May 26, 2014

The New Girl

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Today, I started a new gig as a freelance designer for a toy store. It went great! My coworkers were super welcoming and I had lots of different projects to work on, which kept me wide awake and made the day pass too quickly. It was so refreshing to do what I love and actually get paid for it (aka what should pretty much be the initial concept of work).

Since graduating college a little over a year ago (eek! time flies!), I have split my time between freelancing for a month or two doing, then doing random minimum wage jobs and going back to freelancing. Sometimes, it can be quite demotivating not to be able to do design full-time! It's a classic case of "I have spent [insert number here] years of my life studying design and photography - not [insert random  side-job chore I loathe]". But hey! I am young and freelancing offers me the opportunity to figure out what type of office (or non-office) is best for me. So far, I have worked in a  big creative agency, a small studio, two corporations and I also did freelance work on my own. The variety made me more aware of who I am as a designer and what I need to be happy and fulfilled at work. Now I need to work towards obtaining (or maybe building?) the job of my dreams. I am focusing on all the great things my work experiences of the past year have taught me rather than just pondering why I don't have a full-time gig yet.

The most important thing I learned this year is that most creative jobs are a journey, not something included in a bundle along with your diploma. You have to put time, effort and lots of patience in order to make a career out of it. You need to keep learning and creating - more, more and always more. Keep that in mind and go get your hands dirty already. You've got this! :)

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OUTFIT DETAILS

Dress by XXI • Jacket by Monica's Jeans • Brooch/necklace by Le Château
Socks by Ardene • Shoes by UO



Michel Delpech • Pour un flirt (1971)

How about some cheesy vintage french music? Also, I need the same white boots the first girl is wearing!

May 23, 2014

Candid Thoughts On Blogging

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Snapping these first "real" outfit pictures in almost a year was fun! I visited my favorite semi-abandoned backyard and everything went perfectly. I used to fear the possibility of someone catching me doing faces and fashion-y poses alone in my corner, but now I am way more relaxed about it. No more paranoia! 

Here's a confession: my timidity almost made me quit style blogging altogether. I was insecure about how people would perceive me if they found out I had a blog with 1) all kinds of personal thoughts and 2) so many pictures of myself. I got teased a bit about this whole fashion thing by family and friends and it made me doubt if style blogging was something acceptable to do. And you know what? It is.

I had a few job interviews over the last months and every single interviewer asked me why my blog was now inactive. They liked how I had merged some of my biggest passions into one entity. Fashion, writing, photography, design... this blog of mine offered me a chance to do all of this. So why abandon it like I did? Sure, I had a busy year, but I had quit blogging because of insecurity and shyness. I've always had a bit of a I-don't-care-what-you-think attitude, but this time, I had let other people make me doubt of something I was passionate about. And I was too proud to admit it - even my lovely boyfriend asked me why I wouldn't blog anymore and I kept denying. I had stopped writing, taking pictures, making playlists for the blog, designing little graphics, thinking about DIY projects... and I was wondering why I was so miserable. This blog was my playground, a little world I had built for myself to share inspiration and I had stopped visiting it.

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I think now is a good time to claim back this playground. The blogging scene has changed a whole lot in the past year(s), but I know who I am and what I like. I do not blog for likes, recognition or a seat at local events. I blog for passion and solace. This blog was created by a suburban 17-year-old who had just gotten into design school, was experimenting with personal style and obsessing with street style photography. Sure, I have evolved, but this 17-year-old was building something without even knowing. She had stars in her eyes, big dreams for her future and had fun sharing all of these.

I blog to keep that spark alive. 

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O U T F I T   D E T A I L S

Top by H&M • Skirt by UK2LA via Stitches • Socks by Ardène
Vintage shoes via Comptoir Emmaüs • Old floral headband from unknown source




Beta Frontiers • So Cold



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