Sequin Gowns & Mermaid Crowns : About Me

About Me

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life's about creating yourself"- George Bernard Shaw

My name is Briana Rivas and I am the face behind the Sequin Gowns & Mermaid Crowns blog!!

A Little About Me:

Northeast Philadelphia, born & raised!  I grew up a happy child with a close knit family.  They are my world.  I'm an only child, and my parents are my best friends.  I don't know what I would do without them.

In school, I discovered my passion for theatre and the arts.  I was in lots of musicals and even took vocal lessons.

I attended college at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina for Musical Theatre.  I eventually realized I wasn't meant to live the actor's life, so I switched to Technical Theatre.  In that, I focused on Costume Design and Construction.

After graduating in 2013, I moved back to Philly to do an internship at Showroom77 with the owner and now good friend of mine Angela.  Through a whirlwind of events, fashion shows, and buyer meetings, she encouraged me to start my own fashion blog.  So I did.

Now I'm coming up on 3 full years of blogging and am working on getting a job in the industry.

I've also just started my second round at CCU to get my second degree in Journalism!  I'm taking some really cool classes and writing for the school paper! 

About the Blog:

 I created this blog not only as a creative outlet, but also to jump start my career in the fashion industry. Fashion has always been a large part of my life (even in that baby picture I'm wearing couture and Italian leather shoes!)  Along with that, I'm a writer and I'm very creative so it seemed natural to put the two together!

The Name

I'll bet you're wondering where I came up with the name Sequin Gowns & Mermaid Crowns and why I chose it.  Well, here's your answer.  I wanted a title that would somehow encompass my personality, and the content of the blog (fashion, beauty, & lifestyle).  So I eventually decided on this.  I also feel that it captures two separate, yet equally important aspects of my life and personality: the glamorous, fashion side, and the fun, relaxed side.

-Sequin: Who doesn't love a good set of sequins? Every fashionista needs at least a little sparkle! ;)
-Gowns: Fashion. Couture. Need I say more?
-Mermaid: A lot of people say I remind them of a mermaid. I sometimes kind of feel like one too.  And mermaids, to me, encapsulate beauty, femininity, whimsy, and are also generally bad ass. I can dig it.
-Crowns: I don't know about you, but I totally would kill to be a princess.  Even if technically you're not one, you should still hold your head high and wear your invisible crown of awesome!

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