words to live by.

1 Feb

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from life on sundays via wit + delight.

 

 

expose yourself

27 Jan

To embarrassment.

To ridicule.

To risk.

To strange events & conditions.

To WILD IDEAS.

To things that make you cringe.

To strange vistas & new sounds.

Trust me. It’ll be fun.

Jessica Hagy

Weekend Musings: Moving On

8 Sep

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about letting go and moving on. Not an easy task, to say the least. And moving on from what, you might ask? An ex-boyfriend? A fallen friend? A screw up at work? Negative, nope, not that either.

No, I’m talking about letting go and moving on from the big, bold career plan I had hung on to so dearly for so long – as if it were the only thing keeping me from drowning in the big open sea of life.

And while I have made significant strides – no more career tunnel vision! – I still find myself bouncing back and forth striving for the life I had planned on (or some slight variation there of) and the life I’m still afraid to admit may actually be the right fit.

So what’s a girl to do? Well for starters, I’ve spent a big chunk of free time over the last two years reading inspirational stories about others who have ventured down an unexpected path, only to be pleasantly surprised with the satisfying outcome at the end. Uplifting – and sometimes harshly honest – quotes also help. Why yes, I do scribble them down on ironically bright Post-it notes and tape them to my fridge to be front and center every day of my life.

Wait, not everyone does that?

And I guess it’s to be expected at this time of year that I’m reminiscing about the high-fashion career I was starting even before I graduated college. New York Fashion Week just started, and I always feel a twinge of longing (FOMO, if you will) for that world I was starting to become a part of.

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But I have to stop and ask, is that really the life I want for the next 40 years? Do I really want to stay up ‘til 4am every night for four weeks straight twice a year (and not in a fun, let’s wake up with some regrets kind of way – no, in an obligatory, do your job and be better than everyone else kind of way)? Do I really want to be required to schmooze my way through work parties and happy hours only to gain one more business card from someone who may or may not be able to “help” me in the near future?

TBD…

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I’ve always known I wanted to create a career that was impressive to onlookers and covetable to new up-and-comers. A career like the one I was starting – working as a fashion publicist at the premiere PR firm in the sartorial world.

But in recent years, I find myself over and over again standing at the crossroads of that life I think I want and the life that will actually be sustainable, and – dare I say it – perhaps even more desirable in the long run. I have to admit that I still get a high off of telling people what I do and seeing that look of revere in their eyes. Shallow and a bit needy to feel better about myself because of that? Perhaps.

And then I think about relaxed weekends filled with brunches, dinners and other things that signify truly living life (life, not work – let me reiterate). Tempting, to say the least.

And there in lies the internal struggle that rears its ugly head every year at the start of fashion month.

I guess I’ll have to continue internalizing thought leaders’ wise words and reading true-life tales from game changers around the globe. Here’s to continuing on the path of the unknown and hopefully seeing the light at the end of the tunnel – whatever ending that light may shed upon.

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photo 1 from wit + delight, all others my own.

ardent eyes.

23 Aug

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this post. read it. enjoy.

#ardenteyes

photo from tumblr open arts via wit + delight

The Row Pre-Fall 2013

21 Aug

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Modesty seems to have made its way back into the fashion set this season (which is ironic, given the recent influx of midriff bearing crop tops – I’m sorry, I didn’t realize we were living in 1995. My mistake.). Tastemakers seem to be looking ahead to quieter sartorial statements with their Pre-Fall 2013 collections by way of conservative hemlines, minuscule heel height and nary a décolletage in sight. Case in point: the Olsens’ high-end line, The Row.

 The once tween-conscious sisters have certainly made a name for themselves in the luxury market with this line – which employs high-end furs, luscious fabrics and esteemed tailoring – and their Pre-Fall collection certainly does their reputation justice.

 Not only was the standard attention to detail and affinity for affluence present this season, a tendency toward propriety also made its way to center stage. Trousers were relaxed, skirts were long and the boxy silhouettes of tops and dresses certainly left much to the imagination (perhaps a bit too much?).

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 Without fail, the design team focused on construction and precision, delivering, yet again, a lineup that didn’t skip a beat. From the obviously autumnal plaid patterns to the earthy color palette, this collection will easily take The Row’s customer into the cooler months ahead.

 All photos from Style.com. Hop on over there to see the full collection and their take on the lineup.

ardent eyes.

16 Aug

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prague.

Chloé Pre-Fall 2013

15 Aug

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Remember when Hannah MacGibbon left the helm of Chloé and a new face took the reins (that new face being Clare Waight Keller – ok, so she’s not entirely new to the fashion set, having worked for Ralph Lauren, Gucci and Pringle of Scottland, to name a few)?

I’ll admit, I was a tad disgruntled at the shake-up – weren’t you? I’d fallen in love with the youthful femininity of MacGibbon’s Chloé (this is the collection that did it), and was afraid this new leader wouldn’t stay true to the reinstated girly appeal.

But time has proven me wrong (yes, I’ll admit it), and I’ve grown to not only appreciate, but truly enjoy, Keller’s designs. Different? Yes. Bad? Not in the least.

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Although not quite as bubblegum pink and bow heavy as MacGibbon (hey, I like bows, don’t judge), Keller certainly maintains Chloe’s habit of pronouncing the appeal of the fairer sex. Instead of ruffles, Keller prefers lace; instead of empire, Keller leans on a cinched waist; instead of punchy color palettes, Keller skews toward the more classic.

Case in point: her Pre-Fall 2013 collection presented in Paris earlier this year. While a 60s mod influence obviously motivated the designs this season, it was more of the put-together feel of Keller’s buttoned up looks that took center stage. A-line skirts, modest necklines and covered shoulders gave the collection a feel of propriety, while disheveled coifs sported by doe-eyed models let us know that Keller’s muse – in true Chloé girl form – doesn’t take herself too seriously.

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It seems as if the Chloé girl has grown up in the wake of Keller’s reign, and I have to say that I’m (gasp!) actually starting to prefer her aesthetic to that of MacGibbon. Maybe I’m growing up a little too.

All photos from Style.com. Hop on over there to see the full collection and their take on the lineup.