After today I can truly say that I have a serious crush and possible love affair with the city of Shanghai! Today was a truly magical and yes…whimsical day. Strolling through the streets and villas of “Old Shanghai” was inspirational and AMAZING!!!…Especially after the craziness of the past two days with paying for plastic grocery bags, wandering through hidden food markets, and possibly falling out of my seat from straight jet lag in my 6:30 PM Chinese class.
Hopping on the Shanghai Metro Line was cute with a smooth easy ride, unlike the New York subway. Upon arrival to “Old Shanghai,” we found countless and never ending streets filled with an array of wondrous shops that contained items from sparkly odds and ends all for only 10 yuan (1 or 2 American Dollars)… to addictive clothing that give straight LIFE!!!!
The surprising event of the day was the constant, obvious, and indiscreet stares from the natives throughout the day… that I was actually warned about. The people of Shanghai went from frolicking citizens to ravenous paparazzi in 5 minutes tops. You would have thought we were YMCMB walking through the hood…Straight Up! It definitely went from extremely flattering to just ridiculous in a short amount of time. If this is what it will be like for the next 4 months…this should be an extremely interesting stay!
On the other hand this day out was immensely euphoric and satisfying to my soul. Great company, humorous exploits, and “Ball Until You Fall” shopping was the recipe for this Epic day out. This is definitely the beginning of my inspiration supply for my Shanghai inspired mini collection.
On the real though…I can honestly say that this day was truly fulfilling and my “Hai” has begun…
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Hey My Loves!
It has been a definite while since I have come to you and given you the real perspective from my life here in Shanghai, China. I really have no clue where to start because soooooo much has happened since my arrival here. There have been mountainous ups and dangerously low downs! But even in the most craziest times, like now, when I am so far outside my comfort level….My Whimsy will not be broken!
So lets get started shall we…
So I must say…I was not expecting such a small dorm room for two souls to dwell in at the same time…every single day and night…but I have learned to adjust and its been pretty amazing so far!
Now once we got here there was absolutely NO Wi-Fi!!! Yes you read correctly….absolutely NO Wi-Fi in my dorm or on campus…now the campus library has it, however it takes forever for the Homepage screen to load. I must say the lack of Internet has really made me think of how Internet is strangely the life-line to my generation…especially seeing my floor mates go through “Instagram” withdrawls! I went without Internet for about a week straight…which I am surprised I made it through because I was desperate to talk to my mother the entire time! OMG!!!
Though, on to another matter…HOT WATER! WOW…SO YOU HAVE NO CLUE WHAT LIFE IS LIKE TO PAY PER GALLON ON HOT WATER…
I have come to find that the Chinese take their natural resources soooo much more seriously than Americans do. I was seriously shocked when I found out that we actually have to pay for the hot water in our rooms.
I recently did my laundry for the first time here and there aren’t any dryers so we hang the clothes on the terrace railing outside of our dorm rooms. I was sooooo excited to do this because I had never had a reason to do it before…with dryers and all in the US.
The card that we use for our hot water in the shower is the same card we have to use to get food from the cafeteria. Where the food is seriously questionable! So I try to keep it safe with vegetables and rice, with a pot sticker every once in a while.
I mean have been to a few food places that are pretty cute…One place in the Cloud 9 mall a few blocks away has this adorable eatery that is “Alice and Wonderland” themed with whimsical presentation and all…Mmmmmmm!!!
But this ain’t even the half…so stay tuned for SOOOOOOOO MUCH MORE!!!
Soooooooooo it’s finally time for my depart to the lovely city of Shanghai, China!!!!
Wow…this is really going to be a life changer and there are a million thoughts going through my head. Will I be financially sound? Do I really have to go EVERYWHERE with someone? Is it like NY? Are there any cute men who love chocolate? (lols) What is the art scene and club scene like? Will I meet some really quality friends while I’m over there like I have here?
I’m sure I will be okay, but my main goal when I get to China…is to LIVE. I mean REALLY LIVE!!! I want find any missing parts of myself, abandon old bad habits, and fall in love with my craft again.
I mean this is F**king China!!!! The Mecca of clothing manufacturing. The networking possibilities are unlimited… and I heard so are the men!!!(haha)
But, I simply want to be inspired… to BE.
To be satisfied with who I am and where I am in life…
To be even more confident in myself as a fashion designer…
To be a better person holistically…
To be in tune with where I am headed in life…
Tommorow I will be departing for Atlanta, where I will be flying off from the Atlanta International Airport to Pudong International Airport. My plane leaves Friday morning and arrives Saturday afternoon.
OMG…this is really happening and it feels like it’s the right time for a real change and I think I’m ready for it! I have amazing support from my mother and close friends, which I appreciate sooooooo much!!!
Okay…I guess I’m really about to do this!! Wish me well and I will talk to you on the other side!!!!
YOOOO…I recently found out that Shanghai is called the “Paris of the East”… (screams) You have to admit… That is soooooo SEXY!!! It makes me more ready to fall in love with the culture once I reach there.
Well..it’s 32 days before I take off for Shanghai, China. Right now I’m keeping myself busy with a variety of creative personal projects including creating a masterpiece of a prom dress for my niece and re-vamping my Fashion portfolio. I am also in the process of figuring foreign currency exchange rates and services for by journey abroad, which is such a hassle at this point. Though I am thankful for my newly found knowledge of International Finance from my major class, because if I never took that class I would be completely lost in this process.
Anyways… I am slowly becoming less terrified of my journey to China because of my very supportive friends who give me nothing but amazing advice and strength. I am also slowly getting my wardrobe ready for the International Fashion Arena that is Shanghai!…WISH ME LUCK!!!
P.S. Here is a little inspiration that keeps me dreaming of Shanghai….
PHOTO BY: TIM WALKER