Ever since turning 24 in February I’ve been rewriting my life mantras. I’ve been learning a lot about myself and establishing what matters most to me in this world then separating those from what I think might be toxic. For example:
Things that are toxic: Neglecting to purchase something that you’re personally drawn to because you think other people won’t respond to them the same way you do. I struggled with this for a long time. I was constantly asking myself “What if people think I look weird?” and then hesitantly putting that pair of metallic harem pants back on the rack.
Things that are not toxic: Allowing yourself to buy whatever the hell you want because you’re an independent person who doesn’t just follow trends, but instead sets them. Trends like METALLIC SILVER PLATFORMED SHOES.
I don’t think I’ve ever experienced love at first sight in the way that I did when I sleepily stumbled across these babies on Shopbop one night around my birthday.
I’d been feeling very blasé about many of the styles I’d been scrolling through, but these oxfords by Opening Ceremony could not have made me feel any more alive. I was in love. I constantly admired and talked about them for two weeks before my friends got tired of hearing me obsess over them and urged me to buy them…so I did.
They’re grungy. They’re minimal. They’re shiny. They’re PERFECT. One small step for my closet, one giant step for me serving Xenon: Girl of the 21st Century realness.
New Life Mantra #2: Do you. Wear whatever you want because YOU like it. Be fearless. Feel flawless.
Buying these shoes wasn’t just a sporadic chasse into my spring wardrobe, but a step deeper into my identity. Every time I wear them I feel fiercely confident and undeniably myself. Who cares if people like them or not? They aren’t wearing the shoes – I am.
I saw the All Saints Spring 2015 lookbook and was practically drooling over the muted color palette, variety of textures and flawless styling that was employed the perfect unexpected layering combinations and boots for days. This spring collection of classic separates was shot perfectly against the backdrop of an old airport hangar which added some editorial edge. Fringe details and selvaged necklines hit the nail on the head of my hard v soft aesthetic that I’m normally drawn towards, and the introduction of prints and lace offered that pop of femininity that I take on the side of my more andro tendencies.
When I see a shoot like this that I’m super inspired by I try and brainstorm how I can manipulate my closet into ensembles that give a similar look and feel. Playing with proportion will be key; not to mention giving stripes on stripes another shot. Maybe a an outfit that stacks a longer spring coat over a short short, or one of my more oversized tops over a lace skirt.
Playing with pattern and proportion can be weird at first, but to me those are some of the most interesting outfits out there.
Regardless of the fact that much of the US is quite under the weather right now (pun intended), Seattle is in one of the few regions that’s experiencing super pleasant weather (complete with peeks of sun). This not only means that I have been experiencing HIGH amounts of energy and outputting major positivity, but also that I’ve started preemptively planning my spring wardrobe.
Developing wardrobes for seasons is new for me; it’s something that’s come as a result of having a really solidified aesthetic for my personal style. Before I get into the thick of developing the capsule (new vocab word for me) I try to envision what I want my closet to embody for the next few months and what kinds of pieces I’ll need to be able to maximize its potential. A big help for doing this? A mood board. A collection of images, colors, textures, and shapes that will sway the purchases I make into becoming a cohesive collection of pieces.
Define some goals for yourself to get started. This spring my fashion goals are:
To utilize texture in order to create interest in outfits, not only physical texture but graphic texture as well.
To collect pieces in a minimal/neutral color palette so the shapes can speak for themselves
Really into these colors and silhouettes from the 2015 Chloe Resort collection. But, let’s be honest, I’m really into anything that Chloe’ puts down a runway.
Clare Waight Keller (Chloe’s designer) was inspired by a building called Villa Savoye, designed by Swiss architect Le Corbusier. I’m a huge advocate of juxtaposing hard and soft in fashion, so collections inspired by architecture normally catch my attention for doing just that.
How can I put this in my closet without spending all my Christmas Visa giftcards on one shoe? Pieces with Lace-up details, robe-like silhouettes and structural, graphic garments. I could see myself picking up any of those things and weirdly layering them together in the (not nearly close enough) spring months while I pretend to be perched on a ledge in the window laden Villa Savoye myself.
Recently I’ve been wearing a lot of things that 10-year-old me would go crazy for, so I thought I’d bring a little of that spice to the blog.
One of my favorite recurring fall trends is how playful proportions are getting. Shapes are juxtaposing to create interesting silhouettes and texture is making just as much of a statement as a graphic print.
What are you loving this fall? Also, can someone buy me those platforms?
What a week it is been. As you may have gathered from my lack of posts–it’s been incredibly busy. Between jobs and packing up my house and preparing for upcoming trips I haven’t had a whole lot of time to take a breather, let alone take my camera out for an adventure.
I’m incredibly grateful for these times in my life because they are when magic happens. In the midst of the buzz and the quick conversations and iphone calendar reminders and the meetings that feel like client speed dating…things start to happen. Pieces come together that have been in limbo until now and you start to realize how working hard is going to start paying off.
Leaps of faith and dreams and things are more than just the initial jump, but the journey before and after them. Leaps of faith are what keep life exciting, and no matter how scary they may seem at the time–remember that whether succeed or fail they will be worth it in the long run.
Hopefully I’ll have some more exciting photos for you all soon! Cincinnati next weekend, the beach next month, europe, and..other things on the horizon. Things are about to get real interesting.
Early tomorrow morning I’ll be loading up in a car with two of my dearest friends to escape the world for a few days. We’re headed to West Virginia for a weekend of hiking, swimming, star gazing and cabin-living.
I’m most excited about this trip because there isn’t any option but to be off the grid for a little while. Having a job that is centered around the internet means I am literally a l w a y s on my computer; or on my phone; or finding some tinfoil to make an antenna to check my email when there’s no 3G. But not this weekend. This weekend we’re stepping away from it all.
I’m taking my camera to capture the scenery (and the ridiculousness), but I’m hoping the next few days will be a big moment that we’ll just be living in. What I mean by that is instead of being consumed with the things we can take away from the trip on our phones or our memory cards we’ll be consumed with being with each other and making actual memories instead of virtual ones. I think it can be hard to do that in 2014, but I’m determined that this weekend will be full of them.
I’ll be excited to show you guys the moments I do capture. And don’t worry, as I’m sure you know, there will be plenty.
Exciting travel news when I get back! Speak to you soon!