PROUD TIGER

This year is flying by! Yes, I have been posting less... but I also have been doing more! As much as I constantly miss the city, my friends and the lifestyle, I stop to think about my accomplishments. 

For those of you who do not know, I am currently a full-time art teacher. I teach grades 4 though 8 and also get to teach fashion design. I know crazy, middle school!? They are crazy indeed— somedays they are all attitude and are cooler than school, other days they are inquisitive, insightful, creative, silly and inspiring. I absolutely love that I get to inspire and teach them everyday! 

Massillon has truly given me the opportunity to make my visions a reality. We have been creating so much goodness in the classroom- check out some of the work on my art ed twitter. I also have taken on my largest project yet! I recently was the Artistic Director for our school musical, Beauty and the Beast. I was overwhelmed with nothing put positive feedback! Also being part of the theatre community, fed my soul (I'm obsessed with theatre for those of you who didn't know!) Even though it was a middle school level, I set my expectations at nothing but the best. People raved that it did not look like a middle school production either! 

All of these things combined have gotten me noticed. And I am proud to say, I have been chosen as the candidate for my district as Educator Rookie of the Year! I am proud to be a Massillon Tiger. Thank you to everyone in believing in me, supporting me, and recognizing me.

T-I-G!

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Jacket: Forever 21 | Jeans: Tobi | Shoes: Free People | Photography: Rachel Hanon

As for my outfit- I found this jacket at Forever 21! It's our school spirit colors, but I love that on the sleeve it says NEW YORK. It is like the best of both worlds! I let the jacket stand for itself by pairing it with all black, of course. My ripped knee black skinnies are from Tobi and my slide-on mules are Free People. I feel like a race car driver in this outfit. 3-2-1... Let's go! Here's to more greatness this year. 

Xo Zafi 

2018: creativity, making, and collaboration.
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I usually never make serious resolutions for the new year. When I make resolutions, they are typical and not taken seriously- like getting organized, or working out. Although I did discover my love for working out, but that came unrelated to resolutions. 

This year I do want to make it a mission to be creative, make, and collaborate as much as possible. This means whatever it maybe - starting my art, growing in photo, reaching out to fellow creatives, or working on my blog. I want to be in a constant state of making. So far I think I have a good start, I went to a photo meet up on the New Years Day and met over 200 photographers as part of the instagram group Pursuit of Portraits. I have already reached out to a few area photographers for meeting up, and collaborating, and making that happen. I also have been creating a studio area for some visual art! I have a feeling this year is going to be a good one. 2018 is gonna be my year. 

This shoot was done at the end of 2017, with one of my first connections back here in Ohio. Lindsey Poy's photos are magic. I always love seeing her new photos, check her pics here. I can't wait to hang out more, collaborate and feed off of her creative energy. 

I also loved this outfit. How perfect and easy is this blush, velvet, hoodie-dress? I threw on some OTK boots, and my stack of Alex and Ani's and I was good to go. 

What are some things you are working on this year?

Xo Zafi

Hallo love

I cannot believe Halloween has come and gone this year. Despite it being one of my favorite holidays, I kept it pretty chill this year. I am pretty sure the gross weather had a lot to do with it. I did dress up at school as a comic book character though, going all out on my makeup to perfect a comic book aesthetic. To end my week, I went to a party at the independent movie theatre: The Nightlight with my college bestie, Giselle. Assembling a last-minute costume, I created a dark-eyed, blood, red lips look combined with one of my many black dresses, to become a vampire. And lastly, I found this orange, velvet dress at Target. It was just too cute to pass up. It reminds me of a dress Ms. Frizzle would wear for Halloween; as a teacher I will happily embrace anything that gives me Ms. Frizzle whimsy vibes. The vibrant orange and bat pattern is just so fun! I paired this dress with my go-to leather jacket and some leather booties.

I had a blast finally shooting and exploring Akron with my newest photo friend, Lindsey Poy—check out some of her work here. 

As for a random life update: I know I've been MIA, but this quarter my priority has been getting acclimated to school. In the meantime, I somehow have created a ton of content waiting to be posted, so stay tuned! 

Hope you had a Happy Halloween! <3 

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Dress: Target | Jacket: Nasty Gal | Booties: Nordstrom Rack | Accessories: Alex and Ani | Photography: Lindsey Poy

Xo. Zafi 

In the groove.... making moves

I never really made a post about it here, but if you follow on social you know, I moved back home to OHIO. Obviously my heart will forever be in the city, but I am excited for this new adventure. I have officially survived my first week teaching at my new wonderful school (classroom post coming soon :) ) As I am planning future lessons, I am getting excited to bring all my NYC experiences to class. It just shows that everything happens for a reason, and things will fall into place. With a slower pace of Ohio I will be able to inspire more, and create more, get excited!

This outfit was shot for Free People. Check out the insta post and follow the @fpnewyorkcity account! I wanted to feature a classic outfit of a white bodysuit and denim skirt, but showcase some of my favorite accessories. Sunnies are my favorite, especially when it involves some rainbow fun. I'm loving that scrunchies are back in, this asian inspired one is especially great. Lastly, I am obsessed with fishnet socks. They literally can be worn in so many ways; with sneakers, boots, slides...

I had so much fun shooting this with my gal pal Rachel! We have really been pushing each other in all creative endeavors.. especially shoots. We shot this at one of my favorite museums in the city, The Whitney Museum of American Art. The red cubes by artist by Larry Bell ended up being one of our favorite areas, they added such a fun color-block element. I always make sure to pay a visit during the biennial. If you haven't visited, you must. The building is brand new and has spectacular city views. I'm not the biggest American art fan, but I feel every time I visit, my appreciation for it grows. 

As I go into week 2 of teaching full force, I wish you all the best week. " No one is you and that is your power" -David Grohl. Be amazing lovelies. 

Xo. Zafi

 

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Bodysuit: Free People | Skirt: Free People | Bralette: Free People | Scrunchie: Free People | Sunglasses: Free People | Shoes: Aldo | Camera: Urban Outfitters | Photo: Rachel Hanon