Mia is wearing the Cleobella Ulla Dress, Lakshmi Jacket & Freya Crossbody
Meet the next featured Cleobella Girl, Mia Colona! Mia lives in the West Village, and thoroughly enjoys the charming quirks of her NYC neighborhood. Originally from Pennsylvania, we first bonded over living and working in Philadelphia. Always smiling, always ready for a good time and always looking for something creative to dig her hands into, Mia is something special. I always noticed how bohemian her personal style was . . . long maxi dresses, rugged boots, a brimmed hat on her head, hair as long as can be. That is why I chose her to be a part of this project and to showcase this significant side of her even more with the beautiful clothing Cleobella offered.
What do you love about living in NYC, and what first drove you to the city?
There are a million reasons why I love living in NYC, from the grumpy old man at my neighborhood bodega that I've learned to love, to the sounds of cars rushing by outside of my window in the middle of the night . . . the energy here just captivates you in the best way possible. You're able to make connections and build relationships here unlike anywhere else . . . and you learn to expect the unexpected, and it's beautiful and scary at the same time. I first moved here a few years ago to pursue a career in fashion, and back then I could have never imagined the doors it would open up for me. There have been growing pains and speed bumps along the way, but there's no where else I'd rather live my life.
What drives your passions and creativity?
There's a quote by John C. Parkin that sums it up perfectly: "Every moment has infinite potential. Every new moment contains for you possibilities that you can't possibly imagine. Every day is a blank page that you could fill with the most beautiful drawings."
If you can close your eyes and open them to find yourself anywhere in the world, where would you want to find yourself?
I love the beach . . . It doesn't matter much to me where or which one, as long as the sun is shining and the waves are crashing on the shore. For as long as I can remember, I've always been drawn to the ocean . . . I was never one of those kids who was afraid to swim in it. Actually, I'd count down the days until summer just so I could be closer to it, and that's something that has always stayed with me even as I've gotten older. There's something so refreshing yet nostalgic about immersing myself in the sea. Maybe it's the vulnerability of floating freely in such a vast body of water with a million unseen creatures, the smell of salt on my skin, or something as simple as the sound of stillness after a wave breaks that makes me feel so connected to it. BRB . . . Going to the beach now! Haha :-)
What does it mean to you to have a "lust for life"?
Having a "lust for life" means waking up with purpose everyday. It means you're one part dreamer, one part realist. Your imagination runs wild and you have this innate ability to live in the moment, but you also see the bigger picture and that's what fuels you to maximize your time here on Earth. You take chances and make mistakes and you know that every moment you're alive has meaning beyond what any of us can even comprehend, so you've figured out how to piece together all of life's little experiences, bitter and sweet, to pave your own path. And when you look back 50 years from now, you'll smile, because you'll know that you'll have truly lived.
What's your hidden talent? My hidden talent is cooking!
In college, I lived off of ramen and cold pizza, and couldn't wait to visit my parents for a home cooked meal. But eventually I started to really pay attention to my mother and grandmother every Sunday and learn from what they were doing. Now, I think my Italian roots really shine through when I'm in the kitchen. It's a totally different creative outlet and very rewarding when the people you care about are sitting around the table getting to try something you've made from scratch!
Listening to right now?
I listen to a little bit of everything . . . J Dilla to James Blake. It really depends on my mood.
Reading right now?
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
What woman in your life do you admire the most and why?
I have so much love and respect for my mom. She was a total rockstar in the 70s, and I grew up listening to stories about Studio 54 and Jim Morrison thinking it was totally normal. She's always been this inspiring forcefield in my life, and even though we butt heads sometimes because we're so similar, there's no one who challenges me and inspires me and pushes me further like she does. She's an artist, a free spirit, and the strongest person I know.
How do you describe the Cleobella girl and the way you feel when you wear Cleobella?
The Cleobella girl is independent, free thinking, and always seeking adventure. When I wear my Cleobella, I feel light, comfortable and ready to explore. The maxi dress I chose is soft and enchanting. I love the subtle touches of embellishment and how the light catches the sheer fabric.