Wear is… Bianca Monte?

Hi! Welcome back to Wear is She Wednesdays, a series that highlights one special girl each week to let her shine! Every Wednesday, we feature a different “she,” and get the scoop on her style, what makes her tick, and how the heck we can learn to be as awesome as she is. Today we’re asking the question everyone wants to know… Wear is Bianca Monte?

WEAR IS... BIANCA MONTE?

the amazing portrait Bianca did for me!

1. How have you discovered your artistic style?

It took a long time until I liked my style. I started working with many different styles and mediums, like anime, traditional painting, cartoons, exploring and seeing what works and what doesn’t. Just being inspired by artists I like, helped me develop a lot. I think my art style is everything I love, mixed

2. What is your creative process like?

I start by sketching, traditionally or on my iPad, then I start with a bigger art piece. That can take an hour, or a few days. Depends on how motivated I'm feeling. But even if I'm not in the mood, I draw. It can be anything I want, I just need to keep practicing.

3. What inspires your artwork most?

Honestly, almost everything. Movies, music, other art, books, TV shows, people, etc. For example, if I'm liking the color yellow this week, my work will probably be really warm. If all I can think about is the soundtrack of a musical, I will probably base my drawings on the music. I basically get inspired by other types of art.

4. What interests or hobbies do you have outside of artwork?

I absolutely adore fashion and music. I enjoy singing a lot, even though I'm still learning, and I'm really into slow and sustainable fashion and living. I'm also a vegetarian and I'm really passionate about animals.

5. Is there anything you do to keep your skills sharp or keep you inspired? 

When I was a kid I relied on books because they were all I had, but now I like listening to podcasts, watching videos from other artists and studying a lot. There are a lot of free classes online for everything you need to know. Besides that, I keep a routine of drawing everyday, taking a lot of breaks and always trying to learn as much as I can to improve what I already know.

Wear is… Sydney Bradley?

Hi! Welcome back to Wear is She Now Wednesdays, a series that aims to highlight one special girl each week and let her shine! Every Wednesday, we feature a different “she,” and get the scoop on her style, what makes her tick, and how the heck we can learn to be as awesome as she is. Today we’re asking the question everyone wants to know… Wear is Sydney Bradley?

Sydney Bradley in front of a fruit stand in New York

WEAR IS… SYDNEY BRADLEY? 

There are so many things to love about Brooklyn based writer and style icon, Sydney Bradley. She’s quick witted, wildly intelligent and knows how to wear a scarf better than perhaps anyone you’ll ever meet. Whether or not you find her wearing her go-to color, yellow, she lights up every room she enters like a ray of sunshine. Between her effortlessly chic style, rare sense of authenticity and infectious laugh, Sydney is the kind of woman who inspires you to be the best version of yourself just by being her. Read Sydney’s refreshingly real interview below for the scoop on her biggest style inspirations, what’s on her thrift list and her take on living in Brooklyn.

Sydney Bradley dancing

Hi Sydney! Please introduce and tell us all about your wonderful self! 

I am Sydney Bradley, and this — my name — is sometimes a fact I repeat to myself in the mirror in order hype myself up. Not in, like, a pathetic way, but a reminder to myself that “I am Sydney Bradley.” I think this all began when I won a raffle at age 14 to meet Cody Simpson and the announcer said that my name has a ring to it and sounds like someone famous. That may have gotten to my head, just a little.

At this same time in my life, I moved away from New York, where I had grown up, to the South where I stayed for almost seven years. Moving around throughout my adolescence, I developed an impermanence to the places I lived but a strong attachment to the people around me, to the books I always carried, and to the clothes that traveled with me. Then for four years I studied at the University of Virginia — a place that taught me so much, but also took so much from and out of me. If anything came out of my years in living in the South and attending that university, it was that I value honesty and truth, in its best forms.

Sydney Bradley in pink cowgirl bootsAnd this is how I ended up writing (and still pursuing fashion) (whatever “pursuing fashion” actually means). Writing became not only therapeutic in these past few years for me, but a necessary lens or filter for me to process my own and the world around me. My clothes, as well, being both an armor and art form — allowing me to hide beneath layers of colors when things were gray and express every color I had in me when I needed to be bright. This is why my favorite color is yellow. It is bright when I need things to be bright.

Sydney Bradley in a bright yellow scarf

Sydney in her signature color, yellow

New York is a nice mixture of grays and yellows, now, I find as I settle into my new life living in Brooklyn. Having returned home to New York, it has been an interesting crossroads between past and present, and vague premonitions of my future. I am now working as an editorial intern for The Face and as a showroom intern for Mode World PR. I have no idea what I am doing and this is all very wild. But — and no I don’t really have a conclusion or any promising words to give — I do have people like Veronica (Wear Is She Now) and my many close friends that lend me inspiration and empowerment unconditionally.

Additional dump of things I really like: beets, also good beats, plantains, Blood Orange, Sex and the City, “Got to be Real,” Lily of the Valley, Jia Tolentino, and morning light.

1. How would you describe your style in 3 words?

bright yellow peacock

Sydney Bradley in a bright yellow scarf

2. What was your personal style journey like? (how did you discover it, did you make any mistakes along the way, etc?)

When I was in 9th grade, I made a pact with myself to care about what I wore. Maybe it was being dumped by my first “boyfriend” or maybe it was the transition into High School — who knows. That was the first time when I felt confident though, and my friends like Veronica, Kim, and Kristina all helped me find my style with trips to Salvation Army and our shared closets.

Over the course of many years I went through several phases, notably: Hot Phase (i.e. many push-up bras), Preppy Lite (i.e. wore a lot pleats), Soft Grunge (i.e. I went to private school and wore more black than usual), I Have a Boyfriend (i.e. I wore what he liked, and also we dressed scarily alike), I Am Carrie (i.e. post-breakup Carrie Bradshaw brief obsession), and finally Sydney “fk’n” Bradley (i.e. bright yellow peacock).

Sydney Bradley taking a mirror selfie

3. Who or what inspires your style most currently?

Carrie Bradshaw, indefinitely. And colorful abstract paintings. But recently, what has been shaping my style has been HBO’s Euphoria because of all of the colors, self- expression, and also great costume design.

4. What’s one thing on your thrift list right now?

I have been looking for a fun, colorful mesh top (similar to this one from Need Supply) and for a babydoll dress that doesn’t make me look like a child.

Mesh Spenser Top in Cobalt

The top from Need Supply that Sydney is on the hunt for

5. What do you hope to be remembered for?

Among many things like being a, uh, good person, I want to be known for what I am able to express and how I express it — whether that be words or through clothes, whatever.

Sydney Bradley in bright yellow pants

6. And the bonus question I like to ask everyone before they go: What’s something you’re really proud of right now?

I finally started taking care of my feet. I treat my feet terribly because I wear heels most days, but now I treat them with more respect. They carry a lot.

Where else can we find you, Sydney?

My Twitter is sometimes funny, I think, and that is @sydneykbradley. I really love Twitter. My Instagram is @sydneybradley and I am not terribly active but who knows, maybe next week I will be on it more. Or the next. Or never. Otherwise, I am around on the internet, generally speaking.

Sydney Bradley in red top and pants

Wear is… Emma Grace Moon?

Hi! Welcome to the very first edition of Wear is She Now Wednesdays, a series that aims to highlight one special girl each week and let her shine! Every Wednesday, we’ll feature a different “she,” and get the scoop on her style, what makes her tick, and how the heck we can learn to be as awesome as she is. So, today we’re asking the question everyone wants to know… Wear is Emma Grace Moon? 

WEAR IS… EMMA GRACE MOON?

Yep. That’s her real name. Brooklyn based Emma Grace Moon is one of the most inspiring people you’ll ever meet. With a personality just as magical as her name, Emma is the kind of girl that makes you believe anything is possible. At just 17, in pursuit of her dreams, Emma moved to Brooklyn fresh out of High School and jumped right into being a successful career woman without ever even getting a college degree. Aside from her unwavering determination and infectious positivity, Emma is the kind of person who genuinely cares for others in a way that perhaps no one else does. Her name may be Moon, but being around her feels as warm as sunlight. Read on to see Emma’s full interview below.

 

Hi Emma! Please introduce your wonderful self! 

Hi! My name is Emma Grace. I’m a Brooklyn-based long distance runner, coffee lover, travel goer, small business shopper, and hardcore dancer (I’m no professional though).

1. What’s your current favorite item in your wardrobe and why?

I recently found the cutest white shorts with green stripes at a thrift shop near my apartment. They have an elastic waist and flare out a bit to give it the perfect 80s look. I wear them with everything and they are so comfortable (which is very important)!

2. What’s one thing on your thrift list right now?

I want to find some amazing flare pants. It’s hard to find a pair that aren’t too long on me and hit me perfectly at the waist, so it will be a miracle when that day comes.

3. What does personal style mean to you?

Personal style is an ever changing thing for me. Some days I want to dress up in a gown and heels, other days I wanna wear baggy jeans and a t-shirt with Old Dirty Bastard on it. The one thing I love about style is that it is whatever YOU make it. There are no right or wrong choices you can make! I have fun with it.

4. You’re throwing a party and get to invite any 5 people, dead or alive, who are you inviting?

Cyndi Lauper, Lisa Bonet, Loverne Cox, Lena Dunham, and Chrissie Teigen. Yes, that is a badass group of women.

5. What do you hope to be remembered for?

I want to be remembered as someone who had a never ending supply of love and kindness to give to my community. From my neighborhood, to my friend group, to my family, I want people to remember me as that person they could lean on for support.

6. And the bonus question I like to ask everyone before they go: what’s something you’re really proud of right now?

I am really proud of myself recently. I accepted a new job offer and can’t wait for this new chapter in my life. It’s a really exciting time and I am proud of myself for being ambitious, knowing my worth, and giving myself time to find my path.

Where else can we find you, Emma?

I try to keep my social media to just Instagram (@emmagracemoon). I deleted Snapchat and Twitter a while back as a social media cleanse and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Otherwise, you may see me running around Brooklyn attempting to train for a half-marathon 🙂