Project Muse for September 2016Photo by Wilson Espinal

September is possibly one of the biggest months of the whole year. From New York Fashion Week to Kendall Jenner being featured on this month’s issue of Vogue, it marks a whole new season.

Change is slowly filling the air for most of us, and it can be something truly remarkable yet inspiring as the old slowly turns into new; these were the traits I was searching for as I filed through numerous applications, and I believe I found the perfect one.

Let me introduce Jamerly de la Cruz of the Mane-Attire.

Living in Brooklyn, New York, the Dominican American fashion blogger turned friend has an incredible sense of style that effortlessly combines edginess, femininity, while being flirty at the same time. I soon found out we had quite a bit in common as we both began talking about the creation of our blogs.

CB: Tell me a little more about your blog.

JC: Being Dominican American caused a difference of opinions and beliefs between my family and I, so that’s why I wanted to start my blog on my identity. When I started writing a little more about it, I noticed that many women who identify as Dominican American or other people in general has stories to tell.

I used that to start a project. In terms of fashion, people would ask, “Hey, how does this look?” or things like that. So, I decided try it out and it just amazes me how people are taking it because it was so scary.

“Women should embrace their closet instead of worrying about buying something new all the time.”

CB: Can you tell me about some processes you had to go through when making your blog?

JC: One of the processes I went through as figuring out how to design [a website]. I had no idea where to begin or what to do. I didn’t know what the heck RSS was.

CB: How did you overcome this?

JC: I sought out help and got guidance from other people who knew more. I think it’s the best way to grow and get what you want from your blog or from the world, really.

“Instead of saying, ‘I don’t know, so I’m not going do it,’ it should be, ‘I don’t know but I’ll find a solution.'”

CB: Do you have any style icons that influenced you when it comes to your own personal style?

JC: I don’t think I can pinpoint one specific person or brand…but I do take inspiration from architecture. I fall in love with that, and I’ll try mixing different textures and play around. I take pieces from different places and try to put them together. If it doesn’t, I’ll take it off and try again. If it does, then I’m like “Okay, this works.”

I do like Michael Costello, though. His pieces are amazing! He actually did one of his shoots in the Dominican Republic, which I love. If I could have anyone style me, it would be him.

CB: Current favorite summer trend?

JC: Long dress shirts. You can dress them up or down – they’re so flexible!

CB: Your photos are amazing. How do you take such amazing photos?

JC: Thank you! It’s all thanks to my creative director, Maryam Dewitt and my photographer, Wilson Espinal. They’re just so awesome.

CB: Aside from blogging, what else do you do?

JC: I am a junior at Skidmore College majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Education. I work two jobs at campus as well as a Latin dance team for two years.

As I spoke to her some more, she tells me that she likes spending time with the people she loves, taking walks, and attending events such as workshops and parties. In addition, she told me that she loves teaching as she recently taught a class of 6th graders during the summer. Deeming it the ‘best summer of her life’, I could see how passionate of a person she really is.

Project Muse for September 2016Photo by Wilson Espinal

CB: I noticed you have some tattoos. Can you share a story about one of them?

JC: I have this small one on my arm that no one really notices except me. It’s written backwards so that only I can read it, and it says ‘I matter.’ It’s a great reminder that I’m important to the world, and my story matters.

“It’s very important to know that [you] matter.”

CB: What would you like to tell people who want to blog but are afraid to?

JC: Just do it. You never know you or people will react once you actually try it. If you try but fail, just try again, especially if blogging is something you really want to do. Even though it didn’t work out, you learn about what worked and what failed. I believe that trying it is the best way to get better. Never wait – just go do it!

Project Muse for September 2016.Photo by Wilson Espinal

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