Ringing In The New Year

Happy Tuesday, loves! Just 2 more days until New Years Eve and I'm running around frantic--trying to get organized after my move back home from university and setting goals/resolutions for the new year! Best thing about graduating a semester early? I've got about 3 months on my hands before my commitment to a full-time job and I intend to make the most of it! 

2015 was definitely a year of personal growth, both individually and as a blogger. I've found inspiration in other fellow bloggers and am so happy to have been able to connect with some of them to share in our blogging struggles and triumphs. But most of all, I've come to terms with myself and finally understand that I can strive to achieve the success that others have attained, but in the end...it's about my own personal fulfillment and happiness.

When I look back to how this blog started, I'm amazed by the amount of trial and error that happened. Trying to find the right platform, the "perfect" blog name...I don't think it was until about 3 months in that I started kind of getting the hang of it. Trying to take good photos to create content...that was definitely the most difficult part, especially without a high quality camera or a seasoned photographer at my disposal. But that's all part of the challenge, part of the growth. And when I do finally create that perfect shot, it's that much more satisfying.

Then, it was telling people that I was a "fashion blogger," putting myself into a category that I didn't fully understand. What did being a "fashion blogger" even mean? At the barest of it, it's just creating content that is fashion related, one way or another. But, I founded this blog as a creative outlet for myself--to share with others how fashion empowered me and could empower them as well. I know that when I have my "power suit" on, I feel ready to take on the world. And honestly, even before starting the actual blog, I could already feel the power in personal style--it was what motivated me to get up in the morning, to put on a brave face when all I wanted to do was crawl back into bed and try to escape the monotony of the suburban teen lifestyle.

After almost three years, I think I'm finally beginning to understand my true motivations. It's about forming connections with other individuals who are just as passionate about this world as I am. Seeking out others who are just as empowered by fashion and can relate to the joy of styling that perfect look to cultivate and bolster confidence.

I know that sometimes, "fashion bloggers" get a bad rep for being materialistic--what with those massive haul videos and insane closet tours filled to the brim with designer items. But isn't that a consequence of the consumeristic, highly capitalistic world we live in, where marketing promotes overconsumption? On the surface, it can get really artificial. But if you look a little closer...it's really about making a connection with others to try and find inspiration and support for our endeavors--to be empowered and confident enough to take on challenges that stand in the way of our goals. Not to proceed without fear, but to proceed without inhibitions. 

I find joy every day while working on this platform, sharing personal reflections and mistakes that I've encountered along the way, in hopes of inspiring confidence in those of you who are along for the ride. Happy New Year fashionistas and may the next year be a year of surpassing glass ceilings.
With Much Love,

{Coat: All Saints; Similar here}
{Skirt: Ann Taylor; Similar here}
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