Quit Your Day Job

By Alysse Dalessandro
on October 09, 2015

Today I am doing something incredibly scary. Something a lot of desk dwellers and paper pushers dream about but are too afraid to ever do. I am quitting my full time job to pursue my dream. And I am doing it for the second time.

 

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MY BODY IS MADE FOR ME

By Alysse Dalessandro
on October 09, 2015

Trigger warning: rape, sexual assault 

Earlier today, I saw a post from my friend, blogger and model, Emerald Shaw that struck a chord so deep in me, I felt compelled to write about something that's been heavy on my heart for years. Everyday, I witness the objectification of women -- on the street, in comments on social media, on TV, etc. It feels inescapable. It feels like no matter what you say or do about it, there's another incident that pops right back up in its place. But today, despite how futile it feels, Emerald said something about it and I am going to as well.

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Falling in Love - Five Years Later

By Alysse Dalessandro
on October 08, 2015

As young girls, we are told that a man will complete us. But in reality, there’s an emptiness inside of us that no partner can ever fill. That space is reserved for our own self love. Some people go their whole lives searching for someone or something to fill that void. I felt that empty feeling but rather than looking outside myself, I convinced myself I was supposed to be alone; it felt like a punishment but one that I embraced for fear of losing control. On this day, September 12, 2009, all that changed.

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START

By Alysse Dalessandro
on October 08, 2015

One year ago today, I locked up my apartment in Chicago for the last time and got in my car. I drove to the end of my street where I reached a stop sign, but instead of saying "STOP", someone had replaced the "OP" with an "ART. I  took this "START" sign as a message that leaving behind the life I had built in Chicago and moving to Atlanta  for the sake of my art was the right decision for both me and my brand.

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I'm Not Your Snooki -- What It Means to Be Italian

By Alysse Dalessandro
on October 08, 2015

At the age of 25, I had lived in exactly three cities: Hudson, OH, Chicago, IL and Rome, Italy. When I became old enough to have a driver’s license and debit card with my full name on it, I began to notice a common trend when people would read my name.

“Aye, you’re a Dalessandro. Are you related to Tony Dalessandro?” the cashier/receptionist/doctor would say.

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STOP HATING!

By Alysse Dalessandro
on October 08, 2015

This blog was originally published on the Broadening Horizons blog, Tha Outlet.

When you use fashion and art as your form of self expression, it opens you up to both great admiration and extreme hate. Social media allows fashionistas the opportunity to connect with people outside their immediate surroundings and connect with others whose style they admire and become someone who is admired for their style. The downside of this interconnectedness is while the door is open for so much love and positivity; it also stays open for hate and negativity. The best way to combat hate is with love – love for yourself and love for others.

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Ready To Stare Writes: How Middle School Bullies Inspired My Journey

By Alysse Dalessandro
on September 24, 2015

“Hey fat girl, stop trying to look skinny,” he shouted out of his car across a busy three lane Chicago street. People stared and turned around in a fury — I’m sure they were relieved to find his comments were directed at me. The comment jolted me from the half slumber I was still in as I crossed the street in a short orange sweater dress and blue suede platform wedges. At first, my head raced with what to think about this comment. I knew I was supposed to be offended, but I couldn’t get myself to give this stranger that much power.

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Fear of My Potential

By Alysse Dalessandro
on September 24, 2015

I’ve  known I wanted to be a fashion designer since I was a kid. I toured fashion schools at local universities before I was even in middle school. I took private sewing lessons and I was the youngest student in my painting classes. My parents never told me that I couldn’t be a designer. But when it came time to choose a college and a major, I picked a liberal arts college and a major in journalism.

It’s hard for me to look back and pick an exact time when my dream of designing became a deeply hidden desire. It was a slow and gradual process in which my fears of inadequacy took over my passion and drive to be an artist.

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