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Fueling the Blaze of Creativity

Fueling the Blaze of Creativiity: A weekly digest of what gets designer Maya Ahluwalia’s juices flowing

The Weekly Edit

Maya Ahluwalia

Rocking cool girl status and a major love of accessories since the early ‘80s. Or, as noted by this week’s edit, cool girl status is totally relative.

In the eternally relevant words of Cher, if I could turn back time…I often look back at my younger years with a little bit of cringing, a lot of sympathy, and a ton of if I only knew. Inspired by The Dreslyn’s new series, A Letter to my Younger Self, tell that crazy little girl that she is awesome, even if no one else knows it yet.

Fashion is cyclical, evidenced by the constant re-hashing of decades from the 20s and through the 90s. Yes people, I spotted scrunchies in American Appparel a few years ago and almost choked. As someone that lived through the original baby dolls and sunflowers tees, it can be challenging to see those youngsters rocking the same look now. But Delia’s, the originator of must-have fashion, making a comeback. And my awkward inner teen is happy for them.

To borrow a phrase from Wendy Williams, there are many celebrities that are “friends in my head”. In my inner friendship circle, I have amassed a collection of seemingly approachable, funny, witty celebrities that I perceive to be on my level. Like if we met in real life, we would bond over a glass of wine and a love of cheesy romantic movies like Can’t Buy me Love. Amy Schumer is the latest friend in my head; we have so much in common. And if you haven’t seen Trainwreck yet, go! You will then see why Amy and I are such good friends.

The world of social media is evolving at the speed of light. Twitter, and Facebook are becoming the social media accounts of your parents. Relative newcomers Periscope and SnapChat must be totally lame now if they are on the Today show. And I keep telling myself that Instagram is the platform to stick with, but who knows? Fashion was somewhat slow to jump on the social media craze, protective of their cool, insiders only vibe. Accounts like DKNYPRGirl and OscarPRGirl revolutionized fashion on social media, while also making those “PRGirls” household names in fashion. But again, as everything changes, that too has come to an end as DKNYPRGirl’s Twitter account has officially retired.