Monday, September 25, 2017

New York, I Love You

Wearing: Anthropologie Opening Night Dress & Fern Ruched Dress |
 Chicwish Black Tulle Dress

Oh New York...

There will forever be a special place in my heart for the city of New York

Upon arrival to NYC in August of 2015, I had no idea what I was doing... I had flown there just two weeks before my move, found an apartment the very last day of my trip, and now was back in the city again with only a month's rent in my bank account and no clue as to what I wanted to be doing career wise. 

I moved to New York to BE in New York. I was in love with the city. So much so that I was fine taking a gig as a waitress or dog walker,  just so that I could call New York home. Although I would have loved to play with pups, I luckily landed my first job in the city working as an assistant for the sales team of a big tech company in Midtown. It started out like most jobs do... I was having to learn the ins and outs of the company, was working long hours, and was beginning to feel that I was finding a sense of purpose in my new city. My co-workers became wonderful (and now lifelong) friends, and I was loving my new routine. I was beginning to feel more comfortable with where I was. There was only one problem though... I became a little too comfortable. 

Sometimes, when we have a good thing going and it becomes easy for us we tend to become complacent and we lose sight of the ultimate goal and dream. It's easy to stay in a job where 1. You love who you work with, 2. You love your easy schedule & work from home lifestyle, and 3. You're happy with your salary. - These were all the things that I felt great with during my time at the tech company, but I knew something was missing. 

New York pushed me to follow my heart and believe in my dreams. - I moved to New York because I eventually wanted to work in Fashion. I wanted to grow my career as a style blogger, and wanted to connect and work with professionals within the fashion industry. So... after a year at the tech company, I did a little soul searching, and decided to leave my job in order to pursue a different route. (It was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but the MOST rewarding.) This route took me to so many things I couldn't have even dreamed up of on my own... I began working with brands that I had loved since I was little. I partnered with Banana Republic & Coach, worked on campaigns and went on shoots with Anthropologie, became a brand ambassador for Diane Von Furstenberg, and ultimately earned coverage in Vanity Fair Magazine

New York pushed me in more ways than one. It got me out of my shell, it made me stronger, and helped me develop a sense of longing to never ever give up on my dreams or who I wanted to be. I had to go out on a limb, trust my gut, and allow myself to believe in my dreams again. I will forever be grateful to the city of New York for playing quite possibly one of the biggest roles in my life... For helping me be bolder, work harder, and for teaching me to always believe in myself.

Here's to my time spent in the city, to friends who became family, to all the memories made and career goals reached, and to my dreams coming true. And here's to all the go-getters, dream makers, and incredible people who I met while there and who have served as examples for me to always pursue what I love. 

New York, I Love You. xo 

photography by Sylvie the Camera

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

5 Things Making Me Excited for Fall

The first day of Fall is only a few days away! (September 22nd to be exact.) 

I can't believe how quickly Fall crept up on us this year, but I'm sooo excited for all of the fun festivities, the changing weather, family gatherings, and fun fall styleI also can't wait to cozy up in my new apartment, start baking all the pumpkin goodies, and transition from Summer sandals to casual booties. 

I'm listing 5 Things that are Making Me Excited for Fall below. 

1. Fall Florals

I'm a sucker for florals, especially the colors that come with Fall. One of my aspirations for this holiday season, is to create more floral arrangements for both my home, and as gifts for friends and family. There is nothing quite like entering a space with beautiful fresh flowers. It brings so much warmth and effortless elegance into a room. 

2. Pie Season

There are two types of people: Those who love cake, and those who love pie. I'm definitely the latter... As a girl raised in Texas, y'all know I'll never say no to pie, and I'm going to attempt baking my first one solo this year. (Keep me in your prayers!) I want to master my pumpkin and apple pie before it shows up at a holiday party. 

3. Sweater Weather

I'm sooo excited for boot and sweater weather this year. I've already started to get my closet ready with a few cozy favorites. One piece that has been on heavy rotation already is this Chenille Cardigan in navy. I'm also planning to snag it in nude too. (More of a blush pink in person!) 

4. Seasonal Drinks

You can't do Fall without seasonal drinks. It's one of the best parts of the season in my opinion! Host a family/friend game night and offer a seasonal specialty cocktail for the group to sip on. On my must-make list this Fall: Cinnamon White Russian, Spiced Pear Flip, Apple Cider Margaritas, & Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

5. Holiday Parties

One thing that I'm looking forward to the most this Holiday Season is having a bigger space to entertain and host friends and family during the Holidays. I can't wait to move into my new apartment this Fall, decorate for the season, and put together fun holiday parties and dinners for loved ones. 

What are you most excited about this Fall Season? 
Let me know in the comments below!

image: 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5

Monday, September 18, 2017

Central Park Mornings

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I woke up early one morning during my last week in New York, to meet up with Lauren for an early morning shoot in Central Park. The park has always been one of my favorite spots in the city.

While I was in New York, I definitely tried to make the most of the fact that I lived only a few blocks away from the park. I loved waking up early and going for a walk through the park (latte in hand of course!), or picking up a bagel from my favorite local spot, perching myself on one of the many benches, and people watching to my heart's content. 

It was so fun to see people walk to-and-fro, many in a hurry to get to work, others on a leisurely stroll, and some having fun like nanny's taking the children of the Upper West and Upper East Side on adventures

There are so many things I will miss about being in New York, and Central Park is definitely one of them. I consider myself lucky to have been able to have the park right next to my little studio. Within such close walking proximity to the park. 

I can't wait to go back again for a visit, a leisurely stroll, and some people watching. 

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