Expressions: Anh Dao Tovar

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Expressions: showcasing women and men who express their inner self through their style. 

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Can you tell us your name and what you do, and something you love about what you do?

My name is Anh Dao and I am a fourth grade teacher. I've been a teacher for eight years now. What I love about my job is being able to interact with students, families, and being a part of building community every single day! I not only get to be a part of teaching, but I also get to be a learner alongside my students. They keep me in the present moment and give me opportunities to reflect on myself and the decisions I make everyday. It is not an easy job, but it is the BEST job!

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What do you love about your style?

What I love about my style is I don't follow any rules or particular trends. To me, fashion is a form of expression. Well, how I feel, my mood, and how I want to express myself can change day to day. Therefore, my style can change day to day. I may dress down in comfort wear one day, a little rock and roll and edgy another day, or totally professional for my job. I love putting outfits together as well. It's where I am most creative. Some people love scrap booking, or baking... I love creating outfits that express something about myself.

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Why did you pick the outfit you are wearing in this photo shoot?

This outfit expresses one aspect of my style. I love how fun and carefree it feels with the flowy dress and high top sneakers. One quote I often say to my friends when I agree with something is, "100!" So when I saw this jean jacket, I had to have it. In fact, I sent a picture of it to my girlfriends prior to buying it and they unanimously said, "You have to get it." I love how the jacket adds a little edge and texture to an otherwise straight forward outfit with just the dress and sneakers.

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How does this outfit represent you?

This outfit represents me because it's fun, festive, a little edgy, and most importantly, comfortable. I love that the dress has a very feminine feel with the floral prints, but the jean jacket adds character. I intentionally wore the leather sneakers with gold hardware to balance out the feminine feel of the dress. I guess that's one way I would describe myself. I can be very girlie and feminine at times, but strong and firm when I need to be, and with a fun twist!

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What is your favorite part of getting dressed in the morning?

My favorite part of getting dressed in the morning is choosing one clothing item I love and then creating my whole day's outfit around that item. The creative part is the most fun.

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What advice could you give to someone who wants to express themselves more through their fashion?

I would say wear what makes you feel most like yourself! I know that's very general advice, but it really is true. I think it can be fun to get inspired by fashion trends, but ultimately, it's you who put together outfits for yourself. I know that when I feel most like my authentic self, I am more likely to conquer my day with a more positive attitude.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?