Paris: A Photo Diary

“Then, Paris:

Misty, blurred, bright. Feeling like your entire existence is on black and white film. Water hangs in the air, suspended indefinitely just above pavement and cobblestones. Angry Frenchmen pay me no attention as they scurry down sidewalks; places to go and baguettes to eat.

Romance is everywhere; it fills rooms and dominates energies. Romance for lovers, romance for adventure, romance for all the enlightening sights and sounds I’ve discovered. This city’s romance knows no bounds. It’s not just for the couples; Paris is for the romantics, paired or not.

When I think of you, Paris, I will think of delicate lace, wet cobblestones, and too much bread. I will wistfully remember the clicking of heels on streets at 4 am. Laughter over a bottle of wine and a rude waiter. Speechlessness when I want to say something, and moments when I didn’t feel the need at all – like that night we watched the Eiffel Tower light up in all of her splendor.

I will always remember the day you served me all of my idols on a silver platter, walking down the street following a fashion show I will one day attend. The empowerment I felt in that moment, it can only be felt in a city like you.

Getting lost in your city streets didn’t taste like panic like it usually does; it felt like freedom vibrating across my skin and the rain acted as my guide. I explored with an intensity, feverishly eager for all the knowledge and experiences you had to offer.

Paris, most importantly you taught me that my greatest love is and will always will be with myself. Me and only me. I and only I can teach myself what I am worth. And Paris, with you I am worth everything.” – Journal entry, March 4th, 2017.

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What I Wore: Paris

Madewell Coat, & Other Stories Skirt and Bag, Urban Outfitters Boots

If you follow me on Instagramyou probably already know that I was in Paris this past weekend (yes, during Paris Fashion Week!). While I’m not yet cool enough to attend any shows, that doesn’t mean I didn’t partake in the fashion delirium taking place. The city was stylistically thriving (even more than usual) and this refreshing state of mind certainly guided my approach to dressing throughout the trip. The quintessential Parisian effortlessness that everybody talks about – it’s there, and it’s real.

I think there’s an element of trust between fashion and the French that the rest of us don’t experience; we spend precious minutes out of our day tucking and re-tucking shirts, re-tousling our hair, striving to achieve the perfect look. But the effortlessness of the French comes from them knowing that whatever garments they put on their back will indeed look more chic the less they are fussed with. They can’t afford to waste a moment double checking themselves – they have too many baguettes to eat and too little time.

I’m still trying to maintain that Paris state of mind when dressing back in Edinburgh and forever will, but there’s a spirit that exists in the city of style’s origin that’s hard to come by anywhere else. Until next time, I [wistfully] suppose.

Anyways, here’s what I wore. Let me know how I did.

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Madewell Coat, & Other Stories Bag, Zara Pants, Dr. Martens Boots
Vintage Jacket, Free People Hat, Dr. Martens Boots, & Other Stories Bag, Levi’s Jeans
H&M Shirt, Levi’s Jeans, Urban Outfitters Boots

How to Get Inspired When You Just Want to Do Nothing

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A couple of weeks ago, I found myself in a seriously daunting creative rut. With working full time and preparing for the school year, I just couldn’t seem to find the time to create content that I was satisfied with. I didn’t know how to claw myself out of the hole I found myself in, and nothing was changing. So, I decided that when I did finally see the light (even for a second) I would write down what got me there to see if I could conjure up some tricks to get inspired.

So here they are, tried and true – my tips to get yourself inspired again when you just can’t fathom creating anything:

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Leave the house. I don’t care if you have nothing to do out there, just get out and walk around. Just catching onto the energy of the environment outside your home can be enough to light a spark.

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Go somewhere where there are either lots of people, or nobody at all. Surrounding yourself with people surrounds you with tons of different energies – feed off of the vibes of others, and translate them into creativity. Having nobody around you, on the other hand, envelopes you in calm. Reflect on yourself or your environment, bring together those thoughts, and center yourself.

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Buy yourself some good-looking and good-tasting food, and accompany that food with some coffee. (Honestly, the crappier the coffee, the better. I can’t come up with a real explanation for this trend, but there’s definitely an observed correlation).

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Bring a camera with you – any camera. This can be anything from the camera on your phone to a fancy SLR. Then, take at least 20 pictures. These pictures could be of anything – they don’t even have to be pretty! But I find taking pictures can shift me into a creative mindset after only a couple of shots.

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Wear your oldest, dirtiest, sneakers. They’ll make you feel real again and bring you back down to earth.

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Play music. I find that it helps to have a pre-prepared playlist of music that inspires you – sometimes when you’re in a rut, you can’t decide what to listen to and this trick ends up contributing to the problem.

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These steps (any or all) have definitely helped me recently, and combining them with the changing season has me finally feeling like I’m going somewhere again.

Style Session: Heeled Daytime Sandals

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Steve Madden Sandals

I thought it was finally time to show you guys what these sandals were all about. I’ve been wearing them all summer to work, and I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on how I use them to complete a look – and how I can wear them for a 9 hour shift without complaining!

I do realize we’re reaching the end of the summer and it’s a little late for styling advice on sandals, but if you guys live anywhere like the Bay Area or Montreal, you know that we have a little more time before it really starts to chill down. So I thought I’d show you guys some ways to make sandals like these work for this transitional time, while also accommodating that lingering heat.

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Look 1: Madewell Jeans, Aritzia Shirt, UO Necktie

For look 1 I went with a couple of western-inspired instincts – the necktie, the tied shirt, the denim.. and then I brought it back to reality with the sandals, and I brought it into fall with the dusty color scheme.

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Look 2: Zara Shirt, Free People Skirt, Brandy Melville Choker, LF Bag

Look 2 is a girly look at its core, with the skirt and off-the-shoulder shirt combo. I then masculinized it with the pinstriped fabric and structured bag, and gave it a touch of edge with the unconventional skirt and choker. The denim and brown leather in the shoes make this a nice September look – an older version of the classic first day of school outfit.

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Look 3: Zara Romper, BP Scarf

I’m not really sure what the inspiration behind Look 3 was. I think you can’t have a style session with heeled sandals without including some sort of dress (this is actually a cleverly disguised romper), and the scarf just seemed to lend itself to the look. What I ended up with is something you would probably see on a nicely dressed lady at a Mexican resort – but I would easily wear this out to a nice dinner.

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Look 4: Levis Shorts, Zara Shirt, Free People Belt

Look 4 is a personal favorite. This new belt is the love of my life. I softened up a rugged bottom half with this light 70’s inspired blouse for a look that feels effortless. Throw on some sunglasses and a crossbody bag and I could easily wear this all day long.

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