Good day all. How has your day been going? I hope you’re all filled with joy and excitement as December 25th approaches. Hope you’ve been able to afford to buy presents for your loved ones. I know too well what it’s like to not have money to buy gifts for the people you love on these special occasions that come about every year. It can be pretty depressing; but we should remind ourselves that what matters is the love, understanding, patience and forgiveness we show each and every day. It’s nice to get things; but things are just things and (provided you are loving them well) the people who love you aren’t going to remember the Christmas when you didn’t give them a gift. So if you’ve been unable to give out presents don’t worry too much. You can always give a present later.

So here’s a green mesh sequin satin gown I designed last year that I’ve decided I want to try to make just for the fun of it.

monica designs green mesh sequin satin gown
monica’s green mesh sequin satin gown design

I am not a fashion designer. I am also not an artist. I drew this last year when I was working towards building up the @myfashionwants Instagram page. It wasn’t done with a mind towards designing. I don’t know the first thing about fashion design drawing. I was just doing my best at drawing pictures of dresses that I created in my head. This is one of the drawings I came up with. You can see more on the @myfashionwants Instagram account.

So I’ve decided to try to turn this picture into an actual dress. I’m off to shop for the necessary fabric and other material. If you’ve been following my sewing projects then you know this could very well end up going nowhere. I still haven’t finished that red pants suit. But I seem to have an easier time making things when I’m not trying to follow directions, so maybe I’ll actually manage to start and finish this dress. We shall see. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, have fun with your life. It’s nice to be rich and spend your days shopping in Paris. So by all means aim for the life of your dreams. But in the meantime, try to make the most of the life you actually have.

Happy Holidays!

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Singer songwriter Adelamonica AKA Avenue Sixty editor in chief. Writing as Monica for The Monica Archives. Writing has always been one of my passions. In fact, when I was a teenager, I used to tell people they should remember my name, because I was going to become a famous author. I used to live to write and write to live--not in the sense of writing for income but writing to combat depression and to feel a sense of purpose. I've written novels, poems, articles and essays that I tried unsuccessfully to get published over many years starting in my teens. When I discovered blogging several ages ago, I turned to that avenue as a means of doing what I love without having to worry about publishers and their rejection letters. Modeling is also something I have always enjoyed and something I wanted very badly to do as a teenager. So badly that I used to lie and tell people I was a model. I would carry around a large portfolio style photo album and claim it was my modeling portfolio. But, as with my writing, the people with the power to make my modeling dreams come true saw nothing in me that made them stop me in the streets of New York to offer me a modeling contract with their agency. So when I discovered the ability to photograph my own self (before cell phones and selfies) I took up a hobby of pretend modeling at home and that hobby has remained with me throughout my life as a form of self expression and self therapy. I ask that you kindly excuse my lack of worldliness and any instances where I demonstrate lack of tact or lack of knowledge and even lack of basic intelligence in my writing and posing. I'm just here trying to have a little fun doing the things that make me happy. I'm just an average human for whom writing and posing and singing and dancing and the other things I do are ways I express myself and keep myself going on this ever challenging journey of life. I hope you will find something even remotely useful or interesting in the things I share.


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