Tabatha Wharton



a year+ in the life of my evolving, offbeat aesthetic as i navigate being
a mid-30s-femme-grown-up-emo-punk-single-mom-graduate-student-non-profit-employee-fashionista.


I can’t remember anything about this outfit.

I don’t know what day of week it was, or where I was going (likely work, but honestly who knows). Based on the EXIF data, it was before the spring semester started, where I was working two jobs and an internship, plus taking classes, navigating a 3.5 week faculty strike, turning 35, and handling long-term legal issues. Also, it was before I bust ass and managed to pull off a trip to Disney World for the May the Fourth celebration between the end of Spring Semester and the beginning of Summer Semester … where I took a class, an independent study, and am finishing up my internship.

And I still have a 4.0. So far.

Taking a break on this project was absolutely the right thing to do — I’ve never been so burned out in my entire life than I have been since the start of 2019. And while the summer has felt lighter due to only having one job, it’s still been stressful for reasons so beyond my control. And now, I’m facing needing to figure out the next steps in my career(s) — both academic and creative.

I should have graduated in the spring, but because of my two additional certificates I’m taking another year to work on my thesis and figure out what to do next. I have a lot of options I’m weighing (and they almost all involve taking the GRE which I’ve avoided until now and is classist AF as all standardized tests are but I digress … )

Despite all of the chaos of the last seven months, my modeling hobby has flourished into a legit side hustle and has me traveling some distances to work with photographers I admire as well as making some amazing art that allows me to express my theatrical and sartorial sides with some regularity. However, I’m also at a place with that where I need to decide how much energy I’m going to invest in making that avenue a more career-like focus or if I’m going to keep it lowkey and casual. To be completely honest, starting this project back up again is partly in efforts of working on things like posing and knowing my body lines and having motivation to take slightly better care of myself than last semester afforded me. We all have our reasons.

So, I’m picking up where I left off — I know, practically in the same season that I started last year — and hope to make it past 100 days this time. I’ll try not to bore you with too much of the same thing, but no promises.

If you’re new, welcome. If you’ve been here a minute, thanks for sticking around.

Let’s get weird.

White w/ black contrast trim sweater: H&M
Black skater skirt: Gap
Black polka dot tights: MeMoi (via DSW)
Clear faceted pendant necklace: Express
Octagonal hoop earrings: Target
Black leather studded ankle boots: Catherine Malandrino