Dare to Be Different

Blue World Ring by

Flotsam and Jetsam


Actually has "Non Urinat En Ventum" inscribed around the globe,

translating to "Don't piss in the wind" --haha!

{featured on

The Cherry Blossom Girl

 blog--one of my favorites}

Growing up wearing a uniform made life so easy. There weren't many choices involved in the morning, making it a lot less stressful than what I expect a public school girl goes through everyday. When I started college, I felt like a deer in headlights. I didn't know the first thing about style or fashion. Typically, I would need help from my roommates or I would raid one of their many closets to put an outfit together for an evening adventure (one of the best aspects of having girls as roommates). My small, almost non-existent income did not really allow for me to splurge on many fashionable items--which was fine with me at the time. Typically, I used my paychecks for social events or saved up for trips instead (i.e. Costa Rica for Spring Break - worth every penny!).

One of the greatest aspects of traveling is seeing how people from other countries dress and how traditional attire complements the culture. Fashion, in any country, is a way to express yourself, be creative, and complement your personality; at times, it is even an art form (a.k.a. Lady Gaga). From the Full Moon Party in Thailand (where thousands of foreigners gather to party together) to the World Cup in South Africa, I have been able to see another level of self expression as people devote their attire to supporting their country.

I owe my friend, Alyssa, a lot of credit for helping me attain a less embarrassing level of style. She opened my eyes to fashion and has shown me the incredible world of blogs. She has used me as her "model" in several of her photo shoots for her blog, 

Savoir-Faire Style

, and has done a great job of developing her fashion, style and photography through this medium. Without her, I would have never had the idea to start this blog and I am so grateful for the opportunity to share a part of me with the world in some sort of creative capacity.

Self-expression starts at an early age. You all know you had a favorite dress or shirt you loved to wear as often as you could.

Mine was purple velvet, yikes!

{Labuan, Indonesia}

Traditional Vietnamese dress. Most of the women actually make their own clothes using the indigo dye they derive from a harvested plant that grows throughout the rolling hills of Sapa.

{Sapa, Vietnam}

These women typically range from ages 25 to 30 and already have about five or six children. Impressive.

{Sapa, Vietnam}

One of my favorite gifts given to me from my aforementioned amiga, Alyssa, when she returned from Semester at Sea.

{Over the shoulder satchel, Ghana}

When you're in the right place at the right time, you may just stumble across some incredible situations. A very kind man brought my roommate Chelsea and me behind stage at a Chinese Opera one night in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

We were able to see their wardrobes, costume changes, and beautifully done make up. To be honest, they were more infatuated with Chelsea's blonde hair than anything. Priceless.

{Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia}

While spending a brisk afternoon in a taxi rank in Maseru, we observed the way some locals entertain themselves to pass the time. Thick, warm sweaters are a must in the mountains of Lesotho.

Possibly my favorite pair of shoes I have ever purchased or owned (don't tell my pumps).

{South African flag}

Hey Borat, what are you doing at the Full Moon Party?

If you're ever out of outfit ideas, just grab some dental floss. This guy did.

{Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand}

Semana Santa or Easter Week, is celebrated heavily in the Dominican Republic. The festivities actually reminded me of the Full Moon Party in Thailand. In either case, there are definitely some colorful characters included in the fun.

{Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic}

A beautiful display of fabrics in a clothing material shop in Singapore. Much more appealing than your average American tailor.

Laura's outfit is flawlessly put together for the spring season. I've always wondered if I could pull off the long dress; she does it perfectly. Doesn't her scarf just look magical on her head?

{Baltimore, Maryland}

One of my favorite pictures that I took in Thailand. Looks like Mom forced her to wear this. Not a happy camper, huh?

{Chiang Mai, Thailand}

I really wish I was that cute when I was little. Spirit of Brazil. Hope I see them again in 2014!

{Bloemfontein, South Africa}

They may look bizarre, but these fisherman pants are probably one the most comfortable fashion pieces you could own. They really grow on you when you give them a chance.

{Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok, Thailand}

Sometimes you have to look down alley ways and under deceptive tents to find the world's most beautiful silk.

{Russian Market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia}

Monks may or may not have a choice in what they wear, but their saffron robes have incredible movement and color.

{The Golden Temple of Pha That Luang, Vientiane, Lao}

Traditional Thai dance would not be as radiant if it didn't have the ornate and vibrant garments to perform it in.


Uniforms! You go girls. Guys too, I s'pose :)


Adanna looking like a beauty queen. I have another stunning picture of her I cannot wait to share with you all.

You're just regal, Docta Jay!

{San Salvador, El Salvador}

Photograph taken by Meg Orazio in Lesotho, Africa. They look like they've got 'tude.

Photograph taken by Mike Tirone during our time in South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Let's talk about SPIRIT! Just looking at this picture makes me miss the constant blast of vuvuzelas.

{Cape Town, South Africa}

U-S-A! U-S-A!

To see more of Mike's timeless pictures, please check out his site (


). You're in for a treat.

Love and laughter, Kelsey