Learn more about what I do with Teens Go Green as the spokesperson and ambassador for CATA: Consumers Against Toxic Apparel, as my official wardrobe sponsor. Their affiliate companies' clothes are made of certified organic and natural fiber material, with the utmost integrity.
|Posted by Teens Go Green on November 6, 2017 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
This Friday I was able to take part in SEED Food & Wine Week and Debris Free Oceans fashion show focused on sustainable designers in Miami. I am so grateful to see what other designers are out there promoting sustainability. Many of them used upcycled and recycled materials. Going to the show I wore my Consumer's Against Toxic Apparel affiliate Silver Needle & Thread jumpsuit. Its sustainability is in a different aspect, focused on organic and natural materials that can break down and will not release chemicals to be absorbed to the skin.
I love wearing this jumpsuit because it showed what other eco-fashions are out there and need to be showcased.
|Posted by Teens Go Green on November 5, 2017 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
This past week I have attended the Central Florida Veg Fest in Orlando and the SEED Food and Wine Festival in Miami. Now I have to be honest, I was nervous because I'm not vegan. Growing up, I was raised to have meat everyday. As I've been preparing for Miss Florida USA, I've been trying to eat healthier. For those that are considering going vegetarian or vegan but worry, I suggest you first start by cutting beef. It's the #1 emitter of carbon and more harmful than car pollutants. Attending both these festivals, I've seen the awesome options and alternatives available by vegan vendors and companies. So technically, it was a cheat day with almond milk ice cream and 77% cacao chocolate, but it was so worth it!
Throughout both events I wore my Consumers Against Toxic Apparel affiliate Silver Needle & Thread orange and white chevron jumsuit. It's super cute, comfortable, and has pockets to hold my items. It's made of 100% cerified organic cotton and was perfect for the plant based events I was attending.
At the Central Florida Veg Fest, I had to change into recycled trash fashions, so the jumpsuit was easy to change out of and didn't affect my hair and makeup at the event.
With the SEED Food & Wine Festival, we walked around the whole area and get great samples and coupons of vegan food. Many things were held in my hand so I have to put my necessities in my pocket. This outfit was perfect for both events, and they both happened to be vegan.
|Posted by Teens Go Green on October 21, 2017 at 1:10 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Teens Go Green on October 19, 2017 at 1:20 AM||comments (0)|
Today I had the pleasure of speaking to middle school students about what I do with Teens Go Green and Model4Miracles. I remember when I was in middle school I had no idea I would be able to do everything I get to do today, and wanted them to focus on their goals and figure out their contribution to society.
These kids were also working on service projects of their own, as part of the International Baccalaureate program. I actually went to high school with an IB Diploma, so I could really understand the academic pressure put on the kids while balancing extracurricular work.
While at the event, I wanted to make sure I was appropriate for the school as they wore uniform. I found my blue Consumer's Against Toxic Apparel affiliate Silver Needle & Thread blue dress perfect for school and has a classy wholesome style.
|Posted by Teens Go Green on February 25, 2017 at 5:35 PM||comments (0)|
In one weekend I've gone to four different cities North, South, and Central Florida. The first day I woke up at 2am preparing for my two speeches and packing for my trip to Jacksonville. But this was before my 6:30am modeling job in Boca Raton. So I had to leave Miami at around 4:30am because the traffic really is THAT bad, to later drive back to the airport to head to Jacksonville. As soon as I landed in Jacksonville, I got an Uber to Jacksonville University and prepped for my speech that night.
This was a part of the Jacksonville Science Festival, the Anne Frank's Voices of Hope Exhibit. I was able to share my story of making the youth's voice heard, through action and service work in Teens Go Green. But I was more amazed to hear what everyone else had been doing in their community. I was extremely moved by an art exhibit with paintings made by young students 12-17 years old. They had a program where incarcerated students could create paintings, and knowing that it would be displayed it was the only way their voices were heard. Some of these kids are tried like adults and sentenced to lifetime prison, so this will be the only way they could communicate. This program was the only time these kids could see outside a window two times a week. It breaks my heart to hear, but it's amazing what they are doing to brighten these kids' days.
I wore my custom Consumers Against Toxic Apparel affiliate Silver Needle & Thread white business dress. I initially wore it for my pageant interviews, but I found it perfect for the occasion as it was stylish and represented environmentalism with its certified organic material. I love the fit and how classy it looks for any occasion.
Once the evening event concluded, we stayed by the beautiful Atlantic Beach! The following morning, before heading to the Jacksonville Science Festival my mother and I took a few photos by the beach.
We then headed to the Jacksonville Science Festival, which was a beautiful event where kids from all over Jacksonville presented their incredible projects. You could tell they were extremely passionate about what they did and it's so wonderful to see them so excited to share their projects with us. One kid showed up a solar oven he helped make with a black painted wooden box, and it was extremely impressive!
The main stage had some amazing experiments and explosions by the Museum of Science and History, it was like I was watching Bill Nye the Science Guy live. After the Proclamation from the City of Jacksonville, I gave a presentation on Teens Go Green.
I wore one of my favorite dresses by Consumers Against Toxic Apparel affiliate Silver Needle & Thread. It was perfect for the casual event but so fitting and flattering on my frame. I also love how the color popped in my skin tone and was great to wear at the beach!
|Posted by Teens Go Green on December 16, 2016 at 1:05 PM||comments (0)|
The holidays are near, and if you don't know me, you must learn that I LOVE the spirit of giving that Christmas and the holidays bring.
Since 2009, my mother and I bring our Miracle titleholders to drop off toys to Arnold Palmer Hospital around Christmas time for Santa's workshop. Many kids have to stay in the hospital during Christmas, but Santa makes sure on Christmas morning each child receives a sack full of goodies that are personalized to their liking.
I wanted to wear something festive so I went for my Consumers Against Toxic Apparel affiliate Silver Needle & Thread dress. The bright mint green color was perfect for the holiday season (and Florida "winter").
|Posted by Teens Go Green on November 21, 2016 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
Right around my 22nd birthday I received the incredible photos taken in my one of a kind signature Consumers Against Toxic Apparel affiliates Silver Needle & Thread and https://www.facebook.com/CreativeJewelryDesignsbyLauraStaley" target="_blank">Creative Jewelry Design by Laura Staley gown.
I absolutely love it! From the fit, to the design, to the meaning of this dress and the journey taken to make it, it really is my Cinderella dream come true. The best part is that I can prove that I can WEAR what I believe in: organic and natural fiber dress to fit with my sustainable lifestyle.
This gown is made of natural silk, organic cotton lining, recycled copper wire, and repurposed stones. It is 99% sustainable and it's been an honor to be able to wear it across international stages.
Carlos Velez photography and Ali Lee hair and makeup have truly captured the beauty and essence of this gown. I hope you love these photos as much as I do. Sustainability is beautiful
|Posted by Teens Go Green on October 23, 2016 at 12:20 AM||comments (4)|
It's so crazy to imagine that I have been involved with the Central Florida Vegetarian Festival and Earth Day since I was 14 years old. That means it has been eight years I have been with them whether I'm setting up a vendor table for Teens Go Green, hosting carnival games to raise funds for SPLASH, speaking at the youth panel, or one of my favorites, putting together the Project Green Project Runway fashion show.
Models will showcase their eco outfits on the green carpet, and following that any attendees can put together aa quick recyclable outfit of their own to model on the runway later. We repurpose donated unwanted trophies to give all participants.
On this day, I was wearing one of my favorite dresses from Consumers Against Toxic Apparel affiliate Silver Needle & Thread. This light pink certified organic cotton dress is versatile as the strap can be adjusted around the neck or shoulders. I love this dress because it's easy to move around it, and flattering on all shapes! It also worked under my newspaper skirt to have to aspects of eco-fashion, certified organic cotton and recycled material!
|Posted by Teens Go Green on October 18, 2016 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
I was so excited my mother and I were able to shoot a commercial for Racing's North Turn with Brighthouse Media Strategies.
The outfit was perfect for the beach location and great to wear on a relaxing day outside!
|Posted by Teens Go Green on August 25, 2016 at 8:45 PM||comments (0)|
I had a wonderful time shooting with Glam Genies this past summer and showing some of Consumer's Against Toxic Apparel's newest styles from https://www.facebook.com/silverneedleandthread" target="_blank">Silver Needle & Thread and other upcoming brands!
I can't even describe in enough words how much I LOVE this beautiful mint greek silk dupione dress! The color is like no other and is perfect for more formal occasions. The material feels incredible to wear and the sheen light help makes it stand out. It's simple, classy, and fun to wear!
The organic cotton inner lining of this dress is very comfortable and warm. This past summer during my internship it was one of my first pick dresses because it kept my arms warm inside the cold office. I love the flared sleeves and how it matches the skirt of the dress, the white trim gives it more character and dimension.
Once more, I used my Silver Needle & Thread belt to make an over the shoulder top which is really great for high fashion and to give more balance for me as my shoulders are a bit more narrow. I love the clean but edgy look of it.
The butterfly flower printed dress is perfect for the outdoor look and I love wearing it to work or school, where I am sure to stand out with the sweet prints and beautiful blue color. I love the custom fit of the dress and how classy it is compared to many clothes I see in the stores for girls my age today.