I’ve never really been one for introductions, I’d much rather just give you a hug and skip right over the awkward small talk. But, considering the circumstances under which we are meeting, here goes nothing.
Hi. My name is Joanne. I am a Texan by birth, Chinese by heritage, and a New Yorker by imagination. I’m a third year high school student, although most people don’t believe me when I tell them I’m only 16 (apparently I’m a bit of an old soul). I’m an avid collector of mugs, a lover of flannels, and a total sucker for a good pun. Dance is my one and only chosen form of exercise and one of my greatest passions. I am a member of my school’s drill team along with 38 other sisters and am currently the presiding Social Officer Historian. It’s basically a mini sorority and I love every moment of it. As I have a knack for spending (college will be rough), I work a part time retail job to earn extra money to buy myself pretty things. Let’s see, what else…
Oh, I love fashion, if you haven’t already noticed. You know how when you’re young everyone seems to go through phases of dream careers? Teachers, astronauts, doctors… That was never me. Since I can remember I’ve just always had an eye for fashion and the entirety of it just drew me in. I love how you can be anyone, do anything with fashion. How you can slip on your favorite pair of ripped jeans, a white tee and some sunnies and feel super BA one day, then don a full tutu skirt the next and become a ballerina. It’s almost as if you’re a chameleon… who wouldn’t adore that?
Coming from an outer-Dallas suburbia, it’s not that the fashion is necessarily awful, just a little… repetitive. That’s why I started following bloggers, YouTubers, street icons, etc. on virtually every media platform I had access to. The inspiration was and is endless. There aren’t very many practical reasons for me to buy an oversized shaggy fur coat (in Texas weather?) nor does the life of a high school student provide sufficient funds for those Valentino rock stud heels (I THINK I DIE A LITTLE MORE EVERY TIME I SEE THEM), but at least I can live vicariously through the people on my iPhone screen. Eventually, the thought of “hey… why don’t I make a fashion blog?” started creeping into my head. My friends are always raiding my closet and my brain for fashion advice anyway, why not share it with the world?
So here we are.
On The Status Jo, I plan to do exactly that: to share with everyone willing to listen about my obsession of making things pretty, my eclectic style, and some random life thoughts here and there. I’m here to prove that style isn’t something that can be labelled or priced or disregarded; fashion is about taking some ordinary piece and making it new over and over again to fit you. There is no “normal” nor is there any “weird”, TSJ is about breaking the rules and pushing the limits, both in and outside of fashion.
In the next few weeks, I’ll be fixing up the final kinks and getting in the swing of things.
So how about it? I hope you join me and come back soon. Sorry for the lengthy conversation, I told you I’m bad at introductions.