• About A Girl: Jessi Frederick


    Through the lens of NY blogger Jessi Frederick, minimal is never boring. We visited Jessi on a night out in New York to discover more about her style secrets and discover why the LBD is always the right answer.
    Photos by Daniela Spector

    Above: Lucca Sleeveless Dress, Cooperative Round Bag

    Who is Jessi Frederick?
    I am a (recently turned) 24 year old, living in Brooklyn NY, but was born and raised in a small town (Honeoye Falls) located just outside Rochester, NY… it’s the most inspiring town, filled with the most creative individuals. I came to NYC 6 years ago for school, I attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and received an Associates Degree in Fashion Merchandising, and a Bachelor’s in Apparel Design with a concentration in Women’s Sportswear. More often then not, when I’m not posting selfies on Instagram, I’m taking apart my clothing and making something new out of them.
     

    What's a day in the life like for you? Can you walk us through your daily routine?
    I don’t think I have a typical daily routine. For the most part, my mornings remain the same…I wake up before my alarm, which used to ruin my mornings but now I just find it to be rather impressive. I take my dog Lou outside for a nice morning walk, which gives me the opportunity to see just how accurate the weather app on my phone is. This is usually then followed by an intense debate over hot or iced coffee. I’d be lying if I said my life was glamorous and all I do is shoot photos and make clothes.  I think it’s rather glamorous in a different way…
    I graduated in May from fashion school; so I often find myself freelancing with brands, styling and art directing shoots for my blog and other websites, or sewing clothes in my Brooklyn apartment. I also recently launched the website to my accessories/ lifestyle brand (co-founded by my boyfriend), so launching a business has taken a lot of my energy. But most days, I am a nanny to a 3 year old boy in DUMBO, Brooklyn a few days a week. If you ever see a girl in white sneakers in a leather jacket scootering around DUMBO with a little kid in blue high-tops, it’s probably me.
     
    Fashion events are always happening, and yes, I do attend some of them. But mostly, my free time in the evening is spent collaborating with other creative individuals, playing Call of Duty with my boyfriend or brother, or eating at Tutus.
     
     
    What are you working toward — what are some of your goals, both in the short and long term?
    Other than working towards being Beyoncé, my goal is to have a successful business. I want the freedom and ability to work alongside creative and talented individuals... there is absolutely nothing more inspiring to me than that; passionate people.
     

    We love the artful quality of your photos — it’s clear that not just clothing/fashion is interesting to you, it’s more about the whole composition and about how the two come together. Can you share more?
    I think the world is far too big to focus only on fashion. Fashion is not my life. It never has been, and it never will be. The first half of my life I grew up in the country, and the second half I am growing up in the city… I think that has a lot to do with my aesthetic. I enjoy taking extreme close ups of objects, and creating obscure shots of something that is rather typical. Instagram is like this everyday challenge. It’s not about exposing what people may be cropping out of the frame. In my opinion, it’s about praising and admiring them for being able to capture such an overwhelmingly large world in a small frame, and having that be a piece of art, telling a story, or creating memory.

    Above: Stacked Ring Set 

    What are some things — outside of fashion — that you’ve found recently inspiring? 
    Recently, I think I have this running theme of how fashion and nature collide; the similarities in texture, movement, and color. Also I tend to work and be inspired by a color at a certain time, so I have come to realize. If you look back in my feed, you can kind of see my mood shift between orange, beige, navy, grey, green, black, and so on.
     
    What’s your strategy when dressing for a season of holiday parties?
    There is nothing sexier than subtlety.  The holiday season is an easy time to go over the top, but you should never dress yourself like a Christmas tree, unless that’s the theme of the party. Little black dresses and simple jewelry are always my go-to…simple things that you can wear year-round.

     
    What are some of your go-to accessories or beauty tricks for dressing up something simple?
    I love a good solid metal choker necklace, or a hand full of rings. Simple looks are also a great canvas for a more interesting makeup look- a cat-eye or bold lip, but never both at the same time.
     
    My top 5 places to go in the fall/winter in NYC are…
    My bed, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Museum of Modern Art, any bar that serves a Hot Toddy, and Roberta’s Pizza.
     
    Above: Schott Moto Jacket

    My style icons are…
    My mother and grandmothers. I have most of their clothing in my closet now anyway, so that helps.
     
    What is your guilty pleasure?
    Empanadas
     
    What makes you the happiest?
    My dog Lou, and when Seamless used to give out discount codes.


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