Welcome to the first chapter of my Style Diaries! This is a series I want to start where I dive into what I’m wearing and what’s going on in my life/the world. Often times I find my outfits responding to my environment and the culture we live in. I want to explore those ideas and share my thoughts in one place- so Style Diaries was born!
A New Chapter
I always felt people sort of looked down on me whenever I said I wanted to pursue a career in fashion. It’s something I can remember my soul telling me I should follow ever since I was a little girl. All the roads and different career paths I considered taking led back to fashion. What I love about it most is that it’s seemingly vain yet deeply reflective. You may think what you wear means nothing, which may be true (and technically even nothing means something). But there’s always something there to unpack. That’s what makes it that much more interesting to me. Fashion means so much more to me than a Gucci bag or shopping at Revolve. While those things are nice, it has a much larger role and impact on our world.
In theme with the first chapter of this new little venture, I’m also starting a new chapter in my overall life. I recently accepted a job to work for a huge fashion brand in New York City, and I truly could not be more ready to take on this next adventure. Soon enough I’ll be living on my own, trying to make a positive impact on an industry I love dearly.
One (Year) Taught Me Love, One (Year) Taught Me Patience
2018 taught me patience; a lesson I’ve always been too stubborn to learn. Special things take time to develop and make their way into your life regardless of your desired timeline. I have a tendency to be in a rush. I have so much I want to do and accomplish but feel like there’s not enough time to do it all. Putting that kind of pressure on myself doesn’t make growth come any quicker; it would lead to a fiery, inevitable burnout. I’ve had to learn how to appreciate those slow moments and use them positively. I’m definitely one to look at the glass half-empty so this change in perspective was sort of unnatural. Life may have a lot in store for me, and I’m doing myself a disservice by not waiting for it in its due time.
A big contribution to my impatienceness was my tendency to compare myself to my peers. In a time where we only see the best parts of people’s lives, it’s easy for anyone to fall into that trap. We can pin all the inspirational quotes we want (throwing shade at myself here), but unless we actively put our mental energy towards doing things that are focused on ourselves, those quotes are pretty useless. A few techniques I’ve employed to help me with this are things like exercise (which admittedly I’ve only recently committed to), taking social media breaks (let me tell you- a week works WONDERS), and investing hobbies I genuinely love (reading, playing with makeup, writing…you get the gist). While these things are commonly talked about and a bit cliche, it’s for good reason. They nourish our personalities and the cores of who we are.
What I love about this look is its simplicity. My style leans more minimalistic rather than extravagant; so a cool blazer, white tee, and black jeans with black ankle boots are the perfect uniform. I bought this blazer after my second interview at my new job. I felt accomplished and positive about the interview and needed to use that energy for good. So, I bought something to reflect the empowerment and pride that was coursing through my veins. I feel smart, professional, and downright confident, which is exactly the kind of energy I plan on bringing to this new phase of life.