It’s been way too long since I’ve written a blog post. I feel my fingers loosen on the keyboard—itching to create images with words. So here it goes…I’ve missed writing to you and the wordsmith warmth that accompanies this composition.
I can still taste the Baked Alaska on my tongue—the rich flavors of raspberry ice cream and meringue dancing on my palette. It was a different sort of birthday cake: a refined, classy, grown up one. I was careful not to spill it on my equally refined, classy grown up dress: a mid-length royal blue frock from my last trip to London earlier in the summer. The dress had a line of cream pearled buttons down the middle and two rhinestone bows on the sides. But my hair was still wild and tousled from earlier in the day at Disneyland, and I was wearing shoes I’ve worn dancing the night away at college formals and events. I turned twenty-two just two weeks ago; I feel that more mature glow that radiates from a new year of life, but the same youthful heart.
Twenty-two isn’t just the year Taylor Swift sings about: it’s the year of full-fledged adulthood. I graduated from Pepperdine University with my B.A. in journalism in April. I moved from Malibu to my bachelorette pad amongst the skyscrapers of DTLA, I just attended my first Pepperdine Alumni event (what?!!) and today I finished my summer semester of my Master of Arts in Specialized Journalism program at USC. Twenty-two is crossing over the threshold to new life and experiences that are breathtaking in terms of awe and rigor. But in the words of another Taylor Swift number, I’m “Ready for It.”
I realize that some of the above sounds vague, but with many irons in the fire, I don’t like to talk specifics until I even know how hot those irons get. For now, I will leave you with this: I will never leave you for a month-and-a-half again. In addition to being in grad school, I’ve had opportunities to explore LA like I never have before—and have many lifestyle guides as a result. Be sure to look out for those in the coming weeks. In the meanwhile, check out my latest projects:
I just wrote an article for Beyond the Interview about VICE Journalist, Charlet Duboc who has travelled the world to cover “other fashion weeks” (everything that isn’t London, Paris, Milan or New York). In my interview with her, we chatted about the importance of diversity in the fashion industry and how looking at fashion weeks in non-western countries provides us more global perspectives on the culture, politics and art.
I covered the Byrdie Beauty Lab in West Hollywood where Byrdie editors and executives personally connected with their readers through in-person beauty product testing and workshops like hair tutorials with InStyler.
If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been so MIA this summer on the blog, it’s because my summer semester consisted of intense coverage of USC’s initiatve: Beyond Skid Row: Homelessness in Los Angeles. My colleagues and I focused primarily on pregnant women who are homeless and how doulas can help them through the emotional repercussions of their situation. I created a virtual reality experience of what it’s like for homeless women in Los Angeles who are pregnant to reside in a pregnancy home. You can check out the project here.
That’s all I can share for now, but wow. I am happy to be back on the blog with you at 22. No matter how many years go by, this outlet is one I cannot see myself growing out of.
Keeping it Krischic,
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