and still continues to raise funds from our local Filipin@ communities and others.

For more information and where to donate visit the link below and for phone numbers and emails throughout the U.S. in your region, for the coordinators.

The Official NAFACONUSA site.

http://nafconusa.org

NAFCON BAYANIHAN DISASTER RELIEF REGIONAL COORDINATORS:

NAFCON Mailing Address: Attn: NAFCON-USA, 4681 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94112

NATIONAL: Terrence Valen (President); pres@nafconusa.org; (415) 333–6267

NORTHWEST: Freedom Siyam; nw@nafconusa.org; (206) 659–1896

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA: Ryan Leano; nc@nafconusa.org;  (626) 534-4971

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Alex Montances; sc@nafconusa.org; (253) 381–7444

MIDWEST: Nerissa Allegretti; mw@nafconusa.org; (224) 381–6888

EAST COAST: Michelle Saulon; ne@nafconusa.org; (650) 808–5043

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