Take me on a trip

If you had asked me two years ago if I would be wearing this jacket today, I would have grimaced and mumbled something about being “too casual,” or “not black enough.” And even though the essence of my style has changed since then, my mind still drew a question mark when I saw it on the hanger. But it intrigued me enough to try it on, so I did – what happened next should be obvious. The structured shoulders and loose hang spoke to me in a way that they may not have in a different phase of my life.

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Free People Jacket, Levi’s Wedgie Jeans, Free People Boots

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I look at my closet and realize that most of the pieces I own are light-years away from where I thought they’d be only a small time ago, and I wonder, why does this happen? Why does our style change so dramatically yet so steadfastly? And I know what you’re going to say: trends. I get it, trends influence everybody, even the consistent ones among us. But I think beyond that, what we’re looking to get out of our clothes changes.

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For me, clothes aren’t just about how I look. I pick out a piece from my wardrobe and it doesn’t just tell me what color I’ll be wearing that day. A white frilly blouse peeks out among my hangers and it urges me to become the 70’s rock star I’ve always wanted to be. Suddenly, I’m thrown into a rebellious state and my beat up sneakers don’t look so ugly anymore, they look well worn in and beckon adventure. My sweet heeled loafers (shoes you’ve yet to see) call out to me to hop on a flight to Paris and spend the day reading French literature with a bottle of wine and a baguette on a park bench. My clothes lead me to lives I haven’t lived, and they only bring me that much closer to the woman I want to become: adventurous, brave, curious, and strong.

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I’m sure, in ten years’ time, that the places my clothes take me won’t be backstage at a Rolling Stones concert or walking along the Seine River – they’ll transport me to other locations and lives that will bring me closer to my desired end state.

But for now, I’m going to keep wearing this jacket until I don’t quite feel like camping out in the African plains anymore.

 

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.

Denim denim denim

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Citizens of Humanity Jeans / Aritzia Top / Brandy Melville Chambray / Vans

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These jeans spoke to me on an emotional level, and despite their seeming lack of versatility, I had to have them. But, to my pleasant surprise, I have actually been able to style them a variety of ways! This has to be one of my favorites.

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As you know, I’ve been a fan of denim on denim for a while now. I even published a post on how to make it your own! I love this short sleeved chambray shirt because it gives me the ability to do my beloved Canadian tuxedo look in the heat of the summer without melting into a big puddle of blue.

I also have to admit, all the blue denim I’ve been wearing these days really goes well with the environment here in Vancouver. Everything is either blue or green here – a refreshing look from my usual greys and browns in Montreal or my golds in California!

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