So, I moved to New York City. And guess what? I felt it was probably high time I started blogging again. Even though no one asked for this, no one really cares about it, and even I neglected it for the aforementioned reasons. But I’m sitting here three weeks into settling into my new life and I’m feeling the urge to write. So, I thought I’d write a crappy blog post about how I’m feeling creatively like the typical millennial I am. Or am I Gen Z? I think 1996 is somewhere in between. It’s ironic because I have constantly felt “in between” my whole life. I could use that phrase figuratively and reflect on growing up in between two cultures, or about my adolescent angst constantly looking to the future and feeling stuck in between a rock and hard place in all my decisions back then. But the future is here, and I am now quite literally in between jobs, in between projects, and in between people bumping me on the subway. I made it to New York! This is everything that I have worked towards, and strangely it happened pretty easily. But now comes the hard part. I have found myself quietly overwhelmed with everything happening and outwardly calm. I know I’m just settling in, but without a steady job and a set routine I’m scared that I’ll never find them. Living in the in-between is difficult, and I feel like I haven’t actually shown up for myself. I’m freelancing right now and it’s driving me slightly crazy. I’m not making YouTube videos and I’m afraid I might slip into irrelevancy. I haven’t worked on a project or created any art in months. While on FaceTime with a friend this week, (I’ve probably been calling friends too much) I abruptly admitted that I don’t feel like an artist, and I’m disappointed with myself that I don’t have strong ideas to create. And that’s true! I am constantly comparing myself to other designers and coming up with excuses as to why I could never do what they do. I have never looked at myself as an artist, but I have always wanted to. I’d like to think that right now I’m just in a creative rut, but how long will this rut last if I keep telling myself I’m not skilled enough to create? So, after talking with my friend and spending a few days in a hell-style heat wave where all I could really do is stay inside and think, I decided I needed to come up with a plan. I’m going to be proactive, and actually get to work. I’m going to finish that freelance job, film some videos for my channel, and start creating really ugly, dumb, exciting, messy, cool art. And I’m going to post about it in blog form even if no one reads it. Maybe this “in between” won’t be so bad if I make the most out of my fluid schedule and not-so-steady job. I’m just trying to be an artist over here.
I’ll admit, I don’t usually have many parties to attend during the Christmas season, and that probably has to do with my environment. I feel like I haven’t made it to adulthood yet, and adults are the ones who have the parties, right? While I try to navigate my “post-grad, pre-grown-up” life I will fake it until I make it - because that’s what I do best. Even though my friends and I live far from each other we found the perfect time to have a holiday party. Classy Christmas, meaning you have to dress up. I, of course, went too fancy, but as Oscar Wilde said, “you can never be overdressed or overeducated.” And since I would classify my education level as ‘under-qualified’ I should at least look good. Christmas doesn’t know how extra I can be.
I’ve put together some ideas for outfits and accessories that I think are perfect for the holidays. If your goal is to look like you’re going to a 1920’s gala then I got you covered. I am the queen of good outfit intentions but terrible at reading the room.
I hope you enjoy your holidays! I am ready to tackle the new year and excited about what’s to come.
Winter is closing in on us, and with the change of season comes a change of wardrobe. It’s not just the transition in weather that encourages me to put on a coat, it’s also the perfect time to try something new. Outerwear style is so fun to experiment with because you can try every new trend, find the perfect vintage piece, or reinvent the classics.
THE NEW CLASSIC
This season I decided to settle down and get serious. I needed a classic coat that I could wear for years to come. The classic silhouette complements any frame, and instead of a simple black look I went with a rich emerald green. And to make it better, pink is incorporated in the lining, pockets, and collar.
THE PUFFY COAT
Having a soft, squishy coat (ew why did I say squishy) is the best because you can just throw it on and all of a sudden you’re living out your 2018 street style dreams. These are my top picks for a puffy jacket this winter.
I’m currently loving…
brightly colored outerwear and accessories, and feeling more adventurous with my style. I recently bought a tube top which I think is such a statement for the Winter months. Be bold with your style choices even under the jacket.
A VINTAGE MOMENT
I love shopping at thrift stores for coats every year because it feeds my shopping addiction without hurting my wallet. The best part about it is that you can typically find on-trend items for sometimes just $1. My outerwear obsession is satisfied thanks to my favorite thrift stores. Try it out, you’ll be surprised at how many cool styles you can find. Pro thrifter tip: don’t buy anything with an old stain, no matter how much you like it.