Jumpsuit: Free People // Heels: Tony Bianco // Bag: Celine // Earrings: Gorjana // Short Necklace: c/o Blaine Bowen // Long Necklace: c/o All the Wire // Sunglasses: Prada
It’s certainly not my first rodeo.
12 seasons later, I’ve adapted a new attitude about NYFW. Nothing snarky, nothing bitchy, and no complaints. It’s just not what I remember 6 years later….it’s better….because its REAL.
Let’s rewind back to September 2011: I was a starry eyed brand new blogger who had just launched her blog 6 weeks prior on the heels of a reality show debut. I was still working retail full-time, so blogging was truly a hobby and passion project that I had fallen into. Everything was new, everything was shiny, and I was annoyingly optimistic about what my future held in this blossoming industry. But as the following 6 years chipped away at my optimism, the hobby transitioned into a full-time & well paying gig, & I became jaded, New York Fashion Week lost it’s luster. Was it me? Was it the industry? Was it the negative stigma that bloggers continued to portray? Whatever it was, I was getting annoyed with everyone at NYFW….including myself.
This was the first season that I went solely by myself. I didn’t take an assistant, a social media coordinator, a director of operations, a videographer, or a photographer to document every single second. I wanted to re-learn how to enjoy this industry that once fed me more than food itself, soak up the street style, and find inspiration that I could bring back to my readers. I didn’t want to emerge myself into “blogger” parties, hashtagging the shit out of my week, or keep up with any Joneses. I wanted to do me. Be selfish. Walk the city. Stand back and enjoy the clothing. I
wanted needed to remember why I fell in love with being an influencer again. I needed to rediscover the joy that it brought me and why I have dedicated my life to curating looks, imagery, & inspiring my readers. No comparisons, no fitting in, no justifying, no “doing it for the ‘gram.” Scoring a bunch of “likes” wasn’t my main objective.
And what happened next brought me more joy than anything. I felt REVIVED. I felt HAPPY with my career. I felt PEACE. And I felt all these things because I CREATED them….they didn’t come from social affirmation. They came from NEW PERSPECTIVE. And it’s an incredible feeling to feel that again in my gut. The anxiety and the pessimism dissolved.
So I encourage anyone who feels like they are stuck in a rut to TAKE A STEP BACK. Go back to the basics, the 1-2-3’s of your craft….and you’ll be amazed at what happens.