INSPIRATION

Serena:

Being in London, I had to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Victoria and Albert Museum carries nearly everything, from classical greek sculptures to a photography showcase, and they are also known for their fashion exhibit. Luckily, when I was visiting with my class they not only had the fashion exhibit, which was spectacular, but they also had the "Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion" exhibit. For those who may not know, Balenciaga is the Haute Couture house created by Spanish Couterier Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972), who redefined Haute Couture with his talent as not only a designer, but as a tailor. I, of course, had to visit the exhibition, and so here are some photos of my favorite pieces, along with pieces I love from Victoria and Albert's own fashion exhibition.

Victoria and Albert's Collection:

Balenciaga Exhibition:

Sharon:

My inspiration for the upcoming fall months is coming to you straight from the runway of Viktor and Rolf Fall 2017. I'm going to attach photos below but for the full runway hit up Vogue.com because this runway is one of the funnest...most fun...funner (however you say that correctly) runways that I've ever seen. They feature their Action Dolls which are these massive doll heads that their models wear while sporting the newest collection. Outwardly it seems silly but it speaks to a larger mission of Viktor and Rolf; creating a more eco-conscious fashion world. The collection features new and updated takes on the bomber jacket with wicked big sleeves and patchwork designs made from recycled fabrics. The patch working makes me feel like each piece was made by my Grandma with love but the modern construction makes me feel like Grandma had been watching Gaultier runways all day. Basically its cool and eclectic and this fall its all I want to be wearing, including the Action Dolls. In my opinion Viktor and Rolf completely nailed it and I support them and their mission and their super large heads. Please take a look and enjoy. 

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THRIFTED JEWELS

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Shopping at thrift stores is one of the best purchasing moves you can make for two reasons, (well, there's more than two, but hear us out) 1: It's better than only shopping fast-fashion, which isn't sustainable, and 2: You're most likely buying pieces that cannot be found anywhere else, and it's nice to know that you own an item that is unique. This summer, we have bought a number of thrifted items, and so we thought we would share with you all the pieces that are making us feel unique and special this summer season. 

All these pieces were purchased in Lewes, England, a small town barely 10 minutes from Brighton, England. Lewes is definitely not on the normal tourist route, but that might just be why it was one of my most favorite places. It is a very small, quaint English town, but it had an excellent assortment of vintage and thrift shops. I got the top pair of earrings and two pairs pictured with me from Church Hill Antiques Centre, which sold everything from dish wear to clothes and books. I honestly could have bought four more pairs of earrings from there because there selection was amazing, but luckily I saved my money for my other finds while in England. The earrings pictured by themselves are from Oxfam, another thrift store in Lewes, and my sunglasses where from a thrift store in the famed North Laines in Brighton.

I have been wearing my jewelry from England nonstop, especially because these pieces are unique and have a travel story with them, unlike the pieces that I get from my regular spots (asos, forever 21). Though it can be fun to buy touristy items, I definitely would recommend thrifting when traveling; when you wear it, you'll always remember the special little moments on your travels, and those are precious.

As for me, all the jewelry I'm pictured with were given to me by my Grandma Pat, who thrifted these items, except for my gold name ring which was a gift from my Auntie and the gold band next to it, which is my great grandmother's wedding ring. For me it's important that all my jewelry has a story, or at least, a memory behind it. For some people that sounds like a lot of commitment for a piece of costume jewelry but like Serena said, when you wear jewelry it'll remind you of a moment and that's precious. So even if the memory is as little as hunting through the bins at Goodwill on a sunny Sunday or finding the perfect pair of earrings next to a T-Rex necklace that you still regret not buying, it's still a good memory. And that's why I thrift the majority of my jewelry, I like finding it in places that only have one of each piece and I like imagining the person who wore it before it ended up in my jewelry box (which I'm going to be honest is just an empty Ferrero Rocher box but it's surprisingly effective).

Speaking specifically of the pieces pictured, these were given to me by my Grandma Pat and, while she's gone now, I like imaging that maybe she was wearing these when she met my Grandpa, that she twirled this necklace around her finger while she talked to him, I certainly play with it when I'm nervous and it comforts me. And the earrings I always wear with my hair tucked behind one ear because its a fun way to spice up a look, a way of saying look at those funky earrings next to that funky fresh face. And as for my rings, the two gold ones to the left I wear everyday and the green one I break out when I want to feel glamorous and just a little dangerous, I always imagine it would hurt to hit someone with that (not that I would hit someone unprovoked). So my advice is go out there and find something funky, something different, or something soft and classic and let memories hang on it, imagine it came from a spy or a queen, let it give you a story.


Comment below which pieces you loved, and about pieces you've thrifted this summer or whenever that have meaning to you. We'd love to hear from y'all.

-S.D. and S.M.

SERENA'S STYLE INSPIRATION

Being in England for the past two weeks, I have had an array of inspiration. Visiting the National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery, and the Banqueting House I have been able to witness works of art created centuries ago, while also walking around London and Brighton and experiencing the collision of modern people in a deeply historical landscape, and so my collection of inspiration this week honors the two worlds. The first picture showcases the center painting of the ceiling in the Banqueting House, painted by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, his only piece of work to still be in the place where it was originally installed. This picture does not do the ceiling any justice, for it is so detailed that for my class we laid down for 45 minutes staring at it, and still I felt that I needed more time. Alas, we had to leave, but from that day forward I have found myself searching for art everywhere, the extraordinary out of the ordinary, looking at paintings and awing at the amount of talent necessary to accomplish such great works. I witnessed this in many portraits, one of my favorite portraits being the "Ditchley" portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, the dress shown in picture 6, and the portrait of the Duchess of Marlborough (7), who you can read about in an article that I will link to below. 

I have found beauty in modernity as well, of course, and three people whom's styles have inspired me is blogger Dylana Suarez, youtuber and blogger Amy Vagabond (of VaganbondYouth), and Singer Solange. All of their styles are especially inspiring to me because they use fashion to express themselves. In all their outfits it is evident that fashion is freeing and uplifting to them, and that is what fashion does for me as well; It is a way to move through the world more confidently, to project to others how you see yourself, and how you desire to be seen. Though my style is neither Dylana's, Amy's, nor Solange's, I respect and always follow those who understand the art and power of style. 


This Thursday Sharon and I will be blogging about our summer thus far! Comment below also for any style questions that we can answer in our Sunday posts. 

-S.D. and S.M.

SHARON'S SUMMER ESSENTIALS

Imagine this ... You wake up to a beautiful blue day, white curtains blowing in the breeze, the smell of salt water, the distant hum of a seaside town. That's the type of feeling I want to look like this summer because, while I don't live on the ocean and the only salt air I get is in a Febreeze can, I still wake up every morning thinking about a breezy beach town. To accomplish this look I've got just 3 summer essentials and lets not forget that I'm in a hardcore 90's phase so they'll follow accordingly. 


90's Pink Dress Flowy and Fun

This first thing on my list is this dress. I found it on the Value Village racks and I instantly fell in love. It flows in the wind and is super comfortable on the body which makes me feel like one of those curtains in the ocean air. Also I love the brightness of it, it makes me feel like I'm shining right along with the sun.

This first thing on my list is this dress. I found it on the Value Village racks and I instantly fell in love. It flows in the wind and is super comfortable on the body which makes me feel like one of those curtains in the ocean air. Also I love the brightness of it, it makes me feel like I'm shining right along with the sun.

White Button Down Ease

What do we have here? It's a classic white button down in a light cotton material that makes me feel like I should be lying in the sand somewhere. It works great as both a beach cover up and an alternative to a jacket in the night time. Since the summer has started this has been my outfit cure all, and, like the dress, it flows great in the breeze which is my summer guideline for 2017.

What do we have here? It's a classic white button down in a light cotton material that makes me feel like I should be lying in the sand somewhere. It works great as both a beach cover up and an alternative to a jacket in the night time. Since the summer has started this has been my outfit cure all, and, like the dress, it flows great in the breeze which is my summer guideline for 2017.

Tan Suede Mules Soft and Sophisticated

And to tie my beach town vibe together I have these soft tan mules that make my feet feel like their supposed to be walking down cobblestone streets toward the beach (yes I am obsessed with the beach this year and no I will not stop saying the word beach). These are so stylish and coupled with my flowy dresses and button down I feel ready to take on any summer day...especially on a beach...in a beach town...with salty ocean beach air.

And to tie my beach town vibe together I have these soft tan mules that make my feet feel like their supposed to be walking down cobblestone streets toward the beach (yes I am obsessed with the beach this year and no I will not stop saying the word beach). These are so stylish and coupled with my flowy dresses and button down I feel ready to take on any summer day...especially on a beach...in a beach town...with salty ocean beach air.

So these are my summer essentials, let me know in the comments what your summer vibe is, and for all those curious about what our world traveling Serena is up to, she is still living it up in England being her stylish self and getting herself an education. I couldn't be more proud of her and I look forward to her travel diary coming soon. Have a breezy summer folks.

-S.M.

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SIXTHDRAFT.COM: EVER EVOLVING

Entering College, I took an unexpectedly long break from blogging, but do not think that means that I was not thinking of SixthDraft, especially about fashion. I have been inundated with fashion inspiration, inspired by Seattle, high fashion, and most of all my peers, one in particular: Sharon Miyoshi. Sharon and I clicked immediately, our love of fashion oozing from our very beings, and pretty soon after we met, I knew that continuing SixthDraft as a unit would be the best for the site, because, forever believing how personal style, and fashion in general, is always evolving, so does SixthDraft. What better way to follow our ethos than by not just showing the drafts of my style, but Sharon and I's? I'm currently on a 70's Chic kick, and Sharon's on a highway to 90's glam, both the Clueless and the Grunge. 

Welcome to SixthDraft, run by Serena Dokuaa and Sharon Miyoshi. 

On Sundays we will post purely about fashion, advice, thoughts on Fashion Weeks, our personal style, etc. Tuesdays will be a collage of fashion inspiration for our week, and Thursdays will be a travel diary or diary in general, telling y'all about our lives, especially related to how our interactions with the world is affecting our styles and how we choose to use fashion to interact with the world.

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Current Draft: 70's Chic

This past year it was probably hard for those who saw me to not notice my fashion inspiration. From Statement Sleeves, to Culotte galore, statement patterns, and wide leg pants, I was unwittingly wearing everything 70's inspired. It's a look that I will be keeping for a while, for I feel that it really represents my personality, and everyday as I wear what I like to call my "fun pants" (wide-leg everything) I feel great in my clothes. Exactly how fashion should make you feel.

 

Current Draft: 90's Glam

I am always heavily inspired by the things I watch and recently I have been marathoning Friends and 90's classics like Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You, all to a background drone of Nirvana and Soundgarden, so it's safe to say that I am thoroughly immersed in the 90's feel. And because of it I have been hopping between micro mini plaid skirts and the biggest baggiest overalls I can find. Its a different look every day and I never know who'll I'll be until I wake up that morning but its fluid and free and in the end I feel 100% confident in my clothes and myself; what more do you need?

We're excited for this new draft of SixthDraft's journey, and are excited to deliver you content that will hopefully provide you with fashion inspiration and be a place of happiness, fueled by thoughtfully curated content. 

See you Thursday, where Serena will write about her week so far in England, studying at the University of Sussex as a Fulbright US-UK Summer Institute Recipient and Sharon will be writing about her hometown Tacoma, WA and her return to one of her favorite fashion haunts; Value Village.


-S.D. & S.M.